Zero to Hero 2017

Our next Zero to Hero programme will commence on Thursday January 12th 2017 – spread the word!

Last year’s course was hugely successful and our qualified Run Leaders are once more ready to inspire and support newcomers to train them to go from zero to being able to take on a 3 mile run.

The course lasts for 8 weeks and will guide people new to running through a step by step programme to build up their fitness and confidence to run for 3 miles or do a 5km parkrun.

Registration opens at 7pm on 12th January at Knaresborough Cricket Club, Aspin Lane. The cost of the 8 week programme is £15, payable when you register, and the training nights are Tuesday and Thursday. If anyone can’t make every night there is a simple programme they can follow in their own time to stay on track.

The course is open to anyone aged 16 years and above (under 18s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and participants will need comfortable clothing and training shoes.

Club News – Results, Dates for the Diary and the London Marathon Draw

There’s a decent amount to round-up this week – not all results though! We have news of a marathon challenge, parkrun results, some dates for the diary, London Marathon place draw and a review of the social event of the year (the Striders Christmas party!). So pour yourself an eggnog, grab a mince pie and take a peek…..we start with news of results on the first Saturday of the month.

December rings in with parkrun tourism
On December 3rd, the club “first Saturday of the month” parkrun visit was to Cross Flatts in Leeds. The course threw in a couple of hills (definitely not “undulations”) and two flights of steps – so a little bit different to most of the parkruns in the area! James Wright took 3rd place overall with a time of 19:21 and Nicola Carter finished 1st lady in a time of 21:14.

Dan Foley took on some more adventurous parkrun tourism, heading over the border to Wales to take on the Bryn Bach course. Set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the course consists of “Two laps of a fast, scenic, traffic-free course. The course uses a tarmac path that loops the lake in a clockwise direction”. Dan finished his two laps in 20:06.

Julian Carr was the sole visitor to the York event, finishing in 21:37.

At Harrogate Ian Mitchell led the way for Striders, completing his 3 laps in 20:14. Jason Green was just under a minute behind (21:12) and was chased down by Sean Brennan (21:33). The rest of the Striders contignent was headed by Julie Elmes (26:25) and she was joined by club coach Eric Morley (26:33), Mark Shelton (27:27) and Rob Charlesworth (28:24).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close got almightily close to his goal of a sub 18minute parkrun by clocking 18:03. It will come Guy – keep going!

A Marathon Challenge
Sunday 4th December was a big day for Striders vice-chair Dan Wilson. He completed his triple endurance challenge (after already completing a triathlon and taking part in the Equinox 24 hour race) by completing 13, 2mile laps of the Stray to complete a full marathon. Dan was joined by approximately 30 people at the start line, with a mix of distances completed. Well done to Dan for organising this event and completing his “triple crown” (and raising over £1000 in the process for charity).

Is it really December?
Mild conditions greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning – certainly not what we are used to at this time of year!
Harrogate was attended by five Striders, with Nicola Carter leading the way with a time of 21:11. Sean Brennan quickly followed (21:25) and was joined by Mark Taylor (25:02), Tony Everitt (27:22) and Xmas Party Supremo Edna Wood (29:30).

David Halladay was the first Strider across the line at Fountains Abbey, completing the course in 25:39. Gaynor Downs made her first visit to this parkrun and clocked 38:13, followed shortly afterwards by Danielle Greenwood in 38:34.

Guy Close visited Wetherby for 3 tough laps of the playing fields. He took the 2nd position token by finishing in 18:48.

Down South, Julie Elmes took on the Brackley event and finished with a time of 27:13.

Through the woods at the Leeds Xmas 10K
David Halladay was the only Strider to be racing on Sunday (as far as we are aware!) with his participation at the Leeds Christmas 10k Challenge based at next week’s Peco XC venue – Middleton Park. A new route for 2016 took participants from the springy running track of the John Charles Stadium into the woods through the Middleton Park estate, before a final lap of the stadium to bring runners over the line. David completed this challenging event in a time of 49:43.

The Xmas Party – A Stride-Tastic Night
Just over 40 Striders got all dressed up for the 2016 Christmas party on Saturday evening which was held at the Old Swan hotel in Harrogate. The theme for the night, ‘The Great Gatsby’ brought out some fantastic costumes – from hats, to flapper dresses, to bow ties. After digesting dinner, the award for best Striders dancer was up for grabs! Big shout outs to Emma Greveson, Edna Wood, Clare Rogers, Tom Burrell and Gemma Harding….but the winner has to be Martin Brock after deciding to take on a knee slide during a group rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin on Prayer”. A BIG thanks to Edna Wood for organising everything – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

Is the London Marathon on your to do list?
The club has secured one guaranteed entry for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon and it is now up for grabs via a lucky dip draw. If you wish to enter, you must –
1) A fully paid up member of Knaresborough Striders for the 2016/2017 membership year
2) A fully paid up member of England Athletics (and therefore in a possession of a EA registration number)
3) Have not received a place in the London Marathon via a Knaresborough Striders club draw in any previous years.
If you want to add your name into the hat, please email your name and England Athletics number to by 6pm on Monday 19th December. The draw will be made at the club night on Tuesday 20th December.

