Saucony Try On Night – Tuesday 30/08/16

The last of our summer ‘Try On’ nights takes place this coming Tuesday (30/08) when we will be joined by representatives from Saucony. All members will have the opportunity to try on and utilise a pair of Saucony shoes for the training session. Get down to the club a bit earlier then usual to take part (18:30 onwards).


Results are here… a bit late but still a good read!

Firstly, apologies for the delay in getting this week’s report written up….there were quite a few to find! Take a breath, here we go……

On Wednesday 17th August, Andy Robinson took part in the latest ‘Triology’ triathlon sprint event, based near Catterick. The event involved a 400m open water swim, 15.5km bike and 2.2km run around the lake. Andy completed the course in 46.33 to secure 5th place in his category.

Over the sea to parkrun
Dan Wilson ventured over to the Isle of Wight for some parkrun tourism (it’s not the only reason he visited just to clarify!), visiting the islands event based at Medina. He recorded a time of 19:54 to take 5th place.

Also undertaking a spot of tourism was Graham Taylor, who whilst holidaying down in Norfolk went to Blickling. The parkrun here is based within the grounds of Blicking Hall, which is a National Trust property that they took over in 1940. Graham recorded a time of 21:42.

Tom Calvert made his second consecutive visit to the Dulwich event, finishing in 18:12.

Closer to home at Harrogate, Keith Emery was the first Strider back, stopping the clock in a PB time of 18:33. Follwing him was James Wright (19:12), Andy Robinson (20:07) and Nicola Carter (21:35). The next three Striders home had their own version of the 100m sprint along the finish straight, with Derek Calvert taking the judge’s decision on the photo finish in 22:26, with Julian Carr and Jason Green recording the same time. Mark Taylor (22:43) was next, followed by Paul Heywood (23:46), Mark Shelton (27:25) and Anne Cooley (32:12).

David Halladay and Dawn Richardson made their usual visits to Fountains Abbey, finishing in 26:01 and 28:08 respectively.

Up and Down the Fells
On Saturday afternoon, Eric and Sue Morley headed over to the Burnsall Fell Race. This is race steeped in history in the Fell running world and although it is a relatively short 1.5m long, it involves a climb of 899ft! Sue finished first in her age category in a time of 29:26 with Eric following in 40:36 (although he tells me that he would have beaten Sue if he hadn’t got lost on the way back down….)

A hot and humid 10k at Escrick
Warm conditions greeted the five Striders in attendance at the Escrick 10k on Sunday morning. Guy Close was first back in a rapid 39:14. David Halladay was next, crossing the line in 47:34, and he was joined by Dawn Richardson (59:31), Sue Randell (01:06:16) and Emma Greveson (01:15:47). Well done all!

Trails at Meanwood
Jason Green completed the third race in the 2016 Leeds Urban Trail Series at Middleton Woods. The race took competitors on 7 miles of testing trails around Middleton Woods before a lap of the South Leeds stadium track and a grandstand finish. Jason completed the event in 48:51.

Sessay Swift 6k
There was an excellent turnout of 16 Striders at the Sessay Swift on Wednesday (24/08) evening. The results have yet to be published and will therefore be in next week’s report.


Just for clarity, the Guy Fawkes 10 mile race (to be held on 6th November) is still a counter in the Club Championship and is available to enter at this link



Winter 2016/2017 Cross Country News

Information for all regarding Cross Country –

January 7th 2017 Yorkshire Cross Country Champs
@ Lightwater Valley (PROVISIONAL).

January 28 th 2017 Northern Cross Country Champs
@ Knowesly.

February 25th 2017 National Cross Country Champs
@ Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

PECO Cross Country fixtures are not yet to hand.

The Peco Cross country races are suitable for all standards of runner, fixtures mainly in and around Leeds and are no more than 5 miles normally, with food included in your entry fee after each event. These fixtures are inexpensive and great fun. Usually 2 fixtures before Xmas and 3 after. Anyone who has not done Cross country before do have a word with myself or other Committee members.

Thanks, Eric M

Club Time Trial – Handicap Event – 06/09/16

Our club Handicap takes place on the Time Trial route. Anyone who has done a Time Trial this year has been allocated a start time based on there fastest time this year. The intention is to start the Handicap at 19.45. Please come down in good time for your own despatch time (to be published shortly). If you have NOT done a Time Trial this year you can run and will start with the 1st Handicap runner.

