Airedale Athletics is a community of joggers, walkers,
runners, cyclists and participants of similar endurance
activities, plus athletes in track and field events, of all
abilities, backgrounds and ages, in Airedale, Bradford,
and Leeds, and further afield.
It is a partnership between the following clubs:
For further information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0032 (473) 963637 Bradford‐ Eccleshill St Bede’s AC
Airedale AC Road Runners (Esholt)
Newsletter ― February‐March 2009
LEAD ARTICLE COACHING REPORTS – TECHNICAL SUPPORT
1. Airedale Athletics Leads Major Athletics 1. Hilary Stellingwerff at Altitude in Addis Ababa
Network Funding Bid
1. Three Runs or Bike‐Rides from Thornton Rec
1. Personal Bests Galore at the Brass Monkey HM
2. Discretionary Access Grants Made Available NEXT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
3. New Airedale Athletics Running Mag Launched
4. Run the Grand Canyon in 2010 1. Standing Committee
5. Future Promise Shown at Calderdale Way Relay 2. Joint Committees
3. Club AGMs
KEEPING UP‐TO‐DATE (websites)
1. Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, 29 March
2. Baildon Boundary Walk Still Open, 5 April 1. T&A athletics and Airedale Athletics website
3. Jane Tomlinson York 10k, 2 August 2. Eccleshill/Idle‐Apperley Bridge training bases
4. 10‐Race Grand Prix Series Kicks Off website (Eccleshill Road Runners)
3. Shipley‐Esholt training bases website (St Bede’s)
SQUAD NEWS 4. Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k site
1. “RuSC‐13” OVERVIEW OF RACES & SESSIONS
2. The Fell‐Runners
3. The “82ers” WEEKLY TRAINING SESSIONS (table)
4. The Commonwealth “Team Turnhout”
WHAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
Athletics and its complementary sports are the heart of
LEAD ARTICLE this rich network, serving 497,000 residents and a
geographical catchment of 850,000, whilst also servicing
1. AA Leads Major Athletics Network Funding Bid the other initial arms (rugby league and cricket) and future
arms (soccer) of this enterprise [see §2 of the 4‐Year Plan].
Airedale Athletics are leading an ambitious funding
bid to England Athletics to create one of the The Network aims in 2009‐13:
country’s first “athletics networks”. The national
governing body of the sport has just scrapped 1. To create a sustainable, businesslike, strategic
infrastructure to support clubs and organisations
regional, county and district bodies in favour of
within the Bradford District and its environs.
investing in clubs and coaches who cluster
2. To widen participation through hosting several
themselves into networks. Their aims parallel exactly mass‐participation events and registering
what Airedale Athletics has been developing since unattached runners into the network’s
2006; in that sense we are national pioneers. community of athletes.
3. To utilise and/or employ community
We have taken the lead in producing a funding bid development officers to increase participation in
worth £80,000 a year in cash, of which up to £50,000 athletics: (i) at over half of the secondary schools
may come from England Athletics. An 80‐page in each school sport partnership; (ii) in a ‘Club
1625’ Academy catering for 16‐25‐year‐olds; (iii)
detailed four‐year Plan has been developed. A copy
for adults in areas of multiple deprivation and
is available to anyone interested. And there is an
athletes with disabilities.
Open Meeting at 7.45 on Monday, 2 February at 4. To raise performance standards of competitive
Idle Cricket Club (Cavendish Road) where the plan athletes through a Club Challenge.
will be presented and discussed. Anyone in the 5. To identify talent and create high‐performance
Airedale Athletics network is welcome to attend. coaching teams with links to the Club 1625.
6. To establish high, independent standards of
The plan was presented at a meeting of the other benchmarking and participant feedback.
leading clubs in the area, including Bingley, Ilkley and
Keighley & Craven ACs, all of whom support it This will be achieved through seven phased key projects:
enthusiastically and are expected to sign up to the
a) a Social Enterprise to administer the network;
submission which has to be presented by 6 February.
b) a central Registry to maintain databases and records
and raise the profile of athletics in local media and
The summary bid document is summarised thus:
c) an Events Management Facility, ready for the mass
The network brings together most of the 10 affiliated clubs
Bradford Marathon in 2010;
in Bradford district, including one of the country’s most
famous (Bingley), and several podium‐level Olympians. It d) up to six Sport‐in‐the‐Community Development
also draws on a 3‐year‐old experiment in integrated club Officers, one per LSA and SSB, with duties to
collaboration in the Airedale Athletics club‐partnership, implement aim 3 above;
and national best‐practice in multi‐sport activity in e) a competitive Club Challenge to leverage club funds
Keighley. Moreover, it is at the heart of a groundbreaking and resources into improved coaching and
sports enterprise network, which brings together: performance;
f) ‘Club 1625’, based at Bradford College campuses and
The Bradford Community Sports Network (CSN) catering from fitness enthusiast to elite athlete, at this
The six Local Sport Alliances (LSA) in Bradford district transitional, crucial age;
The Bradford Consortium (Bradford College, with g) six High‐Performance Coaching Teams and associated
Bradford Council, Bradford University, Bradford athletes.
