Hello Striders,
Information for new members and general reminder for others.

The Mob Match will take place on July 15th this year at the Burton Leonard 10k. Within the event Striders go’ head to head’ against local rivals Nidd Valley.
An adding-up process of finishing positions of runners from each club establishes the result ( the lowest score wins) and that club then holds the Shield for 12 months.
This is also a great day out in this scenic local village with food available in the Village hall and a 3k Junior race, a great atmosphere prevails with family and friends loudly supporting there own club.
In the afternoon there is the Shield presentation at the Working men’s Club in Knaresborough with food available too.

Last year Nidd Valley won the Shield again, so we urge you now, all Striders put the date in your diary, Enter early and lets have a good turn out and a good time in trying to regain the Shield.

To enter online, click HERE

New Club event – St.Robert’s Rush!

Tuesday 22nd May will see a new club event, open to all members!

Inspired by a group of our runners who have been challenging themselves along one of our local and beautiful routes, this is a chance to test yourself over a shorter distance!

St Robert Rush











The ‘St.Robert’s Rush’ is a 1-mile time trial along Abbey Road, starting right outside the steps to St.Robert’s Cave and ending just a hundred yards before the Half Moon pub. For the unaquainted, it’s an undulating and tree-lined tarmac route adjacent to the River Nidd popular with runners, walkers and cyclists. We’ll pass the cave, views of the Lido, the site of the ruined Abbey and the famous wood carvings – although it may not be an evening for admiring the scenery!

The route will be accurately measured and marshalled by our own members. Runners will set off in small groups of similar ability.

Entry is free and we hope that – like our recent 5k time trial – as many as possible of our members will take part. We hope to repeat the event later this year so that you can measure your summer progress. All Runners should meet at the Cricket club as close to 7pm as possible to register, with the first group of runners jogging down to the start with a leader at 7.30pm.


EMMA the COACH, Dates for your diary.

Once again Emma has agreed to come and coach at Striders on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Emma is a really experienced Coach with a wide variety of skills and knowledge whose presentation of sessions will make you fitter for running and give you a good insight on how to progress . This is achieved from the Coaching course she attended, her vast experience in running generally over many years and many other skills she has allied to runner development.
I would recommend everyone interested in developing as a runner give the sessions a try. You will not be disappointed.

Emma will attend on these dates, 24/5/18

PECO CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS on May 6th. Venue Announced.

Hello Striders
The Relays are going to be held at BECKETT’S PARK,Leeds. Start time is 11.00. As a local event we are hoping to turn out as many members as possible in teams of three. Teams can be 3 men, 3 Ladies, mixed , family team. Last years event was well enjoyed by the 2 teams that ran. You do not need to be fast to do the event.
Its open to ALL club members. Let me know as soon as possible please on the Tuesdays, 24/4 and 1/5 and at any other time to or 01423 866983 so we can start putting teams together. The presentations from last season will be held after the event.. There will soon be more information on the PECO website.

Thanks Eric

HDSRL Registration nights

Registration evenings for the Harrogate District Summer Race League (HDSRL) will be held on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th April.  Nicola will be at the club from 7pm.

Please ensure that  you have paid the £13 entry fee by BACS (sort code 40‑26‑20, account no 11295985) prior to registration or bring a cheque or cash on the night.  Race numbers will be issued for the series (the same number for all four races) at registration.  

If you need further information please visit the HDSRL website or email Nicola.


Club Championship race Ben Campbell 10k— Age graded results

At the Ben Campbell 10k Run James was the only contender in the Senior Mens and now leads the category with 2 wins from 2 races.

In the Male Veterans section Steve’s first place moved him up to second in the category ,behind Gary who has completed 4 races taking third place on the day. Stewart split those two and is now positioned 5th equal with Phil.   Age graded results here  BEN CAMPBELL 2018 CLUB C

Results Round-up 7th-12th April

A high-mileage round-up this week, not only our usual array of Parkrun tourism but races much further afield!

Saturday 7th April


Starting at Harrogate, our most local venue, Striders were led home by Nicola Carter in 22:25. Sean Brennan (23:16), Robert Earl (24:26), Graham Yare (24:39), David Halladay (25:00), Michael Dobson (28:28), Anthony Everitt 28:58), Fiona Gartside (35:00) and Ruth Mann (43:30) completed a decent turnout by the club.

Up the road at Fountains Abbey parkrun, Derek Calvert (24:21), Julian Carr (25:52), Tracy Allison (30:27) and Jayne CLOSE (34:38) enjoyed the undulating and picturesque course. Heading east to sample the new Heslington parkrun, Ian Mitchell enjoyed the flat, fast course to clock a competitive 21:10. Further north at Northallerton parkrun, Laura Wilmshurst was our sole representative, clocking a decent 32:49.

Our final parkrun location was much further afield, with Claire Baxter and Annika McDonald taking in the Lanhydrock parkrun, on National Trust site close to Bodmin. They were rewarded with times of 26:35 and 30:23 respectively.

