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Weekly News - Weeks Ending 2nd and 9th December 2018.

A double bulletin this week with news of the last 2 weekends events involving the Pudsey Pacers.

The 2nd of the West Yorkshire Winter League took place on Sunday 2nd and a new course introduced by Queensbury where 38 Pacers (30 men and 8 ladies) braved the wet conditions on a tough course.

Success as well with the Men achieving 2nd on the day and Ladies 5th. The Vets were 5th and Super Vets were 6th meaning that overall on the day Pudsey finished 3rd out of the 16 teams contesting this year.

On the same day Dave Burdon travelled to Nottingham to do the Christmas Half Marathon. Dave’s time was 1:43:36 and he reports: -

Great weekend event this only in its 2nd year of running, only problem is this year it clashed with the WYWL. Basically, there is a marathon on the Saturday, and on Sunday there is a Fun Run, then a 5k and finally a Half Marathon. This all takes place at Holme Pierrepont, in Nottingham which is the Headquarters of The National Water Sports Centre. Fantastic facilities, we took the option of booking overnights accommodation here, so we could take in most of the weekend events. There is a massive lake (3 miles round) and therefore the Half Marathon course was round the lake 4.5 times. A pan flat course on good hard surface so potentially a PB course (winner did 1:10 however for me I think it was probably a PW, I just don’t have enough miles in me currently, A reasonable first 8 miles and then just a case of getting around and finishing. Goodie bag is in fact a Christmas stocking with the biggest medal I have ever seen, some chocolate, bag of crisps, and water. All photos taken are paid for by the event and therefore free to download. An event I would recommend for anyone who likes this sort of thing.”

On to the weekend of Sunday 9th and continuing the Christmas theme, 6 of our members completed the Bah Humbug 10k trail. Michelle Dare reports “Cold, sunny, very muddy, multi terrain race starting & finishing at the John Charles Stadium”. Andrew Walker was first pacer home in a time of 47:55, followed by Andrew Bishop 58:14, Michelle Dare 1:04:03, Ralph McDermott 1:06:24, Deborah McDermott 1:09:05, and Lindsay Johnson 1:18:33.

Gary Leedham opted for the Fells at Mytholmroyd, 6 miles run with ascent of 1640 feet which he completed in 1:12:24.

Finally, this week Sue Ransome went to Stockport for the 10 miles race and finished 3rd Female Vet 60 in a time of 1:21:53.

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Weekly News 25th November 2018

Another busy week on the racing circuit this weekend with several races to report on.

A sizeable contingent of Pacers travelled to Clowne to do the Half Marathon, this race has proved popular in recent years and with 15 Pacers in attendance, so it proved once again this year. First home in the yellow vest was David Brooks 1:34:19, followed by Kate Smithson 1:52:27 (Knocking 8 minutes off her previous PB), Rachael Newton 1:52;34, Adrian Martin 1;55:43, Judith Marshall 2:04:36, Tony Lambert 2;05:20, Paul Dewhirst 2:06:35, Katie Jones 2:06;58, Linda Bullock 2:07:26, Gemma Benson 2;07:59, Gemma Storr 2:13:09, Ruth Kettle 2:17:48, Paul Mortimer 2:21:11, Cathy Martin 2:23:58, Ralph Mcdermott 2:25:25.  

 Meanwhile Andrew Bishop reported that Six Pacers ran the Doncaster 10K, starting outside Doncaster racecourse, doing a little lap about town and ending with a fantastic finishing straight right in front of the grandstand, complete with announcer calling out self appointed racehorse names of the finishers. First Pacer home was Andrew 'Legs Bishop' finishing in 52:21, setting a personal best in the process, followed by 'Magic Mick' Liversidge in 57:43, (good to see Mick back on the racing circuit after his long absence with injury) Fiona 'Hurricane Harrison' in 57:44, Sarah 'Toodling Turner' in 58:22, 'Marvellous Mary' Liversidge in 58:50, and Stacie Ashworth in 61:26. – (No racehorse name for Stacie?– does this mean that she was officially known as The Horse with no name)

Andrew Smithurst chose a warmer climate competing in the Benidorm 10 k – Andrew finished in a time of 57:27 (Gun time).

Andrew and Sarah Norman have been out on the long trails again this week on The Yorkshire Wolds Way and last week doing the Kirkstall Half marathon.

Sarah reports as follows: - Last weekend Andy and I ran the Kirkstall Half Marathon. A tricky run with it being so flat along the canal, hard to keep pushing the same muscles. I was surprised to see I was catching Andy up as we got back to Farsley from the Apperley Bridge and return section where we crossed the canal bridge and climbed up to Calverley. On the climb I overtook the lady in 3rd place and Andy waited for me on the road as we ran back to the canal. The lady in 2nd place wasn't far ahead. We worked together to chase her and I felt she picked up her pace as we overtook her. To my surprise though it was the other lady that re caught me and made the last few metres to the finish line a real race. I was very surprised and delighted to take 2nd lady in 1 hour 50:06. 

On Saturday the 24th Andy and I left Hessle on the outskirts of Hull to run the 80 of the Yorkshire Wolds Way to Filey. The route is undulating with a few surprise climbs, in general, is stunning countryside with the rolling hills and easy to follow the acorns of the national trail. A warm day initially with rain setting in with the nightfall. The moon was amazing, lighting the way for much of the night although we got more rain than our support crew expected as they kept telling us it was due to be a dry night. As we reached Filey the heavens opened and the strong sea winds were lashing the high tide across the seafront. We had to run along the front to then climb up to the Brigg, no chance of going along the beach so we had to climb up and over the sea cliff before the climb up to Filey Brigg and up to the official end of the Wolds Way. To make the full 80 miles we had to head back into the heart of Filey to the finish at the Sea cadets hall. I think the fastest we ran all day was along the road as we encouraged the others to join us. 21 hours 47:42. we were joint 123 of 177, I was 23rd lady of 35. 

Fantastic running and shared experiences as ever, well done to all of our members.

 Weekly News 19 November 2018


Saturday 17th November saw members running in two events. First, locally at Kirkstall Running Festival Kate Smithson took on the 8.8 mile trail option, which she completed in 1:14:18, bagging herself the 3rd lady prize. At the 35th running of the Tour of Pendle, a 16.8 mile AL fell race involving 4833ft of climb, Leigh Hinchcliffe finished this challenge up and down and around Pendle Hill in 3:05:30, and Martin Bullock in 4:12:30.


Sunday saw the first fixture of this years’ West Yorkshire Winter League (WYWL) with the race at Baildon. We had a good turnout of 41 members with some great individual performances, including the second male, Matt Livesey and first female, Faye Birkby. Very well done both!


The men’s team finished 2nd on the day and the ladies team finished 6th on the day, leaving the club in 3rd position overall after race 1.


The next race is on Sunday 2nd December hosted by Queensbury at Ogden reservoir.


A late result from November 10th when Paul Kaye ran the Grim up North Fewston and Swinsty Marathon, an arduous four lapper around the reservoirs, which he completed in 5:09:59.




Weekly News 11th November 2018


The last of the YVAA Vets Grand Prix races took place at Spenborough on Remembrance Sunday and we had a reasonable turnout with 20 men and 7 ladies racing for the club.

First home on the day was Nigel Armitage 34:15, followed by James Clark 34:22, Jon Holah 35:05, Rich Allen 35:56, Tom Murphy 36:26, Mark Orbell 36:31, Robert Samuels 36:58, Gareth Millard 38:17, Dave Burdon 40:00, Tracey Wilman (Guest) 40:17, Phil Lonsdale 41:26, Andy Norman 41:27, Steve Pattison 42:02, Lisa Heath 44:16, Francis Fowles 45:09, Adam Gallagher 45:31, Sue Ransome 46:03, William Overton 46:19, Paul Dewhirst 48:10, Sarah Norman 48:32, Matthew Hunt 49:02, Andrew Allan 49:13, Ian Robinson 51:17, Rodney Tordoff 55:48, Joy Good 57:26, Kezzie Medford 62:14, Lindsay Johnson 62:25.

End of the season and the Men’s team have secured the Runners Up trophy (2nd in all competitions). Meanwhile the ladies finished 3rd in Rest to Count and All to Count and 4th in First 4 to Count.

In the individual competitions the following members have had success in their age groups and will be presented with the awards at the YVAA Awards dinner to be held at The Six Acres Friday 14th December (Tickets £13 each all welcome). Well Earned congratulations to Sue Ransome 3rd F60, Joy Good 3rd F65, Kezzie Medford 2nd F70, James Clark 2nd M35, Nigel Armitage 2nd M45, Robert Samuels 3rd M55, and Rodney Tordoff 2nd M75.

Also, this weekend, several of our members ran the Burley Moor Fell Race. Matt Livesey completed in 47:38 and was 4th overall, followed by Andy Walker 1:40:07, David Cooper 1:47:15, Francis Fowles 1:47:52, and Fay Walker 1:58:27. Francis and Fay were enjoying their first fell race.

Meanwhile Gemma Benson was also making a debut of sorts by running her first trail race over at Bolton Abbey. Gemma completed in 1:21:36 and reported it to be very tough as races go.

Andy and Sarah Norman ran the Hardmoors Goathland Marathon on Saturday and were accompanied by Kipper who apparently finished as first dog, not bad for his first marathon. Time taken was 6:14:58.

Kate Smithson ran the Roundhay Tough Ten in a time of 1:02:33.

Finally, a late result to report from Saturday October 28th which was at the Oldham Half Marathon where Sue Ransome finished in a time of 1:52:22. Sue was first F60.

Excellent running by so many of our runners well done and Congratulations.

Weekly News 5 November 2018

What a great weekend for showcasing our great club! With over 50 members running the big local race the Abbey Dash 10k, another 30 or so members volunteering and manning the 5k water station and undertaking start/finish area duties, over 25 members running another long standing race Guy Fawkes 10, you all did the club proud!


The Abbey Dash 10k saw members who have ran the race time and time again to those undertaking their first 10k producing some great individual performances, including personal bests and an age category win (well done Kezzie Medford)!  First home was Matt Pinnock 37:01, being chased down by Nigel Armitage 37:15, Jake Birkby 37:17, Faye Birkby 38:49, Al Chapman 38:55, Owen Hilton 40:15, Mark Orbell 40:29, Tom Keighley 40:41, Morven Wallace 42:33, David Brooks 43:20, Rob Butler 45:42, Lucy McCartney 48:06, Adam Gallagher 49:35, Kate Smithson 49:38, Rachel Newton 51:17, Andrew Bishop 54:00, Richard Hayes 54:32, Andrew Duffy 54:33, John Pop 56:04, Samantha Dean 56:11, Faye Walker 56:15, Ian Robinson 56:24, Trish Pop 56:25, Nicola Cartwright 57:07, Andrew Wood 58:00, Victoria Benson 58:26, Victoria Dickinson 58:37, Amber Reid 59:59, Kezzie Medford 60:15 (1st F70), Emma Beardow 60:32, Stacie Ashworth 60:55, Joy Good 61:06, Eddie Hewson 62:25, Ruth Duffy 63:38, Melissa Stead 63:58, David Elliott 64:02, Sara Wilmot 64:48, Lindsay Johnson 67:13, Julie Crook 68:26, Janet Waite 68:26, Caroline Merrygold 68:31, Arthur Wood 68:55, Margherita D'Cruz 69:25, Georgina Saul 72:01 Juliette Ward 73:11, Mandy Boole 73:18, Rachel Clayforth 73:30, Henrietta Chidsey 73:31, Susan Cunnington 73:43, Amanda Shaw 74:58, Anna Mitchell 76:01, Liz Hargrave 76:05, Lindsay Dixon 78:26, Helen Hargrave 85:02, Annette Clark 85:02.


 Over at Ripley, running the hilly Guy Fawkes 10 mile race were Paul Gaile 1:09:49, Phil Lonsdale 1:21:55, William Overton 1:27:16, Steve Clayson 1:27:55, Katy Ralph 1:30:18, Andrew Allan 1:33:02, Paul Dewhirst 1:34:58 (PB), Tony Lambert 1:36:54, Linda Bullock 1:37:21 (PB), David Woodhead 1:38:18, John Woodhead 1:38:19, Hilary Taylor 1:39:02,  Michelle Dare 1:39:19, Katie Jones 1:41:34, Sam Garside 1:42:31, Ruth Kettle 1:42:59, Clare Greenwood 1:43:20 (PB), Julie Tipper 1:44:49, David Owen 1:45:56, Mary Liversidge 1:48:12, Robert Greaves 1:48:31, Paul Mortimer 1:49:39, Louise Barber 1:56:44, Michelle Craighan 1:56:44 and Elaine Rushworth 2:00:25.


Finally, shunning the razzmatazz of the big races, Mark Dixson was the sole pacer at the Cop Hill fell race, 6 mile (2 lap) fell race. Mark finished the race 64th/145 runners in a time of 51:46. Tim Ayres was also our sole representative at the Punk Panther short circuit ultra, 32.3 miles, 4196 ft ascent in 7 hours 48 min!

Weekly News W/E 28th October 2018

A quiet week for races with just the following to report. Firstly 5 of our members opted for the Worksop Halloween Half Marathon. First of our runners was Lisa Heath in a time of 1:48:30 followed by Katy Ralph 1:57:28, Elaine Allan 1:59:27, Ralph McDermott 2:16:52, Deborah McDermott 2:17:01

Opting for the hills were Martin Bullock and Sharon Hague who completed the Bronte Way Fell Race. Martin in a time of 1:22:22 and Sharon 1:31:52

Over in Bradford we had the City Runs a series of runs ranging from 5k to Half Marathon.

Mark Orbell opted for the 5k and completed in a time of 19:53 whilst in the 10k we had Gareth Millard 44:04, Kate Smithson 51:54, Tony Lambert 52:43, Joy Good 1:02:38 and Mandy Boole 1:10:57.

Finally an update on a result awaited from a few weekends ago. Andrew Allan completed the Penistone Hill race in a time of 1:13:49.

Great running everybody.

Weekly News 22 October 2018


A few races this weekend to report on, starting on Saturday, the club mustered 2 teams together to compete in a very important race in the fell runners calendar – the British Fell Relays near Grasmere in the Lake District. The weather looked challenging and the runners some running a solo leg and others in pairs as it involved navigation, tackled the hills. The teams finished in 161st and 213th positions in times of 5:46:42 and 6:25:37. A message from Leigh Hinchcliffe, who organised our teams, I would just like to say big thank you to everyone who took part in the British Fell Relay championships. There were some great performances and you did your club proud!”


Closer to home Rodney Tordoff was the sole pacer at the Holmfirth 10k. Rodney reports “I positioned myself with 186 others at the Holmfirth 10k. I searched around for fellow Pudsey Pacers but found none! This was an excellent day for running and with a new haircut (blade 6 instead of 7), l had two aims, to win my age category and better last years time. I achieved both with my time being 59.10. Must be the haircut (more aerodynamic).       

 By the way If any of the Pacers are thinking of running next year, be prepared because this is a hilly tough race.”


Hidden somewhere amongst the throngs of runners was in fact one other pacer who was competing in the Holmfirth 15 mile race. Andrew Bishop reports Just to let you know I completed the Holmfirth 15 in 2:30:46 today. This was my first time doing this distance, and my longest run to date. I also spotted Rodney Tordoff, but never got chance to chat to him.” Rodney must have been too quick with that new haircut!


St Aidan’s Trail Half marathon was the 9th half marathon of the year for Cathy and Adrian Martin, and was rather cooler than last weeks Palma Half, they were joined by Anna Keys and Paul Dewhirst, posting results as follows. Anna Keys 1:49:25, Adrian Martin 2:07:37, Paul Dewhirst 2:17:16, and Cathy Martin 2:23:02.


 At the very local Bramley 10k, a trio of pacers made the short trip down the road. First home in 4th position in 41:25 was Mark Orbell, followed by Pirjo Johnson 51:38 and Ralph McDermott 57:10.


 Finally at the Hardmoors 26.2 Osmotherley half marathon, Sarah Norman reports Kipper led the team of Pudsey Pacers Tim Ayres, Andy and Sarah Norman on the Hardmoors 26.2 Osmotherley half marathon. 16.47 miles from Osmotherley following the Cleveland Way towards Lord Stones Country Park and back. A stunning day with good views and amazing heat from the sun. We finished together in 3:27:26. Waiting for official time and placings.”


One result omitted from last week, Rachel Clayforth, sustaining an injury in the Yorkshire Marathon struggled on to complete the course in 6:41:37.


Weekly News  - w/e 14th October 2018.

Numerous races to report this week both home and away.

Representing the club overseas in the Palma 10k and Palma Half Marathon were no less than 15 of our runners and with 2 or 3 additional members, unable to run due to injury but more than capable of supporting and soaking up the party atmosphere, this looks like a potential club away trip to be repeated.

In extremely hot conditions our runners all completed safely and posted the following times.

In the 10k – David Harrison 1:04:48, Jon Popiolek 1:05:15, Trish Popiolek 1:06:15 and Nikki Dewhirst 1:19:05.

In the Half Marathon – John Marshall 1:46:27, Bill Overton 1:49:28, Adrian Martin 2:14:34, Andrew Smithurst 2:19:52 Paul Dewhirst 2:24:53, Sarah Turner 2:25:24, Mary Liversidge 2:27:27, Fiona Harrison 2:27:28, Cathy Martin 2:28:19. Ian Robinson 2:31:19, Lindsay Johnson 2:46:58

Also, overseas and competing in hot conditions at the Berlin 10k was Nic Anness, Result still awaited.

Closer to home but in very contrasting conditions (as in very wet), several of our runners were involved in races on the roads and in the fells.

In the Yorkshire Marathon – Mark Orbell completed in a time of 3:17:45, closely followed by Paula Bradshaw 3:23:01 and Darren Ward 3:28:55. Next was Kate Smithson 4:11:56, Tony Lambert 4:35:45, Melissa Stead 5:05:11, Deborah McDermott 5:09:51, Kezzie Medford 5:14:32 (PB) and 2nd F70, Ralph Mcdermott 5:33:14, and Lucy Winder 5:47:27.

Opting for the 10 mile race were Karl Collingwood-Thirlway 1:22:10, Andrew Bishop 1:28:49 (PB), Samantha Dean 1:29:55, Sam Garside 1:32:57, Michelle Dare 1:38:00, Elaine Rushworth 1:39:46, Stacie Ashworth 1:48:03 and Annette Clark 2:25:16

Andrew Duffy ran In the Manchester Half Marathon in a time of 2:05 :48, whilst in Birmingham Half Marathon Nick Ljustina completed in a time of 2:11:42.

Mark Nolan and Simon Beverly did the Richmond Castle 10k in 45:40 and 48:02 respectively.

Opting for the fells to do the very soggy Rombalds Romp, a distance of 8.5 miles were Rob Samuels (1st M55) in a time of 1:08:31 and Steve Pattison 1:25:32.

Congratulations to all those running in challenging conditions this weekend and apologies to anybody I have missed which is quite possible as some of the races were not showing the club name. 

 On a separate note

Graeme Tiffany has made a further appeal to those who participated in last month's club run to please have a look and see if they have his headtorch. It's an expensive blue and white LED Lenser and he would appreciate its return.



Weekly News w/e 7 October

We begin with a late result from last weekend, Ian Robinson and Lindsay Johnson took part in the Bramham Park 10k. Billed as a fun run I will leave it to Lindsay and Ian to advise on whether it was indeed fun! Ian finished in 58:21 and Lindsay in 1:10:43.

Now to the recent weekend’s events. First up sole pacer Suzy Beck headed up to Kielder water to take part in the Kielder Marathon. Suzy completed the almost entirely off-road race, which encircles the shoreline of Kielder water in 4:55:30. On to half marathons, Al Chapman headed to Wales for his 10th consecutive attempt at the Cardiff Half Marathon (the second biggest half marathon after Great North). Al was delighted to cross the line in position 239/20,000 in a time of 1:23:29. Closer to home at the Bridlington Half Marathon, a chilly day at the seaside for Martin Robson 1:40:30, David Woodhead 2:01:17 and Caroline Armstrong 2:12:00.

Finally, a good turn out on the fells at the Withins Skyline, a 6.2 mile race with 820ft ascent. Leading the pacers home in 8th position was Matt Livesey in 45:01, followed by Jack Cooper 51:44, Rob Samuels 53:45, Laurence Martin 54:39, Garry Leedham 59:42, Steve Pattison 1:03:56, Andrew Allan 1:13:56, Paul Dewhirst 1:14:50, and Nick Greenwood 1:16:45.


Weekly News W/e 30th September 2018.

Andrew Smithurst travelled to Rossendale to help the legendary Ron Hill celebrate his 80th Birthday. The Rossendale 5k was completed in 27:13 by Andrew.

During the weekend the local half marathon was Pontefract where Anna Keys completed in a time of 1:45:03 and Paul Dewhirst 2:05:53, this was a PB achieved by Paul.

