Weekly Update: The flag is flying at half mast over Nidd Valley House

Hi all –




Right, ahem, the Burton Leonard 10k. I’m afraid to announce that we lost the Mob Match to the Knaresborough Striders, 1239 to 1071. The club colours are flying at half mast over Nidd Valley House, and our sports statisticians and number crunchers are pouring over the results, trying to work out where we went wrong. Full results aren’t yet available, and I’ll send them to you when I have them. But for now: well done to all who took part, whether you were first over the line or bringing up the rear. There were some excellent runs, people, with some cracking sprint finishes. Nidd Valley remains a running club to be reckoned with, and we will be back next year.


I was told by one of the Striders today that this online newsletter on the website has a bit of a following among our Knaresborough rivals. So Striders, if you are reading this, enjoy your moment of glory while you can. We are coming for you, and we will bring you down next year. Mark my words.


Up near the ancestral seat of Fugill Towers in Northumberland, six brave Nidds tackled the unbelievably scenic Northumbrian Costal Run earlier today. So it’s a congratulations all round to Fiona Deacon (1:52:51), Mike Deacon (1:53:11), Paul Manning (1:56:06), Jenny Manning (2:06:01), Dave Prince (2:15:55) and Rachel Prince (2:17:56).


Yesterday, four Nidds took to the Yorkshire Dales to try their luck at the Ingleborough Fell Race. Carol Morgan (1:01:29) led the team up and down the unforgiving and windy course (Fell Running Phil described it as “blowy”), followed Emma David (1:17:53) Phil Robinson (1:18:35) and Sarah Chalmers (1:41:40). Very well done to you all.


Philippa Moorse has clearly been led astray by that new boyfriend of hers as she headed up to Scotland yesterday to complete in a nine mile Spartan race in the village of Nine Mile Burn in Midlothian (yeah, I know, what are the chances of that?). I can’t find the results online, but if you have a look on Facebook, Philippa has posted a photo of her post-race legs. It’s enough to put you off your tea.


Matt Rickard (20:17) led from the front at the Harrogate Park Run, followed by Dan Eagling (20:41), Sarah Hughan (24:34), Rebecca Ventress (26:25), Nicki Walton (28:42), Michelle Dinsdale (29:57) and Amanda Smith (35:37). Up at Fountains, Jamie Dilasser (22:19) and Tony Chapman (26:14) soon tamed the two scenic laps of the Abbey.


The gorgeous admin team at Nidd Valley HQ love hearing your news, it’s the highlight of their week, it really is. Let them know what you’ve been up to: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.



The Week Ahead

  • Tuesday: Oh good. It’s a club run. We’re meeting at 7pm at the Hockey Club. Come along, why don’t you?
  • Wednesday: Carol Morgan is organising a Nidd Valley contingent to compete in the Golden Acre trail run relays. The races start at 7pm and at only £10 per team, its cracking value for something that little bit different. More info here: http://www.abbeyrunners.co.uk/golden-acre-relay/, or you can badger Carol at carolmorgan73@hotmail.com.
  • Thursday: Another club run, meeting at 7pm at the Hockey Club. After that, it’ll be up to the bar for pints of lager, packets of crisps and the chance to talk about how things just ain’t what they used to be (it’s like athletics’ answers to a folk singers convention, you’ve no idea…)
  • Sunday: it’s the James Herriot trail race. Most excitingly, it’s the next notch in the bedpost of both the road and the fell championships, so we always get a good turn-out (and the chance for the fell runners and road runners to eye each other in mutual bemusement and suspicion). To be fair, calling it a road race really is stretching it a bit, and there’s a climb at the start which would be enough to make Sarah Hughan faint, but it’s a lovely run out with some cracking views and a brilliant sprint finish. Last year, half the club rocked up at the tea rooms near Jervaulx Abbey (actually, I think the cake is the only reason some people did the race), which made it all worthwhile. Get it booked, chaps: http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=248055&ClubID=254.



Pub Run

Further ahead, there’s the next instalment in the exciting series of pub runs on 30 July. Ably led by Dave Seaman, I think we’re running round Staveley before decamping to the Royal Oak Pub for drinks and food. More details to follow soon, so save that date.



Committee Meeting: 22 July 2015

Spare a thought for me, people, it’s like trying to herd cats. If there’s anything you want discussed, changed or discussed, get in touch: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.



A Word to the Wise

“I think you’ll win this one” – Andy Robinson from Knaresborough Striders, (incorrectly) predicting the result of the Burton Leonard 10k Mob Match.


Sam x



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