Results Round-Up: 20 – 26 November 2017


It’s been another great weekend at parkrun for NVRR with several PB’S being achieved. Firstly, well done to all the Zip to Zoomers who ran at Harrogate on Saturday – I understand that they all improved their times. It just proves what achievements come from hard work and determination, well done to you all and your coaches – onward and upwards!

Edoardo Piano got himself a PB at Harrogate – he finished in 18:53 and 4th place overall. Also achieving PB’S were Jonathan Clipston and Lisa Clipston – Lisa finished in 38:45 and Jonathan in 32:47.

At Fountains, Matt Wilkinson continued to impress by finishing 5th overall and bagging himself a new PB of 17:48. Martin Lofthouse and Andy Harris travelled up to Catterick parkrun, with Andy finishing 2nd overall in 18:23 and Martin not far behind in 4th in a time of 18:54.

The other touring Nidd’s were Graham Hyde who went to Roundhay Park – he finished in a time of 36:31, and Matt Rickard was in Wolverhampton and ran it in 20:27.

Well done to all parkrunners, and to all from Nidd who volunteered.

PECO XC Race 1

Nostell Priory was the venue for the first race of the seasons cross country event, and although the sun was out, it’s fair to say that it was pretty Baltic! A good number of club runners, both junior and senior, made the dash down the A1 on Sunday for the race. After much faffing about at the registration area, Nidd all huddled in the club gazebo to await the start of the race which was inevitably delayed.

The junior 1 mile (school years 3-6) was the first race of the day, and James Shaw was the first runner back for Nidd in a time of 6:28. Kate Whiley was next in 7:43, then James Barraclough in 8:35. Eleanor Easton (not officially NVRR yet, but the official results show her running for Chapel Allerton Runners!) crossed the line in 9:18.

The second event of the day was the junior 2 mile race (school years 7-12), and Liam Escott was first back for the club in a time of 15:47. Next was Connie Mitton in a time of 19:58, then Beth Whiley in 21:27.

The final event was the senior race where we had 34 club runners take part (not bad for a cold morning in November), and Matt Wilkinson was first back for Nidd in 31:41 (apparently massively hungover), followed by Edoardo Piano in 32:56. Martin Lofthouse was next in 34:17, then Andy Todd in 35:05, and Kevin Nicholson in 35:49.

Andy Harris was next to cross the finish line in 36:16, then Alex Robinson 36:32, Matthew Rochester 36:40, Jamie Dilasser 36:55, Nigel Scaife 37:47, Steve Turner 38:01, Brian Hainsworth 38:29, Phil Ventress in 39:19, and James Cook in 39:57.

Rebecca Barron put in a great performance and was the first Nidd lady to finish in a time of 39:57, and next was Michael Benson in 41:24. Liam Marwood was close behind in 41:37, as was Phil Robinson in 41:42, then John Mitton in 42:06.

Paul Manning was next to finish in 42:50, with Sue Simpson not too far behind in 43:16. Dave Seaman was next in 44:30, then Steve Newton in 46:22, then Nadine Wilkinson in 46:36.

Nick Smith crossed the line in 48:13, then Jenny Manning in 48:35, Rachael Prince 49:12, Debbie Dilasser 49:32, and running his first cross country event, Robert Hill in 50:45. Carolyn Easton was next in 51:04, then Lynsey Barraclough in 51:22, Michelle Smith 52:19, Jane Hill 52:54, and Fiona Robinson in 58:54.

A hearty performance by all involved and a great turnout – hopefully we can keep the numbers up as we move on to the next event at Golden Acre Park on December 10th.

Results Round-Up: 13 – 19 November 2017


Another Saturday, another parkrun – we just can’t get enough of our weekly 5k fix. As usual, most Nidd’s were at Harrogate and there were some PB’S to be had. Matt Wilkinson managed to secure a 2nd place finish with a time of 18:10, while Nigel Scaife got himself a PB with a time of 20:20. Also getting a PB was Brian Hainsworth who crossed the line in 21:03, and Jane Hill celebrated her 100th parkrun by ensuring NVRR junior Jessica Beaumont got a new PB of 34:17. Well done Jessica, and well done Jane for your encouragement and enthusiasm! Lisa Clipston also ran her way to a new PB – she finished in 39:14. Once the interval sessions kick in properly, all these PB’S will start tumbling….

Martin Lofthouse was in Newark to have a go at the parkrun there, and finished 4th overall in a time of 19:14, and Ben Baird was at Horton parkrun in Bradford – Ben finished in a time of 22:02, and 7th place overall.

Paul Manning wins this week’s prize for ‘Most northerly parkrun attended by a runner from Nidd Valley’ – he was in Norway at Toyen, Oslo to have a go at their parkrun (I’m assuming that Paul didn’t just travel all the way to Norway to do parkrun, it’s more than likely he was on holiday, but runners are a strange breed) There were only 44 runners taking part so hopefully the club colours worn by Paul stood out in the low winter sun! Paul finished in a time 25:53 – well done!

