ONE of Nidd Valley Road Runners’ long distance specialists has been busy clocking up the miles across the district over the past few weeks.
Carol Morgan went over to Guiseley for Rombalds Stride, a 22 mile fell race over Otley Chevin and Baildon Moor and with heavy snow predicted the biggest challenge was getting back before that fell. Carol successfully completed the route in three hours 46 minutes her fastest time in recent years and more importantly ahead of the snow.
The following weekend Carol headed across to Hebden Bridge for another classic race the Wadsworth Trog, a 20 mile fell race hosted by Calder Valley.
With the threat of cancellation the organisers had to re-route the start to allow the race to go ahead and warned the runners that conditions were still trecherous on the course.
Carol made her way round safely in four hours 46 minutes.
A little closer to home six Nidd Valley Runners headed to the Stray for Harrogate’s parkrun. After a course inspection the route was slightly modified and run entirely on the grass for safety reasons but still produced some great performances. Maurice Kelly 20.47, Steve Newton 23.42 and Sarah Chalmers 27.11 all had parkrun pbs.
Sarah commented: “I am loving parkrun, I keep getting faster everytime.”.
Other finishers for NVRR were first timer Jonathon Easton 22.19,Tony Ledwaba-Chapman 22.20 and Phil Robinson 23.15.
The following day Liversedge Half Marathon took place and is billed as one of the toughest half marathons in the area, with not much level running to speak of it saps your energy at every climb.
Three Nidd Valleyers took on the challenge, Mike Deacon, part way through his London Marathon training, finished in 1 hour 36 mins, Fiona Deacon 1.46 and Lizzie Medwell 2.13.