Tuesday Quality Sessions

The Tuesday Quality sessions from January 9th to February 6th inclusive will be as follows;

January 9th – Shallow Hills

January 16th – Steep Hill

January 23rd – Endurance

January 30th – Endurance

February 6th – Steep Hill


Zero to Hero 2018 – Places going fast

Our next ‘Zero to Hero’ course starts in just over a week and places are selling fast.

This is an eight-week programme of walking, jogging and running with the aim of being able to complete a 5K run (3.1 miles) at its completion. To this end we will finish the course by running the Harrogate parkrun on the Stray in March.

The course will start on Thursday 11 January 2018 at 7pm and the cost is £15, which includes Club membership until the end of March 2018.

There are only 40 places available and at the time of writing, just under half of the places have been allocated. If you would like to take part, or know someone who would like to join in, please email the club for an application form via info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk.

This is always an excellent course so get signed up now!

Christmas and New Year Results – Burning off the Mince Pies!

In our latest results round up, we have news from local parkruns, the Jolly Holly Jog and the Barcelona 10k! We start with results from parkrun events on Saturday 23rd December……

Guy sets the record straight at Selby
Three Striders headed to the new Selby parkrun to check out the 1 lap course that takes participants around a (primarily) disused airfield. Guy found the course to be super quick and achieved an oveall parkrun PB of 17:44. James Wright followed 2 minutes later (19:43) and Edna Wood completed the course in 28:06.

At Harrogate, Ian Mitchell was the first Strider into the finish funnel (20:33) and he was joined by Sean Brennan (21:28), Mark Taylor (22:17), David Halladay (23:13), Craig Mitchell (24:12), Derek Calvert (24:17), Gary Wilkinson (24:37), Mark Shelton (27:27), Anthony Everitt (28:28), Tracy Allison (30:08), Gaynor Downs (33:32), Joanne Gray (36:37) and Emma Hall (37:04).

Fountains Abbey hosted its last parkrun before Christmas and welcomed five Striders. Nicola Carter clocked 21:49, followed by Dawn Richardson (32:21), Rebecca Williams (33:39), Bill Kirkpatrick (34:39) and Deborah Goldfield (41:59).

In Wales, Dan Foley visited the Bryn Bach event and recorded a time of 20:06.

Across the water, Tom Calvert took the first place token at the Derry City event, finishing with a time of 18:15.

Christmas Day parkrunning – tis tradition!
Thirteen Striders decided to get a 5km under their belts on Xmas Day (maybe to allow that one extra mince pie?!) at Harrogate parkrun.

Battling against strong winds, Guy Close ran across the line in 18:53 and was joined on the Stray by James Wright (21:37), Nicola Carter (22:47), Sean Brennan (23:40), Claire Baxter (24:40 – PB), Derek Calvert (24:59), Gary Wilkinson (26:23) and Paul Heywood (27:35). Anthony Everitt chose a good day to record his 100th parkrun and ran his three laps in a total time of 28:41. The final four Striders were split by only 5 seconds with Dawn Richardson (31:10) and Tracy Allison (31:10) having a dead heat, followed by Edna Wood (31:12) and Andrea Price (31:16).

Photos from the run can be found here.

A Chase on the Chevin
On Boxing Day, Julie Elmes took on the Chevin Chase. This is an 11km route that is certainly ‘undulating’ throughout! Julie completed the event in 01:18:13.

Searching for a parkrun
The weather on Saturday 30th December claimed the majority of parkruns in the local area but three Striders managed to seek out an event that was still on in order to get another parkrun in the bag.

Nicola Carter flew the Striders flag at Woodhouse Moor (Leeds), completing the course in 21:41. We should also mention that Nicola recently secured her 100th parkrun – a great achievement Nicola!
Gary Wilkinson headed up the A1 to Darlington South Park parkrun, recording a time of 25:25.
For the 2nd Saturday on the trot, Guy Close visited the Selby event and clocked a time of 18:47 in “slippy conditons”.

Counting down to 2018
New Years Eve saw 15 Striders get some last minute miles into the yearly tracker across three events on New Years Eve.

Sue Morley raced against Alistair Brownlee (yes that’s right – the Olympic champion) at the Auld Lang Syne fell race. She couldn’t quite keep up with Alistair (who bagged 1st place in a time of 44:54) on the 9.6km course but still recorded a brilliant time of 01:18:07.

