Inov8 Trial Session – Tuesday 22nd August

Inov8 will be at the club on Tuesday 22nd August to give all of our members the opportunity to try on a pair of the latest trainers available on the market.

Come down to the club a little earlier then usual to have the best selection of shoes and sizes – ‘doors open’ at 7pm.

The weekend that was….19th/20th August

A trio of parkruns
Three parkruns were visited by Striders this weekend and we start with results from the Temple Newsam event just off the M62 near Leeds. Ralph Weldon secured a time of 25:24 and was joined by Annika McDonald who bagged a PB in a time of 33:36.

At Harrogate Rob Earl (18:57) once again led the Striders around the Stray. Ian Mitchell was next (22:06) and just held off Nicola Carter (22:16). The next four Striders were split by only 19 seconds overall – David Halladay (26:56), Mark Taylor (pacing – 26:58), Julian Carr (27:01) and Anthony Everitt (27:15). Tracy Allison was the 8th Strider across the line (27:54), with Lauren Downs (37:22) completing the Striders line up. A special well done to Julian as this was his first parkrun back after his recent knee operation.

Over at Fountains Abbey Tom Calvert took the 3rd place token with a time of 17:51. Derek Calvert, who recently completed his 50th parkrun, completed the course in 22:5, with Samantha Curnow (23:16) and Bill Kirkpatrick (33:54) joining him at the ever popular event.

A hot day for a 10k
A warm Sunday morning greeted Striders taking on the Escrick and Scorton Feast 10k events.

At Escrick, Ian Mitchell ran a strong race to finish in 44:00 precisely. Paul Heywood was next, finishing the multi terrain course in 53:17 and he was chased down by Edna Wood (01:00:48) and regular Escrick 10k participant Dawn Richardson (01:02:35).
dawn at escrick

Up the A1 at Scorton, James Wright (41:22) headed a Striders contingent of four. Claire Killingworth secured a 10k PB with a time of 53:4 and was joined at this great local event by Donna Rogers (54:23) and Clare Rogers (01:05:20).
Striders at Scorton 10k

August so far…..

We are two weekends into August already so lets take a look at some recent Striders results, starting with parkrun on Saturday 5th August.

Six of the best
Six different parkruns were visited on the first Saturday of the month and we start the round-up at Woodhouse Moor where Rob Earl and Jen Carne visited the Leeds based event where they recorded times of 19:22 and 28:59 respectively.

At Harrogate, Sean Brennan (20:35) headed a Striders group of five. He was joined by Mark Shelton (27:10), Rob Charlesworth (27:12), Carol Lane (29:06) and Dawn Richardson (48:07) who was undertaking tail runner duties.
Striders took the 1st male and female places at Catterick. James Wright clocked a parkrun PB of 18:04 and Nicola Carter followed in 21:29. Georgina Townsend also made the trip up North but had to pull out after two laps due to injury.

Derek Calvert headed East to visit Dalby Forest parkrun for the first time, stopping the watch on 22:27.

Bill Kirkpatrick was the sole Striders representative at Fountains Abbey, setting a time of 34:26 in the stunning surroundings of the Abbey grounds.

Finishing the parkrun roundup for the 5th is a result from the ‘Longrun Meadow’ event. So where is that I hear you ask? Well it’s in Taunton and was taken on by Christina Tremayne who finished in a time of 32:42. A great bit of parkrun tourism!

A trip around Jorvik
One of the biggest events on the local running calendar, the York 10k, took place on Sunday 6th August. 12 Striders headed down the A59 to complete the event which forms part of the Run for All series.

