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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?

July Birthdays

1st    Martyn Stearn  

8th    Jeff Denton

        Kevin Hogarth

10th   Darren Clark

14th   Julie Carr

15th   Paul Danby

16th   Julie Morgan

26th   Janet Davis

28th   Paul Zywicki



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Last Update: 1 August: 19:00

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Priory 10k/5k 16 July

Well that was a tiring day for all our marshals and volunteers ... and of course all of you who ran around our "slightly undulating" course. We arranged for a light watering of the grass  before the sunshine returned to make it another pleasant summer's evening. Another record attendance - many thanks for all your support. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was able to make two landings (with a 'call to duty' inbetween) - thanks to the crew and support staff on the ground. There can be few race  venues more attractive than this and the support of the National Trust and its staff is invaluable. Hopefully the chance to see your results instantly courtesy of "Whatsmytime", our chip timers was helpful.

Hopefully we got most things right on the night but there was a hiccup with the presentation of the Ladies Prizes - apologies to those concerned - this will be rectified.



Ian Richardson (Wakefield)

Michael Richardson (Conisbrough)

Andrew Richardson (Fitzwilliam)

Mark Candlin (Crofton)

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Handicap Series Update

Gail Wrangles still heads the Ladies table but now by only 1 point from Emma Smith who climbs up from 5th spot. Vic Adams now has 3rd place to herself with Denise Clark now 4th. The top 8 all still have a chance of finishing 1st with one event to go.

The Mens table has seen quite a bit of chance. Former leader Paul Zywicki drops down to 8th to be replaced by Adrian Byrom (up from 3rd). Darren Horobin jumps up 2 places to be 2nd, just 4.5 points off the top. Mark Mills is up from 6th to 3rd. The top 10 are still in with a chance of claiming the crown.


A high turnout in the last event of the series will add to the excitement and provide added pressure on the handicapper, (who can be found regularly in the bar at the Masons waiting for someone to buy him a drink!).

Latest Tables (revised 2/7)

You can access full information about the series under the Club Events tab on the menu bar at the top of the page

Reindeer Romp #3: 10 Jul

This was the last chance to secure Grand Prix poinnts for this series as the last race is a relay event (but still well worth attending). As such it attracted a number of members eager to gain points. Neil Holt had an excellent result being our first finisher (12th overall) and added another 40 points to his GP Open League total. Joe Leach was on his 3rd "romp" and had his quickest finish - just a few seconds behind Neil. Adrian Byrom is challenging current Open League leader, David Hughes and his 38 points will have narrowed the gap. Craig Daniels, Jeff Denton and Andrew Parkes also had their first runs of the series.

Vic Adams was the only lady to record her first run of the series and was able to pick up a decent points tally. Gail Wrangles was our first lady finisher and managed to put in a great time to beat Denise Clark's best series time for a lady. Its getting competitive!

Nostell Priory parkrun Trial Run

It was great to see so many turn out for the trial run on Tuesday, either as runners or volunteers. The night was hot and the slight rise in the path up from the lake appeared much harder the second time. After the longest course description in parkrun history by Pat, everyone set off behind Jonathan Routledge on his bike. He had to pedal hard to keep in front of Simon Newton who set an unofficial record time of about 17:08. The general consensus was its going to be a poplar event. We are now blessed by 2 excellent runs on our doorstep - should attract even more into the parkrun fraternity.

Quite a few photos posted on the event facebook page

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 weekend.


Monday 4th - next Trunce



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Racing Activity:23- 30 July

Nostell Priory parkrun [37]

Pontefract parkrun [8]

Edinburgh parkrun [1]

Yeovil montacute parkrun [1]

Golden Acre Relay [3]

Flat Cap 5 [21]

Unsurprisingly the focus on PARKRUNS  switched to NOSTELL PRIORY this week for its inaugural run. For some it was their 3rd event at the venue in just 11 days. The course is a little more demanding than on first impression and combined with the hot sunny weather. times were going to be affected. There was one pb however, for Maggie Hawksworth and although it was 1 second - it highlighed her current form. Year best times went to Andrew Mascarenhas. Ian Richardson, Craig Daniels and Karen Youel. Our first finisher was Neil Holt in 19:21, just ahead of Mark Mills. Karen Ball was the first lady finisher overall. In addition to our large contingent of runners we had 13 volunteers helping out, including Jonathan Routledge on lead bike and Ruth Saville as sweep runner (despite beating 2 back - how competitive can you be Ruth? The cafe appeared to do good business with many staying to enjoy the sunshine in the Courtyard.

