NEWSLETTER wwwcityofhullaccouk NovemberDecember 2009 _previous by abstraks



                        November/December 2009 (previous edition 3.9.09)

Christmas is fast approaching and some CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS for
the 2008/2009 season are still outstanding. We have165 registered members but only125 are
fully paid up. Please check your accounts we realise how easy it is simply to think you‟ve paid just as
a matter of course. It won‟t be long before next season‟s money will be due so please help us clear the
books. If you are in any doubt contact either Bob or Steve Holmes before they have to contact you.
Cheques for £12 should be made payable to City of Hull AC and sent to: Bob Dennison, Club
Membership Secretary, 19 Kingsley Drive, Willerby, HU10 6BX

                             City of Hull AC Training Sessions
Mon     6.15pm                  Humber Bridge Car Park           Speedwork
Tue     7.00pm                  Haltemprice Sports Centre        Road Running
Wed     6.30pm                  Costello Stadium                 Track Training (track fee payable)
Thu     9.15am                  Elloughton Dale Top              Pensioner‟s Plod (Walkers 8.30)
Thu     6.15pm                  Raywell                          Cross Country – medium group
Thu     6.30pm                  (See Table Below...)             Road Running – speedwork
Fri     9.30am                  Green Dragon, Welton             Cross Country
Sun     8.45am                  Brantingham Dale                 Cross Country

Thursday nights: Dave Oliver and Adam Fozzard generally lead and devise the speed work
sessions on Thursdays, the current timetable for which is as follows:
Date           Venue                          Session
12 Nov 09      Bob's Office                   Humber Bridge Tempo
19 Nov 09      Bob's Office                   Hessle 2K Loops
26 Nov 09      Bob’s Office                   Haltemprice Fartlek
03 Dec 09      Bob’s Office                   Kirkella Fartlek
10 Dec 09      Bob’s Office                   Humber Bridge Tempo
17 Dec 09      Bob’s Office                   Hessle 2k Loops
More sessions will be added in the New Year so check the website under the Training tab
when this list runs out. Adam writes, ‘We’re trying to do longer efforts and tempo runs on
Thursday to complement the shorter efforts on Monday nights. If anyone has suggestions for
alternative sessions please let me know.’

THE CLUB        has been allocated three LONDON MARATHON PLACES anyone
who wishes to be considered for a place must, in the first instance, have been rejected
through the ballot and should get their rejection slip to Steve Holmes before December 7th,
as in the event of there being more candidates than available places the committee will have
to decide what criteria to adopt in making their choice. The final decision will be announced
following the Xmas Handicap.

Beverley AC invite all comers (walkers and runners) to join them for the Anniversary Beaver
Trail: mixed terrain routes of 5, 10 or 13 miles. Details (including maps) can be found on the
Beverley website. All set off at 10.00am from Beverley Leisure Centre on November 15th.

CLUB NIGHT OUT date, Friday November 20th, time 7.00pm, venue, Pave
THE MILL TO MILL RUN starting at the Westwood and running back to Hessle Foreshore
(between 15 – 17 miles) always proves popular and we are going to run it again on the 29th
of November. It does however require a bit of organisation as runners need to be ferried to
the start and cars need to be picked up afterwards etc. Runners should gather at the Black
Mill car park (right turn immediately before the Country Park Inn) Hessle Foreshore no later
than 8.00am for a 9 o‟clock start from Beverley
(Please also note that as one of the Christmas runs we‟re doing it in the opposite direction.)

The City of Hull Winter League Series of evening races continues. This series
comprises six handicapped races (hopefully) over the same route each time and is open to
all COH members. Meeting at the Humber Bridge car park you must register before 6.50pm
in good time for the 7pm start. (If you miss your start time the handicapper will not be able to
amend your time.) To enter just turn up on the night and you‟ll be allocated a number for use
throughout the series. Entry is free.
2009 Tuesday            01 Dec
2010 Tuesday            05 Jan         02 Feb        02 Mar
After the first race runners were sorted into teams of three. Team positions should feature in
subsequent results. There will be a prize at the end of the series for the first team.

The dates and venues for the East Yorkshire Cross Country League are as follows.
All races are on Sunday and start 11.00am prompt. As ever we can expect a close battle
almost inevitably turning on the ability of each Club to turn out runners consistently
throughout the series. SO make the effort and clear the dates in your diary. Remember you
must wear your Club Vest.
Date           Venue                           Host Club(s)
08Nov          Drewton Woods                   Beverley & City of Hull
13Dec          Langdale End                    Scarborough
03Jan          Thixendale                      Driffield
14Feb          Welton                          Goole & Selby
07Mar          Sewerby                         Bridlington

These two events are going to be run in conjunction with one another next year at Thornes
Park, Wakefield on Saturday 9th January (which is a shame as it clashes with the
Wheeldale Tandem which has become popular with many athletes). There are no restrictions
on the number of runners entered by each Club and individual athletes need to enter
themselves. Closing date for entries is December 18th and entry forms can be
downloaded from the Club website under the Calendar tab.

23th Jan       North of England Cross Country Championships
 6th Feb       Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships
27th Feb       National Cross Country Championships

CLUB VETS CAPTAIN After a good few years in the role Derek Ricketts recently decided
to stand down as Vets Captain and after gentle persuasion I agreed to take on the mantle
with immediate effect although the first priority will be the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country
Championship to be held in Sheffield February 6th 2010. We are a Club, like it or not,
largely made up of Veterans/Masters and we should be turning out some tasty teams across
all categories so please clear the date in your diaries and let me (Stu Buchan) know of your

Finally and thankfully the newsletter now affords me the opportunity to say a few words about
the above events. – Dave Brooke

Firstly the Champagne League itself. For those who don‟t know I took on the organisation of
the league in circumstances which I wish had never happened. Five days before the 2004
series was due to start Peter Jarvis, who founded the league in 1973, suffered a major stroke
from which he has sadly never fully recovered. Having stood in for Pete on a couple of
occasions previously, and with all the entries already in, I decided to get all the paperwork
together and with the help of others try and blunder my way through. Since that year, apart
from having to find 2 or 3 new courses and allowing more runners to compete, this year‟s
192 entries being the most, much has remained the same, which is testament to Peter‟s
vision and organisational skills over the 30 years he was in charge of the event.

For me the League always started in mid February with sending out entry forms to each
competing club and finished in mid September with the Presentation Evening. The series of
races virtually run themselves now with the majority of runners knowing the location of the
courses and the format of registration etc. It‟s just a matter of checking the courses, ordering
the numbers and preparing the boards ready for the first race at the Humber Foreshore. All
this time Peter Taylor is busy taking the entries in and putting them on his database, this
includes runner‟s name, address, age category and t-shirt size etc. I had the really hard job
of banking the entry fees.

I have always said that the hardest part of organising the Champagne League begins when
the races themselves finish, in the period leading up to the Presentation Evening. It was
always Peter‟s wish that as much of the entry fee as possible would be returned in prizes so
here are a few statistics from this year‟s League.

This year I handed out prize money of £1,680 in 85 envelopes to 53 different winners (36
male/17 female) this means that a third of the field virtually, received at least their entry fee
back - 37 sweatshirts £370 – 120 bottles of wine £400 – Hi Visibility vests, barrier tape,
safety pins and running numbers £369 – Trophy engraving and tankards & glassware £126 –
Hire of Lockington Village Hall (x2) £60 – Book tokens for helpers and gratuity to staff at golf
club £240 – Stopwatch batteries, bags for shirts etc £20. Making a grand total of £3,265. The
total in entry fees was £3,456 so it left a profit of £191. After the 6 series I have done I will be
handing the club a cheque for £1,032. Kevin will be pleased!!

I must now say a very big thank you to the following people without whose help I could not
have put the Champagne League together:

Pete Blowers and Phil & Margaret Johnson who arrived even earlier than I did to put out
all the warning signs etc
Peter Taylor who did a magnificent job on the results as well as taking in all the entries.
Gordon Jibson who organised the marshals so well I never had to worry about them.
Steve Coveney who every year despite the moans and groans proves how good his
handicapping is.
The people on the finish line taking numbers and times, Carol Burton, Pat Taylor, Tim and
Hilary Coveney, Carole Holmes, Carol Brooke and the legend that is Harry Benson.
Also to all the marshals who over the years have been out on the course in all kinds of
Steve Holmes who apart from arranging the race permits and doing a fabulous job as club
secretary was always a sympathetic ear to bend when I wanted a moan, I should also
mention that Steve is always the first to admit that he receives a great deal of help from his

wife Carole. My thanks to you all, you do a great job and the big plus is that most of the
above people have offered their services for next year.

