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Many of our members either participate or volunteer at the local parkruns in PONTEFRACT RACECOURSE and, from this Saturday, NOSTELL PRIORY. These free to enter 5k runs start at 9:00 every Saturday and are a superb way of checking your current fitness or simply having a run out with friends. Parkruns are all over the UK - why not visit one?

September Birthdays

2nd   Maggie Hawksworth

8th     Sandy George

11th   Victoria Nicholson

12th   John Bell

15th   Teresa Williams

22nd  Ashley Tazzyman

          Jim Spencer

          Aleks Kubasiak



Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields

Saturdays at Parkrun

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Last Update: 27 September: 22:10

Loads of photos on our Facebook Page


Chris Whawell (Pontefract)

Adrian Hall (Ackworth)

Sandra Edwards (Ryhill)


273,341 Visitors to 01/9/14

6:15 Beginner/s / improvers

- from a walk-run or run up to 5k tailored to individual levels of fitness led by qualified Run Leaders.

7:00 Main Group

- varied routes usually from 5-8 miles both on and off road subject to conditions. We split into similar speed groups to cover all abilities

Thursdays as an alternative, we offer speedwork or hill training led by one of our coaches.

9:00 at The Anglers Country Park, Wintersett - meet at the Visitor Centre Car park (cafe and toilets available)

Long slow runs ideal for building stamina and preparing for a half or full marathon.



Most weekends someone from the club will be racing somewhere.

This coming weekend its the Isle of Axeholme Half Marathon - a Grand Prix event

August New Members

Racing Activity: 27-28 Sept

Nostell Priory parkrun [19]

Pontefract parkrun 16[]

Wakefield Thornes parkrun [1]

Mansfield parkrun [1]

Cheadle Hulme parkrun [1]

Saturday morning at a parkrun has really become an integral part of  Club life, with well over 50 this week either participating as a runner, volunteer or indeed both.  NOSTELL PRIORY again attracted the most with 19 plus a host of volunteers. Simon Newton duly fulfilled his role as first finisher with a time of 17:25, but no less credit should go to Ruth Saville who duly completed her role as tail runner in a time of just over the hour. Her support is greatly appreciated by other runners who can't quite live with Simon's pace. There was one pb - Darren Clark whose time of 27:14 was 2 minutes quicker than his previous best. Credit must go to his training partner - his dog (not Denise) - who regularly pulls him around. Well done to Ashley Tazzyman on his year best time in just his second run of 2014! Liane Warren was our first lady finisher in 22:08. New member Sarah Wilkinson had her first parkrun, logging a pretty good time of 24:48.

It was a pacing event at PONTEFRACT with Adrian Leach and Guy Leech both donning pacer's vests. Despite Guy getting his kilometers and miles mixed up on his Garmin he managed to finish within 7 seconds of his allotted time. Mark Mills must have spotted that it was the last opportunity for GP points for parkrun Quarter 3 and turned out to record a pb of 18:10 (3rd overall finisher). We had another pb - this time for Amie Gowiing who knocked nearly 1 minute off her time to finish in 25;23. She would like to thank her personal pacer by buying him a drink after training next week! Rachel Cook was our first lady in 24:22. Amanda Mckinnell also enjoyed the superb running conditions to record her best time of the year.

Other parkruns visited by members were WAKEFIELD THORNES - Mick Wigglesworth; MANSFIELD - Lee Hopkins and CHEADLE HULME - Ian Richardson (another sub 20 performance). There may be others.


Neil Holt's is looking firm favourite for the title in the MENS OPEN LEAGUE but David Hughes is now i point ahead of Adrian Byrom after Adrian lost a couple of placings in the Trunce Series  No changes either in the MENS AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Adrian Byrom has cut Martyn Stearn's lead from 6 to 5 points. Neil Holt is now joint 3rd with Mick Knowles.

Now changes at the top of the LADIES OPEN LEAGUE with Becci Winter still ahead by 7 points from Gail Wrangles and 12 ahead of Liane Warren.

The top of the LADIES AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE is also unchanged with, Becci Winter still ahead of Gail Wrangles and Denise Clark  

Check out the full tables

2014 Awards Update

Just 3 months or so of racing left this year in which to claim your 2014 Award, improve your grading or challenge for the 'Most Improved'. 40 have already succeeded  in their quest; 8 need to do a half marathon; 7 need to do a 10m and 1 needs to do a 10k. There are loads of opportunities to race all three qualifying distances before the year end - don't be left out.

Sixteen have already improved on their 2013 average and it looks like a close race for the 'Most Improved'. Denise Clark leads on +4.51 from Adrian Leach (+4.23) and Lee Hopkins (+3.21).

