Striders to take on the Endure24 Virtual Challenge

On the 13th and 14th June, the organisers of Endure24 are holding an official virtual event and Striders are aiming to take part!

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Our aim will be to clock up as many miles as we can, as a club, over the 24hr period but we will not be using a set route or mileage for each participant to achieve. Participants will devise their own route, which should take between 25 and 55 minutes to run.  A key part of the challenge over the weekend is the social media aspect, for which a few volunteers we will be needed to help feed the information to the Endure24 Control Room!

So how will it work?
● The 24hr period will be split into 1-hour slots and it will up to the person allocated in each slot to decide how far they want to walk/jog/run during the hour.
● To ensure all our members get an opportunity to take part, we will not be allocating a set route or asking for a certain mileage to be achieved in each slot. Participants will devise their own route which should take between 25 and 55 minutes to walk/jog/run and handover virtually over social media or WhatsApp.
● A participant can ask to be allocated to several different slots but not consecutive slots (unless we have gaps once teams have been allocated).
● Participants will be allocated to teams based on ensuring that all the 24hr slots have been filled. The number of teams will be decided upon once the number of participants has been defined. The aim is to have fun and not for each team to be competing against each other!

How can I take part?

● Commit to walking/jogging/running for 20 – 55 minutes in one-hour time slot by completing the sign up form, via the link below, by 18:00 Sunday 31st May.
● On the form, please tick all of the times you are willing to run at and advise how many slots you would like over the 24hr period.
● Link to sign up form – Click here to sign-up!

If you have any questions, please contact James Wright via email – jameswright12002@yahoo.co.uk



AGM reminder – this Tuesday (5th May)

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Reminder: AGM – Tuesday 5th May at 8pm via video conference

Hello just a reminder that we will be holding our postponed Annual General Meeting this Tuesday at 8pm, when we will conduct the usual items of business including reports and the installation of our new committee. Several of our committee positions are up for re-election this year and are still changes to get involved – we’d love to see some fresh faces and ideas! The formal invite and job roles are listed below. We will of course be conducting the meeting via video conference and you will receive an invite via email on Monday, so check your inboxes. All members are welcome to ‘attend’!

I am writing to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting which will take place via video conference on Tuesday 5th May, 2020 at 8pm.

The following roles are due for re-election and it would be great if anyone would like to step forward to join the Committee. If you are and you need further information please contact the current holder. In addition, the Club would benefit from anyone who would be interested in volunteering to co-ordinate roles such as Parkrun Visits, Fell/Trail Races or anything else you think might improve our Club for its Members. If you have extra agenda items which you would like the chair to consider, please inform me (Edna) directly. If you would like to step forward and apply to become a member of the Committee or help out please do so by completing the Committee Nomination Form online or contact the appropriate Committee Member to find out more about their roles.

Please find below a short summary of duties:-

GENERAL COMMITTEE DUTIES

  • Attend bi-monthly Committee meetings
  • Follow-up on actions arising from Committee meetings
  • Give support for social and race events

CHAIR (currently JAMES WRIGHT – standing down at AGM)

• Oversee and shape the development and direction of the Club
• Call and chair regular Committee meetings
• Represent and speak for the Club publicly and privately
• Liaise with other organisations and governing bodies on behalf of the Club
• Identify problems and issues affecting the Club and its members and source resolutions with the Club’s committee
• Prepare an annual report detailing the activities of the Club during the preceding year
• Designated signatory on the bank account

TREASURER (currently NICOLA CARTER)

• General financial oversight
• Financial reporting
• Banking, book keeping and record keeping

More Specifically:
– Pay in any monies/cheques
– Issue cheques (a designated signatory on the bank account)
– Balance monthly bank statements
– Maintain financial spreadsheets
– Keep records of expenses/outlays
– Prepare yearly financial report for AGM
– Prepare annual accounts for inspection by accountant
• Arrange and co-ordinate Club participation in the Summer Road League team events

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (currently STEVE MORLAND)

• Undertake administration of the Club website and social media (Facebook and Twitter). Deal with enquiries to the Club email address and submit articles/ results to the local newspaper(s).

