FRECKLETON HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019
A busy weekend of racing culminates with the oldest half marathon in the UK, the Freckleton half marathon, lone Eccleshill member Robert Sutton made the journey over to the other side of the pennines to Lancashire and the heart of the beautiful Fylde coast for the 55th edition of this race hosted by Freckleton Club Day Sports Committee. and raises vital funds for the fabulous charity, ‘Heartbeat’. As well as being the oldest half marathon it is also rated as one of the top races in the country. Steeped in history, the initial race was heralded a success as legend Ron Hill accepted an invitation to run, going on to win the race in 65:44, four years later setting an event record of 64:45 which still stands today.
Rob finished the race in 1:57:04, well done!
THE BAHT’AT HALF & FULL MARATHON – SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019
Organised by keen fundraiser Jonathan Carter, his idea was born out of a desire to keep on supporting the Brathay Trust following his 40 marathons in 12 months, raising money for the charity. Part of this challenge included the 10 in 10 (a marathon a day for 10 days). The Baht’at trail marathon and half marathon are multi-terrain races taking place in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Starting at Keighley’s Victoria Park the race heads over Ilkley Moor and returns back to the finish in Keighley, the marathon taking in two laps of the challenging route, again made all the more challenging by the recent spate of bad weather which made conditions under foot extremely challenging. Taking on the marathon was Gareth Harland, and completing the half marathon we had Claire Tailford, Jayne Robinson, Annie Kisluk, David Goodyear & Christopher Stanhope.
PUDSEY 10K & FUN RUN – SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019
Race 7 of the club’s Summer championship came in the form of this challenging 10k race hosted by Pudsey Pacers AC and 2019 will be the 29th anniversary of this event. A fun day for all the family starts with an under 8’s park run at 9:30am followed by a 3k family fun run at 10am and finally the 10k challenge at 10:45am. The fun run begins from Pudsey Cenotaph, goes along Carlisle Road, with a left turn on to Fartown, Roker Lane, left turn on Littlemoor Road, along to the next left turn on Radcliffe Lane which takes runners up to park entrance to a raucous finish inside the park. The 10k race is a multi terrain, undulating course, again starting from Pudsey Cenotaph, South Parade to Littlemoor Road. Left turn on to Littlemoor Road, left turn on to Radcliffe Lane, left turn on to Chapletown, left turn on to Carlisle Road, right turn on to Fartown, left turn on to Bankhouse Lane and into the Valley. Runners then return from Tyersal Lane, Smalewell Road, right turn Green Lane, left turn Greentop, proceed on to Fartown, Roker Lane, left turn on to Littlemoor Road, along to left turn on Radcliffe Lane and up to Park entrance. It was clear to see from the finishers that it was very muddy in places, not surprising given the heavy rain we have had over the past couple of weeks. None the less we had some sterling performances from Claire Hern, Daniel Jenkins, Tony Redmond, Brian Perfitt, Sarah Rawlings, Mick Hogan, Sarah Myers and Vicky Cousins. Taking part in the family fun run (with a little less mud!) we had Julie Steele and Marcus Myers. Well done Everyone & thanks to our support & photography & volunteering crew. (Results TBC)
OTLEY 10 MILE RACE – WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2019
This popular midweek race is a long standing race organised by Otley AC for more than 30 years and attracts a field of over 500 runners. Five hardy Eccleshill members travelled to the market town on a misty, damp evening. A slightly altered route was devised at the eleventh hour as the Cricket Club imposed a ban on a pitch finish due to it being waterlogged. Runners were walked to the start line 10 minutes away where the klaxon sounded to set them off on their way towards Pool for a fast 3 mile start to the first water station. A mile later after crossing the busy Pool bridge a left turn to Leathley heralded the start of the gradual climb followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town. Some fast downhill sections ensure runners are able to claw back some time as they speed back down to the town. Eccleshill’s finishers were Robert Sutton 1:28:29, Julie Steele 1:29:52, Dan Jenkins 1:29:52, Claire Tailford 1:38:31, Agata Cienciala 1:47:30 and Gareth Harland 1:47:30.
Well done everyone and big thanks to our support crew (aka ShakERR poster posting beer drinkers!)
SCAFELL SKY RACE – SATURDAY 8TH JUNE 2019
It’s big, Taking running to the next level Ian Storey and Gareth Harland have had their eye on this event for a good while and have hopefully put in enough training to endure the consequences. With no less than 40 kilometres of mountain terrain and 3500 metres of ascent this beast of a challenge is played out on technical single track trails from start to finish. It’s a Lake District journey set to test the speed and endurance of experienced and aspiring mountain runners. A circular newly designed route allows participants to run from the iconic National Trust’s Stickle Barn, over lakeland fells and through lakeland valleys whilst they summit England’s highest mountain en route and traverse some of the most challenging trails in the central Lake District. There are sections of scree and some light scrambling is also necessary so it’s a serious test of nerve, skill and endurance. Elite mountain runners will cross the line in under five hours but realistic cut off times mean that final finishers had up to eleven hours to get back to race base, where they were welcomed with a hearty finishers meal and a bottle of limited edition Scafell Race cider which is produced locally by Cowmire Hall. Runners from all over the world flock to this event which last year was the UK National Team qualifying race for the Skyrunning World Championships. Our dynamic duo survived this challenge, which is really not for the faint hearted, in horrendous weather conditions. A race where it’s not unusual to see up to a third of the field pull out due to the sheer brutality of the technical, multi terrain. An absolutely awesome effort guy’s, finish times were: Ian, (despite sustaining an injury 3.5 miles into the race) 09:41:19 and Gareth 09:18:58. Really well done to the both of you!
THE HULL HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 2ND JUNE 2019
It’s big, it’s brilliant and it’s back. Following a successful debut in 2018 the Hull Half Marathon returned for 2019. Anne Blakey and Sarah Rawlings decided to grab themselves a slice of the action. In a city with a street boasting the wonderful name of “Land of Green Ginger” the event promised to spice up the 2019 summer season. The race is held on the same day as the popular Asda Foundation Hull 10K to create a festival of running that brings thousands of runners on to the city’s streets. Starting and finishing in Alfred Gelder Street, the largely flat course offers great PB potential and takes in The Deep, Humber Dock Marina, Hull City Hall and the University of Hull before heading back for a bit of a tricky finish merging with the 10k runners in the heart of the city centre. Well organised, friendly staff made sure the proceedings went to plan creating a fabulous feel good factor around the city. All finishers earned themselves a great goody bag complete with t-shirt and medal. All in all a great race, well organised and great support from marshals. On what turned out to be a very warm day, Anne finished in (2:47:29) and Sarah in (2:07:16 Not confirmed yet) Fantastic effort and well done both for representing our great club out on the East coast!
THE HUDDERSFIELD MARATHON – SUNDAY 2ND JUNE 2019
Taking place again this year the Huddersfield marathon is a great way for Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear to bring their summer running to an exciting and fulfilling start. With an entry limit of just 200 this is no ordinary marathon, it’s a unique bespoke family event offering full and half marathon as well as 5k and family fun run. The route is challenging and hilly, it is Huddersfield after all. The route was certainly a bit different with one lap for the half marathon runners and two laps for the full. The opening part is where most of the hilly section is before a kinder run into the finish. The course is billed as the toughest road marathon in the country. As usual David and Annie took it all in their stride (pardon the pun) picking up a fab medal and a t-shirt each adding another 26.2 miler to their ever increasing list. Annie got round in a brilliant time of (05:41:24) and David in (05:41:33) Fantastic running, well done!
THE APPERLEY BRIDGE CANTER – THURSDAY 30TH MAY 2019
Eccleshill had 8 runners out in the blue and white for this midweek, challenging, largely off road 10k. Hosted by Horsforth Harriers this popular local race was a complete sell out for this the 15th edition. Race HQ is situated at Woodhouse Grove School with the runners being walked from the grounds up to the start in Woodlands Drive. An uphill jaunt starts off the race which then takes on various tracks and woodland sections before a challenging downhill dart through fields leads to a flat sprint finish around the sports field back at Woodhouse Grove to cheering supporters. Leading the pack home was Ian Stow in 50:15, closely followed by Tony Redmond in 51:36, Julie Steele 55:12, Marc Steele 57:26, Brian Perfitt 58:49, Martin Steele 59:32, Mick Hogan 60:32 & Anne Blakey 73:49. Finishers were rewarded with a bottle of Horsforth Brewery Beer, a Mars Bar and a commemorative bottle opener key ring
Well done everyone and big thanks to our support crew!
THE LIVERPOOL ROCK ‘N ROLL HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 26TH MAY 2019
On a weekend where two major marathon festivals clashed six ERRs and their entourage visited this Merseyside extravaganza. Starting on the Saturday with the 5k then rocking on to Sunday with the full, half and the one mile fun run. Lorraine McKnight, Angela Cunningham, Vicky Cousins, Caroline Ward, Ann Blakey and Claire Tailford paid pilgrimage to the famous Liverpool half marathon. The 13.1 mile course has evolved dramatically over recent years with the start and finish moving to the Pier Head area for the first time in 2013. It is predominantly flat with an incline just after the 1 mile point. Just after 3 miles at Sefton Park runners can enjoy the natural beauty of the park taking in both the external roads and internal park pathways. Later runners pass the elegant Palm House before crossing the old Iron Bridge heading toward the lake at the bottom end of the park. After going through the main park pathway they then loop back around the outside and along a much welcomed slow descent toward Otterspool Park and the the waterfront promenade. The promenade section takes in the Liverpool Marina along the way with runners following a four mile stretch back to the finish line, passing the Liverpool Arena at just after 12 miles. In the last mile runners pass the rear of the Albert Dock. Some fantastic running here this weekend ladies, your times are Lorraine (02:31:53) Angela (02:27:42) Vicky (02:13:51) Caroline (02:40:28) Anne (02:36:18) Claire (TBC) A massive shout out to all your support crew for their encouragement too, Well done!
NORTHALLERTON 10K – SUNDAY 26TH MAY 2019
Nearer to home, three Eccleshill Road Runners opted for the challenging Northallerton 10k. This year saw the 5th Edition of the race. The organisers designed a loop that takes runners from an electric, atmospheric start on Northallerton high street. Then venturing out of the town into some of the most stunning country road views in North Yorkshire. The organisers boast that the course has been conquered by all abilities & ages from 15 to 82 yrs old! The route is predominantly on country roads that are safe & heavily marshalled. The Three Eccleshill runners were Debbie Merckx 54:18, Annie Kisluk 55:07 and David Goodyear 55:07
Well done Folks!
EDINBURGH HALF & FULL MARATHON – SUNDAY 26TH MAY 2019
An array of Eccleshill Road Runners made the journey up to Edinburgh to take part in either the full or half marathon, part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, these events offer a range of distances across the weekend making for an extremely popular event which sells out year on year, attracting thousands of participants. Living up to Scotland’s reputation, the weather this year, was quite inclement with pockets of wind and rain following the runners throughout the course, when not raining it was though, rather warm. Both the half and full marathon offer a PB potential, fast flat course which starts on Potterrow in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, this incredible city centre start takes runners through the very heart of Edinburgh. As they pass Greyfriars Bobby, the National Museum of Scotland and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop. The route then takes in the ‘Gothic Rocket’, otherwise known as the Scott Monument, as it meanders down the historic Royal Mile, heading towards and past the somewhat controversial Scottish Parliament building. Here they can look up and take in the spectacular Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags, as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before departing the Royal Park and heading east towards the coast. As they reach Musselburgh, they run past the oldest golf course in the world, where it’s documented that golf has been played as early as 1672, before heading further East on the flat towards the historic village of Preston Pans before turning and heading back towards the beautiful finish line within the vast playing fields of Pinkie School, for the marathon runners though the finish is of course not yet in sight, heading further East on the flat to Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam. They then turn and head back along the coast, to see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner! Taking on the Marathon distance were Gemma Illingworth 4:00:22, Gillian Brown 5:36:20, Daniel Jenkins 3:54:56, Sarah Myers 5:10:44 and Ian Storey 4:08:45. The half marathoners were, Martin Steele 2:27:48, Garry Ellison 2:27:49, Julie Steele 1:56:18, Tricia Grant 2:27:58, and Marc Steele 1:47:31.
Well Done Everyone!
THE CALVERLEY SCHOOL RUN – WEDNESDAY 22ND MAY 2019
Five ERR’s opted for this midweek local race which was blessed with ideal running conditions. This is the second staging of the school run after a successful event last year. Calverley Church of England school are pleased to offer the 5k and 10k runs but this year with an additional option of a 20k for long distance runners. The route is a mixture of good footpath and trail with a dash of woodland trail, field and canal towpath. Last year’s runners gave excellent feedback prompting the hosts to put on an even better event this time. The school is keen to increase their sports and PE provision and this is a way of providing the resources to do so. Events like this create a fantastic opportunity to contribute to this lovely school. Completing the 10k tonight were Debra Grant 55:51, Sarah Rawlings 55:09, Sarah Myers 66:53, Abbie Cheetham 49:57, Anne Blakey 71:30. Great running and a shout out to the support crew. Well done!
COOKRIDGE COMMUNITY RUN – SUNDAY 19TH MAY 2019
On a weekend that was forecast to take a dip in temperatures, the sun shone proudly as 7 Eccleshill road runners lined up at the start of this inaugural trail10k race the Cookridge community run. A race destined to pay tribute to the memory of Gareth Dunn. Gareth turned out to be a legend after passing away to a very aggressive form of cancer (Sarcoma) just before loosing his battle this incredible man managed to raise well over £100,000 in just over a year for cancer research. The aim of this event moving forwards is to continue his legacy. The route is described as a flattish course containing one grass hill half way round. The race starts at the village scout hall on Pinfolds Lane and goes down the lane around Pauls pond in an anti-clockwise direction. It then takes you into Golden Acre Park, following the path still in an anti-clockwise direction passing a nature reserve on the right. It continues on this path and moves on to a grassed area then up a hill towards Arthington road car park. More trail path from here takes you through the woods with plenty of roots underfoot to navigate. Eventually after a complete loop of the main path and a clockwise circuit of the lake, runners trace their way back to the scout hut and the finish line. All 7 road runners made it back to the finish line to pick up a well stacked goody bag and commemorative t-shirt. Chip time results were Sarah Myers [01:08:25] Garry Ellison [51:38] Marc Steele [49:06] Martin Steele [01:04:35] Julie Steele [54:47] Anne Blakey [01:13:07] Daniel Jenkins [46:30] A really nice well organised local race with friendly marshals. Great running team ERR, well done!
ASICS WINDERMERE MARATHON – SUNDAY 19TH MAY 2019
The second marathon in as many days for Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear came in the shape of the stunning Windermere marathon.
Only one of a handful of marathons which is run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often described as the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon, runners finish this breathtaking course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with stunning views over England’s largest lake.
Really well done to you both! (joint finish 05:06:57)
BENTHAM MARATHON – SATURDAY 18TH MAY 2019
A busy weekend is in store for Eccleshill’s Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear as they embark on back to back marathons no less! The intrepid duo kicked off their weekend of endurance running with the Bentham marathon, organised by Bentham Beagle Club members Diane & Nick Armstrong to celebrate their achievement of 100 marathons! Starting and finishing at Bentham Golf Club the marathon is run over a single lap on country roads. Runners are treated to stunning views of the Forest of Bowland, Stocks Reservoir and on their return to Bentham the Yorkshire 3 peaks. The course is extremely undulating and so runners should be prepared that this may not be a PB course unless it is their first marathon! It is worth noting that all proceeds from the race are donated to Leonard Cheshire Care home in Windermere, incidentally the name of marathon number two tomorrow. Well done today and the best of luck for tomorrow guys! Annie finished in 5:34:12 & David 5:34:13
ASDA FOUNDATION LEEDS HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2019
Glorious Spring sunshine drenched the streets as thousands of runners completed the Asda Foundation Leeds half marathon. Some runners came to win, some to raise funds for their favourite charity and others simply to overcome the challenge of getting round. Whatever their reason for running they were supported every step of the way by the most enthusiastic crowds and friendly Marshalls.Celebrating its 34th year this weekend the Leeds Half Marathon is firmly up there as one of the highlights on the local sporting calendar. This challenging course attracts around 9000 runners and swaths of enthusiastic crowd members who all contribute to creating the fantastic atmosphere that makes this event so special. Many charities across Yorkshire benefit from the fundraising generated by this race.The route starts on The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, taking in a section of the Ring Road and returning via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.10 Eccleshill road runners stepped up to the plate today to take on this tough half marathon. Doing us all proud they all completed this posting some very respectable times. Julie Steele (02:03:28) Sarah Rawlings (02:03:05) Sarah Myers (02:20:58) Annie Kisluk (01:56:17) Jaqueline Bywater (02:03:29) Rhea Sutcliffe (01:58:03) David Goodyear (01:59:34) Simon Lacey (02:18:32) Ian Dowsland (01:49:18) Tony Redmond PB (01:45:16) A massive thanks to the brilliant support crew who helped make this a special day for our fantastic runners. Well done!