Check out your current standing  HERE

Marathon Training

Grand Prix Update

Racing Activity 2014

Once again it looks as though we will have a record year of racing. In the first 7 months, 131 members have already raced over 10,500 miles -27% more than in the same period last year. Unsurprisingly the number of 5ks is up by 55% and the start of Nostell Priory parkrun will only increase the popuarity of the distance. 44 marathons have been run - double that of last year. The number of 10ks is actually down 10% - probably all accounted for by the Wakefield 10k coinciding with the Manchester marathon. Overall event numbers is up by 31%. With a crop of new members, activity will continue to grow - what an active Club we have!

Tissington Half Marathon: 5 Oct

Timed Mile: 4 Sep

16 took on the mile challenge - most having 3 attempts - which is a challenge in itself.

Check out the results (and previous times) here

Autumn Handicap: Tues 16 Sept

A large turnout of 59 runners enjoyed the last of this years handicap events in pleasant conditions - all managing to return before darkness descended. The multi-terrain course combined with some tight handicapping meant that only one person managed to beat their predicted time. Runners were despatched in 4 groups (based on predicted times) at 5 minute intervals  This worked well with a steady procession of finishers back at Carr Bridge. Well done to Eve Owen-Smith who finished 46 secs ahead of her time to win, She was followed by Mary Bird and Diane Widdowson who were only just outside their tmes. Our first male on handicap was Guy Leech (the second event running!). The fastest time went to Simon Newton who would have been quicker if he hadn't taken the wrong route back at Carr Bridge! A couple of others - who will remain nameless, managed to find a gap in the hedge on Mill Lane to gain a few yards!

The podium places for the Series prizes have now been finalised. Female Table - Winner - Vic Adams, 2nd Denise Clark, 3rd Emma Smith. Male Table - Winner Mark Mills, 2nd Adrian Byrom, 3rd Guy Leech.

Results         Run Times         Series Tables

Edwinstowe 10k: 7 Dec

We have a party of over 50 (not over 50s) for this popular run through Sherwood Forest followed by Christmas Lunch. Many thanks again to Clare Hill for organising the meal - and booking the venue before we left last year! We have a full coach again to enhance the party spirit (thanks to Karen Youel for organising) Clare is collecting meal deposits (£10). Menu. The restaurant came take more people but you will need your own transport. If we have enough demand it may be possible to arrange another smaller coach or minibus.

Don't forget to get your race entry in now - don't wait - it will fill very shortly.


Leeds Country Way Relay: 31 Aug

A big well done to our 2 teams who gave their best and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Anyone who hasn't collected their pot - see Stewart at training.

Trunce #9: 8 Sep

Our largest turnout of the year (25), plus several supporters, made the trip to Oxspring for the last race of the series, some managing to don fancy dress. Hopefully a photo or two will turn up! Whilst many went for the Trunce Buzz, others were there to grab some GP points. A brilliant first run for Neil Holt saw him finish 13th overall in a time of 28:28 - and 40 points. Craig Tipton, Denise Clark (our 1st lady), Julie Morgan, Evelyn Owen-Smith, Amanda Wilson and Darren Clark all had their quickest runs. Amanda McKinnell, Aleks Kubasiak and Louisa Banks had their first ever Trunce experience and will no doubt be back next year.

An excellent evening was rounded off by an end of series meal in the pub - thanks to Mel Owen for organising.

Over the series, 49 members (27 male/ 22 female) have turned out at least once. Top Truncers were Guy Leech and Lee Hopkins who both ran in 8 of the 9 races. No prizes this year - next year?

39 Entries have now been sent in and the coach booked. Anyone who hasn't paid yet, please do so asap.  There may be a small balance to pay for the coach - this will be collected en-route.

Spring Marathons 2015

Its getting to that time of year when people are thinking about the challenge of a Spring marathon or awaiting news of the London (and Club) ballot. Last year we had a party of 20 over at the Manchester marathon and the close timescale to London made for great training camaraderie over the winter months. This year they are both again in April, with Manchester the week before London.

A number have already booked their accommodation for a Manchester Marathon Weekend (18/19 April) staying at the Travel Lodge Salford Quays - a double room currently costs £60 for two nights - a bargain. More details will be added to the club Facebook Page shortly,



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Peco Cross Country 2014/2015

The dates are now out for this Winter's series and the good news is that we are hosting Race 2 on Sunday 14 December at either Pontefract Park or Nostell Priory - hopefully the latter. Other dates are Race 1- 30 November, Race 3 - 11 January, Race 4 - 8 February, Race 5 - 15 March. Don't forget final Grand Prix points of the year available in Races 1 & 2.

Celebration Meal: Friday 24 Oct

Our Ladies Captain, Pat Wood celebrates a special birthday shortly and to mark the event Lindsay Pinder is organising a meal at the Brown Cow, High Ackworth (7:30 pm). Please let Lindsay know (or email the club) if you would like to attend.