New Run Leaders

Congratulations to Sean Brennan, Edna Wood and Gemma Harding who have recently qualified as Run Leaders after undertaking the ‘Leadership in Running Fitness’ course run by England Athletics.

Sean, Edna and Gemma will be getting involved with leading various groups on a Tuesday and Thursday, along with helping to establish the new ‘Zero to Hero’ group that will be starting in January.

Well done from all at Knaresborough Striders!



PECO Cross Country 2015/2016

On Tuesday night (10/11) I will have the Cross Country numbers available for all those persons who have registered for the PECO XC15/16 season. If you are not down on Tuesday, its not a problem as there is plenty of time until the first event at Temple Newsam on Sunday 22/11. Details of this race are now available on the PECO XC website – http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/race1.html

Anyone who still wants to enter, will be treated as a non scoring KnaresborougH Guest, but will count in any races after that.

Thanks,

Eric



HAREWOOD 10MILE 8/11/15

Excellent local race who at 10.40 this Thursday evening have 105 places left before limit is reached. Anybody wanting to enter between now and race day should check by E mail if places are still available for Entry on the Day( which I suspect there will be).

Enquiry to HAREWOOD@VALLEY STRIDERS.ORG.UK

  

GUY FAWKES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Eleven Striders tackled this tough 10 miler hosted by local rivals Nidd Valley (see separate report for more detail).

In the Ladies Championship, Pam Singleton took the win on our age grading system which elevated her from 13th to 7th in the Championship, Nicola was next and remains overall winner of the Championship and Sima cemented second place. Dawn was next and put a bit more space between herself and Andrea. Katie Gray and June Graham recorded there first points with June 6th and Katie 7th.

In the Mens Championship, Ian has won, however today’s results saw Conrad continue his excellent late season form and move from 7th to 3rd. Martin maintains 2nd place by two points from him. A battle ensues between James and Dan with just 2 points the difference. They are in 4th and 5th place respectively. Julian improved his points tally and remains in 6th.

The championships ends with the Leeds Abbey Dash on 15/11.

I am already preparing the 2016 Championship and comments about this seasons races and the championship format are welcome, critical or otherwise. In formulating next years event suggestions are most welcome about races that we might add /or take out, and on format.

Thanks,

Eric



Cross Country – Dates for the Diary

The Cross Country running season is about to start up for the Winter months, therefore please find a summary below of current fixtures that Striders are encouraged to attend.

PECO Cross Country League –
Race 1 – 22/11/15 – Temple Newsam
Race 2 – 13/12/15 – West Park Fields
Race 3 – 03/01/16 – Middleton Park
Race 4 – 24/01/16 – Golden Acre Park
Race 5 – 14/02/16 – Venue TBC

Pay £3 for a race number (which you keep for all of the races) plus £3 per race (which includes food afterwards)

The Yorkshire Cross Country Championships will take place at Lightwater Valley on January 19th 2016.

The Northern Cross Country Championships will take place at Witton Park (Blackburn) on January 30th 2016.

The National Cross Country Championships will take place at Donnington Park on February 27th 2016.

Please see Eric if you have questions regarding any of the above events.



parkrun – 24/10/15

The rain just about held off for parkrun on Saturday morning, giving the chance for 9 Striders to start the weekend with a 5km run.

At Harrogate, Run Director Sean Brennan was first back for the club, just missing out on a PB with a time of 21:50. Nicola Carter was second lady home, clocking 22:19. Recent parkrun convert Graeme Kilvington had a solid run to finish in 23:11. Just behind Graeme was Derek Calvert, who achieved a PB in a time of 23:18. Anthony Everitt stopped the clock on precisely 27:00, followed by Tracy Allison (27:46) and Nick Wallen (28:41).

Fountains Abbey was visited by Clare Aynsley for the second time in three weeks. In her 7th parkrun, she stopped the clock in 31:20.

An overrunning business trip on the South Coast allowed Julian Carr to visit his 8th different parkrun, recording a time of 22:58 at Poole.

The next club parkrun trip will be to Roundhay Park on Saturday 7th November. Meet at KCC for 8am (8:05am departure) – a car sharing scheme will be in operation. Please let us know if you will be attending by placing your name on the sheet on the club notice board or alternatively let us know via email or facebook message.



Striders European Trip 2015 – Amsterdam Half Marathon

After many hours of planning, a group of 13 made the short hop across the North Sea to Holland on Friday 16th October for the Amsterdam Half Marathon.

The excitement started to build on the Saturday morning with a visit to the Olympic Stadium, scene of the finish area for the event, to pick up the race numbers. The pickup was held alongside a great ‘Expo’, providing the opportunity to try out the latest running gear and get some great ideas for next year’s Striders trip – anyone for the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica?!

