This latest round-up has news of Striders visiting a new parkrun, splashing around the fells in Stanbury, trekking up the hills at Temple Newsam, getting absolutely brass monkey at a half marathon, getting muddy at cross country, using torch lights in Dalby, fighting against 20mph winds near Holmfirth and getting some very muddy boots in Ripon.
Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th January
Heslington parkrun became the 2nd parkrun in York (soon to be joined by a 3rd) and attracted over 500 participants to its inaugural event, including 7 Striders. Nicola Carter was the first of the Striders clang across the line, completing the flat course in 20:55. Gary Wilkinson was the first of the Striders gents back, recording a time of 23:59, followed by Jen Carne just over two minutes later (26:01), Mark Shelton (28:31), Edna Wood (29:37), Emma Hall (35:41) and Jo Gray (37:18).
Tom Calvert once again took the 1st place finish token at Fountains Abbey with a time of 17:54. Niamh Falconer (22:53), Rebeca Williams 30:47, Deborah Goldfield 31:02, Fiona Slight 32:38, Bill Kirkpatrick 34:40, Suzy Kerr 53:06
At Harrogate, Dan Foley (21:01) led the way for the Striders in attendance. He was joined on the Stray by Rob Earl (21:54), David Halladay (24:17), Ian Mitchell (26:58), Anthony Everitt (30:16), Gaynor Downs (33:25), Tracy Allison (37:29) and Lauren Downs (38:58).
On Sunday the 14th, the temperatures were absolutely in line with the name of the first major event of the local running calendar – the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York. Six Striders ventured out into the cold to take on the popular event, with Guy Close taking his good form from 2017 into the start of 2018 with a PB time of 01:22:44. James Wright was next (01:28:54), followed by a PBing Sean Brennan (01:37:31). Gary Wilkinson looked strong with a finish time of 01:51:57 and he was followed 4 minutes later by Claire Killingworth (01:55:52) and recording a massive PB was Natalie Hale (02:01:15).
In the fells, James Warburton and Sur Morley battled the elements to take on the Stanbury Splash race. James completed the course in 54:30, with Sue recording a time of 01:17:44.
The 3rd running of the undulating and multi terrain Temple Newsam Ten (TNT) was taken on by three Striders. David Halladay clocked a time of 01:23:02 and was joined by prolific racer’s Claire Baxter (01:26:04) and Dawn Richardson (01:57:40).
Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st January
The weather on Saturday 20th saw the cancellation of the majority of parkruns in the local area but Wetherby hung on in there and was visited by three Striders. Tom Calvert completed the 3 lap grass course in 19:09, followed by Dan Foley (20:50) and James Wright (21:26).
The 4th race of the Peco Cross Country 17/18 series was held in South Leeds at Middleton Park on the 21st. Steven Morland completed the 4.5 mile course in a time of 36:00 to lead the Striders group of 12. Sean Brennan was just 22 seconds behind Stephen (36:22) and he was joined at the event by Sima Lowery (38:59), Ian Mitchell (43:02), Amy Naylor (43:11), Sue Morley (44:46), Lisa Harrison (47:59), Paul Heywood (48:51), June Graham (49:35), Debbie Goldfield (51:02), Edna Wood (54:12) and Laura Wilmhurst (59:49).
Saturday 27th / Sunday 28th January
The weather on Saturday 27th was much better than the previous “parkrun day” which encouraged 14 Striders to head to one of the local 5km events. At Harrogate it was very much a cross country course, with Rob Earl (22:42) the first club representative across the line. He was joined by David Halladay (24:16), Mark Shelton (29:33), Fiona Slight (30:13), Tracy Allison (32:52), Andrew Nicholson (34:28), Lesley Nicholson (36:03), Joanne Gray (36:53), Emma Hall (38:10) and Louise Buck (48:22).
At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:31) lead from start to finish to take the 1st place finish token. Running with him were Derek Calvert (24:19), Ruth Bowen (34:35) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:42).
Ian Mitchell headed over to York for the Heslington event and finished with a time of 20:55.
Also on the Saturday, Striders took on two race events – the Northern Cross Country championships and Dalby Forest Night Run. At the cross country, which was held at Harewood House, Sean Brennan was the sole Striders representative and completed the 7.2 mile course in 01:00:41. At Dalby, 4 Striders donned the head torches to complete this intriguing event which Nicola Carter took in her stride to be the first Strider into the finish area by completing the course in 43:14. She was joined by Gary Wilkinson (48:30), Paul Heywood (01:02:22) and Edna Wood (01:02:28).
On Sunday 28th Claire Baxter visited the Holmforth area to take on the Meltham 10k. This is an undulating course and the high winds made it even tougher for Claire. She battled the elements to finish in a time of 50:32.
Into February we go
For the first Saturday of the month, Striders were represented at five different parkruns.
Up at Catterick, it was a Striders one-two with Tom Calvert hitting the line in 17:19 and Guy Close following in 17:32. Joining them at the racecourse based event were James Wright (19:37), Ian Mitchell (20:34), Jen Carne (27:36) and (Mark Shelton 27:37).
Along the M1 at Temple Newsam, Ralph Weldon and Annika McDonald took on one of the hilliest parkruns in Yorkshire. Ralph completed the 5km in 28:41 and Annika finished in 36:32.
At the muddy Skipton event, Jason Green recorded a time of 23:35.
Fountains Abbey welcomed four Striders – Claire Baxter (24:41), parkrun first timer Vanessa El-Eltriby (27:01), Gaynor Downs (32:58) and Lauren Downs (40:07).
And rounding up the parkrun results, Tony Everitt and Tracy Allison made the short trip to Wetherby and finished with times of 30:37 and 33:19 respectively.
Sunday = a day of rest…..not if you are a Strider!
Ste Core headed across the Pennines to Manchester to take on a Half Marathon through Heaton Park. He achieved a PB over the distance, finishing in a time of 01:37:26.
The Muddy Boots 10k, which acted as the first club championship event of 2018, was taken on by 18 Striders. The ever improving Dan Foley led home the Striders contingent through the mud to finish in a time of 42:54. James Ireland chased him down (43:29) and was followed by Stephen Morland (44:21), Ian Waller (44:45), Nicola Carter (46:46), Gary Wilkinson (47:51), David Halladay (48:27), Craig Mitchell (50:24), Claire Baxter (52:22), Sue Morley (54:11), Derek Calvert (54:12), Paul Heywood (57:37), Lisa Harrison (58:22), Anna Cornforth (59:57), Kez Welsby (01:03:41), Edna Wood (01:03:58), Katie Gray (01:09:18) and Laura Wilmshurst (01:12:31).