PECO Cross Country 2016/2017 – Fixture Dates

Here are the dates for the 2016/2017 Peco Cross Country Season.

1. November 27th 2016 @ Temple Newsan

2. December 18th @ 2016 @ To be confirmed.

3. January 22nd 2017 @ West Park.

4. February 19th 2017 @ Barnbow Woods

5.March 5th 2017 @ Roundhay Park

6 Peco Relays @ Golden Acre. Date-To be confirmed.

More information asap.

Great events, friendly, local, inexpensive, food after event, races not in excess of 5.5 miles, all standards welcomed. Do ask me and members who ran last season for information and an insight into the events.

Thanks Eric



Tuesday Night Quality/Structured Sessions – What do we do?

Over any given year the sessions offered follow a traditional pattern with the aim of bringing up members fitness levels to supplement their own training regime.

Basically, late September to February the following year will be Endurance and Strength work (long repetitions, hills and cross country events). From March onwards the move is towards Endurance and Sprint work, sharpening for the new season including Summer Road League, Club Championships and the multitude of events you can find in the running calendar during the Spring and Summer periods. In the racing season some Endurance work is maintained but shorter reps etc. are introduced to keep you sharp for racing.

Sometimes we move away from the regime to accommodate specific events such as the Bed Race or some individual races where I know there is going to be a good turnout of members OR just to give variety.

Cheers,
Eric

 

Running for 24 hours – madness? No, just another weekend for Striders!

The weekend was full of running for Striders members, with the club represented at nine different events, including the Equinox24 event where 16 club members decided that it would be good to run around a 10km course for 24 hours! More on Equinox later as we start our roundup with the Saturday parkrun results – including a pilgrimage to the location of the first ever parkrun event.

Where it all started
Bushy Park was where the first ever parkrun took place and it has now been visited by its first Knaresborough Strider – Tom Calvert. Tom completed the course in 18:01 to set a benchmark for any future Striders visitors!

Closer to home, Rob Earl recorded a time of 18:16 at the Harrogate event, where he was joined by Nick Wallen who smashed his PB with a time of 22:26. Over in York, Paul Heywood recorded a course PB in 23:21 and setting an overall parkrun PB was Edna Wood with a time of 27:24. Good PBing! On a sunny morning at Fountains Abbey, David Halladay stopped the timers watch on 26:30.

Racing in the Sun….on a Sunday….
On a warm day for running, the club was represented at four local events on Sunday.

Firstly at the inaugural Harrogate Haverah Trail Race, which took participants over a 10 mile multi terrain course, four Striders were in attendance. James Warburton took 4th place with a time of 01:07:04. He was chased down by Charlotte Hines (01:47:03), Katie Gray (02:08:06) and June Graham (02:08:07).

Straight after the Haverah event, James made his way over to Skipton for the Embsay Crag Fell Race. This event is 2.9miles in length but has a nasty sting of a total accent of 800ft. James set a time of 22:21 and was joined by club coach Eric Morley who completed the event in 39:31.

In Tadcaster, Guy Close and David Halladay took on the revived Tadcaster 10 mile race. The event has been absent for 10 years so it’s great to see it back on the racing calendar. Guy achieved a time of 01:05:31, with David following to record a time of 01:17:30.

Over in Leeds, the yearly Kirkstall Abbey 7 mile race was attended by Rob Earl and Dawn Richardson. Rob was participating in the event for the first time and clocked 41:19, with Dawn recording a course PB of 01:05:38.

Equinox24 – What a weekend!
The second club trip of the year was held over the weekend, with 18 Striders attending the Equinox24 event at Belvior Castle near Grantham. The Striders sent two full teams of eight to take on the main event and they were joined by Emma Hall who completed the 10k race plus Graham Yare who took on the Solo event (madness!). The two teams lined up as follows;

Team 1 – Martin Brock, Andy Robinson, Clare Rogers, Julian Carr, Jason Green, Gemma Harding, Jonny Chadwick and Natalie Hale

Team 2 – James Wright, Sean Brennan, Gareth Conkleton, Nicola Carter, Chris Umpleby, Mark Shelton, Dan Wilson and Stewart Hymas

