Time Trial 2nd April – help needed!

A reminder that our first 5k Time Trial takes place next Tuesday evening (2nd April) around the Aspin estate. It’s a chance to try something a bit different on a Tuesday, allowing Striders to test themselves on familiar ground and measure their progress across the series of three TTs.

We still need some more marshalls/helpers to run the event safely though. If you’re available, please reply let Steve Morris or any member of the committee know as soon as possible. Thanks!

Bed Race Draw!

We’re delighted that both our entries made it through the draw so we will have two official Knaresborough Strider teams in the 2019 Great Knaresborough Bed Race on 8th June!

If you haven’t already registered your interest in taking part (running or helping), please contact James Wright.

Teams for PECO relays, 31st March

We’re looking for teams of 3 runners to take part in the PECO relays which take place on Sunday 31st March at the John Charles Centre in Leeds.

This is the traditional season-closer which pits representative PECO teams against teams from the West Yorkshire league and also includes the representative teams chosen by each of the participating clubs. In addition, teams are free to enter as many other teams as they wish. Each team member runs a 3mile leg on the XC course.

PECO XC Relays, 2018

PECO XC Relays, 2018

The categories are as follows: Male Open, Female Open, Male Vets (40+), Female Vets, (50+), Male SuperVets (50+), Female SuperVets (50+) and Mixed.

If you and two fellow striders would like to get together as a team, please let Sima (our new Race Secretary) know. If you would like to take part but don’t have a team, then we may be able to group you together into one.

Issy Rowe has been selected to represent PECO and our ‘Representative Club team’ will comprise Sima Lowery, Steve Morland and Ted Welton as the highest-finishing Striders in this year’s PECO championship.

Entries open for 2019 HDSRL

37250896_10156272895801539_1769215840902709248_n37305891_1777597118994294_5944410285862289408_nEntries are open for Harrogate District Summer Race League 2019 – just £13 for five cracking mid-week races of 4-5miles.

These races are open only to members of clubs in the League but nonetheless have a wide range of ability runners and the usual selection of age/gender categories.

What are you waiting for? It’s filling up fast….

Click here: https://racebest.com/races/kkev5

News from our Awards Night

Our Annual Awards Night took place last weekend, reflecting on another fantastic year for the club and recognising a number of significant achievements. A huge thanks to Clare Rogers, Natalie Hale and Dan Wilson for their help in organising a brilliant evening. If you missed it, here are our award winners from the night!

awards-nightSTRIDER OF THE YEAR: Mark Shelton


Senior Men’s Champion: Martin Brock
Senior Ladies’ Champion: Claire Baxter
Veteran Men’s Champion: Ian Waller
Veteran Ladies Champion: Nicola Carter

MOST IMPROVED: Ruth Mann and Dave Sinton


Jo Gray – Community Contribution: Her work in setting up Keppel parkrun for young offenders at Wetherby.

Gary Wilkinson – Commitment to running, progression and social participation.

We also offered our grateful thanks to some  hard-working Committee members who are stepping down having completed their terms of office: Clare Rogers and Nat Hale (Social), Eric Morley (Race Secretary) & Dan Wilson (Vice Chairman).

Some pictures of the evening:



Most improved: Ruth Mann

Most improved: Ruth

Most Improved: Dave Sinton

Most Improved: Dave

Special Award: Jo Gray

Special Award: Jo

Special Award: Gary Wilkinson

Special Award: Gary

Ladies' Veteran Champion: Nicola

Ladies’ Veteran Champion: Nicola

Senior Ladies' Champion: Claire

Senior Ladies’ Champion: Claire

Eric Morley recognised for his work as Race Secretary

Eric Morley recognised for his work as Race Secretary

DJ Dan - our departing Vice Chairman - on the deks.

DJ Dan – our departing Vice Chairman – on the deks.

Departing Social Reps, Claire and Nat

Departing Social Reps, Clare and Nat

This Saturday – Our Awards Night!


This Saturday (9th March) sees Striders’ Annual bash as we celebrate the year gone by and acknowledge some of the tremendous efforts by our members. Alongside the presentation of our 2018 Club Championship awards, we will announce our new ‘Strider of the Year’ and other awards. There will also be other spot prizes to be won on the night.

The venue is Knaresborough Cricket club  – all members are warmly welcome! Arrive from 7.30pm for an 8pm start of the awards. With the awards completed, we will be treated to another special appearance from our resident DJ Dan Wilson. 


strider of the year 2019

February 2019 Results Round-up

February 2019 Results Round-up

Featuring…  Dave in War Paint, hills, snakes, lakes, hills, and more hills but sadly no axes.

February. Just long enough to bridge the gap between January and March. With cold, barren landscapes, the continued absence of daylight and resolutions becoming a distant memory, it’s a wonder that any running happens at all! Not so for our Striders though, who cranked up their competitive efforts as the race calendar began to stir from its winter slumber. It was probably some help that the harsh conditions of 2018 stayed away too!