Further afield we had 4 Pacers at Nottingham for the Robin Hood Half Marathon. Adrian Martin was the first of our members home in a time of 1:52:32 followed by John Woodhead 2:03:56, Ralph Mcdermott 2:15:48 and Cathy Martin 2:19:20.

Further afield Andrew Bishop was the sole pacer at the Redcar Half Marathon and he also set a PB in a time of 2:05:53.

Andrew Allan did the Penistone Hill Race but results are still awaited.

Finally, Bill Overton and Tim Ayres tackled the fells in a mammoth effort completing The Lakeland 4 Passes taking in Borrowdale and Wasdale Head amongst other peaks. This is an 18.5 miles route with a total ascent of 5348 feet. Official results have not been seen but according to Bill’s Strava recording he finished in a time of 5:25:58. Don’t know if Tim and Bill ran together but there are some stunning scenic photos. Maybe the lads can tell us more in the next published newsletter.

Well done everybody don’t forget if you have a race result to report (especially if its one that not many pacers do) then please let us know by e mailing  us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This ensures we capture all the results.

Weekly News 24 September 2018


This weekend began up on the fells above Mytholmroyd with the Lost Shepherd fell race, a 15 mile race with 2700 ft climb. Martin Bullock finished in 3:15:30, while Paul Dewhirst in his first of 2 races this weekend finished in 4:07:40.


Locally we had a good showing of pacers at the Kirkstall 7, with Jack Cooper first pacer home in 47:00, followed by Mark Orbell 47:18, David Booth 51:31, Andrew Walker 52:04, Philip Lonsdale 54:36, Johnny Scott 55:14, Elaine Allan 1:01:59, Kate Smithson 1:02:47, Andrew Bishop 1:03:11, Lynne Barrett 1:04:53, Hilary Taylor 1:04:53, Andrew Allan 1:05:41, Paul Dewhirst 1:07:05, David Owen 1:07:10, Clare Greenwood 1:09:28, Caroline Armstrong 1:10:54, and Joy Good 1:11:01.


Sole Pacer Ralph McDermott opted for a different 7 mile option in the Fall and Castle 7 mile at Bolton Castle. A multi- terrain race organized by MAD races (Moors And Dales races). Ralph finished in 1:12:01.

Meanwhile at the Sheffield 10k on a hilly route Nicola Cartwright flew the flag for the club in 58:33.

In his 6 marathon of the year in glorious weather conditions in the east of our county marathon man Paul Kaye completed the Hull Marathon in 4:37:25.


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Weekly News  - w/e 16th September

Firstly a race to catch up with from Sunday 9th where Pirjo Johnson completed Marathon Muenster (Germany) in a time of 3:55:28.

On to this week and on Saturday, Leigh Hinchliffe was back on the fells competing in the 3 shires fell race, Leigh reports “my result from Saturday was 2:54:53, 104 place out of 233. Set off in sunshine only to climb into rain and mist on the first mountain. This was the story for the following three, with only clear visibility in the valleys. Great race and definitely one for anyone wanting to try a classic”.

Also, on Saturday Andy and Sarah Norman ran as a couple in the Hardmoors 60 Ultra which took in most of the Cleveland Way starting in Guisborough and finishing in Filey. Andy and Sarah completed the course in 15hrs 31mins and in joint 94 place from 214 starters. This was Sarah's 5th completion and Andy's 4th. It was a long day but they kept themselves going with ice cream in Sandsend and chips in Scarborough.

A shorter run on the same day in The Leeds Golden Mile where Andrew Bishop achieved a PB in a time of 7:07:50.

Finally, on the Saturday we saw the return of the Meanwood Valley Trail being run somewhat later in the year than it previously was, Good to see this race back on the circuit and we had several of our runners in attendance. First home for the Pacers was Jack Cooper in a time of 52:53 followed by fast improving Amy Smith in a time of 1:00:04, Mark Dixson 1:01:04, David Cooper 1:05:05, Elaine Allan 1:12:20, Loretta Robson 1:16:09 Andrew Allan 1:17:55 

On to Sunday and the big local race was Tadcaster 10 mile where Michael Hern finished in 1:17:01, followed by Paul Dewhirst 1:36:34, Katie Jones 1:36:51, Stacie Ashworth 1:51:23, and Andrew Bishop completing his weekend of races in a time of 1:51:23


Fantastic running from  the Pudsey Pacers, congratulations on your achievements.


Weekly News 11 September 2018

It was a busy weekend of racing for our members. However, first a missed race from last week. At the Wetherby 10k, starting and finishing at Wetherby race course, romping home first past the finishing post for the pacers was David Woodhead 39:55, followed by Victoria Wilkinson 54:53, John Woodhead 1:01:20, Andrew Wood 1:05:08. Stacie Ashworth 1:14:17 and Mark Crawshaw 1:26:23.


Midweek a low-key event over at Calverley with the inaugural running of The School Run, Calverley winning the race overall was James Boxell in a fine time of 34:30, followed by Rob Butler 50:11 and Tim Ayres 53:14


Now on to this weeks’ big events, which took place further north. Firstly, on Saturday 8th September sole pacer, Dan Graham, ran the Simply Health Great Tees 10k in 50.46. Meanwhile on the Sunday taking part in the biggest race event in the country and joining more than 50,000 other runners at the Simply Health Great North Run were David Hudson 1:45:39, Chris Campion 1:56:51, Victoria Wilkinson 1:59:27, Ralph McDermott 2:16:12, Samantha Dean 2:18:59, Carol Parkinson 2:21:16, Elaine Rushworth 2:24:38, Michelle Dare 2:29:18, Andrew Smithurst 2:30:28, Michelle Craighan 2:42:11, Louise Barber 2:42:11, Lia de Faveri 2:58:22, Rachel Clayforth 3:01:37, Mark Crawshaw 3:13:14, Karen Fawcett 3:17:57, Sharon Tracey 3:17:57 and Annette Clarke 3:31 49.


Closer to home at the Vale of York Half marathon, runner and roving reporter Rodney Tordoff reports, the Vale of York Half Marathon was contested by over 1500 runners, of which 11 were Pudsey Pacers, who had the pleasure of starting off on the runway at Sherburn Aero Club (flat of course). It was a good day for running, although there was an annoying head wind in certain sections. The race route was flat, although I felt that a few undulations would have helped to break up the boredom. Darren Ward was the fastest Pacer with 1.31.01. Three other runners managed to get inside the 2 hour’ mark, Adam Gallagher 1.57.24, Tony Lambert 1.57.49 and Adrian Martin 1.59.24. They were followed by Rodney Tordoff 2.11.44, Andrew Bishop 2.15.00 and Paul Dewhirst 2.21.55. Kate Smithson who had suffered with a cold and a bug lead the women home with 2.01.15. She was followed by Debbie McDermott 2.09.37, Cathy Martin 2.16.17 and Michaela Ajayi 2.25.42. I was 1st in my age category winning a £25 voucher to spend at Up & Running.”

Meanwhile opting for something a little hilly and off road, Anna Keys was the only Pacer this year running The Yorkshireman full marathon, which she finished in 4:45:07. Taking the shorter distance in The Yorkshireman half were Laurence Martin 2:13:21. Stephen Pattison 2:17:14 and Caroline Clark 2:42:09.


Finally, it was 2 laps of a route in the scenic Roundhay Park 10k for sole pacer Mary Liversidge, who finished in 1:05:41.



Weekly News 5 September 2018


The weekend’s headliner was the last of the summer relays – what a good season we have had. 3 teams lined up at the respective change over points of the Leeds Country Way Relay.  64 miles around Leeds divided up into 6 legs. Each leg has two runners. Changeover points are at Stanley, Scotchman Lane, Thornbury, Golden Acre Park and Thorner Lane Scarcroft. A total of 58 teams took part in the event and our teams did not disappoint.  The A team finished in 5th position in an overall time of 7:51:07, the B teams in 17th in 8:52:51 and the C team in 40th position in 10:52:23.

 A word of thanks from our Captain Darren

“A massive thank you from me to all that run today in Leeds Country Way Relay! It has been a great (and long) day out.

As always there are stories of brilliant run's, great achievements, some what ifs, and of course unfortunate navigation errors that will no doubt provide us with entertainment in the next couple of days. Hopefully do a full report soon.

I am very chuffed with every runners achievements today! The Pacers showed superb team spirit throughout. Was good to see so many supporters out today. We have had a great season in the relays this year with very high finishes in all 3 relays. We have also had lots of new faces to the relays alongside the familiar faces which is fab. The podium finish is insight and I am sure we can grab one next year. Would be great also to get at least 4 teams in.”

A full report on the event will appear in due course.

In other news Andrew Bishop was the sole pacer taking part in the Middlesborough Tees Pride 10k finishing bang on 1.00.00!

Kezzie Medford headed to lake district for the beautiful Derwentwater 15K Trail Challenge. Kezzie reports “I completed the race in 2:11:41. 2nd in my age category. Hard going but enjoyed the challenge.” 


Weekly News  - covering period 13th to 26th August 2018


Quite a bit to catch up on starting with the Trunce race Series where Dan Graham completed the latest one in a time of 35:34.


Tim Ayres did the Scorton 10k in a time of 53:01.


Meanwhile during the week, we had another Yorkshire Vets GP race this time held at West Vale and hosted by Stainland Lions. A tough course as always but 7 of our ladies and 15 of our men were there to fly the colours of Pudsey Pacers.


For the ladies, Sarah Norman 57:00, Victoria Wilkinson 59:30, Susan Ransome 62:10 (3rd F60), Judith Marshall69:23, Lynne Barrett 69:26, Joy Good 74:23 (2nd F65) and Kezzie Medford 78:07 (2nd F70). Meanwhile representing the men were Leigh Hinchliffe 42:15 (3rd M45), Jim Cantwell 43:44 (2nd M55), Robert Samuels 43:54 (3rd M55), John Marshall 47:11, Gareth Millard 47:33, Chris Campion 48:10, David Brooks 48:36, Andy Norman50:59, Stephen Pattison 52:11, Adam Gallagher 55:49, Matthew Hunt 56:36, William Overton 57:15, Tim Ayres 62:04, Paul Dewhirst 63:03, and Rodney Tordoff 76:35 (1st M75).


Unfortunately, Tim Ayres took a bit of a tumble on the night so wishing him a speedy recovery from his cuts and grazes.


The Burnsall Feast traditionally takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend and features 2 back to back races. Firstly the 10 mile rural road race where Steve Boom was first home for the Pacers in a time of 1:12:09, followed by Michael Hern 1:14:32, and Melissa Stead 1:41:31.


No surprise that Darryl Stead opted for the Burnsall classic fell race which is basically about 20 to 30 minutes of sheer madness climbing up the short but steep fell overlooking Burnsall village. The descent is fast and furious as well as somewhat tricky with people diving over walls etc to gain an advantage. Darry made it back in one piece in a time of 22:43. Meanwhile, Fell runner Steve Boom decided the 10 mile road race was quite enough for 1 day.


This Sunday saw a few of our runners at the Gilberdyke 10 mile road race, John Marshall was our first runner home in 1:10:39, followed by John Halliwell 1:12:50, Adrian Martin 1:26:11, John Woodhead 1:29:00, Fiona Harrison 1:33;29, Ralph Mcdermott 1:35:08, Debbie Mcdermott  1:35:16, Katie Jones 1:36:18, Carol Parkinson 1:39;12, Mary Liversidge 1:39:46, Sarah Turner 1:40:12, Cathy Martin 1:42:33 and Paul Dewhirst 1:46;44.


This coming weekend brings the last of the club relays for this season with a run round Leeds.  We have 3 teams running, starting from Garforth at 8am. The route takes in the full Leeds Country Way route with handovers at Stanley, Scotchman La, Thornbury, Golden Acre Park and Scarcroft Hill before returning and ending back at Garforth. Good luck to all our runners and if you are not running and at a loose end then why not go along at some point and cheer our teams on.


Weekly News  w/e 12th August 2018 

Several of our runners opted for the Firefighters five Mile race held in Birkenshaw at the weekend. First home for the pacers and picking up 2nd V50 spot was John marshall in a time of 35:10. He was closely followed by Gareth Millard in 35:49, then Andrew walker 35:49, fast improving Amy Smith was next posting a time of 36:51, then Ralph Mcdermott 43;43, Kate Smithson 44:00, Tony Lambert 44:04, Richard Hayes 47:25,  David Owen 47:56, Amber Reid 47:59, Andrew Bishop 48:32, Samantha Dean 49:09, Paul Mortimer 52;01, Manfy Boole 58:53.


Up on the fells in the beautiful Duddon Valley, Caroline Clarke ran the Turner Landscape Fell Race in a time of 2hrs 31 minutes. Caroline reported glorious views and stunning weather and a lovely pub at the end. What’s not to like?


Over in the isle of man Paul Kaye was completing his 5th marathon of the year. Paul commented. “Time was 4hrs 38 41 which was the best this year. Only 75 runners so a very small field. Nice course and a great medal & goodie bag! Couldnt believe that some runners grumbled about hills ????????. Should have done Halifax & the Denholme Doddle with me in the last couple of months. They WERE hills” !


Gemma Benson travelled to Preston to do the City of preston 10 mile race and achieved a PB with a time of 1:36.


Finally, last Wednesday there was a Yorkshire Vets race at Halifax, It was another good turnout for our runners with some good performances on what always proves to be a fast course.For the ladies we had 5 runners, Sarah Norman 48:35, Lynne Barrett 53:38 (2nd F60), Joy Good 60:27 (3rd F65) cathy Martin 60:29 and Kezzie Medford 60:46 (1st F70). For the men Nigel Armitage 36:20 (3rd M45), Leigh Hinchcliffe 38:12, Rich Allen 38:19, Rob Samuels 38:37, Tom Murphy 39:24, John Marshall 40:44, Gareth Millard 41:12, David Brooks 41:46, John Halliwell 42:44, Phil Lonsdale 44:11, Andy Norman 44:26, Steve Pattison 45:38, William Overton 47:00,Adam Gallagher 47:32, Peter Covey 49:30 (1st M75), Paul Dewhirst 53:15, and Rodney Tordoff 55:54 (3rd M75).


Another great week’s running from Pudsey Pacers well done. 


Weekly News 6 August 2018


With the holiday season well and truly underway only a handful of races to report on this weekend.


Up in the Lakes on Saturday competing at the Borrowdale fell race, a 16.8 mile race with 6562ft of climb were Leigh Hinchcliffe 4:48:18 and birthday boy Steve Boom completing the race in his new age category in 5:52:41.


On Sunday more locally near Otley, several members took part in the Round Hill fell race (8.7 miles and 1100ft climb). The comprises a tour of Blubberhouses moor, a visit to Roundhill and a couple of bogs, which according to the website wouldn’t have completely dried out! First pacer home was Jack Cooper 1:08:38, followed by Rob Samuels !;09:09, Laurence Martin 1:13:48, Andrew Walker 1:21:43 and Paul Dewhirst 1:51:02.


Meanwhile at York 10k saw Gareth Millard finishing in 43:24, Matthew Hunt 54:11 and Nicola Cartwright 59:31.


On the North East coast in what looked like a beautiful scenic run at the South Shields 10 mile race, Amber Reid headed across the finish line in 1:43:47, Andrew Bishop 1:47:29, Annette Clark 2:35:23 and Helen Hargrave 2:39:35.


Finally, one result missed from last week Lynne Oxley ran the Aintree 5k in 35:27.



Weekly News  w/e 29/7/2018.

A weekend of travel to report on with 2 races involving our club runners.

First up was the annual pilgrimage to Northumberland for the scenic Northumberland Coastal Run. This race has grown in popularity with Pudsey Pacers over the last 8 years and once again we had a healthy turnout of 16 runners along with quite a few supporters.

The conditions were rather poor, particularly when considering the sizzling summer we have enjoyed so far, so whilst not quite needing the Base layers, woolly hats or gloves, it was quite a shock to the system to experience the driving head winds and cool rain. No doubt the conditions played a part in the results although there were some outstanding performances amongst our runners to report.  First home for Pacers was Al Chapman in a time of 1:35:35. Followed by Steve Boom 1:44:14, Robert Samuels 1:46:37, David Brooks 1:46;49, Morven Wallace 1:49:58, Steve Pattison 1:57:02, Dave Burdon 1:58;51, Lisa Heath 2:02:23, William Overton 2:06:24, Andrew Hardaker 2:16:39, Adrian Martin 2:19:12, Emma Hardman 2:21:01, Pam Birchenall 2:24:44, Tim Ayres 2:24:48, Cathy Martin 2:43:53, Victoria Dickinson 2:43;53

Meanwhile over in Liverpool Debbie McDermott and Ralph Mcdermott ran the Aintree Half Marathon in times of 2:10:44 and 2:10:45.

Well done to all our runners.

Weekly News 24 July 2018


This week’s racing exploits have been fairly local, with the two highest attended events being based in or around Saltaire.


Roberts Park, Saltaire was the base for the third running of the Arthur James ShakERR. Featuring canal and woodland this 8 mile race tempted a few of our members. Leading the pack home was Jack Cooper in 56:18, Anna Keys 1:04:56, Tony Lambert 1:11:57, Ralph McDermott 1:13:58, and Paul Dewhirst 1:20:21.


And then to Tuesday night’s trip to Bingley/Saltaire for the 6th fixture in the YVAA Vets league for the Saltaire Vet race.  A good variety of terrain, including a stint on the canal, provided something for everyone. A good turnout from the club and a number of prizes were won. The first 4 to count for the men were James Clark 36:43 (3rd M35), Nigel Armitage 37:18 (3rd M45), Leigh Hinchcliffe 39:26 and Tom Murphy 39:51. They were well supported by Rob Dixon 40:52, Rob Samuels 40:53 (2nd M55), Rich Allen 42:04, Mark Orbell 42:13, John Marshall 42:23, Gareth Millard 43:03, David Brooks 43:36, Chris Campion 43:38, John Halliwell 44:04, Phil Lonsdale 46:17, Andy Norman 46:59, Steve Pattison 47:20

William Overton 48:11, Lisa Heath 48:44 (3rd F50), Steve Clayson 50:06, Victoria Wilkinson 51:09, Sarah Norman 52:04, Sue Ransome 52:52 (3rd F60), Pete Covey 53:28 (1st M75), Francis Fowles 53:34, Toby Meeking 54:17, Matthew Hunt 54:17, Paul Dewhirst 55:51,

Adrian Martin 56:21, Katy Ralph 57:49, Tim Ayres 58:16, Lynne Barrett 58:37, Judith Marshall 58:39, Rodney Tordoff 59:48, Ian Robinson 61:04, Joy Good 64:23 (2nd F65),

Cathy Martin 64:48, Kezzie Medford 65:54 (1st F70) and Lindsay Johnson 69:53.


Results from our Vets Captain Judith Marshall on current standings


“*Results after race 6** YVAA
Womens Team Points            Mens Team Points

All to Count                             All to Count
1st place-Stainland                 1st Place - Stainland
2nd Place - Horsforth             2nd Place - Pudsey Pacers
3rd Place - Pudsey Pacers     3rd Place – Horsforth


1st 4 to Count                         1st 4 to Count
1st Place - Stainland               1st Place - Pudsey Pacers
2nd Place - Horsforth              2nd Place - Stainland
3rd Place - Kirkstall                 3rd Place - Horsforth
4th Place - Pudsey Pacers


Rest to Count                          Rest to Count
1st Place - Stainland               1st Place - Stainland
2nd Place - Horsforth              2nd Place - Pudsey Pacers
3rd Place - Pudsey Pacers     3rd Place - Horsforth


Meanwhile on the same evening sole pacer Andrew Bishop recorded a time of 37:42 at the Hedon 4.


Finally, on the fells Laurence Martin went for short and steep on the BOFRA fell race at Cracoe – 2.6 miles and 900ft climb in 30:43.


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Amendment to last update (w/e 8th/15th July).

A couple of omissions in this weeks update plus an error on the Leeds 10k results where in most cases the Gun time rather than the chip time was published. Apologies for this, the correct Leeds 10k times are now published on the side bar within the website.
A couple of omissions to report firstly at Baildon Canter Laurence Martin completed in a time of 23:48 and previously he completed the Nab fell Race in a time of 38:52
Other results later this week and also since added to the side bar were Nostell Priory 10k where 5 of our runners completed this mid week race. Times posted were as follows: -
Paul Dewhirst 57:55
Ian Robinson 58:53
Mary Liversidge 1:02:39
Lucy Winder 1:07:28
Lynsey Johnston 1:07:41
Finally Paul Dewhirst completed Duncombe Park 10k last Saturday in a time of 1:43:56.


Weeks Ending 8th and 15th July 2018 

Lots to get through since the last update starting with The Danefield Relays where we fielded 6 teams: The relays are on Otley Chevin and each leg is about 3 miles and features a rather severe climb in the last mile.

