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Holmfirth Vets Newsletter 1

Hamster in a wheel

Welcome!

I’ve been Holmfirth Harriers Vets Secretary for 10 years now and for one off team events, such as relays, we always manage to get out good numbers of runners but off late we have had few Harriers taking part in either the various YVAA Road Championship races or the fantastic Multi-terrain Grand Prix Series. In an attempt to get to those that other forms of communication doesn’t reach (or stimulate to take part), I’m going to try an occasional Newsletter of which this is the first!

To make it worth reading (and easier for me) I will need you to send me info of any races you have run, photos, training runs, comments in fact anything you like.

I’ve tried the noticeboard, emails, Facebook and now this, so if this fails to get more runners taking part in events the only thing left is Twitter!

Is this you?

Still running the same old routes and races year after year. Why not try running the YVAA Multi-terrain Grand Prix Series. Great routes (41/2 to 6 miles), really friendly atmosphere before during and after the races, suitable for all abilities, only £5 to enter with loads of prizes and usually food and a drink after the race either free or at small charge. Get off the treadmill and out into the Yorkshire countryside.

Races Coming up January to March

There are numerous open road and fell races coming up in the next 3months both locally and further afield, too many to list but some are on the race calendar on the Harriers website. John has published the Road Championship races and Phil the Fell Championships for 2015.

A few to note: (Those in bold are organised by Holmfirth Harriers so if you can’t / don’t want to run try to help)

25th January - Meltham 10K

18th January – Stanbury Splash Fell Race (BM) – Penistone Hill, nr. Haworth

22nd February - Huddersfield RR 10K

28th February – Midgley Moor Fell Race (BS) – Booth Cricket Club, nr. Sowerby Bridge

8th March - Ian Roberts Fell Race

15th March - YVAA / Spen 20

22nd March - YVAA / Thirsk 10

29th March - YVAA multi-terrain GP 1 from Neiley. 

New YVAA Awards

As an incentive to getting veteran club members out representing the club I am instigating 3 new awards for Vets.

  1. 1. Veteran of the year: the veteran, of any standard, who has done their utmost to support the club by taking part in and or helping at races (road, multi-terrain, fell, T&F, CC or triathlon – these can be veteran or open events).

Scoring:

1 point for each race taken part as an individual.

2 points for each race as part of a team (Road Relays, CC Relays, Fell Relays).

1 point for each race you help at by marshalling or in some other way.

  1. 2. YVAA Veteran of the year: the veteran, of any standard, who has done their utmost to support the club by taking part in and or helping at YVAA events (road, multi-terrain, fell T&F and CC).

Scoring:

1 point for each race taken part as an individual.

2 points for each race as part of a team (Road Relays, CC Relays, Fell Relays).

1 point for each race you help at by marshalling or in some other way.

  1. 3. Male and Female Champion Vets (these will be for the best age graded multi-discipline champions): the veteran runners with the best age graded % score average for any 3 road races in Club Road Championships, Club Closed Road Races or YVAA Road Championships + any 3 of Ian Roberts, Dennis Stitt, West Nab, Cop Hill or Holme Moss fell races + 3 YVAA multi-terrain races + 2 CC races (excluding relays) – 11 races in all. E.g. a runner age 44 running a 10K time of 44:44 would have an age graded % score of 65.46% whereas a runner of 55 with the same time would have a % score of 71.5%. Races of non-measured distances will be taken as the approx. advertised distance or the nearest K / mile equivalent. While off road age grading will not really be accurate as calculators are generally based on road times, this should still be fair to all and will ensure winners have to take part in 4 disciplines for the club.

Note: While I will try and keep up with results of club members it will be the responsibility of members to inform me of their racing record with race name, date, finish position and time so I can confirm they have taken part. This is particularly important for Award 1 as I cannot keep track of all open events. Similarly if you marshalled or helped at an event let me know so I can confirm this with organiser.

Other runs

Eating cake

Some runs even finish with drinks and cake to finish!

What do you do at the weekend? Do you run in a group, on your own, on the road or off road? There are lots of individuals and groups going out for runs from a few miles to 20 miles so keep an eye on Holmfirth Harriers Facebook page to see what’s going on or ask around at the club.

Quiz

How well do you know your fellow Holmfirth Vets?

YVAA N1 3 1 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 2 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 3 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 4 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 5 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 6 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 7 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 8 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 9 quiz
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YVAA N1 3 A quiz
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If you think you know them then let me know and I’ll announce correct answers and those people that got it correct next time.

Recommended runs

Dropping down towards Holme Styes Res.

Do you have a favourite run or view that you are prepared to let others in on? If so send me a photo and / or map of the route with a brief description of why you like it and I’ll put it in a future issue of Vets News.

To get you started a favourite short run of mine is to take in a circuit of Holme Styes Woods and Magnum. For me this can be anywhere from 3 to 6 miles and has a great mix of sharp climbs and nice easy running with some great views. If I go at dawn or dusk there’s always the chance of spotting roe deer crossing one of the tracks

 

Ghyll on the track to Hades

All that’s left of the settlement of Hades

Roe Deer near the remains of Ellen Tree Farm

 

Rob Kersey

Pre-2012 news, results & reports are on the old sites: 2009 to 2011, Pre-2009

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