VC20 – Event 7 over, Event 8 begins!

Our 8th VC20 event begins whilst a new Inter-club challenge also takes place!


Our 7th event in the VC20 series – the Crag Rat course is now concluded, so please make sure you’ve submitted your results. We’ll be closing the submissions on Tuesday evening and issuing the results later in the week, along with updated standings and including our first ‘dropped scores’ for the lucky ones! We’ve seen a few attempts logged on Strava which are yet to pop up on our system, so don’t forget! Well done everyone – we might hit a VC20 record turnout! Submit your results here: Submit Event 7 Results

So now our next event – the 8th – is underway! Between today (12th) and 25th October you need to run a 6k night race at a location of your choice. All runners must wear high-vis and a head torch. Runners must also comply with government restrictions (at the time of writing this remains no more than 6 runners all distanced at least 2m apart). For safety reasons, please do not run alone. To coincide with this, our sessions on Thurs 22nd October will be based at Swinsty/Fewston. See our Training Book-in page for details.

Also during the same time period, the latest Inter-club challenge is taking place:
It runs until 6pm on the 25th October and you are challenged to run as far as you can in one continuous run for your club. Post your distance with your selfie, club and name to the ‘Running Club Virtual Challenge’ page on facebook before the deadline (no posts can be counted after the deadline) or forward details to Edna if you are not on facebook.


Good luck, enjoy and Stay Safe!

More training sessions now available for booking

Tonight sees the long-awaited return of Thursday training – we hope that the groups heading out have a great, safe time.

Bookings are now open to members for the following session on Tuesday 13th October). Visit our Book-in page to put your name down in a group.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and for making our return to training so successful.

Enjoy and Stay Safe!


s there are just 4 days left in our current VC20 event – head on over to the VC20 page for details and to log your run around our Crag Rat course!

Bookings open for TWO sessions next week!

Bookings are now open to members for sessions on both Tuesday AND Thursday next week (6th & 8th October). Visit our Book-in page to put your name down in a group.

After careful consideration the committee, in consultation with run leaders, have decided to bring back Thursday club nights together alongside the Tuesday sessions. This has only been possible due to the patience and care shown by all our members since restarting – THE COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE THANK YOU ALL FOR STEPPING UP TO THE MARK.

The committee also reviewed how the past month runs have gone and overall they gone very well. However we are introducing some small improvements due to the nights drawing in and in particular Covid considerations (track and trace / social distancing etc.)

* All runs should start from the Cricket Club, unless organised by the committee or is has been agreed by the committee beforehand. Please contact Dave the Training Officer.
* All runs should set off between 7.00 and 7.40pm

Thank you for your cooperation and for making the past month back so good. Here’s to October and beyond.


Our home reopens!

We’re pleased to be able to announce that the bar at Knaresborough Cricket Club – the home of Knaresborough Striders – is due to re-open this weekend after significant repair and renovation. As part of your Striders’ membership you also have membership of the KCC bar. They are operating ‘track and trace’, table service, social distancing inside and masks must be worn at all times unless you are at your table. Opening times are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7pm – 10pm with last orders at 9.30pm and numbers are limited to 30 inside but you can also drink outside.
It would be good if you feel able to support the Cricket Club upon opening and over the coming months as, like other businesses, they have suffered as a result of Covid – so perhaps we’ll see you there for a drink soon?
The newly-renovated bar area.

The newly-renovated bar area, including our relocated trophy cabinet!

This doesn’t change our current ‘meeting’ arrangements of course, which remain to meet your group of 6 around the edges of the car park or field at the time shown on the booking form. We will not be meeting inside for the foreseeable future.

Membership renewal ending soon!

We’ve been absolutely delighted with the levels of membership renewals and applications over the past 6 weeks – if you’ve chosen to continue your running journey with us or are one of the new members to have joined, you are very welcome! Having ‘paid-up’ members has been a crucial part in restarting our training activities so successfully.

As we mentioned previously, the window for existing members to renew their membership is closes on 30th September. From 1st October, only our new and renewed ‘2020’ members will receive our communications, have access to our online (facebook) forum or be able to take part in club events. If you haven’t renewed yet, then now’s the time to do so!

Fees have been significantly discounted for the remainder of 2020/21 and we can also offer support to any members unable to resume their membership payments due to recent circumstances – please contact Sarah Gore or Nicola Carter in confidence.

To join, renew or check all the details, click here to visit our Membership Page.

Join today








VC20 update after Event 6

Event 6 of our VC20 is in the books and so the longest challenge of the series – the half-marathon – is complete! Despite the longer distance, we still saw a strong entry of 28 Striders so that’s a fantastic 366miles clocked on this event alone.
For all the details of results and standings, visit our VC20 page at: VC20

We’ve now seen 60 different Striders take part in the series and this round saw two debutants: our 2018 Senior men’s Champion Martin Brock and one of our newest Striders, Dan Kearsley, who immediately ignited the Senior Men’s category by registering an incredible 1:26:47 around the local villages – the fastest time of this event!