Pudsey Pacers A  -Rob Samuels, Chris Campion and Dave Burdon 1:10:57

Pudsey Vets 1 –  Andy Norman, Andy Walker and Simon Beverley 1:15:12

Pudsey P45 - Steve Pattison, Phil Lonsdale and Tony Mawson 1:16:11

Pudsey Ladies – Emma Hardman, Victoria Wilkinson and Rachael Newton 1:24:39

Pudsey Princesses – Sarah Norman, Lynne Barrett, and Diane Wood  1:29:15

Pudsey Misfits – Tim Ayres, Paul Dewhirst, Ralph Mcdermott 1:29:35

We also had a spare runner Melissa Stead who ran with 2 other runners to make up a team so a good turnout from the Pacers providing 19 runners amongst the 68 teams.

Beamsley Beacon Fell race attracted 3 of our runners: Tony Mawson was first of our trio home in a time of 51:19, Caroline Clark was 54:16 and Melissa Stead made up the trio finishing in a time of 65:24

Come the weekend and another hot Sunday for the Leeds 10k where the following Pacers ran.

James Clark - 36:22, Peter Enever – 44:06, Paula Bradshaw – 46:12, Steven Esgate – 46:54, Andrew Norman – 49:35, Pirjo Johnson 51:34, Joshua Hawkhead – 52:53, Matthew Hunt – 58:50, Sam Garside – 1:01:35, Victoria Benson – 1:01:57, Andrew Bishop – 1:02:22,  Michelle Dare – 1:10:58, Amber Reid - 1:18:36, Samantha Dean – 1:18:36, Linda Bullock – 1:19:59, Julie Tipper – 1:19:59, Karen Hill – 1:23:19, Stacie Ashworth – 1:24:41, Gayle Wells – 1:29:09, Cheryl Murphy – 1:37:28, Lindsey Dixon – 1:37:31, Rachel Clayforth – 1:42:43, Annette Clark 1:42:23, Helen Hargrave – 1:46:53, Joanne Woodward – 1:52:57

Andrew Bishop was also in action at The Skirlaugh 8 miler finishing in a time of 1:17:35.

There were 2 more team relay events during the week firstly at The Golden Acre Relays where there were just the 2 teams from Pudsey

 Poorly Turned out Pacers featuring Rachael Newton, Andrew Walker and David Cooper completed the slightly less than 3 mile /3 leg course in 1:00:17

Pudsey R and K had just Robert Samuels and Kate Smithson and with Robert completing 2 of the 3 legs they managed to finish in a time of 1:01:19  

Later in the week there were the Washburn Valley Relays hosted by Otley and again this event is run over 3 legs in teams of 3. We had 4 teams:-

Pudsey Men, - Darryl Stead, Tony Mawson and Steve Pattison who completed in a time of 1:17:37,  

Pudsey Mixed 2 – Gemma Storr, Simon Beverley, and Andrew Norman 1:21:17,

Pacer Ladies – Sarah Norman, Victoria Wilkinson and Caroline Clark 1:22:48,

Pacer Mixed – Bill Overton, Andrew Smithurst and Melissa Stead 1:30:45.

 3 races to report on this weekend, first up was Burnley 10k,

Tony Lambert 57:06, Gemma Benson 58:16 and Mary Liversidge 1:02:23.

Over in Huddersfield Nick Dunn took on the strangely named Toss ‘o’ Coin 6 miler and was 5th overall in a time of 41:46

Meanwhile James Clark for some reason surprised that the Pendle Half Marathon should be hilly managed to overcome his shock by finishing 4th overall in a time of 1:35:33

Excellent running especially in this glorious summer we are enjoying, Well done to all of you.



Week Ending 1 July 2018

What a bumper week of racing this week and a couple of missed results from previous weeks so here goes..!


In the previous week a merry band set off to Bolton Abbey for the Summer Solstice 5 miles, first pacer home was Paul Dewhirst 49:31, followed by Paul Mortimer 54:24, Joy Good 54:52, Michelle Dare 55:16, Karina Leucht 58:07, Lia De Faveri 58:09, and Elaine Rushworth 1:01:18. Another midweek event was the Aberford Amble with Paul Dewhirst completing this self- guided trail race starting and finishing at a country pub in 1:05:28 and Cathy Martin in 1:18:38. Also at the Beamsley Beacon fell race 5.5 miles 1100ft climb from Addingham to Beamsley Beacon and back. Tony Mawson finished in 51:19, Caroline Clarke 54:16 and Melissa Stead 64:24. At the Hyde Park Summer Mile, Andrew Bishop clocked a 7.17 mile and Amber Reid an 8.15 mile.


Now onto this week’s news, on Tuesday evening a number of members avoided all the hill sessions at the club’s training night and opted instead for a low key local race out on by our neighbours at P & B. At the Rush around the Rhubarb, rushing around were Jack Cooper 23:44, Laurence Martin 24:48, Mark Orbell 24:58, Peter Enever 26:01, Andrew Walker 27:28, Rob Butler 28:45, Steve Clayson 29:10, Martin Scott 30:27, Victoria Wilkinson 31:00, Gemma Storr 33:21, Lisa Jamieson 33:37, Paul Dewhirst 37:20, Georgie Pogge-von Strandman 40:00, and Hannah Kumar 40:01.


On Wednesday evening it was the turn of the South Leeds Lakers to host the latest race in the YVAA vets league. At South Leeds Vets James Clark was 2nd M35 in 31:08 and Nigel Armitage 2nd M45 in 32:18. They were well supported by Rich Allen 33:00, Tom Murphy 33:52, Mark Orbell 35:09, John Marshall 35:35, Chris Campion 36:44, Gareth Millard 37:17, David Brooks 37:47, Andy Norman 38:57, Steve Pattison 40:05, David Cooper 40:17, Phil Lonsdale 41:00, first of our ladies home and bagging 2nd F40 was Natalie Tordoff 41:04, 3rd F50 Lisa Heath 41:44, William Overton 42:02, Victoria Wilkinson 42:03, Adam Gallagher 43:13, Sarah Norman 43:59, 2nd F60 Sue Ransome 44:09, 1st M75 Pete Covey 45:50, Rodney Tordoff 47:45, Paul Dewhirst 47:56, Lynne Barrett 49:04, Hilary Taylor 49:06, Judith Marshall 50:52, Joy Good 52:54, Ian Robinson 53:00, 1st F70 Kezzie Medford 56:54 and Lindsay Johnson 56:49.


Finally, this weekend’s scorching race news. A bumper turn out at Eccup 10 for what truly was a sizzling relentless race around the lanes and reservoir at Eccup. In the heat pacers put in a superb effort, first home for us was Nigel Armitage  1:03:40, followed by Jake Birkby 1:04:47, Nick Dunn 1:07:29, Rob Samuels 1:08:29, Tom Murphy 1:08:52, Faye Birkby  1:10:24, John Marshall 1:12:35, Chris Campion 1:13:40, Gareth Millard 1:17:35, Peter Enever 1:21:03, Phil Lonsdale 1:21:26, Victoria WIlkinson 1:21:56, Natalie Tordoff 1:22:15, Lisa Heath 1:23:09, Andrew Hardaker 1:23:57, Beth Light 1:23:57, Andy Norman 1:24:45, Darryl Stead 1:25:31, Sarah Norman 1:27:27, Anjuli Parmar 1:28:57, Adam Gallagher 1:30:12, Joshua Hawkhead 1:30:59, Kate Smithson 1:31:08, Tony Lambert 1:31:49, Hilary Taylor 1:33:19, John Woodhead 1:33:58, Emma Hardman 1:37:29, David Harrison 1:40:09, Lynne Barrett 1:40:12, Carol Parkinson 1:41:28, Nicola Cartwright 1:41:43, Linda Bullock 1:41:48, Andrew Duffy 1:41:58, Fiona Harrison 1:42:14, David Owen 1:42:27, Amber Reid 1:45:17, Gemma Benson 1:45:34, Sam Garside 1:45:53, Katie Jones 1:46:10, Sarah Turner 1:46:31, Nic Anness 1:46:37, Paul Mortimer 1:46:49, Mary Liversidge 1:47:20, Ian Robinson 1:47:22, Michelle Dare 1:47:48, Victoria Dickinson 1:47:49, Kezzie Medford 1:52:07, Georgie Pogge-von Strandman 1:55:15, Lucy Winder 1:55:40, Karina Leucht 1:56:28, Lindsay Johnson 1:57:30, Dawn Taylor 1:58:07, Jackie Baldwin 1:58:07, Ruth Duffy 1:58:40, Elaine Rushworth 1:59:15 and Rachel Clayforth 2:08:59.


Elsewhere in the heat a few pacers were on a solo jaunt on longer outings. Anna Keys put in a relatively last minute entry to the Ladybower Marathon, the terrain is billed as “grass, rock, mud and road”, although I doubt there was any mud in sight given the recent dry hot weather. In the heat of the day Anna put in a great time of 3 hours 56 min, provisional, official results awaited. At the Endure 24 event, which according to the website is like “Glastonbury for runners” and  “a 24 hour running party in the woods” . The event at Bramham park combines serious ultra-running with a 24 hour team relay race. Opting for a solo run for the full 24 hours Matt Pinnock put in a fantastic effort 20, 5 mile laps, a grand total of 100 miles in 23:56:15. Meanwhile a couple of our members William Overton and Sue Ransome ran a number of 5 mile laps in a relay team over the 24 hour period.


Phew, I am now off on a holiday after writing that up. Apologies if I have missed anyone. If you are racing and want to be included in the race report then please let us know which race and details of your results and we will include. Please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Week Ending 24th June 2018

Yet another glorious weekend with the weather although probably more suitable for spectating than running, even so we had 30 runners representing the club as Pacers fielded 3 teams in the Bradford MIllenium Way.


The Bradford Millennium Way Relay is a relay of five legs with two runners per leg. Starting from and returning to Bingley, taking in Wilsden, Denholme, Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth, Steeton, Silsden, Addingham and Ilkley with some stunning scenery en-route. The race attracts teams from Yorkshire and Lancashire. It’s a total of 47.5 miles with 6300 feet of ascending.


Great performances in the blistering heat with the A team taking 5th place in a total time of 6:31:15, the B team 21st in a time of 7:44:25 and the C team 35th in a time of 8:53:59. A total of 50 teams competed.


Over in Humberside Kate Smithson and Tony Lambert were running the Humber Half Marathon and Kate completed in 2:01:50 closely followed by Tony in 2:03:24.


Meanwhile, Amy Smith did the Penistone 10k, not seen the results but Amy recorded a time of 49:11 on her watch.


Leigh Hinchliffe completed his 3rd classic Lakeland race in a period of 4 weeks by tackling the Buttermere Horseshoe, yet another hard core event and again whilst the heat must have been hard work at least he had great views and no problems with navigation as a consolation. Leigh completed this 22 miles with 8500 feet of ascent in a time of 6hrs and 3 minutes. Leigh reports as follows: -


“ This year it was a counter for the British and English fell championship's.
A high quality field set off in great weather on what is seen as one of the toughest and longest of the lakes classics. Although definitely one of the most scenic, climbing over Whiteside, Hopegill head, Grasmoor, Whiteless pike, Dale head, High stile and Melbreak covering 22m and 8500' .
I finally finished in 193rd place and 27th in my age category in a new pb time of 6hrs and 3mins. This was the third race in four weeks and the legs are definitely feeling the miles now”.


As always well done to all our runners this weekend, next week is Eccup 10 and with more than 70 of our members registered for this race I am just thankful it’s Sarah’s turn to compile the weekly news.


Week ending 17 June 2018


What a great weekend for the club. The main event being our very own Pudsey Legal 10k, which would not be possible without the efforts of everyone from the club who turned out on Sunday in whatever capacity to assist in enabling this fabulous race to take place. A message from the Race Director, Els Allen  Wow what a fantastic day, lots of very happy people! Loads of great comments and positive feedback. We did our club and Pudsey proud. A massive thank you to everyone involved, thank you for giving up your time we couldn’t do it without you.”


A number of our members opted to run it in addition to the majority assisting in set up in the park and registration. Lead pacer was James Clark 39:10, followed by Jack Cooper 43:24, Johnny Scott 49:19, Simon Beverley 49:40, Pirjo Johnson 56:28,  Martin Scott 58:01, Kate Smithson 58:21, Dave Byrom 59:51, Ralph McDermott 1:00:07, Toby Meekings 1:01:23, Lynne Barrett 1:01:41 and Andrew Wood 1:03:11.


As a little warm up for the Under 8’s Park run (there is photographic evidence), Anna Keys ran the 3 Lakes Classic at Rother Valley Country Park on Saturday, 16 hilly miles completed in 2:14:39.


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Weekly News Update 14th June 2018


Firstly, some updates on the Fell Running scene.

Duddon Valley a beast of a fell race and a true Lakeland classic which involves 18 miles and no less than 6000 feet of climbing. Sadly, the clag was down on the day spoiling the views and leading to Leigh Hinchliffe being timed out at a checkpoint due to a navigational error. Better luck next time Leigh. More successful on the day was Ben Mason who completed this epic event in 7hrs 11mins and 16 seconds.

Next was Hebden a mid-week fell race where 3 of our runners competed, Leigh Hinchliffe was first Pacer home in 55:38, followed by Andy Walker (returning to the fells for the first time in a number of years) was next in 1:03:07 followed by Tracey Wilman who trying out the fells for the first time ever finished in 1:05:42.

Undeterred by his setback at Duddon Valley Leigh Hinchliffe returned to the lakes this weekend to compete in another Lakeland Classic this time at Ennerdale and Leigh completed in 5:46:29 and was 9th in his age group.   

Trying out Hardmoors for the first time was Tim Ayre who took part in the Hardmoors White Horse a 17 mile trail race. Tim completed in a time of 3hrs 23 mins.

Tracey Wilman and Adam Gallagher entered and ran the Northowram Burner a 10k race and Tracey posted a time of 52:31 finishing as 3rd lady. Adam finished in 59:24.  

Finally this week another “classic” in the form of the Otley 10 mile, surely one of Yorkshire’s oldest surviving road races. A good turnout of Pudsey Pacers was lead home by Dveirel Kovalsky in  time of 1:22:05, followed by William Overton 1:22:44, Steve Pattison 1:22:56, Andy Norman 1:24:56, Sarah Norman 1:25:24, Lisa Heath 1:25:30, Victoria Wilkinson 1:29:11, Andrew Allan 1:34:57, Paul Dewhirst 1:38:39, Nic Anness 1:38:45, Melissa Stead 1:45:34, and Samantha Dean 1:48:44.

 Fantastic running from all our runners, Congratulations on your achievements.   

 Week ending 3 June 2018


What a week for racing – 2 vets races, a local 10k, a fell half marathon and more!


Tuesday night was the 3rd fixture in the YVAA vets league, a nice local race at which the club was superbly represented. First home at the Kirkstall Vets and 2nd M35 was James Clark 36:44, supported by Nigel Armitage 37:52, Rob Dixon 38:51, Rich Allen 39:25, Leigh Hinchcliffe 39:39, Tom Murphy 39:58, Rob Samuels 40:43, Mark Orbell 40:46, John Marshall 42:02, Chris Campion 43:13, John Halliwell 43:17, Gareth Millard 44:05, David Brooks 44:52, Dave Burdon 45:00, Andy Norman 45:18, Dave Cooper 45:26, Johnny Scott 45:53, William Overton 47:31, Lisa Heath 47:53, Steve Pattison 48:43, Phil Lonsdale 49:32, Adam Gallagher 49:37, Victoria Wilkinson 49:54, Sue Ransome 49:57 (2nd F60), Sarah Norman 52:21, Toby Meekings 53:29, Tim Ayres 54:33, Hilary Taylor 56:09, Andrew Allan 56:18, Pete Covey 57:39, Ralph McDermott 57:44, Ian Robinson 58:20, Paul Dewhirst 58:42, Phil Daggett 58:44, Judith Marshall 59:19, Joy Good 63:27, Kezzie Medford 63:31 (1st F70) and Lindsay Johnson 67:18.


A second local midweek race on Thursday saw another good showing from the club at the Apperley Bridge Canter, with many running both. This time it was the turn of Mark Orbell to lead the club home in 43:04, followed by Peter Enever 45:57, Gareth Millard 46:18, Andrew Walker 48:37, Andy Norman 48:53, Lisa Heath 53:31, Sarah Norman 54:05, Lucy McCartney 54:47, Sally Corbin-Smith 55:22, Lisa Jamieson 55:50, Tim Ayres 57:49, Nic Anness 59:31, Ian Robinson 60:15, Amber Reid 63:38, Samantha Dean 65:36, Paul Mortimer 69:43, Lucy Winder 69:44 and Lindsay Johnson 71:02.


Saturday members travelled a bit further afield to take part in the very picturesque Wharfedale trail half marathon, a tough challenge. Laurence Martin finished in 1:56:23, David Cooper 2:03:29, Tony Mawson 2:10:46, Brad Strutt 2:16:44, Martin Bullock 2:17:09, William Overton 2:25:42, Andrew Allan 2:33:58, Adrian Martin 2:38:05, Pam Birchenall 2:39:13, Melissa Stead 2:48:59, Cathy Martin 3:07:57 and Linda Bullock 3:07:58.


Prizes galore at the second vets fixture of the week, which for some was followed by fish and chips and ice-cream at nearby Whitby! At Lythe Vets race, winning 1st M55 was Robert Samuels 44:00, 3rd M35 Rich Allen 44.33, closely followed by Tom Murphy 44:39, on their 3rd race outing of the week Mark Orbell 46:12 and Andy Norman 52:24. Steve Pattison followed in 54:21, 3rd V50 Lisa Heath 55:31, Sue Ransome (1st F60) 56:23, Sarah Norman 57:19, Phil Lonsdale 57:20, Adam Gallagher 57:31 and Paul Dewhirst 62:55.


A top 3 finish for James Clark at the Goole Riverbank Challenge in 54:56, a multi-terrain 8.75 mile race and finally for the week in very warm conditions at the Lakeland Trail Coniston half marathon Judith Marshall 3:08 (prov).


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Week ending 27 May 2018

This weekend was mostly about Scotland with several of our runners competing in Edinburgh Half and Full marathon races and also at Kirkcudbright in the half marathon.

In Edinburgh Michael Hern was first pacer home in the full marathon competing in 3:56:43, he was followed by Rosina Citrone 4:17:56, Paul Kaye 4:54:05 and Cheryl Murphy 5:27:51.

Meanwhile in the half marathon we had 3 runniers John Woodhead 1:57:24, Carole Parkinson 2:06:37 and Mary Liversidge 2:11:22.

Over in Kirkudbright, Steve Boom completed the half marathon in 1:39:51 and Dave Cooper 1:57:14.

Only 3 Pudsey Pacers in the Ilkley Trail race which of course is an In House championship race and Matt Livesey finished 9th overall in a time of 46:00 whilst Pam Birchenall finished in 1:11:43 and Paul Dewhirst 1:17:42.

At least one of our runners (Lawrence Martin) ran in the Austwick Amble Fell race but as yet we have not been able to find the results.   

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Week ending 20 May 2018


A warm weekend for racing this weekend. The big team event was the Calderdale Way Relay, and this week Club Captain Darren Barham has made my job very easy. Not only did he run the first leg of the race but he then stayed out on the route and followed the relay around. This is his report (cut and pasted from social media):  Bit of a rollercoaster ride yesterday at the Calderdale Way Relay (CWR)! With a lot of literal ups!

