Don’t be like Bob.

Meet Bob.


Bob didn’t enter the Knaresborough Crag Rat Run online. He thought he’d just leave it until the day.

Bob didn’t realise that the incredible little 5 mile mixed-terrain race was more popular than ever.

Bob missed out.

Don’t be like Bob. Grab one of the last few places whilst you can… and save yourself 2 quid in the process.

Knaresborough Crag Rat Run, Sunday 23rd September at 11am.

Enter online NOW at:

Full event details: Event page

PECO CROSS COUNTRY 2018/19 + Yorkshire and National Championships

Once again the Cross Country season is upon us and I am sure everyone is raring to go. There are some  “good news” changes for the Peco races.

Racebest will be taking entries online. This means no more standing in queues to Register and pay for each race. This also means we can leave Knaresborough that bit later. You will be able to pay for the full set of races initially or if you know you can only do 1 or 2 pay individually. Again keep the same number all season.  I will collect numbers from PECO Admin and distribute to Striders before and on the day of Race 1

Due to the increasing number of Ladies competing  the number of Counters  in  each Category will increase and possibly some in the mens. I will publicise these when PECO have worked them out.

A new Male category is added,   MV 35.

Although we have no Junior Section Paid up Members who want to enter children may do so. However when a youngster is not doing his/her event  a named parent /grandparent  or Guardian must be present and that persons name is to be given to the Club Cross Country representative.

1 MILE EVENT   CHILDREN  from School years   3 to 6 eligible.

2 MILE EVENT     CHILDREN from School years    7 to 12 eligible.


PECO LEAGUE,  1. November 25th      @ MIDDLETON PARK

2. December 16th       @ TEMPLE NEWSAM

3. January 6th             @ WEST PARK

4.  January 20th          @ Venue to be confirmed

5.  February 3rd        @ ROUNDHAY PARK

March 31st  PECO RELAYS     @ Venue to be confirmed

OTHER                January 5th    Yorkshire Cross Country  @ LIGHTWATER  VALLEY.

February 23rd  National Cross Country  @ HAREWOOD HOUSE.

Please all be aware  PECO dates will be on our Calendar in due course  but  full details are only provided about  a week to 10 days before the race from by the hosting club.

Full details Re Yorkshire and National  Championships will be provided as soon as possible  in News.

Call for Crag Rat Cakes!

“Let them eat cake!”

French race director, Marie Antoinette

Our wonderful Crag Rat Run takes place on Sunday 23rd September – not long left! The places are nearly filled-up, the marshall roster is healthy, so the next thing is CAKES!

muffinsWe will be running our popular catering stall at the race and it needs your help! If you are a budding Mary Berry or perhaps fancy yourself as the next Prue Leith (bizarre necklaces not essential) then could you cook-up something for us? Cakes, buns, muffins, flapjacks….. it would be sweet if you could provide anything please. But no soggy bottoms please.

Your creations should be brought along on the day please. We’ll be really appreciative and if it’s several cakes stacked up, well it might even leave us in tiers.


A couple of spaces left in the bra and bubbles night…

Calling our Lady Striders…   some extra support available for your running.

Get yourself signed-up quickly our free ‘Bras and Bubbles’ night!

Courtesy of Brooks and Up & Running.

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.

Details for Predictor Run


Tomorrow evening (Thursday 13th Sept) is our  ‘Predictor Run’.

A test of how well you know your own pace….   how accurately can you predict your time around our 5k or 5mile courses – with no watch, no phone, just your feet and gut feel!

It’s not a race, indeed you can pick whatever pace you fancy…. but will it get you back in your predicted time?

It’s just £1 to enter, with cash prizes for those with the closest predictions! Be at the clubhouse, from 7pm.

Note that this isn’t a race and therefore isn’t marshalled. You will find your own way around the chosen course. With the darkening evenings we advise high visibility and even lights for all our sessions now.

The 5 km course is the same as that used for our three time trials.

