That’s February done and dusted

In our latest round up we have news from parkruns around the region (and Australia!), the latest club championship event at Liversedge, undulating miles at Harewood and meet ups with a 5 times Olympic champion (and some bloke from Emmerdale). Intrigued….you should be! So let’s get on with it – we start with parkrun results from Saturday 10th February…….

Pontefract and Harrogate….two very different places
So why are the two places different? Well it’s the surface the parkruns at those locations are run on (you all thought something else didn’t you?!). On the compacted track at Pontefract Racecourse, parkrun regular Annika McDonald bagged a time of 30:42. At Harrogate, the cross country conditions on the grass around the Stray were energy zapping for the eight Striders in attendance. Dan Foley led the way (20:43) and he was joined by Ian Mitchell (22:57), David Halladay (25:40), Nick Wallen (25:54), Rob Earl (27:53), Mark Taylor (30:04), Alison Jackson (37:24) and Louise Buck (49:21).

Jason Green is becoming a Skipton parkrun regular (possibly to do with the fact her has recently moved to the area!) and on this occasion stopped the clock on 23:35.

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:19) once again was the first Strider up the final hill, setting the pace for the other 10 Striders in attendance. Nimah Falconer (22:45) was the first of the chasing pack back and following her were Nicola Carter (23:56), Derek Calvert (25:08), Tony Everitt (28:32), Tracy Allison (29:14), Gaynor Downs (32:20), Lesley Nicholson (32:47), Edna Wood (32:47), Andrew Nicholson (33:19) and Lauren Downs (36:44).

1km loops for 2 hours……fun they said……!!
The Bloodaxe Challenge was a new event for 2018 (held on Sunday 11th February) held in conjunction with the Yorvik Viking Festival in York. So what was the challenge? Well you had two hours to run as many 1km loops of the York University cycle track as you could……and Claire Baxter was the only Strider mad enough to take the challenge on! She completed 23 laps in a total time 02:03:01 – you must have been dizzy after that Claire!

Records (I think) set at parkrun
I believe a new Striders record was set on Saturday 18th February – the most parkruns visited by Striders members on one day. A total of 8 different venues were ticked off and we start up the A1 at Catterick where Mark Shelton and Emma Hall made their 2nd visit to the racecourse based event, recording times of 26:46 and 35:05 respectively.

Not a million miles away from Catterick, Georgina Townsend took on the multi terrain Northallerton event. She helped to pace her frined around the course, finishing in 34:38.

Craig Mitchell headed over to the East Coast to the cliff top parkrun at Sewerby, completing the course in 23:19.

Nicola Carter headed in the opposite direction to Craig, going West to Lancaster. Dissapointingly the parkrun doesn’t share the sme venue as the local football team who play their games at the ‘Giant Axe’ – what a name for a sporting venue! Despite this disappointment (ok so maybe it’s just this report writer that’s disappointed), Nicola clocked a time of 27:17.

Temple Newsam, probably the most undulating parkrun in Yorkshire, greeted Annika McDonald and she flew into the finish funnel with a time of 31:42.

Skipton once again welcomed Jason Green, where he was led by his dog for a time of 23:02.

Harrogate, currently known as the ‘cross country parkrun’, was taken on by five Striders. The Morlands were the first Male and Female Striders across the line – Stephen clocking 21:07 and Catherine recording 25:36. Nick Wallen wasn’t far behind in 26:04 and he was joined by Rob Charlesworth (30:29) and Joanne Gray (37:15).

A damp Fountains Abbey didn’t put off six Striders visiting the World Heritage site. The 1st place finish token was taken by our own Tom Calvert (17:37) and he was chased down by James Wright (19:31), Dan Foley (20:09), Nimah Falconer (22:07), Derek Calvert (23:50) and Fiona Slight (29:17).

