Easter Weekend Results

A trip to the Seaside
The Easter weekend got off to an eggcellent start for Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson as they took on a race in sunny Bridlington. They completed the ‘Easter 5 Mile Dash’ in 44:58 and 47:49 respectively.
dawn and andrea Brid

parkrun – Five events visited
Windy and overcast conditions greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning. Striders were represented by fifteen members at five different events.

Starting with Harrogate, Sean Brennan and Nicola Carter had an eggciting battle to finish 3 seconds apart, finishing in 22:13 and 22:16. Gareth Conkleton and Nick Wallen were next across the finish line, completing the 3 lap course with cracking times of 23:10 and 24:49. Rob Charlesworth (28:58) and Dawn Richardson (30:02) completed the Striders line up.

At York, Guy Close, a regular visitor to this event on the Knavesmire, clocked 19:24.

Fountains Abbey was visited by four Striders. Ian Mitchell took on the event for the first time and finished in 20:39. Tom Burrell achieved a PB with a time of 26:46 and he was closely followed by a PBing Tracy Allison (27:39) and Tony Everitt (27:44).

Up the A1 in Northallerton, Andy Robinson equaled his PB at the event, finishing in 20:01 to take finish token number 2. Joining him was Julian Carr who completed the 2 lap course in 23:08.

Down in London at the Dulwich parkrun, Tom Calvert secured a speedy 18:42 and Derek Calvert smashed his PB to finish in 22:08.

Wetherby parkrun visit – Saturday 2nd April
Our next ‘first Saturday of the month’ parkrun visit is to Wetherby. Meet us there or if you want to participate in the car share, please meet at Knaresborough Cricket Club for 08:15am (08:20am departure).


British Open Fell Runners Association – 2016 Events

The fixture list of BOFRA events for 2016 is now published to their website.

The 1st race is from Ilkley on April 28th. The fixtures includes such delights as Kilnsey Crag and Badgerstone relays to name but a few. Many of the races are in the Yorkshire Dales and some are attached to village galas.
Many have chidrens races of various age groups. Races tend to be shorter than FRA events but still worth giving a try.

Simply put ‘BOFRA’ in a Google search to get all details.



Zero to Hero – Class of 2016 – UPDATE@21/03/16

UPDATE @ 21/03/16
Since the original ‘Zero to Hero – Class of 2016’ article was published on 13/03/16, we have had four more graduates. Completing a 5km run at a club night were the following –
– Matt Truscott
– Janette Chadwick
– Linda Leach
– Hannah Whitehead

The club has successfully delivered its second ‘Zero to Hero’ course – taking novice runners through an 8 week plan to get them from light jogging upto completing a 5km run. We have had 16 graduates this year who all deserve a massive ‘WELL DONE’ from all club members.

The following have successfully completed the course via a 5km run at the club and/or the Harrogate parkrun on Saturday 5th March – Shona Jefferson
– Irene George
– Fyn Lees
– Joanna Simpson
– Helen Appleyard
– Natasha Baronovsky
– Peter Drew
– Tanya Francis
– Natalie Slack
– Karen Smith
– Kelly Swale
– Stephanie Whincup
– Connie Woodall
– Robert King
– Anna Cooley
– Lisa Anderson.

We look forward to seeing all of their continued improvement and development at the club as part of the ‘Heros’ group leading into the summer months.

The photo below is of some of the ‘Zero to Hero’ group members, along with other Striders members who were running or volunteering, after the Harrogate parkrun on Saturday March 5th.
parkrun z2h

A Mixed Bag of Events – Weekend Results

Striders were out in force over the weekend, attending six events of various distances and terrains.

Starting on Saturday with parkrun, at the Harrogate event Derek Calvert secured a Personal Best time of 22:32 to lead home a Striders contingent of eight. Sean Brennan was next in 23:45 and Rob Charlesworth secured a PB with a time of 27:37. Coming across the line together in 28:04 were Tracy Allison and Tony Everitt who were both celebrating their 50th parkruns (great achievement!). Rosie Crawford and Joanna Simpson both recorded PB’s, finishing in 29:06 and 29:37 respectively. Joining them was Anne Cooley, who just missed out on a PB with a finish time of 31:32.

At Fountains Abbey, Conrad Garcia made his 3rd visit to the event and finished in 21:30. Clare Mckenzie and Karen McNaughton visited the course for the 1st time, finishing in 27:14 and 29:49.

Graham Yare also attended an event on Saturday morning, but it was slightly longer then parkrun! He completed the Hardmoors 55 mile race, which takes runners along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Guisborough, in a solid time of 11:50:49.

Moving on to Sunday, the first day of Spring greeted runners with a hot and sunny morning. Andrea Price took on the Fleet Half Marathon (Hampshire) and finished in a personal best time of 01:59:56 (first time under two hours – well done Andrea!).

