Old shoes… help others to run!

Expecting some new running shoes under the tree or in the sales? Maybe you might want to donate some of your older ones to an excellent cause! You’ll probably be aware of the excellent work done by Jo Gray in setting up the Keppel parkrun but some of those youngsters don’t have access to running gear. The club have previously donated old running shoes and now seems a very appropriate time to do so again.
Any donations can be brought along on a club night and we can get them to Jo.
Thank you.

old trainers

Announcing the 2019 Club Championship!

The Ben Campbell Club Championship 2019

Ben Campbell CC 2019


We are delighted to announce the line-up of events for our 2019 Ben Campbell Club Championship. Running across ten months, the championship has been expanded to 15 events for 2019, giving a wider choice of locations, distances and terrain than ever! Designed once again by our Race secretary Eric, there are five new events including a couple of interesting-looking ‘away days’! The majority remain local races which many of you will already know well. In line with the expanded line-up, members will need to contest 7 events in order to qualify. Eric has worked hard to steer clear of some other key events for our members (Peco, GNR, Crag Rat & Endure) which are already locked into our calendar.


The list of events is as follows – further details and updated entry links can be found on our 2019 championship page


1. Sunday 17th Feb 2019 11am  – LIVERSEDGE HALF MARATHON (Entry link)
2. Saturday 2nd March 2019 9am – HARROGATE PARK RUN (5k)
3. Saturday 9th March 2019 1pm  – DENTDALE 14mile (Entry link)
4. Sunday 7th April 2019 10am  – BEN CAMPBELL 10K (Entry link)
5. Sunday 12th May 2019 10am  – RIPON 10 Mile (Entry link)
6. Sunday 23rd June 2019 11am  – STAVELEY STAMPEDE 10K. (Entry link)
7. Sunday 14th July 2019 11am  – BURTON LEONARD 10K (Also MOB MATCH vs. Nidd Valley) Entries open 1st Jan
8. Sunday 28th July 2019  – ROUGEMONT CHASE 7.4K 12.30pm (tbc) (Further information)
9. Saturday 10th August 2019 1pm? (tbc)  – LITTONDALE 4mile (Further information)
10. Wednesday 21st August 2019 7.30pm  – SESSAY SWIFT 6K
11. Sunday 1st September 2019 2pm  – WETHERBY 10K (Entry link)
12. Sunday 29th September 2019 10am  – REDCAR HALF MARATHON (Entry link)
13 Sunday 13th October 2019 11am  – RICHMOND CASTLE 10K
14. Sunday 20th October 2019 11am  – SHAUN LEE JOHNSTONE 10 Mile
15 Sunday 3rd November 2019  – GUY FAWKES 10mile (Further Information)

So get out your diaries and start planning your 2019 running year! We recommend entering races as soon as possible – many sell quickly.


Seasonal parkruns… make mine a double?

Once again there are some exciting opportunities to parkrun on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for those who are interested! The following list published by parkrun shows those locations which are holding extra events in the next 10 days: parkrun Christmas Compendium


On New Year’s Day, parkrun are once again allowing the option to register up to two results on the same day, with some events coordinating their start-times to allow you to run twice! Some ‘keen’ Striders are already planning to kickstart their new year by ‘doing the double’ – some at York/Heslington and others at Pontefract/Nostell.

Remember to check your favoured parkrun’s webpage for latest news and updates.

Festive training schedule

For ‘obvious reasons’ we’ll be missing our Tuesday sessions for a couple of weeks!








However, there are still chances to keep striding for anyone wanting to stretch their legs or try out those new bits of kit which fell down the chimney! All will meet at Cricket Club as usual for a 7.30pm start:

Thursday 20th Dec – Groups

Thurs 27th  – Groups

Thurs 3rd Jan 2019 – Groups

Tues 8th Jan 2019 – ‘Normal Service’ resumes!

If we don’t see you at the club over the festive period, have a fantastic break and we’ll see you soon!


Mulled Wine & Mince Pies!

We will once again be gathering for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies after our final Tuesday training session of the year on Tuesday 18th December. Come and join us t the Mother Shipton Inn from 8.30pm. Entry is free for members.




Saucony try-on, 11th December

On Tuesday 11th December, training will include the chance to try on Saucony’s Peregrine 8 and Koa ST shoes, courtesy of our friends at Up & Running, Harrogate.

Our session will be based on the Cricket Club field so that you can try out the trail shoes in their natural habitat!

As you can see in the poster below, there will be some fantastic offers available on the night – bring card or cash, just in case!

Meet from 7pm at the Cricket Club.

Still in the dark about hi-viz?

The clocks have gone back and we’re firmly into our dark training sessions now. You might also be heading out solo in the dark from time-to-time…

Can you be seen  …well enough?  …soon enough?

We make no apologies for regularly banging on about your visibility, but it’s so important and makes such a difference to all of our safety. If you aren’t already convinced as to the benefits of wearing bright colours, hi-viz and lights, then perhaps the information below might convince you?

Remember that we always have some hi-viz vests available to borrow on club nights, and ‘going hi-viz’ yourself need not be expensive, with simple bibs and lights available for only a few pounds online. If you need advice and recommendations look no further than your fellow members!

Take care out there!

Pondering what colour to put on your Christmas list? It might just make a difference!

Pondering what colour to put on your Christmas list? It might just make a difference!

Just a bit of hi-viz and lighting makes an incredible difference!

Just a bit of hi-viz and lighting makes an incredible difference!

...and for the graph fans amongst you...

…and for the graph fans amongst you…



UPDATE: Cancelled – Saucony try-on this Tuesday!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight’s Saucony try-on is cancelled. Structured training will still take place at the Cricket club – please wear suitable shoes.

This Tuesday’s training will include the chance to try on Saucony’s Peregrine 8 and Koa ST shoes, courtesy of our friends at Up & Running, Harrogate.

Meet from 7pm at the Cricket Club.