[NVRR] PECO XC League

Hello mud lovers,
Early heads-up that entries for the PECO XC League are now open. This is our winter cross-country inter-club race series and also forms the main basis of our individual club XC championships.
There are five races in the series and it only costs £15 to enter the full series (you can also enter races individually if you wish but each one costs £7). If you have any questions please just shout up.
For those who haven’t taken part in the races before they are generally in the Leeds area and most of the courses are around 5 miles. There is a really friendly atmosphere – a bit like Summer Evening League and food is usually available after each race. It would be great to get a really big Nidd Valley turnout again this year and consolidate our place in the league.
So please get entering. Sarah C or I will send out reminders for each individual race nearer the time, the first one being on Sunday 24 November at the beautiful Temple Newsam.
Captain G

Week Ahead – Sunday 29th September 2019

Evening All,

I just have to begin by congratulating everyone who travelled to Redcar today, on what had to be one of the wettest days for months!

We had people racing in the junior 2K, the 5K, 10K and of course our championship race, the half marathon. There was a huge sense of team spirit, with people pushing themselves to personal bests, people doing their very first half marathon and others giving support to the runners.

Well done team Nidd!

Moving on to the week ahead we have our usual club nights, a committee meeting and another championship race at the weekend.

Tuesday 1/10/19 Hockey Club 7pm
There may be some tired legs so I’ll let those of you at the club decide on a route of your choice.

Wednesday 2/10/19.
Committee Meeting.
Christina Taylor, our secretary, has sent out requests for items to be added to the agenda. So please email her with any issues you would like to be discussed or addressed.

Thursday 3/10/19 Social Run. Hockey Club.
Route. Knox
Over the iron bridge, Woodfield Road, Skipton Road, Kings Road, Coldbath Road, Pannal Ash Road, Green Lane, M&S, St Aidan’s, Slingsby Walk, Claro Road.
6 miles.

Sunday. 6/10/19. 11am.
Grewelthorpe multi terrain race. 13KM. Swinton Estate, near Masham.
Please refer to the race website for full details.

Pacing Groups. Social Run.
Group 1. – Approx 8 to 8.30 minute mile pace
Group 2. – Approx 9 to 9.30 minute mile pace
Group 3. – Approx 10 to 10.30 minute mile pace
Group 4 – Approx 10.30 to 11 minute mile pace
Group 5 – Social, recovery run with no pace in mind but a chance to chat as you jog, going as far as you want.

Health and Safety Briefing.
Use a head torch.
Warm up and stretch off after running.
Buddy up with someone where possible.
Report any injuries to Bec Carman our Welfare Rep, or any Committee member.

Best Wishes, Christine.
NVRR Chair.

The Week Ahead – Sunday 22nd September 2019

Afternoon All,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying some good running and, of course, the UCI World Cycling Championships. It was great to see so many of you this morning at the Crag Rat Race. Well done to everyone.

I thought it would be a good idea to give you some brief information on a few things planned in the near future, and what’s going on behind the scenes as we head further into Autumn/Winter.

Our plogging event was very well received and thanks to Sarah Chalmers we’ve received a good cause award of £250 from Taylors of Harrogate / Bettys. We intend to buy large bin bags, litter pickers and gloves for next time with this money.

Sarah and Martin our team captains have compiled the 2019/2020 winter cross country races for our championships. Full information can be found on our website. Run 5 races and you’ll receive a medal!

Jeff Walker is taking the lead on another couch to 5K training course which starts early October and judging by the number of enquiries, its going to be a huge success.

October is considered a rest or quiet month in terms of coached sessions for us but the usual Tuesday and Thursday sessions will take place from the hockey club.

Sam Fugill has been busy in recent months pulling together our Guy Fawkes 10 mile race. Everything is on track, with places sold out in record time! There will be recce runs of the route throughout October. It’s a steady pace for everyone involved so don’t be shy.

We have a Nidd Valley social quiz charity event in the planning for 22nd November. No running involved just intellect and a sense of fun. Nadene will be sending out full information very soon.

Emma Kicks will be coordinating winter interval sessions starting in November in blocks of 6 weeks.

Finally, we are in the early stages of linking up with other local clubs to coordinate a Round Harrogate Relay Run with teams from each club. The date is yet to be confirmed but January is looking good.

