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SWALEDALE which runs from 1st April until 31st March. Being one for statistics Eric ROAD RUNNERS June 2007 Newsletter reports that the number of races our Editors: Melissa Hepburn and Matthew www.swaledaleroadrunners.co.uk Holt firstname.lastname@example.org Chairman’s Report members have competed in compared to The new club year has started well this time last year is up 30%. with some very strong team and individual performances. Following Although considering the number of the first two Midweek league fixtures races Eric does he‟s probably we lie in third place in the main event, responsible for that increase himself. are the second ladies team (only 10pts. behind Ilkley) and first ladies vets. team. I would like to thank everyone who ran in the first two races and I hope we can turnout in similar strength in the next three events, if we do I‟m sure there will be some silverware coming back to Swaledale. Congratulations go to our ladies team of Erika Johnson, Tracy Hunter and Melissa Hepburn who emulated our men‟s achievement of last year in winning the team prize at the Fountains 10k. It is good to see Erika getting back to full fitness and she underlined this by finishing first lady at the Melmerby 10k. At the same race Darran Bilton ran the fastest 10k by a veteran in the UK for 2007 with a time of 30.56 to put him top of the national rankings for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k. At the Yorkshire Eric adding another notch to his race 10k illness hampered Tony Lambert’s tally! attempt to retain his title at this race and he had to be content with second Most of you will have no doubt seen that place, however new member Karen we have the Richmond Castle 10k entry Hopwood had an excellent debut in forms available. Although the race limit the green vest to win the ladies race. has always been reached in recent years As most of you are aware Eric Nutter it is still important we promote the race is again organising and compiling the as much as possible. This year for the results for the Club Championship, first time we have online entries via www.runnersworld.co.uk from which I received entries as early as last Minster. The start is rather bunched up, December. If any of you are attending which I‟d like to say acts as a brake a race, particularly one I‟m not, it against over enthusiasm, but the start would be helpful if you could take line soon clears and I, like many others some entry forms with you to put out got carried away with the first mile in 9 at the race HQ. minutes (truly, that‟s fast for me!). A new batch of club short sleeved t- The race skirts the back of the town shirts and vests are due to arrive centre, through Beverley Bar and out anytime now, as usual these will be onto the Westwoods. As a child I‟d available on a first come first served often go there for ice-cream, imagine basis. how smug I felt „running‟ through the Westwoods. That said, no-one warned Thank you to everyone who has paid the Pasture Master I was coming and she their subs on time as it does make the left the cows out to graze. I don‟t know administration a lot easier, if you have who was more traumatised, me or the not yet paid can you do so as soon as cows; they certainly didn‟t expect 1000 possible please. runners invading their grazing space and Have a good month. Pete Richardson stampeded alongside us right up to the cattle grid, which coupled with my shortage of breath due to paying too Beverley 10k much attention worrying about the cows, Sunday 13th May saw four SRR is a hard half-mile uphill pull….. nasty! members race the Beverley 10k, Jo and Pete Richardson and little ol‟ me! There is definitely an equal share of And of course we can‟t forget Darran countryside and town road running, with Bilton, even though he was wearing a plenty of encouragement dotted around strange vest from Leeds City! We the course. As we loop around the joined an ever increasing field of 1000 Westwoods and head back into Beverley runners. I had the added advantage of and down its main street towards an an extra hour in bed, as I spent the impressive finish tunnel, the crowds weekend over in Hull. As you know grow in size to impressive welcoming „Daddy‟ normally prepares breakfast cheers of encouragement, not only from for his „little princess‟, but as I‟m spectators, but runners who finish way struggling to enjoy the traditional ahead and stay around to cheer for us porridge, I have been given holding up the rear. instructions on how to open the weetabix box myself! You just can‟t All in all, a great race, very friendly, get the parents these days! very well organised with excellent changing facilities at the leisure centre. Arriving in plenty of time at the Darran didn‟t disappoint us and was Beverley leisure centre, which has first back in a time of 31.20, Melanie ample parking and clearly marshalled Haywood of Beverley AC was the first by Beverley AC, I was able to watch lady back in 36.31. Pete completed his the start of the fun run, with so many race in 49.43 and Jo with an impressive budding young runners, there must be 59.34 (and with the size of her blisters I plenty of talent out there that will come was even more impressed). I was happy to the forefront in years to come. with my time of 64.50 - I can remember The „big boy‟s‟ race commenced at the time when I was holding up the rear, 11:15 outside the majestic Beverley I had whole 99 runners behind me – speed. We had now left the beach and must be improving! were now on footpaths and after roughly Will I do it again, absolutely – I‟ll be 3 miles Pat Neeson cruised up alongside back next year. In the meantime, I me. After an abortive attempt to talk have my training to focus on…… did I with me (Sorry Pat, I was in pain) I mention I‟m running the Dublin spent the next couple of miles watching Marathon in October – I must have! Pat disappear off into the horizon. Alex Sutcliffe With a couple of miles to go I had pulled my self around. I could see the finish at Pier To Pier Roker beach and with a downhill finish You know that scene in 'Chariots of to the seafront and a final dash across Fire' when the runners are striding the sand it was all finally over. Pat's majestically across the beach, waves time was 54:53, an improvement just crashing in the background and that over a minute on his 2006 time whilst Vangelis soundtrack blaring out. That I trotted in with 56:49. I'll definitely run could have been the start of the Pier to this one next year, hopefully getting a Pier run, a scenic 7.5 miler connecting better time and perhaps get some beach South Shields to Sunderland piers. The running practice in first. course is multi-terrain with sand, grass, road and the inevitable crunch of David Burke broken glass underfoot as you enter the city of Sunderland. The weather was Ripon 10 mile fine, little or no wind and 650 entrants Four members took part in the Ripon 10 was an excellent turnout. mile race on Sunday 13th May, Tony Lambert, Erica Johnson, Michael Having previously lived in Sunderland Stegman and myself. The race is the it was a run I had always wanted to do, second in the “Black Sheep Series” and for some reason the beach running a compulsory race for the “full pint “ appealed to my romantic side which series entrants which both Erica and was a huge blunder because after the myself are in, so some good points to be first mile of slogging across wet sand had. that god awful Vangelis tune had been replaced by a guttural rasping sound The day was overcast and the threat of emanating from somewhere deep down rain always possible for this tough, hilly inside of me. I had started off too fast (at least for the first half of the race) and now I was in trouble. course. When running in survival mode you do not want to hear a couple running just behind you in endless conversation as if out on a mid-morning walk. So whilst in mid-rasp I had to endure a husband wife combo discussing, at great length, what should go in an authentic Coq au Vin (no mushrooms apparently) and with morale sinking into my socks I managed to shake off Johnny & Fanny Craddock by letting my pace fall to practically walking Tony Lambert finishing the Ripon 10 Tony set of at a good pace with the Some ladies sign up to these events as a leaders, while me, Erica and Michael way of regaining a level of fitness were more or less together for the first following their chemotherapy treatment, couple of miles. As expected I didn‟t some ladies still have a very long see Tony again untill the finish line journey ahead of them; and to the and Erica, getting back to some good majority of us who are just „warmed up‟ form, went out of sight at about three at the 5k point – this race is a huge miles, Michael was ahead of me but achievement either during or after a always in sight. I eventually managed traumatic time in their life. Other ladies to pass him at about half way but I had run in memory of those lost to cancer forgotten about the steep climb past the and there are the ladies who celebrate caravans and I tightened up and saw the sheer joy of being alive. As John Michael go past. Hunter said to me, “It makes you realise just how much we take our health for When back on the flat, I knew it was granted”. more or less steadily down hill all the way to the finish and felt really strong, All of you were outstanding and I can‟t I passed Michael again and felt really thank you enough for giving up your good all the way to the end. I finished time to support such a worthy event. in a time of 1.15.43, slightly better You made a successful event even more than last year and beat Michael for the special with the friendliness and first time, although he did have a good encouragement you brought to the excuse that he had run 10 miles the participants. I am very proud to be a night before. Michael finished in a member of such a warm and friendly time of 1.16.02. Tony had an excellent club and honoured to be able to call you 3rd place in a time of 0.57.41 with my friends. And in the words of Cancer Erica 4th lady overall in a time of Research‟s vision statement “Together, 1.13.09. we will beat cancer”. I hope I enjoy the next compulsory, long race in the Black Sheep Series as much as this one ….. Burn Valley ½ Marathon…..but I doubt it. Stuart Clarkson Race for Life – Lightwater Valley Tuesday 12 June saw a large contingent of our club very kindly help out with marshalling and volunteering duties at the very first Race for Life held at Lightwater Valley. The sun shone on the righteous, and made running/walking for the participants an enjoyable experience. Around 1,000 ladies of varying abilities came along The Race for Life Volunteer Team to support the cause of Cancer Research. Melmerby 10k miles with points awarded against Despite being relatively close to home finishing position. The series concludes this was the first time I had entered this with a handicap race at Ripon. All races race and it was good to see a decent finish with a supper provided by the host turnout of club members there. For club and prove very sociable occasions. those unfamiliar with the course it The races are open to