On a cold and frosty….and wet….morning

The weekend certainly wasn’t for the fainthearted weather wise! Despite the nasty conditions, Striders were out and about at two different parkruns, a 10k and a cross country race.

Starting on Saturday, Nicola Carter was the sole running representative (Sean and James were volunteering) at Harrogate parkrun. She finished in a time of 22:39 to take the placing of 2nd female overall. Over at the York event, Guy Close achieved a new overall parkrun PB, recording a time of 19:40. He was joined at the Knavesmire by Julian Carr, who completed the course in 22:43.

On Sunday, Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson headed to the John Charles Stadium in Leeds to participate in the ‘Leeds Christmas 10k’ with 356 other runners. The ladies finished the multi-terrain course in 01:01:33 and 01:03:31 respectively.

Also in Leeds, 15 Striders headed over to West Park Fields for the 2nd Peco XC race of the 15/16 season. Keith Emery led the male Striders contingent home, with Sima Lowery just holding off Nicola Carter, to lead the female Striders in attendance. Full results are not yet available – as soon as we have them, we will publish via the usual channels.

Runs, Wine and Mince Pies – Tuesday 15/12/15

With the countdown to Xmas well and truly in swing, the club would like to invite all members to join them for a glass of Mulled Wine and a Mince Pie after Tuesday nights runs.

Run Leaders will be taking out groups for joggers and runners, with Eric also putting on a Structured Run session (on road) for those who would like to try out some interval work. Each of the groups will be finishing the sessions at the location of the Xmas treats!

We look forward to seeing as many Striders down as possible – meet at KCC as usual for a 19:30 start.

Peco Cross Country – Race 2 – West Park Fields – 13/12

Another fantastic turn out for the 2nd Peco Cross Country event of the season.

On a very muddy course, with some gentle undulations, and a cold start to the morning, 10 men and 5 ladies turned out and performed really well. Thanks to John Williams for encouraging us along. Results will be published when available.

Next event is on Sunday 3rd January. See Club Calendar for further informaton.

Go on , Have a go.



Two Courses for LIRF and Coaches

Attention LIRF trained members and Coaches there will be 2 posters on the Club notice board by 10/12/15. I. MOVEMENT sKILLS- for running, jumping,throwing–this available to LIRF trained members and Coaching Assistance coaches, dates 16/1/16 and 5/3/16. 2, Using i Technology in Coaching. Available to Running coaches and Leaders.-Monday 1/2/16-@Harrogate

Courses are Free–Book early as possible.
Cheers Eric

Dates for the Diary

A few reminders to take note of –

London Marathon – We have been allocated one place for a club member to take part in the 2016 London Marathon. If you are interested, please advise us (via info@knaresborough-striders.co.uk, facebook or advising a committee member) by 9pm on Thursday 10th December. Please only put yourself forward for the draw if you can give the required training 100% commitment in the build upto the event. Also please note, this is not a free entry and therefore the normal entry fee applies and you must be a member of English Athletics. The draw will take place after training on Tuesday 15th December.

Mulled wine and Mince Pies – As a reward for the fantastic efforts of all members in 2015, the club will be supplying Mulled Wine and Mince pies after training on Tuesday 15th December. After completing the normal training runs, the run leaders will guide each group to a secret location in Knaresborough for the xmas treats!

Santa is coming to town – On Sunday 20th December, join us for a ‘Santa Run’ around the town. Starting at 12Noon in the Market place, we will be heading out on a 1.5mile walk/jog/run around the town dressed up as the main man himself! Entry is £5, which includes your santa outfit – all profits will be given to Cancer Research UK. Please feel free to bring family and friends along. Refreshments will be served in the Royal Oak afterwards.

Zero to Hero – Do you have a relative, friend or colleague who is interested in building up to running 5km? After a hugely successful ‘Zero to Hero’ course was held early in 2015, the club will be hosting a new course starting on Thursday 7th January. Spread the word!

Anniversary Party – On Tuesday 26th January, we willl be celebrating anouther fantastic year of Striders. Join us for post training food, yearly awards and a celebration of the clubs continued success.

AGM – A short, sharp AGM to set us up for 2016 will be held after training on Tuesday 9th February. Let us know if you have any ideas of how we can improve or if you are interested in helping out behind the scenes.

A windy day but parkrunners came out to play!

