Weekly Round-Up – A hot few days for running

A good turnout at the HDSRL Race 1
It was a warm night for the first of the 2016 Summer Road League races at Ilkley last Thursday. A total of 378 took on the course, with 21 of those representing Knaresborough Striders.

First over the line for the club was Keith Emery, finishing 19th in 29:19. Just under a minute behind was Tom Calvert (30:16) who just held off Martin Brock (30:49). Rob Clarke and Andy Robinson were close all the way around the course, finishing in 31:28 and 31:52 respectively. James Wright was the next Strider back (33:44), followed by Nicola Carter who claimed 1st place in her age category with a time of 34:49. Ian Mitchell had a strong second half in the race to stop the clock on 35:33, leading a pack of six Striders finishing within four minutes of each other. Packed closely were Sima Lowrey (36:19), Conrad Garcia (36:38), Sean Brennan (36:48), Andy Roberts (37:28), Stewart Hymas (37:41) and Julian Carr (38:54). It was the battle of the Morleys next, with Sue (43:51) just finishing ahead of Eric (44:00). Tom Burrell, taking on his first event for Striders this year, completed the course in 45:01, thirteen seconds ahead of Tony Everett (45:14). Completing her first event in Striders colours was Claire Killingworth (46:14) and she was joined by Tracy Allison (47:35) and Edna Wood (48:47).

The second race of the series is to be hosted by Nidd Valley Road Runners on Tuesday 24th May @ 19:45. The event will start and finish at Harrogate Hockey club – see here for more details. You can still register for the series – see Eric on a Tuesday night at training.

Club visit to York parkrun
The latest club parkrun was held on Saturday, this time ticking the York event off the list. Seven Striders made their way over to the Knvesmire on a beautiful morning for running. Ian Mitchell led home the Striders contingent, completing the flat course in 21:54. Paul Heywood was next, securing a parkrun PB with a time of 24:31. Tracy Allison stopped the timers on 28:36, and was joined by a 11 year old future Strider Chris Winn (30:31), a Leeds Half Marathon prepping James Wright (30:31) and Edna Wood (30:33). Completing their first ever parkruns were new members Annette and Mark Harper who completed the event in 34:59 and 35:00 respectively.

At Harrogate, Guy Close (or should we call him Mr PB) bagged his 3rd consecutive parkrun PB with a time of 19:13. Nick Wallen was next down the finishing straight, clocking 23:31. Mark Shelton secured a PB in 27:05 and was joined by Rob Charlesworth (28:10) and a PBing Emma Hall (35:00).

Over in Ireland, Laura Baker took on the Navan event, clocking a time of 28:07.

At the Dulwich event in London, Tom Calvert finished in the top 10 with a time of 18:30. Derek Calvert was also in attendance, completing the course in 22:39.

Leeds Half Marathon
The hottest day of the year didn’t provide the most welcome of conditions for the 2016 Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday….but at least it was dry I suppose!! Eleven Striders made the short journey over to Leeds to take on the undulating course and were led home by James Wright (01:31:57). Nicola Carter and Sima Lowery had another close race, finishing in 01:41:19 and 01:41:33 respectively. Julian Carr was next across the finish line in Millennium Square (01:48:19) followed by Sean Brennan (01:49:48), Gemma Harding (02:05:33), Andrea Price (02:08:04) and the prolific PBer Dawn Richardson (02:09:57). Rachel Hargreaves was the next Strider back (02:15:33), with Natalie Hale (02:17:21) shortly behind. Mark Shelton, who only entered the event at 07:30 on the morning, followed with a time 02:26:00 and, taking on her first event since joining the Striders, Clare Rogers, who finished in 02:32:57.


3.1 to 110 miles – Striders take on everything!

Our weekly round-up starts with a belated WELL DONE to Dave Cremins who came 3rd in the Temple Newsam trail marathon on Sunday 17th April. He recorded a time of 04:06:09.

Moving onto this weekends results, it was a dry morning (for a change!) at parkrun. At Harrogate, Guy Close secured a course PB with a time of 19:22. He was joined by James Wright (19:51), a PB beating Paul Heywood (25:25), Eric Morley (26:44), Anthony Everitt (27:35), Rob Charlesworth (28:38), Tracy Allison (28:51) and Laura Baker, taking on her first parkrun, finished in 29:45. Over at Fountains Abbey, Andy Roberts secured a PB with a time of 22:00. Derek Calvert followed, stopping the clock on 22:43. At Crystal Palace, Tom Calvert took 5th place in 18:53.

