No write up this week but Michelle and I are looking forward to seeing you all next time!
What a difference a week makes! At last a warm Chevin to run around; the mud has mostly dried and the ground is firm underfoot.
22 runners took advantage of these beautiful running conditions and we saw records broken in our youngest and oldest categories.
Firstly thank you to our tail runner Sharon Hellewell and our marshals André Ruigrok, Anna Murtough, Jille Townend, Jacob Hellewell, John Parkinson, Melvyn Burton and Stephen Brennan; you all did a fantastic job today!
This morning saw the return of the amazing Euan Brennan who crossed the line in a scorching 18.53 to break his own category record by 28 seconds. He was chased down by Tom Potter and James Tarran in 19.08 and 19.21 respectively. Not too shabby-well done all three!
Louise Higgins was first for the women in 24.29 with Maggie Fletcher (and William) second and first timer Sue Harris in third-some great running there.
The second category record was from Malcolm Coles who powered across the line smashing his own previous best with an exceptionally strong finish.
Two other strong finishers were Jane Ellis who missed her PB by just one second and Toni Midgley whose sprint helped her take about 90 seconds off her previous best time. Brilliant running.
There was a great atmosphere today with runners staying behind to cheer people in especially our two youngest contestants, Rosie Hellewell and Izzy Parkinson-cheers guys.
I hope we can count on clement weather from now on and Michelle and I look forward to seeing you all next week. Have a good one.
All the best and good running, Paul Shack
Oh and thank you to the Parkinsons for the lift home!
28th April 2013
Like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or Time’s Arrow, 2013 continues to regress inexorably back into winter but that didn’t stop 19 intrepid runners brave the “open freezer door” gusts of wind on the exposed parts of the Chevin this morning. It was great to see the regulars and welcome back people we haven’t seen for a while.
Our volunteers today were Andy Brown (with Hannah and Suki), Geoff Render, Jacqueline Ellis, Michelle Smith, Pam Byrom and Piers Barber. Sweeping up for us was Petra Bijsterveld. Thanks to everyone –we can’t do it without you.
The conditions were tough this morning and first across the line was Tom Gatehouse in a solid 21:13 followed by Andrew Byrom just under a minute later (welcome back Andrew). Ben Nurse had a storming performance in 23:04. The first category record of the day fell to Arthur Turner who took 40 seconds off Nathan Forey’s long standing time of 25:07. For the women, Leah Forey put in a strong sprint to finish first lady and third overall in 22:51 and the second category record of the day went to second lady, Helen Nurse in 25:03. Third for the women was Madeleine Watson in 25:33.
Well I thought it was a great if chilly morning and I’m looking forward to seeing you all next week.
All the best and good running,
21st April 2013
What a phenomenal day. Firstly let me thank everyone for observing the minute’s silence so well before the run this morning.
It was a great turnout for the only real alternative to that small race down south, The VLM.
Thanks to our marvellous marshals who this week were Helen Forey, Jane Ellis, Jez Hellewell, John Ellis, Nicki Walton (with Alex and Pixie), Michelle Smith and our brilliant tail runner, Kat Shepherdson.
Six records fell today. Starting us off was the magnificent Racheal Bamford who pulverised the current women’s record and was just 6 seconds off the fastest ever time at Run Sunday with a time of 17.34. Well done. Second for the ladies was Leah Forey with a great run of 22.16 and Tilly Melechi crossed the line shortly after. For the men Tom Pratt turned in an impressive sub 19 minutes (18:57) and Neil Jones finished second in 19:42 followed home by Zack Whitehead 40 seconds later. Great running.
It was a day for records today with Ben Archer, Jake Hellewell, Rosie Hellewell, Jille Townend and Brenda Grant all taking category records and all by some margin. Well done guys.
It was a sheer joy today to watch all the determination and hard work going on and it was great, as always, to hear everyone being cheered in. You should all be really proud of yourselves; you make Run Sunday what it is.
Michelle and I hope you have a cracking week and we’re already looking forward to seeing you all next time!
All the best and good running,
14th April 2013
Absolutely beautiful Yorkshire weather this morning, warm sunshine breaking through the trees saw 21 keen runners, seven steadfast volunteers and plenty of vocal supporters turn out (in fewer layers then recent weeks) on the Chevin this morning. We couldn’t make it too easy so we did replicate the effects of a wind tunnel towards the top of the killer hill just to make it more of a challenge.
Firstly a big thank you to our tail runner John Parkinson and our volunteers Dave Robson, Julie Brennan, Kat Shepherdson, Liam Dunne, Michelle Smith and Piers Barber.
First across the line today was Euan Brennan who despite the challenging conditions lead from the very start and finished in an impressive category record of 19.21(that’s two records under his belt now) and second was Mark Beswick who almost withdrew before the run feeling a little under the weather but managed a great time of 21.40. Well done both!
