Zero to Hero Graduation, a parkrun takeover and a run through a zoo…..its the latest Striders results!

What a week for our Zero to Heroes and the club!

Firstly we had 43 super Z2H course attendees graduate on Thursday evening – amazing effort everyone. We hope you have enjoyed the course and we look forward to welcoming you to Striders and seeing your continued improvement as we enter the Spring and Summer months.
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The celebrations continued at Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning with a number of our graduates taking on the 5km event as part of the Striders ‘takeover’. A big thanks to all those that volunteered on the morning – especially Guy Close who made his debut as a parkrun Run Director. So to the results….Julian Carr and Nicola Carter took on pacing duties, finishing in 23:59 and 24:51 respectively. Nick Wallen returned from his trip to India with a time of 26:29. Mark Taylor volunteered as a pacer to complete the course in 29:56 and was joined by (take a breath and goooooo) Melissa Darvill (30:09), Jane Lindsay (32:16), Carol Lane (32:53), Christina Tremayne (33:57), Kirsty Jones (33:57), Christine Lines (34:32), Zoe Hines (34:32), Amanda Green 34:39, Jackie Knight 34:44, Lee Byers 35:03, Sarah Leachman 35:29, Libby Brennan (35:42), Jemima Payne (35:57), Michelle Pedel (35:57), Catherine Payne (35:58), Fiona Burniston (36:17), Anne Cooley (36:17), Claire Baxter (37:51), Annika McDonald (38:14), Lauren Downs (38:30), Caroline Hodson (38:58), Alison Dales (38:59), Ann-Marie Brizzolara (40:46), Sandra Evison (42:38), June Graham (42:40), Roy Cooley (42:55) and taking on tail runner duties was Danielle Greenwood (48:58). Apologies if we have missed any Z2H graduates off the results who took part in parkrun – we have tried to capture everyone but if we have missed you, drop us a quick note!

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert secured a top 5 finish with a time of 18:18, with Calvert Snr (Derek) stopping the clock on 23:36.

James Cornforth took on the South Manchester parkrun, finishing the event in 18:24.

Away from parkrun, Dawn Richardson participated in a 10k race with slightly different surroundings to the norm – a zoo and theme park! She completed the event at Flamingo Land (near Malton) in 01:01:50.

A report practically bursting at the seams with results!

Our latest round up contains news of some parkrun tourism, some very muddy boots at a local 10k and the cross country, marathons at the Abbey, hill reps at Harewood and trail running at Lightwater.

The luck of the Irish
On the 11th February, three Striders headed over to Ormeau parkrun, based in South Belfast. Tom Calvert clocked 18:21, followed by Niamh Falconer in 23:20 and Derek Calvert completed the trios results with a time of 23:16 (and apparently had to get the drinks in!).

James Wright and Jason Green also took on some parkrun tourism by visiting the Moors Valley event in the New Forest (Hampshire) as part of the Marathon Talk Training Camp weekend (which was based at the wonderfully named ‘Sandy Balls Holiday Village’!). James recorded a time of 19:14, with Jason obtaining an overall parkrun PB in 20:52.

Closer to home, we reached double figures at Harrogate. Nicola Carter (21:21) was the first of the 10 Striders across the line. She was joined by the ever improving Luke Ratcliffe (22:37), Ian Mitchell (23:47), Paul Heywood (26:08), Eric Morley (27:46), Rob Charlesworth (28:28), Mark Taylor (30:11), Dawn Richardson (32:00), a PBing Danielle Greenwood (38:43) and Lauren Downs 44:05.

A trio of Striders headed to the flat and fast course at York. Guy Close (18:21) held off James Ireland (18:51) and Julian Carr (23:12).

Fiona Slight was the sole Strider at Fountains Abbey. She secured an overall parkrun PB with a time of 32:30 – top stuff Fiona!