Sunday 3rd February

Dewsbury 10

The birthplace of the Brownlee brothers, Dewsbury played host to six Striders who took part in the 10km race there. With a slightly uphill first half, the course lends itself to negative splits and PBs. This proved to be the case as our Striders clocked some blistering times so early in the year.

Tom Calvert led the Striders home in a fabulous 35:05, whilst James Wright was setting a new PB of 37:21 followed less than a minute later by Martin Brock (38:07). Nicola Carter (47:16), Fyn Lees (53:54) and Jo Gray (1:14:19) completed our representatives in a huge field of 1700 contenders.

Sunday 10th February

Dave digs in at Roundhay Park PECO!

Dave digs in at Roundhay Park PECO!

PECO Round 5

You’ve already seen the final results of this year’s PECO season, but how exactly did things shake out in the final round at Roundhay Park? Once again the runners were welcomed by unseasonably warm weather, but this time enjoyed the opportunity to race together for the first time in the series. A more open course swept the runners around the edges of the park, albeit with a couple of leg-shredding climbs en route. Steve Morland was first to emerge over the hill and past the bandstand into the finishing straight, clocking 30:58 in 66th place, narrowly ahead of series stalwarts Ted Shelton (31:18) and James Wright (31:55). Issy Rowe closed out her successful series, claiming 12th lady in 33:36, only a little ahead of the departing Gary Wilkinson (34:24) and Sima Lowery (35:52). By now the Striders were swamping the finish line: Sean Brennan (36:01), Ian Mitchell (37:20), Mark Shelton (41:12),  Andy Tibbals (41:31), Lisa Harrison (42:01) and Jason Green (42:33). Sue Morley (43:14) once again claimed first place in her age category, ahead of Julie Elmes (44:09), Claire Killingworth (44:26), Fyn Lees (44:55), Claire Baxter (45:43), David Sinton (45:55), Pam Singleton (46:39), our outgoing Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood (47:09), Debs Goldfield (47:56), Sarah Gore (48:34) and Sally Taylor (49:42). So we reached the end of really well-attended and positive  series. ICYMI, here are the series results: PECO Round-up. Don’t forget though that the PECO relays take place on 31st March and are open to all.

Muddy Boots

The Muddy Boots 10k remains a popular test for runners early in the year, heading out of Ripon to take in a challenging mixture of terrains and elevations. The deceptively clean and tidy start out of the city soon gives way to the more rural terrain which gives the event its name. Stewart Hymas (49:10), Craig Mitchell (49:40),  June Graham (1:01:37), Sally Fannen (1:02:47),  Dawn Richardson (1:08:40) all performed strongly around the course.

Saturday 16th Feb

Nostell Priory Night Run

Jo Bower & Edna Wood headed down to Nostell for the extra challenge of the dark. We haven’t been able to find any results yet but rest assured they returned safe and well!

Sunday 17th February

Liversedge half

Some of our Liversedge entrants.

Some of our Liversedge entrants.

Our Ben Campbell Club Championship got underway over at Roberttown, where the very friendly Roberttown Road Runners hosted their very challenging Half-marathon. Stretching between Liversedge and Brighouse and twice passing over the M62, the route heads in and out of the valleys which typify the area, with a steep descent to the River Calder quickly followed by the brutal climbs which persist throughout the remainder of the race. Some blustering wind on the high ground only added to a challenge which demanded some gritty and determined runs. Not the most forgiving circumstances in which to make your half-marathon debut then, yet that’s what Dave Sinton did, clocking a great 2:03:34 and showing the incredible progress in stamina and speed which he continues to develop! Another six Striders took up the challenge: Steve Morland (1:30:41), Anthony Mulley (1:49:49), Claire Baxter (1:56:02), Mark Shelton (1:57:44), Ryan Middleton (2:04:41) and former Roberttown resident herself, Sarah Gore (2:21:09).

Harewood Half and 10k

A trio of our Striders at the Harewood Half/10K

A trio of our Striders at the Harewood Half/10K

The British Heart Foundation’s event at Harewood is a popular charity challenge with a hilly route along trails, forest inclines and tree-lined fields in the stunning grounds of Harewood House. Whilst mud was less in evidence than at previous events, the rolling hills of the estate nonetheless meant that whichever distance was chosen would proved a stern test. Claiming their finishers’ medals and t-shirts in the 10k event were: Vanessa El-Atriby (50:31), Debbie Herridge (51:40) and Gosia Przybyl (56:02). In the longer half-marathon option were: Mhairi Sellar (2:03:44), Amy Naylor (2:07:50),  Beyham Akyollu (2:07:51) and Sally Fannen (2:31:42). Apologies to anyone we’ve missed!

