Tackling Burnsall 10 this weekend?

Round 10 of our Ben Campbell Club Championship takes place this Saturday afternoon (25th August) at the Burnsall Sports 10mile Road Race, heading off at 2pm.

It is a delightful route, taking in Hartlington, Hebden, Grassington, Threshfield, Swinden Corner, Linton, Thorpe and Burnsall.

There is no entry as such – instead you need to register in advance and then pay on the day.

Ben Campbell CCFurther Details: http://burnsallsports.co.uk/

Map: http://burnsallsports.co.uk/pg/races/10-mile-road-race

Registration: http://burnsallsports.co.uk/pg/structure/compete/forms

The Road Race precedes the famous Fell Race, which you may wish to stay on to see! Alternatively you might dash home for our Social Run at Nidd Gorge!Burnsall



Social Run in Nidd Gorge

In response to many requests, Mark S and Edna will be leading a group of runners for a Social Run through the Nidd Gorge Woods on Saturday 25th August at 6pm.

This is open to all abilities. For those who are new to trail running, or don’t have much experience, it should be dry enough that decent road shoes with good grips will suffice, but if you are not used to running off road and own some trail shoes it is recommend that you wear them, as some sections can be slippy, especially after rain. Mark has measured the route at just under 4 miles. You will need to take care as conditions can be tricky underfoot and you’ll be running at your own risk.

If you haven’t already ventured into the Gorge, this is a chance not to be missed and we guarantee that you will return!

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Race Report – June & July

Striders’ Race Report – June and July 2018

Striders… you’ve been so busy! June and July saw a monumental turnout from the club at a multitude of different events. Whilst some things changed considerably – most notably England’s standing in World Football – others didn’t -namely the weather! You all did so well hitting the tracks and trails during some of the hottest and driest conditions we’ve seen in a long time. It was better perhaps than ‘the beast’ and then the rain which had pervaded previous months, but did add an increasingly-familiar sapping challenge to most of the events which follow in this report. Only at the very end of July did Striders find themselves soaked with anything other than sweat! And what a range of events we find here… distances from 2miles to 37miles; tarmac, trails, fells, lakes and canals; individual runs, team efforts and of course a few beds! Grab a cup of tea, put aside ten minutes, then read and reflect on a tremendous summer of running!

Sunday 3rd June

Mulgrave Castle 10k

Those familiar with the Whitby area may know of the Mulgrave estate, a hidden gem open only at limited times to walkers. Close to Sandsend beach, this off-road run on woodland trailed past the old castle with stunning views of the coast and Whitby Abbey. Claire Baxter was our representative there, clocking a hilly 53:30 around the estate.

Derby Half Marathon

Lisa Harrison completed her sought-after hat-trick of Sheffield, Leeds and Derby halves, completing the city course in a very creditable 2:04:48.

Coniston Trail Marathon

Starting and finishing at Coniston Hall Landing Point, on the shores of Coniston Water, the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water. Described by Runners’ World magazine as ‘the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain’ this event is as demanding as it is beautiful!

Janet and Steve Morris continued their involvement in the Lakeland series, spending 7hrs 40mins and 7hrs 48mins respectively to tame this scenic circuit!

Tuesday 5th June

HDSRL 1  – Skipton

The Harrogate and District Summer Evening league got underway at Skipton, with 461 club runners tackling the new hilly tarmac course on a sunny evening. A brutally steep first mile was a rather rude welcome to the series but did at least ensure some rapid descents to the finishing line 5 or so miles later! With all entrants from local clubs, competition was fierce throughout the field with some outstanding performances. Thirty striders stepped up to the challenge, with Tom Calvert our first home – 13th place overall – in 29:48. He was followed by James Wright (32:11), Ted Walton (32:50), Steve Morland (33:40), Rob  Clarke (33:45), Anthony Mulley (34:21), Ian Waller (35:44), Philip Cornforth (35:50),  Sima Lowery (36:31), Gareth Conkleton (37:46), Niamh Falconer (37:54), Craig Mitchell (38:09), Nicola Carter (38:29), Sean Brennan (38:38), Kathryn Pickles (39:06), Gary Wilkinson (39:18), Baz Rodger (41:37), Lisa Harrison (42:46), Georgina Townsend (42:53), Emma Hepworth (43:26), Claire Killingworth (43:33), Derek Calvert (43:51), Julian Carr (44:17), Anna Cornforth (44:22), Kez Welsby (45:38), Nikki Christie (46:00), Natalie Hale (47:06), Tony Everitt (49:05), Tracy Allison (51:08) and Edna Wood (51:51). A very positive start to the series, which would continue across the subsequent six weeks.

