Weekly Update: Philippa never seems to stop running, Paul makes a return to racing, and the Evening League gets going…

Hi all –

 

 

Results

Well, my oh my, what a busy bunch of running bees everyone has been. The statisticians here at Nidd Valley House have barely had time for their tea break. Here goes.

 

First off the blocks was Philippa Moorse with the Tadcaster Triathlon on Monday. Starting with a dip and a 400m swin, Philippa then got in the saddle for a 14k bike ride, before a quick 7k run to bring proceedings to a close. Philippa finished 70th out of 142 women, so an excellent effort all round.

 

The Evening League got off to a flying start at Harrogate on Tuesday, with Matt Wilkinson (37:37) just holding Jamie Dilasser (37:44) at bay to take first place. Emma Dooley was first lady for the club in a spectacular (47:16). 37 Nidds rose to the occasion – sorry, but with all the will in the world I can’t bring myself to sit and type out 37 results – and everyone put in a top-drawer performance. Full results here: http://www.harrogate-league.org.uk/, and we look forward to seeing you for the next race hosted by the Dragons at Yeadon on 21 May 2015.

 

Aimi Blueman headed North West to tackle the last in the Lakeland Series with the Kentmere 17k Challenge. Aimi thoroughly impressed everyone with a finishing time of 2:21 for the demanding (I don’t even need to say undulating) course. Well done.

 

Closer to home, the Leeds Half Marathon was the setting to some tremendous times. Matt Wilkinson (does this man ever stop running?) led the team home in 1:24:32, followed by Martin Lofthouse in 1:28:20 and Paul Geary, making a return to racing, in 1:38:23. Not being competitive or anything, but this puts Paul 69 seconds ahead of my PB. I’m watching you, Paul. Watching you very closely. Jane Hill was next over the line for Nidd Valley in a commendable 2:13:24, while Michelle Dinsdale completed her first half marathon in 2:22:14. Well done all.

 

Phil and Alex Robinson (Alex being one of the rising stars of NVRR Juniors) completed the Malhamdale challenge, opting for 9m route, finishing in an impressive 1:59. Alex was fighting fit and training hard in preparation for his sponsored walk of Hadrian’s Wall in a few weeks, so stand by for a sponsor form. Philippa Moorse and Annie Burns gritted their teeth, despite the abysmal weather, and completed the full 22m course in a thoroughly commendable 5:45.

 

As if Philippa hadn’t done enough running this week, she was out in full force for the Nidderdale Walk – completing the 20m course through the Nidd Valley. Sarah Chalmers and Debbie Gibson tackled the 10m route, and a host of other Nidds also got in on the action, including Amie and Jean. Whoever you are, and however many miles you travelled – well done!

 

I’m feeling remarkably proud of myself as no-one has given me the dreaded shoulder-tap and asked why I didn’t include their results last week. For the sake of my sanity and club harmony, please keep my updated: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

 

The Week Ahead

  • Tuesday: Once a fell runner pops, they just can’t stop. It’s number 4 in the Fell Championships, and we’ll be heading off the race the Jack Bloor, a cheeky 5 mile race near Ilkley. The race starts at 7.15pm. and entry is an absolute steal at only £5. As ever, you can badger Fell Running Phil, and there are more details here: http://www.jackbloor.co.uk/.
  • Tuesday: For those who find fell running  as attractive as, well, throwing yourself up and down the side of a mountain, there’ll be a usual club run. Meet at the Hockey Club at 7pm.
  • Thursday: Usual club from the Hockey Club at 7pm, followed by a couple of pints and a bag of crisps in the bar, listening to the dulcet tones of people talking about the comparative merits of compression socks.
  • Saturday: Bloomin’ ‘eck, the fell runners are at it again with the Charlesworth Chase. Cracking little race, this: another 5 mile chase up and down Simon’s Seat, made all the better by the fact that you have to neck a pint of Yorkshire bitter at the end of race before you cross the finish line (lager boys clearly need not apply). A lunch of soup is included in the bargain price of £6. I did it last year. Loved it. Again, more details here: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3475.
  • Sunday: It’s the ever-popular Ripon 10. I’m not sure if there are still places or not, although I have seen people online touting unused numbers and such like. Details here: http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/ripon-10-mile/.