The rest of Saturday was spent chilling out in preparation for race day on Sunday. Some of the group took in a canal cruise – “when in Rome” – with others taking in some of the other ‘sights’ of Amsterdam before heading back to the hotel for a carb loading ‘Pasta Party’. When the food arrived it was great….unfortunately the wait for it took the shine off what otherwise would have been great preparation for the running to be undertaken the next day.

A grey, wet and cold Sunday morning greeted the group on Sunday. With the Half Marathon not starting until 13:20, it was a chilled out morning at the Hotel. In an added bonus to the weekend, the hotel was located directly next to the Marathon and Half Marathon route allowing us to view the front runners of the morning Marathon come through. They came through at an extraordinary speed – reaching the hotel at the 26km mark, but still absolutely flying down the course (winner clocked a time of 02:06:19)!

Onto the main event of the day, a short hop on the metro took the Striders group back to the Olympic Stadium for the start of the Half Marathon. Conditions had improved slightly to provide perfect running conditions – 10c, some drizzle and no wind – for the 8 members taking on the race. The 13.1 mile route was sure to be flat and offered PB potential for all involved.

The first couple of miles took the runners through streets that included tram lines, providing an interesting obstacle to overcome – slippery when wet! Miles 3-6 saw the participants run past the Striders hotel (no one took the option of dropping out here!) and through some rather dull industrial areas, although the DJ’s blasting out music from some converted camper vans provided some great motivation. Gradually the route headed into the central areas of Amsterdam, passing the Heineken Brewery and Rijksmuseum around mile 10, before heading into the stunning Vondelpark (Amsterdam’s equivalent to New York’s Central Park) for miles 11 and 12. The last mile had fantastic crowd support, leading the runners into the Olympic Stadium for the last 350 metres of the race on the athletics track.

Martin Brock was first Strider home, having a superb run to finish in 01:25:46. He was joined by Andy Robinson (01:29:25), James Wright (01:29:55), Dan Wilson (01:30:07), Julian Carr (01:46:40), Andrea Price (02:07:36), Dawn Richardson (02:09:52) and Natalie Hale (02:19:00).

A big thanks must go to the 3 supporters – Clare, Emma and Simon. They gave some fantastic encouragement, took great photos and provided excellent bag handling facilities!

Overall, the first Striders European trip was a huge success. The planning for potential 2016 trips is well underway, with a focus on events that will provide options for all levels of running ability. Details will be released in early November on the club website, Facebook and Twitter.



Weekend Results – 17th and 18th October

A rather belated round up of results from last weekend – apologies for the delay!

There was a good turnout of 6 Striders at Harrogate parkrun, with Guy Close leading them home in 19:57. In his first parkrun for a while, Ian Mitchell achieved a time of 20:43. Next up was Phil Chatterton, who ran a course PB in 22:56. Also in attendance at the Stray were Anthony Everitt (27:10), Tracy Allison (27:47) and Rob Charlesworth (28:27).

Nicola Carter undertook some parkrun tourism, finishing in a time of 23:27 at Parke parkrun which is situated in Devon. This event is also the ‘local one’ for Brenda Grant who recently moved from North Yorkshire down to the area. Brenda completed the course in 38:14.

On Sunday, Striders were in attendance at two events – the 10 mile Shaun Lee Johnstone Trail run and the Amsterdam Half Marathon. Sima Lowery provided a short report from the SLJ event,

“The 8th Shaun Lee Johnstone multi terrain 10 Mile race was held on Sunday, with 4 Striders taking on the challenge. Spared by the rain which came earlier, everyone showed great endurance to battle through relentless muddy fields and an undulating course. There was great support and atmosphere along the way not to mention the worthy cause everyone was running for. A well thought out refreshments stand with warm drinks, cakes and tasty bacon butties relieved weary finishers! Ian Mitchell was first back, completing the course in 01:16:11. Following Ian were Sima Lowery (01:19:09), Lucy Taylor (01:46:05) and Bill Kirkpatrick (01:47:55).”

The first Striders European Trip was a huge success. Cool conditions greeted the 8 Striders running in the Amsterdam Half Marathon on Sunday afternoon, with a number of PB times recorded. Martin Brock had great run, finishing in 01:25:46, to lead home the Striders contingent. He was joined by Andy Robinson (01:29:25), James Wright (01:29:55), Dan Wilson (01:30:07), Julian Carr (01:46:40), Andrea Price (02:07:36), Dawn Richardson (02:09:52) and Natalie Hale (02:19:00). A full report on the event can be found within the news section of the club website.