Top weather for some running – it’s the weekly round-up

It has been a fantastic weekend for running weather wise, allowing Striders competing at various events over the weekend to achieve some fantastic results. We start, as usual, with the parkrun round up….

A story of firsts
Although parkrun is very much not a race, it’s always great to see a club member handed the 1st place token. Tom Calvert was the recipient this week via a time of 18:03 at Fountains Abbey which was the venue for the latest monthly club visit. Following Tom up the last ‘undulation’ at the event was James Wright who recorded a course PB of 18:41. Ian Mitchell was next in a time of 20:32, with a Sean Brennan chasing him down and securing a course PB of 20:57. Edna Wood recorded 28:29 and Alison Jackson stopped the clock on 30:18.

At Dalby Forest, Sima Lowery joined Tom in taking a first place – this time 1st Female to cross the line. She achieved a time of 22:34 on her first visit to this venue.

Harrogate parkrun welcomed six Striders for its 3 laps. Guy Close and Rob Earl battled it out from start to finish but it was Guy who took the first Strider home slot with a course PB time of 18:14, closey followed by Rob who crossed the line in 18:22. Dan Foley took on his first parkrun since joining the club and stopped the clock just over the 20 minute mark in 20:06. Sue Morley secured a parkrun PB with her time of 24:25 and she was joined by Tony Everitt (26:42) and Emma Hall (40:24).

The hills of Sheffield…
The latest event to join the ‘Run for All’ family was the Sheffield 10k on Sunday. The event took participants on a testing course out and back from the city centre, including two decent sized hill climbs. Jason Green and Mark Shelton represented the Striders and secured times of 43:41 and 56:44 respectively….and were still smiling after the race as can be seen from the photograph below!

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“Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine”
Dawn Richardson headed up North to take on the new Half Marathon between Whitley Bay and Newcastle – an event that formed part of the wider Morpeth to Newcastle event consisting of a marathon, the half marathon, a 10k and a bike race. The HM route followed the river tyne back to the centre of Newcastle along a predominalty flat route. Dawn had a great run and finished in a time of 02:16:38.

Striding out at Wistow
Mr and Mrs Cooley – AKA Roy and Anne took on the Wistow 10k on Sunday. This event is hosted by the Selby Striders and attracts a large field every year. Roy dipped under the 1 hour mark with a finish time of 58:44. Anne, continuing her preparation for next weeks Guy Fawkes 10 Mile event, completed the course in 01:03:46 to secure a 10k Personal Best.



Next club parkrun visit – Fountains Abbey – THIS SATURDAY 29/10/16

With a number of local races taking place on Sunday 6th November, the regular ‘first Saturday of the month’ club parkrun visit has been brought forward to this coming Saturday – 29/10/16.

We will be visiting the Fountains Abbey event which is widley regarded as one of, if not, the best parkruns in the UK due to the magnificant surroundings of the National Trust estate.

If you would like to take part in the car share, please meet at KCC for 08:00 for an 08:05 departure or just meet us at the venue.

After the run, we will be heading to the cafe for a hot drink and a cheeky piece of cake or perhaps a bacon sandwich!



Weekend Round-Up

Striders were out and about at a number of different events over the weekend – from parkruns, to fell runs to marathons in Spain. Make a cuppa and have a nosy…

A chilly parkrun morning
It was a cold start to the weekend at parkrun and we start the round up at a the Stray with results from the Harrogate event.

The first two Striders across the line achieved Personal Bests – good work Sean Brennan (21:06) and Luke Ratcliffe (22:09). Paul Heywood took on a volunteer pacer role (25:10) and was followed by Graeme Kilvington (25:28), Tony Everitt (26:16) and volunteer tail runner James Wright (45:07).

Julian Carr warmed up for the Whixley 10k with a visit to York and recorded a time of 22:34. Roundhay Park parkrun was visited by Rob Earl for the first time, with him stopping the clock on 19:19. At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close took a further two seconds off his PB from last week to achieve a time of 18:08.

Keep on climbing
Three Striders took on the Great Whernside Fell Race – a 4 mile ‘up and down’ race – on Saturday afternoon. James Warburton recorded 35:33, Simon Shaw 43:35 and Sue Morley 56:05. Simon has written a great article on the event which can be found here..

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Night time running
On Saturday evening, David Halladay took on the Bilbao Marathon in Spain. This event sees a mass start for runners taking on one of three events – a 10k, a Half Marathon or, as Dave did, a Marathon. He completed the city centre based road course in 04:43:04.