Kirkstall Abbey Trail running festival

This event is organised by Its Grim up north running – check out for more races – there appears to be something for everyone. Nidd Valley had 5 runners there on Saturday, and although there were plenty of distances to choose from, the 8.8 mile option seemed the most popular by far. Adam Kirk was there – he only went and came first! Adam won the race in a time of 49:33, with Alan Davidson finishing 3rd overall in a time of 53:43. Not content with having only 2 Nidds in the top ten, David Shores managed to bag himself 10th place and a time of 58:02, while Christine Jones and Michelle Smith represented Nidd ladies – Christine finished in 1:07:18, and Michelle crossed the line in 1:21:06. Great running by all who attended and great to see three in the top ten!

Harriers vs Cyclists

What’s not to like about running 5.5 miles with 900ft of ascent, taking in muddy fields, moorland and forest tracks in and around Bingley? And competing against cyclists on cyclo-cross bikes? Sounds like fun, and it was fun by all accounts (even those not on bikes enjoyed it). Nidd had 13 non cyclists take part on Saturday afternoon, with the race being the last of the fell champs for 2017, and brilliantly organised by Bingley Harriers.

Andy Harris was first back for Nidd in 46:07 (he was going to try harder but he’d already done parkrun in the morning), followed by Alex Robinson in 47:03. Jamie Dilasser completed his first fell champs race in 48:11 despite being nearly taken out by a rogue tree branch, and Mark Armstrong was next in 53:09.

FRP Robinson, Jim Cook, and Mark David all had a sprint finish to the line and they all crossed it in 55:17, then Emma David was the first Nidd lady to finish in a time of 56:55. Chris Beattie was not too far behind in 57:25, with Dave Prince next in 58:23. Cath Barber finished in 64:50, followed by Rachel Prince in 67:47, and Sarah Chalmers in 89:23.

The push iron reigned supreme on this occasion as the overall winner was on a bike, but never mind!

Results Round-Up: 6 – 12 November 2017


Once again, runners from the club have been far and wide this weekend at various parkrun’s around the UK and Ireland. Sylvia Morten completed her 50th parkrun in 31:25 at Harrogate on Saturday, while birthday boy Robert Hill was at Finsbury parkrun, and finished in a time of 26:31.

Colleen Gruenwald was up at Falkirk parkrun, and crossed the line in 27:10, and Cath Barber was over in Ireland near to Dublin at the Waterstown parkrun. Cath finished 5th lady in a time of 27:18.

Over towards Leeds, Adam Kirk took it steady at Rothwell and finished in 26:02, while Mark Armstrong put in a great performance to get a time of 23:05 at Woodhouse Moor.

Bolton Abbey runs

There were several distances on offer for Sunday’s event at Bolton Abbey, with the majority from Nidd taking part in the half marathon and 10 mile events. Sensibly, a few others had a go at the 10k and 2 mile events.

Liam Escott, a Nidd Valley junior, ran in the 2 mile event and finished in a time of 16:14. Liam finished 4th out of 132 runners. Rachel Geary and Christina Taylor had a go at the 10k race, with Rachel in 1:14:01 and Christina in 1:23:06.

In the 10 mile event, Debra Jenkins crossed the line in 2:10:34 (and finishing 4th in F55 category), followed by Jane Hill in 2:29:09. Graham Hyde also ran in the 10 mile race, and crossed the line in 2:44:43.

Adam Kirk ran the half marathon and he finished in time of 1:41:57, with Christine Holleran next in 2:35:32. Christine also managed to achieve 2nd place in F50 category, and Jeremy Scott also completed the half marathon in a time of 2:51:00.

Burley Moor Run

The 8th Burley Moor run took place on Saturday as part of the Burley village summer festival (even though it’s November) The route is 11k with about 380m of climb over some classic fell terrain – steep ascents and descents, moorland tracks, and an obligatory amount of mud. Out of the 221 runners competing on a very sunny Saturday, Alex Robinson was first for Nidd in 56:46, 57th overall, followed by Simon Franklin (running for Horsforth Fellandale on this occasion – we’ll let him off) who finished 82nd with a time of 59:42. FRP Robinson finished in 67:04 and 134th overall, Fiona Robinson 90:03 and 208th, and Sarah Chalmers in 1:40:25.

Results Round-Up: 9 – 16 October 2017

Fell Relays, Llanberis

It’s fell relay time again, and the elite NVRR fell masters made the trip to Wales for this event which no doubt involved some mud and hills. Catherine Barber, Alan Davidson, Edoardo Piano, Simon Harris, Mark David, and Emma David made up the team, and they all had to tackle different legs of the event – some navigation may or may not have been required. Despite being the only team there that has the word ‘road’ in their club name, they managed to put an impressive effort and finish in a combined time of 7:13:22.

