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.
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.
Darlington 10K 2014
There were some great runs at the Darlington 10K today. Martin Randall was first home for the club in 41.05 and particular congratulations go to Julia Spittle, 1st FV60 and Ronnie Cassar, 2nd V70. It was exciting to see them get their prizes shortly after a Paralympian and a Commonwealth Games competitor and to hear them announced correctly as members of Swaledale Runners. Julia's time was a PB and a club record - watch this space for more to come we hope (no pressure). Anne Singleton smashed the 60 minute barrier to achieve her PB and I suspect that Zoe Mason's fantastic time of 42.05 was also a PB. Stuart Hardcastle produced his best run of the year - just look at the percentages in the club championship. My own result was distinctly underwhelming, but I shall be happy to do this run again and would definitely recommend it to others.
Swaledale results: Martin Randall 41.05, Zoe Mason 42.05, Jim Coldwell 43.45, Stuart Hardcastle 45.14, Ronnie Cassar 49.34, Liz Sowter 50.30, Frances Dobbing 51.24, Julia Spittle 52.40, Anne Singleton 58.32.
Photos used by kind permission of Scott Akoz Photography.
Don't forget that you should now enter races as a member of Swaledale Runners, not Swaledale Road Runners. Don't worry about any old entries - these will still be recognised.
Harrogate District Summer Race League 2014 Round Up
Thirty two Swaledale Runners took part in this year's mid-week league with excellent results. With 10 runners finishing in the top 50 out of a total of 531 competitors, this meant that Swaledale finished in the top half of nearly all of the categories. This year's stars however were our Supervets (over 55) who took the first three places in the category; Steve Brown 1st, Robbie Kelly 2nd and Andrew Fletcher 3rd. Unfortunately we were pipped into 2nd team overall in this category by a very strong and extensive Harrogate Harriers team.
Stuart Smith was Swaledale's top scorer this year and was 19th overall. Other notable results were: Derek Parrington 2nd Vet 50, Jackie Keavney 2nd Female Vet 45, Zoe Mason 2nd Senior Female, Julia Spittle 2nd Female Vet 60 and 4th in the Handicap. Julia would have won this category had she not missed a race because she was a member of the catering team for our own Swaledale Race!
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?)
Osmotherley Phoenix 2014
A hot and humid morning greeted 8 intrepid Swaledale Runners at the Osmotherley Phoenix this year. This has got to be the best value race around, at only £7 for either 33, 26 or 17 miles, yet the organisers still manage to make a profit which goes to the Village Hall. Five runners took part in the 33 mile ultra race, with Robbie Kelly being the first Swaledale Runner home in an excellent time of 6.24 (20th), closely followed by Sarah Hackett in 6.28 (22nd/3rd Female). This was Sarah's first ever ultra, about 10 miles further than she has ever run before. Looks like a natural ultra runner! Egging her on was Neil Bowmer with the same finish time (23rd) although by the last few miles it was Sarah encouraging Neil. The final team of Ros Blackmore and Mike Rosher crossed the line in 7.39, 36th and 37th respectively out of the 68 runners who started at this distance.
Kilburn Feast 7 2014
There were 3 Swaledalers at Kilburn for the seven and a quarter mile run. First home was Steve Brown who took a prize for 9th position and a prize for 1st V55 in 45.43. Second was myself in 20th and I could only manage 3rd V55 in 48.27. Third was Ronnie Cassar who took a prize for 1st V70, and a bottle of wine for each O70 finisher, in 59.05.
British Fell Relays
Michael and Jacqueline Keavney hope to enter 1 or 2 Swaledale teams in the British Fell Relays this year. The event is on October 19th, almost on our doorstep near Sedbergh, so it would be a great opportunity for the club to enter for the first time. It is open to all abilities. Some fell running experience is required, but if you don't have this yet it wouldn't be too difficult to achieve in the summer. See the club forum for more details.