Weekly Update: Mad Dogs, Englishmen and Dave…

Hi all –

 

Sorry it’s a day late this week, folks. I got back from a 23 mile training run with Martin “we’ll just do this at a steady pace” Lofthouse, so collapsed on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bag of dolly mixtures before crawling up the stairs to bed.

Thanks to each and every one of you who turned out the support the NVRR Park Run on Saturday, whether you were pacing, time-keeping, scanning, marshalling, or just generally being there and making a lot of supportive noise. Special thanks to Joe Rickard and the Prince Boys who were without doubt the bestest handers-out of sweets we could have wished for, and for Hooter Boy Ventress for giving us all earache.

We got some great feedback. There was the breathless runner who ran with Tony’s 30 minute crew who told me that it was “bloody amazing”. Then there was the Harrogate Harrier who took exception to me describing Team Nidd as the friendliest club on the face of the planet (the truth hurts, my little friend, the truth hurts). Then there was an email from Parkrun HQ: “Thank you Team Nidd Valley, you were awesome this morning.” You get the idea. It was great to see so many of you there and it was one of those moments that made me feel that it’s really good to be part of Team Nidd. Anyway, enough of this sentimental chit chat and on to the pressing matter of this week’s results.

 

Results
And what interesting reading they make! First taxi off the rank this week is Dave Rushton who took some time out of his holiday to race in Crete’s Three Village Run, joining a few mad dogs and Englishmen to complete the 6.5km course. Well done, Dave. Not sure what Ann was doing, to be honest with you, but someone had to keep an eye on the sun loungers I suppose.

Philippa Moorse completed the Huddersfield Wineathalon yesterday, an eight mile cross-country route involving a glass of wine every two miles. It’s a wonder she found the finish line, all things considered.

And its three athletic cheers for Sarah Hughan (1:58:33) who completed the Vale of York Half Marathon, smashing the 2 hour barrier and bagging herself a new PB in the process. Michelle Dinsdale (2:19:18) joined Sarah in putting in another storming performance and also collecting another PB in the process. Well done to you both. You’re both athletic marvels.

Up at Fountains Parkrun, Andy Todd (18:46) took a strong 9th place, while champions of NV Juniors, Ben Rosie (26:39) and Anna Rosie (33:10) showed that they too could achieve great things. Well done to you all.

Over in “daft bugger” corner, Matt Wilkinson completed in the Nuclear Blackout Race, taming 2 laps of the challenging, muddy and pitch-black 5k course in 1:37:30. Matt came an impressive 58th out of 554 fruit-loops. If that wasn’t enough, Matt took his tired and muddy legs down south to compete in the Spartan Sprint (imagine a park run, but with 20 obstacles and a lot more mud and people trying to electrocute or set fire to you, that kind of thing. I’d never get round). It takes all sorts, it really does. It’s a good job we’re an inclusive club.

Back in the saddle, Philippa Moorse took the roads of York again on Thursday, coming 2nd in the 20km race, having lost the race by just half a wheel. Never mind, Philippa, I hope the storming success at the wineathalon soon made up for your disappointment.

Your news is always the hot gossip around the water cooler and the photocopier at Nidd Valley HQ. Whether you’re enjoying a steady park run or throwing yourself off mountains in the Lake District, please do keep me updated with all your running news: chair@nioddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: It’s a club run from the Hockey Club, ready to run at 7pm. See you there.
• Tuesday: It’s the last of the fell training sessions led by Emma. Please meet at Black Swan Pub in Burn Bridge for the earlier time of 6.45pm to allow us to get the best out of the daylight (if you can’t get there for the earlier time, you know where we train, so just run up and join us when you can). I was going to make a wry comment about Fell Running Phil, but he feels that the weekly comments about his underpants and fragile emotional state amounts to an ongoing campaign of character assassination, so I’ll leave it there, other than to say he’s a thoroughly decent chap (normal service to be resumed next week, in all likelihood).
• Thursday: Carol Morgan is organising a night run up Almscliffe Crag on Thursday night. If you’re up for it (and I’ll certainly be there), make sure you’ve doubled-knotted your off-road shoes and have a head torch on. Off road running at night is great fun and a great way to break the monotony of road running – I highly recommend that you join us and give it a try. Meet at Weeton Station for 7pm (a train leaves Harrogate at 18:43 and gets to Weeton for 18:56). Please let Carol know if you’re coming so she can look out for you: carolmorgan73@hotmail.com.
• If off-roading isn’t your thing (it will be one day, it comes to us all), there’ll be the usual club run from the Hockey Club meeting at 7pm. For those in need of liquid refreshment or something to blot out the whole experience, there’ll be drinks upstairs in the bar afterwards. As an aside, I should probably add that going to the bar isn’t solely the preserve of the men – all are welcome.
• Sunday: We’re hurtling towards the end of the Road Championships at break-neck speed, kids, and this weekend we’re hurtling towards Sutton-on-the-Forest to compete in the Sutton 10k. Entries are £11, although you can enter on the day for only £13. Go on, have a go and bag yourself a new PB. I know you can do it. More details here: http://www.easingwoldrunningclub.org.uk/sutton-park-10k.

