Where on earth has March gone?

The month of March has certainly gone quick and with some rather unseasonal weather there has been a number of running events cancelled (and hastily re-arranged) but that hasn’t stopped Striders heading out and clocking up some great times at a number of different events. We start our March round up with results from a very snowy Harrogate parkrun on 3rd March.

Snowtastic Strides on the Stray
The first Saturday of the month saw the vast majority of parkrun events getting the chop due to bitterly cold weather but luckily for the eight Striders in attendance the Harrogate event was able to proceed. Donning their trail shoes for 3 laps of the Stray were Tom Calvert (20:15), James Wright (22:45), Dan Foley (23:22), Sean Brennan (23:38), Nicola Carter (25:38), David Halladay (27:51), Mark Taylor (28:48) and Mark Shelton (30:09).

Graduating in Style
The snow had gone by Saturday 10th March but conditions were wet (an understatement!) for our Zero to Hero course graduation (and Striders takeover) at Harrogate parkrun. With a fantastic team of volunteers in place to help guide them round, we broke the record for the largest number of Striders running at a parkrun event – a massive 36 (and we think a few more that weren’t registered as a Strider on the system)! The results were Dan Foley (22:38), Jez Wilkinson (24:39), Nicola Carter (27:57), David Halladay (28:29), Steve Wakeham (29:28), Vicki Gibson (30:35), Michael Dobson (31:34), Tracy Allison (31:40), Paul Heywood (32:06), Jessica Dobson (32:51), Charlotte Hutchinson (33:24), Jane Johnson (33:36), Mark Taylor (33:51), Dawn Richardson (33:59), Linsey Rowbury (35:30), Joanne Exley (35:32), Rosy Thomas (36:16), Claire Griffiths (36:22), Katherine Taylor (36:39), Joanne Wakeham (36:53), Gail Beaumont (36:57), Rachel Beadle (37:05), Dawn Johnson (37:28), Kirsty Minshall (39:28), Joanne Sharratt (40:46), Edna Wood (40:46), Lucy Shore (40:53), Bill Kirkpatrick (40:54), Lucy Chandler (41:18), Joanne Tremble (42:40), Mark Shelton (42:54), Rachel Boyd (46:10), Ruth Mann (48:12), Lauren Downs (48:13), Louise Buck (48:13) and Gaynor Downs (48:14). Photos of our takeover can be found here.
parkrrun grad
Avoiding the Stray mud at Fountains Abbey were Rebecca Williams (32:27), Deborah Goldfield (32:28), Danielle Harper (36:12) and Jayne Close (36:25).

The sole representative at Wetherby was Anthony Everitt who clocked a time of 33:12.

The latest club championship event was at Dentdale 14 (also on the Saturday) with Tom Calvert leading the way for Striders in a finish time of 01:28:06. He was followed on the undulating course by Dave Christie (01:34:28), Stephen Morland (01:46:16), Ian Waller (01:48:48), Phil Cornforth (01:54:51), Ste Core (01:57:21), Claire Baxter (01:58:00), Gary Wilkinson (01:58:51), Nikky Christie (02:17:20) and Laura Wilmshurt (02:49:32). Julie Elmes took on the 7 mile event, coming across the line in 01:19:12.

Following in the Brownlee Brothers footsteps….or maybe bike wheels!
I (James Wright) visited the Brownlee Brothers triathlon centre in Leeds on Friday 16th March for the first in the 2018 Leeds 5k race series which is ran on the bike track at the centre. The course is a fairly flat, tarmac surface which is ideal for this time trial type event. I bagged a time of 18:39 and can highly recommend the series which sees an event held once a month until November. There is also to be a series in York, based at the University of York Heslington campus – further details here..

No snow or rain but by heck it was windy
Dry but windy conditions were encountered at Harrogate parkrun on Saturday 17th March. The course was able to be run on its ‘normal’ route for the first time in a while and leading the way for Striders was Sean Brennan (21:44). Mark Taylor (22:58) was next back just coming across the line in front of Nick Wallen (26:12). Mark Shelton (26:49), David Halladay (30:40), Jen Carne (33:59) and Emma Hall (39:19) completed the Striders line up.

Roundhay was run on its ‘B’ course which takes runners on a multi lap tour of Soldiers Field. For anyone that has done the Peco Cross Country event there, you will understand how boggy it is! Taking on the mud were Claire Baxter (27:53), Annika Mcdonald (33:48), Louise Buck (54:43) and Ruth Mann (54:44).

Calmer conditions at Fountains Abbey enabled Tom Calvert to clock a speedy 17:49 and he was joined by Michael Dobson (29:24), Edna Wood (29:44), Gaynor Downs (34:48), Lauren Downs (37:08) and Joanne Sharratt (37:49).

Five Striders headed over to the Lake District for the Cartmel stop off in the Lakeland Trail Series. Taking on the 18k event were Phil Cornforth (01:38:44), Ian Waller (01:39:14), Nicola Carter (01:45:43), Janet Morris (02:44:12) and Steve Morris (03:10:09). Massive respect ladies and gents in the face of ‘testing’ conditions (wind, rain, snow, etc.) both in the race and for the travel back to North Yorkshire!

Spring has Sprung
This Saturday provided some Spring like conditions at last and Striders took advantage by visiting 10 different events.

On Saturday, it was perfect conditions for parkruns across the Yorkshire area. Up the A1 in Catterick Paul Heywood clocked 23:57 and was followed by Edna Wood just over 5 minutes later (29:02). Not far away at Northallerton, Sean Brennan completed the multi-terrain parkrun in 22:21.

On the Stray, Stephen Morland finished in 20:20 and was joined by David Halladay (26:15), Julain Carr (28:24), Anthony Everitt (29:15), Michael Dobson (29:16), Tracy Allison (31:20), Joanne Gray (36:56), Joanne Sharratt (38:34), Ruth Mann (48:30) and Louise Buck (48:32).

Fountains Abbey hosted the visit of five Striders with regular visitor Tom Calvert once again taking the 1st place finished token with a time of 17:22. Claire Baxter achieved a PB in 23:07 and was chased down by Rachel Beadle (33:35), Bill Kirkpatrick (35:38) and Maria Broadhurst (36:38).

At the new(ish) parkrun at Heslington (York), Ian Mitchell was the sole Strider representative and finished in 21:18.

Saturday also saw the annual Coniston 14 mile event in the Lake District which was taken on by Georgina Townsend. From experience I know how stunning this race is – the hills are soon forgotten about when you make the turn at half way and look back at some of the best scenery in the UK. Georgina completed the primarly road based course in 02:07:18.

The Lightwater Valley 10k was re-arranged for Saturday after postponement earlier in the month. Lisa Harrison crossed the line in 53:31, with Dawn Richardson following in 01:06:56.
Sunday had Striders represented at three events. Tom Calvert continued his London Marathon preparation with a 20 Mile race at Hull (which had been cancelled on the 18th) in a finish time of 02:10:12.

Down in London, I took part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon. This was on a fantastic course right through the centre of London – starting at Pall Mall and finishing outside Downing Street, taking in many of the well-known landmarks along the way. On a slightly long course (13.4 miles) I bagged a time of 01:27:08. A race that I can highly recommend to get in your diaries for 2019!

Also taking on an inaugural event, Stephen Morland, David Halladay and Joanne Gray completed the Dishforth 10k. This was run on the airfield at the RAF base, giving a nice flat surface to race on. Stephen came across the line in sub 40 (39:32), David clocked 47:06 and Joanne recorded 01:15:27.

Handing over the reigns
These will be my last results write up before I hand over the Communications Officer role to Stephen Morland….so any complaints on missed results can go to him now!

Cheers,
James Wright

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