Teaching Primary Care Trust, Bradford Bulls RLFC,
the Sports Marketing Network and Bradford CSN) During Year 1 the focus is on building capacity through
The Bradford Regional Centre of Excellence for the creating the Social Enterprise and Registry, and driving up
National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure performance through the Club Challenge and establishing
two High‐Performance coaching teams and associated
Bradford Metropolitan District Council – esp. its b‐
squads [see §3 of the 4‐Year Plan].
active Sport and Leisure Service
West Yorkshire Sport
Do attend the meeting on Monday, 2nd to find out
Bradford & Keighley Voluntary Services and the Nat.
more about this exciting enterprise.
Assoc. for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA).
NEWS affordable their participation in the RuSC‐13 training
group on Thursday evenings.
1. There were Personal Bests galore at the Brass
Monkey Half‐Marathon on 18 January. The bleak If anyone wants to participate in events or training
flats of the Vale of York failed to live up to their groups but are prevented for financial reasons –
seasonal reputation as the 1280 runners left York’s particularly in the current climate – please get in
Knavesmire racecourse in mild, windless conditions. touch.
A dozen runners from the Airedale group raced this Also, anyone who exercises in Council‐run facilities,
fast course out to Acaster and Appleton Roebuck including the two athletics tracks at Greenhead and
and back, with just 49 feet of climbing involved. Horsfall, and is unwaged, can get cheaper access via
the Council’s “passport to leisure” scheme:
In terms of knocking chunks off PBs, pride of place
goes to Claire Elener (Eccleshill), who sliced off
almost seven minutes to move into the elite group
of women runners with her time of 91’06”.
3. Airedale Athletics launch their own new runners
magazine, with thanks to editorial and production
She was literally chased home by two club‐mates:
partners, LS Design. See the first cover at the end of
Paul Birrane in 91’09” (beating his previous best by
4 minutes) and Rob Sutton in 91’50” (beating his
previous best by a minute, even though he did go
As an introductory promotion there are prizes for
AWOL after 11 miles!).
identifying the Airedale Winged Angel on the cover.
First prize = one year’s free subscription; second
Their training colleague Mick Brearley (St Bede’s)
prize = two years’ free subscription. Available, as
reduced his best by a minute to 80’50”, despite a 70‐
they say, at all disreputable outlets.
mile training week and no tapering. First home from
the group was Will Kerr (St Bede’s) in 78’17”.
4. Ever fancied running through the Grand Canyon
(yes, THE Grand Canyon, as in Arizona!)? Well,
Georgiana Donavin is a member of a club in Salt Lake
City. Together, we are looking at organising a trip to
do the 24‐mile run of the Grand Canyon in October
Georgiana explains that it’s not a race, far from it,
and anyone capable of a marathon is capable of
The National Park service does not permit races in the
Grand Canyon, but many “teams” or groups of running
friends organize crossings every year. I have done this
once before. We started on the North Rim of the
Mick Hogan flanked by Rob Sutton and Claire Elener, with Canyon, ran down in, across and back up‐‐about 24
Vince Bussingham (no.154) at the Hot Toddy race in miles in all, on well‐maintained trails. No sketchy
Todmorden on 28 December places where there is any fear of falling off‐‐but this is
___________________ not an event for someone truly fearful of heights. You
can walk or run. Because the ascent on the South side
is so steep, it took my two very experienced trail
2. Two new members, Col Garvin and Joanne Durn,
running friends and me, the trail newbie, about 7
have benefited from discretionary access grants
hours to do it. But the scenery is gorgeous, there are
from the Bradford Athletics Group. Col, a former
water stops along the way and the reward is staying at
national schools finalist at the hurdles is from a decent lodge in the Grand Canyon on the South Rim.
Northern Ireland but now based at Shelf, studying
full‐time at Bradford University. The grant will make
It is good to book rooms in or near the Grand Canyon a one of our club pairs since at least 2002. They had
year or so in advance. No race fees, flexible dates‐‐the followed Bob Pritchard and Mick Hogan who had
biggest cost would be airfare to Salt Lake City or waded through the bogs from Wainstalls to Shelf.
Phoenix and van rental. Someone would have to be
willing to drive from the North to the South Rim while
Most courageous performance was by Hardy
the others are running. My partner was happy to do
this last time, but with a bigger group, we might need
Matamala on leg 4 from Blackshaw Head to Wain‐
more than one driver. stalls, who ran most of it with a sprained ankle. And
partner, Will Kerr, ran from halfway with no sole.
Equipment? Good trail shoes and a hydration pack They still managed 80’46” for this tough leg.
that is big enough to hold nutrition for the day and
discarded jacket and gloves.
Maybe the simplest explanation is “a trail run (with
lots of walking on the South side cliffs) in the most
beautiful scenery in America”.
