Fell Championship 2021

As Sarah Staiano, our Captain said, buckle up, it’s a long one!

I’ve attached a list of races for the Nidd Fell Champs in 2021 after bouncing ideas around a few Nidd fellies. Also available on the club website:


By way of explanation, since we began our Nidd Fell Champs in 2009 we’ve built the race choices in Yorkshire (Dales, Pennines, Moors etc) with a foray into the Lakes and even Lancashire too. We have endeavoured to have a mix of new races/terrain and old firm favourites.

The FRA are very busy at the moment licensing races and releasing the details onto their website:  https://www.fellrunner.org.uk/. There is a section on how the FRA are approaching Covid at races.

Overall, regarding fell races in 2021, it’s a bit of a mixed bag and a developing position as time marches on. Some organisers are eagerly cracking on doing whatever they can to host races and others have taken the option of leaving it to 2022. In particular some low-key races around this time of year (some of whom are firm Nidd favourites) have decided the to do the latter:

Nidd favourites not happening in 2021:

Jack Bloor (Ilkley) – although they are doing a virtual version

Charlesworth Chase (Appletreewick)

Beamsley Beacon (Addingham) – organiser undecided at the moment

Burnsall Classic

Many organisers of races further into the year are playing something of a “wait and see” approach. Overall, please remember these are races put on by clubs just like Nidd and their volunteer members, not professionally organised trail ones. The upshot is that there are a decent number of licensed races in July – September, but right now, fewer for October – December. It’s my belief that these Q4 races will come on stream over the next few months.

Hence the approach of 4 from 8 this year, all previous rules apply. I’ve attached a list of 6 races and we’ll add 2 more as races become available.

These are the most local races to avoid too much travel and there are fewer races available right now, so options are more limited than usual. We’ve historically included a Lakes race (as the home of fell running in England) in the 10miles/3000’ ascent category. In 2020 I was hoping to include Blencathra (an English Champs Race) with a bunk barn stay-over but I think a large group stay-over is probably still a pipe-dream at the moment so in 2021 so it’s not included in our champs either. However, the race is going ahead on 3rd July 2021 and should be a cracker so please do consider having a go – entries open on 10th May.


Ingleborough Mountain Race  – Sat 17th July

This is a brilliant classic race up an iconic Yorkshire mountain (or the nearest we have). It’s from the Ingleton Show. Just ask Sam Fugill how much fun it is (apologies for the private joke).

James Herriot Race – Sun 25th July

This is actually a licensed FRA fell race (albeit not too severe) despite somehow managing to scrape into the road champs too. Folk have to choose if they want their one race to be included in either the road or the fell champs – no double counting. Very popular and a great introduction to fell races.

Round Hill – Sun 8th Aug

Our closest race and organised by our friends at Otley AC. From Timble. Loads of Nidds have either done the race or been around the course so no surprises. One not to miss and we can reccie to our hearts content.

Crowden Horseshoe – Sat 21st Aug

This was last in the fell champs in 2011, but a few of us still remember it well. HQ is near the reservoirs in the Woodhead Pass (South Yorks/Derbys border). Goes over the aptly named Black Hill via the Pennine Way.

Great Whernside – Sat 25th Sept

Same w/e as the Nidd camping trip in Kettlewell organised by Nigel Scaife. Date is bang on. There and back so no nav issues!

Litton Birks Loop – Sun 14th Nov

In Littondale, along from Upper Wharfedale. Included in the 2019 champs when the entry included a chip butty.

Please do refer back to the Nidd website under Fell Running 2021 which includes the 2021 FRA rule changes and the all-important hypothermia leaflet produced by the FRA.

I’m very happy to explain the fell scene to anyone who’ll listen – it’s just a bit different and has lots more history than road. In fact it’s been around before tarmac was invented and before Nike created the sport of road running just to sell it’s newly designed shoes.

I could go on for ages more, if you’d let me.


Nidd Valley Runners – FRA Ambassador

The Racing Post – 19th April 2021

Hi everyone

Captain Kevin and I have been looking ahead to the coming weeks and its looking brighter both literally and metaphorically with some fantastic upcoming races in our road champs! Here’s a round up to get you up to speed… (pun definitely intended!)

Elvington 10 mile.

This Sunday at Elvington, Even Splits are hosting a series of races of various distances, with the 10 mile race counting towards your Road championship badge. You can still enter now using this link – there are no entries on the day. Big Flat Runway Races — Even Splits

They are also looking for volunteers, so if you fancy giving something back to our sport and helping out, you can also register to do that here and you will be allocated a role. https://racebest.com/races/9e3se

Melmerby 10k – Virtual Race

We have the Virtual Melmerby 10k coming up. You can register for this event and take part and submit your time anytime throughout May. Register here or click to read all of the details and pre race registration instructions for this one. Melmerby 10K 2021 – RaceBest

Burton Leonard 10k  – MOB MATCH – 13 June.

