Results: 11 – 17 September 2017

Parkrun

At Harrogate, we had 28 club runners in and amongst the 460 people taking part. There were some fast times once again with Alex Patrickson finishing 4th overall in a time of 18:09, and a PB for Hasabo Hasabo who finished in 18:49, and 7th overall. Andrew Johnson got himself a PB by finishing in 25:28, while Debbie Dilasser and Rebecca Ventress both achieved their quickest times yet since 2015, finishing in 26:44 and 26:45 respectively.

In other parkrun news, Moira Mactague was in County Tipperary running in the Templemore parkrun. This event was only started in January and the route seems quite scenic as it is situated in a nice country park. There were a total of 44 runners taking part, and Moira finished in a time of 26:10.

Fiona Robinson was in Bath for the Bath Skyline parkrun – the route description includes ‘an uphill flight of approximately 30 woodland steps (which some runners will find demanding)’…… anyway, Fiona finished in a time of 33:18, and the steps did not cause an issue….

Matt Wilkinson ran the Weymouth parkrun, and finished 2nd overall out of 390 runners. Unfortunately he forgot his barcode so there is no official time for him and he is shown as ‘unknown’….

Richmond Half Marathon

Kirsty O’Donnell was in Richmond upon Thames to take part in the Runfest – this includes the choice of a 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and there is a mile long race for the kids. The half marathon starts and finishes in Kew Gardens, going along the Thames and out towards Teddington Lock. Kirsty wore her club colours with pride for her first half marathon (even the huge medal she got for finishing has matching club colours), and she finished in time of 2:14. A brilliant effort from Kirsty – maybe the full marathon next??

Tadcaster 10

This race was next on the club champs calendar and once again NVRR provided a good show of strength. Tadcaster – home of three breweries and Tadkebab – provided a flat and fast 10 mile course, and back to its original route after the historic bridge was reopened. We had 19 runners take part this year, and Adam Kirk was first over the line for Nidd, and 16th overall in a new PB of 1:01:55. Martin Lofthouse was next in 1:05:39, then Jamie Dilasser in 1:09:32. Chris Beattie got himself a PB, finishing in 1:15:45, while Emma Dooley was the first Nidd lady to cross the line, finishing in 1:17:26. Sue Simpson was ever so close to Emma and finished in 1:17:30, and Brian Hainsworth was not too far behind in 1:17:57. Emma David was next in 1:19:30, Christine Jones 1:26:38, Dave Prince 1:27:25, Christina and Richard Taylor 1:27:21, and Nadine Wilkinson and Hannah Peagram finishing close in 1:28:04 and 1:28:14 respectively. Robert Hill crossed the line in 1:30:29 and bagged himself 3rd in the M70 category, and Rebecca Ventress got herself a PB finishing in 1:32:13. Fiona Robinson, Sylvia Morten, and Jeff Walker rounded off the fantastic effort by Nidd, and their finishing times were 1:48:55, 1:48:59, and 1:49:00 respectively.

Results: 4 – 10 September 2017

Vale of York Half

Flat, fast, and local – just what you want for a Sunday half marathon in September. Three of our club runners made the short journey over to Sherburn In Elmet for this potential PB bagging event that attracted over 1600 runners. First back for Nidd, and continuing with his good form, was Adam Kirk. Adam finished in a time of 1:25:22 which was a PB for him despite suffering with a bit of a hamstring issue during the last couple of miles (he soldiered on in true NVRR style) Also landing a PB was Richard Taylor who crossed the line in 1:45:36 – a fantastic effort. Michelle Smith was representing the NVRR ladies at this event, and she crossed the line in brilliant time of 2:08:15. Well done to all three of you, great running….

