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 (info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk) or send a message via Facebook.

Have a great week of running.

Cheers,
James Wright

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