A right mix – weekly results

A real mix of results to report on this week – from the usual parkruns to triathalons!

A bit of a climb whilst having a pit stop
Going back to Wednesday 6th July, James Warburton and James Wright took on over 1000ft of climbing at the Stirton Fell race, finishing in 39:42 and 49:40 respectively. Also taking on a race that night were Martin Brock and Andy Robinson who attended the Pitstop 10k based at Croft race circuit. Martin finished in a PB time of 37:36, with Andy clocking 39:30.

parkrun – the best part of the weekend?
The rain held off for parkrun on Saturday morning, with a large contingent at the Harrogate event. Guy Close (or Mr PB as I like to call him) secured a course PB (!) with a time of 19:00 exactly. Ian Mitchell was chasing him down and finished in 20:54. Nicola Carter was next, taking the first lady placing at the event, in a time of 21:15. Gareth Conkleton clocked 21:27, with parkrun first timer Graham Taylor just behind in 21:39, who in turn just pipped Andy Roberts (21:54) to the finish line. Sima Lowery made her first visit to the Harrogate event and secured a time of 22:17 and was joined by Julian Carr (22:57), Paul Heywood (24:26), Jane Day (29:28), Katie Byrne (34:44) and Emma Hall (36:18).

At Fountains Abbey, Martin Brock made his first visit to the event and took on the newly proposed ‘winter’ course, finishing in 18:43.

Tri a Tri
James Warburton, Andy Robinson and James Wright headed over to Ripon on Saturday afternoon to take part in the Ripon Triathlon as a relay team. ‘Warbs’ started the event off with a 1.5km swim in the racecourse lake before handing over the batton to Andy for a 42km bike. James finished off the event with a 10km run to bring home the team in a total finish time of 02:13:58.

“We are Leeds, We are Leeds”
On Sunday, Striders were represented by 9 members at the Leeds 10K with results as follows – Rob Earl (38:49), Jason Green (45:15), Mark Shelton (56:54), Stella Jones (57:01), Dawn Richardson (58:02), Tracy Allison (58:18), Roy Cooley (59:04), Anthony Everitt (59:24) and Emma Hall (01:26:39).

Ice Cream Run
Moving onto the current week, on Wednesday night (13/07), Jason Green headed over to Roundhay Park to take part in the 10K Urban Trail Runner event. Jason completed the undulating course in 50:55. His reward was a free ice cream which he apparently demolished in record time!

Weekly Round-Up

A great end to the 2016 HDSRL
The last of the 2016 Harrogate District Summer Road League races took place last Tuesday (28.06). This event had a handicapped start format which made for a rather hectic finish area! Based on actual times, Martin Brock was the first Strider across the line in 33:03, just staying ahead of Tom Calvert (33:17). Guy Close continued his ever improving 2016 form with a time of 34:16 and was closely followed by Rob Clarke (34:28), James Wright (35:28) and Dan Wilson (35:39). Nicola Carter completed the undulating course in 37:18 prior to collecting her Ladies V45 1st place trophy. Ian Mitchell (37:36) headed the rest of the Striders in attendance and was joined by Sima Lowery (37:54), Gareth Conkleton (38:07), Andy Robinson (38:38), Derek Calvert (39:51), Julian Carr (40:02), Sue Morley (45:29), Tony Everitt (46:53), Claire Killingworth (46:59), Natalie Hale (49:22), Tracy Allison (53:40) and Edna Wood (54:36).

A damp parkun day
A wet start to Saturday didn’t put off 18 Striders attending a parkrun, including 7 who visited the Oakwell Park event as part of the latest ‘First Saturday of the Month’ club visit. This parkrun, based at Birstall just off the M62, offered something a bit different to most of the parkuns in the area, sending runners through a mixed terrain and undulating course through a woodland setting. James Wright headed the Striders contingent, taking 4th place in 20:06. Nicola Carter was next, taking the 1st Lady placing with a time of 21:44. Ian Mitchell was next to complete the twisty course with a time of 22:28. He was joined by Julian Carr (23:55), recently joined member Mark Taylor (25:01), Edna Wood 31:54 and, after making a slight detour on the last lap (into a bog), Tom Burrell (35:25) completed the Striders line up. Watch out for details of where we will be visiting on the 6th August for our next club parkrun trip.
striders @ oakwell Striders at Oakwell parkrun

tom in a bog Tom’s trainers after a slight detour!

On the Stray, Gareth Conkleton (21:34) was first Strider across the line at the Harrogate event. Jason Green secured a PB with 21:46 and just behind was Andy Roberts (21:51). Graeme Kilvingotn, returning from injury, clocked 25:05 to finish just ahead of Paul Heywood (25:28). Katie Byrne secured a 33:26 and Emma Hall completed her 3 laps in 36:00.