PONTEFRACT was just as hot - although rumour is there was a mobile shower providing some relief! Trevor Nichol was our first finisher and Gail Wrangles our first lady. No pbs or year best times  - almost unheard of.

David Fitzgerald visited EDINBURGH and Christine Hall was at her new home run of YEOVIL MONTACUTE.

Three of our guys got together and entered the GOLDEN ACRE PARK RELAY RUN under the aptly titled team name of "Over the Hil" - no reference whatsoever to the course! Adrian Leach, Guy Leech and Kevin Hogarth finished 12th in the vets category.

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Revised Grand Prix Tables

Neil Holt has extended his lead at the top of the MENS OPEN LEAGUE as Adrian Byrom's score is reduced to a 'spreadsheet error'. Dave Hughes's tenure of 3rd spot is coming under pressure from Darren Horobin. No changes in the top two in the MENS AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Martyn Stearn still leads from Adrian Byrom. Mick Knowles has made some inroads to catching Adrian. Neil Holt is now just 2 points behind Mick.

Becci Winters lead in the LADIES OPEN LEAGUE has been cut from 11 to 7 by Gail Wrangles who in turn has increased her lead over Denise Clark. Liane Warren still poses a threat in 4th place and she in turn is under pressure from Vicky Nicholson, just 1 point adrift

In the LADIES AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Becci's lead has been cut further to just 4 points by Gail Wrangles with Denise Clark just one point behind Gail. Check out the full tables

There are still ELEVEN opportunities to score points in this year's competition so even if you haven't done much racing so far this year, there is still time to make an impact on the Tables. For others, you can still improve your scores - so keep racing!

Leeds Country Way Relay: 31 Aug

Last year was well supported - can we match it this time. For the benefit of newer members, this is a relay race of 6 legs run in pairs, with each leg between about 9-11 miles. The pairs can be 2 men, two women or man/woman - so you can run with your favourite person! The cost is £10 per person and there a good momento for each runner. We need 12 people for each team - if you want to participate, please let Pat Wood know asap and let her have your entry fee as we have to enter team by team rather than individually. . Open to all abilities - a chance to enter something a little different.

Parkrun volunteers

The first running ofNostell Priory parkrun was particularly well supported by members as runners and volunteers. We already support Pontefract and hope that the size of our membership can assist at both venues. If you can assist this week or future weeks, please let Pat Wood know.

"Carr Bridge 5k" 31 July

Hopefully all who attended will have enjoyed our first 5k on the newly created unique 'track' at Carr Bridge. We like to help our members improve their speed so cutting the track down to 375 metres meant they all ran quicker laps! The downside was they had to do 8 laps instead of 7.5 to achieve the distance. There were prizes galore - everyone a winner! We had a number of guest runners - hopefully they enjoyed the event and will return for more.

There will be another 'event' at the Bridge before the summer season is over - watch out for more news!

5k Results

Flat Cap 5m: 30 July

This was the 3rd running of the event and its popularity is rapidly growing. The course is multi-terrain mainly along canal paths and former railway tracks, with some field tracks, but not entirely flat! The setting is good, with a pub HQ by a canal basin - plenty of parking nearby. This was the first time its been included as a GP event  - attracting 21 club members (as against 2 last year). Decent turnout of flat caps and the odd knotted hanky. Neil Holt was our quickest, followed in by Joe Leach who bettered his Darrington time for a new pb. Gail Wrangles was our first lady. Several members were running their first ever 5m race - well done to Amanda Wilson and Amie Gowing, 2 of our newer members. The ongoing "battle" between young Jim Spencer and extra mature Stewart Haigh continued. Stewart was unsure whether the glimpses of a tattooed arm just behind him belonged to Jim or Vicky Nicholson, but he found out with 200m to go as Jim pulled alongside him. Who would finish first! Check out the results! Meanwhile, back down the field, several of our ladies were desperate to avoid the kissing gates when another of our extra mature runners was around! Ken Barton completed the course in a decent time despite loitering at several gates.

The GP points tables have now been updated.

Good luck to our "Rockers"

A party of our ladies has flown to Dublin to participate in the nightlife ... and the Rock n Roll Half Marathon this weekend. We await the photos!