‘Freedom day’ – Changes to training

Knaresborough Striders

This week sees our first training sessions to take place after the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ – Monday 19th July. From that date onwards we are free to organise our training and events as we so wish, with no firm restrictions in place either from the government or England Athletics.

What is changing at Striders immediately?

  • Structured training session will now accept up to 20 members
  • Some groups may be accepting extra runners ‘on the night’
What will be changing later?
  • At the end of the month the club will review arrangements again and make any further adjustments which are feasible and safe at that time.
Why is the club carrying on with booking-in for now?

The arrangements which were forced to put in place over the past year have been somewhat of a revelation! We have benefitted from an unprecedented number of run leaders and a wider range of groups. Leaders and members have told us that they prefer the slightly smaller groups to the very large groups of the past. There is no doubt that smaller group sizes have encouraged many leaders to step forwards, who have found it easier to organise and manage their groups.

We also acknowledge that our members may have differing confidence around ‘freedom day’ and we want to ensure that we are inclusive as possible.

For those reasons we are hanging on to ‘booking-in’ for now.

What if I can’t be certain that I’ll be attending?

From this week, we have added an ‘extras’ option to some groups. This will allow members who are less certain of their availability to turn-up and join in on the night. We do hope that, wherever possible, members will continue to book-in as this really helps our run leaders.

Will Striders be returning to a 7.30pm start?

Our 7.30pm start time allows us to greet and update our members en masse, and affords a greater amount of socialising between our members. It does involve mass gathering though. We also share the Cricket club facilities with other groups which remains logistically difficult at present. We expect that we will return to 7.30pm starts, but not quite yet.

To view our forthcoming sessions and book-in, head over to our Training Book-in page

St.Robert’s Rush Returns next Tuesday!

Our shortest club event returns next Tuesday (13th July) – here are the details!

St Robert Rush

Our shortest club event – the 1 mile ‘St.Robert’s Rush’ Time Trial is back next Tuesday and we’re delighted to confirm that it will be a ‘live’ event, rather than virtual! It also serves as the 8th round in this year’s Club Championship!

It’s your chance to test yourself over the classic mile distance 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 unacquainted, it’s an undulating and tree-lined tarmac route adjacent to the River Nidd popular with runners, walkers and cyclists. You pass the cave, views of the Lido, the site of the ruined Abbey and the famous wood carvings – although there is not normally much time to admire all that scenery!

Previously we’ve set off in three ‘waves’, but on this occasion we have asked group leaders to take you through the course in smaller groups as part of your club run that evening. Times will be staggered in the usual fashion via the booking sheet. If you don’t want to take part, but still wish to run with a group,  no worries – just jog ahead through the mile and cheer your fellow striders on their way. Leaders will take meet you at the Cricket Club and include a warm-up and cool-down run as part of the evening too.

Head over to our Training Book-in page now to book your place.

Previous times have  varied between around 5 and 10minutes so at least it will be over quickly and (with the exception of perhaps the Bed Race) it might be the fastest mile you ever run!

Good Luck!


Championship latest

Ben Campbell CC 2021

Well done and thanks to everyone who has taken part in the Club Championship so far! If you didn’t spot them earlier in the week, we now have results and standings available for the first 5 rounds over on our championship page. We hope to have the results for Race 6 (Hooded Horse) up just as soon as they are published by the organisers.

The list of future events continues to grow, with several that you may be interested in taking part in. Two of these are part of the HDSRL series, which this year is a blend of real and virtual races. Even if you just want to take part in the two ‘real’ races, it’s still great value at just £15 for that series. The St.Robert’s Rush is, of course, FREE!

Upcoming events:

Sunday 4th July – Run Harrogate 10K [LIVE RACE] Details and entry

*NEW* Tues 13th July, evening – ‘St.Robert’s Rush’ 1mile Time Trial [CLUB EVENT] More details soon.

