Results: September 25 – October 1st 2017

Knaresborough Crag Rat Run

This was the next short race of the club champs, and it was a great turnout from Nidd to support our friends the Knaresborough Striders. There was much discussion beforehand over the matter of trail or road shoes for this one, but trail shoes seemed to be the preferred option as the mud was ever present. Matt Wilkinson was first back for Nidd and 5th overall with a time of 30:12, with Alex Patrickson in a close 6th in 30:31. Martin Lofthouse also managed to finish in the top ten with a time of 31:36, with Jamie Dilasser next in 34:13. Ben Baird was next over the line for Nidd in a time of 35:32, followed by James Cook in 36:32, and Maurice Kelly in 36:44. Then came John Mitton in 37:03, Brian Hainsworth, Mark Armstrong, and Phil Ventress all finished within seconds of each other. Their times were 37:26, 37:31 and 37:32 respectively. Dave Seaman was next to finish in a time of 40:24, followed by first Nidd lady finisher Nadine Wilkinson. Nadine had a cracking run and finished in time of 41:51, and she was closely followed by Christine Jones who crossed the line in 42:16. Christine deserves special mention due to the fact she was running with extreme pain after a recent visit to the dentist for some root canal work – we all hope she is feeling a bit better today! Hannah Peagram was next over the line in 42:48, then Christina Taylor in 43:04, Sarah Hughan in 43:53, Marcos Montana 43:55, Moira McTague 44:54, Debbie Dilasser 45:10. Carolyn Easton was next to finish for Nidd in 47:41, and was just ahead of Robert Hill who finished in 47:42, and Lynsey Barraclough in 47:49. The excellent performance by Nidd was completed by Ewa Scott in 48:09, Kirsty O’Donnell 51:24 and Graham Hyde in 52:14. Great running by all!

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay Race

It’s highly unlikely that there was any discussion about what shoes to wear for this event – trail shoes all the way for this one. This team event consisting of 4 legs, starting and finishing in Patterdale, includes some quality climbs and stunning views – if the weather holds up. As its The Lake District, the weather is never guaranteed, and this was confirmed by the 8 runners from Nidd who took part in this year’s event at the weekend. Each leg was completed by a pair of fell running Nidd’s, and here is what they got up to:

Leg 1: Patterdale to Hartsop 6.7 km / 440 m – Emma David and Lee Welsby – finished in 1:03:53

Leg 2: Hartstop to Kirkstone 11 km / 890 m – Andy Harris and Edoardo Piano – finished in 1:07:16

Leg 3: Kirkstone to Sykeside 7.5 km / 570 m – Carol Morgan and Simon Franklin (who suits NVRR colours more than that other club 😉 ) – finished in 1:06:00

Leg 4: Sykeside to Patterdale 11 km / 900 m – Cath Barber and Fell Running Phil Robinson – finished in 1:04:03.

I believe the some of the routes were changed at the last minute because of the awful weather but it was still a sterling effort from NVRR, finishing in 67th place overall.

Well done to everybody who ran at the weekend and have a great week.

Results: 18 – 24 September 2017


Harrogate once again had a huge turnout of runners for the Saturday morning slog on The Stray. Nidd had 23 taking part, and Hasabo Hasabo continued with his excellent form finishing 4th overall in a time 18:57. Nadine Wilkinson also put in a storming performance and managed to get herself a PB – she crossed the line in 25:29. Nidd Junior Brody Pattison ran his first ever Parkrun, and he finished in 38:39. Great running by all!

At Milton Keynes, the parkrun was attended by 399 runners, and Alex Patrickson from NVRR was there representing t’north. Alex had a brilliant run, and finished 2nd (!) overall in a time of 18:21 – he was only three seconds behind 1st place…..

Adam Kirk and Michelle Smith went to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds for their Saturday morning parkrun fix, along with 498 other runners. Adam managed to secure 6th position overall in a time of 18:02, and Michelle crossed the line in 30:27 (saving some energy for a long run she did on Sunday)

At Fountains, Andrew Aird secured himself a PB by finishing in 24:43. Great parkrunning all round!

Hull Marathon

Michelle Smith had been taking easy at parkrun as she had the small task of running 26.2 miles the day after. This year’s city of culture was the venue for the race, and as well as local artwork being displayed at every mile marker, there was live music by local bands every 2 miles! Michelle put in a fantastic effort and finished in time of 4:57:03 – great performance from Nidd!

