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Spine 2019 – 2nd time! - Peter Allanach


Peter's race report from this week's fun! Hope this gives a sense of what took place even though there is no sense in it!

First Race Experience - Louise Wright


So Sean’s been on at me to share my FIRST RACE experience with you guys. For those who fancy a read here goes!

Holy guacamole 🥑 what an experience.

It’s been touch and go in the last week as to whether a couple of us would make it to the start line and this morning we woke up to the dreaded news that poor Daz was out of the race, thanks to a dose of Sean’s lurgy! Okay so it’s not actually his necessarily, but he’s so easy to wind up so how can you not! Think it’s headed my way now too - Thanks Sean.

I went for a little trot yesterday morning to test the shins - it wasn’t great but it wasn’t totally awful. My first race was supposed to be the Percy pud 10k in December but the shins wouldn’t allow so this time I thought, if I can run I’m going no matter what! So glad, it look a couple of miles but soon that horrible burn disappeared, the shoulders started to relax, eyes front - yes! I’m gunna do this!

Meanwhile sean was nowhere to be seen as he was waay ahead of little me battling the wind that Simon and I were yet to face. It was sneaky, parts of the route were lined with trees and quite sheltered but other bits were totally exposed and I was surprised I wasn’t swept up! The battle was on. However, the atmosphere and camaraderie made up for it! What a lovely vibe, the Marshall’s new just what to say, the other runners threw some friendly chat out there. The route is nice, fairly straight and mostly flat with some nice country views. It’s hard to soak it all in. Just over half way there and there’s no sign of Simon or Sean.

My mind starts to wander a bit, has Sean finished already? Will I manage to maintain this pace? Is Simon ahead of me? We were on for a similar time so I’d hoped to see him and use his experience to pace myself - fortunately Garmin did a good job as did the lady with the tappy tappy feet to my side! How hard is it to shake someone else’s rhythm off and focus on your own race? Very I found.

10 miles - that’s it! This is the furthest I’ve ever run, now I need to slap a park run on top. But what’s 3 miles when you’ve done 10? It turns out it’s a lot! I’m convinced the wind had gone up a notch and it’s definitely not the tail wind I was promised. Then there’s the hill? It’s no Windmill Hill but it’s at the end of a chuffing long run, cheeky. I didn’t know it was there. But by that point I was like - get me home to my boys, so it was surprisingly painless. Thank you adrenaline. 1.2 miles to go and miss tappy tappy is sharing her route experience which was very welcome as my garmin apparently doesn’t tell me how far I’ve run while it’s in action and I felt like I’d not seen a marker in forever. 800m arrgghhh exciting! 400m I’m just thinking about our Monday night club efforts now... yes I can do 400m, then I hear my eldest, go on Mummy, there’s Karly! And Sean well he’s so excited to see me that he’s screaming his head off, sprint Lou sprint, there’s Dad and my baby boy - look at the clock I’ve only gone and bloody come in under my goal time! 🤘 1.53.24 although official timing has been kind enough to throw me an extra second!

I’m stretching it out and there he is - Simon’s coming in! 1.54.24 Brilliant just what he was after (he got a bonus second too) Sean got a massive and well deserved pb 1.32.24 and a whopping 23 minutes quicker than last year. We all performed well and can be genuinely proud of ourselves. Everyone that entered is amazing!

What’s next? Book it while the buzz is buzzing!

Langsett Loop Trail Marathon - Andy Mason


Headed over to Langsett near Sheffield today to take on the Langsett Loop trail marathon, I didn’t really know what to expect, I have not done a trail marathon and the website said undulating trail around a reservoir and road shoes would be ok, so I thought this will be a breeze, i’ll go just over my usual Marathon pace.

We set off into what felt like a wall of wind as I’m sure you all did today, then the hills came and just kept on coming, then we had to do four more loops (Barkley Marathon-esque just a bit shorter). I made it to mile 17ish at a decent pace but my knees took an absolute battering, from then on it was slow going.
It’s definitely the toughest challenge undertaken as a runner, but I enjoyed it so much, the views, the people, the marshalling and how the event was organised was spot on.
With over 3000ft of elevation, the wind against me and a bit of a nasty fall I managed to get home in 4.24.39 and a 9th place finish and am totally over the moon.

HARDMOORS by Chris Smedley-Nugent


Where did it all start? Well for me it was 17th January 2017, I was sitting on the sofa with my ipad, like many others from Wetherby Runners I was avidly following the exploits of Paul Nelson who was making his way up the backbone of England as part of the Montane Spine race. I couldn’t believe that anyone could do such a thing but there he was, a little numbered flag slowly crawling across my screen. I was intrigued!

I had heard mention of ‘HARDMOORS’ races and knew that
Paul amongst others has done these races, however, that
was all I knew. A quick tap of my screen and I discovered that although they were off road (something I had never tackled) they weren’t all crazy distances so I signed up for the online newsletters.

So that’s how I found myself in Hutton le Hole on 13th August ’17 for my first ever Hardmoors race. The Rosedale 10k (a race that is neither in Rosedale nor 10K) was tough for a 10k and it took ages to get to the finish, but finish I did. It was like finishing my first marathon, I was ecstatic as I fell through the door of the village hall where the race ended. I was never going to be able to do any big distances, however I had to do more….

16th Sept ’17 I’m up early driving through the murky darkness heading for Guisborough Sea Cadets hall to see Paul Atkinson and Pete Allanac compete in the HARDMOORS 60. I meet up with Dave Carberry and Rob Whitaker who are Paul’s support team and together we stalk them from Guisborough to Filey via everywhere. It’s an amazing day and I’m inspired!

Over the next few months I do two more Hardmoors 10ks (again they weren’t 10k), then on the evening of the 22nd October ’17 whilst sitting in the Mews a plan is hatched that a group of us should do the HARDMOORS 30 on New Years day 2019, a date so far in the future that it seems unreal. Hands are shaken and all agree.

After one or two more HM 10k’s and a couple of HM half marathons, here I am at Fylingthorpe village hall on New Years day 2019. I’m frantically trying to get my shit together for the start of the longest and toughest race I have ever entered. Before I know it I’m outside and the race has started. We leave the comfort of the car park and head north along the old railway towards Whitby, it’s a gentle incline that seems to go on forever. We cross a viaduct and down some steps to c.p.1, we make our way past the railway station and across the swing bridge before turning left onto the picturesque Church Street. A moment later there they are 199 irregularly shaped steps… I take a deep breath and start my assent. On reaching the top we circumvent the Abbey and join the Cleveland way for the return journey to Robin Hoods Bay. The path isn’t too bad, however it’s far from flat and there are many steps. We return to the village hall for C.P.2 (approx 13 miles) after which we head along the old railway this time in the direction of Ravenscar. It’s another seemingly endless gentle incline until we reach C.P.3 at Ravenscar. We head through the village and back onto the railway at the south side for our next little jaunt to Hayburn Wyke. The weather up until this point has been pretty much perfect for running, however things are starting to change and there is the odd spot of rain so its time to put on a jacket. So far the terrain hasn’t been too challenging but things are going to change quite soon. After reaching the pub at Hayburn Wyke and C.P.4, I break out the poles, this proves to be the right decision as we return to the Cleveland way. It’s just up and down for the majority of the way back to Ravenscar and C.P.5. It’s at this point that darkness is getting the better of me, so on with the headtorch for the last four of five miles. I’m now running with an Irish girl and we seem to be ascending and descending steps constantly, at the bottom of each flight there’s a wooden bridge over a stream or something and then were heading up again. We see the light of Robin Hoods Bay, however first we have to tackle Boggle Hole. So down a load more steps over another bridge and up again, my legs are killing me! Whenever I lift my leg I get a burning cramp in my quads and whenever I step downwards my ITB’s are screaming for me to stop; I can’t I have to finish. We pass through a gate, turn right and follow the path around the corner. It’s lucky I’m unable to do any speed as the flagged path has crumbled into the sea, we skirt around it and begin the descent into Robin Hoods Bay. It’s beautiful in the darkness with just the odd street light and no one around. We’re now right at the bottom of the village and the village hall is right at the top, I check the time, the cut off is ages away, so we slowly trudge up the hill to finish. My feet, ankles, calves, knees, ITB’s and hips are killing me but as I walk in the hall to complete the 31 ½ mile race I realise I haven’t really stopped smiling since 9.30 this morning…. I collect my medal and t-shirt and start to eat everything I can get my hands on.

So now what? Well I’m hooked!!!! I can hear the 60 calling my name!!!! It may need
to wait a while though! I think I’ll have to train properly for that one!!!!

I would like to thank:
Andrea Normington my ‘running wife’ and ‘guardian angel’ who has been with me at every race.
Paul Atkinson for his amazing encouragement, advice and loan of poles etc
Chris Plews for being Chris Plews.
Dave Carberry, Andrew Walsh, Rob Whitaker and all the other Roseberry Ramblers for all their help and encouragement.

2018 Meanwood Valley Trail Race - Tim Tunnard


Myself and Nils Linstrum ran the Meanwood Valley Trail race which was resurrected after about a 3 year break. It is quite a gnarly technical route with some real steep sections (where walking is necessary!) Starting from Leos rugby club out south under the seven arches aqua duct down the MVT to Meanwood park where you loop back on yourself. A very undulating return section back under the ring road and then a lap round the rugby pitches to the finish. All in all just over 7 miles. A bottle of Leeds Best beer on finishing. Nils came in at about 55 mins with me about a minute behind. Throughly recommend as a good way to spend a hour or so on a September morning


2018 Great North Run - Richard Bell


The 2018 Great North Run was a chilly start in Wetherby but the forecast from ‘further North’ suggested perfect conditions. Darren, Sean, Ted and I met at WSA at 6.30and travelled up in convey in 3 cars up the A1.

Wetherby tradition demands a stop at Washington services then the remaining 6 miles to South-shields was the usual log jam. We’d all agreed to travel in-convoy and then disaster just as we hit the coast I looked in the mirror and Sean and Darren were nowhere to be seen.

Ted and I made the car park as planned and then the idea was to meet at the Crown in event that we got separated . Well we waited 30mins at the crown, which smelt of bacon sandwiches, for as long as we could and then we had to jump on the bus to Newcastle.

Once arrived no time to mess about straight to the pens. I was in C Ted was in Iceland, or was that H? Anyway didn’t matter all pens were shut down. What to do? Fortunately one of the organisers was smuggling a last minute celeb in to the pen and quick as a flash Ted and I were in. Next to Mo. Ok not quite next but we could see his head bobbing about about 10yards in front as we were suddenly in Pen A. We’d missed the Champagne reception so I wasn’t that fussed - I was however concerned that we’d be trampled by the elites . After all I was trying not to besmirch my non existent reputation and Ted was looking for under 2 hours. And these guys were probably looking to half that.

“Let’s keep to the side Ted” I’d said as he was bouncing about ready to start in his green number and his Wetherby Vest. Yes Rob, the elites clearly thought Ted was an Olympic contender for Tokyo. Don’t go off too quick I said these guys will be sub 5 minutes - you’ll die.

Anyway the gun went off - I’ve done this race nearly ten times and didn’t even know they had a gun, and we were off. The first mile was uneventful of course we led off the OGGY OGGY under the bypass Mo didn’t join in at least I don’t think he did because he was probably a mile down the road by then. I looked at my watch 7.15 pace - great I thought and Ted was looking at his Garmin as if he thought a sub 1.30 was easily on the cards. We need to slow down I said- which is not easy with 58,000 people chasing you, trust me.

Eventually I got into a rhythm, I’d already blown Ted’s race I thought I may as well try to salvage my own.

I was over the Tyne Bridge before the Red Arrows had had their porridge but at least I’d slowed to a speed that was befitting my lack of training. As ever at Newcastle the fancy dress were out in force and I’d managed to pull away from Mr Bump which was a small victory. Next up was Super Mario who let’s face it was only slowed down by the size of his moustache and the fact that he was wearing a blue boiler suit. He proved a much more difficult adversary than Mr Bump. It was hot did I mention that? Anyway I may have been hallucinating but I was picturing the boss battle and if he’d deploy his mushrooms. Then I was past. By now I was in my head in a video game induced parallel universe and was looking to take over Lara Croft next - when horror, I was overtaken by a Rubicks Cube! Now this was very puzzling to me as I’m sure I’d passed him half a mile back. But these Rubicks cubes are twisty little b*&&& and not to be trusted. Especially as it was a complete one and I’d never managed more than two sides. Anyway as you can imagine this was rather personal.

It took a while but I saw off the dastardly cube and now I was at the 9mile marker. I collected the necessary 2 free samples of beer at mile 10.5, definitely not Newcastle Brown this year so my feedback from past races was obviously taken on board.

Now the final straight beckoned, I’d like to say I was desperate to shade under 1.50but frankly I was goosed and just wanted to finish.

The last mile,as any of you who have done the race know, is deceptively finish straight-esque. Only it’s not a finish straight it’s a bloody mile on wonky legs with a bit of chaffing thrown in for good measure. The crowds here are amazing and I really do love this race, which is why I keep coming back.

It was great to meet up with my fellow Wetherby Runners afterward at W - where else. Darren had had an absolute blinder, Sean had been boxed in a bit by a Transformer and the cast of Hollyoaks and Ted had ever so slightly blown up as a consequence of the platinum starting position - for which I am no way responsible.

Please get your names in for the ballot next year you’ll love it.

2018 Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc - David Fennah


8hrs 49minutes brutal race ranked 1407/2300. 32 degrees 2700m of climbing 1700m descent. WON BY KILIAN JORNET 3:54:54 Tomorrow start to run UTMB whilst out here for the week. Only 33km tomorrow though.

UTMB (Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc - 170km over 10,000m ascent) lead runner takes under three hours to get to Les Contamines from race start in Chamonix but it has taken me most of the day despite temperatures being a bit lower today. UTMB runners just carry on. Another big push into Italy for me tomorrow.

Day 2 of my UTMB foray started following an old roman road up into the mountains pleasantly enough then got very steep and very snowy before dropping steeply down through alpine meadows and onto a little road for the final section gratefully still marked UTMB which took me to my slot in a cow shed for the night at Refuge Mottets. 31km today with my right calf and knee complaining a lot about all the up and down and slithering about on the snow. Guess the snow is not there in September when the UTMB takes place.

Day 3 of my UTMB foray knocked off another 33km and surprisingly the body is starting to feel ok again having been complaining a lot yesterday. Loads more snow, ascent and descent today but a great section and fantastic scenery to take me to Courmayeur in Italy and a hotel!

Day 4 of the UTMB was a long haul out of Italy and into Switzerland to La Fouly of 34km and around 2700m up and 2100m down. Fortunately the weather continues to cool and there was cloud cover much of the day with scattered showers. Some nice gentle forest running to look forward too tomorrow once the current thunder and lightning storm blows over.

Final Day 5/6 of my UTMB foray. Completed my run through Switzerland and just over the border into France to link onto where I had already run with the Mont Blanc Marathon. Should have done this all as day 5 but having got absolutely soaked and the weather turning nasty I took shelter in Champex and carried on the following day when the weather was great. The UTMB is a sumptuous Ultra with stunning scenery and fabulously varied terrain. I could never run it in one bash but have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing it the way I have. Hats off to all the amazing ultra runners we have in the club.


2018 Harrogate 10k - Megan Hatfield


Hot and hilly at Harrogate 10k

In a change from the normal two-lap town centre route, this year Harrogate 10k has a new route starting at the Squash Club by the showground. The event sold the last few numbers as soon as the desks opened, so it was a sell-out. Numbers collected we gathered at the start, bothered by some annoying black bugs that seemed attracted to our orange vests!

The route sets out along Hookstone Road, past St John Fisher school, turning back into the woods along shaded footpaths, very welcome in today’s heat. It then drops down did a steep hill, past the viaduct before a significant climb through fields and woods. I’d set off conservatively, and whilst I could have run all the hill sections I decided to conserve a bit of energy and respect the weather conditions.

After 2.5 miles the route joins the road from Pannal to Rudding Park, which is not quite as pretty as Crimple Valley but mostly downhill. The water station at half way was very welcome, the short steep
hill after the traffic lights on the narrow bridge, less so.

With just over a mile to go we turned back into the showground area, running on dusty concrete paths, and I could see the long uphill stretch in the distance. I can also see Gilly up ahead, and caught her on the lower part of the hill, aptly named ‘The Crimple Killer’. We ran together, taking the steeper section at the top a bit slower, and here my watch already read 6.2 although the mile sign said just 6.

After a short section back through the woods we were finally at the finish, Gilly and I crossed together, happy to finish in one piece! We received a mug (normal size, not Wetherby 10k size) and a medal, and I was pleased I stayed for the prizegiving to see Nicky get 2nd lady and a significant chunk of money.

I’m really pleased with 67 minutes (for 6.4 miles by my Garmin), it’s certainly not a PB course and with the very hot weather I feel I managed my effort very well. I was pleased I’d recce’d the course a few weeks back. Chatting with a Harrogate Harrier at the end she felt this course may be used again next year if feedback is good. It’s very different to the town centre course, but just as well run by HH, and I’ll be back next year if they do repeat it.

Well done to anyone who raced this weekend.

2018 Sledmere Sunset Trail 10k - David Yeoman


Beautiful race setting in Sledmere Park. Race, organised by Driffield Striders, sold out with maximum 400 - my number was 400 and I wondered if this was an omen as to my likely finishing place?

7.30pm start on good undulating course along grass tracks, chalk paths and forest areas through Sledmere Estate with one particularly scenic stretch along a deep chalk valley. Different views around every corner with a finish in front of Sledmere House, sun setting behind. Well organised, plenty of toilets and cheerful volunteers. Sticky ginger flapjack, fresh bananas, colourful medal and stitched boot bag for all finishers. This is possibly the most enjoyable 10k I have run and a must to enter again next year.

Did I finish 400th? I was 129th, 7th in my age group and with a time 9 minutes faster than Mulgrave Castle. Great way to start a weekend.


2018 Otley 10M - Valerie Bell


11 of us took part in the Otley 10 race yesterday: Jim Buller, Chris Plews, Joseph Kwallah, David Fennah, David Carberry, David Huby, Mark Holt, Alex Matthewson, Sean Wright, Richard and myself. I have done this race 3 times now; I am not getting quicker but it is one of the few races I like ( and for those who hear me moaning all the time, it says a lot!).

It is extremely well organised by our neighbouring club from Otley and there are cakes, drinks, a barbecue and the marshalls are all really friendly (special mention to Ursula and Pete on each side of the bridge).
The course is challenging because it has 2 steep hills but the rest is either flat or downhill and the scenery at the top of the first hill is fantastic. The maximum number of participants is 500 and we were probably near to that figure yesterday.

When Richard and I arrived I discovered that I was the only lady from Wetherby taking part which from the start made me First Lady for Wetherby, even if I finished last Wetherby club member. I’ll take the First Lady for the club!
The first 2 miles are along the main road and you need to stay on the pavement so if, unlike me, you are chasing a time, you need to start very quickly and be at the front otherwise you get stuck. I quite welcomed the bottlenecks to recover my breath. Then you are off the main road and the first water station is positioned just before the first big hill. Up the hill you run/ walk and then you have fantastic views of the countryside. It is then flat and downhill up to a bridge where there is a second water station and, you’ve guessed it …. the second big hill ( not as long as the first one). After that it is flat and downhill to Otley.

At the finish you get a bottle of local beer or in my case a bottle of cider. I had pointed out to Colin, the race director, that not everyone likes beer and he therefore very kindly provided a few bottles of cider. You cannot ask for more.

So here are the results and well done to everyone:

Joseph Kwallah 1.04.47
Mark Holt 1.05.19
Chris Plews 1.10.40
David Carberry 1.12.08
David Huby 1.12.41
Jim Buller 1.14.55
Alex Matthewson 1.15.19
Sean Wright 1.16.28
David Fennah 1.16.47
Richard Bell 1.30.54
Valérie Bell 1.32.10

Thank you to Otley for organising a great race.

2018 Wetherby Winter Weekend


November 30th – December 2nd 2018

We are delighted to announce that for the third year running we will be returning to the north Lakes for our Wetherby Winter Weekend 2018!

Once again we have exclusive use of the Coledale Inn in Braithwaite, just outside Keswick, which can accommodate approximately 40 people.

The weekend will be a healthy mixture of exercise, food, drink and good company, not to mention Christmas shopping possibilities in Keswick!

We will meet for a sociable lunchtime run en route on the Friday and have our evening meal in the hotel. On the Saturday there will be a variety of running, cycling and walking options and again we will have our evening meal in the hotel. There will be more of the same on the Sunday morning, and we will leave after lunch.

As we will lose daylight from about 3.30pm there will be plenty of opportunities for down time and non-running activities!

The cost for the weekend will be £135 per person for 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a “first come, first served basis”. A deposit of £20 per person to Debra Wheeler will secure a booking. Bank transfer details are AK and DJ Wheeler 58022504 09-01-36.

For further details please contact Debra or any member of the Committee.

Further details about the hotel can be found at

2018 Wetherby Runners in the press



A whopping thirty-nine athletes from Wetherby Runners descended on the Mulgrave Castle estate near Whitby to take part in a 10k race put on by Loftus & Whitby AC. Accustomed to fielding participants at mostly local events, these numbers were something special. The club, that operates from the Wetherby Sports Association, had laid on a free coach to get members to the event. Several family and friends also joined them for a grand day out at the seaside.

Richard Bell the clubs Chairman said that ‘the days racing, which was also part of an inter-club handicap, was a resounding success with Wetherby taking home, team and individual prizes. We represented at one point over 90% of the total online entries although nearer race day and with a limit of 200 entries being reached we had a quarter of the field from our club. We have been keen to promote ourselves more widely to the local community in recent years and events like todays forge great team spirit and enjoyment for our members. Our zero to 5K group which meet on Mondays has been a great entry point for many novice runners and several of last year’s intake took part in the race on Sunday with some fantastic performances.'

Sunday’s race was a very undulating off road run on woodland trails within private grounds. Runners therefore got a rare chance to see stunning views of the coast and Whitby Abbey, although most were too busy tackling the challenging hills to notice the view. After what was considered unanimously a tough test it was back on the bus to travel to a nearby restaurant for Fish and Chips before the trip home.

Wetherby Runners meet on Wednesdays at 7pm at the Wetherby Sport Association and are always on the lookout for new members, no experience is necessary as the club meets the needs of novices and experienced runners alike.

First home for Wetherby in 12th place was Paul Windle in 44:57 and first lady was Rebecca Normington in 45:16.

2018 Mulgrave 10k Race Report - Ann Dale


Sunday 3rd June saw the inaugural Wetherby Runners day trip and handicap – the destination the Mulgrave Castle 10k, near Sandsend Whitby.

When the club first decided on Mulgrave Castle 10k as the event, no-one had heard of it, let alone run it before, but it seemed to catch the members imagination and soon the entries were coming in. At one point there were 34 Wetherby entries and one lone Loftus and Whitby entry. Despite a late surge by Scarborough AC Wetherby still dominated the entries list, with nearly a quarter of the overall entries. A sea of orange expected!

After a leisurely coach trip over to Mulgrave Castle, and a bacon sandwich and scone or two later we were ready for the off. Information about the course had been a little sparse to say the least – “undulating” was about all we could get from the description. Horror stories about a fford and a really big hill at the end started to emerge, as little snippets of information were overheard.

We were led through the very picturesque village, past the castle itself and into a clearing in the wood where we were eventually started. The Yorkshire Vets were holding their own race on the same course at the same time, so things were a little confused, but finally we were off.

Undulating was probably a little kind to describe the course. The first mile was more or less downhill, which was great until you realised that you came back up the same hill to the finish! The course itself was mainly through the woods around the grounds of Mulgrave Castle, with lots of twists and turns and a very dark tunnel, as well as a lot of hills. Apparenty there was a flat bit next to the river, but I must have missed that bit as I can’t remember it!

All too soon the course returned back to the bottom of the hill from the start. All good intentions to run the whole course went out of the window at this point. Crampons could well have helped, as by this point it seemed like climbing Everest. A few hardy people did run up it, but I think a few walked at the bottom and started running (or pretending to run in my case) before they reached the finish and our very own “David Bailey” Andrew Wheeler, who was taking the action shots.

Overall the club had a successful day, with the men claiming the team prize, Rebecca Normington 3rd lady overall, and Jo Davey and Gill Edmondson winning their age categories.

From a personal note I’d like to say what a great day it was. It’s so nice to be part of a club who are so supportive, regardless of ability, and who all stand to cheer the rest of the club home. The fish and chips on the way home weren’t bad either!

Here’s to the next trip!

2018 Mulgrave 10k



Only 200 places in total so best Act Now to be included in the Mighty Orange Away Day Race
A rare opportunity to run through the private Mulgrave estate close to Sandsend beach
Off road run on woodland trails past the old castle with stunning views of the coast and Whitby Abbey. Proceeds from the race will go to Mulgrave Community Sports Association.
For more info go to

2018 Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon - Richard Bell


After a brilliant spell of uninterrupted good weather the dark clouds gathering as I set off for Grassington indicated that sunscreen wouldn’t be necessary at this years Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon. As Wetherby’s sole representative this year, with the majority of you resting up before the Mulgrave 10k, I might have cut a lonely figure, a bit like Theresa May at a Euro summit, but fortunately there were a few pals from Otley to chat away to before we had to start.
I’d been abusing a hamstring injury for a few weeks so was a bit wary, my strategy of ‘ignore it and it will fix itself’ seems to be paying off and I felt better than I had in a few weeks. Dibbers collected we set off through the outskirts of Threshfield over the bridge and via a queue at the first style up onto the moors.
My plan was to let my legs acclimatise in the first couple of miles and then see how I felt.
By now the clouds were delivering steady rain, but with no wind to speak off it was a bit like running through a cooling shower, permanently. 

I was glad I’d opted for bum bag rather than pack to keep chafing to a minimum.
It was great to see Jack and Catherine from Otley at the five mile or so mark. I managed a hug and a couple of welcome jelly babies and was all set for Mastilles Lane. At the foot of this epic climb I checked my watch and vowed to run the whole hill. I’m pleased to say I managed it, just, slow steady but definitely running it. My reward at the top was sight of Phil Robinson from Otley just a dozen yards or so in front. He’d beaten me easily last week so this was a definite step back on the comeback trail assuming I could catch him of course.
Through the next checkpoint and out again across the moors, despite the rain the ground was nice and firm but skiddy on the many stiles at this point.
By the next checkpoint by a farm I’d caught and passed Phil as we climbed once again.
This was a no cups race so at the water stations you needed to have your own bottle. This was well advertised in advance but to be fair there were a few cups at each station which you self filled and left for the next person.
By now I was suffering from a sugar crash and needed the heralded jelly babies realising I’d overshoot the very young lady handing them out I did a first in any race and ran back to collect a couple. With a suitable boost I was off again. Finally 2 hours on I could make out a few houses in the distance and looking at my Garmin for the first time was pleased to see only another mile and a half to go.

As we descended off the moor the grass was longer and much more slippery, I recognised how slippy it was half way through my para roll, bounce once twice and back on my feet. Try to look cool ! Fail.
As you come back into Grassington a mile or so of road rewards tired legs with a good pounding. Determined not to lose any places and ideally gain a few it was lung busting slog to the rugby club and across the line in 2.18. Well pleased. Great even I’ll definitely be back next year with hopefully a few more of you to keep me company.

2018 Melmerby 10k - Nicky Andrews


Three of us set off to Melmerby 10k this morning, Rebecca Normington, Richard Bell (who had been under the impression this was the Mulgrave 10k) and I. 

With a temperature of 22°c you could feel the heat coming off the road before we even started warming up and it just felt hotter once we set off.

Located in the little village of Melmerby just outside of Ripon you didn't get too much of a view of the surrounding countryside as it was mostly run on coutryroads surrounded by high hedges. The race description however was fairly accurate as an undulating race primarily flat with a few hills thrown in to keep it interesting. There were four water stops with one every few kilometres which was a nice option to have in the hot weather. After being deceived by a small village outside of Melmerby thinking that I was almost at the end there was a hard slog up a hill before entering the actual village and finally seing the finish line.

I found this race quite tough with conditions making it harder but well worth doing as it is quite fast, very local and had a nice goody bag with bananas, chocolate and medal. To top it off Rebecca and I won 2nd and 3rd ladies overall and got trophies. We just needed to bully another lady in to running to have been up for the Prosecco that was the team prize!

2018 Hardmoors 110 - Paul Atkinson


I was one of those kids at school, that always went too far, now, I'm an ultra runner.
Hardmoors 110, not knowing when to stop!
Filey Brigg, 8am, and all the nutters are gathered, runners and support crews, booked in, kit checked, ID checked, trackers taped onto packs, another adventure begins.
Months of stretches and exercises before breakfast, 30 to 50 mile weeks, long runs on Sunday at fixed steady pace, worrys about tendinitis and plantar watsits, big new head torch, all to get here, this start line, GO!
I am NOT a fantastic runner, I'm OK, but I'm better with the planing stuff, food, kit, pace. I've worked out a timetable, and the accountant has checked my maths, off we GO.
First 22 miles to Ravenscar go well, lots of chatting to old and new friends, views are stunning, 15 min early to the check point, feeling good.
Next leg to Robin Hoods Bay, climb that hill from the sea to the car park, 'The Brothers' Dave and Rob are there, quick top up and on towards Whitby.
30 miles done, down the 199 steps and into a mass of holiday makers, and the gates are closing to open the swing bridge, three of us sweet talk our way through just in time. Along the harbor and I find something I really need, public toilets, unfortunately I've not included 40p in change in my kit, so have to sneek in!
Mid day, too hot! I dig out my emergency £10 note and get an ice cream.
Sandsend, 36 miles, another meet with the lads, rice pudding and pot of peaches.
Just as Runswick Bay came into sight, I catch up with crazy Peter Allanach, he's about 90 miles into his HM160, we have a little chat about food and ice cream, and I push on. Pete has been an inspiration to me in my ultra running, nothing ever seems to get him down.
Finally I reach Saltburn, and the end of the 1st 'day' run.
53 miles done. This is the change over point, on goes the colder weather kit for the night, out comes the big head torch, big eat, cold baked beans, rice pud, fruit pot. Mother Dave sorts my feet out, Rob forces me to eat and drink, they were great, a first class support crew!
Ready for the off again, I can see runners coming in, heads down, needing cheering up, so I sang running bear to the everyone.
5 miles on, into Guisbough woods, and the fog's come down, my megga torch is bouncing back from the fog and I can see nowt, somehow got on the wrong track, which cost me a mile or so, and one more awfull climb to get back on route.
Roseberry Topping, 63 miles 00.30 am, Roseberry sounds cozy and warm, no, it's hard rock, wind swept and foggy, with poor marshals holding down a tent.
Quick meet up with a sleepy Dave and Rob, then onto the famous Kildale check point.
68 miles done. 1.30 am, you always get a cheer at kildale village hall, and hot food, soup and pizza, served by a girl with a flower in her hair (this is becoming surreal).
Now comes the hard work, one very steep climb, followed by the dreaded 'Blowarth Bit', on a good day its 9 miles of nothing, on a foggy night I put my music on, and Stiff little fingers, The clash, Remones and The Only Ones got me through.
2.30am, and out of the fog came two 4x4 trucks, they stopped at the side of me, and asked for DIRECTIONS, and off they went, did I dream that?
79 miles Are you still reading?
4.30 am I join the lads at clay bank, the brothers look better, they've had a sleep, Rob joins me for the next bit.
Up onto the 'Three Sisters' yep, more hills. As we come down the middle one, we see a runner coming towards us, he's flying up the hill, I realize it's Joe Atkinson, come back from uni to support the old man, this was such a lift for my spirits, the best moment of the race, unforgettable!
We all run on to Lordstones, 81 miles. and agree to meet up again after Osmotherly.
I'm using poles, walking but travelling fast and overtaking people who are still trying to run, miles pass,
Joe joins me and we get to 'Square corner' together,
90 miles! don't worry folk's the report is nearly over,
Look's like Rob and Dave have 'copped off' but no, as I get nearer I see it's Emma and Andrea come out to cheer me on.
Big climb again to a long winding track, filled with sharp hard stones, a lot of miles gone, but not enough to see 'the light at the end of the tunnel'
It's Sunday, and I start to mentally sing the church parade classic,
'Did those feet, in ancient times, walk upon England's mountains green'
before long I'm demanding my 'Chariot of Fire,'
thankfully, before I sing out loud again, I meet the gang coming the other way, and we reach Sutton Bank car park,
10 miles to go!
last sock change, my feet have exploded,
This last bash, with Joe, we pass lots of limping, battered, worn out runners, all determined to finish, all encouraging each other on, emotional!
Roof tops of Helmsley come into sight, one mile to go, Joe says what a strange statement that is, after 109 miles,
We can see Andrea's orange shirt at the top of the road, and into the finish.
Feet up, shoes off, coveted 'cross swords' tee shirt in my hand, I start laughing and find it hard to stop.
An amazing adventure.
31 hours 31 minutes, some seconds, 110 miles.

Ultra races start at about 32 miles, there is an excellent local race series with all races starting in Otley, If you'd like to have a go, or want to know more about the 'Hardmoor's' races, just ask.

Thanks to my excellent support crew, David Carberry and Robert Whitaker, with out you I wouldn't of got there,
Thanks Emma Coster and Andrea Normington, for shouts, cheers, smiles and cake!
And thanks to Joe Atkinson, for the 28 miles you ran with me, and that moment on the three sisters.

2018 Liverpool Rock 'n Roll Marathon - Tom Emmett


For reasons that I still haven't fully worked out, I decided to enter a couple of marathons, inspired by my experience at the Vale of York Half in September.

The first of them finally came around today - the Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon! After a stop over in Warrington last night, I arrived with my parents to pick up my number and get myself ready (sun cream was a must). I was feeling good and confident but was also conscious of the warm weather warnings that the organisers had sent around in the days leading up to the race.

Unfortunately, the weather proved to be my undoing!

The first ten miles - taking in Goodison Park, Anfield, Stanley Park and The Cavern Club - zipped by and I was slightly quicker than my 10-minute pace target. Unfortunately, my fear of dehydration meant I had much more to drink than I'm used to, which made the remainder much harder.

That, in combination with me idiotically eating a huge orange segment while trying to run, resulting in me inhaling some juice, brought my pace right down. The juice inhalation made my breath quite short for a while so I walked, then struggled to get back up to speed for any length of time.

In panic mode, I decided the best plan was some impromptu improvised Jeffing/Fartlek type stuff, alternating between running and walking.

Incidentally, I didn't seem to be the only one suffering; I chatted with a few first-timers who had significantly revised their targets down after halfway, and a group from a running club (I can't recall which one) who had all run multiple marathons, saying the heat had made it one of the toughest they'd done.

In the end, I averaged about 12 minutes a mile for a finish time of 5:20:05 - much slower than I had hoped for but certainly could've been worse after the 13-mile mark, and I DID A BLOODY MARATHON!! The shock hasn't worn off yet, especially as a year ago I hadn't done a 10k, and I could barely do 5k two years ago.

Anyway, the race itself. Liverpool is the only UK franchise of the Rock n Roll Marathon series, the USP of which is the extensive use of live music and DJs along the route.

This made for a great atmosphere and guaranteed a crowd at each stage to cheer us along. From a personal point of view, it sometimes made it a bit tricky to maintain a steady pace/breathing.

(As a sidenote - on long runs I often 'listen' to albums in my head. If I know the album really well, I don't have to think about it, it occupies my brain and I can mentally adjust the actual speed to match my pace or vice versa. I haven't been able to work out if this is weird or not - am I slightly insane? Does anyone else do this? Anyway...)

The high points of the route were running through the Anfield concourse (with a glimpse of the pitch) and past the Hillsborough memorial, all the parks were lovely and the final 6k along the seafront was very welcoming - and flat! There were a few deceptively steep hills which thankfully became less frequent as the race returned towards the docks.

The locals were great and provided really useful support, and all the race staff I spoke to were great too.

Personally though, I'm not sure I'd do the marathon again - I find it impossible to ignore music and the variety made my pacing trickier than I anticipated.

Having said that, if you wouldn't treat that as a concern, it was otherwise great fun and I'd recommend it :)

Now, time to start training for the Yorkshire Marathon!

Meant to mention - I've raised £488 for Children's Heart Surgery Fund (one of our nominated charities) for the marathon - details and donations can be seen here:

2018 The Fellsman - Simon Robertson


The Fellsman is a ~61 mile Ultra-marathon taking in lots of hills in a big arch between Ingleton and Grassington. When I did the Fellsman last year, it was my first Ultra-marathon, it was my big focus for the year and I trained solidly for four months, many long runs and many miles clocked up on my feet. This year was different, I'd only managed two long runs all year, and one of those was a section-route recce on the Tuesday before the race. And I'd had a stiff right Achilles for about 10 days, from marching into Wetherby with my four year-old on my shoulders whilst wearing sandals a few weeks back. It seemed to ease with stretching though, but it was a worry!

The race starts in Ingleton, where I met Martin Thomerson, who I ran the last half of the race with last year and we agreed we'd start running together and see how it went. Since last year Martin has run sub 3-hour marathons, completed the UTMB and been running loads. I explained that I have not and our paces might be different this year. Martin said we should be OK, he'd recently done the Manchester and London marathons and was starting with tired legs. So expectations set, we said we'd try and move at the same pace as last year, and hope to gain time in the final third when last year we were held-up.

We went outside for the final race briefing and we're off and running up ingleborough. I was huffing and puffing, but then I always do, but moving OK, and my tight right Achilles eased off. The top of this first climb was in cloud as we hit the summit, but we got there together in about 50 minutes, so off down the other side of the hill towards Whernside. The decent from Ingleborough is technical, lots of steep stony drops, I was moving OK, my right Achilles was coping really well. I started to relax, the sun came out as we were in the valley, through the Hill Inn check-point and onto Whernside. A long slog of a climb, but never too steep. Martin and I hit the ridge-path together, then there's a little out-and-back from this path to the summit, so faster runners whizz merrily down as we power up to the top, quickly through the check-point and then it's our turn to bound downhill past folk still ascending. The route goes 'off-piste' at this point, over a temporary stile over a wall and drops into Kingdale, this section can be slow and boggy, but we're lucky, despite the recent wet weather, the ground is springy not soggy and we make good time down the hill and across the two streams to the valley road.

From the Kingdale valley it's about 2 hours to the next road-side check-point with food and water supplies, so I stock-up with water, grab flap-jack and head up hill. I end up scrambling up on all fours at points on this climb, quads burning. Gragareth is very steep for about 1km. At the top there's a out and back to the summit on our left, then a long gradual climb up to Great Coum. My legs are feeling OK, Martin and I are both moving well and the ground on the summit is firm, so we trot along at a reasonable pace.

Along with the 20 items of mandatory kit for the event, I'm carrying a can of rum and coke in my back-pack, because earlier this year, when out riding my bike around Ecup I had 3 punctures on the same ride, and a kind fella stopped and gave me a lift to his house and gave me two spare tubes. And although I hadn't recalled his name, he told me he marshalled on the Fellsman, on the hill above Dent, so as a token of my gratitude, I'd resolved to get him a drink. But, at Great Coum (the first hill above Dent), one of the marshals was about 20 years older than my helper and the other was a woman. Hmm, maybe he's on the hill the other side of Dent. Anyway, it was a useful distraction from my aching legs, and so we pressed on and dropped into Dent, getting there just after 1pm.

Dent is a very picturesque village and the check-point here is always lively, with plenty of marshalls, but with a fast schedule in mind Martin and I grab fresh water supplies, lovely hot sausage-rolls and head straight back out towards Blea Moor. I started to struggle on the rocky road up onto Blea Moor. Unfortunately I'd expected this section as partly steep, partly runnable, and in mis-remembering it found the half-an-hour on steep stoney path a right grind. Also at this point my stomach was feeling a little queasy. Once the route leaves the stoney path, there's an open boggy moorland section to get across, this year it was wet, plenty on strength sapping knee-deep strides through the mud. At least the sun came out as got to the check-point. Neither of the marshals here were my bike-hero from a few month ago either, so I slung the rum and coke back in my back-pack and we turned to run down to Stonehouse. I was hoping real food, not just energy gels available in Stonehouse would settle my tum. We got to Stonehouse about 3pm. I gave my rum and coke to a random marshal, fed-up of carrying the extra weight! I grabbed water and pasta and strode out heading for Great Knoutberry, it's a steep up-hill slog for 50 minutes from Stonehouse, the first half-an-hour on a path, so we marched up, me forcing pasta into my mouth.

The last 20 mins of the Great Knoutberry climb is another slippy, boggy moorland section and it's an out-and-back bit too, so as we slog up, there are folks skipping down who are 30 minutes ahead of us. I puffed and panted up the final section and Martin was looking strong and pulling away a bit, but we re-grouped at the top. Having just walked for 50 minutes, it was good to try and move faster again on the decent and then cross another bit of moorland to Redshaw. Redshaw serve hotdogs, Mmm, probably the most welcome and enjoyable hotdog I've ever had. And Redshaw marks 30 miles, so we're now half-way. Martin and I caught up with Maria and Bridget on the way into Redshaw, and we were more efficient through the check-point, but they caught up with us again after the ground beneath me squelched and I half-disappeared into a bog. With my left leg fully submerged I needed Martin's help to get out. For the next few hours Maria, Bridget, Martin and I kept pretty much together as a four. I found it quite helpful, as I could just focus on breathing and moving my feet as Maria and Martin chatted and kept spirits up.

And so the four of us trotted through Snaizeholme, Dodd Fell and to Fleet Moss and although I wasn't feeling as strong as I did at this point last year, Martin and I were 30 minutes ahead of last years schedule. I'd recce'ed a very runnable route across Fleet Moss during the past week, so went quickly through the check-point and off onto the moorland which has deserves it's reputation as the hardest part of the course to navigate. Maria and Bridget caught us again and we tracked across the Moor, picking a really good route and although my legs were painful, the fact we never had to stop to navigate meant we gained good time getting to the mid-moor check-point. From there the four of us didn't agree whether to follow the crowd heading for a lower route, or follow my recce'ed route further up the hill. So we compromised and went in the middle of the two, missing both paths and bashed though the tussocks! We made it to the fence-line which leads to the Hells Gap check-point, but by this point my legs were leaden. Maria and Bridget pulled away, and then Martin pulled 40 yards ahead too. Martin and I re-grouped at Hells Gap, and we tried to catch Maria and Bridget as we headed to Cray. We got to Cray about 8:45, just over 12 hours in, 45 miles done and it was dusk. At dusk in the Fellsman you are 'grouped' and run the night-time section as a team. With Maria and Bridget wanting to push for a fast finish, they headed out quickly, and Martin and I were grouped with Rick, Fiona and Colin.

I'd picked a good line up the next hill, Buckden Pike and although it's steep and my legs held the team back a bit, we made fairly good time up this penultimate big climb. The sun disappeared as we pounded our way up, and it was noticeably colder on the summit, we got our tally's stamped and moved onward. The next section is easy if you know the route, so I went to the front of the group and lead us nicely down to a path marked with blue-topped wooden posts, then we turned left towards Top Mere. We lost the path at this point, not sure how, so we followed a wall for about a mile, where it was tricky under foot, but at least we knew where we were. My legs improved a bit as we marched the up hills and did the 'ultra-shuffle' on the flats approaching Park Rash. Here it started to rain, so we were all glad to get into the check-point tent, it was just gone 11pm. We all layered up with water-proofs, enjoyed the hot-chocolate, the cake and the heater. But after a 15 minute rest, when we headed out into the cold, dark, wet night and found our legs had stiffened, it made the next 20 minutes tough. The base of the climb up Great Whernside is vague and we occasionally veered off until we hit the 15 minutes of steep climbing. We were in the cloud now, so progress was slow, so we followed the summit fence along, looking out for the check-point which is further along than anyone thought, but eventually, just after midnight, we saw it's red-flashing light, we all got clipped headed off for the long final decent.

There's still 2.5 hours of walking, running, slipping and sliding from the top of the last peak to the finish line in the Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield, but Rick, Fiona, Colin , Martin and myself made a good team, we kept good pace together and kept each others spirits up. We got officially de-grouped 2 miles from the end, and Rick, Fiona and Colin managed to jog on slightly faster than Martin and I, but we finished just gone 2.30am, 18 hours 8 minutes after we set off. We took a few photos, collected our finishers buffs and then all said our good-byes at the end of our epic adventure. I was really pleased to finish quicker than last year, since I knew I was under-prepared by comparison. But just by doing a few more tricky bits of the route in the light and then getting into a good group I had finished 1 hour 20 minutes quicker. I finished 77th out of 341 starters.

The Fellsman really is an unique challenge, 61 miles, mainly off-road, some off-path, supported, fed and watered by an army of volunteers (mostly from Keighley Scouts), over the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. I'll be doing it again next year. It's an amazing event to have on our doorsteps, next year, why not join me?

Here's a record of this years run on Strava:

2018 Three Peaks - Unfinished Business


After deciding to run in 2016 with barely three weeks of training after injury the predictable missed cut-off at Hill Inn was still very hard to take. That unfinished business meant that this was my no1 race for the year. Me, Chris Plews, Paul Nelson and Andy Walsh gathered in the huge Marque at the field in Horton at around 9.00 collected our numbers activated our dibbers and queued up for the mandatory kit check. Unlike most here I’m not one to spend a fortune on a super light jacket that I’ll probably never wear so a rather old Gortex with obligatory taped seams plus Mark Foster’s borrowed over trousers crammed in to my callback made for a rather heavy pack. With map food gloves hat etc the pack was straining up the seems whilst other runners were obviously in receipt of tardis like bum bags.

On the whole we were all looking just to get around, Chris and Paul had run London the week before so could hardly be considered fresh. Andy was on the comeback trail and knew he’d not put the miles in and I was still haunted by my failure of two years sooner and simply couldn’t even think about anything but getting to Hill Inn before the 3 hour 30 cut-off.

This race attracts a quality field and I fully expected to finish in the bottom dozen. Strict cut off times ensure that there is no chance to take it easy up to the two thirds point. With those cuts offs written on my hand front and back, plus Chris’s estimation of where I needed to be on each Marshall point to hit the all important final cut off - I was all set.
10.30 came around all too soon and we shuffled up to the starting line, no sooner had I turned my Garmin than the flag dropped. Leg it!! With Garmin still trying to find some spec of metal thousands of miles up. Never mind as long as my time of day was working that’s all that mattered.

After a short run down Horton High Street, we headed straight onto the rocky track up PenyGhent. The crowded path demanded full concentration to avoid the bigger stones and I didn't really look up until we hit the steeper section of the ascent and the pack thinned out a little.

As I neared the steeper part of the climb there was a murmur of appreciation ahead and suddenly the race leaders literally flew past. For me this would be the only chance to see the fell running elites, it’s quite humbling seeing how the top guys make short work of the terrain. At this point Ricky Lightfoot was in front withTom Owens on his heels, Tom went on to win in 2.49.08. Respect. A modest 46 mins to the top for me but one minute outside of Chris’s instructed time. Mild panic, although I knew not to go too fast at this point or I’d pay for it in spades later.

The next section from PenyGhent to Ribblehead was my favourite part soft ground, a rarity on this race, with chance to seek out a few runners who look like they know what they’re doing and then hang on to their coat tails. I’m not ashamed by this, on fell races in particular the amount of time you can save by been aware of the route that more experienced folk are taking can make a big difference. I was pleased and a bit surprised to make it to Ribblehead in 1:56,14 mins ahead of the 2:10 cut off and seven minutes faster than my last attempt. Time for a big slice of Chris Smedley’s home made ‘black??’ Flapjack, Chris had made a bumper batch for his Hardmore efforts. It really hit the spot.

Experience tells me that once I’ve started I will pretty much never stop to get food out of my backpack, so I’d stuffed my pockets with love hearts (which Anne Foster swears by), flapjack courtesy of Chris and also Jo Ranking all packed in with a buff to ensure I didn’t lose all my fuel if I took a tumble. A few runners where using this checkpoint as time for a stop and a drink but I was too scared that I’d bonk on the climb to lose precious minutes, Whernside now loomed large ahead of me on the other side of the Viaduct.

You start the journey up on the walkers path and then just as you near the signal station the marshalls direct you under the railway and down towards the a wide stream that you need to cross as best you can. A few runners were making hard going of the stones but I knew my feet would get sodden in the forthcoming bog so I ran through the stream. Bit of a mistake that as reaching the bank my X talons now had zero grip and one minute I was placing a well sighted foot on a rock to leap up the river bank and the next I went A-over-T and landed with a thud. Shouts of ‘are you alright mate’ (not to be the last!) came from behind me as I popped up trying to regain lost dignity and praying that I’d not done too much damage, fortunately a bit of bruised elbow but nothing to worry about.

After 2016 I’d had nightmares about the stile at the bottom of Whernside which I’d had to queue to get over but this year there was a lovey gap in the wall and we sailed through. There’s no easy way through the next bit of bog you just have to hope that you don’t lose both thighs simultaneously. I nearly made it clean across but then disaster I felt my leading leg disappear up to the thigh and I just hurled myself face forwards across trying not to sink too deep, which would have been knackering to get out. I was now a nice builders tea colour head to toe but I’d got across pretty quickly so was happy. Whernside’s climb is unique in the race, no path no steps. It’s impossible to get to the top without using hands and feet, and even the pros resort to a four limbed scramble. I was trying to use the Paula Radcliffe, count every step technique to take my mind off how hard my quads and calves were burning. My pack now took on corset like tightness as I struggled to get some breathing rhythm. I was aware that I was taking on a lot of water from my camelback and knew that it had to last pretty much another three hours yet, it was warm going though and the sweat was streaming into my eyes. I knew that Chris Martin was planing to be at the summit and I was hoping to cadge a drink. I’d put a heart attack enducing amount of salt on my porridge that morning to try to stave off cramp which is almost inevitable to less able runners at this point. One minute feeling ok the next my calf felt like it was going to bend forwards unnaturally, pain, scream, followed by paralysis. Fortunately just the one leg this time to stretch, not easy on a 60 degree slope but I managed it. I could now hear the raucous Marshall’s shouting encouragement and then Chris Martins dulcet tones ‘cmon Rich your doing great! Some 50 mins after passing Ribblehead, having covered just 4km, I hauled my burning quads up onto the top of Whernside, dibbing in at 2:47. a big hug for Chris who told me I was inside the cut off and now had a hole 45 minutes or so to get to Hill Inn. Also just as importantly Chris handed me a bottle of isatonic which I downed in a oner. The only thing that could stop me now was a crash or the dreaded cramp. So I decided to go for both.

