Your roving reporter has had a busy few weeks but he’s back with a bang…five weeks’ worth of results typed up for your reading pleasure! Sit back, grab a cuppa/sports drink/juice/other type of beverage and take it all in!
Way back at the start of April….
We start the round-up with parkrun results from Saturday 8th April and kicking us off is Rob Earls 20:06 at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds. Also in West Yorkshire, three Striders headed to Temple Newsam, with Ralph Weldon leading the way with a PB time of 26:43. Claire Baxter also secured a PB (34:08) and she was joined by Annika McDonald (37:11).
Over at Fountains Abbey, which is back to its normal route, four Striders made their debuts at the event with Emma Hodson (35:54) the first of them to cross the line. She was followed by Fiona Burniston (36:00), Laura Bickerdike (36:25) and Emma Milner (36:28).
Harrogate parkrun was a Club Championship scoring event, which attracted a large club turnout of 25, with 11 of those securing Personal Bests. Tom Calvert led home the Blue and Yellow vests, securing a PB of 17:56. The ever improving James Ireland was just under a minute behind in 18:40(PB), followed by Martin Brock (18:47), Dan Foley (20:10), Nicola Carter (20:29), Ian Mitchell (20:38), Sean Brennan (20:57), a PBing Mark Taylor (21:18), Claire Killingworth (24:26), Paul Heywood (25:29), Eric Morley (26:14), David Halladay (26:16), Tony Everitt (27:18), Edna Wood (27:31-PB), Suzy K (27:31-PB), Fiona Slight (27:40-PB), Dawn Richardson (29:32-PB), Tom Burrell (31:15), Anne Cooley (31:20), Gaynor Downs (32:47-PB), Emma Hall (35:16), Danielle Greenwood (35:39-PB), Joanne Sharratt (36:04), Lauren Downs (36:40-PB) and Becky Kershaw (37:09-PB).
Graham Yare took on a Marathon double over the weekend, completing an Ultra event on Saturday and the traditional length of 26.2 miles on Sunday. His Saturday event took him into the Lake District where he climbed over 3000m across Loadpot Hill, High Street, Helvellyn, White Side and Plaice Fell to complete the gruelling 42 mile event in 12:34:25. On Sunday he took on the Hardmoors White Horse trail marathon, based at Sutton Bank, completing the course in 06:12:25.
At the Sheffield Half Marathon, Jason Green clocked a Personal Best time of 01:35:59.
Burning off the Easter Egg Calories
The Easter weekend started for David Halladay and Dawn Richardson with the annual Good Friday 5 mile event at Bridlington. They finished in 38:22 and 48:32 respectively.
Moving onto Saturday morning, Striders were represented at 9 different parkruns, with a number of members away for the holidays.
Craig Mitchell visited the Dolgellau event in Wales, clocking a time of 25:05. At Albert Park in Middlesborough, Claire Killingworth recorded 24:18 and at the Bestwood Village (Nottingham), June Graham achieved a time of 31:19. Sima Loweery headed over to West Yorkshire to take on the undulating Huddersfield event, scanning her barcode to record 21:51.
Tom Calvert headed East to take on the fantastic route through Dalby Forest. He secured a super speedy time of 17:48.
Going North was Nicola Carter who headed up the A1 to the Northallerton event and stopped the timer on 21:35.
Wetherby was taken on by James Ireland and Tony Everitt who clocked 18:12 and 27:16 respecitlvy on the grassed based event.
The stunning Fountains Abbey was greeted by three Striders – Guy Close (18:24), Fiona Slight (27:38) and Lauren Downs (36:45).
Taking on the 3 laps of the Stray for the Harrogate event were James Wright (20:21), Sean Brennan (20:49), Gareth Conkleton (21:47), Derek Calvert (23:05), Ian Mitchell (23:35), Paul Heywood (24:31), Ralph Weldon (25:37), Rob Charlesworth (27:26), Claire Baxter (32:42) and Annika McDonald (35:35).
Easter Sunday saw two Striders make the short trip to West Yorkshire for the Guiesley Gallop 10k. Paul Heywood finished in 57:23, with Edna Wood completing the trail course in 01:01:58.
The Easter weekend was completed with Dawn Richardson visiting Helmsley for a multi-terrain 10k. She completed the undulating course in 01:04:17.
Still burning off the Easter Eggs…..!
On Saturday 22nd the club was represented at four parkruns and one 10k event – the Ben Campbell Memorial race.
Starting with parkrun, Guy Close stopped the clock on 18:21 at Harrogate and was joined by
Rob Earl (20:02), Sean Brennan (20:51), Mark Taylor (21:09 – 50th parkrun), Gareth Conkleton (21:11), Nick Wallen (24:10), Edna Wood (26:34) and David Halladay (26:42).