The CWR is Britains biggest off road relay and probably one of the most competitive. I was absolutely chuffed that this year we had entered 3 teams with 36 yellow pacer vests of different abilities out on the 50 odd mile loop. I had high hopes for the 'A' team of a top 15 finish and breaking last years previous pacer record time. The first leg was a bright early start with the race starting at 8 am. The A team got of to an absoulte belter with Matt Livesey  and James Boxell putting the a's in 5th position against a few internationals, dismissing all my false talk of Matt holding me back on the reccie. Unfortunately, it was the first and last time the B team saw the baton with David Burdon and I just missing the cut after having a picnic in the first two miles. In all seriousness thanks to Dave it was one the best and most enjoyable runs (maybe the only run) I have done in recent years. William Overton and Katy Ralph where also having a great run until the last 200 metres, where after running on some very technical terrain for over 10.5 miles sadly Katy took a serious looking fall on the concrete. Ex paramedic Bill always seems to be near by when these things happen. I have never seen so much spirit after such a bad fall as Katy had and she was a real trooper getting herself up and to the finish- although there was that much claret I hope the marshals didn't mark her down as the other Pudsey team. We wish you well Katy and a speedy recovery! Leg two saw Jim Cantwell and Leigh Hinchcliffe take over the baton for the 'a' team against what Leigh described as 'some bloody speedy lads' they more than held their own with Pacers in a great 10th/11th place. Laurence Martin and Mark Orbell must of put in a great effort just missing the mass start by a minute. Last years leg 3 female pacer record holders Caroline Clarke and Diane Wood couldn’t quite start to monopolise coming in at about the 1:30 mark. Leg 3 saw Rob Dixon and Nick Dunn off for the 'a' on the only leg which Rob nicely asked not to be placed on. They powered up that mighty climb placing the team in about 12th. The b team saw the pairing return of navigation specialists Andrew Walker and Stephen Pattison sticking to the route this time and beating the mass start. They must have been disappointed they only ran the required distance - so ran back to the start. Andrew Allen and Victoria Dickinson were next to take on Stannally farm climb successfully and come in for the mixed team. I am not sure what happened with the kit checks on this leg and I won't ask but Andy Walker just said it was 'sorted'. Up next was leg 4 and alongside leg 1, one of the toughest on route. 'Experienced' pair James Clark and Nigel Armitage led for the 'a'. As I encouraged James on round the corner, of the final long climb he told me he was not the one who needed support. A bit behind was Nigel who looked like he had given it all and some more- in which he described as a 'sunday in hell' on strava. However, they gained a few positions in hell on the way. The B team streamed along with Steve Boom and Richard Godden gaining an interesting PR on a segment called 'Ash's buttock rash'. The Mixed team was represented by Martin Bulllock and Joshua Hawkhead enjoying the 9 miles and 1500 ft of beautiful rolling hills in just over 2 hours. Leg 5 the baton was handed over to Rob Samuels and John Marshall and it looked like John really needed his hat and gloves as he powered through to the finish in the 20 degree plus heat in a strong 14th position. The self titled glamour pair of Anna Keys and Gary Leedham cruised through the wainstall catwalk for the 'b'. Elaine Allen and Emma Hardman took over the penultimate leg for the 'mixed' lots of smiles at the start and I am sure this was the same at the finish. Then it was leg 6, record time and top 15 finish well in sight for the 'a' . So no pressure for the new pacer pairing of Jake Birkby andMatt Pinnock. They had, some reccie issues but Jake had gone out the day before, with the promise of a pint if they didn't get lost. Sadly this was not enough- as the instructions said 'towards a stream' they found themselves towards s**t creek without an oar and about a mile off route. Rumour has it that Jake is still at the club house with the left over pies and screwed up instructions softly playing his recorder. A team finished 16th. However, a hard lesson to take, I am sure these lads will be back featuring in the results in top positions for the Pacers in many a relay to come! Rich Allen and Tom Murphy, had a real blinder finishing just behind them in time many a previous 'a' team pair could not beat! Cracking run. Finally with great glee Dev Kovalsky and Tracey Willman paced in for the pacers mixed bringing home all the pacer teams. I have been told they were leading the mass start pack for the first few miles!

Apologises for the long essay and rambles was just meant to be just a few words and photos but escalated a lot. Also sorry I couldnt get photos of all.

One thing that came out of yesterday was the great team spirit and determination we have in the Pudsey Pacers! What a cracking club! I know we will smash that top 15 next year. Big thanks to all those who run. You all did great. Overall a blinding day! On to Bradford Millennium way.......


On the day the A team finished in 16th position, the B team in 43rd and mixed team in 82nd. I cant find any leg times or overall times at present.

Meanwhile over in Liverpool, it was time to Rock n Roll in the sun at the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon and half marathon. Tackling the full distance with music every mile to take their minds off the blistering heat were Faye Birkby 3:35:22, Tony Lambert on his first marathon in 5:04:53 and multiple marathoner Ralph McDermott in 5:33:05. In the half marathon Adrian Martin finished in 2:10:11 and Cathy Martin in 2:24:05.


Week Ending 13th May

Quite a busy week for Pudsey Pacers. On another hot Sunday we had 30 plus runners in the Leeds Half Marathon. James Clark was our first runner home in a time of 1:22:53 followed by Dave Woodhead 1:27:28,

Mark Orbell 1:31:08, Morven Wallace 1:32:50, Nick Dunn 1:34:23, John Halliwell 1:34:59, Peter Eniver 1:35:44, Paula Bradshaw 1:36:56, Johnny Scott 1:41;20, Chris Campion 1:43:14, Dveirel Kovalsky 1:45;18, Andy Norman 1:46;45, Tim Barton 1:50:21, Sarah Norman 1:52;10, Victoria Wilkinson 1:52:33, Rachael Newton 1:54:04, Anjuli Parmar 1:55:09, John Woodhead 2:05:31,Andrew Duffy 2:12:27, David Owen 2:14:39, Ian Robinson 2:15:55, Rodney Tordoff 2:16:25 (1st V75), Caroline Armstrong 2:16:42, Nick Ljustina 2:18:33, Amber Reid 2:18:21, Kezzie Medford 2:26:05, (1st V70) Edwina Hewson 2:32:21, Ruth Duffy 2:32:25, Dawn Taylor 2:34:20, Jackie Baldwin 2:34:21, Elaine Rushworth 2:43:24.

Meanwhile in the Bluebell trail a hilly off road race which ended up being more than 10 miles this time Steve Pattison led the way for the Pacers team in a time of 1:42:18, (2nd V60) Tracey Wilman 1:48:40, Robert Greaves (Junior) 1;48:40, Adam Gallagher 2:01:41 and Paul Dewhirst 2:17:22.

On the previous Wednesday Sue Ransome ran in the Cannon Hall dash near Barnsley a 10 mile race where she came 1st in her age group (V60)


It was the awards evening at Farsley Liberal Club on the Friday night and a good turnout of Pacers saw the awards go as follows:

Best Male Runner - Andy Norman, Best Female Runner -Kezzie Medford, Best Male Newcomer - Matthew Pinnock, Best Female Newcomer - Tracey Wilman, Most Improved Male Runner - Morven Wallace, Most Improved Female Runner - Linda Bullock, Run Britain Male Runner - Andrew Bishop, Run Britain Female Runner award was split 3 ways with Georgie Pogge-Von Strandmann, Stacey Ashworth and Annette Clark sharing the trophy. Jon Holah won the Andy Barrett trophy for outstanding contribution to the WYWL competition. The In House competition winners were Peter Covey and Melissa Stead whilst Dave Burdon and Lynne Barrett won the In House Park Run competition.


So a very busy week, many congratuatons to all our runners o their achievements. 



Week ending 8 May


 So this week’s weekend action was fairly low key.


 On Saturday a quartet of pacers headed Up the Odda, a tough little off road 10k, run from Hawksworth primary school. First pacer home was Tracey Wilman 53:56, followed by Tony Mawson 55:20, Adam Gallagher 60:42 and Paul Dewhirst 83:31.It was the annual showdown between teams from the Peco xc league and the West Yorkshire Winter League in the Peco v WYWL relay. We had a number of runners representing the club and the WYWL league. Running for the WYWL VM50 (who came 6th overall and 1st in category was Rob Samuels completing leg 2 in 18.48, the PP mixed team came 34th with Dev Kovalsky  23:31, Steve Pattinson 22:04 and Tracey Wilman 22:54.  The PP second mixed team came 37th with Tracey Wilman doing another leg in 21:42, William Overton 25:02 and Dev Kovalsky 24:15. Finally in 40th place running for the WYWL VF50 team Lynne Barrett 26:44.




Up on the fells Nigel Armitage completed Coiners fell race , a 7 mile 1100’ ascent race on paths, tracks and moorland, taking in Erringden Moor, Stoodley Pike, and Bell House Moor. Nigel completed the course in 1:02:04.




Everyone was clearly saving themselves over the weekend ready for the 2nd fixture in the YVAA vets league at Roundhay Park on Tuesday evening.  A lovely evening and route and a great turnout from the club.  So the scores on the doors at the Roundhay Vets were as follows (including some category prize winners) - James Clark 30.34 (2nd M35), Rich Allen 32:26, Rob Dixon, 32:35,  Nigel Armitage 33:02, Rob Samuels 33:28, Mark Orbell 34:05,  John Marshall 34:20,  John Haliwell 35:48, Chris Campion 36:08, Tracey Wilman 36:13, Dave Burdon 36:28 (3rd M60), Andy Norman 36:41, David Brooks 37:28, David Booth 37:39, Anna Keys 38:18, Rob Butler 38:20, William Overton 39:35, Lisa Heath 39:50, Natalie Tordoff 40:34, Adam Gallagher 40:51, Katy Ralph 41:33, Sue Ransome 42:01, Victoria Wilkinson 42:02, Sarah Norman 42:14, Toby Meeking 42:15, Adrian Martin 44:15, Lynne Barrett 45:26, Emma Young 45:28, Hilary Taylor 46:30, Andrew Allan 46:46, Nic Anness 48:05, Rodney Tordoff 48:08, Ian Robinson 48:09, Alan Mahony 50:50, Cathy Martin 52:27, Kezzie Medford 52:53 (1st F70), Claire Greenwood 53:09, Joy Good 53:15 (3rd F65) and Lindsay Johnson 57:03.




The next Vets race is at Kirkstall on Tuesday 22n May. Details can be found on – these are great little races|! If you haven’t tried one and are over the age of 35 we can strongly recommend them!




A few races missed from previous weeks. On 15 April 2018, Paul Kaye ran in the Brighton Marathon. Paul states “Just reporting in with my first marathon of 2018 at Brighton. Not a bad course & pretty much one circuit. Great crowds & weather conditions pretty good until the last 4 miles when it started to chuck it down. Time 04:44:31. And that’s with low training mileage in January & no big 21 run a couple of weeks before. That’s no 52 clocked up. Next one Edinburgh.




 On 16 and 30 April Dan Graham completed races 2 and 3 in the Trunce off road race series in 35:35 and 34:37 respectively.




Finally on 1st May 2018 Nicola Cartwright ran Chester half marathon in 2:11:48.



More News   w/e 22nd and 29th April.

Some late information relating to the Anniversary Waltz held w/e 22nd April.

Leigh Hinchliffe and Martin Bullock travelled to the Lake District to complete this fell race, Leigh completing in 2:09:25 and Martin 3:03:18. This is a real beast of a fell race and not to be mistaken by its benign sounding name.

The Anniversary Waltz has been an annual event for 22 years following the wedding of 2 local runners Wyn and Steve. Sadly this was the last ever Anniversary Waltz following the passing away of Steve on 11th Jan this year with MND.


Meanwhile some further race news from this weekend past - W/e 29th April -Morven Wallace and Pam Birchenall travelled to South Wales to compete in The Newport Marathon and Newport 10k respectively. Both were delighted to post personal best times.

Marathon Man Morven with a superb result of 3:17 and Pam impressing on her comeback from injury with a time of 52:53.

Well done all.    




Week Ending 29th April 2018



What a weekend for Pudsey Pacers and what a weekend for some truly awesome performances.


On Saturday the annual Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge took place. This really is an event of a unique nature, 24 miles and over 4500 feet of ascending. No year is ever the same depending on the weather and ground conditions. This year proved no different with some very slippy and boggy sections to deal with throughout the course.  


With a mixture of debutants and seasoned campaigners everybody did extremely well and there will have been some PB’s achieved (nb: not sure who has registered pb’s at the time of writing)


First Pacer home in a time of 3:49:49 was Matt Livesey followed by Leigh Hinchliffe in a time of 3:55:34. Next was Neil Armitage running for his first claim club in a time of 4:13:49, then Jon Greenwood 4:34:24, Ben Mason 4:36:02, Anna Keys 5:00:59, Darryl Stead 5:12:57 and Mark Pawson 5:20:04. Spare a thought for Steve Boom who had to pull out at Hill Inn due to injury although he was well within the cut off time.


These days our club plays such a big part in this event with Martin Bullock arranging and overseeing the marshall duties as well as spending time in helping to set up the event and he was ably supported by a large number of Pudsey Pacers who as well as supporting the runners were busy manning numerous marshal points throughout the course. Overall a superbly successful day and one for all Pudsey Pacers to be proud of.   


Also on Saturday the long awaited “Big Shave” took place prior to Bramley Park Run where Arthur  Wood had half his beard shaved off. This was to recognise and raise funds for British Heart Foundation who Arthur is so grateful to and Arthur was marking his comeback from sick bed to 10k. Its been wonderful to see how Arthur has progressed since that worrying day at Bramley back in late September 2016. Arthur then went on to complete the Bradford 10k and much to his relief he will be having the other half of his beard removed prior to this coming Saturday’s Bramley Park Run. Well done Arthur.


On to Sunday and Bradford 10k (NB – apologies if I have missed any names or pb’s achieved – I used the Pudsey Pacers filter and it may be that some entrants were not listed as such). First home for Pudsey Pacers was James Clark who finished 20th in a time of 36;51, backed up by over 30 other Pacers the results as known at this time were Jack Cooper running for the first time as a Pacer in 40:10 (PB), Nick Dunn 40:11, Mark Orbell 41:03, Peter Enever 42:15, Tracey Wilman 43:10 (PB), Dave Burdon 43:24, Steven Esgate 45:43, William Overton 47:40, Adam Gallagher 50:34, Rosina Citrone 50:51, Lisa Jamieson 51:24, Tony Lambert 52:37 (PB), Rodney Tordoff 55:41, Katie Jones 56:46, David Owen 57:40, Victoria Dickinson 57:41 (PB), Samantha Dean 58:31, Samantha Garside 58:38, Andrew Bishop 58:44, Paul Mortimer 58:44, Michelle Craighan 59:05, Paul Dewhirst 59:09, Debra Tomlinson 59:24, Stacie Ashworth 1:03:15,  Ralph Mcdermott 1:05:22, Michelle Hefferon 1:08:26, Sarah Moss 1:10:03, Arthur Wood 1;11:31, Lindsay Dixon 1:16:17, Gemma Waring 1:16:35, Annette Clark 1;22:52.




Meanwhile at Chester Half Marathon Nicola Cartwright completed the race in 2;11:48.


Unfortunately, I don’t have Yorkshire Wildlife results available but some of our members took part in this on Saturday.


The Annual Award Presentation takes place at Farsley Liberal Club on Friday 11th May and tickets can be bought from William Overton this week or also next week when they will be available from Sarah or Andy Norman - £3 each.


You can vote for your favourite nominations up to 8pm this coming Thursday (3rd) and all paid up members should have received their invitation with details by e mail. If for any reason you have not received this there will be an opportunity to vote at the club on Tuesday and Thursday or you can e mail Cathy Martin and she will arrange to e mail you the details separately. Cathy’s e mail address is    


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Finally for this week a very well done to all our Pudsey Pacers involved in this week’s action.


Week ending 22 April 2018


So this weekend was all about the London Marathon, a race that so many aspire to run but not everyone is lucky to get a place. Having trained in tough winter conditions, the cold, rain, sleet, snow and ice and this year doing battle with the unwelcome visit from the beast from the east, our runners on race day were confronted with weather from the other end of the spectrum. The sun and heat was unrelenting on the day and the streets of London became increasingly more oppressive as the day progressed, forcing runners to take a steadier pace than they normally would. Hats off to all our finishers for completing this epic race in such tough conditions. Al Chapman was first home in a very impressive 3:07:05, followed by William Overton 4:05:17; Lisa Heath 4:19:23; Dave Hudson 4:20:16; Darryl Stead 4:42:17;

Catherine Smithurst 5:07:32; Nic Anness 5:12:59; Sam Stewart 5:16:05; Debbie McDermott 5:19:33; Joshua Hawkhead 5:22:33; Ian Robinson 6:01:42; Lindsay Johnson 6:22:29 and

Kezzie Medford 6:26:04.


A couple of members headed off to compete solo in other marathons. In Zurich Marathon in similar conditions to London Dev Kovalsky Gonzalez finished in 4:17:57 and at Blackpool Marathon Matthew Pinnock in 3:23:11.


And so to a much more local low key event, the YVAA vets series got underway with the first race at Honley, For those members that have never run one of these races they are great little races. They are open to all members over the grand old age of 35, generally 5-6 miles, £5 each and suitable for all abilities. Leading the pack home was James Clark 40:47, supported by Nigel Armitage 41:17, Paul Gaile 43:18, Dave Woodhead 43:49, Rob Dixon 44:31, Rich Allen 44:42, Rob Samuels 44:52, John Marshall 45:32, Tom Murphy 45:40,

Mark Orbell 45:50, Dave Burdon 49:01, Andy Norman 50:45, Steve Pattinson 51:20, Kate Smithson 61:49, John Woodhead 62:51, Lynne Barrett 62:53 and Emma Young 66:46.


The next vets race is on Tuesday 8th May at 19.30 at Roundhay Park and it would be great to see as many members as possible at this race. More information is available on or speak to any coach at club if you have any questions.


Week Ending 15th April 2018: - 

5 of our members travellled to run the Vale of York 10 miles race, John Halliwell was first home for the Pacers in a time of 1:12:29, looks like John is well on his way back to full fitness. Next posting a massive PB was Fiona Harrison 1:36:47 followed by Sarah Turner in a time of 1:37:00, Mary Liversidge 1:39:19 and Georgie Pogge-Von-Strandmann 1:49:19.

A little further north in Hartlepool doing the Marina 5 Mile race were Dave Woodhead completing in 31:02, John Woodhead 43:29 and Andrew Bishop in a time of 51:29. This was Andrew's 2nd race since joining the club and he reports it was an out and back course along the promanade, it was a bit windy on the day but the runners were rewarded with fine views of the sea.

Sue Ransome was the only pacer taking part in the Overgate Hospice 10k, where she bagged the 1st F60 prize in a time of 52:36.

Meawhile on Saturday Rodney Tordoff set the course record for a V75+ at Cross Flatts Park Run in a time of 26:41. Rodney's next quest is to complete the Bradford 10k for Arthur Wood's "shave off the beard" event in a time of under the hour.

Just a reminder and FINAL call to our existing members that Tuesday 17th April is deadline day if you wish to renew your membership at the reduced rate of £20.  The fee wil rise to £30 once this deadline is expired. See John at the club or pay on line (Pm John Marshall for bank details)



Week ending 8 April 2018 


So this weekend saw the first of the Spring marathons as runners and a little band of supporters headed over the Pennines to pound the streets in the Manchester Marathon. What a start to marathon running for relative newcomer to the club Faye Birkby, who finished in an excellent 3:12:25, fellow first timer Natalie Tordoff came home in 4:10:01, with Rob Butler in 4:51:07. Pacers news is now looking forward to tracking our members in the upcoming London, Liverpool, Edinburgh marathons and the 3 Peaks race in the coming weeks. Any other marathons events coming up for members please let us know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the facebook group.


Closer to home our intrepid duo Sarah and Andy Norman took part in the Blubberhouses Moor 25 mile race. Sarah reports The race where Andy and I first talked 7 years ago, we left not even knowing each others names! Lovely to see so many walkers out along Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs at the start of the run. A really warm day once the low cloud lifted off Blubberhouses Moor itself. Bolton Abbey looked stunning as we ran on the path high above it. Very boggy from Beamsley Beacon onwards when I started to really struggle! Not our fastest time but our furthest run since The Spine in January. 4 hours 27 for just over 24 miles.”


At Baildon Boundary Way (half marathon distance) making his presence on his return to the race circuit felt was James Clark finishing in 7th place in 1:36:20, supported by Rob Samuels 1:49:26, Steve Pattison 1:56:25, Robert Greaves 1:57:42, Darryl Stead 2:12:24, Suzy Beck 2:20:24 and Andrew Allan 2:27:21.


Personal Bests were on the cards for two of our runners in the hilly Sheffield Half with Mark Orbell finishing in 1:32:41 (PB), Dveirel Kovalsky 1:46:04 (PB) and Ralph McDermott 2:03:14


Finally this weekend at the Thirsk 10 Rodney Tordoff reports “The re-scheduled Thirsk 10 mile road race based at the race course was run in excellent conditions, mild with no wind or rain. Six ladies from Pudsey Pacers took part and the fastest of them was Amy Smith in 1.20.05. Pam Birchenall just managed to beat the 1.30.00 mark with a time of 1.29.45. Katie Jones recorded 1.38.39 and Cathy Martin 1.41.20. Running together Dawn Taylor and Jackie Baldwin were both timed in at 1.58.10. Of the three males who took part Morven Wallace recorded a personal best with 1.06.32 and Adrian Martin clocked in at 1.31.00. I picked up the M75-79 with 1.33.48 but was disappointed with my time.” Pacers news begs to differ with Rodney at what is an excellent time!


Reminder: This is the final week for paying the discounted membership fee of £20 for current members. Fee will rise to £30 after 17th April. See John Marshall on a club night or pm John for the bank details



Weekly News 2nd April 2018

Spring has supposedly arrived but our races this weekend took place in very wintry conditions. First up on Saturday, Matt Pinnock ran the Muddy Trail Daffodil Half Marathon over at Temple Newsam, Matt reported that the race was pretty tough with plenty of mud and horrible weather but he was pleased to bag 1st place overall in a time of 1:28:26.

Down at Bramley Fall Wood in equally wet conditions, Jake and Faye Birkby teamed up in the Tag relay challenge, they had a great result for their debut in Pacer colours finishing 5th overall and 1st mixed team. 

The traditional Easter Sunday race, Guiseley Gallop took place with several Pacers in action and again some great performances in challenging conditions, the course was an absolute quagmire. James Clark showed he is well on the way back to fitness with a time of 41:04. James was 9th overall and 3rd V35. Paul Gaille finished in a time of 45:03 (3rd V50) and were followed by John Marshal 48:04, John Halliwell 51:20, Steve Pattison 51:55 (2nd V60), Mandy Bannister 1:02:59, Paul Dewhirst 1:07:14, Lynne Barrett 1:08:01, and Lisa Jamieson 1:09:14.

