Milder but still plenty of mud!

What a difference a week makes! Last week we reported on freezing cold temperatures greeting Striders at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon but this week the conditions were much milder for those Striders competing at events over the weekend.

Starting with parkrun on Saturday, the club was represented at three events. At Harrogate, Martin Brock took in some pre Cross Country practice to finish in 19:47. Also negotiating the course, including the corner 3 ‘quagmire’, were Gareth Conkleton (23:44), Nick Wallen (25:11) and Rob Charlesworth (29:50). Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close clocked a time of 33:06. In South West London, Derek Calvert took on the 3 laps of the Dulwich parkrun. He clocked a time of 22:12 on his first visit to the event.

On Sunday morning, Striders were split over two events – the Jolly Holly Jog and the Peco Cross Country. Starting with the 10k Jolly Holly Jog, which had been rearranged from its original date of 27th December, 8 Striders competed in an overall field of 525. Guy Close was the first Blue and Gold vest home, finishing in a time of 44:09. Andy Robinson, returning from injury, clocked a time of 47:32 to finish just ahead of Stewart Hymas (48:04). They were followed by Ian Mitchell (54:51), Tom Burrell (01:07:47), Natalie Hale (01:07:53), Jane Day (01:08:57), Katie Gray (01:13:25) and June Graham (01:15:08).

The 4th race of the 2015/2016 Peco Cross Country Series was held at Golden Acre Park (Leeds). Participants had to take on two laps of a tough course that included 400m of what can only be described as a ‘shoe taking bog’! All of the Striders managed to keep their shoes on however to record some excellent results. Starting with the Ladies, Nicola Carter finished first in her age category with a time of 34:42, just holding off Sima Lowery (34:48). Sue Morley was next down the fast, downhill finish straight, clocking a time of 40:48 to take 1st in her age category also. Pamela Singleton, making her first appearance of the XC season, was the next Strider back in a time of 42:51. Andrea Price, Edna Wood and Dawn Richardson all had strong races to finish in 46:03, 47:44 and 48:01 respectively to complete the ladies line up. A number of trophies are looking likely for members of the ladies team – watch out for further news after the next race on 14/02/16. In the Men’s event, Martin Brock led home the Striders group with a time of 30:15. Dan Wilson and James Wright were neck and neck throughout the first lap but Dan pushed on in the second lap to finish in 32:40, with James following just under a minute later (33:32). Sean Brennan was next, completing the two energy sapping laps in 34:58 and he was followed by Andy Roberts, who competing in his first XC event of the season, clocked a time of 40:29.

Peco XC – Race 4 – Sunday 24th January

The fourth race of the 15/16 Peco XC League will be held on Sunday 24th January at Golden Acre Park (approx. 30 minute drive from KCC).

Registration and start times as follows;
• Women
Registration – 09:15am until 10:30am / Start – 10:40am
• Men
Registration – 10:15am until 11:15am / Start – 11:30am

If you would like to be a part of the club car share scheme, please meet at KCC for 09:10am, for a 09:15am departure (this takes into account the Women’s start time). This will allow plenty of time to travel to the venue, get parked up, pitch our tent and club flag, allow each participant to register for the race (£3 on the day) and get warmed up prior to the start times. Please also complete the sign up sheet on the club noticeboard so we know who is taking part in the car share scheme or who will meet us there.

Upon arrival, please take note of the following regarding car parking (taken directly from the Peco XC website) –
“Parking is very limited, so PLEASE car share if at all possible!! The Arthington Road car park is fairly small, so, unless you arrive early, it is probably best to park in the main car park (on the A660) and walk across the park to the race HQ. If you park on Arthington Road itself, please do so with care and consideration: only park on the northbound side (i.e. the same side as the car park) and with your vehicle facing north (i.e. facing the correct way for driving on that side of the road). It is highly likely that the police will cruise by looking for dangerously and / or illegally parked vehicles. You have been warned!”

Also note that this course is suitable for spikes.

Cold, Freezing, Chilly….Its the weekend round up

A cold weekend but some great performances from Striders across three different events.

