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Weekly 5k timed run in Pontefract racecourse - 9am start.
6th Nicola Ward
8th Ron Davies
13th Victoria Holt
16th Becci Winter
17th Amie Gowing
18th Liam Somerfield
19th Anne Johnson
21st Andrew Jackson
22nd Mick Knowles
28th Gary Greatorex
29th John Booth
Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields
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Last Update: 15 April: 17:25
TUESDAY: 7pm start
THURSDAY: 7pm start
Hill session Lee Lane / 4 miles steady for Manchester Marathon runners
A meeting for our Joglers is being held after training on Tuesday 15th at te Masons. Due to injury to Paul Law and Chris Taylor recovering from surgery, we really could do with 2 or 3 more to join the party - even if only for the last 2 days. We set off on Saturday to travel to Berwick to run to Holy Island; Sunday we run down the coast to Sunderland; Monday is from Sunderland to Scarborough, and Tuesday is Scarborough to Ackworth - just in time for training! If you want to participate for part or all - let Ken Barton know asap.
Group tempo runs
6 members have already booked their flights for a run (half marathon) in the sun (hopefully) towards the end of the year. Anyone else fancing going as a club party? Air fares are currently very good - Monarch from Leeds/Bradford cheapest. The race is on a Saturday. Flights from Leeds on the Thursday currently £56. flights back available on Monday or Thursday for £49 (both exclude baggage - about another£40-50 for return journey). Those going already are returning on the Thursday. We can sort accommodation out in due course - should be reasonable at the time of year. Interested? Speak to Stewart or Ken Barton.
This year we are organising a "day" trip to what must be one of the quickest off road half marathons in the country - a great event for a pb time or for your first attempt at the distance. The route follows a former railway line in Derbyshire which has been transformed into a poplar cycleway and footpath (ordinary trainers are normally sufficient). It starts at the former station at Parsley Hey and finishes in Ashington. We have reserved 40 places for members and intend to travel by coach. This will take us to the start and then be waiting for us at the finish, then off to a nearby pub for a celebration drink and bite to eat before returning home - even happier! The club will do a block entry so no need to enter yourself. Reserve your place now for just £5 deposit - non refundable but transferable. First come first served! Names and money to Stewart.
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North Beach parkrun 
Southwark parkrun 
London Marathon 
Newcomer sessions are now being held on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. Beginners or those wanting to build up to their first 10k are welcome to come along at 6:15 whilst those with more experience (capable of running 5 miles or more) can join our main runs at 7pm. There is no immediate obligation to join the club - try it out for free - let us show you the benefits of running with others who enjoy the sport and keeping fit.
If you want to come along, email the club or ring Stewart on 01977 612677 or 07775 208769
A good turnout of 36, including some 'first timers', for this very social annual event. The weather was a little bleak with a cold breeze off the river, however most warmed up in valiant attempts to get within striking distance of their target time. Congratulations to Steve Wigglesworth who obviously liked the going and finished 55 secs under target time. David Hughes was second, Paul Zywicki 3rd and Mark Mills 4th - all beating their target. There was a really close result for the first lady trophy with Gail Wrangles pipping Becci Winter by just 1 second!
This course has a reputation for pbs and how well our runners responded. No less than 17 pbs were claimed. many by substantial amounts, plus another 2 "decade" pbs. We also had 2 first timers at the distance - well done to Andrew Parkes and Sarah Rose. Our first 8 finishers all claimed pbs - that must be a record in itself. Neil Holt was our first home in 1:03:11 - just over 3 minutes quicker than his previous best. Craig Tipton was our 2nd finisher in 1:06:31 - come on Craig do some more "flat" runs! Third home was Dave Hughes in 1:08:19. Our other sub 70's were Paul Danby, Adrian Byrom, Becci Winter and Darren Horobin. Becci was our first lady and knocked a massive 5 minutes off her pb. Richard Smart was back on the pb train and some 9 mins quicker than his last outing at Thirsk. Adrian Leach will be happy to have knocked just enough off his best time to encourage a repeat performance next time. Mick and Sue Knowles both celebrated pbs - - stopped one of them having to sulk on the drive home! Marathon trainees Gail Wrangles, Denise Clark, Jeff Denton, Nicola Ward, Mel Owen and Alan Tattersall (Alan's a decade pb as he was quicker in his more youthful days). Lee Hopkins and Vic Adam also secured pbs.
New tables now produced. Points by event will be added shortly - its a little more complicated this year!