Concluding the Bank Holiday was the Easter Monday fixture- Ackworth Half Marathon. Winter maintained its grip with snow and rain causing havoc and that was just parking the cars in the muddy field. Dave Burdon finished the race in a time of 1:43:40 (1stV60) closely followed by Dveirel Kovalsky 1:48:07.

Fantastic running by all our runners in tough conditions, well done everybody.


Weekly News 26 March 2018


This weekend we had a smattering of pacers out around the country taking part in various races.


The weekend kicked off on Saturday with a trip up to the Lake District in glorious weather for a small group of pacers to run the Coniston 14, a 14 mile undulating road race. Martin Robson led then home in 1:52:46, closely followed by Martin Bullock 1:53:35. Andrew Allan pipped wife Elaine to the post with times of 2:09:32 and 2:09:57 respectively, followed by Linda Bullock 2:18:15.


Liverpool Half marathon was the race of choice for Morven Wallace 1:29:31,  a PB for Catherine Smithurst 2:01:06, Pam Birchenall 2:02:47 and a v55 PB for Andrew Smithurst in 2:04:42.


Meanwhile Steve Pattison headed to RAF Dishforth for the inaugural Dishforth Dash 10k. The race is on the airfield and is flat and fast. Weather conditions were good, no wind and Steve finished in 45:30.


Closer to home both some of our experienced members and a number first time 10k runners ran the Wakefield 10k, which was hurriedly booked onto after the disappointment of the cancelled Bradford 10k. After a break from racing first home was James Clark in 37:15, followed by David Woodhead 40.19, Ben Wood 50:42, John Woodhead 57:00, Nicola Cartwright 59:16, Andrew Bishop 1:07:22, Stacie Ashworth 1:07:22, Rachel Clayforth 1:10:21, Arthur Wood 1:13:23 and Annette Clark 1:24:46.


Opting for an off road race, sole pacer Dan Graham took part in the Trunce off road race series run from Oxpring, Sheffield in 34:01.


Don’t forget membership for this year is now due and to benefit from the discount existing members must renew by 17 April. Either pay John Marshall on a club night or message him via facebook for the online bank details.



Weekly News 19th March 2018

On what should have been a busy week for race reporting it seems the whole programme was totally wiped out due to the weather. Cancellations/Postponements of Horsforth Vets, Bradford 10k, Thirsk 10, East Hull 20, Heptonstall and various other fell races lead to our runners taking a day off or opting for training runs across the snow fields. Although Trimpell 20 went ahead the weather made the travel too stressful and unwise to attempt for our runners, so for this country we had a complete white out.

Lynne Barrett travelled to Florida United States and appears to be our only pacer this week to have a race report for. Well done Lynne who completed the Sarasota Half marathon in a time of 2:04:11 and finished as 3rd Female Vet 60.

Plans for Arthur Wood's sponsored shave before the Bramley Park Run on Saturday also were put paid to by the weather and this has now been postponed until April 28th which is the day prior to the new date for Bradford 10k (April 29th). You may well remember the plan is for half the beard to go the day before the Bradford 10k, then Arthur will run the 10k and follow up the following Saturday before parkrun for the other half of the beard to be sheared (We will need a pair of shears by then Arthur). 

Weekly News 12 March 2018


Just a few races to report on this weekend.


With spring marathon training well underway it was time for the local Spen 20 mile race, in which we were represented by Matt Pinnock finishing in an impressive 16th place in 2.10.33, and Robert Greaves 2:54:10.


Up in the dales a trio of pacers headed to take part in Dentdale 14 a scenic road race setting off from Dent village on a figure of eight course, which literally took them up hill and down dale! Steve Pattison was first home in 1:56:30, followed by Andrew Allan in 2:18:51, and Elaine Allan 2:23:15.


Finally opting for sunnier climes and deciding to have a second bash at Barcelona Marathon was Coach Andrew Hardaker and Beth Light. Beth finished in 3:54:11 and Andrew in 4:06:27.


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Weekly News 5th March 2018

The weather certainly dominated the news this week with The Beast from the East apparently having a big punch up with Storm Emma and Great Britain coming off somewhat worse for wear although I am old enough to remember when it just used to be known as Winter.

It was bad news for those who had planned a sunshine break in Benidorm with only 2 Pacers managing to find a flight not affected by the weather. Martin Robson completing the Benidorm Half Marathon in 1:46:58 and Loretta Robson 2:08:43, meanwhile the rest of the crew planning for a weekend in the sun, endured a very frustrating and disappointing morning at Leeds Bradford Airport before being told no flight to Spain until the following Monday. Arrangements are now being made for those interested to set up a club trip to Palma Majorca in October.

The weather also played havoc with training plans and most local park runs were cancelled on the Saturday. Over in Pendle Neil Armitage running for his first claim club completed the Stan Bradshaw (Fell Race) Round in a time of 1:10:59.

A determined and praiseworthy effort from Queensbury who pulled out all the stops to get the final West Yorkshire Cross Country fixture on (you may remember this fixture fell victim to ice back in December). What a great event it proved to be with 29 Pacers joining the fun in the snow.  On the day our Super vets were 1st, the Ladies finished 7th, the Men 5th and the Vets 4th which meant that Overall the Club finished 5th. The season has finished now and we await the final cumulative results but there is still the Peco vs West Yorkshire Relay event to take place on 25th March and just before that on 23rd March is the Presentations evening.

So, great running once again to all  our runners let’s now hope that with some improved weather forecast we can all get back to our training plans.




Weekly News 27 February 2018


This weekend Pacers were spread far and wide in a number of different races.


Opting for a 10 mile flat road run in the popular Snake Lane 10 up at Pocklington returnee to the club Ryan Turnbull put in a storming performance finishing in 1:01:37. He was followed by another good performance from John Halliwell 1:10:38 and Brad Strutt in 1:16:36.


On the canal at Slaithwaite (locally called Slawit) those Grim Up North folks put on one of their trademark events the Slaithwaite Slog with races over all distances – 5k, 10k, half marathon, 20 miles and marathon. It seems our members opted for the half marathon and finishing in 1st place was newcomer to the club Matt Pinnock (running in disguise with no club vest!). Also running incognito under an assumed name was a certain Anna Kenys in 1:47:22, followed by Diane Shaw 2:15:53 and the London marathon training pair Ian Robinson 2:16:59 and Lindsay Johnson 2:48:06. Rumour even has it that the canal in Slaithwaite is hilly! (Disclaimer: at the time of going to print pacers news has not been able to verify this rumour!).


At the Harewood Half marathon sole pacer Joshua Hawkhead finished the in 1:59:05 and in yet another half this time hurtling around the Oulton Park race track at the Oulton Park Half marathon was another pacer on a sole outing Rob Butler in 1:45:26.


To the team event this weekend Stainland hosted the 6th fixture of the WYWL XC season with a 5.7 mile route incorporating many varied terrrains with plenty of mud, steep slopes, stream crossings and the infamous log flume – sounds great fun!. On the day the mens team finished in 5th, the women in 8th, Vets in 8th and our Super Vets in 1st. Overall on the day the team finished in 6th Place. In the cumulative results after this latest fixture we are in 4th place overall in the competition (men 4th, women 7th, vets 5th and our supervets are top of the board in 1st place.) Roll on Queensbury next weekend!


On the fells High Cup Nick fell race took place on Saturday – results currently awaited.


Finally, a late fell race result from last week Ilkley Fell Race, 8k 401m of climb saw several of our members tackling this tough little race.  First home was Darryl Stead in 1:02:17,  with Laurence Martin hot on his tail in 1:02:22, followed by Steve Pattinson 1:02:22, Martin Bullock 1:06:05 and Andrew Allan 1:19:14.




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Weekly News 19th Feb 2018

Lots to catch up on following editor’s holidays.

Back to w/e 5th Feb and 2 events to report on firstly Mickleden Straddle on the fells where Matt Livesey finished 4th in a time of 1:49:12 followed by Michael Dixon 2:36:20, Anna Keys 2:38:25 and Martin Bullock 2:59:44. The following day was Dewsbury 10k a fast course where Mark Orbell was 1st Pacer home in 40:16 followed by David Booth 44:04, Tracey Wilman 44:44, Andrew Walker 45:21, Adam Gallagher 50:39, Paul Dewhirst 52:21, and Cheryl Murphy 1:00:39.

Last week saw the 4th in the WYXC series this time at Skipton. This proved to be a humdinger of a course on the day with absolute bucket loads of mud and great fun for the photographers and video makers. We had 26 Pacers there on the day (19 men and 7 ladies). A good performance by our hardy runners with the men finishing 4th, the ladies 7th, the vets were 6th although the Supervets did even better by coming 1st. Overall the club finished 5th on the day.

Finally, this weekend (17th/18th) we had Flower Scar Fell Race with 5 Pacers present and by all reports it was as tough as ever. Matt Livesey 1:17:43 (5th), Leigh Hinchliffe 1:21:23, Ben Mason 1:39:05, Mark Pawson 1:42:56, and Mark Dixson 1:50:21.

In the Liversedge Half Marathon the weather was kind for a change and we had some great performances by all our representatives. Robert Greaves 1:43:11, Martin Scott 1:56:52, Amy Smith 1:57:42, Emma Hardman 1:58:45 and David Owen 2:18:24.

Ralph Mcdermott and Debbie McDermott meanwhile ran in The Gt North West Half Marathon in Blackpool finishing in times of 2:11:42 and 2:11:49.

Results are still awaited from the Ilkley Fell Race.

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 Weekly News 29th January 2018

A quiet week on the racing front this week but first an update on last week's half marathon at Inskip.
Just 2 of our members attended this year's race which just about survived the icy conditions. Al Chapman recorded 1:24:37 whilst Morven Wallace was not far behind in 1:30:13.
This weekend was the Meltham 10k renowned for its hills. Richard Godden running for his first claim club (Roberttown Road Runners) finished in 47:07 whilst Tracey Wilman completed her race in 50:57 with Adam Gallagher not far behind in a time of 54:46.
Excellent running everyone, well done.



 Weekly News 22nd January 2018.

A wintry weekend with snow, ice, mud, rain, and bitterly cold conditions were not enough to stop the Pacers being out in force at various events this week.
First and foremost, our pride of place must surely go to Andy and Sarah Norman who for the past week have been battling their way through the famous Montane Spine Race, described as one of the world's toughest endurance races. An epic challenge to test physical resilience and mental toughness to the absolute limit. Racing non-stop along one of the toughest trails in Britain and in some of the most brutal and exposed weather conditions known Andy and Sarah left Edale last Sunday morning and then tackled the entire Pennine Way completing (as the first couple) in a time of 163:46:54. Well done guys an epic achievement we look forward to hearing about your experiences in the next newsletter.

Another of our members who is getting a taste for the longer and more rugged terrain is Tim Ayres who completed the Hebden 2018 race this Saturday in a time of 4 hours 7 minutes. 15 miles and 2800 feet of climbing. Tim reports " A mixture of tracks and trails north and south of Hebden Bridge. Mixed weather including some sleet and snow. Muddy and snow covered throughout. Hopefully I will be back next year for a faster time or the 22 mile longer route".
Over the other side of the hill towards Chester, 5 pacers completed the Essar 4 Villages Half Marathon. They were:
Andrew Smithurst 2:09:05, Adrian Martin 2:10:24, Paul Dewhirst 2:13:06, Catherine Smithurst 2:16:11, and Cathy Martin 2:21:47.

At least one of our runners was reported to have been seen at the Inskip Half marathon but so far no results to report. (Will catch up with this next week).

Finally, West Yorkshire Winter League lived up to its name with the 3rd of our races taking place in the snow at Northowram. This was a new course but seems to have been well received and attended. Plenty of mud and quite a technical and interesting course enjoyed by 33 of our members. On the day our men finished 5th, Ladies 8th, Vets 6th and Supervets 2nd with an overall placing of 6th on the day. Next race is Skipton 11th February.
Fabulous running everybody well done.




Weekly News 15 January 2018


Just a couple of races this weekend but the club was well represented in both.


Firstly over at a muddy Temple Newsam a contingent ran the “Tough not Timid” Temple Newsam 10 mile race. Coveting the first pacer home spot on this occasion was Peter Enever in 1:18:13, closely followed by Dave Burdon 1:18:50, Tim Barton 1:26:53, Tracey Wilman 1:29:23, Adam Gallagher 1:31:57, Lisa Jamieson 1:37:03, Paul Dewhirst 1:40:45, Sam Stewart 1:45:41, David Owen 1:47:45, Judith Marshall 1:49:40, Debbie McDermott 1:50:06, Ralph McDermott 1:50:07, Georgie Pogge-von Strandmann 1:52:46 and

Michelle Dare 2:06:12.


Meanwhile splashing around in the mud near Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth there was a good turnout at the Stanbury Splash, a 6.7 mile 1200ft ascent fell race. Leading the club home was Graeme Tiffany 1:01:45, Mark Nolan 1:04:19, Ben Mason 1:04:54, David Cooper 1:06:25, Laurence Martin 1:07:33, Tony Mawson 1:08:20, Martyn Robson 1:10:24, Brad Strutt 1:10:29, Martin Bullock 1:15:05, Mark Dixson 1:15:31 and Andrew Allan 1:24:14.


A late result to report on from the end of December when Paul Kaye left Leeds (by car) at 3.20am on December 29th to embark on a 360 mile round trip to take part in the Great Barrow marathon in Suffolk. He completed the race in atrocious icy weather conditions in a time of 5:28:52.


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Weekly News 8th January 2018.

Saturday saw 2 of our members running in the Sir Titus Trot, this event offers different distances to compete in. Lisa Jamieson opted for the 10k and was 3rd lady to finish in a time of 52:45. Also amongst the prizes but this time in the Half Marathon was Beth Light who also finished 3rd lady in a time of 1:44:09.

Several Pacers crossed the Pennines to take part in the Central Lancashire Half Marathon, Braving the icy conditions and rather tricky course were Al Chapman 1:24:36, Morven Wallace 1:31:02, Natalie Tordoff 1:55:14, Elaine Allan 1:55:43, Andrew Allan 1:55:49, and Ralph Mcdermott 2:04:49.

The 2nd of the West Yorkshire Winter League races was hosted by South Leeds Lakers at Middleton Woods and 46 of our members took part. The men were 4th on the day and the ladies were 10th, Our vets team finished 3rd and the Supervets were 2nd meaning overall on the day we finished 4th.

Scorers for the team were (Men) Matt Livesey, Neil Armitage, Nigel Armitage, Jon Holah, Nick Dunn, Ryan Turnbull, and Rob Dixon. (Ladies) Tracey Wilman, Anna Keys, Dveirel Kovalsky, Katy Ralph and Sue Ransome.

The next WYWL event is at Northowram on Sunday 21st January.

Well done and congratulations to all our runners on their efforts this week.




Weekly News 1st January 2018

The final races from 2017 and one race result from the first day of 2018 to report on this week.


The traditional festive races over the Christmas period, included the Chevin Chase on Boxing Day with a large number of runners in an array of costumes running this approximate 10k race around the hilly Chevin. First pacer home was Matt Livesey in 43:57, followed by Jon Holah 47:59, John Halliwell 54:24, Simon Beverley 58:16, Mark Dixson 1:00:15, Steve Boom 1:00:28, Martin Bullock 1:02:51, Darryl Stead 1:04:08, Katy Ralph 1:05:02, Tony Lambert 1:08:59, Ralph McDermott 1:10:45, Lynne Barrett 1:11:58, Paul Mortimer 1:13:24 and Mary Liversidge 1:21:22.


Meanwhile unable to secure a place in the Chevin Chase, Kate Smithson determined for a Boxing Day race headed over to Hull and competed in the East Hull 10k. It was well worth the trip over as she achieved a PB in 51:16.


Again opting for something a bit different to the usual offerings, Kate Smithson and Tony Lambert took part in the second running of the Coley Canter on 30 December 2017. This was an 8 mile trail race around the Northowram area. Apparently the route was hilly and muddy. Kate finished in 1:37:26, with Tony quickly following in 1:37:51.


Provisional results only currently available for another firm festive favourite Auld Lang Syne on New Years Eve, over at Penistone Country Park, Haworth. This year I can only spot two pacers on the results, Dave Cooper finishing in 69:47 and Caroline Clarke 71:53.


What better way to kick off the New Year on New Years Day than by running an ultra marathon. This is what members Sarah Norman and William Overton opted for this year, when they headed over to the east coast to run the Hardmoors 30 mile race. Whilst Sarah is a seasoned ultra runner and very familiar with the Hardmoors series of races, this was William’s first ultra experience! Will he back form more? They both completed the coastal off road run in 6 hours 45 minutes. Well done both!


Results still awaited for Giant’s Tooth fell race, which also took place on New Years Day.


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Weekly News 11th December 2017


Unfortunately, the weather got the better of most of our planned racing this weekend which put paid to the eagerly awaited Queensbury Cross Country as well as the Leeds Xmas 10k and Mytholmroyd Fell Race.


It’s expected the cross country race will be rescheduled for the New Year.


Sarah Norman was still able to complete one of her epic HardMoors run’s, this time North Yorkshire Moors including Roseberry Topping a 30.4 mile run. Sarah completed the run in 6:35:06 and was 48th.


A couple of races from the previous week to catch up on.


Sue Ransome completed Stockport 10 miles in 1:19:27 and was 1st FV60.


Tim Ayres meanwhile took on the Dark Peak Trail a 15.24 run with 2044 feet of climb and including  Langsett reservoir near Penistone over to the Derwent valley and back.


As always well done to all our runners over the last 2 weekends.




Weekly News 27th November  2017.

Several Pacers undertook the challenging Clowne Half Marathon this weekend with the following results.

Victoria Wilkinson 1:52:14, Tony Lambert 1:56:12, Adrian Martin 2:09:43, Paul Dewhirst 2:11:24, Paul Mortimer 2:11:28, Katie Jones 2:11:29, Ralph Mcdermott 2:15:18, Debbie McDermott 2:15:18, Andy Hall 2:32:18, Gemma Benson 2:32:19.


Meanwhile it was also the 1st West Yorkshire Cross Country Race and the opener for the new season was hosted by Dewsbury at the “undulating” course in Hopton Mirfield. We were spared the snow and ice but there was plenty of mud and there was a magnificent turnout of 43 Pudsey Pacers  (topped only by host club Dewsbury and Stainland).

Our men finished in 6th place as did our vets team. Our Ladies were 8th and the Supervets team finished 2nd on the day. Overall our current position is 6th.

Scorers on the day were for the men, Matt Livesey, Paul Gaille, Nigel Armitage, Jon Holah, Ryan Turnbull, Robert Samuels, and Mark Orbell. For the ladies our scorers were Anna Keys, Tracey Wilman, Dveirel Kovalsky, Natalie Tordoff and Lisa Heath.

So with arguably the toughest of the series done and dusted, we move on to the next race which will be at Queensbury on 10th December. It would be fantastic to have even more of our team out, we currently have over 100 runners registered and it’s not too late to add your name if you would like to join in the fun (speak with Steve Pattison).

Well done to all our runners this weekend


Week ending 19 November 2017


This weekend was a quiet week for races. Only 2 races to report. The 34th running of the Tour of Pendle fell race took place on Saturday over Pendle Hill and surrounding moorland. 16.8 miles and 4833ft of gruelling ascent and terrifying descents was not sufficient to deter a hardy quintet of pacers heading for the infamous hill. Leigh Hinchcliffe was first pacer home in 3:11:15, followed by Ben Mason 3:30:34, Steve Boom 3:36:44, Caroline Clarke 3:55:17 and Martin Bullock 4:15:50.


Meanwhile sunning himself overseas – oh and running a marathon – was Andy Hardaker, achieving an excellent 3:29:43 in the Valencia Marathon.


Dates for your diary


Sunday 26 November – Dewsbury XC (must register in advance).


Thursday 30 November – monthly club run – treasure hunt organised by Arthur Wood. Meet as normal at PLC, followed by social and the London Marathon Draw.


Friday 8 December – Pacer Christmas Party – Farsley Liberal Club, with food by Deeva and DJ. Tickets on sale at club - £18 per person (3 courses) or message John Marshall to pay via the bank.


Saturday 9 December – Gathering Winter Fools Relay (reserves still required).


Sunday 10 December – Queensbury XC (must register in advance if not already registered).








Weekly News 13th November  2017.

Another busy weekend of racing for the Pacers.

To the fells first and 5 of our members competed in the Burley Moor Race on Saturday morning.

First home for us and finishing 5th overall was Matt Livesey 47:29, David Cooper completed in 1:01:07 followed by Martin Bullock 1:06:19, Dveiral Kovalsky 1:10:28 and Andrew Allan 1:20:38.

Also this Saturday, Andy and Sarah Norman did the Goathland Hardmoors Marathon competing in a time of 6:15, Sarah reports it was a stunning run and an amazing day although there was plenty of mud to slip and slide in.