At Bramham Park, Mark Shelton and Emma Hall took on the 10km course at the Major Series event. This is far from a normal 10km event however, with numerous obstacles to go under, jump over or go through (including a river)! Emma clocked a time of 02:59:31, with Mark close behind in 02:59:42.

The Thirsk 10 mile race was the venue for the second Club Championship event of 2016. The sun was really beating down at the 11am start and didn’t relent until the last runners were coming through. The club had eleven members in attendance who were led home by new member Tom Calvert in a time of 01:03:10. Andy Robinson and Guy Close were neck and neck at the 5 mile point but Andy nudged ahead in the last 3 miles to complete the course in 01:07:12, with Guy stopping the clock on 1:09:13. Ian Mitchell had a strong run to make his mark on the championship standings, finishing in 01:11:57. James Cornforth made up some serious ground on other Striders in the 2nd half of the race to cross the line in 01:13:02. Nicola Carter was the first Striders lady back with a chip time of 01:13:42. Sima Lowery wasn’t far behind , finishing with a time of 01:14:11 to hold off Stewart Hymas (01:15:01), Sean Brennan (01:17:55), Natalie Hale (01:34:43) and Dawn Richardson (01:36:21).

If we have missed any results, please let us know via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk

Club Time Trial – 29th March – Info, Marshalls, etc

Hello Members,

Our first club Time Trial of 2016 will take place on Tuesday 29th March. This will be the 1st of 3 events throughout the year.

The event is open to all and held over a 5km course. Competing in these events is a great way of tracking your progress throughout the year. Entry is free, with food (pie and peas) served in the clubhouse afterwards for a fee of £2.

I still need lots of helpers and marshalls for the event. Please let me know this Tuesday night (22/03) if you can help. If not at club, please email me on eric_morley@hotmail.com




Harrogate Summer Road League – 2016 Registration Nights

The first Registration evening will be on April 5th and the second will be April 14th.

Please arrive at training a little earlier, especially on the 5th, to allow Eric to process registrations.

At registration, we will require Name, Date of Birth, Signature and £13 to cover up to 5 races. Please pay by cash or cheque (made payable to ‘Knaresborough Striders’).

Please be aware you must have paid the individual England Athletics fee to compete in these runs. Andy Robinson (Membership Secretary) can advise on your current EA status.

For further information, please see Eric at Club training on Tuesday March 22nd.

Spring has sprung – Weekend Results

It was a glorious weekend for running, with the Spring sunshine finally deciding to make an appearance for the 21 Striders taking on events. We have scoured the internet for results of events we know about, but if we have missed any out, please let us know via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk.

Sun shines for parkrunners
Starting with parkrun on Saturday morning, the Striders were represented at three events. At Harrogate, Guy Close was the first Strider to collect his finish token, completing the course in 19:54. Next back were Nicola Carter and Ian Mitchell, who were split by only 1 second, finishing in 22:04 and 22:05 respectively. They were joined on the Stray by Gareth Conkleton (24:13), Anthony Everitt (28:02), Andrea Price (28:12), Rob Charlesworth (28:43), a PB securing Joanna Simpson (30:20) and Emma Greveson (34:33).

At Fountains Abbey, Andy Robinson led home the Striders contingent of six with a PB time of 19:16. Jonny Chadwick had a solid run to notch a 22:45, and he was follows by Gemma Harding (25:18), Natalie Hale (30:04), Alison Jackson (30:09) and Irene George (31:06).

At Horton Park in Bradford, Tracy Allison finished with a time 29:33.

A 10k, A Marathon and an Adventure Race – Striders branching out into lots of different events!
The challenging Harewood House 10k was held on Sunday morning. This is a tough multi terrain course, with the final 1km up hill which gives the legs a real test to get over the finish line! Lucy Cartwright was the first Strider across the line, finishing just over the hour mark with a 01:01:07. Nor far behind was Joanne Fowler (01:02:00) and Bill Kirkpatrick finished his 2nd consecutive weekend of racing with a time of 01:06:20.
Striders @ Harewood 10km

On Saturday, Graham Yare finished 5th in the ‘Liverpool to Leeds Canal Canter Marathon’, based at Kirkstall Abbey, with a time of 03:42:10.

A little further afield, new member James Warburton competed in the Kilarney Adventure Race in Ireland. This is a gruelling, multi-discipline, 55km event consisting of a 20km Cycle, 14km trail run, 11km Cycle, 1km Kayak and a final 9km Cycle. He finished on the podium, taking 3rd place with a time of 02:32:49.

MOB MATCH v NIDD VALLEY – 17th July @ Burton Leonard 10k

The Mob Match is an annual competition with our local rivals Nidd Valley where we race against them within the Burton Leonard 10k. 2016 is the third year of the event on the above date. Burton Leonard is also in the Club Championship.

At the first running in 2014 Nidd Valley were victors but in 2015 they were swept aside by fantastic performances from all the Striders running. 2016 will be tough so lets put a date to dairies early. The bigger turn out the better.

Go Striders.