VC20 Event 11 is underway!


Our tenth event – (not)parkrun – is now complete and it looks like we’ve had another strong turnout, in spite of some very ‘varied’ weather over the past fortnight! If you haven’t yet submitted your result, please do so by the end of today (Tues 17th Nov) by clicking here.

We are now into event 11, running until Sunday 2nd December, which is our second trail event, this time over the distance of 5 miles. You choose your own route, but it must adhere to the accepted definition of a trail run here:

A ‘Trail run’ is generally accepted to be a run on any unpaved surface – not on the road or footpath. Very often, routes are more rural and include more gradient than a ‘road run’. A small amount of running on roads and footpaths is acceptable, either to get you from home to the trail route or to connect the significant portions of trail on your run.

You can submit your result at any time by visiting the VC20 page.

Good luck, stay safe and enjoy!

Lockdown – New Guidance from England Athletics

This evening, England Athletics have issued their revised guidance for running following the announcement new national COVID-19 restrictions. Despite EA lobbying DCMS for certain exemptions yesterday, that seems to have been unsuccessful and therefore this new guidance will apply from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

EA Covid

Here are the key points affecting us a club:

  • All indoor or outdoor club group coaching or competitive activity is suspended.
  • You can train with your household or one other person in a public outdoor space
  • 1:1 coaching can take place in a public outdoor space following social distancing measures
  • Virtual activities of course remain OK.

This confirms that we must, as expected, suspend our training and coaching sessions in their current format of 6s for the time being.

We are now considering how we will help to keep our members connected, motivated and running over the coming week and make the best of a trickier situation. We know how much getting out and running means to so many of you – both physically and mentally! We hope to provide more news in the coming days, so watch this space!

Stay safe and enjoy your activity!

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Submitting your result for St.Robert’s Rush (VC20 event 9)

We hope that you have enjoyed our latest VC20 event the 1mile ‘blast’ along Abbey Road. Please can we ask everyone to just double-check their submitted times though before we publish the results later this week?

Having looked at your various results on Strava, it seems that the most reliable result is to take your measured mile or first mile split, assuming you started recording at the gate of St.Robert’s Cave. You’ll probably find that the 1-mile mark came up on your watch as you passed the lamppost under the cliff. In these cases just submit your time for the mile or first mile if you carried on.

If you didn’t start or hit ‘new lap’ as you passed the cave, you may need to use a segment. In that case, please use the segment named ‘KS Official – St.Robert’s Rush’ which is the more reliable one and generally gives an acccurate time. Please do not use the other segment ‘St.Robert’s Rush’, which seems to under-record your elapsed time by as much as 30s – we don’t know why and have no control over it!

If you feel you need to submit a corrected time for your run, just go to the  VC20 page, submit again and include a note to explain that it’s a corrected time.

If in any doubt, drop an email into and we’ll be able to work out your time!

Thanks and well done everyone on another great turnout!

A few changes to the remainder of VC20…

An update from Ruth, our Race & Fixtures Secretary

In response to the recent announcement of the 4-week national lockdown in England, we have made some changes to the last three events of Strider’s 2020 virtual championships. Monday 2nd November is the start of event 10 and we were due to run the winter route around Conyngham hall parkrun. However, as only essential travel is permitted during lockdown, we appreciate that all members may not be able to travel to Knaresborough. The same travel restrictions will also be in force for event 11; the 5k time trial route around Aspin estate. Therefore, the committee has changed both the routes and the dates of the last three events as follows to ensure all members are able to take part in the VC20. Please ensure you adhere to all Government guidelines while completing your runs and stay safe!

Event 10
2nd to 15th November
(not)parkrun – 5k route of your choice. This should aim to achieve 50% road and 50% off-road like Harrogate or Conyngham Hall parkruns. It does not need to be an official parkrun route; it can be your own lockdown parkrun route.

Event 11
16th November to 2nd December
Run a 5-mile trail route. Any route is acceptable. A small amount of road/path to get you from home to the trail route is, of course, perfectly acceptable.

Event 12
3rd December to 20th Dec
Knaresborough Striders’ 5k time trial route (Aspin Estate) – subject to change if lockdown continues.

Ruth Mann, Race & Fixtures Secretary

News Feature: Knaresborough Striders make successful return to training!

Knaresborough’s very own running club, Knaresborough Striders, are delighted to have made a successful and safe return to activity after lockdown affected their community.