Please think about putting on your hi-viz for the evening runs from the club. It’s getting dark and the last thing we need is an accident (I haven’t got time to do the paperwork, to tell you the truth). If you haven’t got one, you can get them from Up & Running or from Sports Direct in town for little more than a fiver.

 

End of Summer BBQ: 27 September 2015 – CANCELLED
The summer BBQ with Striders, which we’d provisionally booked for this Sunday, is cancelled. Sorry about that. Due to the lack of numbers from both our side and from Knaresborough, it looked like it was going to fall flat, and it seemed better to call it off. Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to go, and a big thanks to Jane H. for all her work in trying to get the event off the ground.

 

Goodbye Aimi!: Wednesday 30 September 2015
If you still haven’t let Rebecca Ventress know that you want to go to Aimi’s leaving meal, can you do so as soon as possible as she is hoping to get an Italian restaurant in town booked soon. I’ve never got Italian restaurants to tell you the truth, with the waiters thrusting their groins in your tortellini while brandishing a 4 foot high pepper grinder and singing O Sole Mio, but that might just be me.

 

Guy Fawkes 10: Sunday 1 November 2015
Mike D has sent out the marshal plan for the GF10. If you are on the plan, can you please confirm your availability with Mike or, if you aren’t on the plan but can help, then he’d love to hear from you. Please let him know as soon as possible: mjfjdeacon@ntlworld.com.

We’ll confirm the dates for the two reccie runs in October as soon as Matt and I get our heads together and plan the calendar.

 

A Word to the Wise
Ben, Martin, Christine, Nicki and I were sat chatting over a coffee after Park Run on Saturday. Then, out of the blue, Christine volunteered the following information:
“I’m think I’m off to go and look at men’s trousers”
Whether this was for retail purposes on behalf of Mr Jones, or just for recreational purposes, I can’t say.

 

Whatever you do, have a wonderful week with a good few miles of running. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Sam x

 

Weekly Update: A chat with Rebecca is like spending half an hour in a dockyard…

Hi all –

 

Results
First off the Nidd Valley blocks this week are the seven runners who took to Newcastle – the finest city in the world and home to the ancestral seat of the Fugill Dynasty – and competed in the Great North Run, joining 57,000 other athletes, fun runners, men in tutus, pantomime horses and Elvis impersonators. Congratulations to Jamie Dilasser (1:33:26), Emma Dooley (1:43:39), Jim Cook (1:55:46), Alison Isles (1:55:51), Natalia Lancosova (2:20:31), Sally Morgan (2:23:15) and Brenda Loades (2:25:55). Incredible performances all round.

Earlier today, four runners tackled the Yorkshireman – an ever popular event with Nidders who are of the off-road persuasion. Mark David and Sarah Chalmers completed the half marathon (which I’m told was more like 14 miles, but that’s off-road running for you), whereas Simon Franklin and Christine Holleran took things up an athletic notch or two and nailed the marathon course. As ever, this being fell running, there’s no results yet available but we’ll certainly let you know them as soon as we have them.