HARROGATE SPRINT TRIATHLON – SUNDAY MAY 12TH 2019
Paul Croston decided to mix up his disciplines and take on an early season Sprint triathlon. This event is billed as being suitable for the novice or more experienced athlete. Based at Ashville Sports Centre, Harrogate – this family friendly and fully supported event is becoming one of the most popular Triathlons in North Yorkshire. The 420m swim is pool based, the 24km bike and 4.6 km run legs take place in the local area.
Hosted by Harrogate Triathlon Club, the events attracts around 200 entrants, these events are becoming increasingly popular.
Paul completed the course in 1 hr 50 mins 14 secs. Well done Paul!
RABY CASTLE 10K – SUNDAY MAY 12TH 2019
Debra Grant travelled to the beautiful North East, in fact Raby Castle, located near Staindrop in County Durham, among 200 acres of deer park. It was built by John Neville, 3rd Baron Neville de Raby, between approximately 1367 and 1390. Cecily Neville, the mother of the Kings Edward IV and Richard III, was born here.
Home to the annual Raby races, this year was the 17th edition hosted once again by Teesdale AC within the spectacular scenery offered up by Raby Castle and its surrounding 200-acre estate. The 10k is a two-lap course mainly on tarmac through the beautiful estate grounds with a good trail section through woodland finishing just past the Castle. All finishers received a bespoke medal. The race offers a programme of four races which include challenges suitable to all. These consist of a 1.2k for the 8 year old and under, a 3k a for those aged 11 and under, 5k for those aged 11 and over and finally the highly regarded 10k for competitors aged 16 and over.
Debra completed the challenge in 60:42 – well done Debra
THE VOLKSWAGEN PRAGUE MARATHON – SUNDAY 5TH MAY 2019
Mark Sutherland is at it again, not content with taking a back seat and chilling out for the bank holiday weekend, it’s off to the beautiful Czech Republic to run the Volkswagen Prague marathon. This event has become an essential race on the world running circuit. An exceptionally beautiful course. And a beautifully managed event. The race starts and finishes in the old Town square, it’s extremely well executed from beginning to end. The course highlights the many attractions that Prague has to offer: the Vltava River, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. The race begins to the music of famous Czech composer Dworak, setting the stage for a fairytale of a race. The route crosses a total of two miles of cobblestones, However! It’s known to be a fast flat course. With over 10,600 runners from 88 different countries the field is 76% male and 24% female and the average age of the participants is 40. It is also recognised as a IAAF gold label event. Mark finished posting a time of (03:27:18 unofficial) brilliant running well done!
THE KESWICK HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 5TH MAY 2019
David Goodyear and Annie Kisluk, our brother and sister contingent, continue to impress us with their race portfolio. This weekend it’s the Keswick half marathon. A half that’s reputed to be one of the most scenic in the country. The challenging course takes runners around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands valley. This event was set up by Keswick rugby club in order to raise funds for the club itself as well a youth coaching programme. They are one of only a handful of smaller clubs in the country to have a full time rugby development officer who spends his time in the local schools. The half marathon is just one of the events that helps to fund this type of coaching programme, so all support is greatly appreciated. It’s a hilly course starting in Portinscale with a long sapping climb out of the Newlands valley. At mile 6-8 the run back along the lake up to Borrowdale valley is pretty flat but with some long slight inclines. The breath taking scenery definitely helps take the mind off the ever tiring legs. This course is generally renowned as one of the most challenging halves on the circuit. A definite test of any runners endurance.
Annie finished in (01:56:59) and David in (02:09:13) Great running as always guy’s, well done!
BLUEBELL TRAIL RACE – SUNDAY 5TH MAY 2019
The weekends challenges continued with another lone Eccleshill runner taking on the Bluebell Trail race. Hosted by Stainland Lions running Club, this 10.3 mile multi-terrain race through woodland, canal towpaths, trails and cobbled streets with the ‘occasional’ hill here and there is described as ‘a unique course which incorporates some of the most scenic views within the heart of Yorkshire’, with the infamous Trooper Lane and a refreshing river crossing to finish thrown in for good measure! Sarah Myers donned the blue and white and finished a a brilliant time of 2:15:38. Well done Sarah, you trooped the trooper!!
UP THE ODDA – SATURDAY 4TH MAY 2019
Mick Hogan was the only Eccleshill runner to pick up the gauntlet and face the challenge that is the ‘Up The Odda’ race, once again staged on a Saturday morning in the beautiful village of Hawkesworth, with the race HQ situated at Hawksworth C of E School. Participants have a whole host of distances from various junior races, a duo and a 10k. The 10k is a scenic and challenging 2 lap route, on farm tracks, across fields and through woodland, including two brutal climbs ‘Up the Odda’. The duo has two team members completing a relay, each taking on one 5k lap of the course each. This year though in contrast to last year’s hot and humid conditions, runners were treated to near perfect weather conditions, chilly and overcast to start with if a little windy on the tops! Mick finished the challenge in 1:08:44. Well done!
THE VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON – SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019
Almost perfect weather conditions, cold and overcast to start with and occasional pockets of sunshine. What more could you ask for the 39th staging of the Virgin London Marathon. Out on the course today were three of our very own Eccleshill road runners. flying the flag for the blue and whites Barbra Stow made her debut at this distance, and what a place to do it. After months of hard work training with her other half Ian. Also Tony Redmond made up the trio running with 42000 like minded people including world class elites. What a momentous day to pick up a marathon medal in our capital city where a new record was set with more than 1 Billion pounds now been raised for charities through this event. Some interesting statistics about marathon running that will raise an eyebrow include the following factoids:
On average a marathon runner takes 50,000 steps on the day of the race. During at the average marathon a runner looses 1.25 cm’s in height due to spine compression and gain it back 24 hours later. The combined sweat from the London marathon runners would be enough to fill 2340 baths. On average a marathon runner burns the equivalent of ten and a half high street burgers that’s 2600 calories, or enough energy to charge a smart phone for a whole year. Well our fabulous trio went triumphantly to the finish line posting the following times,Tony Redmond finished in (04:25:15) Barbara Stow in (05:28:03 first ever marathon) and Ian Stow in (05:28:01) Absolutely brilliant running, well done all!
THE BLACKPOOL HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019
The tail end of hurricane Hanna left her mark on this West coast half marathon run on the same day as the full. Ian Dowsland braved the windy conditions taking on the one lap course that started in Blackpool, taking runners along the Blackpool seafront past the many sights, including Golden Mile, St Annes and Lytham. Ian persevered with the sometimes very tough conditions to finish in a time of (01:45:58) Great running well done!
THE BLACKPOOL MARATHON – SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019
Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear continued to clock up their marathon achievements by joining the thousands of runners on the new promenade of the UKs no 1 holiday resort. This coastal event is ideal for all the family and Blackpool is always a great weekend away. As always the race is run on Blackpool’s Promenade passing all the great landmarks and tourist spots. The route is a fast and relatively flat, two lap course on the seafront with great PB potential. It starts in Blackpool, taking runners along the Blackpool seafront past the many sights, including Golden Mile, St Annes and Lytham. The marathon course is a two lap route of the half marathon which was run at the same time. Anne finished in (04:12:22) and David in (04:50:23) Great running well done!
THE GUISELEY GALLOP – SUNDAY 21ST APRIL 2019
On one of the warmest Easter bank holidays on record the 2019 edition of this local race attracted runners from all over. Hosted by Skyrac Athletic club, this ever popular 10k saw over 700 make It to the start line. Now in its 24th year the two lap multi terrain route meanders through woods, glides along tracks paths and roads and even throws in canal tow paths to add to the mix. A great Easter Sunday challenge gave the runners chance to burn off the calories and make way for any chocolate treats that lay in store. Today’s Gallopers whizzed round the course posting some pretty impressive times. Those blue and whites were. Sarah Jayne Robinson (01:14:28) Sarah Rawlings (01:14:28) David Goodyear (01:01:07) Ian Storey (00:58:48) Annie Kisluk (01:13:28) Sarah Myers (01:13:29) and Lorraine Mc Knight (01:17:39) A shout out to Angela Storey for taking on spectator duties. Fantastic running today well done!
THE VALE OF YORK 10 MILE – SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 2019
What a great way to start the day in the cold but beautiful spring sunshine. 3 Eccleshill Road Runners winged their way to the start line to fly round this course. The Vale of York 10 miler sells out every year and it’s no wonder. It’s a fast flat 10 mile PB waiting to happen. This is the sibling race to the Vale of York half marathon and just like the half the race takes off from a runway (A different one) at Rufforth Airfield. Runners taxi to the start line then set off along the runway for a mile before exiting to glide around the fast flat traffic free closed roads East of Leeds and West of York. After soaring round the green belt its then back to the airfield for the perfect landing and hopefully a new 10 mile PB. As a memento for completing this chip timed event there’s a technical T-shirt a medal and as many goodies as they can cram into the bag. The runners today were Caroline Ward (01:53:16), Sarah Rawlings (01:28:41) and Paul Croston (01:27:32) A superb effort by our ERRs and a big shout out to the Northern Running Pacers who were there to help runners achieve new race records. Brilliant running well done!
THE BOSTON LINCS MARATHON – SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 2019
Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear continued to ramp up their marathon stats with this 26.2 miler. However disaster struck when Annie and 2 other runners were sent the wrong way, the result Annie ended up doing only a half marathon! The Boston (UK) marathon is now in its fourth year, and now well established and becoming more popular every year. Billed as the flattest marathon in the country it is held on the Sunday preceding the USA patriots day (3rd Monday of April which is the day of the famous Boston Marathon) It starts at Boston Market Place, has up to 2000 runners and is a certified AUKCM measured course. Starting at the Market place and ending at a new finishing point Boston College. It’s a stewards enquiry at the moment as to what exactly was the cause of the misdirection but the results cannot be changed. So unfortunately it’s a half for Annie (01:59:03) and a full for David (04:33:33) All finishers received a technical T-shirt along with a goody bag and a well deserved medal. Well done both!
SHEFFIELD HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2019
Two blue & Whites, Gemma Illingworth & Ian Dowsland braved a chilly start to take part in the 2019 Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon. Only just back to running after recent illness Gemma came back and lined up on the start line in Yorkshire’s biggest city nicknamed the steel city.
Starting on Arundel Gate, in the heart of the City Centre, runners are instantly hit with the euphoria that surrounds this fantastic event, they then travel down the much loved ‘Eccy’ Road (translated as Eccleshall, where us Eccleshill runners are so often confused with at races as to have travelled from) and take in its selection of bars, restaurants and independent shops. From there on, they are treated to picturesque views of the Peak District, passing Encliffe Park and Sheffield Tigers Rugby Club. Those views are then left behind as the course heads downhill to the outskirts of Dore and back to ‘Eccy’ Road Eventually re-entering the City Centre, runners finish in front of the Town Hall and an adoring crowd! In order to take advantage of the best of the Peak District’s incredible views, there was an uphill ‘King of the Hill’ section.
Despite the challenging nature of the race Gemma finished in a personal best time of 1:53:23 and Ian also in a personal best of 1:44:59! Great running Eccleshill, well done!
PARIS MARATHON – SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2019
The Paris Marathon was established in 1977 during the beginning of a craze for big city international marathons. Paris hosts one of the largest and most popular events, this year was once again a total sell out. The 2019 Paris Marathon was the 43rd edition of the race. Starting on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées the race then takes runners on a truly memorable journey through the City of Light. This big international city marathon attracts over 40,000 runners each year, in fact this year a reported 49, 155 people lined up on the start line and this included Eccleshill’s Simon Lacy! Participants run through the most famous avenues of the French capital. From the foot of the Arc de Triomphe the route heads towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli sweeping through the Place de la Bastille, catching a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes which has views of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower before then heading towards the finish line on the Avenue Foch.
Well done Simon! (Time 04:17:41)
BURNSALL TRAIL HALF MARATHON – SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 2019
No lying in this morning for four valiant trail busters. Rhea Sutcliffe, Agata Ciencial, Claire Tailford and Gareth Harland took to the hills (literally) for the first race in the “Due North series” set in the beautiful riverside location of Burnsall, the route takes in several sections of the Dales way footpath. With just short of 200 participants this multi terrainer is not for the faint hearted ascending over 300 metres of elevation. The route is a mixture of riverside paths, stone tracks and open fields. It is billed as the type of event that is a perfect introduction to runners who are new to trail running but it also includes plenty of challenges and interest for the more experienced competitor. Our team of blue and whites took all this in their stride as they clocked the miles up on this brisk sunny day and were rewarded with 360 degree views of the Yorkshire Dales at the peak of the elevations. Agata finished in (03:28:29) Gareth in (03:28:28) Rhea in (02:36:15) and Claire in (02:53:19) Absolutely amazing effort well done all!
ASICS MANCHESTER MARATHON – SUNDAY 7th APRIL 2019
Five Eccleshill Road Runners made the journey to Manchester for the 9th edition of the Asics marathon, now the world’s second biggest marathon it’s also known as the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon.
From some of the worlds greatest elite runners to some of those who thought that completing a marathon would never be possible. Perfect weather conditions were welcomed by the runners for the first three quarters of the race, however, the sun made an appearance early afternoon which will have made for warm conditions for some of the runners.
This super- fast course offers great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at the Emirates Old Trafford (home of the Lancashire Cricket club). The start line is just a short walk away from the Emirates on the A56 White City roundabout and the race follows a loop
that finishes in Talbot road back outside the stadium. The route is held entirely on closed main roads and is well marshalled. The first Manchester Marathon took place in 1908. It was back in 2012 after a 10 year absence and has re-established itself as a popular race. The event draws up to 16000 runners of all abilities who lap up the marvellous atmosphere. All finishers picked up a huge medal and a technical t-shirt for their efforts.
The fabulous Eccleshill finishers were Claire Hern 3:19:29, Robert Sutton 4:11:02, Sarah Myers 5:03:45, Dan Jenkins 3:36:10 & Rhea Sutcliffe 5:24:31. Well done everyone! Big thanks to ERR support & photography crew who journeyed over.
WUTHERING HEIGHTS WINTER WANDER – SUNDAY APRIL 7TH 2019
With five different distances to choose from starting with a 5 miler up to and including a full marathon. What a weekend for our brother sister duo David Goodyear and Annie Kisluk. The perfect way to clock up no less than 50 marathons. Whilst Jackie Bywater and James Roe opted for the10 mile event. This local extravaganza brought to you by Grim up North running. Set in Beautiful undulating Bronte countryside, the route takes in picturesque scenery atop the rolling Yorkshire moors. To begin with it’s out through the churchyard, bit of a queue to get through the kissing gate, then out to the hills, on to the moors, out to the Bronte waterfalls, and back to Haworth via the reservoir. Just over a 5 mile loop and repeat for the longer distances. Finishers received a lovely medal and some delicious cake. Jackie finished the 10 mile race (01:49:43) and James Roe in (01:30:47) (Annie finished her marathon in (05:15:13) and David in (05:24:24 ) Brilliant running congratulations to all four ERRs on a fantastic achievement, well done!
THE KEIGHLEY BIG 10K – SUNDAY MARCH 31ST 2019
A beautiful sunny day with perfect running conditions greeted 13 Eccleshill Road Runners for the last in the winter champs races. Now entering its twelfth year the Keighley Big 10k continues to raise vital funds for an outstanding charity the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope. Starting and finishing in Victoria Park this Mothers day special follows a circular route through the paths, parks and roads of Keighley. There is also a 5k run that starts in Lund Park at 9:15 and finishes in Victoria Park with the 10k. The 10k race attracts many local sponsors including Airedale shopping centre and Colin Appleyards. As the event is held on Mothers day many runners take part in memory of their mothers and others run it with their mums to make them proud. As a tradition all mums who cross the finish line receive a red carnation. Every finisher got a technical t- shirt and a packet of stale tortillas : ) All in all a very well organised event with friendly Marshals. Team spirit was there in abundance and the following times were posted (in no particular order) Julie Steele 52:34 Martin Steele 58:23 Marc Steele 49:14 Garry Ellison 50:55 Mark Sutherland 44:03 Angie Storey 1:17:54 Caroline Ward 1:11:13 Anne Blakey 1:11:06 Trevor Rhodes 46:19 Mick Hogan 58:29 Annie Kisluk 51:30 David Goodyear 55:17 Alison Hartley 1:08:03 Fantastic running today, well done!