James taking 3rd Overall at the Ben Campbell 10K

James taking 3rd Overall at the Ben Campbell 10K


Ben Campbell 10k
Saturday also saw the latest round of our Club Championship. Weaving in and around the woodlands beneath White Horse Bank, this proved a stern test underfoot with most of the course steep, muddy or both! To add to the challenge, someone had meddled with direction arrows overnight leading to a rich of ‘Wacky Races’ among the head of the field. Battling at the front throughout, leading Strider James Ireland come home in a fantastic 3rd overall, his time of 53:42 showing just how tough a 10k this was. Squelching and squerching in behind James were Steve Morland (13th in 58:52) and Gary Wilkinson (1:03:11) followed closely by the welcome return of Stuart Hymas (1:03:50). Our Striders thoroughly enjoyed the challenge – as do the whole field – with the event raising several hundreds of pounds for UK Sepsis Trust in memory of former member Ben Campbell.






Our Rotterdam Runners (and supporters)

Our Rotterdam Runners (and supporters)

Sunday 8th April

Rotterdam Marathon

Our Dutch contingent did battle with the heat on the streets of Rotterdam – a full report of their weekend can be found here: Going Dutch in ‘Hotterdam’

In the Quarter-Marathon, Simon Rider was first home in 1:01:25, followed by
Sarah Hill (1:08:49) and Emma Walsh (1:27:26). In the ‘full’ Marathon, Martin Brock (3:27:58) was followed closely by James Wright (3:29:49), with Georgina Townsend (4:23:03) and Claire Killingworth (5:03:41) completing a quartet of mighty efforts on the hot tarmac.

First Strider home in Thirsk - Tom Calvert

First Strider home in Thirsk – Tom Calvert

Stiriding around Thirsk

Striding around Thirsk

Back on British shores, the rescheduled Thirsk 10 mile was taking place. Heading through the villages north of ‘The Town of the Vet’, this flat, fast course always attracts a big and a quality field. The top 20 all broke one-hour mark, with a winning time of 50 minutes – fast indeed! Our first Strider across the line was Tom Calvert with a very competitive (1:01:14). Next up was Steve Morland (1:06:58) followed by Ian Waller (1:09:29), the fast-recovering Phil Cornforth (1:13:49) and David Halladay (1:17:07).

Sheffield Half-Marathon
Still in Yorkshire, Lisa Harrison tackled the Sheffield Half-Marathon in a very creditable 2:10:45.

Over the Pennines, Ryan Middleton ran the Manchester Marathon, raising funds for local cause ‘Archie’s Army’. His time of 04:50:36 slashed 20 minutes of his previous best!

Our Local runners visiting Cornwall!

Our Local runners visiting Cornwall!

Cornwall – Enys 10K
Even further afield, their Cornish holidays didn’t stop two of our Striders from finding a Sunday race! Fresh from their Parkrun tourism, Claire Baxter and Annika were welcomed by Penryn Rotary to the Enys 10k. Starting and finishing in the grounds of the Enys Manor, Claire and Annika raced along the undulating (hilly! long country lanes to gain a pair of PBs – 48:41 and 65:34 respectively. They were rewarded with colour-coordinated medals and an invite to join Newquay Road Runners on their club night!




Thursday 12th April
York 5K Series
Finally this week, the first of the eight monthly 5K races was staged at the University of York Sport Village, where Lucy Shore came home in 34:55, followed by Rachel Boyd in 42:29.


Well done all!

Going Dutch in ‘Hotterdam’

Kipsang, Kibet and Kipkemoi are some of the huge names to have graced the Rotterdam marathon in recent years. They were joined this year by a Knaresborough Striders group who graced the flat, fast course on what is renowned as one of Europe’s leading running events.

Flying out on the Friday before the race, our intrepid racers were treated to some unexpected luxury in the Premier lounge at Leeds Bradford airport, before Chairman James expertly led the group through the Dutch railway system to their final destination!

The Netherlands’ biggest one-day sporting event turned out to be a really, really warm one this year, with the famous Coolsingel becoming the ‘Hotsingel’ for the 1000s of competitors! Our Striders worked hard in the sapping conditions, cheered on by Clare Rogers and Natalie Hale who would have been running, barring injuries!

In the Quarter-Marathon, Simon Rider was first home in 1:01:25, followed by
Sarah Hill (1:08:49) and Emma Walsh (1:27:26).

In the ‘full’ Marathon, a smiling Martin Brock (3:27:58) followed closely by James Wright (3:29:49), both breaking the ‘three-and-a-half’ barrier. Georgina Townsend (4:23:03) and Claire Killingworth (5:03:41) completed a quartet of mighty efforts on the hot tarmac.

With the racing done the group rewarded themselves with pizza, Dutch beer and a lifting of a self-imposed wine ban!

Well done ‘Striders-on-tour’!