Club Championship–Age graded results from Muddy boots 10k

The Muddy boots 10k had 19 runners involved for Club Championship points.   In the Senior Ladies  the ever improving Clare leads the field, Sue  has her nose in front in the Lady Vets. The Senior men was contested by only 2 members, James Ireland takes an early lead and in the Male Vets Ian  was 1st in the Category that could be most well fought this season.

The next 3 events in the Championship are  Liversedge half Marathon (now full unfortunately) 18/2/18.   Dentdale 14    10/3/18,   places still available, a scenic run in the Dales.  The Ben Campbell 10k 7/4/18 from The White Horse Car Park near Sutton Bank.  Details of events are on the Club Calendar, listed on the Club Championship page and on the Club notice board.

After 3 events a Master sheet will be available to view all standings. More information/queries Eric, Tuesday nights at Club mainly.

Standings for Muddy boots here MUDDY BOOTS 2018 CC


Results – we should be up to date now!

This latest round-up has news of Striders visiting a new parkrun, splashing around the fells in Stanbury, trekking up the hills at Temple Newsam, getting absolutely brass monkey at a half marathon, getting muddy at cross country, using torch lights in Dalby, fighting against 20mph winds near Holmfirth and getting some very muddy boots in Ripon.

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th January
Heslington parkrun became the 2nd parkrun in York (soon to be joined by a 3rd) and attracted over 500 participants to its inaugural event, including 7 Striders. Nicola Carter was the first of the Striders clang across the line, completing the flat course in 20:55. Gary Wilkinson was the first of the Striders gents back, recording a time of 23:59, followed by Jen Carne just over two minutes later (26:01), Mark Shelton (28:31), Edna Wood (29:37), Emma Hall (35:41) and Jo Gray (37:18).

Tom Calvert once again took the 1st place finish token at Fountains Abbey with a time of 17:54. Niamh Falconer (22:53), Rebeca Williams 30:47, Deborah Goldfield 31:02, Fiona Slight 32:38, Bill Kirkpatrick 34:40, Suzy Kerr 53:06

At Harrogate, Dan Foley (21:01) led the way for the Striders in attendance. He was joined on the Stray by Rob Earl (21:54), David Halladay (24:17), Ian Mitchell (26:58), Anthony Everitt (30:16), Gaynor Downs (33:25), Tracy Allison (37:29) and Lauren Downs (38:58).

On Sunday the 14th, the temperatures were absolutely in line with the name of the first major event of the local running calendar – the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York. Six Striders ventured out into the cold to take on the popular event, with Guy Close taking his good form from 2017 into the start of 2018 with a PB time of 01:22:44. James Wright was next (01:28:54), followed by a PBing Sean Brennan (01:37:31). Gary Wilkinson looked strong with a finish time of 01:51:57 and he was followed 4 minutes later by Claire Killingworth (01:55:52) and recording a massive PB was Natalie Hale (02:01:15).

In the fells, James Warburton and Sur Morley battled the elements to take on the Stanbury Splash race. James completed the course in 54:30, with Sue recording a time of 01:17:44.

The 3rd running of the undulating and multi terrain Temple Newsam Ten (TNT) was taken on by three Striders. David Halladay clocked a time of 01:23:02 and was joined by prolific racer’s Claire Baxter (01:26:04) and Dawn Richardson (01:57:40).

Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st January
The weather on Saturday 20th saw the cancellation of the majority of parkruns in the local area but Wetherby hung on in there and was visited by three Striders. Tom Calvert completed the 3 lap grass course in 19:09, followed by Dan Foley (20:50) and James Wright (21:26).

The 4th race of the Peco Cross Country 17/18 series was held in South Leeds at Middleton Park on the 21st. Steven Morland completed the 4.5 mile course in a time of 36:00 to lead the Striders group of 12. Sean Brennan was just 22 seconds behind Stephen (36:22) and he was joined at the event by Sima Lowery (38:59), Ian Mitchell (43:02), Amy Naylor (43:11), Sue Morley (44:46), Lisa Harrison (47:59), Paul Heywood (48:51), June Graham (49:35), Debbie Goldfield (51:02), Edna Wood (54:12) and Laura Wilmhurst (59:49).

