What’s occurring this week?

Jeremy is organising a Guy Fawkes 10 mile run starting at 6 pm from Ripley Car park. He says that everyone is welcome and that it will be slow and steady. I’d definitely suggest head torches for this one, as it will get dark and a lot of the route is on quiet country roads with no pavements.

Club run as normal from the Hockey Club. Don’t forget high Viz and please use the car park on the right as you go in instead of by the club house until further notice. There will be committee members and run leaders around with signs to show you where to go, and to help with getting into groups according to your approximate pace.

The route will be to Knaresborough as follows:
Route Description: Rear of School to Kingsley Drive, turn right, Knaresborough Road, Boroughbridge Road, Stockwell Road, Briggate, Forest Moor Road, Morrisons, Prospect Road, Knaresborough Road, Kingsley Drive, Rear of School. Option to cut short along Forest Lane, Waterside or High Street. Longer option to miss Stockwell Lane and go down Halfpenny Lane, Chain Lane, York Road and Briggate.

Pacing groups will be something like this:
8-9mins per mile
9-10mins per mile
10-11mins per mile
11-12 mins per mile
Run walk

Tuesday Intervals Option
Usual 10 – 15 mins steady warm up following by dynamic stretching and activation drills (Lunges, squats, Legs swings, calf bounces, High knee walk, high knees, straight leg running, 4 x 30 metre strides)

Then do the following twice:
12 mins at 10 mile race pace or tempo pace
4 mins easy jog or walk recovery
8 mins at 10 mile race pace or tempo pace
4 mins easy jog or walk recovery
4 mins at 5km race pace or quicker than tempo
4 mins easy jog or walk recovery

Good luck if you choose to do this interval set and as ever, please feel free to ask if you need anything clarifying.

It’s EA#walkandtalk week this week, arranged in association with MIND, and coinciding with world gratitude day on Tuesday. Captain Sarah has planned the following route for us to run/jog/walk in our groups. Chat to each other on the way round, come on down to the club if you’ve not been for a while, and why not carry on talking over a drink at the bar afterwards?
Walk And Talk Route 5.4 Miles – 9km Running Route near Harrogate (ID: 1696050) (plotaroute.com)

Here and above is the route for Thursday. The route is 5.4miles.
From the club up Claro road, turn left past Granby. Over Knaresborough road, past the hospital, over Wetherby Road, up Slingsby Walk, over Oatlands Drive, over the the railway bridge – past the Well and then take the path over to POW roundabout. (For a shorter run or walk- cross over the road to Prince of wales mansions then turn right here and run back to club past Cedar Court hotel.

Everyone else, Cross over to Otley Road past Trinity Church on the left – Run up Otley Road to Cold Bath Road. Re group at top. Run down Cold Bath Road to Valley Gardens entrance- Re group here. Run up the Valley gardens footpath to the planted roundabout and back down the path back to the bottom Gates where you came in.
Once out of the gardens, pass the Pump Rooms, then Run to the Parliament street cross roads and cross to run up Kings Road. Turn right onto Grove Road and past Grove road church on your right. At the end of Grove Road turn right and then head back to club via Devonshire Place, Claro Road and Ainsty Road.

The weekend
It’s Great Whernside fell race in the fell champs on Saturday. A noon-ish start and you can still enter in advance or enter in the day. It’s about 4.5 miles and goes up a hill and back down again. Oh, and it’s fun!

On Sunday is the Crag Rat run which is in the road champs. This one is about 5 miles (ish) and is also fun!!! Why not do both?

Or if racing isn’t your thing then do get together with some friends and go for a social run!

Race results
If you’re wondering how you are getting on in the club chamionships, take a look at the results on the website which have been updated by Mark. Well done once again if you’ve been racing this week.

Club Survey
We have already had a great response to our club survey which closes on 3rd October. Please do take the time to tell the club what you think here https://forms.office.com/r/uX27pz2tVx

The aim of this survey is to understand what the members think of the club, what’s good, what can be improved. This survey will take about 6 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous however if you have any specific comments you wish to make please get in touch separately.

