PECO Series – update

They sink… it’s all over… It is now!

PECO have today confirmed what will happen in light of this weekend’s cancelled round: In a nutshell, there will be no fifth round and your best three scores will count, rather than four. This is from their website today:

PECO Race 5 Cancelled:
The Council have withdrawn permission to use Roundhay Park on Sunday due the waterlogged state of the ground. Therefore we have no alternative but to cancel the race.
The individual cumulative results will be calculated on the basis of ‘best 3 scores from the 4 completed races’.
The Relays And Junior Presentations will still take place on March 29th, subject to permission not being withdrawn.
Senior Presentations will take place on Friday March 27th as planned.

Some of you may also have seen that Roundhay Runners cited Ed Sheeran as being to blame, as the park has still not recovered from his August gig. Make of that what you will, but we understand that Leeds have actually suspended all cross-countries which make use of public parks for the time being, having already stopped Rugby and Football for several weeks!

If you are looking at any alternative events across the weekend, keep an eye on updates as there may yet be more cancellations due to ground conditions. Good Luck!

Tonight’s run routes (Thurs 27th Feb)

A rather special night tonight as it’s the last official Z2H training session before our new friends are relased into the wild! Come along and give them a cheer en route or join us to celebrate afterwards. Tonight we’re using to the ‘two-lapper’ route which we tried for the first time back in early December. Your run leader (see Run Leader Roster) will be picking the direction to go in! We’ll also be joined on the stretch down Aspin Lane, Rievaulx and Farfield by our incredible Z2H crew.

See you at the Cricket club in time for a 7.30 stride!

PECO Rd 5 this weekend is CANCELLED

Roundhay Runners, hosts of this weekends 5th Round of the PECO XC championship have informed us that the event has been cancelled by the Parks department. Once we hear any news from PECO about possible rescheduling we shall let you know.

A busy weekend ahead!

We have a busy Striding weekend ahead, with club events on both days:

On Saturday (29th February) we will cheering on our 2020 Zero to Hero cohort as they ‘graduate’ at Harrogate parkrun. This is a Striders ‘takeover’ of the event, so we shall be fulfilling all of the marshal, volunteer and pacer roles on that occasion. There are just a couple of gaps remaining on the roster now so if you’re able to help, visit the page at Harrogate parkrun roster and email to offer your help. Do please keep an eye on the Harrogate parkrun social media (facebook/twitter) and our own feeds in case of any cancellation – the ground is currently ‘recovering’ from its many and varied drenchings of late.

On Sunday (1st March) it’s the fifth and final round of the 2019-20 PECO XC League at Roundhay Park, Leeds. After a storm-afflicted fourth round we hope to see Striders returning to their usual strong numbers. The full details of the event are now available at


Zero-to-Hero graduation – 29th Feb

On Saturday 29th February we will cheering on our 2020 Zero to Hero cohort as they ‘graduate’ at Harrogate parkrun. This is a Striders ‘takeover’ of the event, so we shall be fulfilling all of the marshal, volunteer and pacer roles on that occasion. If you’re able, we’d love for you to come along and enable our ‘heroes’ (not to mention a few hundred others) to enjoy a great 5K around the Stray.

There are still a few gaps on the roster, so if you would like to take part please visit the page at Harrogate parkrun roster and email to offer your help.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Zero to Hero 2020

Ticking off the Z in the parkrun alphabet

Did you know that you can tick off every letter of the parkrun alphabet at UK parkruns except for two letters – X, because there isn’t one anywhere in the world and Z, because you need to travel to South Africa, Australia or Poland?

With South Africa and Australia visits looking unlikely, we have decided a trip to Poland will do! The parkrun of choice is Zamek w Malborku ( which is run under the shadow of the worlds largest castle (Malbork Castle – and is 30 minute train journey from Gdnask – a city that is a fairly short flight away from either Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle or Doncaster airports).


After extensive diary analysis of local running events, ensuring that school holidays are not impacted and to give a decent amount of time for members to get the trip in their diaries, we have gone for Saturday 19th September as the date of choice. It is virtually impossible to get a date that will be suitable for everyone but we hope that a September date will allow as many Striders as possible to arrange their diaries to allow attendance.

So, what’s planned and how will it all work? Well the rough idea is as follows…..


  • Fly to Gdansk on either Thursday 17th September or Friday 18th September
  • Stay in Gdansk Thursday/Friday to Sunday/Monday night.
  • Social event on Friday evening (drinks and meal)
  • Train to Malbork on the Saturday AM (approx. 30 minutes), run Zamek w Malborku parkrun, breakfast at a local café, train back to Gdansk and then meet up Saturday afternoon as a group.
  • Fly back to UK on Sunday or Monday.

Flights – There are a number of flight options dependent on how long you wish to stay in Gdansk for. The club will not be booking any flights – the individual members who wish to attend are responsible for booking flights. The options are as follows;

  • Leeds Bradford (Ryanair Flights)
    • OUT – Thursday 17/09/2020 @ 20:50 (23:50 into Gdansk)
    • RTN – Sunday 20/09/2020 @ 09:50 (11:05 into Leeds)
  • Manchester (Ryanair Flights)
    • OUT – Friday 18/09/2020 @ 08:25 (11:40 into Gdansk)
    • RTN – Monday 21/09/2020 @ 11:25 (12:55 into Manchester)
  • Newcastle (Ryanair Flights)
    • OUT – Friday 18/09/2020 @ 11:30 (14:35 into Gdansk)
    • RTN – Monday 21/09/2020 @ 20:30 (21:45 into Newcastle)
  • Doncaster (WizzAir Flights)
    • OUT – Friday 18/09/2020 @ 20:55 (23:55 into Gdansk)
    • RTN – Sunday 20/09/2020 @ 19:10 (20:25 into Doncaster) OR Monday 21/09/2020 @ 19:10 (20:25 into Doncaster)

Hotel – There are many options for hotels within the central area of Gdansk. Having reviewed a number of options, based on central location, proximity to the railway station (for Saturday AM departure) and costs, a good option looks to be the IBIS Gdansk Stare Miasto ( This is only a recommendation and the choice is very much up to the individuals when booking. As per the flights, the club will not be making any hotel bookings – the individuals who attend are responsible for making the relevant hotel bookings.

So how do I sign up?

The following link will take you to our sign up sheet: POLAND 2020 SIGN-UP. Please enter your name, the flights you are going to book and if you would like to room share with anyone. The date is set, so its over to you as individuals to book flights and hotels but of course look to room share where possible to reduce costs if signing up as an individual, although please feel free to bring along partners, family members, etc. on the trip if you wish – the more the merrier!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via facebook, email ( or in person at a club night.






INFORMATION re Peco Cross Country 9/2/2020

Hello Striders,
Mark Hetherington Peco XC Co-ordinator has asked this information be shared.

Basically bad weather is due on Sunday morning, rain and strong winds. The event is NOT cancelled. However if the weather detioriates further it will be . If it is cancelled I will put a post on The Knaresborough Striders Forum.

Mark also states that it probably advisable not to set up Gazebos, tents and flags. However if a Club does set up any of the aforementioned then any damage or injuries caused by tents/gazebos/flags uprooted will be the responsibility of that Club.

Clearly Mark states the Peco organisation will not be responsible for any damages or injuries incurred. Eric