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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: 20 November: 16:30


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Evelyn Owen-Smith


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 [8]

  • Nostell Priory[23]

  • Wakefield Thornes [2]

  • Peter Pan [1]



  • Abbey Dash [23]

  • Preston 10 [1]

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!

Peco Cross Country Numbers

We have race numbers to distribute for those who want to run in one or more of this season's 5 races. Please let Gail/Denise/Simon know asap if you want to participate. Its a really great series for runners of all abilities. Why spend £'s on Mud Runs when you can do one of these for £3 including food!!! First race is Sunday 30 November.

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" this week with the largest gathering at NOSTELL PRIORY  - probably encouraged by the running of the course in reverse. It must have helped as there were 3 new pbs and 5 new course best times! Diane Widdowson is improving by the week and knocked almost a minute off her time for a new pb of 23:49. Sarah Wilkinson was 'coached' round the course by Denise Clark and also knocked loads off her time to finish in 24:12. Gemma Guy enhanced her credentials as the 'most improved' with her new pb of 26:48. Course best times went to Stewart Haigh, Chris Bourner, Emma Smith, Nicola Holmes and Jeff Denton. Simon Newton was agan first over the line, with Liane Warren first lady.

Darren Horobin was our first finisher at PONTEFRACT in 20:41 and Amie Gowing recorded her first 1st ARR lady finish in 26:33. Ian Richardson and Andrew Martin were at WAKEFIELD THORNES with a course best time for Andrew. Tourist Lee Hopkins visited PETER PAN parkrun this week.


An excellent turnout at the LEEDS ABBEY DASH with a third of our runners gaining pbs. Congratulations go to Mark Mills (36:54), Denise Clarke (48:42), Amie Gowing (53:21), Amanda Wilson (55:10), Victoria Adams (55:19), Andrew Parkes (58:30), Sarah Larrington (1:05:14) and Sarah Longfield (1:15:14). Jodie Hayward ? Simon Newton was our first home in 34:55 and Denise Clark our first lady.


Catherine Jones made the trip to the PRESTON 10m and duly became our latest to qualify for a 2014 Award (Bronze) - a 2.7% average increase over 2013.


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

Tonight's training at 7pm

Tonight's choice is a speedwork session - with ian/Pat or a group run. Want to get quicker? Then the speed session is just what you need. You don't have to be quicker than Simon - enthusiasm is all you need - and its over quicker than a long run! Give it a try

Barnsley 10k - Sunday

Good luck to everyone in Sunday's run - chance to improve your position in the GP leagues. Probably entries on the day.