On Sunday a couple of our runners opted for the new series of trail races at Bolton Abbey where there is a choice of 2 mile, 10k, 10 mile and Half Marathon. Paul Dewhirst chose the 10 mile which he finished in 2:20:30 and Judith Marshall opted for the Half Marathon which she completed in a time of 3:26:56.

Remembrance Sunday saw the last of the Yorkshire Vets GP races in Cleckheaton the HQ as usual being the track used by Spenborough. The 5.1 mile race was attended by over 250 runners and Pacers had a great turnout with 13 ladies and 19 men.

First home for the ladies was Anna Keys (41:23),then Lisa Heath (44:21), Natalie Tordoff (44:38), Susan Ransome (46:02), Emma Young (48:04), Lynne Barrett (48:23), Sarah Norman 48:30, Hilary Taylor 50:17, Nicky Anness (51:42), Helen Thompson 53:33, Kezzie Medford 56:04, Katie Jones 57:22 and Cathy Martin 57:50.

Leading the men for Pudsey was Nigel Armitage (33:52), then Rich Allen 34:10, Jon Holah 34:17, Rob Samuels 35:28, Rob Dixon (36:19), John Marshall 36:36, Mark Orbell 36:58, Dave Burdon 39:00, Andy Norman 41:32, Steve Pattison 41:55, Mark Pawson 42:05, Gareth Millard 42:14, Peter Covey (45:00), Mark Smith 45:53, Tim Ayres 47:11, Mick Liversidge (47:17), Tony Lambert 48:59, Adrian Martin 50:50, and David Owen 52:36.

There were prizes on the day for Susan Ransome (1st F60), Lynne Barrett (2nd F60), Kezzie Medford (1st F70), Nigel Armitage (1st M45), Jon Holah (1st M55), Dave Burdon (3rd M60) and Peter Covey (1st M75).

Final results for the series should be known later this week, our teams are well placed and some of our members will be amongst the prizes for their achievements within their age groups.

A magnificent weekend of racing by so many of our members well done to each and every one of you.  

Week ending 5 November


So this weekend saw a huge number of the club out racing both on the road and up on the less crowded and quieter fells.


The big race pf the weekend was the very local Abbey Dash, in which 55 or so or our members ran, many PB’s achieved and many first timers who have progressed well through the Run Together group and are now fully fledged members of the club enjoying the training. Special mention to Kezzie Medford who ran a stunning race and won the F70 age category in 57:07! In addition to the members running there were also at 35 or so willing volunteers from the club out on the course, manning the water station, handing out t-shirts, repatriating children (!!) and running their own race in the mayhem of the baggage tent!!


First pacer home was Al Chapman  37:14, followed by Nick Dunn 39:19, Morven Wallace 41:02, Mark Orbell 41:49, Peter Enever 42:35, Ian McCall 43:27, Chris Campion 44:56, Gareth Millard 45:00, Steven Esgate 45:16, Tim Barton 45:32, Tracey Wilman 46:10 (PB), Lisa Heath 47:13, Mark Smith 47:58, Adam Gallagher 48:56 (PB), Victoria Wilkinson 49:03, Chris Copeland 49:13, Andrew Allan 51:23 (PB), Kate Smithson 53:12 (PB), Hilary Taylor 53:12, Lucy McCartney 53:17, Linda Bullock 53:59 (PB), Adrian Martin 54:44, John Woodhead 54:48, Trish Popiolek 55:06, Samantha Stewart 55:31, Fay Walker 56:06, Kirsty Boyle 56:12, Rodney Tordoff 56:28, Georgie Pogge-von Strandmann 56:40 (PB),  Kezzie Medford 57:07 (1st F70), Vicky Benson 57:10, Caroline Armstrong 57:48, Nicola Cartwright 58:51, Karen Hill 59:33 (PB), Carol Parkinson 59:38, Melissa Stead 59:50,  Joanne Austin 59:56, Debbie Tomlinson 1:00:04, Elizabeth Howitt 1:00:11, Hannah Surendrakumar 1:01:09, David Elliott 1:01:46, Christine Stead 1:01:55,

Sam Garside 1:01:58 (PB), Louise Barber 1:02:20 (PB), Michelle Craighan 1:02:20 (PB), Karina Leucht 1:02:54, Joy Good 1:03:31, Lia de Faveri 1:05:09, Michelle Heffernon 1:07:27 (PB), Lucy McCallion 1:07:28, Alan Hill 1:09:12,

Rach Clayforth 1:09:13 (PB), Ailis Brown 1:11:57, Naomi Hepworth 1:15:08, and Helen Hargrave 1:23:42.


Opting for a hillier road route and plentiful goody bag brimming with chocolate at the Guy Fawkes 10 mile race in Ripley were Dave Burdon 1:15:54, Brad Strutt 1:24:06, Tony Lambert 1:31:46, Paul Dewhirst 1:37:14

Paul Mortimer 1:37:46, David Owen 1:41:20, Victoria Dickinson 1:41:25, Ralph McDermott 1:42:08, Lynne Oxley 1:42:11, Debbie McDermott 1:42:11, Elaine Rushworth 1:57:51 and Michelle Dare 2:00:50.


Meanwhile away from the hustle and bustle up on a hillside somewhere near Stoodley Pike, a contingent of pacers ran the Shepherds Skyline fell race – a 10k route involving 350m ascent. Leading the pack of pacers home was Matt Livesey 49:14, followed by Leigh Hinchcliffe 55:09, Rob Samuels 61:07, Ben Mason 63:23, Dave Cooper 63:52, Laurence Martin 65:39, Martin Bullock 70:31, Caroline Clarke 74:22 and Tim Ayres 88:25.


Well done everyone. A great weekend of running and volunteering!


Weekly News 30th October 2017

Dublin Marathon marked the end of a long hard training haul for some of our runners this weekend and as usual Dublin did not disappoint. Spurred on by a large and lively contingent of Pudsey Pacers supporters our runners achieved the following times.

Morven Wallace 3:26:54

Catherine Garrett 3:43:16

William Overton 3:45:22

David Harrison 4:41:04

Michael Liversidge 4:51:04

Mary Liversidge 4:58:32

Andrew Smithurst 5:05:23


3 of our members took part in the Hubble Bubble series of races at the weekend a local event along the canal. Melissa Stead tackled the marathon and completed in a time of 5:02:30 whilst Ralph Mcdermott opted for the 10k and ran this in 54:16. Joanne Woodward did the 5k in 49:14.


The Bronte Fell race was also this weekend. This event organised by Keighley and Craven is 8 miles long and has an elevation of 1158 feet. We had 5 representatives out and all completed in the following times. Steve Boom 1:12:42, David Cooper 1:19:45, Martin Bullock 1:22:30, Caroline Clarke 1:25:20, and Sharon Hague 1:33:40.


Finally it was the Bradford City Runs which involve a 5k 10k and Half Marathon race on the perimeter of the city centre. Another 5 of our runners competed in the 10k.

Tony Lambert 52:26, Alex Robertson 52:37, Andrew Allan 52:58 and posting a PB (all that quality training paying off Andrew) David Byrom 56:42, and Mark Crawshaw 1:13:35.


Well done to all our runners and supporters this week.


Next weekend sees another big race for the club at the Abbey Dash where we will have many runners and some of our club members will be manning the water station at the halfway point as well as assisting at the start/finish. We will also report on The Guy Fawkes 10 miler as well as any other race our runners are involved in.   


Weekly News 16th October 2017

2 Half Marathons to report on this week.

At Bridlington Andy Hardaker and Beth Light (formerly Bray) ran together and completed in a time of 1:38:10, Beth picked up the award for 3rd in her age group.

Over in Appleby, Sandra Foster finished the Heart of Eden Half Marathon in a time of 1:40:30 and was also amongst the prizes finishing as 3rd Lady.

Closer to home at our very own Post Hill Challenge we were blessed with a perfect day for the race which attracted 99 runners. Amongst those a number of our members achieved the following times.

Neil Armitage 21:13 (2nd Overall), Robert Samuels 23:07 (1st V55), Rogan Ashton 24:45, Mark Orbell 24:50, Laurence Martin 25:05, Thomas Murphy 25:35, Dan Graham 25:36, Robert Greaves 25:59, Adrian Martin 32:16, David Owen 35:07, Samantha Stewart 35:08, and Dveiral Kovalsky 35:26.

A massive well done to all our runners this weekend and a sincere thankyou to all of those who helped ensure the Post Hill Challenge went so well

Week ending 8 October 2017


The big feature of the weekend happened over in York with the Plusnet Yorkshire 10 mile race and the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Members have been training for many months, with many being first timers to the marathon distance. Pleasant weather conditions greeted the runners on the day.


In the marathon first home in a pacer vest was Morven Wallace in 3:19:41, very closely followed by Mark Orbell in 3:19:47. Also running were David Hudson 3:46:38, Vikki Wilkinson 3:59:33 (an impressive PB by 28 mins off her 2017 London Marathon time), Chris Copeland 4:20:51, Tom Murphy 4:30:54, Debbie McDermott 4:35:23 (also bagging a significant PB), first timers Joshua Hawkhead 4:45:29 and Linda Bullock 4:48:40. Next in were Melissa Stead 4:55:46, Paul Mortimer 5:09:06, the tutu clad duo Andy Hall and Gemma Benson in 5:11:46, and finally soaking up the atmosphere were Elaine Rushworth and Cheryl Murphy in 6:04:16.


Meanwhile in the 10 mile race which set off after the marathon had started and took in part of the marathon route (good for the support crew), we were led home by Chris Campion 1:15:16, followed by David Booth 1:19:19, Adam Gallagher 1:22:01, Kezzie Medford 1:38:10 (2nd F70), Georgie Pogge- von Strandmann, Ralph McDermott 1:40:12, Nicola Cartwright 1:40:20, Andrew Duffy 1:41:07, Michelle Dare 1:59:30 and Sam Stewart 2:12:54.


There were many pockets of pacer support crew out on the course to cheer our runners on and a great day was had by all.


Over in Chester, Simon Platts and Suzy Beck were running the MBNA Chester Marathon finishing in 3:27:54 and 4:14:15 respectively.


Opting for an off road 10 mile race Paul Dewhirst travelled to Tickhill in South Yorkshire to take part in the OffTRAC 10 mile race, completing the challenging course in 1:48:52.


The lure of a curly wurly on the finish line at Withins Skyline fell race saw a quartet of our members heading over to Haworth to run the 12km (300m ascent) race from Penistone Hill Country Park. Leigh Hinchcliffe finished in 53:10, Tony Mawson 65:32, Pete Covey 70:43 and Tim Ayres 83:56.


A late result from last week on Saturday 30th September new member Dan Graham took part in the North Yorkshire Trail half marathon. It turned out to be slightly more than a half at 14.8 miles, which Dan completed in 2:51:01.


Weekly News 25th  September 2017

2 of our runners went further afield to tackle Marathons this weekend.

Judith Marshall was at the famous classic Berlin Marathon and posted a time of 5:32:34 whilst Paul Kaye was at the Loch Ness Marathon which he completed in 5:00:27.

A little closer to home 7 of our runners entered and competed in the 2nd running of the Harrogate Haverah race. This is a 10 mile trail race and qualifies as one of the In House club championship races. First home for us was Laurence Martin in 1:23:59 followed by Martin Bullock 1:33:20, Brad Strutt 1:33:21, David Booth 1:34:43, Katy Ralph 1:41:51, Pam Birchenall 1:59:04 and Paul Dewhirst 2:03:30.

Two 10k races to report on, firstly the Stainland Trail 10k which James Cliff completed in 1:11:55 and Sutton Forest 10k, a rural flattish course which Andrew Allen ran in 56:38.

It was also the Yorkshire Vets Track and Field Championship at Spenborough this week and Steve Pattison tried his hand at the 100 and 200meter sprint races. Official results are not available yet but Steve reports he completed the 100meter in around 15 seconds for some reason using his fell running shoes.

As always, congratulations and well done to all our runners for this weeks achievements.  



Week ending 17 September 2017


A local race dominated this weekend. The Mad Monk was busy chasing the competitors in the Kirkstall Abbey 7 – a 7 mile route taking in the A65, the canal and the riverside. First home in 30th place and 2nd V50 was Paul Gaile 47:45, followed by Mark Orbell 48:45 (3rd V50), Robert Greaves 50:08, Laurence Martin 51:38, Steve Pattinson 52:25 (2nd V60), David Booth 53:06, Jonathan Scott 54:03, Mark Smith 57:16, Ralph McDermott 63:08, Lynne Barrett 63:47, Kirsty Boyle 69:14, Georgie Pogge Von Strandmann 69:28, David Owen 70:10 and Paul Dewhirst 74:44.


Staying reasonably local, sole pacer Katie Jones, headed to Cleckheaton for the Spen Greenway 10k – a fast and flat out and back on a disused railway track. No official results appear to have been published yet but unofficial time was 58:22.


Over the Pennines at the English Half Marathon in Warrington, Peter Enever set a new PB of 1:33:54, Sue Ransome taking her age category prize F60 in 1:43:35 and Lisa Jamieson a course PB in 1:54:07, missing out on a half marathon PB by only 9 seconds. Well done all!


Finally a report from our ultra running couple Sarah and Andy Booth - "Andy and I ran the Hardmoors 60 on Saturday. Due to high tide at Runswick Bay we ran 64 miles. Perfect conditions to run in but recent rain meant the paths were sloppy in places. Very pleased to have finished in 15 hours 13 minutes. 74th over all out of 161 finishers and 13th lady. We won a spot prize from Runfurther of some injinji socks! A great way to celebrate Andy's 99th marathon. His 100th will be at the Hardmoors Osmotherley trail marathon on 22nd October!"




Weekly News 11th September 2017




It was a busy weekend for races, let’s start with the Great North Run where leading the Pacers home in this iconic point to point race was David Kirk 1:34:02, followed by David Hudson 1:44:34, Tim Barton 1:47:27, Katy Hogg 1:48:33, Chris Copeland 1:51:32, John O’Callaghan 1:59:36, Andrew Smithurst 2:02:36, Deborah McDermott 2:07:40, Debra Tomlinson 2:11:47, Carol Parkinson 2:23:38, Elaine Rushworth 2:32:45.




The Vale of York Half Marathon was again popular with our runners and Al Chapman was our lead runner with a time of 1:25:16, he was followed by Morven Wallace 1:27:45, Simon Platt 1:33:28, James Pickles 1:34:38, Beth Bray 1:34:48, Andy Hardaker 1:34:48, Mark Smith 1:48:26, Tony Lambert 1:57:38, Ralph Mcdermott 2:01:11, Nicola Cartwright 2:13:05, Victoria Benson 2:15:28 and Ian Robinson 2:19:17




Nick Dunn opted for the tough Shepley 10k over in hilly Huddersfield and came 12th overall with a time of 43:29.




4 of our club members did the Yorkshireman Half Marathon. This is an off-road race and although described as a half marathon its tough hilly terrain and is slightly longer than the 13.1 miles normally attributed to a half marathon. Neil Armitage running for his first claim club of P and B was 10th overall in a time of 1:59. Also running were Steve Pattison (flawless in his navigation apparently) 2:15:58, Anna Keys continuing her comeback on the racing circuit with a time of 2:23:51 and Martin Bullock 2:33:05  




Some great running from all our runners this weekend Well done to all of you.









Week ending 3 September 2017


Last weekend’s racing was dominated by the annual Leeds Country Way Relay in which our 3 teams did rather well. Captain Darren Barham reports:   “As most of you are aware yesterday was the Leeds Country Way Relay. We had an excellent turnout for the club – 3 teams of 12 runners, donning the famous yellow jersey- 36 pacers overall. Each team covering the 6 legs of the relay in pairs. The course followed the 64 miles of the Leeds Country Way, starting and finishing at Garforth Leisure Centre, taking in lots of parts of Leeds including our very own Pudsey. The aim is to get the baton around all legs from start to finish and for everyone to have a great time and run whilst doing so.


Despite a few minor injuries, head cuts and one pair trying to re-enact the nativity early by visiting the Donkeys and seeing if there was any room at the (New) Inn, all runners (including very experienced and some new to relays) completed their legs and really enjoyed the day.


With 54 teams competing the Pacers A team managed to finish in a superb 6th- a place up from last year and over 20 minutes quicker! B team in 26th and the C team in 47th.


1st Saltaire Striders A -7:04:40


6th Pudsey Pacers A - 7:37:04


26th Pudsey Pacers B - 9:09:54


47th Pudsey Pacers C -10:53:51


A superb effort by all! Brilliant Work team!


Special mentions go James Clark And James Boxall for winning fastest male pair on Leg 2 in a time of 1:13:11 a full 4 minutes and 5 seconds quicker than their nearest rivals.


Suzie Sharman and Paula Bradshaw for the fastest ladies on Leg 3 in a time of 1:20:36 also quicker than any mixed pair and most of the male pairs. And finally Rob Dixon and Beth Bray bringing us home on the glory leg for the fastest mixed pair on Leg 6 in a time of 1:11:24 a massive 4 minutes 6 seconds quicker than the next mixed pair!


Thanks especially to all that run! But also those who supported, helped reccie etc!”


In other news 3 of our members headed over to Wetherby to take on the Wetherby 10k, which was as billed “A Cracking Little Yorkshire Run!”. The course started and finished at the race course and took in scenic farm tracks, country lanes and cycle tracks. First home was Brad Strutt in 46:50, followed by Elizabeth Howitt with a pb of 60:44 and Sarah Turner in 62:16.


Weekly News 28th August 2017


It’s a little quiet on the race front presently, however a few items to catch up on over the last couple of weeks.


Sarah Norman had a couple of events to inform us of and reported as follows


“Sunday 13th Andy and I did the new route of the Hardmoors Rosedale 26.2 Trail marathon. A stunning day with purple heather covering the North York moors. It took 6 hours 36 for the hilly 29.55 miles.


 Ed:s note(Sounds like good value for money advertised as a 26.2 and they add a further 3.5 in for good measure I hope they made you aware of it beforehand Sarah)


Sunday 20th. We ran the Dorset Doddle. 32 miles along the stunning Jurassic Coast from Weymouth to Swanage. Very hot with occasional sea breezes to cool us. A speedy run along the seafront at Swanage got us in under 8 hours, 7 hours 56”.  


Over in Preston at the City 10 mile race -  3 of our runners posted the following times.


Rodney Tordof  1.36.49, Debbie McDermott  1.38.09 (pb),Ralph McDermott 1.38.09






Sunday 27th saw a rerun of the Anniversary Relay organised by Martin Scott. What a gloriously sunny day for it although those who ran probably appreciated getting their hands on the baton rather than the actual running. Martin reported Good day had by all. Requests to do the same next year....
Would be good for more to join in. It's a relaxed and fun run/social for all abilities. ANY one could take  part and have a run/laugh


     For the record the fastest team home was Bill/Joshua who did two legs each
     Fastest baton change was Andy Hall
     Slowest baton change was Lynne Barrett
     Best tea pot look was Bill Overton


     The tea pot look was the standard baton change look.
     Baton of choice was Leeds Pale Ale


     Well done all and see you next year”


      See the facebook page for more reaction and pictures of this fun event.


      This Sunday (3rd Sept) will see the annual relay event Leeds Country Way.


       We have 3 teams entered Good luck to all our runners.












































Weekly News 14th August 2017


Wednesday saw the 4th of the YVAA grand Prix Races at Halifax where there were 30 Pacers out in force in the warm and sunny conditions. First home for the Pacers in this eyeballs out of a course  was James Clark in 35:11, James was 1st M35 on the night and was supported by Jon Holah 35:41 (2nd M55), Richard Allen 35:59 (2nd M35), Robert Samuels 38:00, John Marshall 39:02, Laurence Martin 40:39, Dave Burdon 41:30 (3rd M60), Anna Keys 43:08, Bill Overton 43:36, Andy Norman 43:37, Steve Pattison 44:00, Mark Pawson 45:47, Andrew Walker 46:52, Susan Ransome 47:11 (2nd F60), Mark Smith 47:20, Katy Ralph 48:57, Victoria Wilkinson 48:59, Sarah Norman 49:00, Lynne Barrett 50:38, Hilary Taylor 51:08, Tim Ayres 53:39, Nicky Anness 53:52, Peter Covey 54:13 (1stM75), Julie Mair 55:01, Adrian Martin 56:07, Cathy Martin 56:33, Nick Greenwood 56:34, Sarah Turner 58:21, Paul Dewhirst 60:50 and Kezzie Medford 61:04 (1st F70)    


On Sunday the Firefighters 5 took place at Birkenshaw and again a good showing from the Pacers posting the following results: - James Clark (6th overall) 29:49, Richard Allen 32:07, John Marshall 33:19, Peter Enever 34:25, Tracey Wilman 37:36, Brad Strutt 38:29, Mark Smith 40:41, Amy Smith 41:01, Adam Gallagher 41:30, Emma Young 41:55, Lisa Jamieson 44:35, Alex Roberton 50:21 and Sarah Turner 50:24.




Well done to all our runners racing this week.





