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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?
2nd Maggie Hawksworth
8th Sandy George
11th Victoria Nicholson
12th John Bell
15th Teresa Williams
22nd Ashley Tazzyman
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields
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Last Update: 22 September: 23:20
Chris Whawell (Pontefract)
Adrian Hall (Ackworth)
Sandra Edwards (Ryhill)
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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.
This coming weekend?
Nostell Priory parkrun 
Pontefract parkrun 
Wakefield Thornes parkrun 
York parkrun 
Sheffield Hallam parkrun 
Kirkstall Abbey 7 
Utterley Butterley Fell Race 5m 
Great Langdale Marathon 
Our local parkrun choice was widened further this weekend with the inaugural run at WAKEFIELD THORNES which attracted 12 members. Its the nearest run to Ian Richardson and he appeared to like it, being our first finisher and 11th overall in a large field over over 250. His time of 19:49 wasn't quite his fastest but nevertheless excellent given the new course. Eve Owen-Smith again in the headlines, being our first lady in 27:35. Our largest contingent (16) was again at NOSTELL PRIORY where we accounted for 5 of the first 10 finisher although Simon Newton had to settle for 2nd spot. A welcome return to racing by Peter Grimoldy who finished 8th in 21;16 - his investment in a new vest after 20 years is already paying dividends! Liane Warren was our first lady in 22:12. Gemma Guy had a year best time of 27:37. At PONTEFRACT we had our lowest turnout (5) probably in its 3 plus year history. Our first finisher was Kevin Hogarth (20:44) whilst Wendy Bourner was our fastest lady in 25:57 - no complaints there! John Booth again turned out at YORK whilst Joe Leach went solo to SHEFFIELD HALLAM, again recording a sub 20.
Sunday saw 3 members at the KIRKSTALL ABBEY 7 -although the course distance is officially 6.7m! Eve Owen-Smith was our fastest, but beating our handicapper by over 2 minutes may not have been a wise move! Rocky Wilson was our other representative, turning out in the oldest club vest still active following Peter Grimoldy's purchase of a new one. Rockywas lucky enough to win a spot prize.
Our Fell Runner, Craig Tipton was again running in the Pennines in the UTTERLEY BUTTERLEY 5m (somewhere near Marsden. Just a mere 850 ft of ascent on this one! The GREAT LANGDALE MARATHON may not be a fell run, but there are certainly many easier mararthons. This one was made even harder for Roy Young as he was sent the wrong way and did an extra half mile!
Neil Holt's is looking firm favourite for the title in the MENS OPEN LEAGUE but David Hughes is now i point ahead of Adrian Byrom after Adrian lost a couple of placings in the Trunce Series No changes either in the MENS AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Adrian Byrom has cut Martyn Stearn's lead from 6 to 5 points. Neil Holt is now joint 3rd with Mick Knowles.
Now changes at the top of the LADIES OPEN LEAGUE with Becci Winter still ahead by 7 points from Gail Wrangles and 12 ahead of Liane Warren.
The top of the LADIES AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE is also unchanged with, Becci Winter still ahead of Gail Wrangles and Denise Clark
We already have 39 Awardees with still loads of racing left this year. Looks like another club record in the offing! New list will be added asap.
Once again it looks as though we will have a record year of racing. In the first 7 months, 131 members have already raced over 10,500 miles -27% more than in the same period last year. Unsurprisingly the number of 5ks is up by 55% and the start of Nostell Priory parkrun will only increase the popuarity of the distance. 44 marathons have been run - double that of last year. The number of 10ks is actually down 10% - probably all accounted for by the Wakefield 10k coinciding with the Manchester marathon. Overall event numbers is up by 31%. With a crop of new members, activity will continue to grow - what an active Club we have!
16 took on the mile challenge - most having 3 attempts - which is a challenge in itself.
Check out the results (and previous times) here
A large turnout of 59 runners enjoyed the last of this years handicap events in pleasant conditions - all managing to return before darkness descended. The multi-terrain course combined with some tight handicapping meant that only one person managed to beat their predicted time. Runners were despatched in 4 groups (based on predicted times) at 5 minute intervals This worked well with a steady procession of finishers back at Carr Bridge. Well done to Eve Owen-Smith who finished 46 secs ahead of her time to win, She was followed by Mary Bird and Diane Widdowson who were only just outside their tmes. Our first male on handicap was Guy Leech (the second event running!). The fastest time went to Simon Newton who would have been quicker if he hadn't taken the wrong route back at Carr Bridge! A couple of others - who will remain nameless, managed to find a gap in the hedge on Mill Lane to gain a few yards!
The podium places for the Series prizes have now been finalised. Female Table - Winner - Vic Adams, 2nd Denise Clark, 3rd Emma Smith. Male Table - Winner Mark Mills, 2nd Adrian Byrom, 3rd Guy Leech.
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.
A big well done to our 2 teams who gave their best and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Anyone who hasn't collected their pot - see Stewart at training.
Our largest turnout of the year (25), plus several supporters, made the trip to Oxspring for the last race of the series, some managing to don fancy dress. Hopefully a photo or two will turn up! Whilst many went for the Trunce Buzz, others were there to grab some GP points. A brilliant first run for Neil Holt saw him finish 13th overall in a time of 28:28 - and 40 points. Craig Tipton, Denise Clark (our 1st lady), Julie Morgan, Evelyn Owen-Smith, Amanda Wilson and Darren Clark all had their quickest runs. Amanda McKinnell, Aleks Kubasiak and Louisa Banks had their first ever Trunce experience and will no doubt be back next year.
An excellent evening was rounded off by an end of series meal in the pub - thanks to Mel Owen for organising.
Over the series, 49 members (27 male/ 22 female) have turned out at least once. Top Truncers were Guy Leech and Lee Hopkins who both ran in 8 of the 9 races. No prizes this year - next year?
39 Entries have now been sent in and the coach booked. Anyone who hasn't paid yet, please do so asap. There may be a small balance to pay for the coach - this will be collected en-route.
Half Marathon Rankings updated 10 Sept.
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,
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.
Our Ladies Captain, Pat Wood celebrates a special birthday shortly and to mark the event Lindsay Pinder is organising a meal at the Brown Cow, High Ackworth (7:30 pm). Please let Lindsay know (or email the club) if you would like to attend.