Weekly Update: The smallest people really do achieve the most remarkable things

Evening people!

So let me get this straight. From the photos, you appeared to spend Tuesday’s interval session doing the can-can on the Stray? Someone please tell me that the Harriers or Striders saw you. Please. You looked like the athletic equivalent of a burlesque cabaret act. I have never laughed as loud as I did when I saw the photos. I thought I would need an ambulance. I love you all.


The friendliest burlesque club in town?

Anyway, I must lead you, with as much dignity as we can muster, to the results…


The smallest people really do achieve the most remarkable things, I tell you. Just look at these results from last week’s PECO Cross Country Races. In the Years 4 – 6 race, Evie Illes came an amazing 15th place for the girls, followed by Georgina Reddish (22nd) and Connie Mitton (23rd). Harrison Iles (3rd) and Jake Stalker (4th) were right up front for the boys, and were soon joined by Joe Sutcliffe (14th), Barnaby Patterson (22nd), Aidan Ranns (25th), Will Harvey (31st) and Liam Hamer (44th). For Years 7 – 9, Sarah Lofthouse nailed it with a cracking 10th place for the girls, while James Harvey (13th) showed the boys what Team Nidd are made of. Lastly (but by no means least), Alex Robinson, scored a brilliant 6th place in the Years 10 – 12 grouping. Well done to all of you – each of you is an inspiration.

Right, you can wipe away the tears of pride now and get a grip of yourselves. You need to see the senior results. They’re just as good. Debbie Gibson (43:15) was the first Nidd Vest over the line for the ladies, followed by Michelle Smith (47:03) and Sarah Chalmers (47:04), Philippa Moorse (50:02) and Fiona Robinson (52:43). Tim Harvey (29:20), Andy Todd (30:47) and Fingers Harris (31:08) led the men round the 4.5 mile course, with the ever-muddy Fell Running Phil (38:48) and Dave Seaman (41:20) close behind. Well done to you all.

On Sunday, Amanda Metcalfe headed down to South Yorkshire to compete in the Barnsley 10k (I can’t say Barnsley out loud without saying Baaarnsleey. It’s rather awkward). She’s now safely back in North Yorkshire, and with a brilliant time of 54:52. Congratulations, Amanda.

And so to Parkrun. In Harrogate, it was all Matt Wilkinson (20:03), Martin Lofthouse (20:06) and Edoardo Piano (20:35) could do to keep on their feet on the increasingly wet and muddy Stray. Dan Eagling (21:32), Moira McTague (25:00), NV Junior Ben Rosie (25:00) were the next to negotiate their way across the quagmire, followed by Tony Ledwaba-Chapman (27:04). Sarah Hughan (27:54) took her dodgy knee for a spin as continued her return to full racing strength, followed by Rebecca Ventress (28:20) and Jane Hill (31:25). Parkrun faithful Mandy Smith (38:26) made sure Team Nidd finished on a high. I’ve no idea what the Robinsons were doing in Bradford, but Alex (23:12) and Fiona (31:15) soon made quick work of the Horton Park Run. Andy Todd (18:55) was the sole ambassador Team Nidd at Fountains Abbey but, as usual, put in a brilliant performance.

Have you done something you’re proud of? Would you like your work pinning up in the kitchen here at Nidd Valley House to that everyone can see your achievement? Then why not let me know, I don’t bite: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: This is the last taster session before the interval session gets properly underway in the New Year. Meet at the Hockey Club and be ready to run for 7pm (and ready to dance for 7:15pm?). If that doesn’t take your fancy…
• Tuesday: There’ll be the option of a gentle club run, also meeting at the Hockey Club for 7pm.
• Thursday: This week’s club run will take in the delights of Coldbath Road. Leaving the Hockey Club at 7pm, the route takes us over the Iron Bridge, down Kings Road, past the Fat Badger, up Coldbath Road and Pannal Ash Road, before taking in Green Lane, Leadhall Lane and Hookstone Chase. There are plenty of options to cut the route short for those wanting something a little shorter, as well as options to extend if you’re feeling sparky. Here’s the route for those after a sneaky peak: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/928012181.
• Saturday: Fingers Harris is organising a bit of a Team Nidd trip to compete in York Parkrun. It’s a flat and fast course around the Knavesmire Racecourse. If you can drag yourself out of bed and to the start line for 9am, then he’d be thrilled to see you there. More details here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/york/.
• Sunday: Michelle is leading another lovely Sunday Run. Although Michelle is our beloved Ladies Captain, her run isn’t just for the fairer sex, and all are welcome. The pace will be social, the views spectacular, and the weather better than it has been recently. Michelle is planning to do the Guy Fawkes 10 route, so if you’d like to run the course rather than marshal it, then this is your chance. Meet at Ripley car park and be ready to run for 9:30am.

