Spring has sprung – Weekend Results

It was a glorious weekend for running, with the Spring sunshine finally deciding to make an appearance for the 21 Striders taking on events. We have scoured the internet for results of events we know about, but if we have missed any out, please let us know via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk.

Sun shines for parkrunners
Starting with parkrun on Saturday morning, the Striders were represented at three events. At Harrogate, Guy Close was the first Strider to collect his finish token, completing the course in 19:54. Next back were Nicola Carter and Ian Mitchell, who were split by only 1 second, finishing in 22:04 and 22:05 respectively. They were joined on the Stray by Gareth Conkleton (24:13), Anthony Everitt (28:02), Andrea Price (28:12), Rob Charlesworth (28:43), a PB securing Joanna Simpson (30:20) and Emma Greveson (34:33).

At Fountains Abbey, Andy Robinson led home the Striders contingent of six with a PB time of 19:16. Jonny Chadwick had a solid run to notch a 22:45, and he was follows by Gemma Harding (25:18), Natalie Hale (30:04), Alison Jackson (30:09) and Irene George (31:06).

At Horton Park in Bradford, Tracy Allison finished with a time 29:33.

A 10k, A Marathon and an Adventure Race – Striders branching out into lots of different events!
The challenging Harewood House 10k was held on Sunday morning. This is a tough multi terrain course, with the final 1km up hill which gives the legs a real test to get over the finish line! Lucy Cartwright was the first Strider across the line, finishing just over the hour mark with a 01:01:07. Nor far behind was Joanne Fowler (01:02:00) and Bill Kirkpatrick finished his 2nd consecutive weekend of racing with a time of 01:06:20.
Striders @ Harewood 10km

On Saturday, Graham Yare finished 5th in the ‘Liverpool to Leeds Canal Canter Marathon’, based at Kirkstall Abbey, with a time of 03:42:10.

A little further afield, new member James Warburton competed in the Kilarney Adventure Race in Ireland. This is a gruelling, multi-discipline, 55km event consisting of a 20km Cycle, 14km trail run, 11km Cycle, 1km Kayak and a final 9km Cycle. He finished on the podium, taking 3rd place with a time of 02:32:49.



A parkrun takeover and a 10k through a theme park – all in a Saturday morning for Knaresborough Striders!

Harrogate parkrun takeover
The weekend started with the Striders takeover of Harrogate parkrun. Friday’s snow had left a rather soggy Stray for event #219 but that didn’t stop a huge turnout of volunteers from the club turning up to ensure the 212 parkrunners in attendance all started their weekends in the best possible way!

Despite the constant dodging of puddles and crocuses, a super 25 PB’s were recorded, with 23 first timers, including 5 Striders who were completing their first 5km event as a ‘graduation’ from our Zero to Hero group.
The first 3 Striders down the finish funnel were all volunteer pacers – Martin Brock (no time as he forgot his barcode!), Graham Yare (23:51 against a pace of 24:00) and Julian Carr (25:00 against a pace of 25:00 – 10/10 Julian for pacing it spot on!). New member Jonny Chadwick was next, completing his first ever parkrun in a time of 26:16. Pamela Singleton was our next pacer, finishing in 27:12, and she was followed by the first of our Zero to Hero graduates – Joanna Simpson and Helen Appleyard. They both stopped the clock on 30:58 and had big smiles on their faces when they crossed the line! Rosie Crawford finished in 31:03, with Irena George and Fyn Lees (both Z2H) crossing the line together to finish with a time of 32:56. Lara Woodall was the next Strider back, completing her 4th parkrun in 33:19. Shona Jefferson, the 5th of our Z2H graduates at the event, sprinted up the finish line to finish in a super 39:23. Anne Cooley 39:24, who has coached our Z2H groups for the last two years, was a second behind (39:24) and our volunteer tail runner was Ian Mitchell (46:11). A huge WELL DONE to all of our Z2H group who took on the parkrun challenge and a massive THANKS to all the Striders who volunteered for the event – let’s try and pick a warmer and dryer day next time!

