A massive well done to Neil Bowmer who completed the Northern Traverse – 190 miles Coast to Coast in 95 hours.
Martin Randall had a good run at the Raby Castle 10k on 20/05. He was 20th and 3rd in his age category in a time of 42.04.
Park Run Results – 19/5 – Catterick – Martin Randall – 19.16 (10th) PB, Mark Sowerby – 19.17 (11th) PB, Grace Gilpin – 25.29, Zoe Mason – 26.48, Jade Swainston – 29.55 PB – Northallerton – Evan Jones – 23.02 (12th) PB, Julia Spittle – 28.59, Darlington – Carrie Morrell – 30.18, Niall Cheyne – 30.19.
Well done to Jean Bradley and Sheila Cantrell who ran the Manchester Half on 20/5 in hot conditions. They did 2.37.36 and 2.38.00.
There was three excellent results at the 24K Helvellyn & the Dodds Fell race on 27/5. Tim Grimwood 13th - 2.44.40, Rebecca Simpson 59th - 10th Female, 3rd in V40 - 3.16.33, Martin Randall 60th - 3.16.52.
There was a good turn out of Swaledalers at the local Northallerton 10k on 27/5 in a big field of 725 runners. Evan Jones 132nd - 49.01, Martin Luxton 149th - 49.51, Amy Kerr 302nd - 55 .37, Helen Baines 401st - 59.34, Julia Spittle 437th - 1.01.25 (1st for Category), Sarah Norman 493rd - 1.04 06, Jean Bradley 562nd - 1.07.36.
Mark Sowerby continued his fine form at the Melmerby 10k - 27/5. He was 41st out of 305 in a time of 41.14.
Well done to Ray and Sue Crabbe who completed the St Begas 37 mile Ultra on 27/5.
Catterick Park Run - 26/5 - Martin Randall - 19.25, Annelie Whitfield - 22.59 (PB), John Lynch - 25.42, Grace Gilpin - 25.53, Zoe Mason - 26.22, Helen McKay - 30.00
There was a massive turn out of Swaledale Runners at the popular Wensleydale Wander on 14/4. There is a choice of the "Long Run" - about 22 miles or the "Short Run" of 12 miles. The event is organised by the Wensleydale Rotary Club and is a great day out. Results can be a bit vague but here goes: Short Run - 1st for the Club and 4th overall Ian Oldham - 1.41, Robbie Kelly - 6th - 1.48, Oonagh Bathgate - 11th - 2nd Lady - 1.59, John Lynch - 14th - 2.04, Claire Stewart - 16th -2.08, Jan Ilsey - 19th - 2.13, Liz sowter - 28th - 2.25, Stu Clarkson -37th - 2.32, Annelie Whitfield (who got lost and did an extra 3 miles) - 41st - 2.37, Geoff Kensett, Sarah Haynes, Ros Blackmore, Gill Mclean - 3.20, Zoe & Amy Foulerton - 3.28, Carrie Morrell - 3.38. Long Run - 1st Overall - Derek Parrington - 3.09, Neil Bowmer - 3.30, Martin Randall - 3.49, Niall Cheyne - 5.49. Sorry if anyone was missed.
Good to see Sue Crabbe back to fitness and achieving a PB for a half marathon trail race at the Burnsall Half Marathon - 21/4 - 2.08.01 - 45th - 3rd in age category.
Its been a busy time for the fell runners, especially Tim Grimwood and Mike Keavney. Resent races and results:
15/04 - Gisborough Moors Fell Race - 207 runners - Tim Grimwood - 8th - 1.37.05, Nick Downing - 23rd - 1.43.57, Ian Oldham - 93rd - 1.59.55, Mike Keavney - 118th - 2.06.42, Caroline Graham - 122nd - 2.07.21, Jim Coldwell - 126th - 2.08.48
21/04 - Anniversary Waltz - Newlands Valley Horse Shoe - 3600 feet of ascent - 481 runners - Tim Grimwood - 23rd - 1.58.19, Sarah Hackett - 116th - 2.17.28, Ian Oldham - 163rd - 2.24.51, Rich Gale - 202nd - 2.29.40, Mike Keavney - 256th - 2.38.40, Rebecca Simpson - 266th - 2.41.06, Caroline Graham - 290th - 2.44.36, Jim Coldwell - 312nd - 2.47.43, Vicky Jewitt - 353rd - 2.56.27, Simon Hewitt - 447th - 3.30.26
29/04 - Blakley Blitz - Tim Grimwood - Brilliant 2nd - 1.28.46, Mike Keavney - 50th - 1.59.31
02/05 - Gribdale Gallop - Tim Grimwood - 4th - 40.10, Mike Keavney - 53rd - 50.48
Two Swaledaler's competed in the Sand Dancer 10k on 29/04 - 360 Runners - Martin Randall - 31st - 41.13, Peter Devlin - 176th - 50.49
Park Run Results -
Catterick Park Run -
14/4 - Jess Young 1st Lady (officially) - 22.37, Grace Gilpin - 25.46, Sheila Cantrell - 31.16, Jean Bradley - 33.14.