The descent from Whernside is quite tough, the rules are very strict now about following the path with disqualification the prize for running down the much kinder fell. The path is crammed with walkers and as the rain was holding off it was a very busy place to be. One minute I was aware of some walkers ahead and made mental note to steer clear of them and their poles, that bit of forward thinking cost me dear as my foot found a rock and down I went, no bones broken but the fall had brought on bad cramp in both calves, I couldn’t move my legs for a few frightening seconds. A marshal pulled me to my feet and being verticals brought some feeling back to protesting calves. A big thank you to the Marshall and another runner who’d stopped and I was off again. I reached the Hill Inn checkpoint at 3.17, elated to have made the cut off with 13 mins to spare well inside my target. I had stashed a drinks bottle here, and whilst I drank Andy Walsh hobbled towards me saying that his legs were shattered and he was pulling out. I tried to persuade him to jog the last bit with me but he was adamant. I stuffed some more miraculous flapjack in my face, before stumbling off up the approach to Ingleborough with great encouragement from the crowds at the checkpoint.

All thoughts of failure had gone, but I realised that if I bonked that would be race over so I was determined to respect the race but make sure I don’t overcook myself. So I relaxed and ran / walked the long drag on the approach, the final climb up Ingleborough is steep and is all stone mostly fashioned into uneven rocky steps, single file, step, pull and step again. I reached the top of Ingleborough in 55 minutes, the flat summit fortunately well flagged to aid navigation.
Three climbs done and heading for home, a realisation dawned on me that I had a good chance of being inside 5 hours 30 which would be unbelievable.

So I made a pledge no more walking. The last 4 miles to Horton are a real pain, but you have to get all the way back to civilisation at Horton. By now I was picking off a few runners especially as randomly the guys in front would pull up with cramp and need to stretch out. The ground was quite soft, which was a luxury after all that running on stones but the mud stretch didn’t last long before we hit limestone pavement which may look nice on a postcard but it’s a bar steward when your feet are starting to let you know that they hurt after kicking one loose stone too many. Coming to a gate the Marshal said only two miles to go and their all downhill, music to my ears.

My run in was a pretty good pace, after the seemingly endless moor, you crest a hill and finally catch a glimpse of the race marquee and the finish.

The race route diverts from the public path before reaching Horton. It heads under the railway line and through a very kind persons back garden before crossing the main road and into the finish field. Sprint finish, but would there be anyone to witness it - thankfully yes as Liz and Cris Martin and Jo Rankin were there to see me cross the line with a wave to the Wetherby Flag flying next to the finish. It was emotional I’ve got to say, a lot like finishing your first marathon. Handing over the money for my race t-shirt that I didn’t dare pre order was a sweet as any post race pint.

Race done, job done; 5:13. First home for the Mighty O was Chris Plews 4:22 (321) followed by Paul Nelson 4:28 (354) and then my good self.

That’s my report told, a bit of an epic essay for an epic race; three mountains just short of 6,000ft of climb and little over 23 miles.

2018 Yorkshire Veterans Cross Country Champs


A VIEW FROM THE REAR - David Yeomans

Race report 40th Yorkshire Veterans Cross Country Champs. at Cleckheaton 4th March 2018

As only Wetherby runner I have to do it!

Early Sunday morning set off out into "Beast from East" to start the "Treck to Cleck" having received E mail from organisers that course was safe to race.

The course was 9.4.k over 5 laps of what used to be pitch and put but now derelict land. Conditions best described as treacherous. Snow covered tree roots and where there was no snow it was slippery slush with the rest deep cloying mud. One big hill to be climbed 5 times and a stream cleared 10 times

My days of podium finishes are long past and it is now more often a view from the rear so there is plenty of time to think whilst running. Along with the usual "What the hell am I doing here?" thought, today I think of Spenborough AC and what a marvellous job they had done in marking ourt the twisting course with flags and tapes and making sure we had somewhere to run after last weeks awful weather.I reflected on the good banter that is exchanged between runners at the back of the field and yet when I slipped down it was two runners who were lapping me that took time out to make sure I was ok before they disappered into the distance. What a great sport this is.

At the end of lap 4 when the thought of quitting enters my head I suddenly feel a great responsibility to my Club. Today I am the only representative of the mighty O. I feel I must not let them down. Why does it matter? Well six months ago I turned up at Wednesday training expecting to be told sorry sod off you are too old. None of this for I was made to feel really welcome, and over the weeks even useful for the Club at the Peco's. It is because of Wetherby Runners that I have a purpose in life again, I cannot wait for Wednesday night training, I have races planned all summer and PB's to better. I have met new colleagues who make running fun, have taught me how to use Facebook, messenger and even mended my old bike (thanks Chris). My wife says it is like I am 20 years younger in attitude. Without really knowing it the members of Wetherby Runners have changed my life and that is the reason I cannot let them down now. Quitting thoughts expelled I go on and before long the finishing line appears. A quick (ish) sprint to the the end and the adrenaline rush arrives having completed the race and even managed to be ahead of some others as well as quite a few who dropped out.

Was it all worth it?

Top 10 finish on age group 65-70 in a County Championship - got to be happy with that
New PB - (never run 9.4k race before)
First Wetherby runner home (be surprised if this ever happens again)
Ok a slowish time but surely this should boost my handicap by at least 20 minutes for the Mulgrave Castle run!!

Yes it was worth it for all those reasons and just for the great feeling you get at the end of the race.

Have a laugh and raise some money for our charity of the year.


Children's Heart Surgery Fund - Comedy Night, 2nd March

Does anybody fancy a lorra laughs on a Friday night and helping to raise money for CHSF (one of our club charities) at the same time?

It's being held at the Aspire in Leeds (in the city centre ) on Friday 2nd March. Tickets are £16 and food can be purchased at the venue. Doors open at 6.30pm.

More details at

If you are interested in going please contact Debra or Andrew Wheeler to join the party.

Charities of the Year 2018


Wetherby Runners AC are proud to announce their chosen charities for 2018 are WiSE (Wetherby in Support of the Elderly) and Children's Heart Surgery Fund.

Wetherby 10k Report


It was a fight to the finish line in The Wetherby 10k with four runners cresting the brow of the rise at the racecourse in the final 200 metres. Rob Scott of Richmond & Zetland Harriers was the victor by just outsprinting previous Winner and Vet 40 runner Mike Burrett of Leeds City AC. Mikes time of 32 min 42 seconds would have equalled last years winner. So despite it being a blustery day Rob Scott’s time of 32 min 39 seconds had been hard won all the way around.

Third home was Scott Hinchcliffe of Penistone Footpath Runners & AC (32.44) closely followed by Callum Elson of Roundhay Runners (32.53). Any four of them could have won it from a long way out as the battle for the lead had been close for most of the 10km (6 mile) distance.

Calum got the consolation of being first Junior placing (Under20) and Reece Dalton of Ripon was second placed, finishing 5th overall in 34.07.

The ladies race proved equally engaging with Lucy Crookes of Leeds City AC smashing the course record for ladies set by Tracey Morris at the first Wetherby 10k in 2006. Lucy’s time of 35 minutes 7 seconds gave her the £100 target time bonus and beat the course record of 35 min 25 seconds by quite some margin, an event never before achieved in the races 12 year history.

Lucy, just coming back into training, was delighted particularly on a windy day and given the course has a small off road section. She was followed home by Club mate Leila Armoush in 36 min 46 seconds. Third was Sharon Barlow of Harrogate Harriers & AC. Her time of 37 min 54seconds was, for her she said ‘disappointing’ but still won her age class.

The Under 20’s female prize went to Becky Briggs of Beverley AC in a time of 38 min 7 seconds.

First Male team was a resurgent Ripon AC with Reece Dalton, Simon Cave and Joe Lofthouse taking the honours ahead of Wetherby Runners AC headed by our own Paul Millgate, Joseph Kwallah & new comer to the racing scene Nils Linstrum. Third Team was Harrogate Harriers.

The first Ladies team was Leeds City AC with Lucy Crookes, Leila Armoush and Alice Leake. Second ladies Team was Harrogate Harriers with Sharon Barlow, Charlotte Van Heist & Shamisa Sisimaya. Third team was Wetherby Runners with Stella Cross, Frederica Moore & Phoebe Coster.

It proved to be the largest field in the races history on Sunday with 1,135 runners signing up and 911 finishers to the main race. The charity chosen by Wetherby Runners for this event was Wise (Wetherby in Support of the Elderly) and Karen Leafe of the charity was on hand along with Town Mayor Norma Harrington who flagged of the main race and also the Wetherby Mini Marathon with 122 runners. First was Jamie Walker of Valley Striders covering 1.6 miles just ahead of Otley’s Jenson Brogden. He was followed in by Wetherby’s Dan Linstrum. The girls first finisher was Erin Glover of Beverley AC, followed by Holley Davey of Otley AC and in third Louisa Welton. First primary boy, 4th overall was Tom Davey who will be starting for Wetherby soon. First primary girl was Emily Holloway of Beverley AC The prestigious Gray Cup for First Local Athlete was won again by Joseph Kwallah, who despite knee injury was delighted to be even on the start line. He was delighted with the prize from Wetherby Swimming Poll and will use the three months gym membership during the winter Months. First Local lady (LS22 postcode) was a new award and was sponsored by Wetherby Bike Shack. Leigh- Anne Webster was victorious in 50 minutes 23 seconds.

The day was all about achieving personal goals and there were many who challenged themselves over the 6 miles’ route which takes runners from Wetherby racecourse out towards Kirk Deighton, around the cycle track of the A168 before returning along the Harland Way towards Walton and back to the racecourse. Tempo FM were on the scene to record and report all the action.

Organisers Wetherby Runners AC were delighted with the support this year. Not least from Race Number Sponsors the Swan And Talbot, Ford Dealers Lawton’s of Tadcaster, The Kids Clothing Shop Doodlebug and Leeds Building Society. As well as the customary large Stein mug, which all competitors receive the race had the support of ‘Subsports’ clothing Company and each finisher also received a technical T Shirt as well as goodies from the new Aldi Store and a free bottle of water courtesy of Nestle. This was together with vouchers from Wetherby Swimming pool and a race day 20% discounted fish and Chips at Wetherby Whaler. It was also thanks to Platinum Print, Wetherby St James Church, I-Store Classics and Wetherby Lions too who all help to bring a ‘Cracking Little Yorkshire Run’ to Wetherby.

Entries are already open for the 2018 event which takes place on 2nd September 2018. Entry details and further information is available at

Wetherby 10 Results


Results from Wetherby 10k (courtesty of and Mini Marathon

Fell he's a jolly good fellow - Simon Robertson's Fellsman Race Report


Fellsman 2017 Race report

The Fellsman is a 60 mile horse-shoe shaped race over the Yorkshire Dales with over 3,000 meters of climbing. It's not a marked route, you navigate between 25 checkpoints, mostly is over open moorland from Ingelton to Threshfield near Grassington.

The race starts with three brutal climbs, Ingelborough, Wernside and Gragareth, I set off at a positive pace and paid for it on the Gragareth assent, it’s so steep in parts I was scrambling up on all fours.  Lots of runners passed me after Gragareth, as better runners than me streamed by and I settled further back down the pack.  As I descended into Dent, I met up with Martin Thomerson, a very experienced Ultra-Marathon runner doing his sixth Fellsman.  We started nattering, and ended up sticking together for the next 70km.  I was lucky, because Martin lead us all the way to Fleet Moss barely glancing at a map.

One of the odd things of the Fellsman is that you get put into a group of minimum 4 for safety, at dusk (7pm).  Martin told few stories of previous Fleet Moss navigation nightmares.  I’d recce’ed this bit a few weeks before, so whipped out my maps and with fairly little bother we got to the trickiest check-point 2/3rds of the way across the moor.  I felt like a champ!  Leaving that check-point, we crossed to the right gap in a wall, but then I failed to take a bearing to pick-up the next wall, across the featureless  open moorland, as it got dark we drifted too far North.  Eventually we looped around off a fence to find the next check-point, but that mistake probably cost us half-an-hour.  I felt like a chump.

We got grouped at Cray, and I got lucky again, grouped with, another experienced Fellsman, Nick Ham.  In a big group of seven, we set off, Nick leading us through the darkness.  But another member of our group, Alwyn, had a really tough hour, first his head-torch failed, then his legs ceased, then he emptied his guts onto the path.  We all told him he’d start to feel better for it, but in the pitch-back of night, it’s hard to know who believed it.  Alwyn got himself going again and he did get a second wind.  We pushed on through the dark, we were tiring and had a couple of navigation debates, it’s hard to establish trust amongst seven strangers in the dark, but made impressive progress to Park Rash around midnight.  Only one big hill and ten miles to go!

The path up Great Wernside is steep, and our group of seven weary souls, struggled to keep the group together, but we took good lines, found our last hilltop check-point, all downhill from here!  Then my turn for a horrid half-hour.  My thighs were very painful on each jolting step down hill, then my right-knee started to shoot pain through me on every step of a rocky part of the descent.  I was down to a shuffle.  I started to worry I’d not be able to finish let alone be able to do my planned cycle the next day.  Group Morale Officer Steve (or maybe Tim, it was dark!) gave me some paracetamol and the ground levelled out. When I stopped, my right knee tightened up,  so I tried to make sure to keep moving.  Onwards, onwards into the night.

I guess the drugs kicked in, because from the road above Grassington I found I could jog down into town and onto the finish just before 4am, just under 19&1/2 hours since I set off.  I was elated to finish, but exhausted too.

The Fellsman was part 1 of my weekend challenge to raise £2,000 for WISE and Martin House and my fundraising reached that target on Friday.  Thanks to you all for your support.  Part 2 of the my weekend challenge was the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive, so having rested for half-an-hour, I set off again..

Winter Training Weekend in the Lakes - 2017


Following the success of our Wetherby Winter Weekend 2016 we are pleased to announce the sequel – Wetherby Winter Weekend 2017. This will take place on the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th Novemeber that's 2 nights B&B.

Once again we have exclusive use of the Coledale Inn in Braithwaite, just outside Keswick, which can accommodate approximately 40 people.

The weekend will be a healthy mixture of exercise, food, drink and good company, not to mention Christmas shopping possibilities in Keswick!

We will meet for a sociable lunchtime run en route on the Friday and have our evening meal in the hotel. On the Saturday there will be a variety of running, cycling and walking options and again we will have our evening meal in the hotel. There will be more of the same on the Sunday morning, and we will leave after lunch.

As we will lose daylight from about 3.30pm there will be plenty of opportunities for down time and non-running activities!

The cost for the weekend will be £130 per person for 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast.  Places are limited, and will be allocated on a  “first come, first served basis”. A deposit of £20 per person to Debra Wheeler will secure a booking.

For further details please contact Debra or any member of the Committee.

Further details about the hotel can be found at

Wetherby Run Results


10k Results at UK Results
5k reults at UK Results
Mini Marathin results at UK Results
Both courtesy of John Schofield at UK Results

100km Run in aid of Wetherby and District Foodbank


The clock is ticking for Joseph Kwallah and the BIG day is just around the corner - Sunday 7th August 2016 - the 100k run day in aid of Wetherby and District Food Bank.

Please support Joseph by helping raise £1,000 by donating via the Just Giving page below.

Everyone who gives a donation gets an automatic entry into a raffle draw.
  1st Prize - Accomodation for two at any Mercure Hotel.
  2nd Prize - Four Comedy Night tickets at The Engine Shed.

Joseph would be greatful for any volunteers to join him at different points on the two loop course to the east of Wetherby. He wants people to be spread over the whole two laps so please let him know where and when you want to join. The target pace will be 8 miles an hour and 9 minutes a mile for the second lap however the pace can be adjusted to accomodate everyone at any pace.

Estimated time of arrival at each village are shown in the attahed document.

Thanks for your support

Wetherby Foodbank Music Festival


Last weekend members of Wetherby Runners AC and Wetherby Swimming Club swapped running shoes and swimming goggles for their dancing shoes and headed to the Wetherby Sports Association to support the 'Foodbank Music Festival'.  The event was organised to raise money for the running clubs chosen charity this year Wetherby Foodbank, and by hosting the event at the WSA it was intended to provide valuable income for the WSA still coping with the financial consequences of last Decembers floods.

All acts performing had musicians with strong links to both clubs, providing a mix of music styles and genres to cater for as many music tastes as possible. After a brief word of thanks from Norma Harrington (Trustee of the Foodbank), proceedings were kicked off by Contraband, recently formed for the occasion. They were soon followed by teenage band Weekend In Campania, whose band members are all students at Wetherby High School who played a set of original songs they had written for their recent performance at the Leeds Amp awards. Proceedings then mellowed with a set from Graham Matthews, Martyn Smyth  and Malcolm Forsythe who played a 60s acoustic set of classic songs. They were then joined on stage by vocalist Sadie Yarwood, a real singing sensation whose talent is just being realised.
The evening was then rounded off with The Bad Daddies, well known on the local beer festival circuit who rocked the audience with an upbeat set that had all the audience rocking.

By the end of the evening ticket sales amounted to £1000, and with bar takings of £1700, the event had surpassed all expectations. The WSA and two of the event organisers Mike Kendall smith and. Ian  Legg, are giving serious consideration to making it an annual event, with plans to make it even bigger to showcase more local music acts.

HDSRL 2016 Dates Released


Date Time Organising Club Details Results
Thurs 5th May 7:30pm Ilkley Harriers AC
(please note earlier race time)
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 Tue 24th May 7:45pm Nidd Valley Road Runners tba tba
 Tue 31st May 7:45pm Swaledale Road Runners tba tba
 Thurs 16th June 7:45pm Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers Directions and Course Map tba
Tue 28th June 7:20pm onwards Ripon Runners (Parking at Ripon Rugby Club, Mallorie Park, Ripon, HG4 2QD) Ripon HDSRL race map tba

More info at HDSRL website

Millgate swaps brass for bronze at half marathon


Brass Monkey Half Marathon, 17 January

Fourteen Wetherby Runners took to the start line of the 34th Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York, joining nearly 1500 others to see how far up the field they could finish, aim for a new personal best, or just complete the distance in one piece. Race winners Dan Kestral of Barnsley AC and Sharon Barlow of Ripon Runners stopped the clock at 1:08:53 and 1:18:33 on the crisp January morning. While a successful six Wetherby Runners achieved personal best times, led home once again by Paul Millgate. Millgate ran 1:14:09 which unsurprisingly put him in the top three of the male veteran 40 category and top 20 overall (17th). Mark Holt, Rob Whitaker and Paul Windle were next to collect their personal best times of 1:22:25, 1:22:26 and 1:22:38 respectively for 103rd, 104th and 109th places. Chris Martin (1:39:46) and Paul Dennison (1:50:44) also ran faster than ever before for the distance. A trio of Wetherby women were also representing the club in York and Jo Derry, Claire Robinson and Debbie Dennison recorded times of 1:34:57, 1:44:00 and 1:46:34 respectively.


North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country, 17 January

In the North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships, Stella Moore was Wetherby’s highest placed athlete, finishing an excellent 3rd in the Inter Girls race, competing in the same race, which was won by Anna Beever, Wetherby teammate Laura Jeal was 27th. Freddie Moore also had an excellent race to finish 5th in the Junior Girls race, which was won by Katie Atkinson. While in the Year 7 Girls race, won by Alice Jones, Wetherby Runner Katie Brenna came 24th. In the Senior Boys race, won by Liam Rabjohn, Wetherby’s Joe Atkinson came 20th. In the Junior Boys race, won by Josh Dickinson, James Jeal from Wetherby was 21st, well inside the top half of a large field of runners.


PECO League Cross Country, 24 January

Round 4 of the PECO Cross Country League took place at Golden Acre Park. The Senior Mens race was won by Terry Forrest of Ackworth RR in 25:53. First Wetherby man home was once again Paul Millgate in a brilliant 9th position (27:16) and 2nd Male Veteran 40, just 2 seconds adrift of the first MV40. Milgate was followed by Richard Bewell who also had a brilliant race to finish in 34th position and first MV50 (29:17) and Joseph Kwallah who came home in 49th place and 6th MV45 (29:59).

In the Senior Womens race, Brownen Jenkinson of Leeds University CCC took the win in 30:21. Representing Wetherby Runners, the first three women home for the club were; Claire Robinson, 62nd (37:45); Helen Buglass, 74th (38:26); and Lara Johnson, 109th (40:23). Helen was also 6th FV45.

In the School Years 7-12 (2 mile) race, Dominic Coy of Ilkley Harriers had the honour of crossing the line first while Jessica Jones of Harrogate Harriers was first girl. Wetherby’s Frederica Moore was 3rd girl and 2nd in her category (Girls years 7-9).

In the team results, in the Men’s Premier Division, Wetherby Runners are lying in 3rd position and in the Ladies First Division, Wetherby Runners are currently in 7th position.


County vests for Hillery and Lambert


Toby Hillery, 5th U17 man at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships

Caroline Lambert, 5th senior woman at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships

Temple Newsam 10 mile race, 10 January

In the Temple Newsam 10 mile race, 18 Wetherby Runners took part. First Wetherby man home was David Carberry who finished 29th in 1:11:16 and he was followed by Chris Plews 36th in 1:12:16 and Simon Chandler, 78th in 1:17:10. First Wetherby woman was Emma Coster who finished 15th in her category, crossing the line after 1:27:38 of running. Coster was being chased by Andrea Normington and Helen Buglass who finished an excellent 5th and 6th positions in their category in 1:28:41 and 1:29:58 respectively. First man overall was Mark Smith of Rothwell Harriers (1:00:06) and first woman to cross the line was Charmaine Horsfall (1:11:48).

 Hardmoor Chop Gate Chiller night race, 9 January

In the Hardmoor Chop Gate Chiller night race, a 7.4 mile run over the Three Sisters on the Cleveland Way with 793m of ascent, Wetherby Runner’s long distance expert Paul Nelson finished in 6th place in 1:25:34, a good start to Paul’s 2016 racing calendar.

 Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, 9 January

In the senior women’s race at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, Claire Duck of Leeds City AC won her first county title from Susan Partridge, also Leeds City AC and Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth Harriers. Wetherby Runner Caroline Lambert continued her run of good form to finish in 5th place. In the senior men’s race, Jonathon Thewlis (Notts AC) took the title from Tom Adams (Ilkley) and Steve Bayton (Halamshire Harriers). Wetherby’s top representative was Paul Milgate who finished 61st. In the U17 women’s race, won by Alice Moore of Barnsley AC, Wetherby Runners Stella Cross and Phoebe Coster were 19th and 21st respectively while in the U17 men’s race, Wetherby Runner Toby Hillery’s determination and hard work in training and racing paid off as he finished in 5th place and was rewarded with his first County vest. His race was won by Robbie Brown (City of York AC). Anna Beever of Harrogate won the under 15 girls race in which Wetherby Runner Frederica Moore came 21st. Tom Barrett of Keighley and Craven won the under 15 boys race in which Wetherby Runner Ben Parker came 39th. 

 PECO Cross Country League, 3 January

In the third round of the PECO Cross Country League at Middleton Park, Wetherby Runners once again fielded strong teams. The senior men’s race was won by Jack Smith of Wharfdale Harriers in 29:22 and Paul Milgate again led the impressive turn out of Wetherby Runners home, placing 13th in 31:13 and finishing 1nd male veteran 40. Milgate was followed by Richard Bewell in 45th (33:33) who was 3rd male veteran 50 and Joseph Kwallah in 47th (33:41). The senior women’s race was won by Claire Green of Pudsey and Bramley in 34:14. While the top three Wetherby women finished very close together in 82nd, 3rd and 87th positions. Helen Buglass, Claire Robinson and Lara Johnson completed the course in 45:29, 45:33 and 45:47 respectively. In the school years 7-12 race, of 2miles, Dominic Coy of Ilkley Harriers was first boy in a speedy 12:31 and Jessica Jones of Harrogate Harriers was first girl in an impressive 14:14. Wetherby’s sole representative Frederica Moore was 19th in the race and 2nd in her category of girls years 7-9.

 Captain Cook’s fell race, 1 January

Wetherby Runner Caroline Lambert was 1st woman and 14th overall in the Captain Cook’s fell race on New Years Day. Following torrential downpours at the end of 2015, runners were grateful for a good frost on New Years Eve making the course less muddy and providing excellent running conditions. Lambert had a good lead at Captain Cook’s Monument over Catherine Williamson and Sharon Bulman and went on to a comfortable win after 35:22 of running. The first man home was Harry Holmes (32:39) who was able to throw off former winner Paul Lowe with Chris Roberts just behind.

 Guisborough Woods fell race, 27 December

The Guisborough Woods fell race was won by Aidan Rigby from New Markse Harriers (39:52) and Alice Rigby also of New Markse Harriers (49:27). As much of North Yorkshire suffered from flooding, the runners were blessed with the weather – a sunny day with a light breeze, although the course was muddy from the previous day’s torrential rain. Wetherby’s Richard Bewell finished an excellent 11th to win the male veteran 50 prize (44:06), while team mates Chris Plews (32nd) and Andrew Fry (52nd) also ran well. Caroline Fry finished 8th in her category with 65:10 and was backed up by Judy Bewell who was 4th in her category with 68:52.




Nelson on top at Roseberry Topping


Paul Nelson collecting his trophy for winning the Hardmoor Marathon League from race organiser Jon Steele

West Yorkshire Cross Country League, Nunroyd Park

In the fourth round of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Nunroyd Park, 11 Wetherby Runners took part. Stella Cross was the highest place Wetherby Runner, coming 8th place in the U17 ladies race in 16:43, 1:20 behind race winner Alice Moore from Holmfirth. Phoebe Coster also had a great run in the same race finishing in 10th position.

Wetherby’s U17 men also ran well with Toby Hillary taking 10th place and Joe Atkinson 22nd in 16:29 and 18:14 respectively in a race won by George Mills of Harrogate (15:30).

In the U15 age group, Frederica Moore continued her run of good results with 11th, one minute behind race winner Anna Beever (Harrogate) while Ben Parker was 15th in the boys race, two minutes adrift of 1st placed Luke Stonehewer (Scunthorpe).

In very large U11 fields of 60 girls and 63 boys, Wetherby’s two representatives Robyn McKendrick and Oliver Harper did very well to finish 35th and 25th respectively.

Although Wetherby had no senior women competing, three men took to the start line of the Senior Men’s race. Paul Milgate was first home in 33rd place (35:00), five minutes behind Simon Deakin of Leeds City. Joseph Kwallah was 68th (37:30) and Paul Atkinson was 121st (42:25).

Peco Cross Country League, West Park

In the second round of the Peco League at West Park, Frederica Moore was Wetherby’s sole representative in the junior races. Frederica came 3rd in her category (girls school years 7 to 9) and 16th in the 2 mile race in 15:09.

Eleven Wetherby women competed in the Senior Women’s race which was won by fell runner Claire Green from Pudsey and Bramley in 33:21. Emily Legg was first Wetherby home in 42nd position (39:42) followed by Claire Robinson in 69th and Helen Buglass in 84th place.

The Senior Men’s race was won by Jack Smith of Wharfdale Harriers in 27:56. Paul Milgate was once again first man for Wetherby, placing 13th in 29:46. Next home was Jonny Dudley in 24th place (30:51) followed by Richard Bewell in 37th place (31:53). Paul was also 2nd MV40 and Richard was 1st MV50.

Wetherby’s teams are currently holding 3rd in the Men’s Premier Division, 2nd in the Men’s Vets Premier Division, 6th in the Ladies First Division and 9th in the Ladies Vets Premier Division.

Telford 10km

Mountain running specialist Caroline Lambert was 1st U23 woman and 130th overall in the Telford 10km with a new PB and age group club record of 35:38. The race was won by Ryan Mcleod of Tipon Harriers in 29:41 with first woman Jenna Hill of Sale Harriers running 33:46.

Eskdale Eureka Fell Race

In the Eskdale Eureka Fell Race, Richard Bewell came 4th overall and 1st MV50 in a time of 66:41. The race was won by Cameron Taylor of Esk Valley Fell Runners in 58:22.

Hardmoor Roseberry Topping Marathon

In the Hardmoor Roseberry Topping Marathon, Paul Nelson finished off an excellent year with 6th place, while Andy Walsh had a fantastic first run at the distance, coming 14th. Adam Hutchison also competed and finished inside the top 70.

Roseberry Topping was the final race of 7 in the marathon league where the best 6 races counted towards the final standings. Paul Nelson collected an impressive set of results throughout the year with two 1st places, two 2nd places, a 3rd and a 4th which unsurprisingly gave him the lowest combined score and won him the league.


Wetherby Runners - not just good at running


 In addition to all the club’s sporting achievements in 2015, Wetherby Runners also raised £2400 for St. Gemma’s Hospice and £2500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research!

Wetherby Runners Chairman Andrew Wheeler presented a cheque for £1200 to Emily Clarke from St. Gemma's Hospice on Wednesday night. This brings the total the club has raised for the Hospice this year to over £2,400. This amount includes £1,100 from the Wetherby 10K, and a similar amount from a 24 hour bike ride from London to Paris undertaken by club members.  

Wetherby Runners Chairman Andrew Wheeler and Club Charity co-ordinator Paul Hunter presented a cheque to Michelle Foulks the Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire Cancer Research on Wednesday night. The club has raised around £2,500 for the Charity over the last year from the Wetherby 10K, a 24 hour bike ride from London to Paris and other fundraising activities.  

Wetherby Runners 2015 Roundup


Wetherby Runners AC held their annual presentation evening on the 18th November at the Wetherby Sports Association to recognise some outstanding achievements from the Club's athletes over the last year.

The highlight for the seniors of the club's racing year was in the Harrogate Road League where the club was first in the mens veterans category and second in the main team event, ladies, and mens elite events.  

Throughout the year, 26 runners from the club completed marathons and there were some brilliant achievements within this group: last year’s Most Improved Senior Athlete, Sharon Smith completed her first ever marathon while going longer still, Peter Allanach competed in the Hardmoors 110 mile race. However, the undisputed ‘ultra runner’ remains Paul Nelson who notched up races of at least marathon distance each month throughout the year including 5 wins in the Hardmoors Marathon series, second place in the 10 Peaks Extreme race and an impressive sub 20 hour Bob Graham round.

The more traditional race distances were well represented with 22 club records being broken in the year. Andrew Wheeler bagged the V55 5 mile record to give the club their first every father and son combination on the club record sheet with son Matthew having previously gained the half marathon record. Paul Millgate continued his onslaught of the record sheet by chipping away at the V40 5km record and claiming the overall record for 5 miles and the half marathon.

The hottest competition was in the F20 age category where between them, Emily Legg and Caroline Lambert had a clean sweep across the record sheet with everything from 5km to marathon distance. Caroline’s notable achievements being a third win in a row at Kilnsey Fell race and being selected to represent England at a World Mountain Running Cup in Slovenia. Meanwhile Emily demonstrated that her triathlon training has paid off in her endurance events and made huge strides in improving her 10mile, half marathon and marathon times, collecting club records at the same time.

But not to be outdone by the seniors, the junior members continued to go from strength to strength, winning local and regional races and competing in some of the most prestigious events in the UK. Wetherby’s Junior athlete of the year Stella Cross and previous athlete of the year Rob Etherington were both selected to represent their county in the 1500m at the English Schools Athletics Championships. Rob finished an incredible 4th in the final against the best runners in the country and potential future Olympians.

The Junior’s junior athlete of the year award went to Toby Hillery, while Phoebe Crawford took the most improved junior athlete of the year award for her excellent results throughout the year. Junior primary age athlete of the year went to Leo Knapton who has reduced his Wetherby Parkrun time to 24:24 this year.

Moore on top of the mud at PECO XC race 1


The first round of five in the PECO XC League took place on the 22nd November at Temple Newsam and was hosted by Kippax / STAC. The PECO League attendance record was smashed with over 930 runners taking part, including over 130 juniors. For Wetherby, 30 runners (and Harry the dog) braved the cold to represent the club. Club President Rob Gray described the course as ‘A great route of sharp muddy climbs and fast rooty descents’.

The men’s race was won by Tom Adams from Ilkley Harriers in 25:12. First man home for Wetherby was Paul Milgate in an excellent 12th position overall and 2nd V40 (27:25). The next Wetherby Runner home was Joseph Kwallah who was 56th overall and 6th V45 in 29.47 and he was closely followed by Mark Holt in 59th place (29:57).

The women’s race was won by Bethany Garland from Leeds University Cross Country Club in 30:35. First Wetherby woman was Claire Robinson in 55th (36:50), followed by Helen Buglass (39:52) and Lara Johnson (40:15).

In the school years 7-12 race, which was 2miles, first boy was Reuben Mantle from Bingley (11:21) and first girl was Sarah Pickering from Ilkley (12:35). Wetherby’s Frederica Moore was 14th in the race and won her category (girls years 7-9) in 13:01.

In the team standings, Wetherby are placed 4th in the men’s premier division, 3rd in the veteran men’s premier division, 7th in the ladies first division and 6th in the veteran ladies premier division.

2015 WRAC Award Winners


The following awards were presented at the WRAC Awards Evening on 18th November.

The Caines Jewellers Cup. Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
•       Paul Nelson
The Jack Joy Insurance Cup. For Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
•       Caroline Lambert
The Presidents Cup. Most Improved Senior Athlete. Presented by Montpellier Engineers.
•       Emily Legg
Junior Athlete of the Year
•       Stella Cross
Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year.
•       Toby Hillery
The Captains Cup. Most  Improved Junior Athlete of the Year.
•       Phoebe Crawford
Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year
•      Leo Knapton  
Triathlete of the Year
•      Glen Johnson

Most Improved Triathlete of the Year
•      Christine Clubbs

Five Miler Award – presented by Jacky Darley,

•      Vera Savarani

The Rat Trap Award.
•       Peter Callaghan
The Volunteer of the Year Award.
•       Robert Gray
The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour
•       James Windle

Paul Nelson - Senior Male Athlete of the Year, presented by Andrea Normington
Emily Legg - Most Improved Senior Athlete, presented by Chris Plews.
Stella Cross - Junior Athlete of the Year, presented by Emma Coster
Leo Knapton - Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year, presented by Sian Haley
Glen Johnson - Triathlete of the Year, presented by Robert Gray.
Vera Savarani - Five Miler Award, presented by Jacky Darley,
Peter Callaghan - The Rat Trap Award (again!!), presented by Richard Bewell.
Robert Gray - The Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Andrew Wheeler.
James Windle - The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour, presented by Ian Legg.

5 Wetherby PBs at Leeds Abbey Dash


 The Leeds Abbey Dash is one of the most popular 10km races in the UK. It’s flat fast course attracting beginners and elites alike from around the UK and beyond. In a high quality field with the top 5 men running sub 30 minutes and the top 6 women running under 34 minutes it was Dan Studley of Bristol and West Athletics Club (29:43) and Charlotte Arter of Cardiff Athletics Club (33:00) who took the top honours.

Over 9000 runners lined up on a wet November morning and amongst them were 11 Wetherby Runners. First man home for the club was Richard Bewell in 37:07 while Claire Robinson was the first Wetherby woman in 46:02. Collecting personal best times over the distance were Rob Whitaker (37:49), Andrew Collier (44:15), John Field (48:00), Steve Trapps (51:08) and Judy Bewell (52:03). Also representing Wetherby were David Halliday (45:40), Sharon Smith (1:03:01), Carol Pettifer (1:08:55) and Vera Savarani (1:09:36).

WRAC Awards Evening - Nominations


 ‘The Awards Committee’ – Wetherby Runners AC.


We would like to welcome you to a special evening on Wed 18th November at 7:45pm (Run from 6:15pm, food at 7:30pm).
In true ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Style Wetherby Runners are celebrating another tremendous year of achievements across the membership. So without further ado we are proud to announce the following Nominations for some prestigious silverware.
The Caines Jewellers Cup. Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Robert Gray
•       Joseph Kwallah
•       Paul Millgate
•       Paul Nelson
•       Rob Whitaker
The Jack Joy Insurance Cup. For Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Caroline Lambert
•       Emily Legg
•       Pauline Munro
•       Andrea Normington
•       Sharon Smith
The Presidents Cup. Most Improved Senior Athlete. Presented by Montpellier Engineers.
The nominees are:
•       Dave Carberry
•       Alison Dooley
•       Emily Legg
Junior Athlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•       Phoebe Crawford
•       Stella Cross
•       Robert Etherington
•       Toby Hillery
Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Freddie Moore
•       Toby Hillery
The Captains Cup. Most  Improved Junior Athlete of the Year.
The Nominees are:
•       Phoebe Crawford
•       Toby Hillery
Triathlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•      Richard Bewell
•      Glen Johnson
•      Emily Legg

Most Improved Triathlete of the Year 
The nominations are:
•      Nina Batt
•      Christine Clubbs
•      John Simpson
•      Deb Wheeler

The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour
The nominations are:
•      Joe Cawcutt
•      James Windle

Also being awarded are the prestigious: 

Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year

Five Miler Award – presented by Jacky Darley,

The Rat Trap Award,


The Volunteer of the Year Award.

You are welcome to dress the part in ‘smart casual’ for the Press pack’s cameras and also don’t forget we’ll also be asking the membership  to don their Wetherby Runners vest for a group photograph for the Wetherby News.
Please come and join us in a fun evening
‘The Awards Committee’ – Wetherby Runners AC.

Winter Wins for Crawford and Hillery


West Yorkshire XC U17 Ladies race winner Phoebe Crawford

Whixley 10km, 25 October

In the inaugural running of the Whixley 10km, first man home was Daniel McKeown of London Heathside in 36:40 and first woman was Rose Moore in 43:55. There was a fantastic turnout from Wetherby Runners with 17 members taking to the start line. Richard Bewell was first Wetherby man home in 3rd place overall with a time of 37:47 while first Wetherby woman was Emma Coster who was 4th woman overall in 46:37. Chasing Richard were Rob Whitaker in 5th with 38:50 and David Carberry in 6th with 38:59, while trying to keep up with Emma were Andrea Normington in 46:37 and Valerie Bell in 52:15.

Full results can be found here:

West Yorkshire Cross Country League, 31 October

In the second round of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, held at Fartown, Huddersfield, Wetherby performance of the day went to Phoebe Crawford who won the under 17 ladies race in 19:09 from team mate Stella Cross (19:50). Toby Hillery also had an excellent run in the under 17 men’s race finishing 3rd in 20:05, not too far behind race winner Reece Dalton of Ripon (19:52). Also running for Wetherby was James Windle who finished 20th in 24:28. The senior men’s race was won by Tom Adams of Ilkley (32:37), with Paul Millgate leading a team of 4 home for Wetherby in 37th position (37:41). In the Senior women’s race, won by Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth (21:33), Wetherby’s sole representative Mia Moore was 55th (28:22). Also competing for Wetherby were Ben Parker, Frederica Moore  and Katie Brenna who were 20th, 7th and 50th in the under 15 boys, under 15 girls and under 13 girls races respectively.

Guisborough Moors Fell Race, 1 November

In the Guisborough Moors Fell Race, race winners were Phil Sanderson in 89:50 and Michelle Tenwick of Pudsey Racers in 1:41:05. Wetherby Runner Richard Bewell was 21st overall and 3rd male veteran 50 in 1:40:25.

Guy Fawkes 10, 1 November

In the Guy Fawkes 10, a multi terrain event starting and finishing in the stunning grounds of Ripley Castle, an amazing 28 Wetherby Runners took part. The 10 mile route followed quiet roads and trails with some lovely views and challenging hills along the way. Race winners were John Clifford of Evenwood Road Runners in 58:22 and Hannah Oldroyd of UKNetRunner in 1:07:27 who was also 28th overall. Of the 807 runners who took to the start line, first Wetherby man home was Rob Gray in 1:07:03 who was 27th overall and picked up the 2nd male veteran 50 prize. First Wetherby woman was Claire Robinson in 1:22:03. Andrew Wheeler also had a great run, collecting the male veteran 55 prize in 1:15:09 and Alex Bradbury (1:23:43), Helen Buglass (1:30:16) and Lara Johnson (1:33:14) all ran personal best times over the distance.

Full results can be found here:

Dalby Dash 10km, 8 November

Starting from Low Dalby visitor centre, the first two miles of the Dalby Dash 10km were a steady uphill climb. With a mixture of tarmac road and stone trails to run on along the tops, competitors then began the fast and furious descent down Sand Dale and Heck Dale and back to the finish at Low Dalby. First man home was Paul Butler from Loftus and Whitby AC in 34:57 and first woman was Rhona Haslam from Scarborough AC in 39:41. Wetherby Runner Drew Ward was 5th in his category (MV60) in 52:04.

Harewood Trail Races, 8 November

Wetherby Runner Toby Hillery won the traditional Harewood 5 mile trail race, a loop followed by an out and back to Emmerdale, in 29:43, well ahead of second placed Dominic Peterson of Leeds City AC who completed the distance in 31:30. First woman was Elizabeth Smith in 36:48. Debra Wheeler had a brilliant run to claim the first female veteran 55 prize, covering the 5 miles in 47:14. The 10 mile race involved a course alteration due to breeding geese! Runners followed the same loop as the 5 milers before running to Emmerdale, alongside Harewood Lake and back to Harewood House. The race was won by Daniel Jenkin of Durham City Harriers and AC (55:35) with Claire Cooper of Keighley and Craven AC taking the woman’s prize (69:41). First man home for Wetherby and also coming 4th male veteran 40 was Joseph Kwallah (67:18). First Wetherby woman was Christine Clubbs who finished 24th in her age category (96:30).


Wetherby XC Girls: Freddie Moore, Mia Moore, Stella Cross and Phoebe Crawford

Super Silver for Wetherby Girls in Wakefield


2nd Team for Wetherby's girls

West Yorkshire Cross Country, 18 October

In the first round of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, held at Thornes Park, Wakefield. Junior Wetherby Runners recorded some excellent results. In the Under 17 girls race, Phoebe Crawford was 3rd, Stella Cross was 6th and Phoebe Coster was 11th and together they came 2nd in the team event, a fantastic start to the league. Not to be outdone by the girls, in the under 17 boys race, Toby Hilley was 4th and James Windle was 21st. Under 15 girl Freddie Moore also had a superb run finishing 6th in her race. Two young athletes also represented Wetherby in their first ever races, Ben Parker was 18th in the under 15 boys race and Robyn McKendrick was 34th in the under 11 girls race, brilliant debuts. Oliver Harper also ran well over the cross country course finishing 22nd in the under 11 boys race.

Wistow 10k, 25 October

Two Wetherby Runners took part in the Wistow 10km, Mark Holt came an excellent 14th with 37:46 and Geoff Lodge ran a season’s best of 47:33. It was a double win for Leeds based club Valley Striders with John Hobbs taking the men’s prize in 33:13 and Hannah Corne the women’s prize in 38:37.

Snowdonia Marathon, 24 October

In the Snowdonia Marathon, Wetherby Runner and experienced off road endurance athlete Peter Allanach completed the gruelling event in 4:21:47, beating his personal best in the event, from 7 years ago, by one minute. The Snowdonia Marathon was first held in 1982, designed as a dramatic alternative to the popular town and city races. The demanding and spectacular route sees runners encircle Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, taking in Llanberis Pass at 1100 ft and Bwlch y Groes at 1200 ft. Race winners John Gilbert (Kent AC) and Tracy McCartney (Eryni Harriers) covered the distance in incredible times of 2:33:38 and 3:08:44 respectively.

For anyone who’s interested in the event, there’s an excellent race report here:


Marathon PBs for Collier and Robinson


 Amsterdam Marathon, 18 October

The Amsterdam Marathon is the largest marathon in the Netherlands and one of the biggest in Europe, with runners from over 100 different countries taking part. Joyce Chepkirui won the women’s race in a 5 minute personal best time of 2:24:11 while Bernard Kipyego took the men’s title for the second year in a row with 2:06:19. In total 16,000 runners took part in the marathon, including two Wetherby Runners Andrew Collier and Claire Robinson who both ran personal bests over the distance in 3:32:45 and 3:38:16 respectively.

Bridlington Half Marathon, 18 October

The Bridlington Half Marathon, first held in 1983 was originally organised by the local football team. Now, run by the Bridlington Road Runners club, the event still attracts a large field of runners from far and wide. Starting on the sea front, the course heads out to the countryside before returning to Bridlington and the sea front finish. The race winners were Matt Adcock of Hermitage Harriers in 1:10:45 and Nicki Nealon of Huncote Harriers in 1:22:33. Representing Wetherby was Pete Galley who had an excellent run to record a personal best time of 2:05:54.

Shaun Lee Johnstone 10, 18 October

Tristan Learoyd of New Marske and Donna Riddler of Ripon Runners were race winners at the Shaun Lee Johnson 10 in 57:39 and 1:11:18 respectively. The Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 is a race set up by Ray Johnstone to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of his son. Two Wetherby Runners took part in the North Yorkshire event; Mark Holt, who came 13th in 1:07:57 and Drew Ward who completed the distance in 1:29:09.


International Experience for Caroline


 World Mountain Running Association Series, 3 October

After competing in the World Mountain Running Trials earlier in the year, Wetherby Runner Caroline Lambert was selected to join the under 23 England Mountain Running Development squad on a trip to Slovenia to compete in the final event of the World Mountain Running Association series. The trip was designed to give the under 23 athletes experience within senior races and help them make the transition from junior to senior elite athletes.

The 10km race involved two ascents and one descent of the highest hill in the city, Smarna Gora (Mount Saint Mary). Lambert had a great run, finishing 4th woman overall and running 4.5 minutes faster than her previous best time in the event. She also recorded the fastest time on the descent. The race was won by Sarah Tunstall from Kendal.


Kielder Marathon, 4 October

Advertised as Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon, a record 850 runners took part in this year’s Kielder Marathon. Race winners Matthew Jones from Middlesbrough and Gemma Bradley from Gateshead made the challenging course look easy finishing in 2:43:02 and 3:21:53 respectively. Commenting after the race Jones said “I feel elated, and a bit tired. It was a bit of a battle at the front but it’s my first year and I loved it, I enjoyed every minute.” Bradley was also happy after the event “It was gorgeous, really tough in parts but it’s such a stunning race. I just thought I’d come out for a lovely run, I didn’t expect to win.” Wetherby’s sole representative, Drew Ward was pleased with his performance especially on the down hills, and came away with a finish time of 4:49:40.


Bramham Park Fun Run, 4 October

Taking place in the heart of Bramham Park, one of Yorkshire’s beautiful estates, the 18th annual Bramham Park Fun Run offered a rewarding and enjoyable morning for walkers and runners whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK. The event has been organised for the past 17 years by Ann and Jeff Newton, who before their retirement helped to raise an amazing £266,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Over tarmac paths with the occasional gentle hill, 169 women and 161 men took part in the 10km fun run. Dawn Gibbs was 1st woman in 44:40, while Wetherby’s only woman competing, Debra Wheeler was 31st in 55:21. Wetherby’s Paul Milgate had the honour of crossing the line first in 36:28 and two other Wetherby Runners also made the top 20, Joe Atkinson, 10th in 41:53 and Rob Whitaker, 20th in 43:34. Paul Atkinson (44:15), Andrew Wheeler (44:32) and Geoff Lodge (50:08) completed the line-up for Wetherby. 


Cusworth 10km (inc. Yorkshire Veterans Championships), 4 October

The Cusworth 10km saw a record number of entries this year, with 480 runners taking to the start line. Tesfaye Debele of Leeds City AC was first to cross the line for a second year in a row in 32:35 with Fiona Davies of Kingstone Runners also repeating her result from 2014 in taking the first woman prize in 37:22. Not too far behind Davies was Wetherby Runner Rob Gray who came 25th in 37:40. The event incorporated the Yorkshire Veterans Championships and in this race within a race Gray came 2nd male veteran 50 to Martin Hall of Spenborough who ran 36:31 for 14th overall.


Brilliant Bewells at Brownlee Tri


Richard and Judy celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary...with a triathlon

Hardmoors 60, 19 September

Following the Cleveland Way from Guisborough to Filey, passing through costal resorts and fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay, the Harmoors 60 follows cliff tops for most of the race. With 18 hours to complete the 62 miles this event this is not an event to be taken lightly. Competing for Wetherby Runners were endurance specialists Peter Allanach and Paul Nelson. The race winners Martin Murray and Kimberley England finished the 62 miles in 10:03:50 and 10:35:50 respectively, which also placed England 4th overall in field where only 163 out of 195 starters finished. Nelson was 5th in 11:02:22 and Allanach was 90th in 15:14:57. Commenting after the race, Allanach said “It was a fab day out and I managed to shave 1 hour 45 mins off last years’ time, despite the very warm day.”

World Age Group Triathlon Championships, 19 September

Wetherby Triathlete Glen Johnson travelled to Chicago to compete in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships. In the standard distance event, Steffen Luders from Denmark won the 50-54 age group and Johnson finished 21st in 2:12:32.

Snape 10km, 19 September

In the Snape 10km, a multi terrain 10km through Snape in North Yorkshire, Peter Galley was Wetherby’s sole representative. In the race won by Mike Jefferies from Richmond & Zetland Harriers in 35:53 and Heather Halliday from Bedale & Aiskew Runners in 43:06, Galley finished 75th in 1:01:02.

Pickering 10km, 20 September

Not content with one race per weekend, Peter Galley was again in action at the Pickering 10km the following day. Open to runners of all abilities, the Pickering 10km takes its runners through some of the best countryside Yorkshire has to offer on quiet country lanes and public footpaths. Race winners Paul Butler (Loftus and Whitby) and Becky Briggs (Beverley Athletic Club) crossed the line in 36:11 and 41:47 respectively while Galley improved on his position and time from the day before finishing in 55th place in 59:40.

Vale of York Half Marathon, 20 September

Nine Wetherby Runners took part in the Vale of Yorks Half Marathon, a fast and flat course, the event is billed as the perfect introduction to the distance for novice runners and a personal best opportunity for more seasoned racers. First home for Wetherby and winning his category (male vet 50) was Rob Gray in 1:24:23. First Wetherby woman, taking 4th in her category (female vet 45) was Jo Davey in 1:36:29. Chasing Gray were Joesph Kwallah (1:28:20) and Rob Whitaker (1:36:22). While following in Davey’s footsteps were Andrea Normington who was 8th in her category in 1:47:00 and Samantha Parker (2:05:54). Also running well for the club were Paul Atkinson, Garry Keenan and Kate Thomas.

Ilkley Triathlon, 20 September

Four Wetherby Triathletes took part in the Ilkley Triathlon, a sprint distance event with a 500m pool swim followed by a 14.5km bike and a 4.8km run. Richard Bewell and Martin Thompson won their categories (male vet 50 and male vet 60 respectively) while Gill Edmondson and Judy Bewell collected the prizes for 2nd woman and 2nd female vet 50 respectively. John Field also raced well for Wetherby.

Brownlee Tri, 26 September

In the heart of Yorkshire where the Olympic and Commonwealth Champion brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee live, Harewood House gives the chance to ride on the same roads as the Tour de France and run the routes the Brownlees regularly train on. A few Wetherby Triathletes took part. Deb Wheeler was 1st in her category (female vet 55) in the super sprint distance and Richard Bewell was 1st in his category (male vet 50) in the sprint distance event with a time of 1:28:19. Richard had two reasons to celebrate, as it was also his and Judy Bewell’s 28th Wedding Anniversary. Judy also competed in the sprint event and finished in 1:53:48.

