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Stood Up by the Goblins of Boggle Hole

In spite of its name, Boggle being the local name for hobgoblins, we saw none. Even Ripon Runners on their annual weekend away could not entice them out of their caves. The Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, built within the shell of an old mill in the eponymous bay just South of Robin Hoods Bay, was our Saturday night refuge. What a quirky, quint and unusual place. No wonder it is so popular with families with its sea-faring relics and proximity to the narrowest of sea inlets.

The weekend started with a Bully fry up – see the photos

The rendezvous was a layby in the village of Newton on Rawcliffe where John and Mike P. had set up a stove for tea, bacon and veggie sausages. It was cold and drizzling when we arrived at the breakfast layby but the smell of frying soon lifted morale. Once set up for our 20 mile jog over the moors the group split between superfast and normal; first setting off for Levisham Station down a steep descent, which all realised would eventually have to be re-ascended! A steep uphill climb took us to the view point of Skelton Tower with majestic views of the North York Moors Railway in the valley of Pickering Beck. The escarpment route continued onto the main A169 which was crossed to access Saltergate Brow. Before continuing however more food and drink was consumed, courtesy of Mike Bray as well as Bully. This crossing point on the A169 has a famous view point which all admired. Famous because it looks out over the Hole of Horcum of which Chris attempted to explain the geology but his audience rapidly faded away enticed by cake and fruit!

From there onwards your writer was as much in the navigational dark as his group but his one error near Fylingdales was rapidly corrected by the OS mapping and GPS on his iphone. Progress was slow due to the rocky and very muddy terrain that reduced us to walking pace but with the sun now dominating the weather reaching the high point of Lilla Cross seemed a worthwhile achievement. Not much is known about this ancient, Celtic styled cross but it sits atop a Bronze Age Barrow.

It was a relief to reach the A171 on Jugger Howe Moor as more tea and food were on offer. The last leg to the hostel was first via a very muddy moorland track, then field paths before the last 2 miles of coastal path, part of the Cleveland Way. As we completed our day the sun was setting and the views from the cliff tops were magical although the mud was less so! The hostel was most welcoming with its own bar, a wood burning stove to warm by and a meal of quite reasonable standard.

Sunday turned out to be probably the sunniest day we have had all April. The choice was between the costal path to Whitby or the cinder track of the old Whitby – Scarborough railway. However the day began with a paddle in the sea of Robin Hoods Bay as this provided the most direct route from Boggle Hole Hostel. There is a steep ascent of the village street to access the old train line but then onwards it was a wonderful jog along the cinder track finally crossing the famous viaduct over the River Esk into Whitby. Only two of the group undertook the costal route, Lisa and Mike with Lisa still trying to explain the deep scratch marks which appeared on her shoulder! Your medical officer was refused an inspection.

Whitby beer, fish and chips lived up to all expectations so we were well set up for the steam train ride along the NYMR towards Pickering but alighting at Levisham. The steam train was so beguiling, as it trundled along at only 25mph, that the most cynical of the Ripon Runners were complete, heritage-rail converts by the time they reached Levisham. 1½ miles or so up the aforementioned steep bank returned us to Newton and the transport home.

A huge thanks to Bully and Michael Bray, a new member, for all their support in providing food and drink as well as bag conveyance. Mile Pennock takes the credit for route planning and Tim for providing the PDF mapping. Thank you to you both.

Where to next year? Any ideas to “Pennock/Bennett Running Weekends” but with the permission of the new Chair of course.

CJB – past Chair
April 16

Annual General Meeting - 22nd March 2016

Well I’m no longer Chair of Ripon Runners so this will be my last posting unless invited to contribute by the new Chair.
It was gratifying to see so many of the membership attending the AGM, the most I’ve seen in all my years with Ripon Runners.

The new committee executive is now:-
Monty Munson – President
Simon Mccudden – Chair
Anneke Imeson – Vice Chair
Heather Glegg – Treasurer
Jo Wallace – Secretary
Tim Joynson – Race Director

Committee Members
Dawn Griffin
John Grundy
Nicole Sutton, also membership secretary
Jackie Turner
Gary Wilks
Paul Walker
Chris Bennett – immediate past Chair.

Nidderdale Wanderer

Well Andy promised us freezing cold winds and snow on the tops above Scar House. In fact it was 6 deg in Lofthouse with no snow and absolutely windless. The morning mist added to the ethereal and ghostly atmosphere and with little viability we headed across the moors. Some runners wanted a refund as the promised views of upper Nidderdale and the reservoir were obscured but I felt that the mist added to the mysticism of the day.

Shame for those who had never been to the area before as it means they will have to schedule a return visit! By the time we reached the Angram dam however hazy sun was beginning to open up the views.

