26th November 2018
The Bedale and Aiskew Runners have been organising a ‘Couch to 5K’ course under the watchful eye of club coach Chris Lees. After nine weeks of introduction and training, up to three times a week, the group were ready for reaching their goal at the local Parkrun at Catterick. To add to the occasion up to 20 officials at the event were recruited from the Bedale club led by Run Director, Paul Simpson. Four club members and regular Park runners, Will Retchless, Henry Anderson, John Hunter and Marian Hunter acted as Pacers to guide runners to a target time, with Anne Johnson taking up Sweeping duties with the final participants.
The weather was calm, and excellent for running at this time of year, with 170 setting off at the start. All the group were taking part in their first ever Parkrun and looked confident after the first of three laps.
Christopher Chambers led the group home in a time of 24-00, with Kathryn McCann next in 26-51. Beth Grayson finished well in 28-18, followed by Rebecca Barker in 28-40, Jill Davenport in 28-47, Katie Watson 28:19, Alison Barron in 30-15, Alison Grayson in 30-28, Jess Mallinson 33:22, Chloe Rendall in 36-12, Marie Brant in 36-56 and Polly Oldacres in 36-56. All were presented with medals from the Running Club for their achievement, with all keen to continue their progress in the future.
Regular club members were also enthused to take part in their first parkrun with Ben Smith flying round in a time of 21-22, and Nick Hatch in 27-04. Rebecca Smith is improving every outing and recorded a personal best time of 23-17 for 4th placed woman overall. Membership Secretary Helen Simpson had been following the Couch to 5K programme after sustaining a broken ankle injury a year ago and was very pleased to be in action again finishing in 32-47. Second claim member Lena Conlin usually runs much longer distances than 5K but enjoyed finishing a lot sooner in 26-01.
The previous weekend Lena had been taking part in the Town Moor Marathon in Newcastle. This was a seven lap traffic free course on good footpaths through and around the historic Exhibition Park. She completed the 26.2 miles in 4 hours 14 minutes and 20 seconds, finishing 1st in her age category. A weekend rarely goes by without Raymond Lightle taking part in a race and he was very pleased to finish the Town Moor Marathon just 8 seconds under the 4 hour mark, and also take 1st place in his age group.
3rd December 2018
Raymond Lightle travelled to near Kirkby Stephen to run in the Ravenstonedale 10K race recently. Conditions were good and he was pleased to finish 7 seconds faster than the previous year, in a time of 51-07 for 105th out of the 211 finishers.
Meanwhile club members were taking part in the popular sell out event, the Wensleydale Wedge, which is organised by the Nidderdale Long Distance Walkers Association. This started as a walking challenge but over the years more and more people have tested their fitness over the rugged course at a faster pace. Eight Bedale and Aiskew Runners were ready at the start of the 24 mile route at Askrigg village hall, taking in check points at Semmerwater, Thoralby, Castle Bolton, Carperby and back to Askrigg. Former club champion, Paul Ellis, is regaining his impressive form and was up with the leaders from the start. He finished in 7th position out of the 236 who competed, in a time of 3 hours 38 minutes. Nicola and Paul Simpson ran together to record a time of 4-05, for 28th overall. However Nicola was holding a strong 2nd place female, and on schedule for a sub 4 hour time, when she and Paul got lost near Carperby in the fog. This led to her being overtaken, but still an excellent result as 3rd female.
James Bartram had a strong start but also got lost, at the Bolton Castle section, and dropped places as a result, but still recorded 4-15 for 39th overall. Henry Anderson is running well at present finishing 70th in 4-41, followed by friends Tasha Miller and Kim Taylor-Maskell running together and finishing in 5-36 for 118th. Sue Allen has walked the Wedge previously and decided to run/walk this year finishing in 5-46 and 131st.
Paul Ellis is running some hard miles in training, and put these to a good test down in Surrey last weekend. He raced in the Hurtwood 50K, which was a very hilly and muddy race on the Greensand Way in Dorking. He finished in a very creditable 5 hours 51 minutes coming 58th out of 203 finishers.
