The brilliant Cronkley Fell Race is approaching. If you've never done a fell race, have an urge to take part but are a little nervous about doing so, then this may be the one for you. I took part last year, first fell race for me, and it is tops. Equally if you love fell racing and have never done Cronkley Fell, this would be challenging and fun too.
On Sunday 24th June, I gathered with 34 others in the sunshine at Strathmore Arms pub in Holwick near Middleton in Teesdale, Co. Durham to take part in the annual 10.5mile Cronkley Fell Race organised by the Durham Fell Runners. It would have been a heavenly 10.9 miles (an extra 400m detour added to avoid an area of flood) through marvellous scenery were it not for the seemingly never ending lung-busting climbs. The route went up along a track for the first 2 miles or so, galloped through heather and bog, across streams, trotted up some more with views of a stunning waterfall to our left then headed back down to the midpoint at the River Tees. I was relieved to make the midpoint checkpoint without getting lost and well within the 90 minute cut off, celebrated with a jelly baby offered with a smile for my effort from the marshal. Then back the way I came, cheered all the way by the many jolly marshals posted along the way. It was impossible to get lost, perfect for someone with no sense of direction.
Drawn on by an obsession to catch up with the runner with the t shirt that probably started the morning sparkling white but was now very not who was tantalisingly just ahead of me and the BBQ laid on at the pub, I made it to the finish in a grand 2hrs11... still behind the chap with the white t-shirt but winning a bottle of wine for finishing first in my category. Probably shouldn't mention that I was the only one in my category. But as a friend said, "You've gotta be in it to win it". A great, friendly race.
Entry £5 on the day. Race always held on last Sunday of June. Find out more at www.durhamfellrunners.org.uk
Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:10)
Over the last couple of months I have been in training (after a fashion) to run the London Marathon on 21st April, to raise money for Bliss, making a difference to premature or sick babies and their families. It will be only my second long road race (my first being the Thirsk 10 this weekend!) and I'm aiming for 4 hours – I'm optimistic by nature.
When it's all over, I'll be celebrating with a party at the Tithe Bar, Northallerton from 7pm on Saturday 27th April. There'll be plenty of food, dj and raffle. Entry by ticket: suggested donation £25.
All Swaledale Road Runners are very warmly welcomed – after all I would never have got this far in my 'running career' without you.
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If you are able to make a donation, please go to my fundraising page
When our twins Finbar and Roscoe were born 11 weeks early we found ourselves setting off along a roller-coaster journey as parents of poorly premature babies. The boys are doing really well now, they will be three years old in July, and are adored by their older brother Patrick, although Ross has disabilities as a result of his early start in life. Bliss work to ensure that all families of babies born too soon or sick are able to access the highest standards of care, information and emotional support.
You can read more about our story and my running adventures so far, with lots of lovely photos, on my blog
Last Updated (Saturday, 30 March 2013 11:15)
Well, the January Aggregate Birthday Take Away night has come and gone for another year. As more and more come out of the woodwork and admit to having a birthday in January, we celebrated our approx 300th birthday between 6 of us. I say about, because whilst I know the ages for Vic, John and myself which account for more than 60% of the total, I'm either too much of a gentleman or too big a coward to ask the 3 ladies how old they are.
After a short run, 11 of us sat down to an excellent pizza night.
The prize for the night must either go to Corrina who ordered 2 of every thing claiming half was for Hubby (yeah sure!) or Niall, where it was hard to tell which was widest, his smile or his Extra Large.
We just need to think on an excuse for our next Take Away night now.
Remember – "You can't stay young forever, but you can be immature for the rest of your life!"
Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 February 2013 18:59)
Lots of great photos were taken at the Richmond Castle 10K. Here is a link to Ken Hadfield's photo gallery. Here are some more great photos from Andrew Thrippleton. Some of the photos from club members and from the Richmond Camera Club are now in the galleries.
Last Updated (Saturday, 17 November 2012 20:50)
It's that time of year again! All members, both old and new, need to fill in a membership form and pay their annual subscription by June 30th 2013. If you were at the AGM you will know that this year's subs is £17, to reflect the increase in the levy we pay for each member to England Athletics. Here is the 2013-2014 membership form. It needs to be handed in to a member of the committee, accompanied by your payment, which can be in the form of cash or a cheque. You can fill in the form and print it off, then bring it to the clubhouse, or print it and fill it in by hand.There will also be forms available at both clubhouses.
For the time being please do not send us your form by e-mail. Before long we will make it possible for members to send in the form and pay subs electronically, but there are a few issues and administrative procedures which need to be discussed by the new committee before this can happen. In the meantime we would like every form we receive to be accompanied by the payment. This will make the job of the treasurer and the membership secretary a great deal easier and will ensure that we can keep the England Athletics database correctly updated.
Last Updated (Sunday, 28 April 2013 18:48)
Congratulations to Carol Murray who has had some very exciting news:
I found out last week that I have qualified for the Great Britain age group long distance triathlon team. Barring injury, I will be competing in the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Belfort, France on 1st June (4km swim, 120km bike, 30km run). In addition I heard this week that I qualified for the GB age group long distance duathlon team too. I will be competing in the ETU European Duathlon Long Distance Championships in Horst, Netherlands on 21st April, with a 15km / 60km/ 7.5km run / bike / run course. Terrified and overexcited in equal measure!!!
Good luck Carol!
Lots of intrepid runners have braved the weather to keep their training going over these winter months. I hope to make one of the photo galleries into a compilation of photos from members' training runs. Ros and Stuart have got us off to a great start. If you are heading out for a training run, why not snap off a quick picture and send it in. E-mail Liz for more information.
Last Updated (Sunday, 16 December 2012 13:34)
Congratulations to all runners who took part in The Richmond Castle 10K 2012! We really hope you enjoyed the race and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2013. Runners travelled from across the country and also abroad to visit us and we hope the fabulous finish in the castle was the icing on the cake for you all. Congratulations to James Bulmer of New Marske Harriers for winning 1st Male in a time of 33.51 and Lucy Walker for winning 1st female in a time of 38.54. Due to the course amendments they now set the records for the new course.
Thank you to all the club members, family and friends who gave their time to marshal and support the race. Thanks also to the Hilly Clothing Company who once again kindly supported the event. Thanks to English Heritage for the use of the Castle grounds for the finish and Sweatshop for providing the vouchers. We are also extremely grateful to Richmond Town Council, North Yorkshire Highways, the MOD and CAMRA.
A massive thank you to Claire Stewart - Race Director, Richie Smith - Entries Sec, Stuart Clarkson - Head Marshal and John Hunter - Course Signage.