Running this week and another Captains corner

Hi all!

This week is the start of a new 6 week block of intervals (hills – yay!) on Tuesday, so check the spreadsheet for changes and to see where and when your group are meeting. As always, please sign yourselves in or remove your name if you can’t attend. Or of course, you can meet at the club for a run if you don’t fancy intervals.

Then Thursday is club night in groups of 6 from. Please think about volunteering to be a group leader. The suggested route is route 7, Duchy reverse or group leaders feel free to choose a different route if you like!

I’m sorry I’ve not put any links in today, I’m having technical issues, but the intervals sign in sheet and the route for Thursday are both on our club website 🙂  (

I’ll leave you with some more news from our Capatains….have a good week, Emma

Captains Corner 

Fell Champs –

A big thank you to Phil Robinson who has sent details out on the 2021 fell championships.  Please check your email if you have not seen this.

Plogging –

Thursday the 27th May is our next plogging event from club.  This is where we collect litter and run at the same time.  I will be creating a Facebook event shortly to get an idea of numbers so we can manage any covid restrictions and kit.  If you are not on FB please let us know via email.

Melmerby 10k

Remember to register for this race – you can run it anytime in May but you have to register atMelmerby 10K 2021 – RaceBest at least 48 hours before you choose to run and follow the approved route below and then submit your time.

Results –

Results from the 1st club race are up please check the website and let us know if any don’t look right. Thanks to Mark for uploading these.



Kevin and Sarah

Fell Championship 2021

As Sarah Staiano, our Captain said, buckle up, it’s a long one!

I’ve attached a list of races for the Nidd Fell Champs in 2021 after bouncing ideas around a few Nidd fellies. Also available on the club website:

By way of explanation, since we began our Nidd Fell Champs in 2009 we’ve built the race choices in Yorkshire (Dales, Pennines, Moors etc) with a foray into the Lakes and even Lancashire too. We have endeavoured to have a mix of new races/terrain and old firm favourites.

The FRA are very busy at the moment licensing races and releasing the details onto their website: There is a section on how the FRA are approaching Covid at races.

Overall, regarding fell races in 2021, it’s a bit of a mixed bag and a developing position as time marches on. Some organisers are eagerly cracking on doing whatever they can to host races and others have taken the option of leaving it to 2022. In particular some low-key races around this time of year (some of whom are firm Nidd favourites) have decided the to do the latter:

Nidd favourites not happening in 2021:

Jack Bloor (Ilkley) – although they are doing a virtual version

Charlesworth Chase (Appletreewick)

Beamsley Beacon (Addingham) – organiser undecided at the moment

Burnsall Classic

Many organisers of races further into the year are playing something of a “wait and see” approach. Overall, please remember these are races put on by clubs just like Nidd and their volunteer members, not professionally organised trail ones. The upshot is that there are a decent number of licensed races in July – September, but right now, fewer for October – December. It’s my belief that these Q4 races will come on stream over the next few months.

Hence the approach of 4 from 8 this year, all previous rules apply. I’ve attached a list of 6 races and we’ll add 2 more as races become available.

These are the most local races to avoid too much travel and there are fewer races available right now, so options are more limited than usual. We’ve historically included a Lakes race (as the home of fell running in England) in the 10miles/3000’ ascent category. In 2020 I was hoping to include Blencathra (an English Champs Race) with a bunk barn stay-over but I think a large group stay-over is probably still a pipe-dream at the moment so in 2021 so it’s not included in our champs either. However, the race is going ahead on 3rd July 2021 and should be a cracker so please do consider having a go – entries open on 10th May.


Ingleborough Mountain Race  – Sat 17th July

This is a brilliant classic race up an iconic Yorkshire mountain (or the nearest we have). It’s from the Ingleton Show. Just ask Sam Fugill how much fun it is (apologies for the private joke).

James Herriot Race – Sun 25th July

This is actually a licensed FRA fell race (albeit not too severe) despite somehow managing to scrape into the road champs too. Folk have to choose if they want their one race to be included in either the road or the fell champs – no double counting. Very popular and a great introduction to fell races.

Round Hill – Sun 8th Aug

Our closest race and organised by our friends at Otley AC. From Timble. Loads of Nidds have either done the race or been around the course so no surprises. One not to miss and we can reccie to our hearts content.

