Race Report: The Kinder Downfall, 28th April 2019

This a fell race from Hayfield in the Peak District taking in 600m of climb and Kinder Scout along its 15.4 kilometers.

Kinder Downfall View

This race has been on my list ever since I started running, I used to take part in the junior races as a kid, but as a senior I’d never made it to the start line for various reasons. This year the day dawned dry but over cast.

The race starts, as all good fell races do, by casually blocking off the main road through the village, listening to a short briefing before a bloke shouts ‘GO’ and we all head of up the road and off across the fields. We passed ‘Twenty Trees’ a small copse of …19… trees and then pick up the Snake path to the bottom of William Clough where it kicks up to Ashop Head. This is a particularly poignant part of the race because it is the route of the Mass Trespass of 1932.

If you’ve not heard of this, look it up, it’s an important part of the social history of this country, but in brief… Historically, average Joes like thee and me did not have unbridled access to the countryside. On the 24th of April, 1932, two groups of ramblers organised a wilful trespass onto the slopes of Kinder Scout to highlight the fact that walkers in England and Wales were denied access to areas of open country. This act of civil disobedience is argued to have been the catalyst of events that resulted in the passage of the National Parks legislation in 1949 and the CRoW act in 2000, both of which secure our access to open green spaces today.

I’m confident it is not a coincidence that this race, along this route, is held close to the anniversary of this event.

As we climbed, my thoughts were with those trespassers of 87 years ago, some of whom faced jail time for their efforts. Without them we’d not be able to enjoy places like these, it also took my mind off the relentless drag on up, which I was really just a means to an end.

As Kinder Scout is a Plateau, once you’re up, you’re up! Which is my kind of race, all flat and downhill from here, the sun had even put in an appearance… weeee! The route hugs the western edge with cracking views of the Kinder reservoir below. Crossing the Downfall marks about half way and then the route wends its way over swine’s back down to the final checkpoint at Edale Cross, a medieval boundary marker. After this it bounds off for home across Tunstead meadows. This is a fabulous bit of downhill running, smooth grassy fields allowing for full windmill and striding out. Unfortunately it all rather crunches to a halt as you hit the road for the final flat mile which was quite the trial and hard on tired legs, but I trundled over the line in 2 hours dead, happy as a clam with my day out on the hills of home.

Report by Cath Barber

Latest Results – Thursday 17th January 2019

It’s fair to say that I have been a bit slack recently when it has come to publishing race results. I blame this purely on the fact the club is expanding at such a fast rate with people running at events all over the place, it’s difficult to keep up!

October was the last time I sent out a results round up, and no doubt there has been lots going on since then. There have been a couple of PECO XC events but I haven’t included them as there were so many club members taking part. I’ve also left out parkrun (as much as it pains me to do so as there have been some great achievements recently in regards to people getting a new PB and people completing their 50th/100th/250th event) as again there a lots of Nidds running every Saturday morning at Harrogate/Fountains Abbey/all over the globe, so once more it’s difficult to keep tabs on everyone.

Latest set of results for your information.

The Whixley 10k on October 28th was the 21st and final race of the 2018 Club Road Championship and we had a huge turnout.
Martin Lofthouse 38:59
John Beaumont 44:56
Mark Armstrong 47:04
Jane Evans 47:21
Rob Snow 47:56
Sue Simpson 48:24
Mike Benson 48:26
James Barnett 49:12
Jeremy Scott 49:57
Christine Jones 50:21
Nadene Wilkinson 51:20
Richard Taylor 53:28
Marcos Montana 54:34
Kevin Nicholas 58:23
Jane Wilkinson 1:00:04
Jane Hill 1:00:58
Joanne Waring 1:01:19
Graham Hyde 1:01:42
Bec Carmen 1:02:10

Whixley 10k October 2018

Amsterdam Half marathon
Andy Harris 1:43:18
Matt Rickard 1:45:15
Sam Fugill 1:47:03
Jane Hill 2:20:07
Jane Wilkinson 2:28:00
Michelle Beaumont 2:49:36

Amsterdam Full
Martin Lofthouse 3:10:02
John Beaumont 3:32:43
Kevin Dalton 3:44:29
Debbie Gibson 04:08:48
Michelle Smith 4:59:51

Wensleydale Wedge
Lee Welsby 3:56
Jon Easton 4:18
Phil Ventress 4:44
Brian Hainsworth 4:44
Jane Evans 4:56
Jenny Manning 6:18
Paul Manning 6:18
Debbie Gibson 6:18
Cath Barber 6:19
Dave & Rachel Prince 6:37

Jolly Holly Jog
Alex Patrickson 0:39:29.3
Andy Todd 0:40:20.7
Martin Lofthouse 0:41:23.3
Kevin Dalton 0:43:46.5
Nigel Scaife 0:43:48.6
Andrew Peagram 0:46:36.1
Michael Deacon 0:48:29.6
Simon Staiano 0:48:37.1
Jane Evans 0:49:23.5
Michael Benson 0:49:23.4
James Knapp 0:50:01.3
Jamie Dilasser 0:50:18.6
Sarah Hughan 0:51:08.3
Fiona Deacon 0:52:10.6
Christine Holleran 0:53:02.0
Andrew Aird 0:53:58.0
Jeremy Scott 0:55:09.3
Dave Seaman 0:55:29.3
Emma David 0:56:43.6
Hannah Peagram 0:57:01.1
Christina Taylor 0:57:04.0
Nicola Smith 0:57:53.7
Jenny Manning 0:58:45.3
Ari Greenberg 0:59:03.1
Nadene Wilkinson 0:59:52.8
Gary Dooley 1:00:48.6
Moira Mc tague 1:01:25.7
Debbie Dilasser 1:02:10.6
Rosmary Thompson 1:03:24.6
Jeff Walker 1:03:23.8
Debbie Handslip 1:06:56.9
Joanne Waring 1:08:37.7
Graham Hyde 1:09:30.2
Sarah Chalmers 1:10:44.1
Jane Hill 1:11:33.7
Jill Hornsby 1:16:31.6
Fiona Robinson 1:16:31.3
Lianne Coiley 1:16:31.9

Jolly Holly Jog 2018

Soreen Stanbury Splash
Cath Barber kindly summed up the day:
Sunday the 13th January saw 3 Nidds heading over to Haworth for a 6.2 mile 1,200ft race put on by Wharfedale Harriers.
We set off from Harrogate on a lovely morning, but soon after cresting Blubberhouses moor we realised that, amongst other things, shorts were probably not the best choice… ahem, one word for it is…Claggy…
The weather got rougher the closer we got to Penistone Hill Country park, there may have been a small flicker in the resolve…
After struggling, bent double, across the car park to register and pick up our complimentary malt loaf we retreated to the car, watching others do the same and question our sanity. It really was a rather blowy. At least we weren’t on the Spine though.. right!
We held out until 11.20 but then had to break out and into the quarry bottom to huddle up with 250 odd other hardy souls in the lee of an outcrop and watch the rain sheet across. At 11.30 we were away, out of the quarry and down the track.
This race takes in wide tracks, narrow trods, steep banks and 5 river crossings (hence ‘splash’), this year it also took in gale force winds which often made forward progress difficult on the way out. But each cloud has a silver lining, and after turning about at the penultimate river, it was possible to get up some grand speed with the wind behind, the one time it was beneficial to run with your elbows stuck out, good sail!
Martin took the Nidd honours finishing in 43rd place, in a time of 56:29
Cath came in next in 182nd in 1:17:44 and was then thoroughly confused by the arrival of
Jane in 208th in 1:22:51. Turns out she’d tweaked ankle early doors and commendably nursed it round. Normal service will be resumed once Boston is safely negotiated, I’m sure!
Having said all that, times are frankly irrelevant as survival was the main aim of the day.
After retreating to the pub for dry clothes, soup and a roll, tea, a cheeky half and a peer at the video of the race we’d just run (who ever said fell running was behind the times) we stayed for the clapping, got a load of confectionary chucked at us, and left several malt loaves and curlywurlys to the good.

Auld Lang Syne fell race
3 Nidds were at the ALS at Haworth in the usually windy but unusually mild conditions.
Alex Robinson 51.11 (48th out of 327 finishers)
FRP 65.44
Sarah C 92.09 (and “happy as Larry” that she didn’t slide on her bum on the really steep bit.

MONTANE® Spine® Race

The MONTANE® Spine® Race is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. A truly epic challenge that will test your physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the most iconic trail in the UK, the Pennine Way, you will experience the full intensity and ferocity of the British Winter.  From Edale to Kirk Yetholm.

Matt Wilkinson made it to the start line in Edale for this epic 268 mile race but after (an impressive) 50 miles he retired.

The winner of this race was Jasmin Paris.  Look her up as she is an amazing human being.  She completed the course in a record time of 83 hours 12 minutes and 37 seconds.  A course record and unfortunately takes the women’s course record previously held by the one and only Carol Morgan.

Matt Wilkinson

MONTANE® Spine® Challenger

This one is just 108 miles, from Edale to Hadraw and was taken on by Carol Morgan and husband Simon Franklin.  Carol was Carol and smashed it.  She completed the course, taking first woman and 6th overall in a staggering 31 hours 47 minutes and 37 seconds.  Simon trailed in after Carol in 39 hours 42 minutes and 2 seconds.  Both are truly remarkable athletes and deserve a massive lie down.

Results Roundup – Wednesday 17th October 2018

Good evening, here are all the latest club results.

It’s been a few weeks since I last sent any out and there has been lots going on. I haven’t included any parkrun times due to the number of races over the last three or four weeks.

These aren’t in any particular order and hopefully everyone who has raced has got a mention…….

Beck Busters 10k
This is a new multi terrain 10km race starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Bishop Monkton and raising funds for the local primary school. Although it’s not in the club champs, it’s great to support a local event and hopefully there will be many more in the years to come.

A scenic route no doubt, with a bit of a splash through the beck at the end. Here are the finishing times:

Martin Lofthouse 40:44
James Braddon 45:31
Damien Handslip 50:37
Emma David 51:14
Moira Mctague 58:50
Debbie Handslip 1:01:00
Jane Hill 1:05:23

Lockton Limping
This fell event was organised by York Knavesmires Harriers, and is part of the Dave Parry winter series. It’s ‘BM’ category fell race with 1083 ft of climb over 6.5 miles, around the locality of the village of Lockton, not far from Pickering. Six runners from NVRR took part in this, here’s how they finished:

Luke Wakelin 56:57
Eduardo Piano 57:12
Nigel Scaife 60:24
Chris Beattie 68:24
Jane Evans 69:24
Phil Robinson 69:27
Fiona Robinson 102:20

Hodgson Brothers fell relay
Staying in the fells, or the Lakeland fells to be more precise, 8 runners represented the club at the recent Hodgson Brothers fell relay event. A tough race right in the heart of the Lake District with around 70 teams taking part, made up of many seasoned and hardcore fell runners. The NVRR team consisted of the following pairs:

Cath Barber & Phil Ventress, Lee Welsby & Simon Harris, FRP Robinson & Chris Beattie, Carol Morgan & Luke Wakelin.

The team put in a cracking effort to finish in a total combined time of 6:27:08.

Reservoir Dogs Ultra
A local ultra-event encompassing the likes of Fewston, Swinsty and Scargill reservoirs along its 35 mile route. With roughly 3100ft of climb during the race, it’s a challenge for even the most experienced runner. Luckily Nidd Valley had sent its ‘elite team’ along for this one!

Phil Ventress 7:16:07
Jeff Walker 8:26:35
Andy Peagram 8:36:26
Fozzy Forster 8:58:15

Bridlington bus trip
The annual bus trip to Brid was once again very successful, and the cold start in the morning made way for some brilliant sunshine for the race. Conditions for the half marathon were almost perfect, and there was a good contingent of black and gold vests in and amongst the 400 or so runners taking part. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we even had representation at the 1 mile fun run!

