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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?

December Birthdays

3rd    Jonathan Routledge

5th     Sarah Larrington

14th   Gail Wrangles

18th   Lynne Sedgwick

20th   Andrew Richardson

28th   Mick Chapman

         Adam West

30th   Jenny Dews



Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields

Saturdays at Parkrun

Club Training 

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Last Update: 19 December: 22:00


Jodie Hayward


Evelyn Owen-Smith


John Moran

(South Elmsall)

Roy Simpson

Sarah Wilkinson

Bryony Lebetor

Simon Chau

(All Ackworth)

Kenny Lawrence

(Thorpe Audlin)

300,510 Visitors to 18/12/14

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.

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This Weeks Racing Activity


  • Pontefract [8]

  • Nostell Priory[13]

  • Wakefield Thornes [2]

  • Whitley Bay [1]

  • Graves [1]



  • Peco #2 [32]

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Edwinstowe 10k Trip: 8 Dec

Grand Prix Tables

Peco Race 1: 30 Nov - Crossgates

Another record attendance of around 700 at the first race of the series. Conditions appear to have been a "little muddy" - something which probably added to the enjoyment of the morning. Weather conditions were apparantley better than in Lanzarote for our 23 men and 15 women, quite a few who were new to cross country running. The first event always seems to attract strong teams and this year was no exception. Terry Forest was our first finisher in 12th place (and he did as usual give most of the others a start!). Our first lady was Karen Ball. An Excellent turnout by the ladies with every single one counting in the scoring. Same again hopefully at Nostell. Full results on the Cross Country page - see menu bar at the top

There are just 3 parkrun opportunities left to impact on scores, but the chances of any significant changes in the league tables appear remote, Its certainly been a close run in all the leagues with the final outcome for a number of 'trophy' positions being undecided until December.

Check out the povisional final tables using the Club Events tab in the menu bar above to see how you fared.

Men's Open League:

1. Neil Holt - 400 points

2 = Adrian Byrom / Craig Tipton -378 points

Ladies Open League:

1. Becci Winter - 397 points

2. Liane Warren - 394 points

3. Gail Wrangles - 393 points

Men's Age Adjusted League:

1. Martyn Stearn - 393 points

2. Adrian Byrom - 388 points

3= Mick Knowles / Neil Holt - 377 points

Ladies Age Adjusted League

1. Denise Clark - 394 points

2. Liane Warren - 393 points

3. Gail Wrangles - 390 points


Over the year, 81 men and 58 ladies have registered scores. 19 men and 13 ladies have registered the prescribed 10 counting scores. Adrian Leach managed to record the maximum of 24 scores.

This event just gets better and better as our annual Xmas event. A full coach load travelled down the A1 on a cold and crisp morning (after a slight delay waiting for Emma Smith - who else!). 44 participated in the run with Simon Newton outrunning everyone else through the woods to claim another !st prize. Well done also to Neil Holt for his 6th place. Liane Warren was 4th lady. Another bunch of pbs - Denise Clark, Diane Widdowson, Vic' Adams, Sarah Rose and Aleks Kubasiak. Two of our more seasoned runners (Chris Taylor and Barry Sinar) returned to  the 10k distance after an absence due to 'refits'. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the course although the heavy shower half-way round temporarily dampened spirits.

The post race Xmas lunch was again a huge success and Clare Hill has already booked us in for next year. We returned to the coach and after a short delay waiting for guess who? (ok - Emma Smith) - we travelled home,


Club Winter Handicap: Sun. 11 Jan

Road route of about 7 miles (as last year) starting and finishing at the Pavilion. Staggered start based on handicap time (slowest off first, fastest last). Nibbles and a drink afterwards.

More details will be posted in due course.

Annual Awards Dinner Dance

Friday 6th February

Each year our posh night out gets better and better! It's time to book your place - Mel Owen will be taking names and numbers - tickets priced at £24 for a 3 course meal plus coffee and a disco - plus loads of Awards! Partners welcome but not obligatory! Venue as before - Burntwood. Come and join in the fun!

Peco #2: Nostell Priory 14 Dec

A successful day for the club in racing and organisational terms. Our Men's and Ladies teams performed really well on a slightly muddy and slightly undulating course. Full results report will be posted on the Cross Country page - click on the menu bar above. Our course set up team worked tirelessly on Saturday and early Sunday morning...and post race in recovering the course markers. The car parking team had the stressful job of ensuring everyone found somewhere to park (thanks to the NT team also). Registration ran slickly, the food ran out quickly! Start and finish worked fine, although the course marshals at the bottom of the vista had a few palpatations when the men went for a mass warm up down the course! The marshals stuck to their posts (and the mud) throughout. Thanks must go to our 'extended' family for their support.

Lets not forget the National Trust staff for their co-operation throughout - especially as they had their own event on the day (thanks Jenny and Paul).

Check out the Club Facebook site for loads of photos and videos.

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Club Grading Awards

52 members have completed the challenge of racing at least one 10k / 10m and Half Marathon during 2014 and thereby qualifying for a grading award - the grade based on average Age Performance %. Our top performer was once again Trevor Nichol with an amazing score of 80.88%. Denise Clark was top lady with a score of 71.06% - an increase of 6.69% over 2013 and a reflection of her improved performance over all distances during the year. The most improved performance over the year was however achieved by Gemma Guy with a 8.68% increase. Well done to Gemma who has stuck at her running despte all the pressures of work and family. Plus thanks to her mentor - Alan Tattersall.

36 members managed to complete the challenge for the second year running. Of those, 26 managed to improve their average scores - quite an achievement.

Check your score here and list of Awardees here.

Subs Reminder

Not renewed your subscription yet? Payment (£25) was due 1 September and this year it lasts until 31 December 2015 - 16 months for the price of 12 - what a bargain.

We do need the funds in asap as we have to renew registration fees with UK Athletics (£12 per competitive member). If you want to keep your £2 race entry discount - don't delay!