Curry, parkruns and Cross Country – Weekend Roundup

From the heat of Fridays Curry Night, to the chill of the wind at Cross Country on Sunday, it was another action packed weekend for Knaresborough Striders.

Starting the weekend off in style, 32 Striders attended the club Curry night at the Dil Raj on Friday night. It was great to see so many out supporting a club social night, especially a number of recently joined members. Big thanks to Tom Burrell for making all of the arrangements.

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Moving into Saturday, 6 Striders represented the club at parkrun events. At Harrogate, Nicola Carter was first Strider back, taking 2nd lady overall in a time of 22:11. Joining her on the windswept Stray was Anthony Everitt (28:20), Rob Charlesworth (28:48), Tracy Allison (29:30) and Emma Greveson (44:26). At the Fountains Abbey event, Phil Chatterton completed the course in 33:39.

On Sunday, the first Peco Cross Country race of the 15/16 season took place at Temple Newsam. It was a record breaking attendance for any Peco XC event, with just over 800 participants (21 Striders) taking on the hilly and muddy 4.6 mile course. This event also marked the first time Striders were competing for XC league points, after competing as a ‘guest’ club over the last 2 years.

Starting with the Ladies, Nicola Carter was the first blue and yellow vest across the finish line, recording a time of 35:11. Sima Lowery was next in 36:04, followed by Sue Morley (41:06), Andrea Price (46:46), Tracey Allison (48:03), Edna Wood (48:45), Dawn Richardson (50:09), Katie Gray (51:26), Janet Morris (51:45) & June Graham (53:03). Those results have put the ladies in excellent league positions – 4th (of 8) in the 2nd Division and 1st (of 11) in the Vets First Division! What a start for the ladies!

The men were also well represented, with Keith Emery taking first Strider honours (and just missing out on a top 100 spot) with a time of 31:15. Following him up the muddy finishing straight was James Wright in 32:07. They were chased down by Dan Wilson (33:21), Sean Brennan (34:36), Phil Cornforth (34:37), Ian Mitchell (35:59), Andy Robinson (37:51), Julian Carr (39:27), Eric Morley (43:59), Steve Morris (51:40) and John Williams (54:13). The result sees the club just holding off Harrogate Harriers to sit in 3rd (of 8) in the 2nd Division, with a placing of 7th (of 11) in the Vets 1st Division.

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Club Championships 2015 – FINAL Report

Clearly the Club Championship was dominated by Veteran athletes this year in the Mens and Ladies. Thirty four men and thirty four ladies took part.

The Ladies champion was Nicola Carter, who had the title sewn up by mid summer with the improving Sima in second place just seeing off Dawn, who was within three points of her and Andrea Price was fourth. These four Ladies were the only ones to do enough qualifying races. Pamela, Clare and Judith,all won one race on the age grading system, Guy Fawkes 10, York 10k and club Time Trial respectively.

The mens title was taken by Ian Mitchell, again by mid-summer. Excellent late season form from Conrad saw him take second place by one point from consistent performer Martin in third. James finished just outside the medals in fourth place, seeing off the challenge of Dan and Andy. Frequent racer Julian was seventh. Only these runners completed six events or more. Well done to Bill Kirkpatrick, who in his one Championship event – the Abbey Dash – jumped into 24th position.

Next year in the mens, Simon, Guy and Keith could easily challenge for the title, presuming they can get the races in and remain injury free.

Finally WELL DONE to all.

My best recall of the season, watching the fantastic effort put in by every Strider into regaining the Mob Match Shield at Burton Leonard.


CROSS COUNTRY No1 @ Temple Newsam

As Cross Country secretary, I would just like to say WELL DONE to the 20 Striders who turned out today at Temple Newsam, and whilst I could not view Striders at the sharp end finishing, I did see Striders giving all on a muddy, sloping finish. Results will make interesting reading.

Cheers Eric

Ist Peco Cross Country 22/11/15

If this is your first time at a Peco Cross Country please remember you need to go to Registration with your number to be ticked off and pay your £3. It will be busy on Sunday so join the queue ASAP.

Please remember to fill in the details on the back of your number. Take pins. Cheers Eric

Baildon Boundary Way – 3rd April 2016

If you want to run this race please be aware the 1st day you can register is 21/11/15 at 08.00am. The race “sold out ” in 9 days last year. There is also a non competitive walk on the route on the same day which sets off at 08.30am. The half marathon starts at 09.30am.

Go to to get a link to the entry form – available just before the opening time.

Yorkshire XC Championships – Lightwater Valley – 9th January 2016

The Yorkshire Cross Country Championships will take place at Lightwater Valley on Saturday January 9th 2016. Its a great multi-lap, undulating course.

It is £6 to run in this event and club colours must be worn.

Ladies run 7,800 metres at 1.30 pm, with the Men running 10,400 metres at 2.10 pm.

My closing date for entries is FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH 2015.

I need from each runner the Fee and the follling details;

1st Name, 2nd Name, England Athletics number, Address, Telephone Number, Date of Birth and Qualification Status (Yorkshire Born or 6 months Yorkshire residency).

All details will be displayed on the Club Notice Board.

Thanks Eric


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 –

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




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).