Down the Abbey (Fountains that is!) Tom Calvert dipped under the 18 minute mark to record a time of 17:55. Chasing him down were Niamh Falconer (21:50), Tony Everitt (27:36) and Tracy Allison (30:08).
Claire Baxter continued her parkrun tour by visiting Dalby Forest. She completed her 7th parkrun in 32:59.
A bit further afield, Sima Lowery took on the Bury St Edmunds course and finished in 21:39.
At Sutton Bank near Thirsk, eight Striders took on the very tough Ben Campbell 10k in the latest club championship event. This race is held in memory of former Strider Ben who sadly lost his life in 2015. The course, one of the toughest 10k’s around the area, would have been loved by Ben as he eat up the hills and was up for challenge. Nicola Carter led home the Striders in a time of 47:41. James Wright followed (49:19) and he was followed across the line by Craig Mitchell (55:42), Sue Morley (01:00:56), Claire Killingworth (01:02:09), Kerensa Welsby (01:05:20), Dawn Richardson (01:11:04) and June Graham (01:11:15).
Bringing the month to a close…..surely April hasn’t finished already?!
The last weekend in April had Striders competing at three parkruns, one 10k, one 20k and a marathon….which was over the Yorkshire Three Peaks!
Rob Earl kicked off his weekend with a trip to the Woodhouse Moor parkrun where he completed the undulating course in 20:10.
Up North in Durham, Tom Calvert warmed up for the Kirkbymoorside 10k with a parkrun time of 17:52.
Guy Close was celebrating at Harrogate after finally dipping under the 18 minute mark after been so close on a number of occasions over recent months. His time was 17:53 and exactly 3 minutes later, Ian Mitchell (20:53) joined him in the finishers funnel. They were joined by Paul Heywood (25:40), David Halladay (26:11), Mark Shelton (29:05), Dawn Richardson (29:34) and a PBing Claire Baxter (32:21)
Doing something a bit different on the Saturday was Sean Brennan who decided to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Marathon. I don’t really need to tell you how hard this event is – just walking this route in one go is enough to frighten most people but Sean is made of tough stuff and absolutely smashed it. He made his way round in a total time of 04:53:10 – BIG kudos for that Sean!
Nicola Carter completed the Reeth 10k in 01:52:45 and on the Sunday at Kirkbymoorside Tom Calvert put in a stunning performance to secure a time of 36:55 at the annual 10k event. Joining him on the hilly course were Niamh Falconer (47:31), Derek Calvert (48:49) and avid racer Dawn Richardson (01:02:10).
The First of three
Four Striders have entered the John Carr Race series for 2017 which consist of three 5km events on consecutive Wedensdays in May. The course is entirely within the vast Yorkshire Water estate at Esholt on a good road surface.
The first of the three races was held last Wednesday (3rd May) in pleasant spring conditions. Tom Calvert continued his recent impressive performances with a 5k PB time of 17:13. Guy Close was just over 50 seconds behind (17:56) and was followed by James Wright (19:06) and Edna Wood (26:24).
A new month….yes it is May already!
A weekend of parkrun results only (unless we have missed any races – apologies if we have) and we start with the first Strider visit to the Heaton event in Manchester. Annika Mcdonald was the Strider in attendance and finished in 35:30.
A milestone was reached at Harrogate, with Striders members now having completed a whopping 1500 runs at this event. Guy Close had a time of17:53 recorded for the 2nd consecutive week and he was followed into the finish funnel by Rob Earl (19:36), Ian Mitchell (20:14), a PBing Sean Brennan 20:16, Graham Yare (20:34), Nick Wallen (23:49), Paul Heywood (24:23), Anthony Everitt (27:17) and Kirsty Jones with a Personal Best time of 31:55.
The Skipton event welcomed Claire Baxter (33:38) which was her 9th different parkrun since completing our Zero to Hero course in March.
The monthly ‘first Saturday of the month’ club visit took five Striders to Nostell Priory near Wakefield. James Wright was the first Strider to finish in front of the main priory house in a time of 19:53. Joining him were Nicola Carter (21:29), Mark Taylor (24:02), Edna Wood (29:00) and Tracy Allison (30:53).
Gareth Conkleton recorded a course PB time of 21:42 at Wetherby and at Fountains Abbey; Tom Calvert took the first place position token in a time of 17:41. Derek Calvert was next in 22:49, followed by the PBing duo of Suzy Kerr (28:35) and Jackie Knight (33:13)