Striders’ parkrun Report – June 2018

*Hoorah! We’ve fixed the blockage in our Race Reports pipe. Sorry for that. Turns out that June was so big it had got stuck in there, so henceforth the parkruns and races will be delivered to you separately!* 

Striders’ parkrun report – June 2018

parkrun report


Knaresborough Striders were once again handsomely represented at parkrun during June. The events go from strength to strength and present a great chance for our members to regularly test their progress or simply enjoy a 5k run in a variety of surroundings to kick-start their weekend! The stats this month: 96 runs at 14 different venues!



Saturday 2nd June


The first weekend of the month saw the return of Striders’ monthly parkrun visit, with the first venue chosen being the former liquorice capital (and now Haribo-producing) Pontefract. On a slightly misty and damp morning the sight of the Striders entourage was clearly a welcome boost to the hardworking event team making their final preparations. Beginning and ending with tours of the lake (complete with duck hazards) the course takes in a perimeter tour of Europe’s longest flat racing course. Our Striders discovered it to be far from ‘flat’ however, with ‘rolling’ perhaps being a more fitting description! Punters waging an on-the-nose Striders bet were in luck, with James Wright galloping up the final furlong to take 1st place in 18:21. Steve Morland proved to be worth an each-way bet, taking 3rd place 19:34! Gary Wilkinson galloped through the field in 22:52 with first filly Claire Baxter coming up strongly on the rails in 23:31. Still improving, Julian Carr clocked a very creditable 24:14 followed by Catherine Morland in 24:40. Mark Shelton’s strong finish guaranteed him an excellent 26:44, closely chased in Jess Dobson in 26:50. In a close field, Natalie Hale raced in with 27:04, with the Striders’ stable completed by Tracy Allison (28:08) and running-mate Anthony Everitt in 29:27.


David Halladay (23:22)
Ian Mitchell (26:51)
Mick Dobson (29:26)
Dawn Richardson (33:43)
Gareth Conkleton (36:59)
Ruth Mann (41:06)

Tees Barrage
This event was visited by Nicola Carter, finishing up first lady home in 22:39!

Fountains Abbey

Jane Johnson (29:24)
Jayne Close (33:06)

Way down in Cornwall….

Tom Calvert (17:03) – 2nd overall
Niamh Falconer (21:28) – 2nd lady
Derek Calvert (24:27) – snazziest trainers


Ryan Middleton (24:26)

Saturday 9th June

A strong showing by the Striders on a busy Bed Race day!

Robert Earl (21:30)
Mark Shelton (25:09)
Mick Dobson (28:32)
Robert Charlesworth (28:38)
Julie Elmes (30:04)
Gaynor Downs (32:01)
Jo Gray (35:18)
Emma Hall (36:01)
Joanne Sharratt (36:24)
Ruth Mann (38:08)

Windy Nook

Another week, another ‘first lady’ for Nicola Carter, visiting this relatively new event near Gateshead and recording 24:18.

Fountains Abbey

Derek Calvert (24:04)
Andrew Roberts (24:43)
Kate James (33:11)


Ian Mitchell (20:10)

Saturday 16th June

Striders out in strong numbers at our closest parkrun!

Steve Morland (18:56) – 5th
Ted Welton (19:10) – 8th
Sean Brennan (20:32)
Ian Mitchell (21:01)
Nicola Carter (22:42)
Nick Wallen (23:17)
Tracy Allison (29:09)
Kate James (29:55)
Fyn Lees (30:04)
David Sinton (31:15)
Jo Gray (34:31)
Ruth Mann (39:03)


Annika McDonald (29:50)

Fountains Abbey
Some very fine performances at one of the most stunning parkruns!

Tom Calvert (17:09) – 1st
James Wright (18:10) – 5th
Martin Brock (18:25) – 7th
Derek Calvert (23:38)
Ryan Middleton (23:45)
Emma Hepworth (24:37)
Natalie Hale (26:52)
Edna Wood (28:55)

Another 1st place for Striders! Congratulations to Dan Foley (18:43) on the grassy tracks at Wetherby.

Saturday 23rd June


Ted Welton (19:39)
Sean Brennan (19:41)
Ian Mitchell (23:04)
Mick Dobson (27:51)
Julie Elmes (27:56)
David Sinton (30:42)
Gaynor Downs (30:44)
Jo Gray (34:18)
Louise Buck (45:44)
Ruth Mann (45:45)


Fountains Abbey

Tom Calvert (17:13) – 2nd
Niamh Falconer (21:34)
Derek Calvert (23:42)
Andrew Roberts (25:55)
Anthony Everitt (28:49)
Tracy Allison (29:22)

Saturday 30th June

Whilst a couple of dozen Striders were busy on Endure24 duties, the club was nonetheless represented at eight different locations around the PLANET!


Julie Elmes (29:59)


Keith Emery (19:45)
Ian Mitchell (20:09)
Sean Brennan (21:17)
Robert Earl (21:33)
David Halladay (23:28)
David Sinton (29:28)
Joanne Sharratt (36:01)
Lauren Downs (36:34)
Ruth Mann (37:42)

Belfast Victoria
Over the Irish sea…

Tom Calvert (17:00)


Jenny Cooley (28:11)

Fountains Abbey

Derek Calvert (24:28)
Georgina Townsend (26:14)
Fiona Slight (27:09)


Mick Dobson (25:51)

Crissy Field (USA)
3rd lady home on USA soil (starting from the San Francisco Yacht club) was Baz Rodger in a very fine 23:18. That certainly ‘trumps’ all the other results for this week…
Middleton Woods (Leeds)

Ted Welton (20:39) – 8th overall and en route to Endure24!

