[NVRR] Vests, Virtual Races and a Zoom meeting

[NVRR] Vests, Virtual Races and a Zoom meeting. 29/5/20

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all still well, that the lockdown hasn’t got the better of you and that you’re all making the most of this glorious weather in some way.

You’ll have all heard the good news, that the new club vests and tee shirts have arrived and that Graham Hyde has taken possession of them. I ordered a vest and a short sleeved tee shirt and I must say, I’m impressed with both the quality and the fit.
We just need some races now so we can show them off!

On the subject of club kit, I’m aware there has been some further queries on the committees request for members not to wear them whilst out running during the lockdown.

This may seem a little pedantic but our decision remains for the time being. This is our thinking, picture this.

You’re out running in your vest, and for whatever reason someone thinks you’re too close, not socially distancing and cause them alarm. They see the Nidd valley vest and start to bad mouth the club, mention it to friends, media or whoever and before we know what’s what our reputation is on the line. There are variations on this scenario but you get the idea. People are understandably anxious around this.

Of course this is an ever changing situation, as the government rules change on what is permissible, we may be able to review our decision but in the meantime we ask that you refrain from wearing club kit.

So, back to the new kit. Please liaise with Graham Hyde on 07764 753066 or
Grahamhyde75@gmail.com for collection.

I would also like to thank Sylvia our treasurer for all the work behind the scenes to make this happen. Thank you Sylvia.

Virtual Races.
Martin Lofthouse and our club captains, Kevin and Sarah are in the early stages of planning some virtual races for members to compete in. Obviously it’s optional but it will provide an opportunity for some competition amongst members and a chance to bag some PB’s.

The fine details are yet to be decided but a virtual mob match, road championship and a 5K have been mentioned. Once it’s organised we will be in touch with the plan but in the meantime keep up the training so you’re racing fit!

Zoom Meeting. Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.
Emma Kicks is kindly hosting a zoom meeting at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd June. She has forwarded the details to everyone but asked that I remind you of the event and that you send her questions prior to the meeting if at all possible.

I think I’ve covered most things for now, I look forward to seeing lots of you on Tuesday evening for the zoom meeting.

Take care, best wishes to you and all your families.

NVRR Chair.

[NVRR] Lockdown Catch Up. W/C 4/5/20

Well hello everyone,

Welcome to the start of lockdown week 7, day 42 tomorrow, and who knows how many weeks to go until in the words of Vera Lynn “We’ll Meet Again”.

We had another committee meeting last Wednesday and discussed a few issues worthy of mention, hence this email. It’s also a chance to outline just what some people have been doing to fill their time and stay fit.

You have been busy, but first a few new ideas and notices.

Superstar Awards.
Lynsey Barraclough was a worthy recipient after spending considerable time solving a challenging financial issue with the junior section of our club.
This saved some awkward moments and potential financial problems.

Emma Kicks
Another worthy recipient for all the work she put into planning, coordinating and delivering the coaching throughout the whole of 2019.

Race Championships and Awards Evening.
Captain Sarah has written to you sadly explaining there won’t be a fell or road championship this year. Unfortunately, we won’t be hosting an awards night in the style we’ve become accustomed to. We will, however, host a get together one evening at some stage and present trophies and medals for the Cross Country season. I’m sure we will have fun and make the evening a huge celebration.

Zoom. Q&A and suggestions session.
Tuesday 12th May 2020. 7.30pm.
We are going to host a Zoom meeting, where you can put forward any suggestions you might have for the club, to Committee members.
It’s a chance for an informal Q & A session too.
I’ll be sending out full details closer to the date.

Long Lands Common.
Long Lands Common is 30 acres of open farmland, situated north of the Greenway. The intention is to create a community owned green space and woodland. Shares in the project are £50 each, with £300,000 needing to be raised.  https://www.longlandscommon.org/
The committee agreed that this is a project that NVRR would want to support. It fits with the ethos of the club, and we use Nidd Gorge and the Greenway a lot.
Sylvia confirmed that we have the funds available, and the committee agreed to pledge to buy 4 shares at a cost of £200. This amount is similar to previous years’ good causes, and we have roughly 200 members in the club.

Guy Fawkes 10 Race. November 2020.
There has been been lots of discussion with Sam and the committee regarding this race, with various options considered.
It’s a tricky one as you can imagine, as we’re trying to make decision on unknown facts.
The necessary paperwork for permissions has been submitted by Sam, which keeps our options open for the time being, until we can make a call on the next stage.

