Little change in the Senior Mens Championship since Burton Leonard, but plenty to race for with just Wetherby, Whixley and Guy Fawkes to run.  Same applies in the Veteran Ladies where it could be  a tight call  for the winner. The Veteran Mens title was decided  with Ian’s win at Burnsall and the Senior Ladies title was won quite early season by Claire.





Roll on Wetherby


These two races were only lightly supported, new member Ed Hollinshead  was the only Senior runner, at the Ryedale Half.

However the main protaganists in the Male and Female Vets did take points. Ian secured the Title in the Male Vets overall after being pushed by the ever improving Stephen. In the Lady Vets  battle Catherine and Nicola have taken over at the top from Dawn and Jo.  With 3 races to run its going  to be an interesting finale in this Category.




Dalby Forest parkrun visit is next weekend!

Thinking of popping along to our Monthly Social parkrun visit next weekend? You might also want to ‘Go Ape’ whilst you’re there….

(not the parkrun)

(not the parkrun)

September’s Monthly parkrun venue is DALBY FOREST. The event takes place at Dalby Forest Courtyard, Low Dalby, Pickering, YO18 7LT on Saturday 1st September. A few of our regular ‘tourists’ are also planning to stay around and monkey around at the ‘Go Ape’ high ropes activities as well. You might fancy doing likewise! See Go Ape Dalby for more details.

This month’s venue is a bit further afield than previous, so those wishing to car-share should arrange to meet at the Cricket Club at 7.00am. A few of our regulars are planning to stay nearby the parkrun, so it’s worth asking around to check who is/isn’t travelling in advance.

Dalby Forest parkrun  is a multi-user trail predominately forest roads, footpaths and gravel trails for all standards of runner. The trail takes in views along the valley and crosses over bridges that span Dalby Beck as well as winding through forest and pasture. The course is largely flat with a couple of short elevations.

Toilets are located in the Dalby Forest Courtyard as well as the main Visitor Centre. There are disabled facilities in both locations.
There is plenty of car parking located between the Dalby Forest Courtyard and the Visitor Centre. There are a number of disabled parking bays near both the Visitor Centre and Courtyard.

Parkrun Dalby

Dalby Forest parkrun

There is a discounted toll charge of £2 per vehicle for all parkrunners to use the forest drive by car until 10.30am. If you wish to extend your visit beyond 10.30am you can top up your admission at the Information Point in Dalby Forest For walkers, runners and cyclists there is no toll charge to enter the forest.
A large children’s play area is located at the back of the main Visitor Centre approximately 5 minutes from the start line.
There are two cafes in walking distance from the start line. The Courtyard Café is closest. The second café is located inside the main Visitor Centre.

Axe Throwing? Oh yes… read on.

Our fellow Strider Kez Welsby and Debbie Handslip (NVRR) are both running the Great North Run this year and raising monies for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank Charity which is run by the parents of Sam Fugill (NVRR).

(Human target not included)

(Human target not included)

In order to help raise funds, Lee Welsby will be running Axe Throwing sessions in the grounds of Ripley Castle on Sunday 2nd September. They are open to anyone from the age of 12 but spaces are limited per session sorry. It may sound a strange sport to try but its great fun, very therapeutic (feel free to bring picture of your boss to pin on the board) and gets very competitive.

These sessions are normally £30 per person (£25 kids) but Lee’s company is providing resources and he’s giving up his time for this worthy cause so sessions will be completely free…. yes that’s right…    FREE…   well, sort of…
…you are ‘axed’ to make donations to the Wansbeck Valley Foodbank of whatever value you see fit. Cash donations can be made on the day, or you can contribute right now using Kez’s fundraising page: Kez Great North Run
Spaces are limited for each session and will be run from 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00. To book please reply direct to Lee or Kez:

Lee has asked us to point out that to put anyone’s mind to rest he is actually a qualified Axe Throwing Instructor and not an axe-wielding maniac who is planning to break into Ripley Castle. Feel free to check out his company website for more details:


Take a look at the Crag Rat Course!

A big thanks to Jez for leading a mixed groups around the Crag Rat Course last night. It really is a cracking route with a bit of everything!

If you haven’t been around yet, or would like a reminder, we now have a ‘Course in Pictures’ page on our website which takes you around step by step.

Click here to see it in full.

Good news! We're back at the Crag which gives our run its name. Bad news... we need to be on top of it by the finish. you know what that means...
With the crag edge to your left and houses to the right, it's a very gently incline here but you're nearly home...
One of the oldest routes in and out of Knaresborough, this was used the King John and the Knights Templar when staying at nearby Plompton. It's a little uneven underfoot here, so take care.


Bookings open for Christmas Dinner

Majextic xmas

Summer hasn’t yet passed, but it’s already time to grab your place at our Christmas Extravaganza!

Our crack team of socialising experts have rigorously researched the options on offer and we’re pleased to announce that this year’s festive venue will be the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.

Here are the basics:

  • It’s on the evening of Saturday 15th December.
  • Cost is £32 per person and includes: 3 course Carvery dinner with a Bucks Fizz on arrival, a mirror photo booth.
  • You need to sign-up and pay a deposit of £10-per-person before 5th September to guarantee your place.

I’m in. What do I do next?

  1. Transfer your deposit by BACS to our Club account using the following details:  Sort code 40-26-20, account no. 11295985 – using XMAS and your surname/initial as the reference.
  2. Click here to add yourself to the attendees list.

That’s it. We’ll provide more details closer to the time.

Tonight’s Coaching (23/8) postponed

Tonight’s Coaching session (23rd Aug) with Emma is postponed until 30th August- Get Well Soon Emma!
Instead, we will be having a ‘normal’ Thursday, heading out from the clubhouse at 7.30pm with our usual range of groups to suit everyone!

Tackling Burnsall 10 this weekend?

Round 10 of our Ben Campbell Club Championship takes place this Saturday afternoon (25th August) at the Burnsall Sports 10mile Road Race, heading off at 2pm.

It is a delightful route, taking in Hartlington, Hebden, Grassington, Threshfield, Swinden Corner, Linton, Thorpe and Burnsall.

There is no entry as such – instead you need to register in advance and then pay on the day.

Ben Campbell CCFurther Details:



The Road Race precedes the famous Fell Race, which you may wish to stay on to see! Alternatively you might dash home for our Social Run at Nidd Gorge!Burnsall

Social Run in Nidd Gorge

In response to many requests, Mark S and Edna will be leading a group of runners for a Social Run through the Nidd Gorge Woods on Saturday 25th August at 6pm.

This is open to all abilities. For those who are new to trail running, or don’t have much experience, it should be dry enough that decent road shoes with good grips will suffice, but if you are not used to running off road and own some trail shoes it is recommend that you wear them, as some sections can be slippy, especially after rain. Mark has measured the route at just under 4 miles. You will need to take care as conditions can be tricky underfoot and you’ll be running at your own risk.

If you haven’t already ventured into the Gorge, this is a chance not to be missed and we guarantee that you will return!