On Saturday, the club was represented at Harrogate and Fountains Abbey parkruns. On the Stray, Nicola Carter and Rob Charlesworth completed the 3 laps of the Harrogate event, finishing in 21:58 and 29:59 respectively. At the very cold Fountains Abbey, Guy Close achieved a course PB, finishing in 19:26.

A chilly and frosty Sunday morning greeted 6 Striders at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The event, based at York Racecourse, is predominantly flat and attracted a field of just under 1800. James Wright led home the Striders contingent, crossing the line in a PB time of 01:27:02. He was chased down by Philip Cornforth (01:37:38) and a PB smashing Julian Carr (01:38:51). Next up was Sean Brennan, also beating his previous half marathon PB, who completed the course in 01:41:21. Andrea Price joined the PB party, taking 8 minutes off her previous best time to finish in 02:00:31. Natalie Hale took off over 7 minutes from her previous half marathon (Amsterdam) time to finish in 02:11:22. A fantastic effort by all Striders!

James Wright Phil Cornforth
Julian Carr Sean Brennan
Andrea Price Natalie Hale

Also on Sunday, Graham Yare competed in the ‘Winter Wonder Run’ on the Newcastle Town Moor. The event is run over a 3.77 mile course, with participants given six hours to complete as many laps as possible. Graham completed 7 laps (a marathon) in 03:41:24 to finish in 4th place in the marathon standings.

Mud, mud and more mud!

parkrun – Striders represented at Harrogate, Fountains Abbey and York

It was a muddy Stray that greeted 4 Striders on Saturday morning. Gareth Conkleton was first back, clocking a time of 23:27. Tony Everitt was next with a time of 27:53, and he was joined by volunteer pacer Clare McKenzie (30:52) and Rob Charlesworth (30:54).

At Fountains Abbey, Nicola Carter took the 1st Lady spot in a time of 21:51. Joining her were Phil Chatterton (25:00) and Liam Kennedy (32:09).

Over in York, James Wright and Guy Close were split by only 3 seconds, finishing in 19:30 and 19:33 respectively. Julian Carr joined them on the Knavesmire, recording a time 22:28.

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships

Sunday’s damp conditions made the Yorkshire Cross Country Championship course at Lightwater Valley even more challenging than usual for the 5 Striders in attendance. Starting with the Ladies, Sue Morley and Tracy Allison competed in a total field of 138 who took on 3 laps of the course. Sue finished in a time of 49:40, with Tracy stopping the clock on 58:54. In the Men’s race, which was a total of 5 laps of the course, Andy Robinson was first Strider home – finishing in 52:47. Not far behind was Sean Brennan, who recorded a time of 54:15. Club coach Eric Morley also took on the challenging course and finished with a time of 01:09:47. Well done to all who competed.

A busy start to the New Year

It has been a busy start to 2016 for Striders, with 8 different events visited between the 1st and 3rd January.

1st January – Double header parkrun
On New Years Day, Striders were represented at 3 events. Sean Brennan took advantage of the staggered start times at Woodhouse Moor and Temple Newsam parkruns to record a double result. He completed he Woodhouse Moor event first in a time of 23:34. He then headed over to Temple Newsam, finishing the hilly course in 25:11. Down in Dorset, James Wright took on his first race of the year, finishing the Broadstone 1/4 Marathon in 43:45.

2nd January – parkruns a plenty
On Saturday, 12 Striders completed a parkrun event. Starting with the local Harrogate event, Graham Yare (21:43) was 1st Strider to complete the 3 lap course, finishing just ahead of Andy Robinson (21:57). Gareth Conkleton stopped the clock dead on 24:00 and he was followed by Anthony Everitt (29:17) and Tracy Allson (31:11). Sean Brennan and Nicola Carter were also in attendance in a volunteering capacity.

At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close (20:11) led home a Striders contingent of 5. Phil Chatterton followed Guy, completing his run in 24:03. John Greveson was next up, finishing in 25:13. Taking on a pre Peco XC run was Dawn Richardson (28:58) and she was joined by a buggy pushing (including child!) Liam Kennedy, who completed the course in 32:11.

