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                           Aug 14 2010 (previous edition 21.05.10)

CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS 2010 - 2011:                           Subscriptions remain at £12 but
only for those paying before the end of September 2010, thereafter you will have to pay £15
(unless a new member) spouses free. Cheques should be made payable to City of Hull AC and
sent to: Bob Dennison, Club Membership Secretary, 19 Kingsley Drive, Willerby, HU10 6BX
Remember that Bob also needs to be told of all changes of address to keep
Club records up to date. AND that anyone who is not receiving this newsletter
electronically should send PETER TAYLOR their email address. Either he has
never had it or he has an old one:

              Cottingham Golf Club, Friday 17th September 8pm
 You should have received a form at the end of the final race. If not they can be found
     on the website or contact Dave Brooke. (07717348618) Cost £11.00 per head

                    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 (Walk/run 8.30am)
Thu     6.15pm          Raywell                    Medium Group*
Thu     6.30pm          (See Table Below...)       Speedwork
Fri     9.30am          Green Dragon, Welton       Off-Road
Sun 8.45am              Brantingham Dale           Off-Road
Thursday Night Medium Group, 6.15pm: The distance and pace are based upon whoever
turns up. Plus, we reward ourselves on the first Thursday of every month with a visit to a
local hostelry, to which anyone is welcome! See you there – Denise.

Thursday night speedwork: These sessions have developed into longer efforts and
tempo runs to complement the shorter efforts on Monday nights and mid-week track
Date        Venue                       Session
19 Aug      Brantingham Village Hall    Brantingham Church/Spout Hill Triangle
26 Aug      Beverley Clump              Drewton Woods Hill Work
02 Sept     Green Dragon, Welton        Cross Country (inclu minute reps)
09 Sept     Swanland Pond               Long Hills/Short Hills
16 Sept     Ionians                     Ellerker (1K Reps)
23 Sept     10k Track Champs on 22nd Speed session suspended
30 Sept     Raywell                     Medium Tempo Run
07 Oct      Beverley Clump              Nominated Fartlek
14 Oct      Bob‟s Office                TBA
  Information is also available at under the Training tab.
Committee Meeting, Monday 9th August 2010
Just as any Club thrives on new runners of all abilities, so organising committee(s) thrive on
fresh input in all areas from all members.
The COH Committee meets, generally, on the first Monday of every month, bank holidays
and out of ordinary circumstances excepted, with normally a summer break in August. This
month however, did prove an exception as Steve Holmes resigned as Club Secretary after
eight years of distinguished service (b*#@!y hard graft) and we had to discuss a) how best to
replace him and b) how best to use this „opportunity‟ to strengthen the Clubs administrative
affairs whilst allowing the need for them to be more flexible.
In the end Phil Lambert stepped up to the plate with the support of Dave Brooke as Club
Chairman (a role that had previously been allowed to lapse, now revived).
It was generally felt that the role as co-ordinator would prove key to these positions in the
future. The two Gordons, Jibson & Kitchen, on hand with a wealth of experience, underlined
the importance of this need to delegate.
In a two and a half hour meeting a lot of ground was covered which will probably impact
more gradually over the coming season, but some other change in personnel due largely to
work/family commitments should be noted: Club Captain, unfortunately Dave Oliver
continues to work out of town and Adam Fozzard has moved to and will run for Derby,
therefore it was proposed that Stuart Buchan should roll Vets Captain duties into the overall
Captaincy with „ex-captain with attitude‟ Bob Thompson supporting/advising/mustering as
Vice Captain.
Brian Ward is to expand his position as Cross Country Secretary into the role of Fixture
Secretary (the exact nature of which seems necessary but as yet not fully defined). After
phoning a friend to check crucial dates Brian also agreed to take on the Winter League, so
keep an eye out for Brian and Amanda when you register at the Humber Bridge in a couple
of months time.
Meanwhile to return to my opening preamble it should be borne in mind that the committee
still does need new blood and fresh ideas. Meetings are open to anyone with something to
propose or discuss (preferably contacting Dave or Phil initially so that topics can be added to
the agenda).
Both Nicky Moore and Clare Nicholson whilst „happy‟ to continue in their present role as
Ladies Captain and Vice Captain respectively, find it hard to attend meetings because of
work and other commitments and whilst I think they do nevertheless have general support in
their position, they would be only too pleased if someone more „pro-active‟ felt able to take
on the role.
A new post also discussed, but which remains at the time of going to press still open to
willing/capable volunteers... was that of: Social/Events Secretary. Again if you‟re interested
or simply brimming over with ideas contact Dave or Phil or any member of the committee.

TUESDAY NIGHTS: On, perhaps, a more „practical‟ or immediate note it was felt that
we should lay a stronger emphasis on Tuesday nights as the main Club session, which ALL
runners should be encouraged to attend. It seems vital that, for one night of the week, as
many runners meet together as possible... it is, after all, the best communication tool
available! ...AND with more people turning out on a regular basis different pace-groups
become much easier to organise. SUPPORT TUESDAY NIGHTS!

     The Mablethorpe half & full marathon are back again this year on Sunday 3rd October.
      The club is putting on a coach for all those wishing to run either race or for anyone just
    wanting to go and support their mates. You can enter the race online or find entry forms at:
        To reserve a place on the coach, contact Phil Lambert on 846969, 07944 603588 or
      If you have not booked your seat with Phil as yet don’t leave it too late as he has
          already fielded enquiries from West Hull Ladies and Cottingham Fit Mums!

                      Two dates to stick in your diaries:
          October 2nd   6 & 4 Stage Road Relays (Nationals 16th)
          October 9th   Yorkshire Cross Country Relays (& Vets Champs)
Team managers/Club captains will be approaching athletes nearer the date but please
register your desire to run/availability with them as soon as possible and make their job
simpler. These are prestigious Club events BUT also great fun and good days out.

       The East Yorkshire Cross Country League 2010/2011 Season
Race               Date                  Venue                          Host Club
1                03 Oct                 Bishop Wilton                 Pocklington RR
2                14 Nov                 Drewton Woods                 Bev AC & CoH AC
3                12 Dec                 Langdale End                  Scarborough AC
4                02 Jan                 Thixendale                    Driffield Striders
5                13 Feb                 Welton                        Goole VS & Selby RR
6                06 Mar                 Sewerby                       Bridlington RR
All races start at 11.00am prompt. No entry fee. Register & collect numbers at first race.

                 Costello Sports Stadium, Wednesday Nights, 7pm
                          September            22nd: 10 kilometres
                          September            29th: 5 kilometres
                          October              06th: 1 mile
Entry to Costello is free for these Championships, it is important that you support them for
their overall success. For those of you familiar with track work they provide a valuable marker
for the training you‟ve done and for those of you not so familiar they are a valuable
experience and above all these are fun nights! (For those of you not able/willing to run please
come and support and help with the lap counting time keeping. (The more helpers turn out
the easier the job is!)

