Save the date! Redmire Social Run is on 2nd June

The annual Redmire Run will be taking place on Sunday 2nd June.

This is a lovely day out for the club, taking the Wensleydale Railway from Bedale at 10.40am all the way to the end of the line at Redmire by just after noon, and then running back to Bedale! Although this is a long run (17-18 miles), it is taken at a very social pace with various stops to get your breath back and drink. Last year it took over 3 hours to get back to club, where everyone had a picnic and enjoyed the sunshine!

If there are enough people interested, there may also be a cycling group.

More details to follow nearer the time, but get this in your diary if you are interested in joining us this year!

BAR Parkrun takeover – volunteers needed!

On the 24th November 2018, Bedale and Aiskew Runners will be taking over Catterick Parkrun!

This is an opportunity to promote our club and to help give something back to the Parkrun Community that offers a positive, healthy, friendly environment every Saturday morning free of charge.

In addition, this will be extra special as it will mark the end of our first Couch to 5K program, which Chris Lees has done a fantastic job to get up and running. The aim will be to have as many Couch to 5K runners there as possible to run their first Parkrun, with the support of the rest of BAR.

Hopefully after the event we can stay around and have tea and cake, to celebrate what will be a good day!

So, we are looking for Volunteers to run the various tasks (ideally 15 people minimum), and also club members to run. A list of tasks is shown below and I would recommend (if you can, but not essential) volunteering at an earlier Parkrun if you can to see what is involved. Friends and family members are also welcome.

Tasks are:

  • First Timers Briefing
  • Tail Walker
  • 5/6 enthusiastic cow bell ringing Marshals
  • x2 Timekeepers
  • Funnel Manager
  • Finish Tokens
  • x2 Barcode Scanners
  • Finish Token Support
  • Number Checker
  • Token Sorting

Please email us if you can attend and if you will be volunteering or running, or if you just want to find out more about it.

Many thanks!

Couch to 5k – registration now open!

As previously advertised, we are delighted to be offering a couch to 5k program starting on the 19th September and lasting for nine weeks. The course is suitable for complete beginners and registration is now open!

If you would like to take part, please go to the registration page here:, read it carefully, and then submit your registration!

We look forward to welcoming you on to the program in a couple of weeks time!

Couch to 5k – for complete beginners – starts Wednesday 19th September

We are delighted to offer a 9 week program for people who are complete newcomers to running and would like to get started. No previous running experience or level of fitness is required – just some comfortable trainers and a little determination is all you need!

Our qualified course leader will guide and encourage you through the program, which will involve three activities per week from the 19th September to the 17th November with the goal of you being able to run 5k without stopping. And you’ll also be part of our lovely running club and get to meet new people (not all of whom are completely crazy!) who you can continue your running with after the course.

Running is good for your heart and joints, makes you feel good (runner’s high is a real thing, just don’t expect one on day 1 necessarily!), is one of the most effective ways to burn calories, builds leg and ab muscles, and is great for your mental health too.

If you are interested in taking part and would like to find out more information or sign-up please email us at


Swaledale social run – Bank Holiday Monday 27th August

Following the success of our Swaledale run earlier in the summer, we have organized another run in this beautiful (and hilly!) area on the morning of the August Bank Holiday Monday (27th August).

There are a few route choices: there will be a 13.1mi + route that will loop back through the start so anyone who would prefer something nearer 6mi can join for the second half, and there are other options too – just let me know what you fancy!

This will be a social run with plenty of stops to enjoy the views (and recover from the occasional hill), and then a drink or lunch in a nearby pub or tea room for anyone who fancies that. We’ll probably meet at around 10am but I will confirm details nearer the time.

If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch with Chris Lees (

Family Sports Day – Sunday 26th August

After the very successful Family Sports day last year, we will be holding it again on Sunday 26th August at BSC from 13:30 onwards.

Please bring your own picnic for the day, and the running club will supply some desserts and some sporty activities. The BSC bar will also be open and ready to serve you.

We hope to see you there, and if you have any questions please just drop one of the committee members an email or speak to us on a Wednesday night.

Wensley Away Run – 18th July

A reminder that the away run at Wensley will take place on Wednesday 18th July, as such there will be no club run from BSC. There will be three distance options – 3-4 / 5 / 7 mile plus a fast paced walking group.

