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…….