Egg-citing Easter Results Round-up

The long Easter weekend saw the Knaresborough Striders close-out March and spring forward into April with a range of great runs around the area – and beyond. Yes, they’d all see the weather forecast but race entries had been paid and podiums were there for the taking by our hardy bunch!

Good Friday – Oh I do like to run by the seaside…

Trip to the seaside or go for a run? A duo of Striders chose both, entering the Bridlington Easter Dash.  Congratulations to David Halladay and Dawn Richardson who completed the 5-mile course in 37:01 and 50:21 respectively.

Easter Saturday. Splash.

Saturday 31st March saw many of Striders heading out to tackle Parkruns at six different wet locations. Visiting York Parkrun, James Ireland (19:03) splashed around in a personal best whilst Julian Carr (26:22) continued his welcome return.

Muddy souvenirs from Harrogate

Harrogate quagmire…

The home turf of Harrogate Parkrun upheld it’s recent ‘quagmire’ reputation, with Robert Earl (26:10), Nick Wallen (26:39), Mark Shelton (27:05), Joanne Gray (38:08) and Emma Hall (39:08) all taking home a range of muddy deposits as souvenirs. Rothwell Parkrun is approaching its first half-year of existence but had probably not seen conditions as poor as this week! Scything through the mud and onto the podium was Nicola Carter (23:15) – first lady and third overall! Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood followed her home in a very creditable 31:22.

Over at Skipton Parkrun, Jason Green (25:46) was our lone representative, whilst the ever-popular Fountains Abbey event saw another Striders Podium with Tom Calvert   racing to third overall in a mighty 17:30. He was followed home by Derek Calvert (24:48), Georgina Townsend (28:38) and Dawn Richardson (31:53).  Finally, at Temple Newsam Parkrun congratulations to Claire Baxter (24:42) who was first lady home with in new PB, joined by Annika McDonald (31:11).

Gary Wilkinson racking up the miles in the Daffodil Dash

Gary Wilkinson racking up the miles in the Daffodil Dash

An appropriate addition to the chocolate...

An appropriate addition to the chocolate…

Temple Newsam later played host to the ‘Daffodil Dash’ which offered a selection of distances to tackle. Vanessa El-Etriby completed the 6.7mile option in a great 59:56. Gary Wilkinson, one of several Striders in the final weeks of Marathon preparation, chose the 20 Mile option and completing in an excellent 3:00:09 to finish 5th. He continues to enjoy his prize daffodils.






Easter Sunday, 1st April. Splish.

Knaresborough Striders finding it rather flat at Elvington.

Striders finding it rather flat at Elvington.

Another week, another inaugural race on an airfield! After last week’s event at Dishforth, some of our Striders sampled the new ‘Elvington Flyer’ event at the equally-flat and even-straighter Elvington Airfield. The race marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and offered a fast, flat course, smart medal and excellent cake! It was however described as “the most boring race ever” by one of our entrants! In the 5 Mile event, Claire Baxter (37:56) finished 12th overall, followed by Simon Rider (49:55), Sarah Hill (52:07) and Emma Greveson (57:14). James Wright (1:08:00) and Lisa Harrison (1:37:23) both put in great efforts over the longer 10mile distance.

Now in its 23rd year, Guiseley Gallop 10k offers runners a multi-terrain challenge on Tracks and Trails. Dawn Richardson rose to the challenge, coming home in 1:26:48.

Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April. Splosh.

Decidedly Damp in Ackworth.

Damp in Ackworth.

Greeted by the worst of the Bank Holiday weather, Ackworth Half Marathon was described by our entrant Claire Baxter as “very, very wet!!!”. Nonetheless, she completed her trio of Easter races (a feat in itself) setting another new PB of 1.44.08!





And so ended a mostly wet but ultimately successful weekend for Striders. Next weekend may be shorter but will see our members rising to the challenge locally at the Ben Campbell 10k, Thirsk 10mile and the Sheffield half-marathon, whilst others fly out to Holland for their Marathon and 10k challenges! Good Luck to all!


Steve Morland

*apologies for any omissions – get in touch if you have results that I missed!*

Burton Leonard Entries open – Mob Match & Championship race!

