Health & Safety Update

imagesCA3S5FPZThe thing about being a volunteer is that eventually you have to do the jobs that must be done but aren’t necessarily enjoyable. Today I was updating the health and safety documents for 2018 which can be tedious but I take it seriously given that keeping our runners and spectators safe is of paramount importance.

But the really good bit for 2018 is that we’ve upgrade our traffic management. This year we are pleased to announce that we’ve extended the road closures for the safety of our runners. The high street will be completely closed for the 4k teen run and the children’s 1 mile. Previously traffic had been controlled segregated with cones, however last year I observed far too many idiotic drivers who simply didn’t care so I have worked with Community Traffic Management to ensure the roads main street is completely closed with diversions in place for vehicles. The street, as always, will also be closed for the children’s dash.

We also looked at the 10 and have some new safety provisions for 2018 in this race also. Last year runners were using the full width of the road AFTER the end of the road closure zone – therefore taking up the whole road with potentially oncoming traffic! So, runners will now be briefed on the start line as well as funnelled down to the left of the road prior to the end of the closure zone to ensure they keep left. Also, up in Fadmoor we’ve implemented periodic road closures around the right turn onto Sleightholme Dale Road to improve runner safety (even though it’s their choice to cut the corner into oncoming traffic!). Finally, Hagg Road (you know the one, with the cheeky final climb) will be closed to west-bound traffic so that runner won’t face any oncoming traffic on this narrow road (it will also mean our lead car can give his horn a rest!).

Running a safe event is really important to me a Race Directory and I take it very seriously. Hopefully you will appreciate the work we’ve done for 2018 after taking on feedback and looking at our own observations for previous years.

Dave Pearson
Race Director

Early Bird Entry Is Ending

Early bird entry for the 10k is ending tomorrow (31st January) at midnight. Enter now for the great price of just £13.99 for affiliated runners or £15.99 for unattached runners (inc. 99p on-line processing fee).

Entry fees will increase from Thursday 1st February.

All proceeds from the Kirkbymoorside 10k are split between the Friends of Kirkbymoorside CP School charity and Gillamoor school PTA. The funds are used to purchase equipment, fund school trips, swimming lessons on travel expenses – all things that are supplementing the children’s educations.

As well at the 10k race on the Sunday we also welcome back the Tour de Yorkshire to Kirkbymoorisde on the Saturday, making the May Day weekend a Festival of Speed in our town. We hope to see you there on Sunday 6th May!

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

So the cat is out of the bag!

DQR7gokVoAAPYhuThe Tour de Yorkshire route for 2018 has been revealed as we are delighted on two counts:
1) The tour comes through Kirkbymoorside!
2) The tour comes through Kirkbymoorside on the Saturday and thus avoids a clash with our 10k!
This is great news as cycling fans who also love to run can make a weekend of it here in the Gateway to the Moors by catching the peleton on Saturday and running the 10k on the Sunday.
We make no apology when we say that the 2016 tour ruined our event. It came through the town bang in the middle of our races and it not only decimated the entries to the main 10k but also sucked the life out of the town for the teens races too.
We love the fact Yorkshire has such a fantastic global event, however it does tend to ride rough shod over anything in it’s path. But it was clear in 2017 when it came nowhere near Kirkbymoorside and our race was over-subscribed that it had been the overriding factor in the our low numbers the previous year.
This year we get the best of both. We have the peleton passing through the town on it’s course from Richmond to Scarborough on Saturday 5th May so the town and cycling enthusiasts (like me) can enjoy that. Then on the Sunday we have the fabulous 10k event plus the Beadlam Tractor Run. It’s going to be a busy week for the town and I personally am looking forward to the town dressing up again for the weekend!

Where The Money Goes: Gillamoor CE (VP) Primary School

Back in July we published an article announcing that in 2017 our event had raised just over £6,000 and that this is split between the Friends of Kirkbymoorside CP School and the Gillamoor CE (VP) Primary School.

We’re pleased to be able to pass on an update from the Gillamoor PTA as to where the money they received has been spent.

