Tour of Pendle
Sat 23rd November 2013
A trip across the Pennines into the heart of Lancashire fell running country was in order to take part in this Classic 'AL' race. The 'A' denotes that there is more than 50 metres of ascent per kilometre (in this case 1473m overall) and the 'L' means that it is longer than 20 kms (in this case 27 km, or 16.8 miles). In other words, a very tough race! It was an absolute roller coaster of ascent and descent, from start to finish, with each ascent more difficult than the last.
With 436 runners setting off, route finding was never a problem and the weather stayed fair throughout. The results of the three Swaledale Road Runners are as follows: Neil Bowmer 3.16.34 (204th); Jackie Keavney 3.23.29 (246th) and Ros Blackmore 4.05.04 (374th). Here are some thoughts from the runners:
Last Updated (Saturday, 07 December 2013 17:05)
Here is Jess's latest training schedule, designed to prepare runners for a January half-marathon. If you haven't tried any of these structured sessions yet it is well worth giving them a try, whether it is for race preparation or just to improve your speed and fitness.
UPDATE: a sports hall has been booked at Richmond School for the strength and conditioning session on December 5th. Meet at the SOC as usual, then we will jog to the school together. The hall is booked until 8.00, so we will be back at the cluhouse by about 8.15. All welcome - come and give it a try and tell us what you think.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:29)
Wensleydale Wedge 2013
Perfect weather made for fast times and many PB runs or an enjoyable walk for those just out to enjoy the day. Martin Randall was 5th in 3.32, Jacqueline Keavney 18th and 2nd woman in 3.52, Neil Bowmer 20th in 3.53, Robbie Kelly 26th in 3.58, Michael Rosher 41st in 4.19, Ros Blackmore 57th in 4.24, Liz Sowter 72nd in 4.42, Stu Clarkson 79th in 4.45, Kevin Taylor and Niall Cheyne were 189th and 190th in a joint time of 6.34, Roy Ashman and Chris Sayer 199th and 200th also in a joint time of 6.44, Mary Carnegie-Brown was 229th in 7.28.
So many people have nothing but good things to say about "the Wedge" Like a lot of the long distance walkers events it's been hijacked by runners over the years and is still growing in popularity. Because it's held late in the year it has an early start (8am) to enable walkers to return within reasonably light conditions. I met up with fellow Swaledalers in Askrigg village hall to register, have a kit check and pick up my tally card. This was needed so that you could clip it at the various check points en route. The course was 23 miles and much more runnable than " the Wander" which is a similar event held earlier in the year, starting and finishing in Leyburn. The race starter wished us well and hoped to see us all back safe and sound for our evening meal.
Last Updated (Thursday, 05 December 2013 18:53)
Ravenstonedale 10K 2013
This event was a new one for me, recommended by Liz, and what a treat it was to line up with approx 200 runners in the village and complete this short and gently undulating course looping around Ravenstonedale, courtesy of the Howgill Harriers yesterday. Very local and friendly feel to the whole afternoon, meeting in the village school with some impromptu piano playing and free pre-run massages on offer. Afterwards an inspired raffle – submit your running number into the bag and any participant can stand a chance of winning a prize, as long as you collect it in person.
Prizes for their running alone though went deservedly to Derek Parrington MV45 39:11 and Andrew Fletcher MV55 40:39.
Other SRR results:Mark Sowerby MV40 42:37 (PB); Stuart Hardcastle MV55 48:30; Elizabeth Sowter FV50 51:02; Alison Johnston FV50 52:26; Chris Sayer FV50 58:31; Andrew Broadley MV50 58:31.
(And the raffle? Andy Broadley was first out of the hat and won a Gok Wan makeover set.)
Last Updated (Sunday, 01 December 2013 22:22)
Dunnerdale Fell Race?
