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.

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