Swaledale Runners

Formerly Swaledale Road Runners


Hardmoors Saltburn half and Teesdale sprint triathlon

I have emerged briefly from revision and exams to do a couple of events. The Hardmoors Saltburn half marathon on 10th August was a fantastic day. The weather didn't quite live up to the stormy forecast and there was only half an hour or so of downpour (rather refreshing in the event). As ever with Hardmoors it stretched a bit beyond the authentic half (over 15 mi), but then it's a pleasant surprise to round a corner & realise you're actually finished! Result 3rd FV40, 7th female, with time of 2.35. Great course, would recommend it.

Teesdale sprint triathlon on 21st September was another lovely crisp day. 400 metre pool swim followed by a hilly 18 mile cycle and a 3 mile run through field and farm tracks. A great atmosphere, made more so by the quick inventive thinking from the organisers when the bike racking didn't turn up. Result 1st FV40, 4th Female overall, with splits of 7.06 swim, 59:56 bike, and 24:54 run.

Carol Murray

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.

Jackie Keavney

Castle 10K - marshals needed

As usual we will be needing marshals for our 10K on October 12th. If you can help out, please e-mail Stuart Clarkson, speak to him at a club night or phone him on 07875577039. 

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.

Structured training

Many of us enjoyed Jess's first training session at the racecourse last week. Session 2 is tomorrow: here is the full programme leading to the Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 mile race in October.


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

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 accreditation

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

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