If you too would like to organise a Sunday Run then please, please, do let me know. All you need is a vague plan and a reasonable sense of direction (by no means essential, frankly). It’s a chance to rediscover those off-road routes we don’t often see throughout the winter months, not to mention the chance to get up to your backside in mud.

And now, we have a very exciting new feature for you from one of our coaches…


Emma’s Stretch of the Week
From standing position (feet hip width apart and a neutral spine) take a step forward keeping your front leg bent and your back leg straight. Make sure both feet are facing forwards and flat on the floor, and that your front knee is directly above your ankle. Keeping the back knee straight but off lock, bend the front knee until mild tension can be felt in the calf of the back leg. Lean on a wall for support if you need to! Hold for 10-15 seconds then repeat on the other side.



Festive Mud, Sweat & Beers: 12 December 2015
So we’ll be starting off our festive celebrations with an eight mile run taking in the delights of Plompton, Little Ribston and Goldsborough. Meet in the car park at the Union Pub in Calcutt and be ready to run for 10am. This run will be a social bimble, so save your PB ambitions for another day. Have a look at the route here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/926063497. If anyone feels that this is a little out of their depth, then let me know and I’ll make sure there is provision for a shorter route. I’m hoping desperately to be match fit so I can lead the run, although Dave will stand in if I’m still out of action.

But running or not, I’ll be out later that night when we meet in the Harrogate Tap for festive beers from 8pm. Please do drop in and come and say hi. It’d be great to see you. Just please don’t wear one of those ridiculous Christmas jumpers. Why not let me know if you’re coming? Either email me at chairman@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk or get involved via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044567955561567/.


Club Championships 2016
Right then, we are still desperate for your views about what the road and fell championships might look like next year. Please make sure that your voice is heard in the upper echelons of power here at Nidd Valley House. You can do this by completing this tasty little online form: https://goo.gl/forms/sUWYfkmgeX. I’m hoping to discuss this with the committee in a couple of weeks, so please do get yourself a piece of the action.


Save the Date
Please keep these dates in your diary, folks:
• Saturday 19 December 2015: Ladies Brunch and Secret Santa. Having a pair of my own, I’m not privy to any more information than that. Sorry.
• Saturday 30 January 2016: Awards Night. An intriguing opportunity to see what your fellow club mates look like when they aren’t wearing lycra and make an effort to put a bit of slap on.
• Thursday 18 February 2016: AGM. This is your chance to vote out your current committee. Sounds like too good an opportunity to miss, if you ask me.


A Word to the Wise
“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty


The recovery is taking forever, but I hope to see you soon. Run well.

Sam x

Weekly Update: The Chairman who stole Christmas

Evening kids,


Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.


Within minutes of last week’s missive being dispatched, I was inundated with a flurry of emails pointing out errors in the times for Leeds Abbey Dash 10k. Some of the results I received were gun times rather than chip times, and so I’m pleased to give you the correct times for Fiona Robinson (1:05:36 ) and Jane Hill (1:08:35). With that record set and straightened, let’s move onto this week’s results.

Belated congratulations to Sue and John Reast who recently competed in the Dalby Dash 10k (having called them lesser-spotted last week, we now can’t get rid of them). John completed the challenging course in 53:55, with Sue (1:01:35) not far behind. Very well done to you both.

