Virtual Series Weeks 29 and 30 : More than holding our own

Excellent team performances illustrating that we can triumph without yours truly. Great turnout in Week 29. I couldn’t submit a time in week 30 because of dramatic thunderstorms. Pat Evans was key to our success. As ever we would encourage your involvement in this Series, which, given the latest restrictions is bound to continue through the winter.

Sheep protesting at the latest lockdown. We’ll flock wherever we flocking want!

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 29  

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (85.84%)
2 Sarnia Walking Club (75.04%)
3 Manx Harriers (74.45%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (72.76%)
5 Isle of Man VAC (60.45%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (58.45%) GERMANY (43.72%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
=1st Manx Harriers (34)
=1st Lancashire Walking Club (34)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (36)
4 Quickstep Fitness (51)
5 Isle of Man VAC (70)
6 Birchfield Harriers (79)

Team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 91.40% Lancs WC 10:59.0

Greg Smith M65 81.05% Lancs WC 11:39.0

Dave Evans M70 85.07% Lancs WC 11:48.0

Stephen Walker M60 71.70% Lancs WC 12:20.0

Roy Gunnett M70 75.67% Lancs WC 13:16.0

Tony Bell M55 57.01% Lancs WC 14:46.0

Guy Goodair M80 76.23% Lancs WC 15:28.0

Pat Evans leads the way in Week 30

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 30

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (76.81%)
2 Manx Harriers (73.69%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (69.66%)
4 Isle of Man VAC (64.34%)
5 Steyning AC (60.27%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (58.83%)
7 Sarnia Walking Club (48.40%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (18)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (58)
3 Quickstep Fitness (85)
4 Isle of Man VAC (95)
5 Birchfield Harriers (99)
6 Steyning AC (182)
7 Sarnia Walking Club (203)

Team as follows:

Pat Evans W65 78.40% Lancs WC 13:12.0

Greg Smith M65 81.52% Lancs WC 11:35.0

Tony Bell M55 64.10% Lancs WC 13:08.0

Roy Gunnett M70 73.72% Lancs WC 13:37.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.18% Lancs WC 15:41.0

Thanks as ever to Linda McDermot for the photos

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THE FLEETHAM CUP TIME TRIALS SERIES – NEXT EVENT, NOVEMBER 7th

We’ve received the following message from our ever resourceful friends, Trevor and Linda McDermot.

Hi Friends and Colleagues,

Linda and I found ourselves getting too ‘stir-crazy’ and thought of how the current crisis could also provide OPPORTUNITY over the coming months, while observing the important guidelines of course. Hopefully we now offer an interesting diet of regular, friendly, low key events. These will take place every 3-5 weeks and continue until Spring next year at the minimum.

DETAILS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. A series of time trials, starting at intervals throughout each of the mornings.
  2. Quiet, popular road circuit that many of you will have previously experienced.
  3. 10 mins away from A1(M) junction.
  4. UKCM certified, gently undulating 5km lap on country and village lanes, marked every 1km. Signed and marshalled.
  5. Register by email with your chosen time slot (bespoke requirements catered for)
  6. Select any multiple of 5km (no upper limit). All split times recorded.
  7. Neither preference is set in stone and easily amended, say if arriving early/late, or wishing to do an extra lap etc . . . 
  8. Option for training partners / club mates to set their own handicaps for additional interest.
  9. Secure, safe environment. Both standard H+S and COVID risk assessed.
  10. Any group starts done by colour-coded ‘wave’ operation.  
  11. Zero facilities which means zero points of hand contact.
  12. Race licensed and insured.
  13. Black Horse Inn on the course is open for refreshments (and toilets) if required. Details for more local cafes available.
  14. Confirmation for each event sent out in the preceeding week with Start listings and Briefing
  15. Full Results circulated later same day, followed by Report and Photos. 
  16. Completely FREE (donation bucket available, the odd £1 or two will help cover costs)
  17. Family orientated, residents already taking part and future plans for local schools and groups (see below)
  18. Non-virtual, in fact Real 🙂 and tried and tested with excellent feedback

We warmly invite RACE WALKERS

As can be seen, positions are done by separate Age Grading which puts everyone on an equal footing and rewards comparative ability (regardless of age, gender, distance or whether running or walking). This very much highlights the performances of walkers in a way not usually seen ! The few who took part in our trial event all scored in the top half of the table against mostly runners.


Far too often we find race walking hidden away from public view, on closed circuits, in its own insular bubble with little or no prospect of outside interest, understanding or appeal. The ‘Fleetham Cup’ series is therefore intentionally based to fill the gap left by our beloved, much-missed Catterick parkrun, and can only happen due to our many friends from there and, above all, the support and help of a quite wonderful core team of enthusiastic volunteers. 

