Here, There and Everywhere – Weekly Results

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).



Club Championship Review

Its good to see a few more Ladies taking part in the CC. Nicola dominates proceedings with four straight wins carrying on from last season and is followed by the consistent Dawn and Sima who has three good results, can anybody catch them? Well done to Tracey who bagged a win early season. Plenty of races to come Ladies, give it a go!

The mens CC is in essence still wide open with 5 different men having taking 1st place in a race on the age graded system. Last years champion Ian is being challenged by new member Tom and there could be challenges from James and Andy if they steer clear of injury. Stalwart Martin will also be a strong contender, there could be others with a late surge – keep a close eye on Guy. Will we see a late,late charge from Conrad??

The latest standings can be found here – Championship Standings



Harrogate District Summer Road League – Race 3 – 31/5/16 – Swaledale

A late well done from me to all who competed at Nidd Valley – another good turn out.

The next event is this Tuesday, to be held by Swaledale runners. If you have registered and not run yet this could be a great starter run. Profile shows a long downhill run outwards with just a lump at the end to surmount.

Key for this event – Post Code for venue is DL6 2DW.

Do read Summer Road Lge website for other information. Hope to see you. Thanks Eric



A few mountains conquered – its the weekly round-up

It was the first Striders trip of the year this weekend, with 13 club members taking on events ranging from 5km to full triathlons, but there was also plenty of representation at parkrun events on Saturday morning and that’s where we start our weekly round-up.

parkruns galore
At Harrogate parkrun, Gareth Conkleton was first Strider back, finishing in a time of 22:37. He was joined by Paul Heywood (25:33), Anthony Everitt (27:04) and Tracy Allison (28:14).

Five parkruns had a sole Striders representative, with Julian Carr staying closest to home with a 22:58 run at Fountains Abbey. Andy Roberts headed to Richmond (London) and completed the course in 22:42. Tom Calvert was also in London and took on the Crystal Palace event, finishing in a time of 19:15. Graham Yare recorded 20:25 at Andover (Hampshire) and Guy Close visited the fast course at Pontefract, completing the event in 19:13.


Keswick Mountain Festival Trip

The Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District was the event of choice for the first Striders trip of 2016. The weather forecast had been mixed in the build up to the event and it didn’t ‘disappoint’ with the weather throwing everything at the Striders in attendance over the weekend – especially for the ones camping!

The majority of those attending from the club arrived on Friday and were greeted with a night of rain and wind whilst watching the first music concert of the weekend, including the headliners ‘Bjorn Again’. After a bit of dancing (AKA dodging the rain), it was back to the campsite or for the lucky ones, a B&B!

The sporting events started on Saturday morning with the Short Triathlon kicking off at 8am. Natalie Hale represented the Striders in this event which was made up of a 400m swim in Derwent Water (a chilly 11c at the time), a 10 mile bike ride along an undulating course and a 5km run back to the festival area at Crow Park. Natalie completed the event in 01:42:57.

The morning weather gradually worsened and by the time the 25km trail race was about to start the heavens had opened! Six Striders were undeterred however and headed to the start line with trepidation of what was to come. A challenging, hilly course was expected (it’s the Lake District after all!) and a challenge was certainly encountered with a total climb of 2,537ft in the race overall. First back into the finish arena was Martin Brock, stopping the clock on 02:38:36. He was followed just over 7 minutes later by James Wright in 02:45:46. Stewart Hymas and new club member Jason Green had a good tussle (only 28 seconds between them), with both finishing just under the 3 hour mark in 02:59:25 and 02:59:53 respectively. Sue Morley was the first lady Strider back, finishing 2nd in her age category with a time of 03:37:14. Nicola Carter completed the Striders line up in the 25km event, crossing the line in 03:51:04 (and she was joined by Harrogate Harriers Sue Moul (03:51:10) and Jodie Perry (03:51:11)).