The Week Ahead.

Tuesday 24/9/19.
Social run from the hockey club or an easy interval session for those of you following the half marathon plan.
Route. Knaresborough.
Kingsley Drive, Knaresborough road, Boroughbridge Road, Stockwell Lane, Briggate, Forest Moor Road, Morrison’s and Kingsley Drive. 7 miles.

Thursday 26/9/19
Social run from the hockey club.
Route. Green Lane.
Claro Road, Hospital, Slingsby Walk, Oatlands Drive, Hookstone Road to M&S, Leadhall Lane, Green Lane, Beckwith Road, Otley Road. 7 miles.

Sunday 29/9/19. Redcar Half Marathon Race.
Please read the information on coach pick up times and locations from Kevin Dalton.
There is a running festival taking place in Redcar so if you’re travelling independently please leave plenty of time for parking as I expect it will be restricted and limited.
Debbie Dilasser has organised the fish and chips meal, post race . If you haven’t already placed your order with her please do so now.

Pacing Groups. Social Run.
Group 1. – Approx 8 to 8.30 minute mile pace
Group 2. – Approx 9 to 9.30 minute mile pace
Group 3. – Approx 10 to 10.30 minute mile pace
Group 4 – Approx 10.30 to 11 minute mile pace
Group 5 – Social, recovery run with no pace in mind but a chance to chat as you jog, going as far as you want.

Health and Safety Briefing.
Its dark now so head torches and high viz clothing are essential!
Warm up and stretch off after running.
Buddy up with someone where possible.
Report any injuries to Bec Carman our Welfare Rep, or any Committee member.

Best Wishes, Christine.
NVRR Chair.

Westmorland Trail Race – Saturday 14th September 2019

Afternoon.

Seven of us took part in the Westmorland Trail Race yesterday. There are some rumours circulating that Martin Lofthouse got lost. I’m happy to set the record straight with a write up. Sorry it is a bit long. But then again, so was the wait for Martin to finish.

Sam

So Martin told us what was planned:

An eight mile trip round Westmorland,

Of muddy paths and trails uneven,

In the hills ‘round Kirby Stephen.

“Oh yes”, we mumbled, “that sounds fine”,

And all set off in one long line,

Of Brian, Nige, and Martin L,

And promised a pint, I’d gone as well.

With Rachael, Jane, and Emma D,

And Chief Cheerleader Sarah C,

In convoy come from Harrogate,

We’d left at twelve (not to be late).

We slowly gathered near the start,

With Martin eager to depart,

And giddy with excitement heady,

Brian stood with Garmin ready.

 

We turned our eyes towards the hill,

(the sight of it made some feel ill),

And the hill, it was a grinding climb,

But the race did not allow the time,

For the Nidders, panting now,

With beads of sweat upon the brow,

And sheep shit upon leg and shoe,

To stop and to take in the view.

I speak the truth: the climb was grim,

In the hunt for plateau rim.

Slowly, slowly, up the rocks,

Gasped the team of panting crocks.

(Apologies to the fitter members,

If this poet misremembers,

From his place out near the back,

Worrying about a heart attack).

 

Will this climbing never stop?

Where, oh, where’s the bloody top?

Will this torture never end?

Is that a skyline round the bend?

Will this anguish ne’er be done?

That bastard Martin calls this fun?!

 

At last! At last! The top is gained!

And tho’ windy, it’s not rained,

As much or hard as by traditions,

Of the usual fell race conditions.

 

With us bringing up the back,

Martin ran on in gold and black,

Up hill, down dale, and peak and glen,

With those leading mounting men.

Off he went our Captain bold,

We followed on as we’d been told,

Over rock and fell and muddy ditch

(Those at the back began to bitch),

With climb and drop and zig and zag,

Off Martin ran and did not flag.

 

I mentioned flags and with reason sound,

For they were placed along the ground,

To keep us runners in the know,

Of our directions and where to go.

But what is this? O sad disaster!

That Martin, our Captain and Master,

Unknown to us, had not heeded,

The flags and markers clearly needed,

To keep him and those of speed,

Out in the front and in the lead.

