GF10, Superstars, Marathon Ballot and the week ahead! – Monday 5th November 2018

Evening all,

I’ve got lots to share with you this evening, but typically I’ve got dash out in an hour – hopefully I won’t forget anything.

Lets start by saying what a brilliant job you all did yesterday, without the help and support and commitment of everyone involved the race just wouldn’t be the same. I really love the level of effort and personal pride everyone puts in to hosting the Guy Fawkes 10 every year, it’s an absolutely fantastic event, and I always feel really envious of the 800+ runners who get to experience it every year.

At the finishing line I was stood close to a group of Knaresborough Striders who I happened to hear saying that ‘Nidd Valley just know what they’re doing when it comes to organising races’ – I can’t argue with that!

I’ve also just received this email into my inbox:
“I would just like to congratulate your club on the fantastic Guy Fawkes this year. It was so well organised and the marshalls on the course were outstanding. Their encouragement was so needed at times so please pass on our thanks.” Alison & Andy Butcher

For anyone who wasn’t able to make the post-race social last night, you missed out on free pizza and a fantastic pork pie! You also didn’t get to witness the London Marathon Ballot results, the lucky recipients of this year’s places are Sam Fugill and Helen Cook. Good luck with your training – I must say I am worried about Sam’s incredibly ‘delicate nipples’ though.

We also gave out four superstar awards, the thoroughly deserving recipients of the awards were:

Catherine Barber and Andrew Aird, for race directing and buffet organising at this year’s evening league race.

We also awarded Mark David an award for all his work and ongoing efforts for managing and developing the online Road / Fell / XC Championships.

The final recipient of a superstar award was Emma Dooley. Emma organised and co-ordinated lots of long runs and marathon training sessions for members throughout the summer, helping some of our members to achieve some brilliant times at several of this autumn’s marathons.

I hope you agree they all thoroughly deserve their awards, if you’ve got anyone you’d like to nominate please let me know.

Onto this week’s routes, and on Tuesday we’ll do the Showground Route and then on Thursday we’ll do the Mallinson Route.

Showground Route
Leave the club via Kingsley Drive, and then head across to Morrisons. Running through the car park and sticking to the main roads we end up at Freemans Corner, before turning to run up the hill towards Sainsburys. It’s then through the Yorkshire showground, and past the squash club before joining up with Hookstone Drive. From here it’s back up towards Leeds Road, before running across the Stray and back to the club via York Place.

The break point where we should get into our ‘paced’ groups for this run is the corner of Kingsley Road and Knaresborough Road.

Mallinson Route
Leave the club via Claro Road and head towards the Hospital. We cross Wetherby Road and then run to the top of Slingsby Walk and onto Stray Rein. We turn left onto St James Drive, before joining Tewitt Well Road and then out onto Leeds Road, where we pass M&S. We’ll need to cross Leeds Road and then turn on to Firs Crescent, then Mallinson Oval and finally left onto Leadhall Lane. We cross over here and then run up to the top of Rossett Drive and onto Pannal Ash Road, before heading back to the club via Otley Road, across the Stray to Victoria Avenue, it’s then North Park Road, Park Parade and back to the club.

The break point for this run is where Wetherby Road joins Slingsby Walk.

Here’s a reminder of the paces we run:
Group 1 – if you run 5k in 23 minutes or quicker
Group 2 – if you run 5k in 26 minutes or quicker
Group 3 – if you run 5k in 29 minutes or quicker
Group 4 – if you run 5k 30 minutes or slower
Have a great week everyone.


P.S I’m looking to organise a friendly 7-a-side game of football against the Knaresborough Striders. If I’ve not had a chance to ask you personally, and you’d like to get involved please let me know. The bigger the squad we have the better it will be, you don’t have to be the next Harry Kane or Dele All to get involved it really is just meant as a fun get together.

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