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
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 to 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.
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.
As part of of our Winter training sessions this year, the first Predictor Run took place on Thursday 27th October. There was great turn out of 19 runners who aimed to predict their time over a 3 mile, or 4 mile run around town. Martin Randall was first to finish in a time of 28.16 But the runner closest to their predicted time was Jo Caislay who was only 21 secs out with Ros Blackmore close behind, 24 sec out Robbie Kelly seemed to somewhat misjudge how long it would take to complete the course and finished 7mins 57sec quicker than his predicted time!!! Am sure he will be a bit closer next time.
Next Predictor Run will be on Thurs 24 Nov; meet at clubhouse at 6.30 to sign up.
Sunday 7th February 2016
The Mitja Marato de Oliva is the flattest half marathon in existence, but it is not without its challenges, namely it can be either very hot or very windy. This year it managed to combine both and was very hot and very windy!
I was surprised when I realised that I hadn’t done a road race for a year, so I had low expectations of this race. My sole aim was to run at about 5.30 minute kilometre pace, to see if I could keep up some consistency, something that can be difficult in off road and ultra-running. As it is a two lap race, it’s quite easy to monitor progress too.
As I set off around the streets of Oliva I could feel the temperature rising. By the time I reached the quiet roads around the orange groves on the edge of town I was frying. However, once I reached the sea front and turned to run along it, the wind made itself felt and for the rest of the lap I had to work really hard to keep to my planned pace in the strong headwind.
There is also a Quarter Marathon going on at the same time, finishing after the first lap, so it is important not to get caught up with the Quarter Marathoners as the temptation is to increase speed as they start tearing past. It’s a much lonelier road once the Quarter Marathoners have been funnelled off to their finish line, but it was back into the hot lanes again. I was aware of some strong gusts of wind, but wasn’t prepared for how much the wind speed had increased as I turned along the sea front. From about Km 16 it was gruelling, not just coping with the head wind, but also sudden, strong gusts funnelling down the side streets. I worked hard though, managing to pass a few runners who were also struggling. I managed a strong last kilometre and sprinted for the line, relieved to be able to stop fighting the wind at last.
The post-race refreshments were absolutely perfect for the conditions; a slice of melon, half a cup of lemon slush puppy and a cold beer! And if that weren’t enough there was an extremely generous goody bag which was so impressive for a low cost race that I feel compelled to list the contents! The bag itself was a good quality shopping bag and contained:
A quality long sleeved technical t-shirt, a buff, a bag of oranges, a carton of fruit juice, a bottle of water, a carton of soup, a cake, a packet of bread sticks, a packet of nuts, post-race muscle rub and a running magazine. Cheers Oliva!
I ran slightly faster than my goal, but managed to retain the consistency I was after (averaging 5.19 per km), finishing in 1:52.18, 7th Veterana C, 257/393. Neil, battling with two painful feet this time, finished in 1:40.06, 24th Veterano C, 145/393. Just to prove how fast a course it can be, Estaban Perales Montesinos produced a winning time of 1:11.18!
The results for the first two races are now available: see under competitions above. Many thanks to Julia Spittle who is helping me with the 'number-crunching' this year. So far 10 club members have got off the starting blocks, but there's plenty of time for the rest of us to join in.
Congratulations to Zoe and Chris Mason on the birth of their son Owen. "Owen Edward was born on the 20th Dec weighing 6lbs 14oz. We are immensely happy and proud of our little boy! Owen is 8 weeks old tomorrow and I'm hoping to venture out for a speedy run whilst Chris keeps Owen occupied and hopefully not wanting a feed for an hour! So whatever the weather I'll be seizing the opportunity! I have a Swaledale Marathon entry so that's my goal now! Will definitely be walk and run if I'm up to the distance by then."
The rearranged presentation night is now on Thursday 28th January at the club house in Richmond. People can still go for a run beforehand. Jess will be running her normal structured training session but will start slightly earlier at 6.30pm so we can get everyone back to the club house for about 7.30pm. We will be having light refreshments, then the presentation of awards will start by no later than 8pm. There will be a raffle, so if people can bring a raffle prize that would be great.