The Stray Marathon Challenge

Striders vice-chairman Dan Wilson is taking on a marathon challenge this Sunday to continue in his fundraising efforts for Harrogate Hospital. He’s inviting all Striders to join him in his attempt to crack the 26.2 mile distance for the first time.

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Detail of the event are as follows;

Run one, two or more laps of The Stray and help raise money for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity. Attempt 13 laps for a full marathon!

This is an open event starting at 10.00am inside the main entrance of the hospital. Parking is free on surrounding streets or you can pay at the hospital car park. Dont forget to make a donation or buy a cake from the cake stall and pick up your free celebratory certificate from the hospital when you finish!

Please note THIS IS NOT A FORMALLY ORGANISED EVENT. You are welcome to turn up and run but this will be at your own risk. No first aid or changing facilities will be available.

Come on Striders – lets give Dan a big support on Sunday and test yourselves to run as many laps as you can.



December parkrun visit – Saturday 03/12

Yes it really is December tomorrow and that means the first Saturday of the month parkrun visit is this Saturday. We will be travelling to the CrossFlatts (Leeds) event which should give a little bit of a different parkrun to the norm as it has a flight of steps to get up!

Meet at KCC for 07:50am (07:55am departure) for the car share or just meet us there. Plans for a bit of post parkrun breaky are underway!



Cross Country – it’s back for Winter!

A chiller of a parkrun
The only term you can use for the weather conditions last Saturday morning was “blumin freezing” but that didn’t put off a hardy bunch of 8 Striders heading out to get their parkun fix.

Guy Close and James Wright headed down the A1, onto the M62 and left at Junction32 to take on the Pontefract event. Similar to York, the Ponty event takes parkrunners within the inner service track of a racecourse but this event is a little hillier then York! Both Striders set new course PB’s – Guy recording 18:14, with James keeping him just in his sites all the way through to finish in 18:51.

Keith Emery had a barnstorming run to finish 2nd – or should that be joint first based on achieving the same time as the 1st runner over the line – in a time of 17:52. Nicola Carter took on a volunteer pacer role to finish with a time 23:57 and Julie Elmes followed three minutes later in 26:55.

Over at Fountains Abbey, Ian Mitchell clocked a speedy 20:14 and was joined by David Halladay who warmed up for Sundays PECO XC with a time of 26:23.

Cross Country is back with a slip, hill, a bit of mud….what’s not to like?!
The season of mud, hills, a bit more mud and maybe anouther hill, along with memories of freezing cold winter school PE lessons….it can only mean one thing….its Cross Country season!! The first race of the Peco XC 16/17 season was held at Temple Newsam and offered participants a real mix of terrain to give a great test for the regulars and a steady introduction to the XC newbies. After a pep talk from club coach Eric “high knees” Morley, the 22 Striders set off with one thing in mind – “don’t slip over at the start”!

Nicola Carter set her stall out for the season with a 1st place age category finish of dead on 34:00 to lead the Striders ladies home. Sue Morley was next, taking 3rd place in her age category in a time of 41:10. Claire Killingworth took on her first XC race for Striders, recording a time of 41:48 and was followed by Julie Elmes (44:22), Dawn Richardson (46:46), Edna Wood (49:06), Kez Welsby (49:33), June Graham (51:48), Katie Gray (52:24) and Anne Cooley (53:36).

Fresh (how?!) from his parkrun exploits on Saturday, Keith Emery clocked 28:30 to lead the male Striders contingent. Tom Calvert had a great spint finish with a Nidd Valley Road Runner (every point counts) to get over the line in 30:18 and was followed just under 2 minutes later by James Cornforth (32:15). Andy Robinson managed not to slip over or lose a show in the first 300metres at the TN event this year and finished in 32:45. He was chased down by Ian Waller (33:35), Sean Brennan (33:47), Philip Cornforth (35:24), Jason “Boom” Green (36:32), David Halliday (38:08), Andy Roberts (39:24), Eric Morley (43:55) and Tony Everitt (44:29).