DT40 – Dales Trail series

Here are the race stats: 40km route starting and finishing at Semer Water, Wensleydale. Over 3000ft of ascent. One of the ascents is around 12km. To take part you will need strategy, consistency, and stamina. Ability to read a map is recommended. Sounds fun…

Emma David and Damien Handslip thought they would have a bash at this challenging event – the final and longest race of the three race series. Emma managed to finish in a time of 4:53:22, and Damien crossed the line in 5:31:18. Well done to both of them, a great achievement!

Great Whernside fell race

Three from NVRR thought it would be a good idea to spend their Saturday morning running 4 miles up and back down a massive hill. With 456 metres of ascent over bogs, grass, and clag, Andy Harris, Carol Morgan, and Catherine Barber all seized the opportunity to get muddy. Andy finished in 41:08, Carol in 43:56 and Catherine in 56:15. Judging by the photographic evidence available of the race, it seemed very muddy – it looked like the bloke who won it had been snorkelling in the stuff.

Harrogate Haverah Trail Race

Our Harrier friends once again hosted this lovely 10 mile race in and around Haverah Park, taking in the reservoirs and the scenic surrounding area. NVRR had seven runners taking part, including Helen Cook who was wearing her club colours for the first time. Matt Wilkinson was the first Nidd over the line in 1:11:47, with Martin Lofthouse not too far behind in 1:15:22 (and bagging 1st MV50). Carol Morgan was next in 1:22:18, and bagged 1st FV40, with Rob Snow next over the line in 1:32:50. Andrew Peagram finished in 1:39:45, and Helen Cook got her first NVRR finishing time of 1:42:44. Graham Hyde was the 7th Nidd to cross the line, and he finished in a time of 2:17:44. Another solid performance from Nidd…

Well done one and all, another really busy weekend of running. Keep it up.

Results: 11 – 17 September 2017


At Harrogate, we had 28 club runners in and amongst the 460 people taking part. There were some fast times once again with Alex Patrickson finishing 4th overall in a time of 18:09, and a PB for Hasabo Hasabo who finished in 18:49, and 7th overall. Andrew Johnson got himself a PB by finishing in 25:28, while Debbie Dilasser and Rebecca Ventress both achieved their quickest times yet since 2015, finishing in 26:44 and 26:45 respectively.

In other parkrun news, Moira Mactague was in County Tipperary running in the Templemore parkrun. This event was only started in January and the route seems quite scenic as it is situated in a nice country park. There were a total of 44 runners taking part, and Moira finished in a time of 26:10.

Fiona Robinson was in Bath for the Bath Skyline parkrun – the route description includes ‘an uphill flight of approximately 30 woodland steps (which some runners will find demanding)’…… anyway, Fiona finished in a time of 33:18, and the steps did not cause an issue….

Matt Wilkinson ran the Weymouth parkrun, and finished 2nd overall out of 390 runners. Unfortunately he forgot his barcode so there is no official time for him and he is shown as ‘unknown’….

Richmond Half Marathon

Kirsty O’Donnell was in Richmond upon Thames to take part in the Runfest – this includes the choice of a 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and there is a mile long race for the kids. The half marathon starts and finishes in Kew Gardens, going along the Thames and out towards Teddington Lock. Kirsty wore her club colours with pride for her first half marathon (even the huge medal she got for finishing has matching club colours), and she finished in time of 2:14. A brilliant effort from Kirsty – maybe the full marathon next??

Tadcaster 10

This race was next on the club champs calendar and once again NVRR provided a good show of strength. Tadcaster – home of three breweries and Tadkebab – provided a flat and fast 10 mile course, and back to its original route after the historic bridge was reopened. We had 19 runners take part this year, and Adam Kirk was first over the line for Nidd, and 16th overall in a new PB of 1:01:55. Martin Lofthouse was next in 1:05:39, then Jamie Dilasser in 1:09:32. Chris Beattie got himself a PB, finishing in 1:15:45, while Emma Dooley was the first Nidd lady to cross the line, finishing in 1:17:26. Sue Simpson was ever so close to Emma and finished in 1:17:30, and Brian Hainsworth was not too far behind in 1:17:57. Emma David was next in 1:19:30, Christine Jones 1:26:38, Dave Prince 1:27:25, Christina and Richard Taylor 1:27:21, and Nadine Wilkinson and Hannah Peagram finishing close in 1:28:04 and 1:28:14 respectively. Robert Hill crossed the line in 1:30:29 and bagged himself 3rd in the M70 category, and Rebecca Ventress got herself a PB finishing in 1:32:13. Fiona Robinson, Sylvia Morten, and Jeff Walker rounded off the fantastic effort by Nidd, and their finishing times were 1:48:55, 1:48:59, and 1:49:00 respectively.