An interesting battle is taking place between new member Rob Earl and Guy Close at parkrun. Both have recently dipped under the sub 19:00 mark and seem to be following each other around at recent events. This week they took on Fountains Abbey, with both securing PB’s. Rob stopped the timer on 18:30, with Guy following in 18:55. Sub 18 minutes this year chaps?

Tony Everitt ran at the Wetherby event and bagged a PB in a time of 27:10. Also achieving a PB was Sean Brennan who visited Dalby Forest and completed the course in 20:53.

Sunday = Raceday
Sunday was much drier for the six Striders out and about.

In the Lake District, James Warburton completed the full distance Windermere Triathlon in a time of 02:35:00 to take 7th place overall. Down in Derbyshire, Andy Robinson visited Chatsworth House – not as a tourist, but as a Triathlete! He took on the Peak District Sprint distance triathlon, finishing in 01:23:30.

Up in Newcastle, Nicola Carter took 2nd place in the V45 category at the Great North 10k. Finishing in the International Stadium at Gateshead, Nicola recorded a time of 44:00.

Closer to home, the club was represented at the annual Eccup 10 Mile race. Jason Green was the first Strider to collect his finishing t-shirt in a time of 01:16:17. Newly joined member David Halladay was just over t two minutes behind, finishing with the clock showing 01:18:47. Prolific racer Dawn Richardson completed the Striders line up, securing a time of 01:38:19.

david halladay at Eccup David Halladay at the Eccup 10 Mile

Any results we have missed?
Please let us know if you have taken on an event that we have not reported on. We would love our members to write up short reports on the events they take part in – if you want to submit anything, please send to James Wright via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk.


Bed Race Day!

Saturday was a busy day for a number of Striders, primarily due to the Bed Race, but is started with club representation at Harrogate parkrun.

Ian Mitchell headed the Striders contingent, clocking a time of 21:06. Mark Taylor secured a PB with a time of 23:15, and he was followed by Paul Heywood, who also achieved a PB in a time of 25:00. Rob Charlesworth was next to complete his 3 laps of the Stray, reaching the finish line in 28:10. Edna Wood continued her return to running from injury, before taking on marshaling duties at the Bed Race, with a time of 32:15.

The main event of the day was the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. The club had three teams in the 51st running of the event, with a mix of old and new participants taking on this crazy Yorkshire event! After the parade through the town centre, it was down to business at 3pm with teams setting off every 10 seconds from Conyngham Hall.
The Striders men’s team started the day with three main aims – to finish in the Top 5, to finish in less than 15 minutes and to beat the Nidd Valley men’s team. The gents had a strong run throughout and secured 4th place overall after successfully overtaking two teams (including one shoulder to shoulder effort in the market place) to complete the course in 14:07. This was 1 minute faster than last year and 20 seconds ahead of Nidd Valley! Special thanks to ‘super-sub’ Simon Shaw for stepping into the team on Thursday morning after Guy Close was taken down by the dreaded River Nidd lurgy earlier in the week (hope you are feeling better soon Guy!). The Ladies team, which included 3 first time bed racers, completed the course in 22:24 to take 77th position overall. Our club Mixed Team – the ‘Blue Bullet Flyers’ – secured a 17th place finish with a speedy 16:39. Bring on the 2017 race!

team striders

A big thanks to Andy Robinson for undertaking a large number of wheel repairs on all three beds prior to Saturday, Stewart Hymas for offering the use of his entry for our mixed team, the club members who marshaled at the event on behalf of our teams (Alison Jackson, Edna Wood, Paul Heywood, Mark Shelton and Eric Morley) and all of the club members who were out on the course cheering the teams on – its a big boost to hear “go on Striders” when you are wanting to stop at the top of Castle Ings (and most other places on the course!!). Also a huge thanks to Martin Brock and the rest of the team at the Knaresborough Lions – without them, the event wouldn’t happen.

Some summer dates for the diary….

We have a number of events coming up at the club over the summer months – get them in your diary now!

21st June – Talk by Ultra Runner Matty Brennan and overview of nutrition brand ‘Mountain Fuel’. This event is to be hosted by our friends at Harrogate Harriers. The event will be held in Harrogate Squash Club (off Plantation Drive) @20:30.

5th July – Our next ‘Predicata Run’ will be held on the first Tuesday of July. Guess your finish time for either the 5 km or 5 mile course – the closest to their predicted time is the winner!

19th July – The next club Time Trial will be followed by our yearly summer BBQ. A small charge (TBA) for the BBQ, including meat, salads and deserts.