A further breakdown as follows:-

Website Administration
• Regular website updates
• News articles
• Results
• Calendar updates
• General page updates
• Create new pages
• Liaise with website hosting company

Social Media Administration
• Facebook and Twitter
– Interact with page followers
– Links to articles on club website
– ‘Live’ updates from events
– Respond to messages

Club Email
• Issue emails to Members
• Answer emails directed to Club email address
• Direct emails to relevant Committee Member

TRAINING OFFICER (GEMMA HARDING) – SPEAK TO JAMES WRIGHT

• Organise and liase with run leaders each week
• Identify new run leaders and undertake training
• Ensure that each run leader taking a group has the correct equipment to comply with the Club Health and Safety Policy
• Identify suitable routes for Club nights
• Liaise with guest coaches (e.g. Emma David)

SECRETARY (EDNA WOOD)

• Produce agendas for the Committee and AGM Meetings
• Produce minutes of the Committee and AGM Meetings
• Order Club Kit
• Update documents as necessary
• Designated signatory on the bank account
• Take payments for kit or membership

RACE SECRETARY (SIMA LOWERY)

  • Organise the Club Championship
  • Arrange and co-ordinate Club participation in the Cross Country team events
  • Promote and encourage members to enter and involve themselves in other events such as time trials, team events, relays & races
  • Plan and weekly training sessions on a Club night, liasing with coaches

Yours faithfully,

Edna,

Club Secretary



Club dates and calendar

I’ve just spend a few minutes deleting sessions and events from the club calendar, reflecting the vast change in our forward plans as we all do our part to ensure that social distance measures are as effective as they can be.

Club events

Needless to say, please consider all future events as subject to confirmation. Once we are all clearer about forward plans we’ll advise what events will/won’t take place. If you are choosing to enter events later in the year which are still open, do bear in mind the likelihood of their taking place. We are however putting a few virtual events and challenges in place for you to safely take part in and keep the Striding community connected, even if it’s not through sharing our running together.

Championship

With the first three events completed, our club champs are now understandably on ice. The majority of events across the next 3 months are already cancelled or postponed and I have updated the club championship page accordingly based on what we know at this time.

Summer League

HDSRL was due to start in just a few weeks, and whilst there are no official cancellations yet, the organisers are advising that you do not enter the series at this time.

 

Keep checking back for updates.



Membership and subscriptions

Hello all,

Some of you have asked what will be happening at the club regarding membership renewals.

We are not asking for any membership subscriptions at present, whilst we await the conclusion of the current social distancing measures. We are also uncertain regarding the costs of the cricket club fees and English athletics’s membership going forwards. Once we are clearer about all of these, we will advise membership costs for the next year.

Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Committee.



Re-scheduled AGM, 5th May

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Re-scheduled ‘v-AGM’ – Tuesday 5th May at 8pm via video conference

We recently had to cancel our Annual General Meeting and now that things are a little clearer, we are rescheduling the event so that we can conduct those items of business including reports and the installation of our new committee. Several of our committee positions are up for re-election this year – we’d love to see some fresh faces and ideas! The formal invite and job roles are listed below. We will of course be conducting the meeting via video conference and you will receive an invite via email  during the week preceding the meeting.

I am writing to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting which will take place via video conference on Tuesday 5th May, 2020 at 8pm.

The following roles are due for re-election and it would be great if anyone would like to step forward to join the Committee. If you are and you need further information please contact the current holder. In addition, the Club would benefit from anyone who would be interested in volunteering to co-ordinate roles such as Parkrun Visits, Fell/Trail Races or anything else you think might improve our Club for its Members. If you have extra agenda items which you would like the chair to consider, please inform me (Edna) directly. If you would like to step forward and apply to become a member of the Committee or help out please do so by completing the Committee Nomination Form online or contact the appropriate Committee Member to find out more about their roles.

Please find below a short summary of duties:-

GENERAL COMMITTEE DUTIES

  • Attend bi-monthly Committee meetings
  • Follow-up on actions arising from Committee meetings
  • Give support for social and race events

CHAIR (currently JAMES WRIGHT – standing down at AGM)

• Oversee and shape the development and direction of the Club
• Call and chair regular Committee meetings
• Represent and speak for the Club publicly and privately
• Liaise with other organisations and governing bodies on behalf of the Club
• Identify problems and issues affecting the Club and its members and source resolutions with the Club’s committee
• Prepare an annual report detailing the activities of the Club during the preceding year
• Designated signatory on the bank account

TREASURER (currently NICOLA CARTER)

• General financial oversight
• Financial reporting
• Banking, book keeping and record keeping

More Specifically:
– Pay in any monies/cheques
– Issue cheques (a designated signatory on the bank account)
– Balance monthly bank statements
– Maintain financial spreadsheets
– Keep records of expenses/outlays
– Prepare yearly financial report for AGM
– Prepare annual accounts for inspection by accountant
• Arrange and co-ordinate Club participation in the Summer Road League team events

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (currently STEVE MORLAND)

• Undertake administration of the Club website and social media (Facebook and Twitter). Deal with enquiries to the Club email address and submit articles/ results to the local newspaper(s).