EAST HULL 20 MILE ROAD RACE – SUNDAY 24TH MARCH 2019
Ian and Barbara Stow took their marathon training to the next distance level with a 20 mile blast round Hull. This very flat course is fast and uses rural roads as well as railway line located in the Holderness area. Hosted by Sports entry solutions it’s the ideal warm up for the London marathon. The route was fully marshalled from gun start to chip finish. The course had a four and a half hour cut off limit which was no threat to our London bound warriors who posted 03:59:54. Fantastic effort Ian and Barbara, well done and good luck in the big smoke!
LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 24TH MARCH 2019
Eccleshill’s Anne Blakey made the journey south to take part in what can only be described as the most exciting half marathon going! In her own words ‘sent off by bowler hats waving, high-fived a Chelsea Pensioner, postie and a Roman Legionnaire, encouraged to keep going by Mary Poppins on a beautiful, sunny day in London!’ And all with around another 10,000 runners, starting on Pall Mall and finishing by Downing Street, with fabulous views of London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye. The event is definitely not your average half marathon! It celebrates London’s wonderful culture and heritage, runners and spectators are able to discover London’s ‘quirky & hidden’ secrets. Along the way mile markers reveal quirky facts, from London’s biggest grasshopper to where the bowler hat originated. They experience Roman themed water stations and cheered on by suffragettes; that’s the London Landmarks Half Marathon.
A massive well done on your fundraising and running efforts Anne! (Time 02:27:30)
WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 24TH MARCH 2019
Eccleshill’s brother and sister duo David Goodyear & Annie Kisluk have been off on their travels again, this time to the Waters Wilmslow Half-Marathon, billed as the the North-West’s premier half-marathon and regularly voted one of the UK’s top road races by readers of “Runner’s World” magazine, this popular race returns to the leafy lanes of Wilmslow and Mobberley in 2019 attracting the cream of England’s elite distance runners and a strong local field of runners of all abilities. While elite runners compete for a share of a total purse exceeding £10,000, the race itself raises over £250,000 for charity each year as runners complete the picturesque 13.1 mile course for their own chosen charities, many with very personal reasons.
Today’s ‘spring-like’ weather yielded near perfect running conditions although Annie & David’s times are still to be confirmed we’re sure they’ll both have had a fantastic run! Well done to you both!
IT’S GRIM UP NORTH, LEEDS TO LIVERPOOL CANAL CANTER 20 MILE – SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2019
Another marathon preparation 20 miler, this time Rhea Sutcliffe was the participant! Hosted by It’s Grim Up North Running this is exactly what it says on the tin – and as the name suggests it is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route started and finished at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. This flat route is not particularly technical and it is, therefore, a great opportunity to try for a personal best time at this distance. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is 127.25 miles in length, stretching between the busy cities of Leeds and Liverpool. It is in fact the longest canal in the north of England and passing through 91 locks, thankfully the race takes in only a small stretch of this by comparison. Fine weather lent itself to near perfect running conditions which given the weather we have had of late was no doubt welcomed by the runners.
Rhea finished the race as fourth lady in a fantastic time of 3:07:04, well done Rhea!
EPILEPSY ACTION BRADFORD 10K – SUNDAY 17TH MARCH 2019
Following last years sell out 2019’s Epilepsy action Bradford 10k was back with a bang. The elements threw everything they could on runners marshals and spectators alike, a definite reminder that winter is still upon us. This now well established event is a firm fixture in the local running diary and sees runners massing in Bradford City Park (Centenary Square) for the start of the out and back route. The race attracts many new beginners as well as those chasing a personal best. The event is highly rated for its organisation, friendly marshalling and PB potential. Thirteen Eccleshill road runners powered their way along the route posting some very impressive times.The runners and times are as follows (in no particular order) Alison Hartley (1:06:46) Brian Perfitt (53:42) Julie Steele (51:26) Caroline Ward (1:08:57) Debbie Merckx (52:28) Lorraine McKnight (1:06:04) Anne Buckley (1:12:41) Gareth Harland (52:28 unofficial) Trisha Stringer (1:08:27) Mick Hogan (56:33) Anne Blakey (1:08:26) Marc Steele (46:40) Justnya Kurkowska-Bies (53:32) Brilliant running well done!
A big shout out too, to our contingency of volunteer Marshalls without who events like this would simply not go ahead. Thank you!
TRIMPELL 20 MILE – SUNDAY 17TH MARCH 2019
What better way to celebrate St Patricks Day than a 20 mile race? Mark Sutherland did just that in preparation for his forthcoming Prague marathon in early May. This fast, flat race is billed as being 99% traffic free through the historic City of Lancaster and offers breathtaking views of the stunning Lancashire Lune Valley countryside. With around only 300 ft climbing throughout the 20 miles coupled with a small change to the route meaning the race started and finished in the same place, omitting a previous steep climb up to the finish at Lancaster Castle, it’s fair to say it is a flat one and therefore, lives up to the recommendation of being ideal preparation for a Spring marathon. It seems Lancaster experienced similar weather conditions to Bradford today with early rain, sleet & hail clearing to give a sunny run but with some strong head winds persisting here and there throughout although headwinds turned into tail winds for the return journey.
Mark finished the race in a fantastic time of 2 hours and 38 minutes (provisional)! Well done Mark and good luck with the rest of your marathon training!
HARDMOORS 55 (50) – SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2019
The Hardmoors 55 is a 55 mile Ultramarathon running from Guisborough to Helmsley. This year to celebrate 50 years of the Cleveland Way the race was renamed to the Hardmoor 50. Starting at 8:16am Ian Storey and Gareth Harland set off from Guisborough Sea Scout Hut travelling through 9 check points taking in places such as Osmotherly and Sutton Bank. This challenging ultra marathon also took them through every different type of terrain in the North York Moors and the Cleveland Hills in wet,windy and wintery conditions. Finishing after 53 miles at Helmsley at 11:01 pm in a time of 14hrs 45 was Ian Storey followed by Gareth Harland at 12:09 am in 15hrs 53. This was an amazing acheivement given the terrible weather and difficult terrain so well done to you both!
HORTON OR LISTER PARK PARKRUN – SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2019
For the penultimate race (number 12) in the club’s Winter championship, members had the choice of running a 5k in the very beautiful Horton Park or alternatively the equally beautiful Lister Park. However, they would have been forgiven if they had chosen neither! With gale force winds and torrential rain the order of the day we could have been forgiven if we had stayed in bed, but…. 9 hardy souls braved Lister Park and 2 more joined Horton.
Lister park saw half the usual number of attendees as the ducks and geese hooted, frolicked and generally had a good time, runners ran three laps in sideways wind and rain and humungous puddles, leading the pack home was Mark Sutherland in 22:37 followed by Julie Steele 26:57, Michelle Barstow 27:25, Paul Croston 28:16, Tricia Grant 32:13, Roy Ward 32:45, Lorraine McKnight 34:25, Stuart Wagstaff (running with daughter Aoife) 37:43 & Angela Storey 38:21.
Meanwhile over at Horton conditions were just as horrendous but frivolities continued on the pond and as we all know parkrun never fails to brighten even the darkest, dreariest of Saturday mornings. The two brave Eccleshill runners in the field were Abbie Cheetham ‘storming’ home as first lady in 24:59 and Liz Robinson 35:48.
Well Done everyone & big thanks to all the hi-vis heroes at both parks!
THE SETTLE HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 3RD MARCH 2019
12 brave Eccleshill warriors took on the very hilly but scenic Settle half marathon. Starting in Giggleswick and heading in a North Westerly bow shape passing Langcliffe, Stainforth, Helwith Bridge and Wharfe before reaching a turning point towards Austwick. This was always going to be a hilly one. Settle is after all the gateway to the three peaks. With an average climb rate of 69 feet per mile, the total ascent is 899 feet. A massive well done to the following: Angela Storey 3:05:05, Annie Kisluk 1:55:14, David Goodyear 2:06:33, Rhea Sutcliffe 2:01:21, Christopher Stanhope 2:11:35, Ian Storey 2:03:43, Agata Cienciala 2:25:52, Gareth Harland 2:25:52, Claire Tailford 2:07:09, Sarah Rawlings 2:14:02, Simon Lacey 2:01:04 and Mark Sutherland 1:39:27 A big shout out to Kath Lucas for supporting the team. Magnificent well done!
BENIDORM HALF MARATHON – SATURDAY 2ND MARCH 2019
The annual Eccleshill trip abroad saw a group descending on the popular tourist town of Benidorm, Spain. Benidorm has been a popular tourist town for many years, this though was only the second edition of the race and for this year boasted a revised course! One of the few races which is run at sunset, 6:30 pm start, giving runners the advantage of, for the most part, running in cooler temperatures as some 45 minutes into the race darkness falls. Starting out on a busy main street this two lap course takes runners out along the sea front and then on a scenic tour of the city, winding around the busy streets lined with shoppers. Well organised and supported there is great potential for setting a personal best time at this distance. Leading the team home was Robert Sutton in a time of 1:49:43 , next Debbie Bland 1:53:19 and 2nd FV650 receiving a trophy, Vicky Cousins 1:55:24, Julie Steele 1:57:05 3rd FV55 also receiving a trophy, Debra Grant 2:12:42, Sarah Myers 2:2:12, Martin Steele 2:34:37, Lorraine McKnight 2:35:45, Tricia Grant 2:35:46. Sue Gregson completed one lap of the course and bagged herself a 10k medal.
Big thanks to our support & photography crew, Helen, Don, Philip & Neil
Well done everyone & bring on next year!
THE PUNK PANTHER WELCOME ULTRA – SATURDAY 2ND MAY 2019
Russel Naylor, Ian Storey and Gareth Harland took on the epic challenge of this tough ultra marathon. The race starts off from Weston Lane community centre in Otley and heads up to Clifton then across to Askwith then to Denton before crossing an iron bridg e over the river Wharfe to Ben-Ryhdding then Burley in Wharfedale, up onto Burley Moor over to Shipley Glen then Baildon Moor, Guisley and Yeadon, over the Chevin to surprise view and across to Bramhope and finally down to the finish in the village of Pool in Wharfedale where a hot meal a technical t-shirt a medal and a certificate awaited the hardened finishers. If that wasn’t enough an additional 7 mile loop took in the extended Welcome way, at Shipley Glen the route looped around Bingley before returning to the Glen for an added challenge. The trio finished this gruelling event posting very respectable times. Russell (06:45:06) Ian (06:34:43) and Gareth (06:30:23) Excellent running well done!
HUDDERSFIELD 10K- SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2019
Three Eccleshill runners ventured to the other side of the pennines for this challenging 10k. Hosted by Huddersfield Road Runners on the last Sunday of February each year, 2019 marks the 29th year of this popular event. Starting out from Huddersfield Rugby Union Club, Lockwood Park the course is described as ‘undulating, Yorkshire Style, with a fast finish’! Runners encountered a low mist which made for damp but cool conditions, in fact very mild for this time of year, almost spring like once the sun appeared from behind the clouds. Leading the trio home was Annie Kisluk in 53:34 followed by David Goodyear 58:28 and Mick Hogan 60:00.
Well done all!
GRAND BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2019
2019 marks the 29th year of the Grand Brighton Half Marathon. One of the first major half’s of the year, it is now one of the most popular races in the UK, raising money for a specialist HIV care centre in Brighton, The Sussex Beacon. Starting on Madeira Drive, runners turn right at the Sea Life Centre, towards Ovingdean, passing regal Royal and Lewes Crescent architecture on your left. Continuing on Marine Drive and the bracing cliff tops, the race will head towards the Blind Veterans UK centre, where a sharp turn on the road before the Greenways Roundabout will bring you back west towards Brighton, enjoying wonderful cliff top and panoramic city views. Picking up the pace as you run past the iconic blue railings on Marine Parade, spot Brighton Palace Pier on your left. At Aquarium Roundabout the race heads north, past the grandeur of the Royal Pavilion towards the majesty of St Peter’s Church. Turning at Gloucester Place, you head south back down Grand Parade to the Old Steine before turning right onto Grand Junction Road. In mile 7 you’ll hit The Grand Hotel Brighton before heading towards Hove next, and you’ll be able to spot the West Pier on the horizon, plus the British Airways i360. Once past the two piers, you will head into Hove along the Kings Road with the majestic cream regency architecture on your right and the sea on your left. Past the King Alfred Leisure Centre, you will run to Hove Lagoon before turning left onto the seafront. A great two mile run past the colourful beach huts of Hove will bring you back to the Peace Statue, where the race re-joins the road for the last dash past cheering crowds to the finish on Madeira Drive.
Annie Blakey finished the race in a fantastic time of 2:32:36. Well done Annie!
HAREWOOD HOUSE 10k and HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2019
Racing with thousands of others, in the fight against heart disease five Eccleshill Road Runners took to the start line at Harewood House 10k and half marathon. Representing our great club in the 10k was Anne Blakey, whilst four others took on the half marathon. Both routes took place within the Harewood estate and offered tough terrain, running off-road along muddy tracks and steep forest trails. This run tests the most seasoned runners but the amazing views over Yorkshire’s treasured historical house are more than ample reward for completing the challenge. With proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation everyone’s a winner in this event. Finishing the 10k Anne Blakey posted (01:10:44) The Half marathon results were Gemma Illingworth (01:57:26) Vicky Cousins (02:13:47) and Tony Redmond (02:01:18) Fantastic running all well done!
LIVERSEDGE HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2019
Notably bad weather conditions for this popular half marathon were absent this year as runners were treated to a positively spring-like day for the 24th staging of the event. Aside from a head wind in places, conditions were perfect for this hilly half. Eccleshill had 8 representatives out in the blue and white all vying for points on the championship tables where positions are still all to play for. Hosted by Roberttown Road Runners the race headquarters were situated at Roberttown Community Centre, from where runners were walked a short distance to the start on Commonside. The race was very well organised but sported some very busy roads which weren’t closed to traffic resulting in some very impatient drivers here and there. Leading the pack home was Claire Hern in 1:36:32, Followed by Mark Sutherland 1:38:24, Annie Kisluk 1:54:48, Debbie Bland 2:02:10, David Goodyear 2:05:08, and running as a team; Claire Tailford, Garry Ellison & Julie Steele all crossed the line in 2:09:57
Well done Team & big thanks to our support & photography crew!
THE LEODIS GRIM MARATHON – SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2019
Marathon number 49 for the brother sister duo came in the form of the Leodis Grim marathon.The route runs from Kirkstall Abbey and it follows the route of the Kirkstall Abbey Trail event for the first couple of miles and then it breaks away to follow the River Aire along a fantastic clear trail to Apperley Bridge. David Goodyear finished in (5:05:07) and Annie finished in (4:37:25) Fantastic running guy’s as always, well done!
PECO XC RACE 5, ROUNDHAY PARK – SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2019
The 2018/19 Peco cross country season came to an end with race 5 held at Roundhay Park, hosted by Chapel Allerton Runners assisted by Roundhay Runners. Unusually for these races there was a mass start with both males and females starting at the same time instead of the usual 10 minute interval. The course was run entirely in the grounds of the beautiful park. The first part being a downhill jaunt before a very steep ascent up hill 365 where runners headed up to Soldiers Field starting off running parallel to Princes Avenue. After a lap of the field the route went down towards Waterloo Lake before going into the woodlands at the north of the park. The route then passed the Upper Lake and led back to the finish line adjacent to the start point. Concentration was the order of the day if one was to stay upright for the duration as every terrain and obstacle possible was encountered from bogs, craters, tree roots, molehills and of course the inevitable mud! Eccleshill had 7 representatives with Mark Sutherland leading the pack home in 37:06 followed by Marc Steele 40:50, Garry Ellison 42:37 & Robert Sutton 43:11. For the Ladies we had Julie Steele 45:25, Angela Storey 63:44 & Kathryn Lucas 65:07
Well Done Team – bring on 2019/20
DEWSBURY 10K – SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2019
Eccleshill had 10 runners out in the blue and white today vying for space in and amongst the reported record of over 2000 runners in this years Dewsbury 10k race. Race 9 in the club’s Winter championship was undoubtedly a fast, and furious, flat race suitable for seeking that 10k personal best time. Starting in the city centre, the route is an ‘out and back’ with a gentle elevation on the outward leg. The rise between the start point and the turn at 5km is approximately 42m (138ft), making it all downhill for the last 5k. Well organised and more than adequately marshalled by fabulously encouraging and enthusiastic marshals, the race organisers even included a choir to serenade runners on both the out and back legs of the race. Leading the pack home was Marc Steele in 46:17, closely followed by Annie Kisluk 48:17 (PB) , Debbie Merckx 50:45 (PB), Julie Steele 50:58 (PB), David Goodyear 53:49, Debra Grant 56:39 (PB), Sarah Myers 58:19, Gillian Brown 64:23, Tricia Grant 64:24 & Trisha Stringer 68:16.
