Mile and Miles and Miles……

We start this week’s round-up with details of a superb piece of running from Graham Yare over the weekend. He took on the Liverpool to Leeds cancel race which sees runners taking on a massive 130 mile journey. Graham completed this mammoth challenge in just over 36 hours.

Moving onto parkrun, a number of Striders visited the York event on Saturday morning including Tom Calvert, who with his time of 17:36 became the fastest ever Strider at a parkrun event. Nicola Carter secured a PB with a time of 20:51 and she was followed by Julian Carr (21:28), James Wright (21:30) and Derek Calvert (22:42).

At Harrogate, Rob Earl led the Striders contingent, crossing the line in 18:55. Sean Brennan stopped the clock on 21:19 and was joined by Nick Wallen (23:01), Paul Heywood (25:59), a PBing Roy Cooley (26:41), Edna Wood (29:25) and another PBer Anne Cooley (30:36)

Three Striders made the trip to Fountains Abbey with Anthony Everitt (27:17) leading the way. Tracy Allion was just behind (27:39), with David Halladay following just under two minutes later (29:10).

Guy Close was the sole Striders representative at the Wetherby event, taking the number two token in a time of 18:40.

Saucony Try On Night – Tuesday 30/08/16

The last of our summer ‘Try On’ nights takes place this coming Tuesday (30/08) when we will be joined by representatives from Saucony. All members will have the opportunity to try on and utilise a pair of Saucony shoes for the training session. Get down to the club a bit earlier then usual to take part (18:30 onwards).


Results are here… a bit late but still a good read!

Firstly, apologies for the delay in getting this week’s report written up….there were quite a few to find! Take a breath, here we go……

On Wednesday 17th August, Andy Robinson took part in the latest ‘Triology’ triathlon sprint event, based near Catterick. The event involved a 400m open water swim, 15.5km bike and 2.2km run around the lake. Andy completed the course in 46.33 to secure 5th place in his category.

Over the sea to parkrun
Dan Wilson ventured over to the Isle of Wight for some parkrun tourism (it’s not the only reason he visited just to clarify!), visiting the islands event based at Medina. He recorded a time of 19:54 to take 5th place.

Also undertaking a spot of tourism was Graham Taylor, who whilst holidaying down in Norfolk went to Blickling. The parkrun here is based within the grounds of Blicking Hall, which is a National Trust property that they took over in 1940. Graham recorded a time of 21:42.

Tom Calvert made his second consecutive visit to the Dulwich event, finishing in 18:12.

Closer to home at Harrogate, Keith Emery was the first Strider back, stopping the clock in a PB time of 18:33. Follwing him was James Wright (19:12), Andy Robinson (20:07) and Nicola Carter (21:35). The next three Striders home had their own version of the 100m sprint along the finish straight, with Derek Calvert taking the judge’s decision on the photo finish in 22:26, with Julian Carr and Jason Green recording the same time. Mark Taylor (22:43) was next, followed by Paul Heywood (23:46), Mark Shelton (27:25) and Anne Cooley (32:12).

David Halladay and Dawn Richardson made their usual visits to Fountains Abbey, finishing in 26:01 and 28:08 respectively.

Up and Down the Fells
On Saturday afternoon, Eric and Sue Morley headed over to the Burnsall Fell Race. This is race steeped in history in the Fell running world and although it is a relatively short 1.5m long, it involves a climb of 899ft! Sue finished first in her age category in a time of 29:26 with Eric following in 40:36 (although he tells me that he would have beaten Sue if he hadn’t got lost on the way back down….)

A hot and humid 10k at Escrick
Warm conditions greeted the five Striders in attendance at the Escrick 10k on Sunday morning. Guy Close was first back in a rapid 39:14. David Halladay was next, crossing the line in 47:34, and he was joined by Dawn Richardson (59:31), Sue Randell (01:06:16) and Emma Greveson (01:15:47). Well done all!

Trails at Meanwood
Jason Green completed the third race in the 2016 Leeds Urban Trail Series at Middleton Woods. The race took competitors on 7 miles of testing trails around Middleton Woods before a lap of the South Leeds stadium track and a grandstand finish. Jason completed the event in 48:51.

Sessay Swift 6k
There was an excellent turnout of 16 Striders at the Sessay Swift on Wednesday (24/08) evening. The results have yet to be published and will therefore be in next week’s report.