Well this is all very awkward. Fell Running Phil has beaten me to it in circulating the results from the PECOS at Temple Newsam earlier today. Congratulations to all of our competitors flying the flag high for Team Nidd. From the boys, we had Tim Harvey, Andy Todd, Andy Harris, Phil Robinson and Dave Seaman, and from the ladies we had Debbie Gibson, Hannah Peagram, Michelle Smith, Sarah Chalmers, Philippa Moorse (she runs!!) and, Mrs Fell Running Phil, Fiona Robinson. I can’t wait to hear how the Juniors got on, too! You’ve all done brilliantly, congratulations!


Here come the girls (with Macy, the Nidd Valley Dog, too!)

And so we move on to the Parkrun results for this week and I must say that they make very interesting reading indeed. At Harrogate, Fingers Harris (20:25) led the troops home, followed by Steve I’m-not-bitter-but-I-wanted-to-be-first-Nidd-home-three-weeks-in-a-row Newton (22:27). Moira McTague (25:25) held Jim Cook (25:31) six seconds at bay in a nail biting finish. Parkrun Dave (27:35) and Tony LC (29:50) made easy work of the muddy course, followed by Jane Hill (30:55) and Michelle Dinsdale (31:18). Great work, team.

Keeping things suitably monastic, Brother Andy Todd (19:15) and Mother Superior Nicki Walton (28:05) soon tamed the course at Fountains Abbey. Amen to that and well done to you both.

Please Mister Postman, look and see if there’s a letter in your bag for me! You’re all marvels and it is lovely to hear from you. Keep me updated with your results: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: it’s the second of the interval taster sessions led by the ever enthusiastic Mike D and Emma D. I’m not sure where we’re going this week, so meet at the Hockey Club and be ready to run for 7pm.
• Tuesday: if intervals don’t float your running boat, there’ll be a steady run from the Hockey Club, meeting for 7pm.
• Thursday: the systems administrator here at Nidd Valley House tells me that this week’s run is the Supermarkets, so you’ll be able to get a bit of shopping in as you pass. Leaving the Hockey Club at 7pm, this route heads out past ASDA, Waitrose, round the Stray and down the showground, past Sainsbury’s, over to Morrisons and home. Those wanting a little more can take a detour up to M&S on Leeds Road, and there are plenty of options to cut short too. Route here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/926355713
• Sunday: Dave S will be leading a Sunday run for you this week. Meet at 9.30am outside Yorkshire Showground on Hookstone Wood Road, near the Scout Hut. It’ll be a social and steady run of about 8½ miles towards Kirkby Overblow and returning via Follifoot. All sounds fun, and we hope to see you there.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: 12 December 2015

I know I’m normally like the Grinch that stole Christmas, so you’ll be surprised to hear that we’re going out for a social run on 12 December as our way of marking the festivities. This will be at relaxed pace and I hope it is something that everyone feels able to take part in. It’s a little over eight miles from Calcutt to Plompton, Little Ribston, Goldsborough and back. It’s all pretty flat and mainly on trails and fields, so it should be accessible to all. You can have a sneak peak at the route here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/926063497 (#organisedchairman). If anyone feels that this is a little out of their depth, then let me know and I’ll make sure there is provision for a shorter route.

Your ever-festive Chairman...

Your ever-festive Chairman…

Later that night, we’ll be meeting for Christmas drinks in the Harrogate Tap (that rather nice pub next the station. Well, I’ve heard it’s nice and that they do nice beer. I’ve never been in. Don’t touch the stuff myself…). We’re meeting at 8pm and it’d be great to see all of you there. All the relevant details (mainly irrelevant, to be honest with you) via our Facebook page where you can join in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044567955561567/. I know, I am so down with the kids.


You’ll be champ-ing at the bit (see what I did there? #megalolz)
We’re busy putting the fell and road championship calendars together for next year. Nidd Valley House is so awash with spreadsheets, maps and timetables that you can barely move. It’s utter chaos here. Still, it is lovely to see Fell Running Phil with something positive to do: he’s done nothing but mope around and get under my feet since the championships ended in October.

