‘Twas the week before Christmas and all around Nidd Valley House…

…Everyone is very excited of course and so should you be. There’s gifts-a-plenty in this your weekly round-up, of races past, results present and dates yet to come…

Running in a winter parkrunland…

At Harrogate it was Centenary celebrations for Martin Lofthouse as he completed his 100th run in 19.01, from the Nidd contingent only super speedy Warren Lowcock beat him to the line in 18.58. They were soon joined by Simon Franklin 21.39, Andrew Peagram 22.12, Matt Rickard 23.13, Sue Simpson 23.47, Steve Newton 24.11, Nick Smith 27.01, Tony L-C 27.09, Moira McTague 29.07 and Kirsty O’Donnell 29.48. Then came the three wise women, Debbie Dilasser 30.10 Rebecca Ventress 30.11 and Hannah Peagram 30.11, I have been reliably informed that Hannah didn’t get in (after a booze-soaked Christmas party) until the very small hours of Saturday morning, so actually she probably wasn’t feeling very clever at all… Anyway, Jeff Walker 35.06, Amanda Smith 38.53 were next home, and Fingers Harris 38.55 rounded things off nicely before everyone decamped to celebrate with Martin over a coffee, I was sad to miss it, but congratulations again Martin.

Over at Fountains Abbey, Andy Todd sped round in 19.51, Mark David 22.00 was next, Marcos Montana 24.54. Jane Hill 31.19 and partner in crime Michelle Dinsdale 31.22 also soon finished their 5k around the beautiful course. Good running.

Keswick  was the home this week  for our lovely parkrun tourist Fiona Robinson, finishing in 33.41.

Over in Wetherby Lizzie Medwell finished in 29.19.

I have had a quick look at the Junior parkrun results and found Connie Mitton 12.21 – well done!

Don’t forget there will be 2 parkrun’s at Harrogate next weekend, Saturday on Christmas Eve as normal and an extra one on Christmas Day… I do this every year and it is brilliant, it is the only time I get out of the kitchen on Christmas Day so I will definitely be going, leave the presents and burn off a few calories before your Christmas dinner!


PECO race 2 – Middleton Park

What a fab day for a run out this morning at Middleton Park.

The juniors in school year 4-6 ran a 1 mile course, storming home, first for the club Joseph Turnbull in 6.40, followed by Will Harvey 7.04, the delightful Evie Isles 7.33, Aidan Ranns 7.34, Euan Madden 8.11 and Finlay Ranns 8.21. Brilliant running all of you!

School years 7-12 ran a 2 mile course, Joe Sutcliffe was first back in 13.37, Jake Stalker 14.09, James Harvey 14.59, Edward Chesworth 16.39 and Eddie Ventress 20.57. Well done!

Sue Simpson was the first of the Nidd Valley ladies home in 41.16. Debbie Gibson was next in 43.19, Catherine Barber 43.28, Rachael Prince 46.55, Debbie Hanslip 48.06 and Sarah Chalmers 54.16.

Matt Wilkinson led the men home in 29.55, Alex Patrickson 31.15, Martin Lofthouse 31.43, Andy Todd 33.02, Matt Rickard 34.09. They were soon followed by Mike Deacon 37.02, Damien Hanslip 38.33, Jim Cook 39.30, Dave Seaman 40.59, Marcos Montana 41.03 and Dave Prince 41.25.

Great running everyone and brilliant to see the PECO’s so well attended.


Carol Morgan and Simon Franklin have been busy as always, Carol did Tour de Helvellyn in 7 hours 36 mins and was 5th female home…  it is 38 miles with thousands of feet of ascent and descent on tough mountain trails, it sounds incredibly difficult, so really well done Carol.
Earlier today they both did The Stoop, Simon in 45mins something and Carol told me she didn’t know her time, but she enjoyed it and got very very muddy!!!! I couldn’t find the results either, but did read on the site that you got a free Curly Wurly on finishing and you had to run in a Santa Hat – can’t be bad! Well done to you both.

