HDSRL Race 2 – A brilliant turnout once again
Another busy week of events for Striders started at Harrogate Hockey club last Tuesday for the 2nd race of the 2016 Harrogate District Road League, hosted by Nidd Valley Road Runners. Keith Emery led the Striders contingent once again, finishing in 31:23. Tom Calvert, Rob Clarke and Martin Brock were all tightly packed, clocking times of 32:51, 33:12 and 33:16 respectively. Andy Robinson was next in 34:49, closely followed by James Wright (35:24). Dan Wilson made a return to racing after injury with a time of 36:27 and finished a minute ahead of the first lady Strider Nicola Carter (37:27). Sima Lowery (38:15) was next, holding off the challenge of Sean Brennan (38:26) and HDSRL first timer Gareth Conkleton (38:34). Stewart Hymas (39:27), Andy Roberts (39:43), Julian Carr (39:58) were all closely packed and were followed by Derek Calvert (41:16), Ian Mitchell (42:07), Sue Morley (46:07), Tony Everitt (47:25), Tom Burrell (48:45), Claire Killingworth (48:55), Natalie Hale (50:12), Tracey Allison (50:19) and, another HDSRL debutant, Mark Shelton (50:42).
Fun of the Fair at Harrogate
The weather was perfect for parkrunners on Saturday morning. At Harrogate, the course took a slight deviation through the Fun Fair which made for an interesting sight! Simon Shaw continued his injury comeback with a strong time 19:10. Ian Mitchell warmed up for the Melmerby 10k in a time of 20:39, with Andy Roberts following in PB time of 21:08. Gareth Conkleton, Derek Calvert and Mark Shelton all secured PB’s in times of 21:55, 22:26 and 26:34. Rob Charlesworth finished in 29:29 and tail running for the event was James Wright in 43:51.
Guy Close visited Pontefract parkrun for the second week in a row, recording 19:33 on the stopwatch. At the Rutland Water event, Mark Taylor secured a parkrun PB in a time of 23:04.
Sunday is Raceday
On Sunday, the club was represented at four events, with our round-up starting up in Scotland at the Edinburgh Marathon. Julian Carr took on his first ever marathon and completed the course in a cracking time of 04:02:17 (“including a minute for the toilet”).
In Liverpool, three Striders went ‘Rock N Rolling” around the streets of Liverpool for 13.1miles. The event is part of the “Rock N Roll” Marathon series which hosts events worldwide including Las Vegas and Madrid. Andrea Price was first Strider back, crossing the line in 02:02:52. Joining her were Dawn Richardson, smashing her HM PB in 02:07:59 and Clare McKenzie who finished in 02:10:32.
Graham Yare took on the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham. The event consists of a 1.2km swim, 56mile bike ride and a 13.1mile swim. Graham finished in a course PB time of 05:58:18.
Closer to home, ten Striders competed in the Melmerby 10k. Andy Robinson secured a PB, the first of 6 for the team in attendance, with a time of 38:55. James Wright chased down Andy, clocking a PB smashing 39:18. Ian Mitchell sprinted past four other competitors on the finish straight to secure a time of 42:41. Nicola Carter was first Lady Strider in a PB time of 43:30 and was joined by Stewart Hymas (45:11), Natalie Hale (55:54 – PB), Paul Heywood (58:42 – PB), Clare Rogers (59:00 – PB), Bill Kirkpatrick (01:03:31) and Alison Jackson (01:07:54).