Only 8 members attended the first race of the series - depleted by those saving their legs for the next 2 weeks marathons! Guy Leech, Rose and Mick Wigglesworth had their first excursions over the course - and hopefully loved it. Richard Smart found the water a little cold - see photo below. Richard Thackeray was our first finisher.
25 members entered our latest Grand Prix event bolstered by the fact that their chance of gaining good points was enhanced by those running at Manchester. Simon Newton finished 4th in a strong field in a time of 34:31 - the best by a club member for a considerable time. Neil Holt was our second home (34th overall) in another sub 40 time (39:09). Eddie Neale again demonstrated his great potential finshing in 54th spot (40:32) - superb for someone just turned 16. Becci Winter was our first lady in another good time of 42:03. PB times were achieved by Vic Adams and Andrew Parkes (59:01/59:06) - come on you two let's have you racing each other!.Well done to Amanda Wilson who recorded 57:35 in her first 10k. Good also to see Ashley Tazzyman back on the circuit.
We will have to dig deep into the past to find a single marathon in which 21 members competed - two of them celebrating birthdays! Some went for the weekend, some overnight and some for the day - to combine racing with a super social weekend - many thanks to chief party organiser Mel Owen. Less thanks to Tim Owen who lost all his credibility for taking us to a non-alcoholic restaurant on the Saturday night - and he wasn't even running!
Back to the race itself - well organised - loads of water - and whilst not on the scale of London - some great support for good sections of the course.
Results wise - it really couldn't have been much better. Adrian Byrom, Sandy George, Jim Spencer, Jeff Denton, Nicky Ward, Mel Owen, Becky Hemingway and Amanda Mckinnell were running their first ever marathon. All ran to or exceeded their expectations -everone under 5 hours and 2 well under 4 hours. Of the 13 with previous experience at the distance, 7 achieved pbs - some by considerable time margins and another by considerable age margin! Darren Horobin was 17:16 quicker, Julie Morgan 19:37, Gail Wrangles 49:16!!!, Richard Smart 30:23, Denise Clarke 25:41, Helen Wainwright 32:29, Karen Youel 4;41 and Stewart Haigh 2:12 (and 19 years after his previous pb! Ken Barton, Paul Zywicki and Alan Tattersall were running their first for a while. Alan is also running at London - brave man. Paul Danby was our quickest on the day, finishing in 3:25:16. Rob Ward encouraged his ladies round and tried to entertain everyone else on the course. Many thanks also to our supporters who contributed greatly to the weekend - socially and during the race.
Christine Hall had her 1st run at the distance for a while, Whilst for Andy Eaton it was his first ever - well done for finishing despite an injury
Catherine Jones had a great weekend in Paris to tick off another overseas event. she did tres bien.
30 made it to PONTEFRACT including several paying a welcome rare visit and one trying it out for the first time! Three new pbs this week - Julie Morgan (22:43) - still energetic a week after her Manchester Marathon success, Mary Bird (23:50) - following on her form at the Wakefield 10k, and Amy Gowing (27:20). Louisa Banks recorded her first 5k time of 26:54. Year best times were claimed by Mark Mills (our 1st home in 18:21); Karen Ball (19:39) - best by a lady this year; Jonathan Routledge (20:18), Trevor Nichol (21:51), Jeff Denton (27:50) and Barry Sinar (34:48) - keep up the good work Barry.
David Fitzgerald visited DONCASTER and was rewarded with a year best time of 22:56.
Christine Hall visited IPSWICH, whilst a couple warmed up for the London marathon by running at SOUTHWARK - Simon Newton, and GUNNERSBURY - Adrian Leach. Meanwhile 'down-under, Karen Spedding was at MAIN BEACH
In warm conditions, 11 members successfully negotiated the London streets with 3 of them bringing home new pbs. Well done to Ron Dyson-5:06:54 improved by almost an hour - just reward for his winter training; Adrian Leach (3:47:13) and Becci Winter (3:37:09). We had 2 virgin marathoners: Tim Owen defied the pundits and Mel to finish in 4:32:14 and Gemma Guy defied her lack of training to help Alan Tattersall round on his 2nd marathon in 8 days - well done Al. Simon Newton was our 1st home in 2:55:10 - having suffered more than a little in the latter stages. Martyn Stearn's sub 4hours makes him again 'good for age'. Our other participants were Maria McDonald-Leach, John Booth and Janet Davis.
Congratulations to Pat Wood for gaining her Level 2 Coaching qualification, scoring very highly in the process and impressing the course leaders. This adds to the strength of the club in being able to support members. Craig Daniels isalso currently working towards his qualification.