And finally a special thank you to my wife Carol who has always supported and
encouraged my running as well as helping with the Champagne League by doing the
registration, taking times and organising the finish funnel plus a lot of work behind the scenes
with the Presentation Evening.

Also standing down this year after more than 20 years as the MC of the Presentation
Evening is Pete Kirk. This year Pete put in over 50 hours of research for the evening by
finding out bits of gossip on anyone who had done something daft (not hard to find with
runners) then putting it down on paper, then changing it, then liaising with me and changing
it again before finally deciding the running order for the evening. Thanks Pete it has been a
privilege working alongside you.

So it is with a tinge of regret that I now stand down as the organiser of these 2 events, in a
sadistic way I have enjoyed it enormously but in my opinion it is now too much work for one
person to do. The committee are now looking for club members to come forward and assist
with the Leagues organisation, if a few people volunteer to do one job each for the races for
example doing registration, preparing the boards for each race and helping with time and
number recording etc. Many jobs could be done whilst still allowing you to run. Jobs for the
Presentation Evening include: seeing to the engraving of the trophies and glassware,
ordering the t-shirts, buying the wine, arranging the prize list and awards, and, is there
anyone out there who fancies being an MC for the evening? I will of course be on hand to
give all the help and information I can, please don‟t leave it all to the same people or
committee members, they work hard enough for the club as it is.

Most of the above article covers what I intended to say on the Presentation Evening but I
was completely thrown by the wonderful gesture of the Travel Vouchers awarded to Carol
and myself as a thank you for organising the League. It really was appreciated, but you won‟t
get rid of us that easily. And finally finally, to you the runners, whichever club you are a
member of it has been a pleasure organising these races for you, I thank you for your kind
comments about the League and how much you enjoy it, I hope that you will continue to
support this unique and wonderful series of races – The Champagne League

NEW MEMBERS Just a quick update, a bit late in the day for some and as ever some
others come and are adopted without fanfare by which time it is almost too late to welcome
then „officially‟ but anyway... Since July Verena‟s daughter Donna Golach has been a fully
paid up member as have September‟s intake Lisa Granger and John Jefferson, October‟s;
Craig Hill, Jon Wilson, Jacqui Kerr and Bill Crowther and November‟s Ian Ferguson and
Robyn Devereux.

CLUB KIT We still have an abundance of new kit; vests, technical t-shirts, hoodies (we still
have „old‟ kit come to that) and no one should be without a vest at least... Shorts? Ah well no,
we‟re not quite so clever on the shorts front... But anyhow if you either need to refresh your
threadbare kit or need a spare vest for those races when you currently have to dive to the
bottom of the wash basket and pull out the creases and hope no one notices the mud from
last week... WELL Steve Wilcox is still your man, all items still subsidised at a cost, seeing
as it‟s you, of £10. And Christmas is coming!

The Club also has a supply of high-visibility vests/bibs. These have been bought in the
interest of runner‟s safety and are available, free of charge, to anyone who‟d like one. Simply
see Steve Holmes. The initial investment was for forty vests if they prove a success more
will be bought.

Almere Long Distance Classic by Sarah Carpenter
With dreams of clogs, tulips and windmills I dragged my husband, Pete, off to the land of
giants (also known as Holland) on August bank Holiday weekend to have a bash at the
Almere Long Distance Classic. After a nice snooze on the overnight ferry, negotiating
kamikaze bikes and flat car batteries we arrived at Almere, near Amsterdam.

Almere was a nice venue – the race was situated in the Haven which was a bit of a seaside
resort with cafes etc around the marina and the transition area and finish right in the heart of
the complex on the front (handy for being ogled at by people sipping coffee!!) A marching
bagpipe band led the parade down to a beach about a mile from the transition and the start.
The swim was in the sea starting with a short loop before a short run on the beach. Then it
was back in for a longer section that took you along the coastline and into the marina to drag
yourself shivering and seasick out of the harbour steps. (Note: big wind = big waves!)

A bit of a trek took you down to the bikes and then you were off onto the 3 lap bike course
around the local bike and road network. Instead of emergency bags there were “coach
points” – brilliant! I nominated Pete to be my “coach” and loaded him with my favourite
clothes and bars. This happened to be very useful as the English copy of the food supplied
had not been available and my dreams of food stations laden with cakes turned out to be just
that – dreams. In reality there were bananas, bananas and more bananas.

The run was also handily broken up into 3 laps that went out along the front and through a
wooded area before coming back along the seafront to finish in the main area to a good
crowd and at last cakes!!

I‟d recommend this race to anyone considering it – it is much cheaper than an Ironman
branded event, there were no major organisational blunders, the Dutch are friendly, it is
handy for a long weekend away (registration is on Friday for a Saturday event) and there is
camping on site. There is even unpredictable weather to make you feel more at home –
thunder and lightning the night before diminished to a few showers during the day. It is also
very flat. But be warned - there is a reason that there are so many windmills in Holland and
Almere showed me why on race day.

I‟d just like to say a few brief thanks. Thank you to everyone who expressed concern and
support after my crash. Your kind words meant a lot to me. Thank you to Pete for his endless
support and encouragement. But most of all thank you to the greatest of friends - Emma and
Hollie; for helping me to objectively evaluate the risks and rewards of racing untrained and
injured, for drinking tea with me when I could barely walk, for shuffling with me when I could
barely run and for patiently riding with me as I try to get down hills again. At the risk of
sounding soft, you gave back to me the joy of riding.

PS collar bone nearly healed now so how about a bit more bike therapy? - Sarah

        Swim           Trans 1         Bike          Trans 2          Run           Total
       01:48:21        00:08:45       06:34:35       00:07:51       04:09:10       12:48:39

Barracuda Triathlon Once again apologies to traditionalists but whilst we do have an
overlap into triathlon (and increasingly so these days it seems) we cannot fail to recognise
the achievement of our runners as they venture further afield. The beauty of the Barracuda
Triathlon is that the more swimmingly challenged among us can opt to enter as part of a
relay team and only do the run whilst their more dextrous chums can fight it out in the
billabong and risk their lives in the seaside rushing traffic on the A165. There were a lot of
CoH there on the day, that being 13th September, and not just those CoH/Barracuda split

personalities. The setting, the billabong out at Bandsburton, is picturesque, the water (so I‟m
told) inviting and for those with young families a safe haven. On late hot sunny summer days
(which previously I believe has been the case) idyllic, and it wasn‟t too bad this year just a bit
chilly as we stood around after the event watching the kids being spun around at speed on
rubber rings in the middle of the fathomless lake (danger...ha!) and waited for the
presentation... The run part of the three disciplines is a flat out and back four miles, easy
peasy, but don‟t forget you‟re part of a team and that really gets something out of you... fun,
fun, fun! Look out for it next year is all I wanted to say.

The Princess Goes In Search of the Turbo-X, Tries to Catch a Salomon and...
Goes Topless in a Saab by Tania Cream

Our Princess T.N.T. saw the Saab Salomon Turbo-X trail race and was immediately
inquisitive about the Turbo-X bit, was there to be some handsome prince on route giving
kisses to the fair maidens who passed by, these kisses having something akin to the power
of a Dyson?? Princess T.N.T. living up to her name thought „Yeah, just do it!‟ And within
moments and at the press of a button she‟d entered the race.

The exciting day rose with an amazing sunrise. An enormous shimmering orb gradually
appeared as she cycled over the bridge to meet Prince Plum Job and Princess Invin-Sybil.
She just knew this was to be a rather unique day. They arrived an hour or so later at a tiny
farm in the hilliest part of Sheffield and to their great amusement, as they bumped along the
drive, they suddenly saw flags and marquees, and a huge START gantry in the middle of
nowhere... well obviously it was somewhere... but it had all the appearance of nowhere –
was it a mirage?

Chips and freebies collected we sat nervously in Prince Plum Job‟s van overlooking the field
in which the race was to start. Well... we were duly entertained by the locals apparently
warming up! Some very strange movements indeed were being made. Is a man supposed to
do that with his leg?? We decided they might be Morris Dancers practising their new

So, hearts a-bumping, there we were at the start and over the tannoy came the message
„This is not for the faint-hearted.‟ How right they were! – We were off... The two princesses
gathered up their skirts and skipped through the first meadow picking flowers as they went...
then the race started to get serious, through woods, hills, trails, rocks and MUD. On one
particular rocky trail a knight running close behind the Princess shouted, „If you jump I jump‟
and the Princess was immediately transported to the film Titanic, there she stood at the front
of the ship, arms outstretched with the wind in her hair... little did she know that she would be
getting much more than wind in it.

