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!).
We started with a steep uphill climb on the road for 2k before turning off onto the trail and the fun bit, 3k of undulating but mostly steep downhill running, for now I was enjoying it and flying down the hills, but it was in the back of my mind that I would have to get back up them once I reached the 15k mark. These trails were certainly not the sort of trails I'm used to running on, and were mostly hard packed stony track with none of the nice grass sections you get in the Dales, but the scenery was spectacular and I wasn't complaining!
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
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.
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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City 2 Surf
There have been so many inspirational race reports on the website this year that I thought I had better get my act together and enter some races! My first race of choice was the iconic City 2 Surf in Sydney which takes you from the centre of the City to Bondi Beach.
It was a perfect day for a race – around 13 degrees, slightly cloudy with a mild breeze and no chance of rain, although this did little to settle my pre-race nerves. Despite following a training plan specifically for this 'hilly' 14km race I had only run a maximum of 8km since December and done very little hill work, needless to say I felt less than prepared!
Walking up to the start at Hyde Park in my Swaledale Runners vest I could feel the atmosphere building, the world's largest fun run, 85000 participants and 25000 in my start wave alone. There were staggered start times allowing me to watch the elite and preferred start before heading to my group, it was amazing to see them firing down towards us at a pace I don't think I could keep up for 100m – most would be finished before I even started.
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.
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.
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.
The mile and a half fell race is a circular route and starts on the road in the middle of the picturesque village of Burnsall near Skipton. Runners have to get off to a swift start to get into a good position in the queue for the yomp up to the top of the fell. The top is marked by a flag on a large pole on the fell's cairn. The Fitton family have been responsible for erecting the flag since the 1930s, no flag, no sports day. The top of the descent is a bit rough and rocky but once through a gate the course opens up and normal running can resume. Returning runners are cheered on by all the spectators at the village show. Ted Mason from Wharfedale Harriers won the men's race in 15.01 and the women's winner was Mel Price from Mercia Fell Runners in 18.57. Michael Keavney came into his own in this race and finished in 22.58, I however trailed in behind in 27.45.
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.
Ironman triathlon Bolton
Belated congratulations to Richie Smith for his fantastic performance at the Bolton Ironman Triathlon on July 20th. Having never done a triathlon before and having run his first road marathon just a few months beforehand, Richie finished this punishing event in under 14 hours. His splits were as follows: swim 1.06.24 (faster than some athletes who finished in the top 30 overall), bike 7.04.17, run 5.30.13: total 13.58.21. Well done Richie!
Borrowdale Fell Race
Borrowdale Fell race (17 miles, 6500 feet ascent)
I don't like running. Not proper running anyway. But I enjoy steep ground and rough terrain. When the mood takes me I like being out in bad weather too. So I loved the Borrowdale race on August 2nd.
This race starts and finishes in Rosthwaite and takes in checkpoints at Bessyboot, Esk Hause, Scafell Pike, Styhead, Great Gable, Honister and Dalehead summit, before the final sting in the tail – half a mile along the flat valley bottom. After my usual slow start I caught Jack after an hour. We were running in cloud along an indistinct path and she asked me to stay with her. We had reccied the route previously except for the first section to Esk Hause. We thought that the field would be tightly packed in the early stages so that it wouldn't be possible to take the wrong line. How wrong we were. The faint trod we were following came to an abrupt halt and so did the runners in front. After a quick bearing we were back on track and passed a group of runners we had already overtaken once much earlier. We probably only lost 2 minutes but it was frustrating. Still, that's fellrunning and we should have known better than to rely on others (are you reading Jim?)
- Darlington 10K 2014
- Osmotherley Phoenix 2014
- Race entries
- Kilburn Feast 7 2014
- Harrogate District Summer Race League 2014 Round Up
- British Fell Relays
- Club accreditation
- Wharfedale half marathon
- BOFRA championship
- Helvellyn and the Dodds
- Anniversary Waltz
- La Perimetral 2014
- London marathon 2014
- London marathon 2014
- News from the weekend
- Blackpool marathon
- Hastings Half Marathon
- Trimpell 20 2014
- Broughton Wood Wobble
- Old Monks Race