Well done everyone!
PATELEY PIE N A PINT – SATURDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2019
Pateley Bridge is a small market town that nestles within Nidderdale on the River Nidd, its is surrounded by beautiful countryside and glorious scenery. There are lots of other attractions very near to Pateley Bridge, one attraction being Brimham Rocks. Brimham Rocks is an extraordinary rock formation which dates back 300 million years, The rocks are exposed and some of the rocks reach 30 metres high, the rocks have been given names, such has the Sphinx, the camel and the dancing bear. Brimham is a National Trust Property and is a great place for a picnic or to have a clamber. This event was different from the usual IGUN events instead of the normal sweet treats of cakes and buns they were serving up pies from a local pie maker both savoury and sweet, which you can enjoy with your usual bottle of ale. In cold and icy conditions, Gemma Illingworth took on the 15 mile event finishing in 2:29:58 and Ian Storey took on the 32 mile Ultra event finishing in a time of 5:41:40. Congratulations to you both!
HEATON PARK HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2019
This race series is brought together by Manchester Running Events and boasts a 5k- 10k and a half marathon. Rhea Sutcliffe chose the 13.1 mile option to represent Eccleshill road runners. Heaton Park is the biggest and best park in the North West, covering an area of over 600 acres. This beautiful park includes the grounds of a stunning Grade I listed, neoclassical 18th century country house, Heaton Hall. Starting and finishing inside Heaton Park, the course is run entirely on the concrete paths within the Park. The route format is one short lap followed by 4 large laps of this large Park just North of Manchester. Rhea finished in 2:26:45. Great running and well done!
MELTHAM (TOUGH) 10K – SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2019
Race 8 of the club’s Winter championship was just what it said on the tin, tough! Hills from the outset coupled with a biting wind made for a very tough race indeed. The infamous Meltham ‘Tough’ 10k – is a winter Road Race with plenty of gruelling climbs, long fast descents and guaranteed challenging weather… Today didn’t disappoint. Starting from Meltham Community Sports Centre/Meltham Cricket Club runners were set off on their merry way at 9:30 am prompt and encountered the first of the hills almost immediately! For a fair while it kept on climbing before the first descent brought the 3 mile marker and a water station. Friendly and well marshalled this great event provided ample beautiful scenery along the way!
Well done to the 5 hardy souls who took on the challenge today: Marc Steele 52:26, Annie Kisluk 52:43, Debbie Bland 55:06, Julie Steele 58:12 & David Goodyear 61:49, all of whom picked up valuable points in the championship tables.
INSKIP HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY 2019
Congratulations to Paul Croston for representing the blue and whites in this very popular winter race. Situated in Preston Lancashire this well renowned event with an entry limit of 500 always sells out quickly. The Inskip Half Marathon is regarded as one of the best races in the country. The 1 lap anticlockwise course slightly undulates through quiet rural country lanes of the Fylde starting in Inskip it passes several villages including Eaves, Great Eccleston, Elswick and Wharles. Despite the race being in the middle of nowhere it attracts a really supportive crowd. For many, the highlight is the lovely free hot pot at the end Yum Yum. Finishing in 1:57:33 Great running Paul, well done!
ESSAR HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY 2019
Billed as one of the greenest half marathons around (aiming to be ‘the’ greenest), The Essar ‘Four Villages’ half marathon is hosted by Helsby Running Club and boasts a scenic road race through rural countryside, passing through the Cheshire villages of Dunham on the Hill, Mouldsworth, Manley, Alvanley and Helsby with just 170m of climbing. Brother and Sister duo Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear travelled to rural Cheshire for the 36th Edition of the race with Annie finishing in a personal best time of 1:47:10 and David 2:11:12
Well done guys!
PECO XC RACE 4 – CRIMPLE VALLEY – SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY 2019
A brisk and sunny morning greeted runners in the picturesque village of Crimple Valley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire for the penultimate race in this year’s Peco XC series. Hosted by Harrogate Harriers, assisted by Horsforth Fellandale. The race HQ was held at The Harrogate Sports & Fitness Centre and much of the race was run around land owned by The Yorkshire Agricultural Society with their kind permission, many will know this as The Great Yorkshire Show Ground. The two lap course, had linked paths of gravel, tarmac and concrete. was quite a challenging one, hilly and very muddy in places, there were some quite technical areas with exposed tree roots and rocks, and also some low hanging branches in the wooded areas. Eccleshill had 8 representatives, 5 gents and 3 ladies.
The results were: Mark Sutherland 33:54, Ian Storey 37:47, Marc Steele 38:33, Tony Redmond 38: 40, Robert Sutton 39:50, Martin Steele 46:14, Julie Steele 43:00, Angela Storey 57:34 & Kathryn Lucas 59:05
Well done everyone, a great effort today!
BRASS MONKEY HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019
A bright and breezy morning greeted runners in the beautiful city of York for this years Brass Monkey Half Marathon. Hosted by Knavesmire Harriers this fast, flat half marathon is popular with personal best seekers providing the opportunity to do just that! The race sells out year on year.
Starting and finishing close to the Ebor Suite, the course is on public roads, well marshalled but open to traffic after the start. The route is fast and flat, heading southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands. The only entrant flying the blue and white this year was Claire Hern, storming home as 8th V40, Claire finished in a brilliant time of 1:32:23.
Well done Claire!
TEMPLE NEWSAM TEN (TNT) – SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019
A bright but blustery day with ever decreasing temperatures greeted the runners and spectators at today’s Temple Newsam Ten. 15 Eccleshill Road Runners braved the cold windy conditions to set off in the blue and whites with one mission, to burn off the Christmas pud and not be beaten by this tough challenge. The event is in its fourth year and has become an established part of the running calendar in Leeds. Hosted by St Theresa’s Athletic Club the race offers 10 miles of beautiful multi terrain running that covers parts of the Temple Newsam estate that you didn’t know existed. The race took runners through woodlands, country paths and around nearby lakes. Mark Sutherland finished first for Eccleshill in a time of 1:18:06, followed by Russell Naylor (1:22:05), Ian Stow (1:22:31), Ian Dowsland (1:25:06), Marc Steele (1:26:44), Ian Storey (1:27:53), Tony Redmond (1:29:50), Annie Kisluk (1:32:09), Garry Ellison and Julie Steele finished together (1:38:14) as did Rhea Sutcliffe and Sarah Myers (1:52:03) followed by Annie Blakey (2:01:34) and Barbara Stow (2:03:57). Everybody managed to complete the task at hand with some excellent displays of both running and camaraderie by the team and spectators alike. A great example of team spirit well done everyone!
THE JOLLY HOLLY JOG – SUNDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2018
Congratulations to the ERRers who chose to run the Jolly Holly Jog, a popular 1 lap, scenic, multi-terrain undulating course of approximately 10K that is run mainly on footpaths through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park. The race is hosted by Ripon Runners; who proudly boast that the venue is probably the most scenic multi terrain race in England. The race starts and finishes on Hell Wath Nature reserve; it’s a hilly but picturesque course that leads the runners from Hell Wrath around the Studley Royal Estate with beautiful views of Ripon and the stunning surrounding countryside. Completing the course were Debbie Bland (58:32) and completing for the third time in 4 days, Annie Kisluk (1:01:48) and David Goodyear (1:02:30). Fantastic achievement!
COLEY CANTER – SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2018
What better way to blow away those Christmas cobwebs that taking part in an 8-mile multi terrain trail race taking in some of the best trails, footpaths and hills in Puma territory. This race is run from Northowram Sports Club and covers the areas around Shelf, Norwood Green and Hipperholme.
Hosted by Northowram Pumas, this year, all money made from the race will be donated to their charity of the year, Andy’s Man Club #itsokaytotalk.
Having clearly not run off enough of their Christmas dinner at the Chevin Chase, Russell Naylor (1:10:37), Annie Kisluk (1:36:49) and David Goodyear (1:36:57) took part in this race for Eccleshill. Well done Team ERR!
CHEVIN CHASE – WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER 2018
Celebrating the BIG 40!!! The 40th annual Chevin Chase Race with 7 Miles (approx.) challenging multi-terrain course with tough climbs out in the stunning Yorkshire countryside was the perfect race for Boxing Day. This race sells out fast every year and is included in this year’s Winter Champs.
Taking part for Eccleshill were Claire Hern (52:51), Russell Naylor (56:52), Ian Dowsland (58:40), Mick Hogan (1:12:21), Annie Kisluk (1:17:54), David Goodyear (1:18:02) and Dawn Hogan (1:19:57). Congratulations to you all!
PECO RACE 2 TEMPLE NEWSAM – SUNDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2018
Race 2 of this year’s PECO XC series was hosted at the Beautiful Temple Newsam House by Saltaire Striders assisted by Kippax Harriers, ably marshalled with enthusiasm, this year’s slightly changed, a very undulating five and a half mile course which was extremely wet and muddy following copious amounts of rain the day before. Runners were, however, met by a sunny but chilly morning, no rain. The blue & whites of Eccleshill were represented by Julie Steele 49:57, Kathryn Lucas 71:14, Annie Kisluk 58:08, Robert Sutton 47:26, Tony Redmond 44:49, David Goodyear 56:29, Marc Steele 46:31and Mark Sutherland 42:16. Short of full teams for both we may have been but there was no shortage of team spirit! Thanks to our supporter and soup master Martin Steele.
Well done Team – bring on Race 3 – See www.pecoxc.co.uk
Date for your diary: 6th January @ West Park
LEEDS AND LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS CRACKER – SATURDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2018
The Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker is billed as a jolly good merriment of festive fun. There were tables laden (scrooge style) with mulled wine, chocolate baubles and Christmas cake, Yum, Yum and there maybe even a plum pudding and bauble designed medal at the end. Interestingly ‘A Christmas Carol’ the famous Scrooge story penned by Charles dickens was believed to be inspired by Dicken’s stay in the Yorkshire town of Malton. Back in the early 19th century a building in Chancery Lane, Malton housed the Smithson families, law practice. As part of his training Charles Smithson spent his time in London and met and formed a relationship with Charles Dickens. Dickens spent a lot of time with the Smithson family in Malton. and it is believed that he modelled Scrooges counting house on the Chancery Lane premises. ‘Bah, Humbug’ Ebenezer Scrooge ‘Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it white’. Bing Crosby
Annie Kisluk (4:22:46) and David Goodyear (5:20:44) took part in the marathon on Saturday and David completed the double by running the marathon on Sunday in 5:18:17. Congratulations on a fantastic effort!
SKIPTON SANTA FUN RUN – SUNDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2018
The Great Skipton Santa Fun Run and Walk is a 5km charity race and walk organised by The Rotary Club of Skipton Craven, and each year the event gets bigger and bigger. For 2018, the run moved to Skipton High Street, and it was linked in with the Christmas Light switch on later on in the day. The run takes place with the help of Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council and in addition to many of the runners’ own charities, the main beneficiaries this year will be Sue Ryder Manorlands, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Rotary Charities. Taking part were Team Steele – Julie, Martin and Marc, Tricia Grant, Gemma Illingworth and Trisha Stringer. (Results TBC)
BARNSLEY 10K – SUNDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2018
The Barnsley 10KM Road Race is organised by Barnsley Athletics Club and has successfully run for several years attracting many top runners making for an exciting and competitive race. 498 runners took part in this year’s race on an undulating route with a few short sharp hills and one more prolonged climb at about mile 4.
Debbie Bland completed the course in 51:10 coming second in her age category. Well done Debbie!
PECO RACE 1 – MIDDLETON PARK – SUNDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2018
The first race of the 2018/19 PECO season was hosted by Hyde Park Harriers and Ackworth and took place in the grounds of Middleton Park next to the John Charles Stadium for Sport in South Leeds. The route was a challenging 4.7 miles through fields and both the East and West woods with a few short areas of tarmac path and 3 wooden bridge crossings. A really good turn out saw 11 ERRers take part with the results as follows:
Ladies Team Results:
Gillian Jago (45:13), Rhea Sutcliffe (45:20), Annie Kisluk (47:32), Lorraine McKnight (1:00:19), Kath Lucas (1:05:11)
Mens Team Results:
Mark Sutherland (38:59), Ian Dowsland (39:48), Ian Storey (40:22), Tony Redmond (41:54), Rob Sutton (43:54), David Goodyear (49:33).
Congratulations on a great team effort!
HARDWOLDS 80 – SATURDAY 23rd – SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2018
Starting in Hull under the Humber Bridge at 8 am on Saturday, the Hardwolds 80 route follows the Wolds Way from Hessle to Filey passing through chalk landscapes with dry valleys and stunning wildlife alongside market Towns and ancient villages such as Brantingham, Londesborough, Thixendale and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, before arriving at the seaside resort of Filey. Competitors have 24 hours to complete the 82 (ish) miles. Finishing just before 7am on Sunday morning Gareth Harland completed the course in 22hrs and 53 minutes raising a fantastic total of just over £300 for Sue Ryder and Marie Curie. Congratulations Gareth on an amazing achievement!
PRESTON 10K – SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2018
This established trail running festival is now in its 2nd year and getting bigger and better every time. The event starts and finishes in the grounds of the magnificent Kirkstall Abbey which is set on the banks of the river Aire and is one of the most complete examples of a medieval cistercian Abbey in Great Britain. 12 monks from Fountains Abbey, (also in Yorkshire), set up their community in Kirkstall in 1152 and remained until the dissolution in 1539. If anyone saw the live BBC 3 event 2011, Frankenstein’s wedding, that was filmed at the Abbey. The Kaiser Chiefs have also played 2 concerts to an audience of 10,000 within the Abbey grounds. Another interesting fact is the ongoing rumour that Kirkstall Abbey has a secret tunnel, leading from the Abbey to elsewhere. This really is a glorious running area only 2 miles from the centre of Leeds. ‘Be careful, tha dun’t ger lost, nub di will cum luckin for thee’.
Debbie Bland completed the race on 1:22:51 finishing 1st in the FV65 category. (Philip was not impressed with the prize of leggings as ‘they didn’t fit him and weren’t really his colour’!). Well done Debbie!
KIRKSTALL ABBEY TRAIL RUNNING FESTIVAL – SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2018
This established trail running festival is now in its 2nd year and getting bigger and better every time. The event starts and finishes in the grounds of the magnificent Kirkstall Abbey which is set on the banks of the river Aire and is one of the most complete examples of a medieval cistercian Abbey in Great Britain. 12 monks from Fountains Abbey, (also in Yorkshire), set up their community in Kirkstall in 1152 and remained until the dissolution in 1539. If anyone saw the live BBC 3 event 2011, Frankenstein’s wedding, that was filmed at the Abbey. The Kaiser Chiefs have also played 2 concerts to an audience of 10,000 within the Abbey grounds. Another interesting fact is the ongoing rumour that Kirkstall Abbey has a secret tunnel, leading from the Abbey to elsewhere. This really is a glorious running area only 2 miles from the centre of Leeds. ‘Be careful, tha dun’t ger lost, nub di will cum luckin for thee’.
Following on from back to back marathons only the weekend before, Annie Kisluk finished 1st Lady in a time of 3:59:56 and David Goodyear finished in 4:51:04. Congratulations to you both.
THE GRIM FOUR BY FOUR – SATURDAY 10TH & SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
A challenging marathon event for ‘It’s Grim up North Running’, four wonderful days of marathon running around Fewston and Swinsty reservoir. The perimeter of Fewston is one of the best of all the reservoirs in the Leeds and Harrogate Area. the views of the immediate countryside are virtually unobstructed, in contrast the sheltered path of the neighbouring Swinsty is enclosed by walls and will provide a welcome break from the elements.