Results: 4 – 10 September 2017

Vale of York Half

Flat, fast, and local – just what you want for a Sunday half marathon in September. Three of our club runners made the short journey over to Sherburn In Elmet for this potential PB bagging event that attracted over 1600 runners. First back for Nidd, and continuing with his good form, was Adam Kirk. Adam finished in a time of 1:25:22 which was a PB for him despite suffering with a bit of a hamstring issue during the last couple of miles (he soldiered on in true NVRR style) Also landing a PB was Richard Taylor who crossed the line in 1:45:36 – a fantastic effort. Michelle Smith was representing the NVRR ladies at this event, and she crossed the line in brilliant time of 2:08:15. Well done to all three of you, great running….

The Great North Run

Thousands of runners from around the UK and beyond descended on Tyneside yesterday to compete in the world’s most popular half marathon (plus the fact of earning extra kudos for running in the same race as Mo Farah) This iconic event is forever remembered by the runners going over the Tyne Bridge with the Red Arrows doing their thing just above them, and several of our club runners were lucky to experience this event in all its glory. Nidd had eleven runners taking part, and all of them put in a massive effort to get round the course. Club captain Martin Lofthouse was first back for Nidd, finishing within the top 500 runners in a time 1:26:35. Jamie Dilasser was next in 1:30:57, followed by Sam Fugill (in full tank mode) in 1:42:28. Phil Ventress finished in 1:45:54 (couldn’t find him at first as he wasn’t linked to any club) with Michael Benson the next Nidd home in a great time of 1:53:28, then Catrin Harrap was the first Nidd lady over the line in a time of 1:55:31. Natasha Harrison followed shortly after in 2:01:58, then Nick Smith in 2:07:49. Rosemary Thompson was next in 2:13:03, followed by Jane Hill putting in a marvellous effort to finish in a fantastic time of 2:19:16. Stephen Pattison was the final Nidd over the line, and finished in a great time of 2:37:59. Another great effort by NVRR at the Great North Run, and well done to all our runners who managed to raise a load of money for their chosen charities – your hard work and dedication will have no doubt made a difference to someone’s life, a huge pat on the back to you all…..


It seems as some of you can’t be pulled away from the mud and hills, you would much rather be exposed to awful weather and monster ascents than run on flat tarmac. Nidd Valley had ten representatives at the Yorkshireman Half at the weekend, and mud was certainly a given at this one. The race is organised by Keighley and Craven Athletics club, and starts and finishes in Howarth. As it is an off road marathon, the actual distance is more near to 15 miles. Out of the 226 finishers, Alan Davidson was first over the line for Nidd in a time of 2:14:12. Next were James Cook and Carol Morgan, finishing in 2:29:21 and 2:30:27 respectively, followed by Mark Armstrong in 2:31:40. Christopher Beattie was next in 2:38:18, with Phil Robinson not too far behind him in 2:43:27. Dave Seaman was next in 2:54:04 (and grabbing 2nd MV70 in the process) Debbie Gibson, Fiona Robinson, and, making her return to fell running, Sarah Chalmers, all crossed the line together in 5:32. Rumour has it that Sarah even had smile on her face…..

Clarinbridge Oyster 10k

Newlyweds Philippa and Matt Wilkinson had a bit of a honeymoon in Galway, Ireland, and Philippa took the opportunity to race in the local 10k event. The race made up part of the running festival in and around the village Clarinbridge (I couldn’t find much info on this village but there is an oyster festival there in October, and one of its past residents was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1901) Philippa was one of the 99 finishers, and she crossed the line in 55:40. Well done Philippa, Guinness gives you strength….

One result I forgot to mention last week – Edoardo Piano ran the Grisedale Horseshoe fell race in the Lakes. 10 miles and 5000ft of ascent is not for the fainthearted, and despite being geographically challenged at a few points, Edoardo finished in 77th place out of 136 runners in a time of 2:56:43.

Another fantastic weekend of running, and well done to Sarah Chalmers on her magnificent return to the fells!

Results: 28 August – 3 September 2017

This week’s results, another jam packed weekend. Please let me know if I have missed anybody out or other races that have gone under the radar.

