Three Swaledale runners took part in the 35 mile Round Ripon Ultra. Stuart Clarkson, who particularly enjoys the longer distances these days, finished in 7.38.39. Louise Branford-White and Chris Sayer had never attemped an ultra before, but seemed to enjoy the experience, finishing in 8.38.09 and 8.46.35 respectively.
The Kielder Marathon bills itself as Britain's most beautiful but it certainly isn't the easiest. The Swaledale trio of Martin Randall, Chris Lamb and Niall Cheyne tackled the course together for the second consecutive year on October 2nd. Martin finished in 3.34.40 with Chris in 4.09.43 and Niall in 4.32.37. On the same day five club members ran in the 12.9k Grewelthorpe multi terrain race. Robbie Kelly finished in 63.11 just ahead of Oonagh Bathgate, who was first FV50 in 63.59. Neil Bowmer crossed the line in 65.21 with Lucy Riley in 71.46 and Ros Blackmore in 82.01. The ladies were delighted and surprised to come away with the team prize.
The club's own race, the Richmond Castle 10k, took place in perfect conditions last Sunday. Louise Branford-White took on the role of Race Director this year, and was ably assisted by Geoff Kensett, Robbie Kelly and a huge band of marshalls. The men's race was won by Alex Kiel of Quakers in 33.55 with Rosie Smith of Durham winning the women's race in 36.28. Oonagh Bathgate is in the form of her life at present and led Swaledale to the women's team prize with a time of 44.39. Lucy Riley (49.50) and Claire Stewart (51.43) completed the team. Dave Atkinson was first club runner home in 41.15 with Andy Gaines in 45.23 and Pete Devlin in 56.27. The previous day Michael Keavney completed the Langdale Horseshoe fell race (13.1 miles 4750 feet climbing) in 3.32.30.
Park Run results October 8th. Darlington - Zoe Mason (3rd woman) 21.19. Northallerton - Andy Gaines 21.04, Carol Murray 24.41, Zoe Mackay 26.02. Fountains Abbey - Andrew Fletcher 19.26 (first V55 in new PB 19.26)
Get the date in your diary everyone: our annual Christmas do will be at Richmond Rugby Club on Friday December 2nd. This will include our presentation of trophies for 2016. Can the current holders of trophies please return them to a member of the committee by November 1st. We also need to bring forward slightly the final date for submitting results for the club championship. The final named race is still the Derwentwater 10 on November 6th, but substitutions must now be submitted to Liz Sowter by November 15th (see club championship rules above for clarification).
Four club members travelled to the Lakes for the Three Shires fell race (12.4 miles, 4000 feet) on September 17th. Hot conditions and tricky terrain tested all four and resulted in modest times. Tim Grimwood and Ian Oldham finished together in 3.07.54 with Michael Keavney in 3.25.11 and Jim Coldwell in 3.43.56. At the Harrogate Haverah trail race the following day Martin Randall finished 28th of 224 finishers in 1.16.48 and Denise Warner recorded 1.53.35.
The DT 40 Trail Race (actually 42k) took place in Wensleydale on September 24th and was the final race of this year's Dales Trail Series. Stu Smith was first club finisher in 4.01.13 with Martin Randall in 4.20.36, Robbie Kelly in 4.21.48, Derek Parrington in 4.30.37 and Caitlin Pearson in 4.34.58. Ian Oldham chose to have a leisurely run rather than race and finished in 4.53.39, with Grace Gilpin in 5.56.27.
Park Run times. September 17th: Darlington - Stuart Hardcastle 21.40, Marian Hunter 28.12, Northallerton - Andy Gaines 22.15, Anne Singleton 28.52. September 24th: Darlington - Zoe Mason 22.30 (2nd woman), Northallerton - Vicki Howe 25.52, Fountains Abbey - Anne Singleton 29.09.
Could all those who are marshalling at the Richmond Castle 10k this Sunday be at the Town Hall for the marshals' briefing at 9.30am, please? If you're aware of anyone who is helping who may not see the club website or FB posts, please pass the message on. See you there!
The Three Shires fell race was one of the club fell championship races this year, and so on Saturday myself, Jim Coldwell, Mike Keavney and Ian Oldham travelled over to Little Langdale for the race (12.4 miles and 4000 ft ascent). It was my first Lakeland Classic race and a real step up for me in difficulty. My concerns about navigation around a potentially tricky route were not eased when we managed to go the wrong way walking from the car park to the start line, however the glorious weather meant there were no problems finding the route during the race – although the blazing heat caused different problems. The race consists of three big climbs and descents. Mid way through the second climb, up to Pike o’ Blisco, I started to struggle, and by the third, up to Lingmoor, this had turned to despair and I was wondering whether I would make it to the end. Luckily for me I crossed paths with Ian who helped cajole/guide me to the finish line and then a nice sit in a nearby stream. The event was excellently organised with a relaxed atmosphere and a great post-race pasty, and a humorous prize ceremony in the sunshine. Myself and Ian finished in 3.08, Mike in 3.25 and Jim in 3.43, and with winner Ricky Lightfoot getting round in 1.57 it was not a high scoring day for championship points. The club fell championship has just one race to go, Simonside Cairns on 11 December, and our championship director is starting to think about next year’s race calendar.