For the women, Leah Forey battled hard in tough conditions to finish first in 23.20 followed by Katie Barber who broke her own category record by nearly three minutes with a watch time of 26.13-brilliant results both.
Yet another record fell to Harry Stead who took the MJ9 title with an impressive time of 26.21 coached by his dad Darryl and cheered on by the rest of the Steads!
All in all a great day with a fast field and it was great to see you all! (Oh and thanks for the lift Will Warboys-I’m amazed we didn’t break your car!)
Have a fantastic week and Michelle and I look forward to seeing you all next week.
All the best and good running!
April 07th 2013
A great morning and just to prove how tough the Chevin really is we laid on some frozen mud crusts with icy water underneath, of course, black ice patches and where you had to avoid the still lying snow and permafrost on the hill we provided you with a mud slide-perfect spring fun! Let’s just say the course was “challenging” so well done to our seventeen adventurers who took on our tribute to “Total Wipeout”.
A welcome return to Graham Lake who managed an impressive 19.46 followed by another podium finish for Tom Gatehouse, third in for the men was newcomer Steve Robinson-an impressive debut. For the ladies Leah Forey was first across the line(and fourth overall) coached by father Jonathan and mum Helen Forey took second. Jane Ellis with her, now signature, faster than light sprint finish came in third.
Thanks go to our tail runner, Sue Gregson who finished with her signature sprint finish which we first saw on the Chevin last June(and also thank you for the lift home).
All in all, a great field showing great spirit especially Sean Emmett who showed true grit in getting to the finish after a calf problem half way round (I hope it’s just a niggle) and thanks to Jane and Tom for giving him a lift to his car.
So we’re back and hopefully there’ll be no more interruptions through the summer months.
By the way wasn’t Michelle’s cake marvellous! Yum.
We hope you have a great week whatever you’re doing!
All the best and good running, Paul ShackMarch 17th 2013
What a great morning. Event 31 and 31 runners!
A storming 18:00 finish from Peter Hopson saw him take first place and also take 4 seconds off his personal best (with a broken wrist too!) and Tom Pratt sliced 23 seconds off his PB to finish second in 19:13. First again this week for the ladies was Pange Srivastava followed by Carol Gatehouse about 45 seconds later. Our only new course category record today went to Lucia Stoney, thanks partly to the sterling domestique work of Martin Stoney.
The whole run had a great, energised vibe this morning; it was marvellous to see so many families taking part as well as see the return of Duncan Burgess and Dan Mackenzie. Oh and before I forget a big Run Sunday Happy Birthday to Jacob Hellewell!
As always thank you to our stalwart crew of marshals who were Emma (with Esme and Florence) Stoney, Liz Buck (thanks for stepping in at the last minute), Michelle Smith (best biscuits yet!),Sarah Morvern Jones and a special mention to our walking wounded Vanessa Groom-get well soon! Our tail runners this week were the dynamic duo of Margaret Fletcher and William. Cheers guys.
Oh yes, a big thank you to Jonathan Brownlee for encouraging our runners (especially Lucia) up our “killer hill”-a nice finishing touch to a superb morning-you should have come back for a biscuit!
Have a great week everyone and Michelle and I hope to see you all again soon!
March 10th 2013
You know spring is here when you open your curtains at 6am and there’s a blizzard outside. As we hiked up to the Chevin this morning noticing the crocuses and snowdrops the temperature was steadily dropping and occasional flurries of snow made it look as well as feel cold but that didn’t stop 15 runners and 8 marshals from helping us stage our 30th event.
First off thanks as always to the marshals John Parkinson, Leah Forey, Louise Higgins, Melvyn Burton(who later ran the course!), Michelle Smith, Piers Barber, Will Worboys and our tail runner Ali Nash. It was great to be able to double up marshals which is great for encouraging runners and makes it a less lonely job.
Jonathan Forey crossed the line first with a PB and the M40 category record shaved down to 18:28; Tom Gatehouse finished second in 21:39. For the women, Pange Srivastava broke the F40 record to cross the line first in just 24:34 with newcomer Lisa Heath second in 25:54. Well done all!
The third record fell to Brenda Grant who took a full minute off her own course PB with 34:44
It was great to see some new faces in David, Lisa and Ben who all had strong runs finishing 4th, 5th and 6th respectively and also welcome back some canine competitors and their owners; Suki running with Debra and the ever vocal, but much loved Dylan and Emma.
Special thanks to Michelle for the lovely flapjack and to Emma for the lift home.I hope you all have a cracking week. Good luck in whatever you do and me and Michelle can’t wait to see you all again soon.