We will be meeting at the pub – Three Horse Shoes at 18:15, with the plan to start running by 18:30.

Please could you advise if you will be joining us, and if you will be staying for something to eat afterwards so we can confirm numbers with the pub (cost will be £2.50).

We look forward to seeing you then!!

Redmire Social Run – Sunday 1st July

As some of you are aware, we are planning on doing a run / cycle from Redmire back to Bedale (BASA / BSC). We would like to invite all of our members and their families should they wish to join. After the run / cycle, we are planning on having a social get together afterwards with food at BASA which the food will be provided for.  For those wishing to stay for food, please could you give an indication of numbers to help with our planning. The bar will be open for all drinks, tea and coffee will also be provided for free of charge. We ask that if anyone has any food allergies or intolerances, please could you let us know in advance of buying the food. Alternatively, members are welcome to join afterwards at BSC for a get together but we do ask that you advise us in due course, again so that we can plan in good time for the required amount of food. Food will consist of sandwiches, chips and various other snacks like we do on our away runs.
If you wish to take any spare clothes for after the run, BSC will be open from 0930-1000 AM on the Sunday morning to allow for you to drop bits off.
The aim of the run / cycle is to catch the local train from Bedale up to Redmire on Sunday 1st July at 11.09. We are planning on meeting from 10.30 onwards at the station to buy tickets prior to the journey. Wensleydale Railway have offered us a discount card which enables one person to sign up allowing up to 3 other members to join him or her for a discounted fare. For those of you who sign up to one of these, fares will be £7.50 each instead of £9.50 to Redmire. Those who wish to get off the train and join the run / cycle in Leyburn, this will cost £6.00 with the discount card or £8.00 without. Our route goes from REDMIRE – LEYBURN – COVERBRIDGE – FINGHALL – BEDALE which is at least 70% off road. If you aim on meeting at Coverbridge, please could you make your own transport arrangement to get there. There is an option to get a later train and get off at Finghall at a reduced price. However, there would be a fairly long wait so we suggest that you make alternative transport arrangements to get there.
The train will take us approximately 45 minutes to get up to Redmire where we will begin our day. For those of you joining us here, the run will be 18 miles. As we head down the valley towards Leyburn our intention is to allow those who would like a shorter run to tag along and head back to Bedale. The first calling point will be in Leyburn at the Station and this will be 13 miles home. From there we will run to Coverbridge pub (Coverbridge Inn), for a brief breather. This will be approx. 10 miles back to Bedale. Our final calling point will be in Finghall at the junction opposite the pub which will be 5.5 miles back.
Approximate times for the calling points are:
Start Redmire – 12.00 NOON
Leyburn – 13.00 HOURS
Coverbridge – 14.00 HOURS – SET OFF APPROX 14.15
Finghall – 15.15 HOURS
BSC – 16.15 HOURS
For those of you wishing to join at the various calling points, we recommend that you are there on the earlier side. All times are an approximate and we’d rather you were there waiting than not be there at all. If you are planning on being at one of the above, please could you let one of us know who is participating so we know to look out for you.
There will be a pool car travelling close by with a first aid kit and bottles of water should any one need a quick drink.
Those who are looking to take part on their bikes, we have a limit of 12 bikes on the train at 11.09 at no extra cost. All you need to pay is for your ticket up to the Station. We ask that you let us know no later than the 27th June so that we can inform the railway in advance.
If there is anything that has been missed, or anyone requires further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.
There is a local residents discount card that can be purchased for those who wish to print out and complete – Wensleydale Railway Discount Card. Forms will also be available with Mary on a Wednesday night so please ask her for a copy upon arrival.
We will be making announcements on a Wednesday night in case you haven’t seen this!

Wednesday 27th June – 5k Time Tial

On Wednesday 27th June, James will be offering a 5k time trial as an alternative to the usual distance runs on offer. The 5k time trials will then be offered at regular times over the coming year, offering a great opportunity to understand how you are progressing. 

If you have any questions please speak to James or one of the committee members for more information.

6th June – Wednesday night club run

In addition to our normal distance runs tomorrow night (6th June), James will be offering an option to do some hill reps at Burrill Bank, as part of an overall 5 mile run.

