Run Leaders – a message from Eric

In the next fortnight leading up to the Club Time Trial on 29th March, could run leaders please show new members the route, mainly the 1st bit round the block. I know it will still be dark but walk or steady jog around would be a help. I will also display the route board a few club nights.





I have been told this is the last revision of Summer Road League dates.

1. May 5th Ilkley Start 7.30pm

2. May 24th Nidd Valley Start 7.45pm

3.May 31st Swaledale Start 7.45 pm also Club Championship event

4. June 16th Thirsk Start 7.45pm

5. June 28th Ripon Handicap Start 7.20pm onwards

Registration nights, to be informed. Thanks


What’s on in March?

Saturday 5th March – Takeover at Harrogate parkrun, Lightwater Valley 10k and Toms Social Pub Crawl
On Saturday 5th March, Striders are once again taking over the local parkrun event in Harrogate. This coincides with the Zero to Hero group ‘gradutating’ from their 8 week course so it will be great to see as many Striders as possible in attendance. In terms of the takeover, the main volunteer roster has now been fully populated but don’t let that stop you coming down to help out – the more the merrier, especially for cheery, encouraging marshals! Please can all those who have volunteered arrive at the Stray for no later then 08:30am for your role briefing.

The Lightwater Valley 10k takes place at 11:30am – which will mean a quick dash from parkrun for a number of Striders! If anyone is planning on attending both events and would like to participate in a car share, please email James Wright via or see him at training on Tuesday night. Entries will be available on the day – registration is from 10:15am until 11:15am.

After a busy morning, its time to chill out in Knaresborugh on the evening. Our Social Rep – Tom Burrell – will be leading us around the drinking establishments of town. Meet at the Crown for 19:00 if you want a bite to eat or 20:00 for drinks.

Saturday 19th March – Run Expo, Manchester
The yearly Run Expo is taking place at Manchester Event City from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March. The event allows visitors to try out the latest equipment, get expert advice on products and listen to the experiences of world famous runners such as Paula Radcliffe. The event runs in conjunction with the Swim, Triathlon and Bike Expo’s – one ticket covers all 4 events. The club has secured (after some savvy negotiating!) 50% off all tickets for its members – taking the price down to £5. The code is available on request from James Wright – contact via Facebook, Twitter (@KStriders), or see him at a club night.

A number of Striders have already declared an interest in attending on Saturday 19th March and therefore if you would like to get involved in a car share to the event, let James know when asking for the code. More information on the event can be found at

Tuesday 29th March – 2016 Time Trial No.1
Our ever popular Time Trials return for 2016. These are timed 5km events open to all members. See the news article published by Eric for further details.

Time Trial No.1 – March 29th 2016

The Time Trial is a club run of 5 kilometres and starts near our Clubhouse on Aspin Lane.

It is basically a 2 lap course run around the Aspin estate and is a no fee event – just pick up a number from the Clubhouse on the night!

For new runners its the chance to record a 5k time and see if you can improve it for the 2nd Time Trial in about 3 months time. For seasoned and competitive runners, it’s a good early season sharpener and can be measured against your 2015 times.

As always I will be asking for volunteers to help run the event and anybody wanting more information please contact me on Tuesday nights at the club.

Eric Morley

Club champs get underway and fell racers are nearly blown away….its the weekend results

Club Championship starts with Harrogate parkrun
A mass turnout of 17 Striders headed to Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning for the first Club Championship event of 2016. The course is still very much in its ‘winter state’, with corner 3 resembling a bog, but that didn’t stop 6 Striders achieving Personal Bests on the course. Martin Brock was the first to smash his PB, finishing in with a time of 19:26 (PB). The rapidly improving Guy Close recorded a PB to finish in 19:44 (PB) and he was followed by James Wright (20:31). The next two Striders to finish, Julian Carr and Ian Mitchell, had a head to head battle worthy of an Olympic final along the finish straight to both record a time of 22:55 (but Julian just pipped Ian by ‘a head’ on the line!). Closely behind was Derek Calvert, who recorded a PB with his 23:02. Andrew Roberts completed his 3 laps of the Stray in 23:52 and was joined by Harrogate parkrun first timer Gemma Harding (26:37), club coach Eric Morley (27:28), a PB smashing Andrea Price (27:59), Anthony Everitt (28:16), the constantly improving and PB recording Mark Shelton (28:50), Rob Charlesworth (29:00), Tracy Allison (29:24), Dawn Richardson (30:27), Anne Cooley (32:53) and Alison Jackson, who set a new PB time of 32:55. A big shout out to club member Sean Brennan for taking on the Race Director role – his volunteering efforts are greatly appreciated by all who attend the event on a weekly basis.

