Nidd Valley set personal bests

Nidd Valley Road Runners at the Harrogate parkrun. (S)
Nidd Valley Road Runners at the Harrogate parkrun. (S)

Twenty two NIDD VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS were in action across the county last weekend, rubbing shoulders with record breakers.

First up was Harrogate parkrun with seven Nidd Valley Runners joining a record breaking number of participants on Harrogate Stray.

There were parkrun pb’s from Jonathan Easton 21.09, Alison Iles 22.33, who in the process set a F35 course record and Paul Manning 23.37.

There were a couple of first timers, Andy Harris 21.01, who was first home for the club and Rob Snow 22.15, other runners were Steve Newton 24.14 and Sue Reast 28.08.

On the Sunday five Nidd Valley Runners went over to Ilkley for the superb fell race organised by Ilkley Harriers.

With the mild conditions of late the thaw had left the ground very wet and over the tops there was thigh high mud, but with Phil Robinson’s words of encouragement to ‘trust what’s under your feet and let your studs do the work’ the runners set off.

There were lots of fast times and even the longstanding ladies record was broken.

First back for Nidd was Nick Iles 54.00 closely followed by Alan Davidson 54.24, then Phil Robinson 59.44, Tony Ledwaba-Chapman 60.38 and Sarah Chalmers 79.32.

Across the other side of the county the remaining ten Nidd Valley Runners were in Pocklington for the ever popular Snake Lane 10 mile road race, this course is known for its fast times and pb potential. Leading the club home was Mike Deacon, in the middle of his London Marathon training, with a time of one hour eight minutes. Next with only three seconds separating them were Fiona Deacon and Christine Holleran 1.14, then Helen Gregory 1.24, Stuart Hatfield 1.28, Annie Burns 1.29, Judy Greenwood 1.35.

Three pbs then followed from Sarah Mattocks 1.36, Rebecca Ventress taking 19 minutes off her best with 1.37 and Aimi Blueman reducing her best by 12 minutes to 1.44.