runners of all meanders down very quiet, ever so abilities and are keenly contested slightly undulating country lanes between the 12 participating clubs. In between the small villages of recent years we have performed very Melmerby, Sutton Howgrave and well in the league and hope to do even Wath. The route includes a small loop better this year. which means for a short distance Thank you to everyone who has runners come along the road in competed so far. Everyone is opposite directions. It was a chance to encouraged to come along. The next one see Darran in full flight, on his way to is on 27th June at Wetherby. setting the fastest 10k time of the year in the UK for a veteran and recording Fixtures: the fastest run on this course since Wed 27th June - Wetherby 1996. Tues 3rd July - Guiseley (Dragons RC) Tues 17th July - Ripon - Handicap It was good to see Erika on her way Details on: back to full fitness and form, and she confirmed this with an excellent win in www.harrogate-league.co.uk the ladies race. With her mentor present Jo felt under pressure to put in a good performance and achieved yet another PB. The middle of the pack saw a fair bit of inter club rivalry with 6 Swaledale runners finishing in under 2 minutes of each other. Results: 1st Darran Bilton 30.56, 38th Matt Holt 39.36, 56th & 1st Lady Erika Johnson 41.06, Michael Stegeman 42.01, Pete Devlin, 45.38, David Burke 45.49, Melissa Hepburn 45.51, Pete Richardson 46.29, Stuart Clarkson 46.45, John Hunter 47.21, Dave Wardman 48.15, Eric Nutter 49.12, Julia Spittle 54.48, Jo Richardson 58.00, Glenys Nutter 65.25, Alex Sutcliffe 66.13 and Graham Turnbull 74.50. Pete Richardson Rachel Parkinson at Gilling west Midweek League For anyone who has not taken part in Club Member Profile the Midweek league before there is a New to the newsletter is the member series of 5 races of between 5 and 6.5 profile feature. Every month hopefully we will have a profile on one of our Favourite Song – Born to Run – Bruce members so that we can all get to Springsteen, seriously know each other better! Favourite Film – It‟s a Wonderful Life Name - Stuart Clarkson Why do you run? - Enjoy it (most of the time), to keep fit as I‟m sat down most of the day What do you dislike about runners?- When they pass me in a race What is the furthest you have travelled for a race?- Manchester How long have you run for? -7 years What is your favourite race? – Ripon 10 mile What is your least favourite race? – Burn Valley ½ marathon What are your PB’s for 5K,10K, half and full marathon? – 5k- 36.17, 10k – 42.25, half – 1.36.10, no marathon done yet. What is your best running memory ? Completing my first ½ marathon, causing me to get the bug for running again Worst Running Memory? Feeling utterly cold, wet and miserable at the Haweswater 1/2 marathon this year Running Icons – Steve Prefontaine Favourite running kit – my Swaledale vest Race Diary A selection of race entry forms are kept in the folders at both clubhouse and Date of Birth - 5th June 1976 many can also be downloaded from Family - Single (open to offers) John Schofield’s excellent website Occupation - Accountant www. ukresults.net. Other Hobbies - Badminton, films, socialising, most sports – watching or 17th June Castle Howard 10k attempting, reading 20th June Otley „Beat the Clock‟ 5k Claims to fame - Me and my dad were 23rd June Weldrake 10k contestants on “Todays the Day” with 24th June Rainton 10k Martin Lewis, didn‟t get very far but 29th June Beverley 5k lost to the eventual overall champions. 7th July Burn Valley ½ Marathon th Most Embarrasing moment - Can‟t 8 July Kilburn Feast 7 Thirsk think of any, probably been a few but 22nd July Burton Leonard 10k they usually happen when I‟ve had too 29th July James Herriott Trail Run much to drink, so can‟t remember them anyway Social Diary Yorkshire Runner Post Club Supper Night – Thursday Darran and Sarah Bilton have 19th July. Chinese or chippy, you announced the dates of the next running decide! weekend. It is to take place on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd Sept 07 at James Herriott Club Picnic – Sunday their guest house, Apricot Lodge in 29th July. Post Trail Run, bring a Pickering. Past weekends have proved blanket and Scotch Eggs, (or bubbly very popular with club members, the and strawberries). All welcome, accommodation is top class and at a especially non-runners. fantastic price. See www.yorkshirerunner.co.uk for Social Run – Tuesday 14th August. details. Meet Osmotherly for a run followed by a meal for those who want it. More details to follow. NEXT CLUB MEETING: Hadrians Wall Relay – More details to Monday 6tth August follow. George and Dragon Hudswell 19:30 Committee 20:00 Members New Members We welcome new members this month, Paul Evans, Trevor Walker, John Elliott, Julie Sessions,David Wardman, Melanie Hall,Tricia O'neill, Joanne Shaw, just in time for the Midweek League season!!! Club Subs Interest now being charged at extortionate amounts on overdue subs. Prepare to be named and shamed! £12.00 for full members and £6 for social members to: West End Cottage, Ellingstring, Masham, Ripon HG4 4PW. Cheques payable to Swaledale Road Runners. Darran’s tip from the top All runners find their endurance and speed consistently improve before it all starts to plateau out. This is the time to introduce something new (no, not a new sport!) If you never do a long weekend run, try it. If you never do tempo or speed work, give it a go. The change will add a spark to your training & will shave seconds off that elusive p.b.
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