Entries for our Crag Rat Run on 23rd September are now open! Click here for more details and how to enter, click: Crag Rat Run
Registration evenings for the Harrogate District Summer Race League (HDSRL) will be held on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th April. Nicola will be at the club from 7pm.
Please ensure that you have paid the £13 entry fee by BACS (sort code 40‑26‑20, account no 11295985) prior to registration or bring a cheque or cash on the night. Race numbers will be issued for the series (the same number for all four races) at registration.
If you need further information please visit the HDSRL website http://www.harrogate-league.
A high-mileage round-up this week, not only our usual array of Parkrun tourism but races much further afield!
Saturday 7th April
Starting at Harrogate, our most local venue, Striders were led home by Nicola Carter in 22:25. Sean Brennan (23:16), Robert Earl (24:26), Graham Yare (24:39), David Halladay (25:00), Michael Dobson (28:28), Anthony Everitt 28:58), Fiona Gartside (35:00) and Ruth Mann (43:30) completed a decent turnout by the club.
Up the road at Fountains Abbey parkrun, Derek Calvert (24:21), Julian Carr (25:52), Tracy Allison (30:27) and Jayne CLOSE (34:38) enjoyed the undulating and picturesque course. Heading east to sample the new Heslington parkrun, Ian Mitchell enjoyed the flat, fast course to clock a competitive 21:10. Further north at Northallerton parkrun, Laura Wilmshurst was our sole representative, clocking a decent 32:49.
Our final parkrun location was much further afield, with Claire Baxter and Annika McDonald taking in the Lanhydrock parkrun, on National Trust site close to Bodmin. They were rewarded with times of 26:35 and 30:23 respectively.
Ben Campbell 10k
Saturday also saw the latest round of our Club Championship. Weaving in and around the woodlands beneath White Horse Bank, this proved a stern test underfoot with most of the course steep, muddy or both! To add to the challenge, someone had meddled with direction arrows overnight leading to a rich of ‘Wacky Races’ among the head of the field. Battling at the front throughout, leading Strider James Ireland come home in a fantastic 3rd overall, his time of 53:42 showing just how tough a 10k this was. Squelching and squerching in behind James were Steve Morland (13th in 58:52) and Gary Wilkinson (1:03:11) followed closely by the welcome return of Stuart Hymas (1:03:50). Our Striders thoroughly enjoyed the challenge – as do the whole field – with the event raising several hundreds of pounds for UK Sepsis Trust in memory of former member Ben Campbell.
Sunday 8th April
Our Dutch contingent did battle with the heat on the streets of Rotterdam – a full report of their weekend can be found here: Going Dutch in ‘Hotterdam’
In the Quarter-Marathon, Simon Rider was first home in 1:01:25, followed by
Sarah Hill (1:08:49) and Emma Walsh (1:27:26). In the ‘full’ Marathon, Martin Brock (3:27:58) was followed closely by James Wright (3:29:49), with Georgina Townsend (4:23:03) and Claire Killingworth (5:03:41) completing a quartet of mighty efforts on the hot tarmac.
Back on British shores, the rescheduled Thirsk 10 mile was taking place. Heading through the villages north of ‘The Town of the Vet’, this flat, fast course always attracts a big and a quality field. The top 20 all broke one-hour mark, with a winning time of 50 minutes – fast indeed! Our first Strider across the line was Tom Calvert with a very competitive (1:01:14). Next up was Steve Morland (1:06:58) followed by Ian Waller (1:09:29), the fast-recovering Phil Cornforth (1:13:49) and David Halladay (1:17:07).
Still in Yorkshire, Lisa Harrison tackled the Sheffield Half-Marathon in a very creditable 2:10:45.
Over the Pennines, Ryan Middleton ran the Manchester Marathon, raising funds for local cause ‘Archie’s Army’. His time of 04:50:36 slashed 20 minutes of his previous best!
