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Leeds Abbey Dash 2016

Can I get a woop woop for all our runners at today’s Leeds Abbey Dash 2016?

Huge turn out today, ladies and gents. A massive 19 of you turned up to saunter up to the Abbey and back.

So… on to the results:

Michael Peel 0:43:21
Neil Windle 0:44:19
Julie Hepworth 0:49:37
Richard Kent 0:49:56
Simon Thomas 0:52:05
Gary Morritt 0:52:47
Robert Glover 0:52:56
Sharon Elliott 0:52:56
Joanne Fortune 0:53:31
Helen Trevisani 0:55:48
Sue Tozer 0:57:36
Michael Herbertson 0:58:47
Elspeth Whittaker 0:59:58
Deborah Oldroyd 1:01:32
Jo Bottomley 1:01:32
Gurjit Kaur 1:05:06
Lynn Hill 1:14:21
Ruth Tomkins 1:14:50

Well done to all who ran.

Stay safe our there.


Race update

Good evening,

This weekend was massive in terms of member participation in races/events.

On Saturday we has 8 of us work as a team to conquer the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 2016 at Manchester. The video of which is posted below. It was run as a team event and it was a smashing day our.

Much closer to home we had many of our members partake in the Bradford City runs. The city was awash with green and orange as we ran the in the 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon distances. Photos can be easily found on this page. There’s literally hundreds of them. Results are attached as a photo.

Further afield we had Richard Brook run the Yorkshire Coast 10k over in Scarborough. Results are not yet available.

I’ve got a feeling I’ve missed some races out but my mind’s gone blank. If I’ve left you out, drop me a message below.

Well done to all who ran.


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The Yorkshire Marathon – 9th October 2016

Evening all,

A heck of a Sunday for a chunk of our runners today.

We had runners take part in The Yorkshire Marathon, 10 Mile and Relay.

The Yorkshire Marathon is described by the Daily Mirror as the ‘Number 1 Alternative to London’, the Guardian also rated it as a perfect run to ‘nail your PB!’.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the White Rose County’s sporting year. This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of York’s splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.

Richard Brook put in a strong performance crossing the line in 3:29:58.
Julie Hepworth had impeccable splits and finished in an impressive 4:21:00.
Joanne Fortune ran the race in Sub 5 hours (4:56:25) and raised almost £800 for the British Heart Foundation.

The 10 Mile took place as part of the Yorkshire Marathon festival – alongside the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon – and boasted a largely flat and fast course, with an unrivalled atmosphere.

Starting and finishing at the University of York, the route headed into the city centre and out into the Yorkshire countryside before returning for an electric finish at the university.

Anna Smith did a fantastic job and finished in 1:16:49
Rachel Kendall put in a strong performance and finished 1:26:55.

The Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay is an integral part of the hugely-popular Yorkshire Marathon – allowing teams to experience the incredible atmosphere of a marathon event while tackling a shorter, more manageable distance.

Leanne Alston ran as part of the Yorkshire Cat Rescue Relay Team but unfortunately I was unable to find the results. 🙁

Closer to home, Andy Smith was at it again, this time he was racing in the Withens Skyline. The race is described as: FRA BM (cat B, medium length) fell race – 12km/300m from Penistone Hill Country Park, near Haworth.

He finished in 1:10:35 and came 237 out of 290.

Well done everyone.

As always, if I missed you out please let me know.

Stay safe,


Stairway To Heaven

Afternoon all,

A little late but last Saturday our very own cutie pie, Andy Smith, raced in the Stairway To Heaven.

Stairway To Heaven is a challenging, hilly course towards Ramsden reservoir and the forested paths around Hade Edge. Climb from the reservoirs of Holmbridge to Elysium farm and down to Holme Styes before climbing back up and home. Approx 12km (8 miles).

Dreamboat Andy completed the race in 1:17:52 bagging him the sweet 32nd spot out of 61 fellow runners.

Well done, Andy!

Over and out,


Stairway to Heaven

Afternoon all,

A little late but last Saturday our very own cutie pie, Andy Smith, raced in the Stairway To Heaven.

Stairway To Heaven is a challenging, hilly course towards Ramsden reservoir and the forested paths around Hade Edge. Climb from the reservoirs of Holmbridge to Elysium farm and down to Holme Styes before climbing back up and home. Approx 12km (8 miles).

Dreamboat Andy completed the race in 1:17:52 bagging him the sweet 32nd spot out of 61 fellow runners.

Well done, Andy!

Over and out,


Littleborough 10k

Last Sunday 3 of our runners ran the Littleborough 10k. Rumour has it it’s a decent course that takes in a lap of Hollingsworth Lake.

The results are as follows:
Lee Shaw knocked it out of the park in sub 40 minutes with 39:27 and grabbing 11th place.
Carl Heron wasn’t far behind in 40:43 and 22nd place.
Stephen Brook brought up the rear with a decent 50:34 and 2nd in his age category.

Well done all.



Busy Runner’s Weekend – 25/09/16

Evening runners,

Great to see many of our members have been running races around the world this weekend.

Locally we had the Stainland Trail, which is a tough 10k trail race around the valleys of Stainland.