Some very muddy boots
The annual Muddy Boots 10k was held on Sunday 12th February at Ripon, giving participants a very muddy outing. David Halladay (51:14) was the first of 7 Striders to taking part to cross the line. He was followed by Sue Morley (58:30), Kerensa Welsby (59:29), Dawn Richardson (01:08:40), June Graham (01:14:41), Katie Gray (01:14:42) and Emma Greveson (01:17:21).

You can find photographs of Striders at the event here.

Practice makes perfect
Harrogate parkrun provided good practice for some up and coming cross country events when nine striders attended on the 18th February. James Wright was the first Strider down the finish funnel in 20:14, with Rob Earl making his comeback from injury with a time of 20:57. Gareth Conkleton was next (23:06) and was joined on the Stray by Ian Mitchell (24:23), Rob Charlesworth (27:03), Mark Shelton (28:07), David Halladay (29:09), Mark Taylor (29:59) and Tom Burrell (32:44).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert headed the seven Striders in attendance with a time of 18:37. Chasing him down on the revised course were Luke Ratcliffe (22:12), Paul Heywood (23:44), Derek Calvert (24:58), Emma Greveson (31:44), a PBing Gaynor Downs (35:19) and Lauren Downs (42:11).

Guy Close was the sole representative at Wetherby, crossing the line in 18:45. Sean Brennan ventured up the A1 to Northallerton and clocked a time of 22:43.

Mudfest at Peco
The 4th race of the 16/17 Peco Cross Country was held at Barnbow Fields in Leeds on Sunday 19th February. In the Ladies event, Nicola Carter continued her domination in the cross country events, finishing the course in 39:49 to take the 1st place position in her age category. Sima Lowery was next in 42:07 and she was joined by Sue Morley (53:06), Edna Wood (57:46), June Graham (57:57) and Alison Jackson (01:06:13).

Six male Striders turned up, with Keith Emery leading the way in a time of 34:26 which was just over a minute ahead of Martin Brock (35:19). They were followed by David Halladay (46:51), Julian Carr (47:41), Eric Morley (53:12) and Anthony Everitt (55:10).

Last parkrun of the February….where are the months going?!
The last Saturday of February saw Striders represented at five different parkrun events.

On the coast at Whitley Bay, Sima Lowery clocked a time of 23:19. Nicola Carter was also up ‘in the North’ where she visited the Gateshead event and a achieved a time of 22:31. Sean Brennan headed East to visit Dalby Forest, stopping the watch on 24:06.

Closer to home, Tom Calvert (18:33) was the first Strider over the line at Fountains Abbey and was joined by Niamh Falconer (23:01 –PB), Derek Calvert (23:28) and Dawn Richardson (30:23).

At Harrogate, Guy Close was the first of six Striders down the finish funnel in 19:22. Rob Earl (20:52) was next followed by Gareth Conkleton (22:47 – his 50th parkrun), Andrew Roberts (25:03), Paul Heywood (27:18) and Fiona Slight (34:27).

Big mileage at the Abbey
The Bolton Abbey Running Festival was held over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, with Striders represented in the Ultra, Marathon and 10k events.

On Saturday, Graham Yare took on the 50km Ultra and finished the undulating, mixed terrain course in 06:10:29.

Moving onto Sunday, the Marathon was taken on by Graham Yare (yes that’s right….the man who completed a 50k ultra the day before….madness) and new member Lisa Harrison. Graham stopped the clock on 04:49:29 with Lisa not far behind in 05:02:04.

The 10k event was taken on by June Graham and Katie Gray, who achieved finish times of 01:17:02 and 01:20:07 respectively.

Keeping the heart beating at Harewood
The British Heart Foundation held its annual Half Marathon at Harewood House on Sunday 26th, which was joined by a new 10k event.

Georgina Townsend completed the Half Marathon in 02:01:27, with Simon Rider (48:17), Paul Heywood (59:04), Edna Wood (59:10) and Dawn Richardson (01:00:33) taking on the 10k.

