PECO Cross Country – Event No 3. – 22/01/17

This run takes place on January 22nd at West/Becketts Park (Leeds) and is a single lap race .

We have had  two good turnouts at the races before Xmas but with 40 members registered to run lets see if we can get 30+ and start climbing up the respective divisions.

Its a great morning out with friends, inexpensive and food afterwards. All details are at 

The website should be re-checked closer to race date in case of changes.

Come on, give it a go! 

Cheers Eric


A gigantic Striders Christmas and New Year round-up!

How’s everyone feeling then? New trainers had their first trip out? Set yourself some new running goals? Finished off the last mince pie found at the back of the cupboard? Well here’s another thing to indulge in…a gigantic Striders Christmas and New Year round-up! We start way back on the 17th December…..

17th December – that seems like an age ago!
At Harrogate parkrun, Ian Mitchell was the first Strider to take a finish token, completing the course in 21:12. He was joined by Julian Carr (23:17), Mark Taylor (24:27), Nick Wallen (25:49) and Rob Charlesworth (28:36).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Sean Brennan and Dawn Richardson represented the club, finishing in 20:52 and 29:13 respectively.

Taking on a rather wet and slippy Wetherby parkrun was Guy Close. He took the 2nd position token with a time of 18:58.

Peco Cross Country – Race 2 – An Undulating Course
On Sunday 18th December, a team of 18 Striders headed over to the South Leeds Stadium to take on Race 2 of the 16/17 PECO XC series. The event took participants through a tough route through Middleton Woods, including some testing hills, for just under 5 miles.

Starting with the ladies Nicola Carter secured 1st place in her age category with a time of 34:59. Returning from injury, Sima Lowery clocked 38:12 and was followed by Sue Morley who took 2nd place in her age category in 42:33. Julie Elmes was next around the finishing bend , stopping the clock on 46:10 and she was joined by Kerensa Welsby (47:59), Edna Wood (48:44), Dawn Richardson (51:21), Katie Gray (54:29) and Alison Jackson (54:29).

Martin Brock led home the male contingent in a time of 31:08. James Cornforth returned from University for the holidays to take part and came over the line in 32:09. He was chased down by Ian Waller (34:24), James Wright (34:40), Ian Mitchell (36:22), David Halladay (39:15), Andy Roberts (40:25), Eric Morley (45:00) and Tony Everitt (46:36).

After the race, the 15/16 awards were handed out. Nicola Carter and Sue Morley picked up age category awards and Sima Lowery went up to collect the ladies team prize (promotion was achieved!). Well done ladies – hopefully we will have a repeat of this success for the 16/17 season!

Striders on Tour
Whilst taking in some winter sun in Playa Blanca (Lanzarote), Graham Yare took on a 5k race named simply “Be Brave and Run 5k”! He finished in “around 22minutes”. Good to see the Striders represented Europe wide!

Santa is (or should that be was?) coming to town
Father Christmas certainly had the wind in his favour on Christmas Eve, with parkrunners met with the back end of a nasty storm giving the worst conditions encountered at parkruns across the North in many a year! At Harrogate, 13 Striders took on the dreadful conditions on the Stray, with James Cornforth heading the contingent in a time of 20:41. He was joined by Ian Mitchell (21:33), Nicola Carter (21:54 – 1st Lady), Sean Brennan (22:52), Jason Green (23:17), Julie Elmes (27:57), Pamela Singleton (28:22), Tony Everitt (28:01), Anna Cornforth (30:11), Robert Earl (30:36), Dawn Richardson (30:47), Edna Wood 31:31 and Paul Heywood (31:32).

The tarmaced course at York was slightly less damp then Harrogate! Guy Close was the first Strider up the finish straight infront of the grandstands, completing the course in 18:25. James Wright and Dan Wilson were also in attendance, finishing in times of 18:49 and 19:05 respectively.

Bring on the Turkey, Mince Pies, Chocolate….
Christmas Day brought much milder and certainly drier conditions for the parkrun attendees but by completing the 5km early on Xmas Day they made sure they had some calories burnt off for the Xmas treats!

