Results Roundup – 1st May 2018

Good evening, the weekend just gone was another busy one of running and produced another batch of great results.


We’ll start at Harrogate as Nigel Scaife and Mike Benson both got themselves pb’s – Nigel finished in 20:07, while Mike crossed the line in 23:18.

At Fountains Abbey, Ben Baird was the first Nidd to achieve a pb – he said he wanted to get sub 19 minutes and he managed to finish in 18:51. I managed my fastest Fountains time yet of 20:18, as did Becky Barron who finished in 20:48 (she reminded me that she got also got a pb last week but I forgot to mention it!) John Beaumont got his fastest time to date by finishing in 21:44, Russell Geraghty followed with a pb of 21:57, and Faith Hammond crossing the finish line in 36:23.

300 x 200 Challenge April 2018
l-r Dave Seaman, Robert Hill, Tony Ledwaba-Chapman, Alan Harby

Saturday’s parkrun at Fountians was also witness to a momentous occasion featuring four of our much respected club members. Alan Harby, Dave Seaman, Robert Hill, and Tony – Ledwaba- Chapman all form the Nidd Valley ‘300’ club – the 300 refers to their combined age. Their aim was to complete the course in under two hours in total between them, and they did so quite comfortably.

Dave finished in 24:23, Robert in 24:58 (pb), Tony in 27:24, and Alan in 36:01 (also a pb), so the combined time was 1:56:46. An outstanding performance from these guys, they’re a true inspiration and proves that age is just a number.

Sand Dancer 10k

This 10K Multi Terrain originates from the Sunderland to South Shields race, which was the first town to town race ever to be held as far back as 1904. It’s been described as one of the most scenic coastal runs in the country, and on average it gets about 300 entries. Plus all finishers get some soup and a hot bun!

Jane Hill was the sole representative for Nidd Valley at this event, and she put in a cracking performance to get round in 59:33.

Dick Hudsons fell race

Jonny Forster has been busy at running events over the last week. On Thursday night he donned his Nidd Valley vest for the first time and ran at the Dick Hudsons fell race organised by Wharfedale Harriers. This race is ‘straight up, straight down’, with 1100ft of climbing over the 7 mile distance (and for all you fell lovers, it’s classed as ‘BM’ whatever that means). The runners start at the bottom of the track to White Wells in Ilkley, run up to the gate near to Dick Hudsons pub, touch the gate and run back down again. Jonny ran it in 1:09:52, a great effort.

James Forster at Dick Hudson April 2018

Saturday saw Jonny pacing at Harrogate parkrun and on Sunday he took part in the Hardmoors Wainstones Half. We all know how popular the Hardmoors events are and they always fill up really quickly, so well done to Jonny for getting a place. The results haven’t been published yet but hopefully I’ll include them in the next write up.

Blakey Blitz

Another fell type race, this time organised by Esk Valley Fell Club. 99 competitors ran in this event at the weekend, and faced 2850ft of climbing over the 10.5 mile distance. Luke Wakelin was there flying the flag for Nidd Valley, and he put in a storming performance to finish 5th overall with a time of 1:34:09!

Three Peaks Race

The Three Peaks Race traverses Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside and is one of the oldest, most famous, and best organised fell races in Britain. The race covers 37.4 kilometres with 1608 metres of ascent and descent over the most rugged and spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, taking competitors to a height of 723 metres above sea level.

Andy Harris decided to take on this event, and in doing so he managed to finish 257th out of a huge field of 701 finishers. Andy crossed the finish line in a great time of 4:11:51 – a brilliant effort in such a tough race.


For those not in the know, this event covers a distance of more than 60 miles and traverses lots of high ground deep in the Dales. As the route doesn’t really stick to defined footpaths, runners have to rely on their own navigation skills to get round. Being competent with a map and compass, and being physically fit are the two main requirements when considering entering this race.

Having already previously grasped the basics of map reading, and showing a reasonable level of fitness, Carol Morgan decided to have go at his event. To be fair to Carol, she had competed in it three times before with three podium finishes so she knew what was coming. Carol completed the event in 14hrs 19mins, finishing as second lady (and 10 mins ahead of third place).