Guy Close visited the York parkrun, completing the fast and flat course in 19:35.

Lightwater Valley 10k
Shortly after the parkrun, 10 Striders made their way to Lightwater Valley theme park (near Ripon) to take on the annual 10k. The event takes runners on a multi terrain and undulating course, with the last 3km ran through the theme park. James Wright was first Strider across the line (42:59) with Liam Kennedy following with a time of 49:53. Gemma Harding was the first Striders Lady back, completing the course in 55:36. Andrea Price finished in 58:22, just over a minute ahead of the ever improving Mark Shelton (59:43). The next three Striders were tightly bunched – with just 31 seconds splitting them all! Natalie Hale had a sprint battle with another runner up the last 50 metres to stop the clock on 01:02:07. Edna Wood, completing her first ever 10k event, was not far behind with a time of 01:02:15 and she was followed by the prolific eventer Dawn Richardson (01:02:38). Bill Kirkpatrick passed four runners with a sprint up the last 100m (it was like a scene from an Olympic final!) to finish in 01:04.54. Emma Greveson, completing her first 10k event, was cheered over the line by all the other Striders to finish with a superb time of 01:14:19.

If you participated in an event and we have missed your results, please let us know so we can publish the results.



What’s on in March?

Saturday 5th March – Takeover at Harrogate parkrun, Lightwater Valley 10k and Toms Social Pub Crawl
On Saturday 5th March, Striders are once again taking over the local parkrun event in Harrogate. This coincides with the Zero to Hero group ‘gradutating’ from their 8 week course so it will be great to see as many Striders as possible in attendance. In terms of the takeover, the main volunteer roster has now been fully populated but don’t let that stop you coming down to help out – the more the merrier, especially for cheery, encouraging marshals! Please can all those who have volunteered arrive at the Stray for no later then 08:30am for your role briefing.

The Lightwater Valley 10k takes place at 11:30am – which will mean a quick dash from parkrun for a number of Striders! If anyone is planning on attending both events and would like to participate in a car share, please email James Wright via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk or see him at training on Tuesday night. Entries will be available on the day – registration is from 10:15am until 11:15am.

After a busy morning, its time to chill out in Knaresborugh on the evening. Our Social Rep – Tom Burrell – will be leading us around the drinking establishments of town. Meet at the Crown for 19:00 if you want a bite to eat or 20:00 for drinks.

Saturday 19th March – Run Expo, Manchester
The yearly Run Expo is taking place at Manchester Event City from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March. The event allows visitors to try out the latest equipment, get expert advice on products and listen to the experiences of world famous runners such as Paula Radcliffe. The event runs in conjunction with the Swim, Triathlon and Bike Expo’s – one ticket covers all 4 events. The club has secured (after some savvy negotiating!) 50% off all tickets for its members – taking the price down to £5. The code is available on request from James Wright – contact via Facebook, Twitter (@KStriders), info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk or see him at a club night.

A number of Striders have already declared an interest in attending on Saturday 19th March and therefore if you would like to get involved in a car share to the event, let James know when asking for the code. More information on the event can be found at www.runexpo.co.uk.

Tuesday 29th March – 2016 Time Trial No.1
Our ever popular Time Trials return for 2016. These are timed 5km events open to all members. See the news article published by Eric for further details.



Weekend Results – 27th & 28th February

Two parkrun events were visited by Striders on Saturday morning. At Harrogate, 6 Striders completed the “slightly less boggy then recent weeks” course, with Guy Close leading the way in a time of 20:01. Sean Brennan and Ian Mitchell were next back, split by only 8 seconds, to finish in 22:20 and 22:28 respectively. Nick Wallen recorded a time of 27:13 and he was joined by Rob Charlesworth just under a minute later (28:11) and Tracy Allison (28:52). At the Crystal Palace event in London, Tom Calvert had a speedy run to finish in 18:57.

