This week’s sessions – 11th and 13th June

There are lots of options ahead for our Striders this week – something to suit everyone!

Tuesday 11th

‘lairt emit k5’ – we will be holding our first reverse time trial. It’s a bit of fun and something different, going the opposite away (not literally backwards) around our usual time trial route. For those who fancy it, get to the Cricket Club from 7 to register. It will be marshalled as usual and you’ll get a time afterwards.

Jog Group(s) – we’ll be running jog group(s) for those who wish to take that option.

Marshalling – if you’d prefer to marshal around the course, your help will be very welcome. Report to the CC at 7pm please.

There will be no structured session this week.

Thursday 13th

A ‘normal’ night, so a range of jog and run groups will be heading out. A chance to get some sociable miles in at a pace to suit you!

We look forward to seeing you all!


HDSRL Round 2 this Tuesday

A reminder that this Tuesday is Round 2 of the HDSRL at Ripon. If you wish to car share, please be at the Cricket Club for 6.20pm.


All the information about the race can be found by clicking here: Race Information. Start is 7.45pm on Hell Wath, Ripon. Those familiar with a Hell Wath start/finish will know that you need to plan your parking and may need to walk 10mins to the start. The route heads into the same scenic territory south-west of the city as the other Ripon-based runs, taking in 5miles of mixed, undulating surfaces. The map is available here: Race Map. You must also bring along your race number, which is used for all rounds.

Finally, a reminder that club vests are to be worn on all subsequent rounds, but we have them back in stock at the Cricket Club now – please contact a committee member if your need is urgent!

Let’s see if we can match our incredible 49-strong turnout again and keep up our great standings!

HDSRL Ripon Route

April 2019 Results Round-up

April Results Round-up

As the clocks sprang forward, so did our Striders, into action and taking the advantage of the lighter nights. We were quickly into evening races and fell races, with the month culminating with the London Marathon.

  • Vale of York 10

Tuesday 2nd April

2019 Club Time Trial #1

Our first ‘light’ Tuesday (albeit only just) meant it was time for our first time trial of this year. This one was our traditional 5mile course around the local Aspin area, including the Rievaulx Rush and the merciless climb (twice) up ‘Grave Concern’! A fantastic turnout of 51 Striders, including many new faces, meant that there would be many targets set for our future runnings.

The results: Our first Strider into the finisher’s funnel was Tom Calvert in a tremendous 17:06, followed by: Steve Morland (17:42), James Wright (17:58), James Ireland (18:00), Ted Welton (18:30), Martin Brock (19:12), Dan Foley (19:31), Issy Rowe (19:59), Ian Mitchell (20:29), Phil Cornforth (20:48), Sima Lowery (20;53), Ste Core (20:59), Nicola Carter (21:28), Neil Baxter (21:33), Craig Mitchell (21:44), Andy Easton (21;47), Kathryn Pickles (21:56), Steve Ellmore (22:06), Sean Brennan (22:25), Stuart Hymas (22:29), Steve Dodsworth (22:36), Guy Marshall (22:41), Derek Calvert (23:08), Gareth Conkleton (23:13), Louise Lodh (23:20), Mhairi Sellar (23:46), Vanessa El-Etribi (23:50), Faye Bayman (24:01), Gemma Harding (24:37), Claire Baxter (24:38), Debbie Herridge (24:39), Paul Snelling (24:50), Kelly Squires (25:01), Helen Richardson (25:40), Dave Sinton (25:55), Julie Elmes (26:05), Karen Williams (26:12), Fiona Slight (27:33), Lindsay Sutcliffe (29:05), Charlotte Hines (29:50), Anna Howard (29:51), Donna Tucker (30:04), Jen Carne (31:59), Robbie Whelans (32:22), Lauren Downs (32:27), Richard Bracey (32:56), Emma Hall (33:47), Lee Byers (41:41), and Rachel Boyd (41:55). The next ‘proper’ running of the 5k will be on Tuesday 9th July when no doubt many of those times will be beaten, however before that we have the ‘Lairt Emit k5’ on Tuesday 11th June – how will things be the other way around….?

Sunday 7th April

Ben Campbell Trail Race – 5K and 10K

Our Ben Campbell Club Championship continued with arguably its toughest round: The Ben Campbell 10K trail race. Ben, a friend of ours who grew up in Thirsk, tragically died at the age of 36 in Jan 2015, very unexpectedly, from pneumococcal pneumonia. The race in his memory supports the UK Sepsis Trust who are committed to increasing public awareness and supporting those affected by Sepsis. Ben loved a challenge and it is for that reason that the organisers chose the idyllic location on Sutton bank beneath the famous white horse. Not only does it encompass the true beauty of the North Yorkshire countryside but the terrain itself is an incredibly challenging yet enjoyable experience.

Entries were triple those of 2018, bolstered by a great representation from the club. Before the main event had even taken place, there was a success for Striders with Fyn Lees taking first place in the curtain-raiser 5K event with a time of 27:24.