Sunday 9th June

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2018

What a great day it was! Sunny skies, massive crowds, performances as hot as the weather and tremendous fun all around! Striders had three teams decked out proudly in our Blue and Yellow vests, but our involvement didn’t end there, with several members competing as part of other teams. Training had been taking place for the best part of two months and expectations were high for some tremendous performances – we weren’t disappointed!

Bed #3, the ‘Knaresborough Striders Men’ consisted James Wright, Dan Foley, Tom Calvert, Martyn Brock, James Ireland, and Rob Clarke. They put in an incredible shift to maintain their position against tough opposition and gain the club our first podium in an incredible 14:14. They were joined in the top 10 by Bed #13 ‘Hymas Blue Bullet Flyers’ (Chris Umpleby, Steve Morland, Ted Welton, Gary Wilkinson, Ste Core and Anthony Mulley) whose constant progress throughout training was followed by their fastest ever run, finishing 9th in 15:34. Bed #71, ‘Knaresborough Striders Ladies’ was in reality a mixed team and overcame their lowly start position to race up to 43rd place overall in a fantastic 19:02! Well done to Claire Killingworth, Kez Welsby, Sally Taylor, Jess Dobson, Andy Tibbals and James Green who also had to endure the excruciating wait at the crossing point to let our bed 13 tear across the bridge! Gareth Conkleton and Sean Brennan finished 27th with ‘6 Pack’ 17:41, whilst Lisa Harrison and Claire McKenzie helped Meadowside Maidens race up from a start position of 81st to finish 69th in 21:05 and Charlotte Hines’ Piccadilly Fillies clocked 21:53. The last word however goes to James Warburton, who achieved a lifetime ambition, taking first place overall running for GH Brooks! Congratulations to all our participants and those of you who were also involved with training and organising teams throughout the field. Roll on 2019!

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Sunday 10th June

Hull Half Marathon

Whilst most were enjoying a well-earned lie-in after the Bed Race, Gary Wilkinson was vrooming across the M62 to take part in the Hull Half. The inaugural race took in the waterfront and marina and then travelled north of the city and on to the University of Hull, before returning into the city centre for the grand finish. Gary showed little ill-effect from his time in the River Nidd, achieving a great 1:41:28 finish. He may however remember to put the Bed Race in his diary next year.

Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon

Another glutton for punishment, James Warburton added pedal power to his running and swimming at the Bed Race to finish a fantastic 18th place in 3hrs 10mins. This in spite of losing a pedal 6miles into the bike leg and having to do some pushing. At least that Bed Race training came in handy…

Wednesday 13th June

Otley 10

The Otley 10mile run is  a hotly-contested race taking in Pool, Farnley and Otley. The hills characterise it though, with some intense climbs adding to the challenge. A sizable and highly-talented field assembled down at the start, joined by a sextet of Striders. James Wright was the first in blue and yellow to cross the line in 01:08, followed by Ian Waller (01:12), Philip Cornforth (01:16), David Halladay (01:21), Stuart Hymas (01:26) and Ryan Middleton (01:34).

Thursday 14th June

York 5K Series – Race 3

Lucy Shore returned to York Sport Village in Heslington, clocking 32:34.

Sunday 17th June

Pudsey Legal 10k

The Pudsey Pacers were pleased to welcome Dave Halladay to their 10k, with Dave clocking a decent 53:19.

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This was a new event in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice.  A tarmac rolling course, with a tearing downhill finish back to the racecourse, led to some great times by our trio of Striders. Our chairman

James Wright clocked a mighty 38:16 to finish 11th in a big field. Steve Morland dipped under the 40-mark (just!) finishing 21st in 39:58 whilst Sarah Hill cracked the hour mark in a great 59:44!

Canter 20k

An out-and-back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal started and finished at Kirkstall. The flat route presented a great opportunity for PBs with a choice of Marathon, 20M, Half, 10K and 5K distances. In the 20-mile category, Claire Baxter used her recent long-distance experience to clock 3:12, whilst Dawn Richardson broke the hour-mark in the 10k event with 59:42. Great cantering ladies!

