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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?

September Birthdays

2nd   Maggie Hawksworth

8th     Sandy George

11th   Victoria Nicholson

12th   John Bell

15th   Teresa Williams

22nd  Ashley Tazzyman

          Jim Spencer

          Aleks Kubasiak



Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields

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Last Update: 1 October: 21:30

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Chris Whawell (Pontefract)

Adrian Hall (Ackworth)

Sandra Edwards (Ryhill)


281,905 Visitors to 01/10/14

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.

This coming weekend its the Isle of Axeholme Half Marathon - a Grand Prix event

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Racing Activity: 27-28 Sept

Nostell Priory parkrun [19]

Pontefract parkrun 16[]

Wakefield Thornes parkrun [1]

Mansfield parkrun [1]

Cheadle Hulme parkrun [1]

Sheffield Hallam parkrun [1]

Yeovil parkrun [1]

Isle of Axholme Half [17]

Nottingham Half [1]

Great Yorkshire 10k [2]

Saturday morning at a parkrun has really become an integral part of  Club life, with well over 50 this week either participating as a runner, volunteer or indeed both.  NOSTELL PRIORY again attracted the most with 19 plus a host of volunteers. Simon Newton duly fulfilled his role as first finisher with a time of 17:25, but no less credit should go to Ruth Saville who duly completed her role as tail runner in a time of just over the hour. Her support is greatly appreciated by other runners who can't quite live with Simon's pace. There was one pb - Darren Clark whose time of 27:14 was 2 minutes quicker than his previous best. Credit must go to his training partner - his dog (not Denise) - who regularly pulls him around. Well done to Ashley Tazzyman on his year best time in just his second run of 2014! Liane Warren was our first lady finisher in 22:08. New member Sarah Wilkinson had her first parkrun, logging a pretty good time of 24:48.

It was a pacing event at PONTEFRACT with Adrian Leach and Guy Leech both donning pacer's vests. Despite Guy getting his kilometers and miles mixed up on his Garmin he managed to finish within 7 seconds of his allotted time. Mark Mills must have spotted that it was the last opportunity for GP points for parkrun Quarter 3 and turned out to record a pb of 18:10 (3rd overall finisher). We had another pb - this time for Amie Gowiing who knocked nearly 1 minute off her time to finish in 25;23. She would like to thank her personal pacer by buying him a drink after training next week! Rachel Cook was our first lady in 24:22. Amanda Mckinnell also enjoyed the superb running conditions to record her best time of the year.

Other parkruns visited by members were WAKEFIELD THORNES - Mick Wigglesworth; MANSFIELD - Lee Hopkins and CHEADLE HULME - Ian Richardson (another sub 20 performance); SHEFFIELD HALLAM - Joe Leach; YEOVIL MONTACUTE - Christine Hall

Trevor Nichol managed to finish 1st in his age category at the Great Yorkshire 10k at Sheffield - but no prize! Sarah Larrington completed her 1st ever half at NOTTINGHAM.

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


Check out the full tables

2014 Awards Update

Just 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'. 40 have already succeeded  in their quest; 8 need to do a half marathon; 7 need to do a 10m and 1 needs to do a 10k. There are loads of opportunities to race all three qualifying distances before the year end - don't be left out.

Sixteen have already improved on their 2013 average and it looks like a close race for the 'Most Improved'. Denise Clark leads on +4.51 from Adrian Leach (+4.23) and Lee Hopkins (+3.21).

Check out your current standing  HERE

Marathon Training

Grand Prix Update: 1 Oct

Tissington Half Marathon: 5 Oct

Autumn Handicap: Tues 16 Sept

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.

Results         Run Times         Series Tables

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.

Celebration Meal: Friday 24 Oct

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.

The coach will pick up outside the Beverley Arms at 7:30. Please do not park in the pub car park - use Bell Lane Car Park. There will also be a pick up at South Elmsall Bus Station at about 7:40. The coach will drop us at the start and be waiting for us at the finish. You may want to bring some disposable gear to wear before the start especially if the weather isn't too good. The coach will be parked close to the Leisure Centre which is the race HQ (changing possible there) - is is a shortish stroll through the tunnel at the end.  We will set off back about 1pm or when everyone has finished - for food and drink at the Beverley Arms back in Ackworth for those who wish.

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!