Parkrun beats snow while Runners toast achievement

Nidd Valley Road Runners celebrate their awards night. (S)
Nidd Valley Road Runners celebrate their awards night. (S)

With Harrogate Parkrun taking place on Saturday morning, it managed to avoid the sporting cull that greeted Harrogate and Knaresborough’s fixture list due to snow later that day.

For NIDD VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS it was an all-boys affair and they turned in some outstanding performances.

Alan Davidson smashed his 5k pb to record a time of 19.18 followed in by Nick Iles in 21.70.

The performance of the day for Nidd Valley must go to Tony Ledwaba-Chapman who, in a time of 22.19, set a new M65 course record.

Carol Morgan and Mark David travelled over to Whitby at the end of January for the Yorkshire Ultra Marathon, starting outside Whitby Abbey and venturing onto the North York Moors.

Carol came home fourth overall and took the first lady prize for her time of four hours 20 minutes, Mark clocking 5.28.

Nidd Valley held their annual awards at Harrogate Golf Club on Saturday, to recognise both performance and contribution for the club.

Outgoing Chairman Simon Smith presented the awards with a number of runners receiving prizes for the first time and some going home laden with silverware.

Four members took home two awards each, Lee Dalton for Senior Male and Male Evening League, Andy Todd for Male Vet and Most Meritorious Performance in breaking the three-hour barrier for Amsterdam Marathon, Tony Ledwabe-Chapman for Handicap Champion and Fell Champion and Fiona Deacon for Female Vet and Female Evening League.

Picking up one award each were Sheena Jackson for Senior Female and Michelle Smith for Short Course Female.

The award for Short Course Male was the most hotly contested and even on countback could not be seperated so was awarded jointly to Phil Fernyhough and Simon Smith.

The final award of the night went to Paul Manning as Most Improved Runner over the year.

As well as the main awards others were awarded for their level of participation in the Club Championships.

Gold went to Alan Davidson, Paul Stalker, Steve Newton and Nick Iles, silver to Christine Holleran and Annie Burns, and bronze to Sarah Chalmers, Helen Gregory and Judy Greenwood.

A participation award was presented to Jenny Manning.

Four THIRSK AND SOWERBY HARRIERS were at Ripon for the 7th running of the Muddy Boots 10k, again facing several inches of snow.

Les Sutton-Haigh led the team home to finish 35th out of 178 in 48.13 with Alan Harman 80th in 54.50, Nik Sutton-Haigh 110th in 58.32 and Ian Codling 160th in 67.54.

The previous day, Jack Spence represented North Yorkshire in a schools inter-counties cross country competition.

Jack finished 23rd out of 57, and fourth North Yorkshire finisher, over a very challenging course.

John Yates came 18th in 1.15.17 in the Salisbury Plain Crazy 12 mile race.