Down South in Dulwich, Tom Calvert recorded a PB with a time of 17:55.

5, 10 and 26.2 – Many Striders miles clocked on Sunday
In extremely wet and windy conditions on Sunday, three Striders took on the Ilkley Fell Race. The 5 mile course takes participants over mixed terrain and includes 1200ft of climbing. Keith Emery was first Strider back down the fell with a time of 53:13. Sean Brennan continued on his excellent form from the recent Peco XC series to finish his first fell race in club colours in 64:13. Taking 1st place in the V60 Women’s category was Sue Morley, who battled the elements to complete the course in 73:45
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The ‘Snake Lane 10’, based in Pocklington (East of York), also had three Striders in attendance. The second part of the course took runners into a strong headwind on the winding country roads. James Wright led home the club contingent in a course PB of 01:08:54. Clare McKenzie and Karen McNaughton were both taking part in their first ever 10 mile race and they beat the goal times they set themselves for the race, which formed part of their preparations for the Liverpool Half Marathon in May. Clare came across the finish line in 01:36:50 and Karen flew into the Market Place and sprinted over the line in 01:44:58. Thanks to Simon Shaw for coming to support the Striders….but sanity does have to be questioned….as he biked all the way over to Pocklington and back again!!
Pre snake lane Snake Lane goodies

Up in the North East, Graham Yare participated in the ‘Leas Marathon’. The event takes runners on 4 laps of a course along the South Shields coast, in the area around the Great North Run finish line. He finished the event in 03:38:17.

Ben Campbell 10K – Race Recce

I have had a message from John Withinshaw who organises this run. There is a recce of this trail terrain 10k on 21/02/16 @ 09.00, meet at White Horse car park 08.30. If you cannot make this another one is also to be scheduled.

John also states the Pub at Sandhutton is offering 2 x 2 Roast dinners , 1 to the most improved Lady and one for the most improved Man in the run. To be taken 17/4 or 24/4.



Snow, Sun and lots of fun – its the weekend round up!

parkrun – a cold start to the weekend

Snow showers greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning, with 13 Striders heading out into the cold to start the weekend off with a 5km run.

At Harrogate, which is the venue for our first club championship event this coming Saturday (20/02/16), Sean Brennan was first Strider home with a time of 23:00. He was joined by Julian Carr (25:50), Nick Wallen (26:04), Rob Charlesworth (29:09) and Emma Greveson (35:49).

Guy Close headed over to York and recorded an overall parkrun PB in a time of 19:06.

Fountains Abbey parkrun celebrated its 100th event, attracting a bumper attendance of 347. New member Tom Calvert recorded a course PB with a time of 18:22. He was followed exactly a minute later by Andy Robinson (19:22). Derek Calvert made his Fountains Abbey debut and completed the 2 lap course in 22:33. Liam Kennedy set a new parkrun PB in 23:30 and was joined by Andrea Price, who also recorded a PB (27:37), Dawn Richardson (28:54) and Bill Kirkpatrick (31:45).

Warmer weather for Peco XC

On Sunday morning, Striders finished off the 15/16 Peco Cross Country series with 15 members taking on the 4.7 mile course around Roundhay Park. With the sun shining and making conditions a little warmer than expected, the 600 runners were underway at 11am, with the first mile including a slippery trip up the notorious ‘Hill 60’.

Andy Robinson and James Wright were the first two Striders across the finish line, with Andy pushing ahead with 1.5 miles to go to finish in a time of 35:25, with James following 18 seconds later (35:43). Making a swift appearance on a break from university studies, James Cornforth was third Strider home, completing the course in 36:18. Sean Brennan (37:56), Nicola Carter (38:05 – 2nd in age category), Sima Lowery (38:47) were closely bunched up and were followed by Andy Roberts (42:11), Ian Mitchell (42:22) and, fresh from his 17 mile marathon training run on Saturday, Julian Carr (43:29). Sue Morley finished 2nd in her age category with a time of 47:02 to hold off the ever improving duo of Andrea Price (51:03) and Dawn Richardson (53:35). Edna Wood and Tracy Allison had a battle all the way round and were split by only 2 seconds at the end – finishing in 55:44 and 55:46 respectively. Making her third appearance of the season, Janet Morris finished strongly, stopping the clock on 57:33.
With Sundays race concluding the Peco series for another Winter, the final league standings have been announced. The ladies team took 1st place overall in the Vets 1st division (which sees them promoted the Vets Premier League for the 16/17 series) and 5th overall in the main 2nd division. It is hoped that two female Striders have taken top 3 places in their age categories – watch this space for further news! The men finished 4th in the 2nd division and 7th in the Vets 1st Division.