Crag Rat update!

Great News for Sunday’s Crag Rat Run!

This year's Crag Rat run takes place on Sunday 23rd of September at 11am!

This year’s Crag Rat run takes place on Sunday 23rd of September at 11am!

We sold out our original places and most of a last-minute extension also sold well. That means a record entry for our event!  The remaining places (just 30) will be available on the day.

We will still welcome any cake contributions (in aid of Aspin Park Sensory Room) and any last-minute helpers and volunteers will help us – please see Jez.

Our friend Emma Kicks from Ridgeway Fitness and Health will be at Race HQ, providing post-race massages in aid of the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan centre. Suggested donation is £5. 
See you there!

Training & Try-on, Tues 18th Sept

This Tuesday’s training will be endurance-based, taking place on grass at the Cricket Club. We will welcome back Eric to lead the session.

There will also be a Saucony try-on available, courtesy of our friends at Up & Running, Harrogate. Meet from 7pm.


Don’t be like Bob.

Meet Bob.


Bob didn’t enter the Knaresborough Crag Rat Run online. He thought he’d just leave it until the day.

Bob didn’t realise that the incredible little 5 mile mixed-terrain race was more popular than ever.

Bob missed out.

Don’t be like Bob. Grab one of the last few places whilst you can… and save yourself 2 quid in the process.

Knaresborough Crag Rat Run, Sunday 23rd September at 11am.

Enter online NOW at:

Full event details: Event page

PECO CROSS COUNTRY 2018/19 + Yorkshire and National Championships

Once again the Cross Country season is upon us and I am sure everyone is raring to go. There are some  “good news” changes for the Peco races.

Racebest will be taking entries online. This means no more standing in queues to Register and pay for each race. This also means we can leave Knaresborough that bit later. You will be able to pay for the full set of races initially or if you know you can only do 1 or 2 pay individually. Again keep the same number all season.  I will collect numbers from PECO Admin and distribute to Striders before and on the day of Race 1

Due to the increasing number of Ladies competing  the number of Counters  in  each Category will increase and possibly some in the mens. I will publicise these when PECO have worked them out.

A new Male category is added,   MV 35.

Although we have no Junior Section Paid up Members who want to enter children may do so. However when a youngster is not doing his/her event  a named parent /grandparent  or Guardian must be present and that persons name is to be given to the Club Cross Country representative.

1 MILE EVENT   CHILDREN  from School years   3 to 6 eligible.

2 MILE EVENT     CHILDREN from School years    7 to 12 eligible.


PECO LEAGUE,  1. November 25th      @ MIDDLETON PARK

2. December 16th       @ TEMPLE NEWSAM

3. January 6th             @ WEST PARK

4.  January 20th          @ Venue to be confirmed

5.  February 3rd        @ ROUNDHAY PARK

March 31st  PECO RELAYS     @ Venue to be confirmed

OTHER                January 5th    Yorkshire Cross Country  @ LIGHTWATER  VALLEY.

February 23rd  National Cross Country  @ HAREWOOD HOUSE.

Please all be aware  PECO dates will be on our Calendar in due course  but  full details are only provided about  a week to 10 days before the race from by the hosting club.

Full details Re Yorkshire and National  Championships will be provided as soon as possible  in News.

Call for Crag Rat Cakes!

“Let them eat cake!”

French race director, Marie Antoinette

Our wonderful Crag Rat Run takes place on Sunday 23rd September – not long left! The places are nearly filled-up, the marshall roster is healthy, so the next thing is CAKES!

muffinsWe will be running our popular catering stall at the race and it needs your help! If you are a budding Mary Berry or perhaps fancy yourself as the next Prue Leith (bizarre necklaces not essential) then could you cook-up something for us? Cakes, buns, muffins, flapjacks….. it would be sweet if you could provide anything please. But no soggy bottoms please.

Your creations should be brought along on the day please. We’ll be really appreciative and if it’s several cakes stacked up, well it might even leave us in tiers.


A couple of spaces left in the bra and bubbles night…

Calling our Lady Striders…   some extra support available for your running.

Get yourself signed-up quickly our free ‘Bras and Bubbles’ night!

Courtesy of Brooks and Up & Running.

Did you know 80% of women run with an incorrectly fitted bra?

On Wednesday 26th September, Suzanne is hosting a evening for our female members to show-off Brooks’ range of sports bras and to measure ladies to check they are in the right size. There will be changing rooms on-site and an attractive 20% off on the evening for those who wish to purchase. All this is will done whilst drinking complimentary Prosecco!

Please sign-up for this event by clicking HERE.

Details for Predictor Run


Tomorrow evening (Thursday 13th Sept) is our  ‘Predictor Run’.

A test of how well you know your own pace….   how accurately can you predict your time around our 5k or 5mile courses – with no watch, no phone, just your feet and gut feel!

It’s not a race, indeed you can pick whatever pace you fancy…. but will it get you back in your predicted time?

It’s just £1 to enter, with cash prizes for those with the closest predictions! Be at the clubhouse, from 7pm.

Note that this isn’t a race and therefore isn’t marshalled. You will find your own way around the chosen course. With the darkening evenings we advise high visibility and even lights for all our sessions now.

The 5 km course is the same as that used for our three time trials.

The 5 mile course is detailed below:

In summary: Aspin Lane –  Stockdale Walk – Windsor Lane -Briggate – Waterside – Bond End – Borobridge Road – Scriven Road – Greengate Lane – Halfpenny Lane – Chain Lane – York Road – Gracious Street – Windsor Lane – Stockdale Walk – Aspin Lane



The ever popular Wetherby 10k saw a great turn out of Striders and below are the age graded standings in the 4 Categories.WETHERBY 10 K 2018 AGE GRADED RESULTS LADIES


With just two Club Championship races to go the Senior Ladies and Veteran Mens title are now decided , Claire and Ian, well done. In the Senior Mens James and Martin , last years winners are still in contention but Tom is now a serious threat to both. In the Lady Veterans the main two protagonists are last years winner Nicola  and Catherine.

Tables Here      SENIOR MENS CC 2018





Details for Time Trial 3!

Starting order and time gaps for Time Trial #3

This Tuesday – 11th September – sees our final Time Trial of the year. We will tackle the same 5km course for a third time, but this time around it’s a handicap based on your best finishing time from the previous two events.

Runners will head off at intervals over a period of 26minutes. You can find your ‘gap’ back from the first runner in the table below. It will be really useful if you have familiarised yourself with this and keep yourselves in order as your approach the start – once underway the starts will be very frequent and only seconds apart! We expect our first runner to be away shortly after 7.30pm. Please arrive early after 7pm to register.

If you have not taken part in either of the two previous events, you can still take part, heading out with our first runner at 0:00.

We should end up with a mass of runners arriving back over a very short period, so we will appreciate extra helpers at the finish to record the times.

A printable version of the start sheet is available here: TT3 Start positions and gaps
Thanks to Eric for preparing all of this!
TT3 gaps