Primarily the 2017 funds have contributed towards funding the transportation costs the for weekly school swimming lessons. Additionally there was a contribution to the after school sports club as well as some gym equipment. Some of the funds have also contributed to the transport for the whole school trip to Beamish later this year.

The PTA are especially grateful of the amazing amount the 10K event raised this year. Gillamoor is a small village school and this year we have a lower number of pupils. In turn this means fewer contributions from parents and less school funding, this is where the PTA try to step in and provide the difference.

The money that Gillamoor receive from the Kirkbymoorside 10K is especially important to us as we find in increasingly difficult to keep up. We would like to pass on our grateful thanks to everyone who entered the events and helped make it such a success.

Karen Stanely
Interim Treasurer, Gillamoor School PTA

You can find out more about Gillamoor CE (VP) Primary school on their website.

If you would like to enter the 2018 Kikrbymoorside 10k then please click here. Alternatively you may be able to help in other ways by becoming an event volunteer or marshal – click here to find out more.

10 Tips for Running in the Dark

With the autumn in full swing and daylight saving time about to end, UK runners will need to make the shift to running in the dark. Whether you are running in the early morning or the evening, running in the dark brings it’s own set of challenges and things to be aware of.

Don’t let the need to run in the dark affect your training. Here at the Kirkbymoorside 10k we’ve put together x tips to keep you safe whilst you are out running this Autumn and Winter.

viz1) Dress to be seen

Okay this is a bit obvious and you might think it’s like telling Granny to suck eggs but you would be surprised just how many runners I see out wearing dark clothing that is about as reflective as a mucky dish-cloth. Of course it’s difficult for drivers to see runners in the dark, so why make it harder on them by wearing non-reflective, dark clothing. Make sure to wear bright colours with reflective material so that you stand out as you running.

2) Light it up

There’s two elements to this. Having lights makes it even easier for drivers to see you – on top of wearing bright reflective clothing. But without lights it’s hard for you to see the path ahead of you underfoot. There’s such a wide selection of lights, especial headlights, on the market that are small and light that will make sure you see where you are going and that you are seen.

3) Listen up

For some people listening to tunes on your run is a great to keep you going, just not in the dark. When you’re running in the dark you need to rely on all of your senses and not just your sight. Leave the headphones at home and hear any potential dangers.

4) Keep oncoming traffic on your side of the road

The proper place to run is on the side of the road that has oncoming traffic. Sounds crazy to some, but think about it. It is much easier to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle if you can see it coming at you. Add to this the head torch your are wearing from item 2 and drivers will be far clearly of an oncoming hazard to them.

winterwarrior_800_05-800x465.jpg5) Run with a buddy

Running with someone else, or even a group, has a few advantages. Firstly is reduces the risk of someone accosting you. You’ll also have a friend to keep you motivated plus an extra pair of eyes, and ears, to stay on the lookout for anything hazards or anything strange.

6) Take the dog

If you have a dog and it’s capable of running your distance then take it with you. It’s another deterrent to potential attackers but also their senses are far great than our own and they can alert you to potential dangers.

7) Plan you route wisely

If you are used to running on trails maybe you need to rethink your winter running. Yes, it’s nice and peaceful when running on trails, however you are an easy target for potential attackers. Plus, even with a head torch, the perils on a trail could lead to a nasty fall from an unseen hazard. Stick to well lit areas, it may be a bit boring, but at least you’re safer.

8) Stay contactable

Take a your mobile phone with you. Making sure you can make contact with someone in an emergency and that you’re contactable by family and friends is also very sensible. There’s plenty of ways to carry a phone nowadays, and as the dark nights bring with them the colder weather the chances are you’ll be wearing a running jacket with pockets anyway.

9) Know who you are?

Take some form of identification with you on your run. You never know when it might be needed. If you did get into an accident the emergency services will need to contact your family. Also make sure to set the ICE number (in case of emergency) or leave the pass code off.

10) Pay attention

Always pay attention to what’s around you – no matter how many precautions you take to keep yourself safe. Trust your instincts and if something doesn’t feel right,  move away from the possible danger quickly. It’s got to be better being a little over cautious than seriously injured or dead!

Do you have any other tips to stay safe when running in the dark? Comment below.