The Princesses who were running together had long ago seen the back of Prince Plum Job‟s
trainers. They now hit, and I do mean hit, Ayers Rock! – it was very red and very steep, thigh
burn at the top was unreal, but, remembering the lesson Prince Taz had given her only the
previous Thursday, she knew why. The build up of lactic acid due to strenuous exercise
stops the mussels working effectively... to which the Princess replied, „Oh yeah, is that the
same for all shellfish?‟ She continued on what had become more a matter of survival now
than a race, but taking the advice given she battled on taking deep breaths, oh how she
huffed and puffed.

Gaily running through the woods, skirt in hand, sunlight filtering between the trees, a huge
smile broke out on our Princess‟s face – it was simply magical. Then our Princess heard
some music... it was Guns n Roses with the Terminator theme... our Princess did a little air
guitar, stated loudly „I‟ll be back.‟ ...and in true princess style „terminated‟ on through the

overhead gantry pumping out dry ice which marked the start of the Turbo-X zone. This being
a one mile timed stretch of the race taking our Princess some twenty-four minutes to tackle!
This was not due, I should add, to finding Mr Hoover-Gob Charming, but to the mud, OH,
THE MUD! She wondered if the Salomon could possibly be in this mud, then a big dollop of
the stuff landed in her left eye and in attempt to see once more wiped her face with her hand
which was also covered in mud from the bog-of-eternal-stench and now we had a scene from
„There‟s Something About Mary‟ as T.N.T.‟s fringe was in a perfectly muddy quiff. There was
nothing for it, our feisty fairy had no choice but to get those knees up, jump those rocks and
climb those remaining hills. As she raced towards a pond a marshal shouted, „Straight in
Princess, it‟s not too deep.‟ The Princess should know not to trust marshals... as she
launched herself from the bank letting out one of her trademark squeals she recovered her
footing and chuckled, „Yes, you were right, look, my chin‟s still dry!‟

At last the finish was in sight and by now Princess Invin-Sybil was dragging T.N.T. along
behind her. T.N.T. was, quite frankly, ready to drop... drop the pilot, drop her knickers, drop
dead. She was in a word – exhausted. After finishing she crawled into the awaiting
ambulance to get the mud out of her eye which felt as big as that Salomon she had hoped to
catch but which had eluded her all day long.

Back at Prince Plum Job‟s van we all attempted to clean ourselves up – Oh the mud. Our
Princess was at one point topless in the back of the van, which as she had a sore eye she
mistook for a Saab. The Princess thereafter spent a few happy, sunny moments sitting on
the grass surrounded by Princes hosing down their ripped bodies, her sore eye feeling oh so
much better – until one particular Prince dropped his shorts to reveal such an enormous
backside that it would have eclipsed the sunrise with which she started her day. – Love
Princess T.N.T. x

Three Marathons in Three Days by Danny Aldus –                    Some time in midsummer,
bored with road running and wanting to test myself I figured maybe a multi-day event might
be a challenge to sink my teeth into. The Atlantic Coast Challenge seemed a perfect intro,
3 days, 3 marathons along part of the South West Coast path on the western coast of
Cornwall. It was also a great excuse to run a long fell race or LDWA challenge nearly every
weekend all around the Moors, Peaks and Dales as preparation. The checkpoint
sandwiches, meal at the end and that gorgeous post-run pint(s) just a bonus.

Fast forward a few months and I arrived at the quiet Hayle station and was picked up straight
away by one of the Votwo guys (event organisers). I got to the site, got checked in and met
my chalet partner for the next four days, Mike. Mike and three other guys had met at this
years Marathon des Sables and decided to reunite for this. There was a real mix of people.
One guy who was there, his wife and daughter, all planning on run/walking the event, none
had even marathoned before. Then there was the guy in his early 20's who holds the 10
marathons in 10 days record contested the last few years at the Windermere Marathon.
Also not forgetting the guy who did the final two days to tick off marathon numbers 599 and
600 - gulp!

Day 1 – Padstow to Perranporth Come Friday morning I was up before the alarm, fitful
and restless sleep so I got down to the catering tent for porridge, honey and some nutella on
bread. I'd prepared my backpack the night before with all the kit requirements. Not
exhaustive compared to some events but still plenty to remember and kit check was
thorough. Probably to do with the worry about lawsuits following recent media „overreactions‟
to the rained-off Mountain marathon last October. We had our briefing and then a long trip in
the mini-bus convoy up to near Padstow. The trip was over an hour. This, coupled with over-
hydrated and nervous runners led to an hilarious moment as nearly every bloke headed to

the cliff edge to pee over it (with there being no tree‟s around), a few yards apart like some
kind of small army. The ladies competing were more subtle at their business.

12:10 and we were off. There were over 100 runners. The walkers, who took our number to
roughly 200, had set off two hours earlier. The first few miles felt so easy on flat trails, grass,
and just a few short sandy beach crossings. It was easy to be lulled into a false sense of
security about this „challenge‟. The low cliffs and small undulations would get higher and
tougher throughout day one. There were a few beach sections and stream crossings today.
The first was at Porthcothan beach. There were mutters from those in road trainers around
me as they „danced‟ through trying to keep their socks dry. The first longer climb culminated
in a cross country-style drop down to the beach at Mawgan Porth. I had a brief moment of
worry when the nozzle of my hydration pack fell off and I started leaking liquid. Luckily I
found it and brushed most of the sand off. I'm useless in any kind of warm weather without
plenty of fluid so losing this could have been a nightmare at such an early stage.

CP1, mini mars bar, cola, water and off. Off down the coast along Watergate bay, Newquay
bound. A variety of routes over and around the next beach/foot wetting were taken. I'm just
glad I „followed‟ the right people and got to CP2. Several others missed this CP in the maze
of Newquay and lost loads of time doubling back. CP2 of each day was the first sandwich
stop. I sunk some water and grabbed a random sandwich. Cheese and pickle - result! - a
change from sugary stuff helps. Off into Newquay, I tried to follow South West Coast path
signs but got lost as they were just tiny stickers on lamp posts amongst a litter of signs on
bustling resort streets amongst the bright lights of Downtown Newquay. The route became
evident again as we passed the grand looking hotel featured in the film version of Roald
Dahl‟s „The Witches‟ and alongside the famous surfer Mecca that is Fistral Beach… dude!!

There was then a steep downhill to Crantock beach and CP3. Cereal bar, water and coke
and got off again. 16m down and there were now a few dunes to cross before a few
undulating headland tours on towards the most challenging section of the day. The sun
clouded over, wind seemed to increase as the rugged headland terrain took us past
abandoned mines and a „danger area‟ – military testing ground! I was tiring now, my run
around Ligger point to the vast Perran beach was slow and I wasn‟t gaining places anymore.

It was down the dunes and onto the beach, 22m+ now and my stomach tightened and
breathing seemed harder. I kept to the nice, springy mid-beach sand on this huge beach
section. Perranporth took an age to „grow‟ at the far end of beach, but eventually there it was.
A short run around the small promenade, passing non-plussed day-trippers and that was it
for the day. 4:39, quite happy with that. I never feel hungry at the end of a long run, but I
gulped some liquid and put away a cup of veg soup and breadroll. I was worryingly stiff and
tired and wondered if I could restore my energy supplies ok for tomorrow. Thankfully the food
I ate soon kicked in and picked-me-up a bit. I sure needed a big dinner back at the holiday
park (HQ). With hindsight this was the easiest day, also my fastest, whether I should have
                                               held back more I don't know. If day 3 was
                                               anything to go by then.. „Yes!‟

                                                Day 2 – Perranporth to Hayle Saturday
                                                dawned; again I was up and wide-awake well
                                                before the alarm. I started resenting those who
                                                managed „…12 hours sleep‟  I was almost
                                                dozing again by the time the bus had shipped
                                                us back to Perranporth. I fancied hiding under
                                                a few of the other runner‟s bags, waiting while
                                                they and the VO2 team were distracted and
                                                then sneaking in to one of the many pubs I'd
                                                noticed here at the finish the day before.
But I didn't... I was at the line and off - very slowly - up the hill out of Perranporth. What
followed was some of the most gorgeous scenery down this coast. It was quite a
rollercoaster first few miles, lots of steps or trail descents and then ascents out of small bays.
My early stiffness had mostly dissipated and I quite enjoyed this, not as tentative as some
going down and willing to run more uphills than some others. It was soon down to
Trevaunance Cove and the first CP of the day. Then there was a reasonably level section
towards Portreath and CP2. This meant Sandwich time; I randomly grabbed a peanut butter,
which dried my mouth like a sponge. Now on to the beach under a high cliff before a hands-
on-knees climb back up onto the cliffs.