1 mile fun run

Freddie Brown 8:38
Jessica Beaumont 9:00
Chloe & Michelle Beaumont 12:19

Half marathon

Martin Lofthouse 1:26:40
Any Harris 1:29:36
Nigel Scaife 1:32:08
John Beaumont 1:33:17
Kev Dalton 1:33:17
Jon Easton 1:33:57
Dave Shores 1:40:57
Sam Fugill 1:43:36
Rob Snow 1:45:13
Andrew Aird 1:50:55
Dave Seaman 1:51:46
James Barnett 1:52:32
Jeremy Scott 1:53:32
Nadene Wilkinson 1:54:11
Debbie Gibson 1:56:02
Fozzy Forster 2:01:40
Hannah Peagram 2:09:17
Michelle Smith 2:09:43
Jane Hill 2:14:39
Ari Greenberg 2:17:01
Lynsey Barraclough 2:19:57
Jane Wilkinson 2:22:53
Colleen Gruenwald 2:24:48
Nick Smith 2:25:58

Richmond Castle 10k
People always do this race, say they hate it, and then come back again the following year – there’s no real explanation for this, it just happens. This year’s event was no exception as many a hardened Richmond veteran returned to have another crack at the ‘undulating’ course, with the cobbles near to the finish at the castle entrance extra greasy this year as it rained pretty much all day. Considering it was the weekend of the York marathon, NVRR still managed to get 18 runners to this one. A great effort all round considering the dire conditions!

Martin Lofthouse 41:15
Steve Turner 44:44
Christine Holleran 50:38
Paul Manning 52:39
Christine Jones 54:01
James Barnett 54:07
Debbie Gibson 55:34
Jeff Walker 56:01
Jenny Manning 56:30
Nadene Wilkinson 57:07
Hannah Peagram 58:01
Ursula Holmes 59:25
Carolyn Easton 59:59
Ari Greenberg 1:03:02
Jane Wilkinson 1:04:11
Graham Hyde 1:05:32
Sarah Chalmers 1:08:46
Fiona Robinson 1:09:51

Yorkshire 10 mile
10 miles is a good distance for racing, it could be argued that it’s a bit more appealing than 26.2 miles! Here are the Yorkshire 10 mile finishers:

John Beaumont 1:08:50
Maurice Kelly 1:17:49
Bec Carman 1:33:41
Lorna Eley 1:36:35
Kirsty O’Donnell 1:45:07
Michelle Dinsdale 1:54:18
Fiona Cunningham 1:58:00

Yorkshire Marathon
Running a marathon is a challenge for anybody, regardless of their experience or fitness. The time and effort that is put in by an individual to prepare for race day is a true show of commitment, and can push people to their limits. Race day itself always comes around quicker than expected and a fitful night’s sleep is pretty much guaranteed beforehand, and the day will present other unexpected challenges that one cannot simply prepare for. The weather last Sunday at York was not ideal to say the least, certainly not for running 26.2 miles in, but people did, and they finished. From our club, we had 8 runners who all ran brilliantly – I’m sure they will share with you their own experiences of the day, both positive and negative!

Adam Kirk 3:10:37
James Cook 3:27:36
Emma Dooley 3:42
Brian Hainsworth 3:47:48
Sarah Hughan 3:53:40
Robert Hill 4:37:44
Marcos Montana 5:05:52
Jane Hill 5:03:26

Lakes in a Day
I only heard about this race the other day, so here is some blurb taken straight from the event website:

‘50 miles, 4000m ascent – a journey on foot from the very top of the Lake District at Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere. It might not be the easiest traverse but it will be the most spectacular!’

A cracking route by all accounts – runners are unsupported, and there are three decent feed stations along the way. Again the (very wet) weather played a huge part in this event, so much so that the race was delayed for a while at one point due to a river bursting its banks! A diversion had to be quickly sorted out by the organisers and the runners were on their way again after about 25 minutes.

Carol Morgan naturally took these conditions in her stride, finishing as 2nd lady in a total time of 14hrs 11 mins 14 secs.

Next year’s event is on the 12th October and entries open 5th November if anyone’s interested……

Roche Abbey Autumn Trail Run
There were various distances to choose from at this event organised by Its Grim Up North Running. Fozzy Forster ran the half marathon event and finished in 2:11:11, while in the 20 mile event, Jeremy Scott crossed the line in 3:51:59. Also running in the 20 mile event was Matt Wilkinson – he finished in a time of 2:26:36, finishing in 1st place!!

Other races
At the Chester Marathon, Andy Todd put in an absolute storming effort to finish in 2:59:11 while at the Grewelthorpe multi terrain race Mark David finished in 70:28 and Sarah Chalmers in 1:03:52. James Braddon finished 6th overall at the Beeston 10k in a time of 43:12, while FRP Robinson was the sole Nidd at a very wet Rombalds Romp fell race in Ilkley, finishing in a time of 1 hr 25 mins.

Great running by all!


Results Roundup – Tuesday 25th September 2018

Good evening,

Here are the latest batch of club results, everyone has been really busy again over the last few weeks producing great results.

In the highly unlikely of me missing somebody out or not mentioning a race that occurred, please send me the appropriate feedback so I can rectify any issues……….

Tadcaster 10

This club championship race was described as fast and flat by the organisers, and judging by the number of PB’S achieved the description holds true. NVRR had 28 runners making the short jaunt over to Tadcaster for this event, and the weather remained favourable despite a momentum sapping headwind at about mile 7.

First back for the club was Capt. Martin Lofthouse in 1:07:12, with Kevin Dalton not too far behind in 1:09:12. I followed in 1:11:30, and then Brian Hainsworth was next in 1:13:41.

Emma Dooley was the first Nidd lady home, crossing the line in 1:16:09, while Becky Barron was next in 1:16:18. Dave Shores was next in 1:17:11, then Phil Ventress in 1:17:14.

Jane Evans grabbed the first PB of day by finishing in 1:17:46, followed by Sue Simpson who finished in 1:19:46. Knocking 8 minutes off her previous 10 mile time, Sarah Hughan’s marathon training continued to pay off as she finished in 1:20:10, encouraged along by Jamie Dilasser who crossed the line in 1:20:09.

Michael Benson was the next club runner to get a PB as he finished in 1:20:31, and John Mitton was next in 1:22:42. Emma Kettlewell finished in 1:24:25 and achieved a PB (and she got herself her a new parkrun PB the day before!), followed by Jeremy Scott in 1:24:25.

Christine Jones brushed any injury doubts to one side as she got herself a new course PB of 1:25:22, with Debbie Gibson next in 1:28:24. Yvonne Skelton was 1st F65 (no such category at Tad, but it’s a great achievement so it’s worth a mention) and finished in1:29:17. Christina Taylor was next in 1:32:39, followed by Hannah Peagram – running her first race since recovering from injury – who finished in 1:35:48.

Robert Hill was next in 1:36:07, and achieved 3rd M70, followed by Jane Wilkinson in 1:43:30. Michelle Smith crossed the line in 1:44:15, then Colleen Gruenwald in 1:46:19.

Graham Hyde was the next Nidd to get a new fastest time, as he crossed the line in 1:49:46, with Sylvia Morten next in 1:53:15.

Former Zip to Zoomer Fiona Cunningham put in a strong performance to finish in 2:04:27 and getting a new PB for her efforts!

parkrun and other events

On Saturday 15th September, there were new PB’s at Harrogate for Michelle Howe in 22:05 and Jane Evans in 22:29.

At Fountains Abbey Emma Kettlewell achieved a new PB of 24:18, while NVRR junior Liam Escott got his fastest time at Wetherby, finishing in 20:34.

There was more parkrun tourism going on – Andrew Johnson was at Roosevelt Island DC and finished in 32:25, Matt Wilkinson finished 1st at Wycombe Rye parkrun in 18:14, Steve Newton at Woodhouse Moor 25:23, Phil and Fiona Robinson at Ludlow, 26:20 and 35:50 respectively. New Earswick was visited by Amanda Schofield who finished in 33:16.

Last Saturday saw Colleen Gruenwald take part in the Heritage Harbor parkrun, Ottowa, Illinois where she finished as 2nd female in 27:30. It was a two hour drive for Colleen to get to this parkrun – that really is dedication on a Saturday morning!

Iain Scott got a new PB of 24:36 at Harrogate, at Fountains Christine Holleran ran a PB of 22:43, while NVRR junior Beth Whiley also got her fastest time there, finishing in 28:19.

Sarah Chalmers ran the Embsay Fell Race and finished in 43:03, while Nicola Smith tackled the Berlin marathon, crossing the finish line in a very decent time of 4:42:46.

Knaresborough Crag Rat run

Another club champs race, a short one but very local. Many thanks to Knaresborough Striders for putting on a great event (with lots of cakes).

Here are the finishing times:

Alex Patrickson 30:43

Andrew Harris 32:07 (2nd M40)

Martin Lofthouse 32:20 (2ND M50)

Kevin Dalton 33:35

Steven Turner 34:23

John Beaumont 34:40

Rebecca Barron 35:27

Michelle Howe 36:03 (2ND F40)

Mark David 37:13

Maurice Kelly 37:14

Liam Marwood 37:59

Rob Snow 38:28

Sam Fugill 38:37

Philip Robinson 38:45

Michael Benson 38:49

Mark Armstrong 39:12

Sue Simpson 39:13 (2ND F50)

Dave Seaman 39:25 (1ST M70)

Russell Geraughty 39:33

Alex Leslie 40:43

Christine Jones 40:49

Nadene Wilkinson 41:10

Christina Taylor 41:23

Sarah Lofthouse 42:36

Yvonne Skelton 44:25 (2ND F60)

Kaye Kent 44:30

Hannah Peagram 45:56

Carolyn Easton 46:27

Lorna Eley 47:09

Rebecca Carman 48:31

Tony Ledwaba-Chapman 48:36 (2ND M70)

Joanne Waring 49:04

Jane Wilkinson 48:52

Graham Hyde 49:19

Jane Hill 51:06

Sarah Chalmers 53:21

Fiona Robinson 56:10

That’s your lot for now, enjoy the rest of the week (maybe not so much if you have to work) 


Results Roundup – Thursday 13th September 2018

Good afternoon, here are the latest club results.

Wetherby 10k

A popular local race attracting up to 1000 runners, the Wetherby 10k this year was challenging due to the warm weather. NVRR managed to have a good turnout, 24 in total!

Adam Kirk 37:28
Andy Todd 40:12 (1st M55)
Martin Lofthouse 40:58
Jane Evans 47:50
Carol Morgan 48:53
Kevin Nicholas 49:24
Jamie Dilasser 49:26
Alex Leslie 52:33
Christine Jones 52:56
Richard Taylor 53:27
Rebecca Barron 53:32
Christina Taylor 54:53
Alex Crowton 55:03
Jeff Walker 55:17
Marcos Montana 1:01:11
Carol Harpham 1:02:38
Rebecca Carmen 1:02:19
Jane Wilkinson 1:04:22
Lynsey Barraclough 1:05:44
Joanne Waring 1:06:56
Graham Hyde 1:06:39
Debbie Dilasser 1:07:50
Fiona Robinson 1:12:17
Sylvia Morten 1:13:20

Great North Run 2018

This massive event doesn’t really need an introduction, and as a club we had plenty of runners in black and gold making the trip to the North East for this iconic half. Here are the times:

Kevin Dalton 1:34:37 (PB)
Nigel Scaife 1:38:49
Andrew Aird 2:00:31
Nadene Wilkinson 2:02:40
James Forster/Spiderman 2:05:51
Iain Scott 2:13:47
Mark Brown 2:14:09
Lorna Eley 2:16:56
Marcos Montana 2:20:35
Phil Fernyhough 2:21:52
Richard Street 2:24:26
Louise Street 2:24:27
Jane Hill 2:29:35
Graham Hyde 2:33:25 (PB)

Vale of York Half marathon

This event was a bit of an alternative for those not doing the Great North Run, it was a bit more local but still provided a challenge.