Parkrun-wise, Martin Lofthouse (19:59) was first over the line for team at Harrogate, and Dan Eagling (20:11) came within spitting distance of the evasive 20 minute barrier. Matt Wilkinson (22:17) took Philippa’s dog Macy for a run, and almost took a few runners out the game as they tripped over the dog’s lead. Nothing like endearing yourself to your fellow runners is there, Matt? Tony Ledwaba-Chapman (27:08), Hannah Peagram (27:21), Rebecca Ventress (27:33), Michelle Dinsdale (30:47), Andrea Bowen (31:28) and Mandy Smith (35:50) completed the line up. Elsewhere, Fiona Robinson (34:03) was showing ‘em how it’s done at Wetherby. Congratulations to you all.

Better late than never, but the results for the Tholthorpe 10k have now arrived at Nidd Valley HQ. You won’t be surprised when I tell you that Martin Lofthouse (38:56) was first home for the club, followed by Jon Easton (42:29), Fiona Deacon (45:23), Mike Deacon (48:12), Jim Cook (48:13), Jenny Manning (50:43), Sarah Hughan (51:25) and an injured Dave Seaman (60:46).

Over in cycling-corner, Philippa Moorse was back in York and racing on Thursday. I don’t know how far she raced this time, but everyone at Nidd Valley House is proud to report that Philippa came a cracking first place. She clearly wasn’t satisfied with her second place last week and proved that, lycra-clad and in the saddle, she is a force to be reckoned with.

I’ve just done a count up, and this is the 26th weekly round-up I’ve sent. It’s like an insight into Stockholm Syndrome. Keep tormenting me with your news: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: It’s a club run from the Hockey Club, ready to run at 7pm. See you there.
• Tuesday: There’ll be the fell training led by Emma for those that want something a bit different. Meet outside the Black Swan pub in Burn Bridge, ready to run at 7pm. As Fell Running Phil has often reminded me, life is more interesting when you’ve got some mud on your shoes (he tends to remind me of this in numerous states of undress in the changing rooms. Much as I would love to stand and chat, I do wish he’d just put his underpants on).
• Thursday: It’s back to the Hockey Club for another club run, again ready to run at 7pm, then upstairs to the bar for a couple of pints of lager and a packet of crisps. Come and join us, why don’t you?

The more observant of you will notice that it’s beginning to get a bit dark by 8pm these days (I know, I could burst into tears at the prospect of the nights drawing in), so you’ll want to think about getting the old hi-viz vest from the back of the drawers.

 

Harrogate Parkrun: Saturday 19 September 2015
As Ben has been an utter pillock and injured himself in a Frisbee tournament, I’ve had to rejig the plan for Parkrun adoption on Saturday. This is the final list.

Run Director:
Sam Fugill

Funnel Manager:
Philippa Moorse

Timekeepers:
Christine Jones
Ben Baird

Tokens:
Michelle Dinsdale
Judy Greenwood

Barcode Scanning:
Jane Hill
Nick Smith
Hannah Peagram

Number Checker:
Matt Rickard

Handers-out-of-sweets:
Joe Rickard
Any other children you can muster – please bring your kids!

Marshals:
Richard Kavanagh (Empress Roundabout)
Dave Seaman (Cedar Court Hotel)
Rachael Prince (St Aidan’s School)
Alan Harby (top of Slingsby Walk)
Paul Eagling (turn from Slingsby Walk to the finish line)

Pacers:
Martin Lofthouse (20)**
Jamie Dilasser (21)**
Tim Harvey (22)
Dan Eagling (23)
Phil Ventress (24)
Dave Prince (25)
Jim Cook (26)
Sarah Hughan (27)
Rebecca Ventress (28)
Debbie Dilasser (29)
Tony LC (30)
Nicki Walton (32)
Andrea Bowen (34)

** Martin and Jamie to join the last runners on the final lap and act as sweepers. Marshals can stand down when the sweepers pass.

Please get to the Parkrun between 08:15 and 08:30 and check-in with me to collect a marshal bib or get a pacer number pinned to your back. If you can, please wear your club vest, club hoody or top so that everyone is in no doubt that it’s Team Nidd who are putting on this cracking show.

 

End of Summer BBQ: 27 September 2015
We’re teaming up with the Knaresborough Striders (yep, those sh*ts who stole our trophy) for a joint end of summer BBQ on 27 September. As in previous years, we’re holding this at Knaresborough Cricket Club. We’re still working out the logistics, but there’ll be loads of BBQ food, salads, puddings and an open bar. If I can persuade our treasurer, I’m hoping to get a bouncy castle too (the kids get about 5 minutes on it before we all pile on).