If you have any ideas and thoughts about what you’d like to see in next year’s championships, then we’d really like to hear from you. You can share your views here: https://goo.gl/forms/sUWYfkmgeX. Thanks to Mark D for creating the form and for collating all the data from your responses (I tell you, you can take the man out of GCHQ…).

We are particularly keen to extend the allure of fell running to others in the club, especially the ladies, as it can be a little bit of a niche activity at times. Please don’t assume fell running isn’t for you or that you’ll never get round. I manage it and, if the Nidd Valley Juniors can tackle a PECO, I know you have a fell race or two in you. The views can be stunning, the terrain varied and challenging, and the descents thrilling – often for only a few quid (come to think of it, it probably explains why fell running is so big in Yorkshire). Have a chat with any of our muddy brethren at Nidd Valley House, they’ll gladly give you a few pointers. We’ll be trying to make the fell championships as local and accessible as possible this year, so please do think about getting involved.


Awards Night: 30 January 2015
It seems that everyone wants to be Lady Mary this year. Dave was desperate, bless him, but he said he wouldn’t mind if he could be the Dowager Countess instead. So that’s settled that, fortunately. Anyway, keep this date in your diary. Tickets will be going on sale soon, and we look forward to welcoming you to this most glittering of nights here at Nidd Valley House.


A Word to the Wise
“The great thing about running is that it is a great leveller. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve come from. Everyone is equal when they run” – Comrade Martin Lofthouse, sharing his Trotskyist reflections.


The comeback itches ever closer, and I celebrated yesterday by popping into Up & Running in Harrogate to buy a new pair of fell shoes (god, they’re beautiful), and ended up getting a new pair of road shoes too as an impulse buy. Bumped into Fingers Harris while I was there, and I think collectively we spent enough to put the owner’s kids through university. Great stuff. Anyway, it’s been lovely chatting to you, and I’ll see you soon. Have a good week.

Sam x


Weekly Update: So who wants to be Lady Mary?

Evening kids,

It was fab to see so many of you at Bob & Annie’s leaving run and breakfast yesterday. Special congratulations to all of you who braved the weather to go for a run. Thanks so much for turning out to give them a good send off. I think Bob’s words and Annie’s tears said it all. They’ll be missed.


On Saturday, a team of Nidds headed over in Lancashire (they’re a funny breed over there, I tell you) and took part in the gruelling Tour of Pendle fell race. I did the reccie of this 17 mile beast earlier this year with Emma D and would like to set the record straight: reports that I had a hissy fit, burst into tears and swore loudly at the bottom of the last climb are grossly exaggerated. Although the route was shortened on account of the dire weather, we had some cracking results and, unencumbered by a chairman mid-tantrum, it’s congratulations to Carol Morgan (7th woman), Simon Franklin and Paul Geary.

Over in the Netherlands, Tony LC managed to get himself to the start line without any unfortunate incident with a motor car, and completed the Nijmegen Seven Hills 15k in a most respectable 1:24:13. Well done, Tony, that’s a brilliant effort and we look forward to seeing you back at Nidd Valley House rather than the orthopaedic department at the hospital.

Closer to home and in the driving rain, we fielded some intrepid Nidds at the ever popular Abbey Dash 10k. It’s well done to Nick Smith (51:19), Bill Hitchcock (58:28), Jane Hill (1:08:35) and Fiona Robinson (1:24:01) for managing not to drown. Well done. I seem to think that Kate Maybury also ran the race, but her result isn’t showing up on the records. Sorry about that, Kate. I’ll happily set the record straight next week if you send me your result.

Matt Wilkinson headed down to Essex to compete in the UK Obstacle Racing Championship Final. Philippa described the race as “16k of cold hell” (so hell does freeze over), and she didn’t even do it. Again, I’ve not got a clue what horrors Matt willingly put himself through this time – burning, floggings and electrocutions probably, the sort of stuff for which despots have been convicted of war crimes, I should imagine – but Matt hauled himself admirably round the challenging course. I’ve just no idea why he puts himself through this kind of thing.