This is a great opportunity to build up stamina and strength. James will be offering further alternative training on a selection of Wednesday nights. More information on this is to follow.

Please speak to James or any of the committee members at club tomorrow night if you have any questions.

Press update

Raymond Lightle often runs twice in the weekend with a 5K parkrun on the Saturday followed by a longer race on the Sunday. In his 63rd parkrun over a period of several years he recently ran his best ever parkrun time of 21.46 to finish 1st M65 at the Catterick event. The following day he was off to South Shields to run in the pier to pier race finishing in Sunderland, a distance of about 7 miles, some of which was on the beach. He finished in 53.17 which was 3 minutes faster than two years ago. Last weekend, again a good run at Catterick finishing in 23.31, followed the next day with a fast run at the Melmerby 10K in hot conditions to record 47.59 and 2nd out of 10 in the M65 age group.

On the same hot day the Northallerton 10K was taking place with four from the Bedale club taking part. The race was a sell out with a thousand competitors. However on the day 725 took on the testing course which climbs steadily for 6 to 7 Km, followed by a swift descent back into Northallerton where there was excellent support waiting to cheer runners home in the high street. Sue Wheeldon, 585th in 69.49, and Becky Morris 301st in 55.25, where the women’s contingent, with Phil Johnston 245th in 53.22, and Paul Bainbridge 191st in 51.22 completing the team.
Last Sunday saw Edinburgh hosting several events with Bedale’s Andy Gibb competing in the half marathon. Many thousands were taking part with Andy pleased to break the 2 hour barrier to finish 3760th in 1 hour 55 minutes.
Second claim member Lena Conlin spent last weekend on the North Yorkshire Moors competing in the Hardmoors 110, a 112 mile trail race along the Cleveland Way. She started at Filey at 8am on Saturday with competitors aiming to finish in Helmsley within 36 hours. Most had vehicle support and some also had people running with them after Saltburn at 52 miles. Lena was unsupported and relied on checkpoints to top up food and water. Saturday was sunny and breezy during the day but thick fog at night made the familiar unfamiliar. She made two navigational errors in the night making the total milage 113.3. After a chilly dawn Sunday soon became hot and windy and she finally arrived in Helmsley 33 hours and 8 seconds after leaving Filey, finishing a fantastic 4th female overall.

Membership reminder!!!!

A reminder to anyone who has not yet renewed their BAR membership, to please do so ASAP. This can be done by completing the online form on the website –

To those who have already completed the form but not yet paid, you should have received a request for payment via email. If you have not received this, please let Helen Simpson know (, and she will be able to resend the request.

Redmire Away Run – Sunday 1st July

Please keep your diaries free for the Redmire away run on Sunday 1st July. 

A gentle run from Redmire back to Bedale Sports Club. There will also be the option to cycle, should anyone be interested.

More details of the day will follow soon. If you have any questions regarding the run, please contact Chris Appleton or one of the committee members.

Masham Away Run – 23rd May

The clubs first away run this year will happen on Wednesday 23rd May in Masham, please note this is instead of the normal Club Run – so please don’t go to Bedale Sports Club.

We will meet in Masham market square at 6:15 for 6:30 start. Following the run there will be sandwiches & chips available in the Bruce Arms, at a small charge. Money will be collected prior to the run.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the committee members.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Swaledale social run – Sunday 3rd June

We have organized a run in the beautiful Swaledale for Sunday 3rd June.

There are a few route choices: there will be a 13.1mi + route that will loop back through the start so anyone who would prefer something nearer 6mi can join for the second half, and there are other options too – just let me know what you fancy!

This will be a social run with plenty of stops to enjoy the views (and recover from the occasional hill), and then a drink or lunch in a nearby pub. We’ll probably meet at around 10am but I will confirm details nearer the time.

If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch with Chris Lees (

Championship Results

The Championship result after the first race of the season has been published, you can find this on the ‘Club Championship’ page of the website – Link

Apologies if anyone has had any problems accessing this page.

Awards Night Tickets – 24th Feb 18

Tickets for our annual Awards Night are now on sale. Deadline for tickets sales are 31st January.