Graham Hyde. Road signs to spell out NIDD VALLEY.
Graham will be in touch shortly with an idea to keep us motivated to run. The idea is to encourage you to find road signs starting with the letters to spell out ‘Nidd Valley’ while on your run. One letter per run.

So onto the exciting bit and what you’ve been up to!

There are so many things to mention – please don’t be offended if I miss you off. What I will say is that I’ve seen so much support, kindness, generosity, initiative and thoughtfulness, it’s really quite amazing. Yet again I’m filled with pride as a member of this club.

Rob and Judi Northfield.
Rob and his wife very kindly offered a significant donation of £5,000 split into £250 to any team working on the front line in the fight against Coronavirus.
This was not restricted to Nidd Valley Road Runners but any of their friends. That said, three Nidders did nominate front line teams. These teams were grateful recipients of £250 each, to spend on what they chose. A big thank you goes out to Rob and Judi for supporting our key workers.

Bec Carmen. Fancy dress run.
Bec suggested that members run in fancy dress for just one run, any day, any distance but to take a photo.
The plan was to spread a little cheer and raise money for the Harrogate & District Foodbank. Lots of you embraced this idea, involving family members and even encouraging friends to donate.
A staggering £687 has been raised! Well done everyone on your phenomenal fundraising.
Watch out for the photos coming soon!

Sam. The Lockdown Quiz Master.
Sam has been hosting a Friday night Lockdown quiz which has been great fun. He’s asked me to mention that everyone is welcome. Please contact him if you fancy your chances. Questions are tough!

Captain Sarah.
Sarah responded to a question in the Guardian asking about individual positives from the lockdown period.
Her daily photos of flowers, fauna, sheep and the beautiful Nidd Gorge were guaranteed to make the cut, and featured in the paper.

Phil Ventress. Harrogate Monopoly Challenge.
This has attracted some healthy competition and sounds like fun. Run or cycle no more than a half marathon from your doorstep and tick off as many Harrogate monopoly squares as possible.

Photos and posts on Facebook.
Lots of you have taken the time to photo beautiful places and routes on your walks, runs or cycles. All of which help keep us connected and motivated. Thank you.

Injury Bench.

Of course, there are also members who have long term injuries, have picked up injuries during lockdown, or have been, or are, currently poorly.
I would like to wish you all a speedy recovery and remind you that there’s always someone in the club should you need to chat.

Well, I think that’s covered most things. As I said at the beginning, please don’t take it personally if I’ve missed you out. Its hard to keep up!

I will send out the information for our Zoom meeting very soon, and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes to you and your families.

NVRR Chair.

[NVRR] Championships 2020

Hi Nidders,

We are sure it will come as no surprise to many of you that the Committee took the decision at their meeting this week to cancel both the Road and Fell Championships for this year. Please be assured this decision has not been taken lightly and we realise that this will be a blow to many of you however, given the uncertainty around when and what social distancing may change, we think it the right decision to make. If we are lucky enough to be able to participate in any races this year lets just go out there any enjoy them!

As the XC Championship had pretty much completed with 11 out of the 12 races being held the associated trophies and medals will be awarded, hopefully early next year.

And onto 2021 with the hope that we can restart the championships, the current plan is, wherever possible, keep the same races as was planned for this year. Hopefully this will mean for those of you that have paid for races this year that have now been postponed to next year you won’t have to re-enter or loose your entry fees.

Stay safe everyone and continue to enjoy your running.

Sarah and Kevin
El Capitanos!

What have you been up to! Monday 13th April 2020

Hello everyone and Happy Easter too.

I hope you’re all keeping well and adapting to your new routines, whatever they may be.

I’ve put this email together with a few photos showing just what you’ve been up to. I know that some members are not on Facebook and I wanted to make sure they’re weren’t missing out.

It’s also a great way to remind ourselves what fun we have and what a great club we are.

Alan celebrated a birthday at the beginning of this month.
This is him a year or so ago with Nidders. What a superstar he is and a inspiration to all of us.

This was a challenge someone set but it was definitely beyond me. A bit like the actual fells to be fair!

Name the UK Fell Clubs

Bec, brightening up everyone’s day with a suggestion to post photos of your happy races.

Bec’s Happy Running

Moira, sharing her run and showcasing Nidd Valley at its best. The challenge was to name the hill in the top left.

Martin, with his what to with race numbers post on Facebook. I suggested wallpapering a wall but I’m still waiting to see if he did it.

A Strava art challenge or running to avoid people? Is it a dragon?

The youngest and cutest member of NVRR posing in her vest.

Well done Fozzy, that’s tough going in your own garden.  If you are on Facebook check out the video https://www.facebook.com/d56f0914-fb49-43ab-bca5-69c02eda00ca

Well why not! Great chance to wash all your kit in one go!

