Club Championship starts with Harrogate parkrun
A mass turnout of 17 Striders headed to Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning for the first Club Championship event of 2016. The course is still very much in its ‘winter state’, with corner 3 resembling a bog, but that didn’t stop 6 Striders achieving Personal Bests on the course. Martin Brock was the first to smash his PB, finishing in with a time of 19:26 (PB). The rapidly improving Guy Close recorded a PB to finish in 19:44 (PB) and he was followed by James Wright (20:31). The next two Striders to finish, Julian Carr and Ian Mitchell, had a head to head battle worthy of an Olympic final along the finish straight to both record a time of 22:55 (but Julian just pipped Ian by ‘a head’ on the line!). Closely behind was Derek Calvert, who recorded a PB with his 23:02. Andrew Roberts completed his 3 laps of the Stray in 23:52 and was joined by Harrogate parkrun first timer Gemma Harding (26:37), club coach Eric Morley (27:28), a PB smashing Andrea Price (27:59), Anthony Everitt (28:16), the constantly improving and PB recording Mark Shelton (28:50), Rob Charlesworth (29:00), Tracy Allison (29:24), Dawn Richardson (30:27), Anne Cooley (32:53) and Alison Jackson, who set a new PB time of 32:55. A big shout out to club member Sean Brennan for taking on the Race Director role – his volunteering efforts are greatly appreciated by all who attend the event on a weekly basis.
Down South in Dulwich, Tom Calvert recorded a PB with a time of 17:55.
5, 10 and 26.2 – Many Striders miles clocked on Sunday
In extremely wet and windy conditions on Sunday, three Striders took on the Ilkley Fell Race. The 5 mile course takes participants over mixed terrain and includes 1200ft of climbing. Keith Emery was first Strider back down the fell with a time of 53:13. Sean Brennan continued on his excellent form from the recent Peco XC series to finish his first fell race in club colours in 64:13. Taking 1st place in the V60 Women’s category was Sue Morley, who battled the elements to complete the course in 73:45
The ‘Snake Lane 10’, based in Pocklington (East of York), also had three Striders in attendance. The second part of the course took runners into a strong headwind on the winding country roads. James Wright led home the club contingent in a course PB of 01:08:54. Clare McKenzie and Karen McNaughton were both taking part in their first ever 10 mile race and they beat the goal times they set themselves for the race, which formed part of their preparations for the Liverpool Half Marathon in May. Clare came across the finish line in 01:36:50 and Karen flew into the Market Place and sprinted over the line in 01:44:58. Thanks to Simon Shaw for coming to support the Striders….but sanity does have to be questioned….as he biked all the way over to Pocklington and back again!!
Up in the North East, Graham Yare participated in the ‘Leas Marathon’. The event takes runners on 4 laps of a course along the South Shields coast, in the area around the Great North Run finish line. He finished the event in 03:38:17.