Endure24 2019 – Already time to sign-up!

Are you interested in taking part in Endure24 2019 at Bramham Park?

If so, it’s time to sign-up as entries are already three-quarters full!

We had an incredible time at Endure24 this year, and there were a lot of members interested in taking part in the 2019 edition. There’s more information below if you’re not quite up-to-speed on what the event is. In 2019 the event takes place between Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.

You might be wanting to enter the Solo or Duo categories – which some Striders have – in which case you can arrange your own entry at: Solo and Duo entries

However…  if it’s a team effort you want, James Wright is once again organising the Striders’ effort. We expect to enter several teams of 6 runners this time around. That means that you’re likely to be allocated around 5 or 6 laps of the 5-mile course during the 24 hours. With places going fast, James is entering a team every time we have enough runners. It is literally on a first-come-first served basis, with your payment securing your place. Cost for the weekend is £72.10 for the 2019 edition, which includes family/supporter camping, parking and your tech race t-shirt.

Contact James directly via  jameswright12002@yahoo.co.uk or message him via Facebook.


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2018 Report:
Endure 24 2018, Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Endure24 is a unique event in the running calendar, mixing serious ultra-running with a 24-hour team relay race. Virtually anyone of any ability level can take part and enjoy a challenging but rewarding weekend of trail running, and so it was with our own Striders! The five-mile woodland and trail routes which undulate around Bramham Park are incredibly scenic and the start/finish adjacent to the race village guarantees awesome support from fellow runners. The heatwave ensured that it was to be a dry event this year, but did add a sapping challenge, with competitors almost relishing those dark stints in the eerie and misty middle of the night.
Solos: We had three brave souls taking on the ‘Solo’ category, with competitors invited to run as many laps as they can (or wish) in the 24 hours. Some with sense have regular stops and even a night of sleep, whilst others grind on throughout the night. Gemma Harding put in some ‘blistering’ laps during the daylight hours, clocking 6 laps (30miles), whilst the recovering Jonny Chadwick adopted a walk/jog approach to clock up a fine 50miles (10 laps). Jason Green used his recent experience of sleepless nights to great effect, not to mention frequent visits to the club camp for cups of tea, clocking-up 55miles.
Teams: We had also entered three teams in the ‘Mixed 6-8’ category. Spreadsheet-master James Wright had balanced out the entries based on the expected times that each entrant had declared, and it proved to be very balanced indeed, with the three teams swapping positions throughout the 24 hours and all three separated by just one lap at the conclusion. As the clock ticked over to noon on Sunday, there was still uncertainty as we waited to see which team would cross the line first! The final lap is the only one where the whole team can join the course for the final crossing-of-the-line and the great photo opportunity! It was Team 2 who narrowly triumphed, finishing 21st overall with 32laps completed. Ryan Middleton completed a great performance, flying across the finish chased (literally) across the line by his teammates Jo Gray, Steve Morland, Natalie Hale, Nicola Carter, Sarah Hill and our guests from Nidd Valley, Steff Quin and Sam Fugill. Also completing 32laps and crossing the line 23rd place was ‘Team 3’, with final leg runner Clare Rogers being joined by Mark Shelton, Sian Lowery, Edna Wood, Gareth Conkleton, Craig Mitchell, Chris Umpleby and Nidd’s Andy Harris. Only one lap behind, with 31laps completed in 28th place overall, was Team 3. Nidd’s Martin Lofthouse completed the proceedings hand-in-hand with Clare from Team 2, joined across the line by his teammates Claire Killingworth, Gary Wilkinson, Martin Lofthouse, Annika McDonald, Kathryn Pickles, Emma Hall, Charlotte Hines and James Wright.
That wasn’t the end of things for Striders through, as we had some representation in other teams. Ted Welton, part of Team Happy Feet, finished 31st in the team section, with Lisa Harrison and Deborah Goldfield running in the ‘Aspin Avengers’ and clocking up a very creditable 25 laps.
As the dust settled (and there was a lot of dust) on a successful event, our members reflected on an incredible weekend and one which many will certainly repeat in future. Interest across the club seems really high for the 2019 event when we expect we will be back – quite possibly in even greater numbers!

Next Tuesday… St. Robert Returns!

Next Tuesday (4th September) it’s back. As promised, there will be another opportunity to test yourself over the classic mile.

The ‘St.Robert Returns’ is a second chance to try our 1-mile time trial 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 unaquainted, it’s an undulating and tree-lined tarmac route adjacent to the River Nidd popular with runners, walkers and cyclists. We pass the cave, views of the Lido, the site of the ruined Abbey and the famous wood carvings – although it isn’t necessarily an evening for admiring the scenery!

Wave 2 head off, Guy off to a flyer...

Wave 2 head off back in May –  Guy off to a flyer…

Some close battles!

There were some close battles!








Here’s the report from our inaugural event, held back in May this year: St. Robert’s Rush Report

The route will be accurately measured and marshalled by our own members. Runners will set off in small groups of similar ability.

Entry is free and we hope that like before,  as many as possible of our members will take part. All Runners should meet at the Cricket club as close to 7pm as possible to register, with the first group of runners jogging down to the start with a leader at 7.30pm.


Dalby Forest parkrun visit is next weekend!

Thinking of popping along to our Monthly Social parkrun visit next weekend? You might also want to ‘Go Ape’ whilst you’re there….

