Results Round-Up: 20 – 26 November 2017


It’s been another great weekend at parkrun for NVRR with several PB’S being achieved. Firstly, well done to all the Zip to Zoomers who ran at Harrogate on Saturday – I understand that they all improved their times. It just proves what achievements come from hard work and determination, well done to you all and your coaches – onward and upwards!

Edoardo Piano got himself a PB at Harrogate – he finished in 18:53 and 4th place overall. Also achieving PB’S were Jonathan Clipston and Lisa Clipston – Lisa finished in 38:45 and Jonathan in 32:47.

At Fountains, Matt Wilkinson continued to impress by finishing 5th overall and bagging himself a new PB of 17:48. Martin Lofthouse and Andy Harris travelled up to Catterick parkrun, with Andy finishing 2nd overall in 18:23 and Martin not far behind in 4th in a time of 18:54.

The other touring Nidd’s were Graham Hyde who went to Roundhay Park – he finished in a time of 36:31, and Matt Rickard was in Wolverhampton and ran it in 20:27.

Well done to all parkrunners, and to all from Nidd who volunteered.

PECO XC Race 1

Nostell Priory was the venue for the first race of the seasons cross country event, and although the sun was out, it’s fair to say that it was pretty Baltic! A good number of club runners, both junior and senior, made the dash down the A1 on Sunday for the race. After much faffing about at the registration area, Nidd all huddled in the club gazebo to await the start of the race which was inevitably delayed.

The junior 1 mile (school years 3-6) was the first race of the day, and James Shaw was the first runner back for Nidd in a time of 6:28. Kate Whiley was next in 7:43, then James Barraclough in 8:35. Eleanor Easton (not officially NVRR yet, but the official results show her running for Chapel Allerton Runners!) crossed the line in 9:18.

The second event of the day was the junior 2 mile race (school years 7-12), and Liam Escott was first back for the club in a time of 15:47. Next was Connie Mitton in a time of 19:58, then Beth Whiley in 21:27.

The final event was the senior race where we had 34 club runners take part (not bad for a cold morning in November), and Matt Wilkinson was first back for Nidd in 31:41 (apparently massively hungover), followed by Edoardo Piano in 32:56. Martin Lofthouse was next in 34:17, then Andy Todd in 35:05, and Kevin Nicholson in 35:49.

Andy Harris was next to cross the finish line in 36:16, then Alex Robinson 36:32, Matthew Rochester 36:40, Jamie Dilasser 36:55, Nigel Scaife 37:47, Steve Turner 38:01, Brian Hainsworth 38:29, Phil Ventress in 39:19, and James Cook in 39:57.

Rebecca Barron put in a great performance and was the first Nidd lady to finish in a time of 39:57, and next was Michael Benson in 41:24. Liam Marwood was close behind in 41:37, as was Phil Robinson in 41:42, then John Mitton in 42:06.

Paul Manning was next to finish in 42:50, with Sue Simpson not too far behind in 43:16. Dave Seaman was next in 44:30, then Steve Newton in 46:22, then Nadine Wilkinson in 46:36.

Nick Smith crossed the line in 48:13, then Jenny Manning in 48:35, Rachael Prince 49:12, Debbie Dilasser 49:32, and running his first cross country event, Robert Hill in 50:45. Carolyn Easton was next in 51:04, then Lynsey Barraclough in 51:22, Michelle Smith 52:19, Jane Hill 52:54, and Fiona Robinson in 58:54.

A hearty performance by all involved and a great turnout – hopefully we can keep the numbers up as we move on to the next event at Golden Acre Park on December 10th.

Results Round-Up: 13 – 19 November 2017


Another Saturday, another parkrun – we just can’t get enough of our weekly 5k fix. As usual, most Nidd’s were at Harrogate and there were some PB’S to be had. Matt Wilkinson managed to secure a 2nd place finish with a time of 18:10, while Nigel Scaife got himself a PB with a time of 20:20. Also getting a PB was Brian Hainsworth who crossed the line in 21:03, and Jane Hill celebrated her 100th parkrun by ensuring NVRR junior Jessica Beaumont got a new PB of 34:17. Well done Jessica, and well done Jane for your encouragement and enthusiasm! Lisa Clipston also ran her way to a new PB – she finished in 39:14. Once the interval sessions kick in properly, all these PB’S will start tumbling….

Martin Lofthouse was in Newark to have a go at the parkrun there, and finished 4th overall in a time of 19:14, and Ben Baird was at Horton parkrun in Bradford – Ben finished in a time of 22:02, and 7th place overall.

Paul Manning wins this week’s prize for ‘Most northerly parkrun attended by a runner from Nidd Valley’ – he was in Norway at Toyen, Oslo to have a go at their parkrun (I’m assuming that Paul didn’t just travel all the way to Norway to do parkrun, it’s more than likely he was on holiday, but runners are a strange breed) There were only 44 runners taking part so hopefully the club colours worn by Paul stood out in the low winter sun! Paul finished in a time 25:53 – well done!