 

Bed Race: Help Needed

The bed race edges ever closer, and our two teams are out training hard. They train every Thursday night, and would love it if you went down to run with them, shout words of encouragement, and weep helplessly with laughter as they attempt the notorious river crossing.

 

The Lions are also on the lookout for any additional marshals. If you can help, please contact John Dickinson from the Lions on lionbedrace@hotmail.co.uk. He would love to hear from you.

 

Reminder to both teams racing: you need to still provide a marshal per bed, and let John know when you have done this as they’ll need to attend a safety briefing.

 

Committee Meeting

We’re having the next committee meeting on Wednesday 20 May 2015. By which I mean we’ll drink tea, eat all the biscuits in Dave’s house, and panic about how the Guy Fawkes Race is bearing down on us at an alarming rate. If there is anything you’d like discussed, started, changed, stopped, or considered, then please let me know. My email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

A Word to the Wise

“You don’t get better at running hills by walking them.” – Saucony

 

Have a good week, everyone.

 

Sam x

Weekly Update: Never mind a Royal Baby, this is much more important

Hi all –

Results

On Sunday, 9 intrepid Nidds took to the Bluebell Trail 10 near Halifax, an undulating race which claims to be unique for its river crossing. They’ve clearly never heard of the Knaresborough Bed Race… Official results aren’t out, and I haven’t heard a peep from anyone, so I can only assume that everyone stormed the gig and that it was PBs all round (and if not, then you clearly weren’t working hard enough during intervals!). Well done to all who took part, and I look forward to hearing how you got on.

On Saturday, I joined Sarah Chalmers, Phil Robinson and 233 other fruitcakes for the Coniston Fell Race. “It’ll be great” said Phil cheerfully as we drove into the Lake District, rain bouncing off the windscreen. “Is that the hill? Oh f***ing hell”, I whimpered as Coniston rose majestically into view, the snow capped summit disappearing into swirling mists and fog. Sarah quietly asked “Oh Jesus Christ, why am I here?”, as we parked up, collected our numbers, checked our bags and lumbered up to the start line. Well slap me silly and call me Susan. It was a toughie. Over 3,500ft of climb, most of it in driving wind, rain, snow and hail, taking in the three peaks of Wetherlam, Swirlhow and Coniston Old Man, before a thrilling descent off the edge of the mountain back into the village. Due to the deteriorating conditions, the Coniston Mountain Rescue Team were acting as marshals on each of the summits – and when the Mountain Rescue Team have preemptively placed themselves on a mountain top in a fell race, it does give you pause to ask just quite what you think you’re playing at – and the organisers had imposed a strict cut off point. Sarah took the hardest decision of all, and called it a day just before Swirlhow, having decided it wasn’t safe to go on, and joined a group of other runners and headed for home. Official results are yet to appear, although I came crashing over the finish line in 02:06, followed by Fell Running Phil in 02:15.

Up North, Matt Wilkinson completed the Sunderland Half Marathon in 01:21. What kept you, Matt?! Good effort.

Andy Todd was a lone runner for Team Valley at Fountains Abbey Parkrun, finishing in 18:50. Dan Eagling was first home at Harrogate with a spectacular 20:00 (the sub-20 is now tantalisingly close, Dan!), followed by Nick Iles (22:17), Dave Prince (23:22), Nick Smith (25:08), Rebecca Ventress (26:05), Michelle Dinsdale (30:30) and Sue Reast (30:38). Well done all!

I may oft be mistaken for Mystic Meg, although I write this email every week in the full knowledge that someone will nab me at club and ask why I didn’t include their results, at which point I’ll mumble a pathetic apology and look down at my running shoes. I’d hate it to be you, so if you want your results in, please let me know. My email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

The Week Ahead

·         Tuesday: It’s the Evening League, and Team Nidd will be flying the flag in the first match of the season, hosted by our local rivals Harrogate Harriers. The race starts at 7.30pm on Beckwith Head Road (near the new police station), and will conclude with a buffet in the Squinting Cat pub. Further details here:http://www.harrogate-league.org.uk/. Good luck to all competing. For those who aren’t racing, Alan Harby will leading a gentle run from the Hockey Club at 7pm.