Wed 21 July at 19:00 HDSRL Wetherby [LIVE RACE]  Entry is via the HDSRL series: Racebest More information at HDSRL

Thurs 2 September at 18:45 HDSRL Harrogate [LIVE RACE]  Entry is via the HDSRL series: Racebest More information at HDSRL

Watch out for more events being added soon!

Fell Championship updates

Our Club Fell Running Championship moves onto round 2 tomorrow (Thurs 24th June) at the Kettlewell Anniversary race. Entry is available via Racebest – no entries on the day.

Well done to those who completed the first round – the Virtual Jack Bloor – if you haven’t submitted your time via our fell championship page, please do so asap.

We have also added two more events to the fell Championship – Dick Hudson’s and Round Hill – so head over to our Fell Championship Page now for more details!

A busy week ahead for the Club Championships!

Well done to the many Striders who completed event 4 in our 2021 Club Championship, the (not)parkrun ‘Dirty Double’, during what was a hot and humid few weeks for running. If you haven’t done so already, please submit your results by the close of Tuesday this week by clicking here.

Ben Campbell CC 2021

We now have a busy championship week ahead with not one but two ‘live’ events! Good luck to the 40+ Striders taking part in tonight’s Manorlands Summer Solstice 8k at Bolton Abbey and the brutal Hooded Horse 10K Trail at Sutton Bank which follows on Sunday, having been rescheduled after a few postponements!

Following those, there will be a further 10 events coming up in the championship for you to choose from – keep checking our 2021 Club Championship Page for more details!

Good Luck and Enjoy!

Club Championship Updates

Ben Campbell CC 2021

Club Championship… we have a while bunch of lovely updates over on our Championships page…

  • Graded results for first three events
  • Standings after 3 events
  • Three new ‘real’ events added

Head over right now to see more: 2021 Club Championship

In the meantime, two more days remain in the 4th event, the (not)parkrun ‘dirty double’. Remember to submit your results!

Harrogate and District Summer Race League (Evening League)

The HDSRL – our local inter-club Summer Race League is back in 2021 – albeit in a slightly different form to normal!


Wetherby Runners and Harrogate Harriers will stage ‘real’ races on 21 July and 2 September respectively.

In addition there will be up to seven ‘virtual’ races offered by different participating clubs – including ourselves. (Ours will appear on the HDSRL site shortly). These will be controlled and timed by a ‘MapRun’ App and runners can run them in any order at any time during the season, up to 31 August. The courses have been designed and adjusted to be as easy as possible to follow and considering as safety.

You can run as many of the events (real or virtual) as you wish. For the entry fee of £15 for the whole series, this is great value!

We’d love to see as many Striders – both new and old – to take part as possible. We will also be including the Harrogate and Wetherby rounds into our own Club Championship. We would also encourage a healthy number of entries to help support the evening league and ensure it can continue to operate in future years.

Entry to the series is NOW OPEN at RaceBest by clicking here:  Harrogate District Summer Race League 2021 – RaceBest.  If you had entered last year’s cancelled series, your entry will have been deferred already and you should have heard this from RaceBest.

For more details about the series keep checking their website here:  HDSRL – Harrogate District Summer Race League (harrogate-league.org.uk).

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Changes to Structured Sessions

We have taken another step towards ‘normal’ (whatever that is!) with Eric reverting to coaching a single larger group for his structured session at 7.30pm each Tuesday. The new group size will be 12, still smaller than the groups tended to be in the past but allowing for a wider range of Striders to take part across a full hour, rather than the slightly truncated sessions of late.
Please note that if you had previously booked for either of tonight’s two sessions with Eric (7pm and 7.40) that the single session will now take place on Castle Ings at 7.30pm.
Enjoy those hills!

Club Fell Championship – important updates!

You may have seen recent announcements about our forthcoming Club Fell Championship, which Eric has been hard at work compiling. With the status of different events seemingly ever-changing, this has not been an easy task!

We now have an official Fell Championship page, which lists all the details we have at the moment, along with rules and important information.

Event 1 starts tomorrow (2nd June) and runs across 18 days in a ‘virtual’ format.

To take a look at all the latest information, head across to our championship page now by clicking here: