Club Championship update after 13 events – lucky for some!

Saturday 9th October saw thirty fab Striders took part in the thirteenth event in our 2021 Ben Campbell Club Championship series, at Conyngham Hall parkrun.
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Female Seniors

We are guaranteed at least one new name on our list of champions this year, as Vanessa El-Etriby continued her dominance of the category, finishing as the first female at the event and clocking up her tenth ‘1’ in the championship!

Female Veterans

Once again this has proven to be our biggest category, with an incredible 36 Striders having registered results so far! On the day it was Carla Reddish – having only recently returned to action – who clocked up her second consecutive win in the category, clocking a PB of 23:09 around the riverside course. The championship however is already certain to stay in the capable hands of Nicola Carter, having already secured a perfect seven ‘1’s – with only three events now remaining, that can’t be beaten! A fascinating battle for the podium positions between Sima, Debbie and Carla looks set to run right to the final event though!

Male Seniors

This championship category will be heading to either Tom Calvert or James Ireland, but with both away for the weekend, this was a chance for others stake their claim for a podium position. Tom Wilson did that in fine style, finishing first in the event itself and clocking his second win in what is our swiftest  category. Fresh (?) from his fine London Marathon, James Wright continued his fine season just ahead of Aidan McNab. Quite how the podium will shake out will become clearer as the season progresses!

Male Veterans

The thirteenth event proved lucky for John Hamilton, who registered his seventh result in the championship, immediately propelling himself to the top of the standings! His searing time of 20:06  was another PB and a fine way to celebrate sealing a second consecutive championship. Nik Forman looks set to secure the runner-up position in the category, having already clocked up more events than anyone else at his first attempt, whilst the final podium position looks set for a tussle between Steve Ellmore, Ian Mitchell and Martin Brock.

Overall Championship

For the second year, we have also organised results into ‘Overall standings’. This has produced an incredibly tight set of standings throughout the season and whilst Tom Calvert currently sits atop the table, Nicola and James Ireland remain firmly in contention!

To view all the standings and details of forthcoming rounds, head over to our championship page now! 2021 Championship Page


Club Championship heads to parkrun this weekend!

This Saturday (9th October) it’s the next round of our Club Championship, down at Conyngham Hall parkrun.
If you’re not planning on running, why not volunteer? Our very own Ruth Mann is RD and would love to have you on board!
Of course there is no entry required, just free registration with parkrun if it’s your first one. See you there!
CH parkrun roster here:

Ben Campbell CC 2021

Time trial tonight!

Just a quick reminder that tonight it’s our Time Trial tonight (Tues 21st) starting and finishing at the Cricket Club. With the nights drawing in fast, please wear bright colours and hi-vis clothing.

Afterwards there is the talk from Tom Williams of parkrun, for which there are still a few places available.


Food for Mood!

foodmoodOur very own Georgina Townsend will be presenting a talk ‘Food for Mood’ to our members after training on Tuesday 14th September!

Do you experience mood swings, anxiety or low mood? Do you have trouble getting through the day without turning to sugary foods or caffeine for a mood boost? Do you find you are often irritable, tired or have trouble focusing? These are all signs of physical imbalances and do not have to be a normal part of everyday life. During this presentation you will learn how to use nutrition as a tool to help to support your mood and energy levels. Georgina will walk you through her step-by-step approach to balancing blood sugar which is key to stabilising mood. She will introduce the gut-brain connection and explain how feeding your gut can support brain chemistry. She will cover common nutrient deficiencies associated with mood disorders and give suggestions to increase these nutrients in your diet. Throughout this talk Georgina will include plenty of practical suggestions for simple dietary changes you can make to balance your moods, optimise your energy levels and improve your resilience to stress.

There is no charge for members – please let Sarah Gore know if you plan to attend.

Click here for more details.

New Month Notices!

Welcome to September!

As we enjoy the final glimpses of summer weather, there’s a lot to look forward to with activity cranking up again this September!

Forthcoming training sessions

After a successful return to ‘7.30pm’ sessions, remember to keep booking-in if you can for future sessions using our booking in page: Training Book-in

Club Championship Continues..

This month sees the 11th and 12th events in our Club Championship: The Harrogate round of the Evening League on Thurs 2nd September at 18:45 and the Vale of York half marathon on Sunday 12th September. Good luck to all those taking part!

Social Drinks evening

Remember that this Friday (3rd September) at 7.30pm we are having social drinks night at the Cricket Club. All members welcome; it will be a great chance to catch-up after many months! No need to book.


NuMindSet – ‘Food for Mood’

Our very own Georgina Townsend will be talking about nutrition after our training session on Tuesday 14th September. Georgina is a BANT registered nutritionist. She is passionate about redefining mental health as brain health, and mood disorders as physical imbalances. She helps her clients to restore optimal mental wellbeing through diet and lifestyle changes. For more information click here



5K Time Trial and Tom Williams

Tuesday 21st September will see the second running this year of our 5k Club Time Trial – this time for real, rather than virtual. A great chance to measure your progress or put a marker down to work from over the winter. Sign-up will be in the Cricket Club from 7pm, setting off at 7.30pm. That will be followed at 8.30pm by a talk from Tom Williams, the Chief Operating Officer of parkrun Global. Places are limited for the talk: please contact James Wright to reserve your place.

