Snape 10K 2014
Snape is a delightful village just the other side of Bedale. A wonderful place to spend a sunny September Saturday morning. As usual the 10k and 5k set off at the same time in opposite directions. This gave the 10k runners a chance to see the senior athletes of the future as the leaders in the 5k shot passed us before we reached our 2.5k mark. The course follows farm lanes before entering the edge of Bedale and turning through the grounds of the secondary school. The return to Snape takes in several different surfaces ranging from smooth road to rough pasture.
The entries were down on last year. This could be for many reasons, but large local races changing their dates could not have helped. The small field meant that I ran over half the race by myself which I think caused my mind to wander and my pace to slow. No matter, I enjoyed the race and will probably be back next year.
Stuart Hardcastle was the first Swaledale runner to finish and he was pleased with his time (46:32) as this was his first race for a while. Other club times were John Hunter (54:57) Anne Singleton (61:27) Corinna Russell (78:08)
Hardmoors Saltburn half and Teesdale sprint triathlon
I have emerged briefly from revision and exams to do a couple of events. The Hardmoors Saltburn half marathon on 10th August was a fantastic day. The weather didn't quite live up to the stormy forecast and there was only half an hour or so of downpour (rather refreshing in the event). As ever with Hardmoors it stretched a bit beyond the authentic half (over 15 mi), but then it's a pleasant surprise to round a corner & realise you're actually finished! Result 3rd FV40, 7th female, with time of 2.35. Great course, would recommend it.
Teesdale sprint triathlon on 21st September was another lovely crisp day. 400 metre pool swim followed by a hilly 18 mile cycle and a 3 mile run through field and farm tracks. A great atmosphere, made more so by the quick inventive thinking from the organisers when the bike racking didn't turn up. Result 1st FV40, 4th Female overall, with splits of 7.06 swim, 59:56 bike, and 24:54 run.
Tholthorpe 10K 2014
I have been looking all year for a 10k road race which didn't interfere with any of the longer races I had planned. Tholthorpe 10k fitted the bill, squeezed in between the Northumberland Coast Marathon and the Nine Edges 20 Miles. I felt I had been running quite well this year but was yet to test this on the road, having concentrated on fell and trail races.
The race starts and finishes in the charming village of Tholthorpe which is near Boroughbridge and all proceeds go towards the Village Hall. The race attracted 235 runners on a sunny September day.
I did my usual flat out start but for a change I managed not to run out of steam before the end, finishing in 10th place overall. I was pleased with my time of 37.32, a PB. There were good results for other Swaledale runners too, with Martin Randall pleased to finish in 40.00 flat and 21st overall. If this was a chipped race, he would definitely have been sub-40 minutes. Martin Luxton was next in 44.40, 2nd Vet 60, then Peter Devlin in 49.46. Stuart Smith ran an excellent 37.45, 11th overall, for Pocklington Runners (1st claim club). As this is Stuart's 40th Year, he is planning to run 40 sub-40 minute 10ks. One down, 39 to go........
Great North Run 2014
Well it was always going to be my slowest Great North Run ever!
This was my fourteenth one on the trot, it was the first race I ever did and what got me into running. It was actually my slowest time since that first one back in 2001. After the pretty dismal year I've had with my running (because of my dodgy peg leg!) I knew it was a case of going to just get round and for once not try to race but to enjoy the atmosphere of this great event. As I consider this "my " event I will try to run it every year as long as I can.
As I knew it was going to be slow I made the decision to run in fancy dress (an excuse really) and what is more appropriate for a Swaledale runner than to dress up as a Swaledale ram. Great in theory! I hadn't banked on it being the hottest Great North Run that I had ever run. The costume was developed from a Shaun the sheep costume with added horns, which was a pain in the **** to make as my sewing skills aren't the best.
I went along to the run with Robbie and Rich and I have to admit I was quite nervous about just getting round. We met up with a friend of Rich's, Nadine, and I had already decided I would go back a few pens from my allotted start position.This was Nadine's first race so she was quite a bit back and we started together. It was the furthest back I had ever been, 35 mins to get to the start line!
Woronora Dam Pipeline 20k Trail Run
I had thought twice about it, been having second thoughts since entering, and when it was time to get up at 5am on Sunday morning and it was pitch black outside I was certainly regretting my decision! Nevertheless I dragged myself out of bed and headed off towards Heathcote National Park into what was turning out to be a beautiful day.