Keeping it local at Whixley
There was a great turnout of 16 Striders for the latest club championship event at the Whixley 10k on Sunday morning. The event takes participants on a multi terrain course through local country roads, farmers fields and woods, meaning its a real test to the standard 10k road races.

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James Wright was the first Strider back to the finish line at the village hall with a time of 39:30. Ian Mitchell (43:01) was next back, with Nicola Carter (43:41) following 40 seconds later to take the 2nd lady overall placing. She was just ahead of an ever improving Jason Green (43:47). Luke Ratcliffe (or as Simon described him “the tall guy”) finished in 47:13 with Paul Heywood and Julian Carr battling it out for the next two Striders spots, finishing in 48:48 and 48:55 respectivly.

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Charlotte Hines recorded a 10k PB of 55:38 and was followed by Dawn Richardson (57:06), June Graham (57:34), Lucy Cartwright (59:08), Edna Wood (59:09), Joanne Fowler (01:00:21), Helen Appleyard (01:02:05) and Alison Jackson (01:05:57). Molly Draper also took on the race and although not finishing, ran the furthest she has run to date (6k) – big high five to that Molly!.

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After his turnout at the Great Whernside race on Saturday, James Warburton opted for the 5k event and rompt home to a clear victory in a time of 17:24.
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Mud, Obstacles, Water….and some running!
Simon Rider was the sole Striders representative at the Camp Hill 10k. The course is a good old fashioned cross country challenge held at the Camp Hill estate near Ripley. Set in 250 acres of a private country estate in North Yorkshire, the course winds its way through woodland and open countryside, over boggy terrain and muddy tracks. Simon completed the course in a mudtastic time of 55:50.



Peco Cross Country 2nd Registration Evening – 27/10/16

I will be at the Club about 20.15 hrs for anyone wishing to sign up for this friendly Cross Country League. Do join in with the 31 members already registered at these inexpensive, friendly events with food after the run, all welcome.

To Register all I need is your Date of Birth, Individual England Athletics number and £3 to buy your Chipped race number.

Go on give it a go!

Eric

 

In at the steep end

I was jostling a bit with the runners around me to try and find an easier path up the grassy incline. Head down, working hard, I suddenly I heard Eric cry out ‘Good start, Simon.’ What he didn’t know was that although barely a minute of the race had elapsed, I was already heading into the red!

I’d decided to do the Great Whernside fell race on a bit of whim. Having read a few fell running books over the years (‘Feet In The Clouds’ and ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears’ being two of the best) I’d long fancied having a crack at a race and doing the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross piqued my interest even further. So, I joined the FRA (Fell Runners Association), received the handbook on Thursday and saw there was a race in Kettlewell at the weekend. It was rated category A, the hardest, but it was only 4-miles so how hard could it really be!?!

The answer to that question came as soon as I saw the start. There was no preamble, no easy run in, instead the start line had just been positioned at the very foot of the climb. And that climb was steep!

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Up the hill and into the red zone! (© Charlotte Hines)  

Thankfully after about a kilometre the gradient eased, I recovered a little bit and began to get into some sort of a rhythm. It wasn’t quick and it surely wasn’t pretty, but it was sustainable…mostly! The hillside then kicked up sharply again through some rocks, after which there was a long boggy false flat and then some steps that lead to the final grassy push to the summit. I’d just begun that last leg up when James Warburton came flying past me on his way back down. Different class.

The descent simply reversed the route up and it was fast, though not as rapid as some of the hardened fell runners around me. While I had to pick my way down the steeper sections, they just bounded down like gazelles. It’s impressive too see how quickly it’s possible to descend with the right technique.

Happy to have finished without mishap, I met up with James and Charlotte and not long afterwards Sue came barrelling past us down the fellside. A seriously impressive run.

For such a short distance this race was tough, but it was also a lot of fun. If you fancy a change running on the road, there are several good reasons to enter a fell race; there’s something old-school and pure about it, the atmosphere is friendly, the terrain is varied and the scenery is stunning. Perhaps more importantly though, the post run endorphin high is definitely a category A!

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James, Sue and I enjoying the post race high  (© Charlotte Hines)

Striders results:

James Warburton, 16th,  35:33

Simon Shaw, 62nd,  43:35

Sue Morley, 150th /17th Lady,  56:05

Full results: http://www.wharfedaleharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/GreatWhernsideResults2016.pdf

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Simon Shaw

 



Leeds Abbey Dash – Club Championship Event – 06/11/16

Unfortuately this race clashes with the Guy Fawkes 10, but if currently you’re not up to 10 miles or just like shorter events, etc. then this is an excellent event.

It starts at 09.30 at Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4LT and goes out to Kirkstall Abbey and back.