·         Thursday: Usual club from the Hockey Club at 7pm, followed by a cheeky pint in the bar, before you all head off to place your votes in the General Election.

 

Bed Race: Help Needed

Jane Hill – captain of the intrepid ladies bed race team – is on the lookout for a 6thmember of their team since they’ve had a drop out. By nature of the team, this exciting position is open to ladies only, but if you’ve ever wanted to throw yourself down Bond End and through the River Nidd in full view of everyone in Knaresborough, then this could be the position for you. Please get in touch with Jane on janeyahill@hotmail.co.uk.

The Lions are also on the lookout for any additional marshals. If you can help, please contact John Dickinson from the Lions directly onlionbedrace@hotmail.co.uk. He would love to hear from you.

Reminder to both teams racing: you need to still provide a marshal per bed, and let John know when you have done this as they’ll need to attend a safety briefing.

A Word to the Wise

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare” – Juma Ikangaa (winner of the 1989 New York City Marathon, in case you’re taking notes).

Have a good week, everyone.

Sam x

Weekly Update: Informative, witty, and a day late…

Hi all –

Results

London Marathon results are in, and, well, what spectacular reading they make. If you didn’t see the four athletic figures in yellow and black bounding through the thousands of runners, then you might like to know that Matt Rickard was first home for the club in a staggering 3:30:04, followed by Rick Dallaston in 3:58:40, Sarah Gordon in 4:12:15, and Debbie Handslip in 5:28:28. That is a seriously fabulous effort from all of you.

Carol Morgan took to the fells to complete the grueling Fellsman Challenge – 60 miles of undulating pain from Ingleton to Threshfield, if you’re thinking of entering next year – and did so in an inspirational 14:13.

An absolute crowd of Nidds went and took part at the Harrogate Parkrun, and  I’d bore you all silly if I named them all, but I wanted to make special mention for Michelle ‘zero to hero’ Dinsdale who tamed that 30 minute barrier and came storming home in 29:38. Nice one, Michelle. More inspirational reading here:http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harrogate/results/latestresults/.

Apology of the week goes to Debbie Gibson, who for the past fortnight has reminded me of all of these races she’s done and that she’s not got a mention in this weekly round-up (seriously, there is no pleasing some people, there really isn’t. I’ll never hear the end of this). Sorry Debbie. If you want to avoid the social shame and utter humiliation of being left out, then why not let me and Jon know of all your achievements so we can spread the Nidd Joy far and wide? My email:chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

The Week Ahead

·         Tuesday: Oh my, oh my. Can this really be it? Yes, it’s the last of the interval sessions and will be ably led by Mike. Meet at the Hockey Club at 7pm, or at Trinity Church Oval for about 7.10pm. The last one… I can hardly believe it. It’ll be emotional. Don’t miss it.

·         Thursday: Regular club run from the Hockey Club at 7pm, followed by pints of lager, packets of crisps and riveting conversation in the bar upstairs afterwards.

·         Saturday: Coniston Fell Race! I’ll be hauling myself and my hangover (it’s a tradition, now) up to the top of one of the highest peaks in England. If you haven’t experienced being overtaken half way up a mountain by a bearded octogenarian in a knitted running vest, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Have a chat with Fell Running Phil at the club or send him an email at philiprobinson@orangehome.co.uk. He’s always on the lookout for more victims, sorry, I mean runners to join our merry band…

·         Sunday: Bluebell Trail Race. This next exciting feature in the Club Champs is, unfortunately, sold out. Sorry if you missed the boat, kids. You won’t hang around so long next time.

 

Bed Race – Volunteers Needed!

I’ve been contacted by John Dickinson from Knaresborough Lions, and the folks there are desperately short of volunteers to marshal the race course on the day. They need some more volunteers for the waterside part of the course (which would mean that you only have to marshal the race and not the parade, so it wouldn’t be so much of your time). If you can help, please contact John directly onlionbedrace@hotmail.co.uk. He would love to hear from you.

