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.



Club News – Results, Dates for the Diary and the London Marathon Draw

There’s a decent amount to round-up this week – not all results though! We have news of a marathon challenge, parkrun results, some dates for the diary, London Marathon place draw and a review of the social event of the year (the Striders Christmas party!). So pour yourself an eggnog, grab a mince pie and take a peek…..we start with news of results on the first Saturday of the month.

December rings in with parkrun tourism
On December 3rd, the club “first Saturday of the month” parkrun visit was to Cross Flatts in Leeds. The course threw in a couple of hills (definitely not “undulations”) and two flights of steps – so a little bit different to most of the parkruns in the area! James Wright took 3rd place overall with a time of 19:21 and Nicola Carter finished 1st lady in a time of 21:14.

Dan Foley took on some more adventurous parkrun tourism, heading over the border to Wales to take on the Bryn Bach course. Set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the course consists of “Two laps of a fast, scenic, traffic-free course. The course uses a tarmac path that loops the lake in a clockwise direction”. Dan finished his two laps in 20:06.

Julian Carr was the sole visitor to the York event, finishing in 21:37.

At Harrogate Ian Mitchell led the way for Striders, completing his 3 laps in 20:14. Jason Green was just under a minute behind (21:12) and was chased down by Sean Brennan (21:33). The rest of the Striders contignent was headed by Julie Elmes (26:25) and she was joined by club coach Eric Morley (26:33), Mark Shelton (27:27) and Rob Charlesworth (28:24).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close got almightily close to his goal of a sub 18minute parkrun by clocking 18:03. It will come Guy – keep going!

A Marathon Challenge
Sunday 4th December was a big day for Striders vice-chair Dan Wilson. He completed his triple endurance challenge (after already completing a triathlon and taking part in the Equinox 24 hour race) by completing 13, 2mile laps of the Stray to complete a full marathon. Dan was joined by approximately 30 people at the start line, with a mix of distances completed. Well done to Dan for organising this event and completing his “triple crown” (and raising over £1000 in the process for charity).

Is it really December?
Mild conditions greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning – certainly not what we are used to at this time of year!
Harrogate was attended by five Striders, with Nicola Carter leading the way with a time of 21:11. Sean Brennan quickly followed (21:25) and was joined by Mark Taylor (25:02), Tony Everitt (27:22) and Xmas Party Supremo Edna Wood (29:30).

David Halladay was the first Strider across the line at Fountains Abbey, completing the course in 25:39. Gaynor Downs made her first visit to this parkrun and clocked 38:13, followed shortly afterwards by Danielle Greenwood in 38:34.

Guy Close visited Wetherby for 3 tough laps of the playing fields. He took the 2nd position token by finishing in 18:48.

Down South, Julie Elmes took on the Brackley event and finished with a time of 27:13.

Through the woods at the Leeds Xmas 10K
David Halladay was the only Strider to be racing on Sunday (as far as we are aware!) with his participation at the Leeds Christmas 10k Challenge based at next week’s Peco XC venue – Middleton Park. A new route for 2016 took participants from the springy running track of the John Charles Stadium into the woods through the Middleton Park estate, before a final lap of the stadium to bring runners over the line. David completed this challenging event in a time of 49:43.

The Xmas Party – A Stride-Tastic Night
Just over 40 Striders got all dressed up for the 2016 Christmas party on Saturday evening which was held at the Old Swan hotel in Harrogate. The theme for the night, ‘The Great Gatsby’ brought out some fantastic costumes – from hats, to flapper dresses, to bow ties. After digesting dinner, the award for best Striders dancer was up for grabs! Big shout outs to Emma Greveson, Edna Wood, Clare Rogers, Tom Burrell and Gemma Harding….but the winner has to be Martin Brock after deciding to take on a knee slide during a group rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin on Prayer”. A BIG thanks to Edna Wood for organising everything – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

Is the London Marathon on your to do list?
The club has secured one guaranteed entry for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon and it is now up for grabs via a lucky dip draw. If you wish to enter, you must –
1) A fully paid up member of Knaresborough Striders for the 2016/2017 membership year
2) A fully paid up member of England Athletics (and therefore in a possession of a EA registration number)
3) Have not received a place in the London Marathon via a Knaresborough Striders club draw in any previous years.
If you want to add your name into the hat, please email your name and England Athletics number to info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk by 6pm on Monday 19th December. The draw will be made at the club night on Tuesday 20th December.

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
As is now tradition, the club will be providing mince pies and mulled wine at one of the local pubs in town after the last Tuesday club run prior to Christmas – Tuesday 20th December. All runs will end at the venue so you may want to park your car at the Chapel Street car park in town rather than having to run back up to the clubhouse.
The last official club run of 2016 will be Thursday 22nd December, with a return on Tuesday 3rd January, however a number of club members will still be meeting on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th December should you wish to have a run out to show off all of your new running gear that Santa has left under the tree!

