Marathon Weekend for Striders

Weekend conditions were ideal for running – whether that be a 5km parkrun or the 26.2 miles that forms a marathon. Both distances were taken on by Striders this weekend…so lets start our round-up with news of results from Harrogate parkrun….

Running in Reverse
Rob Earl led the Striders contingent (18:27) at the 250th running of the Harrogate parkrun which was run in reverse to mark the occasion! Ian Mitchell was next in 20:31 and he was joined by Jason Green (20:54 – PB), Paul Heywood (22:37 – PB), Mark Shelton (26:53), Edna Wood (28:38) and Emma Hall (39:25).

Over near Ripon at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close secured a Personal Best in 18:10 and was chased down by ‘FAbbey’ regular David Halladay who finished in 25:39.

Graham Taylor made his first visit to Wetherby and finished his 3 laps of the playing fields in 22:12.

Down South, Pamela Singleton visited the Exeter Riverside event, completing the course in 25:47. Also taking in an event in the South was Tom Calvert, who visited the Hackney Marshes parkrun. He dipped under the 18 minute mark with a time of 17:49.

A Marathon a day helps you work, rest and play…
Striders were well represented at the Yorkshire Marathon Festival on Sunday, with 11 members competing across the two events on offer.

In the Marathon, James Wright was the first Strider across the finish line at the University of York, completing his first race at this distance in a time of 03:17:36. Marathon regular David Cremins was next in a time of 03:44:06, followed very closely by Sima Lowery, who completed her first marathon in a time of 03:44:57. Jason Green secured a PB in 03:49:23 and was joined on the PB podium by Judith Cornfield (04:01:21). Julian Carr was the next Strider through, clocking 04:07:16, and he was joined by the PBing pair of Sean Brennan (04:08:16) and Jane Day (04:21:35), and “Marathon Man” Graham Yare (04:25:01).

In the 10 mile event, Laura Baker clocked 01:29:45 in her first attempt at the distance and she was joined by Catherine Perry who clocked a time of 01:39:07.

Striding in the Fells
On slightly different terrain to the York events, Sue and Eric Morley headed over to Howarth to take on the ‘Withins Skyline’ fell race. This was a 7 mile race which took participants up 900ft of climbing in Bronte Country. Sue completed the gruelling course in 01:12:00, with Eric following in a time of 01:19:19.

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