Tholthorpe 10k

A flat and fast course, plus the promise of a race branded cup for a finishing prize, was more than enough to temp 18 Nidd’s to try and grab some more championship points. First back for NVRR and just squeezing in a top 10 finish overall, was Adam Kirk in a time of 38:30. Martin Lofthouse was not too far behind and crossed the line 39:28, with Andy Todd close by in a time of 40:52. Dan Eagling was next in 43:01, with David Shores soon after him in 44:24. John Mitton crossed the line in 45:24, followed by Richard Taylor in 46.56 – that’s a new PB for Richard, knocking a massive 89 seconds off his fastest 10k time! Sue Simpson was the first Nidd lady back in 47:07, then there was a bit of a sprint finish between Michael Benson and Dave Seaman, finishing in 49:35 and 49:52 respectively (I understand that some words were exchanged between these two during the final sprint but no further information as come to light yet… but Dave did manage to grab the prize for 1st M70+ category) Christina Taylor was next and she crossed the line in 51:18, also achieving a PB, followed by Hannah Peagram 53:34. Next was Nadine Wilkinson in 53:42, Sarah Hughan in 53:49, Moira Mctague 54:35, Jane Hill 59:54 and Michelle Smith in 1:00:42. Completing the brace of NVRR personal bests’, Graham Hyde finished the 10k in his fastest time yet of 1:03:35. Well done Graham and the rest of the other PB hunters – excellent running!

Wetherby 10k

You may or may not have had a flyer put under your windscreen wiper for this event while attending other local races, and you may or may not have seen this race advertised on Facebook, but it appears the Wetherby 10k is as popular as ever with around 900 runners taking part this year. We had four runners making the quick dash over to Wetherby for this one, and first over the line for the club was Kevin Nicholas in a very respectable time of 40:42. Kaye Kent was next in a time 54:11, and she was followed by Debbie Dilasser who finished in 56:38 (this was Debbie’s fastest 10k in a long time and she apparently really enjoyed it. She has now banished all demons from previous Wetherby 10k experiences) Kirsty O’Donnell was the final Nidd over the line – Kirsty finished in 59:54. Great running from all of you!

Golden Ball 20

This 20 miler is part of a series of races in and around Lancaster, and organised by the recently formed Lancaster Runners Club. It’s a flat race and fairly fast, and by all accounts ideal if you are training for a marathon. Emma Dooley and Isabel Potter made the trip west to take part in this event, and although they were a bit put off by running out and back along a canal tow path in the drizzle for three hours, they did enjoy it. Isabel finished in a time 2:48:11 and Emma finished 2:53:16 – well done ladies, looks like the huge dinner plate sized medals were well worth the trip!

The Bullock Smithy Hike

This is a 56 mile circular route through the Peak District – walkers (or runners) have 24hrs to complete the route, and must visit all the checkpoints in the correct order. You need maps/compass, emergency rations, and all other basic kit for walking on exposed hillsides during the dead of night. Andy Harris decided to have a crack at this one, and set off at 12 noon on Saturday. He was in company with a pal of his called James (a veteran of the hike having completed it 15 times previously). They eventually got round all checkpoints and finished at about 6am on Sunday morning – that’s good going, no doubt there will be some sore legs this week. Awesome effort Andy!


Nidd didn’t have as many people park running this weekend due to other races taking priority, but we still had a good numbers turning up at Harrogate (also in volunteering capacity – you know who you are, thanks for using your spare time to help out), and a few at Fountains. Special mention to young Alex Robinson who ran at Fountains on Saturday in the JM 15-17 category – he bagged himself a PB of 21:07. Well done Alex, that magic sub 20 minute time will be along in no time…

Another busy but successful weekend for NVRR, everyone ran well and there some brilliant times achieved all across the board. Let’s keep up the good work and look forward to the Yorkshireman Half and Tadcaster 10 coming in the next few weeks.

Just before we end, I have just remembered about another little race that happened over the weekend. The Kerry Way Ultra in County Kerry, Ireland – 120 miles (or 200k if you are in Ireland) starting and finishing in Killarney. (I think it would be worth entering just for the brunch on the Sunday morning alone, it looked pretty epic) Carol Morgan was back on home turf for this one – she finished it in 27:58:22. She was the first lady finisher and 4th overall, and she smashed the previous ladies’ finishing time. We will have to keep an eye on this Morgan character, she has got potential…