The Great North Run

Thousands of runners from around the UK and beyond descended on Tyneside yesterday to compete in the world’s most popular half marathon (plus the fact of earning extra kudos for running in the same race as Mo Farah) This iconic event is forever remembered by the runners going over the Tyne Bridge with the Red Arrows doing their thing just above them, and several of our club runners were lucky to experience this event in all its glory. Nidd had eleven runners taking part, and all of them put in a massive effort to get round the course. Club captain Martin Lofthouse was first back for Nidd, finishing within the top 500 runners in a time 1:26:35. Jamie Dilasser was next in 1:30:57, followed by Sam Fugill (in full tank mode) in 1:42:28. Phil Ventress finished in 1:45:54 (couldn’t find him at first as he wasn’t linked to any club) with Michael Benson the next Nidd home in a great time of 1:53:28, then Catrin Harrap was the first Nidd lady over the line in a time of 1:55:31. Natasha Harrison followed shortly after in 2:01:58, then Nick Smith in 2:07:49. Rosemary Thompson was next in 2:13:03, followed by Jane Hill putting in a marvellous effort to finish in a fantastic time of 2:19:16. Stephen Pattison was the final Nidd over the line, and finished in a great time of 2:37:59. Another great effort by NVRR at the Great North Run, and well done to all our runners who managed to raise a load of money for their chosen charities – your hard work and dedication will have no doubt made a difference to someone’s life, a huge pat on the back to you all…..

Yorkshireman

It seems as some of you can’t be pulled away from the mud and hills, you would much rather be exposed to awful weather and monster ascents than run on flat tarmac. Nidd Valley had ten representatives at the Yorkshireman Half at the weekend, and mud was certainly a given at this one. The race is organised by Keighley and Craven Athletics club, and starts and finishes in Howarth. As it is an off road marathon, the actual distance is more near to 15 miles. Out of the 226 finishers, Alan Davidson was first over the line for Nidd in a time of 2:14:12. Next were James Cook and Carol Morgan, finishing in 2:29:21 and 2:30:27 respectively, followed by Mark Armstrong in 2:31:40. Christopher Beattie was next in 2:38:18, with Phil Robinson not too far behind him in 2:43:27. Dave Seaman was next in 2:54:04 (and grabbing 2nd MV70 in the process) Debbie Gibson, Fiona Robinson, and, making her return to fell running, Sarah Chalmers, all crossed the line together in 5:32. Rumour has it that Sarah even had smile on her face…..

Clarinbridge Oyster 10k

Newlyweds Philippa and Matt Wilkinson had a bit of a honeymoon in Galway, Ireland, and Philippa took the opportunity to race in the local 10k event. The race made up part of the running festival in and around the village Clarinbridge (I couldn’t find much info on this village but there is an oyster festival there in October, and one of its past residents was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1901) Philippa was one of the 99 finishers, and she crossed the line in 55:40. Well done Philippa, Guinness gives you strength….

One result I forgot to mention last week – Edoardo Piano ran the Grisedale Horseshoe fell race in the Lakes. 10 miles and 5000ft of ascent is not for the fainthearted, and despite being geographically challenged at a few points, Edoardo finished in 77th place out of 136 runners in a time of 2:56:43.

Another fantastic weekend of running, and well done to Sarah Chalmers on her magnificent return to the fells!

Results: 28 August – 3 September 2017

This week’s results, another jam packed weekend. Please let me know if I have missed anybody out or other races that have gone under the radar.

Tholthorpe 10k

A flat and fast course, plus the promise of a race branded cup for a finishing prize, was more than enough to temp 18 Nidd’s to try and grab some more championship points. First back for NVRR and just squeezing in a top 10 finish overall, was Adam Kirk in a time of 38:30. Martin Lofthouse was not too far behind and crossed the line 39:28, with Andy Todd close by in a time of 40:52. Dan Eagling was next in 43:01, with David Shores soon after him in 44:24. John Mitton crossed the line in 45:24, followed by Richard Taylor in 46.56 – that’s a new PB for Richard, knocking a massive 89 seconds off his fastest 10k time! Sue Simpson was the first Nidd lady back in 47:07, then there was a bit of a sprint finish between Michael Benson and Dave Seaman, finishing in 49:35 and 49:52 respectively (I understand that some words were exchanged between these two during the final sprint but no further information as come to light yet… but Dave did manage to grab the prize for 1st M70+ category) Christina Taylor was next and she crossed the line in 51:18, also achieving a PB, followed by Hannah Peagram 53:34. Next was Nadine Wilkinson in 53:42, Sarah Hughan in 53:49, Moira Mctague 54:35, Jane Hill 59:54 and Michelle Smith in 1:00:42. Completing the brace of NVRR personal bests’, Graham Hyde finished the 10k in his fastest time yet of 1:03:35. Well done Graham and the rest of the other PB hunters – excellent running!

