PECO CROSS COUNTRY – 14/02/2016 – Roundhay Park, Leeds

Wanted! More Men and Ladies for the final race in the Peco Cross Country league. Come and give it a try with perhaps a view to full participation in the 2016/17 season. It is great fun, muddy at times, friendly, courses no more than 5 miles, food after the event and a really wide standard of runners taking part.

To run in the final event (14/02/16) and be “a counter for the team”, please contact me before 04/02/16. If you contact me after this you can run as a Guest. I will be at club 02/02/16 and available on phone 01423 866983 for contact.

Lets have a massive turn out from all those with numbers already and have a great day.

More information for Race 5 and the Peco Relays (on 28/2) will be available as soon as I have it.

Go Striders.

Regards – Eric Morley


Milder but still plenty of mud!

What a difference a week makes! Last week we reported on freezing cold temperatures greeting Striders at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon but this week the conditions were much milder for those Striders competing at events over the weekend.

Starting with parkrun on Saturday, the club was represented at three events. At Harrogate, Martin Brock took in some pre Cross Country practice to finish in 19:47. Also negotiating the course, including the corner 3 ‘quagmire’, were Gareth Conkleton (23:44), Nick Wallen (25:11) and Rob Charlesworth (29:50). Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close clocked a time of 33:06. In South West London, Derek Calvert took on the 3 laps of the Dulwich parkrun. He clocked a time of 22:12 on his first visit to the event.

On Sunday morning, Striders were split over two events – the Jolly Holly Jog and the Peco Cross Country. Starting with the 10k Jolly Holly Jog, which had been rearranged from its original date of 27th December, 8 Striders competed in an overall field of 525. Guy Close was the first Blue and Gold vest home, finishing in a time of 44:09. Andy Robinson, returning from injury, clocked a time of 47:32 to finish just ahead of Stewart Hymas (48:04). They were followed by Ian Mitchell (54:51), Tom Burrell (01:07:47), Natalie Hale (01:07:53), Jane Day (01:08:57), Katie Gray (01:13:25) and June Graham (01:15:08).

The 4th race of the 2015/2016 Peco Cross Country Series was held at Golden Acre Park (Leeds). Participants had to take on two laps of a tough course that included 400m of what can only be described as a ‘shoe taking bog’! All of the Striders managed to keep their shoes on however to record some excellent results. Starting with the Ladies, Nicola Carter finished first in her age category with a time of 34:42, just holding off Sima Lowery (34:48). Sue Morley was next down the fast, downhill finish straight, clocking a time of 40:48 to take 1st in her age category also. Pamela Singleton, making her first appearance of the XC season, was the next Strider back in a time of 42:51. Andrea Price, Edna Wood and Dawn Richardson all had strong races to finish in 46:03, 47:44 and 48:01 respectively to complete the ladies line up. A number of trophies are looking likely for members of the ladies team – watch out for further news after the next race on 14/02/16. In the Men’s event, Martin Brock led home the Striders group with a time of 30:15. Dan Wilson and James Wright were neck and neck throughout the first lap but Dan pushed on in the second lap to finish in 32:40, with James following just under a minute later (33:32). Sean Brennan was next, completing the two energy sapping laps in 34:58 and he was followed by Andy Roberts, who competing in his first XC event of the season, clocked a time of 40:29.


Peco XC – Race 4 – Sunday 24th January

The fourth race of the 15/16 Peco XC League will be held on Sunday 24th January at Golden Acre Park (approx. 30 minute drive from KCC).

Registration and start times as follows;
• Women
Registration – 09:15am until 10:30am / Start – 10:40am
• Men
Registration – 10:15am until 11:15am / Start – 11:30am

If you would like to be a part of the club car share scheme, please meet at KCC for 09:10am, for a 09:15am departure (this takes into account the Women’s start time). This will allow plenty of time to travel to the venue, get parked up, pitch our tent and club flag, allow each participant to register for the race (£3 on the day) and get warmed up prior to the start times. Please also complete the sign up sheet on the club noticeboard so we know who is taking part in the car share scheme or who will meet us there.

Upon arrival, please take note of the following regarding car parking (taken directly from the Peco XC website) –
“Parking is very limited, so PLEASE car share if at all possible!! The Arthington Road car park is fairly small, so, unless you arrive early, it is probably best to park in the main car park (on the A660) and walk across the park to the race HQ. If you park on Arthington Road itself, please do so with care and consideration: only park on the northbound side (i.e. the same side as the car park) and with your vehicle facing north (i.e. facing the correct way for driving on that side of the road). It is highly likely that the police will cruise by looking for dangerously and / or illegally parked vehicles. You have been warned!”

