Event 6 of our VC20 is in the books and so the longest challenge of the series – the half-marathon – is complete! Despite the longer distance, we still saw a strong entry of 28 Striders so that’s a fantastic 366miles clocked on this event alone.
For all the details of results and standings, visit our VC20 page at: VC20
We’ve now seen 60 different Striders take part in the series and this round saw two debutants: our 2018 Senior men’s Champion Martin Brock and one of our newest Striders, Dan Kearsley, who immediately ignited the Senior Men’s category by registering an incredible 1:26:47 around the local villages – the fastest time of this event!
The villages immediately to the east and north of Knaresborough proved most popular for this challenge – quiet, tarmac and somewhat flatter than the gnarly rock which we call home – with Ferrensby, Farnham, Staveley, Arkendale, Coneythorpe, Flaxby and Goldsborough seeing many Striders passing through. Not surprisingly, the St. James Retail Park – scene of many recent attempts – was shunned for this event with Striders wisely deciding that it was just too many laps for their sanity! Some Striders did find themselves a good flat route though, be it the Stray, the Greenway or further afield such as Dawn and Mike’s exploits on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Whilst Donna and Julie sought the beautiful sights of Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, Ruth and Dave travelled north to Roker – channelling the GNR spirit with a return run to South Shields! A couple of Striders submitted some very lumpy fell runs as their entries (clearly intending to drop those scores later) with Craig running up Almscliffe Crag and Catherine M tackling the dales!
So to our standings. We now have several Striders who have completed the necessary six events to qualify and they find themselves aloft the standings. John Hamilton, Carla Reddish and Steve Ellmore continue to hold on to the top 3 places overall. Our current category leaders are: Vanessa, Donna, Carla, Julie, Dawn, Gaynor, Lizzie, Mhairi, Aidan, Dan F, Steve M, John Ham, Ian, Derek and James W. However, a quick glance down the sheets show that the next couple of events should see many more Striders logging six events and some being able to start dropping their bigger scores. At which point, the true order of things will begin to emerge….
We are now into Event 7 which is right on our own doorstep. Tomorrow (Sunday 27th September) would have seen our own ‘Crag Rat run’ taking place. To recognise this, your current challenge is to run that course in your own time, posting your best attempt by 11th October.
Finally, a puzzle. We don’t know where Gareth ran, but he set his PB accompanied by his ‘old friend Howard Jones’. We don’t seem to have Howard on the membership list but if you’re reading this, why not sign up? We’d like to get to know you well.