In simple terms, the event is held over a 10km course, with participants aiming to complete as many laps as possible within a 24 hour time limit. The course was multi-terrain and had two hills to deal with – not a problem for those that take on Eric’s Tuesday training sessions!
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It was a wet start to the trip on Friday afternoon with the tent pitching take place in wet conditions but after a chilled out (dry!) evening (which included Andy Robinson and Martin Brock taking on the Beer Mile race – finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively) the Striders were chomping at the bit to get going at 12 Noon on Saturday. The mass start of Solo runners, Pairs, Small teams (up to 5 people), Large teams (up to 8 People) and 10k runners was a great sight and set the tone for the rest of the 24 hour period. Martin Brock (Team 1) and James Wright (Team 2) took on the anchor legs before handing over to Andy Robinson and Sean Brennan respectively. As already mentioned Emma Hall took on the 10k standalone race and completed the course despite running with an injury (hope it heels up soon Emma) in a time of 01:45:03.
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The afternoon and early evening were perfect for running – cool with no wind. The changeovers were slick and the plan put in place before the event was … going to plan! As the night drew in, head torches were attached, normal sleep patterns went out of the window and extra layers were put on. Running in the early hours of the morning was certainly something different but the course was well marshaled throughout and it was a fantastic sight to see all of the runners head torches bobbing through the woods and hillside that the course went through.

At around 06:30, a magnificent sunrise came up over the venue and brought with it warm temperatures for the last laps of the event. As the clock counted down, tactics were brought into play to ensure the maximum number of laps could be completed by each team with us been mindful that as long as you had handed over the ‘batton’ by 11:59:59am, you could get a final lap in. With the clocking ticking over the 24hour mark, the atmosphere at the finish line was fantastic, with teams coming over the line together, solo runners punching the air after completing the mammoth solo challenge and even the man with a tumble dryer on his back had a sprint finish and a smile (he did 10 laps – amazing!!). For Team 1, Jonny Chadwick ran the final lap taking them to a total of 27 laps (167.4 miles) in an overall time of 24:42:19. Team 2 were brought across the line by Mark Shelton, bringing them to total of 29 laps (179.8 miles) in a running time of 24:45:51.
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The overall results had Team 1 finishing 21st in the Large Team category and 32nd overall (out of 227 teams). Team 2 were 11th in category and 15th out of 227 teams overall. The lap times can be found here for Team 1 and here for Team 2.
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Taking on the Solo event was Graham Yare who loves this kind of challenge! Despite having an injury, Graham completed 7 laps (43.4 miles) in overall on course running time of 10:31:20. He came to the event aiming to complete 5 laps so to complete a further 2 is testimony to Graham’s ability to go through the pain barrier when most of us would give up. Hats off to you Mr Yare!
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Overall, the Equinox24 was a stupendous event and a big pat on the back to all who attended and made it weekend to remember. Such fun was had that the event is now likely to become a long term stamp on the Striders calendar so if you would like to take part in 2017, please see James Wright to register your interest. It would be great to enter at least 3 teams next year so get the 23rd and 24th September 2017 in your diaries!
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Striders Xmas Doo – Get your deposits in!

It’s that time, The Old Swan are now wanting numbers and a deposit for the Striders Xmas Dinner. If you haven’t already done so, please let Edna Wood know if you would like to attend, along with a £10 deposit by Wednesday 21 September.

The Striders Christmas Party has been arranged for the night of Saturday 10 December 2016 at The Old Swan Hotel for 60-70 people. We have booked on The Great Gatsby Revue night of entertainment which includes a drink on arrival, Gatsby’s Casino, a three-course dinner, entertainment and a DJ (1920s fancy dress optional).

The cost is £30 each and payment should be made by cash, a cheque made payable to Knaresborough Striders or by BACS using sort code 40­-26-20, account no 11295985 using Xmas as the reference. A DEPOSIT OF £10 PER PERSON IS REQUIRED WHEN BOOKING.

Please send an email to Edna (edswood@talktalk.net) with details of your menu choice (including any dietary requirements) and, if bringing a guest, their name and menu choice. Also let Edna know your method of payment for your £10 per person deposit. Please give cash or cheques to any of the Committee Members.