So that’s it for parkruns in June – nearly 100 free, weekly, timed runs and 480km in the bag. Well done folks!

If you’re missing from the list please let me know – it will be due to one of two things: a) the editor’s incompetence, or b) you haven’t selected ‘Knaresborough Striders’ as your club in your parkrun profile – help on that can be found here: Update Running Club


Structured Sessions over the next few weeks…

Firstly, very well done to those hardy souls who turned out between thunderstorms on Thursday! We had to postponed Emma’s session due to ground conditions but some useful fun runs were had around the area. Emma’s session will be rescheduled – look out for news on that soon!


Our regular Tuesday structured training sessions will continue throughout the Summer, led by the excellent and enthusiastic Jez Wilkinson whilst Eric spends some quality time with his bionic knee.

Next session is Tuesday 31st July, focusing on speed endurance. Location should be KJS fields – meet as usual at the Cricket club, ready to stride out at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 7th August will also offer Structured Training, plus the chance to try Hoka One One’s ‘Clifton 5’ shoes, courtesy of Up & Running: Clifton 5 Try-on night

Tues 7th August – Clifton5 try-out

The late great James Brown had soul, but he never had a sole like the Clifton 5 from Hoka One One.

On Tuesday 7th August you can come along to club for the usual selection of training and runs, and get to try on a pair of the latest Hokas to boot. All courtesy, of course, of our lovely friends at Up & Running Harrogate. They might just be the shoes you’re looking for – never again will you suffer the agony of de feet.

More Information: HOKA ONE ONE
HOKA try on


Thursday 26th July – Coach Emma

TONIGHT – Thursday 26th July – sees the latest session with our excellent visiting coach, Emma Kicks from Ridgeway Fitness & Health.

The session will be varied and should suit everyone: Core Stability work, specific running drills and varied intervals. It’s likely to be hot again so remember to bring water!
Venue will be King James’s School – Meet at the Cricket Clubhouse as normal by 7.30pm.

Emma is a qualified and experienced coach with UK Athletics well-known around the local area. Her training sessions are suited to runners of all abilities and aimed at improving running style and increasing fitness to enhance performance and reduce risk of injury.


Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

Time flies and so this week saw the second of this year’s 3-mile time-trial around the local Aspin area of Knaresborough. The Great Yorkshire Show and the onset of the holidays meant that numbers were down a little on the earlier attempt, yet 41 willing members took on the challenge. Two laps of Aspin lay ahead, the first extended a little via the Abbey Crags area, taking our runners rocketing down Rievaulx, grumbling along Grimbald (that setting sun was blinding) and galloping (!) up ‘Grave Concern’ before ambling down Aspin back to the cricket club.
Whilst many of our members had hoped to show off their improvement from recent months of training and racing, the continued sapping heat presented quite a hurdle. Maybe we’ve become accustomed to it though, as nearly all the returning members were indeed able to improve on their previous performances! In fact, after our resident statistician had sweated over the results, they declared that the Striders had on average reduced their times by 5%!

‘Who were the biggest movers then?’ you might well ask…    Serious kudos goes firstly to Jess Dobson, who knocked 13% off her previous time, Fyn Lees was 15% improved and the biggest progress, with an incredible reduction of 17%… Ruth Mann! That means Ruth now has 8 whole minutes of her life spare to do… well, whatever she wants.

At the pointy end of the results, Tom Calvert was first back in a sizzling 17:39, chased by James Wright in 17:53. James’s times have improved so much recently that he was entertaining ideas about catching Tom… well not quite this time, but those 14 seconds aren’t impossible to find! Martin Brock completed the (non-existent) podium, slicing half-a-minute from his April time. Fastest lady was Sima Lowery in 9th, clocking 21:16 and 15sec faster than Nicola’s winning time in April… a showdown beckons at the next time-trial!

The field was peppered with new members, returning members and one prospective member – Jamie Bowker – who turned up to try out Striders and found himself signing up for a time trial! Thanks to James Wright who scooped up a somewhat discombobulated Jamie at the half-way point and guided him around the second lap! Once again, our Zero-to-Hero graduates featured throughout the field and we look forward to seeing some of them step up through our groups soon!

Finally, a HUGE thanks to our marshals and organisers on the night, to Dan who provided water outside Wilson Manor, to our photographers and to the cycling Weltons, whose video work captured another perspective of the event!
The full results can be found here, including previous times and improvement for those who’ve been fortunate enough to attend both events: Striders TT Results July 2018

Entries now open for Burnsall 10-mile Road Race

Entries to the Burnsall 10-Mile Road Race on Saturday 25th August, Round 10 of our Club Championship, are now open!

If you are interested, you just need to complete the registration form , then sign and pay on the day. Entry is £10.

Note that our championship event is the ’10 Mile Road Race’, which starts at 2pm, not the Classic Fell Race!

You can Register here: REGISTER