Weekend Results – parkruns to marathons

It was a weekend of differing events for club members –from parkruns to marathons.

Striders headed out to four different parkruns on Saturday morning. At Harrogate, Paul Heywood set a PB with a time of 26:18 and he was joined by Edna Wood, who completed the event in PB time of 27:56. Nicola Carter visited the Gateshead event and took the 1st lady spot in a PB time of 21:17. Guy Close set his 3rd PB in a row at Fountains Abbey, completing the course in 19:18. At Wetherby, Anthony Everitt stopped the clock on 27:50.

On Sunday morning, perfect running conditions greeted 13 Striders at the Fountains 10k. Tom Calvert set an excellent time of 38:42 to take 8th place, just holding off Martin Brock who completed the multi terrain course in 39:22. James Wright was next up the final climb to the finish line, stopping the clock on 43:28. Nicola Carter was the first lady Strider across the line (44:54), just holding off Ian Mitchell (45:12).Sean Brennan had a strong run to finish in 46:27 and was followed by Derek Calvert who just dipped under the 50 minute mark with a time of 49:59. Gemma Harding was next (55:44), shortly followed by prolific racer Andrea Price (59:41). Completing his first event in Striders colours (and his longest run ever) was Paul Heywood in a time of 01:00:48. Edna Wood was only 7 seconds behind Paul (01:00:55), with Dawn Richardson (01:01:59) and Anne Cooley (01:11:40) completing the Striders line up.

The club had two representatives in the London Marathon. Graham Yare, finished in 03:26:54, securing him a PB for the marathon distance. Katie Gray was also in the capital and secured a finish time of 05:44:55. Well done to Graham and Katie from all at Striders.

Weekend Results – 16th and 17th April

After a week of turmoil for parkrun, due to the decision by a local parish council to charge Little Stoke parkrun for use of the events venue, it was good to see Striders well represented at four different parkrun events.

At the Harrogate event, five Striders battled against strong winds to complete the 3 laps of the Stray. Sean Brennan was the first Strider to the finish, coming across the line in 22:08. He was chased down by Nick Wallen (24:19), a PB smashing Mark Shelton (27:54), Rob Charlesworth (29:11) and completing her first ever parkrun, Emma Hall finished with a time of 37:01.

Across at Fountains Abbey, perfect running conditions greeted the five Striders in attendance. James Wright stopped the clock on 20:00 and he was joined by Derek Calvert (23:07), Paul Heywood (28:28), Dawn Richardson (28:44 – PB) and Edna Wood (28:58).

At York, Julian Carr dodged the puddles on the Knavesmire course to finish in 23:44. Down in London, Tom Calvert finished 3rd at the Crystal Palace event with a time of 19:08.

The latest club championship event, the Ben Campbell 10k, was visited by eight Striders on Sunday morning. The tough event based in Kilburn Woods at Sutton Bank, is arranged in memory of popular club member Ben who sadly died in January 2015. The final results are not yet available but the finishing order for Striders was Andy Robinson, Nicola Carter (1st Lady), Stewart Hymas, Sima Lowery (2nd Lady), Sue Morley, Eric Morley, Tony Everitt and Tracy Allison. In the 5k event, James Wright took 1st place, with Ian Mitchell securing 2nd place.

The inaugural ‘Vale of York 10 Mile’ event, based at Rufforth airfield, was also held on Sunday. Guy Close set a PB over the 10 mile distance to finish in a chip time of 01:07:37. He was joined at the event by regular racers Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson. Andrea completed the flat course in 01:31:58, with Dawn finishing with a time of 01:38:49.


Summer Road League Registration – LAST CALL (for 1st race)

Hello Everybody,

Last night 14/4 was the 2nd Registration for Summer Road League races. Have I missed anyone??? Please contact me by Sunday night (17/4) if you want to run in the first event (05/05).

If you want to run but cannot do the first race clearly you can still register for the other races after May 5th.

Please contact me on 01423 866983 (evenings best) or eric_morley@hotmail.com.

I will then make arrangements to sign you up.

Thanks Eric

Coaching on Thursday 14/04/16

Just a reminder folks that Emma, our visiting coach, will be at the club this Thursday (14/04/16).

Do give her sessions a try – all the feedback from Emma’s previous sessions have been excellent.



Harrogate & District Summer Road League 2016 – Sign Up Night – 14/04/16

This Thursday sees the second night of registration to compete in the Summer Road League – the first event being on 05/05/16 at Ilkley.

Please bring with you £10 , this payment is for upto 5 races (you must complete 2 races to qualify for the Handicap). After viewing the disclaimer, I will register you and issue a number to keep for each race.
Do fill in the back and do not fold it horizontally.

Cheers Eric M

A weekend without rain….surely not!

The sun is shining….finally!
The weather finally showed signs of Spring on Saturday morning, giving perfect conditions for the club members taking on a parkrun.

At Harrogate, Nicola Carter was the first Strider along the finish straight, stopping the clock on 21:31. Sean Brennan and Gareth Conkleton were split by just under 1 minute, completing the event in 22:36 and 23:34. Nick Wallen was next, finishing with a time of 24:10 and he was joined by Edna Wood (28:26) Irene George (29:56) who both achieved PB’s.

Guy Close was the first of four Striders at Fountains Abbey and secured his second consecutive PB with a time of 19:20. Ian Mitchell finished his two laps in 21:08 and was followed by a PB securing Derek Calvert (22:30) and Anthony Everitt (27:26).

Tom Calvert took on the Crystal Palace event in London, taking 5th place with a time of 20:32.

Hills, hills and more hills in Sheffield
Prolific racers Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson took part in the Yorkshire Half Marathon on Sunday. The course takes runners on an ‘up and down’ course through Sheffield, with the first 6 miles all up hill. Both ladies had excellent runs to finish in 02:05:43 and 02:12:31 respectively.
d and a at sheffield

Something a bit different…
Club Membership Secretary Andy Robinson also participated in an event on Sunday – the Ampleforth Duathlon. The event consisted of a 5km run, a 20km cycle and finished with a run of 2.5km. Andy completed the course in 01:05:20.

parkrun in the rain – is there a better way to start the weekend?

A very wet Saturday morning didn’t put off 9 Striders attending a parkrun event.

On the Stray, Gareth Conkleton led home the Striders contingent with a time of 23:06. Following him were Rob Charlesworth (28:18) and, completing her first Harrogate parkrun, Edna Wood (29:33).

Guy Close took 5 seconds of his PB at Fountains Abbey, completing the fast and flat course in 19:23.

The latest ‘first Saturday of the month’ club parkrun visit was to Wetherby. The weather seemed to put a few off, but the club still had 4 representatives present. Nicola Carter secured a course PB and was first lady home with a time of 21:18. Eric Morley recorded 26:11 and following him were Anthony Everitt (27:25) and Tracy Allison (28:00).

Sean Brennan headed over to Dalby Forest for the 3rd running of this new event. He completed the course in 21:27.

A brighter morning on Sunday gave good running conditions for Dawn Richardson and Mark Shelton’s participation in the Wakefield 10k. Dawn smashed her 10k PB, finishing in a time of 57:05, with Mark stopping the clock 37 seconds later in 57:42.