The event will be taking place on Saturday 24th February 2018, at Romanby Golf Club, 7pm til late.

Please complete the attached form, and return with payment to one of the Committee members on a Wednesday night. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Bedale & Aiskew Runners).

If you have any special dietary requirements please contact Becky Morris (

We look forward to celebrating and dancing the night away with you all.

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Awards night 2018 – Save the date

Please save the date for the BAR Awards Night, which will take place on Saturday 24th February 2018.
We are so pleased to have welcomed so many new members this year which has further swelled our overall membership count. With this in mind we will be hosting the evening at Romanby Golf Club in Northallerton, where there is a little bit more space. We understand that this is not as convenient, but we will be organising some form of bus/transport.
As this forms the end of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, we hope as many of you as possible can attend and raise a glass to the next 10 years.
Tickets will be on sale soon, along with further information about the evening events and the transport.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Committee members.

Club Photo Order Form

The club photo is now available to order. If you would like to order copies, please  print and complete the attached order form, and return to Paul Bainbridge by 1st November. Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to Bedale and Aiskew Runners).

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10th Anniversary Celebration – Fun Day 27th Aug

Please remember August 27th is our 10 year anniversary celebratory fun day. 
There will be a big game of rounders, bouncy castle and many more activities that you will love, trust me it will be fun 😊
Bring a picnic, the club will supply puddings and the entertainment. The bar will also be open. 
Timing is 1.30 until the end at Bedale Sports Club. So please come along, bring all the family & friends are welcome too. 
Please help us make our 10th year one to remember 

Awards Evening Winners

Chris Appleton winner of the Paul Bainbridge Trophy, Heather Halliday Female Champion, Helen Simpson Female Runner-up, Paul Ellis Male Champion, Richard Woods Male Runner-up, Helen Shields BAR Handicap Female Champion, Jayne Rosamond BAR Handicap Female Runner-up, Raymond Lightle BAR Handicap Male Champion, Paul Bainbridge BAR Handicap Male Runner-up, Raymond Lightle  Most Improved Runner, Julie Giblin Female Outstanding Running Performance, Richard Woods Male Outstanding Running Performance, Paul Bainbridge winner of the Brain Hall Award.

Award Evening Winners

Andy Gibb winner of the Paul Bainbridge Trophy, Heather Halliday Female Champion, Nick Norris Male Champion, Rachael Whitford BAR Handicap Female Champion, Brian Halliday BAR Handicap Male Champion, Yvonne Smith Most Improved Runner, Julie Giblin Female Outstanding Running Performance, Ben Walker Male Outstanding Running Performance, Chris Appleton winner of the Brain Hall Award, Lena Conlin was presented with a special award for some outstanding runs in September and October , 100 miles in the Equinix 24 and PBs in Ripon Ultra 35 mile, York Marathon and Bridlington Half Marathon.

The awards were presented by Chris Brown and Brian Hall.

Sorry no winners group photo but go to Photos Page to see photos of the evening.

Awards Evening Winners

Heather Halliday Female Champion, Nick Norris Male Champion, Helen Shields BAR Handicap Female Champion, Neil McNish BAR Handicap Male Champion, Chris Appleton winner of the Paul Bainbridge Trophy, Phil Johnston Most Improved Runner of the Year, Mary McDonald winner of the Brian Hall Award.

Pink Ribbon Walk

Carol McNish and Mary McDonald from the club’s walking group took part in the Pink Ribbon Walk at Chatsworth, Derdyshire.

Mary walked the 10 mile route in 2:43 and Carol in 3:08.

MoonWalk London

Well done to Mary McDonald and Carol McNish from the club’s walking group, walking the half marathon route in 3 1/2 hours.

Yorkshire Dales Race Series

Derek McGirl won the over 45s with 4 wins from 4 in his age group and was 5th overall in the series. Also in the series Andy Gibb 6th and Chris Appleton 7th in the over 50s.

Derek McGirl at Rainton

Weekend News

Swaledale Marathon

Well done to Vicki Davidson running the tough course in 5:26. (158)

Pink Ribbon Walk

Mary McDonald and Carol McNish from the club’s walking group took part in the Pink Ribbon Walk at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire. Mary and Carol walked the 10 mile route in a good time of 2:52.

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