Swaledale Runners

Formerly Swaledale Road Runners


James Herriot Trail Race: helpers needed

A date for your diary: James Herriot Trail Race, July 30th. Some of you will want to run it, but we also need a few helpers. It is organised by the Rotary Club, but for many years now Swaledale Runners have organised the finish: we need 5 people in total.  Can you please e-mail Geoff Kensett if you are able to help.

2017-2018 subs

The new membership form is now available: see under 'About Us' and then 'Membership' above.

New members are always welcome. Why not come and run with us as a guest to find out what the club is all about? 

March predictor run

Our final Predictor Run of the Winter season took place on Thursday 30th March.Times achieved on the evening showed that running conditions were very good. Everyone managed to complete the route under their predicted time. Neil Bowmer was first to finish in 27.51, but Helen Nicholson, the only lady running, finished closest to her predicted time, finishing just 7 secs below her target time. A big thank you goes to Sarah Haynes, Stuart Clarkson and Helen Inglis for supporting me in running of this event. I couldn't have done it without them.

Beginner Running Group

We are pleased to announce  that a new beginners' group will be starting on April 6th. It is based at Swaledale Outdoor Club, New Road, Richmond and will take place on Thursdays at 6.30pm.

Complete beginners are welcome! We will be following a programme comprising of C25k and Run Together resources to help you reach 5km. (see Run Together page here).  Begin running with us in a friendly, supportive group. The first session is free! Thereafter you can choose to pay £2 per session for the remaining 9 weeks or you can join the club and run with us for the rest of the year! (Club membership costs £12 annually for social membership or £25 annually for England Athletics affiliated membership - 50p subs per session) Places are limited so please contact us to book a place.

For further information contact Jess Young (07753 407258). Please note that due to our insurance arrangements, club membership is open to adults aged 18 years and above.

More advanced runners are welcome in our other groups - see About us above and feel free to contact our  membership secretary  for further information. 

AGM April 25th 2017

Please be aware that our AGM will be held at the Swaledale Outdoor Club, 17 New Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire on 25th April 2017. The meeting will start at 19:00. As per our constitution, please find here a copy of the nomination form for members to use as necessary. The form is self-explanatory. You may use the form or put your name forward at the AGM.

With regards to any member wishing to propose a resolution at the AGM please note, that as per our constitution, notice of any resolution should be given in writing to the club secretary not less than 14 days before the meeting (by 11th April 2017).

As per the club constitution, all committee members will step down at the AGM and those who wish to continue in their roles will put forward their nominations along with any other club member. Any member is welcome to put themselves forward for a role on the committee regardless of whether current committee members wish to continue or not. There are two roles on the committee which will not be filled by current committee members. The positions are for Chair and for one of the two Captains roles.


James Taylor
(Club Secretary)
Swaledale Runners

February Predictor Run

The weather forecast for the evening of Feb 23rd was not good; Storm Doris was doing her damage around the country and heavy rain and high winds were expected in Richmond.
This, however, did not put off an 'elite' group of runners who turned up for the Predictor Run. It was a lovely evening for running; so much for accurate weather forecasts!
Mark Sowerby was first home in a time of 28.23. Several runners were very close to their predicted times; Martin Randall - 9 secs out, Claire Stewart - 8 secs out, but the winner was Jan Ilsley who only missed her time by 5 secs. It was great to see Suzie McGann running, who is now living 'down south' and was here over the half term break. John Lynch slightly misjudged his effort and finished 2mins 23 sec slower than his prediction. A chocolate bar awaits you John!
Our final Predictior Run for the Winter season will take place on Thurs March 30th. It would be great to see a good turn out for this final run. Meet at the clubhouse at 6.30pm to register.

News roundup January 16th 2017

Four Swaledale runners took part in this years Commondale Clart fell race (5.2 miles, 700 feet climbing) on January 8th. Tim Grimwood had another fine run to finish 12th out of 136 runners in 39.28. Ian Oldham was next club finisher in 45.35, followed by Caroline Graham in 47.28 and Becky Barnett in 48.22. Mark Sowerby was the only club representative in the Brass Monkey half marathon in York on January 15th, finishing just outside the 1h 30 barrier in 1.30.53.
Most of the racing action in recent weeks has taken place in the local Parkruns. It was great to see Steve Brown emerge from hibernation to finish 3rd in Darlington on Saturday 7th with a time of 18.51. Martin Randall finished in 20.09 with Zoe Mason in 21.38. On the same day, Andrew Fletcher was 7th at Fountains Abbey in 19.40 with Nicky Logan recording 33.30. At the Northallerton event Andy Gaines was 7th in 22.26 with Niall Cheyne in 26.26.
Last weekend five members ran in the Darlington Parkrun. Times - Martin Randall 19.49, Andy Gaines 21.12, Zoe Mason 22.34, Stuart Hardcastle 22.46, Niall Cheyne 25.48

Christmas predictor run

As you can see from the photo, we had a very festive December Predictor Run. Well done to everyone for getting into the Christmas spirit. People out walking their dogs would have been very surprised xmas predictorto see a flashing snowman, Rudolf, a robin, an abundance of Santa's little helpers, and of course Santa himself, racing along the streets of Richmond!. Stuart and I just about managed to stay focused on the task of recording times. Rebecca Simpson was first to finish, closely followed by Martin Randal and Mark Sowerby. James Taylor was obviously in better form than expected, (Santa's beard obviously didn't slow him down!), and finished 4mins 55secs faster than his prediction. We had joint winners in Helen Inglis and Jan Isley. Having run round together, at a leisurely pace, they incredibly finished in exactly their predicted time of 40.00.
Our next run will take place on January 26th. Look forward to seeing another good turnout; meet at clubhouse at 6.30pm to sign up.



Predictor Run

Predictor Run
There was another good turn out for the Predictor Run on Thursday 24th Nov. A relaxed approached was taken by all runners on the night! Many were still recovering from the Wensleydale Wedge the previous weekend. Julia Spittle travelled all the way from Northallerton to join us; that's dedication! Martin Randall was first to finish in a very comfortable time of 33.30. Julia Snape was closest to her predicted time, finishing 14 secs below her prediction. Michelle Bray, a new runner to the club, had a great run. She surprised herself by finishing 12 mins 19 secs below her predicted time.
Our next run takes place on Dec 22nd. I look forward to a great turn out in Santa hats and tinsel! Meet at the clubhouse at 6.30 to sign up.