The combination of these trails provides four exhilarating days of marathon running. Those building up their stamina may join us for the full four days, others may choose to come and run just one marathon (or two), either way we will ensure you are looked after by the ‘Its Grim Up North Running Team’.
3 ERRers took on the challenge of running back to back marathons on days 3 & 4 of this event. On day 3 Ian Storey completed the course in 4:31:23, followed by Annie Kisluk (2nd place female) in 4:32:33 and David Goodyear in 5:10:23. On day 4 Annie turned the tables on Ian storming in to take 1st place female in 4:27:21, followed by Ian (4:37:57) and David in 5:20:17. Well done to you all on a fantastic achievement.
RUN BOLTON ABBEY 10K – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
Run Bolton Abbey consists of a 10K, 10 mile, half marathon race and a 2 mile fun run on stunning trail routes on areas of the beautiful estate not normally accessible to the public. Bespoke medal and chip timing, all proceeds to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
Taking part in the 10k were Gemma Illingworth (1:06:28), Vicky Cousins (1:07:49), Gillian Brown (1:41:48). Mark Sutherland completed the 10-mile course in 1:27:39 and Rhea Sutcliffe completed the Half Marathon in 2:54:33. Well done!!
DALBY DASH 10k – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
Dalby Dash a 10k run in aid of Help the Heroes, a route that will take runners round a course along good tarmac and lime stone tracks throughout the Great Dalby Forest, After the 2 minute silence at 11:02 the race began from the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre down through to Lower Dalby and the up and up a steep track to Kings & Queens, level running for a bit along the top before a start right turn which takes runners down a fast and furious decent through the forest allowing runners to take advantage and make up any their time, at the bottom, it’s a right turn on a undulating track along the beck for the final sprint finish at Lower Dalby. With one Member Brian Perfitt taking part finishing in good time 55 minutes and 7 seconds.
LAS VEGAS MARATHON – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run on the Las Vegas Strip and in parts of the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. The 26.2-mile race is one of the oldest marathons in the United States, having been run since 1967. Sarah Myers completed the race in 5:11:17.
AGE UK LEEDS ABBEY DASH 10k – SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2018
10 Road Runners took on this year’s race on a flat course coupled with perfect conditions for running. A reported 12,000 runners vied for positions throughout the congested race. Starting on the Headrow in the city centre, runners charged out along Kirkstall Road to the Abbey before making a u-turn back to the city centre. The only deviation being a quick jaunt around the Cardigan fields Leisure Park to make up the mileage.
Completing the race were Marc Steele (47:56), Gemma Illingworth (49:15), Julie Steele (51:42), Brian Perfitt (52:50), Stuart Wagstaff (53:06), Lorraine McKnight (1:03:13), Trisha Stringer (1:08:22), Annie Blakey (1:09:05), Angela Storey (1:25:49) and Caroline Ward (1:31:05). Well done everyone.
GUY FAWKES 10 – SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2018
Whilst a number of our club were busy dashing around Kirkstall Abbey, seven Eccleshill road runners opted for this very popular hilly 10 miler which is a course run on a mixture of scenic country roads and well surfaced bridleways finishing in the stunning grounds of Ripley Castle. Organised by Nidd Valley Roadrunner, all finishers received a goody bag stuffed with chocolate and a commemorative running top. The course starts by rising through woods on a narrow tarmacked track whereat 2-3 miles it descends down into Birstwith village only to meet the Birstwith Brute a very steep hill which takes runners up and eventually to the highest part of the course with stunning views. Between miles 4 and 6 it is predominantly downhill, giving runners another chance to whiz towards a steep incline up to Swincliffe village. Miles 6-to 8 lend a friendly hand to the proceedings by way of a smashing downhill section which passes through Hampswhaite village. The final sting in the tail reveals a steep climb that re-joins the outward route back through the woods to the inevitable finish in Ripley Castle courtyard.
Completing the race were Claire Hern (1:14:37), Ian Stow (1:21:45), Ian Storey (1:23:55), Debbie Bland (1:27:23), Tony Redmond (1:26:45), Rhea Sutcliffe (1:38:55) and Barbara Stow (1:59:33). Well done to you all.
BRADFORD CITY RUNS (VARIOUS DISTANCES) – SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2018
This race is split into four separate categories, meaning all members of the family can get involved!
There was a 5km, 10km and half-marathon race, plus a kids race, with the action getting underway at 9:15am on the Sunday morning. The annual festive of running was held on traffic-free, closed roads around City Park and the city centre of Bradford. Bradford City Runs proudly supports The Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU), and those taking part in the race are actively encouraged to raise money for the unit through sponsorship should they wish.
Trevor Rhodes completed the 10K in 46:14, Anne Blakey in 1:07:44 and Caroline Ward in 1:11:19. Paul Croston completed the Half Marathon in 1:56:03. Well done everyone.
WISTOW 10K – SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2018
The Wistow 10K is the Selby Striders’ biggest event of the year. This year it took place on Sunday 28th October 2018 over a flat, fast course – it is organised by runners for runners, and is a genuine personal best race.
Taking part for Eccleshill was Debbie Bland, completing the course in 50:31. Well done Debbie
HUBBLE BUBBLE (VARIOUS DISTANCES) – SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2018
Witches were a bit like cats. They didn’t much like one another’s company but they did like to know where all the other witches were, just in case they needed them. And what you might need them for was to tell you, as a friend, that you were beginning to cackle. TERRY PRATCHETT, A Hat Full of Sky
An out and back Halloween race from Kirkstall covering various distances along the Leeds Liverpool canal.
Taking part in the 10K was Ann Buckley, finishing in a time of 1:12:44. In the Half Marathon – Gemma Illingworth (1:53:55 – PB), Debbie Merckx (1:57:35), Ian Storey (1:57:36), Jacqueline Bywater (2:03:57). In the 20 Miler – Gareth Harland (2:49:35), Sarah Rawlings (3:26:57), Sarah Myers (3:37:41) and in the Marathon – Annie Kisluk once again took 1st Lady (3:57:51) and David Goodyear (4:49:41). Well done everyone and thanks to those who came to support.
ST AIDENS HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2018
Just like the East Leeds 10K, but more so! This is the trail half marathon that takes you round not one, but two nature reserves! Building on from the success of the East Leeds 10K, the organisers now bring you a trail half marathon that starts (and finishes) at St Aidan’s RSPB nature reserve but also takes in Fairburn Ings RSPB nature reserve. The course starts close to the RSPB visitor centre at St Aidan’s Nature Reserve and follows the River Aire for a spin around Fairburn Ings before returning back to St Aidan’s.
Debbie Bland took part in the inaugural race finishing in a time of 1:59:22. Well done Debbie!
BRAMLEY 10K – SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2018
The first mention of Bramley comes in the Domesday Book compiled for William the Conqueror in 1086. The Bram part of the name occurs in several other Yorkshire village names such as Bramhope and Bramham. In Old English (the language of the Anglo-Saxons) it signifies the broom plant. Ley means a clearing. It would seem therefore that Bramley started out life as ‘a clearing covered with broom’. In recent years the town has been referred to ‘as the village that disappeared’, the demolition of many historic buildings left many of the local residents unhappy, with a feeling of disappointment that the true character of the town had been lost for ever. Despite the change in the buildings and appearance of the town what has remained is the true gritty character of genuine Yorkshire folk and the friendly feeling. ‘Thas run thee 10K na Sit thissen dahn’
This Grim Up North race is a two lap course run on roads starting and finishing at Bramley Park in Leeds. Taking part for Eccleshill were Ian Storey (48:16), Annie Kisluk (49:11), Vicky Cousins (52:05), Julie Steele (52:32), David Goodyear (54:24), Mick Hogan (55:39), Debra Grant (58:02), Dawn Hogan (1:02:08), Angie Storey (1:13:34). Well done everyone!
SHAUN LEE JOHNSTONE MEMORIAL 10 – SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2018
The Shaun Lee Johnstone Memorial 10 is a wonderful 10 mile off road race held annually around the fields, narrow farm tracks and bridleways just south of Boroughbridge off the old York Road (168).
The race starts on a short stretch of tarmac and then soon goes onto typical farm trails with runners running single file on the two tractor tyre tracks. Onto a narrow single track with high trees bushes and hedgerows where overtaking is difficult and back along wider path where the ‘lake’ , a large puddle easily passed then through a gate where the supportive farmer had thankfully removed the bull and cows the day before and onto the pasture at two miles in (all miles were clearly marked), across a small ditch, round a copse of tree and back through the gate we had come through. Through a farm with the farmer his family and ever-present Lyons club members handing out water and back onto more farm trails. Much the same beautiful Yorkshire landscape follows until runners were again going back through the farm for more water through the gate again, back over the ditch round the copse of trees again and hard to the finish at the farm. Water and medal handed out at the end.
Sarah Myers was the lone ERRer at this race, completing it in a time of 1:42:53
YORKSHIRE 3 PEAKS ULTRA – SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Ultra starts in Hawes and takes in all three peaks with an intended distance of 43m. This race report is by Gareth Harland who took part in this event.
The race start in Hawes took just under two hours to get to the traditional start of the route by Ribblehead and I was back off the last mountain at 6pm ish so all was going to plan at this point, I even managed a swift one in a pub en route with a Vaseline pit stop. This is where it started to go wrong and no doubt its kind comical when people are watching the tracking screens to see me wondering here/there off route.
I was wandering somewhat aimlessly when I could start to see some lights of a railway station in the distance so I made a bee line for these as earlier in the day on the run out the checkpoint was there. I crossed a bog as the sun was setting so once at the other side, I stopped to assess things – stripped to my shorts to get my base layers on and a random guy came out of the undergrowth! Was a shock that’s for sure.
This guy was walking from Otley to Windermere and stopping/camping whenever he wanted en route. He was aiming for Ribblehead so we headed there together even though I knew it was wrong direction for me but fear of being taken out for not passing a check point kept me going. Arrived there NO CHECKPOINT …. wasn’t best happy so set off the other way cursing anyone and everyone …
Finally, a road marker for Hawes so I know from earlier I need to veer off onto a roman trail called the cam road and it’s plain sailing from here in – or not. Fog set in – visibility down to arm’s length and the headtorch bouncing the light back making it worse so from here on in I was going in every direction but the right one.
I knew I wasn’t last at this point but someone had banged a metal gate so I quickly headed that way hoping to come across people – they had gone but thinking this must be the right direction I continued on.
Passed the last checkpoint – hot choc and water refills and I am off again – 5mins later the headtorch dies inc. spare battery so I resort to the emergency phone battery pack and iPhone torch to get me down this trail/road. I can see town lights and a main road in the distance so figure I should head down there. When eventually I get there a Marshall pops up and says loads goes wrong on this track, then he says…. if you continue down to the road it’s a DNF!!! 2m to go I wasn’t going to accept that so again cursing and muttering I went back the way I came to a hidden fork in the road I had missed in the fog. Finally found the way back to base in Hawes with an additional 5/6m on top of what should have been a straight forward event.
Started at 9am sat – finished at 1.12am today. Maybe one to re do next year – won’t be rushing to book.
YORKSHIRE MARATHON AND 10 MILE – SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2018
The Yorkshire Marathon has established itself as one of the highlights of the North’s sporting year. This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of the beautiful city of York’s splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities. The course itself mixes a nice balance of urban and rural areas with pockets of supporters throughout and takes in the villages of San Hutton, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley and Dunnington as well as the sites of York City Centre. Completing the Marathon were Gemma Illingworth (3:57:33 – PB), Marc Steele (3:57:54 – PB), Annie Kisluk (4:06:48) and David Goodyear (4:25:17)
Taking place on the same day as the full 26.2 mile Yorkshire Marathon, the Yorkshire 10 Mile shares many of the highlights of the Marathon with the added bonus of only having to run 10 miles – often referred to as ‘the perfect racing distance’. Completing the 10 Mile were Tony Redmond (1:20:38 PB), Simon Lacey (1:27:36 – 1st 10 Mile Race), Julie Steele (1:29:43), Martin Steele (1:29:44), Justyna Kurkowska-Bies (1:31:45 – 1st 10 Mile Race), Lorraine McKnight (1:44:10 – PB), Gillian Brown (1:49:14), Anne Blakey (1:55:13), Angela Storey (1:56:37 PB), Caroline Ward (1:57:51).
Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic set of results and thanks to all the supporters who cheered everyone in on a very wet and miserable Sunday.
BEESTON 10K – SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2018
Beeston is first mentioned in the Domesday Book as Bestone, which comes from the Old English, ‘Bent Grass’. In the medieval period Beeston was associated with sheep farming and the monks of Kirkstall Abbey grazed 240 sheep there. Beeston is of course home to Elland Road and was formley the home of the Waddington family, the board and card manufacturer ‘monopoly’. Don’t go ta jail. Go directly ta Beeston. Pass finish an’ collect tha’ medal. The 10K race was held in Cross Flatts Park and Annie Kisluk (51:52) and David Goodyear (55:14) took part. Well done both of you!
BRIDLINGTON HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2018
The Bridlington Half Marathon was first held in 1983, and returned for 2018 with hundreds of runners expected to take part. For many years, it has been staged by members of Bridlington Road Runners so other runners from far and wide can take in the spectacular coastal views in our region. The race starts and finishes on the main promenade near to the Leisure Centre and heads out towards Flamborough before turning towards Bempton. Runners then turn and head back towards Bridlington via Sewerby Park. Marc Steele finished first for Eccleshill in a new PB time of 1:43:30, followed by Tony Redmond (1:50:50), Debbie Bland (1:51:33), Julie Steele with a season’s best time of 1:55:42, Abbie Cheetham (1:59:00), Sarah Rawlings with a season’s best time of 1:59:46, Martin Steele (2:07:03), Brian Perfitt (2:14:15) and Angela Storey (2:52:40). A good day out was had by all on the annual club trip and a big thanks to everyone who came along to support the runners.
CHESTER MARATHON – SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2018
Chester Marathon was back for its 9th year and has developed a fantastic reputation with runners of all levels and abilities. Runners can expect some fast times over this stunning PB marathon course on closed roads covering 19 miles in England and 7 miles in Wales. The route takes in all of Chester’s iconic landmarks (Roman Walls, Cathedral, Medieval Rows, Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre) before heading out to the stunning Cheshire and North Wales countryside and villages; returning alongside the River Dee for an unforgettable finish at the Racecourse. The support in the villages and communities along the course is one of the many highlights of the race. Ian Storey completed the race in 4:05:57 followed by Sarah Myers with an unexpected new PB of 4:33:19.
LITTLEBOROUGH 10K – SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018
This weekend saw the first ever Beckbusters 10k take place in the picturesque village of Bishop Monkton. The race takes a circular route that starts on road before heading alongside the River Ure. It then follows a route beside the canal, which includes the pretty village of Littlethorpe, before heading back across country to Bishop Monkton. The race finishes with a run through the beck. Mick and Dawn Hogan ventured across the Pennines with Mick finishing in 54:50 and Dawn in 1:00:15. A fantastic set of results!
BECKBUSTERS 10K – SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018
This weekend saw the first ever Beckbusters 10k take place in the picturesque village of Bishop Monkton. The race takes a circular route that starts on road before heading alongside the River Ure. It then follows a route beside the canal, which includes the pretty village of Littlethorpe, before heading back across country to Bishop Monkton. The race finishes with a run through the beck. Debbie Bland took part (supported as always by Philip and Dolly), finishing in a time of 53:52. Well done Team Bland!
PONTEFRACT HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Pontefract Half Marathon returned for its 2nd outing this weekend. Starting at the Cornmarket in Pontefract town centre, the route takes you out of the town and into the beautiful surrounding countryside. The course then heads through Ackworth, Wentbridge and Carelton before heading back towards the town. One final lap of the town centre takes runners to the finish on the cobbles of the Market Place. Sarah Rawlings completed the race on 2:00:44 – congratulations!
RESERVIOR DOGS – SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Reservoir Dogs is a tour around 7 of the reservoirs that serve the Leeds area, starting with Lindley Wood Reservoir in North Yorkshire, the route then goes to Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir before heading over to John O’Gaunt, Beaver Dyke, Scargill Reservoirs before returning to West Yorkshire via Stainburn Forest and Almscliffe Crag to Eccup Reservoir before finishing in Pool-in-Wharfedale. For the shorter race you return straight back to Pool-in-Wharfedale before Eccup Reservoir. Completing the 43km course for Eccleshill were the amazing duo of Annie and David Goodyear, both finishing in a time of 6:04:15. Amazing achievement!