THE WINTER LEAGUE: A series of approx 3m road races held on the first Tuesday of the
month (with the exception of the first race as you will notice below) October through till
March, from the Humber Bridge Car Park. Open to all COH members, entry free. The first
race is „all off together‟ so just turn up on the night and register. All races start at 7pm
prompt so please register before 6.50 at the latest. Subsequent races are handicapped
and are staggered starts. Spot Prizes and other prize(s) to be announced.
This year Brian and Amanda Ward will be officiating. Those all important dates:
Tuesday          2010: 12th October, 2nd November, 7th December,
                 2011: 4th January, 1st February, 1st March

                     Peter Jarvis: A True Yorkshire Athlete
The recent death of Peter was a great loss to both our club and to the sport of athletics in
general. Jarvo, as he was known to most of us, played a crucial role in the club for more
than fifty years and was widely known and greatly respected by athletic clubs, officials and
competitors across Yorkshire.
Peter went to Hessle High School and joined Hull Harriers (now, of course, City of Hull
Athletic Club) in the 1950s. He proved to be a versatile and very fast runner, competing at
various levels in track, country and road races. He was Club Champion on more than one
occasion and recorded a PB for the mile of 4 minutes 11 seconds in the early 1960s which
was then an extremely fast time. At the other end of the scale, he also recorded a range of
great marathon times and still managed to break three hours in the London Marathon in 1991
when well in his fifties. His regular track training partner was Bob Piercy of Hull Achilles, the
international 800 metres runner.
Although a superb all-
round athlete in his own
right, it will be as a
mentor,      coach     and
energetic organiser that
he     will    be     best
remembered by not only
many current members of
our club but also by
generations of runners. In
the early 1970s City of
Hull Athletic Club‟s youth
and junior teams were
amongst the very best in
the country and the young
runners      who      were
encouraged and developed by Peter at that time, included Steve Rennie, Martin Farrell, Ray
Cocks, Carl Nightingale, Malcolm Prince, the Hodsman brothers and John Devaney, many of
whom went on to win numerous trophies whilst Malcolm Prince become an international
5000 metres runner. Peter both competed in and then later organised teams for the
Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships. He was a Yorkshire Athletic selector on numerous
occasions and a staunch Yorkshireman. He championed the cause of Yorkshire athletics and
would not involve himself in the Humberside athletic teams when the county of Humberside
was created.
Peter will also be remembered for his role in starting and then organising the Champagne
League race series. These events, which he started in the 1970s, must be one of the most
popular spring and summer race series organised in Yorkshire and this year‟s series has
broken all records in terms of the number of entrants. Ironically, Peter was one of the few
club runners never to compete in a Champagne League race as he was always involved in
organising, handicapping and officiating. His handicapping in all sorts of events was superb
and perceptive; over the years only Dennis Briggs managed to outwit him and win more
turkeys than Bernard Matthews in the Christmas handicaps.
Countless numbers of runners were coached or sought advice on training and racing from
Peter and for more than forty years he helped organise City of Hull Athletic Club‟s training
runs from places such as Raywell, Brantingham Dale and often far beyond. He was a great
advocate of the large Tuesday night club runs and would probably be saddened to know that
the once popular and very valuable Thursday night summer run round the larger Raywell
courses seems to have been largely discontinued.

For many years Peter also organised the legendary summer training camps for club runners
at Dyffryn Ardudwy, near Barmouth in Wales. For many of those who went on these camps
they proved the highlight of the athletics year and the food and camaraderie, if not always the
weather, were fantastic. Dyffryn must have been one of the few places one could run a
hundred miles in a week and still put on weight. Peter put a staggering amount of time into
organising these camps, cooking huge and appetising meals and ensuring everyone had a
valuable, rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
In early 2000 Peter played a crucial role in ensuring and consolidating the continuity of the
City of Hull Athletic Club after the Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club was formed and in this
last decade he also played a part in encouraging large numbers of female runners into the
club which now has more members than ever before.
Peter also made a mark in the sport of bowls but until he was debilitated by a major stroke a
few years ago, he continued to run along the fields and tracks of his beloved East Yorkshire.
He was in every sense a true Yorkshire athlete and unstinting in his support and
encouragement of all those, whatever their talent or natural ability, who wished to take part in
the sport of athletics. He will be greatly missed not only by Jane and the family but by many
past and present members of our club and the wider sporting fraternity.

                                                                    - Robb Robinson
Peter‟s wife, Jane writes:

       I would like to thank all Peter’s friends and running colleagues who
attended his recent funeral and those of you who sent cards and letters of
support. The service was memorable and special mention must be given to
Gordon (Jibbo) for his eulogy and Robb Robbie for the newspaper articles.
       All my family were deeply touched and it has helped sustain us.
       As many of you know following a disabling stroke 6 years ago, his
competitive spirit and fitness levels kept him fighting the effects much of
the time. During these years many of his friends from City of Hull
continued to visit him and gave him support, mental stimulation and
athletic news which kept him going, but in the end the effects of the stroke
proved too much.
       The collection in the church was for Peter’s chosen charity, Marie
Curie Cancer Care. He had in the past run the London Marathon
supporting their work in place of Ted Wilkinson, a fellow athlete and
friend who died of cancer, a fitting tribute to the work done by these
runners and he continued to support them. The collection and donations
raised £593.10p a great amount. I had a letter of thanks from the Charity
assuring me that the money would be used in the local area.
       I may see some of you again at future events in a supporting role
particularly Peter’s ‘brainchild’ the Champagne League.
       Again many thanks for everyone’s support,

       Jane Jarvis

    3 Marathons in 6 Weeks – An Alternative Running Programme!
For those of you who haven‟t met me, I‟m Ian Fergusson and have been a member of CoH
since last November. Having run for around 6 years, I had never previously considered
joining a running club for various reasons: am I good enough, aren‟t clubs elitist? etc...
Approaching CoH came as a result of two things. Firstly, I had got to a point where I was
reasonably good but wasn‟t getting significantly better, especially at the marathon. Secondly,
and most significantly, I found myself out of work and hoped to find something to fill the hours
I no longer spent earning a living.

From the moment that my application was accepted, it became clear that any concern I had
about running clubs was totally misplaced. Made welcome from day one, especially by all my
Friday morning off-road friends, it became clear that this was the best decision I had made
with regard to my running. All of you I have met, spoken to and competed against have been
a great support, have been great friends and have made my training all the more enjoyable.

Prior to this year I had run 6 marathons. With my new-found free time, I looked forward to
completing more in 2010, hoping to run London and Edinburgh as I had in the previous two
years. Having failed to get into London, I discovered Blackpool, which takes place in early
April. With my place already assured in Edinburgh, this gave me 2 races in 6 weeks in April
and May. Time to train!

Through winter, the club spurred me on, running through ice, snow, mud and heaven knows
what else on a Friday morning. Running around Hull in the pitch black on a Tuesday night
brought new motivation to keep the pace up as I‟d literally have got lost otherwise! Racing
more through the winter than ever before, if you can call being 4th last in the Yorkshire Vets
Cross Country „racing‟. February arrived with me in great shape... then the phone rang... The
Down‟s Syndrome Association (the only charity I run for) had additional places – would I like
to run London? „Yes‟ was my immediate reply. Now, instead of 2 marathons in 6 weeks, I
was entered for 3. Many thought I was mad, and they may have been right!

