VC20 Event 5 is now underway!

We’ve already reached the fifth event in our VC20 virtual championship!

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The next event takes place between 10th and 30th of August and you are challenged to run the route of last year’s Knaresborough round of the HDRSL.  It’s a lovely – if slightly hilly – run of approx. 6miles, in both directions between Conyngham Hall and Bilton Greenway via the whole of the Beryl Burton Cycleway. Unusually, you have a choice of two start points: Bilton or Conyngham Hall. There are turnaround loops at each end of the course (Bilton & Horseshoe fields).
Please remember to abide by the current social distancing regulations (groups of no greater than 6 runners), taking care around pedestrians and other members of the public and continue to refrain from wearing club colours.
Submit your results in the usual manner via our VC20 page. You can reach it on our website (under ‘Events’) or by clicking these blue words.
An overview of the course is shown below:
Event5 map
For more detailed maps please click:  K’boro start  or  Bilton Start
Course descriptions:
Starting at Knaresborough:

Start point is the far side of the wooden bridge between Conyngham Hall Farm Ruins and Horseshoe fields.

Run straight ahead across the middle of horseshoe field, turning right when meeting the river and complete a small loop back to the bridge.

Head over the bridge and up the stony path as you would on parkrun.

At the top follow the road all the way to the exit of the Car park.

Turn right and cross the High Bridge, immediately turning right into the Beryl Burton Cycleway.

Follow the Cycleway for its entirety until you reach Bilton Hall Lane. Carefully cross to continue along Bilton Lane.

Follow Bilton Lane all the way to the point where the Greenway (old railway) crosses Bilton Lane – this up the hill, shortly after the Gardener’s Arms.

Turn left onto the old railway towards Starbeck, then almost immediately taking the right hand turn uphill towards Harrogate.

After a quarter of a mile, take the path to the right, down towards Woodfield road, turning right and following the road to its end, meeting Bilton Lane at a T-junction.

Turn Right and head down Bilton Lane, now headed back towards Knaresborough.

Now run back exactly the way you came, all the way to Conyngham Hall.

Your finishing point is where you started, at the far side of the wooden bridge.

Starting at Bilton:

Start at the point where the Greenway (Old Railway between Starbeck and Bilton) crosses Bilton Lane.

You begin with a short loop.

Head south towards Starbeck on the old railway (Greenway), almost immediately taking the right hand turn uphill towards Harrogate.

After a quarter of a mile, take the path to the right, down towards Woodfield road, turning right and following the road to its end, meeting Bilton Lane at a T-junction.

Turn Right and head down Bilton Lane, past your start point, now headed towards Knaresborough.

Follow Bilton Lane all the way to its end, heading straight across Bilton Hall Lane and following the Beryl Burton Cycleway all the way to its end on High Bridge, Knaresborough.

Turn Left over High Bridge and then left into Conyngham Hall. Follow the road above the car park towards the Hall and pass to the left of the Stone Gates.

Bear left down the stony track (the parkrun start area) and at the bottom, head across the wooden bridge.

At the end of the bridge, run straight ahead across the middle of horseshoe fields, turn right when meeting the river to complete a small loop back to the bridge.

Now run back exactly the way you came, finishing back at the start point in Bilton.

 Enjoy and Stay safe!


Well done on a great ‘Mob Match’ effort!

Our annual ‘Mob Match’ with Nidd Valley has now ended and we have submitted the results of 43 incredible Strider runs to the organisers.

Well done one and all – especially as we have been taking part in two different challenges at once and many of you headed out on a very hot weekend to bank your 10Ks!

Watch out for the results of the Mob Match soon!



5k Inter-club challenge results!

The results are in from the Inter-club 5K challenge which has been taking place between ourselves, Nidd Valley and Ripon Runners!

We ended a very creditable 2nd overall – particularly considering that we are the smallest club of the three! We turned out 61 runners – a fantastic number – versus the 64 and 98 of Nidd and Ripon respectively! Congratulations to Sue Morley and Edna Wood who each won their respective categories!

The results in each category, as provided by Ripon Runners, are shown below:

Inter-club overall

Ladies’ individual results:
(‘Position’ shows points earned)
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(note: Sue Morley incorrectly listed as NV!)

