Lifes Ups & Downs

Rombalds Stride – Saturday 4th February 2017

rombalds stride route
Rombalds Stride Winter Challenge is a 23 mile mixed terrain run and/or walk. The route takes in some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery, going up the Airedale Valley, over Rombalds Moor to Ilkley and finally and cruelly (more later) up and over Otley Chevin.
Jackpot Racing was represented by Tom Van Rossum, Eddie Howarth, Richard Roberts and Peter Kidd.
A 9am massed start saw some 500 runners and walkers setting off from Guiseley with the event having a cut-off of 10 hours to allow walkers the chance to finish. The cut-off proved to be no threat to any of our competitors with some impressive times recorded. Results are listed at the bottom of this page.
The weather was good throughout but there had obviously been rain resulting in a muddy, slippy and boggy course.
Tom Van Rossum was the first Jackpotter home, finishing in 2hours 58minutes. Tom said of his race: “A cracking event to open my racing season. It’s a testing route but the friendly support from fellow runners, marshals and spectators make this a special event. Running the gauntlet of mud alongside the electric fence was an extra challenge.”
Eddie Howarth was next back in 3hours 25minutes. Eddie observed: “A challenging fell run, I thought I was ready for but my legs fell apart after 11miles. A great early season run which shouldn’t be missed. Roll on next year.”
Richard Roberts completed in 4hours 27minutes and reported: “It was muddy, boggy beautiful and hard. Oh and I did an excellent dive and roll down from Baildon Moor as I overtook someone. I defo got a 10 from Len.”
Finally Peter Kidd returned in 5hours 11minutes noting: “The challenging muddy course tired my little old legs out. The descent at 21miles to the bottom of Otley Chevin just so we had to scramble back up it by the muddiest route possible was particularly cruel and brutal – I loved it.”
A hot meal and rice pudding and peaches provided a delicious finish to a well organised and enjoyable race.
Well done all!

Results (494 Finishers):

Tom Van Rossum: 2:58:28 – 5th Overall

Eddie Howarth: 3:25:42 – 32nd Overall

Richard Roberts: 4:27:04 – 147th Overall

Peter Kidd: 5:11:20 – 195 Overall

Happy New Year….2017

Without time to pack away the Christmas decorations or to recover fully from the New Year celebrations Jackpot Racing Athletes were back in action for 2017. The Temple Newsam Ten featured a good turnout of local Jackpotters.

Conditions were muddy and heavy over what was largely a bridal and country paths course featuring views of Leeds and the 17th Century House and Gardens.

Richard Knell-Moore was first home for Jackpot completing the 10 mile course set in the 1500 acres Temple Newsam estate in a time of 1:09:56.  Richard finished 29th overall and 5th in his age group.  Very closely followed was Eddie Howarth in 1:10:36, sixth in his age group and 32nd overall.

A little off the two stalwarts was Emma Stoney who ran a blistering 1:14:49 as the fourth female home and second in her age group. Well done Emma, Eddie and Richard.


Eddie with the long sleeve and glove combo

Another Jackpot competitor with a much stated ‘pleasing’ debut performance was Richard Roberts; 1:20:26, while  Robin Simpson posted a respectable 1:26:24, with little hours of training under his belt.

Richard Knell- Moore…no gloves for him

Following his lead role as Santa at the Trinity Wakefield, Peter Kidd had recovered to post a time of 1:31:19  with Andrew Collings 1:35:42 and Gary Simpson venturing into the winter run season from his endurance time trialling events finished with a time of 1:50:51.

Well done to all those that took part.

Duathlon season…already?!

Ian Gilham writes with a marvellous report and splendid performance at the Bedford Duathlon last weekend:

‘The race was at the Bedford autodrome car track – which made for interesting racing given the torrential rain and strong winds on the day. Shotgun start (all competitors in all age groups off at the same time) made for an interesting first bend on the run – managed to get into a decent rhythm coming into T1 2nd in my age group. Had a decent bike managing to just about keep warm in miserable conditions dodging lots of riders who had crashed or given up and were pushing their bikes back to transition. Interesting T2 as I arrived at my place to find another athlete putting my run shoes on! Seems he was cold and confused – especially given my shoes are blue and his were green and he was racked at least 50 places from me! Seemed like a nice chap – 20 seconds later into T1 though and I’d have had no shoes and he might not have made my Christmas card list…. Managed to survive the second run (despite ankle deep water in places) regained a few places finishing AG 4th and qualifying for next year’s ETU champs in Soria. Feet up time….’

Many congratulations on qualifying for Soria Ian! And for retrieving your shoes!

Ian, Bedford Duathlon and qualifying for the Europeans in Spain 2017
Ian, Bedford Duathlon and qualifying for the Europeans in Spain 2017

And we have a WIN for Tom Van Rossum (TVR va va voom) at Helwith Bridge Duathlon! Tom returned to the venue of his first du/triathlon and went over 10 minutes faster than his first attempt, and in doing so, took the win and course record! Apparently home made flapjack has something to do with the win (not a TUE we might add!). Super going Tom!

Tom, winner! Looks warmer than Bedford!
Tom, winner! Looks warmer than Bedford!

Turkery and all the Trimmings

A late addition to Jackpot’s news this week…Jess Learmonth was having the race of her life at the ETU Final for the Triathlon Cup at Alanya at the weekend.  With the fastest swim and shared fastest bike, Jess went onto the run guns ablazing….until…her soleus went ping 300 metres into the run.  This very unfortunately ended the race for Jess who is now nursing the nasty injury.

We really wish you the speediest of recoveries Jess! Looks like you are resting up well :-)

Jess quote: no training means more time for afternoon tea!
Jess quote: no training means more time for afternoon tea!

David Bishop @ Challenge Paguera!

The sun shone down on David Bishop this weekend at Challenge Paguera in Mallorca. The sun greeted athletes for a change (the IM races this year were completely under water in the bike and run as well as the swim and there was no mention of a jelly fish.  It was David’s first race at the middle distance and WOW! Listen to this…

… He crossed the line in 4:03:38, just 7 minutes behind the race leader and took an overall position of 5th. What a start to middle distance racing…what a stunning race David!

David - pudding fest :-)
David – celebrating :-)

post script: David should have been awarded 2nd place.  Three athletes were disqualified for drafting (they didn’t serve their 5 minute penalty when shown a blue card). However, they were reinstated because the referee showed them all the card at the same time instead of individually.  The athletes protested and were let off on a technicality… poor show we think!