April 2nd half: 14th to 30th April 2018
5ks to Marathons, Mud to blistering heat, Collieries, airfields and lost shoes… they’re all in the final instalment of April’s results.
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
A busy start to April continued into the second half of the month. With the emergence of sunshine (albeit too much for some at times) and the drying-out of some of our favourite routes (for a while at least) the second half of April saw our members continue to represent the club in a range of events around the region and beyond.
Saturday 14th April
Another plethora of Parkrun visits saw Striders spread across six different locations – so in alphabetical order, here we go:
First up, Nicola Carter visited Darlington South Park parkrun and come in as first lady in 21:09. Fountains Abbey parkrun found itself with over 500 runners, our own Tom Calvert finishing first in a great 17:34. Completing our quartet at the scenic venue were Steve Morland (19:47), Derek Calvert (24:23) and Samantha Curnow (24:43). Harrogate parkrun continues to dry out after a soggy few months – Sean Brennan’s experience of the course bringing home around in a great 21:39. A strong Striders showing saw Ian Mitchell next up in 22:58, followed by David Halladay (23:27), Luke Ratcliffe (27:15), Tracy Allison (29:27), Louise Buck (44:38) and Ruth Mann (44:38). The new Heslington parkrun saw James Wright enjoying the flat fast course in an excellent 18:38, followed in by Gary Wilkinson (21:57), Mark Shelton (25:24), Strider of the Year Edna Wood (28:18) and Jo Gray (34:21). Down in Pontefract, our pair of Ralph Weldon and Annika McDonald clocked 26:53 and 30:09 respectively. Last but not least, Jason Green headed to Skipton parkrun, recording a creditable 24:36.
Away from parkruns, Simon Rider tackled the Old colliery canter 10K at Rabbit Ings – a country park located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 64-hectare site, situated near Royston in South Yorkshire, is home to an array of wildlife – including newts, snakes and herons. No doubt inspired by the fantastic surroundings, Simon clocked a solid 01:06:52
Sunday 15th April
The Vale of York 10 is the newer little brother to the Vale of York Half heading out of the York Gliding Centre in Rufforth. A trio of Striders found their way around this delightful ten-miler: Ian Waller in a swift 1:08:41, followed with competitive showings from Laura Wilmshurst (1:40:16) and Emma Greveson (2:15:26).
Same day, but in very different conditions, the Hawkshead Trail challenge saw Janet and Steve Morris complete the picturesque but hugely demanding 17k in 2:28:58 and 2:45:39 respectively.
Saturday 21st April
The improving weather saw parkrun attendances on the rise as welcome sunshine began to produce some faster and less messy conditions underfoot! Harrogate parkrun saw 12 Striders in attendance, led home by Steve Morland just outside the top 10 in a season’s best of 19:25, chased in by Ian Mitchell (21:39), Robert Earl (22:03) and Nicola Carter, hotfooting it from the cancelled Wetherby event in 22:04. David Halladay (23:11), Nick Wallen (24:09), Jo Gray (35:12), Emma Hall (36:50), Lauren Downs (37:39), Mark Taylor (37:49), Ruth Mann (43:25) and Louise Buck (45:05) completed a strong showing for Striders old and new. The Riverside parkrun at Chester le Street was the venue chosen by Paul Heywood (22:59) and Strider of the Year Edna Wood (28:20). A second consecutive visit to Pontefract saw Ralph Weldon (25:17) Annika McDonald (28:50) both finding big improvements in their form. Stalwart of Fountains Abbey parkrun, Derek Calvert clocked a great 23:39, and ‘fastest Calvert’ this week at least! On his never-ending quest for collecting parkruns, James Wright visited Horton Park parkrun (Bradford) coming in 2nd overall in a swift 18:49. Heading west, Claire Killingworth conquered Lancaster parkrun in 26:34.
Sunday 22nd April
The big event this weekend was, of course, the London Marathon. Once again, our Striders found themselves out in blistering conditions. Tom Calvert was flying until some cramp began to appear – nonetheless he completed in a very creditable 3hrs 38min. Sima Lowery sailed around in 3hrs 48mins, with some impressive metronomic splits throughout! Finally, Ste Core dipped under the 4:30 barrier in 4hrs 29mins. Well done all!
A little closer to home, Paul Heywood and Strider of the Year Edna Wood visited the Washington Trail 10k, which
winds its way around the wonderful James Steel Park and picks its way around some beautiful woodland trails along the banks of the River Wear. Both recorded excellent performances: Paul in 55:49 and Edna in 1:07:05
Wednesday 25th April
Midweek events began to re-emerge this month, with James Wright tackling the third round of the Leeds 5K series at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit in Leeds and recording a Brownlee-standard 18:09.
Thursday 26th April
The following evening saw James Warburton tackle the intriguing Dick Hudson’s fell race, the aim of which to run from Ilkley, over the moor, touch the gate by Dick Hudsons Pub on the opposite side of the Moor and then return! James completed the route in 49:54, in a fantastic 5th place!
Saturday 28th April
The final weekend saw the usual range of parkrun performances, this time across four of our closer-to-home sites. At Catterick parkrun, Michael Dobson and Paul Heywood were virtually inseparable in times of 26:37 and 26:38 respectively. Another healthy turnout at the Harrogate parkrun was led by Robert Earl in 21:40, followed by Sean Brennan (22:03), Ian Mitchell (22:34), Nick Wallen (23:44), David Halladay (24:21), Mark Shelton (26:28) and Z2H graduate Joanne Sharratt (35:50). At Skipton parkrun, Jason Green clocked a creditable 24:29, whilst up at Fountains Abbey parkrun, Stalwart Derek Calvert (23:31) led home a trio of Striders, completed by Samantha Curnow (24:30) and Fiona Slight (28:51).
Sunday 29th April
Fountains 10K is one of the area’s most popular events and indeed sold out once again – but not before seventeen Striders had signed up! A mixed terrain run in Nidderdale, it is run along quiet country roads, off-road trails and scenic moorland starting from the village of Grantley, near Ripon. The organisers had warned that the recent return to poor weather may have left part of the course may be waterlogged, and so it proved to be, with some tough conditions and the detached running shoes courtesy of the mud! In spite of this (and having temporarily been one-shoed) James Wright led the sizable Striders contingent home in an excellent time (bearing in mind the conditions) of 40:21. Nicola Carter was third lady home in 44:38, followed by Kathryn Pickles (48:10), David Halladay (48:51), Craig Mitchell (49:11), Paul Heywood (51:09), Hazel Rodger (51:21), Claire Killingworth (52:41,) Lisa Harrison (55:30), Mark Shelton (58:53), Vicki Gibson (59:15), Kez Welsby (1:00:09), Strider of the Year Edna Wood (1:01:08), Caroline Garcia (1:05:42), Dawn Richardson (1:07:08), Jo Gray (1:16:44), Clare Steele (1:21:19) and Emma Hall (1:25:54).
There are many more pictures of the race on our facebook page: Fountains 10K Gallery
And with that, April was complete. Whilst the mud returned with a vengeance in the final weekend, we concluded the month of many showers with the promise of sunnier skies, longer days and an even wider range of runs to tackle in May. Well done all!