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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.

New Members

Racing Activity: 18-19 Oct


  • Pontefract [18]

  • Nostell Priory[15]

  • Wakefield Thornes [1]

  • Peter Pan [1]

  • Temple Newsam[1]

  • Fell Foot [1]



  • Cannon Hall 10k [8]

  • Clumber Park 10k [1]

  • Bridlington Half [5]

  • Music City (Nashville) Half [1]

  • Shaun Lee Memorial 10m [2]

  • Amsterdam Half Marathon [1]



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.

Isle of Axholme Half: 28 Sep

For those who don't know, the Isle of Axholme is not an island, but the area around Epworth to the East of Doncaster!. The course is described as a flat and with pb potential, however most of our contingent failed to get anywhere near their pbs or recent form for some inexplicable reason. It was definitely a much hotter day than expected and dehydration may have been a factor for some - although long bike rides and a curry on saturday were cited by others. The event is for an excellent cause and our attendance will have helped. Neil Holt was our best performer and Eve Owen-Smith our first lady. Grand Prix points were at stake and this became the only driving force for many as they toiled to the finish. This "flat course' managed to have a hill at 12 miles!


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

"Rustics" Pub Low Ackworth 8:30pm

The meeting is timed so that you can get a training run in beforehand, but it is important that we start at 8:30 prompt. Chip butties have been laid - don't miss out. After the formal meeting there will be time to discuss issues members wish to raise in regards to club activities.

We will also be the ballot for Club entries into the London Marathon 2015. If you were rejected in the ballot and you have paid your membership at least twice and have paid this years subs, bring along your "Dear Reject" sheet from the Magazine. We should have 3 places again this year.

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Celebration meal Friday 24th

Pat's birthday meal at the Brown Cow - eating at 7:30.

PONTEFRACT PARKRUN saw our largest gathering at the weekend with success for Mark Candlin as our 1st home in a pb time of 20:34. Liane Warren was our 1st lady in 22:15. Sarah Rose was just 2 seconds outside her pb - next time? Over at NOSTELL PRIORY Simon Newton again lfinished first and Denise Clark was our first lady. New PBs for Karen Youel and Clare Hill, whilst Sandy George, Jeff Denton and Barry Sinar recorded course best times. Ian Richardson left his buggy at home to finish 4th overall at WAKEFIELD THORNES in another sub 20 time. This week we had tourists at PETER PAN (Nicky Henshaw), TEMPLE NEWSAM (Lee Hopkins) and Karen Ball at FELL FOOT NEWBY BRIDGE.

We had 8 runners at the CANNON HALL (Barnsley) 10k - by all accounts a little undulating!  Sarah Rose was probably driven by the near miss of her 5k pb the day before and recorded a year best time. Ian Richardson was our first home. Ian Vogan was down in the woods of CLUMBER PARK, apparantly suffering from bugs (he says to explain his time!).

Just 5 made it to this years BRIDLINGTON HALF. Adrian Leach was our first home.

Gemma Guy and Rebecca Richards took on a difficult 10m at Boroughbridge - (SHAUN LEE MEMORIAL). Success for Becky with a new pb. Success also for Gemma in terms of a handy boost to her Award score!

Roy Simpson popped over to compete in the AMSTERDAM HALF, finishing in 2:04:55.

The last event of the weekend was over in Nashville Tennessee where Becci Winter 'danced' her way to a year best time of 1:40:37 in the MUSIC CITY HALF. She was 10th overall lady.

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Parking on Training Nights

The Parish Council have received a complaint re parking on the footpath on Barnsley Road. You can park on the verge but cannot obstruct the footpath - you could get a ticket so please park carefully.