Into November with a BANG!
Remember, remember the 5th of November … as that’s when Striders took on (and concurred) some very large hills at the Guy Fawkes 10 mile race, speeded along Kirkstall Road at the Leeds Abbey Dash and got round the Gunpowder 10k before things went bang!
It was a great Striders turnout of 18 at the Ripley based event, with Martin Brock leading them home into the castle grounds in a time of exactly 01:05:00. Recently returned member Stephen Morland had a strong finish (01:12:40) to hold off Nicola Carter (01:14:44). Ian Mitchell (01:16:01) had a battle with Sima Lowery (01:16:41), with Sean Brennan chasing them down as he completed the event for the first time in 01:17:28.
Anthony Mulley and Gareth Conkleton were split by only 1 second, completing the ‘undulating’ course in times of 01:19:41 and 01:19:42 respectively. Stewart Hymas turned out in some ‘cool shades’ to record 01:21:02 and finish just under 2 minutes ahead of the ever improving Gary Wilkinson who clocked 01:22:58. Craig Mitchell and Georgina Townsend battled it out in the last mile to both come in under the 90 minute mark finishing in 01:29:13 and 01:29:36 respectively. Kez Welsby completed her first ever 10 mile event in 01:41:02, coming across the line with Deborah Goldfield who finished one second later! June Graham clocked 01:44:44 and was followed into the castle grounds by ‘raceaholic’ Dawn Richardson (01:46:49), Katie Gray (01:52:27) and Jo Gray (02:08:24).
Emma Greveson headed over to York for the new Gunpowder 10k event which was based at the racecourse on the Knavesmire. She completed the course in 01:17:36.
At the Abbey dash in Leeds, the club was represented by 8 members and Guy Close was the first one across the line in a 10k PB time of 37:09. Conrad Garcia was the 2nd Strider back, completing the course in 43:53. Claire Baxter secured a PB over the distance (48:53) and she was joined at the popular event by Ryan Middleton (49:12), Vanessa El-Etriby (55:22), Julie Elmes (58:44), Laura Wilmshurst (01:01:18) and Bill Kirkpatrick (01:06:47).
Not a day of rest at the Abbey
On Sunday, a new event at Bolton Abbey took place and attracted 9 Striders across three different events. Each of the events (10km, 10m and Half Marathon) were multi terrain and had some decent hills within them!
In the 10km race, Paul Heywood finished in 01:02:33 to head a Striders entry of 5 within the event. Next back was Nikky Christie (01:07:12), followed by Edna Wood (01:18:44), Julie Elmes (01:25:54) and Dawn Richardson (01:32:11).
Deborah Goldfield was the sole Striders representative in the 10 mile event. She picked up her medal after clocking a time of 02:23:11.
The Half Marathon had 3 Striders taking part and they were led home by Dave Christie (01:41:41). He was joined by Gary Wilkinson (02:24:26) and Lisa Harrison (02:42:34).
West Yorkshire Cross Country… so far
Julie Elmes has been representing the Striders at the West Yorkshire cross country events.
Race 1 was ran over a 6km course in Wakefield on the 14th October. Julie completed the course in Wakefield in 34:54.
Race 2 was held on 29th October and took place within Nunroyd Park in Leeds. The multi lap race was finished by Julie in 34:48.
Up in the Fells
Sue Morley has been busy up in the fells achieving some excellent results.
On the 4th November she took on the Bronte Fell Race which started in Lancashire (boooo!) and finished in Yorkshire (wahoo!) and was ran over a distance of 7.5 miles. Sue finished the event in 01:34:55.
Back on the 15th October, Sue was joined by Edna Woods for the Gormire Gamble. Sue completed the course in 01:05:38, with Edna completing her first ever fell race in a time of 01:16:48.