March 2019 Results Round-up

It’s the March 2019 Results Round-up…

Featuring this month: Three sisters, a canal, daffodils, propellers, MC Hammer, an errant branch and a case of forgotten footwear…

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

A fair reflection of many of our running days this March, however it might seem that the Victorians didn’t have rain! We did, guaranteeing the myriad running conditions to which our Striders are accustomed at this time of year. 10k and 10mile races returned in abundance, with great expectations of a successful season ahead for our athletes. There was no shortage of success either, with some fantastic times clocked, new distances tackled, much progress in evidence and even a few prizes along the way!

Saturday 2nd March

Just some of the many Striders at the 2nd March parkrun.

Just some of the many Striders at the 2nd March parkrun.

Harrogate parkrun

We’re including a solitary parkrun in this report because of course it formed part of our Club Championship. The second of this year’s extended 15 rounds and following-on from last month’s opener in Liversedge, it attracted Striders in strong numbers and ensured that our championship entries were greatly boosted! The Harrogate course was in expected condition for this time of year, with soft conditions on the grass and those crocuses to be avoided. The closure of Oatlands Drive provided an extra stretch of tarmac and so the worst of the mud was avoided! Cue several PBs, perhaps unexpected at this time of year!
Well done to the magnificent turnout of 38 Striders who turned out to ignite our championship! In the Senior Ladies category, Fiona Kitchingman took a fine first place from Laura Wilmshurst, whilst in the Veteran Ladies category Nicola Carter (23:02) snatched first place from June Graham, with the age-adjustment suggesting that a close fight will ensue this year across our biggest category. In the Senior men’s category, Tom Calvert’s very fine 17:48 guaranteed him a score of ‘1’, with James Wright’s 19:08 just holding off Tom Killmurray in the battle for second place. In the Veteran Men’s division, Steve Morland (18:42) led Dan Foley in another healthy field of ten Striders. Full results can be found in our recent March parkrun report here: March parkrun report

Dalby Darkrun

Raising funds for the North Yorkshire mountain rescue, the Dalby darkrun followed the course of the popular Dalby Forest parkrun for a night-time blast along the valley tracks and through the trees. This made for an exhilarating experience and the ‘tunnel’ effect resulted in some of the Striders, already doubling-up after the morning’s championship round, bettering their previous daytime efforts on the course! The club was also proud to provide the first two finishers in the race! Leading the field home in 18:36 was Steve Morland, pushed strongly by James Wright in 19:08. The recovering Catherine Morland (with clan and dog in tow) clocked 27:18 to win her category, whilst Fyn Lees (27:57) was runner-up in hers.

Some of our Striders up in the hills of Dentdale.

Some of our Striders up in the hills of Dentdale.

Sat 9th March

Dentdale 14

For the second year, our club championship returned to picturesque Dentdale for their ‘undulating’ 14-miler. Our Striders joined a field of nearly 300 runners who enjoyed better conditions than previous in which to tackle the twisting ribbon of a course up and down valley. The infamous rollercoaster of a 14th and final mile once again proved a stern challenge as tired competitors found themselves tantalisingly close to the brewery and finish line!
Ian Waller returned to action with a very strong 1:51:21, claiming the club’s veteran honours from our competitive new recruit Steve Dodsworth (2:05:45). Claire Baxter (2:18:55) led home the rest of our Striders: Georgina Townsend (2:26:00), Natalie Hale (2:26), Laura Wilmshurst (2:27:08) and Linda Dodsworth (2:35:24).

Sat 16th March

Hardmoors 50

Normally the ‘55’, this tenth edition of event was shortened slightly and renamed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way National Trail. Starting at Guisborough, it followed the Cleveland Way route towards Helmsley, passing over the crest of the North York Moors and the Cleveland Hills taking in Roseberry Topping and the ‘Three Sisters’ before reaching the finish at the Market town of Helmsley. With over 2000 metres of ascent and a time limit of 16hours, just finishing the event is a challenge! Graham Yare was up to it though, battling the ridiculous winds and rain and nearly being blown off the path on the hills to complete this extreme event in 15 hrs, 9 minutes and 37 seconds. A tremendous effort, Graham!