It’ll be held in the mid-afternoon, allowing those of you who are racing the road championship race at Sutton to get home, showered and back in action.

We envisage this costing just a few quid per person. If you’re interested in coming, can you please let Jane Hill know? Her email: janeyahill@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Goodbye Aimi!: Wednesday 30 September 2015
Aimi Blueman – veteran of the Nidd Valley Campaign for many years – is leaving us for pastures new in Scotland. Everyone here at Nidd Valley House is devastated. We’re heading out for an Italian meal in Harrogate on Wednesday 30 September to say goodbye. If you want to come, you’d be most welcome. Just let Rebecca Ventress know and she’ll get you booked in.

 

Guy Fawkes 10: Sunday 1 November 2015
It’s hard to believe that a club member (who will remain nameless) actually managed to be on a Eurostar train between London and Brussels one year, and in a plane above Karachi the year after. The lengths people will go to get out of being a marshal. Still, even international travel isn’t a good enough excuse, so get the date in your diary. Mike Deacon has produced the first draft of the marshal plan and it’s going to be all hands on deck. Stand by for further instructions.

We’ll be advertising the next two reccie-runs when we have got the dates set.

 

A Word to the Wise
Those of you who did the Pub Run at Spofforth will be aware that Dave’s group got, well, you know, a little bit lost. Rebecca Ventress walked into the pub and made her feelings quite clear. I just can’t repeat them in print. She’s got a mouth on her like a docker, that woman. Her more restrained comments a few days after the event are, however, worth repeating in full:
“We all set off together, then decided to split into two groups… Dave, forever now to be referred as “Dave if only I’d looked at the map which I had in my hand Seamen”, decided to come with us as he had a bit of an injury. All was well to start with, being the dutiful Nidder he is he’d reccied the route only the day before. But somehow unbeknown to me the paths seemed to have moved and it we soon realised “Dave if only I’d looked at the map which I had in my hand Seamen” had got us lost. Anyway we stopped a farmer to ask the way and said farmer said route we were taken was not the “usual” way….undeterred by this we carry on, we are now losing light, and we get to the brow of a hill and not a path or even a sign of trodden grass anywhere to be seen. At this point I suggest diplomatically that we should turn back, especially as at this point Alan is thinking about catching a sheep so at least we’ve something warm to cuddle up to all night, we set off back in the direction we came, running really fast because we don’t want to see farmer again and for him to say told you so…. we get to end of land and, what a result!, we see the path we should’ve taken if only “Dave if only I’d looked at the map which I had in my hand Seamen” had actually looked at the map. All was not lost 6.4 miles later we arrived back at pub so Michelle could eat the lamb she’d ordered rather than spend the night using one to keep warm. Result…Dave bought the drinks. Another great memorable NVRR night out!!!”

The man is a menace. Something must be done.

 

Have a great week, people. Hope to see you down at the club soon.

Sam x

Important: Thursday 10 September

This Thursday’s pub run will be from the Castle Inn, Spofforth. Please order any food by 6.45pm, and be ready to run for 7pm.

The long route is 7 miles but there are options of 5 miles, 4.5 miles, or 3.3 miles.

There will be no run from the Hockey Club on Thursday night (so if you turn up and find yourself locked out, don’t blame me!).

Weekly Update: How long would it take you to run to Beijing?

Hi all –

 

I’ve just got back from a committee meeting with the Knaresborough Striders as I had to present them with the Mob Match Trophy from the Burton Leonard 10k. Although it was all smiles and inter-club love, we’ll give them such an athletic birching with six of the Nidd Valley best next year that they’ll rue the day that they ever messed with us.

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Results
It’s a little known fact that Fell Running Phil keeps a log of all of his races, calculating his total distance over the years (he’s autistic as well as muddy, clearly). At the Guisborough 3 Tops race this weekend, Phil hit his 5,000th mile. I know, 5,00 miles. As the crow flies, that’s the distance from the club house to Beijing. It’s a profound achievement. Carol Morgan flew round the course (10 miles and 2,200ft of ascent, if you’re taking notes) at such a speed that we didn’t get hold of her result, but she was soon followed by Mark David (1:43), Dave “he’s definitely caught the fell running bug” Prince (1:47), Phil “5,000 miles” Robinson (1:51), Brian “first run for months” Sherwood (2:02) and Sarah “I’m not last!!” Chalmers (2:20). That’s it for the Fell Championships for another year (sorry, Phil) and well done to all of you who have raced in what has been a challenging and competitive season (I’m still getting over Coniston).