The 10 mile group arrived back at The Crown first, followed half an hour later by the 13 milers.

It therefore seemed logical that the 17 mile runners would be back in another 45 minutes or so but no, one hour passed, then one and half hours but with no phone signal we could only speculate as to the whereabouts of Lena’s group. “Is there a Nidderdale Mountain Rescue Team?” we wondered, Eventually after running 19.1 miles they staggered and limped into the pub never more relieved to see beer and food!

Now read Lena’s illustrated account of what really was a great day with excellent company. Thank you Andy for organising for us.


The event was organised by Andy Purll and 21 runners met in the carpark at Lofthouse to take n the 10, 13 or 17 mile routes. The 10 and 13 mile routes headed up the road towards Masham before turning onto the moors. The 17 mile route headed to How Stean and went to Ramsgill before climbing up through Bouthwaite onto the moors.

All routes headed to Scar House Reservoir.

The 10 mile route was to run over Scar House Dam with the 13 and 17 routes running around Scar House Reservoir and crossing Angram Dam between Scar House and Angram Reservoirs.

Next followed a mile and a half of tarmac before the final climb of the day, over the rough track to Middlesmoor, then just a couple of miles back to the Crown Inn at Lofthouse for refreshments,

The routes all had a little extra distance on, the 17 was 19 miles everyone seemed to enjoy it though.

Lena Conlin

CJB & Lena Conlin – 13-03-16

Yorkshire Dales Green Lane Alliance

“Yorkshire Green Lane what,” you may ask? Does it matter to us as runners? As more and more of us run trails and Fells rather than just jogging on roads the answer has to be “yes” it does. What is at stake here? What are the issues?

For years there has been an uneasy truce between the motorised and non-motorised users of the country side. When the National Parks were set up after the Second World War, for the peaceful enjoyment of the natural environment, no one envisaged trail bikes and 4X4 vehicles wishing to traverse the bridle ways and tracks on which we as runners, cyclists, horse riders and walkers attempt to pursue our chosen interests. Because of the uncertain legal status of many rural tracks it has proved very difficult to place a restriction on recreational motor usage. Local authorities working in isolation face expensive legal challenges from the 4X4 lobby when they attempt to impose TROs (temporary restriction orders) on bridleways.

North Yorkshire County Council is still procrastinating over imposing permanent orders to protect green lanes such as Deadman’s Hill, the track from Middlesmore to Nidderdale over to Arkleside in Coverdale, via Scar House Reservoir. The second network of green lanes needing protection are those criss-crossing Blubberhouses Moor. Both areas had temporary banning orders imposed on them whilst repairs were carried out but as soon as the bans were lifted and the motorised brigade returned the tracks were rendered impassable, not just for us but paradoxically to such an extent that even the trail bikers could not traverse them!

The third trail under threat is Turbary Road, a superb lane from Tow Scar Lane (676 763) to Turbary Pasture following a natural limestone shelf for much of the way. Its wonderful position gives superb views across to Whernside but underfoot its beauty has been trashed, the surface replaced by mud and deep ruts. This is another route of uncertain legal status. If its status is that of a BOAT (byway open to all traffic) then securing a permanent closure will be difficult.

It is not only locally that Green Lane Defence Groups are springing up, groups have formed to protect green lanes on the North York Moors, in Kent and The Peak District, established by people outraged at the destruction of lanes and byways in their locality.

All this destruction of our trails could be stopped by legislation from central government setting out that all green lanes should be reclassified as “restricted byways” which would automatically prohibit all recreational motors. So next time you are running a trail with three foot ruts and swamps ruining your day think about the issue of Green Lanes, then write to your MP asking why the recommendations of the Green Lane Protection Group (an alliance of MPs and Peers) have not been acted upon.

For more information –

CJB 10-03-16

First, Second Claim Club Rules

Although Ripon Runners is a successful and growing athletics club I know that it is inevitable that some runners will want to compete for other clubs whilst still retaining their Ripon connection. We cannot offer a dedicated track, exposure to national and international competition, employ full time coaches nor do we offer a Cross Country, Senior programme. However I am still pleased that some of our members have progressed so far that they now need the level of competition offered by other clubs.

All this seems very reasonable to me until of course we get the facilities and track of Darlington! Meanwhile the rules are quite clear. Members of other athletic clubs may compete as a second team member if (a) the competition is open to second claim club members (as is the JHJ and the Ripon 10mile) and (b) the first claim club raises no objection as they have the right to demand that a runner fulfils his/her obligation to their first claim club.

If any member feels that a different interpretation of the rules would be more appropriate then do please get in touch with The Chair or the Race Director of Ripon Runners.”

CJB 9-3-16