Formed in 2012, Knaresborough Striders brings together people from across the proud Yorkshire market town and the surrounding area to enjoy the delights of ‘striding’ – be that walking, jogging or running. The club caters for over 150 people of varying experience and ability, but this came to a sudden halt in March when, like so many other community groups, the real threat of isolation and disconnection loomed over its members. Determined to remain connected, the club kept in constant touch with its members, organising fun ‘virtual’ challenges which members could take part in safely as part of their individual daily exercise. The club event managed to compete virtually in a 24hour national endurance event with some members running from their own doorsteps in the middle of the night! Whilst this continuity provided an absolutely vital lifeline to many members used to regularly meeting, training and competing, it nonetheless came as a great relief to many members when the club was able to take the first tentative steps back to ’real’ training in September.

Sarah Gore, Chair of the club, explained the rationale behind the careful return to activity: “As a club we believe very strongly that the benefits of running – not only physical but also mental – should not be understated. We were determined to return those advantages to our members as soon as it was safe to do so after several difficult months. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength.”

Socially distanced striding!

Socially distanced striding!

No longer able to meet indoors or operate in large groups, the club innovated a new approach which has proven hugely popular with its members and still makes a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. Striders have to strictly book-in to every session online in advance, meet in small groups of 6 or less, remain 2m apart, depart for their runs at staggered times and taking varied routes around the town. In spite of this different look and feel to activities, it has proven a huge hit with as many 16 small groups heading out on some club nights. This has only been possible due to the club’s team of run leaders, who have stepped up their commitment in recent weeks to allow so many small groups to run safely.

In the absence of organised races to attend, the members are taking part in a virtual club championship, with a different ‘race’ to record a time for each fortnight. Club Secretary, Edna Wood, is one of those delighted to be back in action: “I’m so glad that everything has gone so smoothly on our return. We’ve already attracted new members and safely keeping the runners of our town happy and motivated has been a pleasure.”

Knaresborough Striders can be contacted via their webpage at or their facebook and twitter pages.

VC20 Round up and standings after Event 8

VC20 Round-up after Event 8


Our virtual championship continues apace, having now reached the two-thirds mark. We’ll take a look below at how the championship standings are shaping up, with dropped scores now tightening-up the competition, but firstly let’s look back at our most recent event.

Round 8 – 6k Night Race

After a record-breaking effort around the Crag Rat course for event 7, event 8 saw forty Striders somewhat in the dark – literally – with a 6k night race on their chosen course.

Places and Spaces

Club-organised runs were popular this time around, with eight members logging times set on club nights and a further seven taking advantage of our evening at Fewston/Swinsty reservoirs. Inevitably, the nearby St. James’s Retail Park again proved popular with six members – and some of the fastest time – set on the flat(ish) route past the garages and McDonalds which has found favour with our members throughout the series. Many members also sought relatively flat runs in their local neighbourhoods, with Chain Lane, the ‘Three’ (Bar/Hazelheads/Breary Flat Lanes), Waterside, Abbey Road and Eastfield all featuring prominently. Clearly not afraid of a challenge, Sue Morley took on arguably the toughest course, making laps of the decidedly not-flat Jacob Smith Park in the dark! Looking further afield, runs were also posted in Starbeck, Harrogate, Bilton, Scotton, Armscliffe Crag, Huby, North Rigton, Little Ouseburn, Thorpe Underwood and Whitby!


Our fastest recorded time in Event 8 went to James Ireland who clocked a mightily impressive 22:11 (at the retail park of course) just ahead of erstwhile series leader John Hamilton (22:39) and one of our newest Striders, Dan Kersley (22:48). Our fastest female this time around was Sima Lowery (26:12) breaking into the top 10 times, whilst our number of contenders swelled to 64 with the very welcome appearance of Chris Lines. Of course it’s not all about outright times, as our championships are age and gender adjusted. After the calculations were complete, a top 5 for the event saw John Hamilton taking his 4th outright win, followed by James Ireland, Nicola Carter, Sima Lowery and Carla Reddish. Several Striders also recorded their best results of the championship so far, including Gareth Conkleton (9th), Steve Dodsworth (12th), Fiona Slight (28th) and Tony Everitt (30th).