Mark Taylor visited the Corby event to tick off another parkrun for the Striders (how many do you think club members have visited?)! Mark completed the West Glebe Park course in 23:52.

Closer to home, 8 Striders got passouts from their families to attend the Harrogate event. Guy Close clocked 19:29, with James Wright next, completing his 100th parkrun in 20:57. Nicola Carter was 1st Lady for the 2nd day in a row (21:38) and was joined by Andy Robinson (21:49), Rob Earl (23:04), Jason Green (23:27), Pamela Singleton (27:35) and Dawn Richardson (31:11).

Chasing up the Chevin
Remember the weather conditions on Boxing Day 2015? Too say it was wet was an understatement with the Chevin Chase nearly been cancelled. The 2016 event was not in danger however and the tough, undulating course, was taken on by Jason Green and Julie Elmes. They finished in times of 58:47 and 0:13:24 respectively.

A Jolly good time
The Jolly Holly Jog, held on the 27th December, was a victim of the weather in 2015 so it was good to see so many Striders in attendance at the 2016 event on a mild Bank Holiday.

Completing the 29th running of the event were James Cornforth (41:42), James Wright (42:19), Ian Waller (44:11), in his second event in two days Jason Green (48:29), Stewart Hymas (50:38), Anna Cornforth (51:56), Kerensa Welsby (01:01:19), Mark Shelton (01:03:02), Dawn Richardson (01:03:18), Roy Cooley (01:07:14), June Graham (01:10:22), Katie Gray (01:10:22) and Anne Cooley (01:10:50).






Lacing up for the last time in 2016
The last day of 2016 was utilised by 12 Striders to bag another parkrun! Sean Brennan took a break from Run Director duties at Harrogate (thanks Sean from all Striders for directing on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day) to make his first visit to York. The flat course was completed by Sean in 21:17.

The Stray was greeted by 6 Striders for a muddy Harrogate event. Keith Emery was handed the 2nd place finishers token after achieving a lung busting 18:27. Gareth Conkleton (22:01) and Mark Taylor (24:14) were the next Striders to cross the finishing line and they were followed by 1st time parkrunner (welcome to the club!) Claire Killingworth (25:41), Julie Elmes 27:23 and Tony Everitt (27:47).

Fountains Abbey, widely regarded as the best parkrun in the UK, was attended by 5 Striders. Guy Close was the first Strider back (18:36) once again, pushing away from Dan Wilson (19:08) and James Wright (19:10) in the last km. Nicola Carter took the 1st lady placing in 21:13 and Dawn Richardson clocked 30:48.

Starting the year with a double
New Years Day is the only day of the year that parkrunners are allowed to record ‘A Double’ and this option was taken up by 4 Striders (that we are aware of – let us know if you took on a double somewhere else) to get the first runs of 2017 under their belts.
First up at 9am was Pontefract, with James Wright leading the Striders contingent with a time of 20:07. Nicola Carter recorded a course PB (21:20), Jason Green finished in 21:49 and Sean Brennan clocked all the 2’s (22:22).

A journey of 6 miles was required to the next parkrun – a 10:30am start at Nostell Priory. The Striders order was the same as ‘Ponty’ – James Wright leading the contingent (20:34), followed by Nicola Carter (22:24), Jason Green (23:16) and Sean Brennan (23:21).

The first parkrun of the year for most
This past Saturday (7th Jan) at Harrogate parkrun, Tom Calvert completed his 51st parkrun in 18:52. Gareth Conkleton (21:59) was next, followed by Ian Mitchell (22:40), Mark Taylor (24:03), Paul Heywood (26:03), David Halladay (29:44), Edna Wood (30:46), Anne Cooley (31:57), Katie Byrne (34:41), Samantha Young (35:38) and Emma Hall (41:30).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close took the 1st place position token for the first time, leaving something in the bank for the last hill (or is it an undulation?) sprint to complete the course in 18:06. Julian Carr was also in attendance, finishing his first parkrun of 2017 in a time of 23:09.