(not the parkrun)

(not the parkrun)

September’s Monthly parkrun venue is DALBY FOREST. The event takes place at Dalby Forest Courtyard, Low Dalby, Pickering, YO18 7LT on Saturday 1st September. A few of our regular ‘tourists’ are also planning to stay around and monkey around at the ‘Go Ape’ high ropes activities as well. You might fancy doing likewise! See Go Ape Dalby for more details.

This month’s venue is a bit further afield than previous, so those wishing to car-share should arrange to meet at the Cricket Club at 7.00am. A few of our regulars are planning to stay nearby the parkrun, so it’s worth asking around to check who is/isn’t travelling in advance.

Dalby Forest parkrun  is a multi-user trail predominately forest roads, footpaths and gravel trails for all standards of runner. The trail takes in views along the valley and crosses over bridges that span Dalby Beck as well as winding through forest and pasture. The course is largely flat with a couple of short elevations.

Toilets are located in the Dalby Forest Courtyard as well as the main Visitor Centre. There are disabled facilities in both locations.
There is plenty of car parking located between the Dalby Forest Courtyard and the Visitor Centre. There are a number of disabled parking bays near both the Visitor Centre and Courtyard.

Parkrun Dalby

Dalby Forest parkrun

There is a discounted toll charge of £2 per vehicle for all parkrunners to use the forest drive by car until 10.30am. If you wish to extend your visit beyond 10.30am you can top up your admission at the Information Point in Dalby Forest For walkers, runners and cyclists there is no toll charge to enter the forest.
A large children’s play area is located at the back of the main Visitor Centre approximately 5 minutes from the start line.
There are two cafes in walking distance from the start line. The Courtyard Café is closest. The second café is located inside the main Visitor Centre.

Axe Throwing? Oh yes… read on.

Our fellow Strider Kez Welsby and Debbie Handslip (NVRR) are both running the Great North Run this year and raising monies for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank Charity which is run by the parents of Sam Fugill (NVRR).

(Human target not included)

(Human target not included)

In order to help raise funds, Lee Welsby will be running Axe Throwing sessions in the grounds of Ripley Castle on Sunday 2nd September. They are open to anyone from the age of 12 but spaces are limited per session sorry. It may sound a strange sport to try but its great fun, very therapeutic (feel free to bring picture of your boss to pin on the board) and gets very competitive.

These sessions are normally £30 per person (£25 kids) but Lee’s company is providing resources and he’s giving up his time for this worthy cause so sessions will be completely free…. yes that’s right…    FREE…   well, sort of…
…you are ‘axed’ to make donations to the Wansbeck Valley Foodbank of whatever value you see fit. Cash donations can be made on the day, or you can contribute right now using Kez’s fundraising page: Kez Great North Run
Spaces are limited for each session and will be run from 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00. To book please reply direct to Lee or Kez: kez@leewelsby.co.uk

Lee has asked us to point out that to put anyone’s mind to rest he is actually a qualified Axe Throwing Instructor and not an axe-wielding maniac who is planning to break into Ripley Castle. Feel free to check out his company website for more details: www.live-for-today.com


Take a look at the Crag Rat Course!

A big thanks to Jez for leading a mixed groups around the Crag Rat Course last night. It really is a cracking route with a bit of everything!

If you haven’t been around yet, or would like a reminder, we now have a ‘Course in Pictures’ page on our website which takes you around step by step.

Click here to see it in full.

Good news! We're back at the Crag which gives our run its name. Bad news... we need to be on top of it by the finish. you know what that means...
With the crag edge to your left and houses to the right, it's a very gently incline here but you're nearly home...
One of the oldest routes in and out of Knaresborough, this was used the King John and the Knights Templar when staying at nearby Plompton. It's a little uneven underfoot here, so take care.


Bookings open for Christmas Dinner

Majextic xmas

Summer hasn’t yet passed, but it’s already time to grab your place at our Christmas Extravaganza!

Our crack team of socialising experts have rigorously researched the options on offer and we’re pleased to announce that this year’s festive venue will be the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.

Here are the basics:

  • It’s on the evening of Saturday 15th December.
  • Cost is £32 per person and includes: 3 course Carvery dinner with a Bucks Fizz on arrival, a mirror photo booth.
  • You need to sign-up and pay a deposit of £10-per-person before 5th September to guarantee your place.

I’m in. What do I do next?

  1. Transfer your deposit by BACS to our Club account using the following details:  Sort code 40-26-20, account no. 11295985 – using XMAS and your surname/initial as the reference.
  2. Click here to add yourself to the attendees list.

That’s it. We’ll provide more details closer to the time.

Tonight’s Coaching (23/8) postponed

Tonight’s Coaching session (23rd Aug) with Emma is postponed until 30th August- Get Well Soon Emma!
Instead, we will be having a ‘normal’ Thursday, heading out from the clubhouse at 7.30pm with our usual range of groups to suit everyone!

Tackling Burnsall 10 this weekend?

Round 10 of our Ben Campbell Club Championship takes place this Saturday afternoon (25th August) at the Burnsall Sports 10mile Road Race, heading off at 2pm.

It is a delightful route, taking in Hartlington, Hebden, Grassington, Threshfield, Swinden Corner, Linton, Thorpe and Burnsall.

There is no entry as such – instead you need to register in advance and then pay on the day.

Ben Campbell CCFurther Details: http://burnsallsports.co.uk/

Map: http://burnsallsports.co.uk/pg/races/10-mile-road-race

Registration: http://burnsallsports.co.uk/pg/structure/compete/forms

The Road Race precedes the famous Fell Race, which you may wish to stay on to see! Alternatively you might dash home for our Social Run at Nidd Gorge!Burnsall