Zero to Hero 2016

Knaresborough Striders are planning a new Zero to Hero programme commencing Thursday January 7th 2016. Last years course was hugely successful and this year our qualified Run Leaders are once more ready to inspire and support you to train you to go from zero to being able to take on a 3 mile run.

The course lasts for 8 weeks and will guide people new to running through a step by step programme to build up their fitness and confidence to run for 3 miles or do a 5K parkrun.

Registration opens at 7pm on 7th January at Knaresborough Cricket Club, Aspin Lane. The cost of the 8 week programme is £15, payable when you register, and the training nights are Tuesday and Thursday. If you can’t make every night there is a simple programme you can follow in your own time. Come along, improve your fitness and meet new friends!

For further information about the programme email or contact club Vice-Chair, Jeremy Wilkinson on 07725 991134

On a cold and frosty….and wet….morning

The weekend certainly wasn’t for the fainthearted weather wise! Despite the nasty conditions, Striders were out and about at two different parkruns, a 10k and a cross country race.

Starting on Saturday, Nicola Carter was the sole running representative (Sean and James were volunteering) at Harrogate parkrun. She finished in a time of 22:39 to take the placing of 2nd female overall. Over at the York event, Guy Close achieved a new overall parkrun PB, recording a time of 19:40. He was joined at the Knavesmire by Julian Carr, who completed the course in 22:43.

On Sunday, Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson headed to the John Charles Stadium in Leeds to participate in the ‘Leeds Christmas 10k’ with 356 other runners. The ladies finished the multi-terrain course in 01:01:33 and 01:03:31 respectively.

Also in Leeds, 15 Striders headed over to West Park Fields for the 2nd Peco XC race of the 15/16 season. Keith Emery led the male Striders contingent home, with Sima Lowery just holding off Nicola Carter, to lead the female Striders in attendance. Full results are not yet available – as soon as we have them, we will publish via the usual channels.

Dates for the Diary

A few reminders to take note of –

London Marathon – We have been allocated one place for a club member to take part in the 2016 London Marathon. If you are interested, please advise us (via, facebook or advising a committee member) by 9pm on Thursday 10th December. Please only put yourself forward for the draw if you can give the required training 100% commitment in the build upto the event. Also please note, this is not a free entry and therefore the normal entry fee applies and you must be a member of English Athletics. The draw will take place after training on Tuesday 15th December.

Mulled wine and Mince Pies – As a reward for the fantastic efforts of all members in 2015, the club will be supplying Mulled Wine and Mince pies after training on Tuesday 15th December. After completing the normal training runs, the run leaders will guide each group to a secret location in Knaresborough for the xmas treats!

Santa is coming to town – On Sunday 20th December, join us for a ‘Santa Run’ around the town. Starting at 12Noon in the Market place, we will be heading out on a 1.5mile walk/jog/run around the town dressed up as the main man himself! Entry is £5, which includes your santa outfit – all profits will be given to Cancer Research UK. Please feel free to bring family and friends along. Refreshments will be served in the Royal Oak afterwards.

Zero to Hero – Do you have a relative, friend or colleague who is interested in building up to running 5km? After a hugely successful ‘Zero to Hero’ course was held early in 2015, the club will be hosting a new course starting on Thursday 7th January. Spread the word!

Anniversary Party – On Tuesday 26th January, we willl be celebrating anouther fantastic year of Striders. Join us for post training food, yearly awards and a celebration of the clubs continued success.

AGM – A short, sharp AGM to set us up for 2016 will be held after training on Tuesday 9th February. Let us know if you have any ideas of how we can improve or if you are interested in helping out behind the scenes.

A windy day but parkrunners came out to play!

For the last club parkrun visit of 2015, a small, but hardy bunch of Striders headed over to Leeds for the Woodhouse Moor parkrun. The course was windswept but offered a varied course for those in attendance – a few hills, a bit of cross country and some slippy, leaf covered paths. James Wright was first Strider back, crossing the line in 20:09. Next up were Ian Mitchell and Julian Carr, who completed the course in 22:39 and 22:52 respectivley. Tom Burrell was next, finishing in 27:26 and he was followed by the ever improving Edna Wood, who clocked 29:40.