Well I think that is all for now folks,

Until next time
Have a fantastic week

From The Chair

Good Day to all members of NVRR

As we have gradually got back to normal, it has been wonderful seeing old friends and new meeting at various events and club nights. Seeing the smiles, the banter, and the hard work we all put in at whatever pace we run. After the club run on Thursday evening I thought to myself, “isn’t this great “ as I jogged around speaking to one of our newcomers Vicki. And I am sure most feel exactly the same as I do.
Ask yourself the question, How many newcomers have I personally welcomed to our club ? I am doing my best to meet everyone in the club, and certainly personally welcome all of the newcomers. They really appreciate it as I am sure everyone of us when first joining would have done.
The bar may be the best place therefore ……………………….

The Bar is Open !
The Bar in the Hockey club is now open, so please pop in, even if it’s for a quick drink, and have a catch up with Friends old and new. On Thursday there were around 25 in the bar doing just that, and it was great ! We understand how busy we can all be, however please try to find the time to have a drink from time to time. It is so good to see people.

Club Nights
If you were in attendance on Thursday evening you would have noticed we are making some small changes to organisation. We agreed at a recent committee meeting that as the club has grown it has become more difficult to organise everyone, together with welcoming newcomers, ensuring people are comfortable with pace groups making announcements and getting everyone away. Also recently you may have noticed all the car parks are a lot more full.
Therefore we have decided, certainly in the short term to park and meet in the car park immediately to the right as we enter the gates. Recently you would have received an e.mail from Captain Sarah regarding encouraging newcomers on the 1st Thursday of each month, and pace parameters. Please take time to read Sarah’s communication
Also we would encourage members to arrive at 6.45 to ensure there is time to gather our thoughts, make all announcements, get into pace groups ready to run at 7. We accept that with our busy lives this may not always be possible.

Inclusivity and Survey
It is every organisations responsibility under whatever banner, club, society, group, team etc, to ensure it is doing it’s very best to be inclusive. The committee agree that we needed to look at this through the eyes of the members. It was recently pointed out to me and the committee that inclusivity goes both ways upwards and downwards and I do not think anyone is going to disagree with that.
We have had a great response to the survey to date, however we do want to have as many responses as possible. Please take 5 minutes of your time to give your feedback. It will be very much appreciated. The link can be found below. https://forms.office.com/r/uX27pz2tVx

Banging On
One of the things I have always banged on about, long before this role with NVRR is appreciating volunteers. Most will not do it for any other reason than that they wish to help the wheels go around and enable the majority to enjoy the benefits. Having said the above appreciation and recognition is important. Volunteers will make mistakes and nearly 100 % of the time when a mistake is made we will still be attempting to do our very best. Mistakes happen ! Please be considerate of those mistakes. By all means bring it to someones attention, however take a minute to realise it will never be on purpose and approach it accordingly.

SuperStar Awards
There is so much good done by members, we should always take time to look for and reward those efforts. Over the next 2 weeks before our next committee meeting please take the time to put forward a name that in your opinion should be recognised with a Super Star Award.

Finally have a great week, and I look forward to seeing everyone at some point soon.

Onwards and Upwards


This week

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and well done if you’re been racing, Tholthorpe 10km and Yorkshireman off road marathon and half marathon have been going on. Great stuff!

This week’s championship race is the York 5km series race on Friday evening I believe, so good luck if you’re doing that.

In non-racing news, we have the usual club runs starting 7 pm at the club on Tuesday and Thursday, with the option to do the intervals below if you wish. Don’t forget your Hi Viz now that it’s getting darker.

Suggested pacing groups as always are as follows:

8 – 8:30 min miles
8:30 – 9 min miles
9 – 9:30 min miles
9:30 – 10 min miles
10 – 10:30 min miles
10:30 – 11:30 min miles

and here is the link to the run routes if you need one: http://niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk/club-training-routes/


Actually, this week’s suggestion from EA coach Darren is a 25 minute tempo run with a warm up and cool down. So that’s definitely all about the pacing! Don’t forget your drills (including a few strides) before the run and stretches after. If you’d like a suggestion for some shorter intervals however, please don’t hesitate to ask me and I will oblige!