Adam Kirk 1:19:16 (PB)
John Beaumont 1:33:12 (PB)
Brian Hainsworth 1:34:04 (PB)
Emma Dooley 1:41:24
Rebecca Maggs 1:45:57
Paul Manning 1:52:24
Debbie Gibson 1:58:10
Robert Hill 2:00:04
Jenny Manning 2:04:31
Michelle Smith 2:20:21
Lynsey Barraclough 2:27:06
Michelle Dinsdale 2:43:35

Yorkshireman Half/Full

This is another popular event, a classic off road event run under FRA rules (taped seams again, and you need your own mug for brews). It starts and finishes at Howarth primary School so there are plenty of hills to get stuck into.

Chris Beattie ran the full 26.2 miles in a time of 5:12:31,and bagged 1st MV60 in the process.Jim Cook also ran the full in 5:11:12. Sarah Chalmers sensibly stuck to the half marathon distance and finished in 3:40:27, as did Christine Holloran who finished in 2:47:04. Matt Wilkinson was running in the pairs event on behalf of Skyrac AC, his second claim club and finishing in 4.17.


There were PB’S at Harrogate for Ben Baird in 18:44 and Mike Benson in 22:01. At Fountains Abbey– John Beaumont got a new PB 20:20, as did NVRR junior Jessica Beaumont in 27:56.

At Chester parkrun, Lorna Eley finished in 27:35, Adam Kirk finished in 2nd place at Pontefract in time of 18:21.Fælledparken parkrun (Denmark) – Yvonne Skelton 26:25, Martin Weeks 28:59 were at possibly the best named parkrun – Fælledparken in Denmark. Yvonne finished in 26:25 and Martin in 28:59.

Last Saturday, Matt Wilkinson got 1st place at Harrogate with time of with 17:36, while there were new PB’S for Emma Kettlewell in 24:19, and Jeff Walker in 25:38.

Plean parkrun Colleen Gruenwald went to Plean parkrun and finished in 29:05, Andy Harris was at Fort William and finished 2nd overall in 20:48, and continuing their tour of Scandinavia, Yvonne Skelton and Martin Weeks ran at Malmo Ribersborg parkrun in Sweden. Yvonne crossed the line in 26:32, and Martin in 29:53.

In other races, Jane Hill finished the Hardmoors Princess Challenge – no results published for this yet, while Catherine Barber ran down a 1 mile mountain bike downhill course TWICE to finish 8th lady overall at the Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial at Havok bike park near Todmorden. Sarah Chalmers and Jane Evans ran at Burnsall Sports Fell race, Jane finishing in 30:11 and Sarah in 46:40.

That’s all for now, well done everybody!


Results Roundup – Tuesday 28th August 2018

Good evening, it’s been a busy few weeks with lots going on, people on holiday etc, but fear not – the kids will be back at school soon and the days will be getting shorter. It’s nearly time to dig out the hi viz and head torch! In the mean time, feel free to peruse the latest batch of race results. What a splendid bunch you are.

If you would like a mention in these write ups then please let me know about any recent races/events you have been part of. Drop me an email or contact me via the Facebooks.

Turner Landscape     

This fell race has all the right letter combinations for the true die hard fell type runner – ER, PM, LK, NS, and is category AM (please speak to FRP if you are unsure what it all means), with 910 m of climb over 17 k. The venue was Seathwaite over in the Lake District, and Nidd Valley had ten of its finest there. Here are the finishers:

Edoardo Piano 01:55:52
Brian Hainsworth 02:04:24
Kevin Nicholas 02:24:03
Phil Robinson 02:27:21
Jane Evans 02:34:47
James Cook 02:36:27
Chris Beattie 02:38:58
Dave Prince 02:46:30
Cath Barber 02:57:49
Debbie Gibson 02:59:19

Staying in the fells, FRP and family have been hitting more trails and hills recently. Phil and Alex braved some awful weather to take part in the wonderfully named Kong Mountain Marathon in the Lakes – a 4 hour score event with plenty of climb involved. Out of 174 runners braving the elements, Alex finished 62nd overall (and 1st M23!) while Phil was 71st overall. Alex’s effort included 13 miles with 4500 ft of climb, and Phil 11 miles with 3500 ft of climb.

Another event they have recently taken part in was the Country Trail Races, which are all 6 miles in distance and competitors follow typed instructions after setting off at intervals. Fiona and Phil  tackled the Calverley Chase on 15th August, then Phil, Fiona and Alex had a go at the Forge Frolic on 22nd August.


At Harrogate on 11th August, Sarah Hughan’s marathon training paid off as she got herself a new PB of 23:03, Adam Kirk got a new PB of 18:39 at Temple Newsham. There was also a bit of parkrun tourism as Nidd junior Ben Rosie (24:48) ran at Fell Foot, Newby Bridge, while another junior, Beth Whiley, ran at Lytham Hall (28:18). At Crosby parkrun, the club was represented by Yvonne Skelton (26:52) and Martin Weeks (29:08).

The tourism continued on Saturday 18th August as Collen Gruenwald ran at Perth (26:20), Nidd junior William Reid at Sheringham (23:50), Mark Armstrong at Keswick (23:34), Tony Chapman at Peckham Rye (28:35) and Lorna Eley ran at Heslington (38:29). At Fountains, Alex Leslie achieved a new PB of 23:18, while at Harrogate there were new PB’s for Kevin Dalton (20:13), Jane Evans (24:20).

Last Saturday saw Adam Kirk finish in first place at Horton Park, Bradford in a time of 18:02, while parkrun tourism was still in full flow with Nadene Wilkinson finishing 26:28 at Brockwell, Herne Hill, and Steve Turner at Prudhoe, crossing the line in 20:52. NVRR womble representative Sam Fugill was at Wimbledon Common, and he finished in 27:04.


Sessay Swift

At 6k, there’s no messing about with this one – straight out of the starting blocks! Another club champ race, another great turnout for Nidd. Here are the results:

Brian Hainsworth 23.57
Kevin Dalton 23.59
Nigel Scaife 24.31
Kevin Nicholas 25.12
James Cook 26.01
Christopher Beattie 26.05
Emma Dooley 26.07
Philip Ventress 26.30
Jeremy Scott 27.05
Jane Evans 27.05
Sarah Hughan 27.11
Richard Taylor 28.00
Sue Simpson 28.11
Christine Jones 29.11
Debbie Gibson 30.04
Nicholas Smith 31.22
Moira McTague 31.32
Yvonne Skelton 32.10
Kirsty O’Donnell 34.02
Bec Carman 34.14
Michelle Smith 34.42
Graham Hyde 35.06 (Course PB!)
Sarah Chalmers 37.59
Chris Parker 40.19
Lianne Coiley 40.28
Jill Hornsby 40.32
Fiona Cunningham 40.50

Smugglers Trod

Jeff Walker took part in this 25 mile event organised by the Yorkshire Coast LDWA. Fully armed with maps and snacks, Jeff had a crack at the route of ‘modest undulations’ that saw him tackle the lovely area around Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingdales Moor, and he finished in a great time of 7 hrs and 48 minutes! Well done Jeff, cracking effort…….

Punk Panther Urban Legend 66km

I believe most of us at the running club are familiar with the local Punk Panther Ultra marathons, they all start and finish around Otley and Pool, all have varying distances over routes in and around the Leeds/Harrogate/Bradford area. A few of our runners have taken part in these events over the last couple of years, they seem to enjoy themselves as they keep going back for more!

Here is the description (copied straight from the website!) of the recent Urban Legend event:

The Urban Legend Ultra is substantially offroad, but takes you right near to the heart of Leeds visiting many of the public greenspaces during the course. It is based on the North West Leeds Greenway. Starting in Otley climbing sharply over the Chevin via Suprise View to Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon, Horsforth, Hawksworth Wood, Kirkstall, Burley Park, Headingley, Hyde Park then along the Meanwood Valley Trail through Adel Woods to Eccup Reservoir, Golden Acre Park, Paul’s Pond, Cookridge, Bramhope back into Otley, before finishing in Pool-in-Wharfedale.

Matt Wilkinson was up for this, he was leading it pretty much all the way round before someone out-sprinted him right at the last stretch! Matt finished in  6:54:43, 2nd overall so it wasn’t a bad effort…….



Results Roundup – Wednesday 9th August 2018

Good evening, here is a quick round up of all the latest race/parkrun results from the last couple of weeks.

James Herriot

This 14k trail race is classed as a ‘road’ event in the club championships, but in reality the road part lasts for about 100m. Castle Bolton in Wensleydale makes for a usually glorious backdrop for this race but this year the weather had other ideas. After weeks and weeks of continuous hot, sunny, dry weather, the total amount of rainfall usually associated with the Dales in summer decided to make an appearance on race day. The rain started in the morning and did not stop until well into the afternoon – in the words of Forrest Gump ‘We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain, and big ol’fat rain, rain that flew in sideways, and sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath’

It was wet but it didn’t deter NVRR sending 23 brave souls in to the murk. Here are the finishing times:

Matt Wilkinson 60.52 (5th overall)

Andy Todd 63.63

Nigel Scaife 69.20

Jon Easton 70.12

Steve Turner 72.48

Chris Beattie 76.48

Phil Ventress 78.97

Jim Cook 79.95

Jane Evans 80.43

Emma Kettlewell 81.32

Christine Holleran 82.80

Steve Newton 85.98

Jeremy Scott 86.90

Debbie Gibson 87.03

Christine Jones 87.08

Christina Taylor 90.73

Jeff Walker 91.48

Rachel Prince 93.93

Dave Prince 93.93

Nadene Wilkinson 94.42

Moira McTague 96.87

Janet Carling 99.17

Ian Scott 107.97

Sarah Chalmers 113.83


Over the last couple of weeks there has been some excellent parkrun results.  On Saturday 21st July there was a new PB of 18:55 for Ben Baird at York, 20:32 for John Beaumont at Harrogate, and Mike Benson 22:54 at Harrogate. At Fountains Abbey Andy Todd finished in 18:35 at and Andrew Aird 23:13.

Last Saturday 28th July saw Andrew Aird at Newcastle and he finished in 22:59, Andrew Peagram ran at Bury St Edmunds in a time of 21:44, Martin Weeks crossed the line at Druridge Bay in 28:11, Ben Rosie 23:51 at Holkham. There was a PB of 26:18 for Colleen Gruenwald at Wetherby, PB of 28:20 for Nidd junior Beth Whiley at Fountains, and a PB of 23:42 for Sarah Hughan at Harrogate.

Last Saturday Adam Kirk was 2nd overall at Cross Flats with a PB of 18:43, Ben Baird got an 18:46 PB at Harrogate, and Mike Benson also got a PB in 22:52 Harrogate.

Round Hill fell race

These local fell races do have an appeal about them – they’re not a great distance to get to, you can enter on the day for a relatively low cost, then you’re done and dusted by lunchtime with the rest of Sunday free to eat/drink/spend some quality time on the Playstation.

 This event, organised by the lovely folk at Otley AC, covered a distance of 8.7 miles with about 1100ft ascent over Blubberhouses Moor from the village of Timble (for all you fell aficionado’s it’s category CM, PM & LK, grid ref 170531) .