“The hardest Half Marathon I’ve ever done”
The quote for the title above was from Martin Brock, who along with Gary Wilkinson and Claire Baxter, completed the 2nd Club Championship event of 2018 – the Liversedge Half Marathon. The course was brutal to say the least with Martin finishing in 01:28:36, Gary in 01:44:38 and Claire in 01:46:33. Apparatnly the cakes afterwards were worth the pain of the hills – always a bonus. Maybe we should bring cakes for after those Castle Ings hill sessions with Eric?!

cakes at liversedge

Talking of hills, the Ilkley Fell Race was also held on Sunday 18th. This annual race is a gruelling challenge but year after year attracts a bunch of hardy souls to go up and down the fells around Ilkley. Sean Brennan completed the course in 58:09, Amy Naylor came across the line 01:07:23 and fell running regular Sue Morley finished with a time of 01:12:15.

February done and dusted
The last Saturday of February saw Striders visit five parkruns in total – with two of these outside of England.

Two of our Zero to Hero course members – Andrew and Lesley Nicholson – are currently in Australia and visited the Airlie Beach event which is on the East Coast near the Whitsunday Islands. They both came across the line in 37:45.
striders in aus

striders in aus 2

Joanne Gray headed over the Irish sea to visit Portersdown, finishing in a time of 35:08.

A very muddy Harrogate parkrun welcomed eight Striders and they were led home by Stephen Morland (20:53). He was joined on the Stray by Nicola Carter (23:26), David Halladay (23:37), Catherine Morland (25:46), Nick Wallen (25:58), Fiona Slight (28:57), Emma Hall (37:42) and Louise Buck (46:24).

There were just two Striders at the usually popular Fountains Abbey. Claire Baxter recorded 27:14 on her 2nd visit to the event and Georgina Townsend came across the line in 30:12.

Down South in Dorset, Tom Calvert and James Wright visited Moors Valley parkrun as part of the ‘Marathon Talk Run Camp’, recording times of 17:31 and 19:41 to kick off a weekend of running in the stunning New Forest. More on the run camp later….

Hearts are pumping at Harewood
Sunday was a popular day for races, with Striders represented at four events.

Harewood House was the venue for two of the events – both of which were run to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The 10km event was taken on by Lisa Harrison (51:51), Vanessa El-Etriby (52:11) and Dawn Richardson (01:02:45). In the half marathon, David Halladay (01:54:47) led the Striders pack and was joined by Georgina Townsend (02:06:00), Amy Naylor (02:08:26) and Deborah Goldfield (02:35:27).

Regular eventer Claire Baxter completed her longest race to date – the 20 mile Slaithwaite Slog. She completed the mainly trail event in 03:10:28.

In Pocklington, East of York, Clare Mckenzie completed the Snake lane 10 mile event in 01:51:06.

Sandy Balls…it’s the name of a holiday village honest!
As mentioned earlier in this report, Tom Calvert and myself (James Wright) travelled down to Dorset for a weekend of running at the Marathon Talk Run Camp, which was held at the delightfully named Sandy Balls holiday village.

For those that haven’t heard of it, ‘Marathon Talk’ is a weekly podcast that discusses all things running. The yearly run camp is held to bring together some of its most avid listerners for a weekend once a year. This year’s camp started with the Moors Valley parkrun, a Saturday afternoon interval session, a Saturday night Q&A with five times Olympian Jo Pavey, a quiz hosted by Emmerdales Bob and a Sunday predicta 10 mile run.
marathon talk parkrun

The presence of Jo Pavey (look her up on google if you don’t know what she has achieved) was a fantastic bonus throughout the weekend and I was lucky enough to be in her group for both the Saturday intervals session and the Sunday 10 Miler. Lining up on the start line in a group of just three (there were numerous start times based on your predicted finish time) plus Jo on the Sunday morning was a once in a lifetime moment. I was able to stay in front of her for the first 1.5 miles up some decent hills (I’d like to think I paced her!) before she showed her speed and blasted off into the forest once we got to the flat stuff!

A great weekend that is highly recommended – get it on your wish lists of events for 2019!
james with Jo

Snow be gone!
Hopefully this snow will disappear soon and i’ll catch up with you all at Striders sessions next week.