The week that was and the weeks ahead

Sweep up of last week
A few results from last week first, starting with Andy Robinson making the short trip over to York last Wednesday night for the Millennium Bridge 5k. Taking in the river path, a section of Rowntree Park and the Millennium Bridge itself, Andy had a great run to finish in a time of 18:40.

On Thursday, James Warburton headed over to Silsden for the Kings Challenge fell race, which takes runners on a 6 mile out and back course including over 1500ft of climbing. He finished in 5th place with a time of 45:32.

Saturday is parkrun day
A glorious summer morning greeted the Striders in attendance at parkruns around the UK (ok, so its mainly Yorkshire but we did have a member ‘flying the flag’ down South!).

Starting at Harrogate, Rob Earl recorded a time 17:59 to not only record a parkrun PB but also the fastest ever time by a Strider at this event. Guy Close (aka “Mr PB”) was challenged all the way by his brother, but this helped him push to a course PB of 18:46. James Wright met anouther of his 2016 running goals by dipping under 19 minutes for the first time at a parkrun, stopping the clock on 18:55. Graham Yare warmed up for his Sunday marathon effort (see further down the report for more details) with a time of 20:53 and he was closely followed by a PBing Gareth Conkleton (21:05), Nicola Carter (21:34), Jason Green (21:35 – PB), Derek Calvert (22:39), Nick Wallen (25:02), Pamela Singleton (25:45), Paul “Pacer Paul” Heywood (25:53 – volunteer 26min pacer) and Edna Wood (29:34).

At Fountains Abbey, Sean Brennan and David Halladay represented Striders. They recorded times of 22:15 and 26:02 respectively. Making a comeback from illness, Conrad Garcia took on the Wetherby event and finished in just over 22 minutes (22:05). Finishing the parkrun round up for this week is the time of 18:10 recorded by Tom Calvert at the Dulwich event (that’s the UK wide representation sorted!!).

A mixed bag of distances
We had Striders at 3 race events across the weekend. James Warburton entered the Basenthwaite Triathlon in the Lake District on Saturday, completing the course in 02:30:40.

On Sunday, Graham Yare took on another one of his epic challenges, this time finishing the 27 mile Hardmoors Wainstone Marathon event (which includes 1400m of climbing) in a time of 05:40:58.

Also competing on the ‘day of rest’ was prolific racer David Halladay. He visited Birkenshaw for the West Yorkshire 5 Mile event which takes runners on a circular, undulating route which starts and finishes at the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service headquarters. David, who has recently joined the club from Wetherby Runners, stopped the clock on 38:06

Coming up at Striders
Saucony try on night
On Tuesday 30th August, representatives from Saucony will be down at the club from 18:30 to allow you to try on the latest shoe offerings from them. If its anything like the last two tuesdays when we had Brooks, Tom Tom and Hoka down, it should be another great night. I think Up & Running could be very busy in September!

We have our own race!
You may have seen on social media (and heard down at the club) that we have arranged our own race in Knaresborough on September 25th. After much deliberation, the event has been named ‘The Knaresborough Crag Rat Run’ and will be based from Knaresborough Cricket Club, with a start time of 10am. This event is very much open for members to participate in; however we are going to need your support in order to make the event a success. We need volunteers for marshalling, water stop, bag storage, number hand out, etc. If you can help, please see Jez Wilkinson, Dan Wilson or Graeme Kilvington at a club night and let them know.

The event is open for bookings at the Race Best website– please let friends and family know (plenty of places available at present!).

Striders Adopt Harrogate parkrun
On the 3rd September, the club is adopting Harrogate parkrun for the morning and we need volunteers signed up asap. All of the volunteer roles are easy to pick up, with full training provided before the event starts! We have spots for marshalling, barcode scanning, time keeping, pre-event setup, funnel manager, pacers (whatever time you want to pace at), run report writer and (as I’ve done it the last two times we have adopted) the run director role. Please let me (James Wright) know if you can assist by seeing me at a club training night, contacting via email ( or send a message via Facebook.

Have a great week of running.

James Wright

Results, Results and more results (+ the week ahead)

It’s been a great week for running, maybe a little on the hot side, but it is Summer after all! Read on for the weekly results and news of some events taking place later this week.