In the 10k race, a closely-fought battle for first Strider ensued in the woods, where the strength of James Ireland on the climbs proved the difference, emerging at the finish to clock 43 minutes exactly and claim 6th place overall. James being 10 minutes quicker than in 2018 proved how much better this year’s conditions were! Next across the line in 7th was another Strider, Steve Morland (43:28) followed by James Wright (46:46) and Dan Foley (48:08). Sima Lowery claimed 2nd lady in a very competitive 49:09 ahead of Stewart Hymas (50:01), Nicola Carter (52:13), Catherine Morland (53:44), Steve Dodsworth (59:30), Claire Baxter (59:47), Sue Morley (1:02:32), Murray Scott (1:02:35), Julie Elmes (1:04:32), Linda Dodsworth (1:06:05), Fiona Slight (1:06:11), David Sinton (1:07:12), Sally Fannen (1:10:25), Sarah Gore (1:10:26) and Deborah Goldfield (1:13:56).

14th April

Gisborough Moors fell race

This is a tough fell race which includes a climb up Roseberry topping and up to Captain Cook’s monument. At 12.4 miles, it includes just short of 2,800 ft of climbing! In another triumph for Striders, Dave Christie won the O50’s category – his first fell race win – in 1:43:39, a whole 7 mins faster than 2018.

Vale of York 10

The little brother of the Vale of York Half, The Vale of York 10 Mile is a fast, flat 10 miler. With a runway take-off before gliding around some fast, flat, traffic-free closed roads, it is another course made for PBs! Our Striders were led in by chairman James Wright, flying to 47th overall in a very fine 1:04:09, with Julian Carr coming into land not too far behind in 1:09:25. Breaking into the top 200 was Andy Easton, touching down in 1:13:24, with our first lady finisher being Vanessa El-Etriby (1:19:03). Debbie Herridge continues to improve, clocking a great 1:22:16, ahead of the tireless Lisa Harrison in 1:24:08. David Sinton’s preparations for Belfast continued in 1:28:18, with Fyn Lees clocking 1:29:28 and Laura Wilmshurst 1:33:50. Teamwork was in evidence too, with Ruth Mann and Claire Baxter working together to clock 2:02:39.

Friday 19th April

Maidenhead Easter 10

The 66th edition of the Maidenhead Easter 10-mile run took place on Good Friday in hot and sunny conditions, with the sold-out field of over 1000 runners doing extremely well, considering the conditions. Of note was the well-known local MP and wheat-field-botherer who, we’re told, helps out with their unique brand of strong and stable marshalling each year. Julie Elmes was, unsurprising, the sole Strider taking part, breaking the 90-minute barrier in 1:28:26.

Sunday 21st April

Guiselev Gallop

The gallop is a two-lap technical multi terrain race through steep woods, along tracks, paths and roads in the Aire valley between Guiseley and Esholt. The woodlands provided some respite from the unusually hot weather, yet the stiff climbs proved a stern test and the finishers’ beers were grasped with extra enthusiasm at the line!

Steve Morland was our first Strider home in 17th place (41:17) taking 3rd in the M45 category. James Cornforth continued his return to form with a sizzling 44:27, taking family honours in a field of Cornforths (sorry) ahead of Phil (48:10) and Anna (1:02:07). Our other finishers were Catherine Morland (53:32), Sue Morley (01:01:09), Edna Wood (01:07:43), Sarah Gore (01:09:45) and Lizzie Medwell (01:12:13).

Eggstravaganza 10k

Race organisers love a their puns and wordplay, with Easter being a particular favourite! In this case, the ‘Eggstravsgsnza’ 10k took competitors along the canal in Sheffield. Another event encountering the searing Easter heat, competitors found themselves including a bit of walking in order to survive but were rewarded with a (hopefully un-melted) egg at the end! Rachel Boyd survived the heat, clocking a strong 2:07:10 on what actually turned out to be a 12k amended route! Well done Rachel.

Saturday 27th April

Derwentwater Dawdle

The Derwentwater Dawdle is a challenging but beautiful 23 mile(ish) self-navigated route that takes in three tough ascents totalling an incredible 4300ft as competitors complete a full circuit of Derwentwater. On a day of widely-varying conditions, our own James Warburton – in his natural habitat – descended from the summit of Cat Bells in sunshine to claim first place in a mind-blowing 3hrs 59min. Keeping it in the family, Amy Naylor completed the arduous event in 5hrs 56min, running throughout alongside fellow Strider Beyhan Akyollu. Garry Webster also put in a great stint to complete the course in 5hrs 23mins. A fabulous result by all -well done!

Three Peaks Fell Race

Meanwhile, in the Yorkshire Dales, a trio of Striders were also in action on the fells, tackling the Three Peaks Race. This traverses the famous peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside and is one of the oldest, most famous and best organised fell races in Britain. Competition is fierce, with the field including international athletes and this year’s winner completing the circuit in a mind-blowing 2hrs 50mins! Our trio of Dave Christie, Ted Welton and Sean Brennan tackled this “Marathon of mountains”. On a day of torrential rain, hailstones, sleet, changing visibility and strong winds, which saw two runners evacuated, they should all be very proud of their achievements: Dave: 04:07:46, Ted 04:29:36, Sean: 05:24:51. Wow!