Conditions on Sunday were the complete opposite from the previous weekends’ rain fest at James Herriot – the sun was blazing, the ground was bone dry (even the bogs weren’t that boggy, taped seams NOT required). 131 runners finished this event (which, at the start, to be honest looked a bit like a like an Inov8 corporate day out) with 10 made up by Nidd Valley. Here is the list of finishers:

Jonathan Easton 1:15:03

Carol Morgan 1:15:08

Chris Beattie 1:19:50

Jane Evans 1:21:31

Phil Robinson 1:26:45

Jim Cook 1:31:46

Debbie Gibson 1:39:28

Cath Barber 1:43:07

Fiona Robinson 1:58:22

Sarah Chalmers 2:18:07

In other news, Nigel Scaife was 3rd overall in the Sturminster Newton 5k, and Yvonne Skelton completed the Northumberland Coastal Run in 2:36:08.

Results Round Up – Tuesday 17th July

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the club so here is a roundup of all the recent results. On the last batch, I forgot to include Andy Harris in the Staveley Stampede results, he finished 6th overall and in a time of 39:07 – sorry Andy!

Please let me know if you raced and didn’t get a mention or if I’ve missed something like your new parkrun PB – with so many new members it’s difficult to keep tabs on everyone during the racing season. Well done to every one that’s raced over the last few weeks – this unusually prolonged spell of hot weather has made running more challenging than usual! It’s also great to see the Zip to Zoomers enjoying the races and evening league events – your hard work and positive attitude is really evident………

Eccup 10
This race is another popular 10 mile event that usually fills up quite quickly, and is very well attended by clubs from the Leeds/Harrogate area. It also features as one of our club champ races so there was extra points up for grabs. It was hot day so well done to all those who attended.

Here is the finishing list:
Adam Kirk 1:01:30
John Beaumont 1:10:34
Kevin Dalton 1:10:57
Emma Dooley 1:18:44
Sue Simpson 1:22:45
Yvonne Skelton 1:35:35
Michelle Smith 1:46:38
Sylvia Morten 1:56:40
Sarah Chalmers 1:59:48

Harrogate 10k
Harrogate Harriers once again organised this 10k, this time with a bit more of an interesting route which started and finished at their new base at the squash club. Conditions were not great for running as temperatures were up in to the high 20’s, and with no breeze to relieve some of the hot air, the last hundred or so metres up the ‘Crimple Killer ‘ proved to be a bit savage for some folk! Nidd had a good number of runners there to support the Harriers, and all managed to cross the line without any issues despite the conditions…..

Nigel Scaife 00:44:41
David Shores 00:48:49
James Forster 00:51:33
Natasha Harrison 00:54:05
Dave Seaman 00:55:44
Alison Iles 00:56:17
Nicholas Smith 00:58:51
Moira Mctague 00:59:33
Iain Scott 01:00:26
Debbie Dilasser 01:01:10
Russell Geraghty 01:01:19
Susana Shaw 01:02:01
Rosemary Thompson 01:02:18
Marcos Montana 01:02:13
Jane Wilkinson 01:06:30
Fiona Robinson 01:08:30
Martin Weeks 01:08:32

Hadrian’s Wall half
Phil Ventress ran the Hadrian’s Wall half marathon the other week but I forgot to include it the write up! Phil finished in 1:51:16, which was a PB for him at this one.

Burn Valley
This half marathon, which starts and finishes in Masham, was given the nick name of ‘Death Valley’ by one of our club members. This is in no doubt due to the many hills that runners have to ascend over the 13.1 mile route usually in very warm conditions. It’s a great one to enter and another club champs race. Here are the finishers:

Andy Todd 1:31:48.7
Martin Lofthouse 1:32:19.6
Nigel Scaife 1:42:57.6
Kevin Dalton 1:44:35.4
Emma Dooley 1:51:27.3
Christopher Beattie 1:53:13.6
Rebecca Maggs 1:57:19.5
Jane Evans 1:57:13.4
Jenny Manning 2:16:08.6
Debbie Gibson 2:16:21.3
Rachael Prince 2:18:14.7
Yvonne Skelton 2:18:41.7
Jane Hill 2:27:53.5
Michelle Smith 2:31:07.1
Fiona Robinson 2:35:20

Thirsk Evening league
This was the last race of the current batch that we actually got to run in before it’s our turn to host next week. After the two previous races involving lots of hills and not much food left at the post race buffets, the relative flatness (and very dusty) 5 mile route at Thirsk was welcomed by most runners (apart from FRP). Conditions were again not ideal for racing due to the high temperatures – a theme that seems to have been running since June – but we managed to push on and get round without incident. The post-race food at the athletics club was spot on as there was plenty of sarnies and cakes to go round. Although we didn’t have as many runners at this one as we have had at the previous races in the series, it was still a great turnout of 50+ on the night. Jeff Walker gets a special mention for sacrificing is own race time to make sure that others got round ok…….

Adam Kirk 28:57:00
Matt Wilkinson 30:17:00
Steff Quinn 31:36:00
Martin Lofthouse 31:37:00
Nigel Scaife 32:44:00
Brian Hainsworth 32:45:00
Alex Robinson 33:00:00
Jon Easton 33:45:00
Kevin Dalton 33:52:00
Daniel Eagling 34:08:00
Edoardo Piano 34:28:00
Steve Turner 34:36:00
Becky Barron 35:22:00
Mike Deacon 36:13:00
Sam Fugill 37:13:00
Phil Robinson 37:34:00
Emma Dooley 37:37:00
Jonny Forster 38:19:00
Debra Jenkins 38:48:00
Natasha Harrison 39:20:00
Dave Seaman 39:39:00
Damien Hanslip 39:50:00
Alex Leslie 39:59:00
Alison Iles 40:21:00
Sarah Hughan 40:22:00
Nigel Brereton 42:31:00
Moira Mctague 43:16:00
Ralph Mcmullan 43:34:00
Robert Hill 43:49:00
Ian Mcleod 43:51:00
Debbie Dilasser 45:00:00
Gayle Wise 46:00:00
Yvonne Skelton 46:22:00
Jane Hill 47:36:00
Ursula Holmes 47:42:00
Colleen Gruenwald 48:07:00
Michelle Smith 48:21:00
Jane Wilkinson 48:26:00
Bec Carman 49:52:00
Joanne Warins 50:11:00
Amanda Schofield 50:12:00
Fiona Robinson 51:06:00
Graham Hyde 54:12:00
Chris Parker 54:36:00
Sylvia Morten 55:30:00
Jill Hornsby 55:45:00
Katy Jarrett 56:55:00
Lianne Coiley 56:56:00
Clare Simpson 57:09:00
Chloe Brydon 59:41:00
Jeff Walker 59:42:00

Chocolate 10k
Running and chocolate will always be winning combination, and there’s no better way to celebrate these great things than having a 10k in York, a city rich in chocolate history. Only in its second year, this race incorporates a 2 lap route around York Knavesmire and all finishers get a medal, goody bag, and homemade cake!

NVRR had four runners at this one, with Jonathan Clipston first back for the club in 59:23. Clare Simpson was next in 1:17:30, then Lisa Clipston in 1:29:21, and Carol Coates 1:29:23. Well done everyone, the cake was well deserved!

Burton Leonard 10k
Annual mob match? Check. Lovely village setting? Check. Too hot to run? Check. Trophy retained? Check.

Here are the results:
Adam Kirk 0:38:43.2
Luke Wakelin 0:40:14.7
Andy Todd 0:41:24.9 (1st M50)
Steff Quinn 0:41:57.8
Martin Lofthouse 0:42:13.8
Alex Robinson 0:42:46.4
Sam Fugill 0:43:59.6
Brian Hainsworth 0:44:27.1
Andrew Harris 0:44:47.7
Nigel Scaife 0:44:50.8
John Beaumont 0:44:45.6
Dan Eagling 0:45:04.2
James Braddon 0:46:04.4
Kevin Dalton 0:46:18.3
Benjamin Baird 0:46:43.1
Matt Rickard 0:46:55.9
Kevin Nicholas 0:48:25.6
David Shores 0:48:54.2
Christopher Beattie 0:49:03.0
Michael Deacon 0:49:25.4
Phil Ventress 0:50:29.8
Rob Snow 0:50:44.9
Emma Dooley 0:51:30.5
Fiona Deacon 0:52:02.0
Mark Armstrong 0:52:34.2
Philip Robinson 0:52:42.5
Andrew Aird 0:53:44.9
Jane Evans 0:53:46.8
James Forster 0:54:29.3
Michael Benson 0:54:32.7
Dave Seaman 0:54:33.9 (1st M70)
Alex Leslie 0:54:43.5
Ian Mcleod 0:54:49.6
Andrew Peagram 0:55:06.9
Paul Manning 0:56:21.1
Ralph Mcmullan 0:56:57.1
Stephen Newton 0:57:13.6
Christina Taylor 0:57:33.9
Mark Brown 0:57:43.1
Jeremy Scott 0:57:26.4
Sarah Hughan 0:57:54.7
Jeff Walker 0:58:15.0
Nick Smith 0:58:38.2
Jenny Manning 0:59:57.8
Debbie Gibson 0:59:57.7
Robert Hill 1:00:49.6 (3rd M70)
Moira Mc Tague 1:00:59.2
Marcos Montana 1:01:33.7
Nigel Brereton 1:01:50.5
Sarah Lofthouse 1:01:54.7
Emma Kettlewell 1:01:55.2
Yvonne Skelton 1:03:15.0 (2nd W65)
Carolyn Easton 1:03:48.3
Gayle Wise 1:04:15.7
Jonathan Clipston 1:04:50.7
Rachael Prince 1:05:04.1
Michelle Smith 1:05:52.9
Penelope Tiffney 1:06:59.5
Martin Weeks 1:08:07.8
Jane Hill 1:09:19.6
Lynsey Barraclough 1:10:54.2
Amanda Schofield 1:11:24.8
Lorna Eley 1:11:52.5
Fiona Robinson 1:11:30.1
Graham Hyde 1:16:00.2
Sylvia Morten 1:17:56.1
Sarah Chalmers 1:20:26.8
Yulia Brereton 1:20:59.5
Clare Simpson 1:25:13.2
Jill Hornsby 1:26:03.1
Lianne Coiley 1:26:04.1

Other stuff/parkrun
At the Leeds 10k– Debbie Handslip finished in 1:00:45 while at The Spire 10 miles in Chesterfield Alex Leslie crossed the line in 1:26:21.
In the off road/fell world, there have been several events over the last few weeks.
The Buttermere Horseshoe race over in the Lake District was 22.1 miles with 2515m of climb (category AL) – Eduardo Piano finished this one in 7:07:22.
Fozzy Forster was also in the Lakes recently to take part in the Ultimate Trails 55k, and put in a great effort to finish in 11:19:43.
NVRR had a team at the Danefield Relays consisting of Mark David, FRP Robinson, and Edoardo Piano. They called themselves The Knights who say Nidd and finished in1:15:53
At the recent Golden Acre Relays there were two teams from the club. Nidd Men’s consisting of Steff Quinn, Martin Lofthouse, and Nigel Scaife finished 15th overall in a time of 52:12. Nidd Valley Black and Gold represented by Alex Robinson, Debbie Gibson, Phil Robinson finished in 59:37 and 51st overall.
At the Washburn Valley Relays last Friday evening, NVRR was well represented by 3 teams. Brian Hainsworth, Martin Lofthouse, Andy Harris made up Nidd Valley men’s B team and crossed the line in 1:05:32, while David Shores, Steff Quinn, and Nigel Scaife pushed the other men’s team to finish in 1:09:17.
The Nidd Valley Lady’s team made up of Fiona Deacon, Sarah Chalmers, Bec Carmen put in a great effort to finish in 1:36:27.
Recent parkrun achievements include Michelle Beaumont recording a new PB at Fountains with a time of 36:25, and Coleen Gruenwald getting a PB of 26:31 at Montrose parkrun.