Chug Chug Chug – a bit of fun with Nidd Valley
On Friday evening, Nidd Valley hosted an informal ‘Beer Mile’. For those who are unaware of what this entails, each runner is required to drinks 4 beers (which they choose) every 400m to complete a mile overall. After the disappointment of losing the Mob Match trophy to Nidd Valley at the Burton Leonard 10k, I’m pleased to report that Andy Robinson took home the 1st place trophy with a dominating performance on the Stray. This could be an event that grows and is held more regularly…watch this space!

History Maker at parkun
We start our weekend round up with news of Guy Close making Striders history at parkrun. Guy has improved rapidly since joining the Striders just over a year a-go and has now become the first Strider to take position token number 1 at a parkrun event. He clocked a PB time of 18:24 at Wetherby – well done Guy!
Eight members of the club made their way up the A1 to take on the Northallerton event for the ‘first Saturday of the month club parkrun visit’. Andy Robinson led the Striders pack after two of the three laps, however an ‘incident’ led to him making a quick exit to the leisure centre, leaving James Wright to be the first Strider across the line in a course PB time of 19:26. Ian Mitchell had a strong run in the heat to clock 21:50 and he was followed by Derek Calvert (23:15), Eric Morley (26:36), Anthony Everitt (28:02), Tracy Allison (28:07) and Edna Wood (30:21).

At Harrogate, Graham Taylor recorded 22:47 to come in ahead of a PBing Paul Heywood (23:31). They were joined by Graham Yare (23:52) and Anne Cooley (31:50). Bill Kirkpatrick made his way over to Fountains Abbey and clocked a time of 31:56. Rob Earl headed over to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds and recorded an overall PB in a speedy time of 18:07.

Obstacles won’t get in Mr Greens way
Prolific eventer Jason Green took on the Yorkshire Tough Mudder event at Skipton. The course is approximately 12 miles long and includes over 20 obstacles. Once the results are published we will get Jason’s time up here.

Staying off the Guinness….well until the running events were over!
Dawn Richardson and Andrea Price made their way over the Irish Sea to visit Dublin for the Rock N Roll Marathon weekend. On Saturday afternoon, they took on the 5k event, with Dawn finishing in 28:37 and Andrea in 32:18.
On Sunday, Dawn finished the half marathon event in 02:18:25 and celebrated with a few pints of Guinness. Thoroughly deserved!
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Minster Bells ring out for 10Kers
The annual York 10k was visited by eight Striders, with new member James Ireland leading the way in a time of 40:52. ‘Fresh’ from his exploits at the Tough Mudder on Saturday, Jason Green stopped the clock on 44:23 to finish just over a minute ahead of Conrad Garcia (45:29). Julian Carr was next in 46:03 and he was joined in the Minster city by Laura Baker (53:19), Stella Jones (55:09), Mark Shelton (58:22) and Susan Randell (01:02:56).
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Obstacles in the Lakes
James Warburton and Charlotte Hines headed over to the Lake District for the Total Warrior event on Sunday morning. They completed the 10 mile course in 01:22:29 (3rd in category) and 02:42:12 respectively.

Candy Floss and Rock in Blackpool
David Halladay managed to avoid the temptation of coastal treats and battle against the wind to record a time of 48:10 at the Blackpool 10k.

If we have missed any results, please let us know!

The week ahead….
On Tuesday night, we have the second of our planned ‘Try On’ nights – this time with representatives from Hoka. Get down to the club early (they will be available from 18:45) to try on a pair of Hoka trainers and take them for a spin during the training session. There will be a prize draw on the night for a free pair of Hoka trainers (worth £100+) – but you have to take part in the ‘try on’ to have a chance of winning!

On Saturday evening (13th August) we have our latest social night. We are visiting ‘The Spice Merchant’in town for a curry night (19:15 for 19:30). For £12 you will receive a mixed starter, a main of your choice (we need this up front), a mixture of rice and naan breads. If you want to come along, please complete the sign up on the notice board at KCC and indicate which main course you would like (there is a menu on the board) or let us know you wish to attend via

Brooks and TomTom ‘Try Out’ Night – Tuesday 02/08/16 – Get down to the club early!!

During August we have Brooks, Hoka and Saucony representatives coming down to the club to let you try on the latest trainers they have to offer. You will be able to use a pair of trainers for the duration of the training session.

On Tuesday 2nd August, we will be joined by Brooks and also representatives from TomTom, who will be allowing you to trial one of their GPS watches. In order to facilitate this and make sure we still start at our usual time of 19:30, we are asking that you come down to the club from 18:30. This will allow plenty of time to make your trainer and watch selection before heading out on a run.