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
As is now tradition, the club will be providing mince pies and mulled wine at one of the local pubs in town after the last Tuesday club run prior to Christmas – Tuesday 20th December. All runs will end at the venue so you may want to park your car at the Chapel Street car park in town rather than having to run back up to the clubhouse.
The last official club run of 2016 will be Thursday 22nd December, with a return on Tuesday 3rd January, however a number of club members will still be meeting on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th December should you wish to have a run out to show off all of your new running gear that Santa has left under the tree!

5th Anniversary Celebrations and Awards Night
The club will celebrate its 5th Anniversary and hand out the annual awards on Tuesday 24th January. There will be a club run as normal before we all gather at the clubhouse for some food (20:30 onwards) and handout awards.
This night will also act as the AGM, which will include committee nominations. News of the committee opportunities open will be published in the new year.

Late Club Championship update.

In the Ladies Club Championship Nicola continues to dominate events having 3 good wins in the Autumn at Shaun Lee Johnstone 10mls, Whixley 10k and Guy Fawkes 10. Nicola is Champion but runner up is not yet decided. It been good to see 22 ladies participating in the Championships this year.

In the Ben Campbell mens Championship Ian( like Nicola) has fully secured 1st place.. In early and mid season Ian had serious challengers, Tom and Martin. However his last 3 wins at Shaun Lee Johnstone 10, Whixley 10k and Guy Fawkes 10 also saw off his competitors. Tom has secured 2nd place and Martin will be 3rd.

There was a great turnout of men too, 34, and its noteworthy 6 different men scored a 1st..
With just one event left, Peco Cross Country 2, little will change but well done to everyone who has turned out in this Championship, Summer Road League, Bed race, Mob match, Keswick and Equinox weekends and all the other ad hoc races far and wide. Thanks Eric.

PECO CROSS COUNTRY General information + Anybody else want to Register

If any body else would like to Register in time for Cross Country No 2 at Middleton Park Leeds on 18/12/16 please tell me by Saturday night 3/12/16. Please E mail at or phone 01423 866983. I will require Date of Birth and England Athletics number and £3 when I next see you for race number.

Information from Mark Hetherington. PECO XC Organiser.
1. A number of runners from various club ran event No 1 without Registering on the day and did not pay(perhaps newbies) .There is no suggestion anyone deliberately avoided this.

2.The League Presentations for 2015/16 season will take place after Race 2 at Middleton Park in the Parkside Suite at John Charles Stadium at approximately 13.00 hours.

Finally its a great Course at Middleton Park so if you were unable to make 1st event, hope to see you there.

Thanks Eric

The Stray Marathon Challenge

Striders vice-chairman Dan Wilson is taking on a marathon challenge this Sunday to continue in his fundraising efforts for Harrogate Hospital. He’s inviting all Striders to join him in his attempt to crack the 26.2 mile distance for the first time.

Detail of the event are as follows;

Run one, two or more laps of The Stray and help raise money for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity. Attempt 13 laps for a full marathon!

This is an open event starting at 10.00am inside the main entrance of the hospital. Parking is free on surrounding streets or you can pay at the hospital car park. Dont forget to make a donation or buy a cake from the cake stall and pick up your free celebratory certificate from the hospital when you finish!

Please note THIS IS NOT A FORMALLY ORGANISED EVENT. You are welcome to turn up and run but this will be at your own risk. No first aid or changing facilities will be available.

Come on Striders – lets give Dan a big support on Sunday and test yourselves to run as many laps as you can.

December parkrun visit – Saturday 03/12

Yes it really is December tomorrow and that means the first Saturday of the month parkrun visit is this Saturday. We will be travelling to the CrossFlatts (Leeds) event which should give a little bit of a different parkrun to the norm as it has a flight of steps to get up!

Meet at KCC for 07:50am (07:55am departure) for the car share or just meet us there. Plans for a bit of post parkrun breaky are underway!

PECO Cross Country 2016/2017 – Race 1 – Temple Newsam – Sunday 27/11/16

If you are going to the 1st PECO Cross Country race in the 16/17 series at Temple Newsam this coming Sunday (27/11) please try and collect your number from Eric on Tuesday evening at the club.

These events are proving more and more popular so please car share where possible. If you can give or need or want to share please meet at KCC at 09.00 for a 09:05 departure. There is a note on the Club notice board to add names.

Its worth noting that Presentations from the 2015/16 PECO XC season will take place after the run and Striders will feature in this!

Note that Ladies will start 10 minutes after the men – all the info is on the PECO XC site here.

Lets have a massive turnout folks!

(P.S. – All those members interested in doing Yorkshires Northerns, Nationals, Cross Country evvents do contact me at earliest opportunity).

Thanks, Eric M


Cross Country – Yorkshire’s, Northern’s and National’s – General Information

There are three Cross Country events early in 2017 that you may be interested in.

On 07/01/17, the Yorkshire XC Championships will be held at Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Closing date for entries is 09/12/16 and the cost is £6.

The Northern Championships will be held at Knowesley on 28/01/17 at a cost of £7. Closing date is 19/01/17.

The National’s are in the diary for 25/02/17 and will be held in Nottingham at a cost of £7. The closing date for this event is 04/01/17.

TO ENTER, please tell Eric, and give him the the Entry fee well before the closing date. He will take all your details from the clubs Membership list, but for the Yorkshire Championships will need to know how you qualify – either Yorkshire born OR you have held Residency in gods own county for over 9 months.

At all events, Club Colours must be worn and you require an England Athletics Number.