Catterick Parkrun attracted its usual clutch of club runners. Chris Lees has been working hard coaching the ‘Couch to 5K’ group who all ran successfully at Catterick the previous week. Chris was in top form storming round in 21-02 for 11th place and his first 5K at Catterick. One of his group, Polly Oldacres, ran for the second week in a row, and shaved a massive two and a half minutes from her previous time finishing in 34-28. Regular club Parkrunners were in action with Raymond Lightle recording 24-00 for his 41st Parkrun of the year, Anne Johnson 27-26 for her 25th of the year, and Alex McNairn, running with his granddaughter Lola, 28-47, for his 15th of the year. Meanwhile at the Harrogate Parkrun, Mat Randall of the ‘Couch to 5K’ group ran a fantastic time of 24-02, for his first run in Bedale colours.
17th December 2018
Stuart Black and Lena Conlin have been competing in the Hardmoors series of races throughout the year. The races are based on the North Yorkshire Moors, usually of considerable length and on rough trail terrain, so not to be taken lightly. The latest venture was the Roseberry Topping Marathon, which in Hardmoors tradition totalled just over 30 miles. The course started at Guisborough up a very muddy Tees Link to High Cliff Nab. Then up and over Roseberry Topping twice, before reaching Kildale via Captain Cook’s Monument. Several miles later the muddy descent through Guisborough woods took the runners to the finish. Lena had a fantastic run to finish joint first FV50 in 7 hours and 1 minute, with Stuart close behind in 7-16 for 89th overall out of 137 finishers.
Lena was competing the following weekend in her 20th marathon of the year at Elescar near Barnsley in sub zero conditions. This was organised by the ‘It”s Grim Up North’ company over a 6.7 mile lap of frozen trails, with several different distance races taking place. Former club champion and local Bedale businessman, Paul Ellis, accompanied Lena over 4 laps to cover the marathon distance. Paul is coming into some excellent form at this late stage of the year finishing in 5th position overall in a great time of 3 hours 38 minutes 42 seconds. Despite the cold conditions Lena was very pleased finishing 23rd overall and 4th female in a time of 4-34.54.
Over a much shorter distance of 5K, but still in the icy conditions of last Saturday morning, competitors at the Catterick parkrun were looking at each other wondering what they were doing there. It was a great bonding experience for all concerned, including the resolute and encouraging volunteers marshalling the event. Paul Simpson was the first Bedale runner to finish in 21-03 followed by his wife Nicola in 22-16. Mat Randall having his first run at Catterick recorded 23-54, with almost ever present Raymond Lightle in 24-42. Paul Bainbridge was back in action after a six month injury lay off and was pleased to record 24-42, followed by Jess Mallinson in 33-34.
31st December 2018
The Jolly Holly Jog held annually in Ripon is very popular with runners from far and wide and sells the full allocation of entries well in advance of the event. Held between Christmas and New Year there is always a very festive and friendly atmosphere. This year, with mild sunny weather, it was the perfect stage for the 13 runners from the Bedale club to tackle the 10k course, which included the beautiful Studley Park. It was a new route this year and the general consensus was that it was an improvement, although a lot tougher with some stiff climbs to tackle.
The men’s club championship title was still in the balance with several of the leading contenders in action. Will Retchless had run, for him, a steady Parkrun at Northallerton the day before, but he really put his foot down to lead the Bedale and Aiskew contingent from the start. He finished 32nd overall in an impressive time of 41-57, out of nearly 800 taking part. Paul Ellis likes the off road terrain and ran well to record 44-07 for 66th overall. Paul Berry was running strongly to finish 92nd and a time of 45-43, followed closely by Ben Smith in 108th and 46-55.
The first Bedale lady was Caroline Glover who also enjoys this sort of course, finishing 8th out of 132 in her F50 age group, in a time of 52-06 and 209th overall. Becky Smith was next, running a blistering pace, virtually matching her previous 10K record, which was all the more impressive considering it was on the road. Becky finished in a time of 52-53 for 221st overall, and 12th out of 71 in the F30 age category. Rita Berry was third club lady to finish in 69-54 and 633rd, followed by Sue Wheeldon in 700th and 74-03.
Henry Anderson was pleased with his time of 52-56 for 222nd, followed by Raymond Lightle in 244th and 53-51, and Tony Clark in 271st in 54-39. Phil Johnston is always positive and was pleased to record 61-09 for 447th, with Alex McNairn in 519th and 64-06.
Several club members ran at the final Parkrun of the year at Catterick. Billy Conlin made a rare appearance recording an excellent time of 22-09 for the 5K course. Raymond Lightle ran his 45th Parkrun of the year, which is an amazing record. Anne Johnson ran her 27th and John Hunter his 26th, to be the top 3 club members out of 55 who ran at least 1 Parkrun in 2018.