Guess who took to her bike and the quiet lanes as a change from running? She’s very fast!

Jeremy at his best, a budding film maker running with a kitchen sink on his back and filming at the same time. This generated a few laughs with numerous ‘sink’ related comments. I couldn’t decide if it was a comedy or a sinister horror movie.  https://www.facebook.com/saw48/videos/2977672095655451/ 

Cath, offering map reading skills on line after the disappointment of not being able to do this for real.

Phil V, a screen shot of a short video clip of him taking the proverbial out of a fellow Nidder. Who would have thought!

John Beaumont AKA The Easter Bunny dropping off eggs for children at a safe distance. What a fab thing to do!

Emma Kicks, has been doing several Kick The Core classes on line which have been well received. There’s still plenty of room if you’re interested.

Finally, last but not least.Sam Fugill has been doing Lockdown quizzes again using the zoom app. Great fun, although the questions are tough! Well done and thank you Sam.

So, there you have it, an idea of what you’ve been up to.
I’ve got to say I’m delighted with the ideas and efforts you’re all making to keep us connected. I had no idea you were so creative!

On another note, I’m looking to host a Zoom on line question and answer session open to all members sometime either this week or next.
A chance to chat and ask questions of the committee but I’ll send out the details once I have a firm idea of how this might work.

Best wishes from me to each and every one of you.

NVRR Chair.

The Chair’s Blog – 1st April 2020

Hello everyone,

I have a bit of news to share, so I thought it worth sending out the email a little earlier than expected.

I hope you’re all well and settling into your new lives of social distancing or isolation. I would personally, and on behalf of the club like to thank all our members working in key roles for your dedication and hard work. I know we have many, and I can only imagine how tough it is.

Thank you too, to all the members who have renewed their membership, I know this is an uncertain time financially for many people so thank you.

We have just held a committee meeting using the Zoom meeting app, Oh how I laugh at my I.T skills and the challenges it brings!  I’ve certainly had to lift my game and learn a lot over this past week.

One of the issues the committee has been looking at, is how to keep that sense of belonging within the club and follow the government rules on exercise etc. It changes daily but thanks to some suggestions and what we’ve seen already on the likes of Facebook, I’ve been able to attach a document that will give you some ideas.  Running Ideas COVID19 (002)

I hope you get something from it and are able to keep the motivation levels up and get out to run. If you have any running stories to share over this period please email me, and I’ll look to put them in this email.

Other issues we’ve been considering include the club finances. I know Sylvia has emailed everyone explaining our position. We’re hoping the GF10 race goes ahead which will certainly ease some of the financial pressure.

The new kit has been ordered, but as you might expect, we’re unsure of delivery timescales now.

Our club championship races are being reviewed too, but to be fair we’re having to watch this space as we have very little idea of timescales. That said, we have discussed various ways of salvaging something from the year. We will keep you posted once we know.

Ive been asked by The Harrogate Advertiser to describe the impact of COVID.19 on our running club, so I’ve drafted a short piece, outlining the issues with an emphasis on the way we’ve adapted whilst following the rules! I’m not sure when it will appear but at least you’re aware of it.

Mark David has recently emailed with information on sports discount codes which is always good news but it’s probably worth a mention that Up&Running have an on line service too and will welcome any business.

I think that covers most things, but I will leave you with this piece that Simon Staiano sent me to share. He only just manged to achieve this before the rules on isolation came into being.

Well done Simon, quite an achievement!

Simon’s 100 mile challenge.

Final run of the 100 mile week personal challenge. Fortunately no injuries (well none that I’ve noticed so far) and apart from tired legs I feel pretty good. Certainly well pleased with myself for doing it.
For a lot of proper runners 100 miles is pretty normal but for me it was a huge jump up in volume and had risks because of that. I am now 1 for 2 in personal challenges, my last one, eating only wotsits for a week, failed after one day so at least I’ve managed this challenge. Some stats, 100 miles over 12 runs, 14 hours and 35 mins running, 5479 feet of climb, approx 90 miles ran alone, approx 80 miles ran with a rucksack. Total fruit eaten, one small banana, total veg eaten, one small piece of beetroot. Thanks to my unofficial sponsors, Hoka, Domino’s and Just Eat. Thanks for kind words on Strava and on the odd time I’ve been seen on the road.
I will end this with a quote. “The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, its to test the limit of the human heart” – Bill Bowerman.

Stay at home, stay safe and stay fit everyone!

Best wishes, Christine.
NVRR Chair