Lisbon Rock and Roll Marathon Series

There still hasn’t been a sufficient explanation as to why Carol Morgan decided to dust off her road shoes (very dusty, no doubt), and head to Portugal to run a marathon on tarmac. As each mile passed, I can only assume that she was wishing that she was on some exposed ridge line high up in the hills with biblical rain lashing down on her. Carol managed to soldier on, and she finally crossed the finish line in a time of 3:21:10. Anne-Marie Macpherson was also in Lisbon, but she sensibly went for the half marathon option. As the conditions were probably not ideal for running any sort of distance – very hot by all accounts – Anne- Marie went out and completed the course in 2:58:24. Great running from Anne-Marie and Carol!

Birmingham Marathon

There was another marathon that snuck in under the radar, this time in Birmingham. Alex Crowton and Kevin Mark Nicholas were there flying NVRR colours, with Kevin finishing in 3:20:52, and Alex putting in a tremendous effort to finish in a time of 4:31:22. Excellent running!

Bruges Half marathon

Michelle Smith (or Michelle Smitb as she is listed on the official results webpage) was in Bruges to sample fine Belgian chocolate, exquisite Belgian ale, and run a half marathon on Belgian cobbles. She managed to finish in 2:13:59 – a great effort, and a great excuse to sample more Belgian delicacies. Well done Michelle on completing another big race this year!

Bridlington Half Marathon

Nidd Valley Team Photo

The annual jolly girls & boys outing to Bridlington occurred on Sunday, in case you didn’t know. NVRR had about 38 runners taking part (I say about has some just tipped up on the day last minute and took other people’s numbers (J & DD) and most of them were shoehorned onto coach for the trip to the east coast. The coach was driven by The Stig – although some say his real name was Mike, and that his favourite smell in the whole world is a combination of clutch and brake – and we all landed (literally) relatively safely in Brid with a good two hours to spare before running 13.1 miles. Luckily there were plenty of greasy spoon cafes already open and eager to take our cash, so everyone was sufficiently fuelled prior to the start. The overcast skies gave way to some nice sunshine and unseasonably warm weather, probably not the best conditions for running but better than last year’s storm that nearly swept the runners back in to the North Sea. At 10am we set off from the promenade and out of Bridlington on the undulating course that took in lots of nice little east coast villages, before heading back into Bridlington to finish on the promenade once more.

Matthew Wilkinson was the first Nidd crossed the line in 1:22:38 finishing 7th overall, earning substantial cash reward. Alex Patrickson  was next in 1:31:47, apparently ‘taking it easy’ after York, then Nigel Scaife wearing NVRR colours for the first time, finishing in 1:35:00. Daniel Eagling was not too far behind in 1:35:22, and then Steve Turner achieved his goal of finishing under 1:40 with a time of 1:39:21. Jonathan Easton could not keep up with Steve and finished in 1:39:44, while Brian Hainsworth took a massive 16 minutes off his previous PB to finish in 1:41:00. Phil Ventress was next 1:41:38, and Sam Fugill after him in 1:42:08, David Shores in 1:43:07, Christopher Beattie 1:43:27. Ian Mcleod crossed the line in 1:46:07, then Mark Armstrong in 1:49:21.

Dave Seaman put in a great performance to finish in 1:49:44, and also bagged 1st place in MV70 category, while Natasha Harrison was the first Nidd lady to cross the line in brilliant time of 1:57:27. Nadene Wilkinson was the next Nidd lady to finish in a time of 1:51:41, with Rob Snow just after her in 1:51:58. Christine Jones put in another cracking performance, despite various ailments (possibly self-inflicted from the previous Friday night) and finished in 1:57:14, and also earning herself 3rd in the V55 category. Sarah Hughan soldiered on despite having a bit of an injury to cross the line in 1:58:32, with Debbie Gibson just a second behind her in 1:58:33. Richard and Christina Taylor crossed the line in 1:59:23 and 1:59:25 respectively, while Michael Benson managed to finish in 1:59:31 despite the lack of sleep from being a new dad.

Robert Hill had a successful run, finishing in 2:03:48, followed by Nick Smith in 2:04:37. Rachel Prince was next in 2:04:45, followed by Rebecca Ventress in 2:05:03, then Tony Ledwaba – Chapman in 2:06:47. Susana Shaw made her club debut in brilliant form, finishing in 2:09:11, Rosemary Thompson was next in 2:17:10, Jane Hill in 2:17:47, and Melissa Thomas-Peters in 2:20:46. Neil Wright was aiming to get round in under 2:30, and did so with a time of 2:24:06, while Debbie Dilasser and Jamie Dilasser finished in 2:25:31 and 2:25:33 respectively (on the day itself, Debbie went by her other name of Claire Killingworth, and Jamie took on the identity of Adam Kirk)

Graham Hyde and Jeff Walker then crossed the line in 2:44:00 and 2:44:01 – a massive achievement for Graham as it was his first half marathon (we are fairly confident that it won’t be his last, although he may have other thoughts on the matter)

Lastly, we can’t forget Mrs Harris. She finished in 3:25:03. An outstanding effort!

It’s fair to say a grand day out was had by all, and it was all expertly put together by Martin Lofthouse…..