Loch Ness Marathon, 27 September

The beautiful scenery and mystery of the Loch Ness monster have attracted visitors from around the world to Loch Ness for years. Wetherby Runner Garry Keenan travelled to the loch for a different reason, to compete in the Loch Ness Marathon. The biggest marathon in Scotland, this year 2413 runners took part. First man home was Tarus Elly from Salford Harriers in 2:25:19 and first woman was Megan Crawford from Fife Athletics Club in 2:44:50. Keenan found the marathon tough but enjoyed the event and finished in 3:44:56.


Great Half Marathons for the Wetherby Runners


Chris, Claire and Andrew all smiles at the end of the Great Langdale Half Marathon

Great Langdale Half Marathon, 12 September

It was a weekend of Great Half Marathons for the Wetherby Runners this weekend. Described as a beautiful hilly road half marathon around England’s most scenic valleys, the Great Langdale Half Marathon has the reputation of being one of the toughest road events in the UK. From Great Langdale to Little Langdale the runners had many hills to contend with along the way, including some with a 1:3 gradient. The race winners were Mark Russell of Swinton RC in 1:21:49 and Katie White of Sale Harriers Manchester in 1:35:31. Three brave Wetherby Runners took part, Chris Martin, Andrew Collier and Claire Robinson. Martin was first home in 1:53:46 followed by Collier (1:54:17) and Robinson (1:54:28).


Great North Run, 13 September

The Great North Run, starting in Newcastle upon Tyne and finishing in South Shields is the largest half marathon in the world. From it’s inception in 1981 when 12,000 runners took part, participation has grown and grown with around 57,000 runners taking part in 2015. 

The elite men’s race was won by 5,000 and 10,000m World Champion Mo Farah in a superb 59:22 from Stanley Biwott (59:24) and Mike Kigen (1:00:10). The elite women’s race was won by 2011 and 2012 London Marathon winner Mary Keitany of Kenya in 1:07:32 from Gemma Steel (1:11:00) and Jelena Prokopcuka (1:11:52).

Running with the masses, 11 Wetherby Runners took part, with Richard Bell leading the Wetherby contingent home in 1:36:50. Gill Edmondson was first Wetherby woman in 1:43:04. David Fennah (1:38:40) and Garry Keenen (1:47:43) followed Bell and Edmondson. While Alison Mallorie-Lewis (2:00:45) and Mandy McVoy (2:24:42) were the 2nd and 3rd Wetherby women. Also completing the iconic race were Geoff Lodge (1:52:03), Drew Ward (1:57:33), Lisa Wrigglesworth (2:28:17) and Nykie Dawe (2:35:17).


Caroline Wins Kilnsey Fell Race


Caroline Lambert Wins Kilnsey Fell Race

Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race and Fell Race, 22 August

In the Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race, Ian Holmes of Bingley Harriers won the men’s prize in 56:01 and Hannah Oldroyd of UKNetrunner won the women’s prize in 1:04:18. First Wetherby Runner home was Mark Holt in 20th with 1:06:07, followed by Rob Gray (23rd, 1:07:02) and Chris Plews (38th, 1:11:43). Together Holt, Gray and Plews came 2nd in the the Team competition. Also competing for Wetherby were John Field (54th, 1:17:01) and Chris Martin (59th, 1:19:05). At the Burnsall Fell race, Sam Tosh (14:49) and Mel Price of Mercia Fell Runners (19:00) were the race winners. First home for Wetherby was Andrew Walsh in 40th with 20:11. Chris Plews, who also competed in the Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race, finished in 25:51.

Sicklinghall Sizzler 5.3, 26 August

At the Sicklinghall Sizzler 5.3, race winners were Andrew Normandale of City of York in 36:57 and Sarah Grant and Rachel Mackie of Valley Striders in 42:54. The first men home for Wetherby Runners were Rob Gray and Chris Plews in 4th and 5th places with a time of 37:57, followed by Paul Nelson in 6th (38:06). First woman home for Wetherby was Helen Buglass in 28th place 45:00 running with Oliver Pursail. Not far behind was Gill Edmonston, 31st (45:52) with John Field and Phoebe Coster and Phoebe Crawford in 33/34th (46:29).

Kilnsey Fell Race, 1 September

At the Kilnsey Fell Race, Simon Bailey of Mercia was first to cross the line (8:01) with a seven second advantage over his nearest rival Rob Hope of Pudsey and Bramley (8:08) and a further 10 seconds ahead of third placed Ted Mason of Wharfdale Harriers (8:18). Wetherby Runner Caroline Lambert continued her excellent season to take the women’s crown in 10:48 with an impressive winning margin of nearly a minute over second placed Lucy Needham, Whardale Harriers (11:44) and Rachel Hill of Settle Harriers in third (11:47). 

Sundowner Middle Distance Triathlon, 5 September

Competing in the middle distance event, Judy Bewell started with an impressive 34:58 for the 1900m open water swim. Following a quick transition, Judy covered the 56 mile bike course in 3:21:42 before another speedy transition saw Judy on to the final discipline. Completing the 21km run in 2:23:22, Judy crossed the finish line in 6:24:24 for 3rd in her age group. Race winners were Alex Bradley of Oxford University Triathlon Club in 4:09:19 and Sarah Harrison of Sheffield Triathlon Club in 4:52:08.

Sundowner Sprint Distance Triathlon, 5 September

While Judy Bewell was racing strongly in the middle distance event, husband Richard Bewell took part in the sprint distance event, recording solid times in each of the disciplines to finish 7th overall and 1st in his age group in a time of 1:02:58. Also competing for Wetherby RaTs (Runners and Triathletes) were Richard Bell (46th, 1:20:16), Peter Callaghan (48th, 1:20:24) and Christine Clubbs (88th, 1:29:39). Race winners were Ben Baugh, Lincsquad (59:23) and Holly Flannery, Triology (1:05:05).


Wetherby Winners at York Millennium Bridge 5km


York Millennium Bridge 5km, 12 August

Some fast times were recorded at the annual York Millennium Bridge 5km, with Yorkshire 1500m Champion Jack Robertson of Scarborough (15:14) and Ripon 10 mile winner Sharon Barlow of Ripon (17:06) collecting the winner’s prizes. For Wetherby, there was an impressive turnout with 26 club members taking part. Paul Millgate (16:18, 9th position) and Caroline Lambert (17:22, 2nd woman) were the fastest for the club, with Toby Hillery (16:49, 16th), Rob Etherington (17:05, 21st), Phoebe Crawford (18:55, 4th) and Frederica Moore (19:53, 9th fastest woman) also putting in excellent performances. The strength and depth of Wetherby’s turnout was rewarded with wins in both the men’s and women’s team competitions.

A special mention goes to U13 James Jeal who won the 5km race 2 in 18.34. Well done James!

Escrick 10km, 16 August

Five Wetherby Runners took part in the Escrick 10km, a flat, scenic and very popular 10km course, with 502 runners completing the race. Running on private roads, paths and bridleways through the Escrick Park Estate, the event winners were Kristoff Boynton of York Acorn Running Club in 34:15 and Charlotte Ward of City of Hull AC in 38:14. Wetherby’s representatives were: Paul Dennison (47:49), Debbie Dennison (49:21), Geoff Lodge (49:39), Peter Galley (56:36) and Lara Johnson (56:36).

Hardmoors Saltburn Trail Half Marathon and Marathon, 16 August

Wetherby Runners were also well represented at the Saltburn half and full marathons by Andrew Walsh, David Carberry and Paul Nelson. In the ‘half marathon’, around 15 miles in length, Walsh stepped onto the podium for 3rd place and Carberry also made the top ten in 7th. Tackling the full ‘marathon’ distance of around 29 miles, Nelson matched Walsh’s excellent result of 3rd. Both Walsh and Nelson were especially pleased with their performances having supported 13 miles of a Bob Graham attempt on Friday night.


Top 20 for Triathlete Tobin


 Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon, 9 August

Now a well-established event, the Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon is held in the Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, 10 miles out of York. After completing three laps of the small lake to make up 1500m, triathletes test themselves on a flat 40km bike course through country lanes before tackling the 10km traffic free run course. Richard Ebbage of the Royal Marines/ Triology was the first man home, dipping under the 2 hour barrier in 1:57:26. First woman was Emma Robinson, competing for Performance Sports Consultants, who finished in a speedy 2:17:15. Two Wetherby Triathletes competed in the event, Mark Tobin and John Simpson. Tobin again showed his strength on the bike, recording a 59:09 bike split for the 40km and finishing with a total time of 2:10:30 for 14th place. While Simpson’s best discipline was the run which helped him finish easily under 3 hours in 2:52:56.

Round Hill Fell Race, 9 August

Described as ‘a tour of Blubberhouses Moor visiting Round Hill and a couple of bogs’, the Round Hill Fell Race started and finished in the pretty village of Timble, covering just under 9 miles with over 1000 feet of climbing. Race winners were Lee Athersmith from Wharfdale Harriers in 55:35 and Rachel Pilling of Pudsey and Bramley in 1:08:49. Wetherby Runners’ sole representative was regular racer Richard Bell who finished in 67th place in 1:18:13.

Nelson Back on Top at Lord Stones


Paul Nelson, Hardmoors SOS charity race winner

Castle Howard Triathlon, 26 July 

Over 2000 triathletes competed in the Castle Howard Triathlon festival over sprint and standard distances, from juniors to veterans. In the standard distance race, the first man was Iain Robertson in 2:16:20 and first woman was Catherine Jameson in 2:25:38. Wetherby’s sole representative, Tim Tunnard, completed the event, his first ever standard distance triathlon, in 2:48:00.

Hardmoors SOS charity race, 2 August

After a break from racing, Wetherby Runner Paul Nelson returned in style by winning the Hardmoor SOS charity race. Starting and finishing at the Lord Stones Country Park in North Yorkshire, Nelson led the select field over the testing 11 mile course, incorporating the 3 Sisters on the Cleveland way, in 1:43:00.

Jane Tomlinson's Run for All York 10K, 2 August

Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All York 10K is one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK taking in some of the city of York’s most stunning scenery, including ancient Goodramgate, the majestic York Minster and Clifford’s Tower where Henry VIII executed ‘traitors’. First man was Steve Robinson in 32:57 and first woman was Michelle Nolan who ran 36:42. Representing Wetherby Runners were David Carberry, Tim Tunnard and Moira Pool. Carberry was first home for the club, easily breaking the 40 minute barrier in 39:14 for 13th in his category. Pool ran 1:09:04 for 31st in her category and one week on from his first standard distance triathlon, Tunnard recorded a new personal best time over the distance of 43:28 for 35th in his category.


Nina leads home the RaTs at Leeds Xpress Triathlon


Based at Leeds Grammar School, the Leeds Xpress Triathlon started with a 400m swim in the indoor pool before heading out along the A61 by bike, and finally tackling an off road run on closed roads and tracks. First woman was Annaliese Nevins from the Triangle club in 1:18:22 and first man was David Stevens, also representing Triangle in 1:08:35.

First home for Wetherby RaTs was Nina Batt who finished 8th woman in 1:23:25 and 1st in her age category. Nina was followed by Peter Callaghan who finished 50th man in 1:26:01 and 3rd in his age category. Chris Smedley-Nugent was 11th in his age category in 1:29:01, while Christine Clubbs and Samantha Parker were 3rd and 5th respectively in their age categories in 1:35:51 and 1:44:50.

Yorkshire Hope Conquers Lancashire Ironman


Safaricom Marathon, 27 June

The Safaricom Marathon held in the Lewa Conservancy in Kenya is one of the hardest marathons in the world, with hills, heat and altitude to contend with over two trail half marathon loops. Wetherby Runner David Fennah was brave enough to take part. Lining up with elite Kenyan athletes, the US ambassador to Kenya (and his three bodyguards) and Pippa Middleton(!), Fennah got stuck in to the mass brawl off the start line before settling into his pace. Despite behind held up by the sheer number of runners at the start, Fennah made sure he kept hydrated and was one of only 99 runners to complete the full marathon distance in a time of 4:03:30. Elijah Mbogo was first to cross the line in a stunning 2:20:18 and Fridah Lodepa was 1st woman and 9th overall in 2:50:26. Read David’s fascinating report on the race: A First Timers Marathon Report from Africa.

Washburn relays, 17 July

Wetherby fielded three teams in the annual Washburn Relays held around the beautiful Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs. Running since the early 1990’s, the relay was run over three different stages between 3 and 4 miles in length, on bridleways through the scenic Washburn Valley. Wetherby’s A team, otherwise known as ‘Wetherby Ginger Serum’ came 2nd overall in a time of 1:01:14, just over a minute behind winners Hyde Park Harriers. Paul Nelson got the team off to a good start on the first leg with 18:51 which was backed up by Paul Milgate (22:34) and Andy Walsh (19:49). Wetherby’s B team, ‘Wetherby Fun Boy 3’ (Adam Hutchison, Paul Atkinson, David Carberry) came 18th in 1:11:51 and Wetherby’s C team, ‘Wetherby Flighty Orange’ (Valerie Bell, Richard Bell, Ann Dale) came 50th in 1:24:00.

Roscommon 10 Mile, 18 July

In the 2nd annual Roscommon 10 Mile road race, Wetherby Runner Gill Edmondson finished 9th woman in 1:16:48. Enjoying the beautiful sights in County Roscommon, Ireland, the race winners were Mark Kirwan from Raheny Shamrocks in 52:32 and Jane Ann Meehan from Athenry AC in 1:02:44.

Ironman UK, 19 July

Crossing the county boundary, Wetherby Runner and Triathlete Richard Hope travelled to Bolton to take part in one of the toughest sporting events there is - Ironman UK. After over 14 hours of racing, Hope crossed the finish line in 14:46:51 for 173rd in his age category. Finishing the 3.8km swim leg in Pennington Flash in 1:33:50, Hope went on to ride the 180km bike leg in 7:57:32. Taking in breath-taking Lancashire countryside, Hope didn’t have time to admire the beautiful views as he made his way up the infamous Sheep House Lane Climb, experiencing Tour de France style support from spectators. After returning to Bolton and a quick transition from bike to foot, Hope tackled the final discipline, a marathon run in 4:59:10.


A First Timers Marathon Report from Africa


The Safaricom Marathon held in the Lewa Conservancy in Kenya is one of the ten hardest marathons in the world with hills, heat and altitude to contend with on the two half marathon loops of its trail course. The 1400 places sold out in 90 minutes this year and range from elite Kenyans, the US ambassador to Kenya and his three body guards, a team of four British paras from 30 Commando in full combat kit, Pippa Middleton (sister of the Duchess of Cambridge) to charity runners, locals and first timers like myself.

There is a mass brawl off the start line as the course rapidly narrows to 5 abreast over the first couple of kilometers. The race is broadcast live on Kenyan television for 6 hours and the helicopters and planes swirl overhead some filming and some keeping the park's rhinos, lions, buffalo and elephant off the course in conjunction with 500 security staff and rangers.

Due to getting over hamstring and knee injuries I had not run more than a half marathon in preparation but was feeling good having just clocked a pb of 72:04 for 10 miles on the hilly Otley race. The race was chip timed this year and as my strategy was just to complete my first marathon I decided to let the field go and start from the back.

However I immediately realised my mistake when there was no chip timing mat on the start line as it materialised in front of me and I ran straight into a walking queue of people feeding through the first narrow bends of the course. Having given the leaders several minutes head start it would then take me 20 minutes of shuffling and darting to cover the first three kilometers getting past enough people to get into my stride and rhythm. I had given a lot of time away to the front runners waiting to start at the back and then being caught behind everyone.

Still my strategy was to complete and I certainly had not set off too fast. I was taking 3 or 4 sips of water every 2.5km water station and despite everything felt good as I ran freely in the sunshine passing the zebra, ostrich and various bemused antelope and giraffe. At 21km passing through the start line again to begin the second half marathon loop I saw my time was 1hr 45 mins and felt happy I had got myself back on track. With the benefit of having seen the results now that would have placed me 130th of the 1095 runners who had either entered for the half marathon only or who opted to buck out of the full marathon they had entered at this stage of the race. Only 99 runners would complete the full marathon leaving 206 who never made the start, failed to complete the half marathon or if they carried on past the half marathon point failed to complete the full marathon.

Feeling strong I carried on and was soon past the 16 mile mark and running into unknown territory further than I had ever run in my life before with the temperature 27 degrees in the shade and high thirties in the full glare of the sun on track. I started using the misting stations every 5km wrapping my hat round my glasses each time and by 30km had caught up with slowest Iten Town Harrier who was then running in 21st place (Those of you who have read Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn will know this is a famous marathon training town in Kenya which prepares runners for this marathon and others on the world stage).

Having started the race just hoping to finish I now started having delusions of running a good time but there is 417m of ascent on the course and the long drags and the heat started to impinge heavily on my consciousness from 32km forcing me to use more and more mental energy to push on. I had taken 10 gel tubes with me at the start and now used my last one wishing I had a few more. Still I had an hour and 9 minutes in hand to run the last 10km and still be under 4 hours. Over the next 6km I defeated the rest of the hills and kept my pace but by 38km I knew I had burnt through my mental and physical reserves and was no longer gaining on those in front and I was no longer enjoying the scenery, the spectacle of the race and my running was getting ragged and slowing.

By the 40km marker I had slipped back to 29th place, I had screaming blisters, I knew my core body temperature was too high and had intense tingling in my hands that was moving up my arms. The medics positioned along the final few kilometers were all looking concerned and asking if I was okay. I had to listen to my body and walk. I managed little jogs here and there and managed a bit of a sprint the final hundred meters for the cameras to officially cross the line in 36th place with a heart rate of 205bpm before collapsing in the shade of a tree for the next half hour slowly sipping a coke and finally comprehending what a marathon demands and means.

My Tom Tom GPS watch logged my run from when I crossed the start line to the end at 3hrs 57mins 22 seconds which when compared to my official time of 4hrs 3mins 30 seconds reinforces my error at the start. A great experience just as in the book Running with the Kenyans and if you were wondering the team from 30 Commando all crossed the line together in a time of 6hrs 1min 15 seconds. The winning time was 2hrs 20mins 18 seconds by Elijah Mbogo.

David Fennah


Fantastic 4th for Etherington at English Schools


Rob Etherington (85) takes 4th at English Schools

Stella Cross (lane 8) represents North Yorkshire at English Schools

English Schools Athletics Championships, 11-12th July

Stella Cross and Rob Etherington competed for Yorkshire at the English Schools' Athletic Association (ESAA) Track and Field Championships this weekend. The ESAA championships have seen the beginning of a great athletics career for many athletes such as Olympians Phillips Idowu, Perri Shakes-Drayon and Paula Radcliffe, all of whom still hold Championship records.

In the Inter Girls 1500m, Stella representing North Yorkshire, was drawn in the second heat. The heat was won by Tabatha Walford in 4:42:77 and Stella finished 10th unfortunately missing out on a place in the final with a time of 5:08:22. The final was won by Chloe Sharp from Kent in a superb 4:33:64, a time that would have placed her 5th in the Senior Girls race. Stella gained valuable experience from the Championships that she will use to motivate, inspire and prepare herself for next year’s event.

In the Inter Boys 1500m, Rob representing West Yorkshire, was drawn in the first heat, which turned out to be the fastest. The heat was won by Tom Dodd in a speedy 4:00:77 and Rob finished 6th, qualifying for the final as a fastest loser with a time of 4:05:03. The final was a tactical race won by Benjamin Davies from Bedfordshire in 4:01:83 from Tom Dodd (4:02:38) and Archie Raynor (4:04:48) with Rob finishing a brilliant 4th in 4:04:48. After celebrating this amazing result, Rob will look ahead to next year and work out how to upgrade his 4th place to a medal.

Ripon Triathlon, 11 July

Two Wetherby Runners and Triathletes (RaTs), Paul Halliday and Paul Heffernan, competed in the Ripon Triathlon. With the City of Ripon providing a stunning backdrop and the Ripon Race Course a fantastic venue, it was a double win for Triathlon Team who picked up both the men’s and women’s prizes, with Doug Roberts (1:55:23) and Jenny Latham (2:17:16) putting in great performances. Wetherby’s representatives Halliday (2:47:44) and Hethernan (2:59:41) found the event tough but enjoyable. Halliday credited his 13 minute personal best to his weekly parkrun and river swim training.

European Age Group Triathlon Championships, 11-12 July

At the European Triathlon Championships held in Geneva, the highest placed Brits were Leeds based Tom Bishop and Olympian Lucy Hall who both finished 5th behind David Hauss (France) and Nicola Spirig (Switzerland) respectively.

Three Wetherby RaTs travelled to Geneva to compete in the European Age Group Triathlon Championships which were held at the same venue as the elite races. Competing in the sprint distance event, Emily Legg was 7th in the F20-24 category in 1:17:59, six minutes behind age group winner Malgorzata Szczerbinska of Poland (1:11:34). Pauline Munro was also 7th in the F45-49 category in 1:24:26, twelve minutes behind Brigitte Mcmahon of Switzerland (1:12:52). In the standard distance event, Glen Johnson was 10th in the M50-54 category in 2:14:42 eleven minutes behind Fabrice Bossion of France (2:03:09).


Stella and Rob ready for action at English Schools


Two of Wetherby’s finest athletes, Stella Cross and Rob Etherinton will compete at the English Schools' Athletic Association (ESAA) Track and Field Championships this weekend.

“The Championships return to Gateshead this year for what is the highlight event for many young athletes throughout England. The ESAA championships have seen the beginning of a great athletics career for many of our athletes.”

Stella has been selected to represent North Yorkshire after her win in the 1500m at the North Yorkshire Schools’ Championships (4:49:0). Stella will be looking to make it to the final and perhaps better her personal best (PB) of 4:39:72 along the way. Stella set her PB when running to silver in the Yorkshire County Championships earlier this year.

Rob has been selected to represent West Yorkshire in the 1500m after his second place at the West Yorkshire Schools’ Championships (4:06:8). Rob will hope to get through the heats safely and run close to his personal best of 4:01:81 from 2014 in the final which was won in a time of 3:55:93 last year.

“While for some it is the first taste of major national competition, others will already have made their mark in Age Group events over the past few seasons. In addition an international experience is up for grabs; the winners and second place in the Intermediates will go forward to the International Schools competition - this year it is in Scotland. “

“The competition this Friday and Saturday is between County teams. Athletes have been selected by County Team Managers following performances at County Championships and other events which may be taken into consideration by the selectors.”

For Stella and Rob to be selected to represent their county is a fantastic achievement in itself and all Wetherby Runners wish Stella and Rob the best of luck for their races this weekend.


England Athletics will also be giving updates on the action throughout the weekend via and on Twitter via@englandathletic.

Video streaming: Vinco will once again be providing live and on demand streaming video
Day one live stream:
Day two live stream:

Live results: (this will update to 2015 on Friday)

Double Delight for Munro in Harrogate


Barrathon, 27 June

Over 200 runners completed the 16th Barrathon (a half marathon which takes place on the Isle of Barra, the most southerly isle of the Outer Hebrides) including five Wetherby Runners. Under fair weather conditions with a tail wind over the first half of the course, Ray Ward of Hunters Bog Trotters won the race in 1:17:12 and Megan Mowbray from the same club was first woman in 1:30:14. The Wetherby contingent came home in; 11th (Rob Gray); 12th Chris Plews; 13th Richard Bewell; Judy Bewell (2:11:02); and Jo Rankin (2:21:21).

Danefield Relays, 30 June

Wetherby Runners Andrew Walsh and Kevin Easley took to the Otley Chevin to compete as a two man team in the Danefield Relays. On a warm summer’s evening, a record 93 clubs toed the start line for a very hilly 5km route. With each team requiring three runners, Andrew volunteered to run legs one and three and brought Wetherby home in 27th place. 

Pitstop 10km, 1 July

Two Wetherby Runners travelled to the Croft Racing Circuit to compete in the Pitstop 10km. An impressive 236 runners took to the start for this fast and flat 10km run. Andrew Powell of Sunderland Harriers was first man in 33:37, while cross country international Rosie Smith of Durham City Harriers was first woman in 36:28 and 11th overall. Wetherby Runner Caroline Lambert came a close 2nd in a great time of 36:37 and club mate Mark Holt finished 25th in 39:03.

Harrogate Town Centre 10km, 5 July

The 2015 Harrogate Town Centre 10km was run in support of Bowel Cancer UK in memory of Harrogate Harrier Ken Fozard, who was one of the club’s founding members and a 2.31 marathon runner. First Wetherby Runner home was Pauline Munro, who stormed around the hilly 10km in 36:53 for first woman, first in her age group and 12th overall, a fantastic achievement. First Wetherby man home was Rob Gray who ran 37:48 for 22nd place overall and 1st V50. Other Wetherby Runners competing were; Josef Kwallah (38:27, 3rd V45); Rob Whitaker (38:44); Steven Turner (44:04); David Halladay (44:23); Peter Cooper (55:34); Sharon Smith (1:01:09, 3rd V55); and Carol Pettifar (1:10:21).

Eccup 10 Mile, 5 July

Now in it’s 21st year, the Eccup 10 Mile race continues to be Leeds’ most popular 10 mile road race. The race winners were Chris Smith from Leeds City AC (56:39) and Helen Wright from Keighley and Craven AC (1:06:41). Ten Wetherby Runners took part and were led home by Andrew Walsh in 1:07:50 for 63rd overall. First Wetherby woman was Claire Robinson who recorded 1:21:57 for 20th in her category. Also competing for Wetherby were; David Carberry (1:11:20); Paul Atkinson (1:17:22); Richard Bell (1:17:32); Dawn Downie (1:23:04); Helen Aldersley (1:25:55); Drew Ward (1:27:30); Christine Clubbs (1:36:07); and Peter Galley (1:42:00).


Wetherby's own Eccup Ten


A 9.30 start left little time to blow away the cobwebs from the night before but the sun was shining the roads were closed and it was time to race.

Jonny Bownlee had taken time out of his no doubt gruelling recovery schedule to wave runners off literally with a big Yorkshire flag , not easy to do whilst on crutches! And we were off running familiar roads to most Wetherbyites but not so usual amongst a crowd of a several hundred other runners.   Thankfully there were ample water stations as the day was rapidly warming up and the hills kept coming. 

I started not expecting much after a rather tasty bike ride the afternoon before (thanks Chris Martin) I ran with Claire Robinson for the first third but suspect that 11 days of R&D in Cuba was not the best preparation for Eccup or I’m sure that she would have beaten me. In my sights now was a the red cap that Paul Atkinson was wearing which I could see bobbing about above the hedgerows each time we took a bend. I was surprised to see that I was gradually gaining on it. By around the 9-mile mark only a place or two separated us.  Time to stick or twist I thought and I may have made the wrong choice. I picked the brow of the penultimate hill and casually as I could eased past him saying ‘hi Paul’.  Unfortunately for me I’d stirred the beast and Paul was not about to be beaten on the last hill. He’d now managed to put one or two places between us again and despite my best efforts I just couldn’t catch him with six seconds separating us at the line.

Elsewhere much further up the field Andy Walsh was first home for Wetherby in 67mins, Dave Carberry 70 mins, Paul and I both scraped under 77 mins, Claire Robinson 81 minutes was our first lady followed by Dawn Downie 82 mins, Helen Aldersley 85 mins (both Helen and Dawn are now in full Berlin training mode) , Drew Ward 86 mins, Christine Clubbs 95 mins and finally Peter Galley 101 mins and immediately pressed into our team photo.

Here’s our very own 'Eccup-Ten' all-resplendent in duck-egg-blue at the finish.



Tockwith C of E Primary School triumph at Wetherby Schools Athletics Day


Tockwith C of E Primary School were the runaway winners at the inaugural Wetherby District Primary School Athletics championships which was held at the Ings in Wetherby on Saturday 27 June.

The event was organised by the junior section of Wetherby Runners AC and included running, relay, shot put, javelin and standing long jump with the addition of bean bag throw and egg and spoon races for the younger children.

Event organiser Paul Windle of Wetherby Runners said “We are delighted with the level of interest we received from schools across the whole Wetherby area. Twelve local primary schools and over 60 children from pre-school right up to year 6 took part, the youngest competitor from Wetherby St James being only 3 years old. The children tried really hard, were superbly behaved and the performances were excellent. We hope to make this an annual event which will put junior athletics on the map for the Wetherby area”.

Mum, Kate Thomas, from winning school Tockwith added “It was a great day. It meant so much to the children to win. They were very determined and worked well as a team. I am so pleased for them”.


Series win for consistent Coster


Harrogate Road League, 17 June

Wetherby Runners hosted the final race of the Harrogate Road League at Sicklinghall. First home from the club finishing in 6th place, was Paul Millgate who was followed home by Paul Nelson (15th) and Pauline Munro in a brilliant 16th overall and first woman. Wetherby finished 2nd overall in the league, with the veteran men winning their category and the women finishing 2nd. There were also some fine individual series wins for Paul Millgate (1st V40), Paul Nelson (1st V45), Rob Gray (1st V50) and Phoebe Coster (1st U18 woman).

Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon, 21 June

Three Wetherby athletes competed in the Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon, held at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. A traditionally fast course, due to the flat quiet bike course, the Wetherby RaTs (Runners and Triathletes) tackled it well. Emily Legg was 1st woman overall in a time of 1:05:31. While Richard Hope completed the triathlon in 1:17:00 and John Simpson finished in 1:27:00 for 3rd in his age group (MV60).

West Yorkshire Track and Field league, 24 June

There were strong performances from Stella Cross, Phoebe Coster and Phoebe Crawford in the U17 women's 800m, finishing in 2:19.9 (1st), 2:33.1 (3rd) and 2:34.0 (5th) respectively. Wetherby Trak stars Stella Cross and Robert Etherington will go on to compete in the prestigious English Schools Track and Field championships on the 10th and 11th July in Gateshead, where many senior international athletes started their athletics careers.

10 Peaks Long Course, 27 June

Taking in the 10 highest peaks in the Lake District, just finishing the 10 Peaks race is a great achievement. Wetherby Runner Adam Hutchison did amazingly well to complete the Long Course route of 84km with 5700m ascent in 23:01:00. Adding an extra 10 peaks and with a total distance of 100km and ascent of 7500m, Paul Nelson claimed another 2nd place in the Xtreme route finished in 18:59:57. The brutal course combined with challenging conditions meant that only 8 out of 40 starters completed the race.

Staveley Stampede 10km, 28 June

Three Wetherby Runners travelled to Staveley to compete in the Staveley Stampede 10km, a picturesque run around the North Yorkshire countryside, on a mostly off road course. Mark Holt came 4th in 38:30, followed by David Halladay in 22nd (44:57) and Drew Ward 50th (50:50).


Bronze for Johnson at English Champs


English Standard Distance Age Group Triathlon Championships, 14 June

Wetherby Triathlete Glen Johnson travelled to Chester to compete in the English Standard Distance Age Group Triathlon Championships, which was also a qualifying race for the European and World Age Group Triathlon Championships. With so much at stake, there was always going to be a strong field to race against. Johnson had a great day, taking 3rd place in his age group, just 34 seconds behind the winner. Battling the elements with ease, Johnson was delighted with his finishing time of 2:05:33 which included a big personal best time in the swim and the 2nd fastest bike and run times in his age group. 

Otley 10, 10 June

Closer to home, the Otley 10 was won by Tesfaye Debele from Leeds City AC in 54:45, with Hannah Oldroyd of UK Netrunner taking the women's prize in 1:04:16. Seven Wetherby Runners competed, led home by Andrew Collier in 1:16:35 for 139th place and Claire Robinson in 1:22:00 for 30th woman. Also competing were; Richard Bell (1:18:05); John Field (1:19:21); Garry Keenan (1:19:45); David Fennah (1:27:39); and Drew Ward (1:30:42).

Hardmoors 26.2 Rosedale Trail Marathon, 14 June

Paul Nelson and Adam Hutchinson completed the Hardmoors 26.2 Rosedale Trail Marathon, with Paul claiming 4th place, while Katy Hutchinson took part in the Hardmoors Rosedale Trail Half-Marathon.


Milgate leads the way for Wetherby



Mark Holt tackles the Wharfdale Trail Half Marathon

Harrogate District Summer Road League, 2 June

In the third round of the Harrogate District Summer Road League, a fantastic 30 Wetherby Runners travelled to Thirsk to compete in the 5 mile off road race. First man was Mike Burrett from Harrogate Harriers in 26:50 and first woman was Jo Adams from Richmond and Zetland Harriers in 30:19 who finished in a brilliant 17th place overall. Under 18 Ed Beecher from Harrogate Harriers also deserves a special mention for his 4th place position (27:52). It was a good night for Wetherby, with Paul Milgate leading the charge in 6th place (28:08) followed by Jamie Thompson, 11th (29:38) and Rob Gray, 12th (29:54). The Wetherby women also did well, with triathlete Emily Legg finishing 6th woman in 33:36 ahead of Phoebe Coster (35:06) and Nina Batt (35:27).


Wharfdale Trail Half Marathon, 6 June

Two Wetherby Runners, Mark Holt and Richard Bell took part in the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon, a 13.2 mile trail race which starts and finishes at Wharfedale Rugby Club. Taking in some of Wharfedale's finest scenery following well established footpaths including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane, Holt and Bell came home in 1:47:17 and 2:04:24 respectively. The challenging half marathon was won by Frank Beresford from Otley AC in 1:29:50 with Karen Pickles from Pudsey Races Road Club collecting the women’s prize, coming 36th overall in 1:47:25.

Pen-Y-Ghent Fell Race, 6 June

Julie Bucknell was Wetherby’s sole representative in the Pen-Y-Ghent Fell race, a 5.9 mile course with 1,850ft of climbing involved. The race was won by Tom Adams from Ilkley Harriers in 45:51 with Victoria Wilkinson from Bingley Harriers first woman in 49:41, a superb time and course record that placed her 12th in the race overall and 9 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Julie crossed the line as 3rd FV40 in a time of 01:13:57.


Sub 20 Bob Graham for Paul Nelson


Bob Graham Round, 29/30 May

Paul Nelson put all his training into practice in completing the infamous Bob Graham Round; the 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District in 19 hours and 21 minutes. Well under the 24 hour target that most participants aim for. First done way back in 1932 by Bob Graham, hotelier of Keswick, Cumberland, at the age of 42, the 42 Peak Round has become a testing ground for the supremely fit. Setting off from Keswick at 10 o'clock in the evening, Nelson tackled the challenge with support from a dedicated team including fellow Wetherby Runners Andy Walsh and Chris Plews to return to Keswick Moot Hall in time for dinner the following evening. Nelson gives special mention to his checkpoint team of Adam and Katy Hutchison, who were the lynch pins holding the whole attempt together. Other helpers were; Lucie Barnes and Bill Crowther (road support); and Josh Jardine, Steve Rhodes, Steve Snape, Adnan Khan, Mark McGlincy, Robin Harris, Nick Riggs and Steve Coates (runner support).

British Triathlon Youth Super Series Aquathlon, 30 May

Yorkshire Championships silver medalist Rob Etherington competed in the British Triathlon Youth Super Series Aquathlon, finishing a brilliant 6th. Taking place in London's Hyde Park the day before the World Triathlon Series races for the Elite men and women, Etherington had the chance to race on the sport's biggest stage. The following day, the world's best triathletes took to the course including Yorkshire's own Alistair Brownlee who won the men's event and Leeds based Vicky Holland who was 5th in the women's event. Following his swift 05:05 500m swim split, Etherington ran 2.5km in a speedy 08:44, finishing in 13:48 just some 20 seconds adrift of winner Travis Bramley in a very competitive field. 

Edinburgh Marathon, 31 May

Runners from accross the globe travelled to Edinburgh for Scotland's biggest running festival, including Wetherby Runner Joseph Kwallah who had entered the marathon. Windy conditions slowed the elite fields on one of the world’s fastest marathon courses but couldn’t prevent Kenyan Peter Wanjiru taking a decisive victory in the men’s race (2:19:36) and Joan Kigen dominating the women's race (2:39:43). Returning from injury, Wetherby's Kwallah completed the 26.2 miles in 03:53:16 after passing half way in 01:41:41.


Manic Mile series 2 Results


There was a good turn out for the second running of the Manic Mile.

  Name Time
1 Robert Etherington 4:37
2 Paul Windle 5:06
3 Jamie Thompson 5:11
4 Andy Walsh 5:15
5 Rob Driver 5:22
6 Stella Cross 5:27
7 Alex Bradbury 5:32
8 Chris Plews 5:39
9 Phoebe Crawford 5:40
10 James Jesson 5:42
11 Phoebe Coster 5:44
12 Andrew Collier 5:53
13 Andrew Wheeler 6:00
14 James Windle 6:02
15 Joe Coucutt 6:05
16 Simon Chandler 6:05
17 Claire Robinson 6:06
18 Richard Murray 6:22
19 Richard Bell 6:27
20 Geoff Lodge 6:28
21 Mark Foster 6:35
22 Peter Cooper 6:38
23 Drew Ward 6:45
24 Peter Galley 7:45

Last years results:



Superb Silvers for Stella and Rob


Stella Cross (407) silver medallist in the U17 Ladies 1500m at the Yorkshire Championships

Yorkshire Junior Aquathlon, 17 May

Wetherby Juniors Freddie Moore and Bryony Hutton took part in the Yorkshire Junior Aquathlon, held at the University of Leeds. Moore was competing in the in the U15 age group, which she won in 18:22. In the U13 age group, Hutton finished in a very commendable 6th.

Harrogate District Summer Road League, 21 May

In the second round of the Harrogate District Summer Road League, 24 Wetherby Runners represented the club. First Wetherby man home was Paul Milgate in a fantastic 4th place overall, followed by Paul Nelson (7th) and Joseph Kwallah (8th). First Wetherby woman to cross the finish line was Gill Edmonston, followed by Claire Robinson and Emma Coster.

Yorkshire Track and Field Championships, 23/24 May

In the annual hosting of the Yorkshire Track and Field championships, two superb performances for Wetherby Runners came from Rob Etherington and Stella Cross (#407), who both took home fantastic silver medals in the U17 1500m races. Etherington ran a brilliant time of 4:06:00 and Cross smashed her previous personal best with 4:39:00, a time that would also have won the U20 Ladies and Senior Ladies races and is a Wetherby Runners club record across all ages. Team mate Phoebe Crawford also ran a personal best of 5:07:08 in the same race and went on to compete in the U17 3000m final less than an hour later, finishing in 11:26:00. Joseph Cawcutt, competing in his first Championships, took part in the long jump finishing 6th with 4.58m.

Hardmoors 110 Ultramarathon, 23/24 May

Wetherby Runner Peter Allanach completed the challenging Hardmoors 110 Ultramarathon. The event follows the dramatic Cleveland Way National Trail encircling the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cleveland Heritage coastline. Starting from Helmsley, it finishes at Filey after 110 miles and 6,000 metres of cumulated elevation gain. Allanach took 32 hours and 22 minutes to complete the distance and was extremely happy to finish 37th overall. Speaking at the finish Peter said "It truly was a grand day out...and the night ....and the second day." (More detailed report to follow).

Melmerby 10km, 24 May

Taking in quiet country roads through the picturesque surroundings of Melmerby, the Melmerby 10km was the race of choice for three Wetherby Runners; David Halladay, Drew Ward and Peter Galley. The Wetherby results were; Halladay in 43:47:04; Ward in 51:35:06; and Galley in 56:07:08. 

Challenge Rimini Triathlon, 24 May

Competing in the 2015 Rimini ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in Italy, Wetherby Triathlete Richard Bewell finished in a fantastic 5 hours and 19 minutes for 8th place in his age category. After a choppy swim in the Adriatic Sea, a slippy bike on the spectacular hills of Emilia Romagne and Marche and a hot run on the seafront, Richard was happy to finish with such a good result.

Wetherby Triathlon, 25 May

In the annual Wetherby Triathlon, Emily Legg was the sole Wetherby representative. With a water temperature of 15 degrees, the full distance river swim of 1500m was allowed to go ahead (13 degrees is the cut off). Experienced swimmer Emily exited the swim in 5th place overall. Following a quick transition, she rode strongly on the 40km out and back cycle to Boroughbridge and ran well over the 10k out and back run to Spofforth, crossing the line in 2:19:30 for 3rd woman.



Paul second in Ripon 10


Ripon 10, 18 May

Described as “Probably the most scenic multi-terrain race in England”, the Ripon 10 attracted a field of 355 local runners including 5 Wetherby Runners. Starting and finishing on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, the 10 mile hilly route took the runners through the picturesque Studley Royal Estate.

Off-road marathon specialist Paul Nelson finished a fantastic second, just two minutes behind Billingham Harriers’ Mike Jefferies. Nelson took 6 seconds off his personal best time for 10miles to record 1:00:43 on the hilly course. Jefferies won in 58:49 and Steve Middleton was third (1:01:40). “Mega chuffed” said Nelson. “A new personal best for 10 miles, taking 6 seconds off my previous best, not bad for a hilly race”.

Sole female Wetherby representative, Samantha Parker, finished 26th in her age group in her first 10 mile race of the year. Ripon Runners’ Sharon Barlow won the women’s race in a brilliant 1:06:32 from York Knavesmire Harrier Andrea Lancaster (1:09:04) and New Marske Harrier Sharon Bulman (1:10:06).

Also competing for Wetherby Runners were; Rob Whitaker (1:08:53) for 21st place; Dave Halladay (1:19:10); and Peter Galley (1:40:50).

Belvoir Triathlon, 18 May

Wetherby Runner and Triathlete Glen Johnson travelled to Leicestershire to compete in the Belvoir Standard Distance Triathlon which took place in the stunning grounds of Belvoir Castle and surrounding area. Despite a tough 1.5km swim, Glen rode (40km) and ran (10km) strongly through the windy conditions to finish 57th overall and win his age group (50-54) in a great time of 2:31:08. First man in the standard distance event was Daniel Bradshaw in 2:14:39 and first woman Claire Hann in 2:27:19.


Tandem Gold for Debra and Andrew


Harrogate District Summer Race League, 5 May

The race was won by Harrogate Harriers' Mike Burret in a time of 33:00 with Wetherby Runner Seonaid Thompson first woman in 39.28 for 34th overall. First Wetherby man was long distance off road specialist Paul Nelson, in 36.46 for 8th overall. In a league record turnout of 421 runners, there were a fantastic 32 Wetherby Runners out to enjoy the evening sunshine whilst stretching their legs on the country lanes of Harrogate.

Leeds Half Marathon, 10 May

Paul Atkinson had the satisfaction of leading the charge of Wetherby Runners, and finished inside the top 1000 with a time of 1:41:12. Peter Allnach was next across the line for Wetherby in 1:44:19, followed by Julie Bucknell, Richard Bell (1:45:24), Adam Hutchison (1:50:46), Alison Mallorie Lewis (1:57:54), Katy Hutchison (2:17:33), Janice Robinson (2:20:12) and Jane Williams (2:22:47). Despite a tough day at the office for Richard Bell, he still managed to see the positives in the "Help, support, humour and selflessness of fellow Wetherby Runners".

Holme Moss Duathlon, 10 May

Oliver Pursaill was 32nd in 2:18:17 in this challenging duathlon, which took in the fantastic views of Holmfirth -Last of the Summer Wine-countryside. The first 7km run took the 60+ competitors up through the village of Farnley Tyas before they cycled through Holmfirth and tackled the iconic Holme Moss (now famous for the spectacular crowds it drew during last year's Tour de France). Finally, the duathletes had one more hill to run up to get to the finish. The race was won by Ben Gillespie in 1:50:30 for the men's prize and Clare Smith 2:29:57 for the women's.

Harrogate Sprint Triathlon, 10 May

Wetherby Runners Debra and Andrew Wheeler both won their age cartegories in the second Harrogate Sprint Triathlon, clocking 1:42:10 and 1:21:00 respectively. Taking place in and around the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, Andrew and Debra tackled the 420m swim, 24km bumpy bike ride and 5km run along with over 100 other entrants. The event aims to be inclusive and family friendly, though it was still competitive, with the women's competition won by Emma Robinson in 1:15:22 and the men's by Mika Brown (1:05:35).

Gold, Silver and Bronze for Paul, Gill and Robert


North Lincolnshire Half Marathon, 2 May

Perhaps inspired by the Wetherby Runners' fantastic results in last weekend's London Marathon, Mark Holt and David Fennah travelled to Scunthorpe to take part in the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. The large field of over 1500 runners was led home by Matthew Nutt of Wimbledon Windmilers with a time of 1:13:24 while the first woman in a suberb time of 1:23:14 was Tori Green of Ripon Runners. For Wetherby, Mark Holt had a great run, finishing in 41st place overall with a personal best time of 1:23:27 and was followed home by David Fennah in 1:39:38.

White Horse Marathon, 3 May

It was gold again for Paul Nelson, who covered the 28.3 mile trail route in 4:05:56. Despite it raining throughout, Paul enjoyed the fantastic course and would recommend it to anyone. 

Tadcaster Triathlon, 4 May

An impressive contingent of Wetherby RaTs (Runners and Triathletes) took part in the popular Tadcaster Triathlon in support of the Tadcaster Community Pool. Following a 400m swim in the pool, triathletes headed out to Boston Spa and Bramham before returning to Tadcaster on the 14km bike leg. The final discipline, a 7km run, was held on footpaths to Newton Kyme and back to the Brewery town.
First man was Scott Wardman in 52:51 and first woman Hollie Elliott in 1:02:10. Of the 17 Wetherby Runners competing, Robert Etherington, fresh from his new Wetherby Parkrun course record of 16.23, was first home in a brilliant time of 54:49 for 3rd place overall, chasing hard was experienced triathlete Richard Bewell in 56:09 for 7th place and 1st Vet50. Richard enjoyed the event, in particular "Seeing so much orange out there (in the form of the distinctive Wetherby Tri-suits) and mutual support to and from everyone".
First Wetherby woman was Gill Edmonston in a fantastic 1.05.16 for 2nd woman overall followed home by team mate Nina Batt who came 8th. For Iain Andrews, his first triathlon was a resounding success with everything going to plan and a feeling of satisfaction at the finish (1:07:10, 52nd). Other successful Wetherby RaTs were; David Mellor (1.02.55); Martin Thompson (1:06:34); John Field (1:12:42); Anne Horna (1:13:22); Stephen Talboys (1:13:22); John Simpson (1:14:24); Helen Buglass (1:14:50); Peter Callaghan (1:15:04); Richard Hope (1:15:33); Christine Clubbs (1:19:37); Samantha Parker (1:29:10); and Victoria Tilbrook (1:35:03). 

Marathon Effort by Wetherby Runners


3 Peaks Race, Yorkshire, 25 April

Kicking off a big weekend for the Wetherby Runners, four hardy souls braved the elements in the 61st Annual 3 Peaks Race; Paul Nelson; David Carberry; Andrew Walsh; and Adam Hutchinson. In a race won by Ricky Lightfoot in 2:51:42, Paul Nelson once again showed his strength off road to come home in 65th place with a time of 3:34:30. With 701 runners taking part over the 24mile course with 4,500ft of climbing, David, Andrew and Adam all did extremely well to finish 238 (4:05:55), 349 (4:21:25) and 553 (4:51:12) respectively. For Andrew, it was the most physically demanding race of his 19 months running but I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed the experience: “The 3 Peaks Race was everything and more than I was expecting.”
London Marathon, 26 April

While the race winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crossed the line in an astonishing time of 2:04:42, the crowds said ‘Thank you’ to world record holder Paula Radcliffe who ran 2:36:55 in her final competitive marathon. Three time marathoner Rob Gray posted his fastest ever time over the distance with a 3:02:30 clocking in London. Leading the Wetherby women home, in her second attempt at the distance, Emily Legg crossed the line in a personal best time of 3:25:17, taking a huge 21 minutes off her previous best time and recording a new club record in the process. Chris Plews (3:08:20), Richard Bell (3:29:19-PB), Garry Keenan (3:36:19-PB), Ian Legg (3:37:50-PB), Emma Coster (3:44:28-PB), Andrea Normington (3:47:58), Drew Ward (4:32:36-PB) and Nykie Duffy (5:37:42) also completed the infamous race for Wetherby Runners.

European Age Group Duathlon Championships, Madrid

Wetherby Runners’ Athlete of the Year Pauline Munro came 2nd in the European Age Group Duathlon Championships in Madrid. Unfortunately the weather resembled Yorkshire in winter more closely than it did central Spain in spring. But despite the wet conditions, Pauline set off fast and recorded a swift first 10km run of 35:08, more than 3 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. On the 40km bike leg, Great Britain team mate and bike specialist Louella O’Herlihy made up that time and more to overtake Pauline. Both athletes then recorded similar times on the final 5km run (20:51 for Pauline) meaning Pauline crossed the line in the silver medal position, just 10 seconds behind the winner.

Wetherby Runners set for London Marathon


Top Wetherby Runner this weekend was Debbie Dennison, who finished 12th woman overall and 2nd in her age category at the Halifax 10km in a time of 49.07. The tough course involved a three mile uphill stretch which was challenging even for race winners Rachael Beaumont (Halifax Harriers) and Tom Collinge (Queensbury Running Club) who finished in 45.49 and 36.21 respectively. Paul Dennison also took part for the club and finished 53rd man in 50.37.


Sunday 26th April will see the 35th anniversary edition of the London Marathon. Three time winner and world record holder Paula Radcliffe will be running her final competitive race and hoping to bump shoulders with her will be nine Wetherby Runners; Emily Legg; Andrea Normington; Emma Coster; Ian Legg; Robert Gray; Gary Keenan; Richard Bell; Drew Ward; and Chris Plews. Good luck everyone!


Some 37,000 runners are expected to start the marathon on Sunday. If you are inspired to take up running or you already run and would like to join a club, then come along to Wetherby Runners’ beginners group on Monday 11th May, Wetherby Sports Association, 6pm. Aimed at adults who are new to running, the easy to follow, fun, no pressure programme is led by a qualified coach.

Do you want to start running?


A new beginners group is being launched by Wetherby Runners AC starting on Monday 11th May.

Suitable for any adults wishing to start running. No matter your ability - all are welcome. We offer an easy to follow, fun, no pressure programme lead by a qualified coach.

Meet at the Wetherby Sports Association on Monday 11th May at 6pm.
For further information contact Jacky on 07580 016479 or

Sub 3 hour marathons for Paul and Guy in Paris


It was a busy weekend for the Wetherby Runners with athletes travelling as far as France to race.

Under sunny skies, Paul Windle and Guy Whatmore both completed the scenic Paris marathon in under three hours, a brilliant achievement. A record-breaking 41,342 athletes took part, making it the most popular sports event in France. Taking in the most emblematic sites of the City of Light, Paul and Guy ran past the Louvre together before Paul raced on to a 2.56.49 finishing time. Despite nursing an injury and finding the temperature a little warmer than Yorkshire, Guy came home in 2.59.50.

