Routes for Thursday night (10th October)

Here are the routes for our next ‘elastic’ run on Thursday 10th October.

Everyone will be striding out around much of our time-trial course, then taking a Stockwell-Halfpenny-Boroughbridge Road loop and heading back through the town centre via Knaresborough Castle. Along the way, Intermediate and Run groups will make an extra loop around some of the course (using Aspin Park Drive), whilst Jog1 and Run make a small diversion via Greengate lane up to Scriven. Distances are very similar the previous few weeks.

Everything is lit around, but your own lighting will help to see and be seen; levels of visibility around the club have been really great these past few weeks – well done all!

TT and Castle

Remember, Remember, Striders is cancelled.

guyDue to the 414th annual celebration of the demise of goatey-bearded gunpowder failure and sometime local resident, Mr Fawkes, our normal venue will be unavailable due to the planned ignition of fireworks by our cricketing friends.

Therefore, with regret, there will be no regular Striding session on Tuesday 5th Novmber. Feel free to stare upwards and say ‘ooh, ah’ a lot instead, without the guilt of missing Striders.

Rumours abound of members arranging alternative runs away from the fallout of burned tubes and sticks – watch this space.

Tues 8th Oct – Try-on ‘ON’ shoes and you could win a pair!

Tonight (Tuesday 8th Oct) it’s our try-on session for ON Shoes in association with our friends at Up & Running Harrogate! From 7pm at Knaresborough Cricket Club.
STOP PRESS: One lucky Strider will be taking away a free pair of ON shoes, as anyone who tries a pair of the trainers on for the session will be given a raffle ticket and it will be drawn at the end!

Tonight’s Run route – 3rd Oct

Tonight (Thursday 3rd Oct) is the latest of our sociable ‘elastic’ runs, with all runners heading in the same direction but with pace and distances adjusted to suit our different requriments.

We will be heading back to the Starbeck loop which Mark planned a month ago, but we will be tackling it in the opposite direction.

We will all head up into Knaresborough, down the high street and then climb up to Starbeck.

  • Jog 2 (green) will head down Forest Lane and return to Knaresborough over Forest Moor, Calcutt, Briggate and Windsor Lane.
  • Jog 1 (red) will take the longer route via Beryl Burton Way and Bilton Hall Lane (the leader may choose a different loop depending on how well lit our runners are) before heading back via Forest Lane and Forest Moor.
  • Intermediates will head through Starbeck, taking Stonefall, Greenfields and Hookstone Chase before picking up Forest Moor
  • Run Group will run up the hospital before heading back via Wetherby Road, Hookstone Chase, Forest Moor and the rest.

See you there!

Note that this is the original map and shows the opposite direction!

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PECO XC Entries are OPEN!

Exciting News from our Race Secretary, Sima…

PECOXCLogoPeco XC League 2019-2020- Entries are OPEN!

Calling all Knaresborough Striders!  A great opportunity to try something new as part of a supportive club team and to complement your Winter training.
The well run and highly inclusive Peco XC league is a series of 5 races, one a month from November through to March, based in and around the Leeds area for seniors and juniors. All races are chip timed. See for all up and coming races.
This year we’d like to see if anyone would like to enter junior relatives which the league allows us to do as long as the junior running is associated with a English Athletic registered club member. Please let me, Sima Lowery, know so we are aware how many will be going and  to allow us to organise Junior club vests. 
Race Distances and how it works
Senior races are 4-5 miles, over mixture of terrains such as field, paths, woodland trails and mostly through parkland areas. Trail shoes are best for these.
Junior races are 1-2 miles (individuals score), open to anyone in school years 2 to 11, usually around a fields and paths in parkland areas, spikes or trail shoes are best for these.
In each senior race each club works as a team (men and ladies) to gain points for each scoring runner, this can very from 7 to 8 depending on the division. The more runners we have the better our teams will do. Individual age category prizes are also awarded after the 5 races.
Standings for the new season 2019-2020
Ladies have progressed to the 1st Division.  Ladies Vets are in the Premier Division.  Mens and Mens Vets are in the 2nd Division.
We’d love more Striders to join in and help us keep progressing this season.
How to Enter & Cost- easy and great value!
The most cost-effective and simplest way to enter is to register and buy a season ticket This can be done online NOW by clicking here: Racebest (This will take you to ‘Race 1’ but just pick ‘Season Ticket’ as the entry type.)
For this you get a race number from your club rep (Sima Lowery) which you MUST KEEP AND BRING TO ALL 5 Races, with no further registration required at each race.
Senior season ticket  2019-2020 will be just £15 (this includes 5 races, post race food, relay race and new this year will be entry to an evening presentation evening).
Junior season ticket 2019-2020 will be £7 (junior presentation takes place after the final relay event).
OR if you can only make 1 race you can consider paying a one-off fee for the race number then a race fee on race
day, all details @racebest. (Don’t worry if you do ever loose your number as you can pay for a replacement, just let your rep know!)
Please note that this year if a runner is not English Athletics affiliated then they will need to pay a slightly higher entry of £25 for the season or £9 per race.
Lastly, the Peco XC league would like each club to promote as much car sharing as possible this year in order to significantly reduce the environmental impact these meets are having due to the increasing attendance to races. Please help us do this at Striders by meeting at the cricket club on the Sunday morning of each race and taking the minimum number of cars required.
First Race is on Sunday November 24th at Temple Newsham! We look forward to another popular and enjoyable season!