 

So turning right (the signs we’d read),

Martin continued straight ahead,

A choice today that surely gauls,

Those athletic know-it-alls.

Down we ran to plashing brook,

Unaware of the route they’d took,

And it never came to mind,

That those up front were now behind.

 

On we ran, but were shocked to browse,

That our route was blocked by cows.

With hills to right and water left,

How we would we pass the bovine heft?

But concerns were brief and were unfounded,

What happened next left us astounded:

The bullocks turned and then they bounded,

Along the route, runners surrounded.

And they maintained a nifty pace,

It was like they’d joined in the race.

Although likely lethal, it was good fun,

To try a Cumbrian bull run!

 

‘Though here’s a question on which to ponder,

Of cows and bulls in hillside yonder,

If they run a race, and jog, and lumber,

Where on a bull do you pin the number?

 

Let’s leave this question philosophic,

And get back to this: our topic.

We left the hill and turned right,

With the next summit now in sight,

And with tired legs and panting chest,

Continued in our hilly quest.

And as our legs began to ache,

The faster runners did overtake,

Us on those final racing miles,

On fields, through gates and over stiles.

Well this was odd and this was queer,

It’s not normal for me to appear,

Up near the front, especially when,

Racing alongside fitter men.

 

The final descent got quite frenetic,

And I was feeling unduly athletic,

Fancying that I looked quite fine,

As I hit the finish line,

To cheers from Nigel and from Bri.

I looked around but could not spy,

Our Captain. Well he should be here,

So where is he? Oh dear, oh dear.

Emma appeared, followed by Jane,

And made their ways along the lane,

So we ordered cake and had some tea,

To wait for Martin and Rachael P.

When they turned up, we all laughed,

At Martin’s navigation craft,

As he told us he was late,

‘Cos he’d made ten miles from eight.

We thought it great, ‘though he felt it grim,

That we had finished ahead of him,

And that we would not forget the failing,

Of our much-admired Captain Grayling.

 

And so, with that, our tale is done.

As, in the light of setting sun,

The Nidders facing journeys far,

Got changed and climbed into the car,

And all agreed that there was no doubt:

A cracking run and a grand day out.

Week Ahead – Sunday 15th September 2019

Good Afternoon

I probably need to begin this weeks email by reassuring you that I still exist! Ive not made it to club nights as I’m still busy keeping the injury bench warm and Ive been away working.

I did manage to see some friendly Nidd faces at the park run these past few weekends and I will be at Knaresborough supporting those of you running the Crag Rat Race, one of my favourites.

I know Sarah and Martin are busy behind the scenes considering races for next year and I believe the Peco cross country dates have been published too.

In other news Jeff Walker is taking the lead in doing another Couch to 5K training plan which has had lots of people expressing an interest.

The committee have linked up with the junior section and are in the process of sourcing new running kit. There will be options for male, female or children’s vests, tee shirts, hoodies etc in our Nidd Valley colours.

Finally, thank you to Kevin for producing another informative newsletter.

So, onto this week.

Tuesday. 17/9/19.
Those of you following the Redcar half marathon plan will be looking to do an interval session. I haven’t heard of anyone volunteering to lead a session but I’m sure you’re all familiar with the plan and able to do either your own or a group session.

Those of you planning to run from the club I suggest you decide collectively which route to follow as time is against you now with the light fading fast.

Thursday 19/9/19.
Club social run. Knox. 5 miles
Over the railway, Woodfield Road, Tennyson Avenue, Bachelor Gardens, Knox Avenue, Skipton Road, Ripon Road, West Park and York Place back to the club.

Sunday 22/9/19. Crag Rat Race.
Please refer to the race website for full details.

Pacing Groups. Social Run.
Group 1. – Approx 8 to 8.30 minute mile pace
Group 2. – Approx 9 to 9.30 minute mile pace
Group 3. – Approx 10 to 10.30 minute mile pace
Group 4 – Approx 10.30 to 11 minute mile pace
Group 5 – Social, recovery run with no pace in mind but a chance to chat as you jog, going as far as you want.

Health and Safety Briefing.
Warm up and stretch off after running.
Buddy up with someone where possible.
Report any injuries to Bec Carman our Welfare Rep, or any Committee member.

Best Wishes, Christine.
NVRR Chair.