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!
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.