I think that’s it for now, apologies for the delay in getting these results published – sometimes there just isn’t enough hours in the day (or night), and before we go, we must say well done to Rebecca Ventress for completing 100 parkruns and Dave Prince for completing his 50th. Also, NVRR junior Jake Escott got himself a PB at Harrogate junior parkrun with a time of 14:15, and there were two other solid performances from Connie Mitton and Liam Escott. Keep up the hard work!

Results Round-Up: 2 – 8 October 2017

Withins Skyline

We’ll start with the fells this week as there is plenty of tarmac bashing later on in the results. FRP was at Penistone Hill, Haworth as the only Nidd taking part in this mud fest. This muddy race was 11k with around 300m of muddy climbing, muddy streams, muddy paths, and mud. Phil finished in a time of 69:55, covered in mud.

Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race

This is the description of the race from the Ambleside AC website:

‘This race is over a rough, tough course with almost exclusively rocky and slippy ground. The weather in October is rarely ‘pleasant’ and the fells are often clagged in, making navigation difficult on a course with many pathless sections.  If you are at all unsure of your ability to complete the course safely, you should gain more experience and come back another year. Previous experience of similar races will be asked for as part of the entry system (2 medium or long category A races in previous 3 years, or similar relevant experience)’

It’s also 12km with 1450m of climbing involved, so there was only one man for the job. Andy Harris.

Andy finished in 3:46 and in 172nd place overall out of 345 finishers. Well done Andy!



Parkrun celebrated its 13th birthday at the weekend, and once again Nidd Valley Road Runners were traveling (not that) far and wide to run 5k. Fiona and Phil Robinson took a quick trip up the A1 to Darlington and had a go at parkrun there. Phil finished in 23:37, and Fiona crossed the line in 31:03. Rebecca Ventress and Aimi Blueman were a bit further up the A1 for their Saturday morning leg stretch – they participated in the parkrun in Newcastle. The route seems fairly flat and entirely on tarmac, but the course description states ‘Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain’!! There were a huge number of runners taking part in this, 617 in total, and Rebecca finished in 27:59, while Aimi finished in 31:25. Jamie and Debbie Dilasser stayed fairly local and went to Woodhouse Moor for their park running. Jamie finished in 19:56 and Debbie in 28:04. At Harrogate, Nadine Wilkinson continued her fine form and got herself a new PB of 24:48 – well done Nadine. At Fountains, Andy Todd and Sam Fugill were representing NVRR. Andy finished in 15th position overall in a time of 20:00, while Sam finished in 21:57 (hopefully he took it easy as recovering from injury!)

York marathon & 10 mile race

The Yorkshire marathon in York has become very popular over the last couple of years, especially for the local running fraternity who don’t want the hassle of travelling miles to compete in race. Nidd had six runners competing in the 10 mile event and eight runners in the marathon. In the ten mile race, Nick Smith was first back for the club in 1:29:32, with Ewa Scott next in 1:35:40. Jane Hill was next in 1:39:07 – a brilliant run from Jane as she took a massive 15 minutes of her previous course time! Kirsty O’Donnell was next in 1:39:13, Melissa Clare in 1:52:32, and Michelle Dinsdale stormed over the line in 1:52:41.

In the marathon, Alex Patrickson was the first Nidd to cross the line in 3:11:15, and getting himself a new PB in the process. Also achieving a PB was Emma Dooley who finished 2nd for the club in a very impressive time of 3:33:45 – and she raised a load of cash for charity! Emma David was next in 3:39:11, with James Cook scoring a PB finishing next in 3:42:33. Isobel Potter ran well and finished in 3:48:37, as did Paul Manning who crossed the line in 4:13:03. Jenny Manning was a second behind her brother in 4:14:38, with Marcos Montana finishing in 4:41:14.

A pretty impressive performance again by team Nidd, bring on Brid!!

FRP has asked me to mention the team from Nidd heading to the fell relays next weekend at Llanberis in North Wales – Edoardo Piano, Mark David, Simon Harris, Cath Barber, Alan Davidson, and Emma David. All the best to them, and try and spare a thought for them as they will no doubt encounter some mud while the rest of us encounter fish and chips, and maybe a Weatherspoon’s.

Results: September 25 – October 1st 2017

Knaresborough Crag Rat Run

This was the next short race of the club champs, and it was a great turnout from Nidd to support our friends the Knaresborough Striders. There was much discussion beforehand over the matter of trail or road shoes for this one, but trail shoes seemed to be the preferred option as the mud was ever present. Matt Wilkinson was first back for Nidd and 5th overall with a time of 30:12, with Alex Patrickson in a close 6th in 30:31. Martin Lofthouse also managed to finish in the top ten with a time of 31:36, with Jamie Dilasser next in 34:13. Ben Baird was next over the line for Nidd in a time of 35:32, followed by James Cook in 36:32, and Maurice Kelly in 36:44. Then came John Mitton in 37:03, Brian Hainsworth, Mark Armstrong, and Phil Ventress all finished within seconds of each other. Their times were 37:26, 37:31 and 37:32 respectively. Dave Seaman was next to finish in a time of 40:24, followed by first Nidd lady finisher Nadine Wilkinson. Nadine had a cracking run and finished in time of 41:51, and she was closely followed by Christine Jones who crossed the line in 42:16. Christine deserves special mention due to the fact she was running with extreme pain after a recent visit to the dentist for some root canal work – we all hope she is feeling a bit better today! Hannah Peagram was next over the line in 42:48, then Christina Taylor in 43:04, Sarah Hughan in 43:53, Marcos Montana 43:55, Moira McTague 44:54, Debbie Dilasser 45:10. Carolyn Easton was next to finish for Nidd in 47:41, and was just ahead of Robert Hill who finished in 47:42, and Lynsey Barraclough in 47:49. The excellent performance by Nidd was completed by Ewa Scott in 48:09, Kirsty O’Donnell 51:24 and Graham Hyde in 52:14. Great running by all!

