Northern Cross Country Champs

Pontefract racecourse played host to the debut of one of Askern DRC’s finest moments, the erection of our flag……I’ll be honest, tears were shed, watching Duncan raise the flag, with tenderness and care, as though it was his third child, one that Julie reluctantly agreed to take in.

We will ignore that when asking the Askern athletes arriving if they saw the flag, the response of ‘no we just saw Steve’ failed to take the shine off the fact we had a flag and two chairs. This was an event !

The Senior ladies saw ‘I’m so’ Kelly Raven return after a lay off to join ‘Ber Torrington and ‘Benny’ Peacock (woolly hat). The course was heavy going and books seemed reluctant to take money on any of our athletes.

The senior men had a great turn out, Collo, Winter, Goodair, ‘Mark’s’ Joe, Pearce x 2, ‘Joe’s’ Mark, ‘Hernia’ Guttridge, Debutant ‘Clean shoes’ Rammo and Leyland, a donkey at a racetrack.

Link to results below, see you at the Nationals.


2015 SY Road Leagues

South Yorkshire County AA is once again promoting its Road race League at the dates and venues listed below.
  • 08/04/15 Merry Lads, Lodge Moor
  • 22/04/15 Wombwell ALC School
  • 29/04/15 Low Bradfield
  • 13/05/15 Wagon & Horses, Oxspring
The start time for each race is 7.00 pm.

Yorkshire Cross Country Champs 2015

Lightwater Valley played host again, a windy day saw lorries overturned on the A1, an early warning I may have to lose some pace to avoid being blown over.

Amber and Christine formed the ladies team (4 to count). Christine went for a ‘hoody wrap to warm her behind’ look, while amber opted for the ‘why am I doing this’ look……..ladies doing 1 short and 2 big laps. The going wasn’t too bad underfoot, although a bit of headwind on parts of the course.

The men’s team were sweating that I would have to count to make up the team, but thankfully ‘Terminator’ Marlow made the start with 5 mins to spare, citing lack of flag for poor timekeeping. It was pointed out that it’s all very well having a flag with nobody to look after it…….the case continues.

Collo, Winter, Goodair, Marlow, Pearce (D), Guttridge made up the team of 6, with me making up the B team (in weight alone). I really do get value for money and 1 short and 4 big laps meant I could see everyone lap me before continuing on a solo last lap with the tail enders. The Brownlee’s were a no show.

Another character building cross country, we don’t know why we do it, but we love it when we have…..

Results attached. Next up is the Northerns at Ponte Racecourse on 24th Jan. If I was a horse, I’d be shot, so could be interesting.

Yorkhsire XC Excel Entry Form 2015.xls Askern DRC Yorkshire XC Championships results 2015

Edwinstowe 10km 7th December 2014 (Duncan!)

with a couple of notable absentees (claiming previously won prizes in Edinburgh) the ADRC men brought home the team prize thanks to Dean, Pete and Joe.

It was a wet and breezey course this year in contrast to the frozen ground we have had for the last couple, the mud presented a few slip hazards and added to the general fun of 10km trail running (whatever floats your boat).

The race was followed by beer by the fire at the Forest Lodge and then a hearty meal.


if anybody wants to arrange it next year let me know, Forest Lodge will contact us in August, running is the easy bit !!!


Cross Country Update Yorkshires/Northerns and Nationals……

The key dates are :

Yorkshire Champs at Lightwater Valley – 10th Jan 2015 (closing date for entry 10th December)

Northern Champs at Pontefract Racecourse – 24th January 2015

National Champs at Parliament Hill, London – 21st Feb 2015

Anybody interested in competing or supporting the above events can let Steve Leyland ( or Paul Collo (carrier pigeon) know ASAP.  We are looking at a day trip to London with advance train bookings for Nationals.  The Yorkshires are being sorted now as closing date is fast approaching.



ADRC Christmas Trip – Edwin’s Toe Sunday 1st December **Important Part II**

If you’re running you need to let me know:

  • your Date of Birth (no, you’re not getting a present if its imminent…)
  • T-shirt size (be honest if you hope to wear it)
  • your gender (only if its ambiguous or changed recently)

Either comment here (it won’t appear but I’ll get it) or Facebook me – I’m giving a two week deadline so by the 15th November please.