Cornwall – Enys 10K
Even further afield, their Cornish holidays didn’t stop two of our Striders from finding a Sunday race! Fresh from their Parkrun tourism, Claire Baxter and Annika were welcomed by Penryn Rotary to the Enys 10k. Starting and finishing in the grounds of the Enys Manor, Claire and Annika raced along the undulating (hilly! long country lanes to gain a pair of PBs – 48:41 and 65:34 respectively. They were rewarded with colour-coordinated medals and an invite to join Newquay Road Runners on their club night!
Thursday 12th April
York 5K Series
Finally this week, the first of the eight monthly 5K races was staged at the University of York Sport Village, where Lucy Shore came home in 34:55, followed by Rachel Boyd in 42:29.
Well done all!
Kipsang, Kibet and Kipkemoi are some of the huge names to have graced the Rotterdam marathon in recent years. They were joined this year by a Knaresborough Striders group who graced the flat, fast course on what is renowned as one of Europe’s leading running events.
Flying out on the Friday before the race, our intrepid racers were treated to some unexpected luxury in the Premier lounge at Leeds Bradford airport, before Chairman James expertly led the group through the Dutch railway system to their final destination!
The Netherlands’ biggest one-day sporting event turned out to be a really, really warm one this year, with the famous Coolsingel becoming the ‘Hotsingel’ for the 1000s of competitors! Our Striders worked hard in the sapping conditions, cheered on by Clare Rogers and Natalie Hale who would have been running, barring injuries!
In the Quarter-Marathon, Simon Rider was first home in 1:01:25, followed by
Sarah Hill (1:08:49) and Emma Walsh (1:27:26).
In the ‘full’ Marathon, a smiling Martin Brock (3:27:58) followed closely by James Wright (3:29:49), both breaking the ‘three-and-a-half’ barrier. Georgina Townsend (4:23:03) and Claire Killingworth (5:03:41) completed a quartet of mighty efforts on the hot tarmac.
With the racing done the group rewarded themselves with pizza, Dutch beer and a lifting of a self-imposed wine ban!
Well done ‘Striders-on-tour’!
The long Easter weekend saw the Knaresborough Striders close-out March and spring forward into April with a range of great runs around the area – and beyond. Yes, they’d all see the weather forecast but race entries had been paid and podiums were there for the taking by our hardy bunch!
Good Friday – Oh I do like to run by the seaside…
Trip to the seaside or go for a run? A duo of Striders chose both, entering the Bridlington Easter Dash. Congratulations to David Halladay and Dawn Richardson who completed the 5-mile course in 37:01 and 50:21 respectively.
Easter Saturday. Splash.
Saturday 31st March saw many of Striders heading out to tackle Parkruns at six different wet locations. Visiting York Parkrun, James Ireland (19:03) splashed around in a personal best whilst Julian Carr (26:22) continued his welcome return.
The home turf of Harrogate Parkrun upheld it’s recent ‘quagmire’ reputation, with Robert Earl (26:10), Nick Wallen (26:39), Mark Shelton (27:05), Joanne Gray (38:08) and Emma Hall (39:08) all taking home a range of muddy deposits as souvenirs. Rothwell Parkrun is approaching its first half-year of existence but had probably not seen conditions as poor as this week! Scything through the mud and onto the podium was Nicola Carter (23:15) – first lady and third overall! Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood followed her home in a very creditable 31:22.
Over at Skipton Parkrun, Jason Green (25:46) was our lone representative, whilst the ever-popular Fountains Abbey event saw another Striders Podium with Tom Calvert racing to third overall in a mighty 17:30. He was followed home by Derek Calvert (24:48), Georgina Townsend (28:38) and Dawn Richardson (31:53). Finally, at Temple Newsam Parkrun congratulations to Claire Baxter (24:42) who was first lady home with in new PB, joined by Annika McDonald (31:11).
Temple Newsam later played host to the ‘Daffodil Dash’ which offered a selection of distances to tackle. Vanessa El-Etriby completed the 6.7mile option in a great 59:56. Gary Wilkinson, one of several Striders in the final weeks of Marathon preparation, chose the 20 Mile option and completing in an excellent 3:00:09 to finish 5th. He continues to enjoy his prize daffodils.