Wetter than an otter’s proverbial this weekend, it was a slippery affair at Parkrun, with only two runners completing the Harrogate course in less than 20 minutes. Nidd-wise, Steve Newton (22:49) was again first over the line, while Ben Baird (23:37) stepped out for ages in his return from injury. Nice to have you back with us, Ben. Fiona Deacon (23:46) wasn’t far behind, with Jim Cook (24:20), Moira McTague (25:09) and Nick Smith (26:46) hot on her muddy heels. Natalia Lancosova (31:01) put in a fab performance, along with Michelle Dinsdale (31:25), the lesser-spotted Sue Reast (32:38) and Mandy Smith (37:11). Fingers Harris (43:13) took a week off his 19 minute campaign to support his mum (42:23) round the course – so well done Fingers, and well done Mrs Harris! Andy Todd (18:56) was alone in representing the club up at Fountains, with a cracking fifth place overall. Nice work, Andy.

I’ve just noticed that there were no juniors at this week’s Parkrun! Can you believe it? No, me neither. We look forward to seeing them back in action soon and to some more fantastic results. Keep up the good work, kids.

Please do keep me updated with your results and achievements, and I’ll do my best to hash it into something of a weekly write-up. You know where to find me: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: in readiness for the winter interval training sessions in the New Year, Mike D and Emma D will be leading a ‘taster’ session to give you a feel for what the intervals are like. Be ready to run from the Hockey Club at 7pm, or meet down on Springfield Avenue carpark for about 7.10pm. As ever, the intervals are all about developing individual performance and confidence and not about competition, so they’re definitely something that all runners can benefit from, regardless of speed or capability.
• Tuesday: for those of you that don’t want to do the intervals (although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t, to be honest), there’ll be a normal club run, also meeting at the Hockey Club for 7pm.
• Thursday: we’ll be having another club run, this time taking in the Valley Gardens and Cornwall Road. There’ll be longer routes taking in Beckwith Road and Green Lane, and shorter routes coming back down Otley Road. Running from the Hockey Club at 7pm with beers in the bar afterwards. And if you’re wondering why we’re choosing a route in advance, scroll down and read all about herding cats…


Herding Cats
The committee met on Wednesday night and, although it really did feel like herding cats, we got through quite a lot of stuff (we’d have got through more stuff but Sarah C wanted to get back to watch Peep Show and I wanted my tea). We discussed the requests of a few runners to make sure that there is always provision for the more social and the less confident runners in our regular club runs. Unfortunately, it isn’t feasible to have a rota system of ‘group leaders’ as many people in the club work, have other commitments, and don’t always know if they’re going to get down to the club until the last minute. Is what we’re proposing is that our winter runs will be decided in advance (using the system previously designed by Mike D) and we’ll identify our groups at an early point in the run (the bit after about a mile where we tend to break up and go our separate ways). At this point, we’ll identify individuals (including you!) to be a focal point for each group who’ll take responsibility for keeping the group together and making sure that people aren’t left behind or on their own. I understand that this isn’t ideal, but it’s the best we can do without a top-heavy and unworkable rota system. Please let me know if you’ve any further suggestions.

Herding committee cats...

Herding committee cats…

We are also planning both the road and fell championships for next year. Although it is always a balancing act with the club calendar, and a bit of a faff to find races which are accessible, varied, and don’t sell out with seconds, we’re particularly interested if you have any nominations or thoughts on which races you would (or would not!) like included in the champs for 2016. We’re nothing if not inclusive, so please let us know your thoughts. You can do so by filling in this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c6879OCWBHcAYcMiQCrO48KZdgWaGy6j_5wS7qAHy30/viewform?c=0&w=1/.


Christmas Run: 12 December 2015
Please do keep this date in your diary. We’ll have a late morning run, taking in the sights of Nidderdale from round Thuscross Resevoir. This will be a run for all ages, abilities etc., so please do try and get along and bring the kids. Afterwards, once you’ve got home and got your glad rags on, Team Nidd will be painting the town red with a Christmas night out. Further details to follow soon (though if anyone has a suggestion for a preferred pub, then let me know: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk).