Mens’ individual results:
(‘Position’ shows points earned)
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Just 3 days remain in our current challenges!

There are just three days remaining in our two current virtual challenges and there’s exciting news for our Ladies!

Inter-club 5K

In this one we’re competing with Ripon and Nidd over the 5k distance. The organisers issued an update today (Thursday) and our Ladies lead the competition in terms of competitors and score! However… the men have some catching up to do over the next few days!

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Your result should be submitted either by joining the Challenge Facebook Group (click https://www.facebook.com/groups/658471434744447/?ref=share) of if you are not on Facebook you should email in details of your run to knaresboroughstriders@gmail.com. Challenge ends on 9th of August.

VC20 Event 4 – 10k Mob Match
All you have to do is to run a 10K distance between now and 9pm on 9th August, over a course of your choice, as fast as you can. Once you have completed your run, please submit the results and details using this link: https://forms.gle/tbRwhdvEeRvTwMSi8 – by 9pm on 9th August. Click here for more details: http://knaresborough-striders.org.uk/2020/07/mob-match-vc20-event-4-is-underway/

Good Luck, Enjoy and Stay Safe!



Future Race entries and Club Championship

Should I be entering races later this year?

The simple answer is that it’s up to you! A number of races are still theoretically in the pipeline and some are now beginning to encourage entries – you may have seen that today from Tholthorpe 10k. However, it currently remains unclear which events will be able to go ahead and if so, in what form.

We’re aware that for events like Tholthorpe, which are listed part of our 2020 championship, members might feel under some pressure to enter and/or be disappointed if they cannot get into a reduced field. For that reason, our Ben Campbell Club Championship remains suspended after the first 3 rounds until further notice. Once the future is clearer, we will announce when and how the championship will resume. One obvious solution would be that the three completed rounds (held during Jan-March) ‘rollover’ into an extended 2020/21 championship, but bear with us on that. Championship page with updates: here

In the meantime, our separate VC20 series continues apace and you can of course consider entering any forthcoming ‘physical’ events, but without feeling any pressure to do so from the club!

With regards to Club meetings, our committee meets again early next week so look out for an update then.

Enjoy your running and stay safe!



VIRTUAL TRAINING Session 2: ENDURANCE

VIRTUAL TRAINING Session 2, ENDURANCE at Grimbald Road, Start date 27/7/2020, End date 2/8/2020.
Coach Eric overlooking hill training

Coach Eric overlooking hill training

Basic Guidelines as before:
  • Do adhere to all Government Guidelines, always 2 metres from any other runner or member of the Public.
  • Maximum Six Striders only at any one session.
  • Do wear highly visible clothing, but not Club vest.
  • As always be very traffic-aware.
  • Anyone with with asthmatic or similar consider participation carefully.
  • Please do the session at a quiet time of day.
THE SESSION. ‘Meet’ at Aspin School back Gate on Grimbald Road.
  1. Your own Stretching.
  2. Enhanced Warm Up, On the move, 3 times High knees, 3 times Heel flicks, 2 x Bounding(about 25 metres) and 1 10 second Sprint.
  3. Do it a second time. Mini rests between all elements
Start from Aspin School Layby. Each element Anti clockwise
1. One Full Lap Grimbald Rd, Fairfield Avenue, Grimbald Road.
[2 to 3 Minutes Rest.]
2. Two laps, Grimbald Rd, left onto Grimbald Way, left to Fairfield Ave , left to Grimbald Rd.
[2 to 3 minutes rest.]
3. Three laps, Start Junction Grimbald Rd/Grimbald Way.
So, Grimbald Rd to Fairfield Ave left onto Grimbald Way.
[2 to 3 minutes rest.]
4. As element 1 above.
Well done.
Eric.


Reminder: Inter-club 5K challenge

If you missed the announcement email last week, Ripon Runners have created an inter-club 5K competition which includes ourselves and Nidd Valley. So for the next couple of weeks we actually have TWO virtual events ongoing – this 5K one and also our Mob Match 10K against Nidd Valley (see separate post) which forms Event 4 of our ‘VC20’ virtual championship!

