AGM next Tuesday (5th March)


AGM – Tuesday 5th March

Don’t forget that it’s our AGM next week (5th March) straight after our Tuesday runs. Grab a drink and hear what’s been happening for the past 12 months and where we’re headed next. Several of our committee positions are up for re-election this year – we’d love to see some fresh faces and ideas! All the details are here:  AGM Invite and committee details

Emma’s sessions – kicking into action for 2019

We’re delighted to announce that coach Emma Kicks will be coaching at Striders again this year on the 4th Thursday of each month, commencing THIS THURSDAY (28th February).

We will meet at the Cricket Club and the session is expected to take place on tarmac. The sessions will  be moving back onto the King James’s School fields after Easter.

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!

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



AGM – Invite, Date and Details

I am writing to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting which will take place after the Club run on Tuesday 5 March, 2019, from about 8.30pm.

The following Committee Member positions are coming to the end of their term.  If you would like to step forward and apply to become a member of the Committee or help out please do so by completing the Committee Nomination Form or paper version available from the Club Secretary, or speak to the appropriate Committee Member to find out more about their roles.  Please find below a short summary of duties:-


  • Attend bi-monthly Committee meetings
  • Follow-up on actions arising from Committee meetings
  • Give support for social and race events

Vice Chair (Dan Wilson)

  • Deputise for Chair in his/her absence on Committee Meetings and in general
  • Annually review and update the club Health and Safety Policy
  • Assist with duties of other committee members and projects arising as and when necessary

Race and Fixtures Secretary (Eric Morley)

  • Organise the Club Championship
  • Arrange and co-ordinate Club participation in the Cross Country team events
  • Promote and encourage members to enter and involve themselves in other events such as time trials, team events, relays, races
  • Plan and coach weekly training sessions on a Club night


  • Maintain an up-to-date record of members
  • Inform the Committee of membership on a monthly basis
  • Inform the Race and Fixtures Secretary of new members for race registrations
  • Liaise with the Treasurer and Secretary regarding membership payments and any other queries
  • Annually maintain the online Membership Form and update with any changes to terms and conditions

England Athletics

  • Add new EA registrants to the England Athletics website
  • Raise invoices for new EA registrants


  • Respond to Committee enquiries
  • Respond to members enquiries on EA membership
  • Email enquiries to Committee and members as required


  • Arrange social events, namely:-

Arrange venues

Arrange food

Arrange any prizes

Record numbers attending

Keep members informed of upcoming events



Club Secretary


PECO Series round-up…

PECO XC 2018-19 Series Round-up

This winter’s PECO Cross-Country series is in the books and it proved a very positive one for Knaresborough Striders.

We enjoyed stronger turnouts at the five events, with 37 Striders taking part in massive field of over 1,400 athletes. Whilst the snow and ice which typified the previous series were absent, each round nonetheless provided undulating and muddy tests for our plucky members. At around 4-5miles each, the races featured incredibly competitive fields from 22 local clubs. Healthier numbers allowed us to post some great results in the different leagues which exist within the overall competition: Our Ladies team finished 2nd in the second division and also secured 7th in the tough Ladies’ Vets Premier division. Our Men gained 3rd place in their second division and a very creditable 5th in Men’s Vets.

Izzy with another strong finish

Issy with another strong finish

In the individual standings, the headline performance came from Issy Rowe, 5th overall, who proved a valuable addition to the club with a series of very strong runs. Our next lady overall was Sima in a very strong 27th place after the five events. Sue Morley (139th overall) put in commanding performances to take first place in her age category, whilst Sima and Julie claimed 7th and 15th respectively in their categories. Our other contenders in the Female category were: Lisa Harrison, Catherine Morland, Sue Morley, Julie Elmes, Edna Wood, Pamela Singleton, Claire Killingworth, June Graham, Fyn Lees, Kerensa Welsby, Gosia Przybyl, Nicola Carter, Sarah Gore, Sally Taylor, Amy Naylor, Deborah Goldfield, Claire Baxter, Gemma Harding, Lizzie Medwell, and Jo Bower. They competed in a field of 653 athletes across the series.

A trio of battling Striders at Crimple Valley...

A trio of battling Striders at Crimple Valley…

In the 764-strong male category, three Striders ran close across the series for the honour of being first Strider overall. With final positions of 60th, 68th and 72nd respectively, Steve Morland, Ted Welton and James Wright enjoyed some great battles for that particular honour. Steve and Ted also claimed 6th and 7th in their age category, whilst a series of improving performances gave Phil Cornforth 12th place in his (new) category. A word also for Gary Wilkinson, who staked a strong claim for ‘Most Improved Peco Strider’ during the series, with an ascending sequence of finishes: 289th, 260th, 229th, 188th and 165th! Our other contenders in the Male category were Sean Brennan, Ian Mitchell, Andy Tibbals, Mark Shelton, Jason Green, Martin Brock, Stewart Hymas, Jonny Chadwick, Ian Waller and David Sinton.