5th Anniversary Celebrations and Awards Night
The club will celebrate its 5th Anniversary and hand out the annual awards on Tuesday 24th January. There will be a club run as normal before we all gather at the clubhouse for some food (20:30 onwards) and handout awards.
This night will also act as the AGM, which will include committee nominations. News of the committee opportunities open will be published in the new year.



The Stray Marathon Challenge

Striders vice-chairman Dan Wilson is taking on a marathon challenge this Sunday to continue in his fundraising efforts for Harrogate Hospital. He’s inviting all Striders to join him in his attempt to crack the 26.2 mile distance for the first time.

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Detail of the event are as follows;

Run one, two or more laps of The Stray and help raise money for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity. Attempt 13 laps for a full marathon!

This is an open event starting at 10.00am inside the main entrance of the hospital. Parking is free on surrounding streets or you can pay at the hospital car park. Dont forget to make a donation or buy a cake from the cake stall and pick up your free celebratory certificate from the hospital when you finish!

Please note THIS IS NOT A FORMALLY ORGANISED EVENT. You are welcome to turn up and run but this will be at your own risk. No first aid or changing facilities will be available.

Come on Striders – lets give Dan a big support on Sunday and test yourselves to run as many laps as you can.



December parkrun visit – Saturday 03/12

Yes it really is December tomorrow and that means the first Saturday of the month parkrun visit is this Saturday. We will be travelling to the CrossFlatts (Leeds) event which should give a little bit of a different parkrun to the norm as it has a flight of steps to get up!

Meet at KCC for 07:50am (07:55am departure) for the car share or just meet us there. Plans for a bit of post parkrun breaky are underway!



Cross Country – it’s back for Winter!

A chiller of a parkrun
The only term you can use for the weather conditions last Saturday morning was “blumin freezing” but that didn’t put off a hardy bunch of 8 Striders heading out to get their parkun fix.

Guy Close and James Wright headed down the A1, onto the M62 and left at Junction32 to take on the Pontefract event. Similar to York, the Ponty event takes parkrunners within the inner service track of a racecourse but this event is a little hillier then York! Both Striders set new course PB’s – Guy recording 18:14, with James keeping him just in his sites all the way through to finish in 18:51.

Keith Emery had a barnstorming run to finish 2nd – or should that be joint first based on achieving the same time as the 1st runner over the line – in a time of 17:52. Nicola Carter took on a volunteer pacer role to finish with a time 23:57 and Julie Elmes followed three minutes later in 26:55.

Over at Fountains Abbey, Ian Mitchell clocked a speedy 20:14 and was joined by David Halladay who warmed up for Sundays PECO XC with a time of 26:23.

Cross Country is back with a slip, hill, a bit of mud….what’s not to like?!
The season of mud, hills, a bit more mud and maybe anouther hill, along with memories of freezing cold winter school PE lessons….it can only mean one thing….its Cross Country season!! The first race of the Peco XC 16/17 season was held at Temple Newsam and offered participants a real mix of terrain to give a great test for the regulars and a steady introduction to the XC newbies. After a pep talk from club coach Eric “high knees” Morley, the 22 Striders set off with one thing in mind – “don’t slip over at the start”!

Nicola Carter set her stall out for the season with a 1st place age category finish of dead on 34:00 to lead the Striders ladies home. Sue Morley was next, taking 3rd place in her age category in a time of 41:10. Claire Killingworth took on her first XC race for Striders, recording a time of 41:48 and was followed by Julie Elmes (44:22), Dawn Richardson (46:46), Edna Wood (49:06), Kez Welsby (49:33), June Graham (51:48), Katie Gray (52:24) and Anne Cooley (53:36).

Fresh (how?!) from his parkrun exploits on Saturday, Keith Emery clocked 28:30 to lead the male Striders contingent. Tom Calvert had a great spint finish with a Nidd Valley Road Runner (every point counts) to get over the line in 30:18 and was followed just under 2 minutes later by James Cornforth (32:15). Andy Robinson managed not to slip over or lose a show in the first 300metres at the TN event this year and finished in 32:45. He was chased down by Ian Waller (33:35), Sean Brennan (33:47), Philip Cornforth (35:24), Jason “Boom” Green (36:32), David Halliday (38:08), Andy Roberts (39:24), Eric Morley (43:55) and Tony Everitt (44:29).

Up, Up and Away at EMA 10K
Julian Carr has probably managed to bag the 2016 Striders award for “most unusual place to take part in a race” after taking on the East Midlands Airport 10K – a race that is unlikely to be held again any time in the near future as its not every day you get to shut a runway down for the whole weekend! Julian works in the aviation industry so this was right up his flight path and he flew away with a time of 45:24.



