Afternoon All

I hope you all enjoyed the racing and the socialising of the Burton Leonard Mob Match. Huge congratulations to team NIDD, you gave it your all and retained the trophy for another year with a 192 point margin. There were some excellent individual performances too with Fiona Deacon taking 1st place FV55 and Dave Seaman 1st place MV70. There may be others but these are the ones I’m aware of.

Team Nidd – Burton Leonard 10k July 2019

As most of you know the summer training plan is well underway and should prove beneficial for anyone that’s entered the Redcar half marathon at the end of September. If you haven’t already entered then please do so. Its a flat, fast course but more importantly its a chance to enjoy a coach trip to the seaside with your fellow Nidders.
The interval session on grass last week received lots of positive comments, this type of training is really beneficial and will seriously increase your chance of a PB when racing.As they say “Train hard, race easy”  Lets see!

After racing at Burton Leonard today we’re back at it this week with the final evening league race at Wetherby so read on for further information.

The Week Ahead.

Tuesday 16/7/19. No intervals this week due to the mid week evening league race.I’m not suggesting a route but leaving the choice to those members at the club. A decision can be made on the evening as I suspect lots of people will be saving themselves for the evening league race.

Wednesday 17/7/19 7.20pm
Harrogate District Summer Race league. Wetherby. Handicap race.Sicklinghall Cricket Club, Kirby Lane, Sicklington. LS22 4BH. Parking in the field opposite. 5.5 miles mostly road. Please refer to the website for full details and note the start time of 7.20pm .

Thursday 18/7/19. Crimple Valley
Kingsley Drive onto Knaresborough Road, across Morrisons, Stonefall Park, Great Yorkshire Showground. 
Options to run through the woods, across the fields or up the road leading to the squash club.Hookstone Road, through the Saints area and across the Stray back to the club.Approx. 5 miles.

Pacing Groups. 

Group 1. – Approx 8 to 8.30 minute mile paceGroup 2. – Approx 9 to 9.30 minute mile pace

Group 3. – Approx 10 to 10.30 minute mile pace

Group 4 – Approx 10.30 to 11 minute mile pace

Group 5 –  Social, recovery run with no pace in mind but a chance to chat as you jog, going as far as you want.

Health and Safety Briefing.

Warm up and cool down correctly.

Buddy up where possible and always with any new members.

In the event an injury does occur please remember to inform the welfare officer using the on line form on our club web site.

Best wishes. Christine NVRR Chair.

Week Ahead – Sunday 2nd June 2019

Afternoon All

Its June already and we have a busy time ahead of us with lots of running, training, racing and of course the highlight of the month with the Great Knaresborough bed race.

We have 4 teams entered this year! Good luck to each and every one of you. Have fun, race well and know that we are all  supporting you.

The month started well with a fun social evening last night. Huge thanks to Nadene for organising this.

The monthly newsletter with its official title is attached so there’s lots to read this week. Thanks again to Kevin for producing this. Please remember to send him details of PB’s, anecdotal stories or significant achievements. Download, Issue 3, of The Gold and Black now.

The Week Ahead.

Tuesday 4/6/19

HDSRL. Ripon.

This is the second of the evening league races. Check the web site for full details of start times and parking. You must bring your number and wear your club vest.

Sarah Chalmers and Martin Lofthouse will be there to hand out numbers to those yet to collect them.

Hockey Club. Social Run.

Alan Harby is kindly opening the hockey club so there’s an option to run from there for those not running the evening league. There is some essential maintenance work taking place at the club so there will be no shower facilities.

Thursday 6/6/19.

Options.

Bed Race Training.

This is possibly the last training session before the big day on Sunday 8th June.

If you’re thinking of joining the teams please liaise direct with team captains and check email and Facebook messages.

Social Run. Knaresborough.

Kingsley Drive, Knaresborough Road, Boroughbridge Road, Stockwell Lane, Briggate, Forest Moor Road, Morrisons and Kingsley Drive. Approx. 7 miles.

Off Road.

An off road run through the beautiful Nidd Gorge.

Pacing Groups.

Group 1. – Approx 8 to 8.30 minute mile pace

Group 2. – Approx 9 to 9.30 minute mile pace

Group 3. – Approx 10 to 10.30 minute mile pace

Group 4 – Approx 10.30 to 11 minute mile pace

Group 5 –  Social, recovery run with no pace in mind but a chance to chat as you jog, going as far as you want.

Health and Safety Briefing.

Warm up and cool down correctly.

Buddy up where possible and always with any new members.

In the event an injury does occur please remember to inform the welfare officer using the on line form on our club web site.

Best Wishes, Christine

NVRR Chair.

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…