Saturday 27th / Sunday 28th January
The weather on Saturday 27th was much better than the previous “parkrun day” which encouraged 14 Striders to head to one of the local 5km events. At Harrogate it was very much a cross country course, with Rob Earl (22:42) the first club representative across the line. He was joined by David Halladay (24:16), Mark Shelton (29:33), Fiona Slight (30:13), Tracy Allison (32:52), Andrew Nicholson (34:28), Lesley Nicholson (36:03), Joanne Gray (36:53), Emma Hall (38:10) and Louise Buck (48:22).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:31) lead from start to finish to take the 1st place finish token. Running with him were Derek Calvert (24:19), Ruth Bowen (34:35) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:42).

Ian Mitchell headed over to York for the Heslington event and finished with a time of 20:55.

Also on the Saturday, Striders took on two race events – the Northern Cross Country championships and Dalby Forest Night Run. At the cross country, which was held at Harewood House, Sean Brennan was the sole Striders representative and completed the 7.2 mile course in 01:00:41. At Dalby, 4 Striders donned the head torches to complete this intriguing event which Nicola Carter took in her stride to be the first Strider into the finish area by completing the course in 43:14. She was joined by Gary Wilkinson (48:30), Paul Heywood (01:02:22) and Edna Wood (01:02:28).

On Sunday 28th Claire Baxter visited the Holmforth area to take on the Meltham 10k. This is an undulating course and the high winds made it even tougher for Claire. She battled the elements to finish in a time of 50:32.

Into February we go
For the first Saturday of the month, Striders were represented at five different parkruns.

Up at Catterick, it was a Striders one-two with Tom Calvert hitting the line in 17:19 and Guy Close following in 17:32. Joining them at the racecourse based event were James Wright (19:37), Ian Mitchell (20:34), Jen Carne (27:36) and (Mark Shelton 27:37).

Along the M1 at Temple Newsam, Ralph Weldon and Annika McDonald took on one of the hilliest parkruns in Yorkshire. Ralph completed the 5km in 28:41 and Annika finished in 36:32.

At the muddy Skipton event, Jason Green recorded a time of 23:35.

Fountains Abbey welcomed four Striders – Claire Baxter (24:41), parkrun first timer Vanessa El-Eltriby (27:01), Gaynor Downs (32:58) and Lauren Downs (40:07).

And rounding up the parkrun results, Tony Everitt and Tracy Allison made the short trip to Wetherby and finished with times of 30:37 and 33:19 respectively.

Sunday = a day of rest…..not if you are a Strider!
Ste Core headed across the Pennines to Manchester to take on a Half Marathon through Heaton Park. He achieved a PB over the distance, finishing in a time of 01:37:26.

The Muddy Boots 10k, which acted as the first club championship event of 2018, was taken on by 18 Striders. The ever improving Dan Foley led home the Striders contingent through the mud to finish in a time of 42:54. James Ireland chased him down (43:29) and was followed by Stephen Morland (44:21), Ian Waller (44:45), Nicola Carter (46:46), Gary Wilkinson (47:51), David Halladay (48:27), Craig Mitchell (50:24), Claire Baxter (52:22), Sue Morley (54:11), Derek Calvert (54:12), Paul Heywood (57:37), Lisa Harrison (58:22), Anna Cornforth (59:57), Kez Welsby (01:03:41), Edna Wood (01:03:58), Katie Gray (01:09:18) and Laura Wilmshurst (01:12:31).

striders at muddy boots

Peco Cross Country 17/18 – Race 5 @ TEMPLE NEWSAM (11/02/18)

A great venue for this end of season run.  Can we get a massive turn out for this run and climb the league?  

Men start at 11.00 with the Ladies at 11.10.

The Peco organiser has commented many runners are competing but not registering and therefore not paying. He will be checking after race 5 that the number of runners equates to the amount of fees paid, and threatening points deductions for offending Clubs.  

Finally the Peco Relays are to be held 25/03/18. This was a great event in 2017. It is teams of 3.The venue is not decided yet but most likely to  be in Leeds. Any member of the Club can participate you  DO NOT   need to have registered for Cross country to participate. When the venue is announced  I will publicise that and what the course is.  Last year it was multi terrain.

Thanks, Eric

Striders Session – Thursday 18/01/18 – CANCELLED

Due to the current weather conditions and forecast for the next few hours, a decision has been made to cancel tonight’s Striders session.

Our number one priority is safety and with the paths and roads currently wet and likely to freeze over shortly, the safest option is to cancel the session.

This cancellation effects all groups – Zero to Hero course included.

We hope you all understand the reasons for cancellation and we look forward to seeing you at Striders in Tuesday.