Closer to home, in less favourable conditions, Paul Nelson stepped onto the top step of the podium again, winning the Wainstones Hardmoors Marathon. Adam Hutchison also took part in the challenging event which is part of a series of 7 trail marathons based in various different locations around the North Yorkshire Moors. Undeterred by the terrible conditions, David Carberry, Andrew Walsh and all Katy Hutchison took part in the Wainstones half marathon, with David finishing an excellent 2nd and Andrew 6th. 

John Field represented Wetherby in the Ackworth Half marathon, an event that was resurrected to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Ackworth Road Runners club. John recorded 1.46.45 on the new scenic, but undulating course.

In the 21st Baildon Boundary Way, regular racer Richard Bell finished in 1.48.02 for 31st place in his category (94th overall) followed by Dave Halliday who crossed the line in 1.51.57 for 25th in his category. Richard found the race “A bit more challenging than the usual half marathon fare involving woodland, hills and open moorland”.

Guisborough 3 Tops and a trio of Orange


Chris Plews, Chris Martin and myself ran in the Guisborough Three Tops race this Easter Sunday. The race was run on the revised route which will be used for the forthcoming English Championship race in September. Running conditions were almost too good with the sun blazing down in the latter stages of the race adding to the need for a well earned pint or two in the Rugby Club afterwards. Chris was first home for Wetherby in 12th, Richard Bell was 35th and Chris Martin whose still on his way back from a rather lengthy racing break was 58th. Generally race positions may have been helped by the fact that around twenty runners at the front managed to chop off the first checkpoint earning a 15 minute penalty. Chris was lobbying for this to be longer in the hope of picking up an extra bottle or two of wine in the prize giving.

I was rather nervous at the start as my plan of blindly following the chap in front was likely to be put to the test on a course as long and with so many climbs as this. The trouble with the follow tactic is that you need to actually be able to see someone in front. Sure enough the first half of the race was easy as runners were reasonably packed later the long climb up to Highcliffe and then Roseberry Topping provided good vantage points to chart progress. However by the time I arrived at Hanging Stone the field had really thinned out and as we headed back towards Highcliffe the red tape markers seemed rarer than hens teeth. I did manage to go wrong once and it was the guy behind who pointed out that I was heading the wrong way having crossed through an open gate when I should have taken a sharp right back out on to the moor. As you can imagine I was very thankful to my sporting saviour and ran dutifully behind him as we headed up the final climb across stone slabs. I was taking this race reasonably seriously having forsaken another boring twenty training run believing that this would offer sufficient pre-London training. So leaving my saviour trailing I hammered down the final decent through the woods picking up a couple of places including one poor guy who’d come to a standstill trying to decide which of the 3 available trails was the right one to the finish.

This was my first category A race which will come in handy when (and if) I apply for next years three peaks. Thanks to Dave Parry for organising a very enjoyable race and for the bottle of wine that team Wetherby thoroughly deserved.


Spent at Spen


Some distances challenge your speed others, like the marathon, ask questions of your endurance and determination. The Spen 20 simply begs the question, why am I doing this?

On the face of it a 20 mile pre-marathon test seems like a sensible step in a training program, however the risk of overdoing it or worse injury lead many coaches the Gaffer included to recommend giving it a miss.

Those of us in these parts have two choices at this distance, Hull (flat, scenic) or Spen (hilly and well not scenic). Spen is therefore by far the tougher test of the two. Which is why, by the second lap particularly of this two lap torture, you do begin to question your sanity. I guess here lies the real benefit of such a race because if you can dig in or even speed up with zero crowd cheering you on and a bleak landscape (you run cross the M62 four times) then the marathon itself is a far less daunting prospect.

Four of Wetherby's contingent of London marathoners, which numbers around a dozen this year, opted to take on the challenge. All finished strongly and uninjured. This now leaves no small matter of squeezing an extra 6.2 miles out of those legs in six weeks time.

Finally some of you will be aware that no small amount of controvery has dogged this race thanks to an unfortunate runner not been allowed to finish - or barely start, the race. A quick search under Netty Edwards will reveal a host of articles, and comments from runners and enraged public alike. I feel very very sorry for all of the fantastic Marshalls who turned out on Mothers Day to help the athletes around the course giving up a large (4hours +) amount of their Sunday to do so. All of the furore could have been avoided by a tail-runner who knows the course and doesn't mind keeping the backmarker company. Perhaps we could loan out our own John Simpson who does such a brilliant job of this at our 10k.

Roge, where's yer vest? Garry why are you running with Rogers wife Alison? Richard just wonders why he bothered. 

Bowing out in style - Mike Miller and PECO 5


Sunday saw the last race of this season's Cross Country taking place at Roundhay Park. There was as usual a good turnout from the mighty orange team who braved strong winds and the infamous Hill 60 climb at the end of a 5 mile slog. First home for Wetherby was our erstwhile Chaiman, Rob Gray followed by Mark, Holt, Andrew Walsh, Dave Carberry, James Jesson, Marcus Grant, Andrew Wheeler, Simon Chandler, Andrew Collier, Steven Turner, Richard Bell, Paul Atkinson, Pete Callaghan and Neil Berry. For the ladies Claire Robinson led the team home followed by Christine Clubbs, Sam Parker and Sharon Smith.

From a Wetherby perspective the race was memorable as it represented probably the last competitive turn-out by Mike Miller, who will shortly be shuffling off to the South Coast to feed the seagulls or whatever retirement pursuits beckon in those parts. Once the novelty of having his own mobility scooter has worn off I'm sure that Mike will be searching out a few hills for some efforts. As well as doing a fantastic job as our Chief Medic and long time commitee member Mike has been a consistent force in our key fixtures especially in the Cross-Country where his grit and famous surging finish has helped us to many a high placing in the local rankings. I know that we shall all miss Mike's enthusiasm for all things running and hopefully he'll grace us with a visit every now and again, perhaps keeping that second claim handy for a bit of Harrogate Road League!

Although the No 5 was the last race of the season the relay is still to come on 15 March with Barnbow Crossgates the venue. Teams of 3 in any combination can take part see the Peco website for details.

I think this season's Peco has been a tremendous successs with around 70 teams taking part. The well considered courses and the excellent organsation have made the series a real treat belying the image of running laps around a muddy field that many still think cross-country is all about. Keep on racing - Richard.


Rob's Ferriby Fortune


Race Report - Ferriby 10 mile. 25th Jan 2015

Following a few cross country, fell and trail races recently it was my return to road running, the first since an outing at Leeds Abbey Dash in November.

I wasn't doing myself any favours at the start of the day however as with only a vague knowledge of where Ferriby was - somewhere in the East Yorks area - putting HU16 into the sat nav at 8:30 left me wondering if 'Destination Hull' was possible at all for a 10am start Coming upon road closures being set up in villages as I approached on the race route was another factor but with 5 minutes to the start I was there, Garmin on, chip timing tag in place and a pair of wholly mits to fend off the biting cold wind.

The start line tussle with a down hill sprint and settled pretty much into position within first quarter mile. After the approaching drive in I knew the first five miles where a climb up onto the rolling Wolds so I was greatfull to get that bit of the work done and a roadside marshal shout my time of 30 minutes and 40 seconds.

Further ill preparation in that I hadn't looked at the route map beforehand but trusting to good fortune 'it must be down hill now?' wasn't a bad call. In fact I managed to throw in a few faster mile splits at 7, 8 and 9 and hung onto a small group. The final mile and Skidby windmill at last broke the skyline, like windmills tend to be - at the top of a hill, so it was upward we go again and a sprint in for 24th place in 60 minutes and 16 seconds.

Rob Gray

Wetherby shine at Yorkshire XC Championships


The wind was howling the sleet was blowing around the rollercoasters as Wetherby's hardy team of cross country aficiandos gathered at Lighwater valley for this years Yorkshire Championships.
Leading the way after the junior events (see results) was Emily Legg and Julie Bucknell who put in impressive performances following the Christmas break. Finishing 41st and 87th respectively.
Then it was the turn of the men comprising in order of finish Paul 'the hare' Millgate, Admiral I'm not fast Nelson, Rob Craking Run Gray, Mark 'the bolt' Holt, 'The technique' Windle, Ironman Bewell, Beardy Walsh, The Gaffer, Iain 'don't call me Julie' Andrews,  Whistling Whitaker (who was using this as a training run for his forthcoming 100th Park Run next week) and finally Capn' Bell.
This was for me 5-laps of toment with no Brownlee present to give the event a bit of stardust it was a windy, slippery hilly hell. That said this event makes you appreciate all those levely races later in the year and great credit goes to all of the Orange and supporters for turning out on such a foul day. Special mention to Dave the Race Carberry for supporting the team even if he failed to warn me that I was about to be pipped on the line whilst posing for one of his photo's. A worrying sign was a bit of elitism creeping in to our best as Whistling Rob and Capn Bell missed the photocall (see below) due to still slugging it out on the course! 

Wetherby's 'elite squad' pose for team photo - Rob and Richard were unavailable for comment at the time of posting


Cooking on gas


Rob Gray, Richard Bell and Garry Keenen made sure that New Years Eve hangovers did not make Wetherby see the new year’s race calendar start with a blank at The Captain Cook fell race. 

Esk Valley put on a fantastic even which starts with registration in the Royal Oak at Great Ayton, which was doing a roaring trade in black coffee, in sharp contrast no doubt to a few hours earlier when New Years Eve would have been in full swing.

A wet and mild winter's day led to some slippery conditions but with spirit well into the ethereal blue the field soon

absorbed the course in full celebration of the New Year. In the men's event Paul Lowe returned to full form to gain his 6th victory in this event Rob Gray led the line for Wetherby with a fantastic 16th position. This is a big year for Rob with the London Marathon looming in April so expect to see him pounding the streets even more so in the months ahead. The same event is spurring on Richard Bell And Garry Keenen and no surprise that these three managed to turn out whereas many who said they would be there decided that a few hours extra kip was time better spent– we’ll name no names obviously Jim and Chris to save you from any stick!.

The women's results are worth a mention as a junior just old enough to run at this distance smashed the women's record by two minutes - well done to Bronwen Owen!

 There was a record turn out with 270 seniors and 21 juniors competing.


Rob Digging in

Christmas Running Schedule


As the next two Wednesday Nights are Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve we will be running from the Club on the next 2 Tuesday evenings instead. We will also be running from the WSA on Christmas Eve at 2.00. Please bring your christmas hats! So in summary:

• Tue 23rd Dec: 7.00 - the WSA will be open as normal
• Wed 24th 2.00 Christmas run, meet in the WSA car park. 5 - 7 miles. No evening running
• Tue 30th Dec: 7.00 - the WSA will be open as normal
• Wed 31st Dec - No organised running.
• Wed 7th Jan - normal schedules resume.

Hope to see you all at one or more of the above runs.

Happy Christmas

2014 WRAC Award Winners


The following awards were presented at the WRAC Awards Evening on 19th November.

The Caines Jewellers Cup. Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
•       Paul Millgate
The Jack Joy Insurance Cup. For Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
•       Pauline Munro
The Presidents Cup. Most Improved Senior Athlete. Presented by Montpellier Engineers.
•       Sharon Smith
Junior Athlete of the Year
•       Robert Etherington
Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year.
•       Phoebe Coster
The Captains Cup. Most  Improved Junior Athlete of the Year.
•       Toby Hillery
Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year
•      Bryony Hutton 
Triathlete of the Year
•      Richard Bewell

Most Improved Triathlete of the Year
•      Gill Edmondson

Five Miler Award – presented by Jacky Darley,

•      Peter Galley

The Rat Trap Award.
•       Peter Callaghan
The Volunteer of the Year Award.
•       Ian Legg
The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour
•       Joe Atkinson

Paul Millgate Pauline Munro Sharon Smith
Robert Etherington Phoebe Coster Toby Hillery
Bryony Hutton Richard Bewell Gill Edmonson
Peter Galley Peter Callaghan Ian Legg
  Joe Atkinson  

The Mighty Orange go on Tour..... The Tour of Pendle!


The Mighty Orange go on Tour..... The Tour of Pendle!

Apparently it's all my fault?

On Saturday 15th November four of the Mighty Orange runners traveled up to Lancashire for the Tour of Pendle fell race. This is one of the tougher races on the calendar and in all it takes you over Pendle Hill (up and down the hill 6 times) in a 16.8mile route with 4833ft of climb. Perfect!! I was joined by Julie Bucknell, David Carberry and Paul Nelson.

The day started with typical November fell conditions with the clag well down however the rain held off (well nearly) and it looked like we were in for a cracking race. So roll on 10.30am and we lined up on the start line just up the road from Barley Village Hall along with 400 other fell runners.

Paul was first home for the club and shared his views with me "A last minute decision to race the Tour of Pendle proved to be very worthwhile. Having not recce'd the route and my legs not fully recovered from the trail marathon the sat before, I thought I'd give it bash. The weather was in true fell racing fashion, very foggy. Luckily enough I latched on to 2 runners who knew the route very well. Nearly lost them a couple of times at the beginning but as the race went on and the hills got harder I found it easier to keep up with them. In the end though, the residual tiredness from last sat got me and I was unable to match their pace in the last mile. Still even with this, I managed a 9th position in a field of some very talented fell racers. Also I won a voucher with Peter Bland Sports, worth £40."

David adds a few more details and a slightly different perspective, notice the nutritional tip (not one I've read before!) " My Tour of Pendle…was an eye opener! Managed a recce with Kev (who is totally responsible for this whole carry on) 10 days before the race in beautiful sunshine so I had an idea of what was coming but of course there was no sun to greet us on the day…just mist, mud and that lovely fine rain!
Having said that it was a great event, the hardest I've ever done! There is very little respite between the ups and to be honest some of the downs are just as challenging…but that last climb is as I'm sure even Paul Nelson, the maestro would describe as …a tad cheeky!!! Recommend this race to anyone who is slightly insane or has little regard for self preservation.
Nutrition tip of the day…decided to join Paul Nelson in a bacon & egg butty before the race and results clearly show this is the recipe for success"

A great amount of respect goes to Julie who leading up to this was struggling with her knee, something the descents would sort out, "Toughest race ever. Fact! On the start line I felt very much out of my comfort zone, like I had road runner written all over me. I knew I was under prepared, but I'd done a recce, how hard could it be? Very hard it would seen. I had a reasonable first half, if anything I went off too quick, keen to get to cp 4 before the cut off point, I even went for it down 'Geronimo' but there may have been swearing. From then on I started to struggle, with the 3 biggest climbs, and descents, still to come I found myself under fuelled and ready to quit. Only when I realised quite how far it was even to walk back to the car did I get a grip and push on. There was blood, you should see the state of my knees, sweat, and, come climb number 6 a few tears, but despite all that I finished with a smile. After my initial post race sulk, sorry guys, I got over the fact I'd not had a great race and started to appreciate quite what I'd achieved. Would I do it again? Yes, definitely, I've got a score to settle with Pendle Hill.......and its all Kevs fault!"

For me there is not really much to say, I struggled from the 1st climb, my normal strength of descending deserted me and it was just a case of digging in and working hard from the off. I was pleased with the time. I did however redeem myself from a slight navigational blip at Harewood! On the last run from the hill there is no marked path, the clag was down and I was not following of I went on a line that felt right, only to see through the clag runners all round me left and right. I stuck to my line and hit the small faint trod, thank goodness for the recce's! To top off all this - Apparently it was all my fault!!

In summary Paul came in first for the club in 9th place in a time of 2hr 35min, followed by David in 118th in 3hr 11min, I got home in 165th in 3hr 19min, and Julie got home 290th in 3hr 50min - (with bloodied knees....sign of a good fell race!)

Roll on 2015 when the Mighty Orange tours Pendle again!



Report from Club AGM – 15th Oct 2014


The following committee positions were re-elected

  • President – Robert Gray
  • Chairman – Andrew Wheeler
  • Club Captain – Richard Bell
  • Vice Secretary – Chris Plews
  • Membership Secretary – Kevin Easley
  • Head Coach – Ian Legg
  • Ladies Captian – Andrea Normington
  • Race Secretary – Dave Carberry
  • Social Secretary – Liz Martin

The following nominees were elected and welcomed onto the committee:

  • Treasurer – Rob Whitaker
  • Secretary – Chris Plews
  • Jen Bracher / Paul Heffernan - Child Protection Officer and H&S Officer

With thanks to outgoing officials Peter McGouran (Treasurer), Paul Windle (Secretary) and Mike Miller (Child Protection Officer and H&S Officer).

Highlights –

The clubs 10th Anniversary was celebrated with two significant event – firstly a fun Summer Sports Day followed by Ceilidh and secondly a more formal autumnal Evening Dinner Dance.

The Club membership fees have a slight increase from £25 to £30 for seniors but juniors and concessions stay at £15. Family membership is revised to be £30 per senior and £5 per junior. The discount for paying by standing order will be removed.

The club continues to support local charities. £4,383 was raised for charities through the year. These funds are to be distributed to Friends of Alfie Martin and Wetherby Lions. The club announced further support in 2015 to two local charities – St Gemma’s Hospice and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The Wetherby 10k has had another successful year with a record number of entries. The event continues to financially support the running of the club as well as contributing to the charity funds.

The club are to offer funding to members in several areas – in establishing a Bursary Scheme, also we will be able to offer assistance with Fees for specific Coaching, and supporting fees for entry to specific race series.

Thanks were extended to the membership for their continued support in volunteering time and energy in helping our various races and social occasions such enjoyable and great events. Wetherby Runners should be justifiably proud of our efforts in supporting and promoting local athletics across the running and wider local community

Rob Gray – President Wetherby Runners AC.

Hardman conquers Hardmoors


There's no stopping him....
Paul Nelson continues his onslaught of the off road long distance challenges by winning the Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon.

WRAC Awards Evening - Nominations


 ‘The Awards Committee’ – Wetherby Runners AC.


We would like to welcome you to a special evening on Wed 19th November  at 7:30pm.
In true ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Style Wetherby Runners are celebrating another tremendous year of achievements across the membership .So without further ado we are proud to announce the following Nominations for some prestigious silverware.
The Caines Jewellers Cup. Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Robert Gray
•       Joseph Kwallah
•       Paul Millgate
•       Paul Nelson
•       Rob Whitaker
The Jack Joy Insurance Cup. For Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Debbie Dennison
•       Caroline Lambert
•       Lisa Mawer
•       Pauline Munro
•       Andrea Normington
The Presidents Cup . Most Improved Senior Athlete. Presented by Montpellier Engineers.
The nominees are:
•       Dave Carberry
•       Sharon Smith
Junior Athlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•       Phoebe Coster
•       Stella Cross
•       Robert Etherington
•       Laura Jeal
Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Phoebe Coster
•       Stella Cross
•       Robert Etherington
The Captains Cup. Most  Improved Junior Athlete of the Year.
The Nominees are:
•       Joe Atkinson
•       Sam Buck
•       Toby Hillery
•       Luke Hutton
Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•      Katie Brennan
•      Alex Eichler-Davis
•      Bryony Hutton 
Triathlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•      Judy Bewell
•      Richard Bewell
•      Gill Edmondson
•      Glen Johnson
•      Emily Legg
Also being awarded are the prestigious: 

Most Improved Triathlete of the Year

Five Miler Award – presented by Jacky Darley,

The Rat Trap Award,

The Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour
You are welcome to dress the part in ‘smart casual’ for the Press pack’s cameras and also don’t forget we’ll also be asking the membership  to don their Wetherby Runners vest for a group photograph for the Wetherby News.
Please come and join us in a fun evening
‘The Awards Committee’ – Wetherby Runners AC.

Ironman Barcelona Race Report


Race Report: Ironman Barcelona - 5th October 2014
R W Bewell

At the end of a long race season, Ironman Barcelona was to be the final push before an Autumn holiday and a few weeks of Rest & Relaxation.
Arriving a few days before the race, we enjoyed hot and sunny weather and soaked up the hype of the Ironman Circus. My biggest fears were dehydration, cramp and keeping cool in the heat. Having said that, the main goal was to make the finish line intact, anything more would be a bonus.
We needn’t have worried about the heat! Race day started with a “wee bit drizzle”. The rain in Spain falls mainly on triathlon day, in fact it was torrential rain with not many elephants between the flash and the bang! Two and a half thousand wetsuited wanna-be Ironmen waited in the transition tent for the storm to pass. Eventually the lightning stopped and we were good to go.
Hat & goggles in position for the beach start……….oh no! ….Snapped strap …….less than one minute to go and the prospect of a 3.8km sea swim with no goggles and the certainty of losing at least one contact lens. Suprisingly, I didn’t have my reading glasses with me, but Fate was on my side and I managed to re thread the offending goggles, tie them with a granny knot and squeeze them onto my face.…….eyes popping! The hooter sounded, and we were off. (After the race I tried rethreading the goggles – took 4 attempts). Check out the photo of squeezed eyeballs after the swim:

Initially choppy, the swim start was exciting with the normal triathlon “bunfight” of swimmers jostling for position and the most direct line to the first turn buoy. Halfway through the swim, the wind dropped, the sea became calm and oh so much clearer and warmer than the River Wharf!
Happy with one hour and five minutes for the swim, it was onto the bike for a spin along the seafront. Well, 112 miles of seafront to be exact. With a smooth surface, no wind, warm sunshine, and an almost flat course, the Time Trial bike, complete with disc wheel, was in it’s element and purred along. With terrific support from Judy and the crowds, it was an effort to hold back and save some legs for the run.

I finished the bike ahead of schedule with an average speed of 21.5mph. Very, very happy, but after five and a quarter hours on the “thong saddle”, it was a relief to stand up and start running! A quick change from tri suit and cycle gear into run shorts / shoes / white vest / white cap, only 26.2 miles to go.
Race strategy for the marathon was to run a steady pace with a 10 second walk after each mile – practiced in training – discussed with the Head Coach (thanks Ian!) and others (thanks Judy, Rob, Mark et al!) – worked great for the first 16 miles or so. Then it was “just keep going”. Bringing home the run in just under 3:45 was pleasing, but running over the blue carpeted finish line in a PB of 10 hours and 10 minutes was an amazing buzz.

After a year of endurance training, the last 20 weeks have included 3 iron distance races, 1 half iron distance race, the Coast to Coast cycle and a standard triathlon. The joints are worn, the body aches, any excess weight has evaporated and I now need a long rest and lots of pies!!
To next year……well that’s another story.

WYCC Race 2 West Park, Leeds


Out on the winding, windy moor


The Bronte Way Fell Race provided my sport this Sunday. The race is a point-to-point starting in Trawden on the Red side of the Pennines and finishing, 8 miles further, in the middle of Haworth very much on the White side of the moors.

Being a one-way race provides certain logistical obstacles. Ok if you get your entry in early and book the shuttle bus, not so easy if you decide to run it on a whim like me. Something will turn up I thought and it did in the guise of lovely Colin Best from Otley AC who very kindly offered me a lift back to the start.

No longer stranded I was able to enjoy the race in full which I did, especially the moors themselves. One of the less obvious attractions of this race is the finish. Hurtling off the moor a hairpin bend leads you up the cobbles in steep 200meter dash to the finish urged on by plenty of spectators. A chalked line marks the finish which is 'literally' (Bronte Ref!) on the doorstep of a Timothy Taylor's boozer. A beer token is the prize for finishing and I can proudly report that in a new PB I had a pint in my hand with ten seconds of finishing - epic.

My time was 1.18.40 finishing in 95th. First placed was Jack Smith Wharfedale Harriers in 55.38 

Elsewhere on the Fells our own Caroline Lambert put in a great performance at Saturday's Great Whernside, taking first lady u23 and third placed lady overall in a time of 37.57. 


Bronte-Saurus Win-A-Saurus

Racing here, there and everywhere


This Sunday’s race calendar was jammed with opportunities from the stunning surroundings of Palma Mallorca to the grit of 5 laps of Thorne’s Park in Wakefield. In all our seniors took part in five different races in one day.

Those lucky few namely Janice Robinson, Jacky Darley and Jane Williams took to the sunny delights of the Palma - Half Marathon in a baking 30 degrees.

At Harewood Gilly Fox and Angela Reeve hit the 8-mile trail with Richard Bell doing the 5-mile version. At the same time Mark Holt, Drew Ward, Clare Bentley, Zoe Howarth and Peter Galley visited Boroughbridge to support the Shaun Lee Johnstone  Memorial 10 miler.

The day’s exertions were rounded off by a slog for the chaps taking part in the first race of this year’s Yorkshire Cross Country League. Despite a couple of the fast chaps missing our team of Paul (I’m not fast) Nelson, Ben Pye, Glen Johnson, Mark (The Tri) Tobin, Paul (says it on the vest) Windle, Ian (the Gaffer) Legg, Iain Andrews, Dave (Skins) Fennah, Rob (Roger Whistling) Whitaker, Paul Atkinson and finally Richard Cap’n Bell - all earned sufficient points to see us sitting nicely mid-table in 8th.

Well done to everyone for competing.


No Wetherby shots are in yet I'm afraid, I'm not sure which race the above was taken at Palma or the Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 - yep looks like Palma!

Chester Marathon Race Report


A really scenic route that took in both the history and beauty of Chester. The weather conditions on the day were perfect for a marathon and despite a recent injury I was feeling excited but also nervous as my target of getting the good for age time of Sub 3 hours 5 minutes had been hanging over me since the Yorkshire Marathon last October.

The race was started in fitting fashion by a local town crier at 9am. Armed with gels and a Camel Bak of water and electrolyte tablets I was on my way. As the course was faster in the first half so I was determined to put in a half way time of under 1 hour 30 minutes and passing the 10k mark at 42 minutes, after I had got over my earlier stitch I was feeling good. At this point I had a motivating thought that two years previous my 10k PB was 44 minutes. I hit the half marathon timing belt at 1 hour 31 minutes at which time I was still feeling relatively fresh.

The atmosphere as I made my way back into Chester passing through numerous small villages was very encouraging people lined the street with banners and shouts of encouragement. At this point I was still on course for a sub 3 hour Marathon, however as I made my way up the penultimate hill I started to get cramp in my left hamstring. I stopped close to a marshall who asked if I needed anything? My reply was a Taxi. Following a quick stretch I was back on my way, my pace had dropped as my strides were getting shorter in an attempt to limit the cramp. I made my way along the river as my watch read 3 hours, disappointment. I was determined to finish with a good for age of sub 3 hours 5 minutes and with one final push I finished with a time of 3 hours 4 minutes 45 seconds. Next Marathon stop Paris.

Guy Whatmore

Munro Triumphs at Brownlee Triathlon


Pinioned between Yorkshire's finest athletes is Pauline Munro, who recently competed at the Brownlee tri at Harewood on 21 September ; not as bling as Ian suggests it was a fantastic day of racing with over 1200 people competing at sprint and super sprint distance over a challenging course. Pauline ( a runner as we know at heart ) has been applying herself to triathlon despite a dodgy swim, hoping then to pick it up on the bike and the run.

This tactic has worked to an extent having managed to win her age group at every outing this year over standard distance and having never been beaten on the run element by more than 2 or 3 men ( and on one occasion not even by 2 or 3 men )

So the Brownlee tri came hot on the heels of Leeds tri where Pauline was 4th overall in the women over the standard distance, which concluded with 3 Laps of roundhay park and That Hill, and also won her age group ( sadly old ! )

At the Brownlee tri , despite an even more dodgy swim than usual Pauline worked hard on the bike, the hilly lap course suiting her running legs, before blasting thru the 5.5k off road round the estate again with some long climbs, to come in 3rd overall in the women's sprint and win her age group.

So now it's back to pure running ( well other than Althorp Duathlon ) and She's much relieved to be doing what she knows best!!

Revised Venue - Club Night Wed 29th October


Owing to a function at the WSA on Wednesday 29th October, please meet up at the Wilderness Car Park at 7 pm for the evening club run / training session. Sorry, no changing rooms available but bar / refreshment facilities will be available at a choice of local hostelries.

Wetherby's own Bob Graham finisher lost in Harewood shocker!


Following a renowned Bob Graham finisher around a wee 10K in Harewood would not you imagine result in you getting hopelessly lost, well it did this Sunday.
Due to a small field I had serious designs on a top ten finish in this race and at around the half way mark I was comfortably placed in fifth with fellow wetherby-ite and BG expert Kevin around 20 meters in front of me. This is going really well I thought, despite the bender of our WRAC 10th birthday bash the night before I was reflecting on what was going to be my highest ever finish. They say that pride comes before a fall, well that’s when it all went Pete-Tong, massively.
We’d just gone through the water station rounded a bend and were running up an incline on straight bit of road that had a gate invitingly wide-open. There were no marshalls in sight and therefore experience tells you to go straight ahead. That’s what the young chap from Harrogate Harriers did and the rest of us duly followed failing to see any significance in the hairpin bend to the right. This was unchartered territory for me and I’ve done a lot of runs around Harewood but I naively assumed that the organisers had sufficient juice to allow us to run in areas normally closed off. After around half a K of straight road we entered the adventure playground bit of the park and headed towards the House. By now I was rather bemused by the turn of events as I found myself running past mums with pushchairs and tourists who were possibly equally surprised to see a line if runners heading through the middle of their picnic area. On we charged through the gates where you pay your entry fee, Kevin hadn’t slowed up front so we must be ok I thought! On we ran and finally saw a marshall who instead of directing us through the woods as I'd assumed guided us to the finish line. Oops.
The poor race director was mortified as at least 90% of the field gradually trooped through the finish all having run around 6k of the advertised 10. My guess was that the backmarkers may have had a sufficient gap not to have blindly and lemming like followed the runners in front. Sure enough the walkie talkies of the marshals confirmed that there were a clever few who’d either asked at the water station or had memorised the course. I now had a massive dilemma, despite the fact that I’d just chomped through a post race Kit-Kat, the spectre of disqualification and the dreaded DNF now loomed large. I can’t have that black mark on my untarnished race record I thought, so recruiting Kevin and after asking permission off we set back through the park to the offending gate which was now locked. We had to climb over it to re-join the course. My guess is that a car had gone through the gate at just the wrong moment resulting in this anarchy. Kit Kat now weighing heavily, Kevin and I trudged up the big hill a long way in last place of the race proper. We eventually caught the back marker and finished 2nd and 3rd last respectively with Kevin pipping me on the line after our sprint finish, to provide some entertainment for the bemused spectators. The picture shows Kevin and I with the race sponsor who in his first-ever 10k finished first (he’d had over a two mile start on us as we clocked up over 8 miles) – much to the delight of his 3-year old son who was telling all and sundry that his dad had won. By a bizarre coincidence I think the race may yet be my highest ever finish, as I don’t think more than half a dozen completed the course proper – they all count though Paul!

Golden Oldies Shine at Yorks Vets Champ's


The start of the cross-country season was marked by very un-cross country like weather and a winning start to this year's campaign by the Mighty Orange.
The Yorksire Vet's championship is a blue-ribbon event in these parts and Nunroyd Park, Guiseley, is such a common venue for the Wetherby team that it very much felt like a home tie (p.s. yes the boggy bit was as boggy as ever!).
Leading us home was Lisa Mawer, winning the F45 category and placing a close second overall. The next race in the M50's saw a brave effort from Paul Atkinson who was visibly wilting in the sun by lap 3 but was ably assisted by some on the spot encouragment and a much needed shot of water from Paul Windle. It was a shame to see Paul running in this category on his own and it would come back to haunt us later due to a costly error on behalf of the management i.e me!   
Next up was the M35 through M45 categories and Wetherby put in a sterling effort led home by Paul (the Hare) Millgate who finished second overall, next up was Paul (I'm not fast) Nelson narrowly beating Joseph (baby keeping him up all night) Kwallah. All of these chaps finished in the top ten.  Supporting our stars in order were Paul (says it on the vest) Windle, Jim (the Don) Buller and somewhere very far near the back, but only just lapped by the winner, was Richard (Cap'n) Bell.
We bagged the M45 first-team prize but missed out on a rather lovely shield on account of been one-man-down in the race overall - seven needing to qualify.  A quick persusal of the competition rules would have told me that Paul (Squaddie) Atkinson would have counted and brought the cup back to Wetherby 'if' he'd been correctly instructed by his captain to run in the last race rather than race two. I'll probably get over this catastrophic error in a few years! However it was still a fantastic performance from our 'young' lads and lasses. I hope all of this seasons cross-country races are held in such fine conditions - I'm not holding my breath on that one.

Great day for the RaTs at Ilkley Triathlon


What a great day of racing for a 'select' number of RaTs at the usual end of season Ilkley Triathlon. Not tempted by the hype of another triathlon at Harewood taking place at the same time and featuring a couple of brothers no doubt posing with their bling (but who know better than to mix it with The Mighty Orange), 4 RaTs took to the start line. The pressure was on since missing were usual podium paraders Beauty Bewell, ( some feeble excuse about racing in some tin pot ironman event in Spain), and Emily Legg, (even more feeble excuse of preferring the social scene and delights of Hull - somebody really should words with her parents).

They weren't missed and not needed since Gill Edmondson, smashed the ladies race and won. Fantastic. It was worth being there just to see her smile when she was announced the winner - priceless! In the men's event a brilliant race by Mark Tobin saw him take second place overall, not bad for an allegedly crocked 40 year old. Mind you he should have been fresh for this race since he's been a lazy sod all summer and hardly had his RaT suit on at all !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just to prove a point that not only the grizzly Bewell can win prizes at triathlon, the real Beauty Bewell (Judith of course) took first place in the junior ladies category I think.

Finally Legg senior rightfully re-claimed the Thirlmere Drive 'Ilkley triathlon household record' back from daughter Emily.

To end on a vaguely serious note, it was an absolute pleasure to be chilling at the end of the race and hearing such nice positive comments from the triathlon fraternity about the rise of the Mighty Orange in the triathlon world. Our efforts and performances are not going unnoticed! Keep up the great work you RaTs. Roll on 2015.

Ian Legg

Wetherby 10k Final Results


Final results for individual, veteran, team and mini marathon now availabe along with a selection of photos.



Wetherby Runners AC celebrates their 10th Birthday on Saturday 4th October with a Dinner Dance at Wetherby Golf Club. All are welcome.Tickets available from Liz Martin.

LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS - Wednesday 24th September 2014

10th Birthday Dinner Dance

Pete Pozman - Spofforth 10k Race Report


The 11th Spofforth Gala Trail Race 10km approx..

I don’t know what preternatural sixth sense impelled me to go to the start area 5 minutes early, some have said it was something to do with a safety briefing, but when the rift in the space time continuum hit and the race set off at 25 past one I was in the right place.

One kilometre in and struggling up the interminable gravelly drag of Park Lane, Richard Bell and the rest of the Wetherby elite passed me. Richard shouted something about being in the beer tent and missing the start. Where’s your discipline lad?!

Then it started raining.

After that a lot of other Wetherby Runners passed me, or so it seemed as I stumbled myopically up Fox Lane like a car with broken windscreen wipers. When Joseph Kwallah finally creamed past up at Sicklinghall I hit my rhythm. Apparently Joseph had been actually late and not in suspended animation in the burger tent. Pity that, but at least I can say I outpaced him over the first 3 km.

Turbocharged by the drink of water at 4km I surged pugnaciously towards Lund Head, but the hornets were not there and I was awed by the presence of a JCB with a savage looking bucket, (no doubt in place to reassure runners.) The hornets’ nest, tree and surrounding area had been nuked. Poor old hornets!

So to the bog. How I have longed, as course designer, to be a fly on the wall (well, it wouldn’t be a wall in a field full of cows) and see the discomposure of competitors lodged “in-bog”. At last! There was a damsel in distress groping in the stinking morass for her lost shoe. I surged across the secret stepping stones that only I know about and left her searching. (Apparently a really big guy had sprawled headlong and face down. Woah! Loved to ’ve seen that!)

So to the long run down. The one thing you don’t want to do on this bit is look at the view; the prospect of a hardcore kiss being your likely reward. The bloke from Harrogate Harriers, who’s resolve I thought I’d broken, of course left me for dead on the billiard table smooth sward of the finish straight and, whatever Mo Farah does, I certainly wasn’t praying as I rested my head on it and somebody asked me if I was ok. OK? Yes, very ok! I’d run Spofforth Gala Trail Race at last!

Wetherby 10k - 2015 Date Announced


Get the date in your 2015 diary. Wetherby Runners are proud to announce that the 10th Anniversary Wetherby 10k will be on Sunday 6th September 2015.

Running Up That Hill


The Burnsall Classic is amongst the oldest events in a fell running history, founded in the early 1870s when village “character” Tom Weston allegedly ran the course naked, following a get-together of regulars in the local boozer the Red Lion. It is the traditional centrepiece of the Burnsall Feast Sports, an annual celebration held in the Lower Wharfedale village since before Elizabethan times.

As befits an event inspired by a drunken lark the race is rather mad and involves sprinting through the village as fast as possible so that you're not too impeded by traffic during the gruelling race to the top of a 900ft hill. Perched atop the cairn of this hill is a flag of St George, and the idea is simple; first to the flag and back wins. Even the flag has it's own back story, planted by the same family in the village on the morning of the race since the 1930's.

You approach the top Indian-file style, hands on legs twisting through the heather, banked 2ft high on either side. Overtaking is possible but saps energy, which is why the race to the gate at the foot of the hill is considered to be where the race is won or lost.

Once the flag is reached it's simply a matter of running like hell, as fast as you dare, down a steep rocky outcrop on jelly legs with arms waving madly for balance. There's no set route here, those that do follow the path are hampered by the chaps in front. Free running is fastest but not having done the race, or a recce before when I arrived at the bottom of the rocky bit of the course I faced five feet of wall that I had to clamber over (those in the know would have managed to run straight through the gap in the wall). The next section, after the wall, is just as steep but is made up of lovely soft grass bringing you down to a sharp bend as you enter the road leading to the village pub. Then it's a dizzying sprint using any remaining energy to the finishing line urged on by Dave Hodgson, who won the race in 1958 and 1960, and who is invited back each year to commentate for the crowd massed around the village green.

The whole mad thing is less than two miles yet the times tell of the slog up that hill, 15.01 was the winning time, Ted Mason, Wharfedale Harriers whose descent would have been little over 3 minutes. I managed a credible 22.27 in 61st place, mid field which I was chuffed about. I reckon that I moved up around twenty places or so on the descent and have the scratches and bruises to prove it. I'll be back to beat my time next year with luck.


Top Prizes at York Millenium Bridge


Well done to all Wetherby athletes who competed at York Millenium Bridge on Wednesday 13th August. Catagory prize winners were Andrea Normington - 2nd Vet, Joseph Kwallah 1st Vet 45, Emily Legg 1st U20 and Robert Etherington 1st U15.

Second 1st for Paul Nelson


After winning the Wolds Half Marathon last month, Paul adds to his winning tally with a win at the Hardmoor Trail Marathon this weekend. Read his race report here....

Hardmoor Trail Marathon Series: Saltburn

Having achieved all my goals for the year I've started looking for events that can carry on and build on the endurance levels I have acquired. I found the Hardmoor Trail Marathon Series. This caters for all abilities of runners who either want to challenge themselves or dip their toes in to the trail world. There is 6 in the series over the year starting in Feb at Osmotherly and ending in Dec at Roseberry Topping. They are all set in the beautiful and not to far surrounds of the North York Moors. There is the Marathon, half and 10km distances, though from what I've found this is very approximate and more than likely to be over the distance.

Having entered the Saltburn Marathon to give myself a good test I found myself at the start line looking at a plethora of runners some looking very fit and flighty. Generally though you could see it was runners of all abilities and just wanting to get out and enjoy the event. It started from the Saltburn Leisure Centre and headed up the road till you hit Hope Valley, this was a lovely way to get you legs going and set yourself up for a nice rhythm. It headed down the to the coast and then followed the Cleveland Way, beautiful scenery and fantastic underfoot. Like all coastal paths it undulated and had a couple of cheeky ascents, short and sweet. You headed inland and via a couple of villages and long footpaths following yellow tape you came to the halfway point, where the people doing the half could turn back towards Saltburn. The half ended up about 15 miles in total I've been reliably informed so a cracking distance to get your teeth into. Ask Julie Bucknell as she was the 2nd Lady running the event.

For the marathon this is where the course became really challenging, navigation and terrain. As you became tired and the weather deteriorated (Hurricane Bertha), it became harder to follow the yellow tape. It definitely paid off having the route map with me so recommend having one. You eventually came to Guisborough Woods, this was very muddy, overgrown, nettles and brambles a plenty and cumulated with a massive climb up to High Nab, a cheeky lung buster. Once at the top the route meander through the a ridge line on the woods and drop down onto the moors, a lovely boggy wet path took you out and back into civilisation. Then it was a 8 mile jog back to the finish, through small footpath and villages, a few sharp little climbs and long descents. A fantastic route that when you finished you knew you had worked hard. It was well marshalled, with sweets and cakes at least at 6 places. You have to mention how friendly the marshals where and encouraging, the fact that they was out in such testing conditions say a lot about the organisation and camaraderie of it.

All I can say is that I'll be definitely running the event in Goathland on the 8th November if anyone wants to join me.

28.35 miles, 3hr 45m 25s and 1st place.


Round Hill Fell


This was Otley AC’s 12th edition of the Round Hill Fell Race (c9miles) and my second attempt. According to the organisers this years was the first wet one and it was very wet too thanks to hurricane Bertha. Normally a run in the rain is not altogether unpleasant but throw in some moorland bogs and it becomes a much more challenging proposition.

Most fell races feature climbs that would make a goat think twice but the climb up to Round Hill, near Timble, is a gradual affair of around 2 miles to 1,200 feet and checkpint one. This is followed by an equally long downward gallop to checkpoint two. So far so good. I was enjoying myself especillay leaping over the boggy-bits, until one swamp proved beyond my Greg Rutherford impersonation and I sank ‘up-t-plums’ in, fortunately, very watery mud. Slightly disconcerted by this I then proceeded to drift off course a bit and as any clump of heather looks much like another finding my way back to the 3 inch-wide path was an energy sapping struggle. The two or three chaps who’d inadvertently followed me - would agree I’m sure.

I was absolutely cream-crackered by the two thirds mark and started slip down the field faster than Victoria Beckham in a Donut eating contest - as my recent holiday excesses caught up with me. I managed to reclaim a few places in a sprint at the end but I definitely need a few long runs under my belt in the next couple of weeks leading up to the GNR.

A big big thanks to all those from Otley AC helping out on the moor, the checkpoint marshals & the course markers. Some markers left over from an event the previous day caused confusion for some, leading to several poor chaps missing the third checkpoint, or going much further afield!

Adam Osborne from Leeds City was first home in 55:20, first lady was Rebecca Cesar De Sa, Skyrac in 1:06:11. Richard Bell for Wetherby was 86th in 1.20.01


Starters orders Last Orders!

Totnes Race Report by Rob Gray


Rob Gray reports Totnes 10k & Jim Dingwall 10k

When asked Anne wouldn’t be certain what came first the decision for the family to go camping in Devon or the prospect of watching her husband racing in Totnes 10k. If not entirely happy with the outcome of that then a share of the beer haul with son was most satisfactory, combined with the after race tour of nearby Buckfastleigh Abbey and its obligatory ‘little tonic wine shop’ which led to jolly times for all.

The Totnes 10k (3rd August) is virtually all off-road, in its 15th year and well supported by local clubs of strollers, trotters, coasters & several marauders the 630 runners took a twisting route which leads off from the local leisure centre by paths alongside the river Dart. Then climbing through woodlands on a very hot day we were thankful of a bit of shade. The narrow paths had led me to go off a bit quick but even so there were plenty of runners up front who didn’t seem to be easing off much and it was tricky work just keeping pace. At 5 miles I had a battle with a fellow runner but managed to hold him off despite a number of retaliatory flanking moves he put in. I couldn’t stay with vet record holder Tim Hughes however and was only able to use him as a slowly disappearing target to help keep my pace up at this stage of the race. I finished some 20 seconds behind the V60 runner but although winning first V50 in 18th I hadn’t dented his record

There’s something about holiday races with nothing to loose but a new experience to enjoy.
That was pretty much the same at today’s Jim Dingwall 10k (10th August) or the Elloughton 10k (near Hull), as its sometimes called. I’ve never done the race before, a bit outside the race radar but what the heck. A bit of googling of the course route beforehand and it was a two loop affair and on arriving (pre Bertha storm) it was good to find the all road course was to the greater extent also ‘closed’ roads. A little undulating but a good prospect of good times. That holiday feeling at the start line as it was a bit of a lottery, not knowing where to place yourself but at the whistle a bit of shimmying and settled into a pace. Finished in 9th and first V45. And as for Bertha, she left it a little late in Hull - the rain started in the final km and deluged all the way westward along the M62. Holiday feeling is rosy but dampened - now and back to the training.

Relaytastic achievements for Wetherby


Rarely returning empty handed from this event, last night's turnout at the Golden Acre Park Relay produced a first for the Club with a win for one of our Mixed team featuring Lisa Mawer, Paul Millgate and Jonny Dudley. This is a lungbuster of a race with the headline short 2.75 mile leg belying the challenge created by the relentless terrain on a hot night. Well done everyone who sweated it out.

And a special mention for our Washburn Valley relay teams who had a cracker at last week's event, three legs of different distances and routes around the scenic Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs. The team of Joseph Kwallah, Paul Millgate and Paul Nelson came second, just 10 seconds behind winners and hosts Otley AC. So close! Next time eh.

Juniors and Seniors join forces at the Goldenacre Park Relay

Biggest Trophy Haul Yet - Harrogate Summer League


In our target race league of the Summer, Wetherby pulled out all the stops to make it a First for the main team on the 4th and final competitive race, a positive way to conclude the club's achievement this season.

As hoped for, the cumulative efforts of all the runners who participated have resulted in four team trophies, the largest haul of silverware Wetherby has managed from this League yet. Congratulations to everyone who took part and made it possible.

Main Team 2nd - Runner up Trophy

Ladies Open team 2nd - Runner up Trophy

Lady Veterans 1st - Winner's Trophy

Mens Veterans 1st - Winner's Trophy.

There was more success in the individual competition results with prizes going to:

Lisa Mawer - Second overall and F45 Champion

Rob Gray - M50 Champion

Joseph Kwallah - M45 Champion

Phoebe Coster - First Young Female

All of which meant there were lots of Wetherby winners at the awards presentation!
The previous winners of the Lady Veterans trophy have finally relinquished the trophy they had been holding on to and it will shortly be engraved before it joins the three other Summer League trophies in the bulging trophy cabinet.

Joseph takes Eccup M45 Cup


Amongst a good number of orange vests at the Eccup 10 last week was Joseph Kwallah who imposed his class on this undulating 10 mile road and footpath race to take first Veterans 45 prize as well as the winning the Championship competition in the Yorkshire Veterans Athletics Association. Congratulations Joseph.

Joseph Kwallah M45 Champ - A Serious Matter!

Settle Hills - lots of em!


Races were a bit thin on the ground this weekend so when one of my mates from Otley mentioned a 'scenic' fell race in the Dales that he was going to do I thought I'd give it a try. The fells are rather new to me but after reading Kevin's superb report of his triumphant Bob Graham round, I was feeling inspired. 

On arrival I registered and collected three bracelets which I needed to hand to Marshals en-route- not as I discovered to prevent cheating, but to make sure the mountain rescue know to go looking for you if you get lost. Those of you who will have been offered various meandering trips to races in my car over the years will know that getting lost is one of my many skills. 

To the race, we started in Settle Market Square and headed straight up (see pic). There's around 1700ft of climbing to be done and it seemed that all of this was in the first 2 miles or so of this 7-mile route. I'm sure at the front some chaps were running like gazelles up this terrain but everyone, and I'm mean everyone, around me was walking, hands on thighs, bent double myself included. There were a few more of such inclines and the hardest thing was summoning up sufficient energy and gumption to run when you go the chance. Even the downhill bits seemed designed to curb speed, with bogs, boulders and seemingly sheer slopes making for exhilarating running/sliding/falling. I only fell once, unfortunately whilst trying to overtake a veteran in-front I had to step off the path, slipped and then proceeded to skid about thirty feet on my bum whilst the old-goat pulled away. Of course I bounced back up like it was a deliberate move on my part; hand, thigh and pride slightly bruised.   

I finished a respectful mid-field 55 out of 103 in 1 hour 16, that's over ten minute mile pace and I was really flying when I could. I'm definitely up for a few more of these over the summer the views are dazzling, the races are cheap and well organised and the pubs are plentiful.



Pete Allanach - MdS Race Report


About 4 years ago, together with my friend John Pearson, I signed up to have a go at the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) in Morocco. At the time there was a 2 year waiting list and I was due to take part in the 2013 event. However I was struck down by a horrible Chronic Fatigue condition which I still have but have learned how to manage and keep at bay. So it was April this year that I finally set off to Gatwick airport to begin the adventure. I am sure most people will know that the event is over 6 days and covers approximately 150 miles, plus an additional 5 mile charity run on the 7th day. Competitors must carry everything on their backs except a tent which is provided each night at the daily “bivouacs”. This “everything” includes 7 days worth of food, sleeping bag, first aid kit, distress flares – the works! The MDS for me was exactly what I expected it to be; a very very long slog but by no means unachievable if broken down into psychological checkpoints!

Management is key, and ensuring feet are kept in good condition and hydration levels in the body are kept topped up will help an individual get through. Having suffered on many occasions from cramp at the 22 mile point on standard marathons I took no chances and invested in some excellent compression socks, tons of SIS hydrate powder sachets and religiously took salt tablets every 90 minutes. I was dead pleased that I encountered zero hydration/cramp problems over the whole course. In fact I had no injuries or niggles on the course at all (except my feet, more about that later) which was a real surprise as I suffer from a dodgy left ankle and had to visit the podiatrist several times during my training for him to “tap” my ankle back into the correct alignment!

For me it was very much a “tortoise v the hare” approach to the MDS and being the tortoise I always got to the end of each stage with a smile on my face, reserve water still on me and more or less ready to keep going, whereas some of the “racing snakes” had sprinted off on maximum power only to find themselves in a medical tent on IV drips a few hours later. One of the best bits of advice I was given by John Pearson (who did complete the MDS last year) was to forget road training and to take to the hills. That is exactly what I did, and for about 6 months I would trek up to Horton to run the 3 Peaks or Osmotherley to do 25+ miles of the North Yorkshire moors, with a pack on in the rain and cold, this undoubtedly helped me enormously when it came to the stamina required each day - particularly the 52 mile stage which took me 20 hours and through the night. The race terrain was described to me before I left for Morocco as roughly a third mountains, a third sand dunes and a third on open plains. Whilst I was prepared for the mountains and had accepted the craziness of the sand dune effort, the “open plains” did surprise me as most of them were covered in rocks of varying sizes which meant following extremely narrow tyre tracks left by vehicles to get any kind of pain-free pace going.