For the last club parkrun visit of 2015, a small, but hardy bunch of Striders headed over to Leeds for the Woodhouse Moor parkrun. The course was windswept but offered a varied course for those in attendance – a few hills, a bit of cross country and some slippy, leaf covered paths. James Wright was first Strider back, crossing the line in 20:09. Next up were Ian Mitchell and Julian Carr, who completed the course in 22:39 and 22:52 respectivley. Tom Burrell was next, finishing in 27:26 and he was followed by the ever improving Edna Wood, who clocked 29:40.

Three other parkruns were also visited by Striders on a challenging morning for running. On a boggy Stray, Sean Brennan completed the 3 laps of the Harrogate event in 22:40. Guy Close headed to Fountains Abbey and recorded a time of 20:04. Further afield, Nicola Carter completed the Gateshead course in 22:28.

There will be no club parkrun visit on Saturday 2nd January, so our next “1st Saturday of the month” visit will be on 6th February, with the venue to be announced early in the New Year. In the hat already for 2016 are York, Bradford, Pontefract, Cross Flatts, Bramley, Skipton and Wetherby.

Peco XC – Race 2 – West Park Fields (Leeds) – Sunday 13/12/15

All details for the 2nd PECO cross country can be found at www.pecoxc.co.uk

There will be toilet facilities available at the Dalesman pub and food will also be served there post race.

If you have a race number and not used it, “come on” its a great morning out with runners of every standard and a great one lap route.

The club is organising a car share scheme for this event. Meet at KCC for a 09:20am departure.

Cheers Eric

Club Trips 2016

After the success of the first Striders group trip away (2015 Amsterdam Half Marathon), we are putting together two trips for 2016 – the Keswick Mountain Festival and the Equinox 24. Both of these events offer different kinds of challenges to the ‘everyday road race’ and allow you to bring the whole family along if you wish!

A summary of each event, is below.

Keswick Mountain Festival – Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May 2016

This event is based within Crow Park (Keswick), on the shores of Derwentwater. It offers a number of sporting events from a 5km run to a relay Triathlon. The event is more than just about sport however as there will be two live concerts – one on the night of Friday 20th and one on Saturday 21st. There are also many activities for children to take part in allowing you to bring family up to enjoy the event with you.
In terms of accommodation, camping is available, or you may wish to book a room at one of the many hotels/B&B’s in the area. How long you come up to the festival for and which events you wish to participate in (see website for full details of the sporting events available) is up to you.

The main running events, which are now on sale, are as follows,
• Saturday 21st May – 5km (£15.00) and 25km (£30.00)
• Sunday 22nd May – 10km (£27.50) and 50km (£38.00)
o Note that the 10km has multiple start times – the 11:00 and 12:00 races are designated for Striders

For the festival tickets, there are number of options (some include camping) but these are yet to go on sale. An announcement will be made as soon as they are available.

If you are interested in attending, please complete your details on the sign up sheet (available on the club notice board from 1st December) so we can keep you informed of further developments in relation to the festival tickets. Please note that the Striders will not be booking any of the events or accommodation on behalf of its members, therefore we would advise booking your preferred event asap if you wish to attend. Accommodation is also starting to fill in the area, so if you don’t want to camp, booking this asap would also be advised.

Equinox 24 – 17th & 18th September 2016 (arrival on 16th September)

The Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop against the clock. The event is open to all abilities: whether entering to run solo or in a team of 2-8 – this race will be exhilarating, testing and rewarding with a great atmosphere. The 10k route will take you around the picturesque Belvoir Castle Estate.

There is free camping from Friday (16th) for competitors and spectators. Equinox24 is renowned for its welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere and is a great experience for runners and supporters alike. You’ll find the Equinox24 physically challenging and mentally tough but an amazing experience not to be missed. Check out the videos and pictures from last year on the event website to give you a flavour of what to expect.
The Striders will be looking to enter a number of teams into the event, with team sizes of between 5 and 8 anticipated. All abilities can get involved – it would be great to mix up the groups and make it a real ‘Striders family’ event.

The cost, up to the 31st December, is £45 (rises to £50 beyond this date). This includes camping (one tent pitch) for each person also. If you are interested in this event, please fill in your details below so we can start to assemble teams and then enter all in one go. A first cut (to start forming teams) will be taken on Thursday 17th December.

If you don’t fancy taking part in the 24hr event, there is a separate 10km race on the Saturday (starting at the same time as the main 24hr event). This is £15.00 to enter.

A kids fun run is also offered on the Saturday, so why not make it a family trip away?!

We would also love Striders to join us who would just like to offer support through the weekend –you are more than welcome to come along (small fee for camping).

We really hope you can join us on one or both of the above trips. If you would like any further information, please see James Wright at a club night, send an email to info@knaresborough-striders.co.uk or message us via the facebook page.