Knaresborough Crag Rat Run

This takes place on Sunday 26th September from 11am and we have entries flooding in! We will be looking for volunteers to help marshal and help with refreshments – watch out for information in the next couple of days.


Diary and Updates!

Exciting news! Read on…

Knaresborough Striders

Knaresborough Striders

Training start times

We are delighted to announce that as part of our return towards ‘normal’, our Tuesday and Thursday Club sessions will return to their traditional start-time of 7.30pm from 31st August. Our welcome and news announcements will return, taking place outdoors at the Cricket club for the time being. Our booking-in system will continue after its success over the past 18 months in terms of offering a greater range of groups and leaders. Whilst we hope that the majority of Striders will continue to ‘book in’ (as this really does help us) we will be allowing members to join groups ‘on the night’ as well. We very much look forward to seeing our members truly back together twice a week!

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 31st August – all groups return to 7.30pm start-time from Cricket Club.

Friday 3rd September, 7.30pm – Social drinks night at Cricket Club. All members welcome; a chance to catch-up after many months!

Tuesday 21st September5k Club Time Trial. Sign-up from 7pm, setting off at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 21st September, from 8.30pm – Talk with Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer of parkrun Global. Places are limited for the talk: please contact James Wright to reserve your place.

Sunday 26th September – Knaresborough Crag Rat Run – 11am. As usual, we will be looking for volunteers to help marshal and help with refreshments. Watch this space!

Friday 28th January 2022 – Annual Dinner & Awards night. Further details in due course.

Club Championship updates!

Read on for all the latest results and standings!

Ben Campbell CC 2021

We have now completed 9 rounds of our 16-round Club Championship with over 80 different club members having taken part so far – well done to one and all!

A number of contenders have now completed the necessary seven events which will see them qualify for the final standings, but there are many, many more who will be joining them in the as the championship continues!

To see all the latest results and standings click here to view our 2021 Club Championship Page



‘Freedom day’ – Changes to training

Knaresborough Striders

This week sees our first training sessions to take place after the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ – Monday 19th July. From that date onwards we are free to organise our training and events as we so wish, with no firm restrictions in place either from the government or England Athletics.

What is changing at Striders immediately?

  • Structured training session will now accept up to 20 members
  • Some groups may be accepting extra runners ‘on the night’
What will be changing later?
  • At the end of the month the club will review arrangements again and make any further adjustments which are feasible and safe at that time.
Why is the club carrying on with booking-in for now?

The arrangements which were forced to put in place over the past year have been somewhat of a revelation! We have benefitted from an unprecedented number of run leaders and a wider range of groups. Leaders and members have told us that they prefer the slightly smaller groups to the very large groups of the past. There is no doubt that smaller group sizes have encouraged many leaders to step forwards, who have found it easier to organise and manage their groups.

We also acknowledge that our members may have differing confidence around ‘freedom day’ and we want to ensure that we are inclusive as possible.

For those reasons we are hanging on to ‘booking-in’ for now.

What if I can’t be certain that I’ll be attending?

From this week, we have added an ‘extras’ option to some groups. This will allow members who are less certain of their availability to turn-up and join in on the night. We do hope that, wherever possible, members will continue to book-in as this really helps our run leaders.

Will Striders be returning to a 7.30pm start?

Our 7.30pm start time allows us to greet and update our members en masse, and affords a greater amount of socialising between our members. It does involve mass gathering though. We also share the Cricket club facilities with other groups which remains logistically difficult at present. We expect that we will return to 7.30pm starts, but not quite yet.

To view our forthcoming sessions and book-in, head over to our Training Book-in page

St.Robert’s Rush Returns next Tuesday!

Our shortest club event returns next Tuesday (13th July) – here are the details!

St Robert Rush

Our shortest club event – the 1 mile ‘St.Robert’s Rush’ Time Trial is back next Tuesday and we’re delighted to confirm that it will be a ‘live’ event, rather than virtual! It also serves as the 8th round in this year’s Club Championship!

It’s your chance to test yourself over the classic mile distance along Abbey Road, starting right outside the steps to St.Robert’s Cave and ending just a hundred yards before the Half Moon pub. For the unacquainted, it’s an undulating and tree-lined tarmac route adjacent to the River Nidd popular with runners, walkers and cyclists. You pass the cave, views of the Lido, the site of the ruined Abbey and the famous wood carvings – although there is not normally much time to admire all that scenery!

Previously we’ve set off in three ‘waves’, but on this occasion we have asked group leaders to take you through the course in smaller groups as part of your club run that evening. Times will be staggered in the usual fashion via the booking sheet. If you don’t want to take part, but still wish to run with a group,  no worries – just jog ahead through the mile and cheer your fellow striders on their way. Leaders will take meet you at the Cricket Club and include a warm-up and cool-down run as part of the evening too.

Head over to our Training Book-in page now to book your place.

Previous times have  varied between around 5 and 10minutes so at least it will be over quickly and (with the exception of perhaps the Bed Race) it might be the fastest mile you ever run!

Good Luck!