Furthermore, we are currently working with a thriving local junior Athletic club to add grass track running for Under 11 kids before the end of this year, using the wide and scenic village green. This also offers us Multi-Event potential for kids (all disciplines) which we are particularly excited about, and hope to develop with contributions from other T+F clubs in the region. With something fitness-related for Mums + Dads.

As discussions with the Parish and County Councils reach finalisation, and we are satisfied that every conceivable box has been ticked, an additional RWA Permit will be applied for.

Thank you for your patience in reading this and feel free to ask any questions. We look forward to offering all an interesting, customised race experience.


Understandably given the current Public Health situation some of you now find yourselves under mainland Tier 3 or higher restrictions and cannot travel at present.

Hope to see you in the very near future instead !

Meanwhile all stay safe


Yours in Sport

Trevor McDermot

SECRETARY –  YORKSHIRE RWC Tel –  07702 890067  /  07437 762171

Good to see we had a presence at the first outing with the appearance of Martin.

Martin arriving at Fleetham. Ta to Linda

Martin Payne was ranked 16th on Age-Graded performance (from an overall entry of 44 Runners and odd Walker) with his 10km time of 68:36.

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 28: LWC still setting the pace

Sincere thanks to all our members participating in the series. Great contributions from Dave Evans, Greg Smith and Roy Gunnett. Let’s keep it going.

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (89.01%)
2 Quickstep Fitness (70.41%)
3 Steyning AC (61.37%)
4 Manx Harriers (51.08%)
5 Sarnia Walking Club (48.10%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (34.09%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (28)
2 Quickstep Fitness (64)
3 Manx Harriers (165)
4 Steyning AC (175)
5 Birchfield Harriers (191)
6 Sarnia Walking Club (192)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor a few years ago at a Soup and Roll race in Hammersle. Ta to Linda McDermot

Tony Taylor M70 94.41% Lancs WC 10:38.0

Dave Evans M70 87.93% Lancs WC 11:25.0

Greg Smith M65 84.69% Lancs WC 11:09.0

Roy Gunnett on his way to winning the 2hour track race in 2016

Roy Gunnett M70 76.44% Lancs WC 13:08.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.18% Lancs WC 00:15:41.0

Tony Bell M55 65.18% Lancs WC 12:55.0

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Continuing our Club Virtual Series into the autumn and winter

Unfortunately we have to abandon our efforts to hold the final two races of 2020 – the AGM 5k and the Xmas 10k. Both would have been held at Simister. However, because of COVID protocols we would not have been able to use the village hall in any practical way. This was the case, even before the latest round of tiered restrictions on activity.

Phil, Irene, Dave, Ian and company in more sociable times. Ta to Linda McDermot.

Therefore we are suggesting that we continue our monthly Club Virtual Series into the autumn and winter. We are proposing to use the distance of 3 kilometres for our endeavours. Our feeling is that doing a solo 5 or 10 kilometres every month might be a stride too far. In addition we would encourage continued involvement in John and Helen’s long-standing weekly 2k series. You might well combine a 2k and 3k effort.

Given that the Club Series thus far has been significant in keeping our collective spirits up I am concerned about members, who have been perhaps excluded by their absence from the Internet. I’ll liaise with Roy and Dave as to whether we can find a way round this dilemma.

Let me say too that we would really pleased if our Scotia friends, together with Ray, Martin, John,Denis, Graham, Mario and Mary, continue to participate.

Given there’s more or less a fortnight left let’s kick things off with an October 3k Virtual event – times to be submitted to Tony by midnight, Tuesday, November 3rd

Looking forward to hearing from you and keeping us in touch with one another.

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 27: still in the forefront

Thanks to everyone competing in the Virtual 2k Series for keeping the club in the forefront of those supporting this much needed venture. It looks certain that Helen and John will continue the Series through the autumn and winnter months. In this case I hope we can sustain our collective involvement.

More information to follow in the next few days but we are proposing that we continue also our own Club Virtual Series through the autumn and winter using a standard distance each month of 3 kilometres.

In addition look out for details of a series of Time Trials, which Trevor and Linda McDermot are organising at Kirkby Fleetham in the coming months – a great venue, see below the photo taken by Linda.

Greg Smith racing at Kirkby Fleetham a few years ago.

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (83.29%)
2 Manx Harriers (74.46%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (69.83%)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (68.54%)
5 Steyning AC (61.02%) *GERMANY (41.96%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (40.12%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (29)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (33)
3 Quickstep Fitness (75)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (77)
5 Steyning AC (176)
6 Birchfield Harriers (194) *GERMANY (202)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 94.11% Lancs WC 10:40.0

Stephen training in Woodlands Park

Stephen Walker M60 79.19% Lancs WC 11:10.0

Greg Smith M65 76.56% Lancs WC 12:20.0

Martin Payne M60 67.70% Lancs WC 12:48.0

Tony Bell M55 65.18% Lancs WC 12:55.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.74% Lancs WC 15:34.0

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FRED PEARCE VIRTUAL 5K RELAY: NEVER FORGOTTEN

Firstly I must apologise for the belated appearance of these results. I’ve been knocked off my stride by serious family illness. This said these are difficult times for so many people.