And the Nominees are…: 30 January 2015
It’s the highlight of the year here as the butlers roll the red carpet up to the entrance of Nidd Valley House, light the candles and polish the silverware in readiness for Awards Night. It look like athletics’ answer to Downton Abbey (and just who is going to be Lady Mary?): a black tie do with a three course meal, dancing and awards a plenty. We’ll be sending out further details in due course but please do save the date. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there last year as I had a long standing pint date with an old friend in Oxford (sorry about that, folks), but this year your Chairman will be there on his best behaviour, witty speech in hand and dressed like a knob.

The transformation is amazing when they're not wearing running lycra...

The transformation is amazing when they’re not wearing running lycra…

If you have an award from last year, please return it to Judy G as soon as you can as she needs to lug them all down to the shop (those fell trophies weight a tonne) to get them polished and engraved. Judy’s email: membership@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


Sunday Runs
These are fun and informal steady runs, organised by members of the club throughout the winter. You get a chance to get to places we can’t do within the hour in the winter nights, and trips to tea shops are often a welcome treat at the end of the run. If you’d like to organise one, please feel free, and share the details via the group email nidd-valley-road-runners@googlegroups.com or via our Facebook page.


A Word to the Wise
“We don’t call you running colleagues, we think of you as running friends” – Bob & Annie Sweeting, bowing out after nearly 13 years with Team Nidd.


Hope to see you all running soon. I hope to be back soon, and it’s going to be the biggest comeback since Lazarus. Have a good week, whatever you do.

Sam x

Weekly Update: Which Nidd got lost? Which little person got a new PB? And just who is that mystery Nidd?

Evening all!


Well, this is it. It’s time for the final waltz with Bob and Annie before they pack their cases in the back of the van and head up to pastures new in Scotland. To say they’ll be missed is an understatement. Both Bob and Annie encouraged and welcomed me in my first run with Team Nidd, and I’m gutted that injury prevents me for joining them in their last.


Andy Todd (19:04) was 8th place overall at Fountains Parkrun, and Fingers Harris (19:24) continued his campaign to crack the 19 minute barrier. Phil Robinson (24:14) most have felt like a fish out of water with all this running on paths, the poor thing, and Amanda Metcalfe (26:07) and Fiona Robinson (31:54) rounded up a strong team performance. In Harrogate, Steve Newton (23:20) proved that gingers really can achieve remarkable things when they put their mind to it. Alison Iles (25:15) and Moira McTague (25:30) battled to be second Nidd over the line, with the irrepressible Park Run Dave (27:36) chasing them down. Hannah Peagram (27:41), Nick Smith (28:06) and Tony Ledwaba-Chapman (28:10) gave us a trio of thrilling finishes, and Rebecca Ventress (29:23), Michelle Dinsdale (32:48) and Mandy Smith (38:18) gave us a fitting finale on a cracking team effort. Well done to you all.

There’s a rumour snaking round the corridors of Nidd Valley House that another Nidd was spotted at the Harrogate Parkrun but didn’t get their code scanned. If you’d like to come forward and reveal yourself, then I’ll be more than happy to publish your result.

Would you like to hear how the Juniors fared? Go on then, I’ll tell you. Harrison Iles (8:15) got himself a new PB and third place overall – bloody hell, Harrison, that’s amazing! – with Ben Rosie (8:56), Connie Mitton (11:03), Anna Rosie (11:47), Betty Crowton (14:15) and Willa Crowton (18:16) all flying the flag high for Team Nidd. Well done, kids!

Mark David competed in the Harewood 10m Rail Race and found that his fell shoes were just the ticket to get him round the wet and muddy course (and did anyone else know it’s apparently pronounced Harr-wood rather than Hare-wood? Every day’s a school day, I tell you). Mark described it as a challenging course to complete at speed, and was pleased with his finish of 1:17 (that’s hours and minutes, by the way. Mark isn’t on performance enhancing drugs and about to rock Nidd Valley with a doping scandal). We’re pleased with your time, too, Mark. Well done.