Fun of the Fell at Ilkley
Also on Sunday, six Striders made the short trip across to Ilkley for the annual fell race hosted by local club Ilkley Harriers. James Warburton, fresh from his travels in Canada, clocked a time of 45:45 and was joined by Sean Brennan (59:29), Nicola Carter (01:01:45), Sue Morley (01:16:55), Sam Keen (01:22:33) and Jason Green (01:40:25).

In Pocklington, not far outside of York, Clare Mckenzie continued her London Marathon build up with participation in the ‘Snake Lane 10′. Clare completed the 10 mile event in 01:37:54.

Into March we go….
The latest ‘first Saturday of the month’ parkrun visit was held this past Saturday with a visit to Temple Newsam. This is an undulating course and due to recent weather there were some interesting puddles to get through! James Wright missed out on the 1st place token by 1 second, finishing in 19:44 for a course PB. Nicola Carter was the next Strider across the line in 24:08, followed by Mark Taylor (24:26), Georgina Townsend (25:57) and Edna Wood (29:14). Jen Carne, an Ilkey Harrier, also attend the trip with the Striders and secured a time of 30:51.

Guy Close secured a PB at York parkrun, falling just short of the illusive sub 18 minute mark with a 18:05. Paul Heywood also came away from York with a PB, finishing the racecourse based event in 23:20.

On the altered Fountains Abbey route, Derek Calvert clocked 23:34 and was joined by Gaynor Downs (33:32 – parkrun PB) , Danielle Greenwood (39:54) and Lauren Downs (40:08 – parkrun PB).

The course at Harrogate parkrun was something of a ‘mudfest’! Taking on the energy sapping route were Rob Earl (20:40), Sean Brennan (22:01), Gareth Conkleton (22:55) and Ian Mitchell (24:31).

Light feet at Lightwater
Moving onto Sunday, eight Striders attend the Lightwater Valley 10k. On an altered (and tougher) course from previous years, James Wright and Dan Wilson had a good tussle for the majority of the race, finishing in 40:45 and 41:15 respectively. Luke Ratcliffe was the next Strider back, finishing in 47:52. He was chased down by David Halladay (49:32), Sam Keen (52:01), Mark Shelton (58:08), Dawn Richardson (01:02:45) and Emma Greveson (01:11:15).

For photographs from the event, please click here.

Last PECO of the Season
Also on Sunday, the last of the 5 main PECO Cross Country events was held at Rounday Park. Thirteen Striders attended and were led home by Keith Emery (30:25). Also taking on the event were James Warburton (30:59), Nicola Carter (35:13), Sima Lowery (35:55), Paul Heywood (43:10), Claire Killingworth (44:50), Sue Morley (45:13), Eric Morley (47:15), Kez Welsby (47:58), Edna Wood (49:26), June Graham (50:28), Charlotte Hines (51:37) and Anne Cooley (59:07). A HUGE well done to Nicola Carter who finished at the top of the pile in her age category and will now represent the PECO league in the relay event versus West Yorkshire League this coming Sunday in Halifax.

PB at East Mids
Finishing off our Sunday results, one of our new members, Kate James, took on the East Midlands 10k. She recorded a PB time over the distance, finishing in 55:32. Good to have you on board as a Strider Kate!

Results, Results, Results…read all about it….it’s been a while!

It has been a few weeks since our last results roundup, so take a breath and here we goooooooooo…….

High Five for parkrun
On Saturday 21st January, nine Striders took on a parkrun and were split between five venues.
At Woodhouse Moor in Leeds (the first parkrun to start outside of London), Paul Heywood and Edna Wood recorded times of 24:14 and 29:55 respectively. James Cornforth took on the South Manchester event, setting a time of 18:45. Sean Brennan added anouther parkrun to his collection by visiting the South Yorkshire venue of Barnsley (as a write it, it make me say “Barnsley” in a ‘proper’ Yorkshire accent!) and stopped the clock on a time of 21:39. More local to home, Guy Close had a ‘slip n slide’ around the playing fields at Wetherby to clock 19:01 and at Harrogate, Nicola Carter took on pacer duties to finish in 22:55. She was followed by James Wright (27:42), David Halladay (29:25) and Mark Taylor (29:56).