SPECIAL OLYMPICS, BIRMINGHAM – SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Sam Robinson competed in a Special Olympics national championship event in Birmingham. It was his first time at such an event. Athletes are categorized according to their previous best times/predicted times. Sam competed in a 1500m race, coming second in 7 mins 17.8 seconds. It was his first race in the stadium and he was more focused on getting cheers, so could have gone a lot faster. He then ran the 800m, finishing fifth in 3m 31.5 secs. Finally, he was in a 4×100 m relay, where he was on the final leg. He received the baton in first place, just, and Liz worried he would lose it for his team, getting distracted by the crowds, and not really being a sprinter! But he came good and flew to the finish line, extending the teams lead! Amazing achievements Sam, we’re all very proud of you!
KIRKSTALL ABBEY 7 – SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2018
Hosted by Kirkstall Harriers, this undulating, largely off road race starts from the picturesque grounds of the historic Kirkstall Abbey, following a lap of the grounds chasing the ‘Mad Monk’ runners exit the grounds onto the busy A65 before a left turn requires them to negotiate their first off road, steep downhill section. Woodland, canal fields, river bank, cobbles and tarmac follow before heading back to the finish at the Abbey. A good turn out for Eccleshill saw Russell Naylor finishing first for the Blues in 51:01 followed by Ian Stow (53:05), Ian Storey (55:42), Debbie Bland (59:41), Annie Kisluk (59:47), David Goodyear (1:03:38), Barbara Stow (1:21:06) and Angela Storey (1:26:12). Well done to you all!
- BIEG WESTERPLATTE, GDANSK – SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2018
Taking place in Gdansk, one of Poland’s most beautiful cities, around 4000 runners took part in the 56. Bieg Westerplatte 10K. This year’s race commemorated the 100th Anniversary of Polish independence and is one of the oldest 10Ks in Poland. The race starts at the monument to the defenders of the coast in 1939 in Westerplatte and finishes at the European Solidarity Centre next to the entrance to the Gdansk shipyards. Justyna Kurkowska-Bies took part in the race completed it in a fantastic time of 54:28. Congratulations on your result!
ENGLISH HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
2018 saw the 10th anniversary of the English Half marathon in Warrington, Cheshire. The race starts in Winmarleigh Street in the town centre before heading out across Bridgefoot and through Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn. The second half returns to the town and for the second time took in the spectacular Golden Gates finish which was much better organised than 2017! There was an all ladies team taking part in this year’s race: Gemma Illingworth (1:55:50), Gillian Brown (2:29:11), Lorraine McKnight (2:21:53), Sarah Myers (2:13:20) and Vicky Cousins (2:02:21). The ladies also took part in the Wire FM Mile afterwards. This is not a chipped race so there are no times to report but everyone ran together. Fantastic effort team!
SPEN GREENWAY – SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
The Spen Greenway 10k is a 6 mile race on tarmac from the Princess Mary Athletics Track at Spenborough near Cleckheaton. Starting on the Greenway by Primrose Lane, the race is an out and back course on the disused railway line to Low Moor. Traffic free, the fast course means there is real potential for setting a PB. Mick Hogan (54:36) and Dawn Hogan (59:24) took part in the race with a fantastic set of results. Well Done Guys!
LANCASTER MARATHON – SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
The Lancaster Marathon is a small but competitive marathon aimed at every type of runner from your PB hunters to your first timer. The course is billed as superfast with just one small hill to contend with. Runners can expect to be cheered on by friendly marshalls throughout the course and the spectators along the home straight to the race finish in the glorious setting of the Lancaster Castle gates. Annie Kisluk completed the course in 3:52:14 and David Goodyear finished in 4:48:35. Great effort yet again from this amazing team!
HARDMOORS 60 – SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018
The Hardmoors 60 is a 62 mile race on the coast from Guisborough to Filey. The route of the 62 mile race follows the second half of the Hardmoors 110, along the beautiful Cleveland Coast, through Saltburn, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and into the finish location, the seaside resort of Filey. Competitors have 18 hours to complete the course. Gareth Harland took part completing the course in a fantastic 17:37:01. Amazing achievement – well done Gareth!
YORKSHIREMAN HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Annie Kisluk (3:08:42) and David Goodyear (3:09:27) both took part in the 25th Yorkshireman Half Marathon. The race starts on Main Street in Haworth. From there runners bear right along cobbles and through Sun Street towards Penistone Hill. After a brief uphill section, they pass the cricket ground and along Lee Lane to the nearby reservoir. The next four miles are on tarmac, over a stream and across an open moor to Withens Pub. The route continues across countryside, passing near Gatehouse and via Houghgate and Brookhouse reaching the halfway mark at the junction with the A629. The inward half starts along a footpath to Denholme Beck. Under a railway bridge to a reservoir, through allotments and over a viaduct, the route carries on through forest and across moorland to Hainsworth Village. From there, runners pass along Black Moor Road, the nearby farmhouse and onto Penistone Hill. Then the last 1.2 miles onto the finish line. Annie finished in 3:08:42 and David in 3:09:27. Another great set of results!
VALE OF YORK HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018
The Vale of York Half Marathon is a fast, flat, PB loving half marathon in aid of Sue Ryder. To celebrate the 5th anniversary, the race started on a real runway. Sherburn Aero Club closed the airfield to traffic to allow runners to tax it to start and take off for 13.1 flat miles on scenic closed roads south of York. For the novice runner this is the perfect introduction to a longer distance and for the more seasoned runner it is a genuine PB opportunity. Mark Sutherland came home first for Eccleshill in 1:46:01 followed by Rob Sutton (1:47:03), Debbie Bland (1:53:58), Simon Lacy (1:55:59), and Umar Khan (1:56:58). Well done to you all!
CALVERLEY SCHOOL RUN – WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Calverley Church of England School in association with It’s Grim Up North Running held their first school run on a pleasant autumn evening. The race consisted of either a 5 or 10k and was to help to raise money for the school to increase their sports and PE provision. The race took in many paths familiar to ERRers on their summer training routes starting at the school and heading into the woods before turning down Clara and Eleanor Drives. At the bottom of Eleanor Drive runners crossed the bridge on Parkin Lane and headed to the steps down to the canal before continuing past the marina to the swing bridge. From the swing bridge you headed back to the main road past the George & Dragon and back onto the canal in the direction of Rodley. Just passed the Railway Inn the route headed up onto the Ring Road before heading right at Rodley roundabout and up back to the school along Leeds Road for the obligatory Grim Up North cake fest. There was a good turn out from Eccleshill with Russell Naylor finishing in 45:02 followed by Ian Storey (48:23), Julie Steele (53:46), Marc Steele (53:51) was yet again beaten by his mum, Martin Steele (53:58), Vicky Cousins (55:16), Stuart Wagstaff (57:23), Sarah Myers (58:24) and Debra Grant (1:01:08). Great running team and thanks to everyone that came out to support!
WETHERBY 10K – SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2018
Now in its thirteenth year the Wetherby 10k returns again to the Racecourse on a hot Sunday afternoon. Since its inception the race has become a firm favourite with runners from around the region and beyond. The date of the race suits those training for The Yorkshire Marathon in October or with the Great North Run in mind as it offers a fast course as a tapering run the week before the big day. Whatever your ability there is a warm welcome from the organisers at Wetherby Runners AC. It is enjoyed equally by Club Runners & Social Runners alike and it gives runners the chance to run in one of the faster and friendliest 10k’s in the country. It’s an anticlockwise loop starting outside the racecourse and running North towards Ingmanthorpe where it turns West and crosses the A1M and heads out to Kirk Deighton. From there it’s a South Easterly route to cross the A1M again onto York Road before looping back to the finish line. 11 ERRers took part this year – Ian Storey (48:55 – he wants me to tell you it’s a race PB!), Annie Kisluk (51:37), Debbie Bland (55:15), David Goodyear (56:34), Mick Hogan (57:31), Vicky Cousins (1:00:27), Dawn Hogan (1:02:03), Rhea Sutcliffe (1:04:03), Sarah Myers (1:08:30), Lorraine McKnight (1:12:26) and Angela Storey who finished despite a knee injury which needed post-race medical attention (1:29:11). Congratulations to you all!
THOLTHORPE 10K – SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2018
The Tholthorpe 10K is now in its 24th year and is a well-respected friendly event, attracting entrants from a wide area. Promoted by Easingwold Running Club, the attractive, well marshalled course passes through local countryside and finishes on the Village Green by the duckpond. Sarah Rawlings took part in this year’s race, completing the course in fantastic 55:33. Well done Sarah!
LAKELAND TRAILS – SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018
Starting and finishing in Fitz Park, Keswick, the 15km Derwentwater Trail Challenge is a circuit along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways. The race has panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and the northern fells. Underfoot conditions are generally good for those used to trail running but runners should expect a bit of everything! The course has no stiles so there is nothing but hills and the infamous Glenderterra bogs to break up the rhythm. A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. This race has a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running! Warming up for Wetherby the next day were the unstoppable duo of Annie Kisluk (1:51:06) and David Goodyear (1:52:49). Fantastic achievement!
BURNSALL 10 MILE ROAD RACE – SATURDAY 25TH AUGUST 2018
A recent addition to the existing Fell Race the Burnsall 10 miles road race is a challenging, scenic fixture in many prominent runners’ calendars. The race covers an undulating course through Harlington, Hebden, Grassington, Linton and Thorpe, starting and finishing on the Burnsall Village Green. Rob Sutton (1:22:37) and Debbie Bland (1:29:08) took part in this year’s race. Great results!
WHITWORTH TRAIL MARATHON – SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST 2018
This was the first time out for the Whitworth trail marathon which would have taken in some stunning views over Rochdale had the weather not been so miserable and wet. The route included lots of very gruelling inclines and very few downs. Running across streams and rivers did not dampen the competitors’ spirits neither did the fact someone thought it amusing to move the route markers causing most of the competitors to run 28 miles including Ian Storey who was very happy with 11th overall finisher out of 29 runners and 9th man in 5 hours 46mins 35 secs. The winning time was 4 hours 21 mins 21 secs and the last person was 7 hours 33 minutes – definitely not a pb course so well done Ian!
THE SESSAY SWIFT 6K – WEDNESDAY 22ND AUGUST 26TH 2018
The seventh Sessay Swift 6k organised by Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers is a flat, fast 1-lap course based on the attractive village of Sessay near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Sessay is an ancient settlement mentioned in the Domesday Book and lies half way between Thirsk and Easingwold around 16 miles north of York. Debbie Bland took part and completed the course in a time of 30:33. Great effort Debbie!
PUNK PANTHER URBAN LEGEND – SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 26TH 2018
the Urban Legend Ultra is substantially offroad, but takes you right near to the heart of Leeds visiting many of the public greenspaces during the course. It is based on the North West Leeds Greenway. Starting in Otley climbing sharply over the Chevin via Suprise View to Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon, Horsforth, Hawksworth Wood, Kirkstall, Burley Park, Headingley, Hyde Park then along the Meanwood Valley Trail through Adel Woods to Eccup Reservoir, Golden Acre Park, Paul’s Pond, Cookridge, Bramhope back into Otley, before finishing in Pool-in-Wharfedale. Taking part in the 57km (36 mile) race were Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear, both finishing in a time of 8:25:47 and in the 66km (41 mile) race Gareth Harland finished in 9:29:01. Absolutely amazing set of achievements – well done to you all.
ASKERN 10 MILE – SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 26TH 2018
Organised by Askern District Running Club and held annually on the second Sunday in August the Askern 10 mile is a tough but rewarding course. This race has been going for over 30 years and is billed as a good way to get ready for the Autumn half marathon season. Representing Eccleshill were Claire Hern (1:10:14), Rob Sutton (1:24:08) and Sarah Rawlings (1:32:10). Well done to you all.
THE ARTHUR JAMES MEMORIAL RELAY – SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH 2018
As is tradition the August Bank Holiday weekend saw the annual staging of the Arthur James memorial Relay. With 12 runners making up the 4 teams (despite Ian’s concerns that Sarah might make him run twice) and a merry band of volunteers all eager to do their bit the event kicked off at 9:30am. The route is approximately 3 mile and the clockwise loop took runners uphill through Calverley woods via Thornhill Drive, up towards the local parish church for a right turn, then after a final short incline into the village, it was a downhill dash along Carr Road to a marshalled right turn down through the woods again along Eleanor Drive and back over the canal bridge on Parkin Lane and a sprint section back to the finish line. Team spirit and the usual friendly rivalry was there in abundance. The memorial shield was presented to the winning team by Arthur’s daughter-in-law Kim concluding a perfect finish to a great morning. The Teams and finishing times were as follows…
Garry Ellison – 22:30, Justyna Kurkowska-Bies – 26:25, Umar Khan – 27:19 Total – 01:16:14 (Team 1)
Lorraine McKnight – 31:16, Gareth Harland – 21:00, Marc Steele – 22:44 Total – 01:15:00 (Team 2)
Debra Grant – 28:10, Ian Storey – 23:05, Basit Khalid – 36:45 Total – 01:28:00 (Team 3)
Debbie Bland – 26:54, Julie Steele – 25:29, Chris Stanhope – 26:38 Total – 01:23:20 (Team 4)
Congratulations to Lorraine, Gareth and Marc on winning the shield (Team 2).
A special mention to Kim James, Vicky Cousins, Philip Bland, Sarah Rawlings, Angela Storey and Alison Hartley for your help and to everyone who came to support!
FLEETWOOD HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST 2018
Debbie Bland headed across to the other side of the Pennines to take part in the Fleetwood Half Marathon. This is a popular race organised by the Flyde Coast Runners and it is described as the perfect race for runners of all abilities with a fun and friendly atmosphere. The race starts behind the marine hall gardens and runs along Fleetwood’s outer promenade and esplanade offering great views over Morecambe Bay. There were some issues with the race this year which meant Debbie actually ended up running over 15 miles (starting her training early for next year’s London Marathon!) and unfortunately prizes were not given out despite her FV65 1st place. Debbie’s time was 2:06:13 according to the official results which is a fantastic result over 15 miles – well done!
THE CALVERLEY CHASE TRAIL RUN – WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST 2018
Organised by Farsley Flyers, this self-guided trail race of approximately 10.5k started from the Calverley Arms and rewards entrants with a £2 voucher to use in the pub afterwards. The potential to add extra miles and get lost on this run cannot be underestimated and you can’t rely on the person in front to know where they’re going! Team Eccleshill stuck together for this race, relying on the navigational talents of Ian Dowsland who crossed the finish line with Julie Steele in 1:04:45. Mark Steele (who must be a new member as I only know Marc) finished in a time of 1:04:55 closely followed by Martin Steele in 1:05:00. Congratulations on a great team effort!
DUBLIN ROCK N ROLL WEEKEND (5K AND HALF MARATHON) – 11TH & 12TH AUGUST 2018
This year saw revised routes for both race distances at the Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll weekend. The 5k on the Saturday has moved from Phoenix Park and now starts and finishes near to St Brendan’s Hospital taking in the city centre roads close to the Jameson Distillery. The half marathon now starts near the huge Royal Hospital Kilmainham and heads into the city centre via St James’s Gate brewery. Taking in the Old Dublin City Wall, the route then heads towards along banks of the River Liffey before crossing the river and heading along the bottom of Phoenix Park to the Farmleigh Woods area of the city. Turning back towards the city centre, passing through Strawberry Beds, runners return along the bottom of the park before turning right and heading past the Irish National War Memorial Park and Kilmainham Gaol before reaching the finish at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. As usual there were plenty of bands to entertain runners along the route. Gillian Jago wore the blue of Eccleshill for the 5k finishing in a time of 26:11 and Gemma Illingworth completed the half marathon course in a fantastic 1:57:13. Congratulations to you both!
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW TRIBUTE MARATHON – SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 2018
The unstoppable team of Annie Kisluk and David Goodyear ‘time warped’ to Shrewsbury to take part in the Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute Marathon. (For those of you too young to remember, The Rocky Horror Picture Show tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter. He unveils his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror, complete “with blond hair and a tan”.) Anyway, this event is a feat of physical and mental endurance as the race is multiple laps of Shrewsbury’s purpose-built cycle track. It is also fast with 75% of the field achieving personal best times last year. This is billed as a very sociable event with music and many of the runners taking part in fancy dress however club kit was the order of the day for David and Annie. (David later posted on the ERR Facebook page that he couldn’t find any fishnets to fit him!). Annie finished in a time of 4:15:52 and David in 4:47:26. Well done on another fantastic achievement!