We had Peter Hughes power home in 49:46 which grabbed him 1st M60 and 5th overall.
Stacey Cleal make the 6.2mi slog in 58:07 which was also a 1st in her category, F45, and 38th overall.
Andy Smith completed the trio with a time of 70:15 and 91st overall.
128 runners took part so well done to all.

We also had a couple of our runners take part in the Kelda 10k for WaterAid; a 10k around Scammonden Dam.
Charlotte Charlesworth made it round in 1:01:46 and her husband Ben Charlesworth made completed it in 47:13.
Well done, guys.

Going slightly further afield we had Leanne Alston run the Stafford 10k in all the fives; 55:55. You go girl.

Steve Brook did the Rochdale 10k in 50.39 earning him the 2nd V65.

Lucy Reynolds ran in the Rochdale Half Marathon and earned her medal in 2:53:45. Well done, Lucy.

Travelling a little further out we arrive in Germany and we congratulate Lynne Robinson and David Hunt on completing the BMW Berlin Marathon in stupidly fast times, the pair of them.
Lynne came to rest after an impressive 3:20:37 and David achieved a time I could only dream of; 2:45:17.
Amazing running and your training strategy clearly worked.

Finally, not quite running but equally impressive, Ben Clare did the Three Peaks Cyclocross race in 4:30:29. It was a 37mi ride with over 7000ft of climbing. For those that done know what Cyclocross is, well, its basically a race over every terrain imaginable, even terrains thats are unrideable, forcing you to quickly dismount and carry your bike over tricky terrain until you can resume. Bonkers! Well done, sir!

As always, drop me a line if I’m missed anyone out. If not, I’m off for a bucks fizz.

“It never gets easier – you just get stronger”


Hull Marathon 2016

Evening Runners,

Whilst the furthest I managed this sunny Sunday was a 4 mile run around Ogden some of our runners managed to achieved greater things.

Martin Firth travelled to the east coast to run the Hull Marathon. He flew around in a breath taking 2:58:44. Thats a sub 6:50min/mi average pace for 26.2 mi. Well done sir.

Meanwhile, down in Derbyshire, Julie Hepworth was out running some serious distance for her own upcoming marathon by racing in the Ladybower 20. As the name suggest this is a 20(.7)mile race around the picturesque Ladybower Reservoir. Julie ran the race in 3:22:51* which is excellent as it had over 2000ft of elevation.

Well done to them and the rest of you who have been busy running today.



*Unoffical time stolen from Julie’s Strava.

Another busy weekend!!

Evening guys,

Plenty of us entered plenty of races today so I’ll keep it fairly brief on each one.

Yorkshireman Half/Full Marathon

This race is either a 14.7mi half or a 26.2mi marathon over the hills and more around Haworth/Withens/Ogden/Doe Park (Marathon only). This fell race covers road, bogs, moors, cobbles, deep peat tracks etc.

Now the results:
Half Yorkshireman
26th – Peter May – 2:12:50
33rd – Matt Thornton – 2:15:37
69th – Stacey Cleal – 2:25:26
86th – Chris King – 2:30:42
135th – Andy Smith – 2:50:10
186th – Glenn Thornton – 3:29:49

Marathon Pairs
1st – Chris Williams and Jonny McKenna – 3:48:41

Marathon Solo
20th – Carl Heron – 4:21:06
61st – Matt Fielding – 5:07:49

Great North Run

This well known race is a flat road half marathon famous for being the biggest in the world.

Immy Asghar – 1:28:04
Neil Windle – 1:39:05
Julie Hepworth – 1:55:45
Mike Peel – 1:56:51
Christopher Johnson – 2:08:24
Rachel Kendell – 2:09:01
Patrick Long – 2:11:49
Gary Morritt – 2:14:05
Keith Johnson – 2:27:09
Sharan Loughran – 2:31:34
Jo Robinson – 2:42:56
Jo Bottomley – 2:47:10
Tamara Swan – 3:01:06

Vale of York Half Marathon

A Half Marathon around York

Richard Brook – 1:34:13
Joanne Fortune – 2:00:21
Sharon Elliott – 2:02:32

Lake Vrnywy Half Marathon

A 13.1mi race around Lake Vrnywy in Llanwddyn, Oswestry.

Leanne Alston – 2:02:12

Seen Greenway 10k

I know Anna Smith and Jo Horan raced in this but results are not online yet. I’ll upload as soon as they’re available.

Obviously, a massive well done to all that raced today. Well done Chris for winning the Yorkshireman Marathon Pairs. Impressive stuff.

Everyone did great and it all helps to spread our club name around the country.



Leeds Country Way (LCW) Relay 2016 – 04/09/16

As mentioned previously, we ran amazingly in our debut LCW Relay, finishing in 6th place out of a field of 50 teams. The 6 leg trail race takes in the countryside surrounding Leeds on this 62 mile circular footpath.

Well done to our runners;

Leg 1
Lee Shaw and Immy Asghar

Leg 2
Chris Williams and Tom Collinge

Leg 3
Peter Hughes and Peter May

Leg 4
Ben Clare and Alistair Galt

Leg 5
Carl Herom and Simon Brady

Leg 6
Jo Horan and Steve “Gapchenko” Searle

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