Having got into running at university, I joined Nidd Valley when I moved to Harrogate. I have always been amazed by the friendliness and enthusiasm of everyone in this club. I love coming to run with the club - even on days when its pouring with rain - and I am sure you will, too.
I started running in 2013 and soon discovered I was quite competitive. After completing 5k parkruns, a couple of 10ks and the Great North Run, I couldn't improve any more on my own. A couple of chance meetings with NVRR folks, at a parkrun, Martin Lofthouse after GNR and one of my friends joining, I took the plunge, rocked up to a club run and never looked back. Achievements - 1.57 half marathon, the bed race, 2 mins off my 5k time & overcoming my school hatred of cross country (love it now), all in a year... I would say to any budding runners - join the club! There are so many opportunities to try different races, and make some amazing new friends at the same time. It's fab!
Club member since 2000. I've been running - on and off - since cross country at school though I was never a member of a club before joining NVRR. Since joining I have run six marathons, my first when I was 55, and I'm proud of the fact that they were all under 4 hours, though three of them were only a few seconds under! My ambition? To keep on running.
I started running a couple of years ago with the aim of doing the Yorkshire Warrior 10 mile obstacle course (which turned out to be the first of many). Along the way I discovered how enjoyable running was even without the mud and monkey bars and joined Nidd Valley shortly after. Thanks to the encouragement of fellow members I've since found myself running all sorts of races ranging from 3 to 25 miles on roads, trails and fells. When not running I'm usually to be found climbing, cycling, swimming or doing whatever I can to avoid the sofa
I am the current ladies captain. I am married with two teenage boys. As a complete non-runner I joined the club about 9 years ago. Since then I have built up my mileage and have now completed 7 marathons. I am looking forward to the role of ladies captain, as am passionate about our Club Championship and encouraging as many girls as possible to take part and compete. Whether you are at the front of the pack, the middle or the back - it really doesn't matter. If you simply want to enjoy running and racing for fitness, fun or to be the best you can be, Nidd Valley Road Runners has something for you.
I was a very latecomer to running, only starting in my mid-forties with a crowd of staff from the school where I teach. I started by literally walking a minute and jogging a minute building up to my first 10km a few months later. I joined Nidd Valley in 2004 and progressed to probably my biggest achievement, Loch Ness Marathon less than a year later! Since then I have completed 7 marathons and competed in countless road, off road and trail events plus enjoyed many club weekends away and what’s more- made the best bunch of friends I could wish for. My favourite race would probably be one of the Lakeland Trail Races or Grizedale 10 because they are tough but so beautiful. My nemesis race- Anglesey Marathon because I felt really ill most of the way round and don’t remember most of it!
Sarah Chalmers - Vet50 - was a late comer to running started in my 40s, been with the club about 4-5 years, try to run with the Club at least once a week. Am a keen, although not overly successful, fell runner. Favourite race is: Wharfedale off road half marathon, biggest achievements Ripon Ultra in 2012 and sub 4.30 London Marathon in 2010. Nemesis race: Baildon Boundary Way!
This is my second stint on the committee, and although I don't get along to the Club as much as I probably could, or should, I continue to feel inspired by others and their achievements. In December a group of us completed the run everyday challenge, it helped me run the equivalent of four marathons in the month. Some ran more, some ran less, but the camaraderie was outstanding, and that's what Nidd Valley is all about
I am 47 (yes I did have a hard paper round!) and live in Harrogate with my wife Christine and my daughter Sarah (who is a member of NVRR Juniors).
I have always done some running since I left school but I got in to racing after doing Parkrun and then entering the 2013 Guy Fawkes. I joined NVRR soon after and have enjoyed representing the club at races ever since, particularly the Evening League. I enjoy training with the club, especially intervals. My favourite distance is 10k and I have run one half marathon to date (The Great North). I intend to do my first marathon later this year. My proudest achievement in running is probably winning my age category in the Harewood 10 mile race last year.
Away from running my hobbies are fishing, cricket and eating!
Running was part of my daily routine during my time in the Army, but when I left 10 years ago it was difficult to find motivation to get my trainers on again. After settling back in Harrogate, I was aware of a local running club that used to meet at that time in Starbeck. I went along to the club for a run one night and discovered a group of people who were thoroughly enthusiastic about running - after a couple of sessions I rediscovered my running mojo. Since being with the club (around six years) I have competed in various 10k and 10 mile races, and even managed to run the London Marathon earlier this year in under 4 hours. I have also proudly represented Nidd Valley at The Great Knaresborough Bed Race on two occasions. I try to fit my running in and around a busy family life, working shifts, cycling,sleeping, and the occasional peruse on the web for that elusive bargain 'classic sports car'.