I think that will do for now, see you all later for our evening league race.



Results Round Up – Wednesday 27th June 2018

This is a big one!


At Fountains Abbey on Saturday 16th June, Andy Todd ran his 199th parkrun and a got a new PB of 18:37, finishing 11th out of 343 runners.
At Harrogate, there were PB’s for Jon Beaumont 20:58, Alex Leslie 23:46, James Barnett 23:53, Jane Wilkinson 27:58, and Lisa Clipston 33:39.
Nigel Scaife was at Belton House parkrun, near Grantham to run his 50th and got himself a PB for the course of 20:10. At Wetherby, Nidd junior Liam Escott finished 7th overall with a new PB of 21:08.
Om Saturday 23rd June, Steff Quin got a new PB of 19:02 at Harrogate, as did juniors Max Hamilton in 23:55 and Beth Wiley 26:45.

Otley 10

Love it or loathe it, this challenging mid-summer 10 mile road race has got everything – steep climbs offering great views, long descents, and warm weather guaranteed pretty much every time it’s on. Some of us loved it but many of us loathed it. Here are the finishing times:

Adam Kirk 01:02:30
Martin Lofthouse 01:07:03
Nigel Scaife 01:09:55
Brian Hainsworth 01:10:09
Kevin Dalton 01:15:12
Steven Turner 01:15:38
Jonathan Easton 01:16:40
John Mitton 01:20:20
Phil Ventress 01:20:35
Christopher Beattie 01:20:38
Emma Dooley 01:20:43
James Cook 01:21:36
Carol Morgan 01:22:04
Dave Seaman 01:25:28
Sue Simpson 01:26:15
Alex Leslie 01:28:00
Sarah Hughan 01:28:11
Stephen Newton 01:30:21
Debbie Gibson 01:31:53
Nicholas Smith 01:32:28
Jeff Walker 01:40:20
Nicola Smith 01:40:42
Michelle Smith 01:45:19
Rebecca Carman 01:48:43
Fiona Robinson 01:48:56
Graham Hyde 02:01:43

Settle Hills fell race

Another event to keep the fell lovers happy, this time 11.3km with 400m of climb starting from Settle market place. The event website states that ‘it’s an enjoyable route’ with ‘grassy paths, tarmac at the beginning and the end, rocky paths, tussocky(!) moorland and it includes some steep climbs and descents’

Fighting through the tussocks were:

Luke Wakelin 1:00:15
Martin Lofthouse 1:02:58
Brian Hainsworth 1:08:51
Carol Morgan 1:16:26
FRP Robinson 1:19:17
Chris Beattie 1:22:30
Dave Seaman 1:32:33
Alison Iles 1:39:39
Fiona Robinson 1:52:55
Sarah Chalmers 2:07:29

Freckleton Half marathon (near Preston)

Adam Kirk took part in this event and finished in 1:20:55, 8th overall out of 356 runners – a fantastic effort!

The Wall race 2018

James Braddon took part in this ultra-event, all 69 miles of it, from Carlisle to Newcastle through Hadrian’s Wall country. James dug deep to put in a cracking performance, finishing in 40th place out of 447 solo runners, and in a time 13:24:19!

Beamsley Beacon fell race

This fell race is another popular local event, with 1100ft of climb over a distance of 5.5 miles. Starting from St Peters church hall in Addingham, the route takes runners up through woods, farm land, and open moors before reaching the pile of stones that make up the Beacon. From there the descent back to the finish is your choice on whatever permitted footpath you can find (people are advised to recce the route beforehand to ensure they don’t become geographically challenged on race day)

Here are the results from the Nidds who had a go:

Martin Lofthouse 40.39
Edoardo Piano 42.48
Brian Hainsworth 43.07
Nigel Scaife 43.18
Kevin Nicholas 47.23
Phil Robinson 49.22
Sam Fugill 49.37
Jim Cook 49.41
Chris Beattie 50.02
Simon Harris 50.09
Carol Morgan 51.04
Matt Rickard 51.44
Dave Seaman 57.05
Debbie Gibson 58.37
Russ Geraghty 60.57
Fiona Robinson 85.55
Sarah Chalmers 85.56

Ilkley evening league

Hills and hot conditions were once again the main factors in the latest evening league race, hosted by Ilkley AC. Compared to other races in the league, Ilkley is one of the shorter routes in regards to total distance, but makes up for it with a lengthy climb to start with before a fast descent and flat finish for the last 2 miles. As a club, we had 84 runners take part in this one – a truly staggering turn out and a real testament to how the club has evolved over the last year or so.

Adam Kirk 28:54
Luke Wakelin 29:30
Steff Quinn 31:30
Martin Lofthouse 31:44
Matt Wilkinson 31:49
Edoardo Piano 32:22
Brian Hainsworth 32:24
Nigel Scaife 32:30
Alex Robinson 32:39
Matt Rochester 32:58
Daniel Eagling 33:56
Kevin Dalton 34:09
Kevin Nicholas 34:15
Matt Rickard 34:55
Sam Fugill 34:56
Steve Turner 35:04
Jon Easton 35:24
Becky Barron 35:46
Jim Cook 36:08
Jamie Dilasser 36:11
Paul Eagling 36:13
Liam Marwood 36:23
Chris Beattie 37:04
Andrew Peagram 37:15
Phil Robinson 37:39
Emma Dooley 37:42
Rob Snow 37:47
Alex Crowton 37:53
Jonny Forster 38:15
Ian Mcleod 38:34
Helen Cook 38:40
Damien Hanslip 38:54
Christine Holleran 38:55
Alex Leslie 39:09
Debra Jenkins 39:09
Carol Morgan 39:14
Andrew Aird 39:54
Dave Seaman 40:07
Steve Newton 40:23
Sarah Hughan 40:30
Jenny Manning 41:21
Alison Iles 41:31
Nadene Wilkinson 41:32
Debbie Gibson 41:39
Mark Brown 42:11
Nigel Brereton 42:23
Emma Kettlewell 43:10
Robert Hill 43:12
Moira McTague 43:23
Rachael Prince 43:27
Debbie Dilasser 43:36
Iain Scott 45:20
Jonathon Clipston 45:42
Rosemary Thompson 45:56
Marcos Montana 46:22
Colleen Gruenwald 46:31
Hannah Peagram 46:36
Gayle Wise 47:32
Ursula Holmes 48:03
Jane Wilkinson 48:07
Kate Holliday 48:08
Debbie Hanslip 48:09
Bec Carman 48:17
Jane Hill 49:06
Michelle Smith 50:57
Fiona Robinson 51:08
Amanda Schofield 51:58
Sylvia Morten 52:36
Graham Hyde 53:23
Faith Hammond 53:59
Chris Parker 54:10
Yulia Brereton 55:24
Lianne Coiley 56:09
Jill Hornsby 56:13
Sarah Chalmers 56:19
Lisa Clipston 58:03
Angela Beattie 58:06
Chloe Brydon 58:22
Clare Simpson 58:22
Lizzie Nixon 58:23
Katie Swannie 58:41
Jeff Walker 58:41

Staveley Stampede

Picturesque villages that host these kinds of 10k events always seem to get it right – BBQ, coffee/tea, cake, pub nearby. All good stuff to get excited about as was the number of club runners that turned up for this one. As a club we didn’t do too badly as we had three finish in the top ten! Here are the vital stats:

Adam Kirk 36:21.4 (2nd overall)
Andy Todd 39:07.2 (8th overall, 1st M50)
Martin Lofthouse 39:22.3 (10th overall, 2nd M50)
Nigel Scaife 40:39.5
Brian Hainsworth 41:24.0
Kevin Dalton 42:07.6
John Beaumont 43:34.5
David Shores 45:25.9
James Cook 47:02.4
Debra Jenkins 47:50.8 (3rd F50)
Jane Evans 47:53.7
Helen Cook 48:31.2
Alex Leslie 48:38.2
Sue Simpson 49:02.4 (4th F50)
Michael Benson 49:30.8
Jeremy Scott 49:59.5
Christina Taylor 50:15.8
Rebecca Barron 50:16.8
Carol Morgan 50:41.3
Mark Armstrong 50:53.6
Sarah Hughan 51:24.6
Christine Jones 51:48.1
Lisa Gibson 54:29.2
Robert Hill 54:40.7 (1st M70)
Moira Mctague 55:36.4 (2nd F60)
Emma Kettlewell 55:53.0
Debbie Dilasser 56:58.1
Nicola Smith 57:02.5
Yvonne Skelton 58:14:02
Carolyn Easton 58:53.6
Michelle Smith 01:01:25.0
Martin Weeks 01:02:57.6 (2nd M70)
Colleen Gruenwald 01:03:25.9
Amanda Schofield 01:04:34.6
Sylvia Morten 01:09:00.4
Fiona Cunningham 01:18:14.7
Clare Simpson 01:18:16.5

The Spine Flare 2018

Blatantly copied from the official race page:

The MONTANE® Spine® Flare is a 60hr race from Edale to Hardraw, a magnificent route covering the Southern part of the Pennine Way with highlights including Kinder Scout, Malham Cove & Pen-y-Ghent. At 108 miles this event is not easy, be prepared for a physically demanding challenge with beautiful scenery and great camaraderie.

Nidd Valley has been well represented at the Spine events previously, with Carol Morgan taking on the full mashings in winter time and winning it. On this occasion, Matt Wilkinson decided to have a crack at the Flare event (just 108 miles and no winter weather to contend with) and he went on to finish third overall in a time of 32:24:29. A cracking effort as I am sure you will all agree, will he decide to have a crack at the full winter race??

Well done to everyone who has ran over the last few weeks, keep it up! (Jon Easton)

Results Roundup – Tuesday 12th June 2018

Good evening, here is the latest batch of results from NVRR for you to peruse at your leisure. I’ve tried to make sure that I’ve included everyone who has ran over the last few weeks, but please let me know if your event or race hasn’t been mentioned……

On Saturday 2nd June, at Fountains Abbey, Kevin Dalton achieved a new PB by finishing in a time of 20:24, and it was great to see Fiona Deacon there back running again. On the Stray, there were new PB’’s for Brian Hainsworth 19:51, Christopher Beattie 21:56, Mike Benson 22:58, Nadene Wilkinson 24:18, Kaye Kent 25:32, Jonathan Clipston 25:45, Alexandra Welburn 34:40.
On Saturday 9th June, there were PB’s at Harrogate for Adam Kirk 17:37, Ben Baird 18:59, Chloe Brydon 33:16, and NVRR juniors William Reid 23:26, Cassius Walsh 24:27, Jessica Beaumont 28:15.

Wharfedale trail half marathon

A cheeky 13.2 mile trail which affords participants and their families the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery, with over 2,000 feet of ascents. The route follows well established footpaths, including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane and for those with time to take in the fabulous scenery the views from Scott Gate, Mastiles and Boss Moor are quite breath-taking.
Jeff Walker and Rachel Prince were there to fly the Nidd flag, with Jeff finishing in 2:32:45 and Rachel in 2:36:22, a massive well done!

Jeff Walker Wharfedale Half

Rachel Prince Wharfedale Half

Pen Y Gent fell race

This was another popular fell race on the calendar that 10.5km in distance with about 564m of climb – Andy Harris and Sam Fugill had a crack at this one. Andy finished in 1:00:16 and Sam in 1:22:26.