Over Saturday and Sunday, Graham Yare took on the extremely challenging Hardmoors 110 mile race. The course starts at Filey Brigg, with the runners taking the Cleveland Way from there to Helmsley (via Scarborough, Whitby, Staithes, Saltburn, Roseberry Topping, Kildale, Wainstones, Osmotherly and an element of Sutton Bank. Graham completed the challenge in 33:47:39. Great effort!

Sean Brennan completed the Coniston Fell Race on Sunday. Weather conditions meant the course was altered but it was still a tough multi terrain event, including 2,345ft of climbing! Sean completed the 6.4 mile event in 01:31:38.

After the Tour De Yorkshire had made its way through Kirkbymoorside on Sunday, the annual 10k took place. Dawn Richardson was the first Strider across the line, securing a 10k PB in 56:19. Andrea Price was just over two minutes behind, stopping the clock on 58:35. Bill Kirkpatrick had a solid run to finish in 01:05:19.

At the Yorkshire Warrior event, based at Rudding Park, the club was represented in both the 5 and 10 mile races. Graham Taylor took a podium spot in the 5 mile race, finishing 3rd (out of 828) in a time of 55:17. Sima Lowery and Nicola Carter particiapted in the 10 mile event as part of the ‘Rigton Renegades’ team and completed the obstacle course in just over 03:35:00.

Weekend Results – parkruns to marathons

It was a weekend of differing events for club members –from parkruns to marathons.

Striders headed out to four different parkruns on Saturday morning. At Harrogate, Paul Heywood set a PB with a time of 26:18 and he was joined by Edna Wood, who completed the event in PB time of 27:56. Nicola Carter visited the Gateshead event and took the 1st lady spot in a PB time of 21:17. Guy Close set his 3rd PB in a row at Fountains Abbey, completing the course in 19:18. At Wetherby, Anthony Everitt stopped the clock on 27:50.

On Sunday morning, perfect running conditions greeted 13 Striders at the Fountains 10k. Tom Calvert set an excellent time of 38:42 to take 8th place, just holding off Martin Brock who completed the multi terrain course in 39:22. James Wright was next up the final climb to the finish line, stopping the clock on 43:28. Nicola Carter was the first lady Strider across the line (44:54), just holding off Ian Mitchell (45:12).Sean Brennan had a strong run to finish in 46:27 and was followed by Derek Calvert who just dipped under the 50 minute mark with a time of 49:59. Gemma Harding was next (55:44), shortly followed by prolific racer Andrea Price (59:41). Completing his first event in Striders colours (and his longest run ever) was Paul Heywood in a time of 01:00:48. Edna Wood was only 7 seconds behind Paul (01:00:55), with Dawn Richardson (01:01:59) and Anne Cooley (01:11:40) completing the Striders line up.

The club had two representatives in the London Marathon. Graham Yare, finished in 03:26:54, securing him a PB for the marathon distance. Katie Gray was also in the capital and secured a finish time of 05:44:55. Well done to Graham and Katie from all at Striders.

Weekend Results – 16th and 17th April

After a week of turmoil for parkrun, due to the decision by a local parish council to charge Little Stoke parkrun for use of the events venue, it was good to see Striders well represented at four different parkrun events.

At the Harrogate event, five Striders battled against strong winds to complete the 3 laps of the Stray. Sean Brennan was the first Strider to the finish, coming across the line in 22:08. He was chased down by Nick Wallen (24:19), a PB smashing Mark Shelton (27:54), Rob Charlesworth (29:11) and completing her first ever parkrun, Emma Hall finished with a time of 37:01.

Across at Fountains Abbey, perfect running conditions greeted the five Striders in attendance. James Wright stopped the clock on 20:00 and he was joined by Derek Calvert (23:07), Paul Heywood (28:28), Dawn Richardson (28:44 – PB) and Edna Wood (28:58).

At York, Julian Carr dodged the puddles on the Knavesmire course to finish in 23:44. Down in London, Tom Calvert finished 3rd at the Crystal Palace event with a time of 19:08.