Three other parkruns were also visited by Striders on a challenging morning for running. On a boggy Stray, Sean Brennan completed the 3 laps of the Harrogate event in 22:40. Guy Close headed to Fountains Abbey and recorded a time of 20:04. Further afield, Nicola Carter completed the Gateshead course in 22:28.

There will be no club parkrun visit on Saturday 2nd January, so our next “1st Saturday of the month” visit will be on 6th February, with the venue to be announced early in the New Year. In the hat already for 2016 are York, Bradford, Pontefract, Cross Flatts, Bramley, Skipton and Wetherby.

Club Trips 2016

After the success of the first Striders group trip away (2015 Amsterdam Half Marathon), we are putting together two trips for 2016 – the Keswick Mountain Festival and the Equinox 24. Both of these events offer different kinds of challenges to the ‘everyday road race’ and allow you to bring the whole family along if you wish!

A summary of each event, is below.

Keswick Mountain Festival – Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May 2016

This event is based within Crow Park (Keswick), on the shores of Derwentwater. It offers a number of sporting events from a 5km run to a relay Triathlon. The event is more than just about sport however as there will be two live concerts – one on the night of Friday 20th and one on Saturday 21st. There are also many activities for children to take part in allowing you to bring family up to enjoy the event with you.
In terms of accommodation, camping is available, or you may wish to book a room at one of the many hotels/B&B’s in the area. How long you come up to the festival for and which events you wish to participate in (see website for full details of the sporting events available) is up to you.

The main running events, which are now on sale, are as follows,
• Saturday 21st May – 5km (£15.00) and 25km (£30.00)
• Sunday 22nd May – 10km (£27.50) and 50km (£38.00)
o Note that the 10km has multiple start times – the 11:00 and 12:00 races are designated for Striders

For the festival tickets, there are number of options (some include camping) but these are yet to go on sale. An announcement will be made as soon as they are available.

If you are interested in attending, please complete your details on the sign up sheet (available on the club notice board from 1st December) so we can keep you informed of further developments in relation to the festival tickets. Please note that the Striders will not be booking any of the events or accommodation on behalf of its members, therefore we would advise booking your preferred event asap if you wish to attend. Accommodation is also starting to fill in the area, so if you don’t want to camp, booking this asap would also be advised.

Equinox 24 – 17th & 18th September 2016 (arrival on 16th September)

The Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop against the clock. The event is open to all abilities: whether entering to run solo or in a team of 2-8 – this race will be exhilarating, testing and rewarding with a great atmosphere. The 10k route will take you around the picturesque Belvoir Castle Estate.

There is free camping from Friday (16th) for competitors and spectators. Equinox24 is renowned for its welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere and is a great experience for runners and supporters alike. You’ll find the Equinox24 physically challenging and mentally tough but an amazing experience not to be missed. Check out the videos and pictures from last year on the event website to give you a flavour of what to expect.
The Striders will be looking to enter a number of teams into the event, with team sizes of between 5 and 8 anticipated. All abilities can get involved – it would be great to mix up the groups and make it a real ‘Striders family’ event.

The cost, up to the 31st December, is £45 (rises to £50 beyond this date). This includes camping (one tent pitch) for each person also. If you are interested in this event, please fill in your details below so we can start to assemble teams and then enter all in one go. A first cut (to start forming teams) will be taken on Thursday 17th December.

If you don’t fancy taking part in the 24hr event, there is a separate 10km race on the Saturday (starting at the same time as the main 24hr event). This is £15.00 to enter.

A kids fun run is also offered on the Saturday, so why not make it a family trip away?!

We would also love Striders to join us who would just like to offer support through the weekend –you are more than welcome to come along (small fee for camping).

We really hope you can join us on one or both of the above trips. If you would like any further information, please see James Wright at a club night, send an email to or message us via the facebook page.

12 Striders, 3 events and 3 PB’s – parkrun Roundup – 28.11.15

Despite the cold conditions, 12 Striders ventured out to a parkrun event on Saturday morning.

At Harrogate, Ian Mitchell led home the 4 Striders in attendance, clocking a time of 22:07. Only 8 seconds behind was Nicola Carter (22:15) and she was followed by Nick Wallen (25:54) and Eric Morley (26:55).