21/4 - PB's Galore- Robbie Kelly - 21.24 PB, Annelie Whitfield - 23.51, John Lynch - 24.30, Grace Gilpin - 25.02 PB, Jean Bradley - 30.44 PB.
28/04 - Annelie Whitfield - 23.08, Jess Young - 23.38, Sheila Cantrell - 29.51 PB, Jean Bradley - 30.11 PB
05/05 - Mark Sowerby - 19.31, Zoe Mason - 25.46, Simon Hewitt - 26.58, Jade Swainston - 32.12.
Northallerton -05/05 - Carol Murray - 25.57
Roger Brisley ran in the Great Peace Run and Walk half marathon on 06/05 in Belgium at Ypres - 2.15
Rat Race Ultra Tour of Arran: 14th & 15th April
This was a new event from rat race, and caught my eye some time ago, before the full details of the weekend were released. I hoped for a weekend of beautiful trail running in a stunning environment. What I found I was in for was (through the info email 4 weeks before the event) was a weekend of beautiful trail running, including sections of scrambling on the 2nd ultra, over the highest points on the island. Although I don’t have a head for extreme heights, I am also not one for backing out of a challenge, and decided to give it a shot anyway.
Well what can I say: it was an experience!!
A pretty tough weekend, from start to finish. Weather the week before up there had set the tone and everything was wet and boggy from setting up tent Friday to leaving again Monday
Saturday's ultra in the south was pretty brutal in comparison to what I had expected. Longer than advertised, lots of tough hills, mud, miles and miles of bog running through misty forests: navigation was a challenge. At one point I went thigh deep into bog, and kept sinking. By the time I was waist high in it I realised this could get dodgy and was glad I had taken note of past TV programmes about surviving sinking mud! Still, finished Saturday reasonably in 7.53 overall, 1.234 km of ascent and 29 miles long
A cold night of no sleep, then on to Sunday......
There were two reasons why I did this race. Firstly, I forgot to apply for a ‘good for age’ place at London this year, and secondly, Rome was the venue for my PB of 3hrs 30min 29sec back in 2011. Well worth the extra costs of travel etc. at the time. Of course, I wasn’t expecting to better or even repeat that, as age has taken its toll since the days of PBs. However, it’s not a bad course, mainly flat, and previously, fairly well organised. The famous cobbles do take it out on the feet a bit, but frankly I didn’t find them a problem. I did notice though, that the IAAF had downgraded it from gold to silver standard. I won’t go through the negatives, but half cups of water at most of the hydration stations, and no blue line to show the shortest route, were a couple of the changes I noticed. On the plus side, a spectacular route around many of the main tourist attractions, including the start at the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Spanish steps etc.
In the end though, my worst time since 2007, and very disappointing, after training more for this race than any of my previous marathons. I can only think that missing out, for various reasons including weather, on the 4 races (Brass Monkey half, Haweswater half, East Hull 20, and Dalton Park 10k) I had hoped to do earlier in the year, plus slow times in most of my 20+ mile long runs contributed. Loads of excuses on the day, and it was pretty warm later on at 23C, but there we are. The result is all that counts in the end. Maybe London next year. Maybe not. I’m hoping to post a positive race report at some point 😊.
It's been a busy weekend for Swaledale Runners, with a variety of races, both home and abroad.
7/4 - Catterick Park Run - There were PBs galore with some great results - Neil Bowmer - 18.58 - 3rd - PB, Nick Downing - 19.21 - 4th, Mark Sowerby - 19.22 -5th - PB, Jim Coldwell - 21.50 - 22nd - PB, Zoe Mason - 25.57, Jean Bradley - 33.44.
Darlington Park Run - Sheila Cantrell - 31.49.
Tim Grimwood and Mike Keavney were at the Coledale Horse Shoe Fell Race on Saturday. This was a big race with big names, won by Carl Bell in 1.11.51. In all there were 366 finishers. Tim did 1.30.51 - 72nd. Mike did 1.53.38 - 234th.