Striders Thursday 1st March – All Groups CANCELLED

Due to the continued inclement weather, an early decision has been taken to CANCEL Thursday (01/03/18) nights session. This cancellation is across all groups.

We hope you all understand the decision taken and we look forward to welcoming you all back to the club on Tuesday 6th March.

The Striders Committee



This was  a great event  last year, we had 2 teams involved last year and  one Lady Strider represented the Peco  League against the West Yorkshire League , the Peco League won.

Category 1.  Sriders  representative team to consist of,  at least one  Lady

of  at least one  V40

and only one man under 40.  We would  like to have the  best squad available to represent Striders in this Category.

Categories 2       Male Open,  Lady Open ,    Male V40    Lady v40,    Male V50     LV50,  Best Striders available,

Category 3     Any ad hoc teams made up of    eg 2 ladies and 1 man,   or vice versa.        Second  or even  third  Male  and Ladies teams if we have a good turnout


Please tell  me tell your availability.   Please advise if  your  just  going to form your own  adhoc team.

Venue and entry fee to be notified as soon as possible.

Information to/from  Eric, Tuesday club nights,  01423866983,

Thanks Eric





Here is a General View of the  events you can participate in during 2018 organised by the Club.

25/3/2018  PECO RELAYS

27/3/2018  TIME TRIAL  1


1 .5/6/18 SKIPTON     2. 19/6/18 ILKLEY   3. 5/7/18 THIRSK     4 17/7/2018 NIDD VALLEY(Handicap). Provisional

10/7/2018   TIME TRIAL NO.2


15/7/2018 MOB MATCH v Nidd Valley at BURTON  LEONARD 10K

26/7/2018  PREDICTOR RUN   TBC



10/3 DENTDALE 14      7/4 BEN CAMPBELL 10K    2/5 JOHN CARR 5K (Race 1)  27/5  NORTHALLERTON 10K  24/6 STAVELEY 10K

15/7 BURTON LEONARD 10K     29/7  RYEDALE HALF MARATHON   25/8  BURNSALL 10 mls    2/9  WETHERBY 10K

21/10 WHIXLEY 10K   4/11  GUY FAWKES 10 mls

Any confirmations , changes  etc will be published when known. Any queries on the above I am normally at Club each Tuesday. Thanks Eric





This was a tough season for Striders which is reflected in their Division positions. Senior Men were 9th of 9 in Division 2 and the Veteran men were 7th of 12 in Division. 1. The Ladies fared better ,Seniors were 3rd of 9 in Division 2 and the Veterans 6th of 11 in the Premier Division. Turn outs were a bit low overall, clearly affected by Flu virus, some injuries and personal circumstance. However on viewing the events the effort put in by our 30 participants who did at least one run each, could not be faulted. Well done. A further well done to Ian and Edna who both completed all events and will have a memento for that at seasons end.

The highest ranked man for Striders was Steve in 95th place, for the Ladies Nicola finished in 18th place. Three Ladies ranked high in there Categories
Nicola LV 45 2nd
Sima LV 40 4th
Sue LV 60 4th
This season saw 8 new members run in the League, Steve and Gareth
Debbie,Lisa Amy, Baz, Georgina and Laura. Hope to see you all next season , and bring a friend.
Finally we had two successes at the final event at Temple Newsam, the squad erected our gazebo so well it did not blow away like other clubs and the Lady Vets team came 1st in the Premier League.


QUALITY SESSIONS 20/2/18 Onwards

These are the projected sessions from 20/2 to 20/3 inclusive. Always subject to confirmation PM on the day.
March 27th isTime Trial No1.

From April 3rd the Quality sessions will remain on a 3 week cycle, that is two endurance weeks and one hill week. Hill venues will vary.In later Spring speed work will be added

20/2 Steep Hill
27/2 Endurance
6/3 Shallow Hill
13/3 Steep Hill
20/3 Endurance

Thanks Eric