Weekly Update: Princess Leia and Frank Zappa take a dip in the Nidd

Hi all –

 

Results

I’m choked with pride as I write this, folks. Both of the Nidd Valley Teams did spectacularly well at the Knaresborough Bed Race, and the results speak for themselves. Matt Rickard captained the men’s team to an incredible third place, finishing the gruelling 2.4m course in 14:22.8, and the ladies’ tem finished in a strong 23:35.4 (71st place). Dan Eagling partnered with Guardian Alarms to finish in a strong 15:01.8 (5th place), yours truly joined the Wacky Racers to finish exhaustedly in 15:12.8 (9th place), whereas Simon Harris helped the St John’s Juggernauts to finish in 18:18.7 (34th place). Simon’s rather fetching gorilla costume helped his team secure the Best Dressed Bed prize, also. Well done, Simon!

As ever, a spot of cross dressing was the order of the day. Matt Wilkinson made a beautiful Princess Leia, I must say, and my Bond Girl ended up as some terrifying hybrid of Amy Winehouse and Frank Zappa. Despite the abysmal forecasts, the weather was kind to us (as is Bed Race tradition), and the sun shone as the teams made their way from Conygham Hall, along waterside, up the unforgiving climb of Castle Ings Hill only to be greeted by a somewhat vocal and excited Steve Newton and Mike and Fiona Deacon. Then it was a quick turn round the Market Square, back to the High Street, before the terrifying descent down Bond End through a wall of deafening cheers from the inebriated hoards lining the streets of Knaresborough (and you’d be inebriated if you’d be drinking lager since 10am, I tell you). From there it was over the bridge, an icy dip in the River Nidd, and a last push to the finish line. The scene at the end of the race resembled a field hospital as the shell shocked wept, vomited, embraced one another, and pledged to never, ever, do such a silly thing again. Well done to each and every one of you. Whether you were wearing club colours or not, you did Nidd Valley proud. Well done.

At the risk of this sounding like an Oscar’s acceptance speech, I want to give a quick thanks to all those who marshalled for us, including Dave, Julie, Vic and Michelle. The ladies’ team also wanted me to mention Bed Race veteran Amanda, who has coached the team and got them up to racing speed. Consider it done, ladies. Thanks to you all, and to the Nidds who lined the course to cheers us home.

With half the club eating hearty breakfasts in readiness for the Bed Race, things were a little quiet at Harrogate Park Run. Nonetheless, we saw some sterling performances from Maurice Kelley (21:06), Steve Newton (21:33), Mark David (21:43 – PB!), Paul Eagling (22:37), Dave Rushton (26:17), Tony Chapman (26:43), Nicki Walton (29:10), and Michelle Dinsdale (29:51).

On Wednesday, 19 Nidd’s tackled the brutal Otley 10 mile road race. It’s one of those that fell runners would euphemistically describe as undulating (Sarah Hughan – look away now). It’ll be no surprise to you that Matt Wilkinson (1:03:11) was first home for the club (“and when is he not?”, I hear you cry), followed by Andy Todd (1:05:55), Martin Lofthouse (1:06: 34) and Carol Morgan (1:11:37). Fiona Deacon (1:16:42) was sure to make sure that husband Mike (1:17:05) didn’t beat her, although Emma Dooley (1:18:40) was hot on her heels. Rob Snow (1:19:37) was next over the line, followed by Steve Newton (1:19:48), Alison Isles (1:22:40), Emma David (1:23:00), Paul Manning (1:23:08), Rick Dallaston (1:23:15), Christine Holleran (1:25:33), Jim Cook (1:27:18), Jenny Manning (1:29:22), Debbie Gibson (1:33:32), Michelle Smith (1:40:35) and Aimi Blueman (1:45:44).