Earlier today, Ben Baird (45:14) completed his first race in the mighty club colours of Team Nidd when he raced in the Wetherby 10k (emotional, I know), and was joined by Andy Todd (39:07), Matt Wilkinson (39:53), Jamie Dilasser (40:34), Rachael Prince (55:45) and Nicki Walton (57:41). Matt Wilkinson (18:41) also completed the Yorkshire Gold 5k today, coming a fine sixth overall. Two races in one day, the man is a machine.

Results aren’t yet in for Tholthorpe when Nidds went after the remaining points in the Club Championships. But it is a particular well done to Jenny Manning (50:45), who got her second-best ever 10k time, and to Sarah Hughan (51:22) who got herself a brand spanking new PB. I’m told by a little birdie (Martin Lofthouse) that Sarah put in this spectacular performance after a night on the Prosecco. If she got her act together and sobered up for a weekend, she could be dangerous. She really could.

And so we move to the exciting business of Park Run times. By Jove, it’s interesting reading. First Nidd over the line at Harrogate was Jamie Dilasser (20:15). Sarah Hughan (24:21) shaved a couple of seconds of her previous PB and Tony Ledwaba Chapman (25:39) continued his campaign back to form. You wouldn’t have thought he’d almost killed himself when he stepped out in the front of a car a couple of years ago, you really wouldn’t. Jim Cook (25:48), Ben Baird (25:58), Debbie Dilasser (27:29), Stuart Hatfield (29:58), Michelle Dinsdale (30:45), Andrea Bowen (34:13) and Mandy Smith (34:54) completed the line up. Up at Fountains, Andy Todd (1853) was the sole Nidd and, unencumbered by we mere mortals, finished fifth overall. Matt Rickard (20:11) took himself out for a spin round the Park Run course in Wolverhampton, and Sarah Donaldson (27:25) competed in Antrim. The fame of Nidd Valley is now spread far and wide. Well done, Team!

Over in cycling corner (this is becoming a regular feature), Philippa was back in the saddle on Thursday night when she raced in York. She came second place in the 8k road race, and got pipped at the finish on the 10k to finish fourth. Still, a cracking achievement. Philippa joined Dave Rushton to participate in a sportive at Selby today, with Dave completing the 66 mile route and Philippa setting the bar higher with the 106 mile challenge.

It’s taken me all day to write this. Keep me updated with all your news and achievements, whether running, cycling or just sitting quietly with a pot of tea: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: it’s a club run from the Hockey Club, meeting at 7pm. What do you mean you were going to sit on the sofa, eat Jaffa Cakes and watch Corrie? Some people…
• Tuesday: there’ll be more fell running training for those that want it, meeting outside the Black Swan in Burn Bridge at 7pm. When it comes to providing challenge, exhilaration and excitement, fell running really is in a league of its own. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
• Thursday: it’s the curtain call in the Summer Pub Runs. However, Dave hasn’t yet settled on a venue or route yet. Stand by your inboxes tomorrow as I’m sure he’ll email you himself. As ever, there’ll be no run from the Hockey Club.
• Saturday: Guy Fawkes 10 reccie run – more below…

 

Harrogate Park Run: Saturday 19 September 2015
We’ve finally pulled our organisational finger out and got a team together for when we host Harrogate Park Run. If you still haven’t let me know you can help and are able to do so, please do get in touch: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk. The more people we can have in club colours making loads of encouraging noise, the better. The plan as it stands is as follows:

Run Director:
Sam Fugill

Funnel Manager:
Philippa Moorse

Timekeepers:
Christine Jones
Hannah Peagram

Tokens:
Michelle Dinsdale
Judy Greenwood

Barcode Scanning:
Jane Hill
Nick Smith

Marshals:
Richard Kavanagh (Empress Roundabout)
Dave Seaman (Cedar Court Hotel)
Rachael Prince (St Aidan’s School)
Alan Harby (top of Slingsby Walk)
Paul Eagling (turn from Slingsby Walk to the finish line)

Pacers:
Martin Lofthouse (20)*
Jamie Dilasser (21)*
Dan Eagling (22)
Ben Baird (23)
Phil Ventress (24)
Dave Prince (25)
Jim Cook (26)
Sarah Hughan (27)
Rebecca Ventress (28)
Debbie Dilasser (29)
Tony LC (30)
Nicki Walton (32)
Andrea Bowen (34)

*Martin and Jamie to join the last runners on the final lap and act as sweepers. Marshals can stand down when the sweepers pass.