Typically, in my effort not to be late, I was one of the first to arrive despite it only being an hour and a half before the start. Time flew by and before I knew it all 165 runners were lining up at the start for the pre-race briefing with everyone muttering about how long and steep the climbs were and people describing the course as only having one hill, but one that just keeps going up (I dismissed this as it was an out and back course so I though it must be downhill one way, although by the end I was beginning to agree with them!).
Castle 10K - marshals needed
As usual we will be needing marshals for our 10K on October 12th. If you can help out, please e-mail Stuart Clarkson, speak to him at a club night or phone him on 07875577039.
Our next coaching cycle will start on Thursday 4th September and will build up towards the Shaun Lee Johnstone 10m. We will be using off road venues as far as weather and light permits. Structured sessions will be on Thursdays with a suggested distance for your Tuesday and weekend run. There will be a gentle option for all activities which will be suitable for beginners or those returning from a break, so please spread the word to friends and family. See the attached poster and the Beginners' FAQs.
Kirkstall Abbey 7
I was the sole representative for our club 'Swaledale' in the Kirkstall Abbey 7 on the 21st September 14 amongst a field of 280 runners. Race conditions were close to ideal for this multi-terrain race, starting and finishing in the Abbey grounds.
I finished 8th overall in a time of 40.38 and 1st MV55.
Congratulations to Steve also for his recent age-group win at the Paras 10.
Many of us enjoyed Jess's first training session at the racecourse last week. Session 2 is tomorrow: here is the full programme leading to the Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 mile race in October.
Strength and conditioning work
By popular demand strength and conditioning work will be returning for 2014/15. It will be based back at the Richmond School gym on a Thursday evening. Either meet at the club house at the normal time and jog to the school for a 7pm start or go directly to the school. The gym is booked between 7 and 8 pm and the cost is £1 per session. Please pay either myself or the leader in my absence. All abilities are welcome, you need to bring a drink and suitable indoor shoes. Over ten weeks we will work on strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness. To get the most out of the sessions it is advised to cross train in your own time and or simply do some of the core work at home. The first session is booked to start on Thursday 6th Nov. Dates after that are: 13th Nov, 20th Nov, 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, 18th Dec, 8th Jan, 15th Jan and the last being 22nd Jan. Please contact either Jess or myself if you are interested in taking part or have any questions. Leaders please feel free to offer any assistance you can. Thank you.
Muker show fell race
It's getting to be a pattern. I get to the top of the hill just as the leader crosses the finishing line at the bottom. Muker Show Fell Race was no different. The tannoy was so clear that I could hear that Ted Mason had won the race in 11.53. I gave a feeble cheer, as I didn't have a lot of spare lung capacity. The ascent was vicious, taking a route directly up the fellside, but, after a short section of flat running towards Stu Clarkson's marshal post, was not quite so bad in descent. This is because a diagonal line across the fell took the sting out of it. A very slippery stream had to be negotiated twice just to spice things up a little.
The fell race is central to the afternoon's entertainment at Muker Show with all eyes watching the junior and senior races. It was wonderful to watch the children as young as 6 battling it out on shortened courses.
The race was won by Ted Mason in 11.53 and Emma Hopkinson was first lady in 15.21. The loudest cheer however was reserved for the moment that Dutch visitor Olav Van Wely crossed the line in last place after completing the route in his walking boots and jeans!
Swaledale Results: Neil Bowmer 15.55; Martin Randall 16.17; Mike Rosher 18.15; Ros Blackmore 21.08
Burnsall feast sports
In 2010, Burnsall Feast Sports celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the record- breaking run by Ernest Dalzell from Keswick, who completed the run in 12 min 59.8 secs. The first race was possibly held as far back as 1850! This year's race was started by Robert (Bob) Newbould of Appletreewick. Bob won the race in 1939 in 16 min and 20 secs.
Reeth Show Fell Run 2014
There was a good Swaledale turnout at Reeth Show again this year. Six runners took on the 2 miles and 800 feet to the top of Fremington Edge and back. Less than a minute and a half separated the first five, with Martin Randall (21.04) pipping Robbie Kelly (21.05) to the post to be first home for the club. Next in was Neil Bowmer in 21.57 with me close behind in 22.04. Michael Keavney was next back in 22.28, followed by Hilde Krijnen in 30.08. The winner was Jack Smith of Wharfedale in 17.22. A brilliant day out and great racing conditions. Fell running at its best!
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