There are just 24 hours left to tell me about any substitutions for the club championship. I shall observe a strict deadline of midnight on Novemebre 30th, then I shall order the trophies. Currently there are only five category winners, although I'm expecting that to go up very shortly. Please check your reuslts under club championship above in case I have left anything out.
There was a good turnout from Swaledale for the Ravenstonedale 10k despite appalling conditions with very strong winds and heavy rain resulting in floods in parts.
This is my first time running this course and I am assured it is really picturesque but In view of the weather I kept my head down most of the time so I'll have to take people's word for it. It is well organised though with free soup at the end and as well as prizes in all age categories, everyone was given the opportunity to raffle their number for loads of great prizes, donated by local businesses.
Martin Randall was first home in 42.33 followed by Jacqui Keavney 44.15 (1st FV 50), Andrew Fletcher 44.40, Jim Coldwell 46.13, Stuart Hardcastle 48.58, Julia Spittle 58.07, Chris Sayer 1.00.02, and Andy Broadley 1.03.10.
There were just three club runners in Parkrun action on November 14th. Stuart Hardcastle finished 37th in 21.51 at Darlington, with Alison Johnston first FV55 again in 23.25. Over in Northallerton, Niall Cheyne came sixth in 22.55. The relatively low Parkrun turnout may have been related to the new weekly "Not a Park Run" event organised by the Swaledale Outdoors shop in Reeth. Seventeen runners, many of them from Swaledale, took part, with new member Tim Grimwood first home in 32.24.
The notoriously hard Tour of Pendle fell race took place on the same day in appalling weather.The course was shortened to 14 miles and 2700 feet of climbing due to concerns for the safety of back markers and marshals. The weather did not put Jacqueline Keavney off, but toothache did, and she finished further down the course than she is used to in 2.47.28 to finish 293rd of 422 starters. She was therefore surprised and embarrassed to receive the prize for third FV50 in the post a few days later. The following day's 23 mile Wensleydale Wedge was also re-routed due to waterlogged ground. 158 took part in this challenge event for runners and walkers. Derek Parrington ran an excellent 3h34 to finish in third place, well ahead of in form Martin Randall, eleventh in 4hours exactly. Other club times - Ros Blackmore and Neil Bowmer 5.22, Helen Inglis 5.38, Stuart Clarkson 5.38, Suzie McGann 7.08.
Reeth's Not a Park Run on November 21st took part on a crisp bright morning with a dusting of snow. Thirteen runners took part, led by Robbie Kelly in 34.30. At the conventional Darlington Parkrun Stuart Hardcastle showed his consistency with a time of 21.49, two seconds quicker than the previous week. Niall Cheyne came eleventh at the Northallerton event in 23.26 with Zoe Mackay finishing 29th in 27.31.
- The final race in the club championship has been completed and I have updated the results. Don't forget to send me your substitutions by November 30th at the very latest - sooner if you can please.
- Put this date in your diary: the Christmas party is at Richmond rugby club on December 12th. Can you help by contributing a raffle prize? More information about the party to follow.
- If you won a club trophy last year, don't forget to return it ASAP.
The Northallerton Parkrun is now firmly established since its first event in August. It regularly attracts around 100 runners and is well supported by Swaledale. Four club members took part on October 24th with Niall Cheyne finishing 17th in 23.00. Carol Murray, in her first Parkrun came home in 25.19, with Zoe Mackay in 26.11 and Anne Singleton in 30.19. Over in Darlington Alison Johnston was first FV55 in 23.09 and Marion Hunter finished in 28.03.
Also on the same day, five runners ran in the latest event in the club fell championship at Kettlewell. The Great Whernside race is a classic up and down race with 1500 feet of climbing in 4 miles. Local runner Ted Mason won the race in 31.11. There was little to separate Robbie Kelly, Jacqueline Keavney and Jim Coldwell at the summit. Robbie pulled away on the rockiest section of descending and was first Swaledale runner to finish in 42.23. Jacqueline finished as third woman and first V50 in 43.55. Unfortunately, Jim was forced to stop racing due to an ankle injury. Further down the field Michael Rosher finished in 49.43, and Ros Blackmore accompanied ex- Swaledale Runner Sarah Haynes who was running for her new club Rolls Royce Harriers. Ros and Sarah finished in 55.50.
There were four Swaledale runners again at the latest Northallerton Parkrun on October 31st. Niall Cheyne, was first club member to finish in 22.40. He was followed by Alan Mackay in 23.21, Zoe Mackay in 26.38 and Anne Singleton in 30.35. Andrew Fletcher ran the Fountains Abbey event in 20.15. Darlington Parkrun regulars Stuart Hardcastle and Jess Young finished in 21.37 and 23.04 respectively.
On November 1st three members ran in the latest race in the club road championship in the Derwentwater 10 mile race. Despite the hilly course, a beautiful still sunny day produced some fast times. Martin Randall and Jacqueline Keavney have had some close races recently and this was no exception. After running together in the early stages, Jacqueline got the better of Martin this time and finished as seventh woman and first FV50 in a new PB of 66.22. Martin was only a minute off his own PB in 67.43. Pete Devlin also enjoyed his race and recorded 86.59.
The results have FINALLY been updated - apologies for the long delay. As it stands there are 48 runners listed but only 3 have done enough to quliafy for the championship. I am sure this will change once you start sending in substitutions. Here is a reminder of the rules:
You may choose to submit results from a maximum of two races of your own choice. Unlike for the designated races, which will be included automatically, you must personally submit these results to Liz by November 30th 2015. These must be accurately measured races over 5K (max. 1), 10K, 10 miles, 20 miles, half marathon or marathon. Your final score will be the average percentage for your 6 best races.
If anyone fancies helping with all this number-crunching next year I would be glad to hear from you!
Whilst reading the local English paper when we were in Majorca in the Spring, it seemed like a good idea to enter one of the races over the Palma Marathon events weekend. I plumped for the half marathon on the basis that it wasn’t worth going for a 10K nor could I run a full marathon. So, on a weekend break, I was back in Majorca in mid-October.
This is a massive event (10,000 runners across all events from many countries) well supported by the local community, council, police and tourist board. The race started at 9am whilst the temperature was still pleasant but built up to a very warm 28* 2 hours later. The route went along the waterfront to the port and back for the first 10K then headed up into and around the streets of the old town finishing in front of the cathedral.
Well organised & supported, plenty of water stops, carnival atmosphere and refreshments afterwards including a large 500ml beaker of ale. They know what proper athletes like!! I managed 1hr 51minutes which I was happy with given the heat and lack of training. I’ll be back there again next year and have already roped in another couple to join us. If anyone else is interested, please let me know – 16th October 2016.
A week later, I was in another country (well Wales) running the Flintshire 10K based in my old home town of Mold. Another nice day but about 15 degrees cooler, I did this undulating race in 46.21 again quite respectable.
If you won a club trophy last year can you please return it by the end of November.
A new coaching cycle begins next week, building up to the Brass Monkey half marathon next year, but also suitable for anyone who wants to improve their speed, endurance or general fitness. Here is the full schedule. Those of you who have followed a programme like this in the past will know how valuable it is. If you have never tried this kind of training session before, don't feel daunted - come along and give it a try.