Easter Sunday, 1st April. Splish.
Another week, another inaugural race on an airfield! After last week’s event at Dishforth, some of our Striders sampled the new ‘Elvington Flyer’ event at the equally-flat and even-straighter Elvington Airfield. The race marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and offered a fast, flat course, smart medal and excellent cake! It was however described as “the most boring race ever” by one of our entrants! In the 5 Mile event, Claire Baxter (37:56) finished 12th overall, followed by Simon Rider (49:55), Sarah Hill (52:07) and Emma Greveson (57:14). James Wright (1:08:00) and Lisa Harrison (1:37:23) both put in great efforts over the longer 10mile distance.
Now in its 23rd year, Guiseley Gallop 10k offers runners a multi-terrain challenge on Tracks and Trails. Dawn Richardson rose to the challenge, coming home in 1:26:48.
Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April. Splosh.
Greeted by the worst of the Bank Holiday weather, Ackworth Half Marathon was described by our entrant Claire Baxter as “very, very wet!!!”. Nonetheless, she completed her trio of Easter races (a feat in itself) setting another new PB of 1.44.08!
And so ended a mostly wet but ultimately successful weekend for Striders. Next weekend may be shorter but will see our members rising to the challenge locally at the Ben Campbell 10k, Thirsk 10mile and the Sheffield half-marathon, whilst others fly out to Holland for their Marathon and 10k challenges! Good Luck to all!
*apologies for any omissions – get in touch if you have results that I missed!*
Entries for Burton Leonard are now open. This event is part of our club championship and also sees us face-off against Nidd Valley in our ‘Mob Match’!
It’s a multi-terrain challenging 10Km course based in the pretty village of Burton Leonard. Starting and finishing in the village centre, it features a mix of village lanes, farm tracks, fields & paths.
This year’s race is on Sunday 15th July at 11am.
To quote the esteemed Antiques buyer and mahogony-tanned David Dickinson, our membership is ‘Cheap as Chips’.
Actually, no. It’s not. It’s cheaper. You certainly can’t buy chips for 11p a day, yet that’s about all it costs our full members.
And what else can you get for 11p nowadays? ….apart from these suspiciously-flimsy boot covers on Amazon which might be useful at Harrogate Parkrun?
So ‘Pay-your-membership time’ it is! You get access to all training sessions run by our qualified run leaders, access the changing and showering facilities at KCC and membership of the KCC bar. You also get the rather unexciting yet vital public liability insurance whilst training. The different options and how to pay can be found elsewhere on the website – just click here. All about our cheaper-than-chips membership
At the AGM we voted to bring forward the date by which membership subscriptions are paid to the end of April to assist with our administration. So please pay up, or we might have to ask Eric come and stand outside your house with his whistle…
Interested in taking part in this year’s Bed Race? We’ve been successful in gaining two places for a men’s and ladies team and recruitment begins now!
If you are interested – and it is a truly unforgettable experience – let James Wright know via info@knaresborough-Striders.org.uk or see him at club night.
Training is expected to begin on Thursday 12th April, meeting at the club, when we hope to have the beds available.
Time Trial No.1 – 27th March 2018
With the clocks having moved forwards, daylight finally greeted a club night for the first time in 2018. All around the Aspin estate, the ‘Caution Runners’ signs sprang up, signalling our first Time Trial of the year. An incredible 57 runners lined up to take on the hilly 3mile course, with James Ireland leading the field home in 18:43 chased hard by Martin Brock and Dan Foley in 18:55 and 19:09 respectively. Fastest Lady Nicola Carter rounded out the top 10 with a strong 21:30.
Even more incredible was the performance of our Zero-to-Hero graduates. Just a fortnight after their first competitive outing at Parkrun, 16 of our ‘Heroes’ tackled the course, welcoming a mud-free challenge and ‘relishing’ the cemetery hill climb! To quote one of our proud Z2K run leaders, Mark Shelton, “..they smashed it!”.
A massive ‘thank you’ to all those who marshalled and organised, especially tail runner Gaynor Downs!
The full results can be found here: Striders TT Results March 2018