Tuesday 19th June

HDSRL 2 – Ilkley

Undeterred by the hills of round one, 29 Striders to led up in Ilkley with the promise of… well, more heat and more hills! With just shy of 500 club runners in attendance, intense competition was once again on the menu. A huge climb for the first quarter quickly spread the field and guaranteed stunning views across to the Cow and Calf before a long pounding descent and final flat mile alongside the river tested the stamina of the contenders to the end. Tom Calvert went one better than his previous appearance, gaining 12th place in 28:15. The trio of Martin Brock, James Wright and James Ireland worked together as a team throughout, resulting in times of 30:41, 30:43 and 30:47, whilst Dan Foley (31:08) held off Ted Walton (31:15) and Steve Morland (31:30). Gareth Conkleton was next up in 35:37, followed by  Sima Lowery (35:42), Nicola Carter (35:50), Gary Wilkinson (36:24), Craig Mitchell (36:41), Ste Core (36:51), Stewart Hymas (37:42), Kathryn Pickles (37:46), Baz Rodger (38:31), Niamh Falconer (39:04), Ryan Middleton (40:21), Lisa Harrison (40:59), Derek Calvert (41:21), Emma Hepworth (41:22), Nikki Christie (42:59), Fiona Slight (44:23), Kez Welsby (44:59), Natalie Hale (45:53), Julie Elmes (47:02), Tony Everitt (47:42), Edna Wood (48:48) and Tracy Allison (49:37). With the hilly half of the series complete, the competitors headed away with their sights on the considerably flatter course awaiting at July’s Thirsk round!

Thurs 21st June

Solstice Saunter

Taking advantage of the longest nights of the year, the Solstice Saunter in aid of Sue Ryder sent runners along the idyllic trails of Bolton Abbey. 5th place overall went to James Wright        in 33:34. Next back was Lisa Harrison (45:41), trailed by Vanessa El-Etriby (46:24), Mark Shelton (48:10), Fyn Lees (51:41), Amy Naylor (52:52), Sarah Gore (52:53), Edna Wood (52:45), Jo Bower (54:17), Dawn Richardson (54:57) and Emma Greveson (1:05:05). Whilst several found the going ‘hillier than expected’, it proved a popular choice and Striders will certainly be back!

Beamsley Beacon 5.5mile Fell Race

Also taking advantage of the long daylight was James Warburton, who recorded 10th place in 36:10 across the fells of Beamsley.

Sunday 24th June

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Our club championship passed the half-way mark at Staveley, round 7 of the 13 diverse events on offer to our members. By now, everyone had become accustomed to the searing heat which typified our early summer. Once again, James Wright strode his way into the Top 10, finishing 9th in 39:16.

Daniel Foley, setting a PB for the distance in 40:13 chased him home, followed by Steve Morland (40:32), Anthony Mulley (41:47 PB), Ian Waller (41:53),  Ian Mitchell (42:40),  Sima Lowery (45:29),  Stuart Hymas (47:13 ),  Nicola Carter (47:28), David Halladay (48:20),  Catherine Morland (50:21 PB), Clare Baxter (51:18), Vanessa El-Etriby (51:37 PB), Debbie Herridge (51:59 PB), Fiona Slight (58:33), Julie Elmes (58:43), Fyn Lees (61:41), Dawn Richardson (61:43), Laura Wilmshurst (64:58 PB), Tony Everitt (65:52), Tracey Allison (68:42), Gaynor Downs (71:55) and Jo Gray (72:27). Our members particularly appreciated the early mile through the nature reserve, perhaps distracting from the hot miles that lay ahead!

Round Sheffield Run

Now for something slightly different! 11 timed stages made up 20K of the beautiful Sheffield Round route. Competitors set off at staggered intervals every few seconds, with the unique format breaking the route down into stages – each stage being raced, and competitors receiving both results for each stage as well as a combined overall result. Competitors also had the opportunity to relax, regroup with their friends and refocus before the next stage began. Four Striders chose the option to compete as a pair: Kez Welsby and Debbie Handslip completing the course in 2:12, whilst June Graham and Katie Gray shared the effort during 2:35 of running!

