parkrun – 03.10.15

The latest club parkrun visit was held on Saturday, with 12 members taking on the challenging (hilly!) course at Temple Newsam. James Wright (20:22) was first back to the finish line in front of the impressive stately home, followed by Nicola Carter, who was first female overall, in a time of 22:09. Graeme Kilvington and Andy Roberts were neck and neck coming up the final hill, with finish times of 24:15 and 24:16 respectively. Following them were Sue Morley (25:53), John Greveson (25:51), Clare Mckenzie (26:43), Anthony Everitt (26:52), Eric Morley (28:09), Karen McNaughton (30:00), Edna Wood (31:29) and Tracy Allison (32:06). A few pictures from the event are below – please see the Gallery for more pictures.

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At Harrogate, Conrad Garcia recorded a time of 20:48 and he was joined on the Stray by Nick Wallen (25:09).

At a foggy Fountains Abbey, Guy Close smashed his PB and achieved his first sub-20 minute parkrun with a time of 19:56. Julian Carr was also in attendance at the World Heritage site, clocking a time of 23:14.

Our next club parkrun visit will be on Saturday 7th November. A draw will take place at training on Tuesday 13th October and the result published shortly after. The options are York, Bradford (Lister Park), Skipton, Wetherby, Roundhay Park or Woodhouse (Leeds). Get it in your diary – it’s a great way to start the weekend!

Cross Country Registration Nights

There are 2 seperate nights for Peco Cross Country Registration. These are Tueday October 6th and Thursday 22nd October. I will need from you on that night. NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, £3 for your Number( with electronic chip) and your England Athletics Registration Number. All races are £3 each.

All the races are local, Leeds area,great fun and with a wide standard of participants worth a try. Races are usually around 5 miles. This year we are in a Division. All welcome Go Striders give it a try.

Race dates as per Peco website:

1. 22-11-15 @ TEMPLE NEWSAM
2. 13-12-15 @ WEST PARK FIELDS
3. 03-01-16 @ MIDDLETON PARK
4. 24-01-16 @ GOLDEN ACRE PARK
5. 14-02-16 @ TO BE CONFIRMED

More info at The PecoXC League website.

Predictor Run

This Non competitive event will be held on Tuesday October 13th. Choose the designated 5k or 5 mile route. Register the time you will complete that route. Collect a number and be ready to run betweeen 19.40 and 19.45. Common start point for both runs. 1 GOLDEN RULE— CARRY NO TIMING DEVICE WITH YOU. Closest to there predicted time in each run will be the winner .Food provided after.

Time Trial – 15/09/15

After a damp start to the day, drier and milder weather greeted 26 Striders for the latest Time Trial event on Thursday evening.

The third and final TT of the year was a handicap event, with all those who had run at least one of the previous two events in 2015 setting off in order of times previously set.

Thanks to Eric for organising the event and to all of the volunteers that helped on the night.

The results were as follows –
Actual Time (Clock Finish Time / Handicap)

Martin Brock – 19:02 (36:19 / 17:17)
Rob Clarke – 19:07 (36:58 / 17:51)
Andy Robinson – 19:14 (36:24 / 17:10)
James Wright 19:40 (36:22 / 16:42)
Guy Close – 20:13 (35:42 / 15:28)
David Cremins – 21:27 (36:37 / 15:10)
Phil Cornforth – 21:29 (36:09 / 14:40)
Sima Lowery – 21:38 (36:14 / 14:36)
Sean Brennan – 22:18 (36:19 / 14:01)
Gareth Conkleton – 22:39 (36:20 / 13:41)
Julian Carr – 22:44 (37:01 / 14:17)
Derek Calvert – 22:48 (22:48 / First TT)
Guy Marshall – 23:32 (35:47 / 12:15)
Phil Chatterton – 23:53 (36:03 / 12:10)
Tom Burrell – 24:58 (35:51 / 10:53)
Liam Kennedy – 25:20 (25:20 / First TT)
John Greveson – 25:34 (36:39 / 11:05)
Clare McKenzie – 25:57 (36:48 / 10:51)
Julie Beardwell – 25:59 (25:59 / First TT)
Peter Noble – 26:37 (26:37 / First TT)
Lucy Taylor – 27:28 ( 27:28 / First TT)
Tracy Allison – 27:35 (36:46 / 9:11)
Gemma Harding – 27:36 (36:20 / 8:44)
Gillian Mulholland – 32:39 (36:14 / 8:44)
Heather Hammond – 35:27 (35:43 / 0:16)
Ellie Archer – 36:14 (36:14 / 0:00)

Weekend Round Up – 26th and 27th September

A bumper set of results this week, with Striders represented at 5 different events.