Secondly I must thank everyone for joining in with this virtual collective exercise and in a muted way continuing to honour the remarkable contribution of the Pearce family to the history of our club.

Thirdly credit is due to Dave Evans for his creative team permutations. In real life what a finish it would have been!

FRED PEARCE VIRTUAL RELAY

1. TEAM FISHER TIME 93: 22 ALLOWANCE 2:10 HANDICAP TIME 91:12 

(Martin Fisher 29: 34 , Shirley Simpson 33:50 and John Constandinou 29: 58)

2. TEAM TAYLOR TIME 93:04 ALLOWANCE 1:50 HANDICAP TIME 91:14

[Tony Taylor 27:02, Greg Smith 31:02 and Margaret Darrick35:00]

3. TEAM McFADDEN TIME 92: 40 ALLOWANCE 0:40 HANDICAP TIME 92: 00

(Bill McFadden 25: 13, Pat Evans 34: 16 and Dave Evans 33: 11) 

4. TEAM FRASER TIME 94: 27 ALLOWANCE 1:30 HANDICAP TIME 92: 57

 (Andrew Fraser 26:32, Lynette Frame 34:20 and Martin Payne 33: 35) 

5. TEAM SIMPSON TIME 98: 12 ALLOWANCE 3: 30 HANDICAP TIME 94: 42

 (Colin Simpson 27: 56, Glyn Jones 34: 28 and Marco Bernatzki 35: 48)

6. TEAM JACKSON TIME 110:10 ALLOWANCE 13: 00 HANDICAP TIME 97: 10

 (Graham Jackson 34: 40, Roy Gannett 35: 43 and Guy Goodair 39: 47)

7. TEAM ROBINSON TIME 97: 43 ALLOWANCE 0: 00 HANDICAP TIME 97: 43

 (Ray Robinson 28: 09, Denis Jackson 34:52 and Tony Bell 34: 42)

8. TEAM WALKER TIME 102: 32 ALLOWANCE 3: 30 HANDICAP TIME 99: 02

(Stephen Walker 29: 50, Michelle O’Neill 36: 46 and Ian Hilditch 35: 56)

 9. TEAM McCONNELL TIME 117:08 ALLOWANCE 16: 00 HANDICAP TIME 101: 08 

(Judith Fisher 42:08, Gerard McConnell 37:10 and  Rosemary Hill 37: 50)

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 25 and Race 26 : Knocked off our perch!

Whilst we hung on to our top spot in the Age-Graded competition in Week 25 the return after injury of Steyning’s world-record holder, Ian Richards knocked us off our perch a week later. His outstanding times certainly put me in my place!

Look out soon for the results of our Fred Pearce Virtual Relay. news of the Club AGM and our plans for the winter,

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 25 

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (83.55%)
2 Quickstep Fitness (71.88%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (70.31%)
4 Manx Harriers (70.09%)
5 Steyning AC (60.53%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (39.26%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (42)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (45)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (52)
4 Quickstep Fitness (56)
5 Steyning AC (173)
6 Birchfield Harriers (202)

Our team as follows:

Stephen Walker in action last week

Tony Taylor M70 93.53% Lancs WC 10:44.0

Greg Smith M65 82.59% Lancs WC 11:26.0

Stephen Walker M60 66.83% Lancs WC 13:14.0

Tony Bell M60 62.64% Lancs WC 13:50.0

Guy Goodair M80 74.52% Lancs WC 15:34.0

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 26 (6 Months) 

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Steyning AC (85.87%)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (82.59%) – AUSTRALIA (76.02%)
3 Manx Harriers (73.39%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (70.89%)
5 Sarnia Walking Club (69.95%)
6 Surrey Walking Club (53.03%)
7 Isle of Man VAC (46.09%)
8 Ilford AC (41.20%)
9 Birchfield Harriers (39.64%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
– AUSTRALIA (34)
1 Manx Harriers (42)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (52)
3 Steyning AC (62)
4 Quickstep Fitness (82)
5 Sarnia Walking Club (99)
6 Surrey Walking Club (165)
7 Birchfield Harriers (216)
8 Isle of Man VAC (217)
9 Ilford AC (238)

Our team as follows but for interest see Ian Richards’ clocking.

Ian Richards M70 101.14% Steyn 00:09:48.0

Tony Taylor at Kirby Fleetham

Tony Taylor M70 94.71% Lancs WC 10:36.0

Stephen Walker M60 76.90% Lancs WC 00:11:30.0

Tony Bell M55 70.36% Lancs WC 11:58.0

Greg Smith M65 76.15% Lancs WC 12:24.0

Greg Smith at Kirkby Fleetham

Martin Payne M60 62.34% Lancs WC 13:54.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.34% Lancs WC 15:39.0

Thanks to our good friend Linda McDermot for the Kirkby Fleetham photos

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Despite a green light the Sutton 10k cancelled, but let’s carry on our Virtual exploits!

How frustrating! Having been given the green light by the RWA to hold the Albert Rigby race we find that the Ex-Servicemen’s club at Sutton is no longer available on October 3rd. Covid -related changes to the interior layout of the club are being carried out over the said weekend. Roy Gunnett advised by our great friend, Glyn Jones had done a great job in ensuring our submission for permission met all the criteria – thanks also to Colin Vesty for his support. Certainly this preparatory work should hold us in good stead for future requests for permits, the next on the horizon being the AGM 5k in early November. Nothing about this process is straightfoward, particularly in terms of demands on the venue itself, in this case the village hall. We’ll keep you posted on developments.

In the meantime the virtual world beckons with two immediate deadlines.

  1. The Virtual 2k series organised by Helen Elleker and John Constandinou reaches its 26th Week and it would fitting to forward as many submissions from our members as possible. All the more so as we should be proud of our consistent high profile support to the venture – see the Week 25 results below.
  2. As far as our own Club Virtual Series goes this month sees us hosting the Virtual Fred Pearce Relay. The closing date for submitting times to Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com has been extended until midnight on Friday, October 2. Sorry to be a pain, even if you’ve already let me know, could you confirm your time. Meanwhile the fiendish and cunning Dave Evans is enjoying creating a cluster of competitive teams, Which trio will come out on top? It should be fun finding out.
Sailash about to receive the team trophy from James Pearce last year

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 25

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (83.55%)
2 Quickstep Fitness (71.88%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (70.31%)
4 Manx Harriers (70.09%)
5 Steyning AC (60.53%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (39.26%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (42)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (45)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (52)
4 Quickstep Fitness (56)
5 Steyning AC (173)
6 Birchfield Harriers (202)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 93.53% Lancs WC 10:44.0

Greg Smith M65 82.59% Lancs WC 11:26.0

Guy Goodair M80 74.52% Lancs WC 15:34.0

Stephen Walker M60 66.83% Lancs WC 13:14.0

Martin Payne M60 62.64% Lancs WC 13:50.0

Tony Bell M55 61.16% Lancs WC 13:46.0

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Virtual League Racing Series – Week 24 with a milestone Week 26 in the offing

Significantly next week sees Week 26 of the Virtual Series, illustrating that the competition has been going for a full half year. Helen Elleker, who has contributed so much to keeping the show on the road is hoping for a big turnout to celebrate the milestone. Hence we are encouraging as many people as possible to submit a 2k time for this coming seven days. If you’ve not been involved before it’s no problem just send me your time and date of birth – tonymtaylor@gmail.com

I think we should be proud as a club for the way we have supported the Virtual Series during this surreal year.

Virtual League Racing Series – Week 24

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (87.35%)
2 Manx Harriers (78.24%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (69.29%)
4 Steyning AC (52.50%)
5 Sarnia Walking Club (49.41%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (40.60%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (16)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (30)
3 Quickstep Fitness (61)
4 Steyning AC (183)
5 Birchfield Harriers (189)
6 Sarnia Walking Club (190)

Dave Evans going so fast he’s a blur!! Ta to Greg for the photo.

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 93.53% Lancs WC 10:44.0

Greg Smith M65 82.11% Lancs WC 11:30.0

Dave Evans M70 86.42% Lancs WC 11:37.0

Tony Bell M55 60.35% Lancs WC 13:57.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.16% Lancs WC 15:26.0

It was brilliant to see Pat Evans entering the women’s ranks, finishing 4th in the Age-Graded race.

Pat attired for training in the Lakes

Pat Evans W65 76.10% Lancs WC 13:36.0

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VIRTUAL LEAGUE SERIES 23 – still prominent in the results with Guy doing us proud

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (83.73%)

2 Manx Harriers (77.59%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (71.26%)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (71.00%)
5 Steyning AC (52.38%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (46.18%)

Guy Goodair here in 2007 has done us proud across the Virtual Series

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (13)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (38)
3 Quickstep Fitness (59)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (73)
5 Birchfield Harriers (177)
6 Steyning AC (188)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 94.71% Lancs WC 10:36.0

Greg Smith M65 80.59% Lancs WC 11:43.0

Tony Bell M55 68.73% Lancs WC 12:15.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.90% Lancs WC 15:17.0

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