A Notice showing your despatch time “after scratch” will be on the Club board and on this website soon.

As always we will need members to officiate at this event, please let me know soon as possible if you can help

Any queries, I am at Club 30/8. Available by phone 866983 and at anytime.



The week that was and the weeks ahead

Sweep up of last week
A few results from last week first, starting with Andy Robinson making the short trip over to York last Wednesday night for the Millennium Bridge 5k. Taking in the river path, a section of Rowntree Park and the Millennium Bridge itself, Andy had a great run to finish in a time of 18:40.

On Thursday, James Warburton headed over to Silsden for the Kings Challenge fell race, which takes runners on a 6 mile out and back course including over 1500ft of climbing. He finished in 5th place with a time of 45:32.

Saturday is parkrun day
A glorious summer morning greeted the Striders in attendance at parkruns around the UK (ok, so its mainly Yorkshire but we did have a member ‘flying the flag’ down South!).

Starting at Harrogate, Rob Earl recorded a time 17:59 to not only record a parkrun PB but also the fastest ever time by a Strider at this event. Guy Close (aka “Mr PB”) was challenged all the way by his brother, but this helped him push to a course PB of 18:46. James Wright met anouther of his 2016 running goals by dipping under 19 minutes for the first time at a parkrun, stopping the clock on 18:55. Graham Yare warmed up for his Sunday marathon effort (see further down the report for more details) with a time of 20:53 and he was closely followed by a PBing Gareth Conkleton (21:05), Nicola Carter (21:34), Jason Green (21:35 – PB), Derek Calvert (22:39), Nick Wallen (25:02), Pamela Singleton (25:45), Paul “Pacer Paul” Heywood (25:53 – volunteer 26min pacer) and Edna Wood (29:34).

At Fountains Abbey, Sean Brennan and David Halladay represented Striders. They recorded times of 22:15 and 26:02 respectively. Making a comeback from illness, Conrad Garcia took on the Wetherby event and finished in just over 22 minutes (22:05). Finishing the parkrun round up for this week is the time of 18:10 recorded by Tom Calvert at the Dulwich event (that’s the UK wide representation sorted!!).

A mixed bag of distances
We had Striders at 3 race events across the weekend. James Warburton entered the Basenthwaite Triathlon in the Lake District on Saturday, completing the course in 02:30:40.

On Sunday, Graham Yare took on another one of his epic challenges, this time finishing the 27 mile Hardmoors Wainstone Marathon event (which includes 1400m of climbing) in a time of 05:40:58.

Also competing on the ‘day of rest’ was prolific racer David Halladay. He visited Birkenshaw for the West Yorkshire 5 Mile event which takes runners on a circular, undulating route which starts and finishes at the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service headquarters. David, who has recently joined the club from Wetherby Runners, stopped the clock on 38:06

Coming up at Striders
Saucony try on night
On Tuesday 30th August, representatives from Saucony will be down at the club from 18:30 to allow you to try on the latest shoe offerings from them. If its anything like the last two tuesdays when we had Brooks, Tom Tom and Hoka down, it should be another great night. I think Up & Running could be very busy in September!

We have our own race!
You may have seen on social media (and heard down at the club) that we have arranged our own race in Knaresborough on September 25th. After much deliberation, the event has been named ‘The Knaresborough Crag Rat Run’ and will be based from Knaresborough Cricket Club, with a start time of 10am. This event is very much open for members to participate in; however we are going to need your support in order to make the event a success. We need volunteers for marshalling, water stop, bag storage, number hand out, etc. If you can help, please see Jez Wilkinson, Dan Wilson or Graeme Kilvington at a club night and let them know.

The event is open for bookings at the Race Best website– please let friends and family know (plenty of places available at present!).

Striders Adopt Harrogate parkrun
On the 3rd September, the club is adopting Harrogate parkrun for the morning and we need volunteers signed up asap. All of the volunteer roles are easy to pick up, with full training provided before the event starts! We have spots for marshalling, barcode scanning, time keeping, pre-event setup, funnel manager, pacers (whatever time you want to pace at), run report writer and (as I’ve done it the last two times we have adopted) the run director role. Please let me (James Wright) know if you can assist by seeing me at a club training night, contacting via email ( or send a message via Facebook.