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay Race

It’s highly unlikely that there was any discussion about what shoes to wear for this event – trail shoes all the way for this one. This team event consisting of 4 legs, starting and finishing in Patterdale, includes some quality climbs and stunning views – if the weather holds up. As its The Lake District, the weather is never guaranteed, and this was confirmed by the 8 runners from Nidd who took part in this year’s event at the weekend. Each leg was completed by a pair of fell running Nidd’s, and here is what they got up to:

Leg 1: Patterdale to Hartsop 6.7 km / 440 m – Emma David and Lee Welsby – finished in 1:03:53

Leg 2: Hartstop to Kirkstone 11 km / 890 m – Andy Harris and Edoardo Piano – finished in 1:07:16

Leg 3: Kirkstone to Sykeside 7.5 km / 570 m – Carol Morgan and Simon Franklin (who suits NVRR colours more than that other club 😉 ) – finished in 1:06:00

Leg 4: Sykeside to Patterdale 11 km / 900 m – Cath Barber and Fell Running Phil Robinson – finished in 1:04:03.

I believe the some of the routes were changed at the last minute because of the awful weather but it was still a sterling effort from NVRR, finishing in 67th place overall.

Well done to everybody who ran at the weekend and have a great week.

Results: 18 – 24 September 2017


Harrogate once again had a huge turnout of runners for the Saturday morning slog on The Stray. Nidd had 23 taking part, and Hasabo Hasabo continued with his excellent form finishing 4th overall in a time 18:57. Nadine Wilkinson also put in a storming performance and managed to get herself a PB – she crossed the line in 25:29. Nidd Junior Brody Pattison ran his first ever Parkrun, and he finished in 38:39. Great running by all!

At Milton Keynes, the parkrun was attended by 399 runners, and Alex Patrickson from NVRR was there representing t’north. Alex had a brilliant run, and finished 2nd (!) overall in a time of 18:21 – he was only three seconds behind 1st place…..

Adam Kirk and Michelle Smith went to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds for their Saturday morning parkrun fix, along with 498 other runners. Adam managed to secure 6th position overall in a time of 18:02, and Michelle crossed the line in 30:27 (saving some energy for a long run she did on Sunday)

At Fountains, Andrew Aird secured himself a PB by finishing in 24:43. Great parkrunning all round!

Hull Marathon

Michelle Smith had been taking easy at parkrun as she had the small task of running 26.2 miles the day after. This year’s city of culture was the venue for the race, and as well as local artwork being displayed at every mile marker, there was live music by local bands every 2 miles! Michelle put in a fantastic effort and finished in time of 4:57:03 – great performance from Nidd!

DT40 – Dales Trail series

Here are the race stats: 40km route starting and finishing at Semer Water, Wensleydale. Over 3000ft of ascent. One of the ascents is around 12km. To take part you will need strategy, consistency, and stamina. Ability to read a map is recommended. Sounds fun…

Emma David and Damien Handslip thought they would have a bash at this challenging event – the final and longest race of the three race series. Emma managed to finish in a time of 4:53:22, and Damien crossed the line in 5:31:18. Well done to both of them, a great achievement!

Great Whernside fell race

Three from NVRR thought it would be a good idea to spend their Saturday morning running 4 miles up and back down a massive hill. With 456 metres of ascent over bogs, grass, and clag, Andy Harris, Carol Morgan, and Catherine Barber all seized the opportunity to get muddy. Andy finished in 41:08, Carol in 43:56 and Catherine in 56:15. Judging by the photographic evidence available of the race, it seemed very muddy – it looked like the bloke who won it had been snorkelling in the stuff.

Harrogate Haverah Trail Race

Our Harrier friends once again hosted this lovely 10 mile race in and around Haverah Park, taking in the reservoirs and the scenic surrounding area. NVRR had seven runners taking part, including Helen Cook who was wearing her club colours for the first time. Matt Wilkinson was the first Nidd over the line in 1:11:47, with Martin Lofthouse not too far behind in 1:15:22 (and bagging 1st MV50). Carol Morgan was next in 1:22:18, and bagged 1st FV40, with Rob Snow next over the line in 1:32:50. Andrew Peagram finished in 1:39:45, and Helen Cook got her first NVRR finishing time of 1:42:44. Graham Hyde was the 7th Nidd to cross the line, and he finished in a time of 2:17:44. Another solid performance from Nidd…

Well done one and all, another really busy weekend of running. Keep it up.