Humber Bridge Half

Not half of the Humber Bridge, but a half-marathon including the windy delights of crossing the Humber via the infamous suspension bridge! Lisa Harrison took on the challenge, registering a superb 1 hr 57mins. Well done Lisa!

Thursday 28th June

Saltaire Stampede

Based at the Saltaire Brewery, this handicap trail race alongside the River Aire and Leeds and Liverpool canal used start times determined by each athlete’s current runbritain handicap score. The result was many athletes closely-bunched as they returned into the brewery yard. Indeed, all finishers were covered by just 10 minutes! Stewart Hymas clocked 27:30 to finish a mere 4minutes ahead Edna Wood, who covered the course in 54:04.

Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Endure 24

Endure24 is a unique event in the running calendar, mixing serious ultra-running with a 24-hour team relay race. Virtually anyone of any ability level can take part and enjoy a challenging but rewarding weekend of trail running, and so it was with our own Striders! The five-mile woodland and trail routes which undulate around Bramham Park are incredibly scenic and the start/finish adjacent to the race village guarantees awesome support from fellow runners. The heatwave ensured that it was to be a dry event this year, but did add a sapping challenge, with competitors almost relishing those dark stints in the eerie and misty middle of the night.

Solos: We had three brave souls taking on the ‘Solo’ category, with competitors invited to run as many laps as they can (or wish) in the 24 hours. Some with sense have regular stops and even a night of sleep, whilst others grind on throughout the night. Gemma Harding put in some ‘blistering’ laps during the daylight hours, clocking 6 laps (30miles), whilst the recovering Jonny Chadwick adopted a walk/jog approach to clock up a fine 50miles (10 laps). Jason Green used his recent experience of sleepless nights to great effect, not to mention frequent visits to the club camp for cups of tea, to clock-up 55miles.

Teams: We had also entered three teams in the ‘Mixed 6-8’ category. Spreadsheet-master James Wright had balanced out the entries based on the expected times that each entrant had declared, and it proved to be very balanced indeed, with the three teams swapping positions throughout the 24 hours and all three separated by just one lap at the conclusion.  As the clock ticked over to noon on Sunday, there was still uncertainty as we waited to see which team would cross the line first! The final lap is the only one where the whole team can join the course for the final crossing-of-the-line and the great photo opportunity! It was Team 2 who narrowly triumphed, finishing 21st overall with 32laps completed. Ryan Middleton completed a great performance, flying across the finish chased (literally) across the line by his teammates Jo Gray, Steve Morland, Natalie Hale, Nicola Carter, Sarah Hill and our guests from Nidd Valley, Steff Quin and Sam Fugill. Also completing 32laps and crossing the line 23rd place was ‘Team 3’, with final leg runner Clare Rogers being joined by Mark Shelton, Sian Lowery, Edna Wood, Gareth Conkleton, Craig Mitchell, Chris Umpleby and Nidd’s Andy Harris. Only one lap behind, with 31laps completed in 28th place overall, was Team 3. Nidd’s Martin Lofthouse completed the proceedings hand-in-hand with Clare from Team 2, joined across the line by his teammates Claire Killingworth, Gary Wilkinson, Martin Lofthouse, Annika McDonald, Kathryn Pickles, Emma Hall, Charlotte Hines and James Wright.

That wasn’t the end of things for Striders through, as we had representation in other teams. Ted Welton, part of Team Happy Feet, finished 31st in the team section, with Lisa Harrison and Deborah Goldfield running in the ‘Aspin Avengers’ and clocking up a very creditable 25 laps.

As the dust settled (and there was a lot of dust) on a successful event, our members reflected on an incredible weekend and one which many will certainly repeat in future. Interest across the club seems really high for the 2019 event when we expect we will be back – quite possibly in even greater numbers!

Sunday 1st July

Harrogate 10K

Whilst Endure was reaching its conclusion down the A1, Harrogate’s Crimple Valley was playing host to the Harrogate 10K. Formerly the ‘Town Centre 10K’, the event had a new location for 2018 and with it some mixed terrain to contend with. What remained however were the hills! Based at the Squash Club, the route utilised the infrastructure around the Yorkshire showground, along with taking in some of the trails in the lovely Crimple Valley. As the clock ticked to 11, temperatures were soaring for the eight lady Striders toeing the start line. 6¼ sweaty miles later, they were led in by Georgina Townsend (58:01) joined by Debbie Herridge (59:36), Julie Elmes (01:04:23),Gosia Przybyl (01:04:08), Fyn Lees (01:04:50), Dawn Richardson (01:07:59), Tracy Allison (01:10:07) and Rachel Boyd (01:38:37). Whilst understandably hot at the finish, the consensus that it had been a successful event and our runners had put in a marvellous effort!

Hollybank Eccup 10mi

Our 34th and 35th Striders competing on what was an incredible weekend were Dave Halladay and Laura Wilmshurst, who found themselves at what is billed as  “Leeds’s most popular 10-mile road race”. The course uses rural closed roads to form a scenic route around Eccup reservoir, which doubtless helps the miles to fly past! It certainly worked well for our Striders, with Dave clocking 1:20 and Laura 1:49.

Thursday 5th July

Thirsk HDSRL Round 3

Thursday 5th July saw 21 Striders battling through the Yorkshire Show traffic to reach Hambleton and the Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers who hosted the third round of the HDSRL. The location was Sowerby, the lesser-known and more rural half of the town with the course occupying the fields between the village and the A168. Whilst the temperatures remained high for the 353 contenders, the hills and greenery of the earlier rounds were gone, to be replaced by dusty trails, baked yellow fields and a pancake-flat elevation.

James Wright found himself at the head of a rather grubby and thirsty set of Striders, finishing 26th in a time of 30:46. Dan Foley was next up in an excellent 31:29, followed by Steve Morland (31:50), Ian Mitchell (34:19), Philip Cornforth (35:48), Sima Lowery (35:52), Nicola Carter (35:54), Gary Wilkinson (36:07), Sean Brennan (36:18), Ste Core (38:00), Ryan Middleton (40:33), Nikki Christie (42:09), Claire Killingworth (42:11), Lisa Harrison (42:51), Anna Cornforth (43:07), Kez Welsby (44:16), Fiona Slight (44:26), Natalie Hale (45:28), Julie Elmes (47:02), Suzy Kerr (47:19) and Edna Wood (49:04). With three-quarters of the series now completed, just the Harrogate round would await two weeks later.

Saturday 7th July

The Blackfell Race

Heading out of Kettlewell, this 10mile Fell Race requires the runners to navigate Great Whernside via Blackwell Top. Our sturdy Strider James Warburton put in another great result to finish  5th overall in 1hr 43mins.

Sunday 8th July

Burn Valley Half Marathon

The third part of new ‘Hornblower series’ (along with Jolly Holly Jog and Ripon 10) saw Gary Wilkinson become the only Strider to complete the trio this year. The Burn Valley Half (oft referred to as the Death Valley) is a beautiful but tortuous run up the dales and back from Masham. Gary was able to draw on his extensive distance training this year to finish in a very fine 1:57:24 on yet another searing day of running!

Run for All Leeds 10K

The Leeds 10K is a flat, fast and fun course now in its 12th year and of course Jane Tomlinson’s original legacy run. It was Mark Shelton and Emna Hall who took on the challenge this year, Mark finishing well inside the magical hour mark, clocking 57:43 and Emma in 1hr 19.

Chocolate 10K York – Lisa

A celebration of York’s rich chocolate history, the Chocolate 10k took runners galloping on a 2-lap route on paths and grass around the York Knavesmire. Lisa Harrison (a prominent name in this report!) recorded a super 55:43. We hope that the prizes included something of a chocolatey variety…

Ultimate Trails 55K

Starting and finishing in Ambleside, the Ultimate Trails Challenges take in a complete circuit of the central Lake District. The 55K ultra marathon course, which passes through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District, is billed as the most picturesque ultra-marathon in the UK. It also includes 3 mountain passes and with 7,000 ft ascent/descent. Not for the faint-hearted, this was no problem for Claire Baxter who relished the challenge: all 11hours and 19minutes of it! Well done Claire!

Tuesday 10th July

Club Time Trial #2 – see separate report at: Time Trial No.2 – July

Friday 13th July

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This unusual event, organised by Otley AC, uses the paths and trails around Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs which are so poplar with many of our members. The relay event comprises three legs, each taking a different route on public footpaths, bridleways and a small amount of road in the scenic Washburn Valley. Every leg starts and finishes at the Yorkshire Water car park. We were fortunate enough to be granted three places in the event this year, which saw a 68 representative 3-person teams gather from local running clubs. The event was very competitive, with several records broken.  Our Mixed team of Niamh Falconer, Thomas Calvert (6th on his leg) James Wright (also 6th on his leg) finished 10th overall in a fine 1:05:06, just ahead of our Men’s Team of Steve Morland (9th on his leg) Martin Brock and Anthony Mulley who were 12th overall in 1:05:48. Our Ladies team saw superb efforts from Amy Naylor, Claire Killingworth and the overtaking Kathryn Pickles result in 9th position in their category, clocking 1:22:06.

Saturday 14th July

Scafell Sky Race 3,000m 25mile

A mention here to James Warburton who took on this insane competition over England’s highest point, but sadly had to drop-out at a mere (!) 17miles whilst descending. Unlucky James!

Sunday 15th July

Burton Leonard 10K

What a morning! Over 300 runners gathered in a sizzling Burton Leonard, including an amazing turnout of 41 Striders! Not only did this count as round 8 of our Ben Campbell Club championship, but once again was the venue for our Mob Match against friendly rivals Nidd Valley. Great efforts from both clubs littered the field, but it was the numerically-superior Nidd Team who retained the trophy once the scores had been totted up. We’ll be back!

There was to be much glory for our Striders outside of the Mob Match though – claiming BOTH the Men’s and Ladies’ team prizes! So, congratulations to Tom Calvert, James Wright and Martin Brock, whose performances counted as the fastest Men and Sima Lowery, Kathryn Pickles and Catherine Morland, whose results counted as the fastest Ladies! In the individual prizes, Tom claimed 2nd overall (37:34), whilst Sima claimed 2nd in the Seniors W35 category (48:26). Well done to all our Striders for putting on a great show: James Wright (10th Overall in 40:58), Martin Brock (41:19), James Ireland (41:44), Steve Morland (42:39), Dan Foley (44:37), Ian Waller (45:13), Ian Mitchell (46:32), David Hill (48:12), Gary Wilkinson (49:30), Derek Dobinson (50:01), Sean Brennan (50:06), Philip Cornforth (50:14), Gareth Conkleton (50:19), Kathryn Pickles (50:22), Dave Halladay (51:14), Catherine Morland (52:11), Murray Scott (53:36), Claire Baxter (54:33), Claire Killingworth (56:09), Georgina Townsend (56:31), Debbie Herridge (56:56), Vanessa El-Etriby (57:00), Anna Cornforth (57:53), Mark Shelton (59:31), Fyn Lees (1:00:11), Fiona Slight (1:00:31), Jess Dobson (1:03:06), Julie Elmes (1:04:26), Kez Welsby (1:04:21), June Graham (09:52), Dawn Richardson (1:10:41), Laura Wilmshurst (1:11:53), Natalie Hale (1:12:43), Kathleen Pickard (1:18:03), Tracy Allison (1:18:54) and Tony Everitt (1:19:18).

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Tuesday 17th July

Nidd Valley HDSRL Round 4

The HDSRL reached its conclusion at Harrogate High School, hosted splendidly by our friends at Nidd Valley.  26 Striders joined a field of 354 – down a little, due mainly to the scores of Nidd runners who marshalled so brilliantly in the gorgeous Nidd Gorge, where much of the action took place.

Tom Calvert was the first Strider home, in 13th place overall (again!) in a great 33:56. Strong Strider performances were once again found throughout the highly-competitive field: James Wright (35:06), Martin Brock (35:43), James Ireland (36:11), Steve Morland (37:19), Ted Walton (37:22), Anthony Mulley (38:27), Sean Brennan (40:32), Ian Mitchell (40:41), Philip Cornforth (41:22),  Sima Lowery (41:26), Nicola Carter (41:38), Gary Wilkinson (42:10), Ste Core (43:18), Niamh Falconer (43:23), David Halladay (43:41), Kathryn Pickles (43:52), Nikki Christie (48:48), Ryan Middleton (48:51), Georgina Townsend (48:52), Lisa Harrison (49:52), Kez Welsby (50:21), Anna Cornforth (50:29), Edna Wood (56:16), Tony Everitt (57:13) and Tracy Allison (60:16). So, with no handicap race this year, that concluded the fantastic HDSRL for 2018 and a strong performance across the races for Knaresborough Striders. We’ll report the overall results from the league separately.

