Marathon Weekend for Striders

Weekend conditions were ideal for running – whether that be a 5km parkrun or the 26.2 miles that forms a marathon. Both distances were taken on by Striders this weekend…so lets start our round-up with news of results from Harrogate parkrun….

Running in Reverse
Rob Earl led the Striders contingent (18:27) at the 250th running of the Harrogate parkrun which was run in reverse to mark the occasion! Ian Mitchell was next in 20:31 and he was joined by Jason Green (20:54 – PB), Paul Heywood (22:37 – PB), Mark Shelton (26:53), Edna Wood (28:38) and Emma Hall (39:25).

Over near Ripon at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close secured a Personal Best in 18:10 and was chased down by ‘FAbbey’ regular David Halladay who finished in 25:39.

Graham Taylor made his first visit to Wetherby and finished his 3 laps of the playing fields in 22:12.

Down South, Pamela Singleton visited the Exeter Riverside event, completing the course in 25:47. Also taking in an event in the South was Tom Calvert, who visited the Hackney Marshes parkrun. He dipped under the 18 minute mark with a time of 17:49.

A Marathon a day helps you work, rest and play…
Striders were well represented at the Yorkshire Marathon Festival on Sunday, with 11 members competing across the two events on offer.

In the Marathon, James Wright was the first Strider across the finish line at the University of York, completing his first race at this distance in a time of 03:17:36. Marathon regular David Cremins was next in a time of 03:44:06, followed very closely by Sima Lowery, who completed her first marathon in a time of 03:44:57. Jason Green secured a PB in 03:49:23 and was joined on the PB podium by Judith Cornfield (04:01:21). Julian Carr was the next Strider through, clocking 04:07:16, and he was joined by the PBing pair of Sean Brennan (04:08:16) and Jane Day (04:21:35), and “Marathon Man” Graham Yare (04:25:01).

In the 10 mile event, Laura Baker clocked 01:29:45 in her first attempt at the distance and she was joined by Catherine Perry who clocked a time of 01:39:07.

Striding in the Fells
On slightly different terrain to the York events, Sue and Eric Morley headed over to Howarth to take on the ‘Withins Skyline’ fell race. This was a 7 mile race which took participants up 900ft of climbing in Bronte Country. Sue completed the gruelling course in 01:12:00, with Eric following in a time of 01:19:19.



The Weekly Report – A bit of parkrun tourism and a run at Bramham Park….but without the horse jumping

We start this week’s round-up with news of a missing result from last week’s report. Anna Cornforth took on the Bristol Half Marathon, her first time racing this distance, and completed the event in 01:48:28.

Moving onto this week’s parkrun news, the club ‘first Saturday of the month’ visit was to Bradford Lister Park. James Wright led the Striders contingent in a time of 19:05. Nicola Carter (21:30) just held off Ian Mitchell (21:35) and they were joined by Tom Burrell (28:22), Tracy Allison (29:21) and Edna Wood (29:33).

Three parkruns were visited by a single Strider each. At York, Guy Close set a new PB for parkrun overall with a time of 18:16. Over at Fountains Abbey, David Halladay stopped the clock on 25:50 and down South at the Crystal Palace event, Tom Calvert secured a speedy time of 18:49.

On the Stray, Rob Earl was first Strider back at the Harrogate event, clocking 19:09. He was chased down by Jason Green (21:24), Derek Calvert (22:30), Paul Heywood (23:10), Nick Wallen (23:42), Mark Shelton (27:00), Mark Taylor (27:02), Rob Charlesworth (27:27) and Emma Hall (40:59).

Moving onto Sunday, David Halladay completed the ‘Burnley Fire 10k’ whilst over in Lancashire visiting family and secured a time of 46:15.

At the Bramham Park 10k – a multi terrain race – Striders were represented by three members. Paul Heywood was the first back with a time of 01:02:53. Edna Wood wasn’t far behind in 01:03:09 and she was joined at the local race by Alison Jackson 01:10:59.

What’s Coming Up on the Striders social scene?
On the Social scene, we have the next of Tom’s Knaresborough Pub Crawls taking place a week on Friday (14/10/16). Meet at The Mitre between 19:30 and 20:00.