2nd August – We will be joined by representatives of Brooks and Tom Tom who will be down at the club to allow our members to try out the latest gear. You will be able to try out a pair of Brooks trainers for the duration of the training sessions that night and track your activity with a trial of the latest Tom Tom watches.

‘Summer’ Road League and a trip to Dalby – Weekly Results

A bit wet for the ‘Summer’ road league
The 3rd race of the Harrogate District Summer Road League certainly didn’t have a Summer feel to it with cold, wet and windy conditions experienced up at Swaledale last Tuesday. The weather conditions didn’t put off 21 Striders attending however with all enjoying strong runs in anticipation for the top buffet afterwards!

The first yellow and blue vest across the line was Tom Calvert (37:29) who managed to hold off Martin Brock (37:42) and Rob Clarke (38:28). Andy Robinson was next, completing the undulating course in 39:14. Guy Close crossed the finish line on his HDSRL debut in a time of 39:45, with James Wright (40:08) and Dan Wilson (41:48) following. Nicola Carter was the first lady Strider (42:44) and she was joined by Gareth Conkleton (43:20), Ian Mitchell (43:46), Stewart Hymas (45:17), Andy Roberts (45:19), Sean Brennan (45:35), Derek Calvert (47:19), Sue Morley (53:41), Tom Burrell (55:13), Tony Everitt (55:37), Natalie Hale (56:40), Claire Killingworth (57:37) and Tracy Allison (58:31).

Club parkrun visit to Dalby
A 07:15am rendezvous didn’t put off 9 Striders heading over to the Dalby Forest on Saturday morning for the latest club parkrun trip. This new event (this was the 12th run) offers something a bit different to some of the more local parkruns. Simon Shaw recorded his first sub 19minute parkrun of the year with a time of 18:55 to lead the Striders contingent home. He was joined by James Wright (19:29), Andy Robinson (20:35), Nicola Carter (21:20), Tony Everitt (27:22), Tracy Allison (27:42), Natalie Hale (28:08), Tom Burrell (29:35) and Edna Wood (32:40).

At Harrogate, Tom Calvert had a strong run to complete the three lap course in 18:43. New member Rob Earl was next, clocking a PB time of 20:06. Also recording a PB was Graham Yare in a time of 20:19. He was followed by Ian Mitchell 21:12, Andrew Roberts 21:36, Gareth Conkleton 21:57, Jason Green 22:10, Derek Calvert 22:41, Julian Carr 23:43, Paul Heywood 25:55 (26min pacing) and Rob Charlesworth 29:02

Fountains Abbey regular Dawn Richardson smashed another PB out of the park, stopping the timer on 27:47. What a year so far for Dawn!

Guy Close recorded a sub 19 minute parkrun for the first time by achieving a time of 18:56 at the York event.

Down South at St Albans, Alison Jackson visited her 4th different parkrun and finished in a time of 31:34.

Galloping in Grasmere and Climbing up Penyghent
Up in the Lakes, James Warburton and Charlotte Hines took on the Grassmere Gallop 10km Trail Race. James Warburton finished in 4th place with a time of 41:57, with Charlotte following in 1:06:45.

Sue Morley was also competing on Saturday, taking on a 5.9 mile route up and down Penyghent. The route involved 1850ft of climbing but Sue had a strong race, finishing in 01:30:05 to take 1st prize in the LV60 category.


Here, There and Everywhere – Weekly Results

HDSRL Race 2 – A brilliant turnout once again
Another busy week of events for Striders started at Harrogate Hockey club last Tuesday for the 2nd race of the 2016 Harrogate District Road League, hosted by Nidd Valley Road Runners. Keith Emery led the Striders contingent once again, finishing in 31:23. Tom Calvert, Rob Clarke and Martin Brock were all tightly packed, clocking times of 32:51, 33:12 and 33:16 respectively. Andy Robinson was next in 34:49, closely followed by James Wright (35:24). Dan Wilson made a return to racing after injury with a time of 36:27 and finished a minute ahead of the first lady Strider Nicola Carter (37:27). Sima Lowery (38:15) was next, holding off the challenge of Sean Brennan (38:26) and HDSRL first timer Gareth Conkleton (38:34). Stewart Hymas (39:27), Andy Roberts (39:43), Julian Carr (39:58) were all closely packed and were followed by Derek Calvert (41:16), Ian Mitchell (42:07), Sue Morley (46:07), Tony Everitt (47:25), Tom Burrell (48:45), Claire Killingworth (48:55), Natalie Hale (50:12), Tracey Allison (50:19) and, another HDSRL debutant, Mark Shelton (50:42).

