The Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon will take place at 11.00am on Saturday 4 June. It will start and finish at the Clubhouse in The Avenue.
Help on the day, possibly as a checkpoint steward, is always appreciated – if you would like to offer your services then please contact Jill Heseltine on 01729 830110.
Congratulations to our U17s who have won the Yorkshire U17s Junior Colts League Division 2 and have been awarded the shield shown below.
As a result, they have won promotion to League Division 1 for the next season.
It’s been a tough year at Wharfedale Rugby Club both ‘on the field’ and also on the fields. Not only have results led to First Team relegation for the first time in 20 years but also the pitches themselves have taken a battering from the seemingly endless rainfall over the winter months. Thankfully one of the long standing sponsors of the Club is local company, Tarmac Ltd, who operate quarries at various locations in the Dales, including Swinden Quarry just a couple of miles from the rugby ground. Desperately in need of help with pitch revitalisation, head groundsman, Roger Toseland put 120 tons of specialist topsoil at the top of the Club’s ‘wish list’ and Tarmac delivered.
“We are extremely grateful to Tarmac Ltd and their hauliers, Eddie B Webster & Sons of Cracoe, for generously donating and delivering the topsoil without which we would have struggled to maintain the turf” said Club Secretary, Howard Whiteley.
One of six lorry loads of topsoil being delivered by Websters.
Spreading the topsoil on the 2nd team pitch.
Our Head Groundsman Roger Toseland has retired from his duties at the club after 26 years in the post as well as previously having held the position of Membership Secretary.
Roger on his tractor about to commence the repair of the 2nd team pitch
following the ravages of the recent exceptionally wet winter.
It has been a tough year at Wharfedale Rugby Club both on and off the field. Not only have results led to First Team relegation for the first time in 20 years but also the pitches themselves have taken a battering from the seemingly endless rainfall over the winter months. Due in no small measure to Roger’s efforts not a single first team match had to be cancelled due to the weather.
Hon Sec, Howard, on behalf of the Club, said “Wharfedale is known as one of the prettiest rugby grounds in the English leagues and Roger can take enormous credit for his part in maintaining the high standards so admired by visiting spectators. We wish him well in his retirement but we have a sneaking suspicion that he will be keeping a watchful eye on his hallowed turf for a few years to come.”
You may be aware that there was a slim possibility that Wharfedale RUFC would not be relegated after all. The scenario being that Plymouth Albion, who entered financial administration during the season, had to prove to the RFU that their new corporate structure had a viable business plan which would sustain them through the next season in National One. If they could not show financial security, their place in National One would be in jeopardy.
In this regard we received the following message: –
“From: NCA RUGBY Secretary
Subject: Plymouth Albion
Date: 19 May 2016 11:41:20 BST
I have had confirmation that the RFU Board have agreed that Plymouth Albion will be allowed to participate in National 1 next season.
National Clubs Association”
Now we officially know that the slim possibility of an eleventh hour reprieve is history and so we can ‘crack on’ and plan for next season, where we will be competing in National Two – we may also be out of the EU and Donald Trump could be President and Leicester City may win the Champions League ……. but hopefully support for the beloved Green Machine will continue as normal. indeed, it could be the only ‘normal’ aspect remaining in this topsy turvy world!!
Enjoy your breather, take a rest, there is so much to look forward to and wow are we are going to enjoy it when the jamboree kicks off again next September.
Have a great summer,
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A total of seven Wharfedale players have been included in the Yorkshire squad that is due to play Eastern Counties at Cambridge University tomorrow, Saturday 21 May.
They are: –
Alastair Allen, Josh Burridge, Dan Salomi, Rob Baldwin (Capt), Robbie Davidson, Joe Altham & Steve Graham.
The match is due to kick off at 3.00pm.