This race is probably my favourite in the FRA calendar. It's a 5 mile circuit of the fells in the South of the Duddon Valley, a stone's throw from Millom where I grew up and my mum still lives. I'd raced pretty well at Great Whernside two weeks previously and I was confident of a good time – it's a route I've raced and trained on a number of times. I put in a time of about 57 minutes putting me comfortably in the top half of the field.......... Or it would have done if I'd been racing at the same time as everybody else – and herein lies a story! Now I regard myself as a fairly experienced fell runner, particularly in this part of the Lakes, but on Saturday I made the biggest of school-boy errors. I brought my family along to the race as they were going to have dinner at the local pub while I raced, but when I arrived I realised I'd left my bumbag containing all mandatory kit (for this race full water-proof body covering, map, compass and whistle) back in Millom. I didn't have time to get to Millom and back or to arrange to borrow kit. A runner received a 6 month ban for running without kit a few weeks ago and I obviously didn't want to risk this. So no race! I stayed overnight in Millom, however, and my wife and son offered to act as timers for an unofficial Dunnerdale race the following morning, with me as the only runner! I actually recorded a decent time, doubly frustrating because I know I would have been even quicker, and would have taken better lines, in a race situation. So the moral of the story – don't neglect basic preparation. Hmmm, there might be an assembly here...
Results are in for two 10 miles races where Swaledale runners were taking part today.
Guy Fawkes 10: Andrew Fletcher 1.09.27 (1st V55 or 2nd V50!), Martin Luxton 1.19.10, Frances Dobbbing 1.29.51, Alison Johnston 1.32.27.
Derwentwater 10: Tony Lambert 59.14 (7th), Martin Randall 1.08.29, Andy Gaines 1.10.59, Mark Sowerby 1.11.15, James Taylor 1.21.40.
I have also just learned that Martin Luxton completed the Amsterdam marathon a couple of weeks ago in a swift 3.41.18.
Andrew Fletcher writes: I have done the Guy Fawkes 10 - it felt like 12! No records here. What a tough race! The hills have names and the wind is always against you and the road was flooded in one place.
What was it like for the rest of you today? As usual e-mail Liz with your news.
Last Updated (Sunday, 03 November 2013 18:18)
Great South Run
Julia Spittle took part in the Great South Run on Sunday October 27th. She produced a PB to complete the 10 mile course in 1.30.06, despite running into gale force winds for the last couple of miles.
Our 2013 Christmas party will be held at Catterick Social Club on Saturday December 7th, starting at 7.00 pm. There will be a bar, 'bring and share' food, a disco, a raffle and of course our 'awards ceremony'. Please put your name down on the lists at the clubhouses or e-mail Julia the Social Secretary indicating how many people are coming and what food you will be bringing.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 November 2013 20:37)
Goathland Trail Marathon
November was going to be a busy running month for me. There were three races I really wanted to do - not usually a problem, only the first was a trail marathon, the second very similar but a mile or two shorter and the third and final one was a classic fell run. I must admit I did dither a little and wondered if I had taken on too much. I decided to give myself a challenge and give them all a go.
Saturday 9th November. My alarm was set for 6 am, bag packed the night before and I was up and out and on the road at half six. Registration and the start/finish of the run was at Goathland village hall near Whitby, a pretty little village which you might have seen on TV as it's where Heartbeat is set. After collecting my race number and having a kit check I had time to have my second breakfast before the start at 9am. There were a few runners I recognised from various fell races I've done over the years. This was my first Hardmoors event. Before the race started the organiser explained that one of the check points had been taken out and the race would be a little shorter than advertised. The only part of the course I had been on before was on Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum. Runners were treated to beautiful scenery, dry conditions underfoot and only a slight bit of bog.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:29)
Welfare Officer wanted
I would like to stand down as Welfare Officer before I go away for the winter, so am looking for a club member to take over this role. Being a Welfare Officer is not a time consuming role, there has been very little to do over the time that I have been in post, but it is important for the on-going development of our club. Basically the role involves responding to any concerns that club members may have and making sure that runners' welfare is considered. The role is at 'arms length' from the committee, so it is only necessary to attend committee meetings a couple of times a year.