The World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey welcomed 6 Striders, with 3 of them achieving PB’s. James Wright was first back in 19:10 (PB), followed closely by Guy Close who finished in a time of 20:01. Joining them were regular Fountains Abbey attendee Phil Chatterton (21:34), Sean Brennan (21:58 – PB), Dawn Richardson (28:48 – PB) and Bill Kirkpatrick (31:40).

On the Knavesmire in York, Conrad Garcia and Julian Carr battled against strong winds to record times of 20:41 and 21:50 respectively.

Don’t forget that it’s the monthly Striders parkrun visit this coming Saturday (5th December). We will be visiting the Woodhouse Moor event in Leeds. A car share scheme will be in place from KCC – meet at 07:55am for a 08:00am departure.

Curry, parkruns and Cross Country – Weekend Roundup

From the heat of Fridays Curry Night, to the chill of the wind at Cross Country on Sunday, it was another action packed weekend for Knaresborough Striders.

Starting the weekend off in style, 32 Striders attended the club Curry night at the Dil Raj on Friday night. It was great to see so many out supporting a club social night, especially a number of recently joined members. Big thanks to Tom Burrell for making all of the arrangements.

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Moving into Saturday, 6 Striders represented the club at parkrun events. At Harrogate, Nicola Carter was first Strider back, taking 2nd lady overall in a time of 22:11. Joining her on the windswept Stray was Anthony Everitt (28:20), Rob Charlesworth (28:48), Tracy Allison (29:30) and Emma Greveson (44:26). At the Fountains Abbey event, Phil Chatterton completed the course in 33:39.

On Sunday, the first Peco Cross Country race of the 15/16 season took place at Temple Newsam. It was a record breaking attendance for any Peco XC event, with just over 800 participants (21 Striders) taking on the hilly and muddy 4.6 mile course. This event also marked the first time Striders were competing for XC league points, after competing as a ‘guest’ club over the last 2 years.

Starting with the Ladies, Nicola Carter was the first blue and yellow vest across the finish line, recording a time of 35:11. Sima Lowery was next in 36:04, followed by Sue Morley (41:06), Andrea Price (46:46), Tracey Allison (48:03), Edna Wood (48:45), Dawn Richardson (50:09), Katie Gray (51:26), Janet Morris (51:45) & June Graham (53:03). Those results have put the ladies in excellent league positions – 4th (of 8) in the 2nd Division and 1st (of 11) in the Vets First Division! What a start for the ladies!

The men were also well represented, with Keith Emery taking first Strider honours (and just missing out on a top 100 spot) with a time of 31:15. Following him up the muddy finishing straight was James Wright in 32:07. They were chased down by Dan Wilson (33:21), Sean Brennan (34:36), Phil Cornforth (34:37), Ian Mitchell (35:59), Andy Robinson (37:51), Julian Carr (39:27), Eric Morley (43:59), Steve Morris (51:40) and John Williams (54:13). The result sees the club just holding off Harrogate Harriers to sit in 3rd (of 8) in the 2nd Division, with a placing of 7th (of 11) in the Vets 1st Division.

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Weekend Results – 14th and 15th November

With a number of Striders resting up for the Abbey Dash, it was a low turnout at parkrun on Saturday morning – but a club record was beaten at the Harrogate event.

Keith Emery clocked a time of 19:16 to finish in 2nd place, which is the highest placing by a Strider at any parkrun event. He was joined on a windswept Stray by Graeme Kilvington who recorded a time of 24:13. Gareth Conckleton, James Wright and Sean Brennan were also in attendance in a volunteering capacity. At the Fountains Abbey event, Liam Kennedy finished in 24:45 to set a new PB.

