Beer tasting and BBQ
BEER TASTING AND BBQ
17TH MAY - SATURDAY AFTERNOON
MITHRIL ALES – ALDBROUGH ST JOHN
An opportunity to taste some of the Mithril Ales Brewery's beers. There will also be a BBQ. Exact details to be confirmed when we have an idea of the number of people interested in coming along.
There is a direct bus service between Richmond and Aldbrough St.John – exact times to be confirmed.
Please contact Julia Snape to indicate your interest and how many people will be attending or fill in the form at Richmond / Northallerton.
Last Updated (Monday, 21 April 2014 14:56)
This is a reminder to members that that our AGM will be held at the Swaledale Outdoor Club, 17 New Road, Richmond, on 22 April 2014. The meeting will start at 19:00 and refreshments will be provided. The agenda can be seen in the notices section of the forum.
Last Updated (Monday, 21 April 2014 14:59)
London marathon 2014
This was my 10th road marathon. The first was in Budapest in 2003 where I just managed to scrape under the 4 hour mark, which I had hoped for. Others include Nottingham and Edinburgh (twice). This year's London Marathon was my 6th. It was also the third time that I have had a Championship place. The winter training had gone well for me. I had completed a couple of off road marathons before Christmas and had competed in the local NYSD, Yorkshire, Northern and National Cross Country Championships. A few 20 mile road races and hilly half marathons in the New Year stood me in good stead for the rest of my training runs in March. With only a few weeks before race day I was pleased to still be fit and healthy and ready to go to London. I travelled down to London a few days before the actual race with my family in support. The day before the Marathon we went to Excel to collect my race number, chip and final instructions. The queue for the Championship places numbers was empty. An assistant asked me what my pb time was. When I told him it was 3.14 he said "oh, well done but I was trying to find people who had run under the 3 hour mark"! He was wanting to take blood samples from runners to test their DNA. At Excel I picked up two race pace bands, one for 3.10 , the other 3.15, the only trouble was I couldn't read them without my glasses on and I had no intention of running round in them. Once back at our hotel I read through the final instructions for race day. I had two numbers to wear on my vest, one at the front and one at the back and two chips for my shoes. I also had to be aware that I would be checked before entering the reserved pen for any clothing lettering bigger than a certain size, this included socks and shoes also.
Last Updated (Monday, 21 April 2014 08:36)
News from the weekend
There have been some spectacular performances by club members over the weekend. On Saturday there was a great turnout for the Wensleydale Wander, where Andrew Fletcher was 1st overall on the 12 mile route and Derek Parrington was 1st on the 22 mile route in an amazing time of 2.57.28. Close behind him came Martin Randall, Robbie Kelly and Neil Bowmer: here are the full results.
At the London Marathon Jackie Keavney smashed her PB to finish in an incredible time of 3.10.04, followed by Richie Smith in 4.31.23 and Chris Sayer in 4.36.29.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:25)
Harrogate District Summer Race League
The start of the mid-week league is now just four weeks away, starting with the race at Ilkley on Tuesday May 8th. You can get your number from Jackie Keavney, if you haven't already done so. It would be great to see as many people as possible taking part, whether you can do just one race or the whole series. Last year there were age-category wins for Steve Brown, Jackie Keavney and Ronnie Cassar, the Supervets finished 2nd overall and the series finished with a decisive win for Nicky Logan in the handicap race. Let's see what we can do in 2014.
Trimpell 20 2014
On Sunday 16th March I travelled over to Lancaster to take part in a fast, flat road road in prep for the London Marathon. Its a race I've done quite a few times now and it's well worth the trip over to do if you are doing a spring marathon. The race is chip timed and 99 per cent traffic free as it goes along paths and cycle tracks along the river Lune. The race started at 11am at the Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. Registration was at the Lancaster and Morecambe AC club house situated at the edge of the athletics track. The race started on the track and went out along a well marked route, after 13m the route doubles back on itself so there is plenty of opportunity to encourage other runners and have support back. The weather this year wasn't great, breezy with sleet. The last few miles really felt quite hard and I was pleased to see the last mile marker. Once back into the stadium runners had to complete one lap of the track before finishing, probably my slowest ever 400m! Each runner was presented with a goodie bag containing a t shirt, medal, food and a drink at the end of the race. This year's race was won by Ian McBride from Royton Road Runners in a mighty swift time of 1.51.16. The women's race was won by a vet 50, Treena Johnson from Dewsbury in 2.11.22. My time was 2.25.55, 7th woman and first vet 45. In all around 500 runners took part.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:25)
Members please be aware that our AGM will be held at the Swaledale Outdoor Club, 17 New Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire on 22 April 2014. The meeting will start at 19:00. Refreshments will be provided on the night.
As per our constitution here is a copy of the nomination form for members to use as necessary. The form is self explanatory.