Inter-club 5K

Ripon Runners have asked members from each Club to complete a 5k route of their choice (flat is OK but not downhill), then submit their time to contribute towards the points total for their Club. The Club with the most points will win, so just like the Mob Match, we’d like as many members to take part as possible. The challenge is already live and continues until Sunday 9 August. Your result is submitted either by joining the Challenge Facebook Group (click https://www.facebook.com/groups/658471434744447/?ref=share) of if you are not on Facebook you should email in details of your run to knaresboroughstriders@gmail.com. You should submit your results between 4th and 9th of August.

For further details, check your inbox for an email ‘Inter-club 5K challenge’ dated 22nd July.

 

Good Luck and Stay Safe!



Get your Event 3 results in!

Have your submitted your 7K trail run yet?

Today (Tuesday 28th July) is the last chance to submit your result from VC20 Event 3, the 7k trail run.

Not done it yet? Just head over to our VC20 page by clicking here. You can also find the page on our website under the ‘Events’ heading.

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The first VC20 standings will be released midweek so watch this space…

Good Luck, Enjoy and Stay Safe!



Mob Match (VC20 Event 4) is underway!

This year’s Mob Match has begun!

This annual challenge sees Knaresborough Striders challenge our friends and rivals at Nidd Valley Road Runners to take home the shield, which has been retained by Nidd Valley for several years… must be time to change that!

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In spite of this year’s host race (Staveley Stampede) not taking place, the Mob Match continues, albeit virtually. In previous years, the club fielding the greater number of runners has found themselves at an advantage, so the more entries we submit, the better our chance of reclaiming the trophy! All you have to do is to run a 10K distance between now and 9pm on 9th August, over a course of your choice, as fast as you can.

Once you have completed your run, please submit the results and details using this link: https://forms.gle/tbRwhdvEeRvTwMSi8 – by 9pm on 9th August. Whilst this is event 4 of our VC20 Virtual Championship, you don’t need to have taken part in any other rounds to take part in the Mob Match!

There are a few slight differences (highlighted in Red below) from our normal VC20 rules, so please check the details below:

  • You MUST ensure your safety and that of others at all times. Should an attempt at an event not be feasible, try again at a more suitable time.
  • You must abide by the Government rules on social distancing and England Athletics guidelines which are in operation at the time of your run. This currently means groups of no more than 6 and all physically distanced. (updated 17th July)
  • Your declared time for each event must be the ‘elapsed time’, i.e. the duration between beginning and end the run. Stops and breaks in your run must be included in the time. Please don’t use the ‘Moving time’ option which is now provided by some systems such as Strava.
  • In the interests of fairness, wherever possible please try to run a ‘net flat’ route which ideally begins and ends in the same location. If this is not possible, please ensure that no unfair advantage is gained through elevation.
  • Please do not wear club colours during any Virtual events.
  • Submit your result by 9pm on 9th August. The 2-day window for your submitting your VC20 result will not be available for this event. 
  • You may have multiple attempts during the competition window if you wish. The fastest time submitted by each runner by the deadline will count.

Good Luck, Enjoy and Stay Safe!

p.s. You will also have received an email about an Inter-Club 5K challenge being organised by Ripon Runners, which is separate from our own VC20 and we’d love as many members as possible to take part in that too! So lots to be working towards in the next few weeks!



VC20 – Event 3 ends soon!

VC20 Event 3 ends soon!

A HUGE well done to all the Striders who continue to submit results for our Virtual Championship. Event 2 saw another entry in excess of 40 and results are now piling in for Event 3 (the 7k trail run) with just 5 days remaining. To submit your result for that event, just head over to our VC20 page, where you can also find details of all the other forthcoming events, by clicking here. You can also find the page on our website under the ‘Events’ heading.

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Next week will see Event 4 begin, which is our 10K  ‘Mob Match’ event with Nidd Valley – we’ll issue more details over the weekend. The first VC20 standings will be released early next week after the conclusion of Event 3 so watch this space…

You will also have received an email about an Inter-Club 5K challenge being organised by Ripon Runners, which is separate from our own VC20 and we’d love as many members as possible to take part in that too! So lots to be working towards in the next few weeks!

Good Luck, Enjoy and Stay Safe!