Results: 11 – 17 September 2017


At Harrogate, we had 28 club runners in and amongst the 460 people taking part. There were some fast times once again with Alex Patrickson finishing 4th overall in a time of 18:09, and a PB for Hasabo Hasabo who finished in 18:49, and 7th overall. Andrew Johnson got himself a PB by finishing in 25:28, while Debbie Dilasser and Rebecca Ventress both achieved their quickest times yet since 2015, finishing in 26:44 and 26:45 respectively.

In other parkrun news, Moira Mactague was in County Tipperary running in the Templemore parkrun. This event was only started in January and the route seems quite scenic as it is situated in a nice country park. There were a total of 44 runners taking part, and Moira finished in a time of 26:10.

Fiona Robinson was in Bath for the Bath Skyline parkrun – the route description includes ‘an uphill flight of approximately 30 woodland steps (which some runners will find demanding)’…… anyway, Fiona finished in a time of 33:18, and the steps did not cause an issue….

Matt Wilkinson ran the Weymouth parkrun, and finished 2nd overall out of 390 runners. Unfortunately he forgot his barcode so there is no official time for him and he is shown as ‘unknown’….

Richmond Half Marathon

Kirsty O’Donnell was in Richmond upon Thames to take part in the Runfest – this includes the choice of a 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and there is a mile long race for the kids. The half marathon starts and finishes in Kew Gardens, going along the Thames and out towards Teddington Lock. Kirsty wore her club colours with pride for her first half marathon (even the huge medal she got for finishing has matching club colours), and she finished in time of 2:14. A brilliant effort from Kirsty – maybe the full marathon next??

Tadcaster 10

This race was next on the club champs calendar and once again NVRR provided a good show of strength. Tadcaster – home of three breweries and Tadkebab – provided a flat and fast 10 mile course, and back to its original route after the historic bridge was reopened. We had 19 runners take part this year, and Adam Kirk was first over the line for Nidd, and 16th overall in a new PB of 1:01:55. Martin Lofthouse was next in 1:05:39, then Jamie Dilasser in 1:09:32. Chris Beattie got himself a PB, finishing in 1:15:45, while Emma Dooley was the first Nidd lady to cross the line, finishing in 1:17:26. Sue Simpson was ever so close to Emma and finished in 1:17:30, and Brian Hainsworth was not too far behind in 1:17:57. Emma David was next in 1:19:30, Christine Jones 1:26:38, Dave Prince 1:27:25, Christina and Richard Taylor 1:27:21, and Nadine Wilkinson and Hannah Peagram finishing close in 1:28:04 and 1:28:14 respectively. Robert Hill crossed the line in 1:30:29 and bagged himself 3rd in the M70 category, and Rebecca Ventress got herself a PB finishing in 1:32:13. Fiona Robinson, Sylvia Morten, and Jeff Walker rounded off the fantastic effort by Nidd, and their finishing times were 1:48:55, 1:48:59, and 1:49:00 respectively.

Results: 4 – 10 September 2017

Vale of York Half

Flat, fast, and local – just what you want for a Sunday half marathon in September. Three of our club runners made the short journey over to Sherburn In Elmet for this potential PB bagging event that attracted over 1600 runners. First back for Nidd, and continuing with his good form, was Adam Kirk. Adam finished in a time of 1:25:22 which was a PB for him despite suffering with a bit of a hamstring issue during the last couple of miles (he soldiered on in true NVRR style) Also landing a PB was Richard Taylor who crossed the line in 1:45:36 – a fantastic effort. Michelle Smith was representing the NVRR ladies at this event, and she crossed the line in brilliant time of 2:08:15. Well done to all three of you, great running….

The Great North Run

Thousands of runners from around the UK and beyond descended on Tyneside yesterday to compete in the world’s most popular half marathon (plus the fact of earning extra kudos for running in the same race as Mo Farah) This iconic event is forever remembered by the runners going over the Tyne Bridge with the Red Arrows doing their thing just above them, and several of our club runners were lucky to experience this event in all its glory. Nidd had eleven runners taking part, and all of them put in a massive effort to get round the course. Club captain Martin Lofthouse was first back for Nidd, finishing within the top 500 runners in a time 1:26:35. Jamie Dilasser was next in 1:30:57, followed by Sam Fugill (in full tank mode) in 1:42:28. Phil Ventress finished in 1:45:54 (couldn’t find him at first as he wasn’t linked to any club) with Michael Benson the next Nidd home in a great time of 1:53:28, then Catrin Harrap was the first Nidd lady over the line in a time of 1:55:31. Natasha Harrison followed shortly after in 2:01:58, then Nick Smith in 2:07:49. Rosemary Thompson was next in 2:13:03, followed by Jane Hill putting in a marvellous effort to finish in a fantastic time of 2:19:16. Stephen Pattison was the final Nidd over the line, and finished in a great time of 2:37:59. Another great effort by NVRR at the Great North Run, and well done to all our runners who managed to raise a load of money for their chosen charities – your hard work and dedication will have no doubt made a difference to someone’s life, a huge pat on the back to you all…..