Light up your life!

An important message:

Your visibility in these darker months is important and makes such a difference to all of our safety. In fact, it’s a key part of our Health and Safety policy:

When running in the dark members should take responsibility for making themselves highly visible by wearing bright clothing, preferably with fluorescent or reflective strips, and be aware that drivers may find it difficult to see you.”

We recommend that everyone wears the brightest possible clothing – ideally including hi-vis. If heading away from the streetlights, lighting is also essential. Remember that we have hi-viz vests available to borrow on club nights, and ‘going hi-viz’ yourself need not be expensive, with simple bibs and lights available for only a few pounds online. If you need advice and recommendations, look no further than your fellow members!

Further advice:

Take care out there!

Pondering what colour to put on your Christmas list? It might just make a difference!

Pondering what colour to put on your Christmas list? It might just make a difference!

Just a bit of hi-viz and lighting makes an incredible difference!

Just a bit of hi-viz and lighting makes an incredible difference!

...and for the graph fans amongst you...

…and for the graph fans amongst you…



Emma’s coaching this Thursday!

Thursday 26th September Session with Emma Kicks

This Thursday is our latest session with visiting coach, Emma Kicks.
The session will be held on tarmac close to the club and will focus on speed endurance. It is most definitely suitable for all abilities! Meet at the Cricket Club as normal in time for 7.30pm

Emma is an experienced coach with a wide variety of skills and knowledge, whose sessions will make you fitter for running, providing an insight into how to progress.  We recommend that anyone interested in developing as a runner give the sessions a try – you won’t not be disappointed! She will be coaching at Striders on the 4th Thursday of each month.

You can find out more about Emma here: Ridgeway Fitness and Health



This Thursday’s club ‘elastic’ run

This Thursday (19th Sept) we are continuing to try out the idea of a single ‘elastic’ course, stretching to suit everyone. We’re continuing to tinker with the most appropriate distances for each of our usual groups, so thanks for your patience and feedback so far!

knaresborough street-lit clockwiseThis week’s course is a familiar clockwise run around the street-lit edges of Knaresborough which sees everyone sharing the same beginning and ending section, with a few variations mid-run. We *might* even all end up running-in together through the Aspin estate! All of the route is tried-and-tested winter territory so will be familiar to most.

To start with, everyone will head left from from the club, up into Knaresborough, down Castle Ings, and along Waterside to the World’s End pub.

At this point the Run Group will make a foray into Conyngham Hall whilst all other groups head up to Bond End and across the new roundabouts onto Borobridge Road.

At the garage and parade of shops, the routes split:

Jog 2 take Stockwell Road and Lane to Chain Lane
Jog 1 take Borobridge Road and Halfpenny Lane
Inters/Run Take Tentergate, Scriven Road, Greengates and Half-penny.

All routes join up at the Chain Lane Fish Shop junction.

To finish, everyone will head along Chain Lane, heading up the Spinney and through the snicket, following a common route through the Eastfields area: Malham Way, Farndale, Eastfield and Nidderdale. A run along Manse Lane and Wetherby Road brings everyone back into the Aspin Estate where we will all make the final climb up Rievaulx Avenue and Aspin Lane to the club.

As previously, if pace or circumstance necessitate it, your run leader might vary the route a little to suit!

Enjoy your runs and do keep the feedback coming on this new initiative!

Crag Rat Reminder time…

One week until the Crag Rat! Your help is needed…

Crag Rat Run with sponsors 2019With just over one week to go until our Knaresborough Crag Rat Run, we’re looking to finalise our squad of volunteers and ensure that we have everything in place, including the all-important array of cakes! So here are your ‘rat reminders’:

If you haven’t volunteered yet, but would like to, then please sign-up on our Marshalling and Volunteering list by clicking here: Volunteer sign-up – We do still need more help so we’d be most grateful.

If you, your friends or family wish to enter you should move fast as there are not many places remaing! Entry is an incredible £8/£10. Our event page can be reached here and entries via Racebest are here.

We’d love it if you were able to provide something for our famous cake stall on the day. Cakes, buns, muffins, flapjacks, vegan and gluten-free creations will be gratefully received. They can be brought along on race day.

Thank you!

Club Quiz Night!

Date for your diaries!

On 30 November 2019 at 7.30pm we’ll be holding a quiz night with pie and peas at the cricket club. Tickets are £5 each. Please let Sarah Gore know if you’d like some tickets and please pay using this PayPal pool link. We need at least 30 attendees to make this viable so please let’s do this!