Up, Up and Away at EMA 10K
Julian Carr has probably managed to bag the 2016 Striders award for “most unusual place to take part in a race” after taking on the East Midlands Airport 10K – a race that is unlikely to be held again any time in the near future as its not every day you get to shut a runway down for the whole weekend! Julian works in the aviation industry so this was right up his flight path and he flew away with a time of 45:24.



Three weeks worth of results….you best grab a cuppa!

It’s been a while since we have had a results round-up so grab yourself a cuppa before you starting reading this….its three weeks’ worth of results! We start with results from way back on first weekend in November….

“Remember, Remember the 5th of November”
It was a cold start at Harrogate parkrun for the five Striders in attendance. David Halladay was first Strider back in 23:17, followed by Andy Roberts (24:04), Paul Heywood (24:47), Nick Wallen (24:51) and Julian Carr, who was taking on pacing duties to finish in 24:58. Over at Skipton, Rob Earl clocked a time of 20:16 on his first visit to the venue.

Also on the Saturday, Sue Morley ventured to Lumbutts in the South West Pennines to take on the Shepherds Skyline Fell race. On the cold windy tops, Sue ran up to the summit of Stoodley Pike, a distance of 10k and 1000ft of climbing, in 01:16:00.

Mass Turnout at Leeds and Ripley
On Sunday 6th November, it was the last big race day of the year in the Striders club championships, with members of the club taking on the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k or the Guy Fawkes 10mile. Starting at the wind and rain swept Abbey Dash in Leeds City Centre, Tom Calvert clocked a 10k PB of 36:01 to lead the 15 Striders in attendance home. Guy Close was next, just dipping under 38mins with a chip time of 37:58. Sean Brennan (42:40) led a pack of 5 Striders who finished within just over 1 minute of each other, with the others been Gareth Conkleton (43:03), Chris Umpleby (43:37), Jason Green (43:42) and Jonny Chadwick (43:59). That group were chased down by Derek Calvert (46:51), new member Simon Rider (47:21), Mark Taylor (47:53), Gemma Harding (52:44), Julie Elmes (52:51), Roy Cooley (58:28), Clare Rogers ran despite an injury but in beautiful new trainers (01:04:08) and returning from injury, Bill Kirkpatrick finished in 01:08:43.

At the Guy Fawkes 10 Mile, based at Ripley Castle, Simon “The Legend” Shaw put his injury worries behind him to finish in an impressive 01:04:59.
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Martin Brock chased him all the way to finish 01:05:30 and he was then followed by a further 16 Striders – James Wright (01:08:36), James Ireland (01:08:54), Dan Foley (01:10:47), Dan Wilson (01:12:40), Ian Mitchell (01:13:11), Nicola Carter (01:15:55), Phil Cornforth (01:18:35), Stewart Hymas (01:20:25), Julian Carr (01:24:20), Dean Logan (01:28:07), Pamela Singleton (01:30:34), Anthony Everitt (01:41:33), Dawn Richardson (01:44:38), Tracy Allison (01:56:21) and a BIG shout out to Joanne Gray who completed her first ever 10 mile event in 02:11:11 alongside the super duper Anne Cooley (who also clocked 02:11:11).
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A Flying Start
The following weekend was a little bit quieter, but it started well for Guy Close as he achieved a parkrun PB at Pontefract in a time of 18:44.

On the Stray at Harrogate, Sean Brennan was the first Striders member over the line (21:10) and he was followed by Gareth Conkleton (22:04), Nick Wallen (24:16), “Pacer Paul” Heywood (24:56) and Edna Wood (29:50).

Tom Calvert carried on his superb form from the Abbey Dash into the parkrun at Fountains Abbey, stopping the timer on 17:44 to achieve a course PB. Nicola Carter clocked 21:38 and was joined in running up the final “insert swear word here” of a hill by Derek Calvert (22:47) and regular FAbbey runner David Halladay (25:47).

