Rotating the Retail Park!

On the last Thursday in each month – starting with 27/01/22 – James Wright will be ‘leading’ a group to take on 30 minute challenge at the Retail Park…..

All abilities welcome. 30 minute challenge at St James Retail Park – how far can you run around the retail park circuit in 30 mins? Set a time and aim to improve it throughout the year. This will be a regular session on the last Thursday of each month. Meet at KCC as usual for a steady warm up run down to the retail park.


For the uninitiated, the Retail park provides an approximately rectangular tarmac route of around 3/4 mile which is all street lit. It’s ‘fairly’ flat, with only gentle elevation, so suitable for setting a good steady pace once the shops and garages are closed! It became a very popular destination for Striders during lockdown when virtual events were taking place.

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This weekend: parkrun and PECO!

There’s a busy weekend of club events ahead of us, with our first parkrun tourism of the year, the latest round of the PECO XC and the start of the 2022 Club Championships!

Saturday 22nd Jan – parkrun tourism


Our first Striders parkrun tourism trip of 2022 is to Millfield parkrun in Easingwold this coming Saturday.

If you would like to car share, please meet at KCC for a 08:00 departure. If you wish to meet us there the post code to use is Y061 3JR.

Road shoes are recommended as the majority of the course is on stone surface paths or good woodland paths.


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Sunday 23rd Jan – PECO XC Round 4


Sunday Sees us kick of our 2022 club championship at the fourth round of this season’s PECO Cross-Country championship

All the details, including timings, location, parking and route maps can be found by clicking here.

Note that the mens’ race is off at the slightly earlier time of 10.50 and that all parking is on-street for this one so allow plenty of time.

Don’t worry if you haven’t taken part in any PECO events yet – you can still join the remaining two rounds for just £10 ( and even though you might not figure in the final individual standings, you’ll still be contributing valuable team points!

Our current team standings (after first 3 events):

7th in Mens Second division (first seven men count)
7th in Ladies First division (first seven ladies count)
9th in Mens Vets First Division
8th in Ladies Vets Premier Division

For more detailed individual and team standings see the main PECO XC page.

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parkrun tourism begins soon!

Our 2022 season of parkrun tourism kicks of in just a few days with a trip to Millfield parkrun at Easingwold on Saturday 22nd January.


One of the closer events, and only 65 events ‘old’, it’s a mainly hard stone surface course on parkland and woodland paths of three laps. The start and finish is on grass and is close to the car park.


We’re hoping to take a decent crew of Striders across, so look out for more details about car-sharing prior to the event.

Details of all our parkrun tourism visits can be found on our Club Calendar.

Fell Championships 2022 Preview!

Fell Champs 2022

It’s that time of year when everyone is busy filling in their diaries! We’ve already released our 2022 Club Championship dates and now we can announce the expected events and dates for this year’s Fell championships. Here are is the draft schedule which has been put together for us by Eric.

30-1-22 Runners and Riders
6-3-22 Ilkley Moor Fell Race
10-4-22 Hooded Horse 10k (also in Club Champs)
10-5-22 Jack Bloor
22-5-22 Charlesworth Chase
4-6-22 Duddon Valley (Short)
9-6-22 Kettlewell Anniversary
18-6-22 Buckden Pike
9-7-22 Addingham Gala
16-7-22 Ingleborough
31-7-22 James Herriot run.
7-8-22 Round Hill
17-9-22 Great Whernside
24-9-22 Rombalds Romp
16-10-22 Withins Skyline

There are expected to be 15 races with best 6 races to complete to count for points.

The official championship page with entry and information links will be available soon.

Harrrogate Ringway Relay – Report

Sunday the 2nd of January saw our first event of the year, with 16 Striders representing our club in the Harrogate Ringway Relay. An informal event featuring representatives from the three local clubs, participants complete the 20½ mile mostly off-road circuit in teams of 4, as pairs or even solo! After the snow and sleet of 2021, weather conditions were far more favourable for the 2022 edition, although after a very soggy festive period, much of the course still featured copious amounts of mud!

Undeterred, runners headed out from the Squash club from 8.30am onto an undulating and interesting route which would take them through Pannal, Burn Bridge, Harlow Carr, Jennyfields, Bilton, Nidd Gorge, Knaresborough and Calcutt before returning into the Crimple Valley for a brutal climb to the finish.