Matt Wilkinson spent the weekend in Manchester to compete in the (slightly alarmingly named, if you ask me) Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest race. Heaven knows that horrors they unleashed on the competitors this year, but Matt got his round the half-marathon distance in 2:03:52, finishing 21st out of 185 finishers. He’d have got there earlier, but he says he got lost. Yeah, I know. Lost. How hard can it be, Matt? You had marshals, tape, other runners to follow, big arrows on brightly coloured card, and you aim for the next big obstacle for crying out loud. Still, well done.

I may be many things: an international man of daring, social worker to the stars, skilled and considerate lover, and running club chairman. But I am not Mystic Meg. If you don’t tell me your results, I won’t be able to publish them. Please keep me updated: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: In the words of the Boss, “Come on with me, tramps like us, baby we were born to run.” Indeed we were, and there’ll be a run from the Hockey Club at 7pm. It’d be great to see as many of you there as possible (well, I won’t be there, but you know what I’m getting at).
• Thursday: Another club run, courtesy of your ever-loving Club. Be at the Hockey Club and ready to run for 7pm, and you can treat yourself to a bag of crisps and a pint of lager upstairs afterwards.
• Sunday: Bob & Annie’s Leaving Run. More below…
• Sunday: Leeds Abbey Dash. Oh that’s sold out. Sorry about that.
• Sunday: Wensleydale Wedge. Oh that’s sold out, too. If you’re disappointed, you’ll know to be quicker next time.


Calling all Social Runners!
It doesn’t really need saying, but we’re a running club for everyone: a club for people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, ambitions, confidences, speeds and experience. So I guess that includes you, huh? A few of our regulars who like to take things at a more steady and social pace feel that they’ve lost a few of their running companions. If this is you, then we’d especially love to see you at club sometime soon.

As an aside, I’m hoping to do some work with the committee this month about making sure that there is always a group for the less confident and more socially-paced runners. If you’ve got any thoughts about how this could be made to work, then please let me know: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


Bob & Annie Leaving: Sunday 15 November 2015
There’ll be the two different runs: an off-road option led by Fell Running Phil and Mark, and a steady run around the reservoirs. Meet at Fewston Carpark, be ready to run for 9am and bring your tissues. It’ll be emotional.

Afterwards, it’s up to the Smokehouse for a bit of breakfast. Fiona D has collated orders for most of you, but if you haven’t yet placed an order and want to join in, can you please let the Smokehouse know directly? Their details here: https://www.yorkshiresmokehouse.co.uk/restaurant/ or 01943 810000. Apparently you need to ask to speak to someone called Gill…


Committee Meeting: Wednesday 11 November 2015
It’s like trying to herd cats, people, it really is. I’ll be doing my best to preside over the chaos that is a Team Nidd Committee Meeting (and the language used in the fall out over the last slice of lemon drizzle the last time doesn’t bear repeating, that’s for sure). If you want anything discussing, changing, stopping, that kind of thing, then you know what to do: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


Other Dates for your Diary
It’s worth keeping these dates in your diary, folks:
• Christmas Afternoon Run & Night Out on the Tiles: Saturday 12 December 2015
• Ladies’ Run, Lunch and Secret Santa: Saturday 19 December 2015
More details to follow with these soon.


A Word to the Wise
“If they go any higher, I’ll fall over backwards” – Philippa M clearly articulating the hazards associated with a firework display.


Have a great week running, people. I’m missing you all (bloody leg) and look forward to seeing you all at breakfast at the weekend.

Sam x

Weekly Update: Guy Fawkes Run, Guy Fawkes Ran

Evening all!


Well, you did it. Yet again, you pulled out all of the stops and showed why the Guy Fawkes 10 is rightly regarded as one of the highlights of the running calendar. Particular thanks to Matt R and Mike D who masterminded the whole operation, but you were all a part of the day, and we couldn’t have done it without you. So whether you bag packed, stood on the roadside, clapped and cheered, drove vans, ran results, swept up, dressed up, transferred numbers, directed traffic, handed out water, shared goodie-bags, sorted prizes.. thank you.



The feedback on Twitter and email from the race speaks for itself. Here are some of the highlights:
• “Thanks to Nidd Valley Road Runners for another fab Guy Fawkes 10 at Ripley Castle – hard hills but great views & brilliant stewards!”
• “Thanks to Nidd Valley Road Runners for organising a great ‘Guy Fawkes 10’ race today.”
• “Well done to you all and everybody at Nidd Valley for putting on the usual great show.”