March 03rd 2013
A great morning for a run around the Chevin and we saw four category records broken today so well done to Scott Harrington, Tilly Melechi, Katie Barber and Brenda Grant.
It was really nice to see the first finishers go back to the first corner to cheer later runners on and that was indicative of a wholly supportive and friendly atmosphere today. It must be what Michelle puts in her biscuits.
First over the line was Scott Harrington in 17:42, a new category record and Jonathan McVicar, who only registered at nine this morning, came second with 18:57. For the ladies, first over the line was Tilly Melechi, second was Katie Barber and they both smashed their PBs and category records-very well done!
Marvellous help was given by Toni Melechi “domestiqueing” Tilly to a great finish. Talking of great finishes, Jane Ellis produced a storming sprint to the line as did Jacqueline Ellis on her first time out and Melvyn Burton took 50 seconds off his PB.
Thanks to our marshals who were Helen Lally, Julie Melechi, Lana Melechi, Mercedes Martin, Michelle Smith, Piers Barber and our tail runner, Brenda Grant.I had a great time as always and me and Michelle are looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
February 24th 2013
Will we ever have a warm Sunday morning? A great turnout today considering there are three big events also on (Huddersfield 10, Snake Lane and Ilkley Fell Race) so thanks to everyone who came along to run.
As always a massive thank you to our marshals; Margaret Fletcher (and William), Helen Forey, Jane Ellis, Liam Dunne, Michelle Smith and Nigel Whelan-we can’t do it without you!
Well you guys were a really fast field to day with all 18 runners finishing sub 30 minutes so well done. David Ellis Finished first with a great 19:01 and newcomer Simon Toyne was second with 20:32. Leah Forey was first for the women in a great 23.42 and another newcomer Claire Fisher crossed the line in 26.00.
Everyone put in a Mo Farrar type sprint on the home stretch which was great to see and the encouragement from those runners that had already finished was really uplifting and I think helped to shave a couple of seconds of each finisher by spurring them on. There was a great battle between our version of the Brownlee brothers who are Lewis and Nathan Forey-good to see healthy fraternal rivalry. Well done both.
Michelle baked her best batch of biscuits yet and several people went back for seconds.
I hope you all have a great week and Michelle and I look forward to seeing you all next time.
All the best and Good RunningFebruary 17th 2013
What a glorious morning for slipping around a muddy Chevin and we had eleven runners joining us for Run Sunday number 27. Definite feeling of spring today.
Well done to Neil Jones who held off newcomer Tom Pratt to finish in a not too shabby 19.27 with Tom just seven seconds behind. For the women Tilly Melechi equalled her own record coming in sixth at 21.53 while Sarah Morvern Jones came seventh in 28 minutes flat.
Everyone did really well this morning and it was great to see all of you. Michelle and I hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you all again soon.February 10th 2013
A great morning on a bitterly cold Chevin saw 18 hardy runners brave our Run Sunday course with only a chocolate biscuit at the end. First in for the men was Jonathan Forey in an impressive 18:57. Welcome back Jonathan! Keeping it in the family, Leah Forey was first for the women with a personal best of 22:45. Well done Leah! It was great to see you all there and Michelle and me look forward to seeing you next time!February 3rd 2013
Well I’m glad we laid on two types of treat for the end of the funnel as we had twice as many runners as the last couple of weeks and two new category records!
It was great to see so many new people that I’ve only known via the facebook page and I’m glad that you all enjoyed it (even that lovely “Killer” Hill). Just as good to see some familiar faces with four Foreys finishing (try saying that after a couple of drinks),three generations of the Stead family crossing the line (one in a buggy) and we have to mention Max Stead who on his sixth birthday took the MJ6 record to resounding applause.
First across the line in an impressive 19:33 was Matthew Kelly being chased down by David Ellis two seconds later; the non-snowy conditions seemed to suit them both as their times improved by around two minutes. Hannah Oldroyd finished first for the women for the third week in a row and was just six seconds off her ladies course record and Emma Stoney was second less than thirty seconds behind on her first run out.
The second category record goes to Alison Ricci who chiselled an impressive 20 seconds off the previous time with a good strong finish.
Everyone did fantastically well and it was great to see everyone cheering in the later finishers climaxing with Max’s kicking for the line.
Thanks, as always, go to our marvellous marshals who this week were Alessandra Ricci, Carol and David Senior, Liam Dunne, Martin Stoney (and the Stonettes- Florence, Lucia and Esme), Katie Barber (who after running took over biscuit distribution!) and our tail runner Piers Barber.
And also thanks to Michelle who while not there in person was there in the form of her peanut butter oat cookies which, from the amount left, seemed to go down rather well.
On the whole it was another great run with a great atmosphere and its set me up for the week (in fact I think it has cured my cold!)
Have a great week and see you all again soon! Liam, thanks for the ginger beer.