The course at Wetherby was a bit slippy, but James Wright and Nicola Carter chucked on their trail shoes to get round in 19:27 and 21:41. Nicola took the 1st lady placing….it’s becoming a bit of a habit that Nicola (keep it up!).

Nostell Priory was visited by Jason Green for the 2nd time in a row and he stopped the clock on 22:39. Mark Shelton joined him and recorded a time of 29:49 to get his 2017 parkrunning off to a good start.

Cross Country Champs
On Saturday afternoon, Lightwater Valley Theme Park hosted the 2017 Yorkshire Cross Country Championships once again, providing a tough, undulating course for the Striders in attendance. In the Ladies race, Julie Elmes was the sole Strider, finishing the 5 mile course in 48:43. In the gents race, over a distance of 6.4 miles, Ian Waller achieved a time of 46:59, followed shortly after by Sean Brennan in 48:20.

The Temple Newsam Ten was held on Sunday, with David Halladay and Dawn Richardson attending to take on the mixed terrain course. They finished in 01:24:54 and 01:51:25 respectivly to get their 2017 race seasons off to great starts.


If there are  are any members who would like to Register for the next Cross Country at Becketts Park, Leeds, please let me know before 20.00 hours  07/01/2017.

It will cost you £3 for a number and £3 for entry on race day. You then retain that number for the 2 events after that.  The other major requirement is  you must have a an Individual England Athletics number.  I am contactable on 01423 866983(NB  No Ans phone)  or

Thanks Eric

Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to all of our members.

The first training session of 2017 will take place on Tuesday 3rd January (19:20 for a 19:30 start). We look forward to what we hope will be another successful year for the club!

Don’t forget that our 2017 ‘Zero to Hero’ programme starts on Thursday 12th January. If you have family, friends, work colleagues, etc. that are interested, they can read further information on a previous article which can be found here, or they can just come down on the 12th and join up with that group.

Bring on 2017!


Zero to Hero 2017

Our next Zero to Hero programme will commence on Thursday January 12th 2017 – spread the word!

Last year’s course was hugely successful and our qualified Run Leaders are once more ready to inspire and support newcomers to train them to go from zero to being able to take on a 3 mile run.

The course lasts for 8 weeks and will guide people new to running through a step by step programme to build up their fitness and confidence to run for 3 miles or do a 5km parkrun.

Registration opens at 7pm on 12th January at Knaresborough Cricket Club, Aspin Lane. The cost of the 8 week programme is £15, payable when you register, and the training nights are Tuesday and Thursday. If anyone can’t make every night there is a simple programme they can follow in their own time to stay on track.

The course is open to anyone aged 16 years and above (under 18s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and participants will need comfortable clothing and training shoes.

Club News – Results, Dates for the Diary and the London Marathon Draw

There’s a decent amount to round-up this week – not all results though! We have news of a marathon challenge, parkrun results, some dates for the diary, London Marathon place draw and a review of the social event of the year (the Striders Christmas party!). So pour yourself an eggnog, grab a mince pie and take a peek…..we start with news of results on the first Saturday of the month.

December rings in with parkrun tourism
On December 3rd, the club “first Saturday of the month” parkrun visit was to Cross Flatts in Leeds. The course threw in a couple of hills (definitely not “undulations”) and two flights of steps – so a little bit different to most of the parkruns in the area! James Wright took 3rd place overall with a time of 19:21 and Nicola Carter finished 1st lady in a time of 21:14.

Dan Foley took on some more adventurous parkrun tourism, heading over the border to Wales to take on the Bryn Bach course. Set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the course consists of “Two laps of a fast, scenic, traffic-free course. The course uses a tarmac path that loops the lake in a clockwise direction”. Dan finished his two laps in 20:06.

Julian Carr was the sole visitor to the York event, finishing in 21:37.