All these successes meant that Knaresborough Striders secures 4th Place (from 22 clubs) in the Colin Morath Trophy for most improved club.

Mark enjoying his series debut!

Mark enjoying his series debut!

Sally flying the club colours

Sally flying the club colours

Sarah making a splash in her first PECO for Striders

Sarah making a splash in her first PECO for Striders

Gary - improving throughout the series.

Gary – improving throughout the series.

Julie completed a series of strong finishes.

Julie completed a series of strong finishes.




















Well done everyone!

The full listing of results can be found on the PECO website of by clicking here for Female and here for Male.

Hoka/Sealskinz night next Tuesday

Next Tuesday’s session will also include a chance to try on Hoka shoes and Sealskinz socks, courtesy of our friends at Up & Running Harrogate. Arrive from 7pm for the try-on. The session will be held at the Cricket Club on grass.




January 2019 Race Report

January 2019 Race Report

Whilst much of the country lay on the sofa sleeping off the festive season, bemoaning the dark days and cold weather, our Striders were straight out there hitting the roads and trails! A very busy New Year’s Day was quickly followed-up by some competitive showings in the few races which graced January.

Gary enjoying his run at the Yorkshire Championships!

Gary enjoying his run at the Yorkshire Championships!

Saturday 5th January

Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships

Lightwater Valley was the venue for this year’s championships, so it was no surprise to see several Striders taking up the challenge. In the shadow of ‘The Ultimate’, the course took our intrepid Striders on a rollercoaster off-road circuit around the estate of the former strawberry farm. Indeed, it proved a fruitful day with some great results in a tough field which even included a Brownlee brother! In the ladies’ category, Julie Elmes led a trio of Striders in 43:08, followed by Fyn Lees (46:33) and Edwina Wilcox (49:33). The men were represented by James Wright (41:47), Gary Wilkinson (45:00) and Sean Brennan (48:52). The field proved incredibly strong, yet our Striders will move on fearlessly to an even greater challenge at the National championships on February 23.

Sunday 6th January

Edna searches for the finish of the PECO 3rd round!

Edna searches for the finish of the PECO 3rd round!

Peco XC Round 3 – West Park

The West Park Round of the PECO cross championship saw the half-day point (well, mid-race, kind of…) of an increasingly competitive championship. With the club having showed well in several of the categories, another strong turnout saw Striders remaining in the hunt for some fine team results at the season’s end. Issy Rowe once again provided the stand-out performance, finishing 16th overall in 36:32. She was chased in by two ladies both riding high in their respective categories: Sima Lowery (39:58) and Sue Morley (46:59). A strong ladies’ turnout was completed by Lisa Harrison (47:20), Julie Elmes (47:32), Pamela Singleton (50:26), Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood (50:34), June Graham (52:25), Fyn Lees (52:33), Kez Welsby (53:27) and Sally Taylor (53:39). This strong set of results left our ladies a super 2nd position in the Second Division.

In the men’s category, the strong Ted Welton (34:34) overcame a stern challenge from James Wright (35:26) to lead the men home, followed-in by Martin Brock (36:24), Phil Cornforth (36:52), Gary Wilkinson (39:17), Mark Shelton (44:46),  Andy Tibbals (45:06), Ian Mitchell (45:20) and Green Jason (46:31). This gave our gents a creditable 5th place in the Second division. The challenge would continue a fortnight later.

Sunday 13th January

Brass Monkey Half-Marathon

Sean completing a fine but frosty run at Brass Monkey Half.

Sean completing a fine but frosty run at Brass Monkey Half.

Based at York Racecourse, places are highly sought-after at one of the earliest half-marathons of the year. A very crisp and breezy wintry morning greeted our Striders, who put in a range of competitive performances on the flat but exposed course south-east of York. James Wright and Steve Morland worked in tandem to produce a fine pair of PBs, coming home in 1:24:40 and 1:25:25 respectively. They were joined in collecting their lilac tops by Philip Cornforth (1:33:39), Sean Brennan (1:44:01), Julian Carr (1:48:27), Jonny Chadwick (1:54:01) and Fyn Lees with a PB of 2:03:01.

TNT: Temple Newsam Ten

TNT should be treated with great caution – dangerous, explosive and capable of inflicting great damage. And it proved to be so at the Temple Newsam Ten-mile race (‘affectionally’ known as TNT) as a quartet of Striders lined up to take-on the challenge. Starting and finishing in the beautiful grounds of Temple Newsam House, the course proved as brutal as it was beautiful! David Halladay was the first of our Striders home in 1:25:42, followed by Lisa Harrison (1:33:12), Sarah Gore (1:45:19) and Dawn Richardson (1:57:28).