If you think you might be interested in this once‐in‐
a‐lifetime opportunity, then let Jack Verity know at
email@example.com or on (01274) 400993.
5. Future Promise Shown at Calderdale Way Relay.
The Calderdale Way Relay is a 50‐miler over six
stages, each of 8 to 11 miles, run in pairs, following
The leg 2 runners dry out, next to the club’s broom van (!),
the long‐distance path on a tour around Halifax. in Todmorden (Note Mick Brearley sporting new team kit)
It always takes place in mid‐December, in extreme The changed start location caught out Rory Cunliffe
conditions. The route itself allows road and trail and the team’s star, Gerard Mills, who was suffering
runners (just) to race alongside the specialist fell‐ from flu. The two factors lost the team about 25
runners, who skip up the ascents and show their minutes. But the overall performance seems to
heels hurtling down the descents. justify entering composite teams, to give runners the
chance to pair up with people of their close ability,
The event brings out the top fell‐runners. This year, and to give the most competitive athletes the
the top ten are a “who’s‐who“ of fell‐running clubs: chance to race in competitive teams and races.
Salford; Dark Peak; Pudsey & Bramley; Bingley;
Wharfedale; Calder Valley; Horwich RMI; •
Leg 1 – Gerard Mills; Rory Cunliffe (1:49’14”) – 88
Rossendale; Clayton‐le‐Moors; and Bowland Fell. on the leg
• Leg 2 – Mick Brearley; Simon Forde (1:10’24”) – 29th
Locally, Skipton AC won the mixed category in 21st • Leg 3 – Paul Birrane; Paul Page (48’21”) – 40
place of the record 117 teams. And Ilkley Ladies held • Leg 4 – Hardy Matamala; Will Kerr (1:20’46”) – 29th
off Bingley for the women’s team prize. • Leg 5 – Bob Pritchard; Mick Hogan (1:06’39”) – 25th
• Leg 6 – Neal Page; Tim Taylor (1:20’53”) – 35th.
Airedale entered, for the first time, a composite
team. Bradford‐Airedale contributed four, Eccleshill The B‐team had fewer mishaps and came home
two (plus another in the B team) and St Bede’s four. safely in a respectable 89th place. Runners were:
Bob Pritchard (Skyrac) and Rothwell’s Tim Taylor ran
under the “second‐claim” rule. The performance • Leg 1 – Neil Lloyd; Frank Masley (1:58’37”) – 98th
suggests that within a year they could challenge • Leg 2 – Louise McGechaen; Jen Willingham (1:29’46)
Keighley & Craven and Ilkley in the top twenty.
• Leg 3 – Tony Hart; Helen Love (1:00’03”) – 96th
• Leg 4 – Dave Armstrong; Roumen Barzanov
The new partnership of Taylor and Neal Page th
(1:38’20”) – 80
(Bradford‐Airedale) was a major success as they • Leg 5 – Claire Elener; Kate Naylor (1:23’32”) – 87th
stormed the anchor leg in 80’53”, the fastest time by • Leg 6 – Harry McGill; Martin Love (1:35’18”) – 86th.
The run will start & finish on the Knavesmire and will
pass some of the city’s most well known landmarks
including York Minster.
1. The Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k is scheduled for
Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 9am, using the same With only 3,000 places currently available demand will
route as 2008. Airedale Athletics will again be be high. You can register on‐line at:
providing the marshals for the event, together with www.runnersworld.co.uk/york10K
sessions for unattached runners. Entry forms are
available at: 4. The 10‐Race Yorkshire Grand Prix Series starts on
Sunday, 1 February, at Horsforth. For the first time
we are entering an Airedale Athletics team and
If you are injured or otherwise unable to run, how
would welcome lots of new participants. Everyone
about helping make it a memorable event for the
scores, so every little helps in the final rankings.
runners? Last year we received lots of fantastic
compliments about the team of marshals. If you The vets series is fantastic value, with each race only
want to keep the route safe and cheer the runners costing £3, with post‐race refreshments included.
on their way, please contact either Terry Maddocks There are two snags: first, this is what is technically a
at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (01274) “Closed Event” (as opposed to an open road‐race
587758 or Dave Armstrong on (01274) 596891 or at where anyone can enter). So you must be a licensed
email@example.com. We need forty runner and aged 35 or older. Second, you’d have to
people in total, so please help us with the event. run in the Airedale Athletics vest.
The current list of volunteers is posted on: If you are not a member of an athletic club, you can
http://www.eccleshillroadrunners.com/epilepsy‐ register easily via Airedale Athletics. We need £15
action‐bradford‐10k/ for the Airedale vest plus £15 for the registration
___________________ process with England Athletics, but thereafter you
get entry to all “closed” events, and £2 discounts on
2. Places for the ever‐popular Baildon Boundary Way all “open” races. Please text or phone Simon Forde
off‐road half‐marathon filled up by early January. on 0032 (473) 963637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
But there are still places available for the Baildon
Boundary Walk on Sunday, 5 April. Entries for the Races are normally about 5‐6 miles and mainly trail
Walk can be made on the day. The organisers races, suitable for anyone. Anyone who can run a
remind you that entering as a walker is NOT a means 10k in an hour would be just fine.
of gaining entry to the running event.
