Elizabeth Wordsworth

Cleveland Way Relay

This year, on Sunday 20 June, the Cleveland Way Relay will once again be run.  This is a team competition, with teams running in relay around the whole length of the Cleveland Way (~110 miles in total), starting in Filey and ending in Helmsley.

It is a great opportunity for us all to run as a team and support each other, and is a cracking day out in the moors.

If you would like to be part of it, please pass on your name to Rosie or Tom and they will make sure you’re included in the teams.  Everyone who wants to take part will do so.  The only question is how many teams we will put on!  But you must let us know by SUNDAY 9 MAY!  This is to allow time for everyone to agree which legs of the relay they are doing, and to give people ample time to recce their part of the route (if you wish to) and plan all the logistics needed for the day.

For those who’ve taken part before, you know the drill.  For those who are new to it, more details are below.

Any questions, or to confirm that you’re up for it, get in touch with Rosie or Tom on email, on Facebook, by text, or whenever you see us at training or around.

Cheers, your club captains,

Rosie (rosie_gatenby@yahoo.co.uk) and Tom (tomlevi1985@gmail.com)


Who organises the relay?

The relay is organised by NYMAC (North York Moors Athletic Club).  Check their website giving more detail on the relays here: https://www.nym.ac/cleveland-way-relay-info/

Organising the teams, though, is down to individual clubs and the teams running the relays.  This goes for transport, logistics, and everything else – all this, we organise ourselves.


How far will I have to run?

The relay is split into 16 separate legs.  Those legs range in distance from 3.5 miles up to 8.5 miles.  On average they are about 6 or 7 miles.  (Don’t be fooled by the distances – the shortest leg of all probably has the most difficult climbs and descents!)


How will I get there / how will I get back?

That is the golden question!  Once we have a list of people who want to run, we will work as a team to arrange who runs which legs.  Once that is decided, again as a team we’ll work on plans to get everybody where they need to be, at the time they need to be there.  And away again once you finish your leg.

This is why we need people’s entries confirmed so far in advance, both to recce the route but also to plan all journeys.  If you can drive and have access to a car, that will be a help.  But if you don’t – don’t worry, we as a team will get you where you need to be.


How fast do I have to run it?

How long’s a piece of string?  Whatever pace you want to do it!  While there is an element of racing against the other clubs taking part, this is less of a race and more of a team achievement.  The winning team don’t get anything (except longer to wait for their fish & chip supper!), and it’s more about turning up, enjoying the day and supporting each other.


How do I sign up?

Let Rosie or Tom know if you want to take part (see details above, or find us at training).  Let us know that you’re in, we’ll add your name to the list, then once we have all names we will be in touch so, as a team, we can decide amongst us who runs where.


When do I have to sign up by?

Let Rosie or Tom know by SUNDAY 9 MAY.  This might seem early, since the relays are on 20 June.  But trust us – we will all need that time to figure out logistics, to have time to check out the leg we’re running to recce the route, etc.


Can I run with someone else on a leg?

Absolutely.  If we have enough people take part, you can ‘double up’ on a leg to run with someone if that’s what you would prefer to do, or bring someone from outside the club to run with you too.  (Several people did this the last time we ran the relays as a club, in 2019.)


Can I run more than one leg?

Are you mad?!  But yes, you can run more than one leg.  Depending on the number of people that want to run, and how the team legs are split, it could be that you run two consecutive legs (several Harriers did this in 2019), you may run one leg then be a ‘partner’ to the runner of the next leg, or you could even run a leg, rest/recover, and then run a later leg (I think one or two Harriers did this, too, in 2019).  This will all be sorted out by you and the rest of your team.


Race Report 27/04/21

As the situation improves and we move out of lockdown, the club has felt able and confident to organise the 9th running of the Sessay Swift 6k on Aug 18th, 7.15 pm, in covid secure conditions, of course.  Entries are now open, at bookitzone, and all entries must be in advance, ie no entries on the day, and no increase in the entry fee!  It will again be a club championship race, and I’m sure all runners will be looking forward to getting into a race situation again, with chip timing provided by John Schofield.  The cricket club again plan to hold a barbecue and a bar will be available.  Please be aware though, of social distancing!
At least with NotAParkrun, social distancing is not an issue as you just run 5k from your home and submit your time.  This week, 11 members were involved, with Duncan Fothergill delighted to record the quickest time, 25.07, just missing his target of 25 minutes.  Pete Jackson took 25.22, Mike Cropper 26.16, Gary Wilkinson 26.31, David Palmer 28.15, Sarah Harrison 28.43, Rosie Gatenby 33.08, Caroline Pearce 34.06, Tracy Hayden 34.07, Siobhan Woodland 35.00, and Maureen Worley PB 35.42.  Well done, everyone, and thanks to Paul Chapman for once again collating these results.
Club sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7 pm, continue to be popular, with new members turning up all the time, at Sowerby Gateway.  Meticulous planning is involved to comply with covid rules, and thanks to Rob Burn and his team of coaches for working to keep us safe and happy – and reasonably fit!