The sun was out now following the typical weather pattern of the weekend with overcast start
and slow boil in the afternoon. For a few miles a long and flattish run now along higher cliffs
with the odd twist to liven things up. I found myself singing random songs in my head. Maybe
I was distracting myself as the „aches‟ manifested themselves beyond halfway. CP3 at
Godrevy head was a long time in coming. When I got there I was slowing and hot and had to
walk awhile down into St Ives bay. I caught up with a few other runners in the dunes as the
path became multiple paths. We eventually abandoned the slow and hard dune navigation
and headed for the longer, but solid sands of the 3-mile beach towards Hayle. Eventually the
beach was left via steps, then towards and through Hayle itself. The end was close, the finish
right at the HQ. This day was a bit short - ~24.5m - as day 3 was long. I was slightly slower
than yesterday never having quite recaptured that day‟s pace after the steady start. 4:43 for
me; the 2 leaders had dipped inside yesterday‟s time of 3:37, to run sub 3:30.

I opted for a short massage which I hoped would help, hit the sack for a few hours in a vain
attempt to nap before the night‟s BBQ. I seemed to arrive every time they were waiting for
more food to cook so didn‟t get the giant portion of other nights. At least I forced down a few
of the local brewery beers. Most of us were all tucked up in bed by 11.

Day 3 – Lelant to Lands End I awoke on Sunday with still functional limbs. No choice but
to get the final run done and dusted. I seemed to be famished, as I'd not really eaten enough
the previous night. So I had plenty of porridge, bread + jam and then a banana not long
before the race. This just succeeded in giving me an upset stomach by race time. Camp was
eerily quiet before the briefing, as many runners had started with the walker; fearing the
worst in the last day‟s offering, or needing to make a train/plane back to the real world for
Monday. There was a bit of gallows humour on the minibus, which lifted the mood slightly
from the aura of tired, nervous, and, following the briefing, probably fearful passengers.

The slightly reduced runners gathered on masse on a village green near a church, some like
myself discretely watered the hedges - though no complaints from the congregation who
hopefully prayed for our mortal souls. It was quite a sedate start. Paths, alleys and quiet
streets winding towards Carbis bay and then St Ives. Pleasant looking pubs, cafes, little
shops and the unmistakable smell of fish „n‟ chips! After the climb out of St Ives things soon
got rough. I was still ascending and descending ok and managing to skip over the stones,
boulders, twigs of heather and keep in line on the twisty and undulating paths. The trails here
were a sign of things to come, lots of concentrating on keeping balance and rhythm when
there were a hundred-and-one obstacles in every one hundred strides. This 3rd day was a
different animal. This was more like crossing rough moorland somewhere like the Pennines
or Yorkshire Dales.

By the time the path diverted inland to Zennor – part of the path has fallen into the sea - the
cracks were forming in my will and endurance. I was already in slow motion. The sun was
also out and I was sweating buckets, as I often seem to do in the least hint of warm weather.
My stomach was still cart wheeling at CP1 so I just guzzled coke and water and ate some

chocolate - this seemed to agree. Then off again in slow motion, slightly buoyed by the very
late arrival of CP1, not so far next to two.

A few runners passed me on the way back to the coast and the roughest section of terrain of
the whole 3 days. It was wild, rocky moorland, zigzagging up and down the coast as it
slipped away towards the jagged cliffs. Then, rounding Porthmeor Cove I just had to walk a
bit as the path surged uphill through more rock-strewn foliage. As I approached the hill top
the path became unclear, my head was almost spinning. I became more ungainly and
clumsy. A few minutes of this and a small fall made me realise I needed energy before CP2. I
guzzled my emergency gel to get in some energy/electrolytes quick, I then pushed on at a
march. I passed „MdS‟ Mike who had gone out with the walkers, like myself he was unsure of
the true path at this confusing section of the coast „path‟?!

The panoramic CP2, perched high on Trevean
cliff, was a welcome sight as I waddled in. The
footing on the paths improved briefly after
this. A small blessing almost lost on me as I
could barely run the slightest incline and any
small obstacle humbled me. There were some
haunting mining remnants, which distracted me
for a while. I then inadvertently strayed to a
lower path which soon rounded a headland in
almost scrambling style as I went „Spiderman‟
to climb up and down boulders whilst keeping a
safe distance away from the crumbling edges. I
soon rejoined the true path, probably having not suffered a distance penalty, but a time and
energy one.

Cape Cornwall & CP3 appeared to the south a long way below me. Thud, thud, thud, went
the hammer to my quads and soles of my feet as I flapped down the hill. I felt proper rough at
this CP and drank at least 5 cups of water and coke. I then took a cheese and pickle
sandwich and lay on the grass verge behind the „grub van‟. I ate in mouse bites, trying to
psyche myself up for the last section. Just about 6 miles, I felt like giving up…. NO! I just
needed to drag myself to the end. After 10-15 minutes I was back on my feet and plodding
on. I‟d lost a fair few places since halfway now so I focused on trying to catch up with
somebody, anybody! I ran downhills; level bits and did what I could on the uphill and tricky
bits. Despite this I was only averaging about 17 minute/miles. After an impossibly long 3
miles a beach appeared - Whitesand Bay, the last beach before the finish. I passed some
walkers and then some runners, I ground almost to a halt on some soft sandy sections and
then into a town, Sennen Cove. There was a nice flat, concrete path to run along here but I
still needed a walk break halfway through town. A sign said „Lands End 1 1/4m‟  - but
pointed uphill 

I marched up the hill, hands on knees. I regained my focus, just a few hundred metres now.
Me and another guy even broke into a fast finish, despite the ludicrousness of finishing a few
seconds faster in what had turned into over a seven hour, 28.5 mile run! Winners did just
under 5!! Amazing, but consider the difficulty of this last day‟s course when I remind you
they'd been sub 3:30 yesterday. I was there, the finish, I got my special pasty and hit the
drinks table. I've never appreciated water more. After a few minutes a „meat wagon‟ pulled up
and I joined the other coastline casualties in crawling aboard for the luxury of automated
transport. I couldn't resist nibbling the warm pasty - it was good. Unfortunately my parched
throat couldn't drink enough to let me digest it all so I had to leave half till I got back to camp.

                                  Later, Mike, Darryl and I decided curry would be just reward
                                  and got a lift with one of the Votwo guys to Hayle curry
                                  house. Daryl - of the MdS survivors had succumbed to a
                                  painful foot injury. He was able to complete the last day, but
                                  not in time for his train connection, even having gone off with
                                  the walkers. This made me realise that despite my extremely
                                  hard day I was lucky to be uninjured. Also some were still
                                  being brought in well after dark. The curry was heavenly, the
                                  cobra beer nectar. I awoke the next day, stiff but unbroken
                                  and I figured I was one of the happiest people spending nine
                                  hours on a train that day.

                                  4:39 - 4:43 - 7:12 - 79miles - 23rd of 127.

NORTHERN SIX STAGE ROAD RELAYS (Leeds Saturday September 26th)
It becomes almost inevitable due to work commitments, holidays, communication breakdown
(people don‟t read the newsletter/check the website with any lasting memory at least) that we
don‟t even turn out our best athletes and, as in the case of the ladies for the Four Stage,
sometimes no athletes at all. Which is a shame, these are great events to experience. The
standard at the front is high and the speed of the guys and gals at the front something to
behold... but then so it is in the London Marathon and you aren‟t intimidated by the thought of
entering that.

But, and alright it was on home ground, but the men from Leeds turned out a „D‟ and even an
incomplete (by only a sixth man) E team. Beverley too got into the spirit of the day with two
male teams and one female team. Beverley ladies finished 37th out of 39 complete teams
but by all accounts enjoyed the atmosphere and the endless sunshine that chose to bless the
event. The „Northerns‟ act as qualifiers for the Nationals and whilst I‟m not sure of the cut off
point there is a gulf between the Beverley Ladies (Sorry girls) and the Kingston Ladies who
managed 14th overall whilst being placed as high as 4th after the first couple of legs. We
have athletes more than capable of filling this gap at least and no one should be put off:
they‟re great days out and being part of a team just doesn‟t compare to the loneliness of the
long distance runner. For the record the fastest leg of the day was 15.53 whilst Nicky
Maddick from Kingston ran 17.48 to finish 4th on her leg. Beverley‟s Helen Storr was their
quickest runner on the day with 21.12. Including a team of 3 from Kingston there were 13
incomplete teams. Chester Le Street were clear winners by over 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, and the Ladies race was all over bar the shouting by the time we CoH men
arrived after a little sat-nav problem best glossed over, in the men‟s race, the Leed‟s A team
were so far ahead after the first 3 laps that they were in cruise control and by the time Darran
Bilton leapt from his car to attack the glory leg, victory had become a formality. For the men
the top 25 teams go forward and Kingston (whom, I‟m reliably informed, were near full
strength) seemed to have finished in the worst possible 26th place until they realised that
Leed‟s C team had snook in ahead of them in 19th. It used to be only A teams went forward,
this year four B teams also qualified in that top 25. Few teams can hope to replicate the
strength in depth Leeds manage to reproduce, even their E team had a runner who ran faster
than all but one of our troupe, but as I struggled on the first „killer‟ leg to finish 6th from last,
somehow, I guess, I enjoyed it, lungs bursting, throat sore, legs spent... glad to hand over to
our next intrepid soul.