Andy Harris Pen-Y-Ghent Fell Race

Eve league race 1 – Skipton

Skipton AC was the host club for the start of this year’s summer evening league, and as per usual the sun made an appearance earlier on in the afternoon and stayed for the duration of the race over some ‘undulating’ terrain on the outskirts of the town. Nidd had 70 plus runners turn up for this one, an amazing number, and we were clearly one of the best represented clubs of the night. The hot conditions and lovely uphill start didn’t seem to deter any of us, and everyone put in a cracking performance. I hope I’ve included everyone that ran, let me know if your name’s missing:

Matt Wilkinson 30:06
Adam Kirk 30:17
Luke Wakelin 31:25
Andy Todd 32:25
Martin Lofthouse 32:45
Steff Quinn 33:10
Brian Hainsworth 33:45
Nigel Scaife 34:15
Kevin Dalton 36:39
Steve Turner 36:48
Dave Shores 37:13
Jon Easton 37:31
John Mitton 37:55
Becky Barron 38:18
Andrew Peagram 38:29
Liam Marwood 38:33
Sam Fugill 38:41
Phil Robinson 38:58
Emma Dooley 39:04
Chris Beattie 39:25
Ian Mcleod 39:32
Mike Deacon 40:02
Helen Cook 40:18
Kevin Nicholas 40:44
Dave Seaman 40:59
Debra Jenkins 41:08
Damien Hanslip 41:17
Alex Leslie 41:46
Natasha Harrison 41:57
Andrew Aird 42:08
Nadene Wilkinson 42:17
Jonny Forster 42:23
Paul Manning 42:29
Carol Morgan 42:35
Nigel Brereton 42:46
Sarah Hughan 42:47
Mark Brown 42:57
Steve Newton 43:04
Debbie Gibson 43:18
Jenny Manning 43:40
Emma Kettlewell 44:25
Jonathon Clipston 45:50
Rachael Prince 46:00
Iain Scott 46:09
Moira Mctague 46:13
Robert Hill 47:13
Susana Shaw 47:47
Richard Taylor 48:00
Hannah Peagra 48:42
Colleen Gruenwald 48:58
Rosemary Thompson 49:03
Lynsey Barraclough 49:07
Ewa Scott 49:15
Jane Hill 49:46
Richard Kavanagh 49:50
Debbie Hanslip 50:03
Kate Holliday 50:26
Fiona Robinson 51:10
Michelle Smith 52:14
Joanne Warins 52:26
Sylvia Morten 55:54
Graham Hyde 56:00
Sarah Chalmers 56:18
Katy Jarrett 56:28
Faith Hammond 56:48
Angela Beattie 57:19
Yulia Brereton 57:34
Lisa Clipston 57:38
Chris Parker 58:42
Lianne Coiley 59:21
Fiona Cunningham 59:43
Jill Hornsby 1:00:13
Jane Wilkinson 1:01:00
Ursula Holmes 1:01:00

Nidd Valley Team – HSEL Skipton 5th June 2018

Otley Chevin Fell race

This was a race that crept in under the radar between the business of the evening league and the bed race last week, but we still managed to get 8 club runners turn up and run. With 689ft of climb over 2.8 miles, it was just enough for a Wednesday night at the start of June. Here are the finishing times for NVRR:

Andy Harris 20:40, Martin Lofthouse 22:05, Eduardo Piano 22:54, Phil Ventress 25:13, Russell Geraghty 27:17, Sam Fugill 28:02, Sarah Chalmers 43:34, Debbie Gibson 43:35.

Otley Chevin Fell Race

Redcar Beach 10k

I know this was at the end of May but I’ve only just managed to find the results for this one! Jamie Dilasser won the thing in 40:19, Fozzy Forster was 5th in 45:41, and Debbie Dilasser crossed the line in 52:25. Well done…..

Redcar Beach Run

Hardmoors White Horse Trail half marathon

Jane Hill was running for Nidd at this popular trail event organised by the Hardmoors lot (you need to book early on these races, they seem to fill up really quickly)
Jane completed the race in 3:27:20 – well done Jane!

Jane Hill Hardmoors

Knaresborough Bed race

You should all be well aware of the score by now – it’s always the second weekend in June, the weather is usually pants right up until 2pm on race day, you know you have probably caught the River Nidd sickness bug prior to the race but decide you’ll be fine on the day, the day itself is long with lots of waiting around that does nothing to calm the nerves, you work yourself up so much that a feeling of numbness comes over you prior to going over the start line, you’re then straight out of the traps heading towards Castle Ings, you blink then next thing you know you’re trying desperately not to drown or drag the bed into the dark and murky depths of the glorious Nidd, you then cross the line, elated with emotion but also glad it’s all over and you say to yourself that you’ll never do such a silly thing again, everyone hugs and gives high fives, have a can of beer while still in your stinking and sodden kit, get changed, retire to The Mitre for a few beverages, then finally decide what a wonderful day you’ve had and can’t wait to do it all again next year. Sound familiar?

We had three teams in this year, and all three put in exceptional performances that were testament to every member of each team and their hard work and effort over the last few months. The Men’s B team were 5th overall in 15:05.3; the Ladies team 36th overall in 18:13.8, and the Zip to Zoomers were 87th overall in 23:34.1. I think everyone had a good day…..

That’s your lot for now, enjoy Otley tomorrow night if you are racing – the views from the top of the hill(s) are amazing…..

Nidd Valley Teams Bed Race 2018

Results Roundup – 1st June 2018

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Early weather reports for Scotland’s capital didn’t look too promising for the NVRR contingent heading north of the border for the Marathon Festival, with the forecast predicting strong sunshine and mid 20’s temperatures on race day which were less than ideal for running 13.1 or 26.2 miles. Luckily, the sun was hidden behind some cooling fog on Sunday morning which came to the relief of all concerned. When the sun did make an appearance at about 1pm, the temperature did rise quite a bit making it a bit more difficult for runners still out on the course.

In the half marathon event, Andy Harris 1:25:52 was the first Nidd to finish, and crossed the line at Musselburgh in 1:25:52. Kevin Dalton was next to finish in 1:36:50, and then Jenny Manning 1:56:47.

Martin Lofthouse was first back for Nidd in the full marathon and he crossed the line in 3:07:40 (obviously relieved there wasn’t a repeat of the London weather a month previously!), with Nigel Scaife next over the line in 3:24:52, with me not too far behind in 3:27:05 (Nige passed me at about mile 19 then showed me a clean pair of heels!)

The first Nidd lady to finish the marathon was Debbie Gibson in 4:09:37, then Jane Hill next with a PB time of 4:41:35. Also getting a PB was Carolyn Easton in 4:49:11, and Michelle Smith was next in 5:08:52.

Edinburgh was also the first marathon for three new club members – Ursula Holmes, James Bennett, and Jane Wilkinson. Ursula finished in 5:01:17, James in 5:52:08, and Jane in 5:11:36 – a fantastic effort all round, let’s hope it’s not your last marathon!

Melmerby 10k

This 10k race was another featured in the club champs so there were plenty of Nidds in attendance trying to grab some more championship points. Conditions were hot and dry – not the best for running but everyone involved put in a great effort. Here is the list of finishers:

Matthew Wilkinson 00:36:49 (6th)
Adam Kirk 00:37:02 (9th)
Andy Todd 00:40:14
Stephen Quinn 00:40:46
Edoardo Piano 00:42:31
Brian Hainsworth 00:42:48
John Beaumont 00:45:09
Emma Dooley 00:47:58 (2nd f35)
Jane Evans 00:48:33
Sue Simpson 00:48:39 (1st f55)
James Forster 00:48:42
Dave Seaman 00:49:44
James Cook 00:50:28
Jeremy Scott 00:50:57
Kaye Kent 00:53:06
Robert Hill 00:54:21
Sarah Hughan 00:55:01
Marcos Montana 00:55:14
Moira Mctague 00:57:34
Rebecca Ventress 00:57:50
Graham Hyde 01:10:29
Fiona Cunningham 01:13:52
Clare Simpson 01:13:52 (1st ever 10k race!)


A quick look at parkrun, specifically Harrogate as there were three club runners that all achieved new PB’s – Helen Cook 23:36, Jane Evans 24:39, Faith Hammond 35:4. Well done to you all, great effort.

Ilkley Trail race

This nice bank holiday Monday event was organised by Ilkley Harriers and classed as a category C medium fell race over 6.9 miles with 700ft of climbing. Four Nidds made the short journey over to Ilkley to take part, with Russ Geraghty first back for Nidd in59:15, then Mark Armstrong in 1:05:06, Fiona Robinson 1:21:29, and Sarah Chalmers 1:31:49.

Cape Wrath ultra

This event is known as Scotland’s expedition race, and is put together by the same lot that organised the Dragon’s Back race in Wales. It’s a 400km yomp through the Highlands with meals and accommodation provided each night by the event organisers, and this year’s event sold out quickly (next one is May 2020 if anyone’s up for something a bit different!)
Seasoned ultra-runners Carol Morgan and husband Simon were up for the challenge (as it was their holiday after all), with Carol fully re charged after representing Ireland at the recent World Trail running champs in Spain. Having already conquered the Pennine Way in this year’s Spine Race (and in horrendous conditions), a warm spring blast through the Highlands confirmed that Carol can adapt to all conditions and proceeded to advance with ease. Carol was the first lady finisher in a time of 55:35:31, with the second lady, Sarah Witte coming in about two and a half hours after Carol. Simon put in a storming effort to finish in 66:07:11, 35th overall out of 89 male finishers.

Results Roundup – Monday 21st May 2018

Here are some results from the last couple of weeks, apologies if you didn’t get a mention.

Ripon 10

The sun was out once again for this popular 10 mile race organised by the good people of Ripon Runners. Despite a few people taking a tumble, everyone crossed over the finish line. Here are the full results so well done everyone who ran:

Matt Wilkinson 1:03:48.6, Andy Todd 1:09:06.0, Nigel Scaife 1:12:36.1, Steff Quinn 1:12:48.4, Brian Hainsworth 1:13:19.0, James Braddon 1:16:40.3, Jamie Dilasser 1:17:08.1, Steven Turner 1:18:31.2, Christopher Beattie 1:24:21.7, Emma Dooley 1:25:37.3, Helen Cook 1:25:55.0, Jane Evans 1:26:13.1, Jeremy Scott 1:28:26.1, Michael Benson 1:29:33.6, Paul Manning 1:31:35.8, Alex Crowton 1:31:38.6 Sarah Hughan 1:33:55.0, Debbie Gibson 1:34:12.2, Damien Handslip 1:34:51.8, Nick Smith 1:35:34.3, Jenny Manning 1:39:24.0, Rachael Prince 1:39:24.9, Jeff Walker 1:41:33.3, Ewa Scott 1:44:50.6, Marcos Montana 1:45:24.8, Jane Hill 1:46:21.9, Carolyn Easton 1:46:44.2, Rebecca Ventress 1:47:22.3, Michelle Smith 1:47:30.6, Moira Mc Tague 1:48:21.0, Debbie Handslip 1:49:27.9, Kirsty O Donnell 1:52:11.1, Fiona Robinson F1:52:12.7, Graham Hyde 2:06:27.0, and running her first 10 mile race, Fiona Cunningham 2:09:12.5

Leeds Half marathon

Another popular race, another opportunity for fast times. Adam Kirk got himself a PB and finished 26th overall with a time of 1:19:55, and also getting a PB was John Beaumont who finished in 1:36:03, and Emma Kettlewell put in a strong performance to finish in 2:18:4.

Arbroath Smokies 10

This event is a ladies only race organised by local club Arbroath Footers, and Colleen Gruenwald was there to represent Nidd Valley. Colleen managed to get around the scenic but undulating route in a time of 1:37:07 – well done Colleen!


