I didn't start running until I was 35, that was in 2012. I was soon hooked and after completing my first 10K race I looked for a local club. After just one evening run with Nidd Valley I was immediately taken with how friendly and enthusiastic everyone was. I'm now a qualified coach and recently became Chairman. Whatever your running aims and ambitions, Nidd Valley is full of great people to run with, on top of this you're always assured of a friendly welcome!
I started running in 2013 and soon discovered I was quite competitive. After completing 5k parkruns, a couple of 10ks and the Great North Run, I couldn't improve any more on my own. A couple of chance meetings with NVRR folks, at a parkrun, Martin Lofthouse after GNR and one of my friends joining, I took the plunge, rocked up to a club run and never looked back. Achievements - 1.57 half marathon, the bed race, 2 mins off my 5k time & overcoming my school hatred of cross country (love it now), all in a year... I would say to any budding runners - join the club! There are so many opportunities to try different races, and make some amazing new friends at the same time. It's fab!
Club member since 2000. I've been running - on and off - since cross country at school though I was never a member of a club before joining NVRR. Since joining I have run six marathons, my first when I was 55, and I'm proud of the fact that they were all under 4 hours, though three of them were only a few seconds under! My ambition? To keep on running.
I am the current ladies captain. I am married with two teenage boys. As a complete non-runner I joined the club about 9 years ago. Since then I have built up my mileage and have now completed 7 marathons. I am looking forward to the role of ladies captain, as am passionate about our Club Championship and encouraging as many girls as possible to take part and compete. Whether you are at the front of the pack, the middle or the back - it really doesn't matter. If you simply want to enjoy running and racing for fitness, fun or to be the best you can be, Nidd Valley Road Runners has something for you.
Sarah Chalmers - Vet50 - was a late comer to running started in my 40s, been with the club about 4-5 years, try to run with the Club at least once a week. Am a keen, although not overly successful, fell runner. Favourite race is: Wharfedale off road half marathon, biggest achievements Ripon Ultra in 2012 and sub 4.30 London Marathon in 2010. Nemesis race: Baildon Boundary Way!
I am 47 (yes I did have a hard paper round!) and live in Harrogate with my wife Christine and my daughter Sarah (who is a member of NVRR Juniors).
I have always done some running since I left school but I got in to racing after doing Parkrun and then entering the 2013 Guy Fawkes. I joined NVRR soon after and have enjoyed representing the club at races ever since, particularly the Evening League. I enjoy training with the club, especially intervals. My favourite distance is 10k and I have run one half marathon to date (The Great North). I intend to do my first marathon later this year. My proudest achievement in running is probably winning my age category in the Harewood 10 mile race last year.
Away from running my hobbies are fishing, cricket and eating!
Running was part of my daily routine during my time in the Army, but when I left 10 years ago it was difficult to find motivation to get my trainers on again. After settling back in Harrogate, I was aware of a local running club that used to meet at that time in Starbeck. I went along to the club for a run one night and discovered a group of people who were thoroughly enthusiastic about running - after a couple of sessions I rediscovered my running mojo. Since being with the club (around six years) I have competed in various 10k and 10 mile races, and even managed to run the London Marathon earlier this year in under 4 hours. I have also proudly represented Nidd Valley at The Great Knaresborough Bed Race on two occasions. I try to fit my running in and around a busy family life, working shifts, cycling,sleeping, and the occasional peruse on the web for that elusive bargain 'classic sports car'.
I originally started running, in 2013, to help me lose weight. I really enjoyed it & decided to set myself a goal. So I entered the great north run, for 2014. I started going to parkrun too. When I'd completed it I just loved the feeling of it all, the training, the build up, the actual event. But most of all it was the euphoric feeling afterwards, I was on such a high. From there I entered another event. In the meantime I joined Nidd Valley Road Runners. I was worried in case i wasn't fast or good enough. That worry was dispelled immediately when I went for my first run with them. They were so welcoming & accommodating. 4 years on & I've done countless races, which includes 2 marathons & a hardmoors event.