Peco XC Season continues
The 3rd race in the 16/17 PECO XC championsips was held on 22nd January. This was an exciting (ok so I was excited!) morning for the club as the new gazebo got its first outing and was put to good use by the 17 Striders in attendance.

Keith Emery led the way for the Striders, setting a time of 33:11. Tom Calvert was just over a minute behind (34:39) and was followed by Ian Waller (37:58). Nicola Carter kept up her good cross country form to clock 39:22 and continue her domination of her age group. Sima Lowery was 2nd Striders lady in a time of 40:36 and was joined by David Halladay (44:45), Cross Country first timer Paul Heywood (47:54), Andy Roberts (48:18), Claire Killingworth (48:21), Eric Morley (51:26), Julie Elmes (52:26), Tony Everitt (53:50), Kez Welsby (54:11), June Graham (56:08), Edna Wood (56:21), Anne Cooley (01:01:57) and Alison Jackson (01:02:06).

Striders over the Border
The last Saturday in January (28th) saw Striders represented at a Scottish parkrun as Alison Jackson completed the Edinburgh course in 30:25. Guy Close headed down the A1 to visit Pontefract, recording a time of 18:18 at the racecourse based event. Anthony Everitt took on the revised course at Fountains Abbey (path maintenance has caused them to change the course for a few weeks) and clocked 28:24. At Harrogate, Martin Brock was the first of 6 Striders to cross the line (19:10). He was followed by Paul Heywood (24:45), Rob Charlesworth (28:00), Samantha-Jane Young (29:26), Mark Taylor (29:59) and Emma Hall (38:30).

Dark, Muddy, A Forest…whats not to like?
Also on the Saturday, three Striders headed to Dalby Forest for a Night Run. This was a fantastic event taken on by just over 500 people – all with headtorches on to help guide them through the dark and muddy conditions on the 5 mile course. James Wright was the first of the Striders to sprint down the last hill, crossing the line in a time of 39:49. Nicola Carter was just over 1 minute behind, taking 3rd lady placing in 40:53. Georgina Townsend was the 3rd Strider in attendance, recording a time of 51:15.

Trying not to get eaten by lions….
Also on the Saturday, Julie Elmes headed over the Pennines to take part in the Northern Cross Country Championships which were this year held at Knowsley Safari Park. Julie completed the 8km course in 53:13.

A bit of parkrun tourism
This past Saturday was the first one of the month and therefore a Striders parkrun trip was in order! The chosen venue on this occasion, taken on by nine Striders, was Roundhay Park in Leeds. This is a hilly course but it comes with a bonus of taking place on an all tarmac course – a bonus in the winter months! Tom Calvert was the first of the Striders to complete the 3 laps course, finishing in a time of 18:34. He was joined in the parkrun tourism by James Wright (19:45), Nicola Carter (21:45), Mark Taylor (23:15), Derek Calvert (24:39), Paul Heywood (25:30), Mark Shelton (28:57), Edna Wood (30:14) and Emma Hall (37:43).

It seemed to be the weekend for parkrun tourism, with Striders visiting a further three events that can be classed as ‘out of the area’. Claire Killingworth attended the Albert Park event in Middlesborough, clocking a time of 23:56 for a new overall parkrun PB. Dan Foley headed to Bryn Bach in Wales where he crossed the line in 20:02. James Cornforth made his way to the South Manchester event and secured a time of 19:08.

Back in Yorkshire, James Ireland and Julian Carr visited Wetherby to represent the Striders on a day when the event was ‘taken over’ by Nidd Valley Road Runners as part of their club championships. They finished in 20:01 and 24:12 respectively. Dawn Richardson was the sole Strider at Fountains Abbey, recording a time of 31:33.

