Here at Pop-Up Studio, we love to run. Both of us are members of the Saltwell Harriers one of our local clubs and run regularly.
Laura loves a challenge and is enamoured with any run that has an added difficulty or a fun story behind it. Her first marathon was Brathay, running around the whole of Lake Windermere. Her most recent one was Scafell Pike, running up England's highest peak. She loves hills! Saltwell Harriers, our club, train a lot in Low Fell so as runners we are familiar with the many hills that span the Eastern side of the Team Valley.
Last year with the GNR looming Laura plotted a route that included most of Low Fell's most notorious hills. So alongside David Turpin, a fellow Saltwell Harrier, the first 'Pop-Up Hills of Low Fell' Half Marathon was run. David plotted the elevation of each hill and Laura enthusiastically dragged them both up Long Bank, one of the most gruelling hills in the Fell. The halfway point of the race takes runners past Pop-Up Studio hence the name!
Laura has created a t-shirt available for £10 to anyone who completes the route. It is open to anyone who wants to do it, whether you are club affiliated or not, you can run it or walk it it's up to you! Details of the full route are available in our facebook group and groups of runners regularly meet up to run it. It is a challenging course but so much fun.
We've collated a list of those runners who've completed it and let us know they've done so in our Facebook group. We've also included details of the fastest times for those of you who care about these things. To be added to the list you'll need to post a watch time or Strava link to prove you did it.
The route begins at Gateshead Leisure Centre and after running up and down a lot of hills ends at the Greggs bakery on Low Fell high street (Durham Road). Great for a jam doughnut to refuel at the end!