It seems as some of you can’t be pulled away from the mud and hills, you would much rather be exposed to awful weather and monster ascents than run on flat tarmac. Nidd Valley had ten representatives at the Yorkshireman Half at the weekend, and mud was certainly a given at this one. The race is organised by Keighley and Craven Athletics club, and starts and finishes in Howarth. As it is an off road marathon, the actual distance is more near to 15 miles. Out of the 226 finishers, Alan Davidson was first over the line for Nidd in a time of 2:14:12. Next were James Cook and Carol Morgan, finishing in 2:29:21 and 2:30:27 respectively, followed by Mark Armstrong in 2:31:40. Christopher Beattie was next in 2:38:18, with Phil Robinson not too far behind him in 2:43:27. Dave Seaman was next in 2:54:04 (and grabbing 2nd MV70 in the process) Debbie Gibson, Fiona Robinson, and, making her return to fell running, Sarah Chalmers, all crossed the line together in 5:32. Rumour has it that Sarah even had smile on her face…..

Clarinbridge Oyster 10k

Newlyweds Philippa and Matt Wilkinson had a bit of a honeymoon in Galway, Ireland, and Philippa took the opportunity to race in the local 10k event. The race made up part of the running festival in and around the village Clarinbridge (I couldn’t find much info on this village but there is an oyster festival there in October, and one of its past residents was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1901) Philippa was one of the 99 finishers, and she crossed the line in 55:40. Well done Philippa, Guinness gives you strength….

One result I forgot to mention last week – Edoardo Piano ran the Grisedale Horseshoe fell race in the Lakes. 10 miles and 5000ft of ascent is not for the fainthearted, and despite being geographically challenged at a few points, Edoardo finished in 77th place out of 136 runners in a time of 2:56:43.

Another fantastic weekend of running, and well done to Sarah Chalmers on her magnificent return to the fells!

Results: 28 August – 3 September 2017

This week’s results, another jam packed weekend. Please let me know if I have missed anybody out or other races that have gone under the radar.

Tholthorpe 10k

A flat and fast course, plus the promise of a race branded cup for a finishing prize, was more than enough to temp 18 Nidd’s to try and grab some more championship points. First back for NVRR and just squeezing in a top 10 finish overall, was Adam Kirk in a time of 38:30. Martin Lofthouse was not too far behind and crossed the line 39:28, with Andy Todd close by in a time of 40:52. Dan Eagling was next in 43:01, with David Shores soon after him in 44:24. John Mitton crossed the line in 45:24, followed by Richard Taylor in 46.56 – that’s a new PB for Richard, knocking a massive 89 seconds off his fastest 10k time! Sue Simpson was the first Nidd lady back in 47:07, then there was a bit of a sprint finish between Michael Benson and Dave Seaman, finishing in 49:35 and 49:52 respectively (I understand that some words were exchanged between these two during the final sprint but no further information as come to light yet… but Dave did manage to grab the prize for 1st M70+ category) Christina Taylor was next and she crossed the line in 51:18, also achieving a PB, followed by Hannah Peagram 53:34. Next was Nadine Wilkinson in 53:42, Sarah Hughan in 53:49, Moira Mctague 54:35, Jane Hill 59:54 and Michelle Smith in 1:00:42. Completing the brace of NVRR personal bests’, Graham Hyde finished the 10k in his fastest time yet of 1:03:35. Well done Graham and the rest of the other PB hunters – excellent running!

Wetherby 10k

You may or may not have had a flyer put under your windscreen wiper for this event while attending other local races, and you may or may not have seen this race advertised on Facebook, but it appears the Wetherby 10k is as popular as ever with around 900 runners taking part this year. We had four runners making the quick dash over to Wetherby for this one, and first over the line for the club was Kevin Nicholas in a very respectable time of 40:42. Kaye Kent was next in a time 54:11, and she was followed by Debbie Dilasser who finished in 56:38 (this was Debbie’s fastest 10k in a long time and she apparently really enjoyed it. She has now banished all demons from previous Wetherby 10k experiences) Kirsty O’Donnell was the final Nidd over the line – Kirsty finished in 59:54. Great running from all of you!

Golden Ball 20

This 20 miler is part of a series of races in and around Lancaster, and organised by the recently formed Lancaster Runners Club. It’s a flat race and fairly fast, and by all accounts ideal if you are training for a marathon. Emma Dooley and Isabel Potter made the trip west to take part in this event, and although they were a bit put off by running out and back along a canal tow path in the drizzle for three hours, they did enjoy it. Isabel finished in a time 2:48:11 and Emma finished 2:53:16 – well done ladies, looks like the huge dinner plate sized medals were well worth the trip!