Crowden Horseshoe – Sat 21st Aug

This was last in the fell champs in 2011, but a few of us still remember it well. HQ is near the reservoirs in the Woodhead Pass (South Yorks/Derbys border). Goes over the aptly named Black Hill via the Pennine Way.

Great Whernside – Sat 25th Sept

Same w/e as the Nidd camping trip in Kettlewell organised by Nigel Scaife. Date is bang on. There and back so no nav issues!

Litton Birks Loop – Sun 14th Nov

In Littondale, along from Upper Wharfedale. Included in the 2019 champs when the entry included a chip butty.

Please do refer back to the Nidd website under Fell Running 2021 which includes the 2021 FRA rule changes and the all-important hypothermia leaflet produced by the FRA.

I’m very happy to explain the fell scene to anyone who’ll listen – it’s just a bit different and has lots more history than road. In fact it’s been around before tarmac was invented and before Nike created the sport of road running just to sell it’s newly designed shoes.

I could go on for ages more, if you’d let me.


Nidd Valley Runners – FRA Ambassador

The week ahead and some news from our Captains :-)

Evening all and Happy Bank Holiday!

Please read all the way to the bottom of this email to see the news from our Captains in ‘Captains Corner’……

This coming week we have session 6 of the block of 6 interval sessions on Tuesday. Don’t forget to amend the spreadsheet if you can’t attend so that someone else can take your place. After next week I will treat you all to another set of 6 interval sessions. We’ll have some fun with some hills I think! I like the quote “It’s just a hill, get over it!”

There will also be people running from the club on Tuesday and Dave will be leading an off road run.

On Thursday it’s club run night in small groups again and the usual 7 pm kick off. Remember to gather on the right as you drive in just like last Thursday, and it would be amazing and really really helpful if some of you would volunteer to lead a group of 6. You don’t need any running qualifications to do this.

This Thursday Dave has an App for us to trial for the evening league race. It looks great – we’ll be able to run around Duchy ‘punching’ virtual controls with our phones! His explanation is much better and he will send details out tomorrow. Here is the Duchy route:

Right then, goodbye from me, and I’ll hand over to……….

……….Captain’s Corner:

Last week saw the first race of the new road championships season take place at Elvington Airfield. A number of Nidds were racing across multiple distances from 10k to the Marathon well done to all of you who took part and also anyone who achieved a PB.

It was nice being able to have a strong Nidd presence at the start and finish of the race and to be able to cheer people in. We look forward to seeing more of you at future races.
A special thanks to Sarah Staiano and Jane Evans who were volunteering at the race. Please consider doing this yourself if you’re not racing or injured, it’s a good way to be part of the event and support your teammates.

Well done to Matthew Wilkinson, Andrew Harris, Alex Patrickson, Jeremy Salmon, Emma Dooley, Andy Todd, Darren Townend, Martin Lofthouse, Kevin Clark, Simon Staiano, Nigel Scaife, John Mitton, Chris Morris, Chris Nelson, Rachel Capstick & Mollie Speciale Mitton.

Results & photos for all races can be found here and the club website for the 10 mile race results will be updated soon: Big Flat Runway Races — Even Splits

Date Changes
There have been changes to a few races over the last week or so in our club championship calendar so please remember to update your diary with the new dates.
Fountains 10k is now on Sunday 18th July.
We also had Harrogate parkrun scheduled on Saturday 17th July. We will move this event to a date TBC later in the year.
The York 5k race at Heslington on Friday 16th July will remain. Please remember to choose your races carefully and train wisely to avoid injury.

Burton Leonard 10k This race is open for entries and still part of our club road championships, do enter, it has something for everyone off road, on road, hills and fields all in one 10k. Burton Leonard 10K – RaceBest Please be aware it will not now be our mob match against Knaresborough Striders – they are wanting to hold this in September at a race and date to be confirmed. Since our calendar is already busy then we need to work out when this would be best placed and will let you know as soon as we do.