The latest club championship event, the Ben Campbell 10k, was visited by eight Striders on Sunday morning. The tough event based in Kilburn Woods at Sutton Bank, is arranged in memory of popular club member Ben who sadly died in January 2015. The final results are not yet available but the finishing order for Striders was Andy Robinson, Nicola Carter (1st Lady), Stewart Hymas, Sima Lowery (2nd Lady), Sue Morley, Eric Morley, Tony Everitt and Tracy Allison. In the 5k event, James Wright took 1st place, with Ian Mitchell securing 2nd place.

The inaugural ‘Vale of York 10 Mile’ event, based at Rufforth airfield, was also held on Sunday. Guy Close set a PB over the 10 mile distance to finish in a chip time of 01:07:37. He was joined at the event by regular racers Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson. Andrea completed the flat course in 01:31:58, with Dawn finishing with a time of 01:38:49.

A weekend without rain….surely not!

The sun is shining….finally!
The weather finally showed signs of Spring on Saturday morning, giving perfect conditions for the club members taking on a parkrun.

At Harrogate, Nicola Carter was the first Strider along the finish straight, stopping the clock on 21:31. Sean Brennan and Gareth Conkleton were split by just under 1 minute, completing the event in 22:36 and 23:34. Nick Wallen was next, finishing with a time of 24:10 and he was joined by Edna Wood (28:26) Irene George (29:56) who both achieved PB’s.

Guy Close was the first of four Striders at Fountains Abbey and secured his second consecutive PB with a time of 19:20. Ian Mitchell finished his two laps in 21:08 and was followed by a PB securing Derek Calvert (22:30) and Anthony Everitt (27:26).

Tom Calvert took on the Crystal Palace event in London, taking 5th place with a time of 20:32.

Hills, hills and more hills in Sheffield
Prolific racers Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson took part in the Yorkshire Half Marathon on Sunday. The course takes runners on an ‘up and down’ course through Sheffield, with the first 6 miles all up hill. Both ladies had excellent runs to finish in 02:05:43 and 02:12:31 respectively.
d and a at sheffield

Something a bit different…
Club Membership Secretary Andy Robinson also participated in an event on Sunday – the Ampleforth Duathlon. The event consisted of a 5km run, a 20km cycle and finished with a run of 2.5km. Andy completed the course in 01:05:20.

parkrun in the rain – is there a better way to start the weekend?

A very wet Saturday morning didn’t put off 9 Striders attending a parkrun event.

On the Stray, Gareth Conkleton led home the Striders contingent with a time of 23:06. Following him were Rob Charlesworth (28:18) and, completing her first Harrogate parkrun, Edna Wood (29:33).

Guy Close took 5 seconds of his PB at Fountains Abbey, completing the fast and flat course in 19:23.

The latest ‘first Saturday of the month’ club parkrun visit was to Wetherby. The weather seemed to put a few off, but the club still had 4 representatives present. Nicola Carter secured a course PB and was first lady home with a time of 21:18. Eric Morley recorded 26:11 and following him were Anthony Everitt (27:25) and Tracy Allison (28:00).

Sean Brennan headed over to Dalby Forest for the 3rd running of this new event. He completed the course in 21:27.

A brighter morning on Sunday gave good running conditions for Dawn Richardson and Mark Shelton’s participation in the Wakefield 10k. Dawn smashed her 10k PB, finishing in a time of 57:05, with Mark stopping the clock 37 seconds later in 57:42.

Easter Weekend Results

A trip to the Seaside
The Easter weekend got off to an eggcellent start for Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson as they took on a race in sunny Bridlington. They completed the ‘Easter 5 Mile Dash’ in 44:58 and 47:49 respectively.
dawn and andrea Brid

parkrun – Five events visited
Windy and overcast conditions greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning. Striders were represented by fifteen members at five different events.

Starting with Harrogate, Sean Brennan and Nicola Carter had an eggciting battle to finish 3 seconds apart, finishing in 22:13 and 22:16. Gareth Conkleton and Nick Wallen were next across the finish line, completing the 3 lap course with cracking times of 23:10 and 24:49. Rob Charlesworth (28:58) and Dawn Richardson (30:02) completed the Striders line up.

At York, Guy Close, a regular visitor to this event on the Knavesmire, clocked 19:24.

Fountains Abbey was visited by four Striders. Ian Mitchell took on the event for the first time and finished in 20:39. Tom Burrell achieved a PB with a time of 26:46 and he was closely followed by a PBing Tracy Allison (27:39) and Tony Everitt (27:44).

Up the A1 in Northallerton, Andy Robinson equaled his PB at the event, finishing in 20:01 to take finish token number 2. Joining him was Julian Carr who completed the 2 lap course in 23:08.