Another fan of distance running and lots of hills, Emma David did Hardmoors ‘marathon’ last Sunday – 30 miles and 5,500 feet of climb in 6 hours! Another fantastic achievement – well done Emma!

Remember to email your results to chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk. Sam will be back in the New Year and normal service will be resumed!

Coming up!

Lots of dates to remember so let’s hope you get a new diary in your Christmas stocking!

Tuesday 20th December. Intervals at Wheatlands Road East – PLEASE READ!

It may be Christmas but that’s no excuse for skipping interval training. Dan, Jon and I have done another day of our coaching course, and Dan will be on hand to warm you up, run you round and cool you down after a few laps of Wheatlands Road East… see if you can do an extra lap from last time!  Everyone should meet at 7pm at club please as Dan is going to trial a new style of a warm up this week so that you are ready to get straight into the main session by the time you arrive at Wheatlands Road East, please note that there will be no warm up there.

Thursday 22nd December.  It’s the Santa Run – now an annual event in the Nidd Valley advent calendar! Get your Christmas fancy dress on and head to club for 7pm where you will set off around town, “singing” a few Carols and generally spreading the Nidd Valley festive cheer and excitement. Beers in the bar at the hockey club afterwards.

Christmas holidays. There will be no 7pm club sessions between Christmas and New Year. So please don’t turn up to the hockey club on December 27th or the 29th as we won’t be there.

Tuesday 3rd January. Do however turn up ready for the first intervals of 2017 on Tuesday 3rd January! We will be starting the first of the endurance sessions (well, it will make a change from all those hills)!  Dan, Jon or I will be there to keep you motivated as you charge up Slingsby walk and around Saints. Meet at the club for 7pm and we will head down for the session.

Thursday 5th January. We can take a run down to Knaresborough via the well-lit roads. Cut along Waterside and back up Forest Moor and back to the club via the back of Morrisons and along Kingsley Road. You can add on some extra distance around Knaresborough or cut down over Belmont crossing if you want a shorter route / you are still recovering from over exerting yourselves at intervals!

Saturday 7th January. It’s the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley! I did this last year as my first attempt at cross country since school and that was a very long time ago, but fortunately I liked it far more than I remembered, so don’t be put off!  If you are on the list I will see you there. Sadly I think it is too late to enter now, but if you’re not running, why not come and support? Senior women race at 12.50 and then we stay and cheer the men on at 2.10pm.

Saturday 28th January – Awards Night.  Get your glad rags and plenty of sparkle on for the most anticipated event in the NVRR calendar! Get your tickets quickly as they are selling fast. Let Judy know if you want to go – membership@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk, and then pay your money to treasurer Dave it’s £20, please make sure you put your name on as a reference if you are paying by bank transfer. Don’t miss it!

AGM – Thursday 16th February 2017. A little advance notice of the AGM, where you, our valued club members, choose your new committee and run through the accounts from the previous year, plus we notify members of any other important changes for the coming year. This will take place at the hockey club upstairs after a shorter than normal club run. We need as many members as possible to attend on the night, so please make a note of the date and try your best to come to this.


Word to the wise.

Wardrobe malfunctions aplenty at intervals at Springfield Mount on Tuesday.

Halfway through the session, visualise if you will, Hannah Peagram, charging down the hill, hair flying behind her “Aaagghh I am having a hair disaster, it’s this clip thing, I look like a mad Amazonian woman!” (She did a bit!)-  I handed her my hair bobble and off she ran.

Christine Jones had some sound advice – Always choose your running pants carefully, I spent most of that session rearranging mine…   to be fair there was nothing I could have done to help there…

So that’s all from me, I for one have had a great year at NVRR and hope the next one is just as good.

From us all at Nidd Valley House, enjoy your Christmas and New Year everyone.

Sarah H x

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