Wetherby 10k

You may or may not have had a flyer put under your windscreen wiper for this event while attending other local races, and you may or may not have seen this race advertised on Facebook, but it appears the Wetherby 10k is as popular as ever with around 900 runners taking part this year. We had four runners making the quick dash over to Wetherby for this one, and first over the line for the club was Kevin Nicholas in a very respectable time of 40:42. Kaye Kent was next in a time 54:11, and she was followed by Debbie Dilasser who finished in 56:38 (this was Debbie’s fastest 10k in a long time and she apparently really enjoyed it. She has now banished all demons from previous Wetherby 10k experiences) Kirsty O’Donnell was the final Nidd over the line – Kirsty finished in 59:54. Great running from all of you!

Golden Ball 20

This 20 miler is part of a series of races in and around Lancaster, and organised by the recently formed Lancaster Runners Club. It’s a flat race and fairly fast, and by all accounts ideal if you are training for a marathon. Emma Dooley and Isabel Potter made the trip west to take part in this event, and although they were a bit put off by running out and back along a canal tow path in the drizzle for three hours, they did enjoy it. Isabel finished in a time 2:48:11 and Emma finished 2:53:16 – well done ladies, looks like the huge dinner plate sized medals were well worth the trip!

The Bullock Smithy Hike

This is a 56 mile circular route through the Peak District – walkers (or runners) have 24hrs to complete the route, and must visit all the checkpoints in the correct order. You need maps/compass, emergency rations, and all other basic kit for walking on exposed hillsides during the dead of night. Andy Harris decided to have a crack at this one, and set off at 12 noon on Saturday. He was in company with a pal of his called James (a veteran of the hike having completed it 15 times previously). They eventually got round all checkpoints and finished at about 6am on Sunday morning – that’s good going, no doubt there will be some sore legs this week. Awesome effort Andy!

Parkrun

Nidd didn’t have as many people park running this weekend due to other races taking priority, but we still had a good numbers turning up at Harrogate (also in volunteering capacity – you know who you are, thanks for using your spare time to help out), and a few at Fountains. Special mention to young Alex Robinson who ran at Fountains on Saturday in the JM 15-17 category – he bagged himself a PB of 21:07. Well done Alex, that magic sub 20 minute time will be along in no time…

Another busy but successful weekend for NVRR, everyone ran well and there some brilliant times achieved all across the board. Let’s keep up the good work and look forward to the Yorkshireman Half and Tadcaster 10 coming in the next few weeks.

Just before we end, I have just remembered about another little race that happened over the weekend. The Kerry Way Ultra in County Kerry, Ireland – 120 miles (or 200k if you are in Ireland) starting and finishing in Killarney. (I think it would be worth entering just for the brunch on the Sunday morning alone, it looked pretty epic) Carol Morgan was back on home turf for this one – she finished it in 27:58:22. She was the first lady finisher and 4th overall, and she smashed the previous ladies’ finishing time. We will have to keep an eye on this Morgan character, she has got potential…

Results: 21 – 27 August 2017

Sessay Swift

img_1212First race mentioned this week is this fast and flat 6k race near Thirsk. We had an impressive 21 runners make the trip to Sessay, and first over the line for the club and 8th overall was Matt Wilkinson, in a time of 21:13. He was followed by Alex Patrickson in 21:33, then Adam Kirk in 22:26 and Jamie Dilasser in 23:16. Carol Morgan was the first Nidd lady over the line, and 3rd lady overall in a time of 25:00, with Phil Ventress soon after in 26:12. Damien Handslip finished in 26:17, Brian Hainsworth 26:39, Christina Taylor 29:16, Sarah Hughan 30:02 (first race after returning from injury), Kaye Kent 30:15, with Moira Mctague and Nadene Wilkinson both crossing the line in 30.17. Debbie Gibson finished in 30:37, then Jeff Walker in 32:03, Michelle Smith 33:26, Jane Hill 33:47, Fiona Robinson 36:30. Rounding off the magnificent display by the club, Graham Hyde was next in 36:50, Robert Hill in 46:07, and Rebecca Ventress in 46:08. Another great performance by all involved…

The Chevin Revving

For those who didn’t fancy running on flat tarmac (let’s face it, we’ve all been there), there was another type of race on offer the same night as Sessay. We sent three runners over to The Chevin at Otley to take part in this 6.5 mile self-guided trail race. There were some spectacular views to take in on this fine evening, and first back for Nidd Valley (and 16th overall out of 134 starters!!) was Alex Robinson in an impressive 54:31 (the full results don’t seem to be up online yet – all this info is coming from my covert fell running source who may or may not be Phil Robinson) Mark David was next in 43rd positon overall, and ‘Fell Running’ Phil Robinson finished in 62:22, 44th overall.