The Bullock Smithy Hike

This is a 56 mile circular route through the Peak District – walkers (or runners) have 24hrs to complete the route, and must visit all the checkpoints in the correct order. You need maps/compass, emergency rations, and all other basic kit for walking on exposed hillsides during the dead of night. Andy Harris decided to have a crack at this one, and set off at 12 noon on Saturday. He was in company with a pal of his called James (a veteran of the hike having completed it 15 times previously). They eventually got round all checkpoints and finished at about 6am on Sunday morning – that’s good going, no doubt there will be some sore legs this week. Awesome effort Andy!


Nidd didn’t have as many people park running this weekend due to other races taking priority, but we still had a good numbers turning up at Harrogate (also in volunteering capacity – you know who you are, thanks for using your spare time to help out), and a few at Fountains. Special mention to young Alex Robinson who ran at Fountains on Saturday in the JM 15-17 category – he bagged himself a PB of 21:07. Well done Alex, that magic sub 20 minute time will be along in no time…

Another busy but successful weekend for NVRR, everyone ran well and there some brilliant times achieved all across the board. Let’s keep up the good work and look forward to the Yorkshireman Half and Tadcaster 10 coming in the next few weeks.

Just before we end, I have just remembered about another little race that happened over the weekend. The Kerry Way Ultra in County Kerry, Ireland – 120 miles (or 200k if you are in Ireland) starting and finishing in Killarney. (I think it would be worth entering just for the brunch on the Sunday morning alone, it looked pretty epic) Carol Morgan was back on home turf for this one – she finished it in 27:58:22. She was the first lady finisher and 4th overall, and she smashed the previous ladies’ finishing time. We will have to keep an eye on this Morgan character, she has got potential…

Results: 21 – 27 August 2017

Sessay Swift

img_1212First race mentioned this week is this fast and flat 6k race near Thirsk. We had an impressive 21 runners make the trip to Sessay, and first over the line for the club and 8th overall was Matt Wilkinson, in a time of 21:13. He was followed by Alex Patrickson in 21:33, then Adam Kirk in 22:26 and Jamie Dilasser in 23:16. Carol Morgan was the first Nidd lady over the line, and 3rd lady overall in a time of 25:00, with Phil Ventress soon after in 26:12. Damien Handslip finished in 26:17, Brian Hainsworth 26:39, Christina Taylor 29:16, Sarah Hughan 30:02 (first race after returning from injury), Kaye Kent 30:15, with Moira Mctague and Nadene Wilkinson both crossing the line in 30.17. Debbie Gibson finished in 30:37, then Jeff Walker in 32:03, Michelle Smith 33:26, Jane Hill 33:47, Fiona Robinson 36:30. Rounding off the magnificent display by the club, Graham Hyde was next in 36:50, Robert Hill in 46:07, and Rebecca Ventress in 46:08. Another great performance by all involved…

The Chevin Revving

For those who didn’t fancy running on flat tarmac (let’s face it, we’ve all been there), there was another type of race on offer the same night as Sessay. We sent three runners over to The Chevin at Otley to take part in this 6.5 mile self-guided trail race. There were some spectacular views to take in on this fine evening, and first back for Nidd Valley (and 16th overall out of 134 starters!!) was Alex Robinson in an impressive 54:31 (the full results don’t seem to be up online yet – all this info is coming from my covert fell running source who may or may not be Phil Robinson) Mark David was next in 43rd positon overall, and ‘Fell Running’ Phil Robinson finished in 62:22, 44th overall.

Mark David has also taken part in several other fell type races over the last couple of weeks:

The Gribdale Gallop at Great Ayton in the North Yorkshire Moors is 9.1km with a couple of hundred metres of climbing, which includes a blast up to the summit of Roseberry Topping. Mark finished in a time of 57:23.
Next on his calendar was The Gargrave Show on 19th August. This ever popular annual proper Yorkshire agricultural show incorporates loads of events including egg throwing and terrier racing, and of course 5 different fell races welcoming runners of all ages. Mark finished in 37:14, but the full results have not been published online yet.
The most recent race Mark took part in was the Tour of Norland Moor, near to Halifax. It’s a 12k route with about 800ft climbing so I imagine it was a bit cheeky. There were 140 runners taking part, and Mark was 68th overall in a time of 1:09:14. Well done Mark….


We love a good parkrun at Nidd Valley. It seems that the majority of us were running at Harrogate again, and there are couple of PB’S worth a mention. Firstly, Matt Wilkinson got himself his fastest time yet on The Stray and finished in 5th place overall in a time of 17:49. Also stealing a new PB was Sylvia Morten with a great time of 29:57 – brilliant running!

It appears that Norwich was the furthest that NVRR have ventured out this week for a parkrun. Ben Rosie, a NVRR junior running in the JM 11 – 14 category, finished 193rd out of 479 runners in a time of 25:04. Well done Ben, keep up the hard work!

That’s all I have for now unless anyone tells me about some other race they have snuck in under the radar…..

Great running once again, all the best for this coming Sunday’s race at Tholthorpe – it’s fairly flat and fast from what I can remember…