This  race takes place adjacent to the  John Charles Stadium. It would be great to see loads of Striders out to drag ourselves up the Divisions.

If anyone else wants  to compete in the last 2 events( or 1 event) please tell me by 21.00 hours on 14/01/2018. You will need  a personal URN number(formerly your UKA License number). Cost would be £3 for your number, and £3 for entry on Race day.  I am contactable at the Club 16/1/18  or   at  or by telephone    01423 866983.  For full details do go to the Club Calendar.  Thanks Eric

Awards Night – Saturday 10th February

Our annual awards night will be held on Saturday 10th February at Knaresborough Cricket Club.

Doors will open at 19:00 with the main event starting at 19:45. The bar will be open and a light finger food buffet will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to purchase club clothing.

The main award of the night will be “Strider of the Year”, with nomination forms available at the club from Tuesday 16th January so get your thinking caps on!

Further details will be provided in due course.

New Forum – Striders Chat

Our new chat forum ‘Striders Chat’ is now live!

The aim of the forum is to help our members communicate with each other more easily away from the club – arrange to meet up for runs, discuss training options, tell others about a fantastic event you have attended, etc.

The topics are endless so why not log on and start your own topic for others to get involved with?

Follow this link to access the forum area. You will need to create a username and password prior to obtaining full access.

Club Trips 2018 – Where shall we head?

Over the last 3 years there have been a number of successful club trips and we want to ensure these continue into 2018. Trips have taken place to the Amsterdam Half Marathon, local parkruns, the Lake District, Equinox24 (Grantham) and Endure24 (Leeds).

We are ‘opening up the floor’ for 2018 trip ideas and would love to hear from our membership of events they believe would make good club trips that cater for all abilities at the club.

Some ideas received to date include:
– visiting a parkrun in Germany or Poland and combining this with a Christmas market (Nov-Dec)
– combining a Lakeland Trails event (which range from 5km to 55km) with a stopover in Keswick, Ambleside, etc.
– a trip to London (Fri-Sun) to take part in the Bushy Park parkrun (the venue of the first ever parkrun) and a
10k race on the Sunday
– a trip to Ireland to take part in a parkrun and a local race

If you have any ideas on where we should head, please email us via

Two events that a number of Striders are planning to attend / have signed up for, are the Rotterdam Marathon (+1/4 Marathon) and Endure24. Further details of these events can be found below;

Rotterdam Marathon Weekend – Saturday 7th – Monday 9th April
At the time of writing 2 Striders have signed up for the 1/4 marathon (6.55miles) and 6 Striders have signed up for the Marathon. Both events will be held on Sunday 8th April and are still currently open for entries.

Rotterdam is a practical place to visit for a weekend as there are up to 5 flights a day from Leeds Bradford Airport to Amsterdam, with Rotterdam just over an hour away on the train from there. The overnight ferry from Hull direct into Rotterdam is also an option (but departure would be needed to Rotterdam on the evening of Friday 6th April).

The plan is to fly out as a group on Saturday 7th April and return late afternoon on Monday 9th April. A few people are taking a longer break and spending some time in Amsterdam from the Monday for a few nights. Main itinerary is as follows;

Saturday 7th April
– Fly from LBA to AMS on KLM flight KL1542 departing at 10:20
– train to Rotterdam
– Check in at hotel (all Striders are currently booked into the NHow Rotterdam – hotel website)
– Visit race expo to pick up event numbers
– Meet up for an evening meal

Sunday 8th April
– 1/4 Marathon@09:30
– Marathon@10:00
– Meet back at hotel afterwards before heading into town for meal and drinks

Monday 9th April
– Chilled out morning in Rotterdam
– Train back to AMS at approx 13:30 for the 16:40 KLM flight back to LBA (flight KLM1549)

Endure24 – Saturday 30th June / Sunday 1st July
Striders entered two teams into this event in 2017 – the inaugural event at Bramham Park – and with it been so successful, the majority of last years entrants have already signed up. Two full teams of 8 are now in place but more Striders teams can be entered – the more the merrier! We currently have 2 people on the waitlist and we would need to have a minimum of 6 to enter a further team.

The basics of the event are that it is run on a 8km course between 12Noon Saturday and 12Noon Sunday. The idea is to have someone in each team on the course at all times during the 24hr event.

The cost is £61.75 each which includes camping, t-shirt and medal. Toilets and hot showers are available on site alongside full catering for the duration of the event.

If you are interested in joining us for either of the above events, please see James Wright for more details or email us via