The menu choice is as follows:-

Roast Carrot and Ginger Soup, sesame croute
Coarse Chicken Liver and Port Pate, apple compote, sage scone
Crab and Prawn Tian, tomato and tarragon sauce, chilli crostini
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Prune and Orange Roast Turkey, pancetta-wrapped chipolata, apricot and thyme stuffing, pan gravy
Tomato and Mint Braised Shoulder of Lamb, tomato and fennel jus
Grilled Fillet of Hake, saffron and coriander beurre blanc
Potato, Sweetcorn and Smoked Cheddar Pie, leek and tarragon cream
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Traditional Christmas Pudding, brandy sauce
Key Lime Pie, lime and raspberry crumb, lemon curd
Chocolate and Mandarin Cheesecake, Cointreau crème anglaise, chocolate shard

  

Time Trial (Handicap) – Tuesday 6th September

On Tuesday night (06.09.16) we are holding our third and final time trial of the year. This TT is a handicap race based on times from the first and second TT’s held earlier in the year, but is also open to anyone that hasn’t had the opportunity to take part in one of the events this year already. Anyone new to the TT’s will start with the first person off.

Please arrive at the club a littler earlier then usual so that you can be provided with a race number and we can get everyone in order ready for the start at approx 19:40. We need a swift start to ensure we have everyone around the first lap before its too dark!

For those new, the 2 lap course is just under 5k long using the streets around the area. A full course map will be available on the night and the course will be marshaled.

The starting positions, along with the handicap start times, can be found here.



Saucony Try On Night – Tuesday 30/08/16

The last of our summer ‘Try On’ nights takes place this coming Tuesday (30/08) when we will be joined by representatives from Saucony. All members will have the opportunity to try on and utilise a pair of Saucony shoes for the training session. Get down to the club a bit earlier then usual to take part (18:30 onwards).

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Results are here… a bit late but still a good read!

Firstly, apologies for the delay in getting this week’s report written up….there were quite a few to find! Take a breath, here we go……

Triology
On Wednesday 17th August, Andy Robinson took part in the latest ‘Triology’ triathlon sprint event, based near Catterick. The event involved a 400m open water swim, 15.5km bike and 2.2km run around the lake. Andy completed the course in 46.33 to secure 5th place in his category.

Over the sea to parkrun
Dan Wilson ventured over to the Isle of Wight for some parkrun tourism (it’s not the only reason he visited just to clarify!), visiting the islands event based at Medina. He recorded a time of 19:54 to take 5th place.

Also undertaking a spot of tourism was Graham Taylor, who whilst holidaying down in Norfolk went to Blickling. The parkrun here is based within the grounds of Blicking Hall, which is a National Trust property that they took over in 1940. Graham recorded a time of 21:42.

Tom Calvert made his second consecutive visit to the Dulwich event, finishing in 18:12.

Closer to home at Harrogate, Keith Emery was the first Strider back, stopping the clock in a PB time of 18:33. Follwing him was James Wright (19:12), Andy Robinson (20:07) and Nicola Carter (21:35). The next three Striders home had their own version of the 100m sprint along the finish straight, with Derek Calvert taking the judge’s decision on the photo finish in 22:26, with Julian Carr and Jason Green recording the same time. Mark Taylor (22:43) was next, followed by Paul Heywood (23:46), Mark Shelton (27:25) and Anne Cooley (32:12).

David Halladay and Dawn Richardson made their usual visits to Fountains Abbey, finishing in 26:01 and 28:08 respectively.

Up and Down the Fells
On Saturday afternoon, Eric and Sue Morley headed over to the Burnsall Fell Race. This is race steeped in history in the Fell running world and although it is a relatively short 1.5m long, it involves a climb of 899ft! Sue finished first in her age category in a time of 29:26 with Eric following in 40:36 (although he tells me that he would have beaten Sue if he hadn’t got lost on the way back down….)

A hot and humid 10k at Escrick
Warm conditions greeted the five Striders in attendance at the Escrick 10k on Sunday morning. Guy Close was first back in a rapid 39:14. David Halladay was next, crossing the line in 47:34, and he was joined by Dawn Richardson (59:31), Sue Randell (01:06:16) and Emma Greveson (01:15:47). Well done all!

Trails at Meanwood
Jason Green completed the third race in the 2016 Leeds Urban Trail Series at Middleton Woods. The race took competitors on 7 miles of testing trails around Middleton Woods before a lap of the South Leeds stadium track and a grandstand finish. Jason completed the event in 48:51.

Sessay Swift 6k
There was an excellent turnout of 16 Striders at the Sessay Swift on Wednesday (24/08) evening. The results have yet to be published and will therefore be in next week’s report.