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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



Meet at the Pavillion at Carr Bridge Playing Fields

Saturdays at Parkrun

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Last Update: 21 August: 10:00

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Chris Whawell (Pontefract)

Adrian Hall (Ackworth)

Sandra Edwards (Ryhill)


271,000 Visitors to 20/8/14

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?

August New Members

Racing Activity: 13-18 August

Nostell Priory parkrun [17]

Pontefract parkrun [15]

Concorde parkrun [2]

Netley Abbey parkrun [1]

Rotherham parkrun [1]

Alice Holt parkrun [1]

Upton Court parkrun [1]

York Millenium Bridge 5k [1]

Thornes Park Challenge #3 5k [2]

Burnham Beeches Half Marathon [1]

Trunce #8 [15]

38 parkrunners this week at 7 different venues. More of a balance between our local events at NOSTELL PRIORY and PONTEFRACT.  Neil Holt was our first finisher (4th overall) at NOSTELL in a time of 19:26 and Liane Warren first lady in 21:59. Technically Jonathan Routledge was the first over the finish line, but he was on his bike leading the runners around the course. Kevin Hogarth was our first finisher at PONTEFRACT in 20:01 and Emma Smith our first lady. Emma found the conditions extremely hot after her month away in Iceland! Year best times went to Guy Leech, Roy Young and Christine Hall.

Our "tourists" this week were Adrian and Joe Leach at CONCORDE (Sheffield), Lee Hopkins at ROTHERHAM, Andrew Mascarenhas at NETLEY ABBEY (nr Southampton), Ron Dyson at ALICE HOLT (Surrey) and Simon Newton who came first at UPTON COURT, (Slough).

Last Wednesday, Paul Danby was our only runner at the YORK MILLENIUM BRIDGE 5K, recording a year best time whilst Ian Richardson and Gail Wrangles were at the THORNES PARK CHALLENGE 5k in Wakefield. Ian won 3 prizes over the series for the first unattached runner in races 1 & 3 and for the series - he entered the series before joining the club and therefore is keeping the prizes!


Sunday saw Simon Newton returning to the first half marathon he ran 16 years ago at BURNHAM BEECHES just outside Slough. This time he headed the whole field of over 500 in a superb time of 1:16:00


Neil Holt's grip at the top of the MENS OPEN LEAGUE remains strong with a 25 point lead over Adrian Byrom. Dave Hughes is just 1 point behind in 3rd and still holds off the challenge of 4th placed Darren Horobin. No changes either in the MENS AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Martyn Stearn still leads from Adrian Byrom and Mick Knowles.

Becci Winter still leads the LADIES OPEN LEAGUE by 7 points from Gail Wrangles. Liane Warren's run of form has been her climb into 3rd spot and put real pressure on the top two.  Denise Clark drops to 4th and Rose Wigglesworth moves into 5th spot.

In the LADIES AGE ADJUSTED LEAGUE, Becci's lead has been cut again to just 3 points by Gail Wrangles with Denise Clark  now 2 points point behind Gail. Liane Warren is up to 4th! Check out the full tables

There are still TEN opportunities to score points in this year's competition so even if you haven't done much racing so far this year, there is still time to make an impact on the Tables. For others, you can still improve your scores - so keep racing!

Leeds Country Way Relay: 31 Aug

Pat Wood is well on her way to sorting out our two teams for this event - they will be published in due course. She did try for a third team but not enough names came forward

2014 Awards

With 5 months of the year left there's still loads of opportunities to race the three qualifying distances of 10k/10m/Half marathon. 31 have already qualified

13 have already improved their 2013 result and it looks like being a close race for the most improved. Currently in 3rd spot is Darren Horobin, 2nd is Adrian Leach and out in front is Denise Clark. Click here for current standings.

Askern 10m: 10 August

Does the weather put us off running? Not at all - 31 members turned out for this event (according to Askern DRC a total of 120 entered on the day!). Despite the very wet conditions, there were plenty of great performances and it was good to see so many doing their first 10 miler. Old pbs were beaten or first times set by Vicky Nicholson, Julie Morgan, Adam West, Michael Richardson, Rose Wigglesworth, Jim Spencer, Maggie Hawksworth, Amie Gowing, Amanda Wilson, Andrew Wilkinson and Victoria Adams. Neil Holt was our first finisher in 1:05:26 and Liane Warren our first lady in 1:15:54. Liane was 2nd Vet 40 and Martyn Stearn 1st M60?

Its always great to hear marshalls commenting about the great turnout by Ackworth members. Thanks to our no 1 supporter - Ken Bingley for his words of encouragement - he seemed to be on every corner!

Marathon Training

Grand Prix Update

Racing Activity 2014

Once again it looks as though we will have a record year of racing. In the first 7 months, 131 members have already raced over 10,500 miles -27% more than in the same period last year. Unsurprisingly the number of 5ks is up by 55% and the start of Nostell Priory parkrun will only increase the popuarity of the distance. 44 marathons have been run - double that of last year. The number of 10ks is actually down 10% - probably all accounted for by the Wakefield 10k coinciding with the Manchester marathon. Overall event numbers is up by 31%. With a crop of new members, activity will continue to grow - what an active Club we have!


Tissington Half Marathon: 5 Oct

The race filled up within 2 weeks of entries being open! The good news is we have an allocation of 40 places. If anyone hasn't put their name down or has but not paid please see Stewart ASAP. We are taking a coach down as this is a great bonus on the day with the start and finish 13.1m apart! Race places will only go to those travelling on the coach as this makes it most cost effective. We will be booking the coach shortly and will advise on cost ASAP. 2 PLACES LEFT

Names (updated)

Timed Mile: 4 Sep

Another chance to try out/check your pace over 1 mile at our Thursday night training session. Its a good opportunity to benchmark your current fitness level in preparation for the many race opportunities over the next few months.

Race Calendar Rev: 20 Aug

Revised calendar now includes links to race details/entry, cost and closing dates where known. Why not plan your Autumn/early Winter runs now and encourage others to go along with you. Any other suggested events which may interest other members?

Race Calendar

Autumn Handicap: Tues 16 Sept

This will be a multi-terrain run starting at 7pm from the Pavillion. More details in due course.


Lanzarote Half Marathon Trip

If anyone else is interested in joining our party of 6 jetting out at the end of November for a week in the sun to race and socialise, please contact Ken Barton or Stewart Haigh before the end of the month as we will be booking our villa!

Trunce #8: 18 Aug

A party of 15 plus a few guests made the trip to Oxspring in the search for GP points or the simple pleasure of this 'different' event. There was success for the bling seekers with season best times for Lee Hopkins, Kevin Guy, Gail Wrangles, Ian Vogan, Stewart Haigh, Helen Wanwright and Nicky Henshaw. It was the first Trunce for Amanda Wilson who was happy to survive whilst it was good to see a couple of our long established Truncers - Karen Youel and Christine Hall - make their first appearances of the year. Another good night enhanced by the ability to pre-order excellent chip butties to accompany a drink in the pub afterwards.

More great photos HERE

Edwinstowe 10k: 7 Dec

We are once again organising a coach to this last GP event of the year followed by a Xmas lunch to celebrate anything and everything! You need to enter the race yourself (entries now open) but give names and money to Clare Hill for the coach/meal. Don't leave it too late as restaurant space is limited and the event filled up before the closing date.

Helen photo

Last Trunce this year: 8 Sep

Its party time! For the last race in the series fancy dress is optional and we have a party of 20 booked in for a meal afterwards. Last chance to secure Grand Prix points. Also a great opportunity for first timers to experience the course - there will be volunteers to accompany you round.


GP Points after Race #8