Andy Robinson headed down to Donnington Park for the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. This is the first time the Striders have been represented at this event, which attracted a large field of 1730. Andy completed the 8 mile course in 01:00:50.

On Sunday, Dan Wilson made the short journey across to Harewood House to take on the British Heart Foundation Half Marathon. On an undulating course of mixed terrain, Dan completed the event in 01:36:20 to take 55th place out of 987 competitors.

Graham Yare completed the Brox Breaker Trail Marathon in Scalby, Scarborough on Sunday afternoon. A mix up with routing however meant that the majority of competitors, including Graham, ended up completing 30 miles! He completed the event in 06:36:41.

If you took part in an event we are not aware of, please let us know your result via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk.



Club champs get underway and fell racers are nearly blown away….its the weekend results

Club Championship starts with Harrogate parkrun
A mass turnout of 17 Striders headed to Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning for the first Club Championship event of 2016. The course is still very much in its ‘winter state’, with corner 3 resembling a bog, but that didn’t stop 6 Striders achieving Personal Bests on the course. Martin Brock was the first to smash his PB, finishing in with a time of 19:26 (PB). The rapidly improving Guy Close recorded a PB to finish in 19:44 (PB) and he was followed by James Wright (20:31). The next two Striders to finish, Julian Carr and Ian Mitchell, had a head to head battle worthy of an Olympic final along the finish straight to both record a time of 22:55 (but Julian just pipped Ian by ‘a head’ on the line!). Closely behind was Derek Calvert, who recorded a PB with his 23:02. Andrew Roberts completed his 3 laps of the Stray in 23:52 and was joined by Harrogate parkrun first timer Gemma Harding (26:37), club coach Eric Morley (27:28), a PB smashing Andrea Price (27:59), Anthony Everitt (28:16), the constantly improving and PB recording Mark Shelton (28:50), Rob Charlesworth (29:00), Tracy Allison (29:24), Dawn Richardson (30:27), Anne Cooley (32:53) and Alison Jackson, who set a new PB time of 32:55. A big shout out to club member Sean Brennan for taking on the Race Director role – his volunteering efforts are greatly appreciated by all who attend the event on a weekly basis.

Down South in Dulwich, Tom Calvert recorded a PB with a time of 17:55.

5, 10 and 26.2 – Many Striders miles clocked on Sunday
In extremely wet and windy conditions on Sunday, three Striders took on the Ilkley Fell Race. The 5 mile course takes participants over mixed terrain and includes 1200ft of climbing. Keith Emery was first Strider back down the fell with a time of 53:13. Sean Brennan continued on his excellent form from the recent Peco XC series to finish his first fell race in club colours in 64:13. Taking 1st place in the V60 Women’s category was Sue Morley, who battled the elements to complete the course in 73:45
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The ‘Snake Lane 10’, based in Pocklington (East of York), also had three Striders in attendance. The second part of the course took runners into a strong headwind on the winding country roads. James Wright led home the club contingent in a course PB of 01:08:54. Clare McKenzie and Karen McNaughton were both taking part in their first ever 10 mile race and they beat the goal times they set themselves for the race, which formed part of their preparations for the Liverpool Half Marathon in May. Clare came across the finish line in 01:36:50 and Karen flew into the Market Place and sprinted over the line in 01:44:58. Thanks to Simon Shaw for coming to support the Striders….but sanity does have to be questioned….as he biked all the way over to Pocklington and back again!!
Pre snake lane Snake Lane goodies

Up in the North East, Graham Yare participated in the ‘Leas Marathon’. The event takes runners on 4 laps of a course along the South Shields coast, in the area around the Great North Run finish line. He finished the event in 03:38:17.



Snow, Sun and lots of fun – its the weekend round up!

parkrun – a cold start to the weekend

Snow showers greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning, with 13 Striders heading out into the cold to start the weekend off with a 5km run.