There was a great turnout at the rearranged Thirsk 10 mile on 8/4. Samantha King was first for the club in 1.18.53, Niall Cheyne - 1.25.19, Anneile Whitfield - 1.25.22, Grace Gilpin - 1.27.29, Amy Kerr - 1.29.45, Lucy Tulloch - 1.32.12, Rebecca Pickles - 1.33.20, Roger Brisley - 1.34.14, Chris Sayer - 1.36.08, Andy Broadley - 1.36.08, Debbie Eden Hayhurst - 1.38.09.
Martin Randall once again competed in the Druridge Bay 1/2 Marathon on 8/4 finishing in 1.36.35, 9th overall and 2nd M45.
Two Swaledalers went international, with Jess Young competing in the Hannover 10k in a time of 48.38 and was 3rd V30. Martin Luxton did the Rome Marathon in 3.53.26 and was 17th 65M.
On Saturday 31st Neil Bowmer and Ros Blackmore took part in the NAV4 Adventure LM42 in the Lakes. The event had to be shortened to 27 miles due to the weather conditions. They completed in 6.29 and 7.34 respectively.
On 10/03 John Lynch and Oonagh Bathgate were in Ireland at their cottage and competed in the local Vandeleur Park Run where they took the top two spots- Oonagh 22.50, John 25.28.
Park Runs -31/03
Catterick- Robbie Kelly-21.56 (club record for V60), John Lynch- 26.10, Grace Gilpin-27.04, Michelle Bray- 30.50
Darlington- Stu Hardcastle- 22.44
The club's AGM will take place on Tuesday 24th April at the club house at 7.00pm. Anyone wanting any points raised or discussed please let James know.
Well done to Ian Oldham who managed to complete the Hardmoors 55 on 17/3 before the event was abandoned due to the bad weather. He completed it in a fantastic time of 11.18.51.
The Catterick Parkrun on 17/3 was run in tricky conditions. This was Jim Coldwell’s first Parkrun and he completed it in 22.28. Grace Gilpin’s consistency and dedication to these races got her a great 3rd lady overall in 26.35.
Darlington Parkrun – Stuart Hardcastle – 22.02, Niall Cheyne – 36.45 (running with his sister, over from Australia).
There was a great performance from Emily Abbey at the rescheduled Lightwater Valley 10k on 24/03 – 3rd Lady in a time of 45.12. followed by Vicki Howe – 53.32, Anne Singleton – 59.10 (PB), Julia Spittle – 1.00.56.
Impressively Anne Singleton also ran the Dishforth 10k on 25/03 in another PB of 58.17. Tim Grimwood also doubled up at the weekend and competed in his first Park Run on Saturday and then was 6th at the Brough Law Fell Race on Sunday. Jim Coldwell and Julia Snape were in Cumbria at the Coniston 14 and got times of 1.52.04 & 2.31.49 respectively.
Park Runs – 17/03 – Peckham Rye – Robbie Kelly running his first Park Run – 21.55 – 1st VM60. Catterick – 24/03 – Neil Bowmer – 19.15, John Lynch – 24.20 (PB), Grace Gilpin – 25.19 (PB).
Well done to Jess Young who was the First Lady at the Catterick Park Run on 10/3 in a time of 22.12.
The usual suspects took to the hills at the Black Combe Fell Race on 20/3. Mike Keavney 1.54.31-66/113, Jim Coldwell 2.01.24 - 85th, Tim Grimwood 2.09.52 - 92nd (navigational problems?)
Three Swaledalers took part in the Hilly Dentdale 14. Nick Downing was the first for the club in a great time of 1.37.02 - 37/421, Rebecca Simpson 2.15.20 - 280, Grace Gilpin 2.21.39 - 327.
There was a great turnout from Swaledale at the High Cup Nick Fell race on 24th February. This race is the first in the clubs Fell running championship. The quality of runners was extremely high, with a who’s who of current fell running greats. The race was won by Sam Stead from Keswick AC in a time of 1.02.02. The Ladies did brilliantly once again to take the Ladies team prize. Results: Tim Grimwood:1.14.18 - 41st out of 419 runners, Nick Downing: 1.17.40 – 72nd, Sarah Hackett:1.28.56 – 167th (2nd in Age Category), Mike Keavney: 1.31.20 – 191st, Rebecca Simpson: 1.31.22 – 192nd, Rich Gale: 1.33.18 – 205th, Jim Coldwell:1.34.47 – 218th, Caroline Graham: 1.36.36 – 232nd, Robbie Kelly: 1.37.55 – 244th, Rebecca Barnett: 1.44.02 – 289th, Lucy Riley: 1.47.17 – 316th, James Taylor: 1.49.04 – 329th.
The following day Snake Lane 10 mile took place at Pocklington. Chris Sayer – 1.37.34, Andy Broadley – 1.40.32.