Three weeks worth of results….you best grab a cuppa!

It’s been a while since we have had a results round-up so grab yourself a cuppa before you starting reading this….its three weeks’ worth of results! We start with results from way back on first weekend in November….

“Remember, Remember the 5th of November”
It was a cold start at Harrogate parkrun for the five Striders in attendance. David Halladay was first Strider back in 23:17, followed by Andy Roberts (24:04), Paul Heywood (24:47), Nick Wallen (24:51) and Julian Carr, who was taking on pacing duties to finish in 24:58. Over at Skipton, Rob Earl clocked a time of 20:16 on his first visit to the venue.

Also on the Saturday, Sue Morley ventured to Lumbutts in the South West Pennines to take on the Shepherds Skyline Fell race. On the cold windy tops, Sue ran up to the summit of Stoodley Pike, a distance of 10k and 1000ft of climbing, in 01:16:00.

Mass Turnout at Leeds and Ripley
On Sunday 6th November, it was the last big race day of the year in the Striders club championships, with members of the club taking on the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k or the Guy Fawkes 10mile. Starting at the wind and rain swept Abbey Dash in Leeds City Centre, Tom Calvert clocked a 10k PB of 36:01 to lead the 15 Striders in attendance home. Guy Close was next, just dipping under 38mins with a chip time of 37:58. Sean Brennan (42:40) led a pack of 5 Striders who finished within just over 1 minute of each other, with the others been Gareth Conkleton (43:03), Chris Umpleby (43:37), Jason Green (43:42) and Jonny Chadwick (43:59). That group were chased down by Derek Calvert (46:51), new member Simon Rider (47:21), Mark Taylor (47:53), Gemma Harding (52:44), Julie Elmes (52:51), Roy Cooley (58:28), Clare Rogers ran despite an injury but in beautiful new trainers (01:04:08) and returning from injury, Bill Kirkpatrick finished in 01:08:43.

At the Guy Fawkes 10 Mile, based at Ripley Castle, Simon “The Legend” Shaw put his injury worries behind him to finish in an impressive 01:04:59.
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Martin Brock chased him all the way to finish 01:05:30 and he was then followed by a further 16 Striders – James Wright (01:08:36), James Ireland (01:08:54), Dan Foley (01:10:47), Dan Wilson (01:12:40), Ian Mitchell (01:13:11), Nicola Carter (01:15:55), Phil Cornforth (01:18:35), Stewart Hymas (01:20:25), Julian Carr (01:24:20), Dean Logan (01:28:07), Pamela Singleton (01:30:34), Anthony Everitt (01:41:33), Dawn Richardson (01:44:38), Tracy Allison (01:56:21) and a BIG shout out to Joanne Gray who completed her first ever 10 mile event in 02:11:11 alongside the super duper Anne Cooley (who also clocked 02:11:11).
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A Flying Start
The following weekend was a little bit quieter, but it started well for Guy Close as he achieved a parkrun PB at Pontefract in a time of 18:44.

On the Stray at Harrogate, Sean Brennan was the first Striders member over the line (21:10) and he was followed by Gareth Conkleton (22:04), Nick Wallen (24:16), “Pacer Paul” Heywood (24:56) and Edna Wood (29:50).

Tom Calvert carried on his superb form from the Abbey Dash into the parkrun at Fountains Abbey, stopping the timer on 17:44 to achieve a course PB. Nicola Carter clocked 21:38 and was joined in running up the final “insert swear word here” of a hill by Derek Calvert (22:47) and regular FAbbey runner David Halladay (25:47).

The Cancer Research ‘Tough10’ took place for the first time at Roundhay Park at 11am on the Saturday and was taken on by four Striders. The course was certainly a toughy, with a starting KM of a lap of Soldiers Field before a lap around the lake, then into the energy sapping mud in the woods before a killer finish of three ‘up n downs’ Hill 60 (those who have done the PECO Cross Country events will know about this hill!) to the horror of the those taking part! James Wright secured 2nd place overall with a time of 44:57. It was not so tough for regular Jason Green who loves these types of runs who finished in 51:55. He was followed by new member Simon Rider (56:52) and Anthony Everitt (01:09:27).

Striders were represented at two events on the Sunday. At the Dalby Dash in Dalby Forest(!), David Halladay was the sole Striders representative and stopped the clock in 46:36.

Sue Morley took the LV60 prize at the Wadsworth Half Trog race based at Hebdon Bridge. The event was over a distance of 9.3 miles and involved 1378ft of climbing. She finished in a time of 2hrs 37mins.

