Club Championships – The Norton 9 was off due to the snow, this is to be rescheduled. On 30 March 2018 we have the Epworth Easter Egg 10k which is on the club championships, click here to enter.
Inter Country Cross Country Championships – 10 March 2018
It takes a lot of hard work to qualify to represent your county, well done to the athletes, coaches, parents and supporters for getting to such a high level. The course was very tough and covered in mud.
U13 Boy – Edward Phillips finished in 121st place with a time of 14:14. 309 finished.
U13 Girl – Jessica Rowland finished in 189th place with a time of 17:03. 302 finished.
U20 Woman – Molly Butterworth finished in 51st place with a time of 29:44. 170 finished.
Jessica ran most of the course with a missing shoe!
Retford Half – 11 March 2018
Brilliant running by our members in good conditions. This was a great debut half marathon for Peter Badger who hit his target time. James ran a PB and things are looking good for his marathon in a few weeks. It was Michael Richardson’s first sub 90 for a few years. Well done all of you!
Haworth Hobble – 10 March 2018
Congratulations Jodi Savage who has sent in the following report:
I was on a bit of a high after my first ultra run in January when a work friend suggested I enter the Haworth Hobble so I signed up straightaway. Then I remembered that my friend is a really experienced fell runner who regularly runs mountain marathons with a tent on his back spending the night halfway up a mountain. I then did a bit of research about the run and found out there was 4,600 ft of climbing over 31.7 miles. That averages out at about 145ft per mile. For a bit of context, the Lodge Moor road league race averages 95 ft per mile and I thought that was horrendous! I was really worried about the hills, until I received the final instruction email from the race organisers – full kit to be carried including waterproofs, torch, map and compass. This course is not marked! I forgot about the hills at this point and was really worried about getting lost!
Race day meant a 5am start from home, race HQ was at the local school and everyone seemed really friendly. For the start they make you walk down a steep hill in the middle of Haworth just to make you run back up it! The first section was on the road but it quickly turned off road and became the fell race I was expecting. Queues at stiles and gates in the first few miles meant some enforced stops which I was grateful for! 4 miles in and we began our first proper descent, I started slow but my confidence grew with each step and I picked up some speed. This section was amazing and I loved flying down the hill, arms waving madly and probably with a huge grin on my face. I took a tumble towards the bottom of the hill but the landing was soft so no harm done. The 1st aid station was at 15 miles and I picked up a hot dog! I was keen to keep the people in front in sight so I kept going. The next aid station was just before the climb up Stoodley Pike and I was pursuaded to have a wee dram of whiskey, apparently it would help numb the pain of the climb. It didn’t. We climbed about 800ft in a mile and a half. I turned around at the top to take in the glorious views but the mist had set in and I couldn’t see a thing. It was downhill most of the way into Hebden Bridge, a quick run through the town trying to find the stone steps and then a long, thigh burning walk up a road to Hepstonstall. There were two more serious climbs to go, at this point I was only running flat and downhill sections. I found my second wind at about 29 miles and ran as much as I could, there were big snow drifts and lots of mud to contend with. The downhill sections were much slower than earlier in the race as my legs were tired and weren’t quite doing what I was telling them to! The end was a bit of an anti climax, back to the school where we started where a man with a clipboard took my number and that was it! I felt amazing though and just could not believe that I had finished it, and 3 minutes quicker than I set out to. I finished the race in 8hrs 15mins and I reckon there weren’t many people behind me but for a complete fell race novice I’m absolutely over the moon that I completed it. My friend text me that evening to say that he’d done it in 6hrs 46 mins and that he found it really hard so that was reassuring! This is an amazing race, all in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside and I would definitely recommend it. It’s not for the faint hearted and I would recommend some hill training over similar terrain beforehand. I’m going to do it again next year and I’m hoping I can convince Kate to come with me 🙂
Chester Ultra – 10 March 2018
Well done to Martin Hookway who sent the following report (after the race he made it back for our presentation evening!).
We set off at 6am and I tucked into the 2nd pack, chatting with friends. I wanted a quick start to miss any chance off bottlenecks and once out in the open I dropped my pace. I stopped to help a lad who’d fallen heavily on the canal path at around mile 16, dodged an over excited dog that jumped at me as I passed, teeth glistening in the spring sunshine, had to cut my pack open with penknife as my zip had broke & I couldn’t get my gear out, then got lost once, but other than that there were no issues. The mud was sapping energy quickly, I was tired, I can make all of the excuses I want, but yes I got lost again. The 2nd year and I got lost in the same place again. Turning off trail too early & adding a loop loosing five places. The course is a great layout, flatt’ish’ with a lump in the middle. Hard standing & grassed canal paths at the start & finish with a few fields and lanes thrown in for good measure. This year the conditions under foot were mainly muddy, to the point of me saying that I never wanted to see any more mud again, I had wet feet from mile 6, my brand spanking Hokas were unrecognisable buy the end. But the weather was kind to us all day, we had a couple of light showers and it warned up, totally different to what we were expecting.