The club Christmas Doo will be held at the Old Swan (Harrogate) on Saturday 10th December. We still have places available so if you haven’t yet declared your interest, please speak with Edna Wood ASAP. Further details can be found on the original news article



Crag Rat Runners – Weekly Results

Four parkruns were visited by Striders on Saturday morning and we start the round up with news of two PB’s in the Calvert household at Fountains Abbey. Tom Calvert led the Striders contingent with a course PB time of 17:48. Following him was Conrad Garcia in 21:42 and he was chased down by a PBing Derek Calvert (22:28), Nick Wallen (22:44) and David Halladay (25:05).

James Wright made his first visit to the Wetherby event and finished in an overall parkrun PB time of 18:31.

On the Stray in Harrogate, Guy Close made his way closer to a sub 18 minute parkrun, securing a PB time of 18:19. Closey following Guy was Rob Earl (18:30) and he was joined by Ian Mitchell (20:44), Nicola Carter (21:29) and Eric Morley (25:52).

The great thing about parkrun is that once you have a barcode, you can visit any parkrun in the UK (or the world in fact!). Paul Heywood and Edna Wood took advantage of this whilst attending a wedding down South, visiting the Bogner Regis event. They finished the course in times of 23:13 and 28:40 respectively.

Harewood House was the venue for the Brownlee Triathlon on Saturday, with start times throughout the day. The club was represented by three members and were headed by James Warburton. He took 5th place overall with a time of 01:28:28. Dan Wilson was taking on his first ever Triathlon and finished in 02:06:34. Charlotte Hines took part in the event as part of a relay team, running the 5km last leg in a time of 32:49.

Also competing in an event on Saturday was Jason Green who took on the Yorkshire Warrior obstacle race at Ripley Castle, finishing in a time of 01:03:53.

Simon Shaw took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross challenge on Sunday morning. This super challenging event sees participants ride between the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire and where they can’t cycle due to terrain, etc. they have to carry their bike! Despite only just coming back from injury (suffered in training for the event), Simon completed the course in a great time of 04:33:59.

In Nottingham, Claire Killingworth completed her first ever half marathon in 01:57:55 – great work Claire!

Sunday was also a big day for our club, with the inaugural running of the ‘Knaresborough Crag Rat Run’. After months of planning, the event went off without a hitch and the club was well represented in the finishing field of 127. Jason Green was the first Strider back to the clubhouse, finishing in 35:44. He was joined by Nick Wallen (38:29), Luke Ratcliffe (38:50), Tony Everitt (44:05), Duncan Petty (45:49), Charlotte Hines (45:50), Dawn Richardson (45:53), Catherine Perry (48:03), Clare McKenzie (49:25), Kerensa Welsby (51:21), Emma Greveson (53:01), Katie Byrne (53:11), Anne Cooley (54:03) and Joanne Gray (01:01:27).

 

Cakes and Goodies

The remaining cakes and goodies from the Crag Rat Run will be on sale, via donations, after training tonight (27/09).

All donations will go towards Dan Wilson’s fundraising efforts for the Harrogate Hospital Childrens Ward.



Running for 24 hours – madness? No, just another weekend for Striders!

The weekend was full of running for Striders members, with the club represented at nine different events, including the Equinox24 event where 16 club members decided that it would be good to run around a 10km course for 24 hours! More on Equinox later as we start our roundup with the Saturday parkrun results – including a pilgrimage to the location of the first ever parkrun event.

Where it all started
Bushy Park was where the first ever parkrun took place and it has now been visited by its first Knaresborough Strider – Tom Calvert. Tom completed the course in 18:01 to set a benchmark for any future Striders visitors!

Closer to home, Rob Earl recorded a time of 18:16 at the Harrogate event, where he was joined by Nick Wallen who smashed his PB with a time of 22:26. Over in York, Paul Heywood recorded a course PB in 23:21 and setting an overall parkrun PB was Edna Wood with a time of 27:24. Good PBing! On a sunny morning at Fountains Abbey, David Halladay stopped the timers watch on 26:30.

Racing in the Sun….on a Sunday….
On a warm day for running, the club was represented at four local events on Sunday.

Firstly at the inaugural Harrogate Haverah Trail Race, which took participants over a 10 mile multi terrain course, four Striders were in attendance. James Warburton took 4th place with a time of 01:07:04. He was chased down by Charlotte Hines (01:47:03), Katie Gray (02:08:06) and June Graham (02:08:07).

