It was a wild and wet weekend for running but that didn’t stop Striders visiting a number of different events, starting with parkrun on Saturday morning and finishing with the Harewood House trail race on Sunday.
Roundhay Park was the chosen venue for the latest club parkrun visit, with five Striders making the short trip across to Leeds to take on the 3 lap undulating course. James Wright (20:38) just held off Andy Robinson (20:48) for first Strider back. They were followed up the final hill by James Cornforth (21:26), Nicola Carter (22:35) and Julian Carr (24:32).
At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close recorded a PB with a time of 19:44, finishing exactly 3 minutes ahead of Phil Chatterton (22:44).
The good surfaces found at the Roundhay Park and Fountains Abbey courses were certainly in contrast to the very wet and muddy conditions experienced on the Stray for the Harrogate event. After taking a detour to avoid the bonfire preparations, Sean Brennan was the first Strider over the finish line in 22:13. Chasing him down, and managing to not lose any trainers in the sticky mud between corners 2 and 3, were Nick Wallen (26:49), Anthony Everitt (28:17), Eric Morley (28:18) and Rob Charlesworth (31:22).
The wet weather continued on Sunday, but that didn’t deter Striders representing the club at three events.
Sue Morley, running in club colours for the first time, raced in the Yorkshire Vets Fell League at Spenborough. She completed the multi-terrain 5 mile course in 45:36, taking 3rd place in the female V60 category.
Recently joined member Liam Kennedy headed over to Dalby Forest for the ‘Dalby Dash 10k’. He completed the challenging course, which sees runners go up hill for the first two miles, in a time of 58:38.
Closer to home, 5 Striders made the short journey over to Harewood House for the annual 5 mile trail race. Fresh from his run at Roundhay Park parkrun on Saturday, James Cornforth stopped the clock in 36:29, just beating Phil Cornforth (37:15) for a top 10 finish. They were joined at the event by Clare McKenzie (48:30) and Dawn Richardson (52:53). Karen McNaughton was also in attendance but unfortunately had to pull out of the race after two miles due to injury – hope you recover soon Karen!
Next Sunday (15th November) is the Leeds Abbey Dash, which is the last event in the 2015 Club Championship. Although Ian Mitchell and Nicola Carter have already sewn up the 1st place trophies, the 2nd and 3rd spots in both the male and female categories are still up for grabs. It should be a great event, with a high number of Striders registered to chase down a 10k PB. Eric will be ready with his trusty calculator to workout final standings which we will be published as soon as possible after the event.
The PECO Cross Country gets under way at Temple Newsam on the 22nd November. It’s £3 to obtain a race number for the entire series (5 events) plus £3 per event (pay on the day). To register, please speak to Eric Morley at one of our training sessions.