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Shadwell Shuffle

        The Shadwell Shuffle Trail Race

                Sunday 13th October 2013

Glorious sun, Yorkshire sun no less, poured from the heavens onto 36 hardy souls who tackled the 6 mile Shadwell Shuffle trail race. Thank you to all the runners and Richard and Kirsty at the Red Lion!

On a day on which the weather ranged from persitent drizzle to just a little wet, this race was anything but a damp squib. Indeed, some were wishing that they had worn a vest! Meanwhile the organiser shivered half wishing that someone got lost so he'd have to run and find them. In the end, and thankfully, everyone managed to follow the written route instructions and return safely to the finish. With Shadwell seemingly in everyone's back-yard, local knowledge was abound - sometimes local knowledge is the last thing that you need because the temptation to slip off course and onto your usual training route can be all too great! There was even a curious case of plotting the route instructions onto a map and following that instead. Reading the route via a map is tantamount to reading the end of a book before the beginning, if the author had wanted that then they would have written the book backwards! Luckily a blind eye was turned because this type of event is new. These trail races are all about the fun of racing without pressure and the pleasure of discovering the route as you go, so this map business and anything similar is obviously banned

The day was good fun but it was a race and congratulations go to all for making it a close run thing right through the order. The fastest time of the day was posted by Richard Foster (Abbey Runners) running the course in 44:24. A duo from Valley Striders were joint second - Rav Panesar and Joel Giddings. Third fastest, by a very close margin, was Sean MacCarthy (Abbey Runners). Sean is a previous winner, loves a trail race, and he'll be a threat in the next race. The top spot for the ladies was shared by Rachel Mackie and Sarah Grant (Abbey Runners) in 47:31. Ruth Dorrington, another previous winner, was second, Julie Bucknell (Wetherby Runners) was third.
Seven different running clubs were represented from the Leeds area and beyond. Country Trail Races extend a welcome to all runners, however, we are especially pleased when different clubs attend and spread the word. So, this time there is a team award for the lowest average time for clubs with 2 or more runners attending - This goes to Roundhay Runners, well done! We were also delighted that there were even runners who are currently without a club - hosting club Abbey love trail running and I'm sure they would welcome you to the fold. Prizes will be distributed to 1st, 2nd and 3rd males and females, plus the team award winners over the next week or so.

If you enjoyed The Shadwell Shuffle, or wished that you could have taken part then look out for our races in 2014. There will be a mid-week trail race series in the summer as well as weekend races, possibly some longer distance ones too. If you have a route and want to hold your own trail race, or just want to be the first to know about the next one, then use the contact page on


Photos from the day...... including the lesser spotted Mar-bot

Shadwell Shuffle Results

Shadwell Race Report


        The Fox Trail Race

              Sunday 5th May 2013

A big thank you to all the runners who took part in the inaugural country trail race in and around the village of Thorner. You made it a very enjoyable day.

13 runners dared to try Yorkshire's new and sociable race format. They all had written instructions with which to navigate the course starting and finishing at The Fox Inn. The organiser was certainly pleased to see 13 runners use their skill and return to the pub. The weather was fair, the trails good and the pub garden a good place to unwind after the run. There were some fantastic runs, particularly from our winners, which goes to show that country trail races can be fun but also a good work out. It was great to see runners from different clubs taking part and sharing their experiences with each other.

Host club Abbey Runners brought a team of 5 and swept up the the first and second prizes for both males and females. A quadruple of Wetherby Runners in their orange vests added some colour to the occasion. Dark Peak Fell Runners and Valley Striders were also welcome participants. Special mention goes to two competitiors from Springfield Striders from Essex, who were seen proudly wearing the colours of their county
. We hope everyone enjoyed the race and will tell others about it.

Conversation after the race focused on how everyone got on with a few interesting facts behind the perfomances coming to the fore. Sharon Woodruff (2nd female / 3rd fastest time overall) had already run to Thorner covering 14 miles across country before the 6.3 mile trail race. A brilliant performance despite diving into a nettle bush! Andy Wicks helped man the registration desk before being tempted to run the race himself. Meanwhile, John Ward from Abbey Runners (13th) revealed his passion for footbridges after admitting that he turned off route to cross one despite there not being a single footbridge in the course instructions. If John could tell us how many extra miles he ran then we'd gratefully give him extra credit. We will consider fitting GPS trackers to runners in future races just in case they find some other cracking trails for us all to run on.


Some photographs from the day...