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.
Anne Singleton was the sole club representative at this year's Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k in the Lakes on December 3rd and finished just outside the hour mark in 61.28. The following day saw seven members at the Eskdale Eureka fell race (8 miles, 1400 feet climbing) at Castleton. Tim Grimwood finished 19th in a strong field of 130 runners in 64.32, follwed by Ian Oldham in 75.02. Michael Keavney finished in 77.14, just ahead of a closely bunched women's team of Rebecca Simpson in 77.43, Becky Barnett in 78.54 and Caroline Graham in 80.29. The trio were unlucky not to win the women's team prize. Also on the Sunday, two members travelled to Blyth for a bracing run along the beach in the 5 mile Blyth Sands Handicap race. The race format gives a head start according to age and sex category and Steve Brown finished 6th out of 121 runners with an actual time of 33.15, with Martin Randall 30th in 35.13.
Rebecca Simpson underlined her good form at last Saturday's Darlington Parkrun to finish as first woman in a new PB of 20.05. Zoe Mason was fourth woman in 21.14 and Stuart Hardcastle finished in 22.02. At the Fountains Abbey event Andrew Fletcher was first V55 as usual, in 19.37. Over in Northallerton Vicki Howe recorded 26.04 and Julia Spittle 28.57.
Away from racing, the annual Presentation Night took place at Richmond Rugby Club on December 2nd. The event was well attended and successful, confirming that the club is in good shape at the moment. Awards for best male and female went to Steve Brown and Oonagh Bathgate respectively. Andrew Fletcher and Julia Spittle picked up the prizes for the Road championship. Tim Grimwood was crowned Fell Champion for some excellent performances in his first serious year on the hills. However, he still has a lot to learn in the discipline when it comes to navigation, and also picked up the wooden spoon for getting lost between the car park and the start line at a Lake District race in September.
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.
The Wensleydale Wedge took place on November 20th with muddy ground on the lower slopes and snow on the tops. The 23 mile route is a Long Distance Walkers Association event but welcomes runners, and many club members took part. Martin Randall finished 6th out of 240 finishers in 4.02 with Ian Oldham also highly placed in 12th with a time of 4.11. Other times - Caroline Graham 4.42, Neil Bowmer 4.42, Vicki Howe 5.07, Michael Rosher 5.23, Ros Blackmore 6.13, Sarah Haynes 6.31, Stu Clarkson 6.31. The following Saturday three members ran in the hilly Ravenstonedale 10k near Kirkby Stephen on a beautiful cold crisp day. Martin Randall was first club finisher again in 42.54 with Jim Coldwell in 45.48 and James Taylor in 48.21. Jim had also been in action two weeks earlier at the Dunnerdale fell race (5 miles, 1800 feet climb). He had an excellent run to finish 88th out of 183 runners in 56.49, beating club rival Michael Keavney (59.14) by a convincing margin.
Park run times . Northallerton - November 19th, Andy Gaines 22.07. November 26th Vicki Howe 26.11. Darlington - November 26th, Zoe Mason 22.47.
The Saltergate Gallows fell race (10.6 miles, 1400 feet climb) on November 6th was the final race in this year's club fell championship, and took place in testing wintery conditions. Tim Grimwood finished in an excellent 16th place in the race in 93.40, confirming him as club champion. Ian Oldham was next club finisher in 99.24 with Robbie Kelly in 103.08. Rebecca Barnett in 106.58 and Caroline Graham in 107.45 finished as 6th and 7th women respectively. Thanks to the "ghost" runner rule used in the Esk Valley series, Swaledale's team of two highly placed women beat those clubs with three slower women to the team title. Jim Coldwell finished just behind Caroline in 108.18. On the same day Pete Devlin finished the Leeds Abbey Dash in 52.48.
Zoe Mason, Andy Gaines and Andrew Fletcher continue to perform well in local Parkruns, the most notable performances being a first place for Zoe at Darlington, second place for Andy at Northallerton and fifth overall and first V55 for Andrew at Fountains Abbey.
Parkrun times. Northallerton : November 5th - Andy Gaines 21.18, Niall Cheyne 24.32, Chris Sayer 29.39. November 12th - Andy Gaines 21.50, Niall Cheyne 33.30. Darlington: November 5th - Rebecca Simpson 25.50. November 12th - Zoe Mason 21.35. Fountains Abbey: November 5th - Andrew Fletcher 19.40.
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.
Twelve club members made the short trip to Boroughbridge for the Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 mile multi-terrain race on October 16th, and for the third consecutive weekend Swaledale picked up the women's team prize. Oonagh Bathgate finished as 5th woman and first FV55 in 73.42. Zoe Mason (80.02) and Vicki Howe(88.56) completed the team. Swaledale also had two men in the top ten, with Derek Parrington 6th in 66.14 and Tim Grimwood 9th in 67.31. Other club times - Neil Bowmer 73.30, Andy Gaines 75.16, Niall Cheyne 88.41, Ros Blackmore 91.57, Grace Gilpin 92.49, Liz Sowter 95.42 and Julia Spittle 102.09. Also on October 16th, Dave Atkinson was the sole club representative at the Bridlington Half Marathon, finishing 30th in 1.28.25.
There was a close contest between three club runners in the Great Whernside fell race in Kettlewell on October 22nd. Robbie Kelly held off Michael Keavney on the descent to finish in 44.39, with Michael in 45.26, just inside the top half of the field. Jim Coldwell wasn't far behind in 47.04. On the same day new member Rebecca Barnett ran her first race for the club, and was first woman and third overall in a small field of 21 in the Osmotherley trail 12k. In the 20k option Derek Parrington came 13th in 1.42.53 with Alison Johnstone in 2.27.55 and Julia Spittle in 2.43.52.
Andrew Fletcher continues to run well in the Fountains Abbey Parkrun and set a new PB of 19.14 on October 15th. He ran exactly the same time again the following week. Jo Caisley also ran on the 15th, recording a time of 27.45. Zoe Mason is also going well in Parkruns and finished in 22.25 at Darlington on October 15th and in 21.05 (third woman) last weekend. In the Northallerton event Andy Gaines was third on the 15th in 21.38 and 4th on the 22nd in 21.36, when he was joined by Niall Cheyne in 26.06
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)