The Sunday morning storms didn’t deter a large number of Striders making the short trip to Leeds for the annual Abbey Dash 10k. Weather conditions improved for the start of the event, with the wind and rain departing almost exactly as the race begun. Leading home the Striders contingent of 26 (a record turnout?) was Martin Brock, dipping in just under 39 minutes with a time of 38:55. James Wright and Guy Close were next across the finish line, completing the flat course in 40:38 and 41:02 respectively. Dan Wilson was just over a minute behind Guy with a time of 42:06, with Ian Mitchell following in 42:25. Andy Robinson and Conrad Garcia were separated by only 13 seconds, finishing with times of 43:16 and 43:29. The battle for first Striders lady home was very close, as has been the case all year, between Sima Lowery and Nicola Carter. Sima held off Nicola by 11 seconds, stopping the clock in 44:44, with Nicola recording 44:55. Joining them in the final 2015 Club Championship event were Sean Brennan (45:32), Derek Calvert (46:42), Gareth Conkleton (47:09), Graeme Kilvington (50:25), John Greveson (52:30), Andrew Robert (53:11), Louise Annatt (53:11), Gemma Harding (56:17), Andrea Price (57:26), Dawn Richardson (58:27), Tracy Allison (58:44), Anthony Everitt (58:45), Jenny Cooley (59:27), Natalie Hale (59:48), Bill Kirkpatrick (01:02:00), Liz Bowden (01:05:14) and Emma Walsh (01:29:51).

New Run Leaders

Congratulations to Sean Brennan, Edna Wood and Gemma Harding who have recently qualified as Run Leaders after undertaking the ‘Leadership in Running Fitness’ course run by England Athletics.

Sean, Edna and Gemma will be getting involved with leading various groups on a Tuesday and Thursday, along with helping to establish the new ‘Zero to Hero’ group that will be starting in January.

Well done from all at Knaresborough Striders!

Weekend Results – 7th and 8th November

It was a wild and wet weekend for running but that didn’t stop Striders visiting a number of different events, starting with parkrun on Saturday morning and finishing with the Harewood House trail race on Sunday.

Roundhay Park was the chosen venue for the latest club parkrun visit, with five Striders making the short trip across to Leeds to take on the 3 lap undulating course. James Wright (20:38) just held off Andy Robinson (20:48) for first Strider back. They were followed up the final hill by James Cornforth (21:26), Nicola Carter (22:35) and Julian Carr (24:32).

At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close recorded a PB with a time of 19:44, finishing exactly 3 minutes ahead of Phil Chatterton (22:44).

The good surfaces found at the Roundhay Park and Fountains Abbey courses were certainly in contrast to the very wet and muddy conditions experienced on the Stray for the Harrogate event. After taking a detour to avoid the bonfire preparations, Sean Brennan was the first Strider over the finish line in 22:13. Chasing him down, and managing to not lose any trainers in the sticky mud between corners 2 and 3, were Nick Wallen (26:49), Anthony Everitt (28:17), Eric Morley (28:18) and Rob Charlesworth (31:22).

The wet weather continued on Sunday, but that didn’t deter Striders representing the club at three events.

Sue Morley, running in club colours for the first time, raced in the Yorkshire Vets Fell League at Spenborough. She completed the multi-terrain 5 mile course in 45:36, taking 3rd place in the female V60 category.

Recently joined member Liam Kennedy headed over to Dalby Forest for the ‘Dalby Dash 10k’. He completed the challenging course, which sees runners go up hill for the first two miles, in a time of 58:38.

Closer to home, 5 Striders made the short journey over to Harewood House for the annual 5 mile trail race. Fresh from his run at Roundhay Park parkrun on Saturday, James Cornforth stopped the clock in 36:29, just beating Phil Cornforth (37:15) for a top 10 finish. They were joined at the event by Clare McKenzie (48:30) and Dawn Richardson (52:53). Karen McNaughton was also in attendance but unfortunately had to pull out of the race after two miles due to injury – hope you recover soon Karen!

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Next Sunday (15th November) is the Leeds Abbey Dash, which is the last event in the 2015 Club Championship. Although Ian Mitchell and Nicola Carter have already sewn up the 1st place trophies, the 2nd and 3rd spots in both the male and female categories are still up for grabs. It should be a great event, with a high number of Striders registered to chase down a 10k PB. Eric will be ready with his trusty calculator to workout final standings which we will be published as soon as possible after the event.

The PECO Cross Country gets under way at Temple Newsam on the 22nd November. It’s £3 to obtain a race number for the entire series (5 events) plus £3 per event (pay on the day). To register, please speak to Eric Morley at one of our training sessions.