Carol will now be focussing on her next foray into the hills in couple of weeks – she will be representing Ireland at the World Trail running championships in Spain. I’m sure we’ll all be supporting her, she’s a credit to our running club and her home country.

Fountains 10k

Another Sunday in spring, another club championship race. The weather was not very spring like but that did not deter the vast number NVRR taking part in this very popular local race.

The 2k fun run was the first event of the day, and two podium places were occupied by Nidd juniors Blyth and Denholm.

Fountains 10K April 2018

The 10k race got underway shortly afterwards, and the black and gold vests were flying round the scenic but sometimes hilly and muddy course. First back for the club and fourth overall was Adam Kirk, in a time of 37:52, with Alex Patrickson close by in 39:01 and 8th place overall. Captain Martin Lofthouse just missed out on top ten finish, but he finished in 11th with a time of 40:12 and bagged himself 1st M50.

Next was Kevin Nicholas in 42:21 (and 2nd M50), then Brian Hainsworth in 42:56, and Jamie Dilasser in 43:39.
Nigel Scaife crossed the line in 44:17, Phil Ventress 46:05 (PB), John Beaumont 46:39 (PB), Jim Cook 46:41 and Chris Beattie finished in 48:21.

Sue Simpson was the first Nidd lady to finish, and she crossed the line 50:24 – Sue also managed to finish 2nd F50. Damien Handslip was right behind Sue in 50:27, with Helen Cook finishing next in 50:59. Alex Leslie finished in 50:52, followed by Jeremy Scott in 51:15, then Rachel Hebblethwaite in 51:54, and Paul Manning in 52:36.

Dave Seaman managed to finish as first M70 in a time of 53:36, just after he squeezed past Sarah Hughan, who finished in 53:41 – Sarah did well to keep in front of Dave for most of the race but he just pipped her at the post!

Next was Natasha Harrison in 54:07, with Mark Armstrong finishing soon after in 55:34 – a strong run and finish from Mark after returning from injury, it was great to see him back in club colours. Debbie Gibson crossed the line in 55:59, Jenny Manning in 56:10, Moira Mctague 57:23, and Jeff Walker in 57:06.

Next was Susana Shaw, and she finished in 57:48, followed by Carolyn Easton in 59:12. Rebecca Ventress was next in 59:23, Michelle Smith 1:03:25, Rosemary Thompson 1:04:25, and Sarah Chalmers 1:08:53 (Fountains Fact – Sarah last ran this event in 2008, and Sunday’s race was a pb from her efforts ten years ago, 2 minutes faster this time)

Graham Hyde came in at 1:10:21, and running her first ever 10k and first ever race for Nidd, Hannah Ruddy put in a great performance to finish in 1:14:41. Debbie Dilasser was the final Nidd to finish, and she crossed the line in 1:14:42.

We also had Yvonne Skelton finishing for us – she entered the race has a Harrogate Harrier but finished as part of Nidd Valley! Yvonne completed the race in 57:39, and was fourth F60, so well done Yvonne.

A brilliant performance by team Nidd in a well organised 10k race, and it was great to see some well-deserved prizes dished out to our runners. Dave Seaman and Martin Lofthouse both won a huge bottle of fizz for winning their respective age categories, with the first five Nidd men also getting a prize of £100 to share out between them. Our ladies team were second in the competition, and there were vouchers awarded to Dave Seaman, Moira, Sue Simpson, Kevin Nicholas, and Adam Kirk (I believe some of the prizes have not been claimed or received yet by their rightful owners, please get onto Martin or the race organisers if there are any issues)

Some really strong running at Fountains by Nidds more youthful members !

We had another super turn out of Nidd Juniors at this mornings Fountains 2k Fun Run. Denholm Edwards continued his great form and in spite of a wrong turn, still managed to finish second overall in 8.41. James Shaw raced in for fourth place overall in 9.02 and Blythe Warner was hot on his heels and finished as second girl overall in a speedy 9.12. Next for the club was Hugo Edwards 9.21 and Sam Njie 12.12. Then came our younger girls Lillian Scaife 14.35 and Jessica Beaumont 14.56. Finally we must mention Chloe Beaumont (who is desperate to be old enough to join the club) who finished in 17.15. Wow what wonderful performances by all!

Next weekend is very busy. First we have the PECO x-country relays on Sunday 6th May. So far we have Denholm, Hugo, James S, Ellie P, Blythe W and possibly Jess taking part.

300 x 200 Challenge

Many thanks to everybody who turned out at Fountains Abbey this morning to support the Nidd Valley 300 in their bid to achieve an aggregate time of under 2 hours. We did it!

Official times are:
Dave Seaman 24:23
Robert Hill 24:58
Tony Ledwaba-Chapman 27:24
Alan Harby 36:01

Total time 1:52:46

I think we are all pleased with our times but Alan’s I think is exceptional. He’s gone from 38:20 when he did his first ever parkrun with me on 17 February to 37:21 2 weeks ago to 36:01 today. It earns him my nomination for the “Most Improved Runner” award!. Perhaps it was the tremendous support he got from club members that pushed him along. I did a search for “Nidd” in the results and found this. Just shows what a supportive bunch of members we have, (Yvonne Skelton needs to update her parkrun profile now that she’s defected. Welcome Yvonne – also Martin Weeks!) Thanks also to Marcos Montaña León who ran with Tony and to Andrew Aird who ran with Robert I presume, as they finished together

(Dave Seaman)

Results Roundup – Thursday 26th April

Here’s a quick look at last weekend’s efforts from Nidd Valley. The unseasonably warm weather played a huge part in making it more difficult than usual for our marathoners in London on Sunday, but thankfully everyone made it over the finish line safely!

There were some new PB’s achieved this weekend at various parkrun’s across the district. At Fountains Abbey, Russell Geraghty bagged himself his fastest time yet, crossing the line in 22:28, while Debbie and Damien Handslip also achieved PB’s – Debbie finished 29:46 in and Damien in 23:12.
At Harrogate, Kaye Kent managed to get her fastest time yet and crossed the line in 26:15. Over at York Racecourse, James Braddon secured PB on the flat and fast course with a time of 18:59, as did Jonny Forster in a time of 20:36.

Burnsall half marathon
The description of the race is taken from the event website:

The first race in the Due North Race Series is set at the beautiful riverside location of Burnsall. Taking in several sections of the Dales Way footpath with almost 800m of ascent. Climbs rewarded with 360 degree views of the Yorkshire Dales. Riverside paths, stone tracks and open fields provide a great mix of terrain suitable for those new to trail running but also plenty of challenges and interest for the more experienced trail runner. A perfect introduction to the Due North Race series.

Kevin Nicholas was there to be part of this perfect introduction to what sounds like a really great race series. Kev finished in a time 2:00:50.

Yorkshire warrior
Everyone likes a good 10k race every now and then, but chuck in a few cargo nets to climb over, some tyres to run through, and lots of muddy trenches, and you have something which is a bit more of a challenge. The Yorkshire Warrior event in Ripley recently was one such challenge, and Nidd Valley was represented by Jamie Dilasser and son Josh. They tackled the 10k course head on and got round it in one piece in a time of 1:24:41. Impressive stuff.

London Marathon
Running a marathon is most on runner’s wish list, and London is the one that everyone strives to enter. You could spend year after year putting in for a ballot place and being unsuccessful each time, or you can get lucky every now and then and receive the magazine or email that says ‘you’re in’, or get a place through the club draw. Other people go the extra mile and put in for a charity place – not only is the training hard work, put you have to push yourself that little bit further to raise funds for the great cause you choose to support. By whatever means you manage to secure a place, you know you are going to take part in a world famous event.

Emma Dooley – London Marathon Finisher 2018

Training for such an event is task in itself. People usually start around the October before and train right through the winter. This recent winter has been colder, wetter, darker, and longer than people can remember and this has proved a challenge for everyone training for such an event. You can do all the preparation in the world and have everything sorted with regards to nutrition, recovery etc but it can all come down to the actual day itself. Sunday was one of those days – the weather was the warmest on record for the marathon, and no amount of training could prepare the runners for the conditions.