The villages immediately to the east and north of Knaresborough proved most popular for this challenge – quiet, tarmac and somewhat flatter than the gnarly rock which we call home – with Ferrensby, Farnham, Staveley, Arkendale, Coneythorpe, Flaxby and Goldsborough seeing many Striders passing through. Not surprisingly, the St. James Retail Park – scene of many recent attempts – was shunned for this event with Striders wisely deciding that it was just too many laps for their sanity! Some Striders did find themselves a good flat route though, be it the Stray, the Greenway or further afield such as Dawn and Mike’s exploits on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Whilst Donna and Julie sought the beautiful sights of Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, Ruth and Dave travelled north to Roker – channelling the GNR spirit with a return run to South Shields! A couple of Striders submitted some very lumpy fell runs as their entries (clearly intending to drop those scores later) with Craig running up Almscliffe Crag and Catherine M tackling the dales!

So to our standings. We now have several Striders who have completed the necessary six events to qualify and they find themselves aloft the standings. John Hamilton, Carla Reddish and Steve Ellmore continue to hold on to the top 3 places overall. Our current category leaders are: Vanessa, Donna, Carla, Julie, Dawn, Gaynor, Lizzie, Mhairi, Aidan, Dan F, Steve M, John Ham, Ian, Derek and James W. However, a quick glance down the sheets show that the next couple of events should see many more Striders logging six events and some being able to start dropping their bigger scores. At which point, the true order of things will begin to emerge….

We are now into Event 7 which is right on our own doorstep. Tomorrow (Sunday 27th September) would have seen our own ‘Crag Rat run’ taking place. To recognise this, your current challenge is to run that course in your own time, posting your best attempt by 11th October.

Finally, a puzzle. We don’t know where Gareth ran, but he set his PB accompanied by his ‘old friend Howard Jones’. We don’t seem to have Howard on the membership list but if you’re reading this, why not sign up? We’d like to get to know you well.

VC20 Event 7 begins

The latest event in our virtual championship, VC20, starts on Monday 21st September and runs until Sunday 11th October.

With our own ‘Crag Rat Run’ not taking place this year, you instead have a chance to run the 4.5mile course in your own time. The only change is that there will be no lap of the cricket club field at the start and end of the course. Most of you will be familiar with the route, which takes runners down the crag, past the St.Robert’s Cave, past the Lido,  along trails through Birkham Woods, over Low Bridge and back along Abbey Road before a sharp ascending back up to a final stretch along the crag path and Aspin Lane back to KCC. If you’re not familiar with the route, we have a map and pictures available for you.

Pictures of the route, turn by turn: Crag Rat Course in Pictures (just ignore the Cricket Club laps at the beginning and end)

Map: (click to view in Strava)

Click map to view in Strava

Click map to view in Strava

To submit your result, head over to our VC20 page and click SUBMIT next to the event.

Training bookings for 22nd September now open

After another successful Tuesday training session, bookings are now open for Tuesday 22nd September via our Book-in page.

Before you click through and book, please digest the following words of wisdom from our training officer, Dave. He speaketh much sense!

With the imminent posting of next weeks booking form could we ask a favour?
Due to the popularity of Eric’s sessions the positions are filling up quickly. This obviously is fantastic, but the club doesn’t have enough Eric to go round! Could you please consider your fellow Striders when booking in and have a think about how many of these session you have attended. This would maybe allow other members who have expressed interest to have a go. As the week goes on if there are free spaces feel free to fill them up.
Additionally, you may have noticed most of our sessions are now run in darkness so please remember your Hi/vis and Head/body torches; we want you all to stay safe.
Many thanks.
There you go! All common sense and we look forward to seeing you all again next week!
Enjoy your striding and stay safe!


Training continues this Tuesday

Our return to training continues this week (Tuesday 15th September) with structured sessions and groups available via the book-in page on our website.

You will doubtless have seen news of new changes to social gathering effective from Monday, however England Athletics have confirmed that training sessions such as ours – already applying the ‘Rule of Six’ may continue:

England Athletics is pleased that club and group activity as well as competitions for athletics and running will not be affected by the new restrictions on the number of people allowed to meet up. 

England Athletics, 10th September 2020

To read more click here:

If you have booked-in, please check the start-time of your group carefully, remembering to wear hi-vis and bring lighting.

We return to our normal location of Knaresborough Cricket Club where our groups will be gathering at different points around the site.

Stay Safe and Enjoy!

VC20 – Age-graded results now available!

How did you do?

The age-graded results for the first 5 rounds of the VC20 are now available on our VC20 page. They make really interesting reading, not least because for the first time we have an ‘all in’ Overall Category! We are also taking this opportunity to try out 5-year age bandings so as you’ll see we have lots of ‘1sts’ at every event.
We’ve had around 40 entries for each round so far and there are still 7 rounds for you to have a go at – you only need 6 results to qualify! Our sixth event – the half-marathon – is well underway and you have until Sunday 20th September to complete your effort.
If you spot anything odd in your results just let us know.