Wensleydale Wedge 2014
On Sunday 16th November I took part in the 24th Wensleydale Wedge. This is a 23 mile route organised by the LDWA and has a cut off time of 9 hours.
LDWA events are always bargains, this cost £8 and you got fed at the finish.
The route starts at Askrigg then takes in Bainbridge, Semerwater, Thoralby, Asygarth and Castle Bolton before finishing back at Askrigg.
This event is a favourite of mine as I spent most weekends as a child in Wenslydale, making this run a pleasant trip down memory lane.
At the start it was great to see the usual bunch of Swaledale stalwarts gathered. Since my migration to sub-tropical West Yorkshire a few months ago I miss seeing this crowd as much as I used to. Catching up and chatting had to be cut short though as I was a bit late as usual.
The 'race' was started at 8am and we all set off towards Bainbridge. I ran with Martin for the first couple of miles but then backed off, he was going too fast for my liking. Usual Martin mad start! Tony came trotting past just after this, chatted for a while saying he just wanted a 'social run', and then gently accelerated away.
Tour of Pendle 2014
On November 15th Jack and I travelled to darkest Lancashire for another crack at the Tour of Pendle. This race of 16.8 miles and 4833 feet ascent climbs different aspects of the brooding broad hulk of Pendle Hill from six different directions by a convoluted route that I won't attempt to describe. Last year we were treated to a beautiful bright frosty day with hard ground. This year we had a different sort of treat – mist, bog and mud,mud,mud.
The race organiser apologised that the first mile of old broken concrete track had been turned into smooth tarmac. Jack was delighted and disappeared out of sight from the start. I started very slowly as planned, in the hope that I would have something left for the later stages. In fact I started so slowly that I didn't dare look behind in case there was nobody there. The first eleven miles of the race feel like little more than a warm up for the last three climbs. These are hands on knees affairs and other reports I have read tend to say that each is longer and steeper than the one before. It's not true, it just feels like that. My lowly starting position made the race more enjoyable than last year. I was able to pass other runners in the middle of the race, especially on the slippery descents including "Geronimo", and almost held my place on the final climb up "Big End". As expected in the conditions we both ran a little slower than last year but were both quite pleased with our performances.
I can sense this race starting to exert a strange pull on me, similar to Black Combe, another tough race that climbs the same hill more than once. Somehow I think we'll be back next year.
Results. 1st Karl Gray 2h21m31s. 38th Caitlin Rice (first lady) 2h49m47s. 223rd Jacqueline Keavney 3h34m30s. 265th Michael Keavney 3h43m11s. 372 finishers.
Club championship 2014 - a reminder and an update
The final race has now been run in the 2014 club championship. Thank you to all those who have sent in your substitutions - it's very encouraging to see your enthusisam. I just need to remind members about the rules: substitutions 'must be accurately measured races over 5K (max. 1), 10K, 10 miles, 20 miles, half marathon or marathon.' This means that races over odd distances cannot be included.
However, we have decided to extend the deadline for submitting substitutions, since we are not presenting the trophies until the New Year. The new deadline is December 20th. If anyone who has already sent me their substutions wants to fit in another race and send me the result, that's fine.
Please e-mail Liz on any matters concerning the championship.
Richmond TriKudu 5k Charity Funderwear Run
Richmond TriKudu Triathlon Club present a New Year's Day multi-terrain fun run of approximately 5k. Dress code to be underwear, pants for men, no boxer style shorts. Bra and pants for ladies, shorts and bikinis acceptable. Fun fancy dress hat mandatory as are suitable running shoes. The run will start and finish at Richmond Swimming Pool. The start time is 11.00. The route will be down the Easby loop with the addition of a climb up Lombards Wynd and descent of Frenchgate back to the pool. There will be hot drinks and cake available at the finish. All profits from the race will be donated directly to Prostate Cancer UK.Entrance fee £10.
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.
Half price kit
We are now selling off club kit at half price to make room for new kit with our new name. This means for example that you can now get a sweatshirt or hoodie for just £6, a short or longsleeved coolmax shirt for £8 or a green tee-shirt for just £4. Click here to see what else is available. We shall also be selling socks at a bargain price. Don't miss out - grab a bargain while stocks last!