My only slight disappointment of the MDS was the lack of navigation skills required to follow the course. Whilst you get issued with detailed easy to use maps and have to carry a compass the whole course is well marked out and you would only need to navigate if, for example, a sand storm blew in or you fell asleep on your feet running through the night and woke up lost! The MDS is therefore a race across difficult terrain rather than an orienteering event like the OMM (although the OMMs are very good training). Having completed the long day on day 4, and rested on day 5, I made my way to the beginning of day 6 which was the final full marathon. My feet which had swelled and blistered over the proceeding days were very painful and it took me a few miles to begin to run. It was slightly overcast initially and the route relatively flat so I began to pick up speed and pushed hard for about 19 miles until the sun came out and we hit an awful “never ending” stretch of sand. Imagine yourself on holiday walking from your beach towel up to the beach bar across 20 yards of sand. It’s not fun is it? Well, the last 7 miles of the MDS was just like that – it was soooooo slow, hot and painful, destroying any hope of a fast finish. I eventually finished the race (and therefore the whole MDS) mid-afternoon, having tried to improve my position by overtaking individuals, only to be overtaken by them a few minutes later – the competitive demon striking again arggh!!

Day 7 was the additional 5 mile UNESCO charity stage which finished in the local village where we were picked up by coaches and taken back to civilisation. I can honestly say I have never before had to hobble 5 miles in so much pain and at such a slow pace. It was clear to me at that point, that I had some kind of nerve damage on the soles of my feet but there was no way I was going to quit, and having finally crossed the finish line I was very pleased to see a small shop selling beer just a few yards away. I got to my “beach bar” after all!

An event of this magnitude was a great opportunity to raise money for a Charity; I chose to run for Shelter because I wanted to highlight the predicament people can sometimes find themselves in when they lose their standard of living through no direct fault of their own, and find themselves in poverty. I have to-date raised just under £2000 and thank everyone that has supported me, and Wetherby Runners for all the additional mid-week training runs and races that I wouldn’t have undertaken if I hadn’t joined the club.

All in all the MDS was absolutely brilliant and an experience I will never forget. The organisation of the race was faultless, and the people I met and shared my tent with (all strangers at the beginning) have now become lasting friends. The positives far outweigh any of the unpleasantness; the country, the people, the complete detachment from your normal living, are all worth the effort. Would I do it again? Absolutely – YES, and I am more than happy to advise anyone wishing to undertake the event, and if I can find the money, I’ll join you!



Maniac Mile & Pizza night



Hi everyone - Pete McGouran will be running another Maniac Mile session on Wednesday 25 June, and we'll follow this with pizza back at the Club for those who would like some food.
I'll be taking names and money for the pizza on Wednesday 18th June.  The cost will be £5.00 per person (gluten and dairy free pizzas are available on request).
No pre-booking for the Maniac Mile required, just turn up as usual!
Social Secretary Wetherby Runners

Kevin's Bob Graham Round Report


It was in 1932 that Bob Graham, an hotelier and Lake District guide, decided that at the age of 42 he would run a route of 42 peaks in the Lake District, his challenge to complete this within 24hours. He completed this and from there on the challenge was set.

This route covers the same 42 peaks and is a distance of approximately 66 miles (dependant on route lines chosen) 27,000ft of climbing and the same descent. Setting off from the Moot Hall in Keswick you have to return within the 24 hour time for the attempt to be official and become a member of the Bob Graham 24 Hour Club.

So in November 2013, I sat at home and picked the date of Friday 6th June 2014 setting off at 7.30pm - it was time to get serious!

Roll on 7 months and it was late morning on Friday 6th June that I set off from Harrogate to Keswick with the company of my Dad, Barry and set up camp at Burns Farm campsite in Threlkeld. This was the chosen base for this attempt where we would all meet and the support team will rest between their arduous task of following me by road, supporting both me and the support runners.

I was really lucky and grateful for the support offered at the club and my team consisted of Chris Plews (logistical planner), Richard Bewell , Rob Gray and Barry Easley (Dad). I cannot stress enough the role these 4 people played in this attempt, absolutely unbelievable! I also had the support from Paul Nelson who would run legs 1, 2 and 5 with me, Paul Millgate and Chris Plews would also join me on leg 5.

We met at the campsite where I ran through food and kit that I had put together and Chris confirmed the cars required and how this kit would travel. With 45 minutes to go I got changed met with the support runners and it was into the cars and off to the Moot Hall. To say I was a little nervous is an understatement of some magnitude.

We met up in Keswick with support runner Simon Webb and walked to the Moot Hall. Time was now ticking and I stood on the steps of the Moot Hall for some photos and chatted to a few people who had turned out to see me off. Richard joined me onthe steps and gave me a few last words of encouragement trying to calm my nerves which by now were really firing, I was now ready! I would be the last of 4 people setting off that evening, with attempts going at 6.00pm, 6.30pm, 7.00pm and then me at 7.30pm.

Leg 1 – Approx. 13 miles and 5,200ft of ascent

Skiddaw, Great Calva and Blencathra

Support Runners: Paul Nelson, Bill Crowther and Simon Webb.

3, 2, 1, go! I let go of the railings of the Moot Hall and off we went, the start of what would be an epic journey. To start with I felt very uneasy and uncomfortable as we made our way out of Keswick and started on the long plod up Skiddaw. This is quite normal for me and by about 20mins in and I started to feel a bit better, more relaxed and actually feeling quite good. We reached Skiddaw summit in 71 minutes, 12 minutes up on schedule – was I going too fast? I felt good and thought we would just play things out and see who we go on. Great Calva was reached passing over the bog of Hare Crag and I was hitting all the lines perfectly. We had great weather at this stage and as we walked up to Blencathra we took in a spectacular sunset to the east. Another great line off to the summit, head torches on, and so down we go. From here it was a 32 minute descent down Doddick Fell and down to the Cricket Club car-park in Threlkeld. I arrived here to the sound of cow bells and encouraging cheers. It was really busy here and in the dark Chris Plews led me to my chair and handed me my first meal, corned beef and mashed potato!

3hours 27minutes leg split, this is 23 minutes up on schedule!

Leg 2 – Approx. 13 miles and 6000ft of ascent

Clough Head, Great Dood, Watson’s Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside, Helvellyn Lower Man, Hellvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield and Seat Sandal.

Support Runners: Paul Nelson, Simon Webb, Carol Morgan and Brian Stallwood.

9 minutes after sitting down I was back up and off we went on the next leg of this run, it was now just gone 11pm and we would be out for the night. Brian, an experience BG’er navigated for me on this leg and 50 minutes later after a very steep and long climb we reached the top of Clough Head. This is one of the big climbs on the round and I was still feeling good so we kept on with a steady pace and trotted over the Dodds without any hiccups. We had been gaining time constantly and by the time we reached Helveylln I was 43 minutes up on my schedule! Then came the first problem. Coming off Helveylln Simon started to slow down and said he had a bit of a stomach complaint and was feeling quite sick. I was keen to push on and maintain the position I had gained but didn’t want Simon left on his own up on the hills at 2am, when it was cold and he was clearly not well. So Carol, another experienced BG’er, stayed with Simon and took him off the hill straight down to Dunmail and myself, Brian and Paul continued on to Nethermost Pike and beyond. This changes the dynamic of the team considerably and felt this straight away.

As we climbed Fairfield I started to have a little niggle in my right knee and was now starting to feel a little tired, to add to this I was struggling with the light on my head torch! I got down Fairfield OK(ish) with limited light and started to climb up Seat Sandal. At the top I said to Paul he would have run behind me on the way down as I didn’t have enough light and in the issue on Helveylln, Carol had taken my spare batteries! Paul was great here and guided his head torch in front of me all the way down this tricky descent - Awesome support.

As we arrived at Dunmail I was feeling tired and was well up on schedule, now 50 minutes! It was time for homemade pasta soup and a cup of coffee. Richard and Rob had done a great job setting up here in Dunmail and had it had been made harder by my early arrival, at this unearthly hour. Carol and Simon both arrived safely and as I was here so early my new support runners had only just arrived! They packed their bags with my food and kit and then we were off.

4hours 23minutes leg split / Cumulative running time 7 hours 50 minutes

Leg 3 – Approx. 15 miles and 6600ft of ascent

Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man, High Raise, Thurnacar Knott, Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle, Rossett Pike, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Ill Crag, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Support Runners: Dale Colclough, Ralph Skrimshire and Andy Ford

I started to go up Steel Fell and Dale was navigating this leg after his experience of doing this leg 35 times before! Dale asked how I felt and I told him I was tired and I knew this would be the toughest part of the round so far, I have never done this leg in good weather! With some 6 ½ hours of running/walking/climbing ahead we started steadily. Each peak came by and went but I was struggling to take in food now and this led to a real bonk that hit me around Great End and the Scafell ranges. We had climbed Bowfell really well, another big climb on this round and as we headed towards Esk Pike and Great End the wind picked up, but still I was happy there was no rain yet. Dale, Ralph and Andy were great and all 3 were constantly telling me how strong I looked and how we still had time on the schedule and that I could do still do this – when all I was telling myself is that it was nearly over and I was going to be packing it in! By Ill Crag and Broad Crag I was on all fours crawling over the boulder range as the wind was so strong I was just being blown over if I stood up (not much fun over this section!) We managed to make our way over Scafell Pike and off to Lords Rake and the West Wall Traverse up onto Scafell. Once we made the summit of Scafell it was time for a loose rock and scree zig zag descent off the top before a grassy run off. Led by Dale we got down well and I tried to enjoy the great scree drop at the bottom near Brackenclose. I was now really tired and struggling to feel positive in any manner at all. I was now in a really bad way.

6 hours 45 minutes leg split / Cumulative running time 14 hours and 35 minutes

If I ever needed my support team to step up it was now! Step forward Chris Plews and Richard Bewell (Rob was taking a well earned rest back at camp ready for another stint on the road later that day and my Dad was really struggling with the state I was in and stood back). I felt totally drained now and really negative - I just couldn’t go on. But Richard and Chris had other ideas! Richard sat next to me for the whole time CONSTANTLY telling me that I could do it, how I was up on schedule (10 minutes now) and how I had trained so hard for this, being REALLY positive. At the same time Chris patiently forced me to eat my porridge. I looked up and saw the support runners standing in front of me telling me I could keep going – I just needed to get out of my chair. I had no choice, it was now time to dig REALLY deep and get going! I stood up to overwhelming applause with cheering and off we went! What a support team to turn that around – quite simply brilliant.

Leg 4 – Approx. 10.5 miles and 6300ft of ascent

Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Steeple, Pillar, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth and Grey Knotts

Support Runners: Martyn Price, Helen Price, Patrick Bonnett, Chris Knight and Ralph Skrimshire

As we climbed Yewbarrow it started to rain and this really made for slower going, but I was in no state to travel too quickly. The rain just kept coming down and as we made our way over Red Pike, Steeple and Pillar we were slowing down more against schedule. Martyn was doing a great job of navigating and Chris and Patrick were making me eat bite size pieces of cake and banana, I also started to take on a few energy gels now. As we headed up Kirk Fell, we were only 3 minutes up on schedule. The mist closed right in when we hit the summit and visibility was right down and finding our way to Great Gable proved a real task. We lost our way for a while as Martyn’s GPS had lost its route line! Then, relief, we spotted the tarn and picked up a path and pushed forward on what we thought was the right line. Suddenly the clouds opened up and we could see the beast that lay ahead! The last BIG climb of the round - Great Gable! During this situation on Kirk Fell we have had now fallen 10 minutes down on schedule and the rain STILL came down. We were all very wet and I was now starting to feel the cold. I climbed up Great Gable step by step and slowly I got to the top. Descending the other side is really hard going and very slow in the wet, we decided not to look for the easier line off here that is much easier but hard to find in the mist. The direct line line off here is really slow, slippery in the rain - but this is all part of getting round. The last 3 hills went OK and as we dropped to Honister I just wanted to get warm and some dry clothes on. We had lost 48 minutes on this leg.

5 hours 48 minutes leg split / Cumulative running time 20 hours 23 minutes

As I arrived in Honister the team were there again, Richard had travelled home now for family celebrations and this time it was Dad, Rob and Chris on the road with Chris dressed ready to run on leg 5 for me. I sat under the gazebo and was really cold and shivering, a combination of tiredness, exhaustion and the wet and cold conditions. Here Chris and Rob smothered me in blankets and jackets and gave me my last pot of porridge and coffee. Everyone was fantastic here constantly talking to me and I took 17 minutes here to get back up. But once I was up that was it, the last leg!

Leg 5 – Approx. 10.5 miles and 2500ft of acsent

Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson

Support Runners: Martyn Price, Helen Price, Chris Plews, Paul Nelson, Paul Millgate, Patrick Bonnett and Stuart Little.

The rain still came down and by now we were dressed in full winter kit! As we all headed up Dale Head Martyn turned to me and asked if I wanted anything, I replied with one simple request ’just get me home within the 24 hours’, and with that he replied, ‘just keep moving and you have done it’. Still I had to get through these last 3 hills and down to the road safely. Dale Head went well and I pushed on to Hindscarth, one more to go. I ran off towards Robinson and as the hill steepened I started to walk with Chris and Patrick keeping me company. The final top reached and I had to try hard to keep the emotion of this moment under control - I still had to get off Robinson safely and get along the 5 mile road run home. As we left Robinson, as if Bob himself had been overseeing this, the clouds cleared, the rain stopped, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared over Derwent Water as we looked on to Keswick ahead! Steadily we made it off Robinson and down to the road, here I off-loaded my jacket and bottoms and spare top and started to move along the road to the Moot Hall. We had well over an hour to do this last road section so it was now just a case of not tripping up a kerb or doing something stupid.

As we moved along the road I was starting to get progressively annoyed at Chris, Martyn, Helen, Stuart and Paul Nelson as they were just running up ahead and not with me. Patrick and Paul Millgate stayed with me, later I found out this was a plan to just keep me moving forward, and in hindsight this was certainly a great plan. 5 miles become 4, then 3, 2 and with one mile to go we entered the end of the road and picked up the path to the town. Chris had warned me that Rob would be at the end of the lane so be ready for the camera to go crazy! Then the beacon of the Mighty Orange was in sight, Rob was there, camera in hand!

I was quickly dressed in Rob’s Mighty Orange t-shirt and Chris, clearly aware of my appearance sorted my collar?! We ran past Keswick Bikes and to the final stretch with the Moot Hall now in sight. The traffic was stopped by my support team and I am led to believe someone even stopped a police car at the roundabout!

As I made my final steps up to the Moot Hall, I was surprised to see my fiancé and 6 year old daughter had had come to see me finish without me knowing and I ran up to the Moot Hall and up the steps holding hands with my daughter. The final 8 steps and up to the door of the Moot Hall - DONE, clock stopped at 23:43, I had made it and had completed the Bob Graham Round!

3 hours 20 minutes leg split / Cumulative running time 23 hours 43 minutes

I shook hands with everyone who had come out and thanked everyone for their support on this attempt. Time to celebrate and I enjoyed my bottle of Black Sheep Ale!

Well that is my story of my Bob Graham Round!

Finally I just to wanted to say how fantastic all my supporters were on this attempt and everyone played a part in this. Special thanks though go to Chris Plews, Richard Bewell and Rob Gray who along with my dad managed this day to perfection. Thanks very much guys you really made this attempt a success and words don’t do justice to what you did that day.

Thanks also go to Paul Nelson who ran legs 1, 2 and 5. Paul Millagte who ran leg 5 and to Chris Plews who also ran leg 5. Finally, to those at Wetherby Runners for the support and encouragement offered leading up to this day.


Kevin Easley Completes Bob Graham Round


Kevin Easley completed the arduous Bob Graham round on Saturday 7th June. Starting at 7.30pm on Friday evening Kevin completed the the 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District within 24 hours to join the elite membership of the Bob Graham Club.

Full report to follow soon but now here's a taster from Kevin:

In brief summary I was flying from the start and went through the first 2 legs 50 minutes up! By Wasdale this was down to 10 minutes up and was starting to hurt. It took a lot to get me out of the chair again and starting up Yewbarrow in what was going to be a wet and windy last 2 legs. Up Yewbarrow one minute ahead of schedule and started to feel better but the wet conditions and my increasing tiredness kept the pace slow.

Once I got out of Honister the final 3 hills went OK and I had time left so just had to make sure I got off Robinson safely and kept moving up the road to Keswick.

A great crowd was present at Moot Hall which was fantastic and to my suprise my fiance and 6 year old daughter had made the trip up to see me at the finish, running the last 30 metres and up the steps with my daughter. Fantastic!

Kev leaving the Moot Hall Keswick at start of BG Round

Ripon 10 Race Report


The spring races are coming thick and fast at the moment but its always a pleasure to run Ripon’s testing 10 mile race around the Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey estate. Scenic it is flat it most certainly is not.

There was a good smattering of Wetherby Runners as we headed for poetically titled ‘ Hells Wath’ fields, with a name like that was it a portent of the forthcoming suffering & attrition we were to endure in the heat maybe?

Julie Buckley, Dave Carberry, Richard Bell, John Simpson, back into racing form, Paul Nelson, David Halladay, Rob Driver, and Garry Keenan fresh legged from Saturday’s epic ride but more later. Also there was  Peter Galley and Richard Bell who for some reason was in his alternative blue strip instead of club colours. It was something to do with picking up a bag of washing instead of his kit.

From the sounding of the hooter the hills come thick and fast, being a variety of wooded climbs, grassy fields or country lanes. I pulled alongside the ever improving Paul Nelson early on and with Richmond’s Ken Harker we were all breathing hard. Paul was soon away though and on his familiar trail running terrain said afterwards the country suited him well. 62 minutes 30 seconds earned him 2nd V40 place. 

After the turn into the Studley Estate it was a mile or more of climbing road work under the sunshine were the gradient is ever increasing to the church at the top. I was almost knocked over by a fellow racer, a Hartlepool runner who appeared out of the bushes. Thinking I’d inadvertently joined a re-run of the Keilder Marathon a few years ago I was on the look out for buses disgorging other pot hunters but he said afterwards it was an impromptu call of nature and not a good idea to shake him by the hand. Needless to say he had also lost some of his mojo and I was past him. There was little other trading of places and following a further hard climb at 6 miles and a second welcome drinks station its largely down hill on narrow lanes before the fields were in sight and the finish arch.

I had got around in 65 min 30 and was soon followed in by Julie Bucknell who was well placed in her age group and Dave Carberry, just short of 77 minutes. Richard Bell was just behind and then a tight race between Dave Halladay and Rob Driver.

Georgina Green came in under my radar, sorry I missed you and together with John Simpson were in at 90 minutes and Peter Galley, who seems to be competing well at many local races had enjoyed his run again. In 1 hour 32 minutes a little down on his usual 10 mile time trotted Garry Keenan.

I mentioned that Garry had been busy the previous day, that’s something of an understatement actually. With today’s race in mind Garry had been out for a steady 3 hours in the saddle in preparation for our Coast to Coast in a day 150 mile cycle ride next month. Whilst I dipped out of the Peter Callaghan, Paul Hunter & Jack Cooke led squad at Skipton they continued as they tackled the full stage one of the Tour route Garry latched onto the back and just kept going and going – the full distance which including the return from Harrogate was 135 miles. Not a bad finish time of 90 minutes and despite the sunburn that’s been something of an epic weekend Garry!

Rob Gray

Rave Reviews for North Lincolnshire Half


Several Wetherby Runners were in action at the North Lincolnshire half marathon at Scunthorpe last week.

This fast and flat course is sure to become a regular haunt of members seeking out PB opportunities for the distance. Reports from Drew Ward and John Field were of a well run and supported event, worth a go much enjoyed.

Here they are with a new friend. 
Elsewhere at the scene Pauline Munro is collecting the silverware....

Pauline Wins Leeds Half


Pauline Munro topped a fortnight of amazing achievements with a winning run to take the First Lady title at the Leeds Half Marathon last Sunday, finishing an incredible 14th overall in 1 hour 19 mins 41 seconds beating her nearest rival by more than 6 minutes.

This came hot on the heels of winning 3rd Lady at the Stockton Duathlon which also qualified her for the Age Group team for the 2015 European Sprint Championships. 
Pauline also won the First Lady title at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon where she was 19th overall despite her lack of training for the Half Marathon distance. She ran a time of one hour 18 mins and 7 secons, also taking the club F45 record for the half marathon.

Next stop Harrogate & District Summer Race League. Watch out folks!

Peter Allanach conquers MDS


Congratulations go to Peter Allanach who now joins the very exclusive group of Club members to have tackled the most arduous of ultra marathons.

It was second time lucky for Peter who completed the gruelling 236.2Km Marathon des Sables in 53hrs 18’ in 40 secs last week.

Peter had hoped to complete it last year but had to postpone to this year due to a virus that put a stop to his training.

Having taken his Cracking Little Yorkshire Run mug did exactly that - cracked in half just before setting off so saving himself 600g of extra weight. What a relief!

I'm sure you got over the disappointment of the cracked mug Peter!

Its another record for Joseph


London was the venue for the latest recordbreaker from top runner Joseph Kwallah.
Joseph had been threatening to improve on his Manchester marathon time of last year and he lived up to it last weekend with a convincing new Club record and MV45 record of 2 hours 49 mins and 51 secs.

Joseph said 'I am pleased with the time in my first London Marathon but I think I'm capable of lowering that time.  I had terrible lower back pain after 15 mile mark which slowed me down.  If I'm fit and well for Edinburgh Marathon in May, I might try and run a minute faster.'

You have been warned!

This is how you do it...congratulations to Joseph Kwallah


London Calling


Wetherby's country mice came to the big city on Sunday and conquered in style, despite the inevitable heatwave that seems to come from out of nowhere come marathon time (20 degrees!) not good.

The weekend started fantastically well with Rob collecting our 'best 10k in the country award' at the expo on Saturday, I'm sure that if Dave Bedford retired Rob could do a brilliant job organising London too. The success continued into Sunday's race with superb results led by; Joseph, Paul Windle and Chris (has he trained or not?) Plews, in that order. Even their times couldn't take the performance of the day award away from Jacky, whose desire to compete saw her run with a horror of a foot injury that she picked up with just a week to go. Despite this she managed to finish courtesy of an hour in an ambulance, beating Garry Keenen's previous record of 22 minutes set in the mini heatwave of Edinburgh (24 degrees) of 2012.

Elsewhere there were great performances by Ann Dale, Emma Coster, Dave Carberry and Chris Smedley-Nugent, everyone having races to be proud of.

I managed to shave a couple of minutes off my PB but cannot elaborate much further as the last two miles are a complete blank - all I know is that the finish line somehow managed to get further away with every wobbly step, it was horrible. I can extend my review to the medical tent post race, which I award 3 stars (not as good as Edinburgh's which I reviewed here in 2012).

All in all the weekend was great and the post race beers and ambience were second to none. Stephen Fry put in a guest appearance as we enjoyed our 'free for runners' pint of London's Pride in a lovely pub just off St James Park. Unfortunately we weren't quick enough to get him to pose for a picture to go with this article.Consequently it turned out that Ann had seen virtually every celeb going at the race - including Mo- and much fun was spent comparing their times with ours, the stats show that the Mighty Orange were generally much faster.

To echo the Gaffers sentiments from Paris last week that's me done - if I say I'm entering the ballot next year shoot me too. Plews however has vowed to up the Wetherby anti with a Guinness-World-Record attempt for 'Fastest Cowboy', Jo is already saving up to buy him the chaps he needs for Christmas, remember you read it here first.


See Paul's part of the site for results and times.

Wetherby Run Collects BARR Award


Amongst the many athletic accolades won at Sundays Virgin Money London Marathon Wetherby Runners were also celebrating the National award of Most Improved Race of 2013 by The British Association of Road Races in a glittering celebration at the London Expo at the event.

Hosted by BARR Chairman Paul Wood, the honour was presented by Dave Bedford OBE and received on behalf of the club by President & founder member Robert Gray. The club had been nominated by BARR Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Representative and BARR Senior Scrutineer Mike Parker who was also present and the club had found that they had been selected ahead of

  • North West & North East Region Darlington 10K
  • West Midlands Region Stratford Half Marathon & Marathon
  • East Midlands Region Mapplethorpe Half Marathon & Marathon
  • East Region The Larking Gowen Ipswich Half Marathon
  • South West Region Bristol 10K
  • London and South East Region Paddock Wood Half Marathon
  • Welsh Region Abergele 5 Mile

On Saturday Rob was proud to collect on behalf of Wetherby Runners AC & Co Race Director Wilie Allen the inscribed Rose Bowl award ‘The Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy’ from former London Marathon Race Director and 10,000 Metre World Record holder Dave Bedford OBE.

In recognition of a past President and a truly remarkable man, BARR have created The Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy. BARR wanted something that would continue Bill’s legacy and promote his continued pursuit of improving the standards of race organisation. The trophy is awarded annually to the BARR Member Event that is considered to have greatly improved its race organisation over the previous 12 months. Each Regional Representative nominates an event in their area and the Committee then votes for a winner.

Bill Reynolds joined BARR in 1990 where he quickly moved up the Association hierarchy, firstly as Regional Representative for the South East to become Chairman (1995) and finally succeeded Sir Chris Brasher as President (2003), before sadly passing away after a long illness in September 2010. Bill passionately believed in the sport of road running and the continued improvement in its organisation. In testimony Current Chair of BARR Paul Woods explained – ‘‘Over those years he developed into the foremost expert on the origination standards expected of British Road races of all shapes and sizes.’’
Bill had a close association with both the London Marathon and Dave Bedford, a founder Race Director. Both had been instrumental in helping establish the event through its formative years. Bill’s work as Start Director of London marathon was concentrated in establishing a safe and efficient start zone and his knowledge and expertise during the 1980’s was welcomed by many overseas events which needed ‘a safe pair of hands’ as they became established.

The Wetherby Run is foremost amongst the faster of the 10k road races in Yorkshire and is termed ‘A Cracking Little Yorkshire run’. Welcoming runners of all abilities it holds a Gold Grading in recognition of the high standards of race management & safety considerations The event gained brief notoriety following last years event when 19 runners were disqualified for wearing of headphones during the event, in contravention of well published rules. The decision to disqualify was followed up by Radio 5 live at the time and was a largely well received decision by runners taking part on the route which is on roads tracks and across farm land around Wetherby.

Entries are open for the race on Sunday 31st August and available on;line from at £14.70 for club runners and £16.70 for unattached runners. The event is his year supporting local charity ‘The Friends of Alfie Martin’ a cause which aims to improve transportation and care facilities for critically ill infants born in Yorkshire.

(L to R) Dave Bedford OBE, Robert Gray – President Wetherby Runners & Race Director The Wetherby Run – 10k, Paul Wood – Chairman of BARR (British Association of Road Races) & Mike Parker - BARR Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Representative and BARR Senior Scrutineer.

Paris Marathon 6th April 2014. A story 32 years in the making!!!!!!!


Wind the clock back 32 years to May 1982 and the date of the very first Belfast marathon. A fresh faced gaffer in his last year of school decided with a couple of his training squad mates to breeze round the Belfast marathon....or so he thought!
25 miles later I hit the wall, literally, and collapsed. I was picked up and dragged off the course by two St Johns Ambulance first aiders and apparently there is a photograph of this incident somewhere that allegedly won NI Sports Photograph of the Year in 1982.

This story has been recounted a few times in the Legg household in the intervening years when the subject of running marathons is raised, and Emily insists that every time I told the story I would flippantly say, "yeah, I will complete one before I am 50," (I don't remember this bit). Fast forward to last September and my TV watching was rudely interrupted by being told, "Guess what dad, I have entered you in that marathon you were threatening to do. Paris next spring . Thought I better keep you company, so I am in too. PS: you owe me the money for our entry fees!"

So this is how I came to be standing on the Champs Elysses on a beautiful spring morning in Paris alongside Emily and 40000 other bin clad athletes. Come to Paris in spring they tell you, it's the most pretty time of the year to see the city. That bit is true, but there are much easier ways to enjoy the me on this one, just catch a bus.

Some 20 minutes after Bekele sprinted off to demonstrate how easy this marathon running lark is, we crossed the start line. The streets were packed, and the first 5k was a breeze. Bang on cue the Mighty Orange support crew (AKA Mary, Jennifer and sister Julie) were out in force at Bastille cheering us on. Out to the edge of the city and still feeling good with the view looking down on the city at 10 miles glorious, and one of the 100 or so bands ripping out 'Jonny B Goode' in the background (I really must learn to play that lead riff properly sometime I thought). Halfway reached and all okay with the perfect split.

3 miles later and things had changed. Our pace had dropped and we had used up all our energy bars. It was going to be a long slog home. The next 10 miles were a bit of a haze. What can I remember, the Eiffel Tower (a big metal thing, like the one in Blackpool but posher), our support crew who had made a mad dash across Paris to the remotest part of the course and passed on much needed energy bars at 21 miles. 23 miles in and the painful memories of 32 years ago started to flood back and I remembered why I swore I would never try another one of these! Thankfully Emily by this stage had finally overcome her ' wall episode' and boosted by gel bars and sugar cubes was running strongly again. " See you at the finish dad" and she was off leaving me to battle it out over the last 3 miles with the Parisienne pantomime snail. How apt I thought. Finally crossing the line in 3 hrs 47mins and 19secs I was reminded of a famous quote by Steve Redgrave ' if you ever catch me doing this again you have my permission to shoot me'. Yep I am with you on that one Steve. For the record Emily scored her first running victory over her old man in a time of 3 hrs 46mins and 30secs.

Job done then, ticked that box, and 24 hours later I was back on the pavements of Paris, but this time sipping a cold beer in a street side cafe enjoying the sunshine and never remembering the locals ever being this friendly. Guilty as charged I was proudly wearing my finishers T shirt and realised how these big sporting occasions do bring out the best in people. The perfect mood was suddenly broken by " So which one are we doing next then dad?".......................

The marathon wagon rolls on to London this weekend and the very best of luck to all the Wetherby athletes taking part. I shall watch your collective progress from the comfort of my armchair. Go The Mighty Orange. Show me how this is really done!

Great 1st Marathon for Emily The Gaffer may wait another 32 years for his next?


Marathon done, if Carlsberg did Marathons the whole thing would feel like this!

Wakey 10K - Ursula bags a prize


This is a great run if you are fit! It claims to be undulating which I suppose is fair but it felt more like a hill up to the turn point at 5k and again up to the finish. However, what goes up must come down and so there are some great stretches where you can really get going...
Given the unseasonably warm weather the water stop at just after 5k was welcome as I needed to cool down - can't quite get my head around only running in a singlet in April!
The organisation was great with plenty of parking and space to warm up. If you are on form it could give you a good time so one to think about next year.
The race was won by Nathaniel Williams (unattached) in 33:14 and the first female was Helen Singleton of Wakefield & District in 36:26 who was also a very creditable 10th overall.
I came in with a time of 47:47 but it did give me first position in my age group F55 so that's rewarding! I did spot another Wetherby 2nd claim Tim Street who ran a great race to finish 11th overall in a time of 36:30 so well done Tim - may be that Maniac Mile on Wednesday was just the sharpener you needed?!


Maniac Mile Results


Well done everyone who took part in the inaugural maniac mile. Below are the results in time order.

The feedback I got was positive and perhaps we will do this on a regular basis throughout the summer, so you can track your progress.


Results revised (rev 3) 14/04/14

Peco XC League Silverware


Wetherby Runners did themselves proud at the Peco Cross Country League this Winter.

A strong showing from the men over all five races put them in contention for pssible promotion to the Premier Division. Unfortunately this was not be, owing to our shortage of veteran over 60s, an age group we are short of compared to many of the other clubs in the League. Notwithstanding, the men didn't go home empty handed, claiming the Veterans title plate for the First Division.

The combined performances of men's and ladies teams in our Club were significantly improved on the previous season, with turnout having a lot to do with it as well as quality. The Colin Morath Memorial Trophy for most improved team went to Wetherby Runners for the first time.

Wetherby Ladies also claimed some silverware in spite of a patchy attendance record over the five races. The lady Vets finished 2nd in the Premier Division Vets League.
Individual plaques went to:
Paul Millgate who finished 3rd M40
Pauline Munro who finished 1st in the Ladies FV45 category
Lisa Mawer 2nd F45
Stell Cross 2nd Year 7-9 Girls
Frederica Moore 3rd Year 7-9 Girls
Joe Atkinson 2nd Year 10-12 Boys.

Congratulations to everyone who took part.


Wetherby 10k Entries Now Open


Race Details

Online Entries

Postal Entry Form

Sign Up - Harrogate & District Summer League


Sign up now for the Harrogate & District Summer Race League.

Race numbers are being issued at the beginning of club nights on Wed 26th March and 2nd and 9th April. Bring your £10 entry fee for the League. Your payment will be reimbursed at £2 per race attended.

Here are the dates to put these in your schedule:

8th May - Ilkley
20th May - Nidd Valley
4th June - Swaledale
19th June - Dragons
1st July - Ripon (Norman Smith Handicap)

Last year's team trophies collected by Wetherby Runners:

Winner - Men's Veterans
Winner - Ladies Open
Runner Up - Main Team

Thirsky Work


Sunday’s ten miler at Thirsk saw a fantastic turnout of Wetherby talent with thirteen of our runners in action on this flat and fast course.  Organised by Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers this race is an annual pilgrimage for many, all hoping to improve their time from previous years.

Strong performances from Paul Millgate (7th) debuting at this distance and Pauline Munro (1st Lady) ensured that Wetherby were represented right across the field of 800 runners.

One of the nice features of this race is a two-mile switchback at around the seven mile mark that, Abbey Dash style, allows the slower runners heading West to see their faster peers heading East towards the finish. For me it went something like, there goes Paul looking fast and sprightly, there’s Pauline out in front for the ladies, Joseph looking cool and relaxed, Paul Windle (exact opposite of Joseph), Rob Whitaker - regular at this race, the Gaffer dreaming of his Paris marathon, Simon - in his ballet pumps, and then my turn to head back.  With Emily, David Halliday, Emma, Andrea, Drew and Peter Galley in pursuit.

With three weeks to go until London I was pleased to bag another PB for the season. I rounded off a good day by collecting a host of awards at the PECO cross-country presentation later, on our behalf, including the coveted most improved club award.



Athletes star at Inter Counties Cross country


Wetherby athletes star for Yorkshire at Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.

There were superb results for Wetherby athletes representing Yorkshire at the inter counties Cross Country Champs in Cofton Park Birmingham last weekend.

From our Juniors, Laura Jeal was 107th in the U13 girls race, Robert Etherington 5th in the U15 boys and Ben Pye 57th in the U20 men's race. Well done to all of them.

Pauline Munro was amongst the counters in the gold medal winning Yorkshire Senior Ladies team. As Pauline says ' It was a really hard race so I was utterly delighted with the result at 29th overall and 5th for the team.  

Forthcoming Training Sessions lead by Pete.


Wed 5 March - Glebe Field Estate, 400m efforts
Wed 12 March - Sandbeck Estate, 200m efforts
Wed 19 March - Sandbeck Estate, 200m efforts
Wed 26 March - Aire Estate, 400's & 600's
Wed 2 April - Maniac Mile. How fast can you do one?
Wed 9 April - Hills @ the Waterworks
Wed 16 April - Hills @ the Waterworks
Wed 23 April - Scaur Bank, 400m efforts
Wed 30 April - Scaur Bank, 400m efforts

Snake Lane - Ursula finds it wind un-assisted


 I woke to a dry, bright but very windy Sunday morning - why had I agreed to race the Snake Lane 10? A long story but it involved at least one glass too many of a very tasty red wine... Ah well, a good training run I reminded myself.

Richard (Bell) kindly agreed to give me a lift to the race so off we set. When we got there we spotted a few other Wetherby Runners out in force - Rob, Lisa, Andrea and Richard were there, resplendent in their orange vests! Just to remind you, I actually run first claim for Otley AC so hence no Mighty Orange for me, and as I was on a borrowed number thought I'd better run 'incognito' rather than risk the wrath of race officials!

We were all marshalled for the long walk to the start (enough of a warm up for me) and then the hooter sounded and we were off! Lovely start, slightly down hill and a following wind - bliss, and it enabled us all to get a good start, getting into our stride and enjoying the scenery.

The course lives up to it's name and snakes you through the countryside. This was fine until the half way point when the inevitable happened. We turned a corner and hit a head wind strong enough to stop you in your tracks! You just knew it was going to happen but that didn't stop it being tough... And it stayed with us right until we turned into the square to finish.

However, Pete's hill sessions really kicked in and although I'll not pretend I'm fast, I did dig in and ended up overtaking many more people than the number who passed me - that always makes you feel better!

After the final hill it was time to see if there was anything left in the tank as I was running in quite a large group. I dug in and managed to out sprint a few men who seemed hell bent on trying to pass me, finishing in a time of 1:22:04 which was a relief given the conditions!

Wetherby Runners Charitable Support


In 2013, Wetherby Runners supported two charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and Nuzzlets.

Throughout the year the club held a number of events including the Wetherby 10k, a fish and chip evening, a “chocolate” raffle, along with various club members raising money individually by completing the London and York marathons and the Great North Run.

Cheque were presented to Clara White of Macmillan and Mary Chapman of Nuzzlets by Wetherby Runner’s Chairman Andrew Wheeler. Each charity received £1,925 from the club. Macmillan will use the money raised to fund many hours of care and support for people suffering from cancer and Nuzzlets will continue to provide loving homes for unwanted animals and free access to children with disabilities, special needs and life threatening illnessest for therapy and education.

Clara White of Macmillan receives cheque from Chairman Andrew Wheeler and sponsor Ann Dale

Chairman Andrew Wheeler and sponsor Mike Miller hand over cheque to Nuzzlets chairperson Mary Chapman

Letters of thanks have been received from Macmillan and Nuzzlets.

If you want to sponsor a charity please take a look at our selection criteria.

Peco 4 - Mud mud glorious mud


The Gaffer's outstanding first v50 inspires him to write;

8 o'clock alarm call and decisions to be made. Option 1 - 50 miles reliability ride in the sunny Dales. Option 2 - a 5 mile slog around the latest mud bath apparently called the PECO cross country league. Option 3 - another lazy day in front of the TV deciphering the intricacies of the curling at the Winter Olympics. So not sure how I found myself on the start line at West Park, ankle deep in mud!

There was plenty of orange on display , with the men being led by the Paul Millgate / Nelson duo, supported by Grappler Gray and latest club recruit 'Box Car' Willie Allan making his club debut, whilst the ladies had already psyched out the opposition when Monroe, Mawer, Reeves, Derry and Dennison glided over the mud to the start line.

The race unfolded in predictable fashion with Millgate giving it large at the front of the field ably supported by Paul Nelson, meanwhile Pauline Monroe was out of sight leading the ladies field with Lisa Mawer establishing herself a clear second place in the ladies race. Grappler Gray was less impressed with the underfoot slippery conditions, whilst very surprisingly I found myself much closer to the action than normal, and even had enough energy to suggest that Grappler should perhaps follow my training plan which involved honing my running style by watching lots of Scotsmen skating with brooms in slippery conditions.

5 miles later, race over with all of us spray painted mud brown, most of us had managed to get round, even Lucy Callaghan who had been experimenting the previous evening with rocket fuel aka WKD (allegedly guaranteed to make you run faster). Alas 'Our Wullie' had succumbed to the pressure of doning the vest of The Mighty Orange and failed to navigate one of the mud hurdles......perhaps he'd been on the sauce the night before too?

With race results collated our Ladies scored yet another victory in the Ladies Premier Division whilst the Men's Vets team are storming ahead of the PECO equivalent of the Blue Diamond Northern Conference, third division ..... Well a victory is a victory you know!!!

Home again, showered , fed and back watching more Scotsmen on TV sliding on ice with brooms, with some very unhelpful suggestions from my good lady where I might place said brush!

One race to go in the PECO series for 2014 and plenty of medals on ice for the Mighty Orange again this year.

The Gaffer and Lisa plough through 

Debbie and Paul know how to spend a nice Sunday morning

Angela likes to sing Westlife hits whilst she races, here's a shot of her belting out I'm flying without wings 

The Gaffer said storm through no-mans land, Garry didn't hesitate - he had to be towed out mind you

Observe closley as this may be a question come awards night!

Wetherby athletes excel at West Yorks Schools Champs



Last weekend five junior athletes from Wetherby Runners AC competed in the West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at The Grammar School at Leeds. The 5 athletes were competing in the Inter Boys and Girls races, with the first 8 finishers in each race gaining automatic selection to represent West Yorkshire Schools County team at the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in March.

This was the largest number of athletes that Wetherby had ever had at these championships and they had all qualified to represent the Leeds Schools team at the event last weekend. Phoebe Coster had a great run in the Inter Girls event finishing in 19th position in a very high standard race, and this was followed afterwards by the Inter Boys event over 3.5 miles. Robert Etherington, Toby Hillery, Sam Buck and Joe Atkinson all competed with distinction, especially as they were racing at the bottom end of their age group. At the end of a very exciting race Robert Etherington finished a superb 3rd place, after a thrilling tussle with the eventual winner, and an ever improving Toby Hillery came home in 5th place to secure his selection also for the English Schools event.

A delighted Head Coach from Wetherby Ian Legg, stated that these performances along with those of our athletes who competed in the North Yorkshire schools event the other weekend mean that seven Wetherby athletes will be competing at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in March.

Phoebe Coster, Robert Etherington, Toby Hillery, Sam Buck, Joe Atkinson

Sisters do the double at Dewsbury


Andrea Normington and Jacky Darley are keeping the ladies age group records in the family with a double today at the Dewsbury 10K.

Andrea bagged the FV50 Club Record (0:44:55) & Jacky the FV55 Club Record (0:51:00) - Well Done Ladies! 

Wetherby runners selected for Inter-counties Cross Country Champs


Four Wetherby Runners are on the selection list to represent Yorkshire in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Sat 8th March in Birmingham.

Pauline Munro (Senior Ladies) 
Robert Etherington (U15)
Ben Pye (U20)
Laura Jeal (U13).

In addition we have three reserves – Caroline Lambert; Toby Hillery and Emma Megarry.

All have earned their places through hard work and achievement in the cross country calendar this season. Congratulations to them all. We'll be watching you on TV!

WRAC Wins Prestigious Award


Club President Rob Gray and Wetherby Run Race Director Willie Allen are delighted to announce that Wetherby Runners AC has won the Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy for Most Improved BARR Member Event for the Wetherby Run - 10k.

The award is testament to the hard work that is put in by club members to enable runners of wide ranging abilities to enjoy a great community event. In a relatively short period of time the club has come a long way to have established one of the most respected and popular races in Yorkshire.

Rob and Willie will be proud to accept the award on behalf of the club at the London Marathon in April.

Information about Bill Reynolds and the Bill Reynolds Trophy can be found on the RunBritain website.

Entries for the Wetherby Run – 10k open on 31st March and the event is on 31st August 2014.

Officially “A Cracking little Yorkshire Run”

Great Knaresborough Bed Race - have a go!


If you fancy taking part in something a little different this year , either running or helping in Wetherby Runners' 2014 Great Knaresborough Bed Race campaign, now is the time to say! 

The club owns a lightweight purpose built 'bed'. Although entries are always oversubscribed and drwan by ballot, we have had at least one team from Wetherby Runners taking part in each of the last 7 years.

There are All Male, All Female or Mixed (3 male/3 female) teams - and you don't need to be a race winning contender to offer your services. It's the enjoyment of taking part that counts. There's bed preparation (Fancy Dress obligatory - the 2014 theme is Children's film and TV characters), training/familiarisation with your steed in advance and a great day's entertainment. It takes place Sat 14th June.

At present we would like an indication of interest and the club will pay the team entry fee. As it is a charity fundraising event (towards the Club's chosen charity, Friends of Alfie Martin ) we ask team members to help raise some cash and enjoy being part of a great regional event. 

Have a chat with your running buddies in the club (6 per team plus child passenger) and let me know if you have any questions.

Closing date for bed race entries is 28th Feb so we need your name and date of birth by 15th Feb. The ballot is drawn by the event organisers in March.

Info about the event is at:

Gold-plated Brass Monkey


It is only a few weeks into the new year and Wetherby are already breaking records and winning pots. Following our best performance in the Yorkshire XC championships and a cracking 3rd Peco race last week,  this weekend was our chance to turn our hand to longer distances thanks to York Knavesmires - Brass Monkey half marathon. 

Wetherby was well represented with fifteen orange vests competing at all standards. The men had a very good team of veterans out with the Gaffer taking a step out of his comfort zone as he trains for an April marathon in Paris.  El-Presdente, Rob Grey was also present, along with legionnaire Plews who'd returned from warm weather training in the Middle East. The star of the show was undoubtably Wetherby's own answer to Grizzly Adams and Bear Grykls all rolled into one Richard Bewell who took an outstanding 4 minutes off his previous PB winning the V50 category. That kind of improvement is normally reserved for the novice and just goes to show that Bewley can't have been trying hard enough in recent times! Special mention also to Emily Legg, as well as being responsible for the Gaffers transformation to marathon man, she managed 1.34 on her debut at the distance - I bet that marathon cannot come soon enough.

 Knavemere put on a fantastic race with superb facilities, including access to the Grand Stand, this was especially appreciated in the torrential rain that proceeded the start. The goody bag was an impossible to miss day-glo yellow long sleeved top which is sure to be much in evidence on Wednesday night. No chocolate this year though which is a shame, perhaps they should get Rob to get them some tea bags next year?

The Massive haul of PB's comprised Richard Bewell, Paul Windel, Nigel (Jack) McKaine, The Gaffer, Emily Legg, Cap'n Bell,  Nina Batt (on debut), Gill Edmonson, Tracy Mckaine (clearly loving the day in the photo below), Alison Dooley, Georgina Green and Drew Ward - Congratulation to all!


Yorkshire's Number One


This weekend saw a large number of the clubs runners taking part in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships held at Lightwater Valley. Despite testing, extremely muddy conditions and very high quality competition Wetherby pulled off some superb results (see Paul’s results section). None more so than Robert Etherington who finished first (17.07) in a field of over seventy - U15 Athletes from across the county. I’m sure Robert and his coaches are rightly proud.  Elsewhere Wetherby featured in virtually every category with some brilliant results, well done to everyone who took part. – Picture courtesy of Woodentops – 

Captain Cook - A Fell of a way to start the New Year


Doing any race, let alone a fell race after the ubiquitous heavy night before on New Year's Eve takes a certain amount of determination. Not surprisingly several who'd expressed an interest failed to make it, you know who you are! but Jim Buller, Chris Plews and myself managed to resist the temptation of starting the year with a lie-in and off to Great Ayton for the annual Captain Cook fell race we went, courtesy of Jim who kindly drove. 

With a record turnout of 263, high for a fell race with Esk Valley clearly benefiting by the lack of other racing options. With ten minutes to go runners were still queuing outside the pub that served as race headquarters to register.  Crammed inside, desperate to stay warm to the last possible moment, were lots of bleary eyed fell runners.

The race set off from the village centre on roads for a mile or so to the start of the climb up to Captain Cooks monument which sits atop Easby Moor. The climb (1043ft) is too steep to run with anything like pace and most opt to stagger with hands on knees. My calves were aching like mad on the way up and I was seriously worried that the descent would make things worse. Fortunately the trail was especially muddy and the soft conditions added tremendously to the fun and also saved aching muscles. Staying upright was a considerable achievement on the way down,  a chap fell right in front of me and I'm sure it was his head connecting with my knee rather than the other way around. I could hear those behind asking if the chap was all-right, which he was, but I could only shout a meaningful sorry as by then I was another 20 meters further down the hill. Jim also had an eventful race managing to take a shoe off the second place lady, our brave Prince Charming failed to stop too, obviously chivalry training may need to take the place of the Wednesday speed session but it was an honest theft - according to Jim!

Chris put in our best performance (42.39 87th) taking it easy! followed by Jim (43.41 103rd) and not surprisingly myself (45.26 125th) amazingly 1 second slower than the last time that I ran the race in much firmer conditions.

This is a lovely event with great views over Roseberry Topping, it was also probably the muddiest Ive ever done - it was as brilliant start to what will hopefully be a fantastic new year for all of our runners, may you all stay injury free and fulfil all of your goals - if your struggling for goals the Gaffer has a long list!

From the results, the race was won by James Bulman 33.09 and the first lady in 9th position was a junior, Bronwen Owen.


Special Deal for New Members


Wetherby Runners AC Membership Special Deal for New Members

Have you been thinking of improving your health and fitness, by joining a running club, like Wetherby Runners AC. If you do you'll find there is no better way of enjoying regular exercise with a friendly group of mixed age and ability members from your local area. We are not elitist by any means, but like you welcome the challenge of looking after ourselves, fitting it into our busy weekly schedule and enjoying it with good banter and socialising in friendly company.

There's no need to trudge around the dark streets of Wetherby on your own, by joining Wetherby Runners you'll be opening up a new fitness world of opportunities for 2014.

We are offering a 'New Members Deal' which commences in January.Your start up membership will run from January 2014 to 31st March 2015.

Individual - £25.00, - Joint - with up to 2 children included (from 10 yrs) - £50.00. Junior Membership £13.00- your start up membership will run from January 2014 to 31st March 2015. Among the benefits:

Regular Wednesday evening meeting (around 50 members attend) Social Running group, longer run (up to 6 miles) and up to two tailoured work out sessions with our own UKA qualified coaches, based on improving your endurance and speed. These are aimed at mixed ability and there is always someone of your pace.

New to Running? - Jacky Darley is qualified as a leader and takes a 'New Runners' course to encourage you to take those first steps.

There's a year round calendar of 10k's, 10 mile and half marathons to choose from. If you like road running then there are many in the area, joining friends at the races is a great way of sharing the experience and buzz when you cross the line.

Have you an urge to do a triathlon? Becoming more and more popular from sprint (short course) to Ironman there is something for all so whether your a seasoned Triathlete or are keen to take the plunge but lack some skills and techniques we have a Triathlete section at Wetherby. The Wetherby Rats train regularly and offer encouragement and advise about the growing local and regional events. Even if you don't have an urge to compete, there is a Weekly evening and Saturday Cycling group to train with and improve your established cycling skills & enjoyment if you''re supporting the Tour De France in Yorkshire in July 2014.

Want to hit the fells and do some trail running? Wetherby Runners have regularly competed at events like 'The Yorkshire Three Peaks'. The challenge of 23 miles and 5,700 feet of ascent, its recently been dubbed 'The Marathon with Mountains' and is a run in some stunning Dales country. Maybe its something to aspire to in the next eighteen months? On the way there there are many short distance fell & trail races to cut your teeth on, so with the help from Wetherby Runners the challenge is there to be met.

Take up the Marathon Challenge. If you're raising for charity or simply have always had it on your tick list of things to do, then there's no better way of raising your game to conquer the distance than train with a running club. The Yorkshire Marathon got off to a cracking start in 2013 and we had a group of 8 lady runners debut at the distance by building they're weekly distance over a 16 week period. They worked together as a great team and supported each other through the the tough miles and blisters on the road to the start line. They'll be there again in October. Whether your plan is a spring or autumn marathon there are many members in the club who have experience by completing in times from 2 hours 50 to 5 hours or more.  Whether it's Chester, Berlin, London, Edinburgh or Paris come along and have a chat.

