AGM next Tuesday (5th March)


AGM – Tuesday 5th March

Don’t forget that it’s our AGM next week (5th March) straight after our Tuesday runs. Grab a drink and hear what’s been happening for the past 12 months and where we’re headed next. Several of our committee positions are up for re-election this year – we’d love to see some fresh faces and ideas! All the details are here:  AGM Invite and committee details

Emma’s sessions – kicking into action for 2019

We’re delighted to announce that coach Emma Kicks will be coaching at Striders again this year on the 4th Thursday of each month, commencing THIS THURSDAY (28th February).

We will meet at the Cricket Club and the session is expected to take place on tarmac. The sessions will  be moving back onto the King James’s School fields after Easter.

Emma is an experienced coach with a wide variety of skills and knowledge whose sessions will make you fitter for running, providing an insight into how to progress.  We recommend that anyone interested in developing as a runner give the sessions a try – you won’t not be disappointed!

You can find out more about Emma here: Ridgeway Fitness and Health




AGM – Invite, Date and Details

I am writing to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting which will take place after the Club run on Tuesday 5 March, 2019, from about 8.30pm.

The following Committee Member positions are coming to the end of their term.  If you would like to step forward and apply to become a member of the Committee or help out please do so by completing the Committee Nomination Form or paper version available from the Club Secretary, or speak to the appropriate Committee Member to find out more about their roles.  Please find below a short summary of duties:-


  • Attend bi-monthly Committee meetings
  • Follow-up on actions arising from Committee meetings
  • Give support for social and race events

Vice Chair (Dan Wilson)

  • Deputise for Chair in his/her absence on Committee Meetings and in general
  • Annually review and update the club Health and Safety Policy
  • Assist with duties of other committee members and projects arising as and when necessary

Race and Fixtures Secretary (Eric Morley)

  • Organise the Club Championship
  • Arrange and co-ordinate Club participation in the Cross Country team events
  • Promote and encourage members to enter and involve themselves in other events such as time trials, team events, relays, races
  • Plan and coach weekly training sessions on a Club night


  • Maintain an up-to-date record of members
  • Inform the Committee of membership on a monthly basis
  • Inform the Race and Fixtures Secretary of new members for race registrations
  • Liaise with the Treasurer and Secretary regarding membership payments and any other queries
  • Annually maintain the online Membership Form and update with any changes to terms and conditions

England Athletics

  • Add new EA registrants to the England Athletics website
  • Raise invoices for new EA registrants


  • Respond to Committee enquiries
  • Respond to members enquiries on EA membership
  • Email enquiries to Committee and members as required


  • Arrange social events, namely:-

Arrange venues

Arrange food

Arrange any prizes

Record numbers attending

Keep members informed of upcoming events



Club Secretary


PECO Series round-up…

PECO XC 2018-19 Series Round-up

This winter’s PECO Cross-Country series is in the books and it proved a very positive one for Knaresborough Striders.

We enjoyed stronger turnouts at the five events, with 37 Striders taking part in massive field of over 1,400 athletes. Whilst the snow and ice which typified the previous series were absent, each round nonetheless provided undulating and muddy tests for our plucky members. At around 4-5miles each, the races featured incredibly competitive fields from 22 local clubs. Healthier numbers allowed us to post some great results in the different leagues which exist within the overall competition: Our Ladies team finished 2nd in the second division and also secured 7th in the tough Ladies’ Vets Premier division. Our Men gained 3rd place in their second division and a very creditable 5th in Men’s Vets.

Izzy with another strong finish

Issy with another strong finish

In the individual standings, the headline performance came from Issy Rowe, 5th overall, who proved a valuable addition to the club with a series of very strong runs. Our next lady overall was Sima in a very strong 27th place after the five events. Sue Morley (139th overall) put in commanding performances to take first place in her age category, whilst Sima and Julie claimed 7th and 15th respectively in their categories. Our other contenders in the Female category were: Lisa Harrison, Catherine Morland, Sue Morley, Julie Elmes, Edna Wood, Pamela Singleton, Claire Killingworth, June Graham, Fyn Lees, Kerensa Welsby, Gosia Przybyl, Nicola Carter, Sarah Gore, Sally Taylor, Amy Naylor, Deborah Goldfield, Claire Baxter, Gemma Harding, Lizzie Medwell, and Jo Bower. They competed in a field of 653 athletes across the series.

A trio of battling Striders at Crimple Valley...

A trio of battling Striders at Crimple Valley…

In the 764-strong male category, three Striders ran close across the series for the honour of being first Strider overall. With final positions of 60th, 68th and 72nd respectively, Steve Morland, Ted Welton and James Wright enjoyed some great battles for that particular honour. Steve and Ted also claimed 6th and 7th in their age category, whilst a series of improving performances gave Phil Cornforth 12th place in his (new) category. A word also for Gary Wilkinson, who staked a strong claim for ‘Most Improved Peco Strider’ during the series, with an ascending sequence of finishes: 289th, 260th, 229th, 188th and 165th! Our other contenders in the Male category were Sean Brennan, Ian Mitchell, Andy Tibbals, Mark Shelton, Jason Green, Martin Brock, Stewart Hymas, Jonny Chadwick, Ian Waller and David Sinton.

All these successes meant that Knaresborough Striders secures 4th Place (from 22 clubs) in the Colin Morath Trophy for most improved club.

Mark enjoying his series debut!

Mark enjoying his series debut!

Sally flying the club colours

Sally flying the club colours

Sarah making a splash in her first PECO for Striders

Sarah making a splash in her first PECO for Striders

Gary - improving throughout the series.

Gary – improving throughout the series.

Julie completed a series of strong finishes.

Julie completed a series of strong finishes.




















Well done everyone!

The full listing of results can be found on the PECO website of by clicking here for Female and here for Male.

Hoka/Sealskinz night next Tuesday

Next Tuesday’s session will also include a chance to try on Hoka shoes and Sealskinz socks, courtesy of our friends at Up & Running Harrogate. Arrive from 7pm for the try-on. The session will be held at the Cricket Club on grass.





Annual ‘MOB MATCH’: STRIDERS v NIDD VALLEY, July 14th @ Burton Leonard 10k

The Burton Leonard 10k is also a Club Championship event within which Striders and Nidd Valley also contest against each other to win an Annual Shield. The clubs jointly score the event by totting up the finishing positions of runners from their own Club. The Shield is usually presented to the winning team at a Social event later in the day.

In recent years, Nidd Valley have been dominant in this friendly event but now with a bigger Membership its hoped we can wrest the Shield back to Striders. So, we do need a massive turn out of runners to have a chance, please put July 14th in your dairy and have a great day. Therefore do enter early.

Enter by clicking here: Burton Leonard 10K Entry 2019

Thanks Eric

Mob Match