The first Nidd to cross the line was Andy Todd, and he finished in 3:18:18, with Matt Wilkinson next in 3:22:49. Martin Lofthouse was next to finish, in a time of 3:28:22, followed by first Nidd lady home Emma Dooley in 3:47:45. David Shores and Steve Turner, both making their marathon debuts, finished within 30 seconds of each other. Dave crossed the line in 3:58:38, and Steve in 3:59:09. Emma Kettlewell also another marathon first timer, was the next Nidd lady to finish, and she crossed the line in 4:35:48 (Emma managed to spot one of the many celebs running on Sunday – someone called Rochelle Humes. Sings in a band called The Saturdays apparently ), then Bec Carman pushed on to finish in 5:28:30.

All our club runners who took part will have their own unique take on the day, and I’m sure they have already shared those thoughts with some of you this week! Well done to everyone for finishing the best marathon in the world (probably)



2018 Harrogate District Summer Race League

Hi All,

First of all I would like to say a great big thank you to all who turned out for the Park Run at Fountains Abbey last Saturday. Wow! How amazing to have so many black and gold vests there. Everyone played a wonderful part in making it so special. We had the youngest juniors to our oldest member the Amazing Alan. First timers and experienced runners, zip to zoomers and happy pacers, along with wonderful encouragement from a band of Nidd supporters. Well done team!

Now, it’s that exciting time of year again when Martin and myself come along with our set of numbers ready for you all to enter the Evening League. For those new to the club this is a series of evening races hosted by local clubs. All of the races are under 6 miles so well within the capability of all of our members to take part. We do compete as a club against the other local clubs but it’s always friendly and fun. Each race puts food on afterwards (that’s the only reason some people turn up).

This year your Race Number is subsidised by the club so will only cost you £10 (not £13). Four clubs have kindly offered to host races this year. 5th June Skipton AC, 19th June Ilkley Harriers, 5th July Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers and finally 17th July it’s our clubs turn. There will be no handicap race at the end of the season this year just the 4 races listed. Obviously we will expect you help with marshalling and catering when it is our turn.

You must keep your number for each race. They are chipped so do not bend them or put them in the washing machine. It’s a super series of races for a lovely summers evening so go on give it a go! We shall bring numbers along to the club so don’t forget your £10 or you can always pay by BACS into the club account with League and your name as reference.

Let’s make it a record year for our club.

Michelle and Martin

Results Roundup – 14th April 2018

Thirsk 10
Those club members who love the flat tarmac were chomping at the bit for this one – the race had to be rescheduled due to the early spring snow, so the almost perfect running conditions last Sunday was a welcome relief for everyone taking part. The flat and (for some) fast course was a delightful trot through the back lanes and countryside in and around Thirsk. The only nasty bit of the course was the out and back bit at about 7 miles where you could see the frontrunners come past you in the opposite direction! As this was a club championship race, we had a good turn out once again.

Nidd Valley Thirsk 10 8th April 2018

Here’s how you all finished:
Matthew Wilkinson 00:58:58
Andy Todd 01:02:18
Martin Lofthouse 01:03:26
Nigel Scaife 01:07:32
James Braddon 01:08:40
Kevin Nicholas 01:10:45
Jonathan Easton 01:10:45
Kevin Dalton 01:11:43
Rebecca Barron 01:17:54
Sue Simpson 01:18:27
Helen Cook 01:20:18
Jeremy Scott 01:22:08
Alex Leslie 01:22:54
Christina Taylor 01:24:55
Emma Kettlewell 01:26:36
Nicholas Smith 01:27:11
Richard Taylor 01:29:09
Debbie Gibson 01:29:09
Marcos Montana 01:29:29
Colleen Gruenwald 01:37:12
Lynsey Barraclough 01:38:14
Michelle Smith 01:41:30
Rebecca Carman 01:45:40
Jane Hill 01:48:08
Melissa Thomas-Peters 02:00:36
Michelle Dinsdale 02:01:13
Some great times there, I’m sure you all agree!