The Cancer Research ‘Tough10’ took place for the first time at Roundhay Park at 11am on the Saturday and was taken on by four Striders. The course was certainly a toughy, with a starting KM of a lap of Soldiers Field before a lap around the lake, then into the energy sapping mud in the woods before a killer finish of three ‘up n downs’ Hill 60 (those who have done the PECO Cross Country events will know about this hill!) to the horror of the those taking part! James Wright secured 2nd place overall with a time of 44:57. It was not so tough for regular Jason Green who loves these types of runs who finished in 51:55. He was followed by new member Simon Rider (56:52) and Anthony Everitt (01:09:27).

Striders were represented at two events on the Sunday. At the Dalby Dash in Dalby Forest(!), David Halladay was the sole Striders representative and stopped the clock in 46:36.

Sue Morley took the LV60 prize at the Wadsworth Half Trog race based at Hebdon Bridge. The event was over a distance of 9.3 miles and involved 1378ft of climbing. She finished in a time of 2hrs 37mins.

Some guest reporting….
This weekend’s round-up has been written by our guest roving reporter Clare Rogers (it’s a bit different…..!)……

Harrogate parkrun was in reverse this week, so the results are also in reverse to “jazz it up” a little. Emma Hall completed the run in a time of 39:45, with the winner of last year’s Tallest Strider award Mr Mark Shelton finishing in 28:30. Anthony “Tooonneeyy” Everitt completed in 26:58, with Nick Wallen finishing in 24:45. Mark Taylor completed in 23:15 and Ian Mitchell finished in 21:36. The Striders camping Daddy Sean Brennan finished in 21:09, just after 24hr race legend Graham Yare (21:05). Finally the top 2 Striders finishers were, James Wright in 19:33, and thanks to all his junior parkrun practice, Keith Emery smashed it in 18:14.

Another junior parkrun regular Guy Close completed York parkrun in 18:14.

It was a family affair at the Fountains Abbey event, as Tom Calvert (running his 50th parkrun) finished in 17:54, whilst his Daddy, Derek Calvert clocked a time of 22:22. Julian Carr also attended finishing just behind Derek in 22:42, whilst new member Nimah Falconer finished in 24:02.

Our 2016 Club Championship leader, Nicola Carter traveled to Keswick parkrun, which she smashed in a time of 22:21.

In the words of Jason Green, “BOOM” that’s your Striders round up.



PECO Cross Country 2016/2017 – Race 1 – Temple Newsam – Sunday 27/11/16

If you are going to the 1st PECO Cross Country race in the 16/17 series at Temple Newsam this coming Sunday (27/11) please try and collect your number from Eric on Tuesday evening at the club.

These events are proving more and more popular so please car share where possible. If you can give or need or want to share please meet at KCC at 09.00 for a 09:05 departure. There is a note on the Club notice board to add names.

Its worth noting that Presentations from the 2015/16 PECO XC season will take place after the run and Striders will feature in this!

Note that Ladies will start 10 minutes after the men – all the info is on the PECO XC site here.

Lets have a massive turnout folks!

(P.S. – All those members interested in doing Yorkshires Northerns, Nationals, Cross Country evvents do contact me at earliest opportunity).

Thanks, Eric M

 

Cross Country – Yorkshire’s, Northern’s and National’s – General Information

There are three Cross Country events early in 2017 that you may be interested in.

On 07/01/17, the Yorkshire XC Championships will be held at Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Closing date for entries is 09/12/16 and the cost is £6.

The Northern Championships will be held at Knowesley on 28/01/17 at a cost of £7. Closing date is 19/01/17.

The National’s are in the diary for 25/02/17 and will be held in Nottingham at a cost of £7. The closing date for this event is 04/01/17.

TO ENTER, please tell Eric, and give him the the Entry fee well before the closing date. He will take all your details from the clubs Membership list, but for the Yorkshire Championships will need to know how you qualify – either Yorkshire born OR you have held Residency in gods own county for over 9 months.

At all events, Club Colours must be worn and you require an England Athletics Number.

  

PECO Cross Country – LAST CALL

Anyone else wanting to do Peco X-Country Race 1 at Temple Newsam on November 27th? If yes, please send an E-mail to eric_morley@hotmail.com by 21.00hrs on Saturday November 12th giving your name and date of birth and England Athletics individual number.

I will collect £3 from you when I next see you for your race number.

Thanks,
Eric