On Saturday 12th May there were parkrun PB’s at Harrogate for Nidd juniors Liam Escott, who crossed the line in 21:21, Blythe Warner in 23:40, and Jessica Beaumont 29:07. Lynsey Barraclough got a new PB of 26:52, as did Penelope Tiffney who finished in 28:07, and Hannah Ruddy in 31:09.
At Woodhouse Moor, Steve Newton got his fastest time yet of 23:33.

On Saturday 19th May at Harrogate, there were PB’s for Emma Dooley who finished in 22:26, Jonathan Clipston 26:47, Yulia Brereton 32:13, and Claire Simpson 33:38, while Emma Kettlewell and Nidd junior Jessica Beaumont both got a PB of 29:46 at Fountains Abbey.

A Bridge too far ultra

This was another excellent event organised by the Punk Panther Ultra events people, with this 60km route taking in some of the Six Dales Trail to Pateley Bridge via Swinsty, Fewston, and Thruscross reservoirs, then back to Pool in Wharfedale. Jim Cook was up for this challenge and he managed to complete the event in 8:30:34 which is quite impressive!

Charlesworth Chase

This popular up and down fell race starts and finishes in the village of Appletreewick, is a distance of 8k and has 366m of climbing. You can rock up on the day to enter, pay your £6, neck a pint before crossing the finish line then have some nice soup at the end. All you have to do prior to that is run up a massive hill to Simon’s Seat then run straight back down again.
22 runners from Nidd took advantage of the glorious weather and short distance to travel to the race on Saturday, and in true fell race tradition, the times have not been published yet:

Luke Wakelin (8th overall)
Martin Lofthouse (2nd MV50)
Nigel Scaife
Brian Hainsworth
Phil Ventress
Fozzy Forster
Matt Rickard
Phil Robinson
Dave Shores (first fell race)
Russ Geraghty
Jane Evans
Chris Beattie
Jim Cook
Ian McLeod
Dave Prince
Debbie Gibson
Mike Benson (first fell race)
Dave Seaman (3rd MV70)
Fiona Robinson
Bec Carman
Graham Hyde (after a muck-up with his beer, Graham had to drink a pint of fizzy water, but did get the prize for fastest non-alcoholic drink!)
Sarah Chalmers

Rock and Roll Marathon/Half marathon

Another popular running festival with a number of options to choose from but this time the weather was a huge factor – the hot conditions made it more difficult. Well done to everybody for getting around safely regardless of what distance you chose to run.

In the half marathon event, John Beaumont was first back for Nidd in 1:35:50, with Johnny Forster next in 1:39:52, Robert Hill 2:03:20, and Jane Hill in 2:16:40.

James Braddon went for the full marathon (his first one on flat tarmac) and ploughed on through the heat to finish in 3:57:35. I can’t comment whether or not James was put off from doing such a distance again but you never know….

Last but by no means least, John Mitton ran his first marathon at Windermere on Sunday and finished in 4:32:55. Not only was it the first time that he has ran 26.2 miles, he also raised a load of cash for the Upper Wharfedale Fell rescue association – great stuff!

That’s it for now,

Results Roundup: Thursday 10th May 2018


The glorious bank holiday attracted 500+ runners to take part in parkrun at Harrogate on Saturday. There were PB’S for Matt Wilkinson, who finished 2nd overall in 17:43, Ben Baird in 19:05, and Brian Hainsworth in 19:58. Nidd junior Jessica Beaumont achieved her fastest time yet, finishing in 29:12, while Claire Simpson also got herself a PB with a time of 34:39.

Middleton Woods in Leeds held its second ever parkrun and Adam Kirk was there to represent Nidd Valley. Adam did quite well – he was first finisher, and did it in a time of 18:05! Amanda Metcalfe was at Heslington parkrun, and she finished with a PB time 26:14. At Woodhouse Moor, Steve Newton was the sole representative for Nidd Valley, and got himself a new PB finishing in 23:55.

North Lincolnshire half

The venue for this half marathon was Quibell Park in Scunthorpe, and Robert Hill was there to fly the club colours. With temperatures peaking at 25 degrees, runners were dropping out all over the place as the heat was proving too much for them. Robert however soldiered on and managed to cross the finish line in 2:05:38, achieving 3rd MV70 in the process. An excellent effort from Robert despite the conditions, and he was only two minutes behind the fastest MV70!

Cake Race

You have to have a really good reason to travel west bound on the M62 past junction 32 on most days, especially on the Saturday morning of a bank holiday weekend. Luckily for several members of Nidd, there was a fell type race being held in a little village called Diggle near Oldham. This race attracted a £5 entry fee which could be refunded if you bought along a home baked cake for the infamous cake competition that takes place after the run. With much cake and hot drinks on offer after the race, the prospect of running 10 miles with 1800ft of climbing over Saddleworth Moor and surrounding countryside didn’t seem that bad initially. However the 25 degree heat and lack of any cooling breeze suddenly made the race a more interesting prospect. As it was a fell championship race for the club, points were up for grabs (and chip butties were only £1 from the Diggle Arms pub post-race)

Martin Lofthouse was the first Nidd to finish in a time of 1:18, and he was 12th overall, with Nigel Scaife next in 1:23. Andy Harris managed to finish unscathed in 1:29, however Kevin Nicholas wasn’t as lucky as he took a bit of a tumble on the scree like surface final descent. Thankfully his injuries were superficial – they had the appearance of gravel rash sustained by pro-cyclists – and he also crossed the line in 1:29 before receiving some first aid. I finished in 1:34 but acquired a massive blister in the process (wrong sock choice apparently), then Phil Ventress was next in 1:38. FRP Robinson and Chris Beattie both finished in 1:46, as did Jane Evans who was running her first race for Nidd (I think she enjoyed it, well done Jane). Fiona Robinson was next over the line in 2:15, with Sarah Chalmers being the final Nidd to finish in 2:33. Rumour has it that Sarah actually enjoyed the race and there is photographic evidence of her smiling as she was running!

Other results 

In other news, Andrew Aird took part in the John West 10k over in Liverpool – Andrew said that it was very hot, flat, and busy but he managed to finish in 51:06. Yvonne Skelton was over in the Lake District for the Kentmere Trail Race, which was 10k over a hilly, boggy, and stony route and formed part of the Lakeland Trail series. Yvonne finished in a time of 1:19. Roche Abbey in South Yorkshire was the venue for another of Its Grim up north running’s events, with race distances ranging from 5k to ultra for people to have a go at. James Braddon went for the sensible 10k option and he went and won it! James managed to finish the race in 44:14, an excellent effort.

Finally, the Jack Bloor Fell race took place on Ilkley Moor a couple of nights ago. FRA rules class the race as BS (for those unfamiliar with the FRA ratings, this means category B, short) As the route is unmarked, the FRA also advise that a recce is done prior to taking part just in case you get geographically challenged on race day. The 8.4km route includes a cheeky climb of 350m so it’s suitable for those new to fell running. Representing Nidd were Carol Morgan and Russell Geraghty, with Carol finishing as 1st FV40 in a time of 51:35. Russell put in a great performance and finished in 71:59.

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.

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)



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.

Results Roundup – 4th April 2018

With our takeover of Harrogate parkrun on Saturday and Guiseley Gallop on Sunday, we have been pretty busy as a club over the Easter weekend. The weather and mud played a huge part in the weekend’s events, and many of us took a while to get warm again after Saturday’s exposure to freezing rain while stood on the Stray trying to look jolly.

It’s fair to say that the parkrun takeover was a success and it was well organised by Jeff. Everyone did their bit and ensured the safety of all the runners braving the not very Spring like conditions, and there were plenty of Easter treats to dish out at the end. It was an excellent team effort and further boosted our reputation as Harrogate’s friendly running club. Well done one and all!

Easter Bunny is a NVRR Member!

There are a considerable number of photographs available, mostly of the runners here

Guiseley Gallop

There are certain parts of the woods near to Esholt and Guiseley that are never fully dry even in June or July time – some club runners will know this from previous evening leagues races hosted by Dragons Running club. Those lovely summer evening races are not too far off but they bring back memories of mostly good surfaces ensuring decent grip, fast running and fairly clean kit afterwards when tucking into the post-race buffet. Sunday’s race at Guiseley was very similar to the evening league event apart from the temperature being about 3 degrees and the mud being especially claggy. If the mud wasn’t causing issues, the standing water near to Esholt works was doing its part in slowing down any momentum generated after coming off the clag. Throw in a couple of big hills, lots of tree roots, more mud, a cheeky uphill finish, and the result is a cold, wet, challenging 10k race.

We had 26 runners make the short trip across to Guiseley for this club champs race, and most of us enjoyed it. Matt Wilkinson managed to bag 11th place overall, and in a time of 41:28, while Martin Lofthouse finished in 43:22 – and secured 1st M50 in the process. Next was Nigel Scaife in 46:02, then James Braddon in 47:50.

Carol Morgan finished 4th lady overall, and in a time of 48:24, and then Kevin Nicholas crossed the line in 50:47. Brian Hainsworth was next in 51:07, then me in 51:47, Kevin Dalton 53:42, and James Cook in 54:12.

Get a Room!

Mark David crossed the line in 54:13, Chris Beattie 58:17, John Beaumont 58:44, and then Helen Cook as 2nd Nidd lady in 59:18.

Next was Steve Newton in 1:00:00, then Dave Seaman in 1:01:33 (2nd M70) closely followed by Sarah Hughan in 1:02:44, then Paul Manning in 1:03:09.

Debbie Gibson and Moira McTague (3rd F60) both crossed the line together, their times 1:04:05 and 1:04:21 respectively, with Marcos Montana close by in 1:04:22.

Rachel Prince was next in 1:07:15, then Lynsey Barraclough 1:09:04, Michelle Smith 1:13:32, and Robert Hill 1:14:10. Recent Zip to Zoomer graduate Fiona Cunningham crossed the line in 1:26:14 – she was probably wondering what she had let herself in for after last week’s sunny flat 10k at Dishforth. I haven’t had any confirmation if Fiona enjoyed it or not but there is some pictures taken on the day that show her smiling as she was running! Great effort Fiona and everyone else!

Guiseley Gallop Lap 1 photos
Guiseley Gallop Lap 2 photos

In other Nidd Valley news, FRP Robinson and son Alex were at Cannock Chase in the West Midlands for the JK International Orienteering Festival. The mud was present and causing some issues (especially in the camping area) but that didn’t deter the competitors getting out with their maps and compasses. Alex Robinson finished 6th overall in the M18 age class – covering 8.4km with 225m of ascent – in time of 77:21. FRP competed in the M55 category, covering 8.9km with 225m of ascent, and finished in 131:00. FRP and Alex both also competed in the relay event on the bank holiday Monday (I think I have these times written down correctly – you need a map to navigate around orienteering results as there are about 1000 different age categories)

Enjoy the rest of your week, and see you at Sunday’s flat and hopefully dry Thirsk 10.

Results Round-Up: 28th March 2018

Good evening everyone, it’s been a busy couple of weeks on the racing side of things (unless the snow caused races to cancelled/rescheduled) so we’ll crack on with the results. Hopefully I’ve included all the Zip to Zoomers in the Dishforth results but I appreciate some folk don’t use social media – if I have missed you then I apologise (I can’t remember a time when we had this many people competing let alone this many club members – which is good thing!)

Boulsworth Bog

FRP describes this event as about as low key as you can get, which is why he likes doing such races and why he keeps going back for more. This enthusiasm must have had an effect on other club members as several other keen fell runner types joined Phil at Wycoller village near Colne on Saturday for this 13k romp in the mud with about 432 metres of ascent.