Fun of the Fair at Harrogate
The weather was perfect for parkrunners on Saturday morning. At Harrogate, the course took a slight deviation through the Fun Fair which made for an interesting sight! Simon Shaw continued his injury comeback with a strong time 19:10. Ian Mitchell warmed up for the Melmerby 10k in a time of 20:39, with Andy Roberts following in PB time of 21:08. Gareth Conkleton, Derek Calvert and Mark Shelton all secured PB’s in times of 21:55, 22:26 and 26:34. Rob Charlesworth finished in 29:29 and tail running for the event was James Wright in 43:51.

Guy Close visited Pontefract parkrun for the second week in a row, recording 19:33 on the stopwatch. At the Rutland Water event, Mark Taylor secured a parkrun PB in a time of 23:04.

Sunday is Raceday
On Sunday, the club was represented at four events, with our round-up starting up in Scotland at the Edinburgh Marathon. Julian Carr took on his first ever marathon and completed the course in a cracking time of 04:02:17 (“including a minute for the toilet”).

In Liverpool, three Striders went ‘Rock N Rolling” around the streets of Liverpool for 13.1miles. The event is part of the “Rock N Roll” Marathon series which hosts events worldwide including Las Vegas and Madrid. Andrea Price was first Strider back, crossing the line in 02:02:52. Joining her were Dawn Richardson, smashing her HM PB in 02:07:59 and Clare McKenzie who finished in 02:10:32.

Graham Yare took on the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham. The event consists of a 1.2km swim, 56mile bike ride and a 13.1mile swim. Graham finished in a course PB time of 05:58:18.

Closer to home, ten Striders competed in the Melmerby 10k. Andy Robinson secured a PB, the first of 6 for the team in attendance, with a time of 38:55. James Wright chased down Andy, clocking a PB smashing 39:18. Ian Mitchell sprinted past four other competitors on the finish straight to secure a time of 42:41. Nicola Carter was first Lady Strider in a PB time of 43:30 and was joined by Stewart Hymas (45:11), Natalie Hale (55:54 – PB), Paul Heywood (58:42 – PB), Clare Rogers (59:00 – PB), Bill Kirkpatrick (01:03:31) and Alison Jackson (01:07:54).

A few mountains conquered – its the weekly round-up

It was the first Striders trip of the year this weekend, with 13 club members taking on events ranging from 5km to full triathlons, but there was also plenty of representation at parkrun events on Saturday morning and that’s where we start our weekly round-up.

parkruns galore
At Harrogate parkrun, Gareth Conkleton was first Strider back, finishing in a time of 22:37. He was joined by Paul Heywood (25:33), Anthony Everitt (27:04) and Tracy Allison (28:14).

Five parkruns had a sole Striders representative, with Julian Carr staying closest to home with a 22:58 run at Fountains Abbey. Andy Roberts headed to Richmond (London) and completed the course in 22:42. Tom Calvert was also in London and took on the Crystal Palace event, finishing in a time of 19:15. Graham Yare recorded 20:25 at Andover (Hampshire) and Guy Close visited the fast course at Pontefract, completing the event in 19:13.

Keswick Mountain Festival Trip

The Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District was the event of choice for the first Striders trip of 2016. The weather forecast had been mixed in the build up to the event and it didn’t ‘disappoint’ with the weather throwing everything at the Striders in attendance over the weekend – especially for the ones camping!

The majority of those attending from the club arrived on Friday and were greeted with a night of rain and wind whilst watching the first music concert of the weekend, including the headliners ‘Bjorn Again’. After a bit of dancing (AKA dodging the rain), it was back to the campsite or for the lucky ones, a B&B!

The sporting events started on Saturday morning with the Short Triathlon kicking off at 8am. Natalie Hale represented the Striders in this event which was made up of a 400m swim in Derwent Water (a chilly 11c at the time), a 10 mile bike ride along an undulating course and a 5km run back to the festival area at Crow Park. Natalie completed the event in 01:42:57.

The morning weather gradually worsened and by the time the 25km trail race was about to start the heavens had opened! Six Striders were undeterred however and headed to the start line with trepidation of what was to come. A challenging, hilly course was expected (it’s the Lake District after all!) and a challenge was certainly encountered with a total climb of 2,537ft in the race overall. First back into the finish arena was Martin Brock, stopping the clock on 02:38:36. He was followed just over 7 minutes later by James Wright in 02:45:46. Stewart Hymas and new club member Jason Green had a good tussle (only 28 seconds between them), with both finishing just under the 3 hour mark in 02:59:25 and 02:59:53 respectively. Sue Morley was the first lady Strider back, finishing 2nd in her age category with a time of 03:37:14. Nicola Carter completed the Striders line up in the 25km event, crossing the line in 03:51:04 (and she was joined by Harrogate Harriers Sue Moul (03:51:10) and Jodie Perry (03:51:11)).

