The Loch Ness Marathon – Angie and Becky

This event has been on my radar for some time, and I have to say it lived up to my expectations. Registration takes place on the Saturday so it’s a chance to see the finish area and wander around the event village at Bught Park, Inverness A good expo, bar, food and some live music was on offer along with a Kiddies 5k and an Open 10k event.

We chose to stay half way been the finish line at Inverness, and the start near Fort Augustus. A beautiful log cabin on an estate with additional facilities of a indoor heated swimming pool and games room, plus a really good local pub 5 minutes walk away, and a bargain price for 3 nights. Angie Clarke and myself were running supported by our Partners, Derek and Darren and then Laura Herbert and Sonny joined us. Additional support arrived when we discovered Angie’s Mum Irene and Dad Geoff (Mr Paparazzi) were in Scotland and they extended and diverted their tour to be there and cheer us on.

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Mt Snowdon Ultra 50 miles 2018 – Simon Jennings

I could probably talk for hours about this race. The terrain, the weather and the fantastic other runners.

But, I’ll try and keep this as concise as possible. (it still ended up being a little long, probably best if you grab a cup of tea before you start reading)

The race started in Betws-Y-Coed at 6:30 in the morning, the crazy people doing the 100 mile race started 10 minutes before us.

There were seven checkpoints on the route, so loads of places to get food and water. I had my map and compass and more importantly the GPX file showing the route on my watch. I was feeling really confident, especially after the Pennine Barrier race. Continue reading

Cusworth 10k – Help needed :-)

We need volunteers for race marshals at the Cusworth 10k on Sunday 30th of September. This is your chance to put something back into your club. If your not running, could you please spare a couple of hours to help man the route and help make it another successful event for the club. We will be meeting outside the Hall at 9:30. Anyone can help out – you don’t have to be a member of the club – just message me by commenting under this post if you are free – the more marshals the better as we can then cover and even double up at stations. Please let me know if you can help out as soon as possible so I can get things organised.

Cheers Eddie Fletcher

Results update 19 September 2018 -York 5k, English Half / Humber Marathon, Berlin Marathon and 10k’s + parkruns

Our last road race of the year is the Cusworth 10k  Sunday 30th September 2018.  If your not running please save the date and come along and Marshall, Eddie Fletcher will be collecting names in the coming days.

Broughton 10k – 9 September 2018

Well done to Paul Bond who finished in 26th place with a time of 48:15.

York 5k – 13 September 2018

Caroline Wheelhouse ran a time of 20:28 and Caroline is currently ranked 2nd in the UK for her agegroup for 5k 2018.

English Half Marathon – Warrington – 16 September 2018

James Osborne was delighted to run a PB of 1:20:01, a great result on the build up to his Marathon in a couple of weeks.

ABP Humber Coastal Half Marathon – 16 September 2018 Continue reading

Planning Meeting 15 September 2018


Held at The Police Club – 12.30 – 4pm

15th September 2018





Kevin Lincoln

Les Grant

Eric Whitehead

Bill Davies

Barry Barnes

Martin James

Janet Hampson

Pam Smith




Susan Forbes

Lynsey Coates

Karen Wilkinson

Anthony Brown

Martin Godfrey


Part 1


Financial Review:


Kevin went through the Financial situation of The Club pointing out the financial commitments.  The introduction of a card system had proved, so far, to be a success and we were in a financially healthy  position. Reserve for track repairs on target.


Outstanding Maintenance:


The Pole Vault cover, track repairs and pitch were being dealt with successfully.


The Defibrillator:


It was agreed by all that a Defibrillator was an important item of the Club’s First Aid equipment.  Because of the cost, arrangements were underway to raise money to purchase one.  The first step towards raising funds for the Defibrillator is our Christmas Raffle.


The Club’s First Aid cover will shortly run out, and arrangements are underway for a Course to be held for 12 people to undergo training which will include specialist training on the Defibrillator.  Martin confirmed that one of the Pacers fund training for Defibrillators.  Janet also mentioned they had received two Defibrillators.  Eric mentioned that “First Responders” undertake training plus training with Defibrillators for £1,200.  Kevin to action.






Sprint Endurance Evening:


At the moment 30 athletes from the Club have entered.  Though there are more who have submitted their application on line.  They felt that the low representation this year was a combination of the cancellation last year and Mike Cook is organising the event programme this year and it is hoped we can build on this.  Lynsey will be dealing with the numbers and Pam with entries on the night.  Yvonne and Pam’s laptops will be connected to the printer. The long jump entries are to be covered  by Les.


Officials Course XP School 24th November:


We have 15 volunteers for the Officials course for 24th November.


Christmas Break:


The last training day at the Club will be Thursday 20th December 2018.  The Saturday Junior Club last training day will be 15th December 2018.  All athletes will return on the 3rd January 2019.


Winter Training Indoors:


Most dates have been confirmed; we are just waiting for Sally at The Soccer Centre to come back with dates.


AGM/Parents Information – Thursday 6th November XP School.


It was felt that the Thursday 6th December at the XP School would be the club AGM.  The 10th January 2019 would be the Parents Information Night giving them more of an opportunity to forward any questions.




Part 2 (Planning for 2019)

Awards Night Saturday 23rd February – Keepmoat:

The Awards Night will now be held 9th March 2019.  Tickets are £14 for adults and £7 for children under 11 years. All Team Managers/ coaches to ensure award nominations are with Kev by 31st October at the latest.

Members Fees for Year 2019:

There will be an increase in fees to £5 at each level and will reflect the UKA £1 increase, £2 for Northern Athletics and £2 towards site maintenance.






Open Meeting Programme: Saturday 20th April (Easter weekend?)

Date confirmed with Justiming photo finish.  The Volunteer Maintenance Day now be Saturday 13thh April 2019 .

Road Races dates for next year to stand.

Sprint/Endurance night for 2019 confirmed as 18th September.

Open Meeting Programme to be advised by Luke at Justiming.

Team selection for YDL Jude and Lynsey to organise together.

Confirmation of Team Managers for YDL upper – Jude and Karen and YDL lower – Lynsey, Northerns- Anthony Brown/ Judith Revitt and 2 assistants. SY League outdoors/indoors Tammie Cullen.


Any Other Business:

With regard to Anthony Brown’s proposals collective data base agreed.

Barry handed out the England Athletics Track Nights Information:

  • He’d spoken to Emma re Safeguarding training re a “Track Night”
  • Barry would undertake the “Steeplechase” specialism
  • Other coaches to take on a role and contact Kev.
  • To put on a “Relay Team Grand Prix” for next year 3 events. Les to action.
  • Importance of regular practice with a regular team.


Electronic Timings and Photo Finish:

To be a two year plan.

Martin raised the following concerns:

  • Not many young senior athletes as many had moved on to University
  • Possibly guiding athletes towards other sessions such as Barry Barnes and Les Grant
  • Cross country fixtures list was handed out by Martin. One to go on the Board outside the Club and one on the web site.