If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact me to discuss in more detail.
Last Updated (Monday, 18 November 2013 21:32)
Cop Hill Fell Race
Thighs red and numb from stinging rain; shorts plastered to legs; wind blasting into face; legs coated in mud up to knees; lungs bursting from the ascent; fell shoes slipping on the wet, soggy grass. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?
Cop Hill is a 6 mile race on the very outskirts of Huddersfield. Although classed as a 'CM' in fell racing terms I would describe it more as trail than fell, as although it went close to the top of a fine hill, it didn't actually make it onto the open fell-side. Unusually, it was a two lap course, but this was not a problem as the route was very varied, twisting and turning around the reservoir and hillsides, so was never boring. In fact it was good fun and an excellent introduction to off-road racing for our friend Ian, who lives nearby. It was strange to be running alongside a different group of runners to usual, including Saddleworth, Penistone, Calder Valley and Holmfirth Harriers to name but a few. Results are not available yet but Neil Bowmer came home in 48.50 (44th) and I finished in 1.02.16 (119th) out of about 150 runners.
Club championship - one race to go
There is just one race to go now in the 2013 club championship, the Guy Fawkes 10 on November 3rd. It was great to see no fewer than 16 Swaledale Runners taking part in race 24, the Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 mile. New SRR member Nicolene van Staden broke the ladies' course record, Jackie Keavney was 3rd lady, there were age-group wins for Ione Dowson and Andrew Fletcher and SRR won the team prizes for both men and ladies!
Once the final championship race has taken place, I shall start putting in any substitute races that members wish to submit (see club championship above for rules). Many thanks to those who have already submitted race times. The rules state that you must submit the results by the end of November, but if at all possible I need to have the results sooner than that, as the presentations will take place at our Christmas do on December 7th. This is particularly urgent if your results will affect who wins your age group! Please e-mail me with any queries.
Last Updated (Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:07)
This is one race report I never thought I would be writing. My running year had been badly disrupted by injury and there were moments when I had wondered whether my running days were over. However, things had improved over the summer and although I hadn't done enough training to produce a good time, I decided that since I was fortunate enough to have secured an entry to the Plusnet Yorkshire marathon I would try to get round somehow.
This turned out to be an extremely well organised race on a fast, flattish course. It started at the York University campus and the first couple of miles had that city marathon feel, well supported by enthusiastic crowds. After that it headed north east through the villages of Stockton on the Forest and Sand Hutton, with the mid-point of the race at Stamford Bridge. Water and Lucozade stations were adequate for the conditions, but I took no chances and carried my own gel as well. At two points in the course the route doubled back and you could see how other runners were faring. There was also plenty of activity at the relay change-over points : in addition to the 4000 or so runners completing the full marathon there were 70 corporate relay teams, so every 5 miles or so runners were joining the race with fresh legs.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 29 October 2013 22:42)
- Richmond Castle 10K prize winners
- Coniston 14
- Round Ripon Ultra 2013
- Langdale Half Marathon & Coniston Trail Race
- Kielder Marathon 2013
- Round Ripon Ultra 2013
- Folkstone Half Marathon - another club record
- Ikano Robin Hood Marathon
- Snape 10K 2013
- Redcar half marathon 2013
- Stainland Lions 10K trail race
- Kirkstall Abbey 7
- Yorkshire 10K
- Autumn navigation challenge
- Richmond Castle 10K: marshalls needed
- Great Langdale half marathon
- Great North Run 2013
- Club trophies
- Another club record
- Great Westmorland Trail Race
- Roseberry Topping Fell Run
- Paras 10 2013
- Tees Pride 10K Middlesbrough
- Tholthorpe 10K 2013
- Reeth Show Fell Run