SO: Leeds finished nearly 20 minutes clear of Salford Harriers. The individual fastest leg was
16.52 whilst Darran did 17.41 though as you can see he had nothing to chase. Beverley‟s A

team finished 55th four places ahead of us in 59th. Kingston and Beverley‟s B teams finished
62nd and 75th respectively out of 77 complete teams and 7 incomplete ones. Trevor Misson
also ran but having elected to let those he had talked into turning out run for the team whilst
he set off on that first leg to pit himself against the field, he lost motivation going into the
second lap and dropped out... which just underlines the benefit; the beauty of being part of a

1 Stuart Buchan       (78) 21:42             2 Stewart Rhodes       (74) 21:47
3 Kieron Blogg        (69) 21:01             4 Pete Baker           (63) 20:36
5 Mike Beadle Jnr     (62) 21:06             6 Adam Fozzard         (59) 20.28

*Part of the problem with turning out teams is simply the eternal problem of keeping
everyone informed, of getting in touch with them nearer the event to confirm their availability
etc. With this in mind ADAM asks that everyone who wishes to be considered for these
events should email him their email address.

In what turned out to be an unseasonably dry and warm day, for running at least, there was
perhaps inevitably for this first race of the series a decent turn out. Strangely enough the
course which was bone dry excepting for the very bottom of the valley, which remaining
boggy bit could easily be skirted, did not in the final outcome seem to „run‟ that fast. No
matter; Phil Taylor of Bridlington won by a good margin in the end but behind him each place
seemed to be fiercely contested often most fiercely against one‟s own teammates, such is
the way of things. However you cut it though it was the same steep uphill at the start and
precipitous drop at the end, of which two points to bear in mind next year... on the up unless
you‟re in the top two or three always fall in with the group going around the bushes and
forget the „shorter‟ route over the stiles unless you really enjoy that feeling of being stood
behind the old dear at the post office paying her bills in small change dug from some far
corners of her purse... „Oh dear I know I‟ve got it here somewhere.‟ and for that descent
simply FORGET: forget every sensible and commonsensical thought you‟ve ever had and
fling yourself into the void.

Of course in the team race it is all about consistency, about turning out your best runners at
each race and that includes Langdale End as Christmas looms and yes I know it‟s a busy
time of the year and yes it eats up your day and some of us have families you know... but...
Anyway back to Bishop Wilton and the men turned out in sufficient strength and numbers to
lead the team home by nearly 50 points over Scarborough in second whilst the ladies even
with strong runs from Elaine, Clare and Nicky for 4th 5th and 8th placings still had to play
second fiddle to an outstanding performance by Scarborough who scooped all three top
places. All to play for though and the fight‟s not over „til the mud‟s caked up yer bum and the
icicles hang of your moustache... AND Tim and Sue are back providing that cuppa that‟s
really the only thing that makes the effort worthwhile, so get your posteriors in gear and join
the mad scramble: NEXT RACE, Drewton Woods, November 8th.

30th Lifestyle Sports – adidas DUBLIN MARATHON Monday October 26 - Stu Buchan
OR why on earth fly from Manchester to Dublin with Ryanair? A flight so short you may as
well have been teleported. So short that Chris, Elaine‟s better-half, received a cuff around the
head for not removing his earphones at the start of the perfunctory Safety Demonstration that
was still ringing in his ears as we were abused for daring to walk towards the Terminal
Building, having landed at Dublin, before being given official sanction. And the lady opposite
with a fat book open in her lap read no more than four or five pages, whilst the children
behind didn‟t have time to become truly restless, never had time to run out of uninteresting
things for everyone to hear. Why on earth? Because it‟s cheap and Dublin had to be gotten-
to somehow.

Some time ago, I can‟t remember when, the idea of running the Dublin Marathon began to
circulate. I think it was Elaine looking for a „focus‟ to her training who entered first and that
seemed to trigger widespread interest. I was perhaps the least enthusiastic having my own
focus trained on the 24 Hour Race and distinctly unsure how I would feel after that. The
nature of entry however became an issue with the price (expensive in the first place) going
up 10 Euros each month as the event approached. Finally recovered enough from my long
distance shenanigans to at least think it feasible I jumped in before entry fees started to rise.
Gradually everyone else found something else to do somewhere else they had to be.

So on the Sunday morning of October 25th at ridiculous o‟clock a.m. I came close to
breaking the national speed limit a couple of times on the A63 as I headed to Chris and
Elaine‟s at South Cave. Thankfully Chris was at the wheel for the rest of the journey
especially the return run....zzzzz. Now, Elaine having entered early and being generally
organised to boot had taken Stu Black‟s advice (he having run Dublin a couple of years ago)
and booked herself into a small hotel whose door opened right onto the Orange sub-3.30
start zone. As that was the lowest time zone of the three we were both corralled in it by 8.30
for a race start at 9am. My own arrangements were all a bit last minute but I managed to land
on my feet and just around the corner from Chris and Elaine. (Of course it would be
ungentlemanly of me to point out that whilst I may have left booking a tad late I did actually
make a point of locating my hotel on a Dublin street map and... and... of remembering my
hotel‟s name.) Still, we were all checked in and looking for a bus to take us to the Expo and
pick up our numbers by half past one ...ish. That we were given duff information may just
have been down to the Dublin twang filtered through East European, Caribbean, Australian,
clipped consonants. That sudden „comprehension‟ upon the third or fourth telling is always
rather a submission to the gods and whatever fate may bring. SO we headed out into the by
now wet streets, waited for the No.10 (Subway melts trailing cheese from our chins) only to
discover that he went nowhere near the Exhibition Centre... „I‟ll tellya whatya need is the 407
it is. Now ifyas go along there and then left and across the road that‟ll be what you‟re needing
now, gooddaytoyers.‟ But of course when we got there (or somewhere) it was the no. 4 OR
the no. 7 we were wanting and anyway the bus stop was out of commission because of
some race or sometin‟ that was gonna be hap‟nin on the Mondays right you are. (OK I‟ll stop
it now.)

Anyway the RDS Exhibition Centre turned out to be in walking distance after all and once
inside registration was a painless affair, almost too stress free in fact... surely it can‟t be that
simple? Chris by this time was angling for a Guinness, Elaine wanted to have a lie down (ah
the little women just can‟t take the pace can they fellas?) ...I needed to find a shop to replace
the Vidal Sassoon Salon Accredited Shampoo and Conditioner for Lasting Shine I‟d had
nicked by British Customs at Manchester Airport and wouldn‟t be able to rest until I found
some. We parted company with a view to meeting up for our evening pasta. Texts would be
exchanged. The only problem with this plan was that for some reason my phone wasn‟t
receiving Elaine‟s text‟s or calls. Good luck messages from home were coming in no problem
but a text from all but 800 yards away...

We figured it out and Chris and Elaine had had an Italian restaurant, again just across the
road from our hotels (how great is that) warmly recommended. The food was good, the
service was friendly and our timing, just nipping in before the rush, was perfection itself. The
only downside when coaxed by the East European/Italian/Dubliner waiter to drool over the
dessert menu and Elaine having made her mouth watering choice... (ah if only we hadn‟t
been in Ireland) was told „Ah well now no, we don‟t have any of those there Lemon Coffee
Sundaes with a Chocolate Straw tings left. No it is. No in fact no were not now having many
desserts left at all it is.‟ Ah well it probably wouldn‟t have sat well with running 26.2.

It was odd getting up early, as you do, to cram those last few carbohydrates in and, cereal
bowl in hand, watching other runners already drifting through the streets to the baggage
buses, some in 3 layers and woolly hats others, even at seven o‟clock, in vest and shorts
ready for the off still two hours away. After the strong winds and heavy showers of the
previous day Monday (a bank holiday in Eire in case you‟re wondering) was still and shaping
up to be quite mild, ideal conditions in fact. We‟d arranged to meet up at 8 o‟clock to check
the crowds but didn‟t venture too far from the hotel‟s loo until 8.30 when we felt we‟d secured
decent positions towards the front of the start zone. You know... the usual big city stuff;
hoorahs and Mexican waves and singalongs.... alltogethernow... ‘Hhhh’in Dublin’s fair city...’