BOFRA championship 2014
Well that's the Bofra championship finished. After 8 races I finished 35th in the British Open Championship, 8th v40. I thought I'd share my thoughts on the series...
Race 1 – Sedbergh Gala. 56thplace, 26 points. A really good race that I'd done before. Made more exciting by the presence of Iwan Thomas from the One Show. Pleased with my performance early in the season.
Race 2 – Coniston Gullies. 55th, 24 points. This race is crackers really, very short and very steep. I went out too slow and bottled it a bit on the descent. Disappointed, but I'd like to give it another go.
Race 3 – Kettlewell. 58th, 23 points. Another good race and, although it doesn't look like it, possibly my best performance of the series. Especially pleased with my descent, usually the worst part of my game, so a bit disappointed with where I finished.
Dunnerdale Fell Race
I reckon this is my favourite race in the calendar – a 5 mile horseshoe around four fells at the south end of the Duddon Valley. It condenses the best bits of fell running (steep climbs, fast descents, amazing views, brilliant pub) and is always well attended. The race starts with a short road section before the first climb to the top of the Knott. Conditions weren't great, with heavy rain and winds greeting the runners. By the time we got to Stickle Pike (the highest peak) the rain had slowed although visibility was still poor. The wet conditions and overnight rain meant that I had to take the steepest (and usually fastest) descents (off Raven's crag and Stickle) more carefully than usual which I knew would result in a slower time. The race has a sting in the tail with an uphill section just before the finish. My family had dinner at the local pub (The Blacksmiths Arms – a favourite from my youth!) and my wife and kids were there to cheer me home. I finished in 57.55, 111th from 235 runners. Over a minute slower than my fastest time (achieved in much better conditions) but really pleased with a top half finish. At the sharp end of the race Rob Jebb finished one second ahead of English champion Mark Addison to win in 39.37. This really is a quality race and all being well I'll be back again next year.
A South Yorkshire 'Fishwick'
A 'Fishwick' is fell runner jargon that describes multiple races run over consecutive days. It is named after the irrepressible Darren Fishwick, a Chorley runner who is famous for doing 101 races in 2012, which required him to do several races on the same weekend on many occasions. The term has also become a verb, i.e 'I am Fishwicking this weekend' and can be used descriptively, i.e. 'Are these 3 races Fishwickable?'
A trip to stay with friends on the edge of Saddleworth Moor turned out to be my first ever Fishwick experience. It started at the Shepherds Skyline race on the fells above Todmorden. This 'pay on the day' race was superbly organised by the Todmorden Harriers and was worth every penny of the £6 entry fee. The 'BS' graded 10k route, which has 350m ascent, started at the Shepherds Rest Inn and gently climbed up on to the moor, before undulating over Coldwell Hill towards the massive monument of Stoodley Pike, standing proud at the end of the ridge. A steep descent was followed by a stiff climb back up onto the moor then picked up the track for a fast finish. I managed to run all of the hills apart from the last steep ascent, but I still managed to pass about 10 people whilst walking. I was particularly pleased with my effort as I had come straight off a night shift and was running without any sleep! Neil Bowmer finished in 57.03, 72/233 and 15th V45. Ros Blackmore 71.47, 183/233 and 7th V45.
Shaun Lee Johnstone Memorial 10 mile
This 10 mile multi terrain race raises funds for the Brain Tumour Trust which aims to find a cure for childhood and adult brain tumours. It is run in association with Ripon Runners but is one of our club championship races and one which we have always supported. I have only run this once in the past, in 2012 in thick fog, so apart from the fact that it was nearly all off road, very muddy and I had to be pulled out of a ditch, I couldn't remember much about the course. This year the sun was shining and although it was windy, underfoot the conditions were good.