Sunday 28th April

Virgin Money London Marathon

The big day arrived in the capital, with five of our Striders pounding the famous streets among the thousands of others taking part. Cooler temperatures than 2018 will have been a relief to everyone involved, but the marathon challenge remained.

Fi Kitchingman was running in support of The Home Farm Trust, a charity very close to her family and clocked an impressive 04:09:27 on the world-famous route. Karen Williams clocked a strong 05:01:04  in support of the Bliss charity. Dawn Richardson had worked tremendously hard to prepare for her challenge, supporting Asthma UK in memory of her mother; a great time of 05:42:24 being the reward for her efforts. Claire McKenzie, running for Saint Michael’s Hospice’s Just ‘B’ Bereavement Support service, was remarkably close to Dawn over such a long distance, recording a time of 05:43:03. Finally, seasoned marathon runner James Wright put in an excellent 03:15:04 in support of his chosen charity, SportAid. His marathon quest will continue in New York later this year.

So that’s a wrap for April – a month of fewer races due to Easter, but what a variety our Striders were involved in! Coming up next: May madness and no doubt a monster-sized report with an incredible number of races going on!


HDSRL Round 2 next Tuesday (4th June)

After our incredible turnout and successes at Round 1, it’s quickly onto Round 2!

All the information about the race can be found by clicking here: Race Information. Start is 7.45pm on Hell Wath, Ripon. Those familiar with a Hell Wath start/finish will know that you need to plan your parking and may need to walk 10mins to the start. The route heads into the same scenic territory south-west of the city as the other Ripon-based runs, taking in 5miles of mixed, undulating surfaces. The map is available here: Race Map. You must also bring along your race number, which is used for all rounds.

Finally, a reminder that club vests are needed by the second round, but we have them back in stock at the Cricket Club now.

Let’s see if we can match our incredible 49-strong turnout again!

HDSRL Ripon Route

Club Vests are back in stock!

Happy Customer in run-faster vest.

Happy customer, thumbs aloft in run-faster vest

Everyone looks better in a club vest!

If you’ve been waiting for a new or replacement vest, we now have a range in stock at the Cricket Club. They are £22 and available in the following sizes;

– Ladies Sizes: 32″, 34″, 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″
– Men’s Sizes: 32″, 34″, 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″

Ask at a club night and we will sort you out. If you’re desperate (they are needed for round 2 of the HDSRL on Tuesday…) but can’t make Thursday, then get in touch with a committee member and we’ll get you one sorted.

Tomorrow: Intervals with Emma

Tomorrow: Intervals with Emma

If you missed out on your weekly episode of Eric due to our time-trial, then you’ll love tomorrow’s session (30th May). Emma Kicks, our visiting coach, will be holding her monthly session on grass at King James’ fields. The focus will be intervals. Meet 7.30pm at the Cricket Club.

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! She will be coaching at Striders on the 4th Thursday of each month.

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



This Tuesday – St. Robert’s Rush!

Tomorrow (Tuesday 28th May) sees the first of this year’s 1mile time trials: St. Robert’s Rush!

St Robert Rush

It’s your chance to test yourself over the classic mile course 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 there may not be time to admire the scenery!

The route will be accurately measured and marshalled by our own members, with runners settting off in groups of similar ability.

Entry is free and we hope that as 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.

If you would prefer to marshal rather than run, we’d be grateful for the help – please let James Wright know.

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

Wave 2 head off last year


Final call for 2019-20 membership!

We’re delighted with the number of members who have joined or rejoined us for the 2019-20 year! If you haven’t done so yet, it’s now time to get a move on! Tomorrow we will be moving across to contacting our current membership only, so don’t lose touch with us! Look what you could be missing…


Support, companionship and encouragement from fellow Striders, along with a range of coaching, regular events and benefits to keep you motivated, whatever your ability! Knowing that you have regular walking, jogging or running sessions in your diary can make a huge difference!

What do I get?

Knaresborough Striders membership provides you with access to:

  • Weekly training sessions run by qualified coaches
  • Organised twice-weekly run groups led by trained run leaders
  • Regular organised free time trials and other events
  • Changing and showering facilities at KCC
  • Membership of the KCC bar
  • A range of social events across the year
  • Public liability insurance whilst training and racing with us
  • Discounts at Up & Running, Tikiboo and

We also recommend adding the England Athletics membership option, which provides:

  • Discounted entry fees to most races and events
  • Access to affiliated events and race series such as Harrogate Summer League, PECO Cross-country series, Regional and National events
  • The club subsides part of your EA affiliation fee

What does it cost?

The subscription rates, as of 1st April 2019, are incredible value as follows:

Single membership:

  • Club only: £30
  • Club + England Athletics: £41
  • University Student: £12
  • University Student + England Athletics: £27


Click here to visit our membership page and register!