The second week in April found me in Blackpool. Having previously only run in big events,
this was a very different type of marathon. 800 runners lined up for the full race with around
                                  1200 more completing a half. The route was a two lap loop
                                  which took in the entire length of the promenade, the
                                  pleasure beach and villages adjacent. Feeling in good
                                  shape, and determined to break the 4 hour mark, I set off at
                                  a good pace. Was I running too quick? What the heck, go
                                  with it! The end of the first lap passed at a good pace and I
                                  was well on target. Then 2/3 of the field disappeared as the
                                  half marathon finished. For the first time ever in a marathon,
                                  I found myself in lots of space. With a very spread-out field
and few runners left, I was running with, and against, myself. The support may not have been
as exuberant or as plentiful as London but that didn‟t stop the tattoo shop owner shouting
„C‟mon Ian‟ or an entire coach load of 16 year old girls cheering me on (must have been the
lycra shorts!). 20 miles down, the cool weather was replaced by the sun and no wind nor
cloud. Taking advantage of every little bit of shade I could, I kept going, albeit a little slower.

A three year old boy stood with only 2 miles to go handing out jelly babies made me smile
and on I charged. The finish line beckoned and I had broken 4 hours by a good margin,
completing the race in 3:50, over 25 minutes faster than my pb. If you are looking for a race
to set a good marathon time in, this is it. Not big but lots of fun. It also has the advantage of
having completely closed roads so lots of potential for a good run.

The marathon programmes I follow always say to rest for a couple of weeks after a marathon
and under no circumstances race. Well, apart from a brief
Champagne League appearance, I rested for 2 weeks and then....
arrived on the start line in London. I stood with many of you before
the start getting wet and looking forward to a soggy race. Shame
that the rain stopped and glorious sunshine bathed the course!

Going out at the pace I knew I could now achieve, I realised after
around 3 miles that there was still a great deal of weariness in my
legs from Blackpool. The first half wasn‟t too bad but the second,
sun-bathed half, became a fight for survival. Probably because I
have got faster, the walkers and walking wounded seemed far more
of a hindrance than in previous years. Despite the heat and despite
the weary legs, I approached the finish and saw before me the
Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, mere yards ahead of me on the Mall. Somehow I found a
sprint finish and beat him to the line. Ok he‟s a 400m runner but who cares, I can still say I
beat an Olympian! As well as that my 2nd marathon in two weeks was my 2nd fastest ever.
4:12 was around 20 minutes faster than my previous London best.

Four weeks later I arrived in Edinburgh for the last of my 3 marathons. Weather reports
before travelling suggested that race day would be cool and rainy. Unfortunately the forecast
improved every day until race day dawned with initial mist, but promises of the hottest day of
the year. By the time the race started at 10am, it was glorious. 25 degree heat throughout
and no shade, again, made this... interesting! With superb start-line organisation, which put
                        the mighty London to shame this year, we were off. Running out of
                        Edinburgh past Holyrood house, the Scottish parliament and
                        Meadowbank Stadium, we reached the coast of the Forth at around 6
                        miles. Running east through Musselburgh, passing the race course
                        and the finish line that I would next see in 16 miles, the field kept
                        going. Cheered by crowds, bagpipes and hosed down by helpful
                        locals with their hosepipes and buckets, we kept trekking along the
                        coast! A tough last 6 miles beckoned and was going reasonably well
                        until my Edinburgh curse came back to haunt me and, for the second
                        year running, a sudden crack in the tarmac sent me falling flat on my
                        face, this time at 24 miles. Kind people stopped to help but after lying
                        there for a minute thinking „...ooh now that‟s going to hurt in the
                        morning‟, I got up and got on with it! More hosepipes cooled me and
the finish came into view. I crossed the line, utterly exhausted but at 4:07, another new 2nd
fastest ever time.

Helped by the club, in 6 weeks, I ran 3 marathons, each faster than my previous pb.
Although 3 in 6 is a little unconventional, it shows just what you can do when you put your
mind to it. Along the way, since joining the club, I have set pbs at every distance... in only 5
months. Shows what a club can do for you! I start work again in June so this may have been
a one off experience but what a great one. To all at the club who have encouraged me. Very
many thanks. – Ian

                               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

KESWICK TO BARROW RACE 2010 – Clare Nicholson

                               Pam and her ideas have generally left a positive mark on my
                               life. However, the more recent midnight London to Brighton
                               bike ride with, to use the most positive term I can generate „a
                               mixed ability bunch‟ was not one of them. So following this
                               „endurance event‟ (endurance not of the physical kind but of
                               patience, anger management and fighting hyperthermia – for
                               more information see Lucy‟s review in the Nov/Dec 2009
                               newsletter) it was with initial trepidation that I agreed to her
                               next Big Idea to join force with her „Logistics Team‟ from British
                               Aerospace to participate in the annual 40 mile race between
                               Keswick & Barrow in the Lake District.
                              The event was on the 8th May 2010 and Pam and I started
                              training in our usual light-hearted fashion a few weeks before.
                              Well, come on, we had done a few half marathons and
                              marathons between us over the years, a couple of Wheeldale
Tandems and the Lyke Wake race last summer (42 miles over the Yorkshire moors) and so
we convinced ourselves throughout our one and only long training run of 20 miles: that our
leg muscles have good memory, we are both strong in spirit and mind and that, after all, the
lakes are stunningly beautiful so the distraction of the surrounding mountains, lakes and lush
spring greenness would absorb any suffering. We‟d do more than fine!
Added to our lack of physical training was ill-health. Neither of us were on top form at all
when we arrived by minibus in Keswick with the rest of our team on the evening before the
event. Pam was breathing and coughing her germs over her team mates and I was nursing a
dodgy stomach. Pam also casually announced that evening that the event didn‟t actually
start at 9.30am as she had previously told me when recruiting me onto the team, oh no she
giggled, it was actually a 5.30 start. Cheers Pam!

So the alarm went off at 4.15 after not a lot of sleep
and just as dawn was breaking. And so with pasty
porridge inside us and blurry eyes, we stumbled over
the initial off-road section from Roughow Bridge,
Keswick towards Grasmere. To say the route was
beautifully stunning would be an understatement and it
certainly did distract us from the physical effort and the
lack of training. The company also helped. I‟d forgiven
Pam‟s slight variation on the truth regarding that start
time by now, and: as the morning mist loomed around
Grasmere lake and the dawn clouds allowed streams
of sunlight to cast amazing shadows onto the water, as
the bird noise came alive through the trees, runners of
varying running ability gathered momentum past
Dunmail Raise towards Grasmere. Now this is what
running should be about and I did feel so fortunate to
be able to participate in such a stunning event. The
poor tummy was on the mend, the lack of preparation
and sleep no longer mattered.