High Fells of Hedgehope Half-Marathon

Not one for the faint-hearted, the High Fells of Hedgehope run takes competitors to the summit of the magnificent Hedgehope, the second highest summit in the Cheviots and ascending 2,600ft in the process! A refreshing splash through a river provided a fitting end to a tough challenge! James Warburton finished an incredible 7th overall in 2hr 39min, joined by Beyhan Akyollu who put in an excellent run in 3hrs 59min. Well done both!

Sunday 20th January

Peco XC Round 4 – Crimple Valley

Some of the 29 Striders attending Round 4 of PECO XC!

Some of the 29 Striders attending Round 4 of PECO XC!

The penultimate round of the Cross-Country championship was much closer to home, with Harrogate Harriers hosting an event in Crimple Valley. The strong Striders turnout throughout the season was boosted further – no doubt by the attraction of an extra hour in bed – to a fantastic twenty-nine runners! After a blazing downhill start, the truly diverse course included an undulating mix of tarmac, gravel, mud, rock and woodland trails, with a beastly final mile in the soft, steep fields south-west of the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Once again, Issy Rowe led our ladies home, placing 15th overall in a very competitive 31:15. A further sixteen Striders followed her home: Sima Lowery (34:08), Catherine Morland (36:18), Amy Naylor (37:43), Lisa Harrison (38:42), Sue Morley (40:32 (1st in category), Fyn Lees (41:21), Gosia Przybyl (41:42), Edna Wood (42:13), Pamela Singleton (43:43), June Graham (43:50), Sarah Gore (44:33), Deborah Goldfield (45:10), Kez Welsby (45:37), Lizzie Medwell (47:54), Sally Taylor (49:26) and Ruth Bowen (52:58). Another 2nd place in the Ladies’ 2nd division was a fitting reward for a very fine performance by our runners!

Our men placed 4th in their 2nd division on this occasion, thanks to Steve Morland (29:31), James Wright (30:12), Phil Cornforth (31:08), Gary Wilkinson (32:26), Sean Brennan (34:10), Ian Mitchell (35:59), Stewart Hymas (37:05), Andy Tibbals (38:17), Mark Shelton (38:36), Jason Green (39:02) and David Sinton (42:49).

Things should move up a gear in February with a wider range of events including: Dewsbury 10, PECO Round 5, Muddy Boots, the commencement of our Club Championship at Liversedge half, Harewood half and 10k, The Bloodaxe challenge and the National Cross-Country championships at Harewood to name but a few!

Keep Striding!

January parkrun round-up

parkrun reportStriders’ parkrun Report – January 2019

2018 became 2019 and immediately Striders’ thoughts turned to parkrun! With many members choosing to ‘double-up’ on New Year’s morning, our parkrunning was off to a fine start and so it continued throughout the cold month of January. So the stats this month: 115 Runs At 22 Different locations!

Tuesday 1st January – New Year’s Day

What an incredible start to the year – lots of doubles here and even some PBs to start the year!


James Wright (18:51)
Stephen Morland (19:01)
Andy Easton (22:13)
Catherine Morland (23:35)
Julie Elmes (24:47)
Mark Taylor (24:54)
Fiona Kitchingman (26:11)
Fyn Lees (27:13)


Tom Calvert (17:22) – 6th finisher
James Wright (18:20)
Stephen Morland (18:24)
Andy Easton (22:07)
Ian Mitchell (22:15)
Catherine Morland (22:47))))
Derek Calvert (23:43)
Fiona Kitchingman (24:39)
Julie Elmes (25:31)
Fyn Lees (26:54)

Albert, Middlesbrough

Steven Core (21:54)
Sean Brennan (22:36)
Nicola Carter (23:30)

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough

Steven Core (22:05)
Sean Brennan (22:56)
Nicola Carter (23:31)

Pontefract parkrun

Ted Welton (19:20)
Steve Dodsworth (24:25)
Linda Dodsworth (28:11)
Sarah Gore (28:24)
David Sinton (28:47)
Ruth Mann (37:48)

Nostell parkrun

Ted Welton (21:19)
Steve Dodsworth (24:54)
Linda Dodsworth (29:29)
David Sinton (33:02)
Sarah Gore (38:12)
Ruth Mann (40:04)

Saturday 5th January

Sunderland parkrun

Steve Dodsworth (23:01)
Linda Dodsworth (34:20)

Harrogate parkrun

Dan Foley (20:07)
Ian Mitchell (21:49)
David Halladay (22:52)
Robert Earl (23:08)
Andy Easton (23:15)
Ted Welton(24:49)
Julian Carr (24:54)
Fiona Kitchingman (24:56)
Fiona Slight (28:54)
Mark Shelton (29:18)
Nicola Carter (29:41)
Suzy K (33:53)
Joanne Sharratt (33:58)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Tom Calvert (17:38)- 2nd finisher!
Derek Calvert (23:32)

Penrith parkrun

Stephen Morland (18:43)

Wetherby parkrun

Lisa Harrison (26:36)
Sarah Gore (28:10)
David Sinton (28:13)
Anthony Everitt (30:05)
Ruth Mann (37:00)

Dalby Forest parkrun

Deborah Goldfield (28:46)

Cliffe Castle parkrun

Jason Green (25:51)

Saturday 12th January

Harrogate parkrun (a record 555 turnout!)