Kirkstall Abbey Trail running festival

This event is organised by Its Grim up north running – check out for more races – there appears to be something for everyone. Nidd Valley had 5 runners there on Saturday, and although there were plenty of distances to choose from, the 8.8 mile option seemed the most popular by far. Adam Kirk was there – he only went and came first! Adam won the race in a time of 49:33, with Alan Davidson finishing 3rd overall in a time of 53:43. Not content with having only 2 Nidds in the top ten, David Shores managed to bag himself 10th place and a time of 58:02, while Christine Jones and Michelle Smith represented Nidd ladies – Christine finished in 1:07:18, and Michelle crossed the line in 1:21:06. Great running by all who attended and great to see three in the top ten!

Harriers vs Cyclists

What’s not to like about running 5.5 miles with 900ft of ascent, taking in muddy fields, moorland and forest tracks in and around Bingley? And competing against cyclists on cyclo-cross bikes? Sounds like fun, and it was fun by all accounts (even those not on bikes enjoyed it). Nidd had 13 non cyclists take part on Saturday afternoon, with the race being the last of the fell champs for 2017, and brilliantly organised by Bingley Harriers.

Andy Harris was first back for Nidd in 46:07 (he was going to try harder but he’d already done parkrun in the morning), followed by Alex Robinson in 47:03. Jamie Dilasser completed his first fell champs race in 48:11 despite being nearly taken out by a rogue tree branch, and Mark Armstrong was next in 53:09.

FRP Robinson, Jim Cook, and Mark David all had a sprint finish to the line and they all crossed it in 55:17, then Emma David was the first Nidd lady to finish in a time of 56:55. Chris Beattie was not too far behind in 57:25, with Dave Prince next in 58:23. Cath Barber finished in 64:50, followed by Rachel Prince in 67:47, and Sarah Chalmers in 89:23.

The push iron reigned supreme on this occasion as the overall winner was on a bike, but never mind!

Results Round-Up: 6 – 12 November 2017


Once again, runners from the club have been far and wide this weekend at various parkrun’s around the UK and Ireland. Sylvia Morten completed her 50th parkrun in 31:25 at Harrogate on Saturday, while birthday boy Robert Hill was at Finsbury parkrun, and finished in a time of 26:31.

Colleen Gruenwald was up at Falkirk parkrun, and crossed the line in 27:10, and Cath Barber was over in Ireland near to Dublin at the Waterstown parkrun. Cath finished 5th lady in a time of 27:18.

Over towards Leeds, Adam Kirk took it steady at Rothwell and finished in 26:02, while Mark Armstrong put in a great performance to get a time of 23:05 at Woodhouse Moor.

Bolton Abbey runs

There were several distances on offer for Sunday’s event at Bolton Abbey, with the majority from Nidd taking part in the half marathon and 10 mile events. Sensibly, a few others had a go at the 10k and 2 mile events.

Liam Escott, a Nidd Valley junior, ran in the 2 mile event and finished in a time of 16:14. Liam finished 4th out of 132 runners. Rachel Geary and Christina Taylor had a go at the 10k race, with Rachel in 1:14:01 and Christina in 1:23:06.

In the 10 mile event, Debra Jenkins crossed the line in 2:10:34 (and finishing 4th in F55 category), followed by Jane Hill in 2:29:09. Graham Hyde also ran in the 10 mile race, and crossed the line in 2:44:43.

Adam Kirk ran the half marathon and he finished in time of 1:41:57, with Christine Holleran next in 2:35:32. Christine also managed to achieve 2nd place in F50 category, and Jeremy Scott also completed the half marathon in a time of 2:51:00.

Burley Moor Run

The 8th Burley Moor run took place on Saturday as part of the Burley village summer festival (even though it’s November) The route is 11k with about 380m of climb over some classic fell terrain – steep ascents and descents, moorland tracks, and an obligatory amount of mud. Out of the 221 runners competing on a very sunny Saturday, Alex Robinson was first for Nidd in 56:46, 57th overall, followed by Simon Franklin (running for Horsforth Fellandale on this occasion – we’ll let him off) who finished 82nd with a time of 59:42. FRP Robinson finished in 67:04 and 134th overall, Fiona Robinson 90:03 and 208th, and Sarah Chalmers in 1:40:25.

Results Round-Up: 9 – 16 October 2017

Fell Relays, Llanberis

It’s fell relay time again, and the elite NVRR fell masters made the trip to Wales for this event which no doubt involved some mud and hills. Catherine Barber, Alan Davidson, Edoardo Piano, Simon Harris, Mark David, and Emma David made up the team, and they all had to tackle different legs of the event – some navigation may or may not have been required. Despite being the only team there that has the word ‘road’ in their club name, they managed to put an impressive effort and finish in a combined time of 7:13:22.

