West Yorkshire Winter League

The club competes in the West Yorkshire Winter League with 15 other local clubs. The league originally started with just eight clubs, but over the years some have drifted away whilst others have joined and now there are 16 clubs in total. Each winter six races are planned - each on a Sunday morning - over a distance between 4 and 5½ miles. An extra two races are planned for the 2021/2022 season to make up for the disappointment of the cancellation of the entire 2020/2021 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The conditions are usually (very!) muddy. But everyone who does them has a good time and it’s all about taking part and competing with like minded runners from other local clubs. Occasionally over the years races have had to be postponed, or cancelled, due to extreme weather.

 

The scoring is based on the first seven men, of which three must be vets (35+), and first four ladies, of which one must be a vet (35+), from each club to finish. You get points according to your finishing position overall. Whilst there is only one race, there is separate scoring for men and ladies.

 

There is also a separate competition for veterans, known as vets for short (all runners over 35). The vets team is made up of the first two male vets to finish and the first lady vet finisher from each club. In the 2016/2017 season a new separate competition was introduced for super veterans (all runners over 50). The supervets team is made up of the first two male supervets to finish and the first lady supervet finisher from each club. 

 

Whilst you might think that you can’t be one of the first seven Baildon Runners (men) or first four Baildon Runners (ladies) to finish, you might finish before the seventh male, or fourth lady, runner from another club. By doing so, the other club runner gets fewer points and this helps Baildon Runners finish higher in the overall standings. The same principle applies to the vets and supervets competitons. So every club member, whatever their ability, can play their part.

 

If anyone is not a member of any of the clubs in the league but would like to take part they may do so for a small fee of £3 per event payable on the day.

 

We meet at the Ian Clough car park in the town centre to car share. This allows anyone without their own transport to take an active part in these events. Supporters are also most welcome.

 

Further information on the West Yorkshire Winter League can be found at www.wywl.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019/20 season

It’s a hat-trick - league champions three years on the trot! The men and vets won their categories for the third consecutive year and the ladies made it a clean sweep with their first ever 1st place finish.

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the five race season as follows:

 

Lucy Baston  1st female open

Emma Stoney  1st F40

Sue Coates  1st F70

Andy Robinson  1st male open

Michael Malyon  1st M35

Quentin Lewis  1st M40

Dan Binks  1st M45

Chris Burke  1st M50

Jim Wheldon  1st M65

Nicola Empson  2nd F40

Jackie Walters  2nd F70

2018/19 season

Having won the league last season we knew the other teams would be keen to topple us but even with two more teams added to the league we retained our overall league champions’ spot with the men and vets both winning their categories once again!

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the six race season as follows:

 

Michael Malyon  1st male overall

Quentin Lewis  1st M40

Chris Burke  1st M50

Jim Wheldon  1st M65

Emma Stoney  2nd F40

Andy Robinson  2nd male open

Jennie Guard  3rd female overall

Nicola Empson  3rd F40

Jackie Walters  3rd F65

2017/18 season

What a year! With one more team in the league we improved on last year’s 2nd place overall finish to become league champions with the men and vets also winning their categories.

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the six race season as follows:

Michael Malyon   1st male overall

Quentin Lewis      1st M40

Chris Burke          1st M45

Jim Wheldon        1st M65

Barbara Lee         1st F60

Jennie Guard        3rd female overall

Jo Heffernan         3rd F40

2016/17 season

Another brilliant year by backing up last year's remarkable feat to finish 2nd place overall but with 13 teams now in the league. Fantastic! 

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the five race season as follows:

Quentin Lewis  1st M40

Kirsty Allen  2nd female overall

Sue Coates  2nd F65

Ian Hartman  2nd M65

Michael Malyon  3rd male

Michelle Woodrow  3rd F35

Craig Blackwell  3rd M45

Carolyn Hargreaves  3rd F50

Jackie Walters  3rd F65

2015/16 season

2nd Place overall! What an achievement!

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the five race season as follows:

Kirsty Allen  1st F40

Rob Myers  2nd M60

Chris Burke  3rd M45

Donna Kaznowski  Dowson Trophy Winner

Sarah-Jane Templeman  Dowson Trophy runner up

2014/15 season

Highlight of the season must be Baildon ladies coming first on the day in the final race of the season at Baildon.

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the five race season as follows:

 

Denise Johnson  2nd F55

Don Johnson  3rd M60

Liz Caven  3rd F45

Carolyn Hargreaves  3rd F55

Barbara Lee  3rd F60

Quentin Lewis  4th male overall

 

2013/14 season

Our best ever season. We had a good turnout for the final event in the mud on a new undulating course at Stainland.

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the five race season as follows:

 

Emma Stoney  1st F35

Kirsty Allen  1st F40

Quentin Lewis  2nd male overall

Colin Davidson  2nd M65

Barbara Lee  2nd F55

Janice Davidson  2nd F60

Chris Burke  3rd M45

Denise Johnson  3rd F50

Liz Boothman  3rd F60

Ben Watson  Turpin Trophy Winner

Janice Davidson  Dowson Trophy Winner

2012/13 season

It's all over until November!. We had a good turnout for the final event at Dewsbury in spring like conditions which suited the tarmac lovers amongst us.

Baildon Runners picked up individual awards for performances over the five race season as follows:

 

Carolyn Hargreaves  1st F55 & Dowson Trophy Joint Winner

Colin Davidson  2nd M65

Sue Coates  2nd F60

Chris Burke  3rd M40

Steve Pickard  3rd M55

Janice Davidson  3rd F60

John Cawley  Turpin Trophy Joint runner up

Fixtures and Results 2021/2022

Results 2001-2002 to date

We are based at the Baildon Rugby & Cricket Sports Club on Heygate Lane, Jenny Lane, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6RS. 

We meet on Thursdays at 7:00pm at the cricket pavilion for our main club run. The routes are planned so we all meet back at the sports club at approximately the same time.  Showers are available in the cricket pavilion and afterwards we unwind with a few drinks and food in the bar.

We train on Saturdays at 10:00am, meeting at the free public car park with the round turning circle just before the Titus Salt school on Higher Coach Road, Baildon (BD17 5RH is the nearest postcode) - for beginners and improvers.

We also train on Tuesdays at 6:30pm, meeting at the car park on Jenny Lane. Our sessions include speed work, circuits, hill reps, track work at University Academy Keighley on the first Tuesday of the month and more!e Meeting

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​​​​©  2021 Baildon Runners     ​​​​© Photos by Col Morley and others

 

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