April Results Round-up
As the clocks sprang forward, so did our Striders, into action and taking the advantage of the lighter nights. We were quickly into evening races and fell races, with the month culminating with the London Marathon.
Tuesday 2nd April
2019 Club Time Trial #1
Our first ‘light’ Tuesday (albeit only just) meant it was time for our first time trial of this year. This one was our traditional 5mile course around the local Aspin area, including the Rievaulx Rush and the merciless climb (twice) up ‘Grave Concern’! A fantastic turnout of 51 Striders, including many new faces, meant that there would be many targets set for our future runnings.
The results: Our first Strider into the finisher’s funnel was Tom Calvert in a tremendous 17:06, followed by: Steve Morland (17:42), James Wright (17:58), James Ireland (18:00), Ted Welton (18:30), Martin Brock (19:12), Dan Foley (19:31), Issy Rowe (19:59), Ian Mitchell (20:29), Phil Cornforth (20:48), Sima Lowery (20;53), Ste Core (20:59), Nicola Carter (21:28), Neil Baxter (21:33), Craig Mitchell (21:44), Andy Easton (21;47), Kathryn Pickles (21:56), Steve Ellmore (22:06), Sean Brennan (22:25), Stuart Hymas (22:29), Steve Dodsworth (22:36), Guy Marshall (22:41), Derek Calvert (23:08), Gareth Conkleton (23:13), Louise Lodh (23:20), Mhairi Sellar (23:46), Vanessa El-Etribi (23:50), Faye Bayman (24:01), Gemma Harding (24:37), Claire Baxter (24:38), Debbie Herridge (24:39), Paul Snelling (24:50), Kelly Squires (25:01), Helen Richardson (25:40), Dave Sinton (25:55), Julie Elmes (26:05), Karen Williams (26:12), Fiona Slight (27:33), Lindsay Sutcliffe (29:05), Charlotte Hines (29:50), Anna Howard (29:51), Donna Tucker (30:04), Jen Carne (31:59), Robbie Whelans (32:22), Lauren Downs (32:27), Richard Bracey (32:56), Emma Hall (33:47), Lee Byers (41:41), and Rachel Boyd (41:55). The next ‘proper’ running of the 5k will be on Tuesday 9th July when no doubt many of those times will be beaten, however before that we have the ‘Lairt Emit k5’ on Tuesday 11th June – how will things be the other way around….?
Sunday 7th April
Ben Campbell Trail Race – 5K and 10K
Our Ben Campbell Club Championship continued with arguably its toughest round: The Ben Campbell 10K trail race. Ben, a friend of ours who grew up in Thirsk, tragically died at the age of 36 in Jan 2015, very unexpectedly, from pneumococcal pneumonia. The race in his memory supports the UK Sepsis Trust who are committed to increasing public awareness and supporting those affected by Sepsis. Ben loved a challenge and it is for that reason that the organisers chose the idyllic location on Sutton bank beneath the famous white horse. Not only does it encompass the true beauty of the North Yorkshire countryside but the terrain itself is an incredibly challenging yet enjoyable experience.
Entries were triple those of 2018, bolstered by a great representation from the club. Before the main event had even taken place, there was a success for Striders with Fyn Lees taking first place in the curtain-raiser 5K event with a time of 27:24.
In the 10k race, a closely-fought battle for first Strider ensued in the woods, where the strength of James Ireland on the climbs proved the difference, emerging at the finish to clock 43 minutes exactly and claim 6th place overall. James being 10 minutes quicker than in 2018 proved how much better this year’s conditions were! Next across the line in 7th was another Strider, Steve Morland (43:28) followed by James Wright (46:46) and Dan Foley (48:08). Sima Lowery claimed 2nd lady in a very competitive 49:09 ahead of Stewart Hymas (50:01), Nicola Carter (52:13), Catherine Morland (53:44), Steve Dodsworth (59:30), Claire Baxter (59:47), Sue Morley (1:02:32), Murray Scott (1:02:35), Julie Elmes (1:04:32), Linda Dodsworth (1:06:05), Fiona Slight (1:06:11), David Sinton (1:07:12), Sally Fannen (1:10:25), Sarah Gore (1:10:26) and Deborah Goldfield (1:13:56).
Gisborough Moors fell race
This is a tough fell race which includes a climb up Roseberry topping and up to Captain Cook’s monument. At 12.4 miles, it includes just short of 2,800 ft of climbing! In another triumph for Striders, Dave Christie won the O50’s category – his first fell race win – in 1:43:39, a whole 7 mins faster than 2018.
