Week Ahead – Monday 18th February 2019

Evening Nidders,

So this is the last time you’ll be receiving one of these emails from me as Chair. So before I launch into the Tuesday/Thursday bit, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who has worked with me over the last two years to help make my time as Chair enjoyable. I’ve become far too diplomatic over these last two years so I won’t name names, but I’m pretty sure you know who you are!

I’d like to think it’s been a successful two years, I definitely feel like the club has grown in that time. I can honestly look back and say that we’ve always tried to do the right thing by everyone, and I hope that has come across in the decisions we’ve made. If I’m honest I’m most happy about the fact that I didn’t make a complete pig’s ear of it, and apart from a few minor disagreements, I think we’re all still friends aren’t we? Okay, just three days to go, even I can’t mess it up now can I…

I’m not going quietly though, in fact you’ve got a double dose of me this week! I’m coaching on Tuesday and overseeing the AGM on Thursday. I hope you can all make it to both!

Tuesday’s session see us return to Montpellier, I really like this route. I know it can feel a little bit busy at times, but it was my first ever interval session with the club, so I’ve got a soft spot for it! I’m joined by Bec and Hannah tomorrow, so we’ll hopefully see you at the bottom of Montpellier from 7.15pm, just in time for a warm up. If you’d rather run from the club, then we’ll be setting off at 7pm prompt.

Onto Thursday, and as we need to be back at the club ready for the AGM to start at 8.30pm, I thought I’d try and keep this week’s route quite close by. That’s why I’ve chosen the Mallinson Route. Leaving the club via Claro Road we head towards the Hospital, before crossing Wetherby Road and then following Sligsby Walk to the top and then onto Stray Rein. We take a left turn onto St James Drive, before joining Tewitt Well Road and then out onto Leeds Road, where we pass M&S. We’ll need to cross Leeds Road and then turn on to Firs Crescent, then it’s Mallinson Oval and finally left onto Leadhall Lane. We cross over here and then run up to the top of Rossett Drive and onto Pannal Ash Road, before heading back to the club via Otley Road, across the Stray to Victoria Avenue, it’s then North Park Road, Park Parade and back to the club. Normal times apply, leaving the club at 7pm.

The break point for this run is where Oatlands Drive joins Slingsby Walk.

Here’s a reminder of the paces we run:

Group 1 – if you run 5k in 23 minutes or quicker
Group 2 – if you run 5k in 26 minutes or quicker
Group 3 – if you run 5k in 29 minutes or quicker 29
Group 4 – if you run 5k in 33 minutes

Don’t forget to wear your hi-viz vests and head torches if you have one!

Hope to see you all at some point this week, thanks again for your support.


P.S Please do come along on Thursday, there’s free pizza, lots of voting and a chance to see where all the money has gone! 😳

Week Ahead – 11th February 2019

Evening Nidders,

This is the penultimate email from me!

Before I get onto this weeks activities I just want to mention that Jeff Walker successfully passed his CiRF qualification this weekend. Which means we’ve now got 5 coaches at Nidd Valley – that’s the most I think we’ve ever had – well done Jeff!

On Tuesday we’re continuing with our Winter Interval training, Jon is caoching this week at St Catherine’s. He’ll be able supported by Chris B and Jeff. The warm up for this one is usually at the bottom of Slingsby Walk, so you can either meet there at 7.10pm, or run up from the club. We’ll be setting off as usual at 7pm.

On Thursday I thought we could run towards the Valley Gardens (it’s been a while), so leaving the club via Claro Road we run through town and down towards the Pump Rooms. From there it’s up to the top of Cornwall Road before turning left onto Harlow Moor Road, and then right onto Otley Road. We take a left onto Beckwith Road, from there we head back to the club via Green Lane, Leadhall Lane and then either Leeds Road or Hookstone Road. If that route seems a bit long then you can choose to turn left onto Otley Road and then back to the club via the Stray.

The initial break point for this run is the entrance to the Valley Gardens.

Here’s a reminder of the paces we run:
Group 1 – if you run 5k in 23 minutes or quicker
Group 2 – if you run 5k in 26 minutes or quicker
Group 3 – if you run 5k in 29 minutes or quicker 29
Group 4 – if you run 5k in 33 minutes

Don’t forget to wear your hi-viz vests and head torches!

