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Many of our members participate or volunteer at the local parkruns in Pontefract Racecourse, Nostell Priory and Wakefield Thornes Park. 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?

November Birthdays

1st  John Moran

2nd Eve Owen-Smith

5th  Michael Higgitt

8th   Richard Ambler

10th Ron Dyson

11th Amanda McKinnell

19th Adrian Leach

       Sue Knowles

23rd Rob Elden

25th Yvonne Edwards

       Michael Richardson

       David Hughes

26th Ian Vogan

29th Ian Hill

30th Nicola Henshaw



Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields

Saturdays at Parkrun

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Last Update: 15 December: 22:00


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Evelyn Owen-Smith


John Moran

(South Elmsall)

Roy Simpson

Sarah Wilkinson

Bryony Lebetor

Simon Chau

(All Ackworth)

Kenny Lawrence

(Thorpe Audlin)

290,251 Visitors to 01/11/14

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.

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This Weeks Racing Activity


  • Pontefract [8]

  • Nostell Priory[13]

  • Wakefield Thornes [2]

  • Whitley Bay [1]

  • Graves [1]



  • Peco #2 [32]

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Edwinstowe 10k Trip: 8 Dec

Grand Prix Tables

Peco Race 1: 30 Nov - Crossgates

Another record attendance of around 700 at the first race of the series. Conditions appear to have been a "little muddy" - something which probably added to the enjoyment of the morning. Weather conditions were apparantley better than in Lanzarote for our 23 men and 15 women, quite a few who were new to cross country running. The first event always seems to attract strong teams and this year was no exception. Terry Forest was our first finisher in 12th place (and he did as usual give most of the others a start!). Our first lady was Karen Ball. An Excellent turnout by the ladies with every single one counting in the scoring. Same again hopefully at Nostell. Full results on the Cross Country page - see menu bar at the top

The tables have all now been updated and include parkrun Q4 provisional scores. There are now only limited opportunities to improve your position with the final Peco event on Sunday and 4 parkruns. It has been a bit of a complex scoring system but the objective of keeping hopes alive as long as possible has worked well.

Neil Holt has the Mens Open League sewn up with a maximum score of 400! The runners up spot is however tied between Adrian Byrom and Craig Tipton on 378 points each. Becci Winter (397 points) has clung onto top spot in the Ladies Open League despite her 7 months in North America! She is just ahead of Liane Warren (394) and Gail Wrangles (393). A real pity that Gail's challenge has been stopped due to injury.

In the Age Adjusted Leagues, Martyn Stearn is once again heading the Mens' Table followed by Adrian Byrom who looks secure in 2nd spot. There is currently a tie for 3rd between Mick Knowles and Neil Holt. The Ladies table is extremely tight with Denise Clark making a late rush to jump into top spot by 1 point from Liane Warren. Gail Wrangles is secure in 3rd spot.

Full details available under the Club Events tab on the Menu bar above

This event just gets better and better as our annual Xmas event. A full coach load travelled down the A1 on a cold and crisp morning (after a slight delay waiting for Emma Smith - who else!). 44 participated in the run with Simon Newton outrunning everyone else through the woods to claim another !st prize. Well done also to Neil Holt for his 6th place. Liane Warren was 4th lady. Another bunch of pbs - Denise Clark, Diane Widdowson, Vic' Adams, Sarah Rose and Aleks Kubasiak. Two of our more seasoned runners (Chris Taylor and Barry Sinar) returned to  the 10k distance after an absence due to 'refits'. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the course although the heavy shower half-way round temporarily dampened spirits.

The post race Xmas lunch was again a huge success and Clare Hill has already booked us in for next year. We returned to the coach and after a short delay waiting for guess who? (ok - Emma Smith) - we travelled home,


Club Winter Handicap: Sun. 11 Jan

Road route of about 7 miles (as last year) starting and finishing at the Pavilion. Staggered start based on handicap time (slowest off first, fastest last). Nibbles and a drink afterwards.

More details will be posted in due course.

Annual Awards Dinner Dance

Friday 6th February

Each year our posh night out gets better and better! It's time to book your place - Mel Owen will be taking names and numbers - tickets priced at £24 for a 3 course meal plus coffee and a disco - plus loads of Awards! Partners welcome but not obligatory! Venue as before - Burntwood. Come and join in the fun!

Peco #2: Nostell Priory 14 Dec

A successful day for the club in racing and organisational terms. Our Men's and Ladies teams performed really well on a slightly muddy and slightly undulating course. Full results report will be posted on the Cross Country page - click on the menu bar above. Our course set up team worked tirelessly on Saturday and early Sunday morning...and post race in recovering the course markers. The car parking team had the stressful job of ensuring everyone found somewhere to park (thanks to the NT team also). Registration ran slickly, the food ran out quickly! Start and finish worked fine, although the course marshals at the bottom of the vista had a few palpatations when the men went for a mass warm up down the course! The marshals stuck to their posts (and the mud) throughout. Thanks must go to our 'extended' family for their support.

Lets not forget the National Trust staff for their co-operation throughout - especially as they had their own event on the day (thanks Jenny and Paul).

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