Reminder to both teams racing: you need to still provide a marshal per bed, and let John know when you have done this as they’ll need to attend a safety briefing.

 

Evening League

The Evening League starts next week with the Harrogate Harriers Race on Tuesday night! Everyone is very excited here at Nidd Valley HQ. Dave has been consulting his maps, Sarah and Michelle have been talking tactics, and to be honest Matt has talked about little else for months. If you haven’t got your number – and if not, why not? – speak to Dave or Michelle straight away! They might be able to squeeze you in.

A Word to the Wise

“Listen to your body. Don’t be a blind and deaf tenant” – George Sheean

Have a good week, everyone.

Sam x

Weekly Update: Inspirational performances at every turn

Hi all –

Results

The big congratulations of the week go to Simon Franklin who quietly sneaked off to the Lake District and completed the Bob Graham Round in the 24 hour time limit that the challenge demands. This 65 mile or so (fell runners are often a tad vague when it comes to mileage) run is a tour of the 42 highest Lakeland Peaks and considered the ultimate test of stamina, strength and determination in that strange world that is English fell running.  It really is a jaw-droppingly, staggeringly, immense achievement as anyone who has attempted to run up even one Lakeland Peak will attest. Simon is a second-claim member with Nidd, spending most of his time running with Horsforth Fellandale, but with an achievement like that under his belt, we’re more than happy to claim him as one of our own. Congratulations, Simon. You are an inspiration.

News just in! – Nidd Valley’s very own Gallagher Brothers, Matt Wilkinson and Jamie Dilasser, have completed the Manchester Marathon in 3:02 and 3:05 respectively. I couldn’t even dream of running at that pace – well done to you both.

North of the border, Jane Hill completed the 10 mile Great Edinburgh Run in a spectacular 1:36:42. It’s what they call ‘undulating’ up there, too, so that’s a cracking time , Jane.

I gather that a herd of Nidds went off to tackle the Meanwood Valley Trail Race. Final results are yet to emerge, but I hear on the grapevine that Team Manning stormed the gig, with Paul coming home in 1:01:04 and Jenny in 1:13:32. Nice work, folks.

Nine Nidds tackled the challenging Reeth 20k on Sunday. Team Deacon led the club home with 1:44:38 for Mike and 1:56:28 for Fiona, followed by Rob Snow (1:59:16), Emma David (2.02:59), Christine Jones (2:06:56), Sarah Chalmers (2:27:16), Annie Sweeting (2:29:28), Philippa Moorse (2:34:09) and Judy Greenwood (2:48:35).

At Harrogate Parkrun, the 20 minute barrier creeps ever closer for Dan Eagling, who finished witha n new PB of 20:16. It was also PBs for Sarah Hughan (24:32) and Kate Maybury (24:36) – well done both! Michelle Dinsdale came home in a spectacular 30:09, and is now set to smash the 30 minute barrier. Inspiring stuff.

Finally,  it is an apology to Annie and Philippa for my oversight last week. When you see them next, congratulate them on tackling the 22 mile Wensleydale Wander in just over 5 hours last weekend. A fantastic achievement.

Again, I’m sure I’ll have missed something or someone from the round-up. Apologies if that’s you. Just take a leaf out of Annie’s book, and tap me on the shoulder when you see me at club.

The Week Ahead

·         Tuesday: I probably don’t need to tell you, but it’s intervals. See you at the Hockey Club at 7pm.

·         Thursday: a slightly shorter than usual club run so that we can get to Matt’s birthday curry in time. More below…

Evening League

What do you mean you haven’t got your number yet? Good grief, people. See Dave or Michelle pronto! Tickets only £10, and more details here: http://www.harrogate-league.org.uk/.

Matt’s Birthday Curry

I’ve booked a table at the Jinnah in Harrogate for 8.45pm on Thursday 23 April, so that gives us time for a quick shower after club and the trip into town. If anyone wants to come, but hasn’t let me know, can you let me

know ASAP, or register your interest on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1793891264169990/.

A Word to the Wise

“Life is complicated. Running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run?”

Have a good week, everyone.

Sam x