Also note that this course is suitable for spikes.

Cold, Freezing, Chilly….Its the weekend round up

A cold weekend but some great performances from Striders across three different events.

On Saturday, the club was represented at Harrogate and Fountains Abbey parkruns. On the Stray, Nicola Carter and Rob Charlesworth completed the 3 laps of the Harrogate event, finishing in 21:58 and 29:59 respectively. At the very cold Fountains Abbey, Guy Close achieved a course PB, finishing in 19:26.

A chilly and frosty Sunday morning greeted 6 Striders at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The event, based at York Racecourse, is predominantly flat and attracted a field of just under 1800. James Wright led home the Striders contingent, crossing the line in a PB time of 01:27:02. He was chased down by Philip Cornforth (01:37:38) and a PB smashing Julian Carr (01:38:51). Next up was Sean Brennan, also beating his previous half marathon PB, who completed the course in 01:41:21. Andrea Price joined the PB party, taking 8 minutes off her previous best time to finish in 02:00:31. Natalie Hale took off over 7 minutes from her previous half marathon (Amsterdam) time to finish in 02:11:22. A fantastic effort by all Striders!

James Wright Phil Cornforth
Julian Carr Sean Brennan
Andrea Price Natalie Hale

Also on Sunday, Graham Yare competed in the ‘Winter Wonder Run’ on the Newcastle Town Moor. The event is run over a 3.77 mile course, with participants given six hours to complete as many laps as possible. Graham completed 7 laps (a marathon) in 03:41:24 to finish in 4th place in the marathon standings.



Please see details below of the events that form the 2016 Club Championship.


Harrogate Park Run – 20/02/16
Summer Road Lge No 3 – 31/05/16
Sessay Swift 6k – 24/08/16
Cross Country No2 – 2016/17 (December 2016)


Ben Campbell Run – 17/04/16
Fountains 10k – 24/04/16
Staveley Stampede – 26/06/16
Burton Leonard 10k – 17/07/16 inc MOB MATCH
Wetherby 10k – 04/09/16
Whixley 10k – TBC (October 2016)
Leeds Abbey Dash – 20/11/16


Thirsk 10 – 20/03/16
Leeds Half – 08/05/16
Shaun Lee Johnstone 10 – 16/10/16
Guy Fawkes 10 – 06/11/16

PLEASE ENTER ALL RACES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (A separate page on this website will be available soon detailing all race details, including links to race entry).

Any date changes or cancelled races will be informed Asap
QUALIFICATION – Your best six races to Count, One Race from Short Category, Two Races from Medium Category and One Race from Long Category + Two further races from any Category.

Official race results will be used for calculations. Chip times will be used unless Race organiser is using ‘Gun to tape’ timing.

Committee decision final in any dispute regarding Club Championship.

These races will also noted in Events, on Club Calendar and Club Notice Board

Mud, mud and more mud!

parkrun – Striders represented at Harrogate, Fountains Abbey and York

It was a muddy Stray that greeted 4 Striders on Saturday morning. Gareth Conkleton was first back, clocking a time of 23:27. Tony Everitt was next with a time of 27:53, and he was joined by volunteer pacer Clare McKenzie (30:52) and Rob Charlesworth (30:54).

At Fountains Abbey, Nicola Carter took the 1st Lady spot in a time of 21:51. Joining her were Phil Chatterton (25:00) and Liam Kennedy (32:09).

Over in York, James Wright and Guy Close were split by only 3 seconds, finishing in 19:30 and 19:33 respectively. Julian Carr joined them on the Knavesmire, recording a time 22:28.

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships

Sunday’s damp conditions made the Yorkshire Cross Country Championship course at Lightwater Valley even more challenging than usual for the 5 Striders in attendance. Starting with the Ladies, Sue Morley and Tracy Allison competed in a total field of 138 who took on 3 laps of the course. Sue finished in a time of 49:40, with Tracy stopping the clock on 58:54. In the Men’s race, which was a total of 5 laps of the course, Andy Robinson was first Strider home – finishing in 52:47. Not far behind was Sean Brennan, who recorded a time of 54:15. Club coach Eric Morley also took on the challenging course and finished with a time of 01:09:47. Well done to all who competed.