I think that is all for this week, so have a good one,


From The Chair

Good Morning to all members of Nidd Valley Road Runners,

At 68 years young,   I have experienced being a part of many companies, clubs, institutions, groups etc, etc.  Through my lifetime I have enjoyed some more than others as I am sure would have  been the same for you. And when I look back,  the most enjoyable  were  always down to the positivity, involvement, and  forward thinking of the people.  People always made the difference !

I can safely say that being a part of Nidd Valley Road Runners since March 2019 has enhanced my quality of life, not just in improved fitness levels, but more importantly meeting people like Alan Harby who has been a wonderful foundation for so many years,  right through to the young newbie that has just joined their first running club.

My thanks go to everyone that has continued to make this club a place to enjoy whether it be club nights, race days, or social gatherings.

We look forward to continuing supporting each other and working hard to  enhance every persons life who chooses to join Nidd Valley Road Runners. It is all of our responsibility to achieve that.

Super Star Awards🌟🌟🌟

We’ve another bumper crop of Club Superstars this month.

Firstly we would like to thank Yvonne Skelton and Martin Weeks 🏅 who kindly used their camper van to make available additional water for those members running Fountains 10k on what was a very hot day in July and especially for taking good care of one of our members who did indeed overheat.

Next up we have Nigel Scaife 🏅 who ran 190 very hilly miles in 7 days across  Coast to Coast,  whilst raising money for charity. Our true thanks go to Nigel for his inspiration to fell runners generally and the team he supported on this adventure specifically, well done Nigel.

Next is a big thank you to Janet Jarvis 🏅 who week in week out supports one of our fellow members to achieve his running objectives, thank you Janet. ( see below under Welfare )

Our thanks are also extended to Jeremy Scott 🏅for his well thought out routes, preparation and care taken with his popular Track and Trail runs, well done Jeremy.

And finally we have Nadene Wilkinson, 🏅who anyone who was at the recent fish and chip run will have noticed she did as much running to Drakes and back with everyone’s orders as she did on the actual run! Nadene is also hard at work researching venues etc. for our Awards Night in January, thank you Nadene for services to catering!

Sylvia will be organising your £20 Up and Running vouchers shortly.

Our final thanks go to Jeff  Walker who has exempted himself, along with the Committee, from Superstar awards but nevertheless deserves our thanks for providing much of the equipment used at our recent highly successful sports afternoon social event, thanks Jeff.

Unofficial Club Runs

You may have noticed  that for quite a while individuals have taken it  upon themselves to organise club runs on routes they have personally enjoyed and wish to share with others.  We would encourage members to search them out and participate as they create great camaraderie, and are run at a pace most can enjoy. They are more of a very even stop start pace,  and no one would ever get left behind.

However, these runs can normally be found on Facebook, however we would also ask organisers to let the club know by e.mail.  However as they are unofficial club runs this is not something we can enforce.

Therefore please be proactive if you wish to know about these runs, as we have been informed that some people miss them.  Ask people in the club to keep you informed.


New for Thursday nights!

From September 23rd

We are delighted to announce that as part of Thursday club nights we will be offering a walking/recovery group. This ‘Walk and Talk’ group will be headed up by Janet Jarvis, she is regularly joined by Arron Simpson and Alan Harby so look out for them on a Thursday for a 5km loop from and to club. As always the bar is open on a Thursday night for the opportunity to sit and talk afterwards!

For those wanting a buddy to walk and talk with on Tuesdays, please send a club wide email, post on Facebook to see who else will be walking or ask around when you get to club.

Any questions email beccarman3@gmail.com

Guy Fawkes 10

This is a timely reminder as we approach our wonderful event The Guy Fawkes 10 on the 7th of November.  A reminder that Sam Fugill,  Race Director and his team have once again put this together after many struggles following the pandemic rules and regulations.  A BIG THANK YOU to Sam and everyone who has been involved to date.