Down in London at the Dulwich parkrun, Tom Calvert secured a speedy 18:42 and Derek Calvert smashed his PB to finish in 22:08.

Wetherby parkrun visit – Saturday 2nd April
Our next ‘first Saturday of the month’ parkrun visit is to Wetherby. Meet us there or if you want to participate in the car share, please meet at Knaresborough Cricket Club for 08:15am (08:20am departure).

Zero to Hero – Class of 2016 – UPDATE@21/03/16

UPDATE @ 21/03/16
Since the original ‘Zero to Hero – Class of 2016’ article was published on 13/03/16, we have had four more graduates. Completing a 5km run at a club night were the following –
– Matt Truscott
– Janette Chadwick
– Linda Leach
– Hannah Whitehead

The club has successfully delivered its second ‘Zero to Hero’ course – taking novice runners through an 8 week plan to get them from light jogging upto completing a 5km run. We have had 16 graduates this year who all deserve a massive ‘WELL DONE’ from all club members.

The following have successfully completed the course via a 5km run at the club and/or the Harrogate parkrun on Saturday 5th March – Shona Jefferson
– Irene George
– Fyn Lees
– Joanna Simpson
– Helen Appleyard
– Natasha Baronovsky
– Peter Drew
– Tanya Francis
– Natalie Slack
– Karen Smith
– Kelly Swale
– Stephanie Whincup
– Connie Woodall
– Robert King
– Anna Cooley
– Lisa Anderson.

We look forward to seeing all of their continued improvement and development at the club as part of the ‘Heros’ group leading into the summer months.

The photo below is of some of the ‘Zero to Hero’ group members, along with other Striders members who were running or volunteering, after the Harrogate parkrun on Saturday March 5th.
parkrun z2h

A Mixed Bag of Events – Weekend Results

Striders were out in force over the weekend, attending six events of various distances and terrains.

Starting on Saturday with parkrun, at the Harrogate event Derek Calvert secured a Personal Best time of 22:32 to lead home a Striders contingent of eight. Sean Brennan was next in 23:45 and Rob Charlesworth secured a PB with a time of 27:37. Coming across the line together in 28:04 were Tracy Allison and Tony Everitt who were both celebrating their 50th parkruns (great achievement!). Rosie Crawford and Joanna Simpson both recorded PB’s, finishing in 29:06 and 29:37 respectively. Joining them was Anne Cooley, who just missed out on a PB with a finish time of 31:32.

At Fountains Abbey, Conrad Garcia made his 3rd visit to the event and finished in 21:30. Clare Mckenzie and Karen McNaughton visited the course for the 1st time, finishing in 27:14 and 29:49.

Graham Yare also attended an event on Saturday morning, but it was slightly longer then parkrun! He completed the Hardmoors 55 mile race, which takes runners along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Guisborough, in a solid time of 11:50:49.

Moving on to Sunday, the first day of Spring greeted runners with a hot and sunny morning. Andrea Price took on the Fleet Half Marathon (Hampshire) and finished in a personal best time of 01:59:56 (first time under two hours – well done Andrea!).

At Bramham Park, Mark Shelton and Emma Hall took on the 10km course at the Major Series event. This is far from a normal 10km event however, with numerous obstacles to go under, jump over or go through (including a river)! Emma clocked a time of 02:59:31, with Mark close behind in 02:59:42.

The Thirsk 10 mile race was the venue for the second Club Championship event of 2016. The sun was really beating down at the 11am start and didn’t relent until the last runners were coming through. The club had eleven members in attendance who were led home by new member Tom Calvert in a time of 01:03:10. Andy Robinson and Guy Close were neck and neck at the 5 mile point but Andy nudged ahead in the last 3 miles to complete the course in 01:07:12, with Guy stopping the clock on 1:09:13. Ian Mitchell had a strong run to make his mark on the championship standings, finishing in 01:11:57. James Cornforth made up some serious ground on other Striders in the 2nd half of the race to cross the line in 01:13:02. Nicola Carter was the first Striders lady back with a chip time of 01:13:42. Sima Lowery wasn’t far behind , finishing with a time of 01:14:11 to hold off Stewart Hymas (01:15:01), Sean Brennan (01:17:55), Natalie Hale (01:34:43) and Dawn Richardson (01:36:21).

If we have missed any results, please let us know via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk