Running Log

The Guiseley GALLOP 10K takes its traditional Easter Sunday place in the running calendar, featuring a multi-terrain course along tracks, towpath and country lanes around Esholt.

On-the-day registration is possible from 9.30am at Guiseley Retail Park. The start is nearby at the head of Spring Wood at 10.30am.

Wednesday night at Wagon Lane in Bingley saw the approval of the mid-year budget for the BRADFORD ATHLETICS NETWORK, which brings together eight of the ten clubs in the district.

Club representatives, together with Katie Jones from England Athletics – who provide £37,650 funding for the network this year – evaluated progress since the network formed in September.

Already most of the targets have been achieved and the network is gaining a national reputation for its successes. A number of important forthcoming projects were approved.

Bingley Harriers presented their COACHING AND ELITE ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, the first element of which involves the purchase of cutting-edge software for coaches to video and analyse athletes.

A new covered jumps pit at Ghyll Royd has been part-funded by the network, with the majority paid for by Ilkley Harriers.

This will allow event-specific coaching for their burgeoning group of junior athletes and other juniors across the district.

Meanwhile, Bradford-Airedale AC are working with Bradford College and University to launch in September a CLUB 1625 athletics programme and academy aimed at students and other youngsters in the 16 to 25 age group.

Keighley & Craven AC and the five Airedale Athletics clubs gained approval for two projects that together focus on normal adult club runners.

A six to 12-week course, starting in September, will provide an initial week’s intensive diagnostic testing of physiology, fitness and aptitude.

The 80 to 100 runners on the course will then split into five or more specialist courses to develop their core-body strength, or running efficiency, or to develop skills in off-road running or speed work.