Some guest reporting….
This weekend’s round-up has been written by our guest roving reporter Clare Rogers (it’s a bit different…..!)……

Harrogate parkrun was in reverse this week, so the results are also in reverse to “jazz it up” a little. Emma Hall completed the run in a time of 39:45, with the winner of last year’s Tallest Strider award Mr Mark Shelton finishing in 28:30. Anthony “Tooonneeyy” Everitt completed in 26:58, with Nick Wallen finishing in 24:45. Mark Taylor completed in 23:15 and Ian Mitchell finished in 21:36. The Striders camping Daddy Sean Brennan finished in 21:09, just after 24hr race legend Graham Yare (21:05). Finally the top 2 Striders finishers were, James Wright in 19:33, and thanks to all his junior parkrun practice, Keith Emery smashed it in 18:14.

Another junior parkrun regular Guy Close completed York parkrun in 18:14.

It was a family affair at the Fountains Abbey event, as Tom Calvert (running his 50th parkrun) finished in 17:54, whilst his Daddy, Derek Calvert clocked a time of 22:22. Julian Carr also attended finishing just behind Derek in 22:42, whilst new member Nimah Falconer finished in 24:02.

Our 2016 Club Championship leader, Nicola Carter traveled to Keswick parkrun, which she smashed in a time of 22:21.

In the words of Jason Green, “BOOM” that’s your Striders round up.



Club Kit – Next Order

The club will be placing an order for kit next Sunday (13/11/16), so if you would like to order any new club kit yourself or perhaps family are looking for Christmas present ideas for you, please see the link below to take you to the latest catalogue (along with a link to the order form). Printed copies of the form are available at the club on a Tuesday or Thursday.

Knaresborough Striders Kit Catalogue



Top weather for some running – it’s the weekly round-up

It has been a fantastic weekend for running weather wise, allowing Striders competing at various events over the weekend to achieve some fantastic results. We start, as usual, with the parkrun round up….

A story of firsts
Although parkrun is very much not a race, it’s always great to see a club member handed the 1st place token. Tom Calvert was the recipient this week via a time of 18:03 at Fountains Abbey which was the venue for the latest monthly club visit. Following Tom up the last ‘undulation’ at the event was James Wright who recorded a course PB of 18:41. Ian Mitchell was next in a time of 20:32, with a Sean Brennan chasing him down and securing a course PB of 20:57. Edna Wood recorded 28:29 and Alison Jackson stopped the clock on 30:18.

At Dalby Forest, Sima Lowery joined Tom in taking a first place – this time 1st Female to cross the line. She achieved a time of 22:34 on her first visit to this venue.

Harrogate parkrun welcomed six Striders for its 3 laps. Guy Close and Rob Earl battled it out from start to finish but it was Guy who took the first Strider home slot with a course PB time of 18:14, closey followed by Rob who crossed the line in 18:22. Dan Foley took on his first parkrun since joining the club and stopped the clock just over the 20 minute mark in 20:06. Sue Morley secured a parkrun PB with her time of 24:25 and she was joined by Tony Everitt (26:42) and Emma Hall (40:24).

The hills of Sheffield…
The latest event to join the ‘Run for All’ family was the Sheffield 10k on Sunday. The event took participants on a testing course out and back from the city centre, including two decent sized hill climbs. Jason Green and Mark Shelton represented the Striders and secured times of 43:41 and 56:44 respectively….and were still smiling after the race as can be seen from the photograph below!

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“Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine”
Dawn Richardson headed up North to take on the new Half Marathon between Whitley Bay and Newcastle – an event that formed part of the wider Morpeth to Newcastle event consisting of a marathon, the half marathon, a 10k and a bike race. The HM route followed the river tyne back to the centre of Newcastle along a predominalty flat route. Dawn had a great run and finished in a time of 02:16:38.

Striding out at Wistow
Mr and Mrs Cooley – AKA Roy and Anne took on the Wistow 10k on Sunday. This event is hosted by the Selby Striders and attracts a large field every year. Roy dipped under the 1 hour mark with a finish time of 58:44. Anne, continuing her preparation for next weeks Guy Fawkes 10 Mile event, completed the course in 01:03:46 to secure a 10k Personal Best.



Next club parkrun visit – Fountains Abbey – THIS SATURDAY 29/10/16

With a number of local races taking place on Sunday 6th November, the regular ‘first Saturday of the month’ club parkrun visit has been brought forward to this coming Saturday – 29/10/16.

We will be visiting the Fountains Abbey event which is widley regarded as one of, if not, the best parkruns in the UK due to the magnificant surroundings of the National Trust estate.

If you would like to take part in the car share, please meet at KCC for 08:00 for an 08:05 departure or just meet us at the venue.

After the run, we will be heading to the cafe for a hot drink and a cheeky piece of cake or perhaps a bacon sandwich!