The programme (nominally monthly) is almost set:
The walk is non‐competitive and walkers will have a 1 – Sunday, 1 February 2009, Horsforth (Horsforth
separate series of numbers and be timed from the Harriers) – start at 10am
earlier start time of 8.30am. The run starts at 10am. 2 – Sunday, 22 March 2009, Meltham (Meltham AC) –
start at 10am
3 – Sunday, 31 May 2009, Walton (Wakefield Harriers)
In 2008, for instance, there were 66 walkers who
4 – Wednesday, 10 June 2009, Pudsey (Pudsey Pacers)
took anything between 2hrs 29mins and 5hrs 18mins
5 – Wednesday, 17 June 2009, Meanwood, Leeds
to cover the 13‐mile course. (Valley Striders)
6 – Sunday, 5 July 2009, Honley (Holmfirth Harriers)
Entry forms for the Walk, and the route description, 7 – Wednesday, 29 July 2009, Knavesmire, York
are available at http://www.baildonrunners.tk/ (Knavesmire Harriers)
8 – Thursday, 20 August 2009, Starbeck (Nidd Valley)
___________________ 9 – Monday, 9 November 2009, Spen Stadium,
Cleckheaton (Spenborough AC)
3. After the successful launch of the 10k race named 10 ‐ tba West Vale (tba)
after her in her Leeds hometown, a second race is to
be launched: the Jane Tomlinson 10k in York. The If you need lifts to races, or you want to car‐pool and
organisers state: save the planet, please let us know.
We are delighted to announce a 2nd city centre 10k
that will take place in York on Sunday, 2 August 2009.
Hardy’s session will be working on 2 sets of 4 x 400m
intervals. Plenty of recovery‐time built in and an
opportunity to improve your lactate threshold.”
One of the newcomers to the group, Sam Hellewell,
has written about her experience so far:
1. RuSC‐13 (Thursday Group) “When I first signed up for the three‐month course I
didn’t know what to expect. The reasons I joined were
“RuSC‐13” is the name for the new group set up on to try a new challenge, to train as part of a group,
Thursday evenings, meeting at Shipley Greens learn some new techniques and hopefully improve my
fitness centre from 6.30 to 8.30pm. speed and stamina. I was pleasantly surprised at the
first session to see the participants were of all ages
The name denotes “Running, Strength, and and abilities and the atmosphere is very relaxed and
Conditioning, over 13 weeks”. The programme sociable.
started on 8 January and runs to the end of March,
So far, at the end of week three, the course has been
as a lead‐up to the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k on
very enjoyable. I particularly like the way the two‐hour
29 March. sessions are broken down, the first hour being focused
on exercising the main muscles used in running and
Seventeen enthusiasts are enrolled. A similar
the second hour being running specific training.
number were prevented either because Thursdays
are inconvenient or due to the distance to travel. It has been an interesting experience for me to use the
The 13‐week course is the first time it’s been run kettlebells, as this is something different and you can
and there is some trial‐and‐error and customer‐ certainly feel the results the next day. All the trainers
feedback happening. For instance, an orienteer are friendly and approachable and I like the way they
explain and demonstrate each exercise and also
suggested that for fell‐runners and orienteers a
explain why it is beneficial. A lot of the exercises we
parallel course building on stamina and stop‐start,
have learnt could be introduced into a regular training
fartlek‐style training might be really helpful.
regime, as they are simple – but effective.
It will almost certainly be repeated on a rolling Running with a group has been challenging, to try and
three‐monthly basis. Unfortunately, we were only keep pace with stronger runners within the group, and
able to contact in person one third of the overall has made me push myself harder than if I’d been
group in advance, for which we apologise. running on my own.
The course is offered by a threesome and the two‐ I am looking forward to the next sessions to see what
hour session splits into two. In the first hour, Phill else Jenny, Phill and Hardy can teach us and see the
improvement it makes on my own performance. I
Wright and Jenny Gwynne, both keen athletes, but
believe it is always a good idea to try and vary your
also highly qualified fitness instructors, focus on
training – to keep motivated, learn something new and
strength, suppleness, conditioning, nutrition and
challenge yourself. I think this course is doing just
some psychological aspects to running. that.”
The second hour is led by qualified athletics coach, ___________________
Hardy Matamala, a top‐class runner in his own right.