Why not give the club a try for a couple of weeks with no obligation. We meet at Wetherby Sports Association on Wednesdays at 7pm, plus other informal gatherings throughout the week.

Contact us

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or the website.

Rob Gray
President Wetherby Runners AC

November's Runner of the Month - is Mark (a.k.a Brendon) Foster


Mark has made huge progress over the last year and was a candidate for our most improved athlete. This may be in no small part be due to Ann Dales coaching. The fact that Mark now spends many a happy day trailing in Anns wake clocking up around 30 miles a week in the process proves the advantage of lots-and-lots of practice.
Just dont mention the Temple Newsam Peco where the apprentice beat the master.

'Mighty Orange' clothing range launches


 The Mighty Orange is THE name to wear. 

Our new 'Mighty Orange' clothing range will very soon be making its debut - we launch with a stylish training top in 'coolmax' breathable material available in a wide range of sizes in mens and ladies cut.

To fit men in the range small (36-38inch) to 2XL (46-48inch) chest and ladies sizes 8 to 16.
Straight front hem & curved back hem. 100% polyester Micro mesh. Orange with contrasting black side & shoulder panels, the club logo on the front left breast and The Mighty Orange emblazoned between black bands on the back.

Make your own fashion statement for the 2014 season. Yours for £17.00. Cash with order please. See Rob Gray, Wednesday nights at the Club.

Help the Harrogate League


 The Harrogate & District Summer Race League is a core part of our members' competitive season and our club has been affiliated to the League since we started in 2004. Unfortunately the future of the League is now at risk as it is currently without two members of the League's committee, Paul Wood and Julian Mawson both having stood down this year after many years' service.

Do you know anyone who can help by picking up some or all of the tasks undetaken by these roles in 2014 (see below)? Please talk to your contacts and share this information.
Please contact Laura Marks in the first instance:

League Secretary:

The League Secretary has fulfilled a crucial role at every race and one person or more than one person who can divide the tasks between them are being sought.
The role includes:
Pre-registering the hundreds of runners who declare they want to take part every March/April.
Conducting on the day registrations at each race in May & June
Results input to the existing spreadsheet after each race (not necessarily on the night but as soon as possible afterwards)
Taking photographs of a high standard for uploading onto the H&DSRL website.

League Treasurer:

Julia Mawson has provided the following information:

I would sincerely comment that the Treasurer's role is not very demanding. 
I make one online banking payment for the League's website hosting in February each year, email each participating Club after the final race with a simple email stating how much they owe the League or the League owes them and collect or make the payment from the League's bank account, again generally online.
I also make a payment to the trophy engravers and the Red Cross, again online after the last race.
And when the bank statement arrives after 22 October, I prepare the attached Accounts for the AGM (generally just copying the format from the year before and altering the details).
The League has it's single current account with Barclays. It's free banking with no credit interest. To access the account online, the Treasurer will sign in using a membership number, authentication card and PIN and card reader (Pinsentry).
The Treasurer does not have to be a Barclays personal customer. If they are not, they would just have to visit a branch at some point to provide photo identification and address confirmation eg a recent utility bill or bank statement.
I would help with the change of bank signing mandate, it's quite straight forward.
Alternatively, the new Treasurer can open up an account in the name of the League at another bank and I can arrange to pay the balance across and close the Barclays account.
If volunteers come to me, I'm sure we can appoint someone between now and the next meeting at the end of January with the verbal consent of Roy and Ernie on behalf of the League Committee - I can't imagine any objections being raised.
Happy to answer any other questions if required,

Awards Evening Photos to download


The official photographs taken at the presentation evening are now available for download from the Flickr site using the link

view the photo you wish to download.
Select three dots at right hand side of the screen, then select 'view all sizes', then click 'original size', then click 'download the original size of this photo'.
With Thanks to Judy Bewell & Peter Callaghan for the images.

Also, see Wetherby News published today Thurs 5th Dec, for some of the photos in print.
Rob Gray 
Wetherby Runners

Mighty Orange get 4 stars in their mud trial


This Sunday Wetherby drew the curtain down on our best ever season in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League. Guiseley was the venue for the last race of four, which meant four laps of Nunroyd park with plenty of mud, plus a couple of tricky hills thrown into the mix. The ladies team has been pretty consistent throughout the campaign with Emily, Emma, Lisa, Jo, Julie and Pauline all featuring strongly, the whole team are very deserving of winning second place overall.

The men have had a harder time getting out our strongest team, (I even counted once) but we managed to field a full compliment of runners in each race, an achievement in itself and thanks to no small part to the Gaffer's organisational efforts or should that be emotional blackmail. On Sunday we were narrowly pipped by Skyrac to third, but fourth is our best ever finish for the chaps so we can feel very pleased that we continue to progress. You’ll see from the picture below that we had a couple of special guest stars for Sundays race in our Spice Boys; Jonny and Ben. Jo-Mo put in a typically gutsy performance despite a dodgy knee. The Tobinator managed to finish four laps despite trying to get on his bike half way around, swimming through the mud freestyle during his last lap and then insisting that he undressed in the finish area, he did tri though! (ouch). Special mention to Peter Allanach who fitted this into his MDS training regime, a more inappropriate type of terrain cannot be found than a sports field in Guiseley compared to the desert – but I’m sure he knows what he's doing. Next year we definitely want a podium spot.

Peter (MDS) Allanach, Paul (Jo's Lift) Millgate, Paul (says it on the vest) Windle, Jo-Mo, Scary Spice
Cap'n Bell, The Gaffer, Sporty Spice, The Tobinator 

Annual Award Winners


‘The Awards Committee’ of Wetherby Runners AC are pleased to announce the following winners for 2012/13:

The Caines Jewellers Cup. Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
• Joseph Kwallah

The Jack Joy Insurance Cup. For Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
• Pauline Munro

The Presidents Cup . Most Improved Senior Athlete. Presented by Montpellier Engineers.
• Claire Robinson

Junior Athlete of the Year
• Robert Etherington

Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year.
• Stella Cross

The Captains Cup. Most Improved Junior Athlete of the Year.
• Phoebe Coster

Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year
• Freddie Moore

Triathlete of the Year
• Jonny Dudley

Most Improved Triathlete of the Year
• Jo Derry

Five Miler Award
• Christine Clubbs

The Rat Trap Award,
• Richard Bewell

The Volunteer of the Year Award.
• Peter McGouran

The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour and Commitment
• Sam Buck


Gold envelopes and all the bling


 ‘The Awards Committee’ – Wetherby Runners AC.


We would like to welcome you to a special evening tomorrow night Wed 27th November  at 7:30pm.
In true ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Style Wetherby Runners are celebrating another tremendous year of achievements across the membership .So without further ado we are proud to announce the following Nominations for some prestigious silverware.
The Caines Jewellers Cup. Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Richard Bewell
•       Paul Emmett
•       Joseph Kwallah
•       Rob Whitaker
•       Paul Windle
The Jack Joy Insurance Cup. For Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Debbie Dennison
•       Caroline Lambert
•       Lisa Mawer
•       Pauline Munro
•       Andrea Normington
The Presidents Cup . Most Improved Senior Athlete. Presented by Montpellier Engineers.
The nominees are:
•       Christine Clubbs
•       Claire Robinson
•       Mark Foster
Junior Athlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•       Stella Cross
•       Jonny Dudley
•       Robert Etherington
•       Mia Moore
•       Ben Pye
Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year.
The nominees are:
•       Sam Buck
•       Stella Cross
•       Freddie Moore
The Captains Cup. Most  Improved Junior Athlete of the Year.
The Nominees are:
•       Sam Buck
•       Phoebe Coster
•       Rosie White
•       Lydia Wilson
•       Tom Windle
Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•       2 stand out contenders
–      James Jeal
–      Freddie Moore
Triathlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•       Richard Bewell
•       Jonny Dudley
•       Emily Legg
•       Mark Tobin
Most Improved Triathlete of the Year
The nominees are:
•       Julie Bucknell
•       Jo Derry
•       Andrew Wheeler
Also being awarded are the prestigious:
Five Miler Award – presented by Jacky Darley,

The Rat Trap Award,

The Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour
You are welcome to dress the part in ‘smart casual’ for the Press pack’s cameras and also don’t forget we’ll also be asking the membership  to don their Wetherby Runners vest for a group photograph for the Wetherby News.
Please come and join us in a fun evening
‘The Awards Committee’ – Wetherby Runners AC.

More runners of the month than you can shake a stick at


October's runner of the month award could only have one - err make that fourteen winners! Yes this month the award goes to all those who donned the mighty Orange Vest - or various charity ones for the inaugural York Marathon. The award was not so much for the performances - although they were excellent - rather for the camaraderie of the whole team who trained, blogged, motivated and competed together. So that's a sip of wine each to Jo D, Andrea, Ben, Garry, Michelle, Jules, Ian, Fiona, Jo K, Jacky, Gillian, Chris, Liz and Megan.

Alison Dooley is September Runner of the month


The September Runner of the month award goes to Alison Dooley for achieving a PB in 3 hrs 57 mins 51 secs (and also the Ladies F50 club record at the time) for the Marathon in Berlin.

Congratulation Alison.

 Alison in action in the Summer Race League earlier this year

The Rise of 'The Mighty Orange'


So what would you rather do on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon - go and watch Leeds United get
stuffed by Bognor Regis FC, or take in the fine vistas of Leeds clinging to a muddy hillside at Bramley
Park whilst putting in a shift for the best team in West Yorkshire. No contest really - Well I am delighted to say that Richard Bell knew you can never get enough of a good thing, and chipped off last seasons mud off his spikes, and made sure he made his effort count for the club - much respect! Elsewhere on the course
Jonny Dudley started to show the benefits of his winter training, and moved strongly through the field
dazzling all around him with his pink knee leg socks to be this weeks first finisher for the club. Good packing
round the middle by Paul Millgate, Joseph Kwallah, Jamie Thompson and Paul Windle along with full commitment from Richard and Peter Allanach means that Wetherby men's team live to fight on in round 3 in two weeks time.

Our ladies confirmed that there really is only one team to sign for if you want to race for glory and newest club recruit Sarah Hodgson took to the start line resplendent in her orange vest and matching orange hair ribbon! She was joined on the start line by the class act of Pauline, Lisa and Julie Bucknell, and a very welcome return to the racing scene by Emma Megarry (after her 12 month sabbatical) and Emily Legg gracing us with her presence en route to social engagements in Manchester and York.

Pauline put in a gutsy performance finishing in 2nd place, and she was followed home by Sarah Hodgson in 7th place. Lisa Mawer followed closely behind in 11th position. Emma Megarry was the 4th club finisher in 19th place and along with solid runs by Emily and Julie is sure to maintain Wetherby Ladies strong position in this league when official results are published on Tuesday.

Earlier in the afternoon Robert Etherington maintained his winning ways and won the U15 Boys race comfortably, whilst Stella Cross stormed to victory in the U15 girls race proving that hard work, dedication and the courage to go for it can take you a long way in this sport.

Well done to all club athletes young and not so young alike, who took part today in challenging conditions. I was a very proud bystander watching the growing strength in depth of our club on display.

Come on 'The Mighty Orange'..... Not a bad strap line Sarah, thanks for that. I might claim copyright on it myself!

The Gaffer

Good News Report from the club AGM


Good News Report from the club AGM – held 16th Oct 2013

The following committee positions were re-elected:

  • President – Rob Gray
  • Chairman – Andrew Wheeler
  • Vice Chairman – Ann Dale
  • Secretary – Paul Windle
  • Vice Secretary – Chris Plews
  • Club Captain – Richard Bell
  • Membership Secretary – Mark Tobin
  • Head Coach – Ian Legg
  • Ladies Captain – Andrea Normington
  • HSE Officer - Tony Andryszewski
  • Race Secretary – Laura Marks
  • Child Protection Officer – Mike Miller

The following nominees were elected and welcomed onto the committee:

  • Treasurer – Peter McGouran (in process of becoming first claim Wetherby)
  • Social Secretaries – Liz Martin and Jo Keenan
  • Communications Office (new role*) – Nykie Duffy

With thanks to outgoing officials Chris Martin (Treasurer) and Ann Dale (Social Secretary).
*Primary role of Communications officer is to ensure we have a weekly article in the Wetherby News. So please continue to e-mail your results on a regular basis to Paul Hunter and race report stories via ‘Contact Us’ on the club’s website.

Highlights form the AGM:

  • The Club membership fees are being held at same rates as 2013. That is £25 for Senior membership and includes annual membership to Wetherby Sports Association and EA subscription fees, both of which have increased their rates in the previous 12 months. The club are able to keep fees at this level thanks to our hosting of a successful Wetherby 10k in 2013.
  • The club continue to support local charities. £4,889 was raised for charities through the year. These funds are to be distributed to Wetherby Lions, Nuzzlets & Macmillan Cancer Care. The club announced further support in 2014 to local causes.
  • WRAC are providing some financial support towards a bid, by member Nykie Duffy to start Wetherby Parkrun.
  • The hosting of three successful races in 2013. These being the Wetherby Run – 10k, and two League races - West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Grange Park and The Harrogate District Summer Race League held in Sicklinghall
  • The club are to offer funding to members in several areas – in establishing a Bursary Scheme, also we will be able to offer assistance with Fees for specific Coaching, and supporting fees for entry to specific race series.
  • Thanks were extended to the membership for their continued support in volunteering time and energy in helping our various races and social occasions such enjoyable and great events. Wetherby Runners should be justifiably proud of our efforts in supporting and promoting local athletics across the running and wider local community.

Rob Gray – President Wetherby Runners AC.

Plastered in Paris


If you think that the way they drive in Paris is bad you should see how they run, bedlam! That was the verdict of Ann, Mark, Valerie and I after running the Paris 20k this weekend. A lovely morning saw us crammed on to the Pont d'lena, which spans the river Seine just in front of the Eiffel Tower. There were 23,000 of us packed in like sardines as we waited for the start. Not Ann I may add, who'd bagged an elite number that meant she didn't have to endure the bridge and started on the gun, whilst we waited 15 minutes to get across the start line. Once we were off we passed the Trocadero and then climbed the steepest part of what is otherwise a reasonably flat and very busy course which follows a figure of eight with the Eiffel Tower at the centre, the first loop took us out out along the Bois De Boulogne and back followed by a nice stretch along the river and a finish that was yards from the foot of the tower. As usual at big races it's almost impossible to get into any kind of rhythm as you are constantly dodging past runners in front. Give the strange distance, 20k, 1k short of a proper half, I was taking a rather fun run mentality into this one. It helped that I'd forgotten my Garmin, merrily charging away on my desk at home, and rather embarrassingly my trusty Wetherby vest, packing in haste an orange t-shirt that we got at this years Eccup 10 by mistake. This was my first overseas Wetherby on Tour run and it didn't disappoint great atmosphere and sights and a good day or so to recover from the run and sample plenty of the vino and I mean plenty! with our Friends from Otley AC who'd kindly organised the trip.  Times below;

Ann 1.34.22
Mark 1.40.28
Valerie 1.48
Richard 1.37.45



Countdown to Inaugural Yorkshire Marathon


The first Yorkshire Marathon takes place on Sunday 20th October. The planning and training has been done and the only things left to do are the final preparations for the day.

Why not lend your support on the day. Have a look at the spectator guide on the official event website.

Watch out York, here come the girls!

World Championship Success for Wetherby Athletes in Cyprus


A team of 6 athletes from Wetherby Runners AC headed to Limassol in Cyprus last weekend to compete in the World Biathle Championships, keen to capitalise on the recent success of club athletes who participated in the World triathlon champs in London. The format for the Biathle is a continuous run / swim / run event over distances that vary depending on age category. The competition this year attracted teams from 37 nations worldwide and continues to grow in popularity. The Wetherby club has built a strong tradition of success in these championships over the past 3 years, providing a number of the GB athletes across many of the age group teams. All the athletes selected to represent their country had qualified at the British championships held in August at Salford Quays.

Tom Dudley competed in the U13 age group, and due to the size of field had to race in heats early in the morning. He qualified comfortably and put in a storming performance in the final just missing out in a sprint to the finish line to an individual bronze medal. However he proudly led the GB team of 3 to a team gold medal. Older brother Jonny was a strong contender for a medal in the U19 age group after his convincing victory in the national championships. He entered the water in 5th place after a controlled first run, where his swimming class moved him up to 2nd place out of the water for the second 1500m run. He was involved in a nip and tuck battle with the defending world champion from Namibia, just losing contact over the last lap, but finishing with a world silver medal and helping the GB team to another team gold medal.

The Youth A and Junior ladies categories were combined into a single race and the Wetherby club provided the two GB teams with 3 of their 6 athletes, Caroline Lambert, Emily Legg and recent club recruit Sarah Hodgson a first year medical student at Leeds University. The running class of Caroline and Sarah saw them build a lead over the first 1500m run with a chasing pack of 5 which included Emily Legg. Sarah extended her lead in the water and exited for the final run with a solid lead, and a strong swim from Emily moved her alongside Caroline exiting the water together in second and third place in the Junior category behind Campiner representing Italy. Sarah Hodgson crossed the finishing line to be crowned U19 champion and Caroline Lambert after another strong run leg went one place better than last year to become World Junior Champion. Emily Legg just missed out on an individual medal finishing 4th behind Eleni Pratsi from Cyprus. All 3 girls brought home team gold medals.

Earlier in the day Ian Legg finished in 8th place in the Masters A event and was a member of the British trio that took a team Bronze medal behind very strong Spanish and South African teams.
By the time the last medal ceremony had been completed Wetherby athletes had helped to secure 8 of the 40 medals brought home by the British team. A tribute to the commitment of the athletes involved and the guidance and support received by the local Wetherby swimming and running clubs. 

Caroline goes Uphill in Bavaria


Caroline Lambert has been in action in the squad of four England athletes went to compete in the 40th Hochfelln Mountain race in Bavaria. The 8.9km race is uphill only, ascending 1074m and was the venue for the World Mountain Running Championships in 2000. 

This famous race traditionally attracts the world’s best mountain runners and this year was no exception. The women’s race was won by Silvia Olejarove of Slovakia while the English markers were put down by Emma Gould of England at 16th and Caroline Lambert 22nd making the podium as 3rd U23 lady.

The race provided valuable experience of uphill-only mountain races for the England U23 squad (either the World or European Championships are uphill-only every year).  In addition the English athletes had the opportunity to talk to some of the world’s best mountain runners and learn about their training and racing schedules.

Congratulatons Caroline!

No going down! Team England say Bavarian cheese

Fun in the Sun at Beautiful Blenheim


Nine Wetherby Runners found an excuse to have a long weekend away in Oxfordshire to take part in the British Heart Foundation Blenheim Palace Half Marathon and 10k on 6th October.
The day started off with a thick mist covering the Oxfordshire country side but miraculously ten minutes before the start of the race the sun broke through and by the end of the race everyone was reaching for the sunscreen as they basked in temperatures of over 20degC.
Race organisers generally take much pride in describing their course to attract runners. Everyone agreed with the description of the scenic views of the palace and grounds but the description of gently undulating was stretching the imagination somewhat. Not least the long drag from the lake up to the finish line in front of the palace - well at least the view of the palace was enjoyable.
Those that have done the Great North Run may have experienced the fly past of the Red Arrows. Not wanting to disturb the tranquil serenity of the Oxfordshire countryside Blenheim put on an alternative show of low flying geese coming in to land on the lake. The 10k runners who witnessed this spectacle had to duck to avoid having their hair dos messed up or in Jo’s case, slowed down to enjoy the view.
Final results saw Ann Dale finishing as 2nd Lady in the 10k and PBs for Mark Foster in the 10k and Ursula Mcgouran in the half marathon.

Wetherby Runners and Dave Hainsworth from Otley AC enjoying a post race pint.

All Aboard The Magic Bus


Twenty brave runners from our club competed in this years Great North Run, the worlds biggest race. It was a rather bleary eyed group that boarded the bus, kindly organized by Ann, at 6.30am on Sunday Morning.
Our teams usual orange vests were largely replaced by a host of good causes, affiliations seemed to be fairly equally split between Macmillan, Martin House and Cancer Research but I'm sure there will have been other charities in the mix too.
The weather report was pretty grim with almost hurricane winds forecasted and as we made good progress up the A1 sure enough the sky looked rather red! Not a good sign as any sailor will tell you! As it turned out conditions were pretty good. Yes it was a bit wet but the wind was more of a help than a hindrance.
A high-class field consisting of Mo Farah, Gebreselassie and the eventual winner Bekele had brought supporters out in force.
You will never go thirsty or hungry doing the GNR, in fact if you stopped at every impromptu feeding and watering station en-route, one of them serving Newcastle Brown Ale, you'd probably add two hours to your time and finish the race much heavier than when you'd started it.
The generosity of the crowds to the runners and the runners to the various good causes are what makes this event so special. We enjoyed, or was the endured, Elvis impersonators singing on the roundabouts, a very loud cheer zone at the ten mile mark and of course the spectacle of those in fancy dress displaying all manner of weird outfits with some dressed in virtually nothing at all, although that's a typical going out outfit in these parts. Even the kids spraying you with water as you make your way out of town, I'm wet enough already thanks lads, are part of the fun of the day. And day it certainly is with our return to Wetherby coming some twelve hours after we'd set off.

Great performances from our team aplenty. In the Normington stakes Rebecca managed to pip her mum Andrea to family bragging rights with a great performance.
I cannot claim to know everyone's PB's but I know Ann, Mark and Valerie (seen here enjoying a well earned pint) all managed to knock some margin of their respective bests and with many of our team using this as a warm up for the York Marathon everyone on the bus back was very happy with their performance. Special mention to Pauline, who none of us actually saw, as she finished 14th lady overall in 77 minutes, which was about half an hour faster than the time it took our little bus to make it out of the car park.
See you all at the Harewood Ten I hope.

Results for Watchless Time Trial


The inaugural running of the Watchless Time Trial took place on 25th September.
Results can be downloaded here.

Top performances at World Triathlon Finals


Wetherby Athletes shine in World Triathlon Championships Finals in London

Six athletes from Wetherby Runners AC competed in the age group World Triathlon Championship Finals last weekend in Hyde Park London. Athletes are selected by their respective national federations through qualification events in each country. Wetherby had five athletes representing GB and to prove our global attraction one athlete Martin Thompson representing New Zealand.

Conditions on the course were very demanding with wet roads resulting in a number of bad crashes throughout the shorter Sprint distance event event on the Friday. However this did not put off large crowds supporting athletes on the course and from the grandstand at the transition area. First to compete for the club was Jonny Dudley in the U20 men's race. A storming swim saw him exit transition in 5th place, and after a strong bike and run he finished in 22nd place in a very high standard field. Next into the Serpentine was Emily Legg in the U20 female race, and a consistent performance across all three disciplines enabled her to finish in 11th place in her category. Both Jonny and Emily have also been lifelong members of Wetherby swimming club which has undoubtedly assisted their triathlon development. Later in the morning it was a very welcome return to racing for Mark Tobin who had been sidelined due to knee surgery over the summer. With one of the fastest bike legs of the day in any of the age categories he finished in 42nd place in the O40 men's age. Finally Jo Derry who has improved consistently in the sport of triathlon over the past three years finished in 42nd place in the 040 female race.

Sunday morning, and prior to the tense Elite mens showdown race featuring the Brownlee brothers the Olympic distance age group championships were held. After a slightly shortened swim due to low water temperatures it was off on a scenic 40k bike leg around the sites of London before returning to complete a 10k run around Hyde Park. Richard Bewell finished off another remarkable season by finishing 21st out of 156 competitors In the O50 category, and not to be outdone by the British Wetherby contingent Martin Thompson finished in 16th place out of 86 in the O60 category.

Truly amazing performances from our club.

Wetherby Runners' World Triathlon competitors left to right:
Mark Tobin, Emily Legg, Richard Bewell, Jo Derry, Jonny Dudley, Martin Thompson

Help the Harrogate District Summer Race League


Help sought for Harrogate District Summer Race League

The out-going Secretary of the Harrogate League, Paul Wood explains:

There will be some exciting new opportunities to help at HDSRL races next season! After too many years in the harness, I am stepping down from doing results and registration, so your Club rep on the HDSRL committee will soon be looking for new blood to do the little jobs I did.

These tasks could be done by one person or divided up, and include:
- initial bulk registration before the League season starts
- 'late' registration on the night at races
- results calculation after each race
- even taking photos at races.

The current plan is that I'll look after the website, but I may convert it to Wordpress so 'anyone' could do this job, or maybe hand it over to another HTML enthusiast if there is one out there.

I'm happy to slip away quietly, no hoohah/chocs/flowers please. I've had a great time working with some super race organisers and runners. Long live the League!

If you are interested in helping on any of these activities, contact initially Laura Marks

Wednesday nights!


Run group leaders needed for Wednesday training nights, come on out of the long grass and declare your run plans for the night. Various race distances and speeds are always welcome to accommodate all our runners on a Wednesday.

Don't forget those fluorescent colours for the Autumn evenings.

Watchless Race & Fish and Chips


Instead of the usual speed session, and to coincide with our Fish & Chip night on Wed 25th, there will be a 'watch less' time trial. It is to celebrate the start of the winter (dark nights) session.

Basically, you will be advised on the night the route and distance of a run around Wetherby. No watches, Garmins, telephones, etc will be allowed.

Each runner will estimate their time, and the one closest to their prediction will win.

It is therefore all about pace judgement. I would suggest that it I unlikely that one of the 'fast guys'  will win. So it is an open event, and everyone has the potential to win!

I have also been advised that a bottle of champagne, courtesy of the Club, will be provided to the winner.

Therefore, not only fish & chips, but fizzy stuff as well! (Soft drink alternative will be provided in case a Junior wins!).

Please turn up early next week, to get a number and have enough time to work out your predicted time for the run!

Peter McGouran
Ex World Champion

Jonny Dudley is August Runner of the Month


Congratulations go to Jonny Dudley is the recipient of August's Runner of the Month award. He was nominated for his racing achievements during August, the highlights being

  • First in Leeds Express triathlon
  • Sub 17 minutes in the Millennium Bridge 5K
  • Consistently good performer.
In action at the finish of Nidd Valley's HRL race in 2012 - Apologies for the ancient photo Jonny!


Pauline in Elite Race at GNR


Pauline Munro was selected to line up with some of the legends of distance running at yesterday's Great North Run.

Check out this pic of the Elite Ladies race underway in Newcastle. Pauline, just seen, is in the middle wearing black (where's your Wetherby vest Pauline?).

Its been quite a month so far for Pauline. Expected to be confirmed either 4th or 5th Brit home at the GNR, Pauline clocked 77 mins 13 secs on very tired legs after doing Leeds Triathlon the previous weekend where she won the women's sprint distance overall. 

Results for all of the Wetherby Runners who participated in the GNR will be on the road race results page shortly.

Wetherby 10k Race Results & Photos


2013 Wetherby 10k at
2013 Wetherby Mini Marathon

Please note that the races are part of 'The Leeds Race Series' and 'The Leeds Junior Race Series' which are a series of races hosted by Leeds based Athletics Clubs

Photos courtesy of Andrew Thrippleton available for free download at 10k and Wetherby Mini Marathon.

Caroline Lambert wins Kilnsey Crag fell race


Caroline Lambert is First Lady at Kilnsey

The Kilnsey Show website describes the annual Kilnsey Crag fell race like this:

'A Gruelling Challenge – even for Yorkshiremen

The annual fell race at Kilnsey Show provides a competition for the hardened athlete.

Every year a group of fit men, women, boys and girls line up to take part in a race that most of us find hard to even watch and the team from Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association are on standby for the race.'

Enough said!

Thankfully our Wetherby representative finished it in one piece as First Lady. 

Congratulations to Caroline who followed it up a few days later by setting a course record at the Dufton Show and then completing the treble by winning the Bradley village Fell Race. 

Caroline accepts the winner's silverware from the show official
 How to descend...don't look down!


Paul Windle is July Runner of the month


July's Runner of the Month is Paul Windle.

The award is given in recognition of the new Friday evening training sessions he has organised and delivered following the achievement of his coaching qualification. Attendees have responded positively to the structured nature of the sessions.
All are welcome to attend.

Paul with some of the runners who attend Friday night sessions at this year's Washburn Valley relay

Club Records - eligibility criteria



The Senior Club Records are displayed in the table on the website. We have recently clarified the criteria for Club Record eligibility.

The published records are based on information known to us. If you have achieved a superior race time in any of the categories while a paid up member of the Club, please email us with your time, the event and the date when you achieved it as well as your date of birth.
Claims on Club records may be made by First Claim Members only.

Eligible races are those licensed by UK Athletics and/or where there is confidence of an accurately measured course and an officially published set of results. 

Consistent with the position taken by UK Athletics, Parkruns will no longer be eligible for 5K Club records. This will be applied with effect from 31st August 2013 and 5K records achieved previous to that date will stand. This is largely due to the inconsistency in the Parkrun course distances.

Run segments in multi-discipline events and Split times recorded in longer races are not eligible.
Let us know if you want more clarification or if you have a Club Record to claim!

Jo Derry qualifies for World Triathlon Grand Final


After a nervous wait to find out after her performance at the Bristol Triathlon last month, Jo Derry has now qualified to compete at the forthcoming Triathlon World Championships to be held at Hyde Park, London ( the Triathlon venue of the London 2012 Olympic Games) in mid September. 

More than 5,000 of the World’s best International Age-Group amateur athletes will be competing to become World Champions in their respective 5 year age groups. Over 40 countries will be represented, with all athletes nominated by their national federations. There will be Age-Group races over both the Standard Distance (1,500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run) as well as Sprint Distance (750m Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run).

Jo will join five others from Wetherby Runners & Triathletes who have all qualified in their respective age groups at either Sprint or Standard triathlon events: Richard Bewell, Mark Tobin, Emily Legg and Jonny Dudley who will all sport the GBR kit and also new member Martin Thompson competing for New Zealand 

At the same event programme Judy Bewell will compete in the Aquathlon Age Group World Championship which will see Age-Group athletes compete in a 1km swim course in the Serpentine and 5km run course through Hyde Park. 

Jo Derry in action at the Tadcaster Triathlon early in the season

We're Orange but not from Essex - First Men's Team


'We're Orange But Not From Essex' is the name belonging to victorious team comprising Jonny Dudley, Joseph Kwallah and Ben Pye. The guys came second overall and were first in the Men's Open category at the lung-busting Golden Acre Relay last week, beating their next nearest rival by nearly a minute. Congratulations on making another piece of club history.

Left to right: Joseph Kwallah, Johnny Dudley, Christine Clubbs, Peter Callaghan, Ben Pye

June Runner of the Month - Caroline Lambert


June's Runner/club person of the month is Caroline Lambert.

The award is made in recognition of Caroline's consistently high performances over a period of time and in particular her achievement in June becoming Ladies Champion of the Harrogate District Summer Race League 2013. She also proved her incredible versatility on the fells in June as she was also crowned first lady in the Beamsley Beacon fell race

June runner of the month - Caroline storms it at the final HDSRL race to become Ladies Champ

Harrogate league prize winners revealed


At last week's Harrogate & District Summer Race League event hundreds of the league runners converged on Thirsk for a just-for-fun (and beer) handicap race followed by the prize presentation for both Team and Individual annual League awards.

As well as the team shields for Main Team Runner Up, Ladies Open and Men's Veterans, there was a haul of four Individual shields or medals for Wetherby Runners:

Caroline Lambert - Ladies Champion Shield & Medal
Lisa Mawer - FV40 Medal
Richard Bewell - V50 Medal
Ben Pye - Young Runner Prize

Above: Wetherby's Handicap race mob posing, Champ Caroline presented by League Chairman Roy Hollingworth and Joseph picks up the Mens Veterans team shield

Pauline Munro wins Leeds 10K


Last weekend Pauline Munro won the Leeds 10k Run For All in style in a new Personal Best time of 34 mins 53 secs. The win comes hot on the heels of another success at the Eccup 10 the previous weekend where she became the Yorkshire Womens 10 mile Road Champion in a stunning 59.43. Both times are new Ladies Club Records.

Pauline becomes Yorkshire Ladies Champion at Eccup

Reservoir Dogs!


The Washburn Valley relay can be a very competitive affair but this year's race, coming as it did in the middle of what in this country counts for a heatwave i.e fairly hot, probably put the dampeners on records and this suited a rather laid back contingent from Wetherby just fine.

The Wetherby posse was mainly drawn from Paul Windle's excellent Friday night training sessions and comprised three teams of three. Team Red comprised Richard Bell, Paul Windle and Sam Parker, Team Blue featured Julie Bucknell, Joseph Kwalla and Nykie Duffy, Team Yellow was led off by Pete Callaghan, John Simpson and Jacky Darley. Each runner completes roughly a 3 mile circuit of Swinsty reservoir, each leg different from the last but everyone has to finish via a rather nasty hill leading up to the car park. I pity the poor dog walkers who suddenly found their Friday night stroll descend into anarchy as multi coloured vests hurtled past at top speed, sinews straining and barely enough energy to mutter thanks as they hurtled past.

At the time of writing I've no idea where we finished but I can confirm team Red won the inter Wetherby trophy with Paul managing to hold off Joseph, who was second overall in his race, somehow in the second leg. These shorter events really manage to show up those of us used to longer distances, it's vaguely embarrassing to feel so absolutely shot after 3 miles or in my case goosed after barely a mile. But they are massively enjoyable romps. Roll on the Golden Acre Relay on Wednesday I can guarantee if you turn up you will enjoy the experience, usually around five minutes or so after you finish.

Wahburn Valley Relays - well done the teams!

Devilishly hot to trot at Eccup


Nine Wetherby runners lined up at the start line on a gloriously sunny day in Eccup for this annual ten miler. As it’s so local and starts early at 9.30 this race enables most of us to get a race in whilst not encroaching too much on a family Sunday. This year's race was blisteringly hot and lining up at the start, in what was a record turnout, most of the talk was about taking it steady and not getting carried  away in the heat. I'd ensured that I'd fully hydrated the evening before in the Muse, not quite the match prep Andy Murray would have had in mind I'm sure but I was planning on nothing more historic than getting around comfortably today. 

A rather deceptive, given what was to come, downhill stretch leads us through the first mile or so before the first of many long climbs. The only flat bit of the course is a two mile stretch running around the reservoir in lovely shade for the most part, the rest of the run is undulating, which I’ve learnt means lots of climbing. Given the conditions the organisers had laid on 3 water stations and I'd decided from the off that I was going to pause at each to drink a full cup rather than the usual tactic of running whilst waving the water in the general direction of my mouth and seeing the majority of the liquid splatter my vest. I also had a nasty devil on my shoulder telling me that I should walk the odd hill if the mood took me. Well of course the mood took me, by around the fifth incline, at around the seven mile mark I was absolutely cream crackered, the devil or was it an angel now? telling me 'not to push too hard' was the only thought in my head.

Like many a novice runner I've often repeated the mantra 'I will run all the way' and though its true that, unless you're Pauline Munroe, you're pretty much racing yourself, yourself can seem like pretty tough competition when its 25 degrees, the hangover that you'd shaken off is now back with a vengeance and you know that a PB is completely out of reach. I'll get the time back in the last mile I told myself, I knew that the finish stretch was largely downhill and quick but of course every other year I'd done this race I'd faced the same quick finish and I'd never walked up a hill before. Although I'd given up looking at the Garmin by half way at 37mins I was comfortably inside my 80 minutes target, you can take a breather said the evil voice in my head. I finished, in wait for it, one  hour, twenty minutes and twenty two seconds. The devil had cost me my target and that's why I'm not going to walk up anymore hills - honest!

As for my fellow Wetherby runners we had some epic performances Pauline was First Lady and a top ten finisher overall, and threw in a PB for good measure, in less than an hour. She also became Yorkshire Women's 10 Mile Road Champion in the process. Elsewhere call outs for Claire Robinson who I think knocked a minute off her PB, Christine Clubbs who's getting a PB just about every time out at the moment, Gillian Fox and Nykie Duffy also with well earned best for the distance runs. Funniest-not-funny comment was John Simpsons - "it's all uphill!" which was hissed through his teeth at the end as he tried to get his breath back. I know John wouldn't have wimped out on that last hill though.

Richard Bell

Eccup 10 underway

Caroline Labert Wins Beamsley Beacon fell race



First Lady - Caroline Lambert wins the Beamsley Beacon Fell Race. Pic courtesy of Woodentops

Robert Etherington in English Schools Final


English Schools Track and Field Championships Finalist

Wetherby Runners athlete Robert Etherington was competing in the English schools Track & Field Championships in Birmingham last weekend and finished a superb 6th place in the Junior Boys 1500m final. He qualified through the heats with a new personal best, and improved it further with a strong run in the final in a time of 4 mins 13 seconds. 
Robert is only the second ever Wetherby athlete to achieve the qualifying standard for this prestigious event and his performance is testament to his commitment and dedication to his training over the past two years.
Track action in Birmingham - Robert Etherington in blue/white


Offer from Up & Running Harrogate


 Hi Folks

Attached is an info poster about Up & Running's 21st birthday celebrations (yes, Up & Running have been in Harrogate 21 years!)
All purchases over £50 get a goody bag including £21 worth of giveaways. 

Only Whilst stocks last!!!!
This offer starts this Friday 12th July.

Manager, Harrogate Up & Running
16 station Parade

A Fantastic Team Performance in Youth Development League



Five of our U17/U20 athletes who have been competing for a composite team of Wetherby / Scarborough / Harrogate athletes in the inaugural Youth Development League.

Richard Bewell takes Silver medal at National Champs


Richard Bewell snatches the M50 Silver Medal at the England Triathlon National Championships

A damp and windy Saturday morning greeted nearly 800 athletes who were doing battle for Triathlon England national honours at the annual Dambuster standard distance triathlon at Rutland Water.
As the racing commenced shortly after 7a.m. the weather improved – The swim was still wet! but thankfully the roads dried, just leaving a very blustery 42k bike loop around Rutland Water taking in the undulating and exhilarating “Rutland Ripple”.
Switching the bike for run shoes, a final energy gel was forced down, enabling Richard to put in 37:15 10k run to grab the M50 Silver Medal from the 56 strong field in a total time of 02:10:47
As a qualifying race for the 2013 ITU London AG World Championships and the 2014 ETU Kitzbuhel  AG European Championships the podium position was particularly sweet.
Mark Tobin also raced and had a very impressive, but with knee issues he unfortunately didn’t get his qualification slot. However, he gets another opportunity at Liverpool in 2 weeks time.
Dambusted it!

Wetherby take three League trophies


Wetherby Runners will collect three trophies for our efforts at the 2013 Harrogate & District Race League:

Main team - runner up trophy
Ladies open team winners' Tophy
Mens Veterans team winners' trophy

It was the last race of the League season so congratulations to the squad who put in a great effort last night to complete our best overall Harrogate & District Summer Race League performance yet. It was good to see a special effort was made by some of our members who are rarely seen in these parts and managed to inject a bit of super-sub magic into the mix.

The Main team result was 2nd on the night, just a few tantalising points behind Harrogate, which reinforced Wetherby's overall standing at 2nd and therefore delivered the Runner Up trophy for the first time. Five years ago the club was still relatively new and the team had battled to achieve 8th team place. It is clear now that, even missing a few key runners, Wetherby is now one of the top performing clubs in the district. One can't help wondering how it would be if everyone was fit at the same time!

The Ladies Open team pulled off a hoped-for but not expected achievement of first place last night, climbing over Harrogate to nick the first ladies team trophy. Excellent!

The Ladies Veterans team has been pulling back up from languishing in 4th after race 2 to finish 2nd in the final standings despite a winning team performance last night headed by Pauline Munro and Lisa Mawer at 1st and 2nd veteran lady. We had to concede our Vets trophy to Harrogate but better luck next year!

The Men's Veterans have been on the spinach again and stormed another first place last night, delivering up the Mens Veterans trophy for the 2nd year in a row.

Our top three runners across the line, being Ben Pye, Joseph Kwallah and Pauline Munro secured a third place 'elite' team score with the Club finishing 4th Elite team overall (same as our best result last year).

Wetherby's Over 55s do not have a critical mass of runners in this 'Supervet' age group to get a competitive score and had settle for 7th place overall. We are all heading that way though...

The individual awards have not been confirmed yet but we are confident there will be several. I would like to say watch this space but we are not meant to reveal the winners too soon!

Book the League Handicap in your diary for Wed 10th July. It is an optional, just for fun race and the team and individual award presentations happen afterwards.

All the photos are on the League website but here are a few to be going on with..

And they're off...

Mascot Lily helps out with marshalling Andrea doing perfect timing

Glorious food Hmm where to start? I think.

Harrogate Race League seeks new Treasurer


The Harrogate & District Summer League Treasurer Julian Mawson will be standing down at the next AGM this Winter and so the League is seeking a new candidate to take on the role of keeping the finances in order.

If you think you might be willing to take on this role, please contact me in the first instance.
Any person who takes on this role would have to have the appointment confirmed at the AGM.

Laura Marks
Race Secretary

May Club Person of the Month - Debra Wheeler


Club person of the month for May was Debra Wheeler.

She was nominated for doing something outside of her comfort zone, and inspiring others by getting 2nd place in her age group category at the Tadcaster Triathlon, her first triathlon.

Deb in action at a recent Harrogate League race

NO Training - All at Sicklinghall Wed 26th


 Hi all

A reminder, it is Wetherby Runners' hosted Harrogate & District Race League event at Sicklinghall next Wednesday 26th June.

As club members will all be either marshalling, catering, organising or racing on the night, there will be no training session at WSA.

If you are available on the 26th, are able to help and haven't been in touch yet, please contact:

Laura Marks - race organisation

Ann Dale - catering

Its going to be an excellent night.


Mark Tobin qualifies for Europe 2014


Mark Tobin competed at the Rother Valley Sprint Triathlon at Sheffield last week along with 362 other competitors.

With an achievement of overall 16th place and 1st Male Veteran Over 40 he qualifies for the GB M40-44 squad for the European Champs 2014 to be held in Kitzbuhel. Congratulations Mark!
Job Done


No Bed of Roses at Knaresborough


No bed of roses at Knaresborough

The 48th running of the Great Knaresborough Bed featured a mixed Wetherby Team comprising Jacky Darley, Ann Dale, Valerie Bell, Mark Foster, David Balfour and myself.

The Bed Race is one of the largest community events held on the streets in the North of England. 90 teams compete, first for the prize of Best Dressed Bed prior to the race itself - 2013's theme was Myths and Legends - Ann and Mark provided the Wetherby bed with an iconic Loch Ness Monster, which more than made up in quality for what it lacked in stature, or se we told Ann! Suffice to say there were several Nessie's on display and some of them would have done Steven Spielberg justice. Mark was particularly attached to his kilt and had allegedly worn his to death leading up to the race, commando style.

Having arrived early morning in a sleepy Knaresborough to set up, it was a shock to see thousands of spectators lining the 2 mile procession route through the town with people hanging from every vantage point to see the beds many decked out in impossibly extravagant craftwork - like a full sized Star Wars space ship. With David's daughter Francesca (budding passenger for next year) out front shaking the collection bucket for all she was worth we managed to collect a good amount for the Lions chosen charities.

We were here to race though, and despite the protestations to the contrary I could tell that our team were keen to put in a good performance. The two and half mile course starts and finishes by the river meaning that the first half is all gruelling climbs from the very start followed by a less arduous but far more terrifying descents culminating in a twenty yard swim at the end.

Despite Ann's advice we set off like a rocket up the first hill, almost losing Jacky several times as she couldn't find any purchase on the grass verge. At a couple of points her legs were windmilling in mid air cartoon Roadrunner style as she dangled over the edge of the bank. Ann and Mark were harnessed up in front using bicycle tire inner tubes attached to ropes in a Heath Robinson version of the professional harnesses that some of the other teams used. Jacky and Valerie were providing the steering from the middle taking fantastic direction from David's daughter the brave Charlotte who was certainly more cox than passenger. David and I provided the grunt, pushing from the back, and I can honestly say after around the mile mark I thought that my lungs were going to deposit themselves on the market square. Cheered on by thousands of people many clearly taking advantage of the relaxed licensing laws we arrived at the square having overtaken one team and closing in on another. The crowds literally went wild and at one point with Mark going left whilst Ann went right I thought that rather than overtaking the team in front we where simply going to run them over (see you-tube clip). At the last moment our front-runners got their act together and we swerved around them to cries of "go on Wetherby". With the horrible climb up to the market square behind us we now faced a series of descents, which were hard going on Valerie and Jacky as they clung on for dear life as gravity and good engineering in terms of our wheels 'special mention to Gerald' took over. At one point Mark was desperately running away from the bed that looked like it was going to eat him up and spit out the bits, as we raced downhill towards the bridge. By now several teams in front had cast off members who couldn't keep up and they either trotted on like riderless horses or in a few cases were face down on the pavement apparently dead. Reaching, at last! the river our lack of practice told a bit, the bank seemed incredibly steep and although our strongest swimmers Dave and Valerie threw themselves into the Nidd without a moments hesitation the rest of us had to pause as there seemed no safe way of casting the bed into the flow. Eventually,and now caught by the team we'd just overtaken we simply hurled the thing off the bank and hoped for the best. Fortunately bed - with passenger, bobbed immediately back to the surface right-way up and we were off again. Now Valerie is a very good swimmer, certainly by my standards, but suffice to say she has never swam across a river after a pulling bed up some challenging terrain for two miles, she was to quote a technical running term 'knackered' - it was pretty much left to Dave to drag the bed across the river as the rest of us tried our best to keep up with it. Getting the bed out again seemed impossible with about four feet of vertical bank in front of us. Somehow with Ann and Mark pulling and Dave and I lifting we managed to get the thing over the lip but getting out ourselves, on the very slippery mud, was a huge test, and little legs are at a big disadvantage. The rules state that all members need to cross the line and like a sheepdog my role was now to round up our missing members who were trying to get out of the river before we could surge over the line, Mark had disappeared to help Jacky and after what seemed like ages but was probably about five seconds we were all back on board so to speak, we finished in a very credible 18 mins 56 secs, 3rd place in the mixed team category.

As to the rest, the Harrogate Harriers again scooped first place (can anybody beat this team?), romping home in a magnificent 13 minutes and 10 seconds. First Ladies were Ripon Runners including our very own Caroline Lambert.

Richard Bell
Wetherby Runners Bedracers 2013 (Never Again)!


Wetherby wins at Richmond


 Wetherby galvanized by win at Richmond

A competitive advantage was gained by a strong team of 38 runners from Wetherby who made the trip to Richmond last week for the third race in this year's Harrogate & District Race League. Exploiting a slightly lower turnout than usual from some of the other clubs, Wetherby bagged an overall race win for the main team of ten as well as wins for the Ladies open team, the Ladies Veterans team and the Men's veterans team. The effect was to push up the overall standings in the league so that the main team is now in second position and with a fighting chance of challenging for the title for the first time in the club's eight year history in the League.

The men's Veterans team held their leading team position and the ladies open team narrowed the gap to the smallest of margins on Harrogate Harriers, the current leaders in their category. The ladies veteran's team moved up a place to third so now have a chance of challenging for the shield in the final race.

The club is now primed for an exciting conclusion to the League when the final race takes place on home territory in Sicklinghall at the end of the month.

At an individual level there were some stand out performances with Joseph Kwallah crossing the line in 6th place as second Over 40 and Richard Bewell just behind him in 8th as the first Over 50. Jamie Thompson made up the third of the Elite team positions in 11th place and Iain Andrews, Paul Emmett and Jim Buller all scored directly for the dominant Men's Veterans team.

Caroline Lambert was victorious as first lady on the day and Lisa Mawer 2nd lady and first in the Over 45 category. Jo Derry, Julie Bucknell and Ann Dale completed the winning ladies team line up.

First Lady - Caroline Lambert in pursuit. Be afraid.

New Order for hooded tops now


 Dear members

Hooded tops
Anyone (seniors) wanting a hooded top please let me know asap. I am putting in another order.
The tops are black and have the Wetherby Runners logo on the back and personal name on the front. 
Sizes are generous, 9/10, 12/13, xsmall, small, medium, large, xlarge and xxlarge.

The price was £15 last time we ordered but might be a bit more this time.

Reply asap to my e-mail address
Thank you

April Runner of the Month - John Pearson


Congratulations to john Pearson who was announced as April's runner of the Month.

This was for his epic achievement at the Marathon de Sables. Read his full story in the Noticeboard/Photos and Articles tab.

Order RaTs kit


Mark Tobin is putting together an order for WRaTs ( Wetherby Runners & Triathletes) gear. You may have seen some of the kit being modelled around by those triathlete folk. These are Endura products in technical fabrics and the range includes tri-suits, short and long sleeve cycling jerseys, jackets all in male and female cuts and neck tubes.

The order will go in as soon as the minimum number of orders is received so if you are interested, email Mark Tobin on
Prices can only be determined once the whole order has been put in for a quotation.

Left to right: Trisuit, jacket, cycling jersey

Pauline Munro competes in Elite Ladies race


Munro competes at highest level in Manchester

Wetherby Runners' Pauline Munro lined up with some of the biggest stars of the athletics world in Manchester last week for the Great Manchester Run 10K. She had been selected to join the Elite Ladies race field which included three times Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba and team GB runner Gemma Steel.

The Elite ladies race started 20 minutes ahead of the elite men and masses and so for much of the race the competitors were running without the competitive support of the usual pack. In spite of this, Munro found her best form yet in fine conditions on this 'out and back' course, clocking a 5k split time of 17 mins and 25 secs before overhauling several runners to finish in 35.04, in 12th position and 6th of the British competitors. This was a Personal Best for Pauline who at age 44 will be coming to the attention of the North of England selectors for other elite races coming up this year including the Great North Run in September.

Congratulations Pauline!

New training session Friday 6pm WSA


New Session for Friday evenings - 6pm to 7pm, Wetherby Sports Associaton 

Starting on Friday 17 May Wetherby Runners will be trialling a new session led by Paul Windle. The session will initially run on a trial basis for four weeks to assess the level of interest. If this seems to work and feedback from people attending is that format/structure/timing suits them then hopefully we can continue this thereafter.
The session is primarily aimed at complementing the training for those runners considering half marathon or marathon races in coming months by providing an additional coached session to complement the weekly club session held on Wednesday evenings. If this is not quite on your time horizon yet but you would like to have the option of another coached session during the week you would be welcome to attend. 
The session is open to all abilities whether you are 7 minute mile or 12 minute mile pace or somewhere in between. 
The format will typically start with a 10 to 15 minute warm up incorporating some drills specifically looking at your running technique and helping to identify any features of your running style, posture, arm and leg drive which can be worked on to try to introduce a smoother and more efficient running action, improve speed and reduce tiredness when running over longer distances.
After the warm up we will do a 45 minute session which will be work on different energy systems of the body and may involve fartlek, interval sessions, hill sessions and some steady runs but running at different speeds for different parts of the run to improve pace awareness. We will then finish off with a 5 minute cool down at the end. 
Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

A Day in the Sun - Tadcaster Triathlon report


A Day in the Sun - Tadcaster Sprint Tri 

Its been a long winter of short days, snow, ice , rain and so the theory goes it is meant to harden you up and make you ready for the new race season, honed and ready to go .......that is assuming of course you have toughed it out and actually done some training.  The truth is the RaTs have been thin on the ground over the winter months, skulking in their rat holes with only the hardy duo of the Tobinator and Bewell showing any visible signs of serious training following divergent training strategies with some hard bike miles and mountain running respectively. And for the rest?  Well what a miserable bunch of ne're do wells and miscreants - there have been enough excuses to re-write Shakespeare! Enough said.