A little further away, in London, Derek Calvert visited the Crystal Palace event for the 3rd time and finished with a time of 24:15. The Blandford (Dorset) parkrun was visited by James Wright (also for the 3rd time), who secured a course PB in 19:20.

3rd January – Mud….lots of mud!!
The 3rd race of the PECO Cross Country league took place at Middleton Park (Leeds) on Sunday. The 4.9 mile course was taken on by 17 Striders – all of whom had a little bit of mud on them by the end!

In the men’s race, Martin Brock led home the Striders group of 10, finishing in 34:17. Keith Emery followed, completing the 2 lap course in 34:50. Dan Wilson (37:41) just held off Phil Cornforth (37:59), with Andy Robinson just under a minute behind (38:53). James Cornforth, back from university in Manchester for the holiday period, finished his first Peco race in 39:30, just pipping regular cross country runner Sean Brennan (39:55). Julian Carr was next across the finish line, stopping the clock on 43:43. Eric Morley and Steve Morris completed the male Striders line up, finishing in 50:43 and 01:00:31 respectively. The results gave the team a 3rd place finish in the 2nd Division and 9th in the Vets 1st Division.

Striders ladies were represented by 7 members. Sima Lowery completed the course in 40:57 to be first Strider home. Nicola Carter finished just 13 seconds behind in 41:10 to take 2nd place in her age category. Sue Morley also secured 2nd place in age category with a finishing time of 47:48. An ever improving Edna Wood (55:25) held off Dawn Richardson (55:49) and they were joined by Tracy Allison (56:27) and Andrea Price (57:58) to help the team take 3rd place in the main 2nd Division and 1st in the Vets 1st Division for the race.

After 3 races, both the men’s and ladies teams are performing well in the respective leagues. The men are 3rd in the main 2nd Division and 8th in the Vets 1st Division. The ladies are 4th in the main 2nd Division and sit at the top of the Vets 1st Division.

Please take a look at the Gallery page for more photos from the Peco XC event.

Christmas Results Roundup

With all the food and drink consumed over the Christmas holidays, a number of Striders have been out and about burning the calories off!

On Christmas Day morning, 13 Striders headed to a parkrun for a festive 5km run. At York, Guy Close set a new PB, finishing in 19:21. At Harrogate, James Wright led home the Striders contingent, completing the 3 lap course in 20:34. New member Jonathon Newbould followed, completing his first parkun in a time of 22:06. Next Strider across the finish line, making a comeback from injury, was Andy Robinson (22:46) and he was joined by Sean Brennan (23:35), Julian Carr (23:39), Derek Calvert (23:43), John Greveson (25:34), Andrea Price (29:35), Natalie Hale (29:40), Sue Randell (30:37), Dawn Richardson (31:02) and Nikky Christie (32:47).

Whilst Christmas Day morning was cold but dry, Boxing Day saw a number of parkrun events called off due to the torrential rain, but the York and Harrogate events continued, with Striders representation at each. On the Knavesmire at York, James Wright recorded a time of 19:49 on a VERY wet course. The Harrogate event also experienced extreme conditions, with a number of mini ‘lakes’ forming on the Stray course. Despite the challenging conditions, 4 Striders clocked a time, with Nicola Carter first Strider back in a time of 23:12. Nick Wallen was next, stopping the clock on 27:22. He was followed by Anthony Everitt and Tracy Allison, who finished in times of 29:45 and 33:26 respectively.

The torrential conditions on Sunday meant the popular ‘Jolly Holly Jog 10k’ was cancelled (a new date is yet to be published). Up in the North East, Dan Wilson took on the tough ‘Guisborough Woods Fell Race’. The 5.3 mile course includes 1,312ft of climbing on a mainly trail type course. Dan finished in a time of 51:21.

Just prior to Xmas, Sue Morley ran ‘The Stoop Fell Race’ in Howarth, finishing the 5 mile course, which takes in 800ft of climbing, in a time of 57:04.