A fast flat course for PB seekers. Entry is at www.ageuk.org.uk and the cost is £22 for affiliated runners.

Thanks, Eric

 

UPDATED – A bit of a mix…its the weekly results

Quieter then usual at parkrun
It was a fairly quiet weekend on the parkrun front for Striders, with the club represented by 6 members at two events.

At our local event, Harrogate, Paul Heywood was the first Strider to trouble the timers with a 23:33. Nicola Carter followed just over half a minute later in 24:13 and she was chased joined by Rob Charlesworth (27:32) and Tracy Allison (30:56).

At Fountains Abbey, the conditions were perfect for running and a bit of friendly rivalry between the two Striders in attendance. Guy Close clocked 18:15 to pip a chasing James Wright who recorded a course PB of 18:47.

Yes Sergeant Major!
Wet conditions greeted Jason Green at Bramham Park on Sunday morning as he took on the 10k assault course at the ‘Major Series’ event. He completed the course in 01:13:36 to take 28th position out of a total of 1187 participants.

Its all Up Hill from here…
After last year’s devastating floods in the Lake District and Cumbria, a number of events have been arranged to raise money for the communities affected. The latest event to take place was the ‘Great Day Out in Langdale’ on Sunday. One of the running races that was arranged as part of the overall event was the ‘Stickle Grind’ race which is an uphill race only! Striders were represented by James Warburton who took the 1st place prize with a time of 26:54. A great run report has been placed on the event website and is copied below –

The most obvious line seemed to be the ultra steep and ultra fast ascent onto the top of Harrison Stickle. It takes the footpath right out of the back of the pub, the Stickle Barn (events centre for the weekend) and taken in Stickle Tarn and then keeps ascending to finish on Harrison Stickle, so of course the Stickle Grind is a fitting name for this 2.6km and 605m of leg burning and lung bursting fun.

We had 19 entries online and a 4 more on the day, and with pretty dank valley conditions we only had 3 no shows, so a total of 20 hardy fell runners toed the line, in minute increments, to set off and chase each other to the summit of Harrison Stickle. This adds for an exciting element of the ‘Uphill Only’ race as competitors have a target of other runners to chase down. We kept most of the fast boys and girls till the end to heat up the race.
Joe Faulkner and Barney Whiteside drew the short straw to sit on the summit and time the runners in and with horizontal rain and wind to keep it that way, these guys struggled away as the runners steamed to the top.
To keep the ‘Euro’ feel to the event we armed the rest of the marshals team, who consisted of Steve Clee, Little Dave, Rachel Plat and Colin Harding with Lakes Sky Ultra cow bells.

The cloud was low and the runners disappeared into the mist just after our National Trust safety guy, Gareth Fields, saw the runners through the small scrambley section on the first part of the course.
James Warburton set off like to steam train to chase Phil Wilkinson to take the 1st place, with Michael Jones taking the second place with a great run and only 8 seconds behind James. Phil Wilkinson took the 3rd place, still fuelled by half a bottle of port from the night before we later learnt.

James set a great record of 26.54 in the conditions at hand and we look forward to aspirant ‘uphill’ runners to come and have a go at re-setting when we next run the course. James also took the overall 1st place prize, very kindly donated by the Brimstone Hotel, of a 2 night stay for 2 in the Langdale valley 5 Star hotel! We hope you enjoy the stay James.

A Mara in Buda
James Cornforth completed his first ever marathon on Sunday by completing the Budapest Marathon. He clocked a time of 03:46:10 – great work James!

Triathlon Achievement
Andy Robinson and Natalie Hale headed over to Mallorca last week to acclimatise and get ready for the ‘Challenge Mallorca Triathlon’ event that was held on Sunday. The event sees participants take on a 1.9km Swim, 90km Bike and 21km Run. This is a really testing event and with temperatures in the late teens/early twenties at this time of year, the heat really zaps away at the engergy banks. Andy and Natalie’s training paid off with both of them achieving excellent finish times. Andy finished the course in 05:32:50, with Natalie crossing the line in 08:51:07. Well done to both of you!

A soggy 10 mile run in Boroughbridge!
There were five Striders at the Sean Lee Johnstone 10 Mile race on Sunday – the latest club championship event. Conditions were rather wet but that didn’t stop Nicola Carter heading the Striders crew in attendance with a time of 01:15:35 to guarantee that she takes home the Women’s Club Championship trophy for the 4th year in a row. Stewart Hymas was next (01:20:12), just finishing in front of Ian Mitchell (01:20:40). Sue Morley was the 2nd Striders lady to finish (01:34:14), with club coach Eric Morley 10 minutes behind with a finish time of 01:44:10.