The 5 mile course is detailed below:

In summary: Aspin Lane –  Stockdale Walk – Windsor Lane -Briggate – Waterside – Bond End – Borobridge Road – Scriven Road – Greengate Lane – Halfpenny Lane – Chain Lane – York Road – Gracious Street – Windsor Lane – Stockdale Walk – Aspin Lane



The ever popular Wetherby 10k saw a great turn out of Striders and below are the age graded standings in the 4 Categories.WETHERBY 10 K 2018 AGE GRADED RESULTS LADIES


With just two Club Championship races to go the Senior Ladies and Veteran Mens title are now decided , Claire and Ian, well done. In the Senior Mens James and Martin , last years winners are still in contention but Tom is now a serious threat to both. In the Lady Veterans the main two protagonists are last years winner Nicola  and Catherine.

Tables Here      SENIOR MENS CC 2018





Details for Time Trial 3!

Starting order and time gaps for Time Trial #3

This Tuesday – 11th September – sees our final Time Trial of the year. We will tackle the same 5km course for a third time, but this time around it’s a handicap based on your best finishing time from the previous two events.

Runners will head off at intervals over a period of 26minutes. You can find your ‘gap’ back from the first runner in the table below. It will be really useful if you have familiarised yourself with this and keep yourselves in order as your approach the start – once underway the starts will be very frequent and only seconds apart! We expect our first runner to be away shortly after 7.30pm. Please arrive early after 7pm to register.

If you have not taken part in either of the two previous events, you can still take part, heading out with our first runner at 0:00.

We should end up with a mass of runners arriving back over a very short period, so we will appreciate extra helpers at the finish to record the times.

A printable version of the start sheet is available here: TT3 Start positions and gaps
Thanks to Eric for preparing all of this!
TT3 gaps


Endure24 2019 – Already time to sign-up!

Are you interested in taking part in Endure24 2019 at Bramham Park?

If so, it’s time to sign-up as entries are already three-quarters full!

We had an incredible time at Endure24 this year, and there were a lot of members interested in taking part in the 2019 edition. There’s more information below if you’re not quite up-to-speed on what the event is. In 2019 the event takes place between Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.

You might be wanting to enter the Solo or Duo categories – which some Striders have – in which case you can arrange your own entry at: Solo and Duo entries

However…  if it’s a team effort you want, James Wright is once again organising the Striders’ effort. We expect to enter several teams of 6 runners this time around. That means that you’re likely to be allocated around 5 or 6 laps of the 5-mile course during the 24 hours. With places going fast, James is entering a team every time we have enough runners. It is literally on a first-come-first served basis, with your payment securing your place. Cost for the weekend is £72.10 for the 2019 edition, which includes family/supporter camping, parking and your tech race t-shirt.

Contact James directly via or message him via Facebook.


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2018 Report:
Endure 24 2018, Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

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, clocking-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 some 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!

Next Tuesday… St. Robert Returns!

Next Tuesday (4th September) it’s back. As promised, there will be another opportunity to test yourself over the classic mile.

The ‘St.Robert Returns’ is a second chance to try our 1-mile time trial along Abbey Road, starting right outside the steps to St.Robert’s Cave and ending just a hundred yards before the Half Moon pub. For the unaquainted, it’s an undulating and tree-lined tarmac route adjacent to the River Nidd popular with runners, walkers and cyclists. We pass the cave, views of the Lido, the site of the ruined Abbey and the famous wood carvings – although it isn’t necessarily an evening for admiring the scenery!

Wave 2 head off, Guy off to a flyer...

Wave 2 head off back in May –  Guy off to a flyer…

Some close battles!

There were some close battles!








Here’s the report from our inaugural event, held back in May this year: St. Robert’s Rush Report

The route will be accurately measured and marshalled by our own members. Runners will set off in small groups of similar ability.

Entry is free and we hope that like before,  as many as possible of our members will take part. All Runners should meet at the Cricket club as close to 7pm as possible to register, with the first group of runners jogging down to the start with a leader at 7.30pm.