Striders Session – Thursday 18/01/18 – CANCELLED

Due to the current weather conditions and forecast for the next few hours, a decision has been made to cancel tonight’s Striders session.

Our number one priority is safety and with the paths and roads currently wet and likely to freeze over shortly, the safest option is to cancel the session.

This cancellation effects all groups – Zero to Hero course included.

We hope you all understand the reasons for cancellation and we look forward to seeing you at Striders in Tuesday.



This  race takes place adjacent to the  John Charles Stadium. It would be great to see loads of Striders out to drag ourselves up the Divisions.

If anyone else wants  to compete in the last 2 events( or 1 event) please tell me by 21.00 hours on 14/01/2018. You will need  a personal URN number(formerly your UKA License number). Cost would be £3 for your number, and £3 for entry on Race day.  I am contactable at the Club 16/1/18  or   at  or by telephone    01423 866983.  For full details do go to the Club Calendar.  Thanks Eric

Weekend Results – Sat 6th / Sun 7th January

Harrogate parkrun was run in reverse on Saturday to give the seven Striders in attendance something a little bit different to think about as they made their way around the Stray! Dan Foley kept his bearings and finished in a time of 21:33, followed just over a minute later by Rob Earl (22:49). David Halladay (23:09) was the third Strider across the line and was joined by Jen Carne (28:12), Mark Taylor (29:59), Rob Charlesworth (31:40) and Joanne Gray (37:59).

The hills of the Temple Newsam parkrun course greeted six Striders. With the fantastic café calling out to be visited, James Wright clocked 20:58 and was swiftly followed by Gary Wilkinson (25:29), Mark Shelton (29:27), Edna Wood (30:42), Annika Mcdonald (33:57) and Emma Hall (39:02).

Tom Calvert took the 1st place finish token once again at Fountains Abbey, but was made to work hard with his finish time of 17:43 coming only 10 seconds prior to the next runner. Nimah Falconer and Bill Kirkpatrick also took on the World Heritage site based event, finishing in 23:04 and 35:18 respectively

Saturday afternoon saw the annual running of the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Like some of the rides at the venue, the 10km course is up and down, with some tight turns to contend with also. The clubs sole representative this year was Sean Brennan who completed the course in 50:08.

The 3rd race of the 17/18 PECO Cross Country series was held at Roundhay Park on Sunday morning. Cold conditions didn’t put off fourteen hardy Striders from attending. Sima Lowery was the first yellow and blue vest back in 36:35 followed very closely by Sean Brennan (36:46) and Nicola Carter (36:47). Club Chairman Jez Wilkinson was across the line just under 3 minutes later (39:27) and following him was Ian Mitchell (40:08), Baz Roger (41:46), Georgina Townsend (43:16), Sue Morley (44:10), Paul Heywood (45:17), Kez Welsby (48:08), Debbie Goldfield (49:52), Edna Wood (50:28), Dawn Richardson (53:03) and Laura Wilmshurst (55:29).

Awards Night – Saturday 10th February

Our annual awards night will be held on Saturday 10th February at Knaresborough Cricket Club.

Doors will open at 19:00 with the main event starting at 19:45. The bar will be open and a light finger food buffet will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to purchase club clothing.

The main award of the night will be “Strider of the Year”, with nomination forms available at the club from Tuesday 16th January so get your thinking caps on!

Further details will be provided in due course.

New Forum – Striders Chat

Our new chat forum ‘Striders Chat’ is now live!

The aim of the forum is to help our members communicate with each other more easily away from the club – arrange to meet up for runs, discuss training options, tell others about a fantastic event you have attended, etc.

The topics are endless so why not log on and start your own topic for others to get involved with?

Follow this link to access the forum area. You will need to create a username and password prior to obtaining full access.

Club Trips 2018 – Where shall we head?

Over the last 3 years there have been a number of successful club trips and we want to ensure these continue into 2018. Trips have taken place to the Amsterdam Half Marathon, local parkruns, the Lake District, Equinox24 (Grantham) and Endure24 (Leeds).