Sam has asked me to mention to keep the morning of the 6th free for goody bag packing.  And the 7th free for race day.

Marshals are being organised by Debbie Dilasser and will be sending out next week the Marshal Plan. Thanks Debbie !

Also put in the diary that there will be a free Pizza Sunday evening after the race.  A great opportunity to congratulate ourselves on another great Community effort !

Soon Emma David and our Captains  Sarah Staiano and Kevin Dalton will be communicating recce dates of which there should be two.

#RunAndTalk week

We are planning an inclusive social run on the 23rd September to support England Athletics  #RunAndTalk week.

We will set a route for all abilities and all paced groups.  If you feel like you have lost a little confidence , have struggled with mental health or simply haven’t been able to get to the club for a while, please do use this as a great opportunity to reconnect and come and join your friends  at Nidd Valley Road Runners for a run and talk.

We will also be supporting an additional social element after the run so you have more chance to chat – everyone is welcome to join us for a drink in the hockey club bar.

( Remember you can do this every Thursday evening)

Also following Debbie Jarvis’s success last week, any cake bakers who might be raising funds for MIND or other charities close to their hearts would be welcome on the night as well to  sell in the car park.

Please let Sarah Staiano know beforehand though so we do not have too many   sarahstaiano@outlook.com

Everyone taking part will be encouraged to share their activity on social media if they want to, using the hashtag   #RunAnd Talk

Further information from EA on #RunAndTalk week is below.

This year’s #RunAndTalk Week will take place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 September – to coincide with World Gratitude Day on Tuesday 21 September.  After the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it only seems right that we take a moment to consider and talk about the positives in our lives and the things we’re all grateful for.

Statistics show that one in five adults have recently experienced depressive symptoms compared to one in ten before the Covid-19 pandemic began.  Mind’s latest research suggests two thirds of adults (65%) and more than two thirds of young people (68%) with mental health problems say that mental health has got worse since the first national lockdown.

Nidd Valley Road Runners Juniors

After an 18 month break due to the pandemic, our wonderful Nidd Junior section are due to resume training from the 13th of September.

Liam Marwood is our head coach, having recently completed his coaching qualification. Many congratulations Liam !  Each Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm we will have up to 50 young athletes, split between over and under 11 age groups.  They meet at King James school Knaresborough.

The Juniors are always looking for more people to get involved, either in committee roles or to join the rota of helpers for training nights. If you are interested in giving something back to the club, and want to know more you can attend a meeting in the main hall at King Jame’s this coming Monday 6th September 6.30pm. Alternatively if you wish to know more you can speak to junior committee member :Lynsey Barraclough, Michelle Beaumont or Martin Lofthouse.

In the meantime let us thank every person that is currently involved in the Juniors for their time and making this happen.


You may remember in my communication of the 20th July that I said “inclusivity is a subject close to my heart”  As Chair  I regard it as important we keep raising our awareness to ensure we do our best to help all members feel included.  We will achieve that with every member ?  Well that would be nice eh,  however we do not live in a perfect world and would be a very difficult task.  However that should not stop us trying.

As the club grows,  and we have had many new members this year,  we need to work to understand what is in peoples minds,  and model the future on what the majority of members want for the club and not individuals, small groups,  committee or me.

To that end it was decided at a committee meeting we should design a club survey that gave everyone the opportunity to give us their opinions anonymously.

A working party was set up to design the survey who were Graham Hyde, Bec Carman, and Chris Morris.  May I add here that I believe they have done a wonderful job!

The survey was discussed at this weeks committee meeting,  agreed,  and the link in order for you to complete can be found below.

Please take the time to complete this survey as we feel every persons opinion is important.  It will help us to understand how we can best spend our time in the future to ensure we can get as many members as possible feeling included.


We ask you to complete this by the 3rd of October, giving nearly 4 weeks.

Finally may I wish you all good speed in your running whatever you choose that to be.  Good health and spirts to you and your families, and look forward to meeting everyone at some point over the coming weeks.