Please let us know if we have missed any results.

Peco XC 15/16 – Race 2 – 13/12/15 – West Park Fields – Results

15 Striders headed over to West Park Fields in Leeds for the 2nd Peco Cross Country race of the 15/16 season on Sunday 13th December. The wet conditions in the week prior to the event ensured the course resembled a mud bath throughout, with the cold conditions adding an extra issue to contend with.

Starting with the Ladies results, Sima Lowery and Nicola Carter were once again fighting it out for 1st Strider home. Sima was first on this occasion, finishing in 39:04, with Nicola completing the 4.7 mile course in 39:11. Sue Morley was next, just missing out on a top 100 placing, finishing 103rd in 45:12. Sue was followed by Edna Wood (55:05) and Janet Morris (01:00:56). The results consolidated the Ladies lead at the top of the Vets 2nd Division and a placing of 4th in the main 2nd Division.

Keith Emery once again led home Striders in the men’s field, finishing in 59th place with a time of 32:44. Martin Brock, competing in his 1st Cross Country event of the season, agonisingly missed out on a top 100 placing by 1 position, stopping the clock on 34:15. James Wright was just under two minutes behind, finishing in 36:10, before a tight pack of 3 Striders followed. Dan Wilson, Philip Cornforth and Sean Brennan were separated by only 12 seconds overall, finishing in times of 37:15, 37:17 and 37:27 respectively. Joining them were Ian Mitchell (42:50), Julian Carr (43:23) and Eric Morley (48:22). Steve Morris also attended but unfortunately had to pull out of the race early on due to injury. The results allowed the Striders to stay above local rivals Harrogate Harriers in the 2nd Division, consolidating 3rd spot, and achieve a placing of 7th in the Vets 1st Division.

Well done to all who took part – if you have registered for the Peco series, why not give the next event a go? It will be held on 3rd January at Middleton Park, Leeds. Further information can be found on

A run, a pint, a quiz …. Tuesday 22nd December

A number of Striders are meeting up for a run on Tuesday 22nd December, followed by a beverage and a quiz at the Half Moon pub (bottom of Briggate).

If you would like to join the group/s for a run (open to all abilities), we will be meeting at KCC at the usual time of 19:30, making our way to the Half Moon for 20:30. If you don’t want to run, you are more then welcome to join the group at the pub!

Weekend Roundup – Is it really Winter?

Unseasonably warm weather provided dry conditions for Saturday morning parkruns and the Santa Stride on Sunday.

6 Striders battled against strong winds to complete Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning. James Wright was back first, finishing in 20:51. Sean Brennan (22:49) just held off Nicola Carter, who by finishing in a time of 23:08, took the 1st Female placing at the event for the first time in her 29 appearances (and the only Strider to take 1st Male or Female ever at a parkrun event!). Gareth Conkleton (24:57) was next back and he was followed by Julian Carr (26:16) and Anthony Everitt (28:49).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Dawn Richardson and Phil Chatterton made their way throught the water gardens and around the Abbey ruins to complete the 93rd running of the event. Dawn stopped the clock on 29:06, with Phil finishing in 35:30.

There were some quizzical looks from visitors to Knaresborough on Sunday as they were greeted by approximately 40 Santa’s running around the town. It was a great event for all involved and it was fantastic to see some Striders of the future taking part to help with the fundraising for Cancer Research UK.


Check out the club facebook page for more photos of the event (click via the Gallery page on this website)– if you have any others, please pass them onto us via facebook or email (

Santa Stride – Sunday 20th December @ 12Noon

Knaresborough Striders invite everyone to our annual Santa Stride which will be held on Sunday 20th December at 12Noon.

Starting in Knaresborough Market Place, join us for a festive 1.5 mile walk,jog or run! Friends, family and pets all welcome!

Arrive from 11.30am to sign up & fit into your suit. £5 entry per Santa, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

Refreshments before & after the event provided by Cancer Research UK and The Old Royal Oak.

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