The Bloodaxe challenge

Due to Health and Safety regards, this Viking-inspired event features neither Axes nor Blood. That would be stupid anyway. So, what better way to celebrate the Viking years of rule in Yorvik than to go to the tiny 1km Heslington  cycle track and then persuade enough willing idiots to run around it non-stop for 2hours? With clearly nothing better to do, a quartet of Striders took on this dizzying spectacle. James Wright completed 27laps , whilst Julian Carr clocked 22, Lisa Harrison 21, and Fyn Lees 19 whilst Emma Hall and Jo Gray both saw 14km tick past. They should all be thoroughly commended but instead we’re providing some counselling sessions to help them to recover.

Saturday 23rd February

52788352_2090056564415013_8095212006551846912_oSaucony National Cross-Country championships

With the National Championships being held so close to home this year, several Knaresborough Striders took the opportunity to test themselves alongside 8,000 of the finest junior and senior athletes in the country. The grounds of Harewood House provided the same hilly and grassy challenge which it had offered just a few days earlier for the BHF event. The huge fields for each race (no pun intended) were typified by incredible quality which, combined with the energy-sapping grass, made for the sternest of tests. In the senior ladies race, Issy Rowe (36:25) was the first to complete the 8km course, joined by Sima Lowery (37:11) and Julie Elmes (47:10) in a field of over 800. The final race of the day was the 2000-strong senior men’s 12km race, featuring the ‘widest’ cavalcade start of the day! Our fearless four were: Steve Morland (47:57), Ted Welton (49:12), Gary Wilkinson (54:14) and Sean Brennan (58:58). A huge well done to our squad who turned out.

Slaithwaite Slog 2019

One of our very newest members, Donna Tucker, took part in the 10K event at the latest ‘Grim up North’ event, clocking a very respectable 1:04:55. Welcome to the club Donna!

Sunday 24th February

Ilkley Fell Race

Beautiful weather greeted this year’s edition of the Ilkley Fell Race, reducing the amount of mandatory kit to be carried, but the tough terrain remained! Not content with having competed 24-hours earlier at the National Cross Country, Sean Brennan clocked a strong 58:59 on the trails above Wharfedale.

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Gosia Przybyl and Fyn Lees travelled to Pocklington to take part in the fantastically-named ‘Snake Lane 10’. As its name suggests, the course has a winding stretch that snakes its way through beautiful East Yorkshire countryside at the foot of the glorious Wolds. Gosia clocked 1:28:17 and Fyn 1:33:27, then collected their bling.

Carsington Water Half-Marathon

James Wright and Tom Calvert found themselves at the Marathon Chat Podcast weekend in Bakewell (no Sandy Balls* this year) and entered the nearby Carsington Water Half Marathon, which takes place around the undulating, traffic-free trails surrounding Carsington Water Reservoir. The route offers stunning views of the Lake and surrounding Peak District countryside and is popular with runners undertaking a spring marathon training schedule. Both our Striders clocked highly-impressive results – Tom placing 4th overall in a very swift 1:23:05, whilst James placed 15th in 1:29:01.  *See February 2018

So with that, February was done. Striders now look forward to lighter nights and more events from which to select, whilst keeping their fingers firmly crossed that winter doesn’t make any determined efforts to disrupt those plans! March sees the continuation of our club championship at the Harrogate and Dentdale rounds, the ever-popular Thirsk 10mile, the fabulous PECO relays and the somewhat-flat Elvington Flyer, just to name a few.

Keep on Striding!

Thursday – training with Emma

This Thursday (28th) is our first session of the year with our visiting coach Emma Kicks. Meet 7.30pm at the Cricket Club. The season will be Speed Endurance on tarmac.

There will be no other ‘official’ groups with leaders going out on this occasion – we’d love everyone to give Emma’s session a try – although you are of course welcome to head out with care in your own groups if desired.

Emma is an experienced coach with a wide variety of skills and knowledge, whose sessions will make you fitter for running, providing an insight into how to progress.  We recommend that anyone interested in developing as a runner give the sessions a try – you won’t not be disappointed! She will be coaching at Striders on the 4th Thursday of each month,

You can find out more about Emma here: Ridgeway Fitness and Health



Calling PECO relay runners!

Sign up for something a bit different…


The Peco Relays take place on Sunday 31st March at the John Charles Centre (aka Middleton Park) Leeds.

It’s a different and fun end to the XC season, seeing teams of 3 runners from clubs in both the PECO and West Yorkshire XC leagues go head-to-head. The leagues also form representative teams from the highest-placed runners in various categories. Each runner completes the same XC lap (roughly 3miles) in turn.

We can enter teams of all standards and you do not have to taken part in any of this season’s PECO rounds.

Please let Eric know if you are interested: we’d love as many Striders as possible to take part.

Strider teams at the 2018 event

Strider team members at the 2018 event