Lisbon Rock and Roll Marathon Series

There still hasn’t been a sufficient explanation as to why Carol Morgan decided to dust off her road shoes (very dusty, no doubt), and head to Portugal to run a marathon on tarmac. As each mile passed, I can only assume that she was wishing that she was on some exposed ridge line high up in the hills with biblical rain lashing down on her. Carol managed to soldier on, and she finally crossed the finish line in a time of 3:21:10. Anne-Marie Macpherson was also in Lisbon, but she sensibly went for the half marathon option. As the conditions were probably not ideal for running any sort of distance – very hot by all accounts – Anne- Marie went out and completed the course in 2:58:24. Great running from Anne-Marie and Carol!

Birmingham Marathon

There was another marathon that snuck in under the radar, this time in Birmingham. Alex Crowton and Kevin Mark Nicholas were there flying NVRR colours, with Kevin finishing in 3:20:52, and Alex putting in a tremendous effort to finish in a time of 4:31:22. Excellent running!

Bruges Half marathon

Michelle Smith (or Michelle Smitb as she is listed on the official results webpage) was in Bruges to sample fine Belgian chocolate, exquisite Belgian ale, and run a half marathon on Belgian cobbles. She managed to finish in 2:13:59 – a great effort, and a great excuse to sample more Belgian delicacies. Well done Michelle on completing another big race this year!

Bridlington Half Marathon

Nidd Valley Team Photo

The annual jolly girls & boys outing to Bridlington occurred on Sunday, in case you didn’t know. NVRR had about 38 runners taking part (I say about has some just tipped up on the day last minute and took other people’s numbers (J & DD) and most of them were shoehorned onto coach for the trip to the east coast. The coach was driven by The Stig – although some say his real name was Mike, and that his favourite smell in the whole world is a combination of clutch and brake – and we all landed (literally) relatively safely in Brid with a good two hours to spare before running 13.1 miles. Luckily there were plenty of greasy spoon cafes already open and eager to take our cash, so everyone was sufficiently fuelled prior to the start. The overcast skies gave way to some nice sunshine and unseasonably warm weather, probably not the best conditions for running but better than last year’s storm that nearly swept the runners back in to the North Sea. At 10am we set off from the promenade and out of Bridlington on the undulating course that took in lots of nice little east coast villages, before heading back into Bridlington to finish on the promenade once more.

Matthew Wilkinson was the first Nidd crossed the line in 1:22:38 finishing 7th overall, earning substantial cash reward. Alex Patrickson  was next in 1:31:47, apparently ‘taking it easy’ after York, then Nigel Scaife wearing NVRR colours for the first time, finishing in 1:35:00. Daniel Eagling was not too far behind in 1:35:22, and then Steve Turner achieved his goal of finishing under 1:40 with a time of 1:39:21. Jonathan Easton could not keep up with Steve and finished in 1:39:44, while Brian Hainsworth took a massive 16 minutes off his previous PB to finish in 1:41:00. Phil Ventress was next 1:41:38, and Sam Fugill after him in 1:42:08, David Shores in 1:43:07, Christopher Beattie 1:43:27. Ian Mcleod crossed the line in 1:46:07, then Mark Armstrong in 1:49:21.

Dave Seaman put in a great performance to finish in 1:49:44, and also bagged 1st place in MV70 category, while Natasha Harrison was the first Nidd lady to cross the line in brilliant time of 1:57:27. Nadene Wilkinson was the next Nidd lady to finish in a time of 1:51:41, with Rob Snow just after her in 1:51:58. Christine Jones put in another cracking performance, despite various ailments (possibly self-inflicted from the previous Friday night) and finished in 1:57:14, and also earning herself 3rd in the V55 category. Sarah Hughan soldiered on despite having a bit of an injury to cross the line in 1:58:32, with Debbie Gibson just a second behind her in 1:58:33. Richard and Christina Taylor crossed the line in 1:59:23 and 1:59:25 respectively, while Michael Benson managed to finish in 1:59:31 despite the lack of sleep from being a new dad.

Robert Hill had a successful run, finishing in 2:03:48, followed by Nick Smith in 2:04:37. Rachel Prince was next in 2:04:45, followed by Rebecca Ventress in 2:05:03, then Tony Ledwaba – Chapman in 2:06:47. Susana Shaw made her club debut in brilliant form, finishing in 2:09:11, Rosemary Thompson was next in 2:17:10, Jane Hill in 2:17:47, and Melissa Thomas-Peters in 2:20:46. Neil Wright was aiming to get round in under 2:30, and did so with a time of 2:24:06, while Debbie Dilasser and Jamie Dilasser finished in 2:25:31 and 2:25:33 respectively (on the day itself, Debbie went by her other name of Claire Killingworth, and Jamie took on the identity of Adam Kirk)

Graham Hyde and Jeff Walker then crossed the line in 2:44:00 and 2:44:01 – a massive achievement for Graham as it was his first half marathon (we are fairly confident that it won’t be his last, although he may have other thoughts on the matter)

Lastly, we can’t forget Mrs Harris. She finished in 3:25:03. An outstanding effort!

