PECO XC rd2 this weekend

Round 2 already!

After a fantastic (and muddy) first round at Temple Newsam, we have already reached the second round of this winter’s PECO XC series, which will take part at Middleton Park this Sunday.


All the details for the event can now be found on the PECO XC website by clicking here: PECO Round 2.

We will be running Car-share from the Cricket Club again – lookout for details on our Facebook forum.


Mince pies and Marathon!

Mince pie night!
Our final Tuesday meeting before Christmas (17th December) will see us gather for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies after our training runs. The venue is the Mother Shipton Inn, where we will get together from around 8.30pm. Entry is free for members!

Marathon ballot
On that evening we will also be making the draw for our free marathon place – this year in the 2020 Yorkshire Marathon! To enter the draw, click here: 2020 Yorkshire Marathon Ballot. You must be a current full member and not have won one of our marathon ballots before.


Annual dinner reminder.

Awards Dinner


A reminder that we have organised a Striders Awards Dinner to take place at the Dower House Hotel, Knaresborough, on Friday 31st January 2020. By combining our awards night with our ‘Christmas’ dinner, we hope to come together and have a fantastic evening at a slightly quieter time of year, celebrating another great 12 months for the club!

We will crown our next ‘Strider of the year’, announce the most-improved Strider, present our club championships and acknowledge a host of other achievements!

The ticket price is £35 which includes welcome drinks, a three-course meal and after-dinner DJ. Partners are most welcome.

A night not to be missed, you can secure your place by clicking here and paying a £20 deposit per person into our PayPal pool: Awards Dinner Paypal

A huge thanks to our tireless social officer Sarah for organising this!

Final Results for our 2019 Club Championship

Our 2019 Ben Campbell Club Championship is now complete! Congratulations to all 79 of our members who took part across the year in what has been a wonderful array of events.

We will be acknowledging all your efforts at our Dinner and Awards evening and crowning our 2019 champions – Laura Wilmshurst, James Wright, Nicola Carter and Steve Morland.

The report, results and final positions can be viewed on our 2019 Standings page.

Announcing our 2020 Club Championship!

We’re excited to announce the 2020 Ben Campbell Club Championship!

Ben Campbell CC20The dust may only just have settled on our 2019 Championship but we know that many of you are already pencilling dates into your 2020 diaries.

So here it is – the 2020 edition of our Club Championship. For 2020 we believe we have the widest selection of events so far and some different experiences available to our Striders. As in previous years, there are well-established ‘regulars’ mixed with new races. Having listened to feedback from members, the 2020 championship should require less travel, is spread more evenly across the months and is cheaper to enter. Your best 7 scores will count again, but we have expanded the choice of events from 15 to 16. We’ve also included rounds from the PECO and HDSRL series which many of our Striders will already be attending. Several races are already open for entries!


Sat 18/1 – Wetherby parkrun (or alternative parkrun if cancelled) – Details
Sun 9/2 – PECO Round 4 (West Park) – Details
Sun 15/3 – Thirsk 10 mile – Entries
Sun 5/4 – Hooded Horse 10k Trail in memory of Ben Campbell (Sutton Bank) – Entries
Sun 10/5 – Burton Leonard 10k – Details
Mon 25/5 – Ilkley Trail 7mile – Details
Sun 21/6 – Staveley Stampede 10k – Entries
Sun 12/7 – Burn Valley Half Marathon (Masham) – Details
Sun 19/7 – Rougemont Chase 7k (Weeton show) – Entry on day
TBC – HDSRL Race 4 – Dates expected in January ’20
Wed 19/8 – Sessay Swift 6k – Facebook – more details from April ’20
Sun 13/9 – Tholthorpe 10k – Details
Sat 10/10 – Wakefield Hospice Night Run 10k 
Sun 1/11 – Guy Fawkes 10mile (Ripley) – Details
Sat 15/11 – Conyngham Hall parkrun – Details
Sat 5/12 – York Yuletide Trail 5mile – Entries

For more details, see the 2020 Championship page at: 2020 Championship page

Tonight’s run route (28/11)

Tonight (Thursday 28th) we will be using the route which takes us up to Starbeck and back via Calcutt. All runners will heading in broadly the same direction but with pace and distances adjusted to suit our different requirements.

We will all head up into Knaresborough, through the town and then climb up to Starbeck before taking our various routes around Starbeck (and beyond) before all heading back via Forest Moor, Briggate and Aspin Lane. We don’t have an up-to-date map for this one, but your run leaders will be au fait with the respective routes.

En route we should also get to see the marvellous light display at Mother Shipton’s Cave!


Yorkshire XC Championships 2020

The Yorkshire Cross Country Championships will take place in 2020 at nearby Lightwater Valley on 4th January. Entries are now open at

Several Striders took part in the 2019 event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. To be eligible you must have been born in North, South or West Yorkshire, or have been resident in North, South or West Yorkshire for a period of at least 9 months prior to the Championship date. There are events for athletes of all abilities from the ages of Under 13 up to and including Senior Athletes.


The PDF version of the prospectus can be found here

PECO XC begins next Sunday!

XC is back!

Mud on the paths, there’s a frosty chill in the air and the smell of fallen leaves pervades our local woodlands. That can mean only one thing… time for Cross Country!


Round One of the 2019/20 PECO XC takes place this coming Sunday (24th November) at Temple Newsam and all the details for the event can now be found on the PECO XC website by clicking here: We have a whopping 42 Striders registered this year so can look forward to some great turnouts as the season progresses! The 4th event (West Park, Leeds) on February 9th will also be included in our 2020 Ben Campbell Club Championship – an added incentive for all involved!


Our Race Secretary, Sima, now has all your race numbers. They will be available to collect at the club on both Tuesday and Thursday this week. Sima will bring any remaining numbers along on the day and these should be collected from our Club Gazebo. Please don’t not to go to the registration area which will be for on the day entries only.

Car Share

We will be running Car-share from the Cricket Club on the day, with two times:

  • Those travelling with youngsters to take part in the Junior Race: 8.40am
  • Adults travelling for the main races: 9.15am.


Roundhay Runners – who are one of the strongest competing clubs – have produced an FAQ for PECO which they have kindly shared with all clubs. You might it useful! Click here to view: PECO FAQ 2019-20