Fountains Abbey parkrun – Saturday 30th March 2019

A total of 54 Nidders took part at Fountains Abbey parkrun on Saturday 30th March, what a lovely morning for race number 2 in the Road Championships. Some fantastic times, including plenty of PBs and first time Fountains parkrunners, well done everyone.

Next up in race 3 in the Fell Championships – Buckden Out Moor this coming Saturday, more details here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I will see some of you tomorrow at the Peco Relays.


Fountains Abbey parkrun March 2019

Harrogate District Summer Race League

Good evening everyone,

A message from Sarah Chalmers:

As some of you are aware I am the new ladies captain stepping into Michelle’s shoes, which is a daunting task given all the hard work she has done for the club over the years. I am not new to the committee having a done a few years as both Secretary and as a General Member. Those who know me, and for those that don’t, I have been a member of Nidd Valley for a good many years now, I still remember the very smelly changing rooms at our old club HQ at Starbeck Railway and indeed the after run drinks in the Dagger! I am a keen off road runner, and am most at home on the fells, but, where the views will distract me, do the odd road race, and I love love cross country.

Anyway on to business, and my first job is to remind everyone to enter this year’s summer evening league series. The League website is here For those of you who are new to the club these are a series of races, between 5-6 miles, mainly on road, but including off road paths, organised by the local running clubs. All races are followed by food provided for by the host club, its fair to say that when Nidd host the food is always commented on as it’s the Best! These races are always well supported by the club and you are sure of a big cheer as you cross the finish line. It is also a great way to meet other runners for the local club. Although these are races, and there are prizes for the winning clubs, it is also friendly and a nice way to spend a summer evening. There is a one-off fee to cover the whole series of races and the handicap race, which is the concluding race and includes presentations of both the league club prizes and individual prizes. The cost of entry for the five races and food is a bargain at £13.00.

The link below will take you to the racebest site for entries and there is also more details about the races and a link to the HDSRL website, this is where you will find details of the race locations and courses in due course.

The first race is hosted by Harrogate Harriers and Martin and I will be there to hand out your numbers.

I want to join in !

21st May – Harrogate Harriers and AC

4th June – Ripon Runners

20th June Dragons Running Club

2nd July – Knaresborough Striders

17th July – Wetherby Runners

Thank you all.


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.

Round 3 – Road Championship and Zip to Zoom Graduation

This coming Saturday 14th April sees Round 3 of our club road champs and the excitement is palpable! The race is at Fountains Abbey Parkrun and is the shortest and easiest of the season so well within everyone’s capabilities. The run starts at 9:00 as usual.

It doesn’t matter whether you are chasing points in the club champs or not, please come along and make this another great gold and black social event. For those of you who’ve not been to Fountains before there is a lovely cafe for afterwards where you can reward your efforts with coffee and cake or a bacon sarnie. Even if you can’t or don’t want to run please come along and support your team mates and encourage friends and family to come along too. It is one of the most beautiful Parkruns in the country too.

Now for the usual reminders:
Don’t forget your bar code – without it you won’t get a result
Don’t forget to wear the gold and black vest (this will give you super powers)
Try to car share as much as possible
Bring your pennies for the cafe afterwards

Saturday, and the Fountains Abbey parkrun, is also the scene for the graduation run of cohort two of the Zip to Zoom programme. There promises to be a huge Nidd Valley contingent at Fountains so come along, wear your club colours and support all the runners.

So I’ll hope, nay, expect to see you all on Saturday morning, it will be fun.

Martin (Captain Grayling)

Guiseley Gallop 2018

26 Nidders took part in today’s Guiseley Gallop.  Full results are here