At Harrogate, which is the venue for our first club championship event this coming Saturday (20/02/16), Sean Brennan was first Strider home with a time of 23:00. He was joined by Julian Carr (25:50), Nick Wallen (26:04), Rob Charlesworth (29:09) and Emma Greveson (35:49).

Guy Close headed over to York and recorded an overall parkrun PB in a time of 19:06.

Fountains Abbey parkrun celebrated its 100th event, attracting a bumper attendance of 347. New member Tom Calvert recorded a course PB with a time of 18:22. He was followed exactly a minute later by Andy Robinson (19:22). Derek Calvert made his Fountains Abbey debut and completed the 2 lap course in 22:33. Liam Kennedy set a new parkrun PB in 23:30 and was joined by Andrea Price, who also recorded a PB (27:37), Dawn Richardson (28:54) and Bill Kirkpatrick (31:45).

Warmer weather for Peco XC

On Sunday morning, Striders finished off the 15/16 Peco Cross Country series with 15 members taking on the 4.7 mile course around Roundhay Park. With the sun shining and making conditions a little warmer than expected, the 600 runners were underway at 11am, with the first mile including a slippery trip up the notorious ‘Hill 60’.

Andy Robinson and James Wright were the first two Striders across the finish line, with Andy pushing ahead with 1.5 miles to go to finish in a time of 35:25, with James following 18 seconds later (35:43). Making a swift appearance on a break from university studies, James Cornforth was third Strider home, completing the course in 36:18. Sean Brennan (37:56), Nicola Carter (38:05 – 2nd in age category), Sima Lowery (38:47) were closely bunched up and were followed by Andy Roberts (42:11), Ian Mitchell (42:22) and, fresh from his 17 mile marathon training run on Saturday, Julian Carr (43:29). Sue Morley finished 2nd in her age category with a time of 47:02 to hold off the ever improving duo of Andrea Price (51:03) and Dawn Richardson (53:35). Edna Wood and Tracy Allison had a battle all the way round and were split by only 2 seconds at the end – finishing in 55:44 and 55:46 respectively. Making her third appearance of the season, Janet Morris finished strongly, stopping the clock on 57:33.
With Sundays race concluding the Peco series for another Winter, the final league standings have been announced. The ladies team took 1st place overall in the Vets 1st division (which sees them promoted the Vets Premier League for the 16/17 series) and 5th overall in the main 2nd division. It is hoped that two female Striders have taken top 3 places in their age categories – watch this space for further news! The men finished 4th in the 2nd division and 7th in the Vets 1st Division.



A trip to Pontefract and some muddy boots – all in a weekend of running for Striders

The weekend started with the latest monthly parkrun trip. The selected venue for the February trip was Pontefract – a one lap course around the racecourse. James Wright was first Strider across the finish line in 19:39, with Nicola Carter just under 2 minutes behind with a time of 21:35 (securing the ‘1st Female’ place and a course PB). The rain was really starting to come down hard now, but that didn’t put off Julian Carr or Ian Mitchell, who finished in 22:34 and 23:02 respectively. Taking on her first ever parkrun, Gemma Harding recorded a time of 24:34 and following her was Tracy Allison, who crossed the line in 29:30.

At Harrogate, Nick Wallen and Anthony Everitt put on the trail shoes for another ‘slip n slide’ around the Stray course to finish in 26:00 and 29:42. Fountains Abbey also had a visit from two Striders – Dawn Richardson (28:50) and Sue Randell (29:11).

A drier Sunday morning greeted Striders at two 10k events. At the Dewsbury 10k, Guy Close smashed his PB over the distance and set the bar high for the 2016 race season with a time of 39:18. Five Striders visited the Muddy Boots 10k, based at St Wilfrid’s school in Ripon. Liam Kennedy, who will be taking on a 100km run challenge later in the year for charity, was first Strider back in a time of 54:56. Andrea Price was next to complete the multi terrain course, clocking 01:01:24. The prolific Dawn Richardson recorded a course PB with a time of 01:03:51 and following her was Mark Shelton. In his first event representing the club, he stopped the clock in 01:05:01. Jane Day was just under a minute behind, finishing in a time of 01:05:56.