A milestone was reached for the club at Harrogate parkrun, with 100 different Striders now having completed at least one of the 268 runs on the Stray to date. Luke Ratcliffe was the first Strider back in 23:09 and he was joined on a cold morning on the Stray by Anthony Everitt (27:58), parkrunner first timer Fiona Slight (33:03), Gaynor Downs (35:24) and another first timer, Lauren Downs (43:41).

Speedy PB
On Sunday, Guy Close continued his amazing form to finish the Dewsbury 10K in a very speedy 10K PB time of 37:54. Look out for Guy in the rather fetching event t-shirt at training on Tuesday night!

Club Trips 2017

The club will be arranging two trips again this year – one in the UK and one in Europe.

24 Hours of running
The UK based trip will be to a new event at Bramham Park (nice and local) on 1st/2nd July – ENDURE24.

After the huge success of 20 Striders taking on the Equinox24 last September we thought we would give a similar event a go and, with it been local, we are hoping to get a greater number of Striders in attendance.

So what does the event entail? Basics are that its on for 24hrs (12Noon Saturday to 12Noon Sunday) and is run over an 8km course. Teams of between 3 and 8 can be entered (or perhaps you want to go solo?) with the aim that one member of each team is on the course at all times. You can do 1 lap, 2 laps, up to 8 laps if you want – it’s an event that caters for abilities.

The cost (if booked by 4th February) is £45 which includes camping and shower facilities at the venue (also covers cost of family members that may want to camp) plus an event t-shirt and medal. Obviously with it being so closeyou may want to come and do a lap, go home to get a shower and then come back for your next lap (we will be putting a base timetable together).

If you are interested, please let James Wright know by 29th January via speaking to him at a club night, via facebook message or email to Once intial numbers are known, teams will be set up and notifications sent to allow people to enter on the event website before the price increase on 4th February.

A social in Poland…with a parkrun thrown in
The Euorpe trip (date TBA) will be to Gdansk in Poland. This will be more of a social trip with a parkrun thrown in on the Saturday morning and some guided runs around the city on the Friday.

Return flights from Leeds/Bradford Airport with Ryanair will cost around £55-£75 and on current research, hotels in the area are very reasonably priced also. The trip is likely to be held in May or September, with a date to be set in the next week or so – watch out for more details on this website and social media.

Events – Club Awards and Brownlee Brothers Coach

The club will be holding its annual awards night on Tuesday 24th January after training. This is a great opportunity to review the past years achievements and also celebrate the clubs 5th Anniversary with a slice of cake!

On Thursday 26th January, we will be joined after training by Malcolm Brown – coach of the Brownlee Brothers. The event will start straight after training and the event is open to all (not just members of the club). Malcolm will be providing a presentation on his coaching practices and will be taking questions from the audience.

Get them in your diary!!


Brass Monkey Weather…actually it was perfect conditions!

A fairly short round-up this week after the mass results published last week (hopefully you have all just about read it!). We start, as usual, with parkrun….

Calvert grabs a PB
At Harrogate, Tom Calvert secured a course PB with a finish time of 18:23…although the course was run in reverse so does that count Tom?! Paul Heywood continues to improve since his recent injury issues, recording a time of 24:05, just ahead of Ian Mitchell (24:08). Julie Elmes stopped the clock on 27:17, Samantha Young joined her across the line just over 2 minutes later in 29:26 and Gaynor Downs made her first visit to the Harrogate event, finishing in a time of 35:15 (great progress recently Gaynor!)

A FAbbey parkrun
Mark Taylor made his first ever visit to the Fountains Abbey parkun and clocked a time of 22:32. He was joined by David Halladay (28:12) and Edna Wood (28:12).

First race of the year…..Brass Monkey Half Marathon
Nine Striders headed over to York on Sunday morning for the first big local event of the year – the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The weather was almost perfect for an event of this length – overcast, no wind and a slight drizzle. Guy Close was the first Strider over the line, securing an impressive time of 01:24:54 in his first attempt at the distance.
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James Wright was neck and neck with Guy upto the 10 Mile point but was then chasing him down for the last 3 miles to cross the line in a course PB of 01:25:12.
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Dan Wilson secured his fastest ever half marathon with a chip time of 01:27:59 and was followed by course PBers Nicola Carter (01:36:31) and Sean Brennan (01:39:04).
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Julian Carr kicked off his Rotterdam Marathon training with a time of 01:43:56 and he was followed 10 minutes later by a half marathon PBing Claire Killingworth (01:53:50).
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Stewart Hymas crossed the line in 01:54:59 and Natalie Hale completed the Striders contingent, stopping the timers clock in 02:16:34.
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Zero to Hero 2017 – FAQ’s

Our 2017 Zero to Hero programme starts this Thursday and we are expecting a large turnout!

Last year’s course was hugely successful and our qualified Run Leaders are once more ready to inspire and support newcomers to train them 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 5km parkrun.

We have had a number of questions regarding the course, which are answered below –
Q: I am unable to make the first night (12th January) so can I register on anouther night?
A: Yes absolutly, however please try to register on Tuesday 17th at the latest if possible.

Q: What time should I arrive and what time will I be finished each session?
A: Registration will open at 19:00 at Knaresborough Cricket Club, Aspin Lane. The group will head out from 19:30 and be back at the club for no later than 20:30. From Tuesday 17th January, please arrive at the club at 19:20 for a 19:30 start (if you are registering on the 17th, please come down any time from 19:00).

Q: What is the cost of the course?
A: £15 for 8 weeks (this includes Striders membership until 31st March 2017).

Q: What ages is the course for?
A: The course is open to anyone aged 16 years and above (under 18s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian)

Q: What should I wear for the course?
A: Participants will need comfortable clothing and training shoes (including for the first night on the 17th January). The activities will be held on tarmaced roads and paths. If you have any reflective gear, headtorches, etc. that will help you be seen in the darkness, we would encourage you to bring this along also.

A gigantic Striders Christmas and New Year round-up!

How’s everyone feeling then? New trainers had their first trip out? Set yourself some new running goals? Finished off the last mince pie found at the back of the cupboard? Well here’s another thing to indulge in…a gigantic Striders Christmas and New Year round-up! We start way back on the 17th December…..

17th December – that seems like an age ago!
At Harrogate parkrun, Ian Mitchell was the first Strider to take a finish token, completing the course in 21:12. He was joined by Julian Carr (23:17), Mark Taylor (24:27), Nick Wallen (25:49) and Rob Charlesworth (28:36).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Sean Brennan and Dawn Richardson represented the club, finishing in 20:52 and 29:13 respectively.

Taking on a rather wet and slippy Wetherby parkrun was Guy Close. He took the 2nd position token with a time of 18:58.

Peco Cross Country – Race 2 – An Undulating Course
On Sunday 18th December, a team of 18 Striders headed over to the South Leeds Stadium to take on Race 2 of the 16/17 PECO XC series. The event took participants through a tough route through Middleton Woods, including some testing hills, for just under 5 miles.

Starting with the ladies Nicola Carter secured 1st place in her age category with a time of 34:59. Returning from injury, Sima Lowery clocked 38:12 and was followed by Sue Morley who took 2nd place in her age category in 42:33. Julie Elmes was next around the finishing bend , stopping the clock on 46:10 and she was joined by Kerensa Welsby (47:59), Edna Wood (48:44), Dawn Richardson (51:21), Katie Gray (54:29) and Alison Jackson (54:29).

Martin Brock led home the male contingent in a time of 31:08. James Cornforth returned from University for the holidays to take part and came over the line in 32:09. He was chased down by Ian Waller (34:24), James Wright (34:40), Ian Mitchell (36:22), David Halladay (39:15), Andy Roberts (40:25), Eric Morley (45:00) and Tony Everitt (46:36).

After the race, the 15/16 awards were handed out. Nicola Carter and Sue Morley picked up age category awards and Sima Lowery went up to collect the ladies team prize (promotion was achieved!). Well done ladies – hopefully we will have a repeat of this success for the 16/17 season!

Striders on Tour
Whilst taking in some winter sun in Playa Blanca (Lanzarote), Graham Yare took on a 5k race named simply “Be Brave and Run 5k”! He finished in “around 22minutes”. Good to see the Striders represented Europe wide!

Santa is (or should that be was?) coming to town
Father Christmas certainly had the wind in his favour on Christmas Eve, with parkrunners met with the back end of a nasty storm giving the worst conditions encountered at parkruns across the North in many a year! At Harrogate, 13 Striders took on the dreadful conditions on the Stray, with James Cornforth heading the contingent in a time of 20:41. He was joined by Ian Mitchell (21:33), Nicola Carter (21:54 – 1st Lady), Sean Brennan (22:52), Jason Green (23:17), Julie Elmes (27:57), Pamela Singleton (28:22), Tony Everitt (28:01), Anna Cornforth (30:11), Robert Earl (30:36), Dawn Richardson (30:47), Edna Wood 31:31 and Paul Heywood (31:32).

The tarmaced course at York was slightly less damp then Harrogate! Guy Close was the first Strider up the finish straight infront of the grandstands, completing the course in 18:25. James Wright and Dan Wilson were also in attendance, finishing in times of 18:49 and 19:05 respectively.

Bring on the Turkey, Mince Pies, Chocolate….
Christmas Day brought much milder and certainly drier conditions for the parkrun attendees but by completing the 5km early on Xmas Day they made sure they had some calories burnt off for the Xmas treats!

Mark Taylor visited the Corby event to tick off another parkrun for the Striders (how many do you think club members have visited?)! Mark completed the West Glebe Park course in 23:52.

Closer to home, 8 Striders got passouts from their families to attend the Harrogate event. Guy Close clocked 19:29, with James Wright next, completing his 100th parkrun in 20:57. Nicola Carter was 1st Lady for the 2nd day in a row (21:38) and was joined by Andy Robinson (21:49), Rob Earl (23:04), Jason Green (23:27), Pamela Singleton (27:35) and Dawn Richardson (31:11).

Chasing up the Chevin
Remember the weather conditions on Boxing Day 2015? Too say it was wet was an understatement with the Chevin Chase nearly been cancelled. The 2016 event was not in danger however and the tough, undulating course, was taken on by Jason Green and Julie Elmes. They finished in times of 58:47 and 0:13:24 respectively.

A Jolly good time
The Jolly Holly Jog, held on the 27th December, was a victim of the weather in 2015 so it was good to see so many Striders in attendance at the 2016 event on a mild Bank Holiday.

Completing the 29th running of the event were James Cornforth (41:42), James Wright (42:19), Ian Waller (44:11), in his second event in two days Jason Green (48:29), Stewart Hymas (50:38), Anna Cornforth (51:56), Kerensa Welsby (01:01:19), Mark Shelton (01:03:02), Dawn Richardson (01:03:18), Roy Cooley (01:07:14), June Graham (01:10:22), Katie Gray (01:10:22) and Anne Cooley (01:10:50).






Lacing up for the last time in 2016
The last day of 2016 was utilised by 12 Striders to bag another parkrun! Sean Brennan took a break from Run Director duties at Harrogate (thanks Sean from all Striders for directing on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day) to make his first visit to York. The flat course was completed by Sean in 21:17.

The Stray was greeted by 6 Striders for a muddy Harrogate event. Keith Emery was handed the 2nd place finishers token after achieving a lung busting 18:27. Gareth Conkleton (22:01) and Mark Taylor (24:14) were the next Striders to cross the finishing line and they were followed by 1st time parkrunner (welcome to the club!) Claire Killingworth (25:41), Julie Elmes 27:23 and Tony Everitt (27:47).

Fountains Abbey, widely regarded as the best parkrun in the UK, was attended by 5 Striders. Guy Close was the first Strider back (18:36) once again, pushing away from Dan Wilson (19:08) and James Wright (19:10) in the last km. Nicola Carter took the 1st lady placing in 21:13 and Dawn Richardson clocked 30:48.

Starting the year with a double
New Years Day is the only day of the year that parkrunners are allowed to record ‘A Double’ and this option was taken up by 4 Striders (that we are aware of – let us know if you took on a double somewhere else) to get the first runs of 2017 under their belts.
First up at 9am was Pontefract, with James Wright leading the Striders contingent with a time of 20:07. Nicola Carter recorded a course PB (21:20), Jason Green finished in 21:49 and Sean Brennan clocked all the 2’s (22:22).

A journey of 6 miles was required to the next parkrun – a 10:30am start at Nostell Priory. The Striders order was the same as ‘Ponty’ – James Wright leading the contingent (20:34), followed by Nicola Carter (22:24), Jason Green (23:16) and Sean Brennan (23:21).

The first parkrun of the year for most
This past Saturday (7th Jan) at Harrogate parkrun, Tom Calvert completed his 51st parkrun in 18:52. Gareth Conkleton (21:59) was next, followed by Ian Mitchell (22:40), Mark Taylor (24:03), Paul Heywood (26:03), David Halladay (29:44), Edna Wood (30:46), Anne Cooley (31:57), Katie Byrne (34:41), Samantha Young (35:38) and Emma Hall (41:30).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close took the 1st place position token for the first time, leaving something in the bank for the last hill (or is it an undulation?) sprint to complete the course in 18:06. Julian Carr was also in attendance, finishing his first parkrun of 2017 in a time of 23:09.

The course at Wetherby was a bit slippy, but James Wright and Nicola Carter chucked on their trail shoes to get round in 19:27 and 21:41. Nicola took the 1st lady placing….it’s becoming a bit of a habit that Nicola (keep it up!).

Nostell Priory was visited by Jason Green for the 2nd time in a row and he stopped the clock on 22:39. Mark Shelton joined him and recorded a time of 29:49 to get his 2017 parkrunning off to a good start.

Cross Country Champs
On Saturday afternoon, Lightwater Valley Theme Park hosted the 2017 Yorkshire Cross Country Championships once again, providing a tough, undulating course for the Striders in attendance. In the Ladies race, Julie Elmes was the sole Strider, finishing the 5 mile course in 48:43. In the gents race, over a distance of 6.4 miles, Ian Waller achieved a time of 46:59, followed shortly after by Sean Brennan in 48:20.

The Temple Newsam Ten was held on Sunday, with David Halladay and Dawn Richardson attending to take on the mixed terrain course. They finished in 01:24:54 and 01:51:25 respectivly to get their 2017 race seasons off to great starts.

Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to all of our members.

The first training session of 2017 will take place on Tuesday 3rd January (19:20 for a 19:30 start). We look forward to what we hope will be another successful year for the club!

Don’t forget that our 2017 ‘Zero to Hero’ programme starts on Thursday 12th January. If you have family, friends, work colleagues, etc. that are interested, they can read further information on a previous article which can be found here, or they can just come down on the 12th and join up with that group.

Bring on 2017!

Zero to Hero 2017

Our next Zero to Hero programme will commence on Thursday January 12th 2017 – spread the word!

Last year’s course was hugely successful and our qualified Run Leaders are once more ready to inspire and support newcomers to train them 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 5km parkrun.

Registration opens at 7pm on 12th 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 anyone can’t make every night there is a simple programme they can follow in their own time to stay on track.

The course is open to anyone aged 16 years and above (under 18s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and participants will need comfortable clothing and training shoes.