Mark David has also taken part in several other fell type races over the last couple of weeks:

The Gribdale Gallop at Great Ayton in the North Yorkshire Moors is 9.1km with a couple of hundred metres of climbing, which includes a blast up to the summit of Roseberry Topping. Mark finished in a time of 57:23.
Next on his calendar was The Gargrave Show on 19th August. This ever popular annual proper Yorkshire agricultural show incorporates loads of events including egg throwing and terrier racing, and of course 5 different fell races welcoming runners of all ages. Mark finished in 37:14, but the full results have not been published online yet.
The most recent race Mark took part in was the Tour of Norland Moor, near to Halifax. It’s a 12k route with about 800ft climbing so I imagine it was a bit cheeky. There were 140 runners taking part, and Mark was 68th overall in a time of 1:09:14. Well done Mark….

Parkrun

We love a good parkrun at Nidd Valley. It seems that the majority of us were running at Harrogate again, and there are couple of PB’S worth a mention. Firstly, Matt Wilkinson got himself his fastest time yet on The Stray and finished in 5th place overall in a time of 17:49. Also stealing a new PB was Sylvia Morten with a great time of 29:57 – brilliant running!

It appears that Norwich was the furthest that NVRR have ventured out this week for a parkrun. Ben Rosie, a NVRR junior running in the JM 11 – 14 category, finished 193rd out of 479 runners in a time of 25:04. Well done Ben, keep up the hard work!

That’s all I have for now unless anyone tells me about some other race they have snuck in under the radar…..

Great running once again, all the best for this coming Sunday’s race at Tholthorpe – it’s fairly flat and fast from what I can remember…
Thanks

Jonathan.

 

Weekly Update: Mark and his Mohican

Afternoon team.

 

Yeah, I know. Like a bad penny and all of that. Anyway, your current committee are seemingly all on their jollies and so you’ve got a supply teacher for the week. So with a quick swish of the cane and well-aimed piece of chalk to stop Fingers and Lofthouse mucking about at the back or the class, its exercise books and pencil cases out for the first lesson of the day: the results.

 

Results

And, my oh my, what interesting reading they make. On Wednesday, we had Ben Baird (20:00) and Adam Kirk (18:14) who were larking about at the Even Splits 5k. For those in the know, this is a PB hunters dream for those who are happy to run around numerous laps of a cycle track in Leeds (and if Fell Running Phil isn’t in the know, we best keep it that way because there wasn’t even one sheep-shit-covered rocky ascent to be found). Still, all impressive stuff and faster than most of us can do it, so big congratulations there.

 

A couple of Nidds did the Northumbrian Costal Run up in – no surprises here, folks – Northumberland last week and, as I have not seen the results, think I’ll squeeze them in here just to keep everyone happy. Well, I say everyone. I mean Debbie and Damien Handslip, as they were the only two Nidds to work their way round the sandy 14 something mile course (it varies, depending on whether the tide is in or out). Anyway, Damien (1:57:43) was first over the line for the team, with Debbie (2:15:13) never far behind. With a performance like that, Damien might be forgiven for thinking that he wears the trousers in that relationship, although I imagine Debbie tells him which ones.

 

I know I should do some results for today’s James Herriot Race up in Wensleydale (I can’t say the word Wensleydale without wanting to remark that it’s “cracking cheese, Gromit…”). The problem is that the results take a fair few days to emerge, this being off road running and them being Yorkshiremen and all of that. That’s the thing with people from Yorkshire. They won’t do anything until they’re ready (for which you can read, never), you can’t understand a word they say but, if you want to know your shortcomings, then you won’t find a more helpful people anywhere. I’m sure Jon will set you right on all things statistical next week, but well done to all who took part, especially Melissa who says that she still cannot stop smiling. Simple minds and all of that.

Mark rocking the Mohican look. Looking good!

Mark rocking the Mohican look. Looking good!