Straight after the Haverah event, James made his way over to Skipton for the Embsay Crag Fell Race. This event is 2.9miles in length but has a nasty sting of a total accent of 800ft. James set a time of 22:21 and was joined by club coach Eric Morley who completed the event in 39:31.

In Tadcaster, Guy Close and David Halladay took on the revived Tadcaster 10 mile race. The event has been absent for 10 years so it’s great to see it back on the racing calendar. Guy achieved a time of 01:05:31, with David following to record a time of 01:17:30.

Over in Leeds, the yearly Kirkstall Abbey 7 mile race was attended by Rob Earl and Dawn Richardson. Rob was participating in the event for the first time and clocked 41:19, with Dawn recording a course PB of 01:05:38.

Equinox24 – What a weekend!
The second club trip of the year was held over the weekend, with 18 Striders attending the Equinox24 event at Belvior Castle near Grantham. The Striders sent two full teams of eight to take on the main event and they were joined by Emma Hall who completed the 10k race plus Graham Yare who took on the Solo event (madness!). The two teams lined up as follows;

Team 1 – Martin Brock, Andy Robinson, Clare Rogers, Julian Carr, Jason Green, Gemma Harding, Jonny Chadwick and Natalie Hale

Team 2 – James Wright, Sean Brennan, Gareth Conkleton, Nicola Carter, Chris Umpleby, Mark Shelton, Dan Wilson and Stewart Hymas

In simple terms, the event is held over a 10km course, with participants aiming to complete as many laps as possible within a 24 hour time limit. The course was multi-terrain and had two hills to deal with – not a problem for those that take on Eric’s Tuesday training sessions!
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It was a wet start to the trip on Friday afternoon with the tent pitching take place in wet conditions but after a chilled out (dry!) evening (which included Andy Robinson and Martin Brock taking on the Beer Mile race – finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively) the Striders were chomping at the bit to get going at 12 Noon on Saturday. The mass start of Solo runners, Pairs, Small teams (up to 5 people), Large teams (up to 8 People) and 10k runners was a great sight and set the tone for the rest of the 24 hour period. Martin Brock (Team 1) and James Wright (Team 2) took on the anchor legs before handing over to Andy Robinson and Sean Brennan respectively. As already mentioned Emma Hall took on the 10k standalone race and completed the course despite running with an injury (hope it heels up soon Emma) in a time of 01:45:03.
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The afternoon and early evening were perfect for running – cool with no wind. The changeovers were slick and the plan put in place before the event was … going to plan! As the night drew in, head torches were attached, normal sleep patterns went out of the window and extra layers were put on. Running in the early hours of the morning was certainly something different but the course was well marshaled throughout and it was a fantastic sight to see all of the runners head torches bobbing through the woods and hillside that the course went through.

At around 06:30, a magnificent sunrise came up over the venue and brought with it warm temperatures for the last laps of the event. As the clock counted down, tactics were brought into play to ensure the maximum number of laps could be completed by each team with us been mindful that as long as you had handed over the ‘batton’ by 11:59:59am, you could get a final lap in. With the clocking ticking over the 24hour mark, the atmosphere at the finish line was fantastic, with teams coming over the line together, solo runners punching the air after completing the mammoth solo challenge and even the man with a tumble dryer on his back had a sprint finish and a smile (he did 10 laps – amazing!!). For Team 1, Jonny Chadwick ran the final lap taking them to a total of 27 laps (167.4 miles) in an overall time of 24:42:19. Team 2 were brought across the line by Mark Shelton, bringing them to total of 29 laps (179.8 miles) in a running time of 24:45:51.
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The overall results had Team 1 finishing 21st in the Large Team category and 32nd overall (out of 227 teams). Team 2 were 11th in category and 15th out of 227 teams overall. The lap times can be found here for Team 1 and here for Team 2.
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Taking on the Solo event was Graham Yare who loves this kind of challenge! Despite having an injury, Graham completed 7 laps (43.4 miles) in overall on course running time of 10:31:20. He came to the event aiming to complete 5 laps so to complete a further 2 is testimony to Graham’s ability to go through the pain barrier when most of us would give up. Hats off to you Mr Yare!
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Overall, the Equinox24 was a stupendous event and a big pat on the back to all who attended and made it weekend to remember. Such fun was had that the event is now likely to become a long term stamp on the Striders calendar so if you would like to take part in 2017, please see James Wright to register your interest. It would be great to enter at least 3 teams next year so get the 23rd and 24th September 2017 in your diaries!
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Striders Xmas Doo – Get your deposits in!