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Sunday 29th July

Run Yorkshire Ryedale Half Marathon

At Round 9 of our Club Championship we saw something unusual. Droplets of liquid fell from the sky. A lot. Yes, the heatwave broke with a vengeance; torrential rain and strong winds adding a now-unfamiliar challenge for the quintet of Striders who made the journey out to Ampleforth College for this new event in our championship. The Half Marathon was a 2-lap affair, using roads and tracks within the estate – a great traffic free route for runners. Including every type of terrain, with undulation throughout and a couple of stiff climbs, this was an honest test of our athletes’ prowess! Our first representative, in 17th place overall, was Steve Morland (1:36:), joined by Gary Wilkinson (01:47), Edward Hollinshead (01:48), Stewart Hymas (1:52) and Catherine Morland (2:00). Steve, Gary and Ed were subsequently announced as the winners of the Men’s team event – well done!

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That concludes June and July – a mammoth effort by our club members in the busiest part of the year, race-wise. The rest of the summer promised a slightly quieter time with fewer races during the traditional holiday weeks…   We’ll see you on the other side of August!


A note about our results

Our Race Reports endeavour to include as many of your results as possible. In the main, this entails scouring as many races as possible from regional race listings and looking for our club reference ‘Knaresborough Striders’. That can mean that with over 170 members, some individual performances can get missed, sorry. We’ll always fix any omissions if you let us know! We also include anything we’ve heard about at club or seen on Social Media. If you think your event might not get picked-up, but would like to see it in our race reports, just let us know by email, or post something on our Facebook forum.

Also note that parkrun results are now published separately from Race reports, normally monthly. To ensure that you included in those, make sure that your parkrun profile includes the club.



Bras and Bubbles night!

Calling our Lady Striders…

Come along to our ‘Bras and Bubbles’ night!

Courtesy of Brooks and Up & Running.
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Did you know 80% of women run with an incorrectly fitted bra?

On Wednesday 26th September, Suzanne is hosting a evening for our female members to show-off Brooks’ range of sports bras and to measure ladies to check they are in the right size. There will be changing rooms on-site and an attractive 20% off on the evening for those who wish to purchase. All this is will done whilst drinking complimentary Prosecco!

Please sign-up for this event by clicking HERE.



Successful Social!

A great night was had at the joint social event with Nidd Valley to mark our recent Mob Match. A packed cricket club enjoyed quiz, bingo, food and music from our own DJ Dan.

Congratulations to our friends from Nidd who scooped the quiz and bingo, and to our own Gemma who took away the raffle prize of a pair of Brooks trainers courtesy of our friends at Up & Running, Harrogate.

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Big thanks to organisers Natalie & Clare, Quiz-setters Martyn and Emma, Dan Wilson and Adam for his generous donations!

 

Watch our for news of more social events coming your way very soon!



Structured training details for 21st and 23rd August.

You have two Structured training sessions available next week:

Tuesday 21st with Jez – With a couple of time-trials on the horizon, Jez will be leading Tuesday’s structured session at KJS fields with a focus on speed.

Thursday 23rd with Emma Kicks – our visiting coach will be leading another of her popular sessions.

For both sessions, meet at the clubhouse ready for 7.30pm.

There will be a further structured session on Tuesday 28th August, before taking a short break in the first two weeks of September (4th and 11th) due to our 1-mile and 5k time trials.

**IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT OUR REVISED DIARY FOR THE NEXT FEW EXCITING WEEKS, PLEASE DO NOW BY CLICKING HERE: Get out your diaries! Exciting weeks ahead….**



Get out your diaries! Exciting weeks ahead….

Got your diaries out? OK, let’s start….

There are loads of exciting things going on during the remainder of Summer and into our Autumn season! There are some new events below to add to your diary, plus a few which have shifted date as we endeavour to make the best of the light nights, so check carefully! Links are provided to some of these events in our Events Diary, providing further information.

Thursday 23 August – Coaching with Emma Kicks.

Saturday 25th August  – Burnsall 10mile – Round 10 of our Club Championship Round 10 of the Championship takes us to Burnsall Sports and their 10mile Road Race. More details here.