I’ve not had anyone tap me on the shoulder and admonish me for leaving their results out the write-up. Either you’ve all given up, or I’m finally getting the hang of this chairman malarkey. I’m on a roll, keep it going by sending me your results. My email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead

• Tuesday: a lovely run in the summer evening sun, providing it isn’t lashing down with rain. See you at the Hockey Club at 7pm.
• Wednesday: it’s number four in the Evening League counter, and the lovely chaps at Wetherby have a cracking little race lined up for us. The race starts at Sicklinghall at 7.45pm – don’t be late! Although I had a lovely chat with the guys from Knaresborough Striders yesterday, the gloves are off when it comes to the Evening League. I cannot, and I will not, let them bet us in this year’s league. Come on guys, get your shoes on, grab your vest, and let’s show ‘em what we’re made of (and that includes you!). More details here: http://www.harrogate-league.org.uk/.
• Thursday: what do you mean you’ve never experienced the joys of The Gorge? If you’re very, very good, Dave might just suggest we go for a run down there. You’ll have to be at the Hockey Club for 7pm to be in with a chance, though. Drinks in the bar afterwards.
• Saturday: we’re past the halfway point in the Fell Champs already, and we’re heading over to compete in the Buckden Pike Fell Race. The race starts at 2.30pm, so you’re even treated to a lie in. Entry is an absolute steal at only £5 (it’s just dawned on me why fell running is so big in Yorkshire), although be aware: for your money, you’re expected to climb nearly 1,600ft in the short and brutal 6k course. The race starts Part of Buckden Village Gala, so there’s a chance you’ll be treated to other wonderful rural delights such as the freestyle welly tossing handicap and competitive dry stone walling, that kind of thing… You can speak to Fell Running Phil at the club for more details or, if you haven’t got 3 hours to spare, all the relevant info is here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3493.

 

Almscliffe Crag Run: Thursday 25 June 2015

Get this date in your diary: it’s our ever popular annual run from Weeton Station, up the crag, and then back to Harrogate. We’ll have different groups running, so all ages and abilities will be catered for (so no excuses not to come!). More details next week, once I’ve recruited some people to lead the different groups.

 

Fell Running

Have you ever wanted to drag yourself up the side of a mountain, sweating blood and sobbing quietly, before throwing yourself back down the other side without any control of your limbs whatsoever, through the finishing line and straight into the pub? Good. There’s a possibility that the Club will be offering some fell running training this summer, once the Evening League is done and dusted. More details to follow soon.

 

Ripon Races

We’re off to Ripon Races on 15 August. If you still want to come, but haven’t told me, then now is the time to do so. If you want to spend the day drinking bubbly and squandering your worldly possessions, you’d be more than welcome to join us.

 

A Word to the Wise

“The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again” – Erma Bombeck, in a slightly rude frame of mind.

Really hope to see you down at the club this week, and certainly at Wetherby. Have a good week, whatever you get up to.

Sam x

 

Weekly Update: The things you learn about fellow runners on the start line…

Hi all –

 

Well, folks, it’s all very busy at Nidd Valley HQ. We’ve got another cracking Evening League performance under our running belts, the Bed Race is looming large (gulp), and there’s a few races in the pipeline. Read on, why don’t you?

 

Results
Over thirty Nidds travelled up to Thirsk on Tuesday to compete in the third of the Evening League Series. For Sarah Hughan, this short, sharp and flat course must have been Manna from Heaven (those of you who were taking notes will remember Sarah’s choice comments on hill running after our trip to Yeadon). Andy Todd (30:39) was first home for the team, with Matt Wilkinson (30:46) and Martin Lofthouse (30:59) hot on his heels. Yours truly (32:47) rediscovered his running mojo whilst trying to keep Paul Geary (33:08) at bay. By the way, standing next to Paul at the start line, I learned that Paul has three tattoos. I saw only two, and chose not to ask where the third was. Still, you think you know someone… Every day is a school day, I tell you.

