Fell Race Result

On June 9th the Kettlewell Anniversary Fell Run took place; a 5 mile run with 1804 ft of climbing. On a warm muggy evening, 72 runners tackled the hard and scenic route that took the competitors out to near Arncliffe and back. The race was won by Ted Mason of Wharfedale Harriers in 36.44.

Two Striders tackled the event:
13th Keith Emery 43.07
67th Sue Morley 63.57 1st LV60


Bed Race Day!

Saturday was a busy day for a number of Striders, primarily due to the Bed Race, but is started with club representation at Harrogate parkrun.

Ian Mitchell headed the Striders contingent, clocking a time of 21:06. Mark Taylor secured a PB with a time of 23:15, and he was followed by Paul Heywood, who also achieved a PB in a time of 25:00. Rob Charlesworth was next to complete his 3 laps of the Stray, reaching the finish line in 28:10. Edna Wood continued her return to running from injury, before taking on marshaling duties at the Bed Race, with a time of 32:15.

The main event of the day was the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. The club had three teams in the 51st running of the event, with a mix of old and new participants taking on this crazy Yorkshire event! After the parade through the town centre, it was down to business at 3pm with teams setting off every 10 seconds from Conyngham Hall.
The Striders men’s team started the day with three main aims – to finish in the Top 5, to finish in less than 15 minutes and to beat the Nidd Valley men’s team. The gents had a strong run throughout and secured 4th place overall after successfully overtaking two teams (including one shoulder to shoulder effort in the market place) to complete the course in 14:07. This was 1 minute faster than last year and 20 seconds ahead of Nidd Valley! Special thanks to ‘super-sub’ Simon Shaw for stepping into the team on Thursday morning after Guy Close was taken down by the dreaded River Nidd lurgy earlier in the week (hope you are feeling better soon Guy!). The Ladies team, which included 3 first time bed racers, completed the course in 22:24 to take 77th position overall. Our club Mixed Team – the ‘Blue Bullet Flyers’ – secured a 17th place finish with a speedy 16:39. Bring on the 2017 race!

team striders

A big thanks to Andy Robinson for undertaking a large number of wheel repairs on all three beds prior to Saturday, Stewart Hymas for offering the use of his entry for our mixed team, the club members who marshaled at the event on behalf of our teams (Alison Jackson, Edna Wood, Paul Heywood, Mark Shelton and Eric Morley) and all of the club members who were out on the course cheering the teams on – its a big boost to hear “go on Striders” when you are wanting to stop at the top of Castle Ings (and most other places on the course!!). Also a huge thanks to Martin Brock and the rest of the team at the Knaresborough Lions – without them, the event wouldn’t happen.

Some summer dates for the diary….

We have a number of events coming up at the club over the summer months – get them in your diary now!

21st June – Talk by Ultra Runner Matty Brennan and overview of nutrition brand ‘Mountain Fuel’. This event is to be hosted by our friends at Harrogate Harriers. The event will be held in Harrogate Squash Club (off Plantation Drive) @20:30.

5th July – Our next ‘Predicata Run’ will be held on the first Tuesday of July. Guess your finish time for either the 5 km or 5 mile course – the closest to their predicted time is the winner!

19th July – The next club Time Trial will be followed by our yearly summer BBQ. A small charge (TBA) for the BBQ, including meat, salads and deserts.

2nd August – We will be joined by representatives of Brooks and Tom Tom who will be down at the club to allow our members to try out the latest gear. You will be able to try out a pair of Brooks trainers for the duration of the training sessions that night and track your activity with a trial of the latest Tom Tom watches.

‘Summer’ Road League and a trip to Dalby – Weekly Results

A bit wet for the ‘Summer’ road league
The 3rd race of the Harrogate District Summer Road League certainly didn’t have a Summer feel to it with cold, wet and windy conditions experienced up at Swaledale last Tuesday. The weather conditions didn’t put off 21 Striders attending however with all enjoying strong runs in anticipation for the top buffet afterwards!

The first yellow and blue vest across the line was Tom Calvert (37:29) who managed to hold off Martin Brock (37:42) and Rob Clarke (38:28). Andy Robinson was next, completing the undulating course in 39:14. Guy Close crossed the finish line on his HDSRL debut in a time of 39:45, with James Wright (40:08) and Dan Wilson (41:48) following. Nicola Carter was the first lady Strider (42:44) and she was joined by Gareth Conkleton (43:20), Ian Mitchell (43:46), Stewart Hymas (45:17), Andy Roberts (45:19), Sean Brennan (45:35), Derek Calvert (47:19), Sue Morley (53:41), Tom Burrell (55:13), Tony Everitt (55:37), Natalie Hale (56:40), Claire Killingworth (57:37) and Tracy Allison (58:31).

Club parkrun visit to Dalby
A 07:15am rendezvous didn’t put off 9 Striders heading over to the Dalby Forest on Saturday morning for the latest club parkrun trip. This new event (this was the 12th run) offers something a bit different to some of the more local parkruns. Simon Shaw recorded his first sub 19minute parkrun of the year with a time of 18:55 to lead the Striders contingent home. He was joined by James Wright (19:29), Andy Robinson (20:35), Nicola Carter (21:20), Tony Everitt (27:22), Tracy Allison (27:42), Natalie Hale (28:08), Tom Burrell (29:35) and Edna Wood (32:40).

At Harrogate, Tom Calvert had a strong run to complete the three lap course in 18:43. New member Rob Earl was next, clocking a PB time of 20:06. Also recording a PB was Graham Yare in a time of 20:19. He was followed by Ian Mitchell 21:12, Andrew Roberts 21:36, Gareth Conkleton 21:57, Jason Green 22:10, Derek Calvert 22:41, Julian Carr 23:43, Paul Heywood 25:55 (26min pacing) and Rob Charlesworth 29:02

Fountains Abbey regular Dawn Richardson smashed another PB out of the park, stopping the timer on 27:47. What a year so far for Dawn!

Guy Close recorded a sub 19 minute parkrun for the first time by achieving a time of 18:56 at the York event.

Down South at St Albans, Alison Jackson visited her 4th different parkrun and finished in a time of 31:34.

Galloping in Grasmere and Climbing up Penyghent
Up in the Lakes, James Warburton and Charlotte Hines took on the Grassmere Gallop 10km Trail Race. James Warburton finished in 4th place with a time of 41:57, with Charlotte following in 1:06:45.

Sue Morley was also competing on Saturday, taking on a 5.9 mile route up and down Penyghent. The route involved 1850ft of climbing but Sue had a strong race, finishing in 01:30:05 to take 1st prize in the LV60 category.