Manchester Marathon
Jonny Forster got himself a new PB at Manchester, finishing in 4:20:54 – well done Jonny, good effort! Also running at Manchester was John Beaumont and he finished in a very tidy 3:35:01, while Adam Kirk made his marathon debut last weekend and put in a storming performance to achieve an outstanding time of 2:55:22! I don’t think we need to mention anything more about this – running 26.2 miles is an achievement in itself but to do it in under 3 hours (well under!) is something else.

Rotterdam Marathon
This is another flat and potentially fast marathon course, so no doubt it attracts vast numbers of runners searching for that elusive marathon PB. Emma David and hubby Mark were in Holland for this event, with Mark taking part in the quarter marathon (just over 10k) and finishing in 48:54. Emma went for the full mashings and completed the marathon in 3:55:54. Excellent work!

Parkrun – Sat 7th April
Matt Wilkinson got himself a new PB of 17:45, and finished in 1st place at Harrogate. At Woodhouse Moor, Steve Newton also bagged himself a new PB with a time of 24:42.

Parkrun – Saturday 14th April
With about 70 Nidd Valley runners attending yesterday’s event at Fountains Abbey, the total number of runners was well above 500. This made for an exciting Saturday morning jaunt, with club championship points to be earned and the club’s new Zip to Zoomer members graduating. The start line was awash in a sea of Nidd vests and associated colours, and we even got a special mention in the pre-race brief! Everyone performed really well and here are the PB’s:

Nigel SCAIFE 00:19:28
Brian HAINSWORTH 00:19:30
Carol MORGAN 00:20:20
James COOK 00:20:53
Mike BENSON 00:23:29
Robert HILL 00:25:08
Lynsey BARRACLOUGH 00:26:37
Rosemary THOMPSON 00:28:08
Sylvia MORTEN 00:31:29
Sarah CHALMERS 00:31:36
Jessica BEAUMONT 00:32:44
Alexandra WELBURN 00:35:46
Alan HARBY 00:37:21

The recent group of Zip to Zoomers also graduated at Fountains:

Vickie Bailey, Katie Sawnnie, Lianne Coiley, Jill Hornsby , Faith Hamond, Lisa Morton, Lorna Simpson, Katy Jarrett, Emily Crankshaw, Laura Gibson, Gayle Wise, Beth Pears, Lisa Storey, Christine Parker, Emma Ralston, Joanne Waring, Penelope Tiffney, and Carol Coates – massive well done to you all!

At Harrogate, Jeremy Scott ran his 200th parkrun, while Mark Armstrong – hopefully making a speedy recovery from injury, ran his 100th. Also running her 100th was Colleen Gruenwald.

Team Nidd at Fountain’s Abbey Parkrun 14th April 2018

Zip to Zoom Graduation Run 14th April 2018

Blubberhouses 25
Running 25 miles is enough of a challenge for anyone, but chuck in some mud, unpredictable spring weather and some massive hills, it becomes a huge challenge. Nidd had six intrepid hill lovers take part in this event last weekend but unfortunately only five managed to finish – Graham Hyde was struggling by the time he got to the 14 mile checkpoint at Storiths, and he very sensibly decided to end his race there. Better luck next time Graham – move forward from this experience and focus on your next challenge!

Brain Hainsworth, Phil Ventress, and Mike Benson all got PB’s and finished around 5:44, Jeff Walker in 6:33, and Fiona Robinson in 7:19.

The next event like this organised by Nidderdale LDWA is the Wensleydale Wedge in November. It’s £8 to enter, an absolute bargain.

Baildon Boundary Way
This half marathon distance multi terrain event conveniently starts from Baildon and has plenty to offer in regards to mud and hills. Phil Robinson and son Alex took part in this event, and it was Alex’s first crack at this distance. He managed and impressive 30th place overall out of 337 runners, finishing in a time of 1hr 44 mins. Phil crossed the line in 169th place, with a time of 2hrs 11 mins.