Striders Summer Road League Event – Tuesday 20th June – Help Required

Striders are organising the 4th race of the 2017 Harrogate Summer Road League on Tuesday 20th June and we are asking all members to get involved in helping out with the organisation of the event.

We are looking for marshals for areas throughout the course and we are also requesting that members supply cakes as part of post race buffet.

Please add your name to the sign up sheet at the club house or let James Wright (marshaling) or Nicola Carter (cakes) if you can help out.



A lorry load of results

Your roving reporter has had a busy few weeks but he’s back with a bang…five weeks’ worth of results typed up for your reading pleasure! Sit back, grab a cuppa/sports drink/juice/other type of beverage and take it all in!

Way back at the start of April….
We start the round-up with parkrun results from Saturday 8th April and kicking us off is Rob Earls 20:06 at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds. Also in West Yorkshire, three Striders headed to Temple Newsam, with Ralph Weldon leading the way with a PB time of 26:43. Claire Baxter also secured a PB (34:08) and she was joined by Annika McDonald (37:11).

Over at Fountains Abbey, which is back to its normal route, four Striders made their debuts at the event with Emma Hodson (35:54) the first of them to cross the line. She was followed by Fiona Burniston (36:00), Laura Bickerdike (36:25) and Emma Milner (36:28).

Harrogate parkrun was a Club Championship scoring event, which attracted a large club turnout of 25, with 11 of those securing Personal Bests. Tom Calvert led home the Blue and Yellow vests, securing a PB of 17:56. The ever improving James Ireland was just under a minute behind in 18:40(PB), followed by Martin Brock (18:47), Dan Foley (20:10), Nicola Carter (20:29), Ian Mitchell (20:38), Sean Brennan (20:57), a PBing Mark Taylor (21:18), Claire Killingworth (24:26), Paul Heywood (25:29), Eric Morley (26:14), David Halladay (26:16), Tony Everitt (27:18), Edna Wood (27:31-PB), Suzy K (27:31-PB), Fiona Slight (27:40-PB), Dawn Richardson (29:32-PB), Tom Burrell (31:15), Anne Cooley (31:20), Gaynor Downs (32:47-PB), Emma Hall (35:16), Danielle Greenwood (35:39-PB), Joanne Sharratt (36:04), Lauren Downs (36:40-PB) and Becky Kershaw (37:09-PB).

Graham Yare took on a Marathon double over the weekend, completing an Ultra event on Saturday and the traditional length of 26.2 miles on Sunday. His Saturday event took him into the Lake District where he climbed over 3000m across Loadpot Hill, High Street, Helvellyn, White Side and Plaice Fell to complete the gruelling 42 mile event in 12:34:25. On Sunday he took on the Hardmoors White Horse trail marathon, based at Sutton Bank, completing the course in 06:12:25.

The Vale of York 10 Mile event was taken on by Guy Close 01:04:48, David Halladay 01:17:09, Luke Ratcliffe 01:29:15 and Emma Greveson 02:01:14.
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James Wright headed across the North Sea to represent the club at the Rotterdam Marathon. On a fast and flat course, he secured a Personal Best time of 03:14:40.
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At the Sheffield Half Marathon, Jason Green clocked a Personal Best time of 01:35:59.

Burning off the Easter Egg Calories
The Easter weekend started for David Halladay and Dawn Richardson with the annual Good Friday 5 mile event at Bridlington. They finished in 38:22 and 48:32 respectively.
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Moving onto Saturday morning, Striders were represented at 9 different parkruns, with a number of members away for the holidays.

Craig Mitchell visited the Dolgellau event in Wales, clocking a time of 25:05. At Albert Park in Middlesborough, Claire Killingworth recorded 24:18 and at the Bestwood Village (Nottingham), June Graham achieved a time of 31:19. Sima Loweery headed over to West Yorkshire to take on the undulating Huddersfield event, scanning her barcode to record 21:51.

Tom Calvert headed East to take on the fantastic route through Dalby Forest. He secured a super speedy time of 17:48.

Going North was Nicola Carter who headed up the A1 to the Northallerton event and stopped the timer on 21:35.

Wetherby was taken on by James Ireland and Tony Everitt who clocked 18:12 and 27:16 respecitlvy on the grassed based event.

The stunning Fountains Abbey was greeted by three Striders – Guy Close (18:24), Fiona Slight (27:38) and Lauren Downs (36:45).