                                   It‟s worthy of a mention that in conjunction with our
                                   logistics team there was also the firemen‟s team of 10 who
                                   traditionally win out of the aerospace crowd. One fireman
                                   in particular was the favourite to beat us all home and was
                                   taking the event rather seriously, certainly in comparison to
                                   Pam and I who made stops for photos and banter with our
                                   back-up team and team mates.
                                   Both teams had organised back-up vans with the idea
                                   being to support all Aerospace runners equally; storing our
                                   individual bags of preferred gels and energy drinks, but
                                   sabotage was evident as the race passed through the
                                   varying „support stops‟ at Elterwater, Coniston (oh how we
                                   needed our gels at Coniston!) Brantwood, Lowick, Kirkby
                                   Moor, Marton and Dalton. The firemen‟s team interestingly,
                                   never could find our gels or energy drinks and delayed us
                                   by ambling back to their support vans to see what else
                                   they may find, whilst the logistics team back-up was there
                                   and ready with drinks and gels and fantastic encouraging
support for everyone. It was only after about the 35 mile mark and just going through Marton
Village that we twigged why this was the case. Pam and I were allegedly hot on the tail of the
favourite fireman and they didn‟t want us to catch him.
Well that of course was just the bait we needed to give us that last bit of drive over the last
five miles. That, along with a gel we found on the floor (Charlie and the Chocolate factory
and the Golden Ticket had nothing on Pam‟s and my reaction). Incredible how one gel can
cause such hysteria and animation when the body is starting to feel weak and the mind is
losing concentration and when your „back-up van‟ has not delivered the promised goods.
Just coming over the top of Kirkby Moor we saw a glimpse of what looked like another lake
and experienced further hysteria on realising it was the sea! We‟d run from Keswick to the
sea before lunch! Now that felt awesome!
We couldn‟t believe, after finishing in 6 hours 11 minutes, that we were the joint 3rd ladies to
cross the line and more importantly had beaten all of the firemen‟s team, including the
favourite. Cats with cream, smug, oh yes, we were all of that.
Now I hope this rendition does not sound over boastful. That is not the intention. It‟s more
intended to deliver the message that a positive mind, good company, a relaxed approach
and great scenery can do wonderful things to the soul and compensate for the lack of
training. We did fantasise on the way home what we might achieve if we actually train next
year. I certainly think the rate of
recovery would be quicker and
you never know we may even
win it..., I jest!
Cheers Pam. You have restored
my confidence in your „Big
Ideas‟ (if you continue to avoid
your midnight bike excursions).
A fantastic event through what
must be one of the most
beautiful routes in Britain.
Happy running - Clare

A Grand Day Out by Denise Thompson
Saturday 3rd July, 8.30am, a beautiful sunny day for our adventurous cycle ride to
Cleethorpes. (Yes, Cleethorpes!)

We all arrived eager to get on our way, tyres expertly pumped to the correct pressure, energy
drinks to avoid dehydration, sun cream to avoid being burnt by the hot sun, first aid kit (taking
Health & Safety rules seriously for once) spare inner tube and the all important route map....

The true picture? Stuart arrived hoping the bridge police didn‟t carry a breathalyser, Helen
arrived happily boasting a spare inner tube unfortunately it was more likely to fit a Harley, I
needed to be a little firmer (apparently) and team leader Steve arrived without the all
important route map. Well, when Carole waved him off that morning, he did have the
carefully prepared route safely tucked into his back pocket, unfortunately the piece of paper
carrying this information had somehow escaped as he cycled up Boothferry Road to our
rendezvous. Stu (ever the gentleman) Buchan volunteered to retrace their cycle steps to look
for the missing paperwork, but was faced with a build up of breeze and then horror of horror
the road sweeper was gently making his way up the hill!

Who cares, we‟re a sensible bunch of cyclists, we can find our way, set (or calibrate?) the all
important Garmin tape measure machines and off we go –

The familiar route over the Humber Bridge and round to South Ferriby and beyond, spurred
on by the thought of a bacon sarnie at the Truckers Stop.

The missing route map was the main topic of conversation whilst we gulped our cups of
coffee and devoured our bacon buttie‟s whilst Blacky‟s eagerly awaited black pudding with
tomato, apparently „did the trick‟.

Chris reminded us again that the previous evening he had located his North Lincs Ordnance
Survey map, then filed it back away knowing our illustrious Team Leader would have it all in
hand. Kevin pulled out his 'all singing all dancing' ultra modern Google earth searching
mobile and decided it would be easier to follow our noses, no-one had thought to wear their
'Wayfinder' trainers!

Moving off in the general direction of the east coast, climbing over a railway footbridge with a
bike on our back was not on the original plan but all part of the adventure, village names
'rang a bell' and Steve exclaimed excitedly 'Swallow' I remember that name, we‟re in the right

In the heat of the day we arrived at Cleethorpes, unfortunately thousands of Lambretta
enthusiasts had arrived before us and swarmed around the town showing off their gleaming
machines. We pedalled on until we caught sight of that once thriving pier (now for sale) and
the sea (or Humber Estuary) in the heat haze distance, we leapt off our bikes and breathed
in the sea air – more like chip fat and petrol fumes. We mingled with the bare chested day
trippers, sporting their artistic tattoos and tucking into their fish and chips, just long enough to
show off our fine athletic lycra clad bodies, before joining them with just a 'small portion'.
Meanwhile, Alan not wanting to waste valuable time, set upon searching for that all important
bar with sea view. Much to Stuart and Steve‟s dismay he arrived back far too quickly with the
news that there was no watering hole nearby.

With very little persuasion we were soon on our way (after Clare had purchased that all
important stick of rock). But how do you get out of this place, a coastal path…. to nowhere...
only one thing for it, pick up your bikes and... yes another footbridge. Cycling through the not

so scenic industrial part of Cleethorpes/Grimsby were 10 very thirsty cyclists, searching for
that all important clue to 'get us out of here'. Roadside Meeting! Follow the A180 it‟s going in
the right direction, dual carriageway, speeding cars, we peddled on. I‟m now looking forward
to being picked up by a man in uniform as we approach the M180, but sadly it didn‟t come to
fruition as we found that all important roundabout to take us in the right direction.
Certain members of the team now pulled out all the stops to find that elusive pub before we
all passed out with heat exhaustion and dehydration. The Green Man at Stallingborough
appeared, like an oasis in the desert. The first pint didn‟t touch the sides, the second hit the
spot, the third…..
Time to get back in the saddle for the final stage of our journey, foot down now no dilly
dallying, we trailed the Humber, Helen finally made contact with her elusive family, Pam
happy to get back to North Bank Time, Stuart would make his appointment with a Vindaloo,
the towers of the Humber Bridge soon in sight (who needed a route map?) ...only 1½ hours
over our ETA!
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Coast to Coast – Morecambe to Bridlington – Steve Coveney
In March‟s newsletter I mentioned that Penny Darmody (East Hull Harriers) and I were
training for a 24 hour race. We had hoped to do the Costello race in July and when this was
cancelled we were left in something of a quandary. There were no other ultra races around
this time, at least not in this country. The training had gone well, so we resorted to the
desperate expedient of devising our own challenge.
After drawing up an initial short list of possibilities, we settled on an attempt on the Tidewater
Way. I think we were both attracted by the description “90 miles of tranquillity on the easy
coast to coast footpath between Lancaster and Ulleskelf”. This links the high water mark of
tides on the River Lune and the River Wharfe. But then Penny pointed out that the HWMOT
on the Lune was only a few miles from the coast at Morecambe so we might as well start
there. It would also be possible to follow the tidal stretches of the Wharfe down to the
Humber and so to Spurn Head, lots of flat going in the later stages. We thought this would go
well split over two weekends, probably a month apart. So that was decided upon and dates
were entered on calendars.
It may have been the word “easy” in the description that rankled, but over the next few weeks
we managed to convince ourselves (and each other, which may have been harder) that it
was logical that a coast to coast should start and finish on or around the same latitude. This
dictated Bridlington as the finish with the last thirty miles being a traverse of the Yorkshire
Wolds, the sort of terrain that I tend to describe as “undulating pleasantly”. After poring over
ten Explorer OS maps, we decided on a route of 137 miles. More surprisingly, given no
alcohol was involved, we concluded this might be possible in one go.