It’s fair to say a grand day out was had by all, and it was all expertly put together by Martin Lofthouse…..

I think that’s it for now, apologies for the delay in getting these results published – sometimes there just isn’t enough hours in the day (or night), and before we go, we must say well done to Rebecca Ventress for completing 100 parkruns and Dave Prince for completing his 50th. Also, NVRR junior Jake Escott got himself a PB at Harrogate junior parkrun with a time of 14:15, and there were two other solid performances from Connie Mitton and Liam Escott. Keep up the hard work!

Results Round-Up: 2 – 8 October 2017

Withins Skyline

We’ll start with the fells this week as there is plenty of tarmac bashing later on in the results. FRP was at Penistone Hill, Haworth as the only Nidd taking part in this mud fest. This muddy race was 11k with around 300m of muddy climbing, muddy streams, muddy paths, and mud. Phil finished in a time of 69:55, covered in mud.

Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race

This is the description of the race from the Ambleside AC website:

‘This race is over a rough, tough course with almost exclusively rocky and slippy ground. The weather in October is rarely ‘pleasant’ and the fells are often clagged in, making navigation difficult on a course with many pathless sections.  If you are at all unsure of your ability to complete the course safely, you should gain more experience and come back another year. Previous experience of similar races will be asked for as part of the entry system (2 medium or long category A races in previous 3 years, or similar relevant experience)’

It’s also 12km with 1450m of climbing involved, so there was only one man for the job. Andy Harris.

Andy finished in 3:46 and in 172nd place overall out of 345 finishers. Well done Andy!



Parkrun celebrated its 13th birthday at the weekend, and once again Nidd Valley Road Runners were traveling (not that) far and wide to run 5k. Fiona and Phil Robinson took a quick trip up the A1 to Darlington and had a go at parkrun there. Phil finished in 23:37, and Fiona crossed the line in 31:03. Rebecca Ventress and Aimi Blueman were a bit further up the A1 for their Saturday morning leg stretch – they participated in the parkrun in Newcastle. The route seems fairly flat and entirely on tarmac, but the course description states ‘Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain’!! There were a huge number of runners taking part in this, 617 in total, and Rebecca finished in 27:59, while Aimi finished in 31:25. Jamie and Debbie Dilasser stayed fairly local and went to Woodhouse Moor for their park running. Jamie finished in 19:56 and Debbie in 28:04. At Harrogate, Nadine Wilkinson continued her fine form and got herself a new PB of 24:48 – well done Nadine. At Fountains, Andy Todd and Sam Fugill were representing NVRR. Andy finished in 15th position overall in a time of 20:00, while Sam finished in 21:57 (hopefully he took it easy as recovering from injury!)

York marathon & 10 mile race

The Yorkshire marathon in York has become very popular over the last couple of years, especially for the local running fraternity who don’t want the hassle of travelling miles to compete in race. Nidd had six runners competing in the 10 mile event and eight runners in the marathon. In the ten mile race, Nick Smith was first back for the club in 1:29:32, with Ewa Scott next in 1:35:40. Jane Hill was next in 1:39:07 – a brilliant run from Jane as she took a massive 15 minutes of her previous course time! Kirsty O’Donnell was next in 1:39:13, Melissa Clare in 1:52:32, and Michelle Dinsdale stormed over the line in 1:52:41.

In the marathon, Alex Patrickson was the first Nidd to cross the line in 3:11:15, and getting himself a new PB in the process. Also achieving a PB was Emma Dooley who finished 2nd for the club in a very impressive time of 3:33:45 – and she raised a load of cash for charity! Emma David was next in 3:39:11, with James Cook scoring a PB finishing next in 3:42:33. Isobel Potter ran well and finished in 3:48:37, as did Paul Manning who crossed the line in 4:13:03. Jenny Manning was a second behind her brother in 4:14:38, with Marcos Montana finishing in 4:41:14.

A pretty impressive performance again by team Nidd, bring on Brid!!

FRP has asked me to mention the team from Nidd heading to the fell relays next weekend at Llanberis in North Wales – Edoardo Piano, Mark David, Simon Harris, Cath Barber, Alan Davidson, and Emma David. All the best to them, and try and spare a thought for them as they will no doubt encounter some mud while the rest of us encounter fish and chips, and maybe a Weatherspoon’s.