Entries for Burton Leonard are now open. This event is part of our club championship and also sees us face-off against Nidd Valley in our ‘Mob Match’!

It’s a multi-terrain challenging 10Km course based in the pretty village of Burton Leonard. Starting and finishing in the village centre, it features a mix of village lanes, farm tracks, fields & paths.

This year’s race is on Sunday 15th July at 11am.

Entry details:

Phil holds off a plucky Nidd Valley runner in the 2017 event.

Phil and Lee battle it out in the 2017 event.

Time to pay subscriptions for 2018. Cheaper than chips.

To quote the esteemed Antiques buyer and mahogony-tanned David Dickinson, our membership is ‘Cheap as Chips’.

Actually, no. It’s not. It’s cheaper. You certainly can’t buy chips for 11p a day, yet that’s about all it costs our full members.

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And what else can you get for 11p nowadays? ….apart from these suspiciously-flimsy boot covers on Amazon which might be useful at Harrogate Parkrun?


So ‘Pay-your-membership time’ it is! You get access to all training sessions run by our qualified run leaders, access the changing and showering facilities at KCC and membership of the KCC bar. You also get the rather unexciting yet vital public liability insurance whilst training. The different options and how to pay can be found elsewhere on the website – just click here. All about our cheaper-than-chips membership

At the AGM we voted to bring forward the date by which membership subscriptions are paid to the end of April to assist with our administration. So please pay up, or we might have to ask Eric come and stand outside your house with his whistle…


Bed Race Teams 2018 – interested?

Interested in taking part in this year’s Bed Race? We’ve been successful in gaining two places for a men’s and ladies team and recruitment begins now!

If you are interested – and it is a truly unforgettable experience – let James Wright know via or see him at club night.

Training is expected to begin on Thursday 12th April, meeting at the club, when we hope to have the beds available.



2018 Time Trial No.1 – 27th March

Time Trial No.1 – 27th March 2018

With the clocks having moved forwards, daylight finally greeted a club night for the first time in 2018. All around the Aspin estate, the ‘Caution Runners’ signs sprang up, signalling our first Time Trial of the year. An incredible 57 runners lined up to take on the hilly 3mile course, with James Ireland leading the field home in 18:43 chased hard by Martin Brock and Dan Foley in 18:55 and 19:09 respectively. Fastest Lady Nicola Carter rounded out the top 10 with a strong 21:30.

Even more incredible was the performance of our Zero-to-Hero graduates. Just a fortnight after their first competitive outing at Parkrun, 16 of our ‘Heroes’ tackled the course, welcoming a mud-free challenge and ‘relishing’ the cemetery hill climb! To quote one of our proud Z2K run leaders, Mark Shelton, “..they smashed it!”.

A massive ‘thank you’ to all those who marshalled and organised, especially tail runner Gaynor Downs!

The full results can be found here: Striders TT Results March 2018

Harrogate District Summer Road League 2018

Its coming up to that time of year again. For those of you have not yet tried out this fantastic friendly league don’t miss out, join the team!

There are four races this year, taking place on the following dates and hosted by the Clubs below.

June 5th Skipton
June 19th Ilkley
July 5th Thirsk
July 17th Nidd Valley

The cost for all 4 races is only £13, which includes food afterwards – usually lots of cake included!

The races are up to six miles long ( course details will be available when publicised by the Host Club) and there’s a real team atmosphere.

You must be a paid up member of Knaresborough Striders(1st or 2nd Claim) and be registered with England Athletics to run. Please wear Club Colours for these events.

Registration will be available on club nights shortly, dates will be published on this website. At Registration you can collect your number and pay the £13, this covers the 4 races. Keep the number for all the races.
Payment can also be made by Bank Transfer using the following details

Sort Code 40-26-20 Please use Ref— HDSRL and your NAME
Account No 11295985,

If you have any Questions or Queries please do not hesitate to ask myself or Eric.
I am usually at the club Tuesday nights and sometimes Thursdays. Eric is available on Tuesday nights.
I am also contactable on

Thanks Nicola