But then the gun goes and suddenly you‟re surrounded by people who‟ve positioned
themselves on pole only to set off at snail‟s pace... and you have to weave in and out
expending unnecessary energy and all the while in my case and as it turned out for Elaine
too hoping against hope that the urge to pee would pass. But no... I‟ll leave it to your good
selves to decide which of us used the portaloos provided and which dived down the first
alleyway not immediately overlooked by the main bus route.

On the start line we‟d met up with Tony Burgin of White City and Dave Kamis of Springhead,
Dave was planning on getting to the finish after completing the Hardmoor 110mile race only
a month ago, Tony was looking for sub-3 hopefully 2:50ish. Tony set off alongside me and as
the urge to visit the portaloo played on my mind and weighed heavy on my bladder he
started to pull away. Sometime after three miles I stopped but the flow of liquid wouldn‟t and I
watched the seconds ticking by... It‟s a trade off though and once running again I
immediately felt better and although nearly four minutes down by four miles I was now
comfortable and operating at a different level, destined only to pass runners for the rest of
the race. (Or so I thought.) I didn‟t see Tony again until fifteen miles he said he was feeling
good as I passed and still on for his target time, I certainly wasn‟t giving the three hour barrier
any thought as I continued to ease through the field.

Everyone had said, as indeed had the official website, that „Dublin‟ is flat. Well it‟s not. There
are at least three distinct, steep climbs, probably not that long in the scheme of things, but
plenty of long drags and little climbs too. Don‟t get me wrong it‟s a good course and I would
say a fast course (certainly gifted as we were with virtually no wind) despite my poor
showing. In the end, for me, it was a long way to go and a lot of money just for a bad run, but
I could recommend it. I‟m not sure at what level I enjoyed it but I did. Perhaps it was the
woman stood by her garden gate after only five miles or so... „Well done lads... yer nearly
there now...D‟yer hear that Mary?‟ „Ah Siobhan yer a one‟ „...Go on lads not far to go now‟
And don‟t make the mistake I did as you enter Phoenix Park and turn to scowl at the kids
making monkey noises at you from the playground them‟s real monkeys them is, real
monkeys in a real apery.

SO after a frustrating first few miles I did run well for fifteen miles or so in the middle there, so
I‟m sure there‟s more to come. I‟d say I‟d forgotten the struggle over the final miles if my legs
didn‟t keep reminding me every time I stand up and shuffle off somewhere. Tony came in at
3:10 having suffered from cramp, Elaine said she‟d felt terrible and had stomach cramps and
had to walk again and again AND still did 3:12. Dave did 3:20 I believe. There were other
Hull runners; more from White City and Springhead, I didn‟t see them and don‟t know their
names hopefully they can reflect on a good race too.

And if, finally, I have the time to write this report it‟s because my legs are so stiff and sore
that sitting in front of a keyboard is about all they‟re cut out for. My running chums have to a
man and woman deserted me... in my own interest, I know. I pushed myself on when my
body cried out for me to stop; I guess that‟s what we do. I believed I could do it, but can‟t now
deny the simple truth that my muscles still have some way to go. I still believe good times are

mine for the taking. It‟s just a matter of application. Elaine whose goal was to improve upon
her London time achieved earlier this year can reflect on having run a similar time whilst
feeling out of sorts for long spells during the race. There has to be a time approaching 3
hours in there surely? – Stu

HOWDEN 10K/SCARBOROUGH 10K (11th October) Not many of us travelled all the
way to Howden for what has to be a flat, fast course. Ok. It‟s a low key event although those
who sauntered up to enter on the day, including our own Frank Harrison, found that it was
already full up. Obviously its popularity has spread in some quarters. Frank fortunately
managed to secure a place thanks to those who didn‟t turn up on the day. Myself (37.38)
new boy Jon Wilson (41.03) Steve Coveney (42.29 - his best in two or three years, he said)
and Frank (56.43) made up the CoH contingent. Overall a sharp contrast with the
Scarborough McCain 10k having been revamped and in its „first‟ year which had attracted
over 800 runners compared to the 242 at Howden whose limit was only 250 anyway. Still the
bigger event saw only one CoH runner; Adam Fozzard who finished 11th in 35.10... I‟d
finished 8th at Howden but wouldn‟t have troubled the top 30 at Scarborough, just goes to
show it‟s all a question of who turns up on the day.

Well for me these two races fell foul of my marathon efforts, though I did attend the Brid ½
driving out and cycling around the course unlike Adam who biked there, supported
throughout the race and pushed his pedals all the way home again... ah, we are not worthy...
but on the following Sunday I was Dublin bound so the brief reflection of the 10k given here
is concocted from the results and word of mouth.

We had good turnouts for both races with the balance inevitably falling in favour of the 10k, it
being on t‟doorstep n‟ all, 16 runners at Brid and 30 sprinting for the line in Wolfreton‟s
schoolyard. Both races were blessed with good weather and certainly in the ½ everyone
seemed inspired by it. Bridlington had the larger field (679 finishers compared to 272) and on
the whole greater strength in depth and some fine performances in the ½ were lost to the
crowds. (Results for Brid are on their website whilst Haltemprice can be found on our own.)

Nicky Moore was the first lady home in the 10k unfortunately she entered on the day and
was ineligible for the prize. Dave McDonald, who organises the race, is very generous with
the prize list, which normally comprises items of cut glass, but a stickler for the rules. Looking
at the results as I write; Pam who was actually 3rd female may have received glassware for
2nd lady or 1st FV35 which she also was. If Pam was promoted to 2nd lady then Clare would
have been 1st FV35... are you still with me... and with Fiona Robinson making up the ladies
team as well as taking the FV40 prize for herself, CoH ladies appear to have romped to
victory too. For the men Adam was only bested by Carl Ryde of Doncaster and a returned to
form Dave Ricketts, Derek‟s son running for KuH, for a strong 3rd place. A little further down
the list but with no doubt an equally classy performance, Chris Wood hopefully got his own
glass memento as 1st V70.

At Bridlington Steve Rennie was a clear winner in the V50 category, finishing twelfth overall
in a race that was won in 65mins 48secs by Andrew Pearson of Longwood.

Meanwhile on the same day as Bridlington at the ABINGDON MARATHON John Aitken and
Fiona Wright carried the CoH standard. Both found the course less pleasant than expected;
lots of twisting roads and potholes and traffic pollution... John still ran a decent time of 3:06
although Fiona was disappointed with her 3:53. News of someone else returning to form after
a couple of fallow years, Steve Peacock, now running for Beverley of course, ran 2:52.

THE CLUB TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS kicked off with the Mile the results being:
 Race A                                       Race B

    1     Stuart Carmichael     4.51              1     Charlotte Ward      6.10
    2     Adam Fozzard          5.00              2     Fiona Robinson      6.11
    3     Kieron Blogg          5.04              3     Steve Coveney       6.12
    4     Craig Hill            5.14              4     Pam Richards        6.29
    5     Stuart Buchan         5.25              5     Clare Nicholson     6.29
    6     Trevor Misson         5.29              6     Roy Dennison        6.49
    7     Paul Brumby           5.30              7     Kevin McManus       6.52
    8     Brian Ward            5.37              8     Pete Taylor         7.00
    9     Steve Voase           5.37              9     Frank Harrison      7.44
   10     Stuart Thomson        6.02             10     Julie Thomson       8.54
   11     Bob Thompson          6.05
   12     Kevin Rennison        6.10
   13     Tim Welbourn          6.10

The next week, September 30th, saw the runners for the 5k set off all together

   1      Adam Fozzard            17.11          11    Mike Lake             20.35
   2      Kieron Blogg            17.26          12    Kevin Rennison        21.24
   3      Mike Beadle Jnr         17.32          13    Roy Dennison          22.09
   4      Pete Baker              17.48          14    Stuart Thompson       22.09
   5      Stuart Buchan           18.25          15    Tim Welbourn          22.35
   6      Trevor Misson           18.35          16    Steve Coveney         23.14
   7      Brian Ward              18.51          17    Kevin McManus         23.22
   8      Craig Hall              18.59          18    Pete Taylor           23.45
   9      Stewart Rhodes          19.22          19    Ellen Watkins         26.49
   10     Charlotte Ward          20.34

In the mile races probably the B race was the better spectacle with long time leader Clare,
being reeled in on the last lap by Fiona & Charlotte and as Clare faded to fifth Charlotte
tucked in behind Fi ready to launch her sprint for the line. Meanwhile a fast finishing Steve
closed them both down whilst a resurgent Miss Nicholson pushed Pam to the limit over the
final fifty metres. Well that‟s as close to a proper race report as you‟re likely to get out of me.
The 5,000m passed in a blur of hard eyeballs out effort so I‟ll let the results speak for

After the serious stuff the following Wednesday saw fun and games for the 4 X 400 relays
with enough runners turning up for five teams and much confusion. All teams finished doing
three races though they begged and pleaded to be sent off for an early bath. Dave Brooke
was keeping tally somehow and probably has the stats stored away somewhere but the thing
to come back for next year (and you really should) was the sheer exhilaration of collapsing in
a heap after running your heart out for four hundred metres and then getting up and doing it
all again. Perhaps even more entertaining was watching others doing it too.