These days if you speak of a coast to coast walk/run, most people think of the Wainwright
route. In fact, in the introduction to his book, Wainwright says “I want to encourage in others
the ambition to devise with the aid of maps their own cross country marathons and not to be
merely followers of other people‟s routes: there is no end to the possibilities for originality and
initiative.” So our route was not the Wainwright route but is certainly in the spirit of
Wainwright. After we settled on the route, articles started to appear in the press about a
proposed Sustrans cycle route from Morecambe to Bridlington that they hope to open later
this year. Serendipity, I thought, it must be “a fine natural line” (a description that harks back
to my rock climbing days). We were unable to find exactly where this route will go, but if
anyone wishes to follow our line on a bike they will have to be prepared to carry it for
stretches, even if it is a mountain bike.

The afternoon of Friday 23 July finally came round and we were off to Morecambe. Support
for the first 24 hours was being provided by Greg Holmes (Laura‟s Dad and my long-time
running companion) and my wife Di. After a drive along the seafront at Morecambe to admire
the statue of Eric Morecambe, it was out of the car and assemble at the start for photos. Not
wishing to go the way of any cockle-pickers, we opted for a starting point at the western end
of the Stone Jetty which sticks out into the water. This seemed the logical starting point to me
but another member of our club commented “Even running from one side of the country to
the other wasn‟t enough for you, you had to find artificial structures at each end to make it
longer.” I am much maligned.

                                                  16:55 and we were off with Penny‟s new
                                                  stopwatch faithfully recording every second.
                                                  Our initial route took us down the old railway
                                                  line (now a well-maintained footpath and
                                                  cycleway) to the River Lune which we
                                                  crossed by the Millennium footbridge. Once
                                                  on the south bank we followed the course of
                                                  the Lune for seven miles, passing under the
                                                  M6 and our first refuelling stop (checkpoint)
                                                  with Di and Greg at Halton. The water
                                                  meadows were being grazed by geese and
                                                  cattle while a sandpiper serenaded us from
                                                  his perch on a nearby post. All very tranquil
                                                  in the early evening.
                                                  At Claughton we passed our second
checkpoint and were entertained by the sight of a Virgin hot-air balloon flying low overhead.
At this point all was going well and perhaps an element of complacency crept in. Anyway, the
failure to spot a left turn led to an extra mile and a half with, even worse, an unnecessary
ascent of 300 feet. This is represented by the first spike on the route profile. I should say we
were both carrying the maps and were jointly navigating throughout the run. Whether or not
this was the wake-up call we needed, from then on the navigation was given due attention
and we stuck to our intended route.
We were struck by the delightful villages in this area with their old stone cottages and
farmhouses. Wray was a particular gem. This area of Lancashire will certainly repay more
leisurely exploration. It grew dark as we traversed the Forest of Mewith (no trees, that‟s
forest as in royal hunting forest) and it was on with the headtorches and reflective bib. Even
in the dark Mother Nature provided some glimpses for us to enthuse over. A barn owl flew
above the roadside hedge and circled us without a sound before flying off. Later we came
upon a large white moth which settled a few yards back down the road. We retraced our
steps to have a look and were later able to identify it as Yellow-tail, one of the tussock moths.
It is interesting to note that although we were still seeing and identifying butterflies and moths
throughout the weekend, this was the only time we went back to do so. By Sunday afternoon
they had to land at our feet if we were to be bothered.
Anyone who has been on a long run with me will know there are always options. In this case
we had sections that we would do off-road if we were there in daylight but if it was dark we
would follow a slightly longer (and often more hilly) route on country lanes. This decision
sprang from our experiences completing the Derwent Watershed in the Peak District as a
training run in June. By starting on the Friday evening we knew we were going to gain
valuable experience in handling a night out. All went well with the navigation (after all, I had
done that route many times before on the High Peak Marathon, and that‟s in March with
much worse conditions to contend with). At one a.m. we were at Back Tor on Derwent Edge
and running well. Two hours later we were again at Back Tor and our 40 miles of tough
moorland had become 46 miles. All very character-building and just the thing to prepare for
the Coast to Coast.… Penny was even prepared to admit that that might be true, but she was
adamant that we were not going off-road in the dark if we could possibly avoid it.
We arrived at Austwick as people were drifting back to the campsite from the pub. One party
confidently identified us as Martians on the basis of the lights on our foreheads, clearly the
beer in Austwick is to be recommended. This was one of the points where we took to the
lanes rather than traversing the moor. This brought us to Stainforth, a civilised village which
left its public loos unlocked at night. From Stainforth further pleasant, if steep, lanes led us to
our checkpoint just south of Malham Tarn. It was now ten past three in the morning and
dawn would soon be on its way. The sky was already growing lighter in the north east.

Buoyed up by this thought we left the comfort of tarmac and headed off across the moors to
Conistone amidst the eerie cries of curlew and lapwing.
The milkman was delivering when we got to Conistone (that‟s Conistone in Wharfedale, not
to be confused with Coniston in the Lake District or even Coniston east of Hull. Now linking
those three together might make a fine route. You could call it the Coniston(e)
Concatenation, alliterative titles are always good. In fact if you timed it right you could finish
by running in the East Hull Summer League Coniston 10k. How cool would that be…?
(Welcome to my dream world, noble reader and remember, ultra-running is all about turning
dreams into reality.) We breakfasted here and donned rucksacks with our usual mountain
safety gear as the key crossing of the Pennines awaited us, a ten mile traverse from
Wharfedale to Nidderdale via the highest point of the whole route, 1767 feet. The path is ill-
defined in places with areas of bog to cross with evocative names such as Rotten Heath
Wham, so it was helpful that visibility was good. Down in Nidderdale we passed through
some delightful wildflower meadows before following How Stean Beck to How Stean Gorge.
Penny did explain how this had been formed, one of many advantages of having a
geographer with you, but subsequent lack of sleep has left me hazy on the details (that‟s my
excuse and I‟m sticking to it, I really was listening, honest!).
                                                      Nidderdale is another delightful area
                                                      crying out for further exploration. The
                                                      53 mile Nidderdale Way would make a
                                                      good day out. We followed part of this
                                                      along the bank of Gouthwaite Reservoir
                                                      and on to Pateley Bridge and Burnt
                                                      Yates, seeing a mole scurrying away
                                                      into the grass as we passed. At Burnt
                                                      Yates Di and Greg went home for a
                                                      well-deserved night‟s sleep and Chris
                                                      Campbell, an old friend of mine and my
                                                      partner on last year‟s Mountain
                                                      Marathon, took over the support role.
                                                      Incidentally, having done both it is my
                                                      considered belief that supporting on
                                                      these long runs is almost as hard as
                                                      running them. We were also cheered
on at this stage by a couple of visits from Janice and Les Hudson and from Ruth, a friend of
Penny since their schooldays.
At the east end of Nidderdale we left the Nidderdale Way passing through the grounds of
High Cayton Hall and the village of South Stainley to join the Ripon Rowel Walk and later the
Knaresborough Round before crossing the A1M. This was a big psychological boost;
although we could hardly say the end was in sight, this felt like the start of the Vale of York,
after which there was only the Wolds to go!
Great Ouseburn Moor was crossed just as it was growing dark and by the time we reached
Aldwark Toll bridge the toll collector had gone home. We both struggled to stay awake on
these stages and at Tollerton at 11:30 on Saturday night we opted to sit in the car for half an
hour and rest our eyes. It‟s funny, you would think that we would have instantly fallen into a
deep sleep but I was waking every three or four minutes, convinced that I had overslept. We
had now been on the go for over 30 hours.
Midnight arrived and we were back on the road. For much of the night it was raining
sufficiently to need waterproof jackets but it cleared up by dawn which came for us near
Harton. By then we had put behind us the long villages of Sutton on the Forest and Strensall
and also passed the 100 mile marker. Penny was suffering with badly blistered feet. Naturally