This mixed terrain route always offers it’s own challenge for us all!!!  It is however once again going to be our Mob Match, versus our friendly rivals Knaresborough Striders! We won the mob match trophy last time, and to be fair I think Kevin and I would rather walk over hot coals than hand it back, so please, if you only run one race this year, make it this one and help Nidd Valley keep hold of that title!! You can enter here. https://racebest.com/races/7tq5q

If you entered 2020’s race your entry is carried forward to this year. You don’t need to enter again.

Staveley Stampede – sad news

After emailing most of Staveley Village over the last week or so (or it felt a bit like that), I have found out that sadly this popular race wont be happening this year (Covid’s fault!). We will I am certain, be back to support Staveley and help raise more funds for the village hall next year, for now, we will be adding some different races to the road championship calendar to give you plenty of options to get your racing fix.

Also, don’t forget Phil Ventress is organising the Cleveland Way relays on the same date (20 June) which promises to be a great day out. Contact Phil directly if you want to take part in that.

Burn Valley half

Burn Valley Half has been cancelled this year too. Just a little too risky for the organisers to feel they could go ahead safely. Again one for next year.

Fountains 10k

This is on Sunday 18th July and already it looks like a great turnout from Team Nidd, please read all the pre race instructions as there are some Covid compliance health and safety instructions to note. It will be a bit different this year, but still a great challenge and will be good to have the black and gold out in force. Oh yes, and there are a few “unflat” bits, so a few hill reps might be useful in training!! Fountains 10K – RaceBest

Some good news from Sessay!

More positive though, I have heard from our friends at Thirsk and Sewerby Harriers that the Sessay Swift is expected to go ahead this year. It’s not open for entries quite yet, but they sell fast when they go live so keep your eyes open. It’s a fast flat 6k, great fun and a chance to test your speed and stamina on a lovely summer evening in August… that’s how I like to remember it anyway…

 Exciting new races to choose from!

Due to the cancellations, Kevin and I will add The Pontefract 10k, on the 27th June to the calendar, find out more about that here  –The Pontefract 10k – I know a few people mentioned including it to me before and I don’t forget these things!

We have also added something different – the Even Splits York 5k races at Heslington – July (16th), October (22nd) and November (19th) will be added to the calendar to give you plenty of options. Those with a number for the 5k race series from 2020 can use it this year. If you enter the series there are more 5k races – (they offer one per month) however only the July, October and November races will count as qualifiers for the road champs. Take a look and enter here  York 5K Series — Even Splits.

Quick reminder

To qualify for your Road Champs badge you only need to take part in 5 races of any distance.

Please be careful not to over-race, choose your races carefully, train properly and have plenty of rest between them. Some are close in terms of dates but we are trying to give as many of you as possible the chance to take part, feel a part of a great team and qualify for your badge. If you have any questions, please ask Kevin or I and we will gladly help.

Also – Fell Running Phil Robinson will soon be in touch with the Fell races / champs for this year so keep a look out for those.

Thanks for reading all that – now go, go, go and enter a few of these – we can all look forward to wearing our black and gold with pride again on race day.

Have a great week and I’ll see some of you at intervals tomorrow and hopefully lots of you at the club on Thursday,

Captain Sarah and Captain Kevin 😊

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

Ladies flying the flag for NVRR

On Saturday Carol was truly flying as she raced the 25 miles of the Trollers Trot finishing as 1st lady! Amazing performance finishing in 3.41.58. The shorter 12 mile course also attracted another 5 Nidd runners. Debbie G, Annie, Judy, Anne-Marie and not forgetting Bob who finished first in his age category, chose to run together in order to enjoy the companionship and support of fellow team mates whilst taking in the wonderful views.

To me this highlights exactly what our club stands for. It is all about taking part, challenging ourselves but most of all enjoying what we do.

Carol was not content with her win on Saturday and chose to run in the first of the fell championships too. Well done to both Carol and Sarah C for representing the ladies of the Club. I know that they are both keen to see more ladies at the fell races, so why not give it a go?

Well done of course to all the guys who ran the fells too.

Sorry ladies if I have not mentioned your weekend runs but these are the only ones I am aware of. I do hope that you feel inspired by your fellow club mates and want to get involved and get running.


Constant drizzle and wind couldn’t take away the joy of running through this typical Pennine landscape today at the first of the 2015 club fell championship races. 2014’s title holders (Carol, Tim, Sarah and Mark) were back to commence their defence. At the Ian Roberts Fell Race in Marsden above Huddersfield 9 Nidds arrived to experience the moorland route of 10.3K and 260 metres of ascent – plenty of hills and muddy technical descents in a field of 135 runners. Congratulations to Damien Handslip for his first race in a Nidd vest and Simon Harris with his first race for almost a year following injury. Thanks to all 9 Nidds for making the journey across worthwhile. Finishing order:

Tim Harvey (18th) 55.43
Simon Harris (60th) 63.54
Carol Morgan (69th) 66.26
Brian Sherwood (82nd) 69.25
Mark David (85th) 69.58
Damien Handslip (88th) 70.35
Phil Robinson (92nd) 71.20
Dave Seaman (115th) 79.54
Sarah Chalmers (131st) 95.35

A warm clubhouse with loads of cakes and tea was a welcome and friendly recovery.

Results have now been published

Photos from the race are here,  here and here