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 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!

Results Round-Up: 6 – 12 November 2017


Once again, runners from the club have been far and wide this weekend at various parkrun’s around the UK and Ireland. Sylvia Morten completed her 50th parkrun in 31:25 at Harrogate on Saturday, while birthday boy Robert Hill was at Finsbury parkrun, and finished in a time of 26:31.

Colleen Gruenwald was up at Falkirk parkrun, and crossed the line in 27:10, and Cath Barber was over in Ireland near to Dublin at the Waterstown parkrun. Cath finished 5th lady in a time of 27:18.

Over towards Leeds, Adam Kirk took it steady at Rothwell and finished in 26:02, while Mark Armstrong put in a great performance to get a time of 23:05 at Woodhouse Moor.

Bolton Abbey runs

There were several distances on offer for Sunday’s event at Bolton Abbey, with the majority from Nidd taking part in the half marathon and 10 mile events. Sensibly, a few others had a go at the 10k and 2 mile events.

Liam Escott, a Nidd Valley junior, ran in the 2 mile event and finished in a time of 16:14. Liam finished 4th out of 132 runners. Rachel Geary and Christina Taylor had a go at the 10k race, with Rachel in 1:14:01 and Christina in 1:23:06.

In the 10 mile event, Debra Jenkins crossed the line in 2:10:34 (and finishing 4th in F55 category), followed by Jane Hill in 2:29:09. Graham Hyde also ran in the 10 mile race, and crossed the line in 2:44:43.

Adam Kirk ran the half marathon and he finished in time of 1:41:57, with Christine Holleran next in 2:35:32. Christine also managed to achieve 2nd place in F50 category, and Jeremy Scott also completed the half marathon in a time of 2:51:00.

Burley Moor Run

The 8th Burley Moor run took place on Saturday as part of the Burley village summer festival (even though it’s November) The route is 11k with about 380m of climb over some classic fell terrain – steep ascents and descents, moorland tracks, and an obligatory amount of mud. Out of the 221 runners competing on a very sunny Saturday, Alex Robinson was first for Nidd in 56:46, 57th overall, followed by Simon Franklin (running for Horsforth Fellandale on this occasion – we’ll let him off) who finished 82nd with a time of 59:42. FRP Robinson finished in 67:04 and 134th overall, Fiona Robinson 90:03 and 208th, and Sarah Chalmers in 1:40:25.