11 runners from Swaledale took part and particular congratulations go to Steve Brown who won the race, Zoe Mason, 3rd Female, Corinna Russell running her first 10 mile race and John Hunter who has run the race every year since it began. The results are:
Steve Brown 1.03.56, Zoe Mason 1.15.38, Michael Rosher 1.20.35, Stuart Hardcastle 1.21.44, Ronnie Cassar 1.27.34, Julia Spittle 1.34.10, Liz Sowter 1.35.06, John Hunter 1.37.18, Grace Gilpin 1.38.46, Corinna Russell 2.10.37 and Neall Cheyne 2.10.38.
Thanks to Zoe and Chris Mason for the photos.
This year's Christmas social will be taking place on December 12th at Richmond Golf Club. There will be a two cousre 'turkey tinsel meal' + disco for £20 per person, starting at 7pm. Full payment needs to be made by Thursday 27th November - please sign up at the clubhouse if you would like to go.
British Fell Relay Championship
Swaledale Runners enjoyed a successful first appearance in the British Fell Relay Championship on October 19th. This year's event was organised by Howgill Harriers and Dallam Running Club and took place on Middleton Fell near Sedbergh. All the big names in fellrunning were present with teams from all over England, Wales and Scotland. Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee returned to his fellrunning roots for the day as one of Bingley's leg 2 runners. Despite this, the day had a very inclusive atmosphere with teams of all abilities and ages. Performance of the day went to the Howgill Harrier on the PA who announced, commentated, chatted, joked and encouraged non-stop for over 8 hours. He was constantly entertaining, occasionally hilarious and just one or twice, a little politically incorrect.
Middleton Fell reaches a high point of 609m at Calf Top, from which a series of ridges fan out westwards with views towards Morecambe Bay. It was a grey and blustery day with intermittent rain but thankfully the clouds stayed clear of the summit until just before the end. Leg 1 was close to 5 miles in length up to Calf Top by the most direct ridge and down by another. Derek was our first runner and returned looking thoroughly windswept, he had got us off to a good start finishing 106th of the 217 starters. The rest of the day would be spent fighting to stay in the top half of the field. Neil and Robbie ran Leg 2, the longest leg of the day (about 9 miles), which included an "unnecessary" very steep detour down and straight back up the fell just before the summit. They ran a great leg finishing 94th, especially impressive as most teams seemed to put their quickest runners on this leg.
Round Ripon Ultra 2014
Now in its 5th year the Ripon Round Ultra event is well and truly on the calendar of endurance events in the area. It is an event organised by GO BEYOND and is well supported. This is the third time that I've done this run and I thoroughly enjoy it. The start and finish is in the village of Studley Rodger, just outside Ripon. Race HQ is based in the Village Hall where you can use the "facilities", get a hot drink and have a post race massage, parking is not far from the start. After registration you are given your race pack consisting of your number, dedicated map book and a technical top. There are mandatory and recommended items of equipment you need to take out on the course. The route has four check points that you must visit and there is a time limit on the whole event. All check points are manned and have hydration and nutrition at them.
The forecast for this year's event didn't look good at all, heavy rain all day until tea time. What do weather people know! It turned out to be perfect, although 23 entrants decided not to take any chances and didn't show. The first part of the route goes from Studley Rodger to Check Point 1 North Stainley (7.5m) along road and trail, taking in parts of the Ripon Rowel route. All very nice so far. At this point I was with a group of
eight runners and was second female. Trying to pace yourself for an event of 35 miles takes a bit of doing and I hoped I hadn't set off too fast so early on in the race.
- Kielder marathon 2014
- Northumberland Coast Marathon 2014
- Grewelthorpe Multi Terrain Race 13K
- Nine Edges Endurance Event
- Redcar half marathon 2014
- Snape 10K 2014
- Hardmoors Saltburn half and Teesdale sprint triathlon
- Kirkstall Abbey 7
- Tholthorpe 10K 2014
- Structured training
- Great North Run 2014
- Woronora Dam Pipeline 20k Trail Run
- Muker show fell race
- Castle 10K - marshals needed
- Burnsall feast sports
- Reeth Show Fell Run 2014
- Ironman triathlon Bolton
- City 2 Surf
- Borrowdale Fell Race
- Darlington 10K 2014
- Osmotherley Phoenix 2014
- Race entries
- Kilburn Feast 7 2014
- Harrogate District Summer Race League 2014 Round Up