These Championships like so many other events owe more thanks than the runners can give
to all those enthusiasts who come along to lap count, record, and keep order. I‟m not going
to embarrass them by naming individuals, nor myself by missing anyone out... so on your
behalf I‟ll just say THANKS to those who give their time that we might run.

WINTER LEAGUE SO FAR With the second in the series (and the first to be
handicapped) held this Tuesday gone, it is a little too early to judge form. But good turnouts
have been seen with a good spread of abilities, new faces and old. The course looks set to
be the same throughout this season so it will be a useful tool to gauge the progress of your
training by. Everyone was given 75 points for the first race so those entering the series late
will have to catch up. You can still enter simply by turning up on the night (see page 2 for
details). The fastest time for the first race was posted by Adam Fozzard with 16.08 for the
men with Charlotte Ward coming home in 19.05 as first lady (Times which they both
improved in the second race). It‟s not all about the fast lads and lasses though. The final
runners in the first race finished in a tad over 28 minutes so don‟t be deterred. AND of course
now that the handicap has kicked in (and those working their handicap in Race1 have
discovered that the handicapper knows-all sees-all) it‟s all about winning those elusive
points. It was interesting to see some different faces at this Tuesday‟s race whilst overall
numbers remained pretty similar; 50 and 48 finishers respectively.

THE NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS Mansfield Saturday 31st October
Well to be fair the directions were minimal and the roads more complex than given to
understand... suffice to say we overshot our target, though not by much, and in our distress a
more-than-helpful local chav downloaded pinpoint instructions from his wap phone (is that
what they‟re called or is that „SOooo last century‟, already?)

Again like the Six Stage Road Relays the atmosphere at this event is an experience in itself
and although we did turn out two teams of four we had initially hoped to field three teams and
ought really to have had representatives from our ladies too. The weather, unseasonably
mild and still, was perfect and the going was soft but not boggy. Other local teams KuH, EHH
and Beverley added to the camaraderie and piqued the competitive streak. The sight of the
sheer quality at the front of the race, the fastest leg being 14.47 for the 2 lap, 5k course,
whilst fastest local runner Jon Frost of East Hull came home in 16.06, was worth the trip if
nothing else. First local team KuH‟s A team had all four runners under 17.30 yet still „only‟
finished 55th out of 151 complete teams. Our A and B teams finished 91st and 135th
respectively. It was a great afternoon we should have had a C team we should have Ladies
teams, let‟s make sure we do next year. CoH‟s A and B team stats:
Steve Rennie (104) 18.14.25 Pete Baker (99) 18.34.15 Kieron Blogg (100) 19.06.00 Adam Fozzard (91) 18.10.3
Joachim Martin (147) 20.39.90 Chris Dawson (149) 21.51.45 Stewat Rhodes (143) 21.01.40 Stuart Buchan (135) 19.49.80

MONDAY NIGHTS Speedwork at the Humber Bridge on Monday nights is once again up
and running under the expert guidance of Pete Blowers and his occasional assistants on the
2nd whistle. They are already proving popular with upwards of twenty runners of varying
ability attending. These are runner friendly sessions in a contained environment with no
opportunity to get left behind or tailed off. The session starts at 6.15pm with a few laps of the
car park to warm up those muscles.

TUESDAY NIGHTS After the apparent successful return above it‟s a shame to have to
report that numbers on a Tuesday night seem to have fallen recently. THIS IS THE MAIN
CLUB TRAINING SESSION, the heart and soul of the Club. The more runners who show up
the greater flexibility we can have especially with different pace groups to suit everyone‟s
needs. You really should make every effort to support this session as regularly as possible...
no ifs or buts.

THE FERRIBY 10 Once again an appeal goes out to all Club members not intending
to run on January 31st to help out with the marshalling of this event. Don‟t leave it to
the same few stalwarts/don‟t assume „someone will do it‟ offer your services by
contacting Steve Holmes on 07815000947 or

‘When did City of Hull (Hull Harriers) last have 3 runners ranked in the top 70
for the marathon in the UK?’, so asked Phil Lambert in his article for the last edition of
the newsletter. Information about other team members in the Northern Marathon came forth
in the guise of Anthony Collinson who was the team’s 3rd counter on the day in 2:37.

PROBLEM KNEES... a subject close to many of our hearts. Kevin McManus spotted an
article in the national Daily Mail (October 6 2009) that reported on a less invasive technique
than total knee replacement which nevertheless helps provide greater flexibility. The article
gave an example of a „sports mad‟ company director in his mid-fifties whose cartilage had
been gradually worn away after years of wear and tear... sound familiar? Full knee
replacements generally leave the patient „out of action‟ for months but the knee is apparently
split into three compartments and our patient only needed one of these tending to and so a
Partial Knee Resurfacing Operation was recommended.

The nitty-gritty: look away now if you are at all squeamish, especially in the knee department
as I am (thanks Kev!) The end of the bone that has become jagged from continual rubbing is
smoothed off then a metal surface is placed over each joint. A thin plastic disc is then slotted
between them to act as new cartilage and the metal surfaces glide over one another rather
than rub together. Best news for the patient, hospital stays are cut from 6-10 days to just
three. Also the knee bends more naturally than with full replacements because you keep all
the undamaged parts of the knee joint. The technique has been around since the 1960s so
it‟s hardly new and can be done on the NHS. Privately it costs between £6,000 and £10,000.

Maybe I‟ve just not had my ear close enough to the ground or something but I‟ve not heard
tell of any seriously embarrassing faux pas this last month or so, although... if my proverbial
ear had been down among the autumnal leaves I may not have received the blow to my nose
that was delivered halfway through a Friday morning jaunt recently. I won‟t say where exactly
for fear of prosecution under some obscure 18th Century Enclosure Act but on one of our
regular runs we always had to duck inevitably at the last minute under a solitary remaining
wire across the well trodden path in the corner of a particular field. So says TM; I always
mean to come and cut that down... Mmm? Thinks I, maybe we could prise it free... Now
everybody knows of course that to every action there is a reaction and that if a wire is going
to spring loose away from you then the fence post to which it was previously clinging to like
grim death is GOING TO BE PROPELLED... is going to hit you square in the face. That I was
holding TM‟s car keys at the time and dropped them on impact without realising until after
cake consumption; that after he‟d asked for them and we‟d figured out what had happened I
was going to run all the way back forgetting that „Oh yeah, I‟ve got a car of my own now and
we could just drive there...‟ (The fact that I was putting my jacket in the boot of this car whilst
TM was standing at the passenger door with one of those speciality looks he has of total
bewilderment, was the only thing that alerted me to my own sweet stupidity.) That no one
particularly noticed my blooded and I was convinced bent nose ought to alert me to
something too, though I‟m not sure what.

Ray Peirson, President. Steve Holmes, Secretary. Kevin McManus, Treasurer.
Bob Dennison, Membership Secretary. Pete Taylor, Results. Stuart Buchan,
Vets Captain. Dave Oliver, Men’s Captain, Adam Fozzard Vice-Captain. Nicky
Moore, Ladies Captain, Clare Nicholson, Vice-Captain. Steve Wilcox, Kit. Dave
Brooke, Steve Voase, Chris Duffey, Fiona Robinson.

       To contribute to the next newsletter, please contact Stuart Buchan,
                         Mob: 07807574680 or

                                                 THE CHRISTMAS HANDICAP
                                    Is to be held on Sunday the 20th of December
                                    meeting at the Humber Bridge/Country Park Car Park.
                                    Just turn up on the day in good time for the 11.00am
                                    start. All runners will be handicapped. The race will be
                                    followed by the usual exchange of gifts/prizes
                                    (remember to bring along; biscuits, a bottle of wine,
                                    chocolates etc suitably wrapped and to the value of no
                                    more than £5) as each runner according to handicap
                                    position is called to take his/her pick. Once again we
                                    have Helen and James Sampson to thank for their
                                    hospitality as we‟ll be reconvening at their house
                                    Southfield, Hessle.

                             THE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE
Once again this year the race between CoH, Beverley and hopefully Goole and Scunthorpe
has been set for a course across the Humber Bridge and will take place on Sunday 27th of
December. Again turn up at the car park in time for an 11.00am start and you will be given a
number. You‟ll be needing to work off all those extra Christmas pounds... so be there.

                CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRAINING RUNS 2009/2010

December      Thur   17th     9.15am       Elloughton Dale Top
              Frid   18th     9.30am       Welton, Green Dragon
              Sat    19th     9.00am       Bishop Burton (Dale Gate Road)
              Sun    20th    11.00am       The Christmas Handicap
              Mon    21st     9.00am       Humber Bridge (Car Park – Cafe)
              Tues   22nd     9.00am       North Cave (Playing Fields)
              Wed    23rd     9.00am       Beverley (Cattle grid North Newbald Road)
              Thur   24th     9.00am       Wauldby Green, Raywell
              Sat    26th    10.00am       Skidby Mill
              Sun    27th    11.00am       The Christmas Challenge
              Mon    28th     9.00am       Tickton, nr Beverley (adjacent Crown & Anchor)
              Tues   29th     9.00am       Sancton
              Wed    30th     9.00am       Walkington (Playing Fields)
              Thur   31st     9.00am       Mill to Mill (Black Mill near Country Park)
Janauary      Frid     1st   10.00am       South Cave (Little Wold Lane)
              Sat     2nd     9.00am       Beverley Clump
              Sun     3rd    11.00am       EYCC League Thixendale

  Somewhat of a tradition this by now, but the regular Friday morning run from Welton‟s
   Green Dragon usually reconvenes at Lucy‟s for a Christmas cuppa and mince pies and
    the like. Rumour of Fridays, post-run, cake consumption on the Village Green is not to
    be disbelieved and Lucy has invited everyone back to her gaffe once again this year on
    Friday the 18th of December. You don‟t have to be a regular or even an irregular, so
   come along and enjoy a run, good company and CAKE. The run starts at 9.30am and
          generally is approx. 8mile/90 minutes.
                               BOXING DAY AT PHIL’S
                   Phil Lambert has also invited everyone attending the Boxing Day run
                    from Skidby Mill back to his house afterwards for tea and Christmas
                    leftovers... (Note the later start time)

London Marathon Trip – 24th/25th April 2010
Colin and Zoe are going to attempt to arrange the London Marathon Trip again for 2010.
The details for the 2010 trip are as follows:

Coach Travel – We will be using East Yorkshire coaches as per previous years. The coach
will travel down to London on the morning of Saturday 24th April and will go straight to the
Hotel. Runners can pick up their numbers from the Excel Centre after they have checked into
their rooms. The coach will take the runners down to the start of the race on Sunday as

Hotel – We will again be staying at the Custom House Hotel. The Hotel is conveniently
located directly opposite the ExCel centre on the Docklands and has good transport links into
central London via tube and DLR.

Dining – After last year‟s somewhat disappointing evening meal provided by the hotel, we
have decided to eat in Central London this year instead. This way everyone can find
something to suit their own tastes and needs. Driver Paul has agreed to drop us off in
Central London and pick us all up once we‟ve been fed and watered. If anyone wishes to
stay out later then they will need to make their own way back to the hotel.

Cost - The total cost, which includes all of the above (plus, of course, hours of entertainment
on the bus) is £80 per person, which is non-refundable. Please note that we cannot confirm
a booking without a booking form and payment.

If you would like to book a place, please contact Colin Langley or Zoe Spinks on 01482
848926 or email Cheques should be made payable to ‘City of Hull
Running Club’ (no other variations please) and posted/dropped in at The Old Manse, 215
Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BB. Please book early to avoid disappointment!


book a place on the 2010 Marathon Trip, please fill in this form in full and return it to City of
Hull A.C c/o 215 Hallgate, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 4BB with your payment.

If you would like to book more than one place on the trip, please complete a separate
booking form for each person.

Name: …………………………………………………………………………....
Address: ……………………………………………………………………........
Mobile number: …………………………………………..................................
Home number: …………………………………………...................................
Email address: …………………………………………...................................
Club: ………………………………………….. .................................................

If you are running in the Marathon, please also provide the number of a friend/family who we
can contact in the case of an emergency: ...................................................

Places are £80 per person – please make cheque payable to City of Hull Running Club
We cannot accept any other variations!

                            Humber Runner
   The cold, dark nights are here so make sure you‟re seen while out training

   Now available the brand new Ronhill Vizion range for men and women
                              Available November
   Nike Light Jacket - Clima-FIT jacket with patented luminescent technology.
       This jacket has panels which light up to make sure you get seen.
                 Comes with rechargeable battery and charger

East Yorkshire’s only Asics Ichiban dealer now has the 2010 range in store
            The brand new GT-2150, Kayano 16 and Nimbus 11
                       Great offers always available
                            10% club discount

       Humber Runner, 229 Boothferry Road, Hessle Tel: 01482 647613

        Simply Running, 4 Albion House, Albion Street, Hull
            We now have a full range of winter clothing in stock,
   so there is no excuse for not going out to train whatever the weather!!

        With so much to choose from, we can help you find that
              perfect Christmas gift or just treat yourself!!
       Contact: Kevin or Melanie 01482 222169

            Start Fitness, 30 Butcher Row, Beverley
                 Open 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
                    For all your running and fitness needs
                            CURRENT OFFERS
   Men‟s Compression Tights £14.99 Men‟s Compression Short Tights £9.99
     Men‟s Compression Long Sleeve Crew and High Neck Tops £14.99

           Contact: Richard 01482 861859,

                         Holiday Apartment
    New apartment in Whitby available for short breaks. Close to the beach.
           Minimum 3 nights. Discounts for City of Hull members.
Check website via Google for details: Whitby Holiday Cottages, ‘Top Floors’.
 Anyone interested should contact Fiona and Mark Robinson, Tel: 01482 651428

       Massage Therapy & Exercise Prescription by Jo Bray
 (RSA, NABBA, IIHHT/IIST, BaBTec, FA Cert Management & Treatment in Sports Injuries)
     4 The Old Barn, Barton upon Humber. Tel 01652 637029 or 07919 032380
Sports Massage                  1hour, £30.00/45mins, £25.00
Pre & Post Sports Massage       30mins, £15.00
Personal Training               1 hour, £25.00
Full Body Relaxation Massage 1hour 30mins, £35.00
         City of Hull members receive a 10% discount off these prices

                       ENJOY THE PEAK DISTRICT
I have been asked many times if we could return to the peak district for the summer camp we
   had for 6 years from 1995 onwards when we stayed at Moorside Farm near the village of
  Hollingsclough, a lovely relaxing place with great running and cycling to be had all around
                                        this lovely area.
     I have made contact with the owner Charlie Futcher and I have booked 5 days from
  Wednesday 14th July to Sunday 18th July 2010. The cost is £29 per day and this includes
  bed, breakfast, evening meal and a packed lunch every day, believe me this is great value
      for the money the food is fantastic, ask Stuart or any of the others that used to go.
   To secure a place on this trip I need a deposit of £10 now, the rest you pay when we get
there. I already have 8 people on the list and the farm accommodates 20 so don‟t hang about
                          You can View at:
          Contact: Dave Brooke Mobile: 07717348618 Home: 01482354396

Sun     29 November         Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race                            North Yorks
Sat     05 December         Rudolph Romp                                        Brantingham
Sun     06 December         Percy Pud 10k, Sheffield RACE FULL                  South Yorks
Sun     13 December         The Ferry 5, Isle of Axholme                        Lincs
Sun     20 December         Travellers 6, denby Dale, Wakefield                 West Yorks
Sat     26 December         EHH still hope to stage their Boxing Day 10k        Clubhouse
Sun     27 December         The Hot Toddy Road Race, Todmorden                  West Yorks
Frid    01 January          Cleethorpes New Years Day 10k                       Lincs
Sun     03 January          Pennine 10k nr Brighouse                            West Yorks
Sat     09 January          Wheeldale Tandem                                    Goathland
Sat     09 January          Yorkshire & Humberside X Country Champs             Wakefield
Sat     23 January          Northern Cross Country Championship                 Blackburn
Sun     24 January          Brass Monkey Half Marathon                          York
Sun     24 January          Meltham 10k nr Huddersfield                         West Yorks
Sun     31 January          Ferriby 10 Mile                                     Cottingham
Sat     06 February         Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championship           Sheffield
Sun     07 February         St Wilfrids Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon                  North Yorks
Sat     13 February         City of York AC Cross Country Events                York
Sun     14 February         Liversedge Half Marathon, Cleckheaton               West Yorks
Sun     21 February         Wombwell 5 Mile Road Race, Barnsley                 South Yorks
Sat     27 February         National Cross Country Championship                 Leeds
Sun     28 February         Snake Lane 10 Mile, Pocklington                     North Yorks
Sun     28 February         Huddersfield Road Runners 10k                       West Yorks
Sun     07 March            Norton 9, Doncaster                                 South Yorks
Sun     14 March            South Leeds Stadium 5 Mile                          West Yorks
Sat     20 March            Northern 12 Stage & 6 Stage Road Relays


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