 

Carol Morgan (34:05), Jonathan Easton (34:29), Simon Franklin (34:30) followed next, chased by Paul Eagling (35:49) in an impressive sprint to the line. Emma Dooley (36:13) and Alison Isles (39:19) led Ian McLeod (36:50) onto the home straight, followed by Paul Manning (37:02), Christine Holleran (37:04), Christine Jones (37:59), Fiona Deacon (38:01), Jim Cook (38:06), Emma David (39:01) and Jenny Manning (39:33). Rachel Eastaff (39:56) sneaked in under the 40 minute barrier, chased down by Sarah “I love running on flat roads” Hughan (40:43), Debbie Gibson (41:08), Debbie Dilasser (41:25), Sarah Gordon (41:31) and Nick Smith (41:38). Alison Little (43:30) was next over the line and joined the crowds to cheer on Ewa Scott (44:45), Michelle Smith (44:54), Tony Chapman (46:01), Jane Hill (46:39), Aimi Blueman (46:54) and Natalie Lanscova (47:33). Michelle Dinsdale (50:26) brought the curtain down on an excellent team performance.

 

Unfortunately, the more observant among you will realise that we have slipped behind Knaresborough Striders in the league table. Obviously, we were missing a few runners on Tuesday, which will have contributed to this. Although I don’t want to name and shame people, could the following people please wait behind to see me after class: Matt Rickard, Dan Eagling, Dave Seaman and Philippa Moorse.

 

Talking of Philippa, she and Matt Wilkinson tackled the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride on Saturday, completing the hilly 70 mile challenge from Wetherby to Filey in an impressive 4:30. They then took their jelly legs to Derbyshire to complete the ‘Derby Ramathon’, and Matt paced Philippa (2:18:27) to her second ever best half marathon time. Well done to you both.

 

The fell runners were at it again (when are they ever off it?), this time with the popular Wharfedale Half Marathon. Carol Morgan (2:08) led the team home, followed closely by the lesser spotted Rick Dallaston (2:17), Emma David (2:18) and Sarah Gordon (2:19).

 

In the ever exciting world that is Park Running, 13 Nidds took to the Harrogate course. Rising star of Nidd Valley Juniors, Harrison Isles (25:06), stormed home, showing the adults how it’s done. Well done, Harrison (though do be careful, if you keep up that kind of pace they’ll have you bed racing as soon as your old enough). I’m also pleased to report that Steve managed to tie his own shoe laces. Well done, Steve, we’re all very proud of you. Full results: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harrogate/results/latestresults/. Up at Fountains, Nick Smith (24:36) got himself a new PB, and Andy Todd (19:02) put in another strong performance.

 

I seem to spend most of my time peering over lists of results like Ebenezer Scrooge hunched over a ledger. Why not keep me busy with your results? My email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: it’s the usual run from the Hockey Club, meeting at 7pm. Come on down, why don’t you? There’s nothing on the TV, anyway.
• Wednesday: it’s the infamous Otley 10. Now that’s what I call a hill. Seriously, this is a race with one hell of a climb (cracking views from the top, though) and previous Nidds who’ve entered it have sought medical attention afterwards. Unfortunately for you, this race is in the Road Championships so I’m afraid you have no choice but to enter. Further instructions here: http://otleyac.org.uk/otley-10-mile-road-race/. Enjoy!
• Thursday: back to the Hockey Club for a steady run at 7pm, followed by the opportunity to block out the whole experience with a few pints in the bar afterwards.

 

Bed Race
The excitement at Nidd Valley House about Bed Race is palpable. It’s only 5 sleeps to go. Matt hasn’t been this excited since he asked Father Christmas for a working model of Tracy Island. We’ve got two teams – a men’s team led by Matt, and a ladies’ team led by Jane– as well as a couple of other Nidds running for other teams. Alone, my fancy dress this year is enough to get you down to watch. Trust me. So get yourself down, get a drink, and get ready to make some noise. If previous years are anything to go by, you wouldn’t want to miss it. More details here: http://www.bedrace.co.uk/.

 

Club Vests
Nick Smith has kindly driven down to Ilkley to collect the latest consignment of Nidd Valley Vests (those fine yellow tops we wear to races). You can collect yours for a bargain price (can’t remember what that is – sorry) at Up & Running in Harrogate. We do ask, if you race as a member of the Club, that you wear the Club colours. Trust me, you’ll look fabulous in yellow and black.

 

Ripon Races
Let me know if you still want a place at Ripon Races on 15 August 2015. I’m hoping to get it booked by the end of June.

 

A Word to the Wise
“Champions are not the ones who always win races – champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. ‘Champion’ is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes.” – Simon Sinek (no, I hadn’t heard of him either).

 

Whatever you’re doing this week, make it a good one and I’ll hopefully see you at the club.

 

Sam x

Weekly Update: The club takes a wee trip to Scotland, and we need a carer for Steve…

Hi all –

 

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend and are eagerly awaiting this better weather which we’ve been promised this week. Although I’ve not made it to club this week, I’ve since been out twice with my new adopted bed race team, and am almost sick with nerves at the prospect of running the race again this year. Good to see both of the Team Nidd beds training hard, too.

 

Results
Apology of the week goes to Mark David, whose fell running exploits I absent-mindedly left out of last week’s round up. Ever the master of understatement, Mark just sent me the same email with the results he had previously sent the week before. I’m happy to set the record straight here: Mark completed the Kildwick Fell Race, a 4 miler with 850ft of ascent, in an impressive 35:45, followed by Simon Harris in 36:14. With barely time to bang the mud from his shoes, Mark was back at it again, racing the Roseberry Romp (sounds like a sexual position, but that might just be me) hauling himself round the 1,100ft climb in 46:29. Well done, Mark.

 

Last weekend, Bill Hitchcock was in fine form at the Lough Cutra Triathlon, tackling a 1.9k swim, 96k bike ride, all topped off with a cheeky half marathon. Bill completed the ordeal in 05:58:29, coming first in, and setting a new course record for, the super-vets (60+) category. An amazing achievement.

 

On Thursday, Carol Morgan and Simon Franklin headed off to do the Apperley Bridge Canter – a multi-terrain 10k near Bradford. Carol finished in 44:59, closely followed by Simon in 45:45.

 

Having spent the past week adjusting their kilts and fastening on their sporrans, Team Nidd headed over the border to compete in Edinburgh. In a warm up for the bigger races the following day, Matt Wilkinson and Philippa Moorse put themselves in for the Edinburgh 5k on the Saturday, finishing in 19:07 and 30:10 respectively. On Sunday, Matt was back in form for the Edinburgh Marathon, completing the course in an impressive 03:09:23. Annie Burns (04:45:17) and Judy Greenwood (05:58:48) completed Team Nidd’s marathon triplet. I’ve no idea how you people do it, I really don’t. You’re all marvels.

 

Fiona (01:36:27) and Mike Deacon (01:36:29) led the way in the half marathon, followed by Debbie Gibson (02:00:55), Michelle Smith (02:07:00), and Philippa Moorse (02:13:10). Team Nidd also fielded a relay team for the marathon course, and a cumulative effort from Bob Sweeting, Mike Greenwood and Dave & Ann Rushton secured an impressive time of 04:59:15. Well done to all of you! The website for the Edinburgh Races won’t let me search by running club but only by name, so am relying on Philippa’s recollection of who was there. If you’ve been missed out, you can blame Philippa.

 

Martin Lofthouse (18:39) claimed himself a new PB at the Harrogate Park Run, followed by Andy Harris (20:46) and Maurice Kelly (21:13). Steve Newton (21:22) would have got a new PB if he had remembered to tie his shoe laces. If anyone would like to supervise Steve on a Saturday, make sure he is properly dressed and has been to the toilet before he leaves the house, that kind of thing, please let me know. Hot on the heels of his untied shoes came Alison Isles (22:44), James Cook (23:03), Paul Manning (23:15), Nick Smith (24:27), Jenny Manning (25:34), Tony Chapman (26:51), Rebecca Ventress (27:47), Christine Jones (27:48), Sue Reast (29:48), Michelle Dinsdale (32:06), and Amanda Smith (35:00).