Championship Standings

With half of the field having now completed six or more events, dropped scores are having an effect, with championship positions becoming tighter! In the overall standings, John Hamilton continues to lead but is being chased hard by James Ireland who has moved up into 2nd place. Carla Reddish continues to occupy the top 3 but now has competition hot on her heels, with Nicola Carter climbing 22 places into 4th overall and Sima Lowery only two further points behind. Other members jumping into qualifying positions were Fiona Slight and Sean Brennan, whilst James Wright, Dan Kersley, Sue Morley and Tom Calvert each look likely to leap into top 10 contention by the conclusion of the series!

Whilst some of the categories now have a mathematically secure winner, others continue to see tight battles raging! In F45-49, the contest between Sima and Carla looks likely to be a close one, whilst in F55-59 it’s too close to call between Dawn and June. The M55-59 category will be taken by one of Ian Mitchell or Steve Dodsworth (but which?) whilst the Senior Men’s category looks set to develop into a three-way battle.

To see the full results and standings, head over to our VC20 Page, where you can also submit your time for Event 9 – St. Robert’s Rush.



Striders’ success in latest inter-team challenge!

Gary the Goat leads the way as Striders clock up impressive distance!
Inter-club 5K

The latest inter-club challenge ended last weekend with tremendous results for our Striders!

This challenge was all about distance rather than speed and as the 6pm deadline passed, the 80 Striders taking part had clocked up an incredible total 1190.81 miles as part of a total distance in excess of 3,500miles across all three clubs. Whilst this wasn’t enough to beat the numerically-superior Ripon Runners (1,672 miles from 122 runners) it was nonetheless an incredible performance from the smallest of the three clubs taking part. This was reflected in the average distances, with Striders clocking the biggest average distance per runner (14.89miles), biggest average female distance (13.78miles) and only just losing out to Ripon on the men’s average (16.31miles) by 0.2miles!

Our congratulations and thanks go out to each and every one of you who took part, but we must pick out a few outstanding performances: An amazing 35 runners clocked in excess of a half-marathon, with 11 going on to pass the marathon mark – several doing so for the first time ever. They were: Vanessa El-Etriby (26.24), Jen Huggett (26.27), Catherine Morland (27.25), Sima Lowery (27.39), Carla Reddish (30.63), Mhairi Sellar (35.15), Beyhan Akyollu (37.00), Amy Naylor (37.84), one of our newest members Adam Mayhew (38.39) and Ted Welton (38.91). The greatest distance though was an incredible 50.16miles, clocked by Gary ‘the goat’ Webster!

interteam distance results

Amazing stuff and well done all!


Have you submitted your Night Race result yet?

Don’t leave us in the dark!


We hope you enjoyed completing Event 8 of our Virtual Championship, the 6k Night Run. Have you submitted your result though?

You have until midnight tonight (Tuesday 27th October) as the results will be published, along with the updated championship standings, on Wednesday.

You can click here to go straight to the results form, or head over to our VC20 page to see the full list of events and results so far.

VC20 Event 9: St Robert’s Rush!

The shortest event of the VC20 virtual championship is underway!

You have until midnight on Sunday 1st November (yes, THIS Sunday) to complete our latest event. It is the shortest though, at just ONE MILE!

St Robert Rush

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 the scenery!

The last time we ran it as an event – in August 2019 – times varied between 10mins 5sec and an incredible 5mins 16sec! At least it will be over quickly!

Once completed, head over to our VC20 page to submit your time.

Good Luck!

Record turnout for latest VC20 event!

We’ve been blown away by the response to all of our Virtual Championship 2020 events and the latest one – The Crag Rat – was the best yet!


A record turnout of 46 runners tackled the picturesque and challenging local course – with some making several attempts – bringing the number of contenders in the series up to a whopping 63 – nearly half of our current membership!

In the overall standings, John Hamilton and Carla Reddish continue to hold the top two places but are joined in the podium positions by James Ireland who has now clocked up the 6 results needed to enter the fray. Our other highest climbers were Sima Lowery (up 13), Catherine Morland (up 11) and Lizzie Medwell (up 6). With more runners now completing 6 events, the number of contenders continues to grow and many are now able to drop their least successful attempts, meaning that competition should start to get closer!

A warm welcome to the championship also goes out to Chris Umpleby, Lindsay Sutcliffe and Kelly Squires, each of whom chose the Crag Rat to make their debut!

To view the latest results and standings in full, or to submit results for our current event (the Night Race) head over to our dedicated VC20 page : VC20 Page