He is introducing the group to drills, warm‐up and
cool‐down techniques and to a range of specific
running‐specific sessions, including fartleks and
The most recent session gives a flavour:
2. The Fell‐Runners
“This Thursday has us step into phase two of the
training pyramid and, from a conditioning perspective, Jen Willingham, Bob Pritchard, Louise McGechaen,
we will be focusing on core progression and some Pete Huby and Tony and Jayne Hart have been
more aerobic conditioning. This will have us learn
stalwarts at several recent fell races, including the
some completely new movements as well as revisiting
Stoop, Auld Lang Syne and Stanbury Splash races.
some of the familiar exercises along with some
2. THE 82 ERS
The “82ers” train regularly on Tuesday evenings at
Horsfall track, largely doing interval‐training
sessions. The squad is now over a dozen strong, and
also includes runners from Bingley Harriers and
Keighley & Craven.
At present a large proportion are preparing for the
London Marathon on 26 April. A typical session at
the moment was the latest:
• 10 min warm up
• 4 series of strides
• 2 or 3 x 2400m, pace being a few seconds faster
Tony Hart navigating the heather moors at Stanbury than marathon pace, with 3 min recovery
• 10 min warm down
The elite runners from Bradford‐Airedale,
And for those not preparing for London, they
particularly Steve Oldfield and Richard Crossfield
replaced the long intervals by 6 x 1000m at 10k pace
have been prominent at the ‘sharp end’. Steve
with 3 min recoveries between each interval.
Oldfield broke the course record for M50 (44’34”) in
winning the category at the Auld Lang Syne race at ___________________
Penistone Hill on 31 December. Richard Crossland
was 7th M50 finisher in 49’57” in a day of records, in The
freezing but fast conditions. Commonwealth
The Chevin Chase fell‐race on Boxing Day, organised 3.
by Airecentre Pacers, drew a bumper 833 runners,
including several Father Christmases. Spot Barney A core group of “Team Turnhout” has been busy
Lerner chasing one below: this January training in the ice and snow of Halifax
(the Nova Scotian variety)! But, to escape the
Canadian winter five of them spent three weeks
training in Orlando during December. Alicia
Dobranowski, Geoff Harris and Leanna MacLean
were joined by a new squad‐member, Celia Peters,
for a warm‐weather training camp at Disney’s Wide
World of Sports. Coach Heather Hennigar had
developed a well‐structured programme. Mornings
were spent doing easy, gentle runs followed by long
stretching sessions and the evenings were followed
up with a track workout or a plyometrics routine.
Every weekend in Orlando, the athletes and coach
Heather enjoyed a long run on a red dirt road that
If you would like to take part in any fell race, or want
wound through the famous orange groves of Florida.
to offer or receive a lift to any of these, let Dave
Armstrong know and he will try to make The training camp paid for itself on the track as all
arrangements (email@example.com ). the athletes ran strong 600m races at the Dalhousie
Indoor Invitational Meet on 18 January back in
Further details on fell races can be found on Halifax. Geoff won his race in a time of 1:19.2 with
www.fellrunner.org.uk. his closest competitor over three seconds behind.
Leanna also finished first in a time of 1:32.8, but
followed closely by Celia, the Canadian Universities longer tomorrow morning, but I’m not sure how long I
bronze medallist over 600m, who ran a time of should go. I’m feeling much better in terms of energy after
1:33.4. Alicia, in her first ever 600m, finished in third my cold, but I’m still coughing a lot. I was thinking 60‐70’.
Everyone here says you have to be really careful not to do
with a time of 1:34.8. Shortly after, Alicia then ran
too much the first week.
the 300m in a PB of 40.1.
The whole team was very excited about their results
and they will be racing again in the following weeks.
Celia is looking to better her third at last year’s
Canadian University Championships, will be joined
by Alicia in Montréal at the McGill Invitational on 30
January, where they will be up against the top 600m
runners in Canada.
On 7 February, Leanna has been invited to race the
800m at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games. This is
one of the premier indoor competitions in the world
Hilary in the centre (blue top)
this winter and it’s her second time there. Last year
she finished fifth, with the top five within a second
Who is here?: Mo Farah, Bob Terri (don’t know if that’s
of each other.
how you spell it), Scott ? from UK, Mustafa from Sweden
and Jean Marc (Lydia’s boyfriend). We saw Bekele today
Geoff is off to Michigan on 14 February, not for a
while we were training in the forest ‐ he wasn’t running
romantic Valentine’s getaway, but racing the 800m
slow. And when we run down the street we have kids
on one of America’s fastest and newest indoor jumping in joining us for a few minutes and people
facilities. This event will be a part of the Indianapolis cheering for us. I got called “Paula” today ‐ funny
racing series, which is becoming one of North considering she is about a foot taller than me and is sitting
America’s best racing series for middle distance and in her hotel room in NYC right now getting ready for
distance runners. Geoff is hoping this race will sling‐ tomorrow!
shot him into the top races for the summer outdoor
season. Anyway, my plan is to take the next two days easy and
then maybe do some short hills on Tues. On Wed/Fri I will
do easy running and weights/plyos. And maybe by
Saturday I could do a fartlek. I haven’t talked to Maryam
and Tariq yet since she is in Bahrain until Monday so I’m
COACHING REPORTS not exactly sure what she will do.