Short sharp fell races come thick and fast at this time of year and club members have been in action in four of the steepest of all. After Reeth Show on Bank Holiday Monday Caitlin Pearson ran again the following day at Kilnsey finishing in 12.44. The next day saw six members in the annual Roseberry Topping race. Tim Grimwood came 18th of 107 runners in 15.00, not far ahead of Ian Oldham in 15.15. Michael Keavney and Robbie Kelly took different routes down, with the "chute" proving quickest and Michael finished in 16.41 with Robbie ten seconds behind. Jim Coldwell came home in 18.27 with Mike Hulley in 19.47. At Muker Show on Sept 7th Caitlin Pearson, Michael Keavney and Martin Randall reversed their finishing order at Reeth. Caitlin was fifth woman in 16.59 with Michael in 17.37 and Martin in 17.50. Caitlin ran yet again at Burnsall fell race on September 11th and was sixth woman in 21.45.
Andrew Fletcher has been running well on the roads in recent weeks and was first club finisher at this year's Tholthorpe 10k on September 4th, with a time of 39.41. Roger Brisley finished in 53.52 with Julia Spittle in 55.34. Andrew also ran in the Vale of York Half Marathon on September 11th and was 3rd V50 in an excellent time of 1.25.54. Liz Sowter also ran and finished in 1.53.37. The Great North Run took place on the same day, with three members taking part. Roger Brisley finished in 2.02.58, with Stu Clarkson in 2.04.05 and Anne Singleton in 2.17.42.
At the Paras 10 mile multi terrain race in Catterick on September 4th Martin Randall came 11th overall in 77.03, with Lucy Riley 38th in 88.58 and Karen Thompson in 129.16
Club members featured in three different races in the North-East on August 21st. The quickest performances were in Northumberland, where Martin Randall finished fourth out of 74 runners in the Coastal Half Marathon in 1.46.00, and Robbie Kelly finished 8th (and first V55) in the Coastal Marathon in 3.52.58. Five runners took place in the second Scorton Feast 10k. Adele Marshall was first club finisher in 46.13, with Christian Player in 51.07, Helen Nicholson in 53.38, Vicki Howe in 55.21 and Anne Singleton in 60.07. At the rather less scenic Ray Harrison 10k in Billingham Pete Devlin finished in 54.51 and Julia Spittle in 56.50.
This year's West Witton fell race on Pen Hill had an unusually large and competitive field and was won by George Foster of Ambleside AC who is currently based in North Yorkshire and has been training with Swaledale. Martin Randall was the first of three club members and was followed by Caitlin Pearson and Michael Keavney.
There was an excellent club turnout at the Reeth Show fell race on Bank Holiday Monday with eight Swaledale runners amongst the record field of 100, six of them finishing in the top half. Tim Grimwood is developing into a force to be reckoned with as a fellrunner and finished tenth in 19.23. Robbie Kelly was next club member in 21.11, followed by Martin Randall in 22.17. A minor error on the descent by Jim Coldwell and Caitlin Pearson allowed Michael Keavney to nip ahead and just manage to hold them off. Michael finished in 22.36 with Jim in 22.41 and Caitlin in 22.48 (4th woman). Rebecca Simpson crossed the line in 24.58, with Michael Rosher in 26.56.
The club turned out in force for this years James Herriot Trail run on July 31st, with eleven runners taking part and several other members involved in organisation. Derek Parrington was the first club runner to finish, completing the 8.7 mile course in 63.05. Tim Grimwood was not far behind in 64.35. Performance of the day went to Oonagh Bathgate who won the FV45 category in 70.52 and led the winning ladies team. Other club times - James Taylor 74.03, Zoe Mason 74.30, Michael Keavney 75.18, John Lynch 76.19, Lucy Riley 79.24, Anne Singleton 96.48, Julia Spittle 96.51 and Karen Thorpe 102.25.
The following Sunday, on another bright blustery day, twelve club members ran in the Darlington 10k. Andrew Fletcher was first Swaledale runner to finish in 39.48, just ahead of Tim Grimwood, who squeezed under the 40 minute barrier in 39.59. Andrew Fahey finished in 41.31 with Martin Randall in 41.55. Zoe Mason was the first club woman to finish, in 43.42, just ahead of Caitlin Pearson in 44.38. Other club times - Vicki Howe 52.16, Roger Brisley 53.28, Grace Gilpin 54.43, Liz Sowter 55.00, Julia Spittle 56.33, Anne Singleton 57.59