Bed Race Day!

Saturday was a busy day for a number of Striders, primarily due to the Bed Race, but is started with club representation at Harrogate parkrun.

Ian Mitchell headed the Striders contingent, clocking a time of 21:06. Mark Taylor secured a PB with a time of 23:15, and he was followed by Paul Heywood, who also achieved a PB in a time of 25:00. Rob Charlesworth was next to complete his 3 laps of the Stray, reaching the finish line in 28:10. Edna Wood continued her return to running from injury, before taking on marshaling duties at the Bed Race, with a time of 32:15.

The main event of the day was the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. The club had three teams in the 51st running of the event, with a mix of old and new participants taking on this crazy Yorkshire event! After the parade through the town centre, it was down to business at 3pm with teams setting off every 10 seconds from Conyngham Hall.
The Striders men’s team started the day with three main aims – to finish in the Top 5, to finish in less than 15 minutes and to beat the Nidd Valley men’s team. The gents had a strong run throughout and secured 4th place overall after successfully overtaking two teams (including one shoulder to shoulder effort in the market place) to complete the course in 14:07. This was 1 minute faster than last year and 20 seconds ahead of Nidd Valley! Special thanks to ‘super-sub’ Simon Shaw for stepping into the team on Thursday morning after Guy Close was taken down by the dreaded River Nidd lurgy earlier in the week (hope you are feeling better soon Guy!). The Ladies team, which included 3 first time bed racers, completed the course in 22:24 to take 77th position overall. Our club Mixed Team – the ‘Blue Bullet Flyers’ – secured a 17th place finish with a speedy 16:39. Bring on the 2017 race!

team striders

A big thanks to Andy Robinson for undertaking a large number of wheel repairs on all three beds prior to Saturday, Stewart Hymas for offering the use of his entry for our mixed team, the club members who marshaled at the event on behalf of our teams (Alison Jackson, Edna Wood, Paul Heywood, Mark Shelton and Eric Morley) and all of the club members who were out on the course cheering the teams on – its a big boost to hear “go on Striders” when you are wanting to stop at the top of Castle Ings (and most other places on the course!!). Also a huge thanks to Martin Brock and the rest of the team at the Knaresborough Lions – without them, the event wouldn’t happen.



Some summer dates for the diary….

We have a number of events coming up at the club over the summer months – get them in your diary now!

21st June – Talk by Ultra Runner Matty Brennan and overview of nutrition brand ‘Mountain Fuel’. This event is to be hosted by our friends at Harrogate Harriers. The event will be held in Harrogate Squash Club (off Plantation Drive) @20:30.

5th July – Our next ‘Predicata Run’ will be held on the first Tuesday of July. Guess your finish time for either the 5 km or 5 mile course – the closest to their predicted time is the winner!

19th July – The next club Time Trial will be followed by our yearly summer BBQ. A small charge (TBA) for the BBQ, including meat, salads and deserts.

2nd August – We will be joined by representatives of Brooks and Tom Tom who will be down at the club to allow our members to try out the latest gear. You will be able to try out a pair of Brooks trainers for the duration of the training sessions that night and track your activity with a trial of the latest Tom Tom watches.

  

Club Championship Review

Its good to see a few more Ladies taking part in the CC. Nicola dominates proceedings with four straight wins carrying on from last season and is followed by the consistent Dawn and Sima who has three good results, can anybody catch them? Well done to Tracey who bagged a win early season. Plenty of races to come Ladies, give it a go!

The mens CC is in essence still wide open with 5 different men having taking 1st place in a race on the age graded system. Last years champion Ian is being challenged by new member Tom and there could be challenges from James and Andy if they steer clear of injury. Stalwart Martin will also be a strong contender, there could be others with a late surge – keep a close eye on Guy. Will we see a late,late charge from Conrad??

The latest standings can be found here – Championship Standings



Harrogate District Summer Road League – Race 3 – 31/5/16 – Swaledale

A late well done from me to all who competed at Nidd Valley – another good turn out.

The next event is this Tuesday, to be held by Swaledale runners. If you have registered and not run yet this could be a great starter run. Profile shows a long downhill run outwards with just a lump at the end to surmount.

Key for this event – Post Code for venue is DL6 2DW.

Do read Summer Road Lge website for other information. Hope to see you. Thanks Eric