Conrad Garcia headed the Striders contingent to complete the course in 44:48. Lisa Harrison was next down the finishing straight at York Racecourse with a time of 52:54. Joining Conrad and Lisa were Paul Heywood (52:59), Georgina Townsend (56:11), Claire Baxter (56:47), Sarah Hill (56:57), Clare McKenzie (57:45), Edna Wood (59:17), Kate James (59:33), Anthony Everitt (01:00:32), Tracy Allison (01:02:34) and a 10k PBing Annika McDonald (01:10:03).

parkrun = guilt free treats
A total of 26 Striders attended a parkrun yesterday morning (12/08) to kick start their weekend (or is to enable the guilt free treats later on in the day?!).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert finished in 18 minutes exactly to the 2nd place token and he was followed by Gary Wilkinson (22:34) who completed his 12th run at the National Trust property. Regular FAbbey visitor Derek Calvert (AKA Calvert Snr) clocked 23:08 and was joined by Niamh Falconer (27:53), a PBing Gaynor Downs (31:45) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:35).

Nicola Carter headed across to the East Coast to take on Sewerby parkrun which is based just outside of Bridlington. She was the 4th lady to have her barcode scanned, finishing with a time of 22:25.
Up the A1 at Catterick, James Cornforth ran a very well paced 5km to take the 1st place token and record an overall parkrun PB of 17:46. James Wright chased him down (18:17) along with Paul Heywood (23:34) and Edna Wood (27:57).

On the Stray at Harrogate, Rob Earl was the first of the Striders into the finish funnel, clocking 19:01. Joining him were Sean Brennan (20:47), Gareth Conkleton (21:18), Mark Taylor (22:44), David Halladay (23:20), Ian Mitchell (24:28), Ralph Weldon (24:38), Anthony Everitt (27:43), Jen Carne (27:48), Rob Charlesworth (27:51), Tracy Allison (28:38), Dawn Richardon (32:33 – volunteer pacer), Claire Baxter (34:17 – pacing), Emma Hodson and Fiona Burniston (both 37:36).

Firefighting on a hot day
Striders competed in two events today – the Askern 10 Mile and the Firefighters 5 Mile (a club championship event).

Guy Close made his way to Askern, based on the A19 between Selby and Doncaster, to take on the Askern 10. In a field of 319, Guy came across the line in a 10 Mile PB of 01:03:53.

Along the M62 in Bradford, six Striders lined up at the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade HQ for an undulating (there were some up’s and downs!) 5 miler. James Wright was the first Strider back, completing the course in 31:52. Fresh from his holiday in Tenerife, Ian Mitchell recorded 37:14, beating off competition from Gary Wilkinson and David Halladay who were only separated by 10 seconds with finishing times of 38:28 and 38:38 respectively. Claire Baxter strided up the last hill to cross the line in 46:12 and was followed by Dawn Richardson 5 minutes later (51:13) who completed the Striders line up. Unfortunately Jo Gray had an argument with a car door on arrival and had to pull out of the race.







Some Social Event News…..

Our Social officers – Clare Rogers and Natalie Hale – are pleased to announced two social events for later in the year.

Spice up your life…
The first is a club curry night at the Spice Merchants in Knaresborough on Saturday 21st October. Full details regarding menu options, etc. will be available next week but for now get the date in your diaries!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…..
The second event is the Striders Christmas party! Yes we are only in August but with the recent weather making it feel more like winter it seems like the appropriate moment to announce the date…..which is Saturday 16th December.

The club has provisionally booked 60 places (with the opportunity to book more if higher interest is shown) at the Festive Fever party at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. The cost is £29.00 which includes a welcome drink, a three course meal, tea/coffee, mince pies and a DJ spinning the xmas tunes until late into the night.

If you would like to attend, please email Clare ( and provide a deposit (preferably in cash) of £10 per person by the end of the Striders session on Tuesday 22nd August. As it is the summer holiday season, we understand some members may not be in attendance at the club on or before the 22nd to provide a deposit and therefore a bank transfer option will be available BUT please advise Clare of this requirement via email first so payments can be tracked. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. The balance for the meal will be due by October.

Menu options are below. If you know what you want now, please let Clare know when you email stating you are attending but if not, you will be required to make a final choice by the end of October.

