Latest news: the group is now full, but feel free to contact Jess for information or to be put on the waiting list.
Presentation evening and race night
Our next social event will take place at 7pm on Friday February 13th at the Richmond clubhouse. During the evening we will present the 2014 trophies and we will also be holding a race night (horses that is, not us lot). The bar will be open and light refreshments will be provided. ALL welcome.
Many of us have enjoyed Jackie's strength and conditioning sessions on Thursdays throughout the winter. The last of these will take place on January 22nd and the following week a new training cycle begins. Jess Young has planned a 14 week programme leading up to the Tees Barrage 10K on May 4th. Runners of all abilities are welcome to join in, whether or not you plan to take part in that particular race. Even if you have no intention of racing at all, feel free to come along and see how you can improve over the weeks. Here is the complete programme. Just turn up to the Richmond clubhouse at the usual time on a Thursday.
Nominations for Runners' Runner 2014
All club members have the opportunity to vote for the person they feel should win the Runners' Runner award. This is is an award for the runner who club members feel has gone the extra mile, either by their contribution to the Club or their support to other runners over the year. If you would like to nominate, someone please post your suggestion in the box provided at the club house. It would be helpful if you could give brief reasons for your nomination. If you cannot get to the club, please e-mail Julia. The closing date for nominations is February 10th.
Captain Cook's and Clay Bank East fell races
What better way to kick start the year than by doing a fell race on New Year's Day. The Captain Cook's race is a short one, being only 8k in distance and having just over 300m of climbing involved. This year's race conditions were very mild, which meant plenty of mud. The route takes in a mixture of tracks, woods, tarmac and fields. Paul Lowe from North Yorkshire Moors won the men's race in 32.49. The women's event was won by a junior just old enough to run the distance. A name to look out for in the future is Bronwen Owen from Scarborough AC. Bronwen was 5 minutes ahead of her next rival and broke the women's course record by 2 minutes. I finished in 42.52, 8th woman and 2nd vet 45, Jim Coldwell's time was 43.49 and Simon Dowson (Great Ayton old school boy) ran as an individual and finished in 56.40. In all 271 people ran.
Loftus Poultry Run 2014
2014 for me ended with a couple of races that I keep going back to. Loftus Poultry run is a 8m multi terrain event and very festive as its before Christmas. Runners dressed as turkeys and birds as prizes. New member Mike Warren and I ran round the blustery course in 63.43 and 58.12 (12th woman overall and 2nd vet 45). For my efforts I brought home a turkey for Christmas Day lunch.
Thanks to Sarah Haynes for this photo of Jackie Keavney and Mike Rosher at the Frostbite 30 last weekend, complete with Jaegermeister shots!
‘A Foot in Two Dales’: A Fifty Mile Journey
I had been thinking about trying to run 50 miles for some time, but couldn't find a race at the right time, the right place or at the right price! When Sarah Hackett expressed an interest in doing the same thing, I dusted off some old route notes and started planning in earnest. A couple of years ago I had discovered a walker's route on the Long Distance Walkers Association website which made a circuit of Swaledale and Wensleydale and I had recced it all over time. I checked out a couple of sections that I couldn't remember clearly and we were good to go. Neil Bowmer was booked as our support vehicle driver, doubling up as cook and tea maker and we enlisted the help of Richard Gale and Liz Sowter to accompany us over two of the more remote sections, just in case of any difficulties.
Running in the Sun 2015: Part 1
San Silvestre Races
Each year, Spanish town councils encourage their populations to run by putting on short races around their town centres, which only cost a few euros to enter. This allows runners to race just about every day over the festive period by travelling to nearby towns. Neil and I managed to run the last two of these races, in Altea (the day after arriving in Spain!) and in Pego on New Year's Eve.
At just 4 km, the Altea San Silvestre is possibly the shortest distance I have raced since my schooldays. Starting in the main square after dark, the route dropped down to the harbour before climbing in three sharp hills up to the church. It then went round some back streets before a long straight road to the finish line back in the main square. The race is just a mad thrash, there is no point in trying to pace yourself, the only option is to run as hard as you can then collapse over the finish line. Not my style of running at all! I had Jess's voice in my ear as I attacked the hills ('pockets to sockets', 'head up', 'drive on') and I even managed to win a 'sprint' to the line with a fellow competitor, so all in all I was pleased with my first foray into Spanish racing. The winner, Juan Fernandez Cantos, crossed the line in 12.35. Neil Bowmer finished in 15.08, 37th/272, 5th Veterano B and I came in at a slightly more sedate 19.07, 139/272, 5th Veterana B.
Our 2015 AGM will be held on Tuesday 21st April at 7.00 in the Richmond clubhouse.
Club championship latest
The final race has been run in the 2014 club championship and substitutions have been added. Results can now be seen under the competitions tab here. Please check your results and e-mail Liz if anything seems incorrect. I have just had to make a couple of corrections - see especially updated results for males 40 - 44.
The full list for the 2015 championship will be published as soon as possible. Currently we are waiting for confirmation of the dates of the mid-week league races and these will not be available until after the league meeting on January 26th. For those who are keen to start planning their races, two 'definites' are the Haweswater half on March 1st and the Thirsk 10 on March 22nd. Races you do in January or February can still be used as substitutions.
If any members want to suggest races for the 2015 championship it is not too late - please e-mail Liz. Suggestions for suitable 10 milers or half-marathons would be particulary welcome.
Blyth Sands Race
I was the sole representative for our club amongst 150 runners who took part in the 55th annual Blyth Sands race last Sunday. The start and finish is on the promenade of the South Beach at Blyth. The 5 mile (approx) route takes you along the beach between Blyth harbour and Seaton Sluice on a more or less 'out and back course'. It was very cold on the day and conditions were testing underfoot, in particular along parts of the sand towards Seaton Sluice harbour. The fastest time on the day went to Martin Barwood from Chichester Runners who completed the course in 31:58. I came in 3rd with 33:41 recorded and 1st MV55.
Ravenstonedale 10K 2014
On Saturday I took part in the Ravenstonedale 10k. There was a good turnout from Swaledale and a full entry of 200 runners. It was my first road 10k, and I was a little worried as my much needed new running shoes hadn't arrived in the post so I had my fingers crossed my existing ones would last the 6 miles without falling apart (they're that bad)...
I did my usual too quick a start and passed Stuart Hardcastle after a few hundred yards. For those who have not done the race it's a fairly hilly route, though not as bad as our 10k. After starting too quickly I could feel myself starting to slow down, and Stuart came past me at about the 4 mile mark. I'd no sooner thought 'at least I'm still in front of James' when he passed me too.
- Wensleydale Wedge 2014
- Tour of Pendle 2014
- Dunnerdale Fell Race
- A South Yorkshire 'Fishwick'
- Shaun Lee Johnstone Memorial 10 mile
- Half price kit
- British Fell Relay Championship
- Round Ripon Ultra 2014
- Grewelthorpe Multi Terrain Race 13K
- Nine Edges Endurance Event
- Snape 10K 2014
- Kirkstall Abbey 7
- Tholthorpe 10K 2014
- Club accreditation