VXC21 Event 4 details!

Ready to career around Crimple?

With the weekend (and better weather?) beckoning, it’s time to take a look at the details for VXC21 Event 4 at Crimple Valley. It’s another great course in this challenging little series and this time you get to run it in BOTH directions! The event continues until 7th March.
Click here to see all the details: VXC21 Crimple
Details and standings for the series are available on the VXC21 page here.

Annual Awards this weekend!

Our annual Awards Night will be taking Saturday 30th January 2021 – but online on this occasion!


We will be announcing all the winners in our Club Championship and VC20, along with most of the other usual awards, such as Most Improved and Best Newcomer. We also have a range of other surprise awards to announce! Whilst we can’t all dine together you are welcome to get dressed up for the occasion and Edna has also prepared a quiz for us!

Details of how to login to the Awards – which run from 8.00pm on Saturday evening – will be put up on the Facebook members forum and emailed to you as well this evening, so look out for that! There is no need to let us know if you are ‘attending’ but it would be lovely to see lots of you!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

VXC21 Event 2 begins

Event 1 of our Virtual Cross Country Challenge – ‘Conyngham Cross’ – is now over and we hope you enjoyed the challenge. You will now have until 28th Jan to submit your result please.

VXC21 wider

We can now reveal details of Event 2…

After the undulations of the scenic Conyngham Hall course, Event 2 will take place just a couple of miles up the Beryl Burton path at Bilton. Based on and around the old railway line east of Bilton, this promises to be a flatter and faster prospect, but no less competitive!

Details can be found by visiting our VXC21 page, where you can also see details of the rest of the series.

Enjoy and stay safe.


More changes to training…

Yesterday evening’s announcement that we are to return to lockdown today (5th January 2021) regrettably means that we are no longer able to operate our hitherto successful ‘Groups of 6’ training system.

You MAY however exercise daily with members of your household or ONE other person. With that in mind we strongly encourage you to use our facebook forum to arrange such meet-ups, adhering of course to government guidelines regarding social distancing.

Our virtual challenges (currently VCX21) can continue (as they are ‘local’ and can be done individually) and they will be joined by others for you in the coming days and weeks – just stick to the govt rules and stay safe folks.

Stay safe. Keep in touch. Keep Striding.

Club Championship 2020

Knaresborough Striders’ Ben Campbell Club Championship 2020

Ben Campbell CC20

We headed into 2020 with plans for our best ever club championship – 16 varied events across the year – but of course things came crashing to a halt in March after just three events had been completed. In the meantime we’ve had our hugely successful virtual championship and with that now complete, we have taken the decision to award our 2020 Club Championships based on the results of those successful Virtual events instead. So (drum roll…) here are your 2020 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS!

Female Senior (18-39) Mhairi Sellar
Female Vet (40+) Nicola Carter
Male Senior (18-39) James Ireland
Male Veteran (40+) John Hamilton

Congratulations to this year’s winners, who will receive their awards during our Online Awards Night on 30th January.

You can click here to see the full results of the 2020 Club Championships:  2020 Club Championship Totals 

Quite how our 2021 Club Championship will shape up will hopefully become clearer in the next couple of months. It may be ‘virtual’ again, or perhaps a mixture of virtual and real events depending on when/whether races resume! We hope that the first event will take place in late March following the conclusion of our short Cross-Country series.

Eric is also continuing to look at a separate Fell Race Championship – again detail to follow as the race situation becomes clearer.



Annual Awards night to go ahead – online!

We are delighted to announce that our annual Awards Night WILL be going ahead on its planned date of Saturday 30th January 2021 – but online on this occasion!

A chance to dress up and gather – albeit virtually – to celebrate and reflect on a very different year of Striding. The evening will include the presentation of award for our Club Championship Winners, VC20 winners, most improved Striders, Strider of the Year and more!

We look forward to seeing you all on the 30th and watch out for more details about how to join the event very soon!


Striding to continue in January!

Whilst today’s announcement that North Yorkshire enters Tier 3 from midnight will have been bad news for many, we can at least confirm that our training sessions CAN continue, as the EA guidelines are exactly the same (for running) as they were in Tier 2.

Bookings are now open for BOTH of next week’s sessions and we look forward to seeing many of you then. In the meantime, stay safe and keep looking out for those icy patches.

Carry on

Groups cancelled – Tuesday 29th December


All tonight’s remaining groups (29th December) are cancelled due to the increasingly icy conditions on our local roads and footpaths. It may have been fun off-road today but the routes we normally use are freezing up again and likely to be treacherous in places by 7pm.
Apologies for any disappointment but we’ll see you all safe and sound on Tuesday 5th January 2021… assuming tiers and all that stuff.

‘Mud’ you believe it? Our next challenge launches on New Year’s Day!

Got a mudlust? Our next series will sate your appetite!

VXC beginning

It would normally be the ‘PECO’ time of the year, but organised races are just not possible yet. However, as our virtual championship has been so enthusiastically embraced, we are putting together a short Striders’ virtual cross-country series to get you through the dark winter months with some glorious muddy challenges!

The first event will begin on January 1st and utilise a route around the Conyngham Hall and Macintosh Park area. The route, with very helpful navigation photos, will be posted very soon (thanks Steve Morland!). This will be followed up with events in Birkham woods, Crimple valley and a couple more to be confirmed. As with VC20, each route will be ‘live’ for a few weeks and elapsed completion times can be submitted online before we move onto the next event. As always, please follow all Government guidelines on social distancing and stay safe.

For more details as they are released, checkout our new VXC21 page!

Any queries, please discuss with Ruth Mann.