1. Hilary Stellingwerff is a Commonwealth 1500m
I’m not quite sure how to read this cough because it’s
finalist, based now in Switzerland. She did a three‐
really bad at night ‐ kept me up for about 3hrs before I
week stint of altitude training in Addis Abba with a could fall asleep last night. But once I got up and moving
group of top Europeans and Africans. She mentions around, it stopped and physically I feel really good besides
Mo Farah, but also her training companion in the congestion in my sinus/chest. So I decided to start the
Lausanne, Maryam Jamal (reigning world 1500m run and see how I felt (we had our driver following us the
champion) and Tariq her coach and husband. Hilary whole run so could stop when we wanted). We went really
helped found the “Team Turnhout” summer camp. slow to start and after a bit of coughing for the first
20mins, I really was fine and felt great running. I ran 70’,
again pretty slow, we covered about 14km and my
The training is all done between 2700m (8,600 ft)
average heart rate was 170.
and 3200m (10,200 ft). This is her report of the first
two days, sent on 1 November:
Lydia and Jean‐Marc said they’ve both been sick and had
bad coughs at altitude, but think I have less of a chance of
DAY 1 getting bronchitis since the air is dry and warm here. They
Just got back from our first run at 2700m ‐ the first 15 did say that a cough will linger longer here though. I guess
mins was a bit shocking because you really could feel the I’ll just monitor it for the next week and if it’s not getting
altitude. I was relieved when Lydia said she felt it the better I’ll have to consider going home. Hopefully that
same. So we went really easy for 48 mins. We will go a bit won’t be the case.
Anyway, the run was absolutely amazing today. Yesterday
when I arrived I was wondering how I would survive here
with really run down surroundings ‐ it’s very poor. But the
people are so amazing and the running is great. We ran on
this dirt road today passing various villages and we had 5
different people join and run with us for a few km and
then stop, including two boys about 6 yrs and 2 girls in
skirts about 16 ‐ none were breathing as much as us! They
love runners and when we run through the villages, if they
don’t join us, they cheer us on. I mean they have nothing,
most kids don’t have shoes, and they are still so happy to
run alongside and in general seem very content in life.
Route 2 is a 10.5‐mile run or bike ride. Follow Route
1 to the junction of Tewitt Lane and Old Allen Lane.
This time, turn right and then left along Harrop Lane
as far as Haworth Road. Turn left and follow down
and up, near Hewenden Viaduct in to Cullingworth
village. Turn left and continue to Denholme on the
main road. Turn left down to the dam of Doe Park
Reservoir, and then pick up Route 1 back to
Thornton. For a detailed map see:
Ethiopian market scene
TRAINING RUNS – Thornton Rec
Thornton Recreation Centre is off the Thornton
Road, to the left on Leaventhorpe Lane. Bus 607
from Broadway (stop H12) takes 20 minutes from
the city centre. It runs every 10 minutes. Also, bus
696 to and from Keighley and Denholme to Bradford Route 4 is a hilly 6‐miler thatpasses Horton Park and
Interchange passes the school. Clayton and can be picked up from Thornton. See:
Route 1 is a long 7.7mile run with a hard climb over http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united‐
the first 1.5 miles. From the Rec go up Thornton kingdom/bradford/401690280302
Road before taking the right fork down Old Road,
North Cliffe Lane, Sapgate Lane and then Buck Lane
till the t‐junction. Turn tight and continue for a mile
out into countryside till the junction with Old Allen
Lane. Turn left and to to Whalley Lane. Drop down
till you cross the Bradford Millennium Way footpath.
Go left until the really steep section, where you turn
left on paths to Doe Park Reservoir. Cross the dam of
the reservoir and climb back up paths till you reach
10 Yards Lane. Turn right until the end and then turn
right onto Half Acre Road. At its end, turn left along
Hill Top Road, then fork left to the old t‐junction at [(c) MayMyRun and “wireframe” for these routes.]
the end of Buck Lane. Follow the original section
Future Newsletters will feature runs from
back down to the Rec. For a detailed map see:
Apperley Bridge, and Thornbury.
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2. Several Joint Committees focus on specific areas
of activity, including:
1. The day‐to‐day business of Airedale Athletics is
Training and Performance Committee (TAPCOM) –
conducted by an eight‐strong Standing Committee,
comprising Diane Craven (chair), Jack Verity (club
comprising four officers and four chairs of Joint
captain and committee secretary), Tony Myers
Committees. Any member of the network may
(fixtures secretary) and all qualified coaches or
attend these meetings, or ask to see minutes. Its
coaches in training.