FIREFIGHTERS 5 – SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 2018
The 2018 Firefighters 5 (formerly West Yorkshire 5) was once again hosted by West Yorkshire Fire Service and the Bradford Airedale Athletics Club. The course this year was changed slightly from previous events with two short laps of the WYFRS HQ, before heading out on the normal route. The route is best described as hilly with approximately 2.5 miles going upwards, approximately 2 downwards and if you blink you may miss the little flat section! Starting at the edge of the drill ground, the race heads out towards the Bradford Road entrance before turning to take in two loops of the HQ. Once these have been completed, runners head out onto Whitehall Road and head in the direction of Birkenshaw onto Bradford Road. After about 1 ¼ miles the route turns left towards East Bierley before returning to Whitehall Road and back to the West Yorkshire Fire Service HQ, finishing on the drill ground. Taking part for Eccleshill were Mick Hogan (44:50), Dawn Hogan (50:04), Angela Storey (1:02:33 – PB). Well done to all of you and thank you to Ian Storey and Brian Perfitt for marshalling.
YVAA GRAND PRIX SERIES RACE 7 (HALIFAX) – WEDNESDAY 8TH AUGUST 2018
The 7th race is mostly flat on river side paths and canal towpaths around Halifax starting from behind Springhall Athletic track. The race starts with a slight descent down the Hebble Trail before joining the canal tow path. Just before the 3 mile point the route turns left over a bridge and then follows a river side path for about 1.5 miles. Then it’s back onto the canal and back up the Hebble Trail. Rob Sutton was the sole representative for Eccleshill finishing in a time of 48:07. Well done Rob!
ASDA FOUNDATION YORK 10 – SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST 2018
The Asda Foundation York 10K is one of Yorkshire’s most popular and picturesque charity road run events in arguably the most beautiful city in the UK. This course is flat and fast, perfect for those looking to smash a PB. Starting at the Knavesmire in York’s gorgeous Racecourse, the race heads out in the direction of the city centre and the river along Bishopsthorpe Road. After a short section on the river and under the city walls, the run takes you on a tour of York’s numerous landmarks. As well as taking in the City Centre’s stunning architecture, you are taken past the beautiful York Minster, Clifford’s Tower and after a quieter, more peaceful riverside section, runners will cross over the Millennium Bridge. Passing the old Terry’s factory the race eventually returns to the Knavesmire, where runners are welcomed by large crowds of spectators ready to cheer as they cross the finish line! Representing ERR were Ian Storey (47:32 – PB), Annie Kisluk (52:08), David Goodyear (54:04), Lorraine McKnight (1:05:20), Anne Blakey (1:13:09) and Angela Storey (1:19:20). Congratulations everyone on a great set of results!
YVAA RACE 6 – SALTAIRE – TUESDAY 24TH JULY
The 6th race in the YVAA Grand Prix series was run by Saltaire Striders and started at the Bradford and Bingley Sports club. The terrain was a scenic mixture of towpath, tarmac in the park, grass, open moorland and riverside path with a couple of challenging sections. Debbie Bland was the sole representative for ERR finishing in a time of 52:59. Well done Debbie!
ARTHUR JAMES SHAKERR – SUNDAY 22ND JULY 2018
Following a sell out last year, the Arthur James ShakERR returned for its third outing. Formerly known as the “Saltaire Shaker” this is a race celebrating the life of Arthur James, a former member of Eccleshill Road Runners, charity fund raiser and local running stalwart. Arthur was a popular and much loved local character seen at many of the local races who encouraged young and old to “Run because you can”. The route which starts next to the picturesque Roberts Park is a 12.8 km (approx. 8 miles) loop, multi terrain, following sections of the Leeds – Liverpool canal towpath but with an undulating woodland section. 161 runners took part this year with 6 from Eccleshill completing the course. Kyle Bethell, taking a break from his many TV appearances, was the first of these in 59:20 followed by Tony Redmond (1:08:26), David Goodyear (1:16:07), Mick Hogan (1:19:00), Gillian Jago (1:20:53) and Dawn Hogan (1:27:56). Well done to all of you. A massive thank you also to everyone who came out to set up, marshal, photograph and help at the race – without you all this would not be possible. Finally, on behalf of the whole club I’d like to recognise and thank Ian Stow, Martin Steele and Garry Ellison for organising everything – it was a great success because of your hard work and we couldn’t do it without you.
BINGLEY SHOW TRAIL RACE – SATURDAY 21ST JULY 2018
Taking place on a testing course of approx. 10k on public footpaths around Bingley and St Ives Estate this race is open to runners u18 and seniors, of all abilities.
This is billed as a great start to off-road running and there are woodland trails, open fields, and some fantastic scenery. It has a couple of hills, but this is Yorkshire, what else would you expect? Following the race, runners can enjoy a family day out at one of the North’s premier agricultural shows. Brian Perfitt took part for Team Eccleshill completing the course in 1:21:07 despite being suffering with an on-going injury. Amazing achievement Brian!
SIR TITUS SUMMER TROT – SATURDAY 21ST JULY 2018
Focusing on the stretch of canal around the Victorian mill town of Saltaire, the Sir Titus Summer Trot took place on a warm July Saturday. Saltaire got its name from Titus Salt, a successful weaver of beautiful fabrics that were used to make expensive dresses for the ladies of England. Titus moved his woollen mill from the centre of Bradford to just outside the city on the River Aire, to take advantage of the canal and rail links whilst at the same time creating a revolutionary self contained model village for his workers.
The event offered a choice of 5 races. Runners could take part in a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 20 miles or Full Marathon along the scenic, fast and flat out and back route on the towpath. Vicky Cousins completed the Half Marathon in 2:07:06 whilst Annie Kisluk (4:16:51) and David Goodyear (5:15:01) took part in the Marathon. Annie scooped yet another trophy, finishing 2nd Lady. Congratulations to the three of you!
DUNCOMBE PARK, HELMSLEY – SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2018
Duncombe Park is a hidden gem, situated in the heart of the Yorkshire town of Helmsley and it provided a magnificent setting to clock up the miles and experience another event from Its Grim Up North Running. The vast park land is both beautiful and challenging, with a distance to suit all abilities this new race captures the essence of their events ‘Beautiful Races in Beautiful Places.
With the old English name of Elmeslac, Helmsley predates the Domesday Book. It was first settled in around 3,000 BC and small farming communities lived in the town throughout the Neolithic period, Bronze and Iron Ages and into Roman times. The lands around Helmsley were held by William the Conqueror’s brother. You can still visit the ruins of the Norman castle, and see ancient oak trees in Duncombe Park dating from this time. The oldest surviving house in Helmsley is the medieval Canon’s Garth, the vicarage. The Norman castle, dating back over 900 years, evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. It is open all year round for visitors to enjoy, under the care of English Heritage. The Walled Gardens also enjoy a historic past, tracing their roots back to 1759.
5 distances were on offer this weekend from the 10K on the Saturday to Sunday’s Half Marathon, 20-mile, Marathon and 32.5-mile Ultra Marathon. The route comprised of laps of a course taking in the village of Helmsley and the Cleveland Way path towards Rievaulx Abbey, climbing though woodlands along challenging hilly trails before dropping down along the river and back up toward the stately home. Ian Storey and Sarah Myers were among the 14 people starting the Ultra and while Ian powered along in the scorching hot conditions, Sarah enjoyed a more methodical pace, running (and chatting) with Karen, a Gateshead Harrier, whose lovely boyfriend provided ice lollies en-route (there was also an offer of pork pies but it was a bit hot for that!!).
Ian has confirmed that once again it was hotter than London and that Sarah could have picked something a lot easier for her first Ultra but of the 14 starters, just 5 finished the full distance meaning that Ian was 2nd Male in a time of 6:29 and Sarah was joint 2nd Female in a time of 8:00. Well done and thanks to Angela for coming along to support.
SCAFELL SKY RACE – SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2018
One of the qualifying races for the Skyrunning World Championships, the Scafell Sky Race is a point-to-point Lake District journey that tests the speed and endurance of experienced and aspiring mountain runners. 40km of technical single track and scree make this a classic skyrunning route to be reckoned with. Running from Seatoller in Borrowdale to the heart of Ambleside, the race summits England’s highest mountain and traverses some of the most challenging trails in the central Lake District.
The first climb of the day starts at Seathwaite Farm. From here you head up past the spectacular ‘Sour Milk Gill’ waterfalls and follow the track that winds up into the Gillercomb Valley to the summit of Green Gable. A short sharp drop brings you to Windy Gap and then a descent on scree before weaving your way around the waist of Great Gable on highly technical single-track – and don’t forget to look out for Napes Needle, first climbed in 1886 by William Hasket-Smith who did it solo and performed a handstand on the top just for fun!
Arriving at Sty Head Pass, you’ll begin one of the most classic and technical ascents of the Scafell Massif. The route goes via the ‘Corridor Route’ that leads directly to the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. From here, you make for the summit of Broad Crag, crossing wonderfully technical boulder fields on the way. The summit gained, you’ll set out towards the Great Langdale Valley, heading for Esk Pike and Ore Gap. On reaching the summit of Bow Fell, you’ll drop down a very technical scree descent, via Great Slab Gully, to one of the best stretches of single-track in the Lakes, the ‘Climbers Traverse’ that weaves under Cambridge and Flat Crags. Descend into Great Langdale via the high ground of the Band to reach the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub before heading along towards the Stickle Barn and up the spur connecting you with the summit of Harrison Stickle then back down to Stickle Tarn. There then follows a stretch of perfect single track, running across the lower fells of the Northern side of the Great Langdale Valley to the summit of Silver Howe with its views over Grasmere. Continue along single tracks to cross Red Bank road then climb back up to the summit of Loughrigg fell before crossing Loughrigg Common to Lily Tarn and beginning your final descent into Ambleside.
A special-edition commemorative bottle of cider and a hot meal awaits you at the finish line!
Scafell Sky Race is a serious test of nerve, skill and endurance which 144 of the 191 runners finished with Gareth Harland completing the course in 10 hrs 36 minutes. Congratulations on an absolutely amazing achievement!
RACE TO THE STONES – SATURDAY 14TH – SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2018
The Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is a fully supported 100km race along the oldest path in Britain, the Ridgeway. Along its length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. The route to the Avebury Stone circle crosses Lewknor, Goring and the North Wessex Downs. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, culminating in the largest Neolithic stone circle in Europe. You can run it or walk from the start line in Oxfordshire to the finish next to the 5,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury and you can complete the 100km non-stop or break it into two days staying at the overnight basecamp.
The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields before the iconic finish where you’ll walk between the towering stones of Avebury. Highlights of the route include the White Horse at Uffington (a 110m long prehistoric hill figure made from deep trenches filled with crushed chalk) and Avebury Stone Circle which is the largest stone circle in Europe and one of the largest in the world taking over 500 years to complete starting in around 2500BC
Ian Dowsland joined a staggering 2,500 people to follow the footsteps of Vikings, Romans, dragons and Kings and it was a hot one this year! Journeying from the Chilterns to the mystical North Wessex Downs past mighty Iron Age forts, ancient monuments and through some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes he completed the course over 2 days in an amazing 18 hours and 15 minutes. Fantastic achievement Ian!
BRAMHAM RUN 10K – SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2018
Bramham Pavilion hosted it’s 3rd 10k run on 15the July. The race, which is held on a multi terrain course, starts and finishes on Bramham’s playing field. Most of the route is off road on tracks and bridleways in pleasant countryside. It is an undulating course with the last section climbing steadily up a farm track to the top of Windmill Hill before descending through the lovely village of Bramham then up Almshouse Hill, fondly known as the Bramham Beast (steep but short) to the playing field.
Debbie Bland (56:33 – 1st FV60) and Sarah Rawlings (59:16) took part in the race on an extremely hot day. Congratulations to you both a fantastic set of results.
WASHBURN RELAYS – FRIDAY 13TH JULY 2018
The second relay of the week came in the shape of the ever popular Washburn Valley Relay. Hosted by Otley AC each team run one of three legs, leg one 3.02 miles, down the hill and up through the woodland exiting back down onto the side of Fewston Reservoir, Leg two is an undulating 4.01 mile route around the perimeter of Fewston Reservoir and leg 3 is 3.30 miles around the perimeter of Swinsty Reservoir – all three legs finish with a gruelling uphill climb to the finish back to the start. Team spirit once again was second to none. The teams & results were:
Eccleshill Hawks: Debbie Bland (25:26), Ian Storey (29:32), Adam Bovan (24:35) – 1:19:33
Eccleshill Eagles: Ian Stow (22:08), David Goodyear (35:03), Sarah Rawlings (29:18) – 1:26:29
Eccleshill Falcons: Claire Telford (35:35), Gareth Harland (28:33), Mark Sutherland (24:06) – 1:28:14
Eccleshill Kites: Martin Steele (25:43), Annie Kisluk (33:19), Julie Steele (29:12) – 1:28:14
A massive well done to all concerned, runners, supporters and photographers alike!
GOLDEN ACRE RELAYS – TUESDAY 10TH JULY 2018
This year’s Golden Acre Relay moved to a Tuesday night this year (some say it was so Debbie Bland could run on her birthday!). A warm and sunny summer’s evening saw 5 teams from Eccleshill take to the 2.6 mile course around the picturesque park and undulating woodland paths. The changing sunlight as you run from the woods to open ground and back makes the conditions underfoot challenging with hidden tree roots so the race often feels much longer than it is. The customary after race picnic included birthday cake this year as we helped Debbie Bland celebrate her move to the next race category (Philip is confident of more wine in the coming year). The team’s and results were as follows:
Eccleshill Hawks: Jayne Robinson (24:52), Gareth Harland (18:56), Tony Redmond (21:53) – 1:05:41
Eccleshill Kites: Marc Steele (21:57), Julie Steele (24:14), Ian Stow (20:01) – 1:06:12
Eccleshill Eagles: Sarah Rawlings (24:18), Ian Storey (20:08), Martin Steele (23:02) – 1:07:28
Eccleshill Peregrines: Sarah Myers (25:16), Marc Steele (24:08), Ian Storey (20:56) – 1:10:20
Eccleshill Ospreys: Debbie Bland (23:31), Annie Kisluk (24:47), David Goodyear (24:45) – 1:13:03
Fantastic effort from the whole team and a particular well done to those who ran twice so that everyone could run. Thanks also to the awesome support crew and Happy Birthday Debbie!
RUN FOR ALL LEEDS 10K – SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018
The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K course has something to offer, regardless of age or ability. Seasoned runners can take advantage of the super-flat and fast route to compete for their personal best, whilst new runners can embrace the incredible atmosphere to achieve their own goal, whether that’s just getting round, or supporting a good cause. With a truly electric city centre start and finish, and great support around the route, there are few events to rival the Leeds 10K. The race starts on Vicar Lane and passes the iconic Corn Exchange heading towards the train station. Continuing onto Wellington Street the route takes runners out of the city centre for an out and back on the infamous Kirkstall Road. Heading back into town, and just when you think you’re nearly there, you have the last push up Westgate Point before joining the Headrow where you’ll find roaring crowds waiting to cheer you in. Trisha Stringer was the sole representative for Eccleshill in this year’s race finishing in a time of 1:20:55. Great effort, well done!!
CHOCOLATE 10K – SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018
The popular Chocolate 10km is returning for a second year. It is a 2 lap route around York Knavesmire. It is a path and grass course. The race is in celebration of York’s rich chocolate history. The route is overlooked by Terry’s clock tower, Goddard’s (once the home of the Terry family) and the racecourse grandstands. A bespoke medal and goody bag to all finishers and there is homemade cake for all at the finish too. Annie Kisluk (53:27) and David Goodyear (54:24) took on the challenge this year. Congratulations to you both!
BURN VALLEY HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018
The Burn Valley Half Marathon is run entirely on minor roads around the rolling countryside of the Lower Wensleydale area of North Yorkshire which is home to the famous Theakston’s and Black Sheep Breweries (no wonder Philip entered Debbie in this race!). Starting in Masham’s market square and taking you through the grounds of Swinton Castle the course then follows the picturesque Burn Valley. It rises to the Leeds Pals war memorial near the top of Breary Banks. From there it drops down past Spout House Farm and returns via Colsterdale and the villages of Healey and Fearby. Turning right at Fearby Cross there is a fast downhill section before climbing back to Swinton Castle, just 1.5 miles from the finish at Masham School. Debbie Bland completed the course in a fantastic 2:08:21. Well done Debbie!