Tom Calvert (18:15) – 4th finisher
Ted Welton (19:32)
Ian Mitchell (22:44)
Steve Dodsworth (23:09)
Robert Earl (23:15)
David Halladay (24:02)
Julie Elmes (25:27)
Linda Dodsworth (26:41)
David Sinton (28:43)
Gaynor Downs (33:12)
Lauren Downs (34:19)
Ruth Mann (34:22)
Lucy Chandler (34:25)
Emma Hall (45:55)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Dan Foley (20:04)
Gail Beaumont (34:42)

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale

Jason Green (28:27)

Wetherby parkrun

Nicola Carter (28:45)
Anthony Everitt (30:56)

Saturday 19th January

Harrogate parkrun

Steven Core (22:23)
Robert Earl (22:46)
Nick Wallen (24:47)
Julie Elmes (25:37)
Ian Mitchell (25:50)
Fiona Kitchingman (26:00)
David Sinton (26:24)
Fiona Slight (28:10)
Mark Shelton (29:03)
Derek Dobinson (29:42)
Jane Johnson (31:34)
Gaynor Downs (32:07)
Joanne Sharratt (33:35)
Ruth Mann (34:34)
Emma Hall (52:33)

Durham parkrun

Nicola Carter(24:01)

Kettering parkrun

James Wright(18:22) – 3rd finisher
Fyn Lees(26:29)

Windy Nook parkrun

Steve Dodsworth (25:32)
Linda Dodsworth (29:15)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Martin Brock (19:13)
Georgina Townsend (26:27)

Wetherby parkrun

Lizzie Medwell (52:12)

Melton Mowbray parkrun

Gary Wilkinson (21:00)

Heslington parkrun

Philip Cornforth (19:36)
Julian Carr (22:34)

Keppel parkrun

Joanne Gray (46:10)

Cliffe Castle parkrun

Jason Green (25:59)

Saturday 26th January

Pollok parkrun, Glasgow

Fiona Kitchingman(25:16)

Harrogate parkrun

Steven Core (22:52)
Sean Brennan (22:54)
Ian Mitchell (23:43)
Robert Earl (23:55)
Steve Dodsworth (24:03)
Nicola Carter (24:05)
Nick Wallen (24:27)
Stephen Morland (25:02)
David Sinton (26:33)
Fyn Lees (26:33)
Linda Dodsworth (27:32)
Mark Shelton (28:01)
Edna Wood (28:46)
Anthony Everitt (30:05)
Joanne Sharratt (34:02)
Ruth Mann (34:03)
Sarah Gore (34:09)
Emma Hall (01:06:40)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Tom Calvert – 3rd finisher
Derek Calvert
Joanne Exley
Linsey Rowbury

Wetherby parkrun

Charlotte Hutchinson (36:25)

Heslington parkrun

Julian Carr (22:22)

Keppel parkrun

Joanne Gray (38:26)

Aberdare parkrun

Dan Foley (20:28)

So that’s it for parkruns in January –  575km in the bag. Well done folks!
If you’re missing from the list, please let me know – it will be due to one of two things: a) The editor’s incompetence, or b) you haven’t selected ‘Knaresborough Striders’ as your club in your parkrun profile!

PECO XC Round 5 details

Click here for details of this Sunday’s fifth and final PECO XC race at Roundhay Park.
Men & Ladies head off together at 11am.

We look forward to seeing an excellent Striders turnout to conclude the series!

Training cancelled 31st January

There will be no Striders sessions tonight (31st January) due to safety concerns in the current conditions. Many local paths have remained frozen/frosty throughout the day with wintry showers now currently falling and temperature remaining sub-zero. Fingers crossed for better conditions on Tuesday!

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Final HDSRL dates announced

The final dates for this year’s Harrogate District Summer Race League have been announced, with just a few changes (shown in red) from those published previously.

21st May 2019 – HDSRL Round 1 (Harrogate)

4 June 2019  – HDSRL Round 2 (Ripon)

20th June 2019  – HDSRL Round 3 (Dragon/Aire)


17th July 2019  – HDSRL Handicap (Wetherby)


Website: HDSRL Website

Facebook: HDSRL Facebook group