They say you should never negotiate with terrorists…

Walk tall, team, walk tall.


Given that everyone was up to their ears in all things Guy Fawkes, I’m afraid it was a bit quiet on the racing front. Still, we have some great Parkrun results for you. Edoardo Piano (19:56) was the first taxi off the Harrogate rank for Team Nidd, with Steve Newton (22:32), Christine Holleran (23:28) and Moira McTague (24:40) following in his speedy wake. Nick Smith (25:02) was hunted down by Hannah Peagram (26:19), Rebecca Ventress (27:48), Tony LC (30:03), Michelle Dinsdale (31:03) and Fiona Robinson (32:19). Andy Todd (18:50) and Fingers Harris (19:42), had a spin round the Fountains Course and, as ever, both were up near the front of the pack.

Jake Stalker was the only fun-sized Nidd at the Junior Parkrun in Harrogate but soon made up for the rest of them with a brand new PB of 8:32. Well done, Jake!

I promised you the belated results from the Whixley 10k, and I’ll be a man of my word. Tim Harvey (38:07) was first over the line, Martin Lofthouse (39:02), Mike Deacon (45:26), Fiona Deacon (45:51), Paul Manning (47:53) and Jenny Manning (53:42). We’ll give Fiona a special mention who took the prize for second lady – all very impressive stuff, I tell you.

It would have been quicker to go and pick them up myself, but the results for the Great Whernside Fell Race have finally reached Nidd Valley House and it’s a very well done to Mark David (50:42) who hauled himself up more than 1500 ft of climb before throwing himself back down the other side. Takes all sorts, I suppose.

If it’s not adverts for Viagra and Nigerian investment opportunities, then it’s your results. Please email me all of your achievements: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.


The Week Ahead
It’s a quiet one in Nidd Valley House this week as we all get over the exertions of the Guy Fawkes Race. There’ll be club runs from the Hockey Club on both Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. On Thursday, there’ll be drinks afterwards in the bar. As ever, all are welcome.


Calling all Social Runners!
I’ve been asked by Alan “I remember Burma before the Generals” Harby and Ann Rushton to encourage all of their usual socially paced running friends back down to the club. So if you’re not that interested in disappearing off across the car park to hunt down miles at breakneck speed, then they’d love to see you.


Bob & Annie Leaving: Sunday 15 November 2015
We’ve got the reservoir run to say goodbye to Bob and Annie, so it’ll all be totes emosh as we don our trainers for one last fling with these two Nidd valley stalwarts. Mark David and Phil Running Phil are kindly organising an off-road route to run alongside this, probably disappearing up into the hills beyond Timble. So you can’t really say we don’t give you a choice, people. Whatever run you decide, meet at the Blubberhouses carpark by Fewston and be ready to run for 9am.

If you are heading up for breakfast, please let Fiona D know so she can co-ordinate numbers: mjfjdeacon@ntlworld.com (and please don’t hit ‘REPLY ALL’! Much as I love you all, I couldn’t care less if you’d like your eggs poached or whether you’d prefer them fried). Whet your athletic appetite here: https://www.yorkshiresmokehouse.co.uk/restaurant/.


Other Dates for your Diary
It’s worth keeping these dates in your diary, folks:
• Christmas Afternoon Run & Night Out on the Tiles: Saturday 12 December 2015
• Ladies’ Run, Lunch and Secret Santa: Saturday 19 December 2015
More details to follow with these soon.


London Marathon
It was a tense draw for the London Marathon place, but with his the only name in the Nidd Valley Hat, it was a fait accompli for Paul Manning. Good luck, Paul. What could possibly go wrong with running 26.2 miles on tarmac?


A Word to the Wise
“It’s quite straightforward. Matt knows what’s going on, and you just witter on” – Sarah Hughan, commenting on the professional relationship between the Chairman and the Club Captain.

I couldn’t agree more.


Have a great week.

Sam x