A further breakdown as follows:-

Website Administration
• Regular website updates
• News articles
• Results
• Calendar updates
• General page updates
• Create new pages
• Liaise with website hosting company

Social Media Administration
• Facebook and Twitter
– Interact with page followers
– Links to articles on club website
– ‘Live’ updates from events
– Respond to messages

Club Email
• Issue emails to Members
• Answer emails directed to Club email address
• Direct emails to relevant Committee Member

TRAINING OFFICER (GEMMA HARDING) – SPEAK TO JAMES WRIGHT

• Organise and liase with run leaders each week
• Identify new run leaders and undertake training
• Ensure that each run leader taking a group has the correct equipment to comply with the Club Health and Safety Policy
• Identify suitable routes for Club nights
• Liaise with guest coaches (e.g. Emma David)

SECRETARY (EDNA WOOD)

• Produce agendas for the Committee and AGM Meetings
• Produce minutes of the Committee and AGM Meetings
• Order Club Kit
• Update documents as necessary
• Designated signatory on the bank account
• Take payments for kit or membership

Yours faithfully,

Edna,

Club Secretary



Report: Time Trial #1, 31st March 2020

Tuesday 31st March 2020

The first Tuesday since the clocks ‘leapt’ forward saw the first running of our 2020 series of three 5k time trials .

A cool, dry Spring evening provided perfect conditions for our Striders, which combined with the quieter-than-normal local roads, presented a great chance to lay down a marker to beat as the year progresses.

Last year’s time trials had seen a clean sweep by ‘The Toms’ (Calvert & Killmurray) and this year’s first event was no different – Tom C (18:59) sweeping out the larder whilst Tom K (19:21) caught up on the latest edition of Rylan’s Supermarket Sweep on ITV2. James Ireland – always a strong contender – put down a time to beat, clocking a remarkable 19:50 to complete his jigsaw of Knaresborough Viaduct. If anyone’s seen the missing piece just to the left of Marigold cafe, please let him know. First lady home was Nicola Carter who took just 22:19 to iron all of Alan’s pants, chased in by Sima Lowery, who managed to complete two bedtime stories in 23:56 and Catherine Morland who navigated a particularly tricky birthday cake in 24:06.

Last year saw Dave Sinton reduce his times considerably and this continued into 2020, as he reduced to 28:42 the time it takes to tell his ‘If it wasn’t for the cancellation of parkrun I wouldn’t have broken my ankle’ tale of woe. He was followed in by Julian who spent 29:00 watching a re-run of ‘Come fly with me’. In a tightly-fought battle, Sarah Gore (29:42) just got the better of Guy Marshall (29:56). Sarah was flicking between Corrie and Judge Judy, whilst Guy installed an update of Windows.

Other notable performances included:

  • Sue Morley (31:43) to clean all her fell shoes
  • James Wright (19:59) online shopping for running shoes
  • Amy Naylor (26:32) sending motivational GIFs on the EBRC group chat
  • Gary Webster (23:64) still going on about his Castle Yard segment
  • Lizzie Medwell (32:19) trying to untangle from a particularly difficult Pilates position
  • Mhari Sellar (26:79) hanging upside-down
  • Debbie Herridge (31:31) dreaming of Filey
  • Sean Brennan (25:25) sticking a plaster on his knee
  • Ted Welton (21:00) messaging Linda about alternative uses for a trundle wheel
  • Linda Dodsworth (27:19) messaging Ted about alternative uses for plastic cones
  • Steve Dodsworth (24:82) wondering why Linda’s spending so much time messaging people when parkrun’s cancelled.
  • Martin Brock (22:01) sneaking questions about Cornwall into his latest quiz.

A number of our key workers were not able to compete due to saving lives. Conrad was injured.

A huge well done to EVERYONE who didn’t take part!