It’s that time, The Old Swan are now wanting numbers and a deposit for the Striders Xmas Dinner. If you haven’t already done so, please let Edna Wood know if you would like to attend, along with a £10 deposit by Wednesday 21 September.

The Striders Christmas Party has been arranged for the night of Saturday 10 December 2016 at The Old Swan Hotel for 60-70 people. We have booked on The Great Gatsby Revue night of entertainment which includes a drink on arrival, Gatsby’s Casino, a three-course dinner, entertainment and a DJ (1920s fancy dress optional).

The cost is £30 each and payment should be made by cash, a cheque made payable to Knaresborough Striders or by BACS using sort code 40­-26-20, account no 11295985 using Xmas as the reference. A DEPOSIT OF £10 PER PERSON IS REQUIRED WHEN BOOKING.

Please send an email to Edna (edswood@talktalk.net) with details of your menu choice (including any dietary requirements) and, if bringing a guest, their name and menu choice. Also let Edna know your method of payment for your £10 per person deposit. Please give cash or cheques to any of the Committee Members.

The menu choice is as follows:-

Roast Carrot and Ginger Soup, sesame croute
Coarse Chicken Liver and Port Pate, apple compote, sage scone
Crab and Prawn Tian, tomato and tarragon sauce, chilli crostini
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Prune and Orange Roast Turkey, pancetta-wrapped chipolata, apricot and thyme stuffing, pan gravy
Tomato and Mint Braised Shoulder of Lamb, tomato and fennel jus
Grilled Fillet of Hake, saffron and coriander beurre blanc
Potato, Sweetcorn and Smoked Cheddar Pie, leek and tarragon cream
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Traditional Christmas Pudding, brandy sauce
Key Lime Pie, lime and raspberry crumb, lemon curd
Chocolate and Mandarin Cheesecake, Cointreau crème anglaise, chocolate shard



Half Marathon Weekend

It seemed to be the weekend of the Half Marathon for many Striders, with the club well represented at three HM events on Sunday. But lets start our weekly round-up at parkrun….

Is there a better way to start the weekend?
Starting with news from Harrogate parkrun, Rob Earl achieved a new Personal Best with a time of 18:04. Jason Green was also on the PB trail, completing his three laps of the Stray in 21:02. Derek Calvert was just missed out on joining the PB brigade, stopping the clock on 22:28. Mark Shelton continued his improvement with a PB of 26:28. Edna Wood completed the Striders lines up, completing the event in 28:27. Over at Fountains Abbey, Paul Heywood recorded a PB with a time of 23:00 and he was joined by Fountains regulars David Halladay (26:41) and Dawn Richardson (35:28). Guy Close visited Wetherby, having a strong run to complete the course in 18:41. Completing the parkrun news, Tom Calvert recorded a time of 18:48 on his visit to the Crystal Palace event in London.

13.1 miles on a hot morning – whats not to like?!
Onto the Half Marathon results from Sunday now, where 27 Striders took on one of three events on a warm morning for running.

At the Great North Run, James Wright set a new Half Marathon PB with a time of 01:24:58. Next across the finish line in South Shields was Jason Green in a time of 01:42:11, followed by Julian Carr (01:48:51) and John Slater (01:49:19). Taking on his first HM, Graham Taylor achieved a time of 01:53:01 and was joined over the finish line by Jane Day just under 9 minutes later (02:01:57). Laura Baker, also completing her first ever event of the 13.1 mile distance stopped the clock on 02:06:38 and was chased down by Jonny Chadwick and Gemma Harding who ran together to both record a time of 02:07:52. Rachel Hargreaves was next (02:08:29) and was followed by Natalie Hale (02:12:06), Dawn Richardson (02:12:43), HM debutant Charlotte Hines (02:16:20) and Jo Bower (02:17:26). Joanne Fowler and Lucy Cartwright both earned their HM stripes, running together all the way and completing the course in 02:22:36. Janet Morris was the next Strider to enter the finish funnel (02:54:21) and she was joined by Liz Bowden (02:54:42) and Elaine Charlesworth (03:05:28).

