Category Archives: Alan Purvis

Kielder Marathon

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Alan Purvis, Shaun Roberts, Andrew Thompson

Alan Purvis … Why does anybody want to put themselves through the pain of running 26.2 miles? When I first started serious running over thirty years ago it was regarded as the pinnacle of a lifetime in the sport. About the only marathon around was the Windsor to London and it would have a field … Continue reading Kielder Marathon

Ampleforth Trail Race

Sunday, October 11, 2009

7 miles

Alan Purvis

A glimpse of a habitat populated by privileged youth was offered to competitors in the Ampleforth 7M Trail Race. Benedictine monks found the perfect place to found their abbey in a hidden valley in the Hambleton Hills at the southern end of the North York Moors. The start/finish was in the grounds of Ampleforth College, … Continue reading Ampleforth Trail Race

Sedgefield Serpentine

Sunday, September 13, 2009

7 miles

Alan Purvis

The Race Headquarters were billed as the Hardwick Arms on Sedgefield High street but registration was at a barber’s shop two doors down the street. The mirrors were very useful for those wishing to have their number pinned absolutely horizontally on to the vest or to add that last touch of lipstick! While I was … Continue reading Sedgefield Serpentine

Staveley Stampede

Knaresborough, Sunday, August 31, 2008

Andy Jordan and Alan Purvis

Andy Jordan … The Staveley Stampede – 10 mile (or so they said) – a brand new mixed-terrain race for 2008 based in the lovely Yorkshire village of Staveley (just off the A1 at the Boroughbridge turn). The weather was a bit humid but not too bad for a 10 mile run. The day started … Continue reading Staveley Stampede

NE XC Championships

Herrington Country Park, Saturday, December 9, 2006

Alan Purvis

These Championships were held at Herrington Country Park on Saturday 9 December. The venue was chosen as a dress rehearsal for the National Championships which will take place here in March 2007. The whole area was reclaimed from pit workings and has been landscaped to form hills and lakes. The course consisted of a run-out … Continue reading NE XC Championships