See you all there!


Striders Social – Curry Night – Saturday 13th August

Our next club social is on Saturday 13th August when we will be heading to the Spice Merchant restaurant (19:30 start) in Knaresborough for a curry night.

Please put your name down on the sign up sheet (on the club notice board at the cricket club) or email us via to let us know you are attending.

Xmas Party Information

It may only be July but the Striders Christmas party has been provisionally booked and is open for booking. If you have not received the email from Edna Wood, please see information below……

To all the Runners, Dancers and Gamblers amongst you
I know it’s a bit early but thinking ahead, 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.

A bed and breakfast voucher has also been supplied by the hotel to raffle off, but they can’t confirm that this will be for the night itself, or for an alternative date, until nearer the party night.

Please reply to this email (email with details of your menu choice (including any dietary requirements) and, if bringing a guest, their name and menu choice. Also let me 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
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

Traditional Christmas Pudding, brandy sauce
Key Lime Pie, lime and raspberry crumb, lemon curd
Chocolate and Mandarin Cheesecake, Cointreau crème anglaise, chocolate shard

There is discount on pre-ordered sparkling and house wine and bottled beers. All drinks offers must be ordered direct with the hotel and paid for prior to the party night.

There is a special rate of £48.00 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin and £65.00 per person in a single.

Thanks, Edna

A very warm week for running

Time Trial and BBQ – A fantastic night
Firstly let’s cast our minds back to Tuesday night…the warmest day/night of the year so far…and we just happened to be doing our 2nd time trial of 2016! A BIG well done to all our club members who decided to ignore the heat and grit their teeth to complete the 5k(ish) course. Tom Calvert was first back in 18:25, followed by Simon Shaw (18:51) and James Cornforth (19:10). Joining them were Andy Robinson (19:44), Rob Clarke (20:07), James Wright (20:13), Ian Waller (20:22), Ian Mitchell (20:53), Graham Taylor (21:20), Johnny Chadwick (21:47), Nicola Carter (22:01), Chris Umpleby 22:13), Julian Carr (22:25), David Halladay (23:12), Mark Taylor (25:37), Mike Hill (26:18), Gemma Harding (26:50), Tony Everitt (27:07), Laura Baker (27:33), Mark Shelton (28:18), Fiona Slight (28:27), Suzy Kerr (28:30), Dawn Richardson (28:49), Tracy Allison (29:09), Helen Appleyard (30:11), Natalie Hale (30:24), June Graham (33:28), Katie Gray (33:28) and Emma Greveson (33:49).

A big thanks to all our volunteers who helped Eric put the TT on and also to those who helped with the BBQ (buying food, cleaning BBQ grills, cooking the food and clearing away – you know who you all are!).

Midweek 10k’s
We had two members taking on 10k races on Wednesday night. Jason Green traveled up to the North East to take part in the inaugural ‘Durham 10K’. The event takes participants through the narrow streets of the city centre which means hills! Jason completed the course in 48:17. Dawn Richardson visited Nostell Priory for the annual 10k run. She completed the multi terrain run in a time of 01:03:09.

The club was represented at four parkrun events on Saturday morning. Tom Calvert was down in London at Crystal Palace, finishing 4th in 18:55. Guy Close set a new overall parkrun PB at Wetherby, stopping the timer on 18:49. Liam Kennedy visited Fountains Abbey, recording a time of 31:44. At Harrogate, Andy Robinson clocked 20:22 and was joined by Gareth Conkleton (21:09), Sean Brennan (21:59) and a PBing Paul Heywood (23:43).

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest…not for Striders however!
The ‘Great Yorkshire 10k’ moved from Sheffield to Harrogate for its 10th anniversary and proved a popular event for Striders, with 26 joining just under 3000 other runners at the event this morning. Leading the Striders team home down Montpellier Hill was James Wright in a time of 40:07. The ever improving James Cornforth was close behind in 40:43, with Ian Waller just over a minute behind (41:49). Ian Mitchell (44:55), Phil Cornforth (45:21), Nicola Carter (45:22 – 3rd in age category and 14th lady overall) and Jason Green (45:56) were all closely packed, and were chased down by Andy Roberts (46:36), Conrad Garcia (47:26), Julian Carr (47:37), David Halladay (48:03), Laura Baker (56:40), Mark Shelton (57:53), Charlotte Hines (58:15), Dawn Richardson (58:41), Fiona Slight (58:45), Suzy Ker (59:08), Tony Everitt (59:13), Jo Bower (01:01:21), Tracy Allison (01:01:36), Clare Mckenzie (01:02:25), Anne Cooley (01:08:48), Karen McNaughton (01:09:38), Emma Greveson (01:11:59), Alison Jackson (01:12:13) and Katie Byrne (01:12:21).