I was all kindness and consideration, while secretly looking forward to plenty of gentle
walking. Then she discovered it hurt less if we ran…
Leavening marked the start of the Wolds and was the point where we said goodbye to Chris.
He had done a sterling job keeping us going through the night and making sure we were both
fed and hydrated. By the time we reached the next checkpoint at the head of Fairy Dale, near
Wharram Percy, Di and Greg would have taken over again. The climb out of Leavening was
gruelling, 350 feet in less than a mile. This was the Wolds all right. Soon (this is a relative
term, by this stage we probably weren‟t going that quickly, the sun was also beating down
and we rejoiced every time it went behind a cloud) we were on the Wolds Way above
Thixendale. The next few miles were familiar territory from our training sessions on the
Chalkland Way, the Woldsman and Capability‟s Overview, although this time we were
usually going in the opposite direction to that we had previously used.
Views of the Fairy Stones brought
back memories of the Overview, and
then we were off to Sledmere by way
of Towthorpe and Towthorpe Wold.
After further refreshments and
running repairs at Sledmere we ran
much of the hill on the way to
Cowlam Manor and the delights of
Cowlam Well Dale and Cottam Well
Dale. More butterflies and moths
here. Those that made it easy for us
by perching close by (and so
allowing identification) were marbled
whites, ringlets, small skippers,
meadow browns and six-spot
We crossed the old runway of Cottam airfield and so came to Woldgate, the Roman Road
leading through Kilham. This undulates but I am not sure I can say pleasantly. Perhaps when
the scars are healed…. Along the highest part the breeze died away and we were in swarms
of midges. Not pleasant! Still, the miles to go were now in single figures and we had had our
first glimpses of the sea – great excitement, we were like two kids, are we nearly there Dad?
The tiredness that comes with two nights without sleep is known to lead to hallucinations.
Certainly as we ran down the tree-lined lane towards Bridlington, we could both clearly see
the bridge or tunnel in front of us. Penny pointed out the figures of a man and woman in front
of it but I knew she was hallucinating as the whole space that she was trying to people was in
fact filled with Thomas the Tank Engine.
The end was now in sight, not only that but it was downhill into the bargain. The last
navigational task was to ensure we ended up at the north pier of the harbour, as this sticks
out further than the south one (extra miles he cackled, well yards anyway). And then we were
there, looking down on the North Sea. The feeling of elation and achievement cannot be
described, but once experienced will never be forgotten. Tiredness fell away. It was magic.
And so to the statistics, with those options I mentioned earlier the distance ended up as over
140 miles with 11,330 feet of ascent and it took us 50 hours 56 minutes and 49 seconds.
Interestingly, in the first 12 hours we did 39 miles and in the last 12 hours 35 miles, so our
training in long slow distance had paid off. Many of you reading this could do it faster and I
will be happy to share the route with anyone who is minded to have a go. But you will get
more satisfaction if you pioneer your own route. Dream your own dreams, let them be big,
then go out there and realise them. As a Latin motto for ultra-runners that could be rendered
“Aude somniare vincereque”. – Steve

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                                                 MOORSIDE FARM 2010
                                                  14th July – 18th July
                                             I am with Mark Twain when it comes to golf, „A
                                             good walk spoiled‟, though I feign interest when
                                             faced with a roomful of bedraggled men just in
                                             from more rain in the past hour than they‟ve had
                                             in all the previous three or four weeks, especially
                                             as the state-of-the-art flat screen TV cannot pick
                                             up a digital signal for love nor money and the
prospect of five days sans la Tour de France sweeps in from the hills. (My French grammar
ain‟t too hot but something assures me the Tour is female.) So, if, as the years pass, the
subtle difference between a training „weekend‟ and a team bonding exercise does become
more marked by the near lack of any real training going on and if the „buddy movie‟ we are all
unwittingly a part of is not marked sufficiently by the snoring and farting and ribald laughter,
then our rounding on a particular individual to mock an innocent attempt to impress, in true
Lord of the Flies manner, is as keen as ever.
Blowers: (Disingenuously) So what... what is a Birdie then?
All: (Those who didn‟t really know mouthing the words a syllable in arrears) One under par.
Blowers: Yeah and three under par?
All: AN Eagle/Albatross (whichever order these take... my interest was only feigned)....
Blowers: Yeah okay... so what do they call four under par?
All: (Dismissively) No such thing! Doesn‟t exist! You can‟t have four under par!
Blowers: Ah but there is.... It‟s a Condor, ...a Condor
Apparently this is an impossibility even though Pete‟s source, that 21st Century
encyclopaedia, the TV quiz show, seemed reputable enough, though somehow the fact there
existed a name for an impossible thing, and that it had been vouched safe for Blowers to be
the custodian of it, seemed eminently suited to the Moorside mood. Not that Derbyshire itself
was shut you understand... just that the parts we‟d grown familiar with in previous excursions
weren‟t open or not welcoming when they might have stayed open just a little longer to
exchange their services for the money burning a hole in our pockets... Having parked up in
one village hostelry‟s car park we set off for a suitably taxing (and WET) round walk up to
Monsal Head only to find on our return that „No, sorry we‟re just closing...‟ was a position
there was no negotiating with... and our bedraggled emissaries Slater and Robinson
muttering ... „Can I just say for future reference we‟ve travelled all over the country and well
this is just ridiculous... never heard anything like it... we won‟t be coming to Derbyshire
again!! ...stopping short of stamping his foot other than metaphorically... The only comeback
from the supposed pub manager, „Okay,‟ (and he seemed almost to consider our plight)
„Well... don‟t.‟ His indifference to our suffering offset by his obvious pleasure in his
ability/power to add to it. Not that we were miserable, not that anything had changed, except
in decrepitude (ourselves included?), over the last ten years... okay after weeks of unbridled
sunshine we‟d chosen a week when wind and rain were ushered in by a drop in temperature.
Not that it rained overmuch not compared to monsoon season in the tropics at least, but
something was in the air or perhaps not in it if that undetectable digital signal (despite
Blowers‟ expertise) and severance from our daily Tour de France fix were the cause... but
something brought Alan down to an unprecedented level and he saw fit to honour us with a
joke... (Not a witty and cutting anecdote you understand but that corrupted encapsulation of
humorous repartee... The Joke.) SO as Phil Lambert up-ends the carton of wine which Robb
had unsuccessfully scoured Derbyshire for but which Alan had imperiously produced before
our high tea, and with an almost shy grin Alan begins... „There is currently a theory that the
Last Supper was held in Glasgow...‟ even those among us too drunk to notice that it is still
bucketing it down outside, fall silent... „One of the serving wenches tripping over a bag under
the table asks what‟s in it. Oh replies Simon that.., that‟s just Judas‟s carry-oot.‟ – Stu


Recommended Reading: ‘From Last to First’ by Charlie Spedding
For those of you too young to remember, Charlie Spedding won the London Marathon in
1984 and established an English record the following year of 2:08:33 which still stands today
though only finishing second to Steve Jones (Wales). Between these two London
performances he managed to win a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, in his own
assessment beating more gifted athletes by strength of will and application. His story proves
inspirational in that focus, self-belief, discipline can raise anyone‟s game.