Have a great week of running.

James Wright


Results, Results and more results (+ the week ahead)

It’s been a great week for running, maybe a little on the hot side, but it is Summer after all! Read on for the weekly results and news of some events taking place later this week.

Chug Chug Chug – a bit of fun with Nidd Valley
On Friday evening, Nidd Valley hosted an informal ‘Beer Mile’. For those who are unaware of what this entails, each runner is required to drinks 4 beers (which they choose) every 400m to complete a mile overall. After the disappointment of losing the Mob Match trophy to Nidd Valley at the Burton Leonard 10k, I’m pleased to report that Andy Robinson took home the 1st place trophy with a dominating performance on the Stray. This could be an event that grows and is held more regularly…watch this space!

History Maker at parkun
We start our weekend round up with news of Guy Close making Striders history at parkrun. Guy has improved rapidly since joining the Striders just over a year a-go and has now become the first Strider to take position token number 1 at a parkrun event. He clocked a PB time of 18:24 at Wetherby – well done Guy!
Eight members of the club made their way up the A1 to take on the Northallerton event for the ‘first Saturday of the month club parkrun visit’. Andy Robinson led the Striders pack after two of the three laps, however an ‘incident’ led to him making a quick exit to the leisure centre, leaving James Wright to be the first Strider across the line in a course PB time of 19:26. Ian Mitchell had a strong run in the heat to clock 21:50 and he was followed by Derek Calvert (23:15), Eric Morley (26:36), Anthony Everitt (28:02), Tracy Allison (28:07) and Edna Wood (30:21).

At Harrogate, Graham Taylor recorded 22:47 to come in ahead of a PBing Paul Heywood (23:31). They were joined by Graham Yare (23:52) and Anne Cooley (31:50). Bill Kirkpatrick made his way over to Fountains Abbey and clocked a time of 31:56. Rob Earl headed over to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds and recorded an overall PB in a speedy time of 18:07.

Obstacles won’t get in Mr Greens way
Prolific eventer Jason Green took on the Yorkshire Tough Mudder event at Skipton. The course is approximately 12 miles long and includes over 20 obstacles. Once the results are published we will get Jason’s time up here.

Staying off the Guinness….well until the running events were over!
Dawn Richardson and Andrea Price made their way over the Irish Sea to visit Dublin for the Rock N Roll Marathon weekend. On Saturday afternoon, they took on the 5k event, with Dawn finishing in 28:37 and Andrea in 32:18.
On Sunday, Dawn finished the half marathon event in 02:18:25 and celebrated with a few pints of Guinness. Thoroughly deserved!
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Minster Bells ring out for 10Kers
The annual York 10k was visited by eight Striders, with new member James Ireland leading the way in a time of 40:52. ‘Fresh’ from his exploits at the Tough Mudder on Saturday, Jason Green stopped the clock on 44:23 to finish just over a minute ahead of Conrad Garcia (45:29). Julian Carr was next in 46:03 and he was joined in the Minster city by Laura Baker (53:19), Stella Jones (55:09), Mark Shelton (58:22) and Susan Randell (01:02:56).
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Obstacles in the Lakes
James Warburton and Charlotte Hines headed over to the Lake District for the Total Warrior event on Sunday morning. They completed the 10 mile course in 01:22:29 (3rd in category) and 02:42:12 respectively.

Candy Floss and Rock in Blackpool
David Halladay managed to avoid the temptation of coastal treats and battle against the wind to record a time of 48:10 at the Blackpool 10k.

If we have missed any results, please let us know!

The week ahead….
On Tuesday night, we have the second of our planned ‘Try On’ nights – this time with representatives from Hoka. Get down to the club early (they will be available from 18:45) to try on a pair of Hoka trainers and take them for a spin during the training session. There will be a prize draw on the night for a free pair of Hoka trainers (worth £100+) – but you have to take part in the ‘try on’ to have a chance of winning!

On Saturday evening (13th August) we have our latest social night. We are visiting ‘The Spice Merchant’in town for a curry night (19:15 for 19:30). For £12 you will receive a mixed starter, a main of your choice (we need this up front), a mixture of rice and naan breads. If you want to come along, please complete the sign up on the notice board at KCC and indicate which main course you would like (there is a menu on the board) or let us know you wish to attend via