June Graham and Katie Gray headed up North to represent the club at the Northumberland Coastal Run, which is a half marathon event held on a multi terrain course. They crossed the line together in 02:49:23.

Eric and Sue Morley visited the Bingley Show but rather then just having a browse at the goods for sale, they decided to take part in the 10km fell race, which included over 900ft of climbing! Sue finished in 01:09:34, with Eric completing the course in 01:15:13.

Graham Yare was also competing this morning, heading to the the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham for the event which sees competitors completing a 2.4m swim, 112m bike ride and 26.2m run. Graham completed the event in a total time of 13 hours and 45 minutes.

As always, if we have missed any results, please let us know via email ( or via social media channels.

A Mob Match defeat but what a week….

A few from the week before….

I missed a couple of results from last week’s round up. Claire Killingworth and Laura Baker made the trip over to Leeds for the 10K and recorded PB times of 56:24 and 59:20. At the Kilburn Feast 7 mile race, James Cornforth ran a 49:37, with Cornforth senior (aka Philip) recording a time of 56:24.

Over to this weekends results….

The weekend started off in the usual fashion – parkrun! At Harrogate Rob Earl (21:57) was the first of the Striders contingent back, followed shortly after by a PBing Mark Taylor (22:36). Julian Carr (25:01) and Paul Heywood (25:58) took on volunteer roles as pacers and were joined by Mark Shelton (27:00).

Up North in Gateshead, Nicola Carter recorded a time of 23:48 and at Sewerby near Scarborough, Jason Green stopped the timer on 23:11.

On Sunday, Jason took on the ‘No Ego Challenge’ at Dalby Forest. This was supposed to be a half marathon event (13.1 miles) but unfortunately for Jason and the other runners, some forest fairies decided to change some of the signs around, leaving the competitors to complete a 15 mile route! Despite the detour on the route and the hot weather, Jason recorded an excellent time of 01:58:45.

Sunday was also the day of this year’s Mob Match at the Burton Leonard 10k – possibly the most important event of the year! Although we didn’t retain the trophy, the best part of the event for me was seeing the 37 Striders who took part all enjoying themselves (well at least I think they did!). The Striders turnout was twice as big as the 2015 event – a great advert for how our club is developing and encouraging people to take on these types of challenges.

So to the results….take a deep breath as this will take a while….Tom Calvert led the way with a time of 39:26. He was chased down by club newcomer Rob Earl (40:29), Martin Brock (40:37) and Simon Shaw (40:58). James Cornforth had a fast last km to finish in 41:57, just outpacing Guy Close (42:09), Andy Robinson (42:16) and James Wright (42:22). Ian Waller (43:56) was next, heading a pack of 7 Striders who came across the line in the next two minutes – Dan Wilson (44:12), Ian Mitchell (45:26), Graham Yare (45:48), Sean Brennan (45:51), Nicola Carter (46:30) and Sima Lowery (46:56). Andy Roberts (47:54) just held off Phil Cornforth (47:58), with Gareth Conkleton (48:16), Graham Taylor (48:30) following. Julian Carr and David Halladay were split by only 1 second, finishing in 49:42 and 49:43 respectively. Anna Cornforth (49:56), Paul Heywood (55:20), Claire Killingworth (59:39) all came in under the hour mark and were followed by Sue Morley (01:00:25), Mark Shelton (01:00:32), Roy Cooley (01:00:43), Tony Everitt (01:01:36), Natalie Hale (01:04:08), Edna Wood (01:05:33), Lucy Cartwright (01:06:19), June Graham (01:07:02), Bill Kirkpatrick (01:09:53), Katie Gray (01:10:02), Susan Randell (01:10:04), Tracy Allison (01:11:43) and Anne Cooley (01:13:53). Well done to everyone that took part – we will take the trophy back off those pesky Nidd Valley Runners in 2017!

See you all at the Time Trial and BBQ on Tuesday night.