Taking on the 3 laps of the Stray for the Harrogate event were James Wright (20:21), Sean Brennan (20:49), Gareth Conkleton (21:47), Derek Calvert (23:05), Ian Mitchell (23:35), Paul Heywood (24:31), Ralph Weldon (25:37), Rob Charlesworth (27:26), Claire Baxter (32:42) and Annika McDonald (35:35).

Easter Sunday saw two Striders make the short trip to West Yorkshire for the Guiesley Gallop 10k. Paul Heywood finished in 57:23, with Edna Wood completing the trail course in 01:01:58.

The Easter weekend was completed with Dawn Richardson visiting Helmsley for a multi-terrain 10k. She completed the undulating course in 01:04:17.

Still burning off the Easter Eggs…..!
On Saturday 22nd the club was represented at four parkruns and one 10k event – the Ben Campbell Memorial race.

Starting with parkrun, Guy Close stopped the clock on 18:21 at Harrogate and was joined by
Rob Earl (20:02), Sean Brennan (20:51), Mark Taylor (21:09 – 50th parkrun), Gareth Conkleton (21:11), Nick Wallen (24:10), Edna Wood (26:34) and David Halladay (26:42).

Down the Abbey (Fountains that is!) Tom Calvert dipped under the 18 minute mark to record a time of 17:55. Chasing him down were Niamh Falconer (21:50), Tony Everitt (27:36) and Tracy Allison (30:08).

Claire Baxter continued her parkrun tour by visiting Dalby Forest. She completed her 7th parkrun in 32:59.

A bit further afield, Sima Lowery took on the Bury St Edmunds course and finished in 21:39.

At Sutton Bank near Thirsk, eight Striders took on the very tough Ben Campbell 10k in the latest club championship event. This race is held in memory of former Strider Ben who sadly lost his life in 2015. The course, one of the toughest 10k’s around the area, would have been loved by Ben as he eat up the hills and was up for challenge. Nicola Carter led home the Striders in a time of 47:41. James Wright followed (49:19) and he was followed across the line by Craig Mitchell (55:42), Sue Morley (01:00:56), Claire Killingworth (01:02:09), Kerensa Welsby (01:05:20), Dawn Richardson (01:11:04) and June Graham (01:11:15).
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Bringing the month to a close…..surely April hasn’t finished already?!
The last weekend in April had Striders competing at three parkruns, one 10k, one 20k and a marathon….which was over the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

Rob Earl kicked off his weekend with a trip to the Woodhouse Moor parkrun where he completed the undulating course in 20:10.

Up North in Durham, Tom Calvert warmed up for the Kirkbymoorside 10k with a parkrun time of 17:52.

Guy Close was celebrating at Harrogate after finally dipping under the 18 minute mark after been so close on a number of occasions over recent months. His time was 17:53 and exactly 3 minutes later, Ian Mitchell (20:53) joined him in the finishers funnel. They were joined by Paul Heywood (25:40), David Halladay (26:11), Mark Shelton (29:05), Dawn Richardson (29:34) and a PBing Claire Baxter (32:21)

Doing something a bit different on the Saturday was Sean Brennan who decided to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Marathon. I don’t really need to tell you how hard this event is – just walking this route in one go is enough to frighten most people but Sean is made of tough stuff and absolutely smashed it. He made his way round in a total time of 04:53:10 – BIG kudos for that Sean!
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Nicola Carter completed the Reeth 10k in 01:52:45 and on the Sunday at Kirkbymoorside Tom Calvert put in a stunning performance to secure a time of 36:55 at the annual 10k event. Joining him on the hilly course were Niamh Falconer (47:31), Derek Calvert (48:49) and avid racer Dawn Richardson (01:02:10).

The First of three
Four Striders have entered the John Carr Race series for 2017 which consist of three 5km events on consecutive Wedensdays in May. The course is entirely within the vast Yorkshire Water estate at Esholt on a good road surface.

The first of the three races was held last Wednesday (3rd May) in pleasant spring conditions. Tom Calvert continued his recent impressive performances with a 5k PB time of 17:13. Guy Close was just over 50 seconds behind (17:56) and was followed by James Wright (19:06) and Edna Wood (26:24).

A new month….yes it is May already!
A weekend of parkrun results only (unless we have missed any races – apologies if we have) and we start with the first Strider visit to the Heaton event in Manchester. Annika Mcdonald was the Strider in attendance and finished in 35:30.

