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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?

October Birthdays

3rd    Andrew Martin

        Simon Newton

7th    Ian (Plug) Stancliffe

8th    Helen Wainwright

21st  Richard Thackeray

26th  Diane Widdowson

28th  Pat Wood

31st  Clare Hill



Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields

Saturdays at Parkrun

Club Training 

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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 [13]

  • Nostell Priory[22]

  • Wakefield Thornes [2]

  • Fell Foot [1]



  • Snowdonia Marathon [3]

  • Dallas Half Marathon [1]

  • Mavs Run This Town 5k (Dallas) [1]

  • Worksop Half [18]

  • Great South Run10m [2]

  • Wistow 10k [4]



Neil Holt is just 1 point off a maximum score of 400 and is virtually assured of the title. There have been changes behind him though! Adrian Byrom was moved up 1 place to second; Dave Hughes drops 3 places to 5th; Craig Tipton moves up 2 to 3rd whilst Darren Horobin is a non mover in 4th spot. Becci Winter is still looking solid at the top of the Ladies table with the only change being Liane Warren moving 2 points closer to 2nd placed Gail Wrangles 

Martyn Stearn remains top of the Mens Age Adjusted Table but Adrian Byrom has closed the gap to just 4 points. Craig Tipton has jumped up from 6th to 3rd and is making a late challenge. Mick Knowles drops from 3rd to 5th, Adrian Leach 5th to 6th whilst Neil Holt stays 4th. No changes in the Ladies Age Adjusted Table other than Denise Clark gaining 1 more point.

There's still lots of potential to increase scores over the last 3 months and its likely that some places will be decided at the last event - Peco Race 2 on home soil


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2014 Awards Update (6 Oct)

Under 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'. 42 have now succeeded  in their quest; 5 need to do a half marathon; 13 need to do a 10m and 2 need to do a 10k. There are loads of opportunities to race all three qualifying distances before the year end - don't be left out.

20 out of 33 'qualifiers' have now improved on their 2013 average. The race for the 'Most Improved' is currently between 3 ladies. Denise Clark leads on +5.85 from Gail Wrangles (+5.42) and Victoria Adams (+5.08). Going to go to the wire!

Check out your current standing  HERE

Marathon Training

Grand Prix Update: 1 Oct

Tissington Half Marathon: 5 Oct

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.

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,

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.

This was the third running of the event and the 3rd time we have turned out large numbers. The previous 2 years we made a weekend of it but this year it was a day trip. The event was also run on Saturday due to demand and next year it is already being promoted with a choice of days. This means we could consider it for a club weekend and run on the Saturday leaving the evening free to party! Is there interest? 40 places have already been reserved for either day!

If you want a pb - this is the course for you!

In 2012 we had 26 runners  with 12 achieving pbs; in 2013 -  35 runners, and 17 pbs; this year 39 runners and another 17 pbs!!! In addition a number of 'more seasoned' members achieved from decade best times to a 26 year best time. The number of pbs also included many where the old record was shattered by significant amounts.

And there was success in terms of prizes. Simon Newton again bossed the field - this time by several minutes. Over a beer in the pub afterwards he generously donated his prize (a running watch) to be raffled at the Edwinstowe Xmas event. Our first three ladies - Liane Waren, Denise Clark and Gail Wrangles won the Ladies Team Prize with Liane also claiming the first F40 category prize. Martyn Stearn won the M60 prize and Trevor Nichol the M65 prize. Trevor's time of 1:34:09 equates to an Age Performance factor of 82.91%. Two performances are worthy of special mention. John Bell hasn't run a half marathon for 4 years, but finished in an excellent time after recently celebrating his 74th birthday. Our chairman Chris Taylor didn't enter the run but set off jogging and walking 30 minutes before the start and arrived at the finish 2 and a half hours later - a superb achievement following his double hip replacement just a few months ago.

Check out the results and see just how well so many people did.


Coniston Trail Challenge 15k: 4 Oct

A party of 8 ladies spent the weekend in Coniston to take part in this demanding but super scenic run and of course party! Diane Widdowson was quickest up and back down recording her best time yet at the event - an excellent 1:33:23. A course best also for Emma Smith. Did they just want to be the first into the hot tub?

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Annual General Meeting: 23 Oct

The AGM was well attended, perhaps due to the supply of chip butties? The Chairman's Treasurer's and Mens and Ladies Captains were well received. Yvonne Edwards retired from the Committee after years of sterling service - her imput has always been respected. Pat Wood has stepped down as Ladies Captain and has had to be replaced by co-captains - Denise Clark and Gail Wrangels (not as someone repudedly said -we need two to reach the same decibel levels of Pat). Craig Daniels stepped down as Mens Captain - replaced by Simon Newton. Craig will stay on as a committe member. One motion was passed - good news for all - to run the club's financial year from 1 January - this means 16 months for the price of 12 for those renewing this year! We had three lucky lads from the London Marathon ballot - Neil Holt, Richard Smart and Lee Hopkins.

Wednesday Track Training

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Simon Newton will be coaching speed and endurance sessions at the Dorothy Hyman Track at Cudworth at 7:30 on a fortnightly basis, commencing 12 November. There's a cost of £3.50 to use the track -parking and changing facilities available. Well worth going along. A chance to train on a decent surface over Winter.

38 PARKRUNNERS this week, mainly at local venues. NOSTELL PRIORY saw the largest gathering, obviously attracted by the opportunity to run the course backwards way round. Diane Widdowson continued her improvement knocking off a few more seconds to record 24:51. Sandy George, Rebecca Richards, Helen Wainwright and Nicola Henshaw ran their quickest over the course. Steve Wigglesworth was our first home (4th overall) in 20:13 and Liane Warren was our first lady (22:30). At PONTEFRACT, Mark Mills ran well to finish 2nd overall in 18:38. Gail Wrangles was our 1st lady. No pbs or course best times - perhaps should have run the other way around! Karen Ball was at her weekend home in the lakes - finishing 15th in 21:17 at FELL FOOT. Mick Wigglesworth and Guy Leech were at WAKEFIELD THORNES.

The SNOWDONIA MARATHON probably isn't the easiest but that didn't deter our trio of Craig Tipton, Darren Horobin and Mick Chapman who all recorded decent times.

The opposite to hills is to be found at the WISTOW 10k. Jeff Denton's current run of good form saw him collect another pb (53:45). Gemma Guy had a year best time of 55:31 to enhance her chances of being the "Most Improved"

Two of our 'southern based members, Andy Eaton and Christine Hall completed the GREAT SOUTH RUN

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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