Saturday 25th August – Social run in the Nidd Gorge – Mark S and Edna will be leading a group for a jog through the ‘Gorgeous’ Nidd Gorge woods. All members welcome. More details here.

Saturday 1st September  – Monthly parkrun visit – DALBY forest – Meet 7.15am. Details here.

Sunday 2nd September – Wetherby 10K – Round 11 of our Club Championship. It’s already sold-out, so hopefully you’ve already got your entry!

Tuesday 4th September  – St Robert Returns! It’s back – our One Mile Time-trial on Abbey Road. Four months have passed…  how’s your mile pace going? Time to find out. Register from 7pm. Click here to find out more!

Tuesday 11th September – Time Trial 3 (Handicap) – It’s here already – the third and final running of our 5K Time Trial, following the same route as before. Register from 7pm. Further information here.

Thursday 13th September – Predictor Run (*change of date, again…). How accurately can you predict your time around our 5k or 5mile courses – no watch, no phone, just your feet and gut feel! Clubhouse from 7pm. For more details, click here.

Sunday 23rd September – Crag Rat Run – Our own annual run, attracting entrants from around the county. You’re welcome to enter or to help organise the event. It promises to be better than ever. More details here.

Wednesday 26th September  – ‘Bras and Bubbles’ 6pm to 9pm – Courtesy of Brooks / Up & Running. Suzanne is hosting an evening for our lady members- to show their range of sports bras and to measure ladies to check they are in the right size. Discount for on-the-night purchases. All this is done whilst drinking complimentary Prosecco! Click here for more details and to sign-up.

Thursday 27th  September – Coaching with Emma Kicks.

Saturday 6th October – Monthly Parkrun visit – Venue TBA. From around 8am.

Thursday 25th October– Coaching with Emma Kicks.

Sunday 28th October – Whixley 10k – Round 12 of our Club Championship. A multi-terrain run 95% off road 10k run across fields, tracks and bridal ways. For more details, click here.

Saturday 3rd November – Monthly Parkrun visit – Venue TBA. From around 8am.

Sunday 4th November – Guy Fawkes 10 Mile, Ripley. – 13th and final round of our Club Championship. We return to Ripley for this stunning but challenging mixed terrain run up and down the hills! For more details, click here.

DiaryThere will be further information provided about some of these events in the coming days and weeks, so keep an eye of the website and your inboxes! Remember that you can access our Events Diary at any time, which lists forthcoming club events and other events which may be of interest. You can click on most to get further details!

Happy Striding!



BURTON LEONARD AGE GRADED RESULTS + CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Hello Striders,

Good to see big turnouts for Championship events, lots  of good competition in  each Category so far. Claire has done well already by winning the Senior Ladies title already.   Plenty good racing to come.

Ben Campbell CC

Below are the Burton Leonard age graded results and the Catergory standings to date.

BURON LEONARD 10 K RESULTS 2018 AGE GRADED

BURTON LEONARD 10K AGE GRADED RESULTS LADIES

SENIOR LADIES CC 2018

SENIOR MENS CC 2018

LADY VETS CC 2018

MALE VETS CC 2018

Cheers Eric M



Prizes up for grabs at the Crag Rat Run!

September’s Crag Rat Run promises more prizes than ever!

All finishers will receive a medal of course, but this year we will be awarding prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd males and  1st, 2nd and 3rd females. We also expect to award some prizes in some of the more ‘mature’ age categories, dependent on entries! There will also be a range of spot prizes up for grabs on the day!

Amongst the prizes this year are vouchers for Up and running, Spice Merchant restaurant and the newly-refurbished Turkish Baths, plus a course of 6 fitness sessions.

For full details of this wonderful event, see our event page: Crag Rat Run 2018

Crag Rat Run with sponsors



Final chance to Party!

 

The last few places are available for our joint social with Nidd Valley on Saturday 18th August!

This is a great chance to celebrate the excellent (albeit we narrowly lost it) Mob Match event, and catch-up with our friends and neighbours at Nidd Valley. Do remember to mention who won the team prizes… 😉

There will be bar, DJ Dan’s disco (he’s doing requests via Facebook – click Here) and the usual fun and food. There is a small charge of £5 per person to cover food costs.

Places are limited so click here to ensure you have signed up: Sign-up form

Venue: Knaresborough Cricket Club, Aspin Lane, Knaresborough

See you there!

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