next meeting is on:
Development and Recruitment Committee
Monday, 2 February, at 7 to 7.45pm at Idle
(DARCOM) – comprising Dave Armstrong (chair),
Cricket Club (Cavendish Road)
Barney Lerner (registrar), Helen Freeman, Jen
The agenda comprises: Willingham, Rory Cunliffe (Bradford Athletics
Development Group rep.) and Gareth Wood:
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting
3. St Bede’s EGM to elect a new committee, carried
3. Matters Arising, which are not covered in items 4‐5
over from the November AGM will be held after
a) Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k (29 March) training on Tuesday, 3 February at Esholt Sports
Club (approx. 8.45pm). Details of committee
4. Reports (10 minutes max. per item) positions and the agenda are available from Mike
[RS] Eccleshill Moss (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
b) Joint Committees – reports to be deferred to a
c) Officers: KEEPING UP‐TO‐DATE
[PW] Financial Report, 2008; budget forecast
1. Keep up‐to‐date with news of athletics in the area
[JV and SF] Composite Teams – internal rules
till September 2009 and other events organised by Airedale Athletics on
5. Any Other Business www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sport_ath/
a) Communications – see bullet‐points supplied as ___________________
topics for consideration
2. For Eccleshill Road Runners and information on
6. Dates and Venues of Next Meetings, namely:
the Eccleshill/Idle‐Apperley Bridge training bases:
6a) Monday, 6 April (tbc)
7. Open Meeting on the EA Athletics Network Bid (7.45 http://www.eccleshillroadrunners.com/
for 8pm start, till approx. 9.30pm), open to: ___________________
7a) all committee members
7b) club members – invitations to be extended by 3. For St Bede’s AC and the Shipley‐Esholt training
representatives from each club (i.e. CH, RS, JV) bases:
7c) representatives from prospective clubs within
the network, and ideally within the Airedale
Athletics partnership – invitations having been
extended to Baildon Runners, Bradford ___________________
Grammar School AC, Idle AC, Pudsey Pacers,
Queensbury Running Club,and Skyrac AC, and 4. Entry‐forms and news on the Epilepsy Action
to Airienteers Orienteering Club. Bradford 10k 2009 are on
a) minutes of meeting of 1 December 2008
b) internal rules for Composite Teams
c) draft bid‐application to EA for 6 February deadline
This will be followed by a special Open Meeting
from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at Idle Cricket Club
(Cavendish Road) to explain and discuss in some
detail the “athletics network” plan.
OVERVIEW OF RACES & SESSIONS
Location / Entry
Date Start Event name Event type and distance
Host Club details
9am Dewsbury 10k 10k road Dewsbury full
1 Feb Trail, approx. 5‐6mi; over Closed;
10am Yorkshire Vets GP race 1 Horsforth H.
35s On day
Cross‐country, U11s and
8 Feb Tbc Peco XC League, race 4 S. Leeds stad. ERR club
senior/vets – entry level
11am St Wilfrid’s Golden Mile fun run 1 mi Ripon website
12 noon St Wilfrid’s Muddy Boots Race 10k trail Ripon website
14 Feb Tbc Yorkshire Vets XC Champs Cross‐country; over‐35s
Knavesmire On day
10am Wombwell 5‐Miler 5 mile road Wombwell website
12 noon Liversedge Half Half‐marathon Roberttown full
Cross‐country, U11s and
1 Mar Tbc Peco XC League, race 5 Woodkirk ERR club
senior/vets – entry level
15 Mar 10am Spen 20 20 mile road Spenborough website
Trail, approx. 5‐6mi; over Closed;
22 Mar 10am Yorkshire Vets GP race 2 Meltham
35s On day
28 Mar Coniston 14 13.875 mi road round lake Coniston full
29 Mar 9am Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k 10k road Bradford website
8.30am Baildon Boundary Walk 13.1mi walk On day
10am Baildon Boundary Way Run 13.1mi off‐road run full
10am Wakefield Hospice City Run 10k road website
11.30 Wakefield Hospice fun runs 3mi and 1mi website
12 Apr 10.30 Guiseley Gallop 10k 10k trail Skyrac website
In the final column, the notes mean:
“closed”means you need to have pre‐registered via a club or Airedale Athletics with England Athletics
“On day” means the event can be entered on the day
“website” means that a link to the entry form or online entry is available under the DIARY section on the
home‐page of http://www.stbedesac.org.uk/ or via http://www.ukresults.net/2009cal.html
“ERR Club” means that it is restricted to a particular club (in this case, Eccleshill Road Runners)
“full” means that the race‐limit has been reached at the time of going to press.
WEEKLY TRAINING SESSIONS
Each of the venues offers ample, free car‐parking and is accessible by public transport (if you require further
information, please email email@example.com ). There are changing rooms, toilets and showers available
at each venue, except for Apperley Bridge (i.e. Rawdon Meadows), and most have a lounge if you wish to
socialise or rehydrate afterwards.
Some sessions have a small charge (£1 or £1.50) to cover the hire of facilities. Track usage costs £2.65 (but with
discounts via the Council’s Passport‐to‐Leisure scheme). All sessions are led by, or supervised by, qualified UK
Athletics coaches; they’ll have had suitable CRB checks where the sessions involve youngsters. You will not be
left behind or get lost; each group is organised so that it regroups constantly and there are coaches available
to accompany the runners at the back, and everyone remains in close contact with their neighbour.