 

End of Summer BBQ: 27 September 2015
We’re teaming up with the Knaresborough Striders (yep, those sh*ts who stole our trophy) for a joint end of summer BBQ on 27 September. As in previous years, we’re holding this at Knaresborough Cricket Club. We’re still working out the logistics, but there’ll be loads of BBQ food, salads, puddings and an open bar. If I can persuade our treasurer, I’m hoping to get a bouncy castle too (the kids get about 5 minutes on it before we all pile on).

It’ll be held in the mid-afternoon, allowing those of you who are racing the road championship race at Sutton to get home, showered and back in action.

We envisage this costing just a few quid per person. If you’re interested in coming, can you please let Jane Hill know? Her email: janeyahill@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Guy Fawkes 10: Sunday 1 November 2015
This is a three line athletic whip. Unless you have a really good excuse (we’re talking life threatening injuries, that kind of thing), we really do need you to be there to help out with the myriad of jobs that an event of this scale involves. Mike Deacon is pouring over the marshal plans as we speak, and you can bet your bottom dollar that your name will be on there somewhere.

Matt Rickard (Guy Fawkes Head Honcho) will be leading the first of the three reccie runs, meeting at the castle carpark in Ripley and ready to run for 9am. We ask that everyone who is helping on the day (that’s the whole club, then) does at least one of the runs so that they can be familiar with the course. It’s also a lovely run with a lovely group of people, so you’ve got no excuses for staying in bed all day.

 

“I’m getting married in the morning…”
It seems like only yesterday when Paul Geary and Rachel Eastaff first espied one another across the crowded changing room and ran out blushing into the night. And here they are: it’s another Nidd Valley wedding this Saturday. Congratulations to you both, we’re all really pleased for you.

I’ve now got that song in my head, you know the one: “I’m getting married in the morning… get me to the church on time!!” I’m driving myself mad, people.

 

A Word to the Wise
My marathon training took me to 23 miles today (so it’s a big thanks to Paul for putting up with my incessant bitching for the last half of that), and today’s quote seems more apt than ever.

“Strength doesn’t come from doing what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” – Rikki Rogers

 

Good luck to all of you racing in the Great North Run at the weekend. It’s a cracking race, and Geordies are the finest people on the planet. Give my regards to Elvis Presley at Mile 11 (he gets fatter and better every year).

Sam x

 

Weekly Update: Shall we just sack this whole running lark off and start cycling?

Hi all –

 

Results

Bonjour, bonjour! Nous avons quelques bonnes nouvelles! Emma David and Carol Morgan have been over in Chamonix taking part in some races which are, frankly, enough to make your eyes water. Emma competed in the Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, a course involving 119km with some 24,000 ft of ascent in an incredible 27:54:14. Carol competed in the Courmayeur Champex Chamonix, this time with 20,000ft climb spread over 101 gruelling kilometres, in an impressive 17:56:39. Both of you are utter marvels and we’re proud to have you in Team Nidd. Well done.

 

Park Run-wise, its three athletic cheers for Jenny Manning (24:33) who took nearly 30s off her PB on the Harrogate course. Dan Eagling (20:24) was first home for Team Nidd, closely followed by Fingers Harris (21:44), Mike Deacon (21:58), Fiona Deacon (22:24), Sarah Hughan (24:55), and Debbie Dilasser (26:10). Nick Smith (27:59) made a welcome return from injury, followed by Stuart Hatfield (29:56), Michelle Dinsdale (33:22), Andrea Bowen (33:33), Emma Edgar (33:48) and Mandy Smith (34:20). For some unknown reason, all the results at Fountains are showing as 59:59, so that’s the slowest official times ever logged by Sarah Gordon and Any Todd. The actual results, whenever they appear, will be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fountainsabbey/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=77.