With regards to any member wishing to propose a resolution at the AGM, please note that as per our constitution notice of any resolution should be given in writing to the club secretary not less than 14 days before the meeting (08 April 2014).
Chris Lamb (Club Chair)
Last Updated (Friday, 21 March 2014 19:15)
La Perimetral 2014
Following my torrid time on La Perimetral in 2013 due to sickness, I persuaded my partner Neil Bowmer that we should have another attempt this year. I wanted to see if everything that I have learnt about nutrition on long races over the year could be put into practice and see if this would help me have a decent run. La Perimetral is a testing 63.3km (40 mile) mountain ultra-race in the beautiful mountains of the Costa Blanca. It currently carries 2 Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc qualifying points.
We trained throughout the winter, doing long mountain runs once a week and often a faster mountain race at the weekend. It took a while to get used to the hard, rocky paths, but by the time race day came around on 24th March we felt quite at home on them.
Last Updated (Monday, 21 April 2014 14:55)
London marathon 2014
View from the Rear - the other perspective - London Marathon 2014
I dug out the dog-eared, coffee stained 'retro plan' from 2004 back in October last year when applying for London. Ten years ago when I first ran this without a clue about trainers, stretching, warm downs, clothing, interval training; and when I thought electrolytes came with wires and as for LSD appearing on a training schedule!!!! So after 10 road marathons (+1 lone unofficial one for SRRs 25th anniversary) it was time to hang up the road shoes and finish with an official 10th in my home city.
I shudder now at how I turned out at the start of 2004 London - full nylon track suit, gloves, kids' wristwatch and footwear that were vaguely all-purpose sporty. And yet once again I was still struck by what people wear or carry in the name of making a mark for good causes e.g. a fridge, a mankini (this could have read 'a view of the rear' for a few miles and it kept me happy for a bit), telephone box and a full tiger costume to name a few.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:26)
After the Sunderland marathon was taken out of the calendar for this year I decided to look around for another flattish marathon. Blackpool was described as fast and flat and as we were picking my son up from university at Ormskirk on the same weekend it seemed like a good idea. After having seen pictures of waves sweeping over the prom a month before, however, I did wonder at the wisdom of my master plan.
The marathon and half marathon run together; the half doing 1 lap, the marathon doing 2. It starts off at the Hilton Hotel at the north of Blackpool, runs 3.5 miles south, down the prom as far as the airport, turning and running back up to nearly Cleveleys, turning and going back down, losing the half marathoners near the hotel before doing a 2nd lap.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:26)
Hastings Half Marathon
Last weekend I travelled south to a friend's wedding, so I managed to fit in a race as well while in the area. I did battle at the Hastings Half Marathon . This is a race I can recommend if you want a holiday by the sea side. It is regularly voted one of the best races in the country. It is a ig race with 5000 runners. Big crowds, London style, with bands and musicians all round the course. Before the recession big money prizes (£10,000 for course record). The big money has now gone, but it is still dominated by the Kenyans. Oh and Big Hills. The first steep hill hits in the first mile. The next serious hill starts just before 3 miles and ends at 5 and a half miles! and there are more to come. The highest point is at about 8 miles where you start to drop steeply down (still with a few ups) to the last flat 3 miles along the seafront, which is into the wind.
This year was the 30th anniversary of the race and they were inviting previous entrants back. I have run it on 20 previous years but there are 16 people who have now done all 30. Past winners also attended, although most not running. They included Eamonn Martin, Paul Davis-Hale, Mark Flint and some I can't spell.
This year it was won in 64 minutes, but it was windy! The course record is 61.37 set by Samuel Otieno. I finished in 1.27.04 (chip 1.26.59), 85th and first O55.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:27)
Dentdale 14 2014
On Saturday 6th March 5 club members travelled to the pretty and secluded village of Dent, near Hawes. The race started at 1pm and was 14m of undulating road with a figure of eight route, Dent village being at the centre point. There are no major hills in this run but between miles 8 and 10 it is at its steepest. The route is well marshalled and drinks stations are provided. This year saw the event's 30th anniversary. All proceeds from the race go to the village school (37 pupils attend). There are no race give aways at this race but everyone taking part is treated to a post run afternoon tea at the school. Race organisers are very quick to get results up once the first runners start to arrive.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:24)
Reeth Trail 20K
New trail running event in Swaledale. A challenging 20k circular route, heading up the River Swale before climbing Harkerside and entering the hidden dale of Apedale (at around 5miles). After a fast descent another climb takes competitors over the Height of Greets before returning to Reeth on mixed terrain. Swaledale Outdoor Shop will be hosting and providing race HQ. Anyone who runs with Swaledale Outdoors shop will know it's a superb challenging route with stunning views throughout. Route is entirely on Public Rights of Way and will be fully flagged.
Ice creams on the Village Green or a refreshing drink in one of the three pubs not included but highly recommended!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:08)
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