New Run Leaders

Congratulations to Sean Brennan, Edna Wood and Gemma Harding who have recently qualified as Run Leaders after undertaking the ‘Leadership in Running Fitness’ course run by England Athletics.

Sean, Edna and Gemma will be getting involved with leading various groups on a Tuesday and Thursday, along with helping to establish the new ‘Zero to Hero’ group that will be starting in January.

Well done from all at Knaresborough Striders!

Weekend Results – 7th and 8th November

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!

strider before ht5 Clare Karen and Dawn prior to Harewood

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.

PECO Cross Country 2015/2016

On Tuesday night (10/11) I will have the Cross Country numbers available for all those persons who have registered for the PECO XC15/16 season. If you are not down on Tuesday, its not a problem as there is plenty of time until the first event at Temple Newsam on Sunday 22/11. Details of this race are now available on the PECO XC website –

Anyone who still wants to enter, will be treated as a non scoring KnaresborougH Guest, but will count in any races after that.




Excellent local race who at 10.40 this Thursday evening have 105 places left before limit is reached. Anybody wanting to enter between now and race day should check by E mail if places are still available for Entry on the Day( which I suspect there will be).



Weekend Results – 31.10 & 01.11

A soggy Stray was the destination for 6 Striders on Saturday as they took on the Harrogate pakrun course in reverse! Julian Carr (23:18) kicked on in the last lap to finish ahead of Graeme Kilvington (23:35) by 17 seconds to be first Strider home. They were joined by an improving (post injury) Nick Wallen (25:18), Anthony Everitt (27:33), Tracy Allison (28:18) and volunteer tail runner James Wright (54:59).

The Halloween spirit made its way into one of the timing devices at Fountains Abbey meaning that a number of times were missing. Guy Close dodged the gremlins however and recorded a time of 20:11. Dawn Richardson was also in attendance, using the event as a warm up for Sundays Guy Fawkes 10 race, stopping the watch in 31:26.
Working our way down the country, Clare Aynsley attended the Newark event, clocking 32:43. Down in London, Derek Calvert achieved a time of 23:12 at Crystal Palace.

The annual Guy Fawkes 10 mile race, organised by our friends at Nidd Valley Road Runners, was held in warm conditions on Sunday morning. The course is one of the toughest events on the local racing calendar, providing a real test for the 11 Striders who attended. First back into the finish area at Ripley Castle was James Wright who set a time of 01:13:26. Next up were Dan Wilson (01:18:16) and Conrad Garcia (01:19:23) who’s time saw him leapfrog James into 3rd place in the Club Championship standings. As has been the case all season, Nicola Carter and Sima Lowery battled it out for first Female Strider home. Nicola came out on top, recording a time of 01:21:38, to wrap up the Club Championship for 2015 with one event to go. Sima followed shortly behind in 01:22:05. Next back to collect his chocolate (great goodie bags!) was Julian Carr (01:28:28) and he was chased down by Pamela Singleton (01:33:13), Andrea Price (01:44:11), Dawn Richardson (01:48:39) and coming across the line together were Katie Gray and June Graham who both clocked 02:00:05.

See Eric’s earlier post for a roundup of Club Championship standings.



Eleven Striders tackled this tough 10 miler hosted by local rivals Nidd Valley (see separate report for more detail).

In the Ladies Championship, Pam Singleton took the win on our age grading system which elevated her from 13th to 7th in the Championship, Nicola was next and remains overall winner of the Championship and Sima cemented second place. Dawn was next and put a bit more space between herself and Andrea. Katie Gray and June Graham recorded there first points with June 6th and Katie 7th.

In the Mens Championship, Ian has won, however today’s results saw Conrad continue his excellent late season form and move from 7th to 3rd. Martin maintains 2nd place by two points from him. A battle ensues between James and Dan with just 2 points the difference. They are in 4th and 5th place respectively. Julian improved his points tally and remains in 6th.

The championships ends with the Leeds Abbey Dash on 15/11.

I am already preparing the 2016 Championship and comments about this seasons races and the championship format are welcome, critical or otherwise. In formulating next years event suggestions are most welcome about races that we might add /or take out, and on format.