Not at the moment available in bookshops it is due to be reissued next year, though
remaining copies can still be bought on-line at £8.99 (just feed Charlie Spedding into the
search engine of your choice).

Sprinters, I‟ve heard it said or read somewhere, spend hours stretching, bounding, limbering
up before their event so that for a little over ten seconds they can give of their absolute best.
What they couldn‟t do however (what they absolutely have no intention and no need to do) is
turn immediately around and do it all again. That‟s just not the point. Immediately pressed by
waiting journalists it is more often sprinter‟s who are surprised between exhausted breaths
than distance runners.
We are distance runners and ill-served by 10 seconds of perfection, we need speed, we
ignore it at our peril but speedwork for us should be controlled and involve sustainable and
consistent efforts off the back of longer or shorter recoveries.
If you can do a session for example 5 x 800-1,00m hill reps (jog down recoveries) don‟t settle
for that but build towards 10 reps, 15 reps. Or, shorten (in this instance, increase the pace of)
the recoveries. Build up to 10 reps say, then drop back down to 5 but make sure the
repetitions are now that bit quicker. Use your imagination, consider what each session will do
for you when you come to race, increase the workload gradually, don‟t get carried away, rest
and recovery all part of the development process. The professionals may need to train at
altitude and sleep in altitude tents (since blood doping and EPO are banned) but there‟s a
world of cheap/free training aids out there which, properly incorporated, will make you a
better, stronger, (mentally) tougher athlete.

                                      Pre-Race Sex
Phil Lambert found this article on the Runner‟s World website and thought it might be of
interest to some CoH members.
Should you snog before you jog? Athletes traditionally abstain from sex before big
competitions. Muhammad Ali wouldn't do it from six weeks before a fight, while footballers in
the 1970s adopted the mantra: 'Nothing after Wednesday if you're playing on Saturday.' New
evidence suggests, however, that the celibate may be missing out on athletic benefits. Here's
the lowdown on why you should nip upstairs for a quickie the night before your race...

All about chemistry: Testosterone is the hormone both of sexual desire and competitive
aggression. But does sex really deplete your reserves, as athletes have traditionally feared?
Rubbish, says Emmanuele Jannini, Professor of Endocrinology at the University of L'Aquila,
Italy. In fact, pre-race sex can give you a hormone high: Jannini's studies have proven that
sex raises testosterone levels, which boosts competitive spirit. Jannini's prescribed dosage?
"Complete, satisfactory sexual intercourse the evening before race day."

Girls on top: (CoH ladies take note!) There's even better news for female runners.
According to research at Rutgers University in the US, sexual stimulation in women creates
powerful pain-blocking effects that could help to sooth post-run muscular pain. It is thought
that this is because female sexual arousal blocks the release of a pain-transmitting
neuropeptide called substance P. Israeli physician Alexander Olshanietzky took this theory
one step further, claiming that female runners and high jumpers also experience an energy
boost after sex. "The more orgasms, the more chance of winning a medal," he famously
claimed before the Atlanta Games in 1996.

Calorie count: There's no need to worry about sex zapping your energy before a race.
Scientists say that the average bout of nookie expends a similar number of calories as
climbing two flights of stairs. This means that "sex the night before does not affect strength,
endurance or the capacity to utilise oxygen", according to Dr Ian Shrier from the Department
of Family Medicine at McGill University, Canada. He points to one study in particular, in
which male athletes were made to run on a treadmill 12 hours after having had sex. They
showed no decline in stamina, or mental and physical performance.

On the brain: Although little is known about the psychological effects of sex on athletic
performance, many believe it stimulates a mental buzz. Sports therapist Anna Couser
agrees: "I advocate athletes indulging in sex the night before a big event. They should be as
relaxed as possible, as this allows them to perform better under pressure." After winning the
US 10K title in 1993, American three-time Olympian Lynn Jennings attributed her victory, in
part, to having had sex the night before. She claimed that it had "solidified [her] core feeling
of happiness".

Sexual healing: Sex can also help you sleep - if you're a man, at least. The male orgasm
induces relaxation and sound sleep, boosts the immune system and helps to repair damage
to muscle tissue. This, together with the cocktail of endorphins and serotonin that are also
released during sex, means that athletes are more likely to wake up feeling energised,
optimistic and balanced.

(With Phil all set for early retirement and to take up sports science, maybe he‟s hit upon an
area for specialist studies?)

Superfluous Consonants: As Michael Rimmer was being squeezed out of Gold by one
Polish athlete another, edging into Bronze just behind him, has to take the honour of having
the most superfluous set of consonants at the recent European Championships. Pronounced
Kushot, by Steve Cram at least, but spelt Kszczot. ...And his wayward, consternating first
name to English speaking ears? ...Adam! (It was of course immediately brought to my
attention that our Polish friends would argue that no consonant ever truly goes
unpronounced.) Superfluous Commentators: The Steve and Brendan show once again
came up trumps at the Championships. As guest pundit Paula Radcliffe provided the kind of
insight we might expect from someone who has been there, done that, worn the t shirt etc...
Messrs Cram and Foster puzzled once more over these new fangled gels that marathon
runners all seem to take these days and when BF noticed one runner taking off his watch in
the latter stages and throwing it to his coach tracking him on the pavement... Crammy
crucially pointed out that... „Yeah and it was a big watch too‟ (Seemingly never having seen a
Garmin before.) Most worrying of all for all you vets out there and for the 38 year old
Spaniard, Martinez who, after a determined battle had seen him finish a clear 2nd.... Foster
immediately retired... „ pleased for him... in what must surely be his last Championship...
won‟t be seeing him at London 2012‟ ...his only hope (our only hope) apparently to gain
Slovenian citizenship? Superfluousnessness: And meanwhile the prize for the most
suitably monikered pole-vaulter would inevitably have fallen to the Ukrainian, Tabliova.
Unfortunately Kumf was unable to compete this year due to a TSH which, as all you budding
physiotherapists and personal add addicts will know is a twisted sense of humour

That the boy sent in to do a man‟s job (pick up the paperwork necessary to the role of Club
Secretary upon Steve H‟s resignation) could not lift the box full of files, rulebooks, clipboards,
stopwatches, safety pins etc, out of Steve‟s car boot and into his own somehow seems
worthy of mention here.
AND advanced warning must be made of one recent new recruit among many who it should
be noted was largely influenced in her decision to join COH by Friday‟s cake run... Cheryl –
is it not really a tree – Lyons, who, when talk turned to speedwork done on a particular climb
out of Ferriby declared, „No, but it is a good hill for reps because it‟s nice and flat.‟