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Keswick Mountain Festival Update

The club trip to the Keswick Mountain Festival (Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May) is approaching fast and with ticket prices now available, it’s time to start booking!

The entry prices and cost of camping are summarised here.

Whilst this is advertised as a three day trip, please feel free to come and join us for however long you want. Maybe you just want to come up on the Saturday for the 10km event or do you want to make it a full week away by spending some time up in the Lake District prior to meeting up with fellow Striders over the weekend? There are a number of options for staying in the area – Camping, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Woodland Lodges, Caravans, etc. Where you choose to stay is up to you as the club will not be booking any accommodation for members to utilise. Meet up times will be advertised, especially for the sporting events and concerts, but come and go as you please!

As of 07/02/16, 9 Striders have signed up to an event and these entries are summarised here.. This will be updated every Friday evening (please let us know via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk if you have entered but have not been added to the document).

We will shortly have a designated area on the website for the 2016 trips – watch out for updates.



The month of love…..but let’s just go running instead!

Along with our usual Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions, there are a number of other events taking place in February. A summary of ‘Whats On’ is below.

Thursday 4th February – Emma David Training Session
Emma will be taking a structured session that is suitable for all abilities. These are always really worthwhile sessions, with great feedback provided from previous participants. Meet at the clubhouse at the normal time of 19:30.

Saturday 6th February – Pontefract parkrun
Our first monthly parkrun visit of 2016 is to Pontefract parkrun. If you haven’t taken part in a parkrun event before why not join us? A free, 5km event that is open to all abilities – just register at parkrun.org.uk for your barcode. We will be operating a car share scheme to this event – please meet at KCC for 07:55am (08:00am departure).

Tuesday 9th February – Anniversary Party and AGM
Join us after training for the Striders Anniversary Party and AGM. The night will include presentation of the yearly awards, taking a look back at the highlights of 2015, looking ahead to how the club can progress in 2016 and undertaking a short AGM (which will also include appointment of new committee members). Hot food will be provided (£2) and the bar will be open.

Sunday 14th February – Peco Cross Country @ Roundhay Park
The 5th and final race of the 15/16 Peco Cross Country season will be held at Roundhay Park. It should be an exciting close to the season, with Striders ladies on the verge of taking top spot honours in 3 separate categories and the Mens team looking to beat Harrogate Harriers in the 2nd Division. If you haven’t competed on one of these events before, why not come and have a go?! See Eric Morley for further information.

Saturday 20th February – First Club Championship event @ Harrogate parkrun
The Stray plays host to the first Club Championship event of 2016 – Harrogate parkrun. Just turn up with your parkrun barcode and we will take a note of the all the Striders in attendance. Who will take an early lead in the championships? Every event counts so why not come down and get some ‘points on the board’?



Four parkruns and a Striders debut….it’s the weekend roundup

Striders were represented at four different parkrun events on Saturday, along with a debut visit to the Northern Cross Country Championships.

At Gateshead parkrun, Nicola Carter was the 2nd Female across the line after completing her 4th visit to the event. She finished in a time of 22:13. At York, Guy Close put in another solid performance to record a time of 19:33. Liam Kennedy made the short trip over to Fountains Abbey and crossed the line in 35:13 (“2 youngsters and a buggy in tow”). At the local Harrogate event, Anthony Everitt was first Strider, finishing in 28:57. He was joined by Rob Charlesworth (30:18), Tracy Allison (32:40) and Emma Greveson (35:46).

The Striders were represented for the first time at the Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Sean Brennan headed over to Witton Park (near Blackburn) to take on the “extremely muddy” course. Competing in a strong field of 719 runners, he clocked a time of 01:11:19.