Vale of York 10
The little brother of the Vale of York Half, The Vale of York 10 Mile is a fast, flat 10 miler. With a runway take-off before gliding around some fast, flat, traffic-free closed roads, it is another course made for PBs! Our Striders were led in by chairman James Wright, flying to 47th overall in a very fine 1:04:09, with Julian Carr coming into land not too far behind in 1:09:25. Breaking into the top 200 was Andy Easton, touching down in 1:13:24, with our first lady finisher being Vanessa El-Etriby (1:19:03). Debbie Herridge continues to improve, clocking a great 1:22:16, ahead of the tireless Lisa Harrison in 1:24:08. David Sinton’s preparations for Belfast continued in 1:28:18, with Fyn Lees clocking 1:29:28 and Laura Wilmshurst 1:33:50. Teamwork was in evidence too, with Ruth Mann and Claire Baxter working together to clock 2:02:39.
Friday 19th April
Maidenhead Easter 10
The 66th edition of the Maidenhead Easter 10-mile run took place on Good Friday in hot and sunny conditions, with the sold-out field of over 1000 runners doing extremely well, considering the conditions. Of note was the well-known local MP and wheat-field-botherer who, we’re told, helps out with their unique brand of strong and stable marshalling each year. Julie Elmes was, unsurprising, the sole Strider taking part, breaking the 90-minute barrier in 1:28:26.
Sunday 21st April
The gallop is a two-lap technical multi terrain race through steep woods, along tracks, paths and roads in the Aire valley between Guiseley and Esholt. The woodlands provided some respite from the unusually hot weather, yet the stiff climbs proved a stern test and the finishers’ beers were grasped with extra enthusiasm at the line!
Steve Morland was our first Strider home in 17th place (41:17) taking 3rd in the M45 category. James Cornforth continued his return to form with a sizzling 44:27, taking family honours in a field of Cornforths (sorry) ahead of Phil (48:10) and Anna (1:02:07). Our other finishers were Catherine Morland (53:32), Sue Morley (01:01:09), Edna Wood (01:07:43), Sarah Gore (01:09:45) and Lizzie Medwell (01:12:13).
Race organisers love a their puns and wordplay, with Easter being a particular favourite! In this case, the ‘Eggstravsgsnza’ 10k took competitors along the canal in Sheffield. Another event encountering the searing Easter heat, competitors found themselves including a bit of walking in order to survive but were rewarded with a (hopefully un-melted) egg at the end! Rachel Boyd survived the heat, clocking a strong 2:07:10 on what actually turned out to be a 12k amended route! Well done Rachel.
Saturday 27th April
The Derwentwater Dawdle is a challenging but beautiful 23 mile(ish) self-navigated route that takes in three tough ascents totalling an incredible 4300ft as competitors complete a full circuit of Derwentwater. On a day of widely-varying conditions, our own James Warburton – in his natural habitat – descended from the summit of Cat Bells in sunshine to claim first place in a mind-blowing 3hrs 59min. Keeping it in the family, Amy Naylor completed the arduous event in 5hrs 56min, running throughout alongside fellow Strider Beyhan Akyollu. Garry Webster also put in a great stint to complete the course in 5hrs 23mins. A fabulous result by all -well done!
Three Peaks Fell Race
Meanwhile, in the Yorkshire Dales, a trio of Striders were also in action on the fells, tackling the Three Peaks Race. This traverses the famous peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside and is one of the oldest, most famous and best organised fell races in Britain. Competition is fierce, with the field including international athletes and this year’s winner completing the circuit in a mind-blowing 2hrs 50mins! Our trio of Dave Christie, Ted Welton and Sean Brennan tackled this “Marathon of mountains”. On a day of torrential rain, hailstones, sleet, changing visibility and strong winds, which saw two runners evacuated, they should all be very proud of their achievements: Dave: 04:07:46, Ted 04:29:36, Sean: 05:24:51. Wow!
Sunday 28th April
Virgin Money London Marathon
The big day arrived in the capital, with five of our Striders pounding the famous streets among the thousands of others taking part. Cooler temperatures than 2018 will have been a relief to everyone involved, but the marathon challenge remained.
Fi Kitchingman was running in support of The Home Farm Trust, a charity very close to her family and clocked an impressive 04:09:27 on the world-famous route. Karen Williams clocked a strong 05:01:04 in support of the Bliss charity. Dawn Richardson had worked tremendously hard to prepare for her challenge, supporting Asthma UK in memory of her mother; a great time of 05:42:24 being the reward for her efforts. Claire McKenzie, running for Saint Michael’s Hospice’s Just ‘B’ Bereavement Support service, was remarkably close to Dawn over such a long distance, recording a time of 05:43:03. Finally, seasoned marathon runner James Wright put in an excellent 03:15:04 in support of his chosen charity, SportAid. His marathon quest will continue in New York later this year.
So that’s a wrap for April – a month of fewer races due to Easter, but what a variety our Striders were involved in! Coming up next: May madness and no doubt a monster-sized report with an incredible number of races going on!