The weather had improved by early afternoon and was warm for the next event – a 5km trail race which took a route through woodland, before bringing the runners alongside the lake for the 2nd half of the race. James Warburton had a strong race to take 3rd place overall (great to see a Strider on the podium at the medal ceremony!) in a time of 21:37. He was followed by Andy Robinson who secured 6th place with a time of 22:49. Charlotte Hines represented the club for the first time at a race, stopping the clock on 31:27. Next back to the finish was Clare Rogers, who completed her first ever trail race in 38:05. James Wright went around the course with Clare to complete his double header for the day in a time of 38:06.

Calmer weather greeted Striders taking on events during Sunday. Starting at 8am, James Warburton took on the Long Triathlon which consisted of an 800m open water swim, 20 mile bike ride and a 10km trail run. James completed the course in 02:27:05 to take 9th place overall.

The final event of the weekend was the 10km trail race. A boat trip across the lake was required to get to the start area, giving participants an added bonus of seeing the fantastic views of the area from a different perspective. Andy Robinson secured 15th place overall out of 550 runners (and 2nd in his start wave) in a speedy 49:56. ‘Fresh’ from the 25km event on Saturday, Jason Green completed the course in 01:05:57 and was closely followed by Eric Morley (01:09:08), Charlotte Hines (01:10:04) and Mark Shelton (01:14:11). Emma Hall completed the Striders line up and her first ever 10km (could you have picked a tougher 10k event Emma?!) with a time of 01:45:44.

A fantastic weekend was had by all on the 2nd ever Striders weekend trip away. We have a further trip planned in September to the Equinox 24 hour race where we will compete as a team to complete as many laps of the 10km course as possible. If we can get at least a further four Striders signed up, we can take two teams. We will be heading down on the Friday afternoon (16/09) and returning on Sunday afternoon (18/09). If you don’t want to be involved in the relay team/s, you are more than welcome to join us and take on the individual 10km event or just come and be part of the support crew. Family and friends get into the event for free which includes camping. See James Wright at a club night for more information.



5k’s, 10k’s, 10 miles and a Triathlon – Striders taking on all distances

parkrun
It was a mild morning for parkrun on Saturday, with Striders visiting five different venues. At Harrogate, Martin Brock broke the Striders parkrun record at the course with a PB time of 18:31. He was joined by Ian Mitchell (20:47), a PBing Andy Roberts (21:53), Julian Carr (22:27), Derek Calvert (22:44), Paul Heywood (25:05 – PB), Mark Shelton (26:53), Tony Everitt (27:05), Tracy Allison (27:56), Rob Charlesworth (28:16) and Emma Hall (34:50 – PB).

Over at York, Eric Morley secured a time of 26:32. At the Riverside event in Chester Le Street, Nicola Carter stopped the clock on 21:05. Dawn Richardson warmed up for the Ripon 10 Mile with a visit to Fountains Abbey parkrun, finishing in at time of 28:11. At Keswick, which will be descended on by Striders this coming weekend for the 1st club trip of 2016, Simon Shaw made a welcome return to running after 9 months out injured to record a time of 20:27.

Sunday – Race Day!
On Sunday, Striders were represented at three events – a 10k, a 10 mile and a Triathlon. In Stamford Bridge near York, three Striders took on the fast and flat Derwent Dash 10k. James Wright finished in 39:50 securing a PB over the 10k distance. Guy Close was close behind, finishing in 40:06. Clare Rogers was another PBer for the distance, finishing in 01:01:54.Striders at Derwent Dash 2016

At the Ripon 10 Mile, regular racers Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson completed the multi terrain event, which includes some running through the Studley Royal estate. They finished in 01:38:44 and 01:40:58 respectively.

Two members visited the Harrogate Triathlon based at Ashville College. In the Sprint event, consisting of a 420m swim, 24km bike and 5km run, new member James Warburton finished 1st in his age category with a time of 01:12:46. Taking on her first triathlon event, Tracy Allison took on the ‘Try a Tri’ race which consisted of a 180m swim, 12km bike and 2.5km run. Tracy clocked a time of 01:08:33.