So what happens when the sun shines?  Well you suddenly get to see more RaTs than you can shake a stick at. A blaze of orange descended on Tadcaster for the traditional season opener, and the lack of training was evidenced in some quarters by the straining of tight fit Lycra fasteners as flab covered  muscles were squeezed into the famous orange RaTsuits. 

Fergusonesque like, the RaTs had been active in the triathlon transfer market and secured the services of Jonny 'Tiger' Dudley from LBT, who strode centre stage resplendent in his bling Tri suit,  and who will be sure to add a bit of class and real athleticism to the proceedings this year. 

For the uninformed the format for Tadcaster is a 500m swim, followed by a 13k shimmy round Clifford, Bramham and back on yer bike before a 7k jaunt along the river home again. There were a steady stream of RaTs taking to the water over the course of the morning. 

There was certainly a family affair to early proceedings with clan rivalry in the morning swim heats between the Wheelers and Dennisons - is this a new Tri format for 2013 that the rest of us are unaware of? This suspicion was re -enforced when Beauty Bewell and the missus showed up, was this the third family pairing set to enter the fray ? - but no, they were just out for a leisurely and romantic bank holiday stroll and keen to try and get a few snapshots of the sloth like lesser spotted orange rat that was rumoured to have suddenly become vaguely active in these here parts! 
Amongst the family feuding a few newcomers took to the waters, along with Nykie Duffy fresh from the London marathon and now trying out something completely new a young was Tom Windle put in a fine showing for his first ever triathlon as did Paul Heffernan , who would have been 15 minutes quicker had he been properly briefed that transition time counts and powdering your toes, chatting to fellow competitors, making a cup of tea etc in transition is probably not the wisest strategy if you want to post a fast time.

Towards the end of the day it was time for the young rising stars of Mia Moore and Tiger Dudley to cruise up and down the pool to show just how easy this swimming lark really is if you know what you are doing, meanwhile the ying and the yang of the swimming spectrum was complete with a glance to the other side of the pool where the sinking stars (literally) of Legg and Tobin were thrashing about. 

At this point I must digress for a moment to explain the etiquette of pool swimming.  Rule 1. if you are swimming with someone of a similar ability then keep your distance or politely tap the swimmer in front at approximately halfway and do your share of the work at the front for the remainder of the race. Please note Tubsy (oops should that have been Tobinator) Tobin!  
NB:  A little harsh that last comment since he did build me a nice new bike recently. Oh well, done now.

So fresh from his leisurely paddle up and down the pool the Tobinator effortlessly exited the pool and mounted his trusty steed and burned through the field with more panache than the Duracell bunny. Impressive and good enough for a 8th place finish overall and 2nd place in category. 
Meanwhile new signing JD was already showing an early return on the hefty transfer fee with a fine 3rd place finish overall and bringing with it new levels of kudos to the club.  Mia Moore confirmed her triathlon potential finishing as 6th female overall and 2nd U18 finisher.  Our slightly older ladies turned in some star quality performances with Jo Derry 3rd V40 female and Debbie Wheeler 2nd in the V50 female.
Full results available on the club and race event website.

So the carnival moves on, next stop Wetherby Triathlon and the first open water swim of the season in the bracing River Wharfe............get your thermals out for that one folks!!!!!!!!!  Think I will be  busy watching paint dry that day.  

Here come the boys...David Mellor & Ben Whiting between pool and bike in Transition 1
Below Bike Action - Mark Tobin & Jo Derry

Joseph breaks club Marathon record



Joseph Kwallah takes Club Marathon record
Against the odds Joseph Kwallah recovered from a virus just in time to be at the start line of the Manchester City Marathon last week. The effort paid off as despite breezy conditions he completed the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours 50 mins and 57 secs, half a minute faster than the standing club record. Not entirely satisfied with that Joseph has vowed to be back for another marathon attempt next season!
Joseph sports the Manchester City Marathon metal


Marathoners Bling it


With 26.2 miles behind them at Rotterdam, Lochaber and London, the Club's marathoners gathered to show of their bling....
See Roadrace results.

Paul Windle, Richard Bell, John Simpson, Janice Robinson, Jane Williams, Jo Keenan, Ann Dale, Nykie Duffy Richard Burke has a moment after finishing London..

Wetherby Runners Mob Meanwood


 A mob of 12 Wetherby Runners took a Spring outing to Meanwood for a spot of trail running last weekend.
Pauline Munro took the first Lady prize and 12th overall, only missing the ladies course record at this 7 mile race (held by Lisa Mawer) by a few seconds.

A splash of orange

John Pearson finishes Marathon de Sables



John Pearson joins Wetherby's MdS Elite

Wetherby Runners' John Pearson became just the third club member to complete the gruelling Marathon de Sables last week. As he reports 'it was a tough as it was billed – a full 6 marathons in 6 days – “The Toughest Foot Race on Earth.” In some respects it was even tougher than I had fully expected - the hottest day just had to be the day of the double marathon with temperatures of 54C in the shade! On that day I drank the full 21 litres of water allowance and only had to stop running once for a pee! The mountainous nature of the course was greater than I expected too – a lot of time was sent hauling oneself up sandy and rocky inclines – the biggest being 1000 feet straight up from a salt pan. Each day just then got harder as the mileage built – you also started to deplete your own reserves as you were burning off in excess of 5000 calories per day but only eating 2000. Despite all the pain I enjoyed every single minute of it.
The MdS I is the most impressive thing I have seen in ages – 1100 competitors from 50 countries – it being the premier ultra-marathon race in the world – it rightly attracts the best of the best who are out to prove they are the best. The event also allows entrants from mere mortals [this is where I step in] – it did feel like competing at the Olympics and wondering why I was there, do I have a right to be there and being a bit overawed by the other phenomenal athletes.
The race organisers here need special praise – despite the madness of it all the dropout rate is small. Now this to a huge part is down to the individual – you do not go and spend the not inconsiderable sum of the entry fees on a whim – you have to know you stand a chance of physically and mentally completing it beforehand. Having then spent the money you train like mad to ensure you get the finish you want. But it does go wrong – and some cases quite badly. This is where the organisers and their medical team come to the fore – to sort out those unfortunate enough to suffer from heat stroke, sun stroke, dehydration or no skin left on the bottom of their feet [not said in jest this – some people had lost all the skin off the bottom of their feet!]. The medical team had a philosophy of patching these guys up and sending them back out again. One Australian I had spoken to quite a few times lost it on the last day – at check point 2 he was dragged into the shade and given 4 litres intravenously – then sent back out to finish – he got to the finish line and they then gave him another 7 litres intravenously. The medical tents were massive at the overnight stopping points – and whenever you went past them there were queues out the door and round the block – it was a place I was keen to avoid, but not always successfully.
People have asked what my high and low points were – the low is easy – the start of the last marathon as it was all soon going to end. Yes you go through some doldrums and have the odd sense of humour failure [the best seeing the first of a series of three mountainous ridges to climb over – knowing they get bigger each time]. The lowest physical point being on the day of the double marathon in the 54C heat – I was getting the early signs of heat stroke, several miles still to go to the check point, no shade at all and feeling the effects of calorie depletion. The high point has to be the euphoria of the finish where the culmination of all the hard work prior to the event and the grafting during the event comes to an end - and then of course the reasons for doing the event – namely in memory of my brother in law Con who died last year and to raise money for Cancer Research.
Post-race - generally feeling a bit tired now I have got back and the adrenalin has worn off, but otherwise all ok – no blisters, no joint issues – not bad for an old man.
Final position 752 out of the 1100 starters.'
John Pearson finishes the Marathon de Sables

Stockton Duathlon Race Report



Race Report: Stockton Duathlon: Sunday 21st April 2013
Inspired by our club athletes off running marathons in London and further afield a trio of 'RaTs' decided to try something a little different. So Mark 'the Tobinator' Tobin, 'Tonster' Tony Andryszewski and Gaffer Legg headed off to take part in the Stockton duathlon. For the unfamiliar a duathlon is a continuous 10k run/ 40k bike / 5k run as was the afternoon  delights we had to look forward to. Not as tough as those slogging it out over 26 miles in London, but taxing enough for those of us who prefer our races over much shorter distances.
Steady away was the pre race tactics crafted in the car 'en route' to the race. 10k's a long way you know, never mind having to cycle 40k and then another 5k, was the considered judgment by the Gaffer.
A steady away first run and a pleasant chat on the way round succeeded in psyching out the opposition and allowed the Tobinator and the Gaffer to pick off plenty of sprightly starters and enter first transition in close succession well up the field. At this point our races diverged with the Tobinator exiting T1 quickly and zip off to blitz the bike leg.
Meanwhile I was having a few problems sorting out the bling racing helmet  purloined from my daughter. Some scurrilous rumour suggests I managed to put it on back to front. I couldn't be that stupid, you might think. Er well sadly I do have form on that front!
Crowd entertainment over it was out onto the bike for a six lap closed roads circuit around Stockton centre. I also had the further dubious pleasure of being the only competitor on the day to get time penalties on the bike, (not for drafting I would like to stress) but for dropping a gel bar wrapper to a roadside marshal, an action misconstrued by an over zealous motorbike marshal. Thankfully the rest of the ride was relatively uneventful, the rain stayed away but strong winds did mean staying on the bike proved a challenge.
So a less entertaining second transition left just a final 5k run off the bike, and with the dreaded jelly legs and cramps,  resulting in a tougher last 5k than hoped for by the Tonster and the Gaffer. No such issues for steady away Tobinator as he cruised home in 2 hrs 5 mins and 15 secs. The Gaffer was next in, thankfully managing to find his running legs for the final 2k in a time of 2hrs 14 mins and 2 secs, (pre 2 min time penalties) and not to disappoint the Tonster sprinted home in 2hrs 23 mins and 55 secs.
NB:  For the eagle eyed amongst you who go and check the official results, they were all out by a minute or so, these are all our own times but final placings are of course accurate.
Finally re-energised  by cream buns at the finish line (very nice too they were) the three RaTs gatecrashed the podium to capture the moment for posterity!
Certainly worth a return trip next year.
Ian, Mark & Tony are wearing Wetherby Man by Endura, Milan


Saturday Surprise at Carnegie Track



So it's not every day that you bump into an Olympic champion when you are on your way to training - but that's just what happened today when Jess Ennis arrived at Carnegie to compete in a track meeting and a few of our club athletes took the opportunity to pose for this photo.
Oh you weren't there, well if you want to be an Olympic champion, then you know what you need to do!
Posing with an Olympian, why wouldn't you...

Lochaber Marathon puts a spring in Richard's step


Lochaber marathon helps to put a spring in my step

Not all marathons are about pounding city streets whilst weaving past thousands of other runners or worse still being overtaken by the guy in the huge Sunflower costume - which sucks by the way. You can recreate the feel of a small scale 10k over 26 miles if all of the hullabaloo is not your thing - or in my case if you forget to get your London Marathon entry in on time - that's any-day now by the way for 2014.

The Lochaber Marathon, which sets off from Fort William and follows a there and back route along the banks of Loch Eil, is one of the best examples of this 'small is good' theme. This year 364 runners finished the course vs 35,000 who will tackle the worlds biggest in London. Looking at the various websites after my London faux pas this race is regularly voted the UK's most scenic marathon and it takes place just one week before London meaning that you can share a training programme with runners doing bigger events who are similarly in pursuit of a Spring PB. It's also a flat and fast course (aren't they all). 

I'd arrived the day before after what in the most part is quite a scenic six hour drive. At registration we were handed a race T-shirt and a miniature bottle of whiskey which according to the local organisers is better than a gel at the 20 mile point - no I didn't test this theory though had I had the whiskey in my pack on the day I would have definitely given it a go in the latter stages. 

This was my third foray into the marathon distance and after a spectacular wall hitting effort in Edinburgh last year I was more keen to finish strong than to clock a time - honest! All of the texts from friends in the club urged me to start slow and despite clocking 7.47 for the first mile rather than the planned 9 minutes, I did check myself several times to slow down a bit. The plan was to run level 8's all of the way but that gave no leeway to conditions which in the Highlands change every twenty minutes, even on a good day - and this wasn't a good day. Heavy rain from the start meant that some runners looked more like North Sea trawler-men than runners despite the fact that temperatures weren't that bad, you're going to get wet anyway running a marathon guys so why wear the gortex jacket? I opted for the trusty Orange go-fast vest and must admit for a chilly couple of miles I thought it may have been a mistake but by the six mile marker the rain had stopped and I could have made a pretty packet from flogging the various jackets and tops that were cast adrift along the route.  

By the half way point I was still averaging around 7.50 mile pace but by now the wind had picked up and I was starting to feel that if I carried on too much longer I'd only run myself to a standstill - memories of last years funky chicken finish and 20 minute last mile being rather vivid in my mind.  Instead I opted to seize the initiative and give myself a breather at mile 15 stopping to take on a sports drink and a gel. Although hard earned places were lost the feeling of satisfaction of winning these places back took my mind off how much further I had to go. Promising myself little rests on the odd incline also helped. By the 20 mile marker I was still feeling ok, the 3.30 target/fantasy had gone by now but I never felt that I'd blow up either.  Ben Nevis which is in constant view during the return leg was now looking ever closer. At mile 23 my stomach tightened up threateningly and I knew that the gels I'd taken were starting to make their presence known in a rather untimely way (they do say train with them but have you seen how much they cost?). I remembered Jim Buller telling me in gory detail how his Amsterdam marathon was blighted by an unscheduled quest for a private toilet moment and I swore to myself that I wouldn't follow suit - whatever the consequences. Fortunately I can report that I finished without besmirching our club's honour but Valerie was a little perturbed by my running through the finish and straight off to the Sports hall to find a loo. When you see me running strongly at the finish in the photo - now you know why! 
I finished in 3.37.19 ten minutes off my previous PB which of course made the whole experience even more satisfying. 
Finally I'd like to thank everyone for their kind support and wish all of our spring marathoners above all a safe and successful run.

Richard Bell

Hot to trot...Richard hot-foots it through the Finish line to the toilet facilities beyond..

March Club Person of the month - Pauline Munro


The March Club Person of the Month goes to Pauline Munro.

It has been an exceptional three months for Pauline.
After heading the Wetherby ladies team in the Yorkshire Cross County Championships in January, she took the club Ladies 10K record at Dewsbury in February.

In March Pauline was the outright winner of the Yorkshire Veterans Ladies Cross Country Championship race, becoming the club's first female memebr of the Cinderella Club for outright race winners, and also was a counter in the Bronze medal winning Yorkshire Ladies Inter-counties Cross Country team.  This was a piece of history for the Club as Wetherby has never had a member picked for the Senior Yorkshire Inter-counties XC squad before, never mind a medal winning one. Congratulations Pauline.

Pauline Munro - digging in for a climb at Baildon Boundary Way

Richard Bewell takes seven consecutive fell prizes


Last weekend saw Richard Bewell take a seventh consecutive First Over 50 age group prize in the 2012/13 NEHRA/Northern Runner Winter fell race series. This time the venue was the Pinchinthorpe Plod, a six mile and 900ft ascent course which he completed in 43 mins 55 secs to finish in 7th place.

Richard currently stands in second place for the Series 'Over 50' title and 6th in the series overall with just two races remaining of this fourteen race series. Judy Bewell is standing in third place in the Ladies Over 50 League and also stands to compete for a top three finish.

Pinchinthorpe Plodding...Richard Bewell is in reach of the Winter Fell Series M50 title

Pauline takes Baildon course record


Munro takes course record at Baildon Boundary Half Marathon

Pauline Munro took the Baildon BoundaryWay half marathon by storm last weekend, not only bagging the First Lady prize but also breaking the ladies' course record into the bargain by over one and a half minutes in one hour 27 mins and 17 secs.

This event is always a sell out for good reason, providing as it does, a scenic and highly challenging off road course across a variety of terrain including hills, towpath, woods and moors including the sandy gallops used by the Grand National - winning Smith family for training their horses. Instead of horses that day, 350 runners completed the course with Munro coming in 11th overall just seven minutes behind the fastest man. Ian Smith also competed to finish in 196th in just over two hours. 
Pauline digs in for a hill climb


Scotch on the Rocks


Scotch on the rocks

Contemplating a steady 15miler this morning and in need of some inspiration I thought I'd read about running for a bit and then go and do some. So I reached for this months May edition of Runners World and saw a flash of orange on page 115. Hang on a minute I thought, I recognise those gangly limbs. Was it, could it be? Yes, fame at last for our very own mountain goat Chris Plews whose frame was given a full page splash in the magazine as he competed in May's Jura Fell Race. 

Representative honours for Juniors


 Representative Honours for Wetherby Athletes

March was arguably the best ever month for Wetherby  Runners' Junior athletes. Six of the Club's athletes were selected to compete for North and West Yorkshire county schools teams at the English Schools cross country championships held in Derbyshire. Stella Cross, Toby Hillary and Robert Etherington were all competing in the Junior age group races. Mia Moore, Ben Pye and Jonny Dudley competed in the Inter girls and Senior boys races.

Their individual performances were excellent with over 350 athletes competing in each of the races. Mia's strong run in the inter girls race resulted in selection for Yorkshire to compete in the London mini marathon in April.

Robert Etherington had a superb run in the junior boys race and finished in 6th place resulting in selection for England to compete at a Home Counties international race held in Wales last weekend. Robert repeated his achievement and helped the junior boys team to Team Gold and his selection heralded the Club's first ever England representative vest.

Meanwhile Wetherby was also represented by Caroline Lambert at the same event, running for the North of England in the U20 Ladies race and finished a very creditable 21st place.

With recent success in local and county competition by senior Club athletes, and remarkable achievements by the Club's junior section, the Wetherby Runners continues to go from strength to strength.

Wethery Juniors Represented Yorkshire at Schools Cross Country Championships

Championship Win for Pauline Munro


Championship Win for Pauline Munro

Last weekend saw the annual running of the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships held at Wentworth Castle near Barnsley. For the Wetherby Runners contingent it was the last cross country event of the winter before the athletes turn their attention to road races over the summer months and it turned out to be the best ever team performances by Wetherby.

In the ladies race the  Wetherby trio of Pauline Munro, Lisa Mawer and Julie Bucknell were red hot favourites and fully justified their pre race billing by taking 1st, 3rd and 16th in the ladies race, giving them a very clear margin of victory and the club's first ever county team championship win. The individual win by Pauline completed a remarkable winter of racing and followed a superb team bronze medal for Yorkshire the previous weekend at the Inter Counties event in Birmingham. Pauline now joins the exclusive Cinderella Club of Wetherby Runners members who have won a race outright.

Meanwhile probably the biggest surprise of the day was the performance of the men's team of Jospeh Kwallah, Iain Andrews, Paul Windle and Ian Legg who managed to secure a team silver medal in the 40 to 49 age group with a strong individual performance by Jospeh finishing in 6th place after returning from injury.

These performances demonstrate the progress the Wetherby club continue to make at individual and team level at county and national level.

 Posing and more posing...

Men with medals More men with medals!

Pauline Munro wins Bronze with Yorkshire



Following a winter season of successful racing, which has included clocking 36:25 for 10km on the road, Wetherby's Pauline Munro was selected to represent Yorkshire in the National Intercounties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham.
The Intercounties Championships is one of the biggest cross country events in the winter racing calendar, and each one of more than 40 counties select and send their best athletes ( many of whom are running at an International level) to compete for Individual and team medals, and also International selection for the World Cross trials. It goes without saying that these athletes are fast and the quality of the competition is outstanding. Each senior team is made of nine athletes, but only the first six count towards the team score. The Yorkshire mens and womens squads were strong medal contenders.
The event this year was televised, and the atmosphere built as more and more athletes with their teams and spectators packed into Cofton Park which soon turned into what all good cross country races should be about – mud and more mud.
The juniors raced first, helpfully pounding the grass to a pulp, before the Senior Women set off at 11.50am. True Yorkshire grit came through, despite the deep mud on most of the undulating course and the biting weather. The winning time for the Senior Women’s race was 26:58; Pauline finished 4th overall for the Yorkshire team in 29:28 and all 300 women who were competing finished in sub 36 minutes. The Yorkshire women's team effort placed them high enough to collect a well deserved bronze medal, behind Hampshire and Surrey.
Wetherby also furnished Yorkshire selectors with more talent from the Junior section. In the Yorkshire vest for the Men's Under 17 race, Ben Pye clocked 19.50 behind the leader in 18.15 to count for the Yorkshire team and score a 7th team place and Mia Moore made a return to the Inter Counties competition in the Under 15s with an 18.59 result behind winner in 16.56, supporting the Yorkshire team to an 8th place finish. Across the whole meeting Yorkshire finished 2nd overall, just one point behind overall champions Surrey.
Pauline with her very own supporters club at muddy Cofton Park

Great achievements in Peco Cross Country League 2012-13


The 2012/13 season of the Peco Cross Country League was only the second in which Wetherby Runners has been officially affiliated to the League. Peco seems to have caught the imagination of runners who want the motivation and fun of competing in an autumn/winter league which had more in common with trail racing than hard-core cross country meetings.

Thanks to the level of participation and the talent available within Wetherby Runners, the club put in an overall improvement of over 18% compared to the the previous season to finish Third out of 19 participating clubs in the Colin Morath Memorial Trophy competition.

The confirmed results for the last of the Peco XC league race and the final cumulative positions in the League are now on the website.

The haul for Wetherby Runners was very impressive with no fewer than seven individual plaques, the Runners Up plate and mementos for the five runners who completed all five races.

The final team positions are:

Wetherby Ladies - 2nd in the Premier Division Runner Up prize

Wetherby Lady Veterans - 3rd Overall

Wetherby Men - 5th in the First Division (being mid-table this may be good enough to give Wetherby Men a starting position in the middle of the three League divisions if the proposed new format is introduced in the next season).

Wetherby Men's Veterans - 11th Overall

Well done to everyone who participated in the any of the races and helped secure these excellent team results for the club.

Particular individual congratulations also go to:

Lisa Mawer - Overall Ladies Champion & 1st F40

Jo Derry - 1st F45 

Pauline Munro - 2nd F40 despite only racing in 3 of the 5 races and would otherwise have won overall.

Frederica Moore - 1st Year 4-6 Girls

Tom Richmond - 3rd Year 4-6 Boys

Stella Cross - 1st Year 7-9 Girls

Mia Moore - 1st Year 10-12 Girls.

Pics of the action at Race 5, Bodington fields, Leeds.
All photos courtesy of the great photographers at 

Champ Lisa Gaffer Legg F45 Champ Jo Derry Shoeless Paul

Spent at Spen


Richard Bell tells it like it is...

If you like your Sunday runs to be accompanied by plenty of traffic noise, if you love to run over Motorway bridges, if a 1200ft ascent sounds like fun and  you like to do the same course, more or less, twice - just  in case you missed a particularly nice view of the M62 first time around, then you are either A/ Mental or B/ training for a Spring marathon.

Ann Dale and I fell into the latter category, as did most of the other 300 or so runners at the Spen 20 - that's twenty miles by the way. Conditions on this spring morning - light snow, wicked wind and freezing temperatures -lovely!
I definitely had unfinished business with this race, last year - in perfect sunshine, after my usual stupidly fast start I ran out of gas at about the 15 mile mark, I remember not so fondly watching Gary Keenan getting further and further away from me and after that I simply lost the plot. Surely a year wiser I wouldn't be so daft again?
I'd taken part in a Otley's handicap race the day before and raced this full bore, believing that the exertion would force me to treat Sunday's run as a glorified training session. Even as we lined up at the start to run three quarters of a lap at the local Cleckheaton running track  I fully intended to start at around 9.30 pace and see how I felt after 6 miles or so. Then we were off, I remember looking at my Garmin after the first couple of miles 7.20 yep race plan blown again, however I did feel pretty good and when Ann started to pull away a bit I found that I could keep up.  I even cheekily passed her at the 4 mile mark on one of the few downhill stretches. In fact it took Ann another eleven miles to catch and then pass me. Would history repeat itself now, my head drop and the legs turn to wood?
The last quarter of the race throws in a wicked hill that takes you to the 18 mile mark by which the course finally finds a gradual decline back to the track,  knowing what's coming is definitely a handicap but I decided to dig deep and keep at it. I finished in 2hrs 44 mins, a PB by two minutes and ten minutes faster than last year's shed-collapse effort. Ann fell just short of her best for the course finishing in 2.41.
And our prize for all of this effort, well firstly a very welcome cup of tea, in fact three cups of tea for me and a pair of gloves - these things make Rob's famous Wetherby 10k mugs seem like the FA cup, still last year's  momento was a pen.
Here's a pic of me and Ann looking very pleased to have finished - or is it the gloves making us smile. Next up East Hull 20 and aiming for my first ever negative split (no chance!)

Whatever happened at Smeaton?


Whatever happened at Smeaton?

The sky was a glorious blue, the air crisp and on first impressions the ground firm - which goes to show how wrong first impressions can be! Whatever as my daughter would say, it was a fitting morning to showcase the new Wetherby Flag - no longer will you turn up to a race and wonder where to plonk your bag, we finally have our very own designated dumping point.
Like us it seems every other local AC had asked Santa for a flag for Christmas, typically Harrogate's was twice as big as anyone else's prompting a little flag envy from the Gaffer and myself but it's not the size of your pole but where you plant it that counts as we all know. Obviously the race,the 4th in this season's PECO, was secondary to the unveiling of our masthead but it was a fiercely competitive affair. With a long straight to start with it angled towards a tricky hill that climbed dog leg fashion for a good three quarters of a mile. This was followed by a gradual descent through a series of boggy stretches that saw cautious runners overtaken by others who don't mind a bit of the black stuff. St Theresa's make good use of the beck which features twice as a water jump at around the quarter and three quarter mark, this makes for an anxious leap and excellent photo opportunity - it was also a good spot for spectators to watch, no doubt hoping to see the odd person misjudge it and end up in the drink. Wetherby had a full compliment of men and ladies today which was fantastic, this series is clearly growing in popularity and had it not been for a less than enthusiastic start the chaps would possibly be looking for promotion to the Champions League or whatever the top tier is called - next year perhaps.
Special mention goes to Pete Callaghan for making a swift return from his knee Op, Seonaid Thompson for first lady (2nd claim Wetherby) and Lisa for finishing in the top 3 as per usual. Also nice to see Deborah Wheeler turning out competitively so early in the season.

You will all enjoy the picture of the Boss putting himself through some of the Gaffers post race stretching exercises as per the Wednesday lectures. Very diligent of you Andy.

The gaffer stares into the abyss - I believe I can fly playing in his head Meanwhile Pete Callaghan shows no hesitation - perhaps because he was running in a wetsuit?

Chief Reporter: Richard Bell

Muddy Boot is a hoot!


It may have been the forecast of snow, it might have been the driving rain, it might even have been the name, that resulted in a only myself and Caroline lining up for Wetherby at this year's Muddy Boots - St Winifred's school's annual 10k in Ripon.

This was third time for me, meaning that I can use the race to gauge progress or lack of. This year, so far so good, a few minutes off my best for the course and for the most part I felt pretty good. Caroline had a typically competitive race taking second ladies, repeating Ann Dale's result of last year.

The course is roughly a third road, a third trail and then back to road for the home straight. Unlike most events this race rewards a fast start as you can avoid the bulk of the queue for the stile at the 2 mile mark if you get a move on early, one day I'll manage a reverse split! The trail parts were typical ploughed field conditions, making it hard to avoid simply following the chap in front rather than actually racing to overtake.

It's worth mentioning the excellent organisation at this event, which includes plenty of entries on the day, a mile fun-run for the youngsters, who also get a medal, and good enthusiastic support from the marshals and parent volunteers. As an added bonus the hall, used as race HQ, features a well stocked home made cake stall and welcome hot drinks.

PECO races aside this will be my last short run for a bit as I try to get some higher mileage races under my belt prior to April's marathon. Spen 20 anyone?

Richard Bell

Preparing a Successful Marathon Training Programme


Link to Ian's Preparing a Successful Marathon Training Programme is now available on the Coaching tab.

Brassed Off


Brassed Off

Reporter Richard Bell goes on an inpromptu fell race.....

Sunday before last was supposed to see me and a few thousand other runners hurtling around the York countryside doing the famous Brass Monkey half marathon. I think that this race's fame has more to do with how hard it is to get an entry than the atmosphere or beauty of the course. This year the race was full in a couple of hours. None of this matters however as it was cancelled on the afternoon before. It's easy to blame the 'elth-n-safety brigade and the photoshots hastily posted on the York Knavesmire web site as proof of the bad conditions did little to change the opinion that they'd acted a little hastily, albeit with the best of intentions. Further ire was created by the statement that no refunds would be provided but runners could turn up for the cancelled race and be given their T-Shirt - smashing!

Thanks to the cancellation I now had a great big hole in my marathon training programme. The fact that the programme only exists in my head hardly matters, I'd planned on doing a fast 13 mile workout and now I was stumped. Rob Gray training for the world renowned Manchester Marathon (sic) was similarly flummoxed. Chris Plews was also down to do the race and he and I were bemoaning our lot at Ann Dale’s brilliant 40th Bash at the WSA when up stepped our very own fellmaster Richard Bewell.  'Me and Judy are planning to do a ten miler around Fewston Reservoir in the morning' says he, 'we're in' we say. Thinking hard running was no longer on the agenda for Sunday, we'd managed to demolish a whole barrel of the excellent Guest Blonde Ale by this point.

The next morning me Chris, Jo, Judy, Richard, Andy Wheeler and Rob ( who was a bit late as he'd had to go to York to pick up the T Shirt for the race no one had run - go figure) all posed for posterity (see below) and then set off into the wilds of Harrogate following Wetherby's very own Bear Grylls - Bewley.

Now I'm familiar with the reservoir route and you don't start it by going up-hill past the church. No you bomb around the edge of the water with nay a hill in sight. Over a gate we went and onto the moor  tramping through heather that reached our knees with no path in sight thanks to the heavy snowfall. We did this for around two miles, sending sheep and a rather startled fox scattering before us. After another while out came the map and Rob, Chris, Andy and Bewley all huddled up and commenced an animated discussion about coordinates, degrees, altitude, landmarks and other technical stuff that I don't pretend to understand. Jo, Judy and I were by now wondering if this is what hyperthermia feels like.

After an age we set off again and promptly entered a bog, sinking through the snow to thigh level - perhaps the bog wasn't on the map? After another couple of miles we shepherded the girls to a track so that they could head to a more sheltered route and the guys set of running at around 7 minute mile pace up a hill through thick gorse and six inches of snow. By now we’d climbed over 1,000 ft.  The only way to get any kind of speed was to lift knees so high I'm surprised I didn't give myself two black eyes. There was no respite to this other than the odd stop to study the map and compass. I loved that map and would frequently demand that we stopped so that it could be studied again, just to be sure that the white-out bit of moor and bog that we were in was the right bit of white-out heather and bog. Eventually after around 12 miles that my Garmin mistakenly said was 6 we found a path. The only trouble with paths was that Rob and co could now really open up the pace. Off we hurtled with Rob and then Richard popping back every now and then to keep me company.

The whole session lasted around two and a half hours before we sighted civilisation. It was a good crack though and thanks to Bear for organising a more complete workout than you'd ever get from a flat 13 miler. PS the T Shirt for the Monkey has no date on it - I wonder what next years will look like?

Walk This Way....
With Bewley in front we were never really lost.....

Here Come The Boys...


Richard Bell reports from Peco Cross Country league, Race 3 at Bramley Fall Park.

Although the performance of the girls has been awesome in this season's Peco, following their promotion to the Premier League last year, the boys have struggled to get a full team out in each of the last two races. This changed dramatically on Sunday with a wealth of talent on display, bringing overall numbers to around a dozen.

Ok, so the average age of our men's  team shot up by around 60%, after-all such a fixture calls for experience over youth and the Gaffer and Gray have experience to spare. And what if the majority of these newbies had been on the lash at Bewley's 50th the night before, yes they looked a bit haggard, especially Plews, Buller and Wheeler, but a few lungfulls of the crisp Bramley air would sort them out. They did appear a little disorientated, not helped by the fact that there were no numbers for vests perhaps, or maybe the boys running with the girls format was taking some getting used to?

Registration involved a long queue that trailed outside the Acorn public house and half way down the high street, the Pub serving as race HQ, meant that there were toilets - rare at XC. Possibly aware that such luxury may confuse runners someone had been kind enough to remove the doors from the toilet cubicles - a nice detail!

By now Plews, more used to the sand dunes of the Kalahari these days, was wondering if his warm weather training would give him an edge - it didn't. Rob Gray was trying to figure out which way round his heart rate monitor needed to go. Perhaps his recent DNF at the XC champs had brought on a dose of hypochondria? The Gaffer was telling everyone how he'd not be trying too hard, yet he'd only had Panda Pop at Bewley's - why, if he wasn't pushing for a PB?

The course was laid out as a figure of eight which enabled the organisers to use every inch of this tight little park. We had woodland, field, hills and track to contend with which kept things interesting despite the grind of three laps.
Our ladies once again triumphed with Pauline Munro picking up first place honours, and Lisa Mawer third. What of our star men? Well Rob Grey was first home for us with a heart rate of 120bpm! There was confusion when he pressed the wrong button on his watch at the finish and thought he was going into a coronary seizure. As a team we managed our best position so far - see results for details - and many of our men had tried Peco for the first time and found it to their liking.

The next race will hopefully see another full turn out and even Bewley, forced by Judy into a pinny for some early spring cleaning after his party, may put in a guest star appearance. Now watch us shoot up that table.

Photo courtesy of John Hallas:

Jim Buller, scary...

The Charge of the Lightwater Valley Brigade


As you can never get enough of a good thing here is the unbiased, completely accurate reporters view from the sidelines from Ian Legg. 

Hence, the real story of ' The Charge of the Lightwater Valley Brigade' :  
(AKA The 2013 Yorkshire Cross Country Championships)  - A war correspondents view!

Lured by false promises of cheap thrills and spills the orange army descended on Lightwater Valley to mix it up with the County's best athletes and the odd Olympian feeling lucky at the annual Yorkshire Cross Country Championships.

Christmas and New Year festivities had taken their toll on the Wetherby starting line up. The Gaffer was relegated to the role of spectator allegedly struck down by the lurgy and blustering on about depleted energy levels due to trying to keep up with an ill matched teammate the previous weekend at the 9 mile Christmas Cracker fell race in Northern Ireland. More important absentees were the class acts that are Joseph (just call me Mo) Kwallah and  Paul 'fleet footed ' Emmett.

After the drubbing last year at the hands of the Brownlee brothers, tactics for this years event by the Wetherby senior men were a little more clandestine, with intelligence gleaned in the days leading up to the race, suggesting a snatch operation being carried out by Grappler Gray on an unsuspecting Brownlee on the course's many switchback loops 'just to show the young upstart his place ya know'.

An inkling of this strategy emerged early on in the race when the three grisly testosterone loaded ' fell boys' of Bewell, Gray, Whiting emerged from the pack to seek out the leaders with shouts of  ' we're gonna boss this poncey, excuse for a so called off-road, not a blinking decent hill in sight' event. Not far behind the more cerebral trio of Windle, Buller, Andrews were carefully calculating their route to glory and decided discretion was the better approach at this early stage in proceedings.

Meanwhile somewhere towards the back, the rotund duo of Balfour / Bell were shredding any remnants of sporting decorum by skirmishing with the marshals amongst indignant cries of 'we only came cos the gaffer said it was a free ride round the course on a roller coaster followed by all you can eat mince pies, and what, you expect us to actually run round under our own steam!'  howled an incredulous Belly Bell., clearly a miscommunication somewhere chap. Go talk to my solicitor! 

Further up the field things took a predictable turn for the worse when Grappler Gray got more than he bargained for when his sabotage attempt on the thoroughbred Jonny Brownlee went badly wrong and left him limping and unable to continue. Grappler's not so clandestine actions, on being witnessed by Brownlee's adoring fan base thronging the course meant, that by now, the Wetherby club's once proud reputation was crushed and reduced (somewhat prophetically) to the same standing as that of its club tent - yes you've guessed it - absolutely flattened! 

Dazed and confused by the on and off course melee has meant that 'actual race results and facts' remain in short supply. Dispatches from the event record Jonny Brownlee having finished in 3rd place, with only a twisted ankle to show from his tussle with the Grappler.  Beauty Bewell cantered home a very respectable 80th place, followed in by Baby Face Whiting starting to demonstrate real running class. Unaffected by ructions around the course the Windle, Andrews, Buller trio navigated their way to high respectable mid table finishes and despite continued protestations about 'being duped' Balfour and Bell did their club proud and fully supported the teams efforts by completing the challenging course.

As usual it was left to the  ladies and our stellar junior section to turn in the performances of the day. Our ladies, were nothing short of brilliant with three top 20 finishers; Pauline Munro in 13th place, Caroline Lambert in 16th and Lisa Mawer in 18th place, who along with Emily Legg in 70th place finished a superb 5th place team overall.

Earlier in the afternoon, Ben Pye finished 7th in the U17 event and Jonny Dudley 10th place, whilst Mia Moore finished 5th in the U15 girls event. These results mean both Mia and Ben have achieved automatic selection to represent Yorkshire at the prestigious Inter Counties event in March this year. With fine performances from many of our younger athletes (see results section) the future of our club is in safe hands.

So finally as Wetherby's senior men's contingent sloped off the battlefield to lick their wounds,  the ever magnanimous Jonny Brownlee, true sporting gent and role model that he is, allowed the club's vanquished and a few of our younger rising stars to gather round to record the moment for posterity. 

Respect to you all! 

The Gaffer.

Top Ladies: Lisa Mawer, Caroline Lambert, Pauline Munro, plus Emily = 5th Ladies Team!

Emily Legg Lisa Mawer Pauline Munro
Grappler Gray before the trouble. Jonny Brownlee leading at this stage.

Rollercoaster ride at Yorkshire XC Champs


The yorkshire Cross Country Championships....Field reporter Richard Bell was there.

Following the war of attrition that is the West Yorkshire League, the Yorkshire Cross Country Champs turn the quality up a notch. There aren't many sports where you get to compete on a level field with world class competition, this year in the guise of only one Brownlee, Jonny. Alistair was probably resting his shoulder after being dabbed by the Queen in the recent Honours list. 
Our roll of honour consisted of a strong field of Wetherby's best. Just as Bingley are rightly proud of the Brownlee boys representing their club, perhaps our time will come? To that end the results of the Juniors were, as usual fantastic, with Ben Pye and Jonny Dudley finishing in the top ten and three of our Senior Ladies finishing in the top 20. See Results for the full places.
Lightwater Valley was our venue presenting a rather unworldly backdrop of roller coasters, log flumes and carousels.As you know I strive to give a bird's eye view from the back of the field. Well  I had to slog five laps, cruelly the first was short, followed by four twisty laps throwing in a wicked hill at half way with a horse-shoe finish along what I named Rollercoaster Way, (strange what you think about when you are running!)
It took young Brownlee more than two laps to catch me, although I doubt this featured heavily in his race plan (I've no idea what a race plan is but Lisa Mawer swears by them). The spectators were out in force and for some reason the usual onw man in a flat cap was outnumbered ten to one by young teens who ran from one side of the course to the other to catch sight of their idol - I never knew Bewely was that popular outside of Wetherby to be honest!
Goodness knows where I finished but they were taking down the tape as I ran past it which is always a bad sign. Nice of Mr Brownlee to wait for me and thanks to the Gaffer, laid low by a dose of man flu, we managed to get some nice shots of an Olympic medallist and World Champion.
I managed to offer a few tips to Jonny on form as he finished third with an ice pack on his ankle whereas I was injury free! Which I put down to a liberal application of Sam Smiths with my coach Pete the night before; after all beer is isotonic apparently.

Photos courtesy of Ian 'the Gaffer - Bailey' Legg  and Woodentops.

Iain Andrews Richard Bell David Balfour
Here come the boys..
Ben Whiting, class
 Jim Buller, cerebral

Contribute to the Chocolate Raffle 16th Jan


In the spirit of healthy eating and new year’s resolutions we will be holding a raffle on Wednesday 16th January following the run, of any unwanted or surplus Christmas chocolates.

If you have any excess chocolates (or booze or even unwanted gifts) please donate them to Soraya Usman, this coming Wednesday 9th to be included in the raffle on the 16th.
In addition we would like to sell some cakes, so if anyone would like to donate some cake, flapjack, buns etc please again see Soraya on Wednesday.
All proceeds will go to the club's nominated charities.

The Quiz Answers A-Z of Cross Country


 Answers are as follows.
The winner was Emma Warner with 23 out of 26, followed by Pete and Ursula McGouran with 22 and Andy and Deb Wheeler with 21

 Cross Country  

Here's a little festive quiz to mark the end the of another fantastic year for our competitive runners.

Please make it your New Year's resolution to compete at least once, or more frequently for your club.

A big thank you for all our coaches and volunteers - merry Christmas!

A prize of some fizz to the most correct answers to me by 1st January to

A= You need to pump your A's if you're ever going to be a good R

B=Lots of this takes place at the start of races. Some people don't appreciate B'ing, for me a bit of B is acceptable, however too much is bad sportsmanship

C= We try to be C and the more C we are the better R's we become

D= These are great and almost worth the H. Some R take D too slowly because they are scared of M and F but you shouldn't hold back

E=This is what you have to do at the H,

F=If you do this you should just get up and keep at it! F and M are just part of R
, I usually F at least once each event

G=Our G is Ian Legg, he's great at improving your R if you listen to him- I tend to pay too little attention 

H=Lots of these are a pain in the *** but work through them with E

I=Like H these are a pain but if you listen to  G, you'll be I less often and consequently, you will do more R

J=This is what people do in the park, it is not R and you just risk being L

K=this is an instinct. You'll know what I mean if you do a lot of O

L=Our Runners are never, ever L, the G makes sure of this!

M=This is nothing to be scared of, it is very natural and won't hurt even when combined with F

N= when it's really cold you can have N hands but you just need to grin an bear it otherwise you'll never be an R

O = Nothing beats good O

P = A good P after a R cannot be beaten especially after lots of O

Q = Q's are to be avoided just plough through the M don't worry if you F, joining a Q at a style is ok and shows  proper sportsmanship

R = We are all R's 

S  = If you can mange an S finish, especially after a lot of O you are invincible

T = This is X country there are no T's, make sure you go before your set off

U = We all feel a bit U especially after a bad R but keep being a C and you will improve

V = The fact that we have so many V's is great except when they O you

W = To be honest you shouldn't W, it's not good if your in an R

X = X country baby!

Y = When you mange to O especially when someone's O'd you before, often at a H, it is acceptable to whisper Y under your breath, just don't be caught afterwards 

Z = This is a state that apparently helps you to be good R, personally I think it's balls

Simon Chandler is November Club Person of the Month



November's Club Person of the Month goes to Simon Chandler.

Simon joined the Club in the spring and has been a frequent racer, taking part in the HRL as well as a number of other races.  His performances have shown a definite improvement trend culminating in a 42.39 at the Abbey Dash at the end of November so the judges wanted to recognise his achievements.
Simon at the Harrogate Race League  ..and at the Abbey Dash with chief supporter Felicity, 10 months!



WY XC League Finale is No Walk in the Park



Another Cross Country League season over - thank goodness. 

Wakefield's Thornes Park was the venue for the last race. This is a good challenging course with a bit of every terrain thrown in including a mad dash downhill that sees legs and arms windmilling - at least that style seems to work for me. 

As usual the Gaffer, Paul, Iain and Joseph left me trailing in their wake and I only saw them again at the end when we put down our rather dysfunctional tent. 

Talk about the loneliness of the long distance runner, I was fighting my own mini race at the back with a chap from Abbey Runners. Being chased for six miles by a white haired bearded chap at this time of the year added a certain festive spice and I'm pleased to say I managed to fend Santa off for the duration.

Elsewhere results will be up on the site soon. Here's some pictures of our excellent Girls team in action and the chaps at the end prior to some fun tent wrestling!  

Subject to confirmation of results Lisa Mawer is the West Yorkshire Cross Country League Ladies over 40 Champ for the second year running. Congratulations Lisa!

PS Remember it’s “PECO Time” next week at Middleton Park– please lets get 2 full teams out, we were a chap down at the last race. 

Bradford City Not Quite 10K


This week's race reporter is Rob Gray

Bradford City 10k Run, a race with its own Ups and Downs.

A good choice of races to attend today. For good and poor reasons, as I had been looking for a fastish 10k route to get some speed back in my legs in readiness for the Brass Monkey Half in January. Getting up and out on a very frosty morning was on the downside, however the roads were clear, the sun shining and a 25 mile drive lay ahead, time enough to allay any pre-race nerves. I'd heard it was a well attended race so some of the fast boys would be out there to drag along with. Like Rome, I'm told that Bradford is also called The 'City of Seven Hills' so being forewarned of a bit of gradient work it wouldn't be an easy one by any stretch. I was however  looking for sub 37 to round off the year and I suppose I got more than I expected for a morning's work anyway.
My time of 31min 13 sec (I'm claiming as an unofficial club record) which Mo Farrah would have been proud of was not to be sniffed at. It was indeed a hilly route too, and I was grateful for the sunglasses which helped me spot and avoid all the street furniture in the form of rubbish bins, street lights, dogs and sofas which were dotted around the twisting and turning course.

Whether or not it was the low hanging sun into the eye line of a half awake marshal or not, it was very disappointing, if not wholly unexpected, as at lap one I clocked 15 minutes dead to realise a 1/2 mile loop had been missed off the route. 
'Which way?, where to? were some of the shouts from the lads around me and I can understand their frustration if they're trained up for a fast one, and having concentration broken by inattentive marshalling -  but for the masses of runners a shorter distance (it turned out to be 8.8K) is not too disconcerting and gets a 'big thumbs up' if it gives a few bragging rights at work/pub!

If they sort out a better route I'll give it another bash next year - I just hope they also sort out an athletics club to give the council more expert guidance on how to get organised!!
I managed 12th overall and first V45

Rob Gray

Rob Gray on the mean streets of Bradford

Presentation made for Shaun Lee Johnstone Fund


Ray Johnstone who tragically lost his son Shaun to a Brain Tumour in 1998 when he was only 16 years old was invited to Wetherby Runners Athletics Club to collect a cheque for £2393.27. The Club has dedicated their charity raising efforts in 2012 towards The Shaun Lee Johnstone Fund, under Supporters Groups of The Brain Tumour Charity. Members have taken part in many events throughout the year to support the charity. Jules Duncan regularly baked home-made cakes and buns which were sold to members after training sessions and donations made following fish and chip nights raised further amounts.
It was the running efforts however where the Club demonstrated both their athletic and fundraising prowess. Cathy Moores, Peter Callaghan and Alison Mallorie-Lewis collectively raised £1528.00 by generating sponsorship for racing 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Also the Club entered a team in the Great Knaresborough Bed Race which raised £350.00 and the Wetherby 10k raised the biggest contribution of almost £4400.
The Shaun Lee Johnstone Fund works with groups in raising awareness and offering support  throughout the area and mainly North Yorkshire and Ray also organises an annual 10 mile trail race near his home in Boroughbridge.
Ray said ‘The Club has worked with Paula and I throughout the year, as a runner myself it means so much to us that the members have taken on their own challenge events and raised funds by running for the charity. When Rob asked if we would like to be the nominated charity for Wetherby 10k I was delighted as I know that the Run is such a well supported community event for the town. Spreading the word about the invaluable work of the Brain Tumour Charity is important to us. As a support group we will be ensuring that the amount collected over the year of almost £6500 will be targeted toward a local initiative’.
Anyone interested in the work of the charity can contact Ray on 01423 325394 or visit the website at
Ray and Paula Visit Wetherby Runners AC at Wetherby Sports Association
from Left to Right:  Paula & Ray Johnstone, New Club Chairman Andrew Wheeler and Club President Robert Gray.


It must be PECO time!


If it’s Sunday and you’re running around a colliery knee deep in mud: It must be PECO time!

Sunday’s first race of the 5 race Peco Cross Country League series came the day after the West Yorks XC at Huddersfield, which thinned our squad a little - we were a couple of chaps short of a men’s team (of 8), whereas our ladies were out in force.
After torrential rain the night before conditions were awful. I’d called the organisers at 7am whilst the rain was still teeming down to enquire if the race was still on? 'This is Yorkshire lad, we don’t cancel for bad weather', Silly me!
This 5 miler is set within Fitzwilliam Country Park, near Ackworth. The rather grandly named park is actually the site of the former Hemsworth Colliery, which began producing coal in 1877. Like the miners before them our team managed to put in a full shift, and also like the miners, managed to get absolutely slathered in muck. 
There were fantastic performances by the girls (see results) with Lisa, Pauline, Jo and team ensuring that the girls got off to a flyer in the Champions League - or whatever division is the top. It was great to see Jacky back racing again, first time out since Edinburgh and her trademark smile was in evidence as usual.
The chaps, handicapped by a few missing regulars, battled gamely as always. Mike Miller sailed past me with around two miles to go - he obviously prefers the going heavy! We need eight next time or our promotion push is going to be doomed by Christmas. No Leeds gags please Laura! Big thank you to Mark on his debut, his running is better than his Movember Tash thankfully.
We rounded off the day in the aptly named Miners Social for a well earned pint and some cake.
PS well done to the girls in the Junior races, the Wetherby representatives dominated their age groups with Frederica Moore First in the Girls Year 4-6 race; Stella Cross First in Girls Year 7-9 race and Mia Moore First in Years 10-12 race. Tom Richmond was 5th in the Boys Year 4-6 race.

 Race 1 Peco squad (missing Lisa & Pauline)


And the Winners Are...


The Wetherby Runners Athletics Club annual presentation to celebrate the year's achievements in running and triathlons of both junior and senior members was held at the Wetherby Sports Association last week.