Weekly News 7th August 2017




2 Fell races and a road 10k to report on this week.




Leigh Hinchcliffe completed yet another Lakeland Classic Fell Race on Saturday travelling there and back in a day to get up, over, down and round this beast of a course in 4hrs 19mins. Borrowdale is 17 miles long climbs 6500 feet and includes each of the following peaks - Bessyboot, Scafell (Englands Highest Peak), Great Gable, Honister Pass and Dale Head. Believe it or not Leigh does this for fun although reflecting in The Butchers Arms over a pint on Tuesday evening he suggested he might be taking it a bit easier for a while. Watch this space.




The following day several pacers, minus Leigh Hinchliffe, tackled Roundhill Fell Race out towards Blubberhouses. This is a 9 mile course somewhat more runnable than Borrowdale and ideal for anyone who is considering trying a fell race for the first time. James Clark finishing 6th overall in 1:00:30 was ably backed up by David Cooper 1;13:30, Laurence Martin 1:16:05, Darryl Stead 1:16:49, Tony Mawson1:17:55, Martin Bullock 1:20:39, Anna Keys 1:21:15, Brad Strutt 1:23:22, Peter Covey 1:25:00, Caroline Clarke 1:26:02 and Pam Birchenall 1:42:43.




Meanwhile on the road Morven Wallace lead the way for the Pacers at the York 10k with a time of 39:47 (PB) followed by Ian McCall 43:27, Steven Esgate44:37, Peter Enever 45:36, Johnny Scott 48:33, James Cliff 52:09, Victoria Benson 58:50, Ian Robinson 59:46, Katie Jones 1:03:00, Cathy Martin 1:03:00, Ralph McDermott 1:10:57 and Lindsay Johnson 1:11:09.  






Week ending - 30th July 2017


It’s a short report as it seems to be a quieter week on the race front.


Nostell Priory 10k took place on Wednesday evening. First home for the Pacers was James Clark in a time of 38:11 and finishing 10th overall. Robert Greaves completed in 45:29, Ian Robinson 01:00:53, Lindsay Johnson 1:16:29.


Meanwhile at the weekend Paul Mortimer engaged in the Dorset Invader. This involved races over the weekend. An Ultra marathon of over 27 miles completed in 06:39:00 followed by a Half Marathon completed in 03:47:00. Rumour has it there was a 3rd race involved but unable to find any results for that perhaps Paul can confirm.

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Week ending 23 July 2017


Last weekend’s racing was dominated by the Northumberland Coastal Run. An impressive number of 21 pacers made the journey north to this scenic race, which has become a favourite in the race calendar. A half marathon this year over sand, road and varying terrain in rather wetter weather than in previous years. First pacer home to the cheers of the various pacer supporters on route and on the finish line on Alnmouth beach was John Marshall in 1:35:02, followed by Morven Wallace 1:36:41, Dave Burdon 1:41:02, David Kirk 1:42:11, Steve Pattinson 1:45:49, Lucy Armstrong 1:48:45, Ben Mason 1:49:35, William Overton 1:49:38, Andrew Hardaker 1:50:34, Tony Mawson 1:50:44, Lisa Heath 1:57:47, Sharon Hague 1:58:06, Caroline Clark 2:04:14, Mick Liversidge 2:07:46, Lisa Jamieson 2:08:56, Adrian Martin 2:20:51, Mary Liversidge 2:21:46, Nick Greenwood 2:23:06, Ralph McDermott 2:27:02, Cathy Martin 2:27:05 and making a return to return following a maternity break was Sara Barton in 2:28:51. Our runners were also amongst the prize winners in this quality race, with Dave Burdon taking 3rd M60, William Overton 3rd M65 and Caroline Clark 1st F55.


Back at home, at the Arthur James ShakERR, a 7 mile multi terrain race in and around Saltaire, Michael Hern was over the finish line in 56:45, making a comeback to racing Anna Keys 1:02:46, Tony Lambert 1:12:59 and good samaritan Paul Mortimer eventually finishing in 2:00:25 after assisting an injured runner.


Finally the Nostell Priory 10k took place on a warm balmy Wednesday evening. In 10th place was James Clark in 38.11, with Robert Greaves 45:29, Ian Robinson 60:53 and Lindsay Johnson 76:29.


Weekly News 17th July 2017


There doesn’t appear to be anything to report on from this weekend gone however during the past week several of our Pacers were involved in a couple of relay races. 

On Wednesday the hugely popular Golden Acre Park Relays were attended by a good contingent of Pacers, there were no less than 150 teams contested and such was the popularity that we were too late to register one of our teams. We still had 7 teams though. 

Pride of place goes to our leading pack known as Pudsey Rockets who finished 4th overall against top quality opposition. 

Full results for our teams were –

Pudsey Rockets (4th) – James Boxall 14:29 Matt Livesey 15:16 and James Clark 16:12 Total = 45:57

Pudsey All Stars (23rd) – Richard Allan 16:26 Anna Keys 20:24 and Neil Armitage 15:46 Total = 52:36 

Pudsey Picklers (40th) – Darren Barham 18:32 James Pickles 17:48 and Dave Burdon 18:57 Total = 55:17 

Pudsey Shoe Sharers (60th) Andy Norman 19:32 Martin Bullock 20:19 and Robert Greaves 20:49 Total = 1:00:40

Editor’s note I think leg 2 and 3 were actually run by Andy Walker and Chris Coleman.

Pudsey Pacers Super Vets (68th) William Overton 20:19 Tony Mawson 19:49 and Mark Smith 21:46 Total = 1:01:54

Pudsey Princesses (92nd) Sarah Norman 20:58 Lucy Armstrong 21:09 and Lynne Barrett 24:05 Total = 1:06:12

Pudsey Plodders (136th) Paul Dewhirst 26:16 Gemma Benson 25:15 and Andy Hall 25:42 Total = 1:17:13


Following on from this we were represented at the Washburn Valley Relays. In the case of Golden Acre all runners do the same route however for the Washburn the first runner runs around Fewston and has a short road loop. The 2nd runner runs around Fewston reservoir clockwise and the 3rd runner runs around Swinsty reservoir anti clockwise. Our results were: -  

Pudsey Pacers Young Men (16th) Darren Barham 21:31 Richard Allan 24:46 and Rob Samuels 21:06 Total = 1:07:13

Pudsey Pacers Mixers (30th) Tony Mawson 22:23 Brad Strutt 28:48 and Gary Leedham 24:05 Total = 1:15:16

Pudsey Pacers Ladies (57th) Caroline Clarke 24:54 Emma Robinson 30:36 and Melanie Ellyard 28:42 Total = 1:24:12

Pudsey Pacer Fellas  (59th) Martin Bullock 24:09 Andrew Smithurst 34:18 and Tim Ayres 27:59 Total = 1:26:26

There were 64 teams contesting this relay event.

Just one loose end to tie up from last week. Nick Dunn achieved a 10k PB in the Leeds 10k with his time of 42:05.


Weekly News 10th July 2017

This really is a busy time for our runners with yet another large contingent of Pacers at the increasingly popular Leeds 10k this Sunday.

Results for our runners were:- Richard Long 37:55, Jim Cantwell 39:34, Peter Enever 41:54, Nick Dunn 42:05, Mark Orbell 42:18, Lawrence Martin 42:52 (PB) Rachel Grist 48:29, Andrew Smithurst 50:00, Joshua Hawkhead 51:00, Matthew Hunt 57:22, Carol Parkinson 57:42,  Fay Walker 58:02, Victoria Benson 59:03, Sara Demaine 1:00:19, Lucy McCartney 1:02:03,  Kezzie Medford 1:02:52 (1st F70), John Woodhead 1:05:16, Georgie Strandmann 1:06:10, Yannah Surendrakumar 1:08:38, Andrew Duffy 1:10:48, Michelle Dare 1:13:04, Sharon Steel 1:16:11, Rachel Clayforth 1:27:10, Helen Hargrave 1:34:33.

Now for something completely different (As in 21 miles and 9000 feet of climbing). Leigh Hinchliffe reports from one of the epic Lakeland classic fell races (Wasdale) which he tackled on Saturday. “Great conditions if maybe too warm. lots of sunburn today!  A new PB by 45mins from last year. finished in 5:50 and 144th place out of 284 starters with 51 not finishing. 

Its summer so not unusual to have Friday night races and again we had a few of our runners opt for the East Leeds 10k a trail race at St Aidans Country Park in Swillington.

Results – Richard Allen 39:09, James Pickles 40:57, Ollie Roberts 41:21, Peter Enever 43:20, Martin Bullock 49:04, Katy Ralph 49:49, Lisa Jamieson 51:56, Nic Anness 55:54, Linda Bullock 58:19, Helen Leech 1:08:59.

Earlier in the week on Wednesday there was the Helen Windsor 10k organised by Halifax Harriers. Jon Pop reported on this event as he and Trish were our only Pacers attending: -

 “Two comebacks to inform you about.  Normally seen at races sat behind a computer Trish and I took part in the Helen Windsor 10k near Halifax. The race incorporated the YVAA 10k Championships and Trish, having not done a race of any kind for nearly 2 years, came away with the F60 winner's title, with a time of 57:26.  She's still got it!!   I haven't run a road race since that same one 2 years ago and was happy with a finishing time of 54:56”.

There were also Pudsey Pacers racing on Tuesday as well with the Danefield Relay’s. 17 Pacers made up our 6 teams (Darren our fearless captain ran 2 legs and was happy to pronounce himself back on the race circuit) 2 races in one night Darren that is impressive.

Finally, for this week just to clear up a missing result from last Sunday in the Eccup 10 – David Owen completed in 1:36:45


Weekly News 05th July 2017

Another massive turnout of Pacers for a local race, this time at the Eccup 10 mile road race which as well as counting for our club in house championship was also the YVAA 10 mile championship race.

 Results for our runners were:- Mark Orbell 1:11:28, Robert Greaves 1:13:59, Lawrence Martin 1:14:46, William Overton 1:16:42 (3rd V65 in YVAA championship race), Steve Pattison 1:17:10, Tony Mawson 1:18:51, Brad Strutt 1:19:04, Mandy Bannister 1:21:34 (3rd FV 50 in YVAA championship race), David Booth 1:21:50, Katy Ralph 1:23:47, Martin Bullock 1:24:02, Hilary Taylor 1:25:29, Mark Smith 1:25:27, Emma Young 1:25:58, Emma Robinson 1:27:15, Tony Lambert 1:30:18, Andrew Smithurst 1:30:19, Lisa Jamieson 1:30:57, Anjuli Parmar 1:33:06, Adrian Martin 1:36:22, Carol Parkinson 1:36:35, Nic Annes 1:37:19, Claire Bray 1:37:48, Ralph McDermott 1:38:22, Debbie McDermott 1:38:23, Linda Bullock 1:39:12, Cathy Martin 1:41:37, Garry Leedham 1:43:20, Gemma Benson 1:44:05, Andrew Hall 1:44:08, Rob Greaves 1:45:17, Victoria Benson 1:46:19, Kezzie Medford 1:48:18 (1st FV70 in YVAA championship race), Ruth Duffy 1:55:21, Edwina Hewson 1:55:31, Lia DeFaveri 1:57:02, John Woodhead 2:00:39, Michelle Dare 2:03:32, Elaine Rushworth 2:03:32, Dilip Parmar 2:08:23.

 David Owen also ran the race but currently missing from the results.

Over in Southport Simon Coughlan running his last race at a Pacer now that he has relocated at Southport,

completed the Half Marathon in 1:31:31 and Dave Burdon 1:39:53. 

Victoria Dickinson opted for the 10k and completed in 59:16.

 Earlier in the week many Pacers rushed around the Rhubarb fields over at Priesthorpe Lane. Matt Livesey lead the way with a 3rd place finish in 21:15, Richard Allan (9th) 23:41, Arthur Creek 24:26, Ollie Roberts 24:27, Lawrence Martin 25:13, Peter Enever 25:15, Mark Orbell 25:30, Brad Strutt 26:53, Robert Greaves 27:13, Tony Mawson 27:22, Rachel Grist 29:06, Lisa Heath 29:09, Martin Bullock 29:09, Emma Robinson 29:33, Peter Covey 30:13, Katy Ralph 30:28, Sara Demaine 32:20,  Andrew Smithurst 32:35, Lynne Barrett 32:38, Lisa Jamieson 32:41, Tim Ayres 33:27, Ralph McDermott 34:02, Tony Lambert 34:26, Fay Walker 34:58, Melissa Stead 35;54, David Owen 35:55, Ruth Kettle 36:29, Gemma Benson 37:35, Andrew Hall 37:36, Rob Greaves 37:44, Howard Stead 38:08, Paul Dewhirst 38:47.


Weekly News 26 June 2017


With the summer race season really getting into full swing a few races to report on this week, including a couple of mid weekers. Reporting first on the team event of the weekend, with 30 members participating in the Bradford Millenium Way Relay. 48 miles split over 5 legs of varied terrain our teams put in a great effort and all reports indicate that the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all, include those taking part for the very first time. A total of 54 teams took part and A team finished in 10th position in 6:32:06, the Vets (B team) in 38th in 8:01:49 and the Open (C) team in 8:29:26. The full results including the individual leg times can be found on the Saltaire Striders website and hopefully a full report will likely appear in the next newsletter.

Sara Demaine reports on the Summer Solstice Saunter “Four Pacers headed to the Yorkshire Dales on the longest day for the Bolton Abbey Summer Solstice Saunter, a five mile trail race in great scenery also raising lots of cash for Sue Ryder. It was a hot and humid evening with many midges but this was rewarded with a bottle of beer on finishing.” Across the line, first pacer was Gemma Storr 47.32, Ralph McDermott 49:51, Sara Demaine 49:59 and Paul Mortimer 52:21.

Meanwhile the following night at Addingham members tackled the Beamsley Beacon fell race. Starting from the Crown Inn at ascending Beamsley Beacon and back in to finish with a pint at the pub, 5.5 miles and 1100ft of climb, were Darryl Stead 49:40, Dave Cooper 50:08, Tony Mawson 50:55, Martin Bullock 55:21, Emma Robinson 59:04 and Nick Greenwood 1:00:38.

Sole pacers Nicola Cartwright returned to home territory to run the Penistone 10k in 59:48, and Mary Liversidge was hoping that someone would bring her sunshine at the Morecombe Half Marathon. A little hillier than expected, Mary completed the race in 2:10:49.

Meanwhile two members travelled to Sheffield to participate in the Round Sheffield Run. Billed as as “Epic multi stage trail race”. This race consists of 11 timed stages totalling 20k. According to the website:

This new creative concept takes you on a journey around some of the best trails in Sheffield, linking up the nicest parkland and green spaces. The unique format breaks the route down into stages. With each stage being raced, and competitors receiving results for each stage as well as the combined overall result. Competitors have the opportunity to relax a little, regroup with their friends and fellow runners and refocus before the next stage begins. Competitors are allowed to walk or jog in between stages (There will be a maximum time limit for each "Liaison Stage" which will roughly equate to a moderate / slow walking pace). This creates a special and unique social vibe at the race. Participants will be set off every few seconds across their starting block, so unless you are particularly speedy there will always be someone to chase down.Paul Mortimer completed the route in 1:58:41 and Ralph McDermott 2:01:01 (if I have interpreted the results correctly!).

Up on the fells this weekend participating in one of the Lakes Classics Buttermere Horseshoe , Leigh Hinchcliffe was the sole pacer game for this. At 23 miles and 8900ft climbing it was no mean feat and Leigh completed the race in 6:07. He records “Buttermere completed in 6:07. Only one word to describe this race, WOW! Amazing scenery, 23m of killer hills and descents, best post race nosh, friendliest racers and marshals and all foronly £10. This is a definite bucket list race for any runner wanting a challenge. Next year anyone?”

Weekly News 19th June 2017

Firstly to a catch up on one that didn’t make last week’s report in time.

Paul Kaye reported on the Bolton Hill Marathon held on 10th June.

A 50/50 course of road and trail which made its way over the tops from Moss Bank Country Park with plenty of climbing, across the West Pennine Moors over Winter Hill, past White Coppice and along Anglezarke reservoir, past Rivington Pike and Barn, and through Barrow Bridge village. 129 finishers covering 3017 feet of climbing in “ducks weather”!  A thick mist on the top of the moor made it tricky at times given that suddenly the runners ahead, disappeared from view. Not good if you’re on terrain which is new to you. Once the tarmac reappeared then the panic was over. Rained persistently for most of the day, and tracks over the moors and lower down were more like “babbling brooks” so the feet are now webbed!  Finished in 06:04:38 and thank heavens I’d got my own base camp to make a hot brew as they were closing the café when I got back. Felt for the ones who were still left on the course given the rain started to come down harder. At the one and only marathon mileage marker I came across all the way round, which was 10 miles, met the lead runner coming the opposite way near the loop section followed by another dozen “ferrets”! Given at this point there was still an awful long way to go and more uphill. Despite the rain it still was reasonably warm whilst you kept moving. Unfortunately, having got wet feet as soon as we crossed the start line, having managed to get the feet dry by the time I’d got back to the park, 4 steps back onto the field and they were soaked again! The hardened trail runners would have loved this, but my quads and glutes are telling me otherwise! Great scenery and fantastic marshals who had one or two remote spots to cover.


On to this week and the big event was our very own 10k race which followed a family fun run and a run around the park for the under 8’s. What a superb day, with fantastic weather although it proved a little too hot for the runners and was certainly not a day for PB’s. Feedback received was that this was a well organised race with lots of marshals offering great encouragement to the runners and helping to cool them down in the park afterwards. A great day for Pudsey community and a massive thanks to all those who helped as well of course to our race director Elaine Allan who with her team have worked so hard to make sure everything went according to plan.

Turning to the race – this was won by John Hobbs of Valley Striders in a time of 36:42. First lady home was Ellie Kitchen of Bingley Harriers in a time of 45:40. Valley Striders took the male team prize and St Teresa’s won the ladies team prize.

Representing Pudsey Pacers in our race and  first home was Nick Dunn 45:46, followed by Mark Orbell 47:28, Lawrence Martin 49:12, Richard Godden (in his first claim colours of Roberttown), 49:49, Robert Greaves 50:48, Johnny Scott 53:48, Brad Strutt 55:33, Emma Young 58:09, Melanie Tolley 1:02:20, Matthew Hunt 1:05:01, Peter Binnie 1:06:46, Sara Demaine 1:08:45, Ralph Mcdermott (running in shorts) 1:09:17, Samantha Stuart 1:09:42, Daniella Henbry 1:09:44, Debbie Mcdermott 1:10:43, Christine Stead 1:11:56, Kezzie Medford 1:16:44 and Liz Hargrave 1:27:17     

Still awaiting results of 3 Lakes classic which took part on Saturday.


Week ending 11 June 2017


A much quieter week this week compared to the activity of late.


I have only been made aware of one race that members have competed in.


Midweek six pacers headed into the Dales to take part in the Kettlewell Anniversary fell race (AS, 5 miles 1800 ft climbing). Tony Mawson reports:


The weather gods were not smiling down as we drove up to Kettlewell with torrential rain and flooded roads. It was still raining 5 minutes before the start but then, thankfully, the clouds parted to leave a dry race (although wet under foot)


The first mile was quite brutal as its straight up from the start to the summit at 1500ft. Once over the summit we then had a strong head wind to contend with, but were rewarded by stunning views across the valley towards Arncliffe.


I long downhill section then a short run along the valley followed and did offer some rest.


But soon it turned upwards although this time with a tail wind and a lesser gradient, it was more runnable.


Then it was the final descent into Kettlewell, a bit rocky in places and quite fast.


The reward for our efforts was soup and crusty bread in the Blue Bell pub (washed down with a pint of real ale!)”


Results: Ollie Roberts 49:41; Tony Mawson 55:42; Caroline Clark 59:00 (Second in Class); Martin Bullock 60:53; Emma Robinson 66:59 and Katy Ralph 67:01


Weekly News 5th June 2017


Lots of race information to report on this week.


First off let’s catch up with the Ilkley Trail race which took place last week, we had 7 Pacers in attendance posting the following times Andy Norman 56:32, Andrew Walker 57:25, Sarah Norman 61:41, Fay Walker 72:22, Melissa Stead 73:51, Pam Birchenall 74:08 (finishing despite injuring her ankle) and Paul Dewhirst 82:09.


Marathon Man Paul Kaye has been at it again this time embarking on one called The Flying Fox – Paul reports


“Missed the boat for last week’s news, but latest exploit was the Flying Fox Marathon which took place on the Sunday, in what were hot & humid conditions along a one lap scenic course right in the middle of the Staffordshire countryside, which went part way into Shropshire. Some nasty long pulls which seemed to get more frequent after 13 miles. Even the last section was uphill! 83 runners completed the event, and it was one of the most unusual goodie bags I’ve had in the last 9 years. Finishing time - 05:39:37. A long way to go but a really friendly bunch and a chance to see a bit of rural England. Only came across a handful of cars the whole day, that’s how tight these lanes were! “



Meanwhile at Melmerby 10k Rodney Tordoff reported for us.