Time Trial Instructions – Monday 26/04/21

Time Trial Instructions:

When: Monday 26th April
Where: Sowerby Gateway 7.30 – 8pm, after training.

Two x one mile laps, part trail, part track, the same as for the Easter handicap. 
Start and finish at the start of the 100m straight.
There will be a slight difference on the trail part of the course where there will be one or two obstacles, hopefully some trees and a couple of streams. 
Don’t gather at the start and don’t gather at the finish. Only run when there is a gap/space to do so, don’t run in groups and don’t run side by side. We are trying to get back to normal without it actually being normal! 

Time yourself and submit results below by : 9pm.

Submit Results Here

Training w/c 26/04/21

This week’s training at Sowerby Gateway Track:
Monday 26th April 6.50 start.
All groups, warm ups and a light session of core work, followed by monthly 2 mile time trial at 7.30 until 8pm.
Details to follow in separate email which will include time submission link. This is not a race and is part of your structured training program. Results will be out asap.

Wednesday 28th April 6.50 start.
Warm ups / light core work / 10 x 200 with jog back recovery up to 24 minutes duration.

Weekend long run:
70 mins. 25 mins steady / 20 mins brisk/ 25 mins steady

Forthcoming Races:
Next Championship Race 7: Gribdale Growler Fell Race
April 29/30th- May 1st/2nd. Full details in separate email to follow which will include time submission link.

20th June 2021: Cleveland Way Relays tbc
It is hoped that the Cleveland Way Relays will be going ahead, and we can submit a team, maybe two.
Your team captains will be in touch with further information, but in the meantime keep the date.

Race Report 20/04/21

The track at Sowerby supplied an excellent substitute for the virtual East Coats 5k, in that it is flat with laps, and allows for fast times – no view of the sea, though!  There were 103 finishers, including about half a dozen guests, which demonstrates the popularity of both the course and the virtual series of races, and many runners had PBs.  Matt Jones once again produced the fastest time, 17.25 – not bad for 5k – with Andrew Price close in 17.29 and getting back into form Tom Levi 3rd in 17.30.  4th came Paul Peacock in 18.05, new member, Danny Tudhope 5th in 19.18, David Fawkes 6th in 19.21, Josh Cooper 7th in 19.42, Paul Chapman 8th in 20.06, Walter Busuttil 9th in 20.23 and Alan Simpson 10th in 20.29.
The ladies had some quick times too, with Sarah Yeomans just separating the last two men to finish in 20.29 and Trudy Morrice right up there, 2nd lady, in 20.44.  3rd was Gemma Tutty in 21.02, 4th Lyndsey Collins in 21.55, 5th Kirsty Naylor in 22.53, 6th Hilary Coventry in 23.32, 7th Sonja van der Westhuisen in 23.58, 8th Clare Tempest in 24.28, 9th Tracey Lowther in 25.03 and 10th Sarah Harrison in 25.29.  
Among these 20 names is a clutch of good new members.  What a pity the Harrogate League is not in operation this year!
Also running were Adam Leigh, Rob Burn (continuing to impress in 20.59), Michael Lowther, Martyn Coy, Gary Wilkinson, Jody Sygrove, Ken Wood, Dave Baker, Mike Cropper, Andy Butcher, Ashton Cartman, Richard Morrice, Brett Edgeworth, Pedro Carrasco, Adrian Saunders, Pete Jackson, Gavin Coventry, Elliot Readman, Duncan Fothergill, Daniel Moore, David Tervit, Jack Spence, Dave Wood,  – (nearly all the above under 25 minutes) – Joe Joyce, Paul Goacher, Will Jagger, Rob Lickley, Andrea Colls, Sarah Scott, David Palmer, Faith Coy,  Geoff Bullock, Steve Billings, Trish Radford, Helen Ashworth, Joanne Hunt, Ken Evitt, Alison Whiteley, Andy Whiteley, Alison Butcher, Lindsay Goom, Lucy Sillars, James Stephenson, Liz Wordsworth, Clare Jones, Chris Wordsworth, Ruth Pollard, Phillip Craig, Rhiannon Richards, Reuben Coy, Caroline Pearce, Kerry Coventry, Paul Adams, Drikus van der Westhuisen, Simon McKeown, Jacob Condor, Margaret Wikeley, Christine Burn, Bethany Haggarth, Ellen Brookes, Richard Easby, Liz Stephenson, Tracy Hayden, Alan Wikeley, Hugh Jenyns, Sharon Keegan, Siobhan Woodland, (after running 30 miles the previous day), Gillian Crane, Craig Atherton, Pat Kirby, Sarah Goacher, Marian Codling, Bev Davies, Denise Gandy, Rosie Gatenby, Angie Weatherhead, Ian Crane and Kimberli Werner.  Another successful and enjoyable event, with members rising to the challenge.  The next race will be harder and longer!

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