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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?

July Birthdays

1st    Martyn Stearn  

8th    Jeff Denton

        Kevin Hogarth

10th   Darren Clark

14th   Julie Carr

15th   Paul Danby

16th   Julie Morgan

26th   Janet Davis

28th   Paul Zywicki



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Last Update: 26 July: 22:00

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Priory 10k/5k 16 July

Well that was a tiring day for all our marshals and volunteers ... and of course all of you who ran around our "slightly undulating" course. We arranged for a light watering of the grass  before the sunshine returned to make it another pleasant summer's evening. Another record attendance - many thanks for all your support. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was able to make two landings (with a 'call to duty' inbetween) - thanks to the crew and support staff on the ground. There can be few race  venues more attractive than this and the support of the National Trust and its staff is invaluable. Hopefully the chance to see your results instantly courtesy of "Whatsmytime", our chip timers was helpful.

Hopefully we got most things right on the night but there was a hiccup with the presentation of the Ladies Prizes - apologies to those concerned - this will be rectified.



Ian Richardson (Wakefield)

Michael Richardson (Conisbrough)

Andrew Richardson (Fitzwilliam)

Mark Candlin (Crofton)

Summer Handicap: Wed 25 June

Another excellent Handicap night with our good friends from Goole Viking Striders. 64 runners competed, 40 from Ackworth, 22 from Goole and 2 guests. Mark Mills was the first finisher in a time of 21:40, beating his handicap time by 30 seconds in the process. The next 4 places were filled by Goole runners - led in by Charlie Stead, just 5 secs behind Mark. The first lady home was Liz Burrows in 23:59, just 14 seconds outside her handicap time.

The Handicap Winner was Emma Smith who ran an excellent race finishing  1:02 under her predicted time. Our first male was Guy Leech who ran 52 secs under his predicted time. Well done to our two trophy winners. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the evening, even the 75% who failed to beat the handicapper (who also didn't quite manage to beat his own time).

Post run we all enjoyed great food and drink in the Miners Welfare Club - many thanks to their tea     Results

262,330 Visitors to 20/7/14

Handicap Series Update

Gail Wrangles still heads the Ladies table but now by only 1 point from Emma Smith who climbs up from 5th spot. Vic Adams now has 3rd place to herself with Denise Clark now 4th. The top 8 all still have a chance of finishing 1st with one event to go.

The Mens table has seen quite a bit of chance. Former leader Paul Zywicki drops down to 8th to be replaced by Adrian Byrom (up from 3rd). Darren Horobin jumps up 2 places to be 2nd, just 4.5 points off the top. Mark Mills is up from 6th to 3rd. The top 10 are still in with a chance of claiming the crown.


A high turnout in the last event of the series will add to the excitement and provide added pressure on the handicapper, (who can be found regularly in the bar at the Masons waiting for someone to buy him a drink!).

Latest Tables (revised 2/7)

You can access full information about the series under the Club Events tab on the menu bar at the top of the page

Reindeer Romp #3: 10 Jul

This was the last chance to secure Grand Prix poinnts for this series as the last race is a relay event (but still well worth attending). As such it attracted a number of members eager to gain points. Neil Holt had an excellent result being our first finisher (12th overall) and added another 40 points to his GP Open League total. Joe Leach was on his 3rd "romp" and had his quickest finish - just a few seconds behind Neil. Adrian Byrom is challenging current Open League leader, David Hughes and his 38 points will have narrowed the gap. Craig Daniels, Jeff Denton and Andrew Parkes also had their first runs of the series.

Vic Adams was the only lady to record her first run of the series and was able to pick up a decent points tally. Gail Wrangles was our first lady finisher and managed to put in a great time to beat Denise Clark's best series time for a lady. Its getting competitive!

Nostell Priory parkrun Trial Run

It was great to see so many turn out for the trial run on Tuesday, either as runners or volunteers. The night was hot and the slight rise in the path up from the lake appeared much harder the second time. After the longest course description in parkrun history by Pat, everyone set off behind Jonathan Routledge on his bike. He had to pedal hard to keep in front of Simon Newton who set an unofficial record time of about 17:08. The general consensus was its going to be a poplar event. We are now blessed by 2 excellent runs on our doorstep - should attract even more into the parkrun fraternity.

Quite a few photos posted on the event facebook page.


Times will take a couple of days to produce as we cant go through the normal parkrun system as it was a trial event.

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 weekend.


Wednesday 30th - Flat Cap 5 at Dewsbury - a Grand Prix Event - enter on the night only - runs fron a great pub!



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Racing Activity: 26 July

Nostell Priory parkrun [37]

Pontefract parkrun [8]

Unsurprisingly the focus on PARKRUNS  switched to NOSTELL PRIORY this week for its inaugural run. For some it was their 3rd event at the venue in just 11 days. The course is a little more demanding than on first impression and combined with the hot sunny weather. times were going to be affected. There was one pb however, for Maggie Hawksworth and although it was 1 second - it highlighed her current form. Year best times went to Andrew Mascarenhas. Ian Richardson, Craig Daniels and Karen Youel. Our first finisher was Neil Holt in 19:21, just ahead of Mark Mills. Karen Ball was the first lady finisher overall. In addition to our large contingent of runners we had 13 volunteers helping out, including Jonathan Routledge on lead bike and Ruth Saville as sweep runner (despite beating 2 back - how competitive can you be Ruth? The cafe appeared to do good business with many staying to enjoy the sunshine in the Courtyard.

PONTEFRACT was just as hot - although rumour is there was a mobile shower providing some relief! Trevor Nichol was our first finisher and Gail Wrangles our first lady. No pbs or year best times  - almost unheard of.

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Thursday Training 31 July - 3k

To mark the Commonwealth Games (not really, but sound good), you have the chance to set a time for a 3,000m run (3k if you can't work it out or about 1.86m). This will either be at Carr Bridge or the Quaker School fields - whichever has the shortest grass! A good distance to check out your current fitness levels and set a benchmark for your Autumn training.Open to everyone  - from beginners to Simon. Possible prize(s) for something or other - rules to be made up nearer the date, or even on the night - but not just for first past the post.

Updated Grand Prix Tables

Changes at the top of the MENS OPEN LEAGUE! Neil Holt leaps up from 8th to top, Adrian Byrom climbs one spot to 2nd and Dave Hughes drops from 1st to 3rd. In the MENS AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Martyn Stearn retains top spot but his points total has dropped 2 (due to a reduction in a provisional series score - honest!). Adrian Byrom has cut Martyn's lead from 17 to just 2 points - competition at last!  Mick Knowles retains 3rd spot.

Becci Winter still tops the LADIES OPEN LEAGUE despite her extended leave in Canada. But, her lead has been cut to 11 points. Gail Wrangles has moved up to second, with Denise Clark down to 3rd. Liane Warren has moved up to 4th and could be a dark horse for the title. Does Becci need to get home before Christmas? In the LADIES AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Becci's lead has also been reduced to 8 points. Gail Wrangles and Denise Clark are tied for 2nd! Check out the full tables