Good evening everyone, it’s been a busy couple of weeks on the racing side of things (unless the snow caused races to cancelled/rescheduled) so we’ll crack on with the results. Hopefully I’ve included all the Zip to Zoomers in the Dishforth results but I appreciate some folk don’t use social media – if I have missed you then I apologise (I can’t remember a time when we had this many people competing let alone this many club members – which is good thing!)
FRP describes this event as about as low key as you can get, which is why he likes doing such races and why he keeps going back for more. This enthusiasm must have had an effect on other club members as several other keen fell runner types joined Phil at Wycoller village near Colne on Saturday for this 13k romp in the mud with about 432 metres of ascent.
Luke Wakelin was first back for NVRR in a time of 56:24, and 6th overall, then Martin Lofthouse was next in 59:44. Carol Morgan was the first lady overall, crossing the line in 64:45, then Nigel Scaife in 69:32. Brian Hainsworth finished in 69:34, then Phil Ventress 74:53, Kevin Nicholas 77:28, and Jim Cook 77:30.
Phil Robinson finished in 83:54, with Chris Beattie next in 90:25. Sarah Chalmers and Debbie Gibson then crossed the line together in a time of 134:20 to complete the gang of Nidds.
A good effort all round, enjoyed by all who ran and glad for the sun to be out.
FRP also gets another mention for completing the Ripon Duathlon on the following day – a 5k run followed by a 24k bike ride, then finished with another 5k run. Phil completed the event in 1hr 49 mins – although he enjoyed it, Phil still thinks that fells are the best.
Lightwater Valley Trail 10k
Moira McTague and Jeremy Parkrun Scott took part in this local event – this time it was new route, thankfully no roller coasters in sight. Moira finished in 57:33, and achieved 1st lady V60, and Jeremy crossed the line in 53:10.
It’s Grim Up North Canal Canter
With various distances on offer for this event along the towpaths of the Leeds – Liverpool canal, there was something for all abilities of runners. Sue Simpson went for the half marathon option and finished in 1:50:43, while James Braddon got himself a PB in the 10k with a time of 39:34 (and third place overall)
The website for this event describes it as ‘the most beautiful road race in Britain’ and no doubt it is stunning due to its Lake District location ( they obviously aren’t aware of our very own GF10), and around 1600 runners take part in this event. The race starts and finishes in Coniston village, and incorporates a full lap around Coniston Water. Emma David completed the event in a time of 1:55, with Andrew Aird and Jon Reast not too far behind in 2:10.
Liverpool Half marathon
Bec Carman made the trip across to Liverpool to take part in this very popular half marathon event, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. The route starts and finishes at Albert Dock with the last four miles to the finish along the side of the River Mersey. Bec finished in time of 2:01:29, and achieved a new PB in doing so – well done Bec, great time.
East Hull 20
Adam Kirk went over to Hull for this race organised by East Hull Harriers, an event described as ‘an ideal warm up for the London Marathon’. Adam started off strong but had to take it easy in the last quarter of the race due to a dodgy Achilles heel – a sensible decision bearing in mind that it’s now the start of the race season. Adam managed to cross the line in a very respectable despite the circumstances time of 2:18:05. Rest up Adam!
Dishforth Dash 10k
Dishforth airfield was an RAF base during the Second World War, and, until a couple of years ago, home to a squadron of Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopters. These awesome bits of kit are still in use today, and Prince Harry piloted one during his time in Afghanistan. The Apache is renowned, amongst other things, for its speed and agility. Also renowned for their speed and agility was the squadron of NVRR runners who turned up at this inaugural event, which was held to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.
A flat and fully tarmacked surface, glorious sunshine, and a slightly warmer feel to the air ensured a grand morning out for all involved. It also marked the moment when the club’s Zip to Zoomers graduated by taking part in their first club race, with great results all round. Here is the list of those who took part – I’ve tried to highlight everyone who achieved a PB or was a Zip to Zoomer.
Martin Lofthouse 1st M50 38:34
Nigel Scaife 40:49 PB
James Braddon 41:02
Brian Hainsworth 43:39 PB
James Cook 44:19 PB
Jonathon Cumbers 45:50
Helen Cook 47:16
Natasha Harrison 50:37
Robert Hill 2nd M70 52:05
Rebecca Ventress 52:48 PB
Susana Shaw 54:00
Jeff Walker 54:28 PB
Rosemary Thompson 59:13
Jonathon Clipston 59:13 z2z
Phil Ventress 59:14
Graham Hyde 01:04:01
Sylvia Morten 01:05:47
Fiona Cunningham 1:11:08 z2z
Michael Benson 01:11:09
Angela Beattie 01:13:48
Lisa Clipston 1:13:48 z2z
Sarah Cook 1:15:14 z2z
This very popular and well organised ultra-running event was featured recently in the national press as well as being discussed on the ever factually correct Jeremy Vine show, due to the race being subjected to some winter weather (in winter). None of the competitors seemed to be bothered by the snow, and the local mountain rescue service didn’t seem to mind doing exactly what they’re trained to do by coming to the assistance of some of those runners that were having a bit of trouble navigating the Cleveland Hills in the conditions. Edoardo Piano was the sole representative for Nidd Valley at the event, and probably enjoyed every single wintry step of this 55 mile epic. Edoardo finished in an impressive 23rd overall with a time of 10:53:29!
Right, I think that will do for now! Well done to everyone on achieving these great results, and kudos to the Zip 2 Zoomer graduates (and their coaches!) for working hard and getting to the start line of their first 10k then completing it – hopefully we will see you all in club colours at plenty of other races!