 

Yesterday, Philippa Moorse and Matt Wilkinson took part in the 6m Dash of the Titan Race in Nottinghamshire. I know exactly what you’re thinking: most couples just go out for a pizza and a bottle of wine. Still, it takes all sorts. I’ll leave it to Philippa to sum up the experience: “I’ve no idea where we finished – nor do I care. Smell of sheep p*ss, got sand in every crevice and bruised to f***. Now where’s my bike?” So it’s a big thanks to Philippa for reminding us all quite why we enjoy running so much.

 

And if you are wondering where Philippa’s bike is, it’s at the finish line of the York Sport Women’s ‘Come and Try It’ closed road race, which Philippa raced on Thursday night. I’ve no idea how long the course was, or how many laps she had to do, and final results aren’t yet available. But we’ll give her a well done all the same.

 

Staying on the subject of cycling (and just when shall we rename ourselves Nidd Valley Wheelers?), earlier today Steve Newton competed in the Chris Hoy 100 Sportive. For those of you who like counting things, Steve completed 102 miles (it’s the Hoy 100, Steve… did you get lost?) and 11,200ft of climb in 7hrs 35 minutes, munched his way through 4 energy bars, sucked 8 energy gels and downed 3 litres of SIS. He even got to meet his cycling idol Chris Hoy at the start line. It must have been the athletic equivalent of a child going to meet Santa Claus, bless him. If only he’d been a good boy this year.

 

If, in the early hours of May 19 1984, I’d been told that I’d spend most of my weekends compiling finishing times and presiding over this chaos, I’d have turned round and crawled right back in. But as it happens, here I am, so you might as well send me your results: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

 

The Week Ahead

  • Tuesday: You mean you’ve never been taken up the gorge (in a manner of speaking)? Well, if you turn up at the Hockey Club for 7pm, you might just get lucky.
  • Tuesday: We’re straight back on it with Emma’s fell training sessions. Having seen what she achieved in the Alps last week, you really are being taught by an absolute master. No experience or confidence necessary, just a willingness to have a go and maybe get a little muddy. Meet at the Black Swan pub in Burn Bridge for 7pm.
  • Thursday: See you at the Hockey Club, ready to run for 7pm, then in the bar upstairs afterwards to talk about the relative merits of compression socks. Riveting stuff, I tell you.
  • Saturday: The Fell Champs comes to an exhausted end this weekend with the Guisborough 3 Tops (http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3604). You don’t even need me to tell you how Fell Running Phil is coping. He isn’t, to be honest. He can’t even get out of bed. He’s lying there, sobbing, rocking back and forth and clutching his favourite pair of Inov8 Mudclaws. It’s difficult, it really is
  • Sunday: It’s the next instalment in the gripping series of Road Championships, and we’re heading to compete in the 10k at Tholthorpe. If you have a look on their website (http://www.tholthorpe10k.co.uk/), you’ll note the first picture you see is of a team from St John Ambulance. Not sure what to make of that, to be honest with you. I’ve got Mr and Mrs Fugill down for the weekend so I’m out of action running-wise, but good luck to those of you that enter.

 

 

End of Summer BBQ: 27 September 2015

We’ll be having our end of summer BBQ (as usual), but this time we’re having a joint gig with the lovely people at Knaresborough Striders. More details to follow soon, I just thought you’d want early heads up so you can save the date etc.

 

 

Harrogate Park Run: Saturday 19 September 2015

I’m still after volunteers to help at Park Run. Whether you want to pace, marshal, or stand at the finish line going ‘bleep bleep’ with a scanner and pretending you work behind the checkout in the supermarket, please let me know if you can help. The more the merrier.

 

 

Summer Pub Runs

You know the nights are drawing in when we come to the last of the summer pub runs, and Dave will be bringing the curtain down on the 2015 season on 10 September. He’s already sent an email out with provisional details. More details to follow, I’m sure.

 

 

A Word to the Wise

Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words, so I’ve no idea what that means for a movie but those of you who saw Mo Farah do his business this week will know exactly what I mean. Be inspired, people. Be inspired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK695rGHAYY.

 

 

Enjoy your Monday morning lie in and your four day week, team. See you soon.

 

Sam x