Melmerby 10k – virtual race. Remember to register for this race – you can run it anytime in May but you have to register at Melmerby 10K 2021 – RaceBest at least 48 hours before you choose to run and follow the approved route below and then submit your time. Emails have been sent out detailing this but you need to enter if you are planning on running. This is free of charge and will count towards one of your 5 road championship races. Send your race entries using this Web form or by email
The route is here –
The route starts slightly further down from previous years just near the junction of Maple Garth Route
Strava – Route
GPX – file

Please keep your eye on the events calendar on the club website for a full list of championship races. This will be kept up to date.
We will also keep you posted on this email and as we have been doing, on an ad hoc basis where needed.

Club Colours Just a gentle reminder – please ensure club vests are worn for club championship races otherwise your result may not be counted in the points. Also if you enter as an affiliated runner you should be wearing club colours to race. There are certain events that would disqualify you entirely for not wearing your club vest. Please remember to save your vest for racing until lockdown ends.

Run well, from Captains Kevin and Sarah

This Week’s Running – 25th April 2021

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekend and that it included some running!

Well done everyone who has been racing at Elvington and in the Lake District. Fantastic results all round.

On Tuesday this week we’re on the 5th in our series of 6 interval sessions, so don’t forget to check the spreadsheet for where you are meeting in your groups and at what time. If you’re unable to attend, please take your name off the spreadsheet or let your coach know so that someone else can take your place. There will also be a few people running from the club at 7 if you prefer, and maybe even an off-road option…..

Here is the spreadsheet: Wintervals Spreadsheet

Then on Thursday it’s running from the club. So come on down for about 6:50pm, ready to head out at 7 pm. Shall we stick to the sequence and do the Cold Bath Road route number 5? Or if anyone wants to go off road, I’m sure that can be arranged! I’ll be there to try and organise you into those groups of 6 so please be on your best behaviour 😁

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday


From The Chair – Sunday 25th April 2021

Good Morning to a Super Team of Nidd Valley Road Runners,

You may be asking, “ why are we receiving a From The Chair for a second week running”. Well it is because it has been a week of events that we believe you should be kept up to date with. And ………….

Oh What a Week !
We have that Nidd Valley Runners buzz, back in the club following easing of lockdown. Thursday was buzzing, just like the old days before covid. Captain Sarah Staiano stood proud in front of the best club in town, and communicated all we needed to know to run safely, whilst welcoming the newcomers, and getting us quickly on the road to doing what we all love. Which leads me to newcomers.

The committee have agreed, and I know you will also agree, that it is so important to give a wonderful welcome to anyone new who join the club, or rejoins after a period of absence. If someone has chosen to join our fabulous family, we should ensure that within no time at all they know that their decision has been a good one. And guess what ? The numbers are great. As a new kid on the block myself I am not sure if we are setting records for newcomers, however we certainly are going to be up there with the best of previous years.
To all you newbies, and re-joiners, welcome and have a fabulous time this year with your new club. And never ever hesitate to ask any questions that may be in your mind, especially in your early weeks.

Nidd Valley Runners Juniors
We have agreed as a club that it is important to give our full support to the Juniors in times of need. At the moment they have requested our support for challenges they have in developing qualified coaches that are vital to their continuance. Tomorrow Martin Lofthouse and I are attending a zoom meeting with the Junior committee to see how we can help.
We need your support !!!!! If anyone within the Senior club is interested in becoming qualified this year to coach the Juniors, please, please, contact anyone one of our committee to register your interest. You are not committing, you are just registering your interest to maybe find out some facts.

This week like any family we have had a challenge. Although the challenge was both important and concerning, in my opinion it was a storm in a tea cup. Storms in tea cups still need to be dealt with in a professional way, dealt with quickly and taken seriously. That is exactly what the club did. As a result of a complaint regarding covid rules, both Emma, David and I dealt with the complaint within minutes. Within minutes, not even an hour, and on a Sunday.
Also we once again saw the damage social media can do to relationships, reputations and images. And very quickly! As a result an emergency committee meeting was called of all 12 members to ensure that our challenge this week remained a storm in a tea cup.

Can I thank every member of the committee for their valuable time given at short notice and every member of the club that remained positive and supported the club. Also every member of the club that had a concern and wanted this to be dealt with so we could move on quickly. As we have. Thank you everyone.

As result we now have an updated Social Media, E.mail, and Communication policy. The link is here Social Media Policy v 2021

Please, please, please take time to read it and please ensure you keep to the guidelines, which will enable us to remain not only the best club in town but also the friendliest, and one that is concerned deeply about your health and welfare.