Swaledale Runners

Formerly Swaledale Road Runners



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.

Jess Young

Borrowdale Fell Race

03Borrowdale 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 sting01 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?)

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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.

Club accreditation

There is a great article about our double celebration here on the England Athletics website.

Anniversary Waltz

01-JimOn April 19th Jim Coldwell, Jack (Keavney) and myself travelled to the Lakes for the 18th Anniversary Waltz. The race is based at Stair Village Hall in the Newlands Valley and celebrates the wedding anniversary of organisers Steve and Wynn Cliff who were married in Newlands Church. It covers 11.5 miles with 3600ft of climbing and takes in Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy and Catbells. It's the easier of 2 races that run simultaneously, the Teenager with Altitude (15.4 miles, 7600ft) visits several more summits before the 2 races join on Robinson.

Chat about route choices on the route ahead is normal on fell runs, this time the talk was about the route choice to the start line. A serious accident had brought the A66 to a standstil02-Mike
l east of Keswick. Like many others we made a long detour via Caldbeck. We talked to one runner who jumped out of his car and cycled the last 11 miles, another set off to run the same distance only to be picked up again by his wife after 7 miles once the traffic had started flowing again.

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Race entries

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.

Club records

I have just updated no fewer than five club records - see under competitions above. Congratulations to Julia Spittle, Martin Luxton, Ronnie Cassar and Jackie Keavney.  There may well be some more that I have missed, so please e-mail Liz if this is the case.

Out of town runs: route 3

If you fancy something a bit different Route 3 (August 7th) will take runners into Wensleydale, starting in Redmire and taking in Castle Bolton and Aysgarth Falls. Click here for more information.

Beer tasting and BBQ





An opportunity to taste some of the Mithril Ales Brewery's beers. There will also be a BBQ. Exact details to be confirmed when we have an idea of the number of people interested in coming along.

There is a direct bus service between Richmond and Aldbrough St.John – exact times to be confirmed.

Please contact Julia Snape to indicate your interest and how many people will be attending or fill in the form at Richmond / Northallerton.

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