Luke Wakelin was first back for NVRR in a time of 56:24, and 6th overall, then Martin Lofthouse was next in 59:44. Carol Morgan was the first lady overall, crossing the line in 64:45, then Nigel Scaife in 69:32. Brian Hainsworth finished in 69:34, then Phil Ventress 74:53, Kevin Nicholas 77:28, and Jim Cook 77:30.
Phil Robinson finished in 83:54, with Chris Beattie next in 90:25. Sarah Chalmers and Debbie Gibson then crossed the line together in a time of 134:20 to complete the gang of Nidds.

A good effort all round, enjoyed by all who ran and glad for the sun to be out.

FRP also gets another mention for completing the Ripon Duathlon on the following day – a 5k run followed by a 24k bike ride, then finished with another 5k run. Phil completed the event in 1hr 49 mins – although he enjoyed it, Phil still thinks that fells are the best.

Lightwater Valley Trail 10k

Moira McTague and Jeremy Parkrun Scott took part in this local event – this time it was new route, thankfully no roller coasters in sight. Moira finished in 57:33, and achieved 1st lady V60, and Jeremy crossed the line in 53:10.

It’s Grim Up North Canal Canter

With various distances on offer for this event along the towpaths of the Leeds – Liverpool canal, there was something for all abilities of runners. Sue Simpson went for the half marathon option and finished in 1:50:43, while James Braddon got himself a PB in the 10k with a time of 39:34 (and third place overall)

Coniston 14

The website for this event describes it as ‘the most beautiful road race in Britain’ and no doubt it is stunning due to its Lake District location ( they obviously aren’t aware of our very own GF10), and around 1600 runners take part in this event. The race starts and finishes in Coniston village, and incorporates a full lap around Coniston Water. Emma David completed the event in a time of 1:55, with Andrew Aird and Jon Reast not too far behind in 2:10.

Liverpool Half marathon

Bec Carman made the trip across to Liverpool to take part in this very popular half marathon event, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. The route starts and finishes at Albert Dock with the last four miles to the finish along the side of the River Mersey. Bec finished in time of 2:01:29, and achieved a new PB in doing so – well done Bec, great time.

East Hull 20

Adam Kirk went over to Hull for this race organised by East Hull Harriers, an event described as ‘an ideal warm up for the London Marathon’. Adam started off strong but had to take it easy in the last quarter of the race due to a dodgy Achilles heel – a sensible decision bearing in mind that it’s now the start of the race season. Adam managed to cross the line in a very respectable despite the circumstances time of 2:18:05. Rest up Adam!

Dishforth Dash 10k

Dishforth airfield was an RAF base during the Second World War, and, until a couple of years ago, home to a squadron of Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopters. These awesome bits of kit are still in use today, and Prince Harry piloted one during his time in Afghanistan. The Apache is renowned, amongst other things, for its speed and agility. Also renowned for their speed and agility was the squadron of NVRR runners who turned up at this inaugural event, which was held to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.

A flat and fully tarmacked surface, glorious sunshine, and a slightly warmer feel to the air ensured a grand morning out for all involved. It also marked the moment when the club’s Zip to Zoomers graduated by taking part in their first club race, with great results all round. Here is the list of those who took part – I’ve tried to highlight everyone who achieved a PB or was a Zip to Zoomer.

Martin Lofthouse 1st M50 38:34
Nigel Scaife 40:49 PB
James Braddon 41:02
Brian Hainsworth 43:39 PB
James Cook 44:19 PB
Jonathon Cumbers 45:50
Helen Cook 47:16
Natasha Harrison 50:37
Robert Hill 2nd M70 52:05
Rebecca Ventress 52:48 PB
Susana Shaw 54:00
Jeff Walker 54:28 PB
Rosemary Thompson 59:13
Jonathon Clipston 59:13 z2z
Phil Ventress 59:14
Graham Hyde 01:04:01
Sylvia Morten 01:05:47
Fiona Cunningham 1:11:08 z2z
Michael Benson 01:11:09
Angela Beattie 01:13:48
Lisa Clipston 1:13:48 z2z
Sarah Cook 1:15:14 z2z

Hardmoors 55

This very popular and well organised ultra-running event was featured recently in the national press as well as being discussed on the ever factually correct Jeremy Vine show, due to the race being subjected to some winter weather (in winter). None of the competitors seemed to be bothered by the snow, and the local mountain rescue service didn’t seem to mind doing exactly what they’re trained to do by coming to the assistance of some of those runners that were having a bit of trouble navigating the Cleveland Hills in the conditions. Edoardo Piano was the sole representative for Nidd Valley at the event, and probably enjoyed every single wintry step of this 55 mile epic. Edoardo finished in an impressive 23rd overall with a time of 10:53:29!

Right, I think that will do for now! Well done to everyone on achieving these great results, and kudos to the Zip 2 Zoomer graduates (and their coaches!) for working hard and getting to the start line of their first 10k then completing it – hopefully we will see you all in club colours at plenty of other races!

Results Round-Up: 20 – 26 November 2017


It’s been another great weekend at parkrun for NVRR with several PB’S being achieved. Firstly, well done to all the Zip to Zoomers who ran at Harrogate on Saturday – I understand that they all improved their times. It just proves what achievements come from hard work and determination, well done to you all and your coaches – onward and upwards!

Edoardo Piano got himself a PB at Harrogate – he finished in 18:53 and 4th place overall. Also achieving PB’S were Jonathan Clipston and Lisa Clipston – Lisa finished in 38:45 and Jonathan in 32:47.

At Fountains, Matt Wilkinson continued to impress by finishing 5th overall and bagging himself a new PB of 17:48. Martin Lofthouse and Andy Harris travelled up to Catterick parkrun, with Andy finishing 2nd overall in 18:23 and Martin not far behind in 4th in a time of 18:54.

The other touring Nidd’s were Graham Hyde who went to Roundhay Park – he finished in a time of 36:31, and Matt Rickard was in Wolverhampton and ran it in 20:27.

Well done to all parkrunners, and to all from Nidd who volunteered.

PECO XC Race 1

Nostell Priory was the venue for the first race of the seasons cross country event, and although the sun was out, it’s fair to say that it was pretty Baltic! A good number of club runners, both junior and senior, made the dash down the A1 on Sunday for the race. After much faffing about at the registration area, Nidd all huddled in the club gazebo to await the start of the race which was inevitably delayed.

The junior 1 mile (school years 3-6) was the first race of the day, and James Shaw was the first runner back for Nidd in a time of 6:28. Kate Whiley was next in 7:43, then James Barraclough in 8:35. Eleanor Easton (not officially NVRR yet, but the official results show her running for Chapel Allerton Runners!) crossed the line in 9:18.

The second event of the day was the junior 2 mile race (school years 7-12), and Liam Escott was first back for the club in a time of 15:47. Next was Connie Mitton in a time of 19:58, then Beth Whiley in 21:27.

The final event was the senior race where we had 34 club runners take part (not bad for a cold morning in November), and Matt Wilkinson was first back for Nidd in 31:41 (apparently massively hungover), followed by Edoardo Piano in 32:56. Martin Lofthouse was next in 34:17, then Andy Todd in 35:05, and Kevin Nicholson in 35:49.

Andy Harris was next to cross the finish line in 36:16, then Alex Robinson 36:32, Matthew Rochester 36:40, Jamie Dilasser 36:55, Nigel Scaife 37:47, Steve Turner 38:01, Brian Hainsworth 38:29, Phil Ventress in 39:19, and James Cook in 39:57.

Rebecca Barron put in a great performance and was the first Nidd lady to finish in a time of 39:57, and next was Michael Benson in 41:24. Liam Marwood was close behind in 41:37, as was Phil Robinson in 41:42, then John Mitton in 42:06.

Paul Manning was next to finish in 42:50, with Sue Simpson not too far behind in 43:16. Dave Seaman was next in 44:30, then Steve Newton in 46:22, then Nadine Wilkinson in 46:36.

Nick Smith crossed the line in 48:13, then Jenny Manning in 48:35, Rachael Prince 49:12, Debbie Dilasser 49:32, and running his first cross country event, Robert Hill in 50:45. Carolyn Easton was next in 51:04, then Lynsey Barraclough in 51:22, Michelle Smith 52:19, Jane Hill 52:54, and Fiona Robinson in 58:54.

A hearty performance by all involved and a great turnout – hopefully we can keep the numbers up as we move on to the next event at Golden Acre Park on December 10th.

Results Round-Up: 13 – 19 November 2017


Another Saturday, another parkrun – we just can’t get enough of our weekly 5k fix. As usual, most Nidd’s were at Harrogate and there were some PB’S to be had. Matt Wilkinson managed to secure a 2nd place finish with a time of 18:10, while Nigel Scaife got himself a PB with a time of 20:20. Also getting a PB was Brian Hainsworth who crossed the line in 21:03, and Jane Hill celebrated her 100th parkrun by ensuring NVRR junior Jessica Beaumont got a new PB of 34:17. Well done Jessica, and well done Jane for your encouragement and enthusiasm! Lisa Clipston also ran her way to a new PB – she finished in 39:14. Once the interval sessions kick in properly, all these PB’S will start tumbling….

Martin Lofthouse was in Newark to have a go at the parkrun there, and finished 4th overall in a time of 19:14, and Ben Baird was at Horton parkrun in Bradford – Ben finished in a time of 22:02, and 7th place overall.

Paul Manning wins this week’s prize for ‘Most northerly parkrun attended by a runner from Nidd Valley’ – he was in Norway at Toyen, Oslo to have a go at their parkrun (I’m assuming that Paul didn’t just travel all the way to Norway to do parkrun, it’s more than likely he was on holiday, but runners are a strange breed) There were only 44 runners taking part so hopefully the club colours worn by Paul stood out in the low winter sun! Paul finished in a time 25:53 – well done!

Kirkstall Abbey Trail running festival

This event is organised by Its Grim up north running – check out www.itsgrimupnorthrunning.co.uk for more races – there appears to be something for everyone. Nidd Valley had 5 runners there on Saturday, and although there were plenty of distances to choose from, the 8.8 mile option seemed the most popular by far. Adam Kirk was there – he only went and came first! Adam won the race in a time of 49:33, with Alan Davidson finishing 3rd overall in a time of 53:43. Not content with having only 2 Nidds in the top ten, David Shores managed to bag himself 10th place and a time of 58:02, while Christine Jones and Michelle Smith represented Nidd ladies – Christine finished in 1:07:18, and Michelle crossed the line in 1:21:06. Great running by all who attended and great to see three in the top ten!

Harriers vs Cyclists

What’s not to like about running 5.5 miles with 900ft of ascent, taking in muddy fields, moorland and forest tracks in and around Bingley? And competing against cyclists on cyclo-cross bikes? Sounds like fun, and it was fun by all accounts (even those not on bikes enjoyed it). Nidd had 13 non cyclists take part on Saturday afternoon, with the race being the last of the fell champs for 2017, and brilliantly organised by Bingley Harriers.

Andy Harris was first back for Nidd in 46:07 (he was going to try harder but he’d already done parkrun in the morning), followed by Alex Robinson in 47:03. Jamie Dilasser completed his first fell champs race in 48:11 despite being nearly taken out by a rogue tree branch, and Mark Armstrong was next in 53:09.

FRP Robinson, Jim Cook, and Mark David all had a sprint finish to the line and they all crossed it in 55:17, then Emma David was the first Nidd lady to finish in a time of 56:55. Chris Beattie was not too far behind in 57:25, with Dave Prince next in 58:23. Cath Barber finished in 64:50, followed by Rachel Prince in 67:47, and Sarah Chalmers in 89:23.

The push iron reigned supreme on this occasion as the overall winner was on a bike, but never mind!