Full results below:

TT1 2020

#StayHomeSaveLives #KeyWorkers #Coronavirus #COVID19



Suspension of club activities

With sadness we need to announce that Knaresborough Striders’ sessions & events are hereby cancelled as of today, Tuesday 17th March until further notice. We are duty-bound to take this decision based on both our government’s recent advice & our duty of care to members, families & our local community. Whilst we had previously hoped to continue activity in a reduced, safer form, events of the last 24 hours have the picture considerably.

We’ll remain in touch with each other via our website, facebook, twitter and Strava. In better news, the government haven’t cancelled running so if you’re fit and able, get out there and enjoy it – safely. Your running might be less social for a while but your club will still be out there supporting you.

Take care .

KS



Coronavirus & changes to our routines

*Since we published this statement, the government have updated their advice and stipulations. We await further guidance from England Athletics on the implications of this and aim to provide further clarity during the next 24hours.*

Coronavirus Statement

(16th March 2020)

At Knaresborough Striders, we are understandably concerned about the developing situation and the wellbeing of the Striders family is our main priority. We have already seen some larger running events being postponed and it is likely that more, if not all, UK events will also be affected over the coming weeks. The situation continues to change quickly. We are also aware that keeping fit and healthy is one important factor in our defences and to that end many of you wish to continue running in a safe form.

What advice are we following?

We are specifically following the advice of England Athletics. Their current state is ‘A: As You Are’:

A: As You Are:

There’s no need to cancel or postpone your events at this time. Reassure your athletes, stakeholders and customers, building on the Public Health England principles. Remain mindful of guidance on infection control in the workplace (catch it, kill it, bin it). Take sensible steps to discourage individuals work with flu-like symptoms from coming to a club or an event.

You can view England Athletic’s full status here: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

Our committee has been considering our contingency planning and our first steps are outlined below. Do please bear in mind that taking part in the club’s activities is always your own choice and there is no pressure or expectation whatsoever to attend. Whilst we continue to offer activities, albeit in a reduced and modified form, the choice to attend is your own. If you feel ill (new, persistent cough or temperature), have any symptoms, or have visited a high risk area, please don’t attend. You should stay at home, seek medical advice and self-isolate as per current government advice.

What are we changing?

We are making the following changes with immediate effect:

  • Striders will no longer gather indoors for notices and announcements until further notice.
  • The different training groups on offer will be publicised via the Website, emails and social media 24 hours prior to the session.
  • Walk/Jog/Run Groups will gather separately in the Cricket club car park and depart promptly at 7.30pm.
  • Structured sessions, when offered, will meet at the start point announced by the leader (normally Eric)
  • News items, announcements and reminders will continue to be provided via the Website, emails and social media. The Run Leader Roster can be viewed on our website (About the club / Run Leader Roster) or by clicking here. You should already be receiving an email at 6pm on any day when new posts have been added to the website. If this is not the case, please check spam/promotions folders and if still not sure contact me.
  • Our AGM of 24th March will not take place. We will advise on how we conduct the important items of business in due course.

The committee will continue to assess the situation daily and we will advise regarding any further changes or cancellations to activities.

Public Health England advice

Public Health England (PHE) are recommending  that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • athletes and runners are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with others

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please return and stay at home and call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

 


Steve Morland on behalf of the Committee

 

Race entry news – Club Championship and Summer League

Ben Campbell Club Championship 2020

Ben Campbell CC20

If you haven’t already entered some of our forthcoming championship rounds, now’s the time! We have a diverse range of events in the series this year and the majority are already open for entries. Take a look at our updated series page, which has the entry links: Club Championship 2020. The next few rounds are:

Sun 15/3 – Thirsk 10 mile road race
Sun 5/4 – Hooded Horse 10k Trail Race in memory of Ben Campbell (Sutton Bank)
Sun 10/5 – Burton Leonard 10k

If you haven’t entered those yet, places are still available.

Summer League

HDSRL

The Harrogate District Summer Race League (HDSRL) is hugely popular with our local clubs. Last year, Striders finished an incredible 3rd in the overall standings out of the 13 clubs taking part, and featured strongly in all the different categories. The series comprises 5 races: 4 traditional format races, the best three results from which give your individual standing, plus an end-of-season handicap race. At just £15 for the series it’s well worth it, even if you can only make a couple of round. Your result on the night might just make a different to our team standings!

Full details and dates are available here: HDSRL Details and the entry page is here: HDSRL Entries.