 

Whether you’ve run a marathon or just run a bath, everyone at Nidd Valley House would love to hear your achievements. Why not send them to us? My email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead
Right, chaps, pay attention. It’s the next feature of the Evening League Series on Tuesday in Thirsk, and Team Nidd are going to be out in force. I’ll be damned if we’re going to let Knaresborough Striders overtake us in the league table, so we need everyone we can to turn out. It’s not that I’m competitive; it’s just that I don’t like losing. Our team spirit is brilliant this year – just look at the cheers everyone got as they smashed up the hill to finish line at Dragons – and it’s at times like this when it feels great to be part of the friendliest running club in the country. Let’s keep the momentum going. The more eagle-eyed among you will note that this race is part of the Club Road Championships, so if you’re hungry for more points, then this is the race for you.

 

For those of you who aren’t racing in the Evening League, there’ll be a slow and steady run from the Hockey Club at 7pm.

 

On Thursday, it’ll be the usual club run from the Hockey Club at 7pm. Beers in the bar, afterwards, and the chance to eat your own bodyweight in salt and vinegar crisps. This isn’t an alcoholic version of a committee meeting (though that’s just given me an idea) or in any way exclusive, and all are welcome.

 

Ripon Races
We’re going to have a club day at Ripon Races on August 15. Prices yet to be confirmed, as this depends on what deal (if any) I can get with the racecourse, and what arrangements we make for taxis etc. I think you’re looking at something to the tune of £25. I’ve already heard from a few people, so let me know if you’re up for it. Again, my email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

A Word to the Wise
“It’s only a hill if you think it’s a hill.” – Martin Lofthouse, talking utter drivel if you ask me.

 

Have a good week, everyone. See you on Tuesday!

 

Sam x

Weekly Update: The hardest lesson in the running rule book…

Hi all –

 

Results

On Thursday, 34 Nidds travelled to Yeadon for the second of the Evening League races, and learned the hardest lesson in the running rule book: what goes down must come up. As we tore down the field and through the woods, it was easy to forget that we’d soon be tackling the hill on the climb back to the finish line. Nonetheless, this didn’t seem to daunt Matt Wilkinson (35:11) who was first home for the club, and 10th place overall. Martin Lofthouse (36:07), Dan Eagling (39:10), Matt Rickard (39:16) and Jon Easton (40:28) followed next. Mike Deacon (40:57) just beat Carol Morgan (41:03) to the line, followed by yours truly and exhaustedly (41:30), Steve Newton (43:57), Fiona Deacon (44:00), Emma Dooley (44:36) and Ian McLeod (44:46). Alison Isles (45:29) battled Alex Crowton (45:30) for the finish line, and was soon joined by Christine Holleran (46:06), Dave Seaman (46:19), Christine Jones (46:39), Jim Cook (47:04) and Sarah Gordon (48:19). Sarah ‘I really don’t like hills’ Hughan (49:33) was next over the line, Debbie Dilasser (49:57) just sneaked under the 50 minute barrier, and  Rebecca Ventress (51:22), Dave Rushton (51:48) and Debbie Gibson (51:53) were hot on her heels. Sarah Kennedy (51:55) was next home, followed by Rachael Prince (52:35), Ewa Scott (53:39) and Jane Hill (54:04). Although the route crossed a few roads, Tony Chapman (55:56) managed to avoid any incidents involving motor cars, followed by Michelle Smith (56:31), Alison Little (56:31), Aimi Blueman (56:46), Natalie Lancosova (58:48), and Michelle Dinsdale (62:15). Well done to you all.

 

If you want to see how you line up against your rivals from the different clubs, then this is where you need to be: http://www.harrogate-league.org.uk/.  The next race is held by the lovely chaps from Thirsk and Sowerby AC on June 2. There’s only one point separating us from Knaresborough Striders in the tables, so we need every runner to come and try and make that gap wider: and that includes you!