Hope to see there at tomorrow night’s session.



Bed Race 2019

Evening all,

Thank you to everyone who has come forward to offer their services for bed race; either as runners, marshals or volunteers. It’s never easy to fit everyone in to well-balanced teams but in consultation with the prospective captains we have the following five fantastic teams:

Bec Carman (Capt)
Amanda Schofield
Liz Ahmed
Lianne Coiley
Sarah Chalmers
Katie Swannie

Men’s Team A
Matt Wilkinson (Capt)
Liam Marwood
Alex Patrickson
Matt Rochester
Andy Harris
Alex Robinson
Reserve: Adam Kirk

Men’s Team B
Sam Fugill (Capt)
Steve Flood
James Knapp
Matt Rickard
Phil Ventress
Brian Hainsworth

Mixed A
Sarah Hughan (Capt)
Michelle Howe
Helen Cook
Simon Staiano
Kev Dalton
Jon Beaumont
Reserve: Richard Taylor

Mixed B
Dave Prince (Capt)
Rachael Prince
Nigel Brereton
Yulia Brereton
Melissa Thomas-Peters
Jonathan Clipston
Reserve: Ari Greenberg

So next it will be a case of submitting entries before the deadline at the end of February, then if we are lucky enough to get all five teams in we will need to find some extra beds! If you expressed an interest but haven’t made one of the teams, please still come along to training – it would be good for your fitness and with bed race there’s ‘many a slip twixt cup and lip!’

Any questions please speak to the captains!

PECO Race 4 – Sunday 10 February – Roundhay Park

Hi Team Nidd, 

This is your usual reminder about PECO Race 5 this coming Sunday. I know quite a few of you need one more race to qualify for one of them lovely shiny XC medals so here’s your chance.

The link gives all the details but the race times are repeated below: Race Times & Distances:
Junior XC Challenge (School Year 2 – 6): 10.00am, 1.2 mile.
Junior XC Challenge (School Year 7 – 12): 10.20am, 2 miles.
Senior Men & Ladies (Start together) (aged 16 and over): 11.00 am, 4.8 miles approx. 

I will bring the as-yet unclaimed race numbers on Sunday, please find me near the club gazebo to collect yours. Please remember to wear your club vest and try to car share as much as possible to help with parking and the environment. Please be there if you can so we can finish as high up the league tables as possible. 

Peco, Peco, Peco, Peco, Peco!
Peco, Peco, Peco, Peco, Peco!
Peco, Peco, Peco, Peco, Peco!
Back in ’68 in a sweaty club (Oh, Peco)
Before Jimmy’s Machine and The Rocksteady Rub (Oh, Peco)
On a night when flowers didn’t suit my shoes
After a week of flunkin’ and bunkin’ school
The lowest head in the crowd that night
Just practicin’ steps and keepin’ outta the fights

Martin (The Owl Whisperer)

The Week Ahead – Monday 4th February 2019

Evening Nidders,

It’s February already, which means it will soon be the AGM and receiving these emails from me will soon be a thing of the past! You’re stuck with me for the time being I’m afraid.

On Tuesday we welcome back Sarah as coach, and she’ll be joined by Brian and Sarah C. We’ve come up with a new route for this week, we’ll see you at the top of Slingsby at about 7.15 for a warm up, or be at the club ready to leave at 7pm. Don’t forget your hi-vis vests!

On Thursday I thought we could run to Knaresborough. Leaving the club via Kingsley Drive, we’ll join Knaresborough Road, crossing the railway lines running up through Starbeck before  then heading down the hill into Knaresborough. There are several options to extend, or cut short from here, with the shortest rout being along Waterside – all routes return to the club via Forest Moor Road, Morrisons and then back up Kingsley Drive. The initial meeting point for this route is the corner of Kingsley Drive and Knaresborough Road.

Here’s a reminder of the paces we run:

  • Group 1 – if you run 5k in 23 minutes or quicker
  • Group 2 – if you run 5k in 26 minutes or quicker
  • Group 3 – if you run 5k in 29 minutes or quicker 29
  • Group 4 – if you run 5k in 33 minutes 

Finally, don’t forget to keep an eye out for everyone that’s in your group, when the nights are a bit dark and foggy it’s sometimes easy for people to get left behind, so please be vigilant and look out for each other…

Hopefully see you tomorrow!