Day Time Location Meeting‐Place Notes and contact person’s telephone and email
This session is a so‐called “quality session” which may
include hill‐work or speed‐work, but it is still suitable for
all abilities. Ask at the reception of the gym to be taken
to the room downstairs where the running group meets
‐ contact Hazel or Terry Maddocks on (01274) 587758 or
Fitness First gym,
Juniors section – contact the two lead‐coaches, with all
Mon 7pm Eccleshill Victoria Road,
the checks and qualifications: Richard Phelps ‐ 01274
542988 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Janice
Magennis ‐ 01274 826874 and email@example.com.
See the policies and procedures to ensure a safe and
welcoming environment for everyone at the foot of:
Introduce yourself first to Carole Raistrick, at the
entrance to the Main Bar area of Esholt Sports Club, up
Esholt Sports & Cricket the side stairs to the first floor. Jack Verity or another
Club, Upper Mill coach will introduce and lead the evening’s session
Cottages, Esholt (there are normally three options, typically: a social run,
Lane, Esholt a short run of 3‐5 miles and a longer run of 6‐8 miles,
where each group sticks together) – contact Jack on
(01274) 400993 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6.00 82ers group. This session is intended for experienced
for runners. Please contact Mick Brearley on (07905)
6.30pm 348098 or email@example.com
Horsfall Cemetery Road, off
Track session for juniors and endurance runners (* NB
7pm* 1st Tuesdays of months only). Contact Tony Myers ‐
01274 584983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wednesday session offers a short route and a
Idle Cricket Club
longer route, ensuring each group sticks together.
Wed 7pm Idle (Cavendish Road,
Contact Tony Myers on (01274) 584983 or
RuSC‐13 group. Meet at entrance. For further details,
6.30pm Greens Health & please contact Phill Wright on (07973) 144015 or
Fitness Centre (Fred email@example.com . Course fee for AA = £35
Thu Shipley Atkinson Way, off Meet Graham Eastell at the reception to Greens Health
Otley Road, Lower & Fitness Centre to get an entry badge. This session is
7pm Baildon) mainly aimed at either complete beginners or novice
runners. Contact Graham on (01274) 595523 or
The Friday session is also suitable for youngsters,
families and complete beginners. Contact Tony Myers
Idle Cricket Club on (01274) 584983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 7pm Idle (Cavendish Road, Juniors section – contact the two lead‐coaches, with all
Idle) the checks and qualifications: Richard Phelps ‐ 01274
542988 or email@example.com; or Janice
Magennis ‐ 01274 826874 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shipley Greens Fitness Centre Long run. This session is normally a run of about 60‐90
or or Rawdon minutes, for more experienced runners. The start‐time
Apperley Meadows car park may vary, due to clashes with races, so check the time
Bridge (by the Stansfield and venue first with Jack Verity or Tony Myers (both
Sun (alter‐ Arms, opp. Wood‐ their details are listed above).
nates) house Grove Sch.) See the Training Plan at http://www.stbedesac.org.uk/
11am Horsfall Stadium, Sprinters, jumpers, throwers group. Please contact
till Horsfall Cemetery Road, off Chris Hainsworth on (01422) 244197 or weekdays at
12.30 Halifax Road email@example.com
WHAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE d) Offer to distribute newsletters. About
20% of our network do not have e‐mail
Airedale Athletics operates through the volunteer addresses. The cost of posting
work and financial support of its partner clubs. newsletters is a sizeable expense. If a
dozen people could volunteer to print out
So, what’s the point? and drop in 5 newsletters to people in
their close neighbourhood, it would be a
Because we are passionate about the sport of huge help. And add a personal touch to
athletics and believe it has lots to offer to the whole operation.
individuals and to the local community. And
because we believe that this is the way for e) Let us know if you get e‐mail or you
athletics to reach out to the widest community change your email address. And let us
and give the sport the best future in our locality. know if you no longer want to receive
So, what can we each do?
f) Tell us your stories. The people who take
a) Consider giving up a few hours to up running just to stay fit, and then find
marshal a race. If you’re running maybe themselves within a year taking a group
your partner or a friend might help. How to race a 10‐miler in Bruges, or whatever
about starting with the Epilepsy Action – it inspires us all.
Bradford 10k on 29 March? Your help
allows races to take place. Your g) Be positive and patient with us please –
enthusiasm can make the difference – we’re all volunteers and trying our best.
you know how it helps when a cheer gets
you through a bad spot in a run.
b) Keep training and doing your best with For comments or further information, or
your fitness. Join a group if that helps. contributions for this newsletter:
Simon Forde – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0032
c) Spread the word. Print this newsletter (473) 963637
out for a notice‐board – at work; at
church or the mosque; at a club; in the Simon Forde – 30 January 2008.
local library, school or surgery; at the gym
or sports centre. Get your mates involved.