Finally, we come to everyone’s favourite lesson of the week: parkrun. We start with Fiona Robinson who has finally completed her mission to run all the parkruns in Humberside and Yorkshire. I know, I know. Heaven only knows that life is like at home if getting in a car and driving to Humberside (for any reason, not necessarily to run 5k) is a more attractive option but there are. It takes all sorts. Fiona (32:56) was dutifully supported by the hubster Fell Running Phil (24:57) as they made their way around the course at Rothwell. Michelle Smith (32:01) was out to play down at Temple Newsam, Andy Todd (20:36) said a prayer for Nidd Valley up at Fountains Abbey, and Adam Kirk (19:50) took more performance enhancing drugs to secure second place at Oakwell Hall (wherever that may be).

 

Andrew and Hannah Peagram were down in Suffolk to double the parkrun gene pool. Honestly, have you seen it down in Bury St Edmunds? Population of some 40,000 people and they’ve got about seven faces between them. I’ll tell you something, when Visit Suffolk said that Bury was coming into its own, they really did mean it. Anyway, one digresses. Mr (21:08) and Mrs (26:28) nailed the course in beautiful times and we look forward to congratulating them in person when we see them back at the club.

 

Let’s finish with a quick spin round the Stray where Sarah H and I were ready with stop watches to beep you in under the watchful eye of Funnel Manager David Shores. Martin Lofthouse (19:12), Ben Baird (21:10) and Jim Cook (22:57) kick started proceedings for us. It’s also a whoop whoop for Sue Simpson (23:13), Bwian Hainsworth (23:22), Dave Prince (24:37) and Mark Armstrong (24:44). We were all terribly relieved to see Robert Hill (27:19) find the finish line without the help of the local ambulance service and orthopaedic surgeons (well, you say that, he was out running today and I almost took his legs from under him in one of my more absent-minded moments behind the wheel), with Tony LC (30:18), Graham Hyde (30:42) Jeff Walker (34:38) completing the line-up for us.

 

Chairman Dan asked me to tell you that you’ve come a long long way together, through the hard times and the good, he has to celebrate you baby, he has to praise you like he should: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead

On Tuesday, there’ll be another club run. Excellent. Great. Thrilled. Could not be happier. I’ve no idea what you’ll be doing – and nor am I too worried, as I don’t plan on being in the country – but get yourself to the Hockey Club and ready to run for 7pm. There’ll be the usual casual chat about where the run will be before we all nonchalantly accept we’re getting taken up the gorge. Again.

 

If you go down to the woods today, you’d better close your eyes. If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Indeed you are, because on Thursday, Chairman Dan is going to do a mid-summer interval session in the woods behind Hornbeam Park. It’s got it all: hill, descent, track, mud and gravel, all good stuff for building stamina and technique for the last few club champ races. Get yourself to the Hockey Club for 7pm on Thursday and, should you have a pair of off-road shoes, bring them with you. And, if you think this sounds like thirsty work, keep reading….

 

Now this is the kind of running I can get it up for. On Sunday, we’ve got another of the Fell Champs Race, this one being just down the road at Timble. It’s the Round Hill Fell Race. Kick of is at 11am and it’ll cost you only a fiver to get yourself a chance to cough up blood and snap your ankles on open moorland. Seriously, it’s brilliant fun and I really do recommend it. Road running sucks compared to this shit. Ask Phil, Fingers, Cath or any of the other muddy brethren if you need a steer or kit or any other questions answered. Most questions can, however, be answered here: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4876.

 

Birthday Dan

It’s a little known fact but Chairmen of Nidd Valley – much like the Queen – have both a real birthday and an official birthday. I don’t know which one it is, but Chairman Dan will be celebrating his Ruby Jubilee to mark his 40th birthday. I know, I can hardly believe it. He looks so young. I’ve spent a good deal of time wondering just how good a runner he would be when he finally hit puberty, but then I go and find out he is actually going to be 40 this week. Anyway, if you can get up to the bar for a pint and some birthday bumps after the run on Thursday, then he would love to see you. Go on, make his day.

 

Word to the Wise

And why does it come as no surprise that we have to keep Phil Ventress behind after class for detention for passing rude notes under the desk? So while he is lowering his short trousers for the thrashing of his life, I’ll share his unique insights to the challenges that come with organising races in Suffolk:

“That’s the problem and why they need chip timing. Photo finishes are no use to anyone” – Phil Ventress giving a hi-six to the people of East Anglia.

 

Game, set, match.

 

See you around.

 

Sam x

 

 

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