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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: 24 November: 22:10


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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.

New Members

This Weeks Racing Activity


  • Pontefract [9]

  • Nostell Priory[20]

  • Wakefield Thornes [1]

  • Albert [3]

  • Lanhydrock [1]


  • Mo Run [1]

  • Kirkstall Abbey Trail Marathon [1]

  • Clowne Half Marathon [2]

  • Barnsley 10k [33]

Spring Marathons 2015

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National Cross Country Championships

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Worksop Half: 26 Oct

Our latest Grand Prix event attracted 17 members. This is a decent, well organised event taking in some good sections of tarmac inside Clumber Park. There's a great downhill finish...a reward for running uphill for 2-3 miles from the start. Some excellent performances from our ladies particularly given the undulations. PBs for two of them - Becky Richards and Amanda Wilson; a Year Best for Vicky Nicholson; 40 GP points for Gail Wrangles; a quick exit from the loo for Vic Adams as the race started and a small t-shirt for Sue Knowles courtesy of Mick.  Neil "Max GP Points" Holt was our first finisher in 1:27:36.

Revised GP Tables - click on  "Club Events" on the menu bar.

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The number entering the Manchester Marathon continues to grow and coupled with our London entrants we should have great April weekends ahead. Just the training to do now! That's where club membership can pay huge dividends through training with others. To keep everyone in touch, there is a Spring Marathon Facebook Group. This has to be a "closed" group otherwise anyone could make a post. If you want to join in - just let Mel Owen know or email the club. If you feel a marathon is too much for you this year - why not try the training and target a shorter distance - such as the Stamford 30k (18.6m) or one of the 20m events - Trimpell, East Hull or Spen?

Check out the 'Marathon Long Runs' page and Marathon Training Run Types notes.

Come and join in the fun and beat the Winter blues.

Darren Clark is looking for someone to do one half of the Manchester Marathon - 2 people can do half each - great for getting the excitment of an event without running all the way!

Awards Update

45 members have now qualified for a Grading Award for completing a 10k/10m/half marathon in 2014. We could reach 50 before the year end - another Club record.

The chase for the title "Most Improved" over the last 12 months has really hotted up. Alan Tattersall will be proud of the way Gemma Guy has come through the field from nowhere to lead with just 2 furlongs (sorry months) left. She is currently improved by 8.68% and can get better. Have our previous front two, Denise Clark and Gail Wrangles got anything left? Jeff Denton is the highest placed male in 4th place just ahead of Adrian Leach. You can check out your own and anyone else's 'scores' - click here

Year To Date Race Activity

Its yet another record year with almost 15,500 event miles clocked up in 10 months (14,778 in the whole of 2013 - the previous record). 131 members have completed 2827 events of which 1,595 have been at 5k. There has been a significant rise in those doing marathons - 44 so far as against 29 last year. Check out the full stats here.

It's Back - Ackworth Half Marathon

Edwinstowe 10k Trip: 8 Dec

34 "parkies" again this week distributed over 5 venues.  Three went tourist class up to ALBERT PARKRUN in Middlesbrough - Adrian Leach, Mick Knowles and Lee Hopkins.  Kevin Hogarth visited LANHYDROCK (Bodmin) and Ian Richardson 'buggied' around WAKEFIELD THORNES. Nearer to home, 20 were at NOSTELL PRIORY where Simon Newton again led the field home in 18:18. Sarah Wilkinson had her first 1st club lady finish in 25:16. Steve Ely had his first run as a club member (28:00). Jonathan Routledge, Ashley Tazzyman and Barry Sinar had course best times and Stewart Haigh got 3 Mozzie bites! Richard Smart was our quickest (21:20) at PONTEFRACT, with Wendy Bourner 1st lady in 26:06. After all their volunteering it was great to see the return of Ian Hill and Chris Taylor to the racetrack at Ponte. Was it competitive - "Not at all" said Ian with a winning smile.


Saturday also saw Sarah Larrington sporting what was hopefully a false mustash at the MO RUN in Roundhay park. Was anyone with her? Over at KIRKSTALL ABBEY, Liane Warren and Roy Young took to the muddy trails to complete an off-road marathon - the course not designed as one for a pb!


Sunday morning saw Karen Youel and Ashley Tazzyman driving south to CLOWNE in search of a half marathon time to complete their qualification for a club award.


BARNSLEY 10k Report soon as times a little clearer.


We have 53 confirmed for the coach/Xmas meal trip. The balance of the meal cost (£2.95 pp) will be payable at the Forest Lodge Hotel; the coach cost (£5) will be collected by Karen Youel on the coach. Can you bring correct change for Karen (no cheques or ccs!). The coach will depart from the Beverley Arms car park at 8:30 am (please don't use their car park). We will return... after food and drink! Many thanks to Clare Hill and Karen for organising.

New Calculator!

One of the discussions on training nights has been the benefit of running negative splits in races and in some training runs (eg the 32 out/28 back). Check out this new page "Training Pace Calculators" (sub menu tab under "Stats"). There are 3 separate calculators - one to set negative splits for standard race distances, one for any length training run and one for use for training nights from the pavilion out along Wakefield Road.   Check out which landmark you should be aiming for to get back in 28 mins. You can change the return time if you wish - try and get a sensible balance to suit your current fitness - you can then try and improve over coming weeks!

These take place on Saturday 21st February 2015 at Parliment Hill in London and is open  to any affiliated club runner of any standard and is a chance to start and run along side some of the countries top elite runners. The atmosphere at these events is fantastic as is the experience of partaking in such an event.  The course is just over 8 miles and you can see some of the great sites of London whilst running ? The events start at 11am with junior races ending with the Senior men's and ladies race after 2pm.  It would be fantastic to have Ackworth represented in this event and therefore we are asking if you would be interested in a club outing (would be a cost) to the Capital then please let either Gail, Denise or myself know ASAP and dependent on numbers of interest we will look into it further.



New Course - New Venue - Same Great Run.

Entries will be opened in the near future

Tuesday training at 7pm

Tuesday training - 32 min out / 28 back along Wakefield Road. How far will you get!

Barnsley 10k Results

34 Members took to the starting line, 33 made it to the finish. The chip timing missed 8 of us at the start and failed to recognise others at the end! Still trying to sort times out before  GP tables can be updated. Could those who recorded their times, please let Stewart now at training / post on facebook or email. Truth only please.

Peco Race 1: 30 Nov - Crossgates

The start of the 5 race series - lets have a great turnout for a superb event for all abilities. Car sharing is being organised - check out our Facebook page or speak to Simon newton, Denise Clark or Pat Wood at training. Race numbers will be distributed on the morning by Pat. Click here for more details and check out the Cross Country Page from the menu bar above.

Nostell Priory Night Run 29 Nov

Want to run this event for free? All you have to do is provide a volunteer for the afternoon and you can run in this new event. Even your volunteer benefits - warm soup and a mince pie! Is your'e free on Saturday between 2:30-5;30, let us know asap via Facebook, email or speak to Stewart or Pat at training.