Hi all –
Carol Morgan has just completed the gruelling Lakeland 100. The more astute among you will have worked out that this is a 100 mile (yeah, I know, that’s 33 Park Runs) run through the Lake District. If running through the Lake District through the middle of the night wasn’t impressive enough, Carol was first lady over the line in 25:47:32, finishing 12th out of 302 competitors. It puts an hour long run down the gorge into perspective, doesn’t it? Well done, Carol.
The James Herriot Race up in Wensleydale earlier today was a chance for the Fellies to show the Roadies what proper running is. This being off-road running, the results aren’t yet in and probably won’t arrive at Nidd Valley House until the back half of October. Without the results, you’ll have to be content with me congratulating you all, both sincerely and alphabetically: Sarah Chalmers, Jim Cook, Emma David, Rachel Eastaff, Jon Easton, Tony Ledwaba-Chapman, Jenny Manning, Paul Manning, Steve Newton, Dave Seaman and Andy Todd.
On Wednesday, Carol Morgan hearded a flock of Nidds down to Leeds to compete in the Golden Acre Park Relays, in which each team member takes tackles one lap of the undulating 2.75m course. Phil Robinson, Paul Geary and Sarah Hughan made the first Nidd team, finishing in 1:01:55. Dave Rushton, Debbie Dilasser and Steve Newton pulled together a strong second team, finishing in 1:06:55. Having rallied the Nidd Valley faithful, Carol went off and joined some other fell running friends (I know, can you believe it?), finishing in a cracking 52:46. Well done to you all.
Martin Lofthouse (19:05) led the team home at Harrogate Park Run, closely followed by Matt Rickard (20:13). Nidd Valley’s very own Chuckle Brothers, Dan (21:05) and Paul (21:12) Eagling were next over the line, followed by Maurice Kelley (21:15), and then it was an anxious wait to see if Steve Newton (23:49) had tied his shoelaces. Dave Rushton (24:21) was next in, and was soon joined by Sarah Hughan (24:34), Natalia Lancosova (27:53), Rebecca Ventress (28:03), Bob Sweating (29:35 – PB!) and Michelle Dinsdale (31:03). Andy Todd (20:56) showed ‘em how it’s done at Fountains Park Run, and Tony Ledwaba-Chapman (25:58) continued his return to form. Congratulations to you all. You’re all marvels.
The lovely admin team here at Nidd Valley House are beside themselves with excitement when the postman brings the weekly results. Keep them updated with all your achievements: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: if it’s a Tuesday, it’ll be a club run. And there is nowhere else you would rather be than at the Hockey Club for 7pm.
• Thursday: oh my, oh my, it’s the first of the summer pub runs. This time we’re heading to Staveley. Please arrive at the Royal Oak Pub to order food by about 6:45pm, and be ready to run for 7pm. There run is, I think, about 7.5 miles although there will be shorter options for those that want to get back to the pub for their tea. Culinary inspiration can be found here: http://www.theroyaloakstaveley.co.uk/. Even if you’re not planning on eating, do stop by for a drink afterwards as the sun is over the yard arm somewhere in the Empire…
• There’s nothing in the championship so you’ve got the weekend off, folks. Put your feet up, and have another biscuit with your brew. Go on, you deserve it.
Dave Rushton’s Centenary
Dave Rushton will be running his 100th Park Run at Harrogate on Saturday. This Nidd Valley stalwart is an inspiration to us all, he really is. If you want to run with him to celebrate his achievement (and I certainly will), followed by bacon butties at chez-Rushton, then Dave would be thrilled to see you. In the interests of catering, can you please let Dave know if you’re planning on swinging by for your breakfast?
Summer Pub Runs
We’ve had a few people ask about what the plan is for the summer pub runs. As Dave outlined in his email, the formula is both simple and winning. We roll up somewhere, find the pub, order our food, go for a run, come back, eat and drink and make merry. And here is the plan for those of you that want it:
• 30th July – Staveley, led by Dave
• 13th August – Plumpton, led by Sarah
• 27th August – Norwood, led by Sam
• 10th September – Hampsthwaite, led by Dave
Most runs will start at 7pm or thereabouts, but this is subject to change, so stay tuned for further updates.
Every November in recent years, the Nidd Valley Boys have popped over to Alicante to compete in the Benidorm Half Marathon. Essentially, it’s a running race bookended by the chance to drink like a sailor on shore leave (well, it is important to rehydrate after a race). As it’s out of season in the Costa Blanca, it Costa Not-a-lot-a and you’re looking at something to the tune of £250 for flights and 3 nights in an all-inclusive hotel. I see absolutely no way that this could go wrong. Want to join in? Get in touch: email@example.com.
A Word to the Wise
“No one ever drowned in sweat” – anon.
Wherever your running takes you, have a beautiful week people.