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

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