The Melmerby10k is run on a good country course, not too severe but slightly undulating. On a warm day 319 runners contested the race with Franco Pardini from Roundhay Runners in 33.33.2 being the first to finish. Becky Briggs of Beverley Athletic Club in 39.47.0 led home the ladies. For the Pacers James Pickles, who has been running less than two years, recorded 41.05.3. I managed to get round in 52.59.2 (Phew), which was good enough to be the first male over 70. I received a plaque and a proper shirt! (not a tee shirt).


The first of 2 vets races this week was contested at Kirkstall, a record turnout of well over 300 runners attended and Pudsey Pacers had themselves a fantastic turnout of  17 ladies and 28 men amongst them.


Leading the ladies home in her first vets race as a vet so to speak was Anna Keys 44:43, followed by Lisa Heath 47:25, Dveirel Kovalsky 48:47, Sue Ransome 49:28, Sarah Norman 49:44, Natalie Tordoff 50:11, Katy Ralph 51:38, Emma Young 51:43, Lynne Barrett 53:41, Nicky Anness 56:18, Cathy Martin 57:25, Debbie McDermott 59:02, Melissa Stead 59:58, Christine Stead 60:09, Gemma Benson 61:47, Michelle Dare 65:46, Lynne Oxley 67:13.


 Meanwhile for the men we had James Clark 36:27, Jon Holah 36:51, Nigel Armitage 37:58, Rich Allen 39:21, Robert Samuels 39:54, Steve Boom 41:26, John Marshall 41:30, Ben Mason 42:02, Laurence Martin 42:38, Mark Orbell 42:34, David Kirk 42:37, Robert Greaves 44:24, David Booth 44:40, Andy Norman 45:51, Steve Pattison 46:00, Darryl Stead 47:18, William Overton 47:53, Mark Smith 48:50, Mick Liversedge 51:22, Nick Greenwood 52:36, Adrian Martin 53:40,Peter Binnie 54:25, Chris Copeland 55:02, Andrew Allan 55:20, Ralph McDermott 56:59, Robert Greaves (senior) 61:07, Andrew Hall 61:49, Paul Dewhirst 63:06.



The popular ABC Canter took place on Thursday evening and again several pacers were in action. Robert Samuels secured 2nd M55 place in a time of 41:23 followed by James Pickles 42:05, David Booth 46:58, Brad Strutt 49:10, Andrew Walker 50:01, Lisa Heath 50:37, Peter Covey 51:18, Andrew Tams 51:43, Katy Ralph 54:00, Emma Robinson 54:47, Ralph McDermott 57:08, Adrian Martin 58:09, Paul Mortimer 60:40, Nic Anness 61:11, Ian Robinson 61:44, Cathy Martin 62:10, Karina Leucht 73:32, Lia De Faveri 77:29, Lindsay Johnson 77:34.



Another hot day for racing on the Saturday at The tough Wharfedale Half marathon featuring  the slog up Mastiles Lane but also some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. Ben Mason lead the pacers home in a time of 1:56:39 followed by Steve Boom 1:57:01, David Cooper 2:06:00, William Overton 2:08:35, Tim Barton 2:13:44, Sharon Hague 2:18:19, Caroline Clarke 2:20:44, Dveirel Kovalsky 2:12:21 and Melissa Stead 2:45:42.



Meanwhile Leigh Hinchliffe veteran of the fells was once again showing his endurance skills on the notoriously tough Duddon Valley Classic fell race, Leigh completed in 4:12:58 and says it was one of the toughest races he has encountered.



Sunday brought the 2nd of our vets GP races this time at the lovely course set in private grounds at Lythe near Whitby. Again a wonderful turnout from the Pacers only Stainland who hired a coach had a bigger attendance.


We had 7 ladies Anna Keys 52:28, Lisa Heath 55:27, Sarah Norman 56:02, Katy Ralph 59:00, Lynne Barrett 62:12, Cathy Martin 68:13 and Mary Liversedge 69:17. The 15 men were lead home by Jon Holah 41:05 followed by Robert Samuels 43:59, Rich Allen 44:27, Mark Orbell 47:24, Laurence Martin 48:22, Dave Burdon 49:17, Mark Pawson 52:06, Andy Norman 52:10, Steve Pattison 53:36, William Overton 54:58, Peter Covey 55;21, Mick Liversedge 57:57, Nick Grenwood 62:37, Adrian Martin 63:15 and Paul Dewhirst 70:43.


Currently in the Vets GP after 3 races our ladies team are in 3rd place and the Mens team  are in 2nd. Several of our runners are well placed in the individual rankings see YVAA website for more information.


In addition to this busy week of races which also included the Chevin Fell race (results awaited), Our club did a takeover of Oakwell Park Run.


Weekly News 29 May 2017

This week it was all about the cities! Races spanning 3 of the UK’s major cities offered something for everyone!

Pacers travelled to Liverpool to take part in the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon series of races. The musical weekend started off with the 5k race. Taking advantage of this nice warm up race ready for Sunday’s longer races were Lynne Barrett 26:03 and Peter Enever 34:45. The following day in the Half Marathon first pacer home was Peter Enever in 1:35:36, followed by Lynne Barrett 2:02:44, Adrian Martin 2:04:34 and finally dancing her way around the streets shaking her tutu was Cathy Martin in 2:28:07.

Moving north of the border to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, several members travelled with a promise of that by now customary hot and sunny bank holiday weekend weather, which always hits on marathon weekend (poor marathon runners!!). On the Saturday Carol Parkinson was the sole pacer in the 10k an “undulating” route around Arthurs seat finishing in 58:50.

Two members opted for the marathon distance the following day, completing the Edinburgh marathon were Simon Platts in 3:30:09 and Thomas Murphy 4:11:00.

In the Edinburgh Half marathon our first member home was Amy Smith in 1:56:52 , and Mick Liversidge in 2:00:11, who had breathed a sigh of relief that he was only doing half the distance this year, having completed the marathon distance last year. They were followed by John Woodhead in 2:01:22 and Mary Liversidge 2:11:03.

Another Scottish race took place with members unprepared for the sun saw Steve Boom finish the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon in 1:37:26, a frazzled sunburnt Dave Cooper in 1:47:21 and Sharon Hague in 2:07:18.

On Sunday after a traumatic sad week in the city following the events of last Monday, the city turned out in force to support the Greater Manchester Runs – sole pacer Rob Samuels ran the Half Marathon distance in 1:28:50.

Finally, prize to the most distant race goes to Lynne Barrett who completed the Green Bay HalfMarathon (2 weeks ago) in the depths of Wisconsin, USA in 1:56:22.

Results from Ilkley trail race awaited.



Week ending 21 May 2017


First up this week on Wednesday evening was the final race in the John Carr fast and furious 5k series. As in the previous 2 races in the series Matt Livesey was our first member home in 17.30, followed by Morven Wallace 19:36, William Overton 21:59, Mark Smith 22:40, Brad Strutt 22:43 and producing her best time of the series Melissa Stead in 27:43.


The big team event of the weekend was the Calderdale Way relay. Members have been busy undertaking reccies of their individual legs. The 51 mile route is divided into six legs of between 5 and 10.5 miles, and is run by teams in pairs. This year we had 2 teams entered. 96 teams took part in total with our A team finishing in 22nd place and the B team in 64th place. Individual performances: A team: Leg 1 – Nigel Armitage/James Clark1:24:03, Leg 2 Ollie Roberts/Steve Book 1:10:09, Leg 3 James Pickles/Michael Dixon 48:08, Leg 4 Rich Allen/Rob Samuels 1:28:25, Leg 5 John Holah/Paul Gaile, Leg 6 Matt Livesey/James Boxell 1:11:58 (finishing 4th fastest on leg). B team – Leg 1 – Steve Pattinson/Federico Locci 2:13:31, Leg 2 Sharon Hague/Sarah Norman 1:25:04, Leg 3 Caroline Clark/Diane Wood 53:18,  Leg 4 Dave Cooper/Mark Pawson 1:33:57, Leg 5 William Overton/Brad Strutt 1:20:00, Leg 6 Dveirel Kovalsky Gonzalez/Paula Bradshaw 1:36:06.


Up in the Lakes, 2 members travelled to the Brathay Windermere marathon, a scenic road marathon around Lake Windermere, starting and finishing at Brathay near Ambleside. Seasoned marathoner Sue Ransome was first home clutching a well deserved trophy for 1 F60 in 3:50:13. Martin Bullock on his debut running a strong 4:12:26. Well done both!

Weekly News 15th May 2017  

We start with two important local races high on attendance from Pudsey Pacers to report on this week. The 2nd of the John Carr 5k series took place on Wednesday. 

First home for the Pacers was Matt Livesey 17:12 followed by in form Morven Wallace 19:30, David Booth 20:48, Brad Strutt 23:16, Peter Covey 23:57 (2nd M70), Andrew Smithurst 25:27, Melissa Stead 28:16 and Paul Dewhirst 28:51

The last of the series takes place Wednesday 17th 7:30pm.

On to the Leeds Half Marathon which many in the club have been training towards and an apology in advance for anyone missed off the results, if your club name isn’t shown or you ran in somebody else’s name there is a chance your result will not have been captured in this report. A massive turnout of around 50 pacers pounded the streets for this annual event and with warm conditions to contend with the final run in down Kirkstall Road was as challenging as ever. Thankfully the fantastic support around the course from supporters including  our own club members and those of other clubs helped our runners achieve the following times. James Clark 1:21:22, Nigel Armitage 1:23:08 (3rd M45), Al Chapman 1:23:53, Richard Allan 1:29:36, Morven Wallace 1:30:30, James Pickles 1:30:50, Beth Bray 1:32:13 (PB), Robert Greaves 1:33:24, Mark Orbell 1:33;43, Simon Platts 1:35:42, John Halliwell 1:35:45, Gary Leedham 1:39:27, David Booth 1:40:41, Bill Overton 1:46:33, Steve Pattison 1:46:35, Tim Barton 1:46:44, Karl Collingwood-Thirley 1:49:35, Rachel Grist 1:49:44, Hilary Taylor 1:52:29 (PB), Anjuli Parmar 1:54:04, Andrew Smithurst 1:59:01, Catherine Garrett 1:59:15, Mick Liversidge 2:01:08, David Weed 2:02:06, Emma Young 2:02:28,   Martin Scott 2:02:56, Rodney Tordoff 2:04:09, Claire Bray 2:06:13, Paul Mortimer 2:06:33, Carol Parkinson 2:07:50, Gemma Benson 2:12:15, Linda Bullock 2:12:15, Nicola Cartwright 2:13:54, Victoria Dickinson 2:14:17, Mary Liversidge 2:18:00, Caroline Parish 2:19:21, Ian Robinson 2:21:13, Pam Birchenall 2:22:53, Robert Greaves 2:24:04, Kezzie Medford 2:33:30 (1st F70), Edwina Hewson 2:35:21, Lia De Faveri 2:38:04, Michelle Dare 2:38:12, Elaine Rushworth 2:38:12,  Andy Hall 2:39:16, Ralph Mcdermott 2:46:49, Debbie McDermott 2:46:49, Lynne Donna 2:47:15, Rachel Clayforth 2:58:35. Well done to all our runners hope you are all recovering and no doubt you are busy planning your next major goals.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday evening just 2 of our club members ran the Jack Bloor Ilkley Moor Fell Race (8.4km and 350 metre ascent) with Neil Armitage posting a time of 45:17 and Darryl Stead 57:56

One other race to report whilst others were sweating the Leeds Half Marathon Sue Ransome was competing in the 10k Race for Life at Wakefield Thornes Park. Sue came 4th in 51:33.


Weekly News 9 May 2017

A few races to report on this week and a couple missed from last week at the start to what promises to be a very busy May.

Midweek saw the start of the John Carr 5K race series, 3 fast 5k races on successive Wednesday evenings on road through Yorkshire Water. On a slightly altered course this year, starting and finishing at Esholt Hall, Matt Livesey was first pacer home in a blistering 17:24, Simon Platts 19.44, Darryl Stead 22:13, Brad Strutt 22:30, Andrew Smithurst 25:04, Victoria Dickinson 26:38, Melissa Stead 28:04 and Lia de Faveri 32:24. Who’s in this week?

On Saturday, after a night out at the Club Annual Awards, Peter Enever and Lisa Jamieson, were up bright and early to participate in the challenging hilly Over the Odda 10k, run over fields and farm tracks from Hawksworth, finishing in 51:31 and 65:58 respectively.

On Sunday a race calendar favourite took place, over near Halifax. The Bluebell 10 mile trail race has something for everyone. Our members enjoyed the troop up the infamous Trooper Lane (not for the fainthearted!) and to finish a lovely river crossing (although this years’ crossing was only ankle deep rather than waist deep as in previous years due to lack of rain recently. Dave Cooper led the troops home in 1:33:44, closed chased by most improved runner award winner Dveirel Kovalsky Gonzalez 1:33:46, Steve Pattison 1:37:16 and Nick Greenwood 1:46:60.

Paul Mortimer travelled solo to run the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon having won his place in a competition on New Years Eve finishing in 2:04:48.

Missed from last week 2 endurance events that need a mention:

Firstly, the Endurancelife Pembrokeshire Coastal Marathon, Paul Kaye reports “Just a note to let you know the results of my second marathon of the year, and on the back of Bolton Abbey, another Trail one. New trail shoes didn’t make me go any quicker along what was a very undulating course(3182ft of climbing), taking in some fantastic scenery as the route started from Little Haven, and along part of the cliff tops to St Brides, and then part cross country and on towards Dale and St Annes Head. Fortunately the rain never showed and it was a mix of sun and strong headwinds in places which weren’t too helpful going up the hilly sections of the paths. Had it rained then the dry ground would have been like a skating rink, and I wouldn’t have been allowed back in the van caked in crud. The route cut back towards St Brides, whilst the ultra runners had another circuit of St Annes Head which having done it once, some of them switched to our event and missed it out. The last mile seemed the longest, probably because I thought we’d be retracing our steps back to the car park, but the bonus was it was out on the coastal path so had a wee walk to get back there. Finished rather tired and dusty but crud free in 7hrs: 18: 13. Distance 27.8miles. Of course just when you think you’ve done good, another runner who came in after me and was chatting about the conditions let drop he’d finished in 7hrs 51…..which made me think my mapmy run had gone hay wire until he said he’d done the Ultra! Another 7 miles on top of the marathon!

He was clearly glutton for punishment”


Finally at the Fellsman on 29 April, Zagi Bashir completed the 61 mile 11,000ft challenge in 16 hours 19 minutes. Phew!

Pudsey Pacer Awards

Female Newcomer:     Pam Birchenall

Male Newcomer:       Mark Orbell

Most improved female: Dveirel Kovalsky Gonazalez

Most improved male:   Martin Bullock

Female Runner of the Year: Lynne Barrett

Male Runner of the Year: William Overton

Run Together Female: Fay Walker

Run Together Male:   Robert Greaves

Captain News

Supporting Club Captain Darren Barham this year will be female captains Dveirel Kovalsky Gonzalez and Katy Ralph and male captains Robert Samuels and Andy Hall.


Important dates to save in your diaries.

Your Club needs you! Help would be gratefully received at the following events:

Saturday 20 May – Pudsey Carnival

Sunday 18 June – Pudsey Legal 10K

Any time that you could volunteer to the club to assist participating in the Pudsey Carnival parade and manning the stand, or marshalling at the Pudsey Legal 10k would assist the 10k committee greatly and help showcase the club.

If you have not already volunteered please see Elaine Allan/Paul Mortimer (Pudsey Legal 10k) or Elaine Allan/William Overton (Pudsey Carnival) on a club night or let a member of the committee know.


Weekly News 2 May 2017

Well this week it would appear that there is just one race to report on and what a race that was, well deserving of a report all to itself! The 64th Annual 3 Peaks Race,  took place on Saturday 28 April 2017. Taking in the arduous ascents and descents of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks - Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, not only did we have a number of our members, who had been training hard on the hills in the previous months, limbering up on the start line, but also a troop of pacers donning yellow 3 Peaks Official hi viz tabards to marshall the event under the expert calm leadership of Martin Bullock. Pacers News was on location as one of the said troops, witnessing the action first hand.

The yellow pacer flags were flying high on the fells with Pacers busy manning check points, doing road crossings, tail running and generally out on the course in strategic positions offering support to the competitors.

Where to start with the race report as it certainly was an eventful race. The race was a World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship race, and the calibre of entrant as always was very high. The World Championships are due to take place in Italy in August. The surprise winner was Murray Strain from Hunters Bog Trotters (!) in Edinburgh. A navigation error coming off Whernside by 2011 winner Tom Owens, who had been in the lead, resulted in a huge effort from Murray Strain to successfully keep the lead finishing a long way ahead in 2:49:38. Evidence of the quality of running was clear when the women’s record was beaten by a clear 5 mins and 24 secs, by Bingley runner, Victoria Wilkinson, finishing in 3:09:19.

The weather conditions were kind on the day – dry, cool, although warming up when the sun shone. After the descent off Pen-y-Ghent, Leigh Hinchcliffe was lead pacer. However an unfortunate turn of the foot resulted in Leigh having to retire at the first checkpoint at High Birkwith, leaving Ben Mason to lead the club home in 4:38:35 on his second outing on this race. He was followed by Paul Gaile 4:43:26, Steve Boom 4:47:44, Shaun Denham 4:57:07, Darryl Stead 5:07:58, first timer Mark Pawson in 5:14:29 and a big hats off to Sara Demaine, beating all the cut off times to get around on her very first attempt at the race in 5:33.57, finishing 9th WV50. Ollie Roberts retired at Hill Inn but was in good company as Ricky Lightfoot, the previous 2014 and 2015 winner also retired at this point of the race! Great achievement. Next year anyone?

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Week ending 24 April 2017

Marathon season is now well underway with this week featuring the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon. Pacers news was glued to the tracker watching the progress of our members who were lucky enough to get one of the highly sought after places. All our runners did themselves and the club proud. First home in Pacers colours was Beth Bray, with a fantastic time of 3:21:40. Her well earned PB had Darryl turning to the club record books to find that Beth was 5 seconds away from the current female record!  Next up was Colleen Carter, who had us on the edge of our seats with the “will she won’t she” achieve that milestone sub 4. Colleen finished in 4:00:07, a massive PB of 14 minutes on last year’s marathon debut at Edinburgh. Next time Colleen! Nicola Cartwright was next home in 4:59:24 (phew!) and Debbie Tomlinson in 5:01:39. Well done all. If any members are feeling inspired by yesterday’s efforts then the ballot for the 2018 London Marathon opens on Monday 1 May and will close at 17.00 BST on Friday 5th May.

Whilst the marathoners were pounding the streets of London, a large contingent of members took to the hills for the first race in the YVAA league at Honley. For the uninitiated these are the Vets races that are for the over 35 year olds! 6 miles and plenty of hills saw the men’s team finish in 2nd place and the women in 4th place on the day. First home for the men was Nigel Armitage in 5th place 41:57 (2nd M40),  6th place Jon Holah in  42:15 (1st M55), James Clark (having taken a tumble) in 44:54, Rich Allen 44.56, Rob Samuels 45:27, Steve Boom 46:29, Mark Orbell 47:32, Dave Burdon 48:41 (2nd M60), John Halliwell 49:25, Mark Pawson 50:12, Lawrence Martin 51:54, Tony Mawson 52:51, Robert Greaves 53:05, William Overton 53:57, Peter Covey 56:07 (1st M75), Mick Liversidge 58:04, Mark Smith 58:09, Nick Greenwood 60:36, Andrew Smithurst 63:14, Adrian Martin 65:39, and David Owen 68:52. In the women’s team first home was Dveirel Kovalsky Gonzalez  53:07, Lucy Armstrong 55.00, Lisa Heath 57:10, Sue Ransome 58:18 (2nd F60), Lynne Barrett (3rd M60), Nic Anness 67:56, Mary Liversidge 69:37, Cathy Martin 70:43, and Lynne Oxley 82:53. Roll on the next race at Kirkstall at 19.30 on Tuesday 30 May – nice and local so let’s see if we can get more members trying out these races!

Bunny Run update. Race 2 took place on Tuesday 11 April in blustery and cool conditions, hopping in first was Darryl Stead 21:57, Peter Covey 25:16 and Tim Ayres 27:51. Race 3 took place in better conditions and saw Tim Ayres improving on his previous week’s performance with 27:19.

At Stockton Sprint Duathlon   first timer Emma Young was pleased with her efforts completing the 5k run, 20k bike ride and 2.5k run as 43rd female in a time of 1:22:00. She was clearly inspired by the fact that this was a world qualifying race!




Weekly News 18 April 2017


A couple of seasonal races to kick start off the Easter weekend. First off the Epworth Easter Egg 10k trail race. According to the website   “A Cracking race following a new route taking bridleways, tracks and woodland on the local Turburry”. A couple of our members scrambled their way around the course with Arthur Creek in 15th position in 42.36 and Brad Strutt 50.33. It was Easter eggs and Hot Cross Buns all around at the finish line!

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