WE LOVE MANCHESTER 10K – SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018
The UKFast We Love Manchester 10K is known for its fast and friendly atmosphere as well as its popularity in the North West. The race is run in aid of the We Love Manchester Charity which aims to improve the lives and chances of Manchester People including setting up a permanent memorial for the Manchester Arena attack. Runners of all abilities are welcomed and this is the perfect 10k to beat your personal best (if the weather isn’t ridiculously hot!) and meet other runners . The race starts and finishes at the impressive Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City and the route takes you out from the Regional Athletics Track and on to closed roads in the areas which are lined with hundreds of cheering supporters before coming back to the complex and finishing on the track. All runners received a commerative medal, goody bag and a technical t-shirt. Brian Perfitt (57:47), Vicky Cousins (1:03:09) and Helen Freeman (1:03:29) all took part in the 10th race in the Summer Championships. Fantastic effort team!
THE HALIFAX MARATHON – SUNDAY 1st JULY 2018
Hosted by White Rose Marathons, the 2018 Halifax Marathon is billed as a great way to bring your summer to an exciting and fulfilling start. Incorporating both a full and a half Marathon, it’s certainly on many runners “to-do” lists for the year! The route, which is described as different, is two laps for the Marathon runners, two of whom were representing the blue and white of Eccleshill. The race starts with a hilly opening few miles before a kinder run in to the finish and is challenging, hilly and very much a taste of Halifax, with urban, upland, woodland and industrial heritage all mixed together. On the well-marked course, which starts at Dean Clough and takes in Pellon, Mixenden, Ogden Reservoir, Holmfield and Boothtown, runners are supported by a whole host of people, local running groups and charities etc. Ian Storey (4:35:30) and Abbie Cheetham (5:47:28) completed this gruelling race for ERR on a day which brought a set of challenging conditions and, according to Ian, was hotter than Gargrave the week before which, for the avoidance of doubt, was hotter than London Marathon – something no one thought possible! Congratulations to you both on an amazing achievement!
HOLLYBANK ECCUP 10 MILE – SUNDAY 1st JULY 2018
Now in its 25th year, the Hollybank Eccup 10 was back with its charitable partner, Hollybank Trust. Abbey Runners will be making a donation to both Hollybank Trust and their charity of the year from the race proceeds. The race starts and finishes at Adel St John Primary school and the course takes in rural closed roads and a scenic route around Eccup reservoir, With its fast finishing straight this is probably Leeds most popular 10 mile road race and has been a sell out for each of the last 3 races (incl this year). An extremely hot and sunny day saw 6 Roadrunners taking to the course for the latest Summer Championship race. Rob Sutton came home first in a time of 1:25:02 followed by Annie Kisluk (1:27:12), Debbie Bland (1:30:04), David Goodyear (1:31:17), Rhea Sutcliffe (1:32:30) and Vicky Cousins (1:39:51). A fantastic set of results in difficult conditions – congratulations to you all!
HPH SUMMER MILE – WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE 2018
Hyde Park Harriers’ 8th Annual Summer Mile is a one mile race on tarmac paths in Woodhouse Moor (aka Hyde Park), also featuring a junior fun run (ages 11-15) and Race walk. When entering you tell organisers your expected time and they will match you with others of a similar standard in a series of races giving you a great chance of getting a PB. There are prizes for overall winners, spot prizes per heat and a prize for a new course record. A huge number of ERRers made the trip to Leeds to take part this year – unlucky for some but not for us, 13 in total. Results in time order (everyone was in different heats) – Marc Steele scored the best time of the night (6:28.7) Ian Dowsland (6:39.9), Rhea Sutcliffe was first in for the ladies (6:58.4), Martin Steele (7:07.3), Gary Popple (7:27.9), Vicky Cousins (7:40.0), Julie Steele (8:04.8), Debra Grant (8:12.0), Tricia Grant (9:04.4), Lorraine McKnight (9:14.9), Alison Hartley (9:14.5), Gill Jones (9:54.6) and Linda Bussey (11:46.6). A cracking set of results and great to see such a good turn out – well done everyone!
RUSH AROUND THE RHUBARB – TUESDAY 26TH JUNE 2018
Organised by Pudsey & Bramley AC, the Rush Around the Rhubarb is a 6k multi-terrain race starting at Priesthorpe School. It is run on tracks and trails around the rhubarb fields in Pudsey, some of which form part of ERRers summer training routes. 120 runners took part in the hunt for the ever elusive rhubarb this year (I personally did not see any!) with 5 of these from Eccleshill. Coming home first was Martin Steele (31:59) closely followed by Marc Steele in 32:16. Debbie Bland was first home for the ladies in 33:02 with Julie Steele (35:08) showing other clubs what teamwork looks like by helping Sarah Myers to a finish of 35:09 on a very hot evening. Well done everyone!
GLORIOUS GARGRAVE – SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
A Grim Up North event with a choice of distances run as out and backs along the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Gargrave. You can choose to run any distance from a relatively easy 5K to the ultimate challenge of 32 miles. Gargrave is a beautiful village nestling in the Yorkshire Dales about 4 miles from the lovely market town of Skipton straddling the River Aire. It has the Leeds and Liverpool Canal running through it and is known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. It is also part of the Pennine Way. The course for all of the 5 races is an out and back, firstly going towards Skipton and then back to Gargrave and out towards the Dales and back (dependant on your distance). Underfoot is made up of some towpath but it is mainly grass and it is traily but very picturesque. According to Ian it was hotter than London – we didn’t know this was possible! Taking part in the Half Marathon were Jacqueline Bywater (2:17:38) and Angela Storey (3:27:00) and in the Marathon Ian Storey (4:02:13), Annie Kisluk (4:32:46 – 3rd Lady for the second event in a row) and David Goodyear (4:56:15). Congratulations to the five of you in very hot conditions!
PENISTONE 10K – SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
The Penistone 10K (formerly the Penistone Show 10K) was established over 30 years ago. Taking place in the highest market town in the country, the Penistone Hill Race, which is part of the annual show, is a multi-terrain race of approximately 7 miles with 890 feet of ascent. The race is run in support of Sporting Penistone, the group of charity volunteers that now run Penistone Leisure Centre. The race which is organised by Penistone Footpath Runners & AC takes place on tarmac, trails and paths, with hills and stunning views of the Penistone area including the beautiful Hartcliffe Tower. Part of the route takes on part of the Trans Pennine Trail which is a national coast to coast route linking the North and Irish seas. On what proved to be an extremely hot and sunny day, Debbie Bland completed the course in a time of 54:56. Great running!
HUMBER BRIDGE HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
Established in 1998 and now in its 20th year, the Humber Bridge Half Marathon raises funds for charities and organisations on both sides of the river. Thousands of runners were expected to descend on the bridge as amateurs and professionals raced their way through East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. The race start is on the bridge approach with an initial climb, followed by a downhill section before flattening out for the remainder of the first mile. Mile 2 sees runners going through the tollgates and onto the bridge itself, running across on the main carriage way and going through the town of Barton. After passing through the marketplace, the road begins another steady climb past the 6 mile mark before heading downhill to the midpoint and then onto a long flat section of the course. At just short of 9 miles is the toughest challenge of the course known as ‘Cardiac Hill’ which is a one mile climb. Once at the top the road goes back towards the bridge and across the river once more towards the finish line. Sarah Rawlings was the sole representative at this year’s race for Eccleshill RR completing the course in 2:01:42. A fantastic effort on a very hot day – well done Sarah!
PENNINE BARRIER ULTRA – SATURDAY 23RD JUNE 2018
Organised by GB Ultras, Saturday saw the return of this fantastic 50 Mile Ultra-Marathon fusing together Malham Cove, Ings Scar, Malham Tarn, the Pennine Way and the wonderful Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The race starts at Malham with a scenic run up the steps continuing along the Pennine way to Malham tarn and beyond. Following an undulating section of the Pennine way, you then take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks starting with Pen-Y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. After Ingleborough you head back to the shoulder of Pen-Y-ghent and then the Malham section in reverse with a slight detour near the end to take in Janet Foss waterfall. The overall ascent on this race is over 8,500 feet (almost 2,600 m) and on a clear day provides runners with some spectacular views. Tony Redmond took on this immense challenge completing in a fantastic time of 12 hrs 49mins. Congratulations on an amazing achievement Tony!
SUMMER SOLSTICE SAUNTER – THURSDAY 21ST JUNE 2018
Now in its 3rd year the Solstice Saunter is a circular route of 5 miles starting from the Cavendish Pavilion car park. The race follows a clockwise loop through Strid Wood to Barden Bridge then across the river and back through the grounds of beautiful Bolton Abbey before returning to the river bank opposite the pavilion. The route was slightly changed from last year for health and safety reasons however now incorporates a rather steep hill to the road above the Abbey grounds before dropping back into the woods. This year’s event has brought in almost £20,000 to support the vital work of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and the 700 participants seemed to enjoy themselves despite the ever present midges! Six ERRers went sauntering around this beautiful route with Mark Sutherland finishing first for the team in an impressive 38:18, Ian Storey was next in 40:16 followed by Sarah Myers (51:56), Jennifer Briedis (55:27), Gillian Brown (57:37) and Caroline Ward (1:01:20). Thanks also to Debbie Bland and Dolly Dog for tail running, Philip Bland for car park marshalling and photographing the race and Angela Storey for supporting (and childminding!).
CANAL CANTER SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA – SUNDAY 17TH JUNE 2018
Another in the ever popular It’s Grim Up North Running series and as the name suggests this is an out and back canter on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The route starts and finishes at Kirkstall around 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst the flat route is not described as technical it’s a great opportunity to get a good time. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is 127.25 miles in length, stretching between the busy cities of Leeds and Liverpool. It is in fact the longest canal in the north of England and passing through 91 locks. The construction began in 1770 and was completed in 1816. Foulridge tunnel which is part of the Leeds and Liverpool canal has some interesting folklore surrounding it. The story goes that a cow fell into the water at one end of the tunnel, the cow then swam the whole length of the tunnel, (1 mile) before being pulled out at the other end and thankfully being revived with brandy but don’t get any ideas, no brandy was available to revive any desperate runners. Coming back from injury, Annie Kisluk was 3rd in the Women’s Marathon with a time of 4:15:38 and David Goodyear finished in a fantastic 4:54:48. Congratulations on yet another marathon achievement!
PUDSEY 10K – SUNDAY 17TH JUNE 2018
Organised by Pudsey Pacers, the Pudsey 10K is a scenic, undulating one lap course on public roads and tracks around Pudsey. 2018 marks the 28th year of the running of the event and it was bigger and better than ever as the number of place was increased to 600 with the event being sold out well before the day. The race starts down a hill before a sharp turn at 500m and a short uphill section. The route then takes you through a built up area and shady lanes before doubling back up a track through the woods. A steep hill greets runners between 6 and 7k before returning to tarmac roads and footpaths and a pleasant descent to 9.5k. The sting in the tail is that the route climbs to the finish in the park. 5 ERRers took on this challenging race. Kyle Bethell was first home for Eccleshill in a time of 43:27 followed by Ian Storey (51:00), Debbie Bland (56:14), Gillian Jago (59:45) and Angela Storey (1:19:52). Well done to you all!
YVVA GRAND PRIX RACE 4 – LYTHE NR WHITBY – SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018
The 4th race of the YVAA Grand Prix takes place in the grounds of Mulgrave Castle at Lythe, near Whitby and coincides with the Mulgrave Castle 10K. The course around the woods is the same for both races but the 10K starts slightly early. The route is on woodland trails and takes in the old castle with views of the coast and Whitby Abbey. It is undulating with a small ford to cross in the middle, a dark foot tunnel to go through and a killer hill just when you’d want one – at the finish! Debbie Bland represented Eccleshill, finishing 3rd in the FV60 category with a time of 61:32. Fantastic result, well done!
HUDDERSFIELD MARATHON – SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018
Badged as no ordinary marathon, Huddersfield Marathon is advertised as a great way to bring your summer to an exciting and fulfilling start. Incorporating a half Marathon and the Your Nuts family fun run plus lots of other activities as the events HQ it’s on many peoples’ to do lists. With one lap for the half and two for the Marathon, the route is a hilly opening few miles before a kinder finish and is one of the toughest road marathons in the UK. On the well-marked course you are supported by a whole host of people, local running groups and charities etc. Unfortunately due to a knee injury and on the advice of the physio, Annie decided not to complete the second lap but finished the half marathon in (3:06:12) which considering she’d run a challenging marathon on Saturday was amazing. David completed his weekend of back to back marathons in a time of (5:20:50). Congratulations to you both on your weekend of outstanding achievement and hope the knee is better soon Annie.
GOOLE RIVERBANK CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018
The seventh race in the Summer Champs was the Riverbank Challenge organised by Goole Viking Striders. Just over 200 runners took part in this popular summer run which is a multi-terrain, predominantly flat course of approx. 9 miles (1/3 marathon distance) run mainly along the banks of the River Ouse. Six ERRers made the journey over to Goole to take on this challenge – Ian Storey (1:09:06), Sarah Rawlings (1:21:20), Mick Hogan (1:22:32), Jayne Robinson (1:26:37), Dawn Hogan (1:35:26), Angela Storey (1:54:49). Well done on a great set of results and thanks to those that went to support.
CALDERDALE ULTRA MARATHON – SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2018
Famed for its iconic landmarks, immense scenery and ‘runnable’ hills, the trails of the Calderdale Way (which is 40 years old this year) play host to the Calderdale Ultra Marathon. Offering 2 distances, 28.5 miles and 50.5 miles, the route encircles Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, following old pack horse ways across gritstone hillsides with sections of traditional stone causeway, passing through hillside villages and old mill towns on the banks of the River Calder. Runners can expect some exceptional panoramic views from the higher parts of the race. Starting at 6am the cut off for the 50.5 mile race is 16 hours and runners are required to carry a range of kit including waterproofs, a torch, and emergency food. Describing the day as ‘tough but surprisingly enjoyable’, Gareth Harland took on the immense challenge of the 50.5 mile route finishing in a time of 12:57:21 – possibly the longest run completed by an ERRer. Congratulations on such an amazing achievement and thanks to the ‘usual suspects’ who went to cheer him in!
BOLTON HILL MARATHON – SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2018
Annie and David attempted to raise the bar yet again with the first of a back to back marathon double this weekend. The Race, is one of the toughest in the UK although suitable for all abilities with a generous 8 hour time limit. The Bolton Hill Marathon route follows some of the most beautiful trails and Country Roads on the West Pennine Moors taking you up and over Winter Hill, past White Coppice and along the famous Anglezarke Reservoir, Past Rivington Pike and Barn and through Barrow Bridge village. A fantastic Bespoke Medal went to All Finishers. Annie posted (5:22:12) coming first in her age category and David finished in (5:24:10). Good luck for tomorrow in the Huddersfield marathon and well done!
APPERLEY BRIDGE CANTER – THURSDAY 31ST MAY 2018
The Apperley Bridge Canter (affectionately known as the ABC) is a challenging largely off road 10k race around the woodland tracks that ERR use as part of the Summer Training routes. Organised by Horsforth Harriers it attracts runners from clubs across Yorkshire as well as an ever growing numbers of unaffiliated runners. A very warm and sunny evening saw over 400 runners setting off from Woodlands Drive and uphill before continuing on the undulating course with rough terrain making the downhills almost as challenging as the ups. Finishing with a fast descent to a final lap of the Woodhouse Grove playing fields the finish line comes into sight in front of the crowds of spectators gathered in front of the school sports hall. As always there was a great turn out from Team ERR as they cheered each other over the finish line. Kyle Bethell (42:27) came in first for the team followed by Ian Stow (48:23), Ian Storey (50:49), Garry Ellison (53:47), Debbie Bland (54:21), Leona Manford (57:23), Marc Steele (58:24), Brian Perfitt (58:29), Martin Steele (58:24), Rachel Smith (59:45), Sarah Myers (1:01:17), Gillian Jago (1:01:32), Julie Steele (1:01:33), Anne Blakey (1:15:09) and Angela Storey (1:20:17). Fantastic running by everyone and a big thank you to everyone who came along to support.