Fastest team in 2022!

Fastest team in 2022!

Shortly after midday the first runners began to arrive at the finish, with it proving a great day for our representatives. Our (veteran) ladies team of Nicola, Sima, Carla and Catherine completed the course in a magnificent 3hrs 2minutes to not only reclaim the ladies team prize, but record the fastest time of all the teams present! We had four intrepid Striders in the solo class, of whom Paul Evison was the fastest, with his 3hours 6 minutes good enough for 3rd place in the very competitive Solo category. Our team of Steve, Sean, Dave (a last minute replacement) and James Rockall also grabbed a podium finish in the men’s team category. All in all, this was a very enjoyable experience for everyone who took part and once again proved an excellent and very sociable start to the running year!

Our Striders results were as follows:

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A great showing by all our Striders!

A great showing by all our Striders!

Ringway Relay Reminder…


Hello Striders,
Just a reminder ahead of the Ringway relay next Sunday. I trust you all have your team orders decided and understand the rules/directions for your starting points. If not let me know below and I will set up a WhatsApp group for your team.
Please return the waiver if you haven’t done so already and of course the £5 entry fee to the club account.
I am going to be at the start and will endeavour( if needed )to get you to your change over point as best I can if it is logistically possible.if you need a lift back I will get you back to where you need to be , this may get a bit complicated, but I’m sure we can work it out between us.
Have a great New Year and see you on 2nd January.

2021 Club Championship Final Standings

Ben Campbell CC21b
The final standings for our 2021 Ben Campbell Club Championship are now confirmed over on our championship webpage ( – Huge Congratulations to our 2021 champions Vanessa Ann, Nicola Carter, Tom Calvert and John Hamilton!
An incredible 92 Striders took part in the championship, of whom 23 qualified for the final standings. Our super club members clocked up a massive 1,898 miles across the 16 events – well done all!
Details of the forthcoming 2022 championships are already available at

Mince pies go al fresco this Tuesday!

A reminder that whilst we have had to cancel our indoor mince pie event for this year, we will still be providing your favourite festive snack at the end of training this Tuesday – 21st December.

We’ll see you at the club gazebo outside the cricket club at the end of your training session.

Plate of freshly baked festive Christmas mince pies with decorated golden crusts and spicy fruit filling served sprinkled with sugar, one broken open to reveal the filling

Changes to forthcoming Social Events

We sorry to announce that our next two indoor social events – the Mince Pie and Mulled Wine night at Mother Shiptons Inn this coming Tuesday and the Awards night on the 28th January are sadly cancelled.


This decision has not been taken lightly, but in light of the ever-increasing number of Covid19 cases, as a club committee we feel this is the right decision to help protect the health of our members and their families – especially as we approach Christmas.

Club runs WILL be continuing as normal this week and mince pies WILL STILL BE PROVIDED on Tuesday evening outside the Cricket Club at the end of our sessions. There will be prizes for the best Xmas fancy dress on Tuesday so pull out your Xmas Jumpers, reindeer antlers and flashing lights to have a chance of winning!

All those who have sent deposits for the Awards night will have them returned within the next week – watch out for a message from James Wright.

Striders’ Monthly parkrun tourism

In 2022 we will be aiming to visit a different parkrun each month (generally the 4th Saturday of the month. This is something we did as a club in previous years and it worked really well, often having a group of 20+ taking part.

We will kick off our 2022 tourism with a trip to Millfield parkrun at Easingwold (near York) on the 22nd January and end with a trip to Fountains Abbey on New Year’s Eve!
Visits to Sewerby (Bridlington), Dalby Forest and the Cinder Track (Whitby) parkruns will hopefully allow some longer day trips to be made out of the AM parkrun efforts. The pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun in London, the venue where parkrun was born, is pencilled in as part of a Striders weekend trip to London that will also involve the opportunity to take part in ‘The Big Half’ half marathon which takes participants around the majority of the first half of the London marathon…but in reverse! Further details of this trip on the weekend of Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September will be published in January.
I have tried to include some of the newer parkruns, along with a good mix of running surfaces and terrains. Details of departure times and car sharing will be published in plenty of time prior to each planned tourism visit. All visits will be subject to the latest Covid regulations in place at the


James Wright, Social