 

On Saturday, Emma David popped over to the Lake District to complete the Helvellyn and the Dodds fell race. A staggering 14 miles, taking in over 4,500ft, was the order of the day, and Emma took it all in her stride, finishing in 3:27. Well done, Emma.

 

Andy Todd (18:43) bagged himself a new PB at Fountains Abbey Parkrun on Saturday. At Harrogate, Rebecca Ventress (25:37) also claimed a new PB, and Dan Eagling (20:05) continued to creep ever closer to the 20 minute mark. Come on, Dan! I know you can do it (and I’m running out of things to say about it, too).

 

I think that’s it for this week. As ever, I’m bound to have missed something or someone out. Apologies if it’s you. Keep me updated with all your news: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead

It’s another quiet week in Nidd Valley without any races in the championships. But we’d hate you to take your eye off the ball and, to make sure you’re racing skills stay beautifully honed, we’ve got some cracking club runs lined up for you this week. Meet at the Hockey Club for 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday. And if that weren’t enough for you, on Thursday there’ll be the chance to talk about the good old days over a few pints of lager in the bar upstairs after the run. It’d be lovely to see you.

 

Looking further ahead, it’s our annual run up Almscliffe Crag on June 25, and we’ve got some pub runs lined up for July 30 and August 27. More details to follow.

 

Bed Race

With less than three weeks until the Bed Race, the excitement and mounting tension at Nidd Valley HQ is palpable. The men’s team is really flying at the moment. I ran with them on one of their training runs recently, and I thought I was going to die. I have never run so fast in my life, my legs were burning, and I was trying not to vomit, at which point Lee Dalton suggests that we “ramp it up a bit”. You get the idea. The ladies team is honing a peak performance with some help from Amanda. Dan Eagling has been poached by the Guardian Alarms team, and I’m temporarily putting my chairmanly yellow and black colours to one side and answering a call to race with the Wacky Racers. As my predecessor Steve Newton once wisely remarked: “Bed racing is a calling and a vocation. It’s like the priesthood. You don’t choose the bed racing, bed racing chooses you”. Good luck to all of you who have been called.

 

The Lions are on the lookout for any additional marshals (I think they’re a few short at the moment). I appreciate it is a bit of a bind to give up your Saturday to try and herd tens of thousands of punters all drinking like sailors on shore leave. However, if you can help, please contact John Dickinson from the Lions on lionbedrace@hotmail.co.uk. He would love to hear from you.

 

Ripon Races

We’re going to have a club day at Ripon Races on August 15. Prices yet to be confirmed, as this depends on what deal (if any) I can get with the racecourse, and what arrangements we make for taxis etc. I think you’re looking at something to the tune of £25. I’ve already heard from a few people, so let me know if you’re up for it. Again, my email: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

A Word to the Wise

“I didn’t like the downhill bits. I didn’t like the uphill bits either. That flat bit on the road, that was okay.” – Sarah Hughan, sharing her insights on off-road running.

 

Have a good week, everyone.

 

Sam x

Weekly Update: Have you heard the one about the three fell running virgins?

Hi all –

 

Results
It’s a wonder you people have time to do anything else, it really is. It seems like all you’ve done is run.

 

First of the blocks we’re the Niddsters who headed off to tackle the Jack Bloor Fell Race on Ilkley Moor on Tuesday night. A gruelling climb, thrilling descents, and peat bogs up to your bum were the order of the day, and Matt Wilkinson took them all in his stride, leading the club home in 48:49, followed by Carol Morgan in 53:33 (Carol also taking the prize for the first Female V40). Nick Iles (58:01) beat yours truly (58:06) in a mad dash to the line, so the least we say about that the better. Mark David (61:09) was next over the line, followed by Dave Seaman (68:16), first time fell-runner Alison Iles (74:24), and Sarah Chalmers (83:53).

 

The fell runners were back in force on Saturday for the Charlesworth Chase – a 5 mile dash from Appletreewick up to the summit of Simon’s Seat before a hair-raising descent to the finish line. Unique among fell races, this race requires all competitors to down a pint of bitter before they cross the finish line and get their time. Lovely stuff. Once again, Carol (50:09) was showing the way, and took the prize for first lady. Simon Harris (52:19), Maurice Kelly (52:53), and Mark David (54:07) followed next, soon joined by me (54:55) and my hangover. Phil Robinson (57:49) wasn’t far behind, followed by our next fell virgin Alex Crowton (60:14). Brian ‘how long does it take to drink a pint?’ Sherwood (63:03) and Helen ‘I’ll take my glass back to the bar before finishing’ Gregory (64:05) were next over the line, followed by our third fell virgin Dave Rushton (66:12) and Ian ‘I’m going to sit down and enjoy my pint and not worry about my time’ McLeod (72:40). Sarah Chalmers was, unfortunately, unable to finish due to pulling her calf muscle. Get well soon, Sarah.

 

Andy Todd (1:06:50) led the team home at the ever-popular Ripon 10, followed by Pal Geary (1:13:01), Mike Deacon (1:14:49), Jon Easton (1:16:23), Fiona Deacon (1:19:59), Paul Manning (1:21:30), Jamie Dilasser (1:22:35), Christine Holleran (1:25:03), Sarah Hughan (1:30:37), Jenny Manning (1:31:09) and Janet Carling (1:36:37). Unfortunately, Jane Hill went over on her ankle, bringing her race to a premature end, but we hope she’s back to form soon.

 

Aimi Blueman bagged herself a new PB at the Harrogate Park Run, with an impressive 28:25, along with eight other Niddsters. If you want to have a look at how they faired, then this is where you need to be: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harrogate/results/latestresults/.

 

I think that’s it for results. I do keep my crystal ball well buffed and polished, although I can only publish your results if you tell me about them, or if you enter as a Nidd Valley Road Runners member. Otherwise, I’ve got to spend hours trawling websites and results lists, looking for you all individually. Why not save me the trouble, and let me know your achievements: chair@niddvalleyroadrunners.co.uk.

 

The Week Ahead
• Tuesday: It’s the usual club run, meeting at the Hockey Club for 7pm.
• Thursday: It’s the second instalment of the ever-popular Evening League series, this time held in Yeadon and hosted by the ever lovely Dragons Running Club. The race starts at 7.45pm, although I’d advise getting there in good time as parking can be a bit of a bind. It’s a largely off-road course, too, so you might want to give some thought to your choice of running shoes (that said, I’ve run it in road shoes on all occasions, and have only come moderately close to breaking my neck). It’d be great to see a repeat of the fantastic turnout at Harrogate – let’s paint the race black and yellow, everyone! More details: http://www.harrogate-league.org.uk/.
• The weekend: Due to fantastic performances all round in recent weeks, the lovely team at Nidd Valley House are giving you the weekend off, and there’s no races planned in the road or fell championships. If you are heading out for a run – whether racing or just running for the sake of it – why not let other members of the club know and see if you can get a group together.

 

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.

 

England Athletics
Some of you may have noticed Dave Seaman’s latest email to the club – and if not, why not? – highlighting an apparent decision of England Athletics to require any entrant to any running race to be affiliated with them (including large scale events like the London Marathon and Great North Run, all the way down to fun runs and Races for Life etc.). To reassure you, as members of NVRR, you are automatically registered with EA (they take a large chunk of your annual subs), and so it doesn’t affect you directly. However, there are major implications for us in terms of the Guy Fawkes Race, and so we’ll be seeking clarity from EA and, if necessary, making a lot of noise about it. I’ll get back to you on this one.

 

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
“Running is a kind of investment in yourself.” – Kevin Nelson

 

Have a good week, everyone.

Sam x