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..
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.
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.
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!.
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.