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Month: November 2015

Sunday 15th November – Leeds Abbey Dash

Sunday 15th November – Leeds Abbey Dash

Report from Howard Jeffrey: My Abbey Dash Hell… by Al  Abowtmee How can I perform at my best when there are 12,000 other entrants jostling for the attention I am expecting.  Also what is left of my hair did not look good in the strong wind and pouring rain either.  Getting to the start dahlings was a nightmare with no-one letting me through.  That is until we got to the VIP start bin where the orange and light blue numbers…

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Saturday 14th November – Masters Home Countries XC

Saturday 14th November – Masters Home Countries XC

Report from Liam Dunne: It’s been a busy racing calendar recently with 9 races in as many weeks, with 4 of the last 5 being x- country races in Ireland. The first was the trials for the Masters Home Countries XC which includes Ireland, Scotland,Wales, England and N. Ireland. The trials were held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin and this event was graced with the presence of two legendary Irish runners, Sonia O’Sullivan and Fionnula Britton. I was hoping to…

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Saturday 14th November – Tour of Pendle

Saturday 14th November – Tour of Pendle

Report from Shane Ewen: Jim Sneath & I made the journey on Saturday to wet & windy Lancashire for the infamous Tour of Pendle fell race in our black n white vests (albeit hidden under our waterproof jackets). With poor weather forecasted, the RO took the difficult decision to shorten the course, cutting out the final two climbs including the memorable Big End. However, it still clocked in at 14 miles with approx 2,750 ft climb, including the magnificently bonkers…

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Saturday 14th November – Autumn Shakespeare Half Marathon

Saturday 14th November – Autumn Shakespeare Half Marathon

Report from Tom Lynch: While visiting family I took the chance to get in a half marathon before the end of the year. It was another opportunity to get a PB since I haven’t raced this distance for several years prior to joining the club. The course is a multiple 5k lap course around the former runways of Long Marston airfield near Stratford-Upon-Avon which is now used as a drag racing track. The race combined a 5k, 10k, half marathon…

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Saturday 14th November – Race 3 WYXC League – Keighley

Saturday 14th November – Race 3 WYXC League – Keighley

Report from the Hon. Handicapper. With the alternative attraction of the Abbey Dash tomorrow, we unfortunately didn’t quite manage to finish a team in either of the senior races.  The course next to Cliffe Castle was easily the muddiest so far this season. Each lap included a steep climb, followed by a very tricky adverse camber, a steep muddy downhill and then a short steep bank, which several people struggled to even get up!  The rest was of the lap was a…

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Saturday 14th November – Park Runs

Saturday 14th November – Park Runs

Fountains Abbey:  1st Mark Bryant Unattached 17:34,  1st Lady Suzanne Rickard, Ripon Runners 21:56,  7th Peter Crowder 19:32,  53rd Gilly Wight 25:05. Keswick:  1st Des Morris Unattached 18:57, 1st Lady Annabel Holmes, Keswick AC 21:25,  51st Joanna Hobson 27:29, (A park run pb by 43 seconds for Joanna). Wetherby: 1st Jamie Thompson, Wetherby R. 20:33,  1st Lady Gill Boynton, York Acorn RC 26:59,  15th Howard Jeffrey 26:30. Woodhouse Moor: 1st Daniel Lawton, Stockport H. 16:11,  1st Lady Maxine Thompson, Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton H. & AC…

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Thursday 12th November: todmorden 5k

Thursday 12th November: todmorden 5k

Report from Tom Lynch It was a dark and stormy night, so I decided to go for a run in a park in Todmorden, one of the wettest races I’ve had this year! The race is part of a 4 race series of 5k races round a 1 mile lap starting at Todmorden Cricket Club and looping round Centre Vale Park. The race starts at 18:45 and so is run in the dark with headtorches. The course is potentially a…

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Sunday 8th November: Harewood 10

Sunday 8th November: Harewood 10

Report from Howard: I have had a bit of a niggling injury since August so my running training has been a bit sporadic. A park run here a race there and the stamina maintained by the swimming and biking. To remedy the injury I have filtered all the conflicting advice from the internet and scheduled the recovery action which I started a couple of weeks ago. It seemed to work as I finished the Guy Fawkes 10 with no ill…

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Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th November: Lakeland trails dirty double

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th November: Lakeland trails dirty double

Report from Tom Pomfrett: This weekend Kirsty Pomfrett and I headed over to Glenridding for the Lakeland Trails Dirty Double weekender. The weather forecast looked grim but we decided to brave the elements for what has become a regular fixture in our calendars. The first race was the 14km Helvellyn trail on Saturday. After the long climb from Glenridding up to Helvellyn Youth Hostel the course turned sharply left and entered technical rocky and muddy ground back towards Linty’s Tarn….

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Saturday November 7th: Podium 5k

Saturday November 7th: Podium 5k

Report from Mark Hall: The organisers claim that this is the fastest 5k in the UK and it would be hard to argue with this as it is 5 laps of a totally flat cycle circuit with a super smooth tarmac surface. However, the evening I decided to do it (18.30 start!) it was raining and very windy, unfortunately, the wind was blowing down the long finishing straight which was not ideal for producing fast times. The event usually runs…

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