Up the Fells
On Tuesday 10th May, two Striders took on the Jack Bloor fell race based at Ilkley. The 8.4km course, with over 350m of climbing, was completed by Keith Emery (45:23) and Sue Morley (01:06:52 – 1st V60).

  

Weekly Round-Up – A hot few days for running

A good turnout at the HDSRL Race 1
It was a warm night for the first of the 2016 Summer Road League races at Ilkley last Thursday. A total of 378 took on the course, with 21 of those representing Knaresborough Striders.

First over the line for the club was Keith Emery, finishing 19th in 29:19. Just under a minute behind was Tom Calvert (30:16) who just held off Martin Brock (30:49). Rob Clarke and Andy Robinson were close all the way around the course, finishing in 31:28 and 31:52 respectively. James Wright was the next Strider back (33:44), followed by Nicola Carter who claimed 1st place in her age category with a time of 34:49. Ian Mitchell had a strong second half in the race to stop the clock on 35:33, leading a pack of six Striders finishing within four minutes of each other. Packed closely were Sima Lowrey (36:19), Conrad Garcia (36:38), Sean Brennan (36:48), Andy Roberts (37:28), Stewart Hymas (37:41) and Julian Carr (38:54). It was the battle of the Morleys next, with Sue (43:51) just finishing ahead of Eric (44:00). Tom Burrell, taking on his first event for Striders this year, completed the course in 45:01, thirteen seconds ahead of Tony Everett (45:14). Completing her first event in Striders colours was Claire Killingworth (46:14) and she was joined by Tracy Allison (47:35) and Edna Wood (48:47).

The second race of the series is to be hosted by Nidd Valley Road Runners on Tuesday 24th May @ 19:45. The event will start and finish at Harrogate Hockey club – see here for more details. You can still register for the series – see Eric on a Tuesday night at training.

Club visit to York parkrun
The latest club parkrun was held on Saturday, this time ticking the York event off the list. Seven Striders made their way over to the Knvesmire on a beautiful morning for running. Ian Mitchell led home the Striders contingent, completing the flat course in 21:54. Paul Heywood was next, securing a parkrun PB with a time of 24:31. Tracy Allison stopped the timers on 28:36, and was joined by a 11 year old future Strider Chris Winn (30:31), a Leeds Half Marathon prepping James Wright (30:31) and Edna Wood (30:33). Completing their first ever parkruns were new members Annette and Mark Harper who completed the event in 34:59 and 35:00 respectively.

At Harrogate, Guy Close (or should we call him Mr PB) bagged his 3rd consecutive parkrun PB with a time of 19:13. Nick Wallen was next down the finishing straight, clocking 23:31. Mark Shelton secured a PB in 27:05 and was joined by Rob Charlesworth (28:10) and a PBing Emma Hall (35:00).

Over in Ireland, Laura Baker took on the Navan event, clocking a time of 28:07.

At the Dulwich event in London, Tom Calvert finished in the top 10 with a time of 18:30. Derek Calvert was also in attendance, completing the course in 22:39.

Leeds Half Marathon
The hottest day of the year didn’t provide the most welcome of conditions for the 2016 Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday….but at least it was dry I suppose!! Eleven Striders made the short journey over to Leeds to take on the undulating course and were led home by James Wright (01:31:57). Nicola Carter and Sima Lowery had another close race, finishing in 01:41:19 and 01:41:33 respectively. Julian Carr was next across the finish line in Millennium Square (01:48:19) followed by Sean Brennan (01:49:48), Gemma Harding (02:05:33), Andrea Price (02:08:04) and the prolific PBer Dawn Richardson (02:09:57). Rachel Hargreaves was the next Strider back (02:15:33), with Natalie Hale (02:17:21) shortly behind. Mark Shelton, who only entered the event at 07:30 on the morning, followed with a time 02:26:00 and, taking on her first event since joining the Striders, Clare Rogers, who finished in 02:32:57.