We are ‘opening up the floor’ for 2018 trip ideas and would love to hear from our membership of events they believe would make good club trips that cater for all abilities at the club.

Some ideas received to date include:
– visiting a parkrun in Germany or Poland and combining this with a Christmas market (Nov-Dec)
– combining a Lakeland Trails event (which range from 5km to 55km) with a stopover in Keswick, Ambleside, etc.
– a trip to London (Fri-Sun) to take part in the Bushy Park parkrun (the venue of the first ever parkrun) and a
10k race on the Sunday
– a trip to Ireland to take part in a parkrun and a local race

If you have any ideas on where we should head, please email us via

Two events that a number of Striders are planning to attend / have signed up for, are the Rotterdam Marathon (+1/4 Marathon) and Endure24. Further details of these events can be found below;

Rotterdam Marathon Weekend – Saturday 7th – Monday 9th April
At the time of writing 2 Striders have signed up for the 1/4 marathon (6.55miles) and 6 Striders have signed up for the Marathon. Both events will be held on Sunday 8th April and are still currently open for entries.

Rotterdam is a practical place to visit for a weekend as there are up to 5 flights a day from Leeds Bradford Airport to Amsterdam, with Rotterdam just over an hour away on the train from there. The overnight ferry from Hull direct into Rotterdam is also an option (but departure would be needed to Rotterdam on the evening of Friday 6th April).

The plan is to fly out as a group on Saturday 7th April and return late afternoon on Monday 9th April. A few people are taking a longer break and spending some time in Amsterdam from the Monday for a few nights. Main itinerary is as follows;

Saturday 7th April
– Fly from LBA to AMS on KLM flight KL1542 departing at 10:20
– train to Rotterdam
– Check in at hotel (all Striders are currently booked into the NHow Rotterdam – hotel website)
– Visit race expo to pick up event numbers
– Meet up for an evening meal

Sunday 8th April
– 1/4 Marathon@09:30
– Marathon@10:00
– Meet back at hotel afterwards before heading into town for meal and drinks

Monday 9th April
– Chilled out morning in Rotterdam
– Train back to AMS at approx 13:30 for the 16:40 KLM flight back to LBA (flight KLM1549)

Endure24 – Saturday 30th June / Sunday 1st July
Striders entered two teams into this event in 2017 – the inaugural event at Bramham Park – and with it been so successful, the majority of last years entrants have already signed up. Two full teams of 8 are now in place but more Striders teams can be entered – the more the merrier! We currently have 2 people on the waitlist and we would need to have a minimum of 6 to enter a further team.

The basics of the event are that it is run on a 8km course between 12Noon Saturday and 12Noon Sunday. The idea is to have someone in each team on the course at all times during the 24hr event.

The cost is £61.75 each which includes camping, t-shirt and medal. Toilets and hot showers are available on site alongside full catering for the duration of the event.

If you are interested in joining us for either of the above events, please see James Wright for more details or email us via


Tuesday Quality Sessions

The Tuesday Quality sessions from January 9th to February 6th inclusive will be as follows;

January 9th – Shallow Hills

January 16th – Steep Hill

January 23rd – Endurance

January 30th – Endurance

February 6th – Steep Hill


Zero to Hero 2018 – Places going fast

Our next ‘Zero to Hero’ course starts in just over a week and places are selling fast.

This is an eight-week programme of walking, jogging and running with the aim of being able to complete a 5K run (3.1 miles) at its completion. To this end we will finish the course by running the Harrogate parkrun on the Stray in March.

The course will start on Thursday 11 January 2018 at 7pm and the cost is £15, which includes Club membership until the end of March 2018.

There are only 40 places available and at the time of writing, just under half of the places have been allocated. If you would like to take part, or know someone who would like to join in, please email the club for an application form via

This is always an excellent course so get signed up now!