At the Jolly Holly Jog in Ripon, Ian Waller (45:13) led home the Striders contingent on the energy sapping “mud bath” course. David Halladay was just under 5 minutes behind Ian (50:05) and was followed through Studley Royal Deer park back into Ripon by Stewart Hymas (50:56), Gary Wilkinson (52:57), Claire Baxter (55:00), Anna Cornforth (01:01:58), June Graham (01:03:48), Alison Dales (01:04:22), Lisa Harrison (01:06:05), Julie Elmes (01:06:19), Katie Gray (01:10:29) and Annika Mcdonald (01:23:15).

Not as local as the above two races, Dawn Richardson and Andrea Price headed over to Spain to complete the San Silvestre 10k race in Barcelona! Starting just as dark started to descend, Andrea completed the course in just over the 1 hour mark (01:00:17), with Dawn following in a time of 01:04:34. Maybe this could be a Striders trip in the future?!

Happy New Year…or should that be “Happy Double parkrun day”?!
We finish off our Christmas/New Year round-up with results from New Year’s Day parkruns (where known) – the only day of the year where you can record two parkrun results.

Guy Close recorded his 100th parkrun at York, recording a PB at the venue with a time of 17:56. Mark Shelton, Jen Carne and Emma Hall all visited the Knavesmire based event for the first time and recorded times of 28:21, 29:22 and 38:05 respectively – a great start to the year!

Nicola Carter, Sean Brenan and Gary Wilkinson headed North West to complete a ‘New Years Day double’ with trips to the Skipton and Pendle parkrun events. Skipton was the first event of the day, with Nicola finishing 3rd Lady in a time of 22:04, Sean following in 24:32 and Gary finishing in 27:15. At Pendle, Nicola completed her 105th parkrun in 23:28, Sean completed his 161st with a time of 24:10 and Gary stopped the clock on 28:08 to record his 55th parkrun.

The Ben Campbell Club Championship 2018

With the new year now upon us, the details of the 2018 club championships – known as the BEN CAMPBELL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP – are now available on the club champs page which can be found HERE.. Entry links for all events are included on the page.

The first three events will be as follows – get booking soon so you don’t miss out!

Muddy Boots 10k – 04/02/18
Liversedge Half Marathon – 18/02/18
Dentdale 14 – 10/03/18

Good luck to all participants.     

Thanks, Eric


If there are any other members who would like to enter Peco Event  number 3 on 7/1/18 please tell me by 22/12/17.   To enter you will need to be a fully paid up Club member and have a personal URN number(previously known as your E A number). You can pay in 2 ways. 1. Hand  £3 to me or transfer £3 to the Striders bank account using Account No  11295985, Sort code 40-26-20 Use as Reference  PECO.

The National Cross Country Championships are taking place  on Parliament Fields London on 24/2/18, if you would like to run, please tell me by 5/1/18.  I am contactable at the club on Tuesday evenings or on 01423 866983 +   eric_ morley@hotmail.com   Thanks Eric .you would


Golden Acre Cross Country– 10/12/17.

Congratulations to all the members who ran ,  8 Ladies  and 7 Men who  all  performed superbly.   The snowy conditions that were forecast did not materialise fortunately.  We had  two  debutant runners on the day Baz and   Lisa, great additions to the Ladies squad.

Results are now available at  http://www.pecoxc.co.uk         Next Peco race is   7/1/18  Eric

Striders Xmas Party – Saturday 16th December – A reminder of the details

Its the Striders Xmas Party at the Swan Hotel this coming Saturday (16th December) so here is your final reminder of the details….

Date: 16th December
Venue: The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Time: 19:00 for 19:30 start
Dress Code: Party wear (no jeans or trainers)

Please note that there are two different Xmas party events taking place at the venue on the night. The Striders are booked on the “Party Fever” event so please ask staff for directions to the correct room if it isn’t obvious.

Clare and Natalie will be on hand when you arrive to provide you with a place setting card that will have a reminder of your menu choices on.

As part of the Striders booking, a 1 night free stay has been provided by the hotel (this can be used, subject to availability, at any time until the 31st March 2018). Everyone who has booked on the Xmas party has an opportunity to win this free nights stay and the draw will take place before the Striders session on Tuesday 12th December.

This years Xmas party is the biggest one organised to date (70 booked in) so it bodes well for a great night. See you all there with your dancing shoes on!

Santa Stride – Sunday 17th December

The clubs annual Santa Stride will take place on Sunday 17th December starting in the market place at 12Noon.

This event is for all the family, taking in a short loop of Knaresborough with carol singing stops along the way!

Registration will be from 11:30am outside the Cancer Research charity shop.

Santa suits will be available for a minimum of a £5 donation, with all money raised going to Cancer Research.

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine will be available (for donations) in the shop after the run.

Spread the word and get all the family down to help kick off your Christmas celebrations in style (oh and maybe help walk/run/jog the Striders Xmas party hangover off!).