The long Easter weekend saw the Knaresborough Striders close-out March and spring forward into April with a range of great runs around the area – and beyond. Yes, they’d all see the weather forecast but race entries had been paid and podiums were there for the taking by our hardy bunch!
Good Friday – Oh I do like to run by the seaside…
Trip to the seaside or go for a run? A duo of Striders chose both, entering the Bridlington Easter Dash. Congratulations to David Halladay and Dawn Richardson who completed the 5-mile course in 37:01 and 50:21 respectively.
Easter Saturday. Splash.
Saturday 31st March saw many of Striders heading out to tackle Parkruns at six different wet locations. Visiting York Parkrun, James Ireland (19:03) splashed around in a personal best whilst Julian Carr (26:22) continued his welcome return.
The home turf of Harrogate Parkrun upheld it’s recent ‘quagmire’ reputation, with Robert Earl (26:10), Nick Wallen (26:39), Mark Shelton (27:05), Joanne Gray (38:08) and Emma Hall (39:08) all taking home a range of muddy deposits as souvenirs. Rothwell Parkrun is approaching its first half-year of existence but had probably not seen conditions as poor as this week! Scything through the mud and onto the podium was Nicola Carter (23:15) – first lady and third overall! Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood followed her home in a very creditable 31:22.
Over at Skipton Parkrun, Jason Green (25:46) was our lone representative, whilst the ever-popular Fountains Abbey event saw another Striders Podium with Tom Calvert racing to third overall in a mighty 17:30. He was followed home by Derek Calvert (24:48), Georgina Townsend (28:38) and Dawn Richardson (31:53). Finally, at Temple Newsam Parkrun congratulations to Claire Baxter (24:42) who was first lady home with in new PB, joined by Annika McDonald (31:11).
Temple Newsam later played host to the ‘Daffodil Dash’ which offered a selection of distances to tackle. Vanessa El-Etriby completed the 6.7mile option in a great 59:56. Gary Wilkinson, one of several Striders in the final weeks of Marathon preparation, chose the 20 Mile option and completing in an excellent 3:00:09 to finish 5th. He continues to enjoy his prize daffodils.
Easter Sunday, 1st April. Splish.
Another week, another inaugural race on an airfield! After last week’s event at Dishforth, some of our Striders sampled the new ‘Elvington Flyer’ event at the equally-flat and even-straighter Elvington Airfield. The race marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and offered a fast, flat course, smart medal and excellent cake! It was however described as “the most boring race ever” by one of our entrants! In the 5 Mile event, Claire Baxter (37:56) finished 12th overall, followed by Simon Rider (49:55), Sarah Hill (52:07) and Emma Greveson (57:14). James Wright (1:08:00) and Lisa Harrison (1:37:23) both put in great efforts over the longer 10mile distance.
Now in its 23rd year, Guiseley Gallop 10k offers runners a multi-terrain challenge on Tracks and Trails. Dawn Richardson rose to the challenge, coming home in 1:26:48.
Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April. Splosh.
Greeted by the worst of the Bank Holiday weather, Ackworth Half Marathon was described by our entrant Claire Baxter as “very, very wet!!!”. Nonetheless, she completed her trio of Easter races (a feat in itself) setting another new PB of 1.44.08!
And so ended a mostly wet but ultimately successful weekend for Striders. Next weekend may be shorter but will see our members rising to the challenge locally at the Ben Campbell 10k, Thirsk 10mile and the Sheffield half-marathon, whilst others fly out to Holland for their Marathon and 10k challenges! Good Luck to all!
*apologies for any omissions – get in touch if you have results that I missed!*