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup With Sage Cream

Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli

Feta, Black Olive Sun Dried Tomato with Bruschetta and Chilli Oil Dressing

Traditional Roast Turkey, Chipolata, Herb and Onion Stuffing

Braised Pave of Beef, Baby Onions, Red wine Jus

Cod Loin, Bubble & Squeak, Tomato and Basil Sauce (V)

Classic Cheese and Onion Pie, Sweet Red Pepper Sauce (V)

Christmas Pudding with a Brandy Sauce
Chocolate Torte with Cherry and Vanilla Compote

Pear Poached in Mulled Wine with a Citrus Sorbet

Freshly-Brewed Tea or Coffee and Mince Pies

Time Trial and BBQ – Tuesday 18th July

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 18th July) is our latest Time Trial event followed by the Summer BBQ.

If you would like to take part in the Time Trial, please arrive earlier then usual to make sure you are registered and have been allocated a number. Registration will be open from 19:10, with the TT starting at 19:35. If you haven’t taken part before, the course is 5km around the local area over two laps. Its a great way to see how your training is paying off and gives you the chance to set a time to beat at the next TT in September.

The BBQ is £1 for all of your food. We will have Burgers, Sausages, Salads and other bits and bobs, with vegetarians also catered for.

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather – see you all there!

Post Burton Leonard 10k Gathering

After the Burton Leonard 10k (aka Mob Match versus Nidd Valley) on Sunday 16th July, there will be a social gathering in Knaresborough for all Striders and their families along with our friends (or should that be enemies?!) from Nidd Valley. You don’t have to take part in the BL10k to attend- it’s open to all our members.

NV have arranged for the Working Men’s Club on Kirkgate (just up the hill from the station) to be available from 15:00 until 19:00 as a private function. A buffet will be available for £3 per head and the bar will be open!

Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing us via, messaging us on facebook or adding your name to the sign up sheet on the notice board down at KCC.

Make sure you come down to hopefully see us presented with the Mob Match trophy!

Burton Leonard 10k – Recce Run – Friday 7th July – 19:30

In preparation for the Burton Leonard 10k (and in turn the MOB MATCH versus Nidd Valley) on Sunday 16th July, a recce walk/jog/run of the course will be held on Friday 7th July starting at 19:30.

All Striders are welcome to attend and groups will be formed to suit all needs.

Parking is available at Hymas Transport yard (HG3 3SJ). Any cars parked there are left at the owners risk.


HDSRL 20/06/17 – Volunteer Briefings

The club is hosting the 4th event of the 2017 HDSRL series on Tuesday 20th June, with the race based on Horsehoe Fields at the rear of Conyngham Hall.

If you have volunteered to marshal or help with the food, James Wright will be leading two briefing sessions after training this week (Tuesday 13/06 and Thursday 15/06). Meet in the clubhouse at KCC from 20:30. The briefing should last no longer then 30 minutes.

Current marshal position allocations have been sent via email tonight to those who have placed there name down. If you have yet to volunteer but can assist, please come to one of the briefings and you will be allocated a role.

Next Club Championship Event – Staveley Stampede – 25.06.17

Our next Club Championship event is the Staveley Stampede on Sunday 25th June. Below are some details of the event, supplied by Race Director and Striders Member Bill Kirkpatrick –

This year’s Stampede will be on Sunday 25th June at 11am and I hope we can have a good number of Striders taking part. It’s local, it’s affordable and there’s always a great atmosphere. Last year we had about 17 Striders and it would be great to have even more this time. For anyone who hasn’t done the Stampede before it’s a lovely run through the nature reserve and country trails. 70% is off road and with the last mile downhill to finish at the village hall where BBQ and drinks await what more can you ask for? Entries are via or the Staveley village website, where there is a paper entry form which can be completed and passed to me – why not sign up soon if you haven’t already.

Bill Kirkpatrick (race director) (01423 340442)

Lets have a big Striders turnout to support this fantastic local event.