At Harrogate Ian Mitchell led the way for Striders, completing his 3 laps in 20:14. Jason Green was just under a minute behind (21:12) and was chased down by Sean Brennan (21:33). The rest of the Striders contignent was headed by Julie Elmes (26:25) and she was joined by club coach Eric Morley (26:33), Mark Shelton (27:27) and Rob Charlesworth (28:24).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close got almightily close to his goal of a sub 18minute parkrun by clocking 18:03. It will come Guy – keep going!

A Marathon Challenge
Sunday 4th December was a big day for Striders vice-chair Dan Wilson. He completed his triple endurance challenge (after already completing a triathlon and taking part in the Equinox 24 hour race) by completing 13, 2mile laps of the Stray to complete a full marathon. Dan was joined by approximately 30 people at the start line, with a mix of distances completed. Well done to Dan for organising this event and completing his “triple crown” (and raising over £1000 in the process for charity).

Is it really December?
Mild conditions greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning – certainly not what we are used to at this time of year!
Harrogate was attended by five Striders, with Nicola Carter leading the way with a time of 21:11. Sean Brennan quickly followed (21:25) and was joined by Mark Taylor (25:02), Tony Everitt (27:22) and Xmas Party Supremo Edna Wood (29:30).

David Halladay was the first Strider across the line at Fountains Abbey, completing the course in 25:39. Gaynor Downs made her first visit to this parkrun and clocked 38:13, followed shortly afterwards by Danielle Greenwood in 38:34.

Guy Close visited Wetherby for 3 tough laps of the playing fields. He took the 2nd position token by finishing in 18:48.

Down South, Julie Elmes took on the Brackley event and finished with a time of 27:13.

Through the woods at the Leeds Xmas 10K
David Halladay was the only Strider to be racing on Sunday (as far as we are aware!) with his participation at the Leeds Christmas 10k Challenge based at next week’s Peco XC venue – Middleton Park. A new route for 2016 took participants from the springy running track of the John Charles Stadium into the woods through the Middleton Park estate, before a final lap of the stadium to bring runners over the line. David completed this challenging event in a time of 49:43.

The Xmas Party – A Stride-Tastic Night
Just over 40 Striders got all dressed up for the 2016 Christmas party on Saturday evening which was held at the Old Swan hotel in Harrogate. The theme for the night, ‘The Great Gatsby’ brought out some fantastic costumes – from hats, to flapper dresses, to bow ties. After digesting dinner, the award for best Striders dancer was up for grabs! Big shout outs to Emma Greveson, Edna Wood, Clare Rogers, Tom Burrell and Gemma Harding….but the winner has to be Martin Brock after deciding to take on a knee slide during a group rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin on Prayer”. A BIG thanks to Edna Wood for organising everything – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

Is the London Marathon on your to do list?
The club has secured one guaranteed entry for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon and it is now up for grabs via a lucky dip draw. If you wish to enter, you must –
1) A fully paid up member of Knaresborough Striders for the 2016/2017 membership year
2) A fully paid up member of England Athletics (and therefore in a possession of a EA registration number)
3) Have not received a place in the London Marathon via a Knaresborough Striders club draw in any previous years.
If you want to add your name into the hat, please email your name and England Athletics number to by 6pm on Monday 19th December. The draw will be made at the club night on Tuesday 20th December.

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
As is now tradition, the club will be providing mince pies and mulled wine at one of the local pubs in town after the last Tuesday club run prior to Christmas – Tuesday 20th December. All runs will end at the venue so you may want to park your car at the Chapel Street car park in town rather than having to run back up to the clubhouse.
The last official club run of 2016 will be Thursday 22nd December, with a return on Tuesday 3rd January, however a number of club members will still be meeting on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th December should you wish to have a run out to show off all of your new running gear that Santa has left under the tree!

5th Anniversary Celebrations and Awards Night
The club will celebrate its 5th Anniversary and hand out the annual awards on Tuesday 24th January. There will be a club run as normal before we all gather at the clubhouse for some food (20:30 onwards) and handout awards.
This night will also act as the AGM, which will include committee nominations. News of the committee opportunities open will be published in the new year.