The weather had improved by early afternoon and was warm for the next event – a 5km trail race which took a route through woodland, before bringing the runners alongside the lake for the 2nd half of the race. James Warburton had a strong race to take 3rd place overall (great to see a Strider on the podium at the medal ceremony!) in a time of 21:37. He was followed by Andy Robinson who secured 6th place with a time of 22:49. Charlotte Hines represented the club for the first time at a race, stopping the clock on 31:27. Next back to the finish was Clare Rogers, who completed her first ever trail race in 38:05. James Wright went around the course with Clare to complete his double header for the day in a time of 38:06.

Calmer weather greeted Striders taking on events during Sunday. Starting at 8am, James Warburton took on the Long Triathlon which consisted of an 800m open water swim, 20 mile bike ride and a 10km trail run. James completed the course in 02:27:05 to take 9th place overall.

The final event of the weekend was the 10km trail race. A boat trip across the lake was required to get to the start area, giving participants an added bonus of seeing the fantastic views of the area from a different perspective. Andy Robinson secured 15th place overall out of 550 runners (and 2nd in his start wave) in a speedy 49:56. ‘Fresh’ from the 25km event on Saturday, Jason Green completed the course in 01:05:57 and was closely followed by Eric Morley (01:09:08), Charlotte Hines (01:10:04) and Mark Shelton (01:14:11). Emma Hall completed the Striders line up and her first ever 10km (could you have picked a tougher 10k event Emma?!) with a time of 01:45:44.

A fantastic weekend was had by all on the 2nd ever Striders weekend trip away. We have a further trip planned in September to the Equinox 24 hour race where we will compete as a team to complete as many laps of the 10km course as possible. If we can get at least a further four Striders signed up, we can take two teams. We will be heading down on the Friday afternoon (16/09) and returning on Sunday afternoon (18/09). If you don’t want to be involved in the relay team/s, you are more than welcome to join us and take on the individual 10km event or just come and be part of the support crew. Family and friends get into the event for free which includes camping. See James Wright at a club night for more information.

5k’s, 10k’s, 10 miles and a Triathlon – Striders taking on all distances

It was a mild morning for parkrun on Saturday, with Striders visiting five different venues. At Harrogate, Martin Brock broke the Striders parkrun record at the course with a PB time of 18:31. He was joined by Ian Mitchell (20:47), a PBing Andy Roberts (21:53), Julian Carr (22:27), Derek Calvert (22:44), Paul Heywood (25:05 – PB), Mark Shelton (26:53), Tony Everitt (27:05), Tracy Allison (27:56), Rob Charlesworth (28:16) and Emma Hall (34:50 – PB).

Over at York, Eric Morley secured a time of 26:32. At the Riverside event in Chester Le Street, Nicola Carter stopped the clock on 21:05. Dawn Richardson warmed up for the Ripon 10 Mile with a visit to Fountains Abbey parkrun, finishing in at time of 28:11. At Keswick, which will be descended on by Striders this coming weekend for the 1st club trip of 2016, Simon Shaw made a welcome return to running after 9 months out injured to record a time of 20:27.

Sunday – Race Day!
On Sunday, Striders were represented at three events – a 10k, a 10 mile and a Triathlon. In Stamford Bridge near York, three Striders took on the fast and flat Derwent Dash 10k. James Wright finished in 39:50 securing a PB over the 10k distance. Guy Close was close behind, finishing in 40:06. Clare Rogers was another PBer for the distance, finishing in 01:01:54.Striders at Derwent Dash 2016

At the Ripon 10 Mile, regular racers Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson completed the multi terrain event, which includes some running through the Studley Royal estate. They finished in 01:38:44 and 01:40:58 respectively.

Two members visited the Harrogate Triathlon based at Ashville College. In the Sprint event, consisting of a 420m swim, 24km bike and 5km run, new member James Warburton finished 1st in his age category with a time of 01:12:46. Taking on her first triathlon event, Tracy Allison took on the ‘Try a Tri’ race which consisted of a 180m swim, 12km bike and 2.5km run. Tracy clocked a time of 01:08:33.

Up the Fells
On Tuesday 10th May, two Striders took on the Jack Bloor fell race based at Ilkley. The 8.4km course, with over 350m of climbing, was completed by Keith Emery (45:23) and Sue Morley (01:06:52 – 1st V60).