Starting with parkrun on Saturday morning, regular Fountains Abbey visitor Phil Chatterton recorded a time of 22:10. At the Harrogate event, Gareth Conkleton achieved a PB with a time of 22:15. He was joined by Julian Carr (23:12) and a PB smashing Graeme Kilvington (23:27).

At the Brownlee Triathlon, held at Harewood House, Andy Robinson finished 78th out of 730 with a time of 01:40:08. A slight detour on the run section of the event cost him a higher placing but he won’t be making that mistake again he says! Dan Wilson was also competing in the event via participation in the team relay. He took on the running leg and helped his team to finish in 10th place.

A cold start to Sunday morning didn’t put off a healthy number of Striders attending the latest Club Championship event – the ‘Kirkstall Abbey 7’. Martin Brock was first back into the Abbey grounds, leading home the 11 members in attendance ,with a time of 42:25. Also getting some points on the board for the championship were James Wright (44:50), Guy Close (46:08), Ian Mitchell (47:15), Conrad Garcia (47:46) Nicola Carter (49:37 – First FV45), Julian Carr (53:19), Andrea Price (01:04:46), Lucy Cartwright (01:05:47), Joanne Fowler (01:06:35) and Dawn Richardson (01:09:03).

At the fast and flat Redcar Half Marathon, Sima Lowery continued her great recent race form with a finish time of 01:40:17. She was joined by David Cremins (time TBA) at the 33rd running of the event.

Fountains Abbey parkrun – Saturday 5th September

A reminder that a club visit to FOUNTAINS ABBEY parkrun will take place this Saturday (5th September). The event, widely regarded as the best parkrun in the country in terms of location (a World Heritage Site) and scenery, is a predominantly flat course starting adjacent to the Abbey and is run over two laps (one short and one long towards the Water Gardens).

Please meet at Knaresborough Cricket Club for 07:55am, with departure at 08:05am to make sure we are there in plenty of time for the 9am start. If coming to KCC first means you are travelling in the wrong direction, please feel free to meet us there. If you can make the event, please put your name down on the sheet which you will find on the club noticeboard at KCC. Alternatively, let us know via email (, Facebook or Twitter. Please indicate if you can take a car or if you will require a lift (or if you will be meeting us there).

FlaminGO 10k run

Matt Durrant of Circle in Flamingo Land is organising a 10k run in the grounds of Flamingo Land zoo and theme park areas, raising money for the Udzungwa Forest project, protecting forests and vulnerable animals in Tanzania.

Cost-£13 Affiliated runners, £15 Unaffiliated runners.

Email for more information, or sign up at

They are also looking for marshals, who will get free tea and coffee, and free entry to the zoo after the run.

News form the awards

This was an excellent evening after running even though the turnout was lower than expected.The following list is not fully comprehensive so apologies to any one who I may have missed:

Ladies Club Champion – Nicola Carter

Mens Club Champion – Tony Crowther

Top Socialising Strider – Nicola Carter

Handicap Winner – Judith Cornfield

1st Man Handicap – Andy Roberts

Fastest Time Trial – Ben Campbell 18.43

Fastest Lady Time Trial – Nicola Carter 21.10

Strider of the Year – Eric Morley

Also Awarded:
Ian Mitchell Impovement

Jane Day Commitment to Racing

Sima Lowery Impovement

The two London Marathon places went to John Williams and Sean Brennan.

Well done to Amanda and team who made such a good job of getting the Chilli Conc and Spuds ready for returning runners, only having access to the kitchen from 8PM onwards

Peco X Country Race 4 – Details

The 4th Peco XC will take place February 8th at Bodington Hall on the OTLEY Rd, Leeds. Crucially Post code LS16 5P7.

The organiser has highlighted there will be parking problems CAR SHARE PLEASE.

Senior race is 4.5 miles over 2 laps.

Read ALL details at

If you Registered but not had a run yet heres your big chance to shine on a gently undulating course.