In Sherburn In Elmet, six Striders completed the Vale of York Half Marathon in hot conditions. Ian Mitchell returned from a recent injury to clock 01:38:27 and taking the first Strider home accolade. David Halladay wasn’t far behind with a time of 01:42:03 and he was joined by recently joined members Fiona Slight (02:04:42) and Suzy Kerr (02:08:26). Clare McKenzie stopped the timers watch on 02:14:30 and was joined by Karen McNaughton (02:33:40) to round off the Striders contingents excellent results.

Taking on a slightly different Half Marathon, Sean Brennan and Nicola Carter both attended the ‘Yorkshireman Half’ based at Howarth. On the undulating, multi terrain course, Sean recorded 02:19:53, with Nicola hot on his heels with a time of 02:21:37.

Please let us know if we have missed any of your results.



Pacing and PB’s – Weekly Results

Fun at the Fair
The club had another successful takeover of Harrogate parkrun to kick off the weekend, with the course taking participants through the middle of the fun fair! Many thanks to all who volunteered to make the event a success. In terms of runners, Keith Emery missed out on top spot by just 1 second but did achieve a PB with a speedy time of 17:41. Rob Earl, the first of our volunteer pacers, recorded 20:09 and he was followed throght the middle of the Fun Fair by Jason Green (21:07 – PB), Julian Carr (22:50 – pacer), Nicola Carter (23:46 – pacer), Andrew Robinson (24:54 – pacer), Tony Everitt (26:37), Tracy Allison (27:33 – pacer) and Dawn Richardson (43:15 – tail runner). Pictures from the event, courtesy of Stephen Morris, can be found here.

A bit of parkrun tourism
We had two runners take in some parkrun tourism whilst away from the Knaresborough area. In the Lake District at Keswick, Guy Close clocked a time of 18:34. Down in Dorset, Tom Calvert visited the Blandford Forum event and achieved a time of 17:49.

Sunday = Race Day
We had club representation at two local races on Sunday – the Tholthorpe 10k and the Wetherby 10k.

Starting with Tholthorpe, new member James Ireland dipped under the 40 minute mark to finish in 39:22. Phil Cornforth was the next Strider across the line, completing the flat and fast course in 44:24. Returning from injury, Stewart Hymas clocked 47:08 and chasing him down was Anna Cornforth 47:44.

At Wetherby we had a fantastic turnout of 14 members for the latest club championship event. Nicola Carter was the first Strider across the line, securing a PB for the 10k distance with a time of 43:11. The ever improving Jason Green was just over a minute behind in 44:15, which also saw him a achieve a PB. Sean Brennan was just a second behind Jason (44:16) and he was joined at the Wetherby Racecourse based event by David Halladay (46:05), Andy Roberts (46:58), Derek Calvert (47:04), Mark Taylor (48:09 – PB), Paul Heywood (49:14 – PB), Sam Curnow (53:56 -PB), Dawn Richardson (56:58 – PB), Edna Wood (59:57 – PB), Anne Cooley 01:04:36, Alison Jackson 01:07:16 and Emma Greveson 01:12:20. Pictures from the event can be found here.
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Striders at the Wetherby 10k

On Sunday morning, James Warburton took on the Helvellyn Triathlon. Thus event is labelled as one of the hardest triathlons in the world due to it including a 1489ft climb on the bike to the top of Kirkstone and a run that includes 3118ft of climbing up and down Hellvellyn. James completed this epic event in 04:12:58.



Time Trial (Handicap) – Tuesday 6th September

On Tuesday night (06.09.16) we are holding our third and final time trial of the year. This TT is a handicap race based on times from the first and second TT’s held earlier in the year, but is also open to anyone that hasn’t had the opportunity to take part in one of the events this year already. Anyone new to the TT’s will start with the first person off.

Please arrive at the club a littler earlier then usual so that you can be provided with a race number and we can get everyone in order ready for the start at approx 19:40. We need a swift start to ensure we have everyone around the first lap before its too dark!

For those new, the 2 lap course is just under 5k long using the streets around the area. A full course map will be available on the night and the course will be marshaled.

The starting positions, along with the handicap start times, can be found here.