10,000 calories, yes it can be done, read on to find out how…
Chairman Sam’s away on his well-earned holiday and Nidd Valley House’s favourite intern Fingers Harris has been otherwise engaged this weekend (not literally engaged, well, not as far as I know anyway… yet), so it’s Sarah H here with the weekly round-up you’ve all been waiting for. I am a little jaded I have to admit, owing to a Prosecco-infused party at mine last night, my house is a tip and I still have all my washing to do before work tomorrow, so let’s crack on!
Our star of the week has to be Philippa Moorse! (Full name there, I usually call her P, I don’t know why). Anyway she has completed the Ride 24, Newcastle to London 24 hour challenge, raising a fantastic £750 for Macmillan in the process.
It’s billed as “not a race but a unique endurance event”. As if the 315 miles wasn’t difficult enough, Philippa tells me conditions were “foul”, given the wet and windy weather I am sure it was pretty grim and very tough. There were 7 stages in all, of 40 / 50 miles each. We were kept up to date or should I say speed, by Matt all the way through so well done to you for supporting.
Putting in 15 hours a week training clearly paid off though, she finished this amazing feat in 25 hours 15 minutes despite the weather, still smiling and even managed a glass of fizz at the end. Apparently she burned 10,000 calories doing this event, (there’s your answer) a great excuse for a little treat, or even a big one!
Seriously Philippa, (P) you have done yourself and us proud, really well done. This girl definitely can!
Back to running… last Sunday Sue Simpson took part in the Askern 10, she finished in 79.40, despite it being hillier than she expected, well done Sue, great running.
It seems to have been the week for time trials!
Eduardo Piano has emailed in to let me know about The Sicklinghall Stride from last Wednesday. A time trial of just over 5 miles with 266 feet of climb, with the added pressure that you had to navigate yourself following written instructions, I wouldn’t have stood a chance… Well done though to Eduardo 39.02, Simon Franklin 40.11, Phil Robinson 46.50 and Fiona Robinson 61.21.
I must also mention Martin’s Mile Trial which some of us took part in on Thursday, Martin marked out the course, Philippa and Sarah C timed, Catherine made sure we knew where the turning point was and that we didn’t cheat! Results are here and we will be repeating this in a month or so to see if we can get any faster! (I just need to charge my watch next time, oh and get a time that starts with a 6!)
Martin L 5.26 5.38 Paul G 6.32 6.28 Andy H 5.17 6.04 Warren L 5.14 6.03
Neil W 7.50 8.10 Dave P 7.21 Rob S 6.23 Chris 6.21
Matt R 5.47 6.11 Dave R 7.49 Michelle S 8.14 8.26 Sue 7.10 7.14
Sarah H 7.01 Nick S 8.10 Marcos 6.47 Rachel 7.15 7.53
Alan H 10.14
Over in parkrunland, there’s a host of exciting Nidd Valley results to share! Read on…
Andy “Fingers” Harris 19.12 finished first for Nidd, along with everyone’s favourite four-legged friend Jack. Martin Lofthouse was next, despite Jack’s best attempt to trip him up in the finish straight, in 19:15. Andrew Peagram 22:21, Mark Armstrong 23:00, Sue Simpson 23:23, Alison Iles 24:58, James Cook 25:15 were next, followed by Nick Smith 26:38, Tony Ledwaba-Chapman 26:59 and Dave Rushton 27:41. Moira McTague and Sarah Hughan both 28:27, Moira and I managed a good old catch up around the 3 laps, but decided it was as hard going slower as when we go at full speed, I can categorically say all our talking had nothing to do with how hard it was, not at all. Anyway, Jeff Walker 29:26 was next, Neil Wright ran with his daughter on her first parkrun in 36:05, well done both of you, and Amanda Smith was as sprightly as ever as she crossed the line in 38:00.
Just as an aside, our friends at Harrogate parkrun are appealing for donations for a defibrillator for the Stray. They are trying to raise £900 of the £1800 total required. Your NVRR Committee are already discussing the possibility of a club donation, but if you did want to make a donation yourself, go on to the Harrogate parkrun site and you can donate on there.
Back to the results. Fiona Robinson continues her Tour of Yorkshire parkruns, Scunthorpe was the location this week, Fiona finished in 31.06. Well done!
Over at Fountains Andy Todd was first home for Nidd Valley in 19:22, then came Mark David 21:46, Marcos Montana 23:30, Paul Manning 23:40 and Michelle Dinsdale was well under 30 minutes again in 29:34, good running everyone!
At Junior parkrun, it’s a big well done to Joe Sutcliffe 8:47 and Thea Stewart 9:07.
The next race in the road championship series took place today – a bunch of intrepid Nidds made the journey to the Escrick 10k. I was never going to make that, but well done to all of you who managed not to dance about in your kitchen until 2.30am this morning and could therefore race.
Results are as follows: Martin Lofthouse 38.52, Adam Kirk 42.01, Mike Deacon 44.57, Fiona Deacon 45.50, Paul Manning 49.18, Jenny Manning 54.12, Moira Mctague 54.44, Neil Wright 56.24, Sarah Chalmers 59.42 and Michelle Smith 1.01.43. Great running team Nidd!
No one has sent me any other results, so I assume that you are all on holiday or there’s nothing to report. Apologies if I have missed anything, send to Sam if so, and he can include it next time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming up… diaries at the ready!
If you are following the diary on the website there are a couple of changes to Pub runs listed. Originally Sarah C was leading a run this Tuesday which has been cancelled due to lots of people being away or unable to go.
However, I am leading one on Thursday 1st September to start and finish at The Travellers Rest – not the Sun Inn as listed, we’ve already done that one. The Travellers Rest is on Crimple Lane, off Rudding Lane. I hope you all have a great sense of direction and /or can read a map as I am not yet sure of the route we will take, (for the run, not how to get to the pub). But don’t let that put you off. I can promise fab food and plenty of social chat so let me know if you want to join me on the 1st so I can book a table. email@example.com
Tempted? Good… then why not take a look at the menu here? http://www.thetravellersrestharrogate.co.uk/menu/
Tuesday club run: In the absence of a pub run we need a club run, so how about we revisit a section of the Harrogate 10k, if we go from club up through Valley Gardens, then along Harlow Moor Road and up past Harlow Carr Gardens and back through the woods down towards town and around the Stray to West Park and back to club that way. I have no idea of the exact mileage but for a shorter run you can always cut off when you get to the end of Valley gardens and go along to Otley Road and back that way.
Thursday club run: We are veering dangerously close to the end of August so perhaps a run down the Gorge to make the most of it while it is still light enough to get round and back? Drinks, crisps and gossip in the bar afterwards.
As always please feel free to offer any alternative suggestions to routes on the night if these don’t appeal.
Bridlington Half Marathon / Nidd Valley Social trip out
If you are interesting in taking part in this race, it is in the road champs so you could earn some useful points, or even if like me you just fancy going for a social seaside day out, then numbers permitting, we are thinking of hiring a coach, prices around £10-£14 per person. Let Sam know if you would be interested in this delightful Nidd Valley outing! firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Fawkes – 6th November
1)Keep the date free – we need you!
2)Don’t forget if you are interested in taking over the organisation of this event next year and becoming the next Race Director when our lovely Matt Rickard steps down, let Sam know if you haven’t already. email@example.com
Word to the Wise
“… a mile is a long way!”
A slightly pessimistic insight from inside the minds of most of us chasing speedy times at the Mile Trial last Thursday… or to look at it in another way, it’s just a lap of Harrogate parkrun – now that doesn’t seem quite so bad!
That’s it from me, happy running!