Swaledale Runners

Formerly Swaledale Road Runners


Club championship 2015

Age-graded results for the first three races have been posted. See above under 'competitions'. The next event is the Mermaid 10K on April 3rd.

Mid-week league

It is not too late to get your number for the 2015 series. There will however be no entries on the day. Numbers cost £10 and cover all 5 races. This year's first race is at Harrogate on the 5th May. A full run down of the venues and dates can be found under "race diary".

‘A Foot in Two Dales’: A Fifty Mile Journey

01-Start-of-Shunner-FellI had been thinking about trying to run 50 miles for some time, but couldn't find a race at the right time, the right place or at the right price! When Sarah Hackett expressed an interest in doing the same thing, I dusted off some old route notes and started planning in earnest. A couple of years ago I had discovered a walker's route on the Long Distance Walkers Association website which made a circuit of Swaledale and Wensleydale and I had recced it all over time. I checked out a couple of sections that I couldn't remember clearly and we were good to go. Neil Bowmer was booked as our support vehicle driver, doubling up as cook and tea maker and we enlisted the help of Richard Gale and Liz Sowter to accompany us over two of the more remote sections, just in case of any difficulties.

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Running in the Sun 2015: Part 1

San Silvestre Races

01-before-PegoEach year, Spanish town councils encourage their populations to run by putting on short races around their town centres, which only cost a few euros to enter. This allows runners to race just about every day over the festive period by travelling to nearby towns. Neil and I managed to run the last two of these races, in Altea (the day after arriving in Spain!) and in Pego on New Year's Eve.

At just 4 km, the Altea San Silvestre is possibly the shortest distance I have raced since my schooldays. Starting in the main square after dark, the route dropped down to the harbour before02-post-Pego climbing in three sharp hills up to the church. It then went round some back streets before a long straight road to the finish line back in the main square. The race is just a mad thrash, there is no point in trying to pace yourself, the only option is to run as hard as you can then collapse over the finish line. Not my style of running at all! I had Jess's voice in my ear as I attacked the hills ('pockets to sockets', 'head up', 'drive on') and I even managed to win a 'sprint' to the line with a fellow competitor, so all in all I was pleased with my first foray into Spanish racing. The winner, Juan Fernandez Cantos, crossed the line in 12.35. Neil Bowmer finished in 15.08, 37th/272, 5th Veterano B and I came in at a slightly more sedate 19.07, 139/272, 5th Veterana B.

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AGM 2015 and committee nominations

Our 2015 AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th April at 7.00 in the Richmond clubhouse. If you would like to make any nominations to the committee, please use this nomination form. Members are also reminded that notice of any resolution proposed to be moved at the annual general meeting must be given in writing to the Secretary not less than 14 days before the meeting.

The draft agenda for the AGM can be seen by members by clicking on the AGM tab above and using the password you usually use for the forum. Any proposals from members will be added to this. The forum itself will be restored soon, but is currently closed while the website is being updated.

Liz Sowter

Time trial potsponed

Tonight's planned time trial has been postponed because of the icy conditions. Please spread the word.

Structured training

Many of us have enjoyed Jackie's strength and conditioning sessions on Thursdays throughout the winter. The last of these will take place on January 22nd and the following week a new training cycle begins. Jess Young has planned a 14 week programme leading up to the Tees Barrage 10K on May 4th. Runners of all abilities are welcome to join in, whether or not you plan to take part in that particular race. Even if you have no intention of racing at all, feel free to come along and see how you can improve over the weeks. Here is the complete programme. Just turn up to the Richmond clubhouse at the  usual time on a Thursday. 

Beginners' group

A new begiiners' group will be starting on Thursday 5th February 2015. If you know anyone who might be interested in coming along, please e-mail Jess. Here is a poster with more details.

Latest news: the group is now full, but feel free to contact Jess for information or to be put on the waiting list.

Christmas and New Year closures

The clubhouses will be closed on the following dates: Northallerton Wednesday 24th and 31st December, Richmond Thursday 25th December and Thursday 1st January. 

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