More than a hundred people were entertained by audio visual shows and presentations featuring the Club's and individual members' achievements in track and field, cross country, road, trail and fell racing as well as triathlon.
Trophies and awards were given to both young and older talent. The Club continues to attract new competitive and recreational runners of all ages and abiliities to participate in racing and triathlons. This year has been our most successful competitive year yet since we were established as a club in 2004 and we have seen some outstanding achievements by individual athletes, both junior and senior, at district, national and even world level and for team performances it has been our best year yet.
Although just eight years old, the club goes from stength to strength in our region thanks to the dedication of the coaching team, members and parents who contribute a great amount of time and effort to make these achievements possible.
2012 Trophy Winners
Senior Male Athlete of the Year - Paul Emmett
Most Improved Senior Athlete - Ben Whiting 
Senior Female Athlete of the Year - Lisa Mawer
Junior Athlete of the Year - Caroline Lambert
Most improved Junior Athlete - Jonny Dudley
Juniors' Junior Athlete - Robert Etherington
Junior Primary Age Athlete - Laura Jeal
Club Grand Prix Winner - Peter Allanach
Runner Up - Gillian Fox 
Five Miler Award for new runners - Drew Ward 
Peter Lambert Award for endeavour - Harry Wilson
Triathlete of the Year - Mark Tobin
Most Improved Triathlete of the Year - Emily Legg 
Rat Trap Trophy Winner - Jonny Dudley
Volunteer of the Year - Jim Buller 
2012 Trophy Winners


Mens and Ladies 10K Club Records both broken in one day


The Club announces new10K Club Record holders.

Last week's Leeds Abbey Dask 10K provided the venue for both Men's and Ladies Club Records to be set.
Ben Pye eclipsed current holder Richard Bewell in 34 mins 16 secs and as he has also recently turned 17 also takes the 'Under 20' Category record.
Pauline Munro who has recently joined the Club got the advantage over buddy Lisa Mawer and claims both Lisa's Club and Over 40 Ladies Records with 36 mins 57 secs

We can't wait to see what they all do next!

Ben in action back in the Summer Pauline finishing the Spofforth 10K this year on a typical sodden bank holiday.

Christmas Races to enter


Plan your Christmas Races!

Here's the latest list, check them on on the links from the Race Calendar tab:

Leeds Christmas 10K - New multi-terrain race, Middleton Park/John Charles Centre - Sun 2nd December

Loftus Poultry Run 8 Mile multi terrain - Sun 16th December

Chevin Chase 7 miles NOW FULL 

Guisborough Woods fell race 6 miles;1,000ft ascent - Thurs 27th December. NEHRA/Northern Runner Winter Series race. Run under Fell Race Association rules. All entries on the day.

New Year Relay -  Fri 28th December. Can enter on the day.

Jolly Holly Jog 10K approx. Multi-terrain Ripon - Sun 30th December. 

Captain's Cook's fell race, Great Ayton 5 miles; 750ft ascent - New Years Day Tues 1st January. Run under Fell Race Association rules. All entries on the day. 

You Muddy Fools 2 fun handicap race at Golden Acre Park - Sun 6th January. Can enter on the day. Open to Peco XC League runners.

Run a festive race this Christmas - Ann did!

Chris Plews - Club Person of the month (October)


October's Club Person of the month award goes to Chris Plews.

Finishing the 6 day 245K Kalahari Extreme Ultra Marathon in 4th place required an epic physical and mental effort, to add to the huge amount of training, preparation and training and attention to detail in every aspect of what it takes to run an Ultra in temperatures approaching mid 40 degrees C.

In his 'spare time' over the last 12 months or so Chris demonstrated resilience and commitment in getting the new Wetherby Runners website developed and launched. This was a mammonth task to articulate the requirements, select and engage the supplier and then manage them through the development work and resolve the many issues which emerged through the process. The results are very good for which Chris deserves major credit.

Phew what a scorcher! Are we there yet?

A Dash to the shops to pick up a PB


You don't need to go to London or Newcastle to experience the atmosphere of an 'Event Race'. Abbey Runners' famous Dash has it all, chips (for timing), baggage buses, large vocal crowds, a few celebs, enthusiastic warm up and thousands of runners of all abilities. 

The route could not be more straightforward, run to Kirkstall Abbey, do a 'Uyy' then run back as fast as your legs and pre-race porridge will allow. 

The there-and-back-again format means that us plodders get to see the elites in action. It's consequently nice to see the Gaffer, Windle, Emmet, Whiting and co racing live and in full flow.  To see Ben Pye up there with the leaders (most of which had at least a decade on him) was especially heartening.  Despite resembling a member of One Direction he really can run like a demon and makes it look so effortless.

As for our lady runners competition at this event is fierce, so when I bumped into Lisa Mawer racing her springer spaniel the other day and she mentioned that her ladies team thought that they might have a chance of 2nd team prize, I knew that this was a considered view. So for Lisa, Pauline (who respectably took first and second in their category)  plus Caroline; I hope that you all picked up a deserved prize.

My run was a not so bad 44.22, Paul Emmet said he'd had a bad run - finishing in under 37 minutes, so it goes to show that it's how you rank your own effort that counts.

A massive congratulations to Gina Jagger, Samantha Parker, Alison Dooley, Valerie Bell, Dawn Downie, Simon Chandler, Oli Pursaill, Ben Whiting, Caroline Lambert and Ben Pye on superb PB's. Also to Ben Pye for running the Club's fastest ever 10K and Pauline Munro, the Club's fastest ever lady over 10K. I know that Pete's Wednesday "sessions of pain" have really paid off for a number of these athletes - by way of a thank you I know that he's partial to the odd pint after training!

Finally, please!!! everyone give a thought to doing the first Peco Cross Country race on Sunday - these are fun, well organised races for club runners just like you and I'd challenge anyone not consider this time well spent afterwards.  The girls are now in the Premiership and deserve all the support and runners that they can get and the chaps only need to get numbers out to get promoted this year (I only wish Leeds Utd could say the same!)


Drew Ward, Richard and Valerie Bell looking very Abbey (sorry).

Have you got the XC Factor?


 If you have ever wondered if Cross Country is for you then read on.

If you have school day memories of being forced to run around a muddy field when the rugby pitches were waterlogged, like me you probably look at cross country these days with a touch of dread. It is also true to say that the standard of competition is very high but like any race the spectrum is completely covered, so even a novice will find friendly competition  - and no pressure. 

Last Saturdays' trip to Nunroyd Park in Guiseley was not too high on my list of priorities. I’d enjoyed marshalling Wetherby's event, race 1 of 4,  and thought I'd make the effort to turn up and dust off a few cobwebs. Unfortunately our Club's recent spate of International commitments had left Wetherby's squad slightly bereft of talent. A bit like Alex Ferguson, after an international break, our own gaffer Ian Legg was left with a very thin squad. Our heroes of the World Champs in New Zealand, and Dubai were probably taking a well earned rest. So with no Tobsey or Bewley to field in our six man squad the Gaffer looked at me and said “you’ll have to get round Belly”. No pressure then!  I suddenly wished that in a departure from accepted best practice I’d not decided to take in the six-mile Saturday Social Run as an entrée to this highly competitive fixture. 

Nunroyd Park is famous for it’s mud, Jonny Dudley said it was “only ankle deep” – which removed bragging rights as everyone remembers times when it’s been knee deep apparently. It was still bad enough to suck my shoe off on lap two, just as I was closing on a small group in front of me whose average age looked to be around 106. The backtrack for my shoe and then the precious seconds trying to wrench it from the mud which had suddenly taken on superglue consistency cost me dear – sorry team. I finished in front of thirteen other XF factor contestants whose enthusiasm like mine is more important than talent. 

The next race in the West Yorkshire Cross County League is the 24th November at Huddersfield. If you have registered have a go, you might enjoy it.

Better than watching Leeds lose 6-1 to Watford at Elland Road though, eh Richard!

XC enthusiast Paul Windle shows how its done!

Invitation to All - Presentation Night Wed 21st Nov


Wednesday 21st November is the date of our ever popular presentation evening where we will be awarding awards for the year's achievements for both the Seniors and Juniors. It is a chance to celebrate the successes of the past season and remember some of the highlights. 

As the presentation evening kicks off at 8pm (and we will aim to start on time) we will be meeting earlier for training at 6.30pm so we can still get the running in before hand. There is food provided on the night so no need to worry about eating before running.

There will also be a commemorative club photo so please bring your Wetherby vest for that.

As last year, Peter Callaghan is compiling a slide show of photos of Wetherby althletes over the last year and needs more photos. Peter prefers to receive these on a memory stick or cd and will be happy to receive these next Wednesday at the club, alternatively contact Peter to arrange delivery / collection. Can contact by email on 

Another date for your diary is our Christmas Party on Wednesday 19th December and will be sending more details about this event shortly.

In the meantime hope to see you all at the presentation evening.

Best Wishes 

Andrew Wheeler
Wetherby Runners AC

Triathletes represent GB in Auckland


During the season Mark Tobin, Judy Bewell and Richard Bewell achieved qualification standard to participate in the Age Group competitions at the ETU World Triathlon Grand finals in Auckland, New Zealand. The event took place in October and you may have seen the elite races broadcast on TV, featuring the Word Champ Jonathan Brownlee.

I asked for some posed photos and they duly obliged. So here are the body beautifuls on location in Auckland harbour demonstrating a few moves in their GB kit. 

Needless to say, all three should be very proud of their achievements in qualifying as well as their performances on the day. Judy competed in the Sprint Tri F50s, Mark, Standard distance M35 and Richard Standard distance M45.
Results are on the Triathlon tab.

Left to right: Mark, Judy, Richard Nice wheels

For Fawkes sake - Not another hill!


Richard Bell has been racing again.........

The Guy Fawkes Ten at Ripley Castle is always a popular event in the club's race calendar and this year was no exception with fourteen of us braving this challenging course. The famous hills include the 'Birstwith Brute' the 'Swinford Swine', and at around the 8 mile mark 'For Fawkes Sake' saps any reserves remaining, resulting in a jelly legged finish for many, myself included! This is not a race you just endure though, the excellent organisation, cheery marshals, lovely scenery -  glimpsed every now and again through the fog, and a great goody bag ensures that everyone finishes with a smile on their face. No wonder this race fills up quickly and doesn’t accept runners on the day. 

Rob Gray led us home finishing 35th in 64.02 with 3rd F45 prize, followed by Pauline Munro 4th Lady overall at 48th in 66.09, Garry Keenan (74.37) fresh from a 3am flight from Tenerife, Sue Sharples 3rd lady in the F45 category (79.29), Richard Bell (80.17), Ian Smith (81.33), Dawn Downie (82.28), Debbie Dennison (85.46), Alison Mallorie-Lewis (86.55), Carmen Porter on her ten mile debut (87.21), Alison Dooley (89.07), Paul Dennison (93.07), Cathy Moores (106.21) and Nykie Duffy (106.29). Detailed results on the Results page.


Sandy Superstorm thwarts NYC Marathon attempt


For Wetherby Runners' Matt Booth and Kirstin Hutton months of hard work to prepare for running the New York City Marathon ended in disappointment this weekend when the event was called off the day before.

Matt and Kristin were to run in memory of Kristin's Stepfather who lost his life to bowel cancer last year. They are close to raising £5,000 to split equally between Bowel Cancer UK and The NHS Trust Fund (specifically the Macmillan Dales Unit) in an effort to improve the lives of as many people as possible.

If you want to help, go to Matt and Kirstin's just giving page.

Mixed Fortunes at the OMM


This year the Original Mountain Marathon was held in the Howgills, Cumbria at the end of October. This two-day fell race attracts competitors from across the world, atttracted to the challenge of being entirely self supported and requiring navigation and tactical skills to overcome the terrain and the rest of the feld, as well as extreme endurance to cope with what are typical horrendous weather conditions. The competition is run in pairs and in four different classes and Wetherby Runners has representatives in two pairings and in two diferent Classes at the event.

Wetherby's Peter Allanach and John Pearson were on their 4th OMM and in the A Class. Peter reports 'We put in a huge effort on Saturday covering 26.6 miles over varying tough terrain, the last leg of which was via moonlight on a straight bearing for 3km through elephant grass, bogs, re-entrants and a final steep climb up to the overnight campsite. It was a very long (11hrs 45mins ish) and hard day!  

On the Sunday we were faced with another 20+ miles over even steeper terrain than the day before and that combined with the weather (cold just above freezing temps, high winds and wet - all the good ingredients for  hypothermia), tiredness and some injuries that would have deteriorated made us decide to stay lower down and head for the finish. In all we covered circa 37 miles out of the 45 miles we were aiming for.  If we have gone for the higher peaks, we in all probability would have been out all night in the dark and could have been caught in a dangerous situation being forced to camp another night so we feel we made the right decision to cut our route short, which is after all what good mountain judgement is all about....well that's our excuse anyway!! :-). We will be back again next year...although we have the Marathon De Sables to get through first next April!

Wetherby's fells veteran Peter Pozman and his team mate Harry Dowdell were in the C Class. Their performance was exceptional, finishing 56th in the Class on Day 1; 34th on Day 2 and 40th Overall and 2nd Vets.
Peter reports 'Harry is a super athlete and dragged effort out of me I didn't know I was capable of. It was really cold for two days and we got in absolutely sodden, but blissful that it was over. The Howgills were beautiful on Saturday but vv cold. Also Vv cold on Sunday but a howling hell'!

In the C class competitors can choose the middle five controls from a selection of eight possible controls. Canny navigators can steal a march on less judicious competitors by weighing up the advantages of climbing against running distance. I measure (again using straight lines) our Day 1 as 24.5K with 1630m ascent and Day 2 as 23.2K with 1640m ascent. People who make mistakes will run much further! (Harry doesn't make mistakes!). We covered about 30 miles in distance and 11000 feet climbing and that's just an estimate. You'd need a Garmin to get a better idea, and they are not allowed!

Tempted anyone...?

Peter Allanach   John Pearson

Emmett breaks Club Over 50 Record in Lausanne


In sub zero conditions with strong wind and snow, the prospects were not all that promising for a super-quick race time Despite all that, Paul Emmett managed to break the Club Over 50 category record he had previously set for the Half Marathon distance, crossing the line in 44th place overall in 1 hour 21mins and 5 secs. Taking 2nd M50 prize was another bonus.  

We all know someone else who could be eyeing up that record when he reaches 50 early in 2013.......

Overall and Age Category Club records can be found on Results/ drop down 'Club Records'.


Valerie Bell - Club Person of the Month (September)


Valerie Bell has been announced as September's Club Person of the month.

Her nominee said: 'Valerie has come on fantastically in only a short time. From not liking getting her shoes even wet, she now ploughs through the mud with only a few complaints! Also her running is coming on in leaps and bounds and did a PB in the Wetherby 10k.'

Congratulations Valerie!

Anyone can nominate somebody for the Club person of the month, at any time, but usually you will get an email prompt at the end of each month.

Go to the tab on the website Noticeboard/ dropdown Runner of the Month to see the names of previous winners.

Doorstep Challenge Report - Harewood 10


Intrepid racer and club Captain Richard Bell reports on another local crowdpleaser, the Harewood 10 trail race.

There aren't too many races that are so close, making the Valley Striders' Harewood Ten hard to resist, even on a cold and overcast day. Given the location, and the extra hour in bed granted by the clocks going back, it was surprising to see so few orange vests with only five of us lining up at the start.

This race is pretty tough climbing steadily the first mile before a nice downward stretch back into the grounds. Then after Emmerdale, it's another hard climb through the woods heading towards the reservoir, the only flat bit. Once past half way the ground is pretty much all off road. The muddy conditions made for heavy going with seemingly every type of grunge on offer. Those that slipped (easy if you weren't wearing trail shoes) would utter an expletive or two and then bounce back up and get on with it. The muddy stretch is followed by a fast downhill that left toes sore, but better that than concede any ground earned through the mud fest! The last mile and a half are rightly renowned for being tough, three sharp climbs one after the other, past the deer park and then a short finishing straight.

Lisa Mawer led us home picking up First Lady in 69.56,followed by Iain Andrews 38th 70.28, Simon Chandler on his debut for the distance was 117th 79.13, Rob Whittaker was 134, 84.54 and I finished last of our team 156th in 83.27, fair weather runner? Definitely.

Plews embarks on Kalahari Extreme Marathon


A seven day, 245K self-supported slog across the Kalahari desert in temperatures reaching mid-40s degrees C. Why wouldn't you?

After months of long distance and warm weather training, Chris Plews is now underway in the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. Day one, a short leg of 30K is over and Chris is standing 4th out of the 47 participants.

The KAEM website is being updated daily (subject to communications capability) with photos, an article and a video.

Send moral support to Chris by e-mailing mentioning his name and bib number 222 in the subject line. They get printed out and distributed to the runners. 

Chris is raising funds for two Teesside Children's hospices - Zoe's Place and Butterwick Hospice. He'll have some sponsorship forms handy in the weeks after the event if anyone can spare a few pounds. Or take a look at the websites:

Apologies for the qulaity of the pic - on location!


Wetherby hosts successful Cross Country fixture


Last Saturday the 20th October saw the first fixture of the new season's West Yorkshire Cross Country League.
It was the turn of Wetherby Runners AC to host the event which attracts runners from more than thirty affiliated clubs across the district. Wetherby's Grange Park provided the venue but most of the planning work to put on the event was conducted by Club Secretary, Paul Windle who mobilised all the parties including the land owners to provide parking, the farming tenants whose livestock normally occupy the course, the Wetherby Lions to marshall the car parking and a team of helpers and marshalls who made the day happen from collecting the equipment, setting up the course, marshalling ten races over more than four hours to clearing away and restoring the site, as well as all the other medical and catering logistics required for a large event.

To all the people from Wetherby Runners who contributed their time, Paul said 'a big thank you for your fabulous effort to make the day such a great success. I received complimetary messages from Harrogate Harriers, Gordon Agar the main official from the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, some of the other league officials plus many others. The Chair of the Rugby Club  said he thought it had been a good event and did not disrupt the other users. He was particularly complimentary about the great job done by the Lions in managing car parking for the many hundreds of cars present. Events like this don't happen without people like you giving your time and enthusiasm to make the event a such a great success.Very well done and give yourselves a big pat on the back. Thanks again'.

Richmond 10K is King of the Castle


 Prolific racer Richard Bell reports on this year's Richmond Castle 10K event held on 14th October.

We're spoilt for choice in Yorkshire when it comes to 10k's that allow you to take in beautiful scenery but not many can also boast a finish in a 10th century castle and a real ale festival thrown in for good measure seems like gilding the lily. Little wonder that Richmond's 10k is one of my favourites.

This is certainly no PB course, the start on a patch of green called the Batts sees runners immediately pass the spectacular Richmond Falls on the Swale before crossing the river over Green Bridge and climbing Sleegill - a suitably bleak name for a tough climb.The reward for this effort is a fine view of Richmond, one of the country's prettiest market towns. We then take on a short circuit of Catterick Garrison before returning to Richmond with another climb up the hill to the imposing castle - imagining what this would have been like for any foe whilst boiling oil and arrows whizzing past helped take my mind off the strain. A final dash over cobbles and through the causeway of the barbican to finish in front of the Keep provides a truly memorable moment.

And did I mention that the race also has its own real ale festival? it was funny to see all the lycra clad runners which outnumbered the beardy Camra types ten-to-one afterwards queuing up at the 20 odd pumps on show. It would have been rude not to sample a couple of locally brewed ales, tasting so much the better for the Sleegill effort!

Hopefully next year we'll make a concerted effort to race this little gem, my time of 48.10 was a minute better than the last time I ran the course - James Bulman from New Marske Harriers won in a time of 33:51.

Keep racing 

Autumn Marathoners Mission Accomplished


Eight Wetherby Runners  have completed marathons so far this Autumn and have the bling to prove it. Jo Keenan made her debut for the distance at Berlin, Rob Whitaker at Loch Ness and Kirsty Wright at Chester. There were bonuses for Emma Warner with a Personal Best and for John Simpson who took the Club's M60 Club record in Berlin.
Results are on the Results drop down Road section of the website.

Alison Mallorie-Lewis at Kielder Marathon

Pic left to right: Back - Rob Whitaker, Ann Dale, Jo Keenan, Garry Keenan
Front - Kirsty Wright, Emma Warner, John Simpson.

At the end of October Pete Allanach, John Pearson and Pete Pozman will all take on the Original Mountain Marathon two day event in Cumbria

Open Water Swimming on the Ings


When the river Wharfe burst its banks Judith and Richard Bewell marked their 25th wedding anniversary in the most unusual of ways, with an early morning swim from goalpost to goalpost on the Ings. When the going gets wet, the Wethery RaTs get swimming. Any opportunity for some unscheduled open water training.

Judith and Richard Bewell - Football's off then

Matthew Wheeler Wins Triathlon


Matthew Wheeler was the outright winner of the end of season Stuart MacCormack Memorial Triathlon in Cardiff at the end of September

In a close finish, second placed competitor virtually matched his 400 metre swim time but Wheeler was superior on the bike taking almost three minutes off his rival in the 16K bike section, and despite being pegged back a minute and a half on the 5K (approx) run, finished with a total time of 50 mins 17 seconds and an 87 second winning margin to claim his first triathlon top honours and some silverware for the mantlepiece.
He therefore also becomes the newest member of Wetherby Runners' illustrious Cinderella Club.

Matthew Wheeler - Winner, Stuart MacCormac Triathlon, Cardiff

PECO XC League - dates announced


The 20012/13 Peco Cross Country League dates have been decided.

This year the Wetherby Ladies team will be making their debut in the Premier division and the Men's team looking for a promotion place at the top of the First division.

More details to follow by email. In the meantime make a diary note for the following dates:

Sun November 25th
Sun December 16th
Sun January 13th
Sun Feb 17th
Sun March 3rd

Liz Martin and Jo Rankin at one of last season's Peco XC races

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Heavenly Helvellyn Triathlon


Steve Wright reports on the Helvellyn Tri, earlier this month.

After a drive through the mist and rain on the saturday, we woke to an amazing sunny day as 650 competitors made there way to Glenridding in the Lake District for Helvellyn Triathlon 2012.

Placed somewhere between a standard distance and half ironman, the Helvellyn tri has a reputation for being a little tough. A 1 mile swim in Ullswater (very cold) is followed by 38 miles on the bike, taking in the glorious 'Struggle' from Ambleside up onto the Kirkstone Pass. (A 1 in 4 gradient in places!) With a 9 mile run up and down helvellyn to finish off.

The race went extremely well and I managed to break my expected and hoped for time and came home in 4 hrs and 48 minutes.

A great day, a brilliant event and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a course with a bit of a bite.

Club AGM Wed 10th Oct - Invitation to all


Dear Members,
Wetherby Runners AC Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 10th October at the WSA at approximately 8.30pm (straight after the normal run). The AGM is an important evening for the club. At this meeting, various members of the committee will present reports on the club’s activities over the last twelve months, including finance, membership and the club’s racing achievements. Once these reports have been presented, there will be an opportunity for members to ask any questions they may have. The meeting is a key opportunity for you, as a member, to find out about the running of WRAC, to raise any issues, and have your say concerning the current and future direction that the club is taking. The meeting usually lasts about an hour or so.

Executive committee posts are up for re-election at the AGM and any ‘first claim’ member has the right to stand. Please see the recent email for brief job descriptions for each of these roles. If you are interested in standing for one of these posts and would like more information, I'd be happy to talk to you and answer any questions that you may have. You can contact me either through e-mail or by approaching me at the club on Wednesdays. Second, as noted in the previous e-mail, the club needs to choose a new charity for the forthcoming year and this matter is always decided by the AGM as a whole. Every member has the right to nominate a charity, although they should be prepared to spend a couple of minutes at the AGM itself giving a brief description of the activities of that charity and to answer any questions that other members may have. If you have a particular charity you would like the club to raise money for next year, could you let me know in advance and I can talk to you a little bit more about this. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.
Best, Jim Buller (Chair)

Good Luck Marathoners!


 After months of training, runners are now in taper phase for the forthcoming Autumn marathons. Wetherby Runners says good luck to everyone.

Here are the ones we know about!

Loch Ness, 30th Sept - Rob Whitaker

Berlin, 30th Sept - Ann Dale, Garry & Jo Keenan, Emma Warner, John Simpson

Chester, 7th Oct - Kirsty Wright

Kielder, 7th Oct - Alison Mallorie-Lewis

Original Mountain Marathon, 27th/28th Oct - John Pearson & Peter Allanach; Pete Pozman & Harry Dowdell

Dates and Entries for WY Cross Country League


The dates have been confirmed for the 2012 West Yorkshire Cross Country League:

Sat 20th Oct - Wetherby Grange
Sat 10th Nov - Nunroyd Park
Sat 24th Nov - Huddersfield
Sun 9th Dec - Thornes Park, Wakefield

Join the Wetherby Runners team and get your spikes on for some muddy lung busting action.
Entries in time for the first race by 30th Sept to
See the detailed email for information or go to

Hi Viz Time


Its Autumn now so that means nights are drawing in so keep safe by wearing your Hi Viz at Wednesday night training sessions.

Wetherby Run 10k Results


Please find Wetherby 10 K results at

Moores Mini Marathon Results at

Photos at

Caroline Lambert - Team Silver at World Mountain Running Champs


With Caroline Lambert’s help Great Britain’s Junior Womens team performed brilliantly to win a silver medal in the World Mountain Running Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy last weekend.  

On a 3.9km uphill only course, which included 310m of ascent, Wetherby Runners’ Caroline celebrated her 19th birthday with 21st place finish supporting team mates European champion Annabel Mason 4th and Mel Hyder 6th.

Kwallah in top 5 at Spofforth 10K


The wet Bank Holiday did not dampen spirits at the Spofforth 10K where Wetherby Runners showed their support for this local trailrace fundraiser.
Newer member to Wetherby Runners AC Joe Kwallah was trying out some off-road work for the first time. Yet to get trail shoes he did well to hold onto second position until 6k, only then falling back to finish a very credible 5th finisher and first V40.

Runners turn out at Spofforth Gala Joseph Kwallah, M40 Winner

Triathletes in Lakeland competition


Scenic Bassenthwaite Lake was the venue for the testing Lakeland Olympic distance triathlon where four Wetherby runners and triathletes competed. A 1500 metre lake swim was followed by a hilly 42K bike circuit around the lake and finishing with a 10K run. Unfortunately most of the runners in the first wave went off course due to a marshalling error while later runners were directed correctly so a decision was made by organisers to award finishing positions excluding the run. Steve Wright completed the first two disciplines at 102nd in 1 hour 51 mins 24 secs and Jack McKaine followed up in 183rd in 2.01.09. Wetherby runners also participated in a triathlon relay on the same course featuring Julie Sharpe on the bike and Kirsty Wright on the run and they claimed 2nd relay team finishers.

A similar marshalling problem befell the Millennium Bridge 5K at York last week with the consequence that most runners ran a short distance. Wetherby's Joseph Kwallah ran a speedy 17 mins and 11 secs to finish in 37th position. Richard Bewell was just behind in 17.14 and Paul Emmett on personal best form in 17.41along with Mark Tobin in 17.46. Lisa Mawer contended closely for the over 40 accolade in 18.22 and Jim Buller trailed her by just 5 secs in 18.27. Andrew Wheeler put in a sound 19.08 and Simon Chandler logged his first 5K participation in 21.02. In the second Millennium Bridge race, this time over the full 5K distance, Drew Ward finished in 25.01, Richard Millican made his club debut in 27.43, Sharon Smith finished in 30.35 and Moira Pool put down the first 5k result of any of the club's female runners Over 55 in 32.34.

Jack McKaine, Julie Sharpe, Kirsty Wright, Steve Wright at Bassenthwaite Lake

Runners Scoop Dales Series Prizes


The annual Yorkshire Dales Race Series concluded with the final race at Burton Leonard, a testing multi terrain 10K course with a punishing hill in the last mile to the finish line. Competition had been close going into the race with placings in the age category positions still up for grabs. Paul Emmett produced an excellent run to close down his Harrogate League rival's chances in the Series, to finish 10th overall in 41 mins and 7 secs. Series veterans Sue Sharples was 63rd in 50.12 and Ian Smith 82nd in 52.26 while Michelle Cheung finished 115th in 57.56 and Carol Pettifar 161st in 74.47.

The confirmation of the results concluded the Series rankings with an incredible four First in Category trophies for Wetherby Runners' Paul Emmett M50, Julie Bucknell F35, Sue Sharples F45 and Carol Pettifar F60. Also Wetherby's Debbie Dennison took 2nd F45 in the Series and Ian Smith and Michelle Cheung will both collect finishers accolades at the forthcoming Series award presentation.
Paul Emmett in action. M50 Dales Series Winner.


Triathletes Take honours


It is well into the triathlon season and Wetherby Runners and Triathletes have been demonstrating the benefits of a long off-season's hard training with some excellent performances. Most recently at the Leeds Xpress sprint triathlon all five of the representatives from the club finished in the top three of their categories. Over the 400 metre pool swim, 22.6K on the bike and 5K run Matthew Wheeler took the club honours with a 5th place finish overall and was also first in age 16-25 category, owing much to an excellent 40 mins and 33 secs bike leg. Emily Legg in a cracking swim time of just 5 mins and 46 secs finished 2nd lady overall and would have contended for the top step of the podium if she hadn't experienced mechanical problems with her bike. Ian Legg put in another top of age category performance for the 45-49 category and Mark Tobin and Andrew Wheeler both finished third in their respective age categories.

Other runners have been taking part in a variety of other races across the county. New club runner Adam Nabozby made his debut at the inaugural Flat Cap 5 mile trail race in Dewsbury with a 39th place finish in 39 mins and 1 sec. At the James Herriot Country Trail race at Castle Bolton, Ann Dale navigated the challenging 14K of fell terrain in 74 mins and 44 secs finishing 96th and Richard Bell at 106th in 76.22. The following week Ann was back on the fells, this time at Otley's Round Hill Fell Race, covering the 9 miles and 1200ft at 77th in 1.29.24. The York Run For All 10K road race was the venue for Jenny Havery to make her club debut amongst 6,000 other runners, finishing in 1 hour 46 secs and she was followed by Moira Pool in 1.08.14.

Wetherby Runners' main training session for all abilities is Wednesday nights at the Wetherby sports Association, Lodge Lane. All are welcome at the on the 22nd August for a Join In event at 6.50pm. There will be something for everyone with running and fitness workouts for school children from age 7 and upwards and for adults, introduction to running for beginners, local runs for more experienced runners and a guided recce of the forthcoming Wetherby 10K course.

Wetherby Runner Race Report


Five Wetherby Runners ladies took a trip to the north east coast for the popular Northumberland Coastal Run. This is a demanding multi terrain 14 mile point to point race taking in sections of beach, cliff, road and trail starting at Beadnall and finishing on the sand at Alnmouth. Jo Derry took the honours for the club finishing strongly in 1 hour 48 mins and 16 secs. Dawn Downie was next in a very satisfying 1.53.52 and she was followed by Ann Dale in 1.57.59, Andrea Normington coming back from a fractured toe in 2.08.34 and Michelle Cheung 2.13.19.

Wetherby Runners returned from the short trip to the Harrogate Town 10K with a bag full of prizes the previous week. Over this demanding two lap road race, Joseph Kwallah put down a marker in his debut race for the club. His time of 37.00 won him 20th place overall and also 2nd man Over 40 prize. Just three runners behind him Andrew Moodie finished in 37.26 taking the 2nd M50 prize and Lisa Mawer continued her winning habit with a prize for fourth lady and 2nd lady over 40. All in good form on the day were Jamie Thompson 40.12, Richard Bell 44.34, Ian Smith 47.10, Sue Sharples 47.59, Drew Ward 53.04 and Valerie Bell who achieved a PB in 53.21.

The Eccup 10 mile race proved to be popular again this year with more than 600 runners participating in the event. Rob Gray was in great form to take the 2nd man over 45 prize with a time of 1 hour 2 mins and 26 secs over this undulating circuit around the reservoir. Richard Bell finished well in 1.15.57 and John Simpson in 1.19.23. Peter Callaghan and Drew Ward made this their debut 10 miles, completing them in 1.25.13 and 1.34.22.

Runners Celebrate HDRL Trophy Haul


Wetherby Runners commemorated their best ever achievements in any summer season with a show of championship trophies last week. The Club took double top honours in both individual competitions and the veterans team competitions in the Harrogate & District Summer Race League with Ben Pye and Lisa Mawer taking the Individual crowns and Mens and Ladies Veterans teams collecting the veterans team trophies.

The season of competition ended on another high last week when both mens and ladies teams won the popular Golden Acre Park team relay, a challenging 2.75 mile three leg trail relay hosted by Leeds club Abbey Runners. From the record field of 97 teams, the Wetherby Mens Veterans team finished third overall with Andrew Moodie, Richard Bewell and new club member Joseph Kwallah taking a decisive victory in the Veterans team category and Kwallah also logging the fastest individual veteran performance on the day in 16 mins 6 secs. The Lady Veterans team prize went to Ann Dale, Dan Downie and Lisa Mawer who also took the plaudits for fastest individual lady veteran in 17.41. The 2nd Mens Veterans team was als held by Wetherby's Jim Buller, Paul Windle and Ian Legg. There were some excellent individual performances from other members of the club with Mia Moore fastest Junior girl in 18.13 and Caroline Lambert fastest lady overall in 17.05.

Pye and Mawer Do the Double


Wetherby Runners' Ben Pye and Lisa Mawer made Club history last week when they were confirmed as respective Male and Lady Champions at the prize presentation of the Harrogate & District Summer Race League. A series of impressive performances culminated in a final race points score which pushed Pye to the top of the cumulative individual chart. The achievement marks an extraordinary year for the 16 year old who stepped up to the senior endurance distances only one season ago. Mawer's challenge for the Ladies trophy went down to the wire with a final race showdown at Nidd Valley against arch rival, Otley AC's Gemma Ricketts. In the end a lead of just seven seconds was enough to win the title, a first for the league stalwart who also took the Lady Veteran trophy for the third consecutive time. Wetherby Runners have not had a male or female League champion before so it was a particular cause for celebration to land both accolades for the first time in the same season. There were more individual awards for Wetherby Runners when Richard Bewell and Jo Derry collected the respective Male and Lady Veterans over 45 trophies for the first time and Jodie Mather-Hunter took the prize for young runner, Female category.

Wetherby Runner Plews Hits “The Wall”.


Wetherby Runner Chris Plews continued with his Ultra Marathon challenges when he took on 'The Wall', a 69 mile race along the route of Hadrian’s Wall from Carlise Castle to Newcastle Millennium Bridge. Chris competed in the Challenger category which saw 258 competitors tackle the distance over two consecutive days with an overnight camp at Vindolanda. Day One was 32 miles and started with a run along the flooded riverbanks of the River Eden after the heavy rain the night before had caused the river to burst its banks. There was no opportunity to dry off as the rain didn’t let up as the route past through Lanercost Priory and Birdoswald. The Roman fort of Vindolanda was a welcome site at the end of the days running but unlike the Romans of 2,000 years ago, The Wall Challengers did not have the luxury of running water, flushing toilets or under-floor heating in their tents. Dryer weather welcomed the runners at the start of the 37 miles on day Two. The scenic route diverted slightly from the route of Hadrian’s Wall and took runners through Hexham and Corbridge before rejoining the wall at Prudhoe and continuing along the River Tyne into the centre of Newcastle and crossing the Millennium Bridge to the finish line. Chris was exhausted but delighted to finish in an aggregate time of 10 hours 45 minutes which put him in 4th place overall.

Runners Haul Record Three Team Trophies


Wetherby Runners pulled out all the stops for the final race in the Harrogate Summer Race League last week to win an historic three team trophies for the Club. The difficult race of over 5 miles through muddy multi terrain conditions was was well supported by the clubs close to the top of each team table, all making their final bid for the coveted team trophies. Wetherby had a very strong men's veterans team out on the night which ultimately produced the winning formula and gave them enough points to top the table and win the trophy for the first time in the Club's history.

For the ladies, competition was equally fierce with teams from Otley, Ilkley and Harrogate all trying to salvage something from the race. Nevertheless, it was the Wetherby Lady Veterans who bagged the trophy, now for the third successive year. With third place on the night, Wetherby Ladies open team had to settle for the Runner Up trophy. An excellent turnout overall for Wetherby secured a second place in the Main 10 team competition and consolidated the third place for the League overall, a best ever Main Team result for the Club and testament to the increasing strength and depth of talent in the Club at both Senior and Junior level. The Wetherby Elites produced a superb third place result with Ben Pye, Richard Bewell and Rob Gray to reinforcing a 4th place overall for the Elite team, also a Club best for this category.

Individually there were some great performances on the night with Ben Pye 4th and Richard Bewell 6th overall and Lisa Mawer 3rd and Caroline Lambert 5th lady overall. The overall Individual League champions and trophy winners will be announced shortly and another haul of silverware is expected for Wetherby.

Emily Legg and Jonny Dudley win First and Second at Allerthorpe


The Allerthorpe Lakeland Sprint triathlon produced some excellent results for Wetherby including two podium places. Emily Legg put in one of the best open water swims of the day over the 750m distance and then extended her lead over the 20K bike and 5K run to finish a very convincing First Lady in 1 hour 6 mins and 25 secs leading the competition by several minutes. Jonathan Dudley who trains with the Wetherby RaTs ( Runners and Triathletes) demonstrated he is still improving with an excellent second place overall in 1 hour 1 min and 17 secs. Ian Legg finished 29th and bagged a first in his M45-49 age group in 1.08.58. He was followed by Julian Dudley 36th in 1.11.17 and Tony Andryszewski 53rd out of the 194 finishers in 1.13.49. Photo is Jonathan Dudley and Emily Legg, podium finishers at Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon.

Bewell Qualifies for World Triathlon


Wetherby's triathletes competed in competitions in four different venues last weekend. The 'Dambuster' triathlon at Rutland Water was one of few remaining opportunities for qualification into the forthcoming ITU age group World Championships. Richard Bewell will now be booking his passage to Auckland in October having finished 56th overall and 5th in the 45-49 age group to meet the qualification criteria.

Two triathlon events held 190 miles apart both fell victim to the weather conditions with the consequence that the open water element was dropped and the format was revised to a duathlon with an additional short run preceding the scheduled bike and run sections. At Newby Hall near Ripon Ben Whiting completed the 3K run, 40K bike and 10K run in 2 hours 12 mins 43 secs, at 27th place out of 68 finishers. Meanwhile down in Windsor, Berkshire Jack McKaine joined in a much bigger event involving more than 1300 competitors to complete a 1.5K run, 42K bike and 10K run in 2.16.12 satisfied to finish mid-table in the age 50 to 54 category despite the change to the format.

Wetherby Well Placed at Esholt


Wetherby Runners produced their best overall team performance yet at the 5.5 mile multiterrain challenge at Yeadon & Esholt, the third race in the Harrogate Race League. The Mens Veterans team scooped a first place on the night to close the gap on the two teams ahead of them in the table setting up a showdown at the penultimate race next week. Both Ladies Open and Veterans teams were beaten into third on the day but the results were good enough to keep them at the top of the League in both team competitions. Wetherby's main team of ten runners to cross the line were an impressive third on the day which also boosted them up to third place cumulatively, which puts them on their demanding target for a third place in the League this season.

Individually Ben Pye repeated his previous race's First place for Wetherby, this time with an even better overall place at 7th out of 262 runners. Along with Richard Bewell 20th and Rob Gray 23rd, Wetherby's he helped secure a good fourth place in the 'Elite 3' team competition, moving into third on the cumulative score, the highest ever standing for the Club. In the Ladies individual competition Caroline Lambert took 2nd overall and Lisa Mawer 3rd overall this time so the top positions going into the fourth race are still all to play for. If Lisa can race again in the League her campaign to retain the Lady Veteran veteran trophy looks assured.

The over 55s made their mark for the first time with Cathy Moores first F55 and Mike Miller third M55. In the other age categories, Jo Derry was second F45 and Richard Bewell, Rob Gray, Paul Emmett and Andrew Moodie all ranked 2nd or 3rd in their age categories, keeping them in the mix for the individual trophies.

Runners deliver North of the Border


The Edinburgh Festival of running provided plenty of opportunity for Wetherby Runners to compete across three different events in what is turning out to be customarily hot conditions every year. The main attraction, the full Marathon attracted two finishers from the London marathon just a few weeks before, Ann Dale finishing in 3.41.19 and Garry Keenan in 4.09.36 but it was Richard Bell who came away with a personal best time of 3.47.37. Wetherby Runners and Otley Athletics Club joined forces to create two consolidated marathon relay teams. Both teams performed very well, Andrew & Debra Wheeler and Jack & Kath Robertshaw were 36th in 3.22.35 and Emma Wainwright, David Warner and Peter & Ursula McGouran were 45th in 3.26.27. In the Half Marathon Chris Martin was first home for the Club in 1.46.02, Fiona Knapton produced a PB in 1.57.22, Michelle Cheung ran her first half marathon in a very creditable 1.58.45 and she was followed by Jo Keenan in 2.05.04, Liz Martin 2.08.53 and Janice Robinson also on her debut in 2.22.40. Next was Jacky Darley in 2.12.40, Carol Pettifar with a super PB of 2.15.12 and Kay Rhodes 2.19.16.

Meanwhile and even further afield in the Isle of Jura fell race, runners took on the reputedly testing 17.4 miles and 7,000ft of ascent. Richard Bewell finished first for the Club in 70th place in 4.52.32 followed by Chris Plews 90th in 5.07.29, Rob Gray 127th in 5.37.18 and Ben Whiting 162nd in 6.24.24. closer to home at the Ilkley Trailrace Richard Bell covered the 6.9 miles and 700ft ascent 85th in 57.39 and he was closely followed by new club member Simon Chandler at 88th in 58.09.

Triathletes Strong at Wetherby


The Wetherby olympic distance triathlon took place in perfect and increasingly hot conditions. Targeted by the more serious triathlete due to the testing 1500m river swim, fast 40K bike route to Boroughbridge and back, and a 10K run along Harland way to Spofforth and back, Wetherby's RaTs (Runners and Triathletes) were out to maximize their home advantage.

Mark Tobin showed his class on the bike and moved through the field strongly and maintained his form on the run to finish first from the club in 23rd place overall in a time of 2 hours 15 mins and 32 secs. After one of the strongest swims of any of the competitors, Emily Legg held third place in the ladies race coming into the run section, finally finishing as 4th lady on her first foray at this distance and 48th place overall in 2.21.29. There then followed a stream of closely packed RaTs over the next few minutes – Jack Cooke 2.28.32; Steve Wright 2.32.55; Julian Dudley 2.35.41; Tony Andryzsewski 2.36.16; Nigel McKaine 2.38.06; Richard Burke 2.39.25 and Jo Derry 2.50.38 securing second place in the ladies Veteran category.

To find out more about the triathlon section of Wetherby Runners Athletics Club contact Mark Tobin on 07970 221868

Gray Takes Askern Prize


Last week Wetherby' Rob Gray was out of area for a mid week challenge being the 'lung busting' Askern 10K at Doncaster, attracting nearly 500 runners. The South Yorkshire standard of competition was high and even Gray's impressive performance of 36 mins and 9 secs only earned him a 28th place finish though he was gratified to receive the 2nd in M45 age group prize.

The popular multi terrain Yorkshire 10K held at picturesque Newby Hall estate provided an opportunity for Alan Borland to make a rare race outing at this fund raiser event. He cleared the course in 41 mins and 39 secs in 15th position. At the same race, Pete Pozman made his mark on the Club's age group record chart, chalking up a 48 mins 41 secs finish, now the baseline for Men over 60.

Richard Burke got another early season triathlon under his belt with a 61st place finish at the Driffield Sprint Triathlon featuring a 400 metre swim, 18K on the bike and a 5K run. He finished the course in 1 hour 9 mins and 38 secs.

Wetherby Ladies Resurgent at Thirsk


A good turnout of 34 Wetherby Runners travelled to Thirsk for the second race in the Harrogate Race League, a flat multi-terrain course run over nearly 10K distance. The main story of the night for Wetherby was a resurgent Ladies team, boosted by Lisa Mawer who came in First Lady overall and Caroline Lambert Third Lady overall along with a very strong pack of Veteran ladies who together scored highly enough to ensure first place on the day for both Open and Veteran ladies teams and also sprung both teams into first place standings on the League's cumulative team results. The Men's Veterans team benefitted from injections from Richard Bewell at first M45 and Andrew Moodie but with a few of the usual suspect missing did not achieve their maximum potential team score, finishing third on the day and slipping a place to third cumulatively. With three races remaining there could be more significant shifts in team fortunes before the final reckoning in the Men's veterans competition.

Wetherby's Main team of ten were 5th on the day and held fourth place cumulatively and this time it was Junior section runner Ben Pye who headed the ranks finishing 11th out of 326 runners. The Elite three repeated their 5th place performance of race one and retained 5th on the cumulative score. Individually there were some excellent achievements including a First Under 18 for Ben Pye. Julie Bucknell and Ann Dale fought it out for 2nd and 3rd in the F35 category, Jo Derry was 2nd F45, Andrea Normington 2nd F50 and Jodie Mather-Hunter was the first of Wetherby's top three Under 16 Wetherby girls.

The Leeds Half Marathon provided Alison Dooley with her opportunity to score a Personal best for the 13.1 mile distance, crossing the line in a chip time one hour fifty minutes and 43 seconds. Richard Bell also had a good race with a 1.38.44 finish.

Fells and Dales successes for Wetherby


Last week seven Wetherby Runners tackled the 23-mile Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks race, also known as the 'marathon of the mountains' for its 5,270ft of ascent to the summits of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Conditions for the runners were poor after several days of heavy rain and with a bitter cold easterly wind, sleet showers and the temperature barely above three degrees there were a high number of non starters and retirements. Only 641 of the original 1,000 registered entrants completed the race so the achievements were all the greater for Richard Bewell first home for the club at 142nd with a sub 4 hour result; Chris Plews only six days after completing the London Marathon, finishing 228th in 4 hours 15 mins; Rob Gray at 352nd finishing in 4 hours 33 mins and especially Ben Whiting on his debut attempt at the Three Peaks, finishing 421st in 4 hours 42 mins. Richard Davey suffered disappointment when severe cramp forced him to retire at Hill Inn with just one peak to go, and Judy Bewell and Pete Pozman who completed Pen Y Gent but were timed out of continuing the race, retiring at Ribblehead.

The NEHRA/Northern runner Winter fell race series concluded last weekend with the 14th and final race being the 9 mile, 1500ft ascent Fox & Hounds chase. In wet and windy conditions Wetherby's Caroline Lambert took the prize for first lady finisher amidst strong competition from the field in their last ditch attempt to influence the final series standings. Amidst several hundred competitors in the Series, Richard Bewell emerged 6th overall, also taking the certificate for 2nd in the Men Over 45 category. Chris Plews also scored enough for a top 20 placing in 14th overall while in the ladies competition Ann Dale finished 13th overall and 5th in the open category. Fell racing veteran Judy Bewell concluded her season at 4th in the Ladies over 50 category and Alison Mallorie-Lewis in her first fell series finished a very creditable 7th F40 lady.

The first of the Yorkshire Dales Race Series, the Fountains 10K, produced some of the worst conditions seen in this race's history and provided a major challenge for the competitors seeking a good points score to start the race series. Paul Emmett was one of few runners to make a sub 40 minute finish in 12th place at 39.57, while Julie Bucknell was first for the Wetherby ladies at 61st in 46.05. She was followed by Debbie Dennison in 89th at 49.26 and Sue Sharples at 93rd in 49.41 and together they were delighted to receive the Ladies team prize for the event. Paul Dennison finished 120th in 52.18, Michelle Cheung 184th in 58.05, Chris Russell on his Club debut in 62.56 and Carol Pettifar 244th in 1.07.40.

London Marathoners celebrate top performances


Pic Wetherby Runners London Marathon finishers: Left to right Back - John Simpson, Paul Windle, Chris Plews, Garry Keenan Front - Soraya Usman, Dawn Downie, Ann Dale, Nykie Duffy

No fewer than three club records for the marathon distance were broken at last week's Virgin London Marathon. Conditions were kind for the eight Wetherby Runners who took to the streets of London for the 26.2 mile slog from Greenwich Park to the Mall. Top marathon runners Chris Plews and Paul Windle tracked each other throughout the distance with Chris Plews ahead most of the time inspiring veteran of many previous London marathons, Paul Windle to make this his best one yet, taking over two minutes off his previous best time to cross the line in 2 hours 54 mins and 52 secs, also setting a new Club record for men aged over 45. After a sprint for the finish just two seconds separated him from Chris Plews who kept ahead for the Club honours on the day in 2.54.50.

Ann Dale was first lady for the Club with another great marathon performance, also taking more than two minutes off her previous best time and setting the new Club ladies age 35-39 category record at 3 hours 17mins 55secs. Garry Keenan who is in the process of making a comeback from two years blighted by injury finished in a satisfying 3.35.59 while Dawn Downie completed this, her second marathon in a PB time of 3.42.55. John Simpson became the first runner aged over 60 in the club to complete a marathon in his time of 3.59.18. New club runner Nykie Duffy finished in 5.35.08 on her debut and Soraya Usman was pleased to finish her first marathon challenge in 6.06.17.

Wetherby Ladies mark Cross Country League Win


Wetherby Runners ladies team assembled last week to commemorate their achievements in the winter's Peco Cross Country League. They pulled out a decisive performance in the final race of the season, taking first place on the day and confirming their top spot in the First Division which also means they have been promoted next season to the league's Premier Division. Along with the silver plate for winning the team competition, there were individual awards for Jo Derry, 2nd lady over 45, Ann Dale 3rd lady over 35 and Debbie Dennison 3rd lady over 45.

RaTs in Spring Races


The Spring racing season is now well underway and Wetherby runners have been in action across all disciplines, including the first triathlon of the year held last week at Skipton. The competition consisted of a 400 metre pool swim, 20K on the bike bike and a 5K run. The results augur well for the season ahead with Mark Tobin taking a top 30 place and 5th in category in the 560 strong field with a total time of one hour five mins and 30 secs. Also with a 5th in category ranking was Ian Legg who finished 78th overall in 1.13.10 just ahead of Emily Legg 83rd and first in the F17-18 category with 1.13.29. Steve Close made a return to competition for Wetherby, finishing 212th in 1.22.25.

The traditional Wakefield Hospice 10K road race was an opportunity for some tuning up ahead of the forthcoming league and distance challenges. Rob Gray made decisive work of the race by finishing 25th out of 1130 runners, in a time of 36 mins and 13 secs, also taking 3rd M45 prize and boosting his national age graded standing to 68th into the bargain. Chris Plews made a comfortable job of the task, finishing 46th in 38.41 and holding something back for the Virgin London Marathon just seven days away. Julie Bucknell was satisfied with a 44.02 finish on her return to fitness after injury layoffs have hindered her return to full racing form.

The Easter Sunday Guiseley Gallop 10K trailrace produced a prize result for Lisa Mawer who stormed the tricky terrain in 43 mins one second, claiming second placed lady overall. At the follow up Meanwood Trail race, Andrew Wheeler bagged the densely wooded seven miler in 54 mins 21 secs, finishing 48th and Poppy Moore, stepping up to the senior distance did herself credit in 65.33, finishing 154th in the 280 strong field. Further afield in Bristol, Jim Buller tackled the renowned Hanham Horror 6, beating 200 others across this arduous course to take a very satisfactory 19th place in 42 mins 12 secs.