It was with great excitement that we finally got back racing on April 11th. This was the second running of the Swainby Sweep, which was one of the first races to fall victim to COVID restrictions last year and one of the first post-lockdown events of 2021. Race organisers Carol and Dave Murray left no stone unturned in making sure that that we all complied with governments guidelines while still having a fabulous racing experience.
Four Swaledale runners tackled the long course, which was reduced from the planned 16-mile route to about 13.2 miles, because of heavy snow on the upper reaches of the course. Runners were set off in small groups at one-minute intervals, so no one knew exactly how they had done until the results were published later that day. Jess Young, on form as ever, was 3rd lady overall, in a time of 1.51.33. Helen Nicholson was 15th lady overall and 1st FV 50 in 2.19.24. Not far behind were Roger Brisley in 2.24.01 and Julia Spittle, 2nd FV60, in 2.33.39. Liz Sowter completed the 6.6-mile short course in 1.10.15, making her first FV60.
Races like this couldn’t happen without the volunteers and club members Simon Hewitt, Stuart Clarkson, Ros Blackmore and Neil Bowmer were all in action round the course. Thank you to them, to Carol and Dave Murray and to everyone who made this event such a success.
Club members have been taking advantage of the gradual easing of lockdown to run from places further afield than their own front door. In the Dales and North York Moors, in Teesdale and the Lake District, runners have been exploring new paths and getting reacquainted with old favourites.
For some these runs are preparation for big events later in the year, including the Lakeland 50, the Lady Anne’s Way 100 and a Bob Graham Round. This requires practising navigational skills, building up endurance and learning to move well on rough ground. What could be a better excuse for a grand day out!
We had an amazing turn out for the first session of our latest Swaledale Shufflers C25km group. Fantastic job team - it was lovely to meet you all and we’re really looking forward to next week!
Get in touch with us if you are keen to get started with running or return to running after a break. We welcome all runners and have a session that will be right for you.
Club runs have now started up again on Tuesdays and Thursdays – hooray! We are of course following government and England Athletics guidelines to keep ourselves safe, so the clubhouse remains closed. For now we are concentrating on social runs in groups to suit people’s pace.
During the latest lockdown members of Swaledale Runners have kept on running in all weathers. Many have taken part in virtual challenges, with a ‘complete not compete’ theme to keep everyone motivated. Some have been concentrating on the ‘Big Mountain Challenge’, with several runners reaching the top of Everest and beyond. We have tackled more unusual challenges and discovered that running backwards is a lot harder than it looks! There has been an alphabet challenge and a treasure hunt as well as plogging (jogging and litter picking) and a photo competition. Information about our virtual challenges, as well as the latest results, can be found under competitions above. As we gradually return to racing we will still be keeping some virtual competitions going: watch this space!
Running from home has been tough, but this did not hold back Jess Young who completed an incredible 100K run from her home in under 10 hours, raising over £1200 for the Captain Tom Foundation. You can read a report of Jess’s amazing achievement here.