A milestone was reached at Harrogate, with Striders members now having completed a whopping 1500 runs at this event. Guy Close had a time of17:53 recorded for the 2nd consecutive week and he was followed into the finish funnel by Rob Earl (19:36), Ian Mitchell (20:14), a PBing Sean Brennan 20:16, Graham Yare (20:34), Nick Wallen (23:49), Paul Heywood (24:23), Anthony Everitt (27:17) and Kirsty Jones with a Personal Best time of 31:55.

The Skipton event welcomed Claire Baxter (33:38) which was her 9th different parkrun since completing our Zero to Hero course in March.

The monthly ‘first Saturday of the month’ club visit took five Striders to Nostell Priory near Wakefield. James Wright was the first Strider to finish in front of the main priory house in a time of 19:53. Joining him were Nicola Carter (21:29), Mark Taylor (24:02), Edna Wood (29:00) and Tracy Allison (30:53).

Gareth Conkleton recorded a course PB time of 21:42 at Wetherby and at Fountains Abbey; Tom Calvert took the first place position token in a time of 17:41. Derek Calvert was next in 22:49, followed by the PBing duo of Suzy Kerr (28:35) and Jackie Knight (33:13)

 

Quiz and Bingo Night Reminder – Saturday 06/05/17

For those registered for the quiz, please arrive for 19:45 so we can start at 20:00.

If you haven’t registered for the quiz but would like to take part in the bingo, please arrive for 21:00 for a 21:15 start – the more that come, the bigger the prize pot there will be!!

The bar will be open and snacks (crisps, etc.) will be provided on tables in the function room.



Striders Quiz & Bingo Night – Saturday 6th May@20:00

Our new Social officers (Natalie Hale and Clare Rogers) have arranged a Quiz and Bingo night for Saturday 6th May (20:00 start) @ Knaresborough Cricket Club.

It will be teams of 6 for the quiz, with individuals/couples placed in teams as appropriate. 6 teams can be accommodated so get your name down on the sign up sheet at KCC asap!



Hoka Try On Night – Tuesday 11th April

Before our club training night on Tuesday 11th April, we will be joined by representatives from HOKA who will be bringing down their latest shoe offerings, to give you the opportunity to try them out for the whole session.

The clubhouse will be open from 7pm, so get down early to make sure you get your size shoe!



Into April we go…

Here we are again – a results round up bursting at the seams with news of Striders heading out and about to take part in events. We start with results from the club ‘1st Saturday of the month parkrun visit’ which was to Darlington South Park…

No Fooling Striders at parkrun
Three Striders headed up the A1 to Darlington South Park parkrun for the latest club visit. The event is held over 3 laps of the Victorian park, taking in a lake and views of the river. James Wright came across the line in 18:42, followed by Mark Taylor (22:33) and Edna Wood (28:06).

At Harrogate, Guy Close led the Striders contingent of six in a time of 18:50. Ian Mitchell dipped under 21 minutes (20:51) and was chased down by Derek Calvert (23:10), Nick Wallen (25:26), Emma Hall (36:05) and Danielle Greenwood (36:52).

Over in Leeds at Woodhouse Moor, Rob Earl finished his parkrun in 20:39. Another Leeds area parkrun, Temple Newsam, was visited by Ralph Weldon and Claire (Cloie) Baxter. They finished in 27:49 and 35:17 (PB) respectively.

Dawn Richardson was the sole Striders representative at Fountains Abbey and finished the ‘normal’ course in 29:53. David Halladay took on the Druridge Bay parkrun in Northumberland, completing the two lap coastal course in 22:39. On the cliff tops at Sewerby (near Bridlington) Craig Mitchell secured a PB of 24:09.

Finishing off the parkrun roundup is Alison Jacksons result of 32:26 at Mornigton Peninsula in New Zealand……not jealous at all!

Taking on the Trails
Away from the various parkrun visits on Saturday, the ‘Dales Trails 20’ was taken on by Sean Brennan. This event is the first in a series of three ‘DT’ events throughout the year, with the 20km option taking participants up a total accent of 721m through the Swaledale area. Sean completed the testing course in 02:01:36 to give him some excellent preparation for a ‘little’ race he is doing later in the year…but that we will keep under wraps for now!

Yare he goes again
Our very own ‘Marathon Man’ Graham Yare has been at it again…this time a trail marathon at Temple Newsam which he finished in 04:36:49. He’s doing another two marathons this coming weekend…….!!

Rub of the Green at Lincoln
Moving onto Sunday, Jason Green took on the Lincoln 10k. This race is part of the wider ‘Run for All’ series which includes the Leeds Half Marathon and York 10k. Jason completed the course in a PB time of 40:54.

Bogfest at Fountains
There was a big turnout of Striders at the local Fountains 10k. A total of 16 Striders were in attendance and were led home over the boggy moorland by Martin Brock who came across the line in 40:26. James Wright chased him down (42:00) and Nicola Carter claimed 1st in her age category with a time of 44:32 (taking home a sizable box of wine for her efforts!).
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Up next was Sima Lowery (46:38 – 3rd in age category) and she was followed over the line by Simon Rider (47:46), Luke Ratcliffe (49:56), Mark Taylor (50:25), Paul Heywood (54:24), Claire Killingworth (54:27), Kez Welsby (57:49), Edna Wood (58:32), June Graham (01:03:35), Katie Gray (01:10:46), Anne Cooley (01:11:29), Emma Greveson (01:12:05) and Jo Gray (01:21:28) – great to see you back running Jo!
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More photos from the event can be viewed here.

One from last week….
A result missed from last week was Sue Morleys visit to Trawden in Lancashire to take on a 13.2km event known as the ‘Boulsworth Bog Fell Race’. Sue completed the course, which includes 425m of climb, in 01:28:21.



Membership Renewals

The club would like to remind all members that membership fees are now due for 17/18 (covering upto 31st March 2018).

The options available and links to online registration forms can be found here.

It’s going to be anouther fantastic year at the club, so get yourself signed up and take part!



What a glorious weekend!

Spring has certainly sprung, with glorious weather greeting all of the Striders who were out and about at events this weekend.

Record Attendance on the Stray
The Stray was certainly a lot drier then recent weeks and coupled with the sunny weather, a record attendance of 447 was seen at Harrogate parkrun. Guy Close was the first Strider back (18:34) and he was joined by Nicola Carter (21:12), Ian Mitchell (21:26), Andy Roberts (23:50), Paul Heywood (25:03), Rob Charlesworth (27:20), David Halladay (27:42), Eric Morley (28:05), Edna Wood (28:30), Claire Baxter (35:21 – PB), Danielle Greenwood (36:12 – PB), Lauren Downs (37:26 – PB) and completing her first parkrun, Becky Kershaw recorded a time of 40:10.

Fountains Alternative
The revised route at Fountains Abbey was still in place on Saturday with Tom Calvert completing the course in 18:30. Sean Brennan was next Strider back in 22:06 and was followed by a PBing Niamh Falconer (22:31), Derek Calvert 23:57, Fiona Slight (29:33 – PB) and first time Fountains visitors Jackie Knight (35:46) & Libby Brennan (35:47).

A bit of bother at Rutland
Mark Taylor headed down South to the Rutland Water parkrun and was on course for an overall parkrun PB….but unfortunately the course had been measured incorrectly (2.6miles out of the 3.1miles required). He recorded 18:22 for the distance on the day – a great run Mark and that overall parkrun PB is on the cards in the next few weeks!

Stunning Scenes at Coniston
Four Striders had a very early start on Saturday morning to head over to the Lake District for the annual Coniston 14 mile race. This event takes participants anti-clockwise around Coniston Water, which “at the turn point gave some stunning views of the snow topped mountains behind Coniston Village which certainly gave the feel of running in the Swiss Alps!”

James Cornforth looked strong from the start, taking the many undulations of the course in his stride to finish in 01:33:35. James Wright continued his Rotterdam Marathon taper with a time of 01:38:44 and was chased down by the other members of the Cornforth family members in attendance – Philip securing a time of 01:50:03 and Anna finishing in 02:12:55.

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Sunday….a day of rest…..not for Striders!
The good weather continued on Sunday for two more events – the Keighley 10k and the Ripon Hornblower Duathlon.

At the ‘Big Keighley 10k’, Simon Rider stopped the clock on 47:41 to secure an overall 10k personal best.

Three Striders took on the new duathlon event in Ripon, with Tom Calvert leading the way in a time of approximately 01:22:00 (awaiting his official time at the time of writing!). The event, which consisted of a 5k run, 24k bike and a 3km run to finish off, was also taken on by Nicola Carter (01:36:57) and new Striders member Craig Mitchell (01:40:59).



April Fools Day parkrun visit

We are visiting Darlington South parkrun this Saturday (01/04) for our April ‘1st Saturday of the month’ parkrun visit. Information on the course can be found here – here. Meet at KCC for 07:35 for a 07:40 departure.

Details for all of our 2017 parkrun visits can be found on our website via this link.