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                 CITY of HULL AC on FACEBOOK
While thinking of different ways to increase awareness of the club, it was decided to create a
“Facebook Group”. Facebook is a social networking website which allows communication between
people with common interests, making it a great tool for attracting new members and for easy
communication between existing members.
        If you do not already have a “Facebook Profile”, it’s free, and very simple to do. Go to and sign up. There are lots of privacy settings so you can remain anonymous if
you wish. Then search for City of Hull Athletics Club from within the Facebook site, and you can join
the Club's group. OR try:
The other great thing about Facebook is that you can also access it from most modern mobile phones.
Once you are a group member you can communicate with other members, upload photos, post
messages, add friends etc. Thus far we have 61 members, the more people sign up the more
effective a means of communication it becomes! - Look forward to seeing you online! - Luc

                             CITY OF HULL AC – COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Ray Peirson: President, Dave Brooke: Chairman, Phil Lambert: Club Secretary, Kevin McManus:
Treasurer, Pete Taylor: Results/Website, Bob Dennison: Membership Secretary, Stuart Buchan:
Men‟s Captain/Newsletter, Bob Thompson: Vice-Captain, Nicky Moore: Ladies Captain, Clare
Nicholson: Vice-Captain, Brian Ward, Cross Country Co-ordinator/Fixture Secretary, Steve Wilcox:
Kit, Steve Voase, Fiona Robinson: Members Without Portfolio.

To contribute to the next newsletter, please contact Stuart Buchan,
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In his new role as Fixture Secretary, Brian will be ensuring we are kept informed of
Championship events and all Club competitions. With this in mind he has produced
the following fixture ‘card’.

Over the page is the usual list of local road race events. Please note that events often clash
and prioritise Championship/Club Events whenever possible.

Frid   17 Sept   Champagne League Presentation Evening
Wed    22 Sept   Club 10k Track Championships                       Costello          Hull
Wed    29 Sept   Club 5k Track Championships                        Costello          Hull
Sat    02 Oct    Northern Counties Road-Relay Championships                           Manchester
Sund   03 Oct    East Yorkshire XC League - Race 1                  Bishop Wilton     Pocklington
Wed    06 Oct    Club 1 mile Track Championships                    Costello          Hull
Sat    09 Oct    Northern Counties Cross-Country Relay Champs       Graves Park       Sheffield
Tues   12 Oct    Winter League - Race 1                             Humber Bridge     Hessle
Sund   31 Oct    Yorkshire 15 mile Road Championships                                 Holmfirth
Tues   02 Nov    Winter League - Race 2                             Humber Bridge     Hessle
Sat    06 Nov    English Counties Cross-Country Relay Champs                          Mansfield
Sun    14 Nov    East Yorkshire XC League - Race 2                  Drewton Woods     South Cave
Sund   28 Nov    Northern Athletics 10 mile Road Champs             Thirsk
Tues   07 Dec    Winter League - Race 3                             Humber Bridge     Hessle
Sun    12 Dec    East Yorkshire XC League - Race 3                  Langdale End      Scarborough
Mon    27 Dec    Northern Athletics 10k Road Champs                 Clitheroe         Lancashire
Sun    02 Jan    East Yorkshire XC League - Race 4                  Thixendale        Driffield
Tues   04 Jan    Winter League - Race 4                             Humber Bridge     Hessle
Sat    29 Jan    Northern Counties Cross-Country Champs             Herrington Park   Sunderland
Tues   01 Feb    Winter League - Race 5                             Humber Bridge     Hessle
Sun    13 Feb    East Yorkshire XC League - Race 5                  Welton Woods      Welton
Sat    19 Feb    English Counties Cross-Country Champs              Alton Towers      Stafford
Tues   01 Mar    Winter League - Race 6                             Humber Bridge     Hessle
Sat    05 Mar    English Inter-Counties Cross-Country Champs                          Birmingham
Sun    06 Mar    East Yorkshire XC League - Race 6                  Sewerby           Bridlington
Sun    27 Mar    English AA Road 1/2 Marathon Road Champs           Wilmslow          Cheshire
Sat    09 Apr    English National 12 & 6 Stage Road-Relay Champs    Sutton Park       Birmingham

Sun    22 Aug   Leek Half Marathon                                       Staffs
Thu    26 Aug   21st Eng. Regiment 10k & Fun Run, Ripon                  N Yorks
Sun    29 Aug   Chesterfield Spire 10 Mile & Fun Run                     Derbyshire
Sat    11 Sep   Penistone Show 10k Road Race, nr. Sheffield              S Yorks
Sat    11 Sep   Castleton Show Run (6M approx), nr. Guisborough          Cleveland
Sun    12 Sep   The Wetherby Run 10k & Fun Run                           N Yorks
Sun    12 Sep   Sandal Castle 10k, & 5k, Wakefield                       N Yorks
Sun    12 Sep   Norland Moor Trail Race, Copley, Halifax                 W Yorks
Sun    12 Sep   Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon Haworth, Nr. Keighley     W Yorks
Sun    12 Sep   Burton Pidsea 10k Fun Run & 1 Mile Fun Run, nr. Hull     E Yorks
Sun    12 Sep   East Coast Classic 10k Race & Fun Run, Mablethorpe       Lincs
Sat    18 Sep   High Peak 40 Mile Challenge, Buxton                      Derbyshire
Sun    26 Sep   Horsforth 10k, Apperley Bridge, Bradford                 W Yorks
Sun    26 Sep   Cusworth 10k & Fun Run, Doncaster                        S Yorks
Sun    26 Sep   Sutton Park 10k, Sutton-on-the-Forest, nr. York          Yorkshire
Sun    26 Sep   Filey Bay 10k Beach Race, Filey                          E Yorks
Sun    03 Oct   Mablethorpe Half and Full Marathon                       Lincs
Sun    03 Oct   Foston & Thornton Le Clay 10k & 6k nr. York              N Yorks
Sun    10 Oct   Ampleforth College 7 Mile Race & Fun Run, York           N Yorks
Sun    10 Oct   Harewood 10 Mile Trail Race, nr. Leeds                   W Yorks
Sun    10 Oct   Shaun Lee Johnstone Multi Terrain 10, Boroughbridge      N Yorks
Sat    16 Oct   Rowbotham's Round Rotherham 50 Mile Trail Race           S Yorks
Sun    17 Oct   Hilly Clothing Company Richmond Castle 10k, Richmond     N Yorks
Sun    17 Oct   Bridlington Half Marathon & Fun Run (Yorkshire Champs)   E Yorks
Sun    24 Oct   Haltemprice 10k
Sun    24 Oct   Selby Striders Wistow 10                                 N Yorks
Sun    31 Oct   Up & Running Guy Fawkes 10, Ripley, nr. Harrogate        N Yorks
Sun    31 Oct   Holmfirth "15" Road Race                                 W Yorks
Sun    31 Oct   McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k & Fun Run, Scarborough        N Yorks
Sun    14 Nov   Dalby Dash 10k, Dalby Forest                             N Yorks
Sun    21 Nov   Age UK Abbey Dash, Leeds                                 W Yorks
Sun    28 Nov   Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race & Fun Run                       N Yorks

More information and entry forms under the Calendar tab at


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