Paul Brown completed his round of all the parkruns in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
At Doncaster we had 7 first timers, some of our beginner runners having a go.
|37||Samuel LAWSON||19:48||JM15-17||70.29 %||M||37||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:19:32||31|
|31||Nicole NORTON||24:06||SW20-24||61.41 %||F||3||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:48||5|
|49||Nick NEWMAN||26:31||VM55-59||59.46 %||M||44||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:25:09||85|
|39||Sophie ROYLE||26:15||JW15-17||57.59 %||F||7||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:52||39|
|67||Vicky ROYLE||29:59||VW45-49||54.03 %||F||22||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:02||56|
|95||Mike CLEASBY||24:16||VM40-44||57.97 %||M||78||Doncaster AC||New PB!||113|
|240||Susan HOOKWAY||35:49||VW40-44||42.95 %||F||74||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:27:29||64|
|90||Rose JAMES||24:01||VW35-39||63.29 %||F||13||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||96|
|127||Bill TOPPING||25:27||VM70-74||69.29 %||M||96||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||164|
|199||Paul BROWN||29:47||VM65-69||56.86 %||M||132||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||167|
|4||Matthew HARVEY||20:23||SM25-29||63.29 %||M||4||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:20:13||2|
|6||Andrew TEASDALE||21:17||SM20-24||60.61 %||M||6||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:18:48||25|
|9||Stuart BARTLEY||21:44||VM50-54||70.09 %||M||9||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:19:02||69|
|18||George LAING||23:40||VM55-59||66.06 %||M||18||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:19:45||65|
|37||Ian FLEETON||27:16||VM35-39||48.35 %||M||37||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:18||30|
|51||Marc PELL||28:34||VM40-44||48.89 %||M||48||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:26:44||26|
|52||Mark KENWORTHY||28:36||VM50-54||52.86 %||M||49||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:26:31||34|
|63||Kris CALVERT||29:29||VM35-39||45.28 %||M||59||Doncaster AC||New PB!||3|
|73||Martyn WALTER||30:01||VM55-59||52.08 %||M||68||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:15||97|
|74||Alistair COLLIS||30:05||VM40-44||46.04 %||M||69||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:29:57||2|
|82||Jeannette WALTERS||30:57||VW60-64||63.60 %||F||8||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:30:05||19|
|87||Julie GUEST||31:35||VW55-59||56.57 %||F||9||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:39||94|
|90||Peter BUTLER||31:54||VM60-64||51.15 %||M||80||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:17||31|
|102||Darren WHYMAN||33:52||VM45-49||42.18 %||M||86||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:31:56||6|
|116||Stephen DOBSON||35:40||VM50-54||42.38 %||M||95||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:29:18||9|
|123||Hazel WALLER||36:28||VW40-44||42.82 %||F||24||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:35:19||3|
|127||Lynette JENKINS||38:17||VW50-54||46.06 %||F||27||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:35:15||36|
|128||Emma FERNANDEZ||38:47||VW40-44||39.66 %||F||28||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:31:24||35|
|132||Hayley FLEETON||40:07||SW25-29||36.89 %||F||31||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:35:22||13|
|133||Sinead HARRIS||40:24||SW25-29||36.63 %||F||32||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:32:07||6|
|136||Jayne LAMBERT||41:13||VW45-49||39.71 %||F||34||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:29:09||16|
|142||Bev PAGE||42:42||VW55-59||42.39 %||F||39||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:39:55||5|
|146||Hannah WHITBY||44:37||SW30-34||33.25 %||F||43||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|147||Dee SCHADE||44:42||VW60-64||42.80 %||F||44||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|148||Dawn GOODINGS||45:26||VW45-49||36.02 %||F||45||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:32:55||23|
|152||Vicki MORTIMER||47:07||SW25-29||31.41 %||F||48||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|154||Emma GLOVER||49:38||SW25-29||29.82 %||F||49||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|155||Matthew FLETCHER||50:06||VM40-44||27.64 %||M||106||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|156||Stuart BEEBY||50:07||VM55-59||31.19 %||M||107||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:35:55||22|
|160||Sharon WATERS||54:56||VW55-59||33.40 %||F||51||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|161||Lynn GRIFFITHS||55:00||VW55-59||32.91 %||F||52||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|162||Julie CULL||1:01:18||VW60-64||31.21 %||F||53||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:29:41||26|