Sunday 17th March

Thirsk 10 mile

Thirsk – the town of the vet. Immortalised by the writings of James Herriot and latterly providing the backdrop for Channel 5’s ‘The Yorkshire Vet’, this historic market town once again played host to the ever-popular Thirsk 10 mile road race. With over 1,000 entries, the flat fast course heading north from Thirsk Racecourse presents an early-season opportunity for a PB. On a busy racing weekend, ten Striders chose this as their challenge.
Tom Calvert produced a fantastic (but perhaps frustrating?) time of 01:00:03, whilst Steve Morland clocked a lifetime PB of 01:01:51. James Wright put a sleep-deprived night behind him to clock 01:06:08, whilst the experience Ian Mitchell produced a fine 01:14:27 and Stewart Hymas returned home in 01:16:06. Claire Baxter continued her return to fitness in 01:25:53, ahead of Sarah Gore (1:36:04), Lizzie Medwell (01:41:03), Dawn Richardson (01:45:43) and Jo Gray (02:09:32).

Dawn at the finish of Thirsk 10

Dawn at the finish of Thirsk 10

Striders past and present meet in Thirsk

Striders past and present meet in Thirsk

More happy finishers at Thirsk

More happy finishers at Thirsk

Storming the finish

Storming the finish

Bradford 10k

Bradford 10k

Bradford 10k

Bradford’s ‘out and back’ route provides another great opportunity for PBs (there’s a theme emerging here…) with a slightly negative second-half boosting runners to competitive times. In a massive 2,500-strong field, Issy Rowe set a blistering 40:40 to claim fifth female with Dave Sinton recording a very decent 51:11. New recruit Donna Tucker’s run was both impressive and frustrating in equal measure, clocking just one second over the hour (1:00:01), whilst our Strider contingent was completed by Jo Sharratt (1:07:15), Ruth Mann (1:07:52) and another very welcome newcomer in Richard Bracey (1:09:13).

Lightwater Valley Challenge 10k

A brand new route greeted competitors at this year’s 10K Lightwater Valley Challenge. Starting at the Lightwater Valley car park it headed out on quiet country roads into the surrounding countryside taking a scenic route for those with the energy to appreciate the views! After working their way to the highest point of the course (301ft) runners then had ‘The W’ to smash, marking the midpoint peak between two peaks. W smashed and course completed, Lisa Harrison and Beyham Akyollu both impressed with times of 53:54 and 54:45 respectively.


Friday 22nd March

York Spring 10km (Race 1 of 4 Seasons)

It was a return to the York Sports Village for a trio of our Striders taking part in the first of York’s four seasonal Today evening 10km events. So, more laps of the 1k cycle circuit ensued, with memories of ‘Bloodaxe’ (see February) still no doubt fresh in the mind. James Wright, no doubt very familiar with the tarmac by now, continued his recent 10k form with a speedy 38:39, finishing 4th overall. Lisa Harrison set a PB after working a night-shift (24th in 51:11) and Fyn Lees (44th in 59:05) also finished strongly – if perhaps dizzy – in the top half of the field.

Sunday 24th March

Dishforth 10k finishers

Dishforth 10k finishers

Dishforth Dash 10k.

Ok, let’s be honest about this. Dishforth 10k is flat, a bit boring and often breezy! Nonetheless it’s in aid of a good cause, easy to get to and presents a great chance to post a competitive 10k time early in the year. This year’s Striders contingent found that the stiff winds affecting the North of England made pacing nigh impossible, but some great times were posted. Steve Morland crossed the line 12th in 37:19, followed by Nicola Carter (46:00) and second in her class, Catherine Morland (47:09) and Lizzie Medwell winning her category in 1:02:48.

James digging into the wind at East Hull 20

James digging into the wind at East Hull 20

East Hull Harriers 20mile

An ideal ‘warm up’ for forthcoming marathons, This flat and fast course on rural roads and part of the railway line located in the Holderness area was tackled by three Striders. James Wright encountered those stiff headwinds yet registered a very impressive 2:20:31 (65th overall) ahead of Claire Baxter (3:14:07). The most impressive performance came from David Sinton, who posted a fantastic 3:14:23 as his preparation for Belfast continues. We think he found the experience enjoyable… “…dicky tummy, burning legs, dropped oranges… whipped in the face by a branch. Pretty eventful really!”



Canal Canter

A successful quintet at the Canal Canter

A successful quintet at the Canal Canter

Second lady!

Second lady!

The ‘Grim up North’ events continue to gain popularity and provide an alternative to the traditional selection of club races. They provide entrants with a range of distances to choose from, all running concurrently at the same location. The Canal Canter is an ‘out-and-back’ on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, based at Kirkstall. Its flat route is not particularly technical so it’s a great opportunity to improve that PB. This was undoubtedly the case for the group of our Striders who entered, with each one of them setting a best over the half-marathon distance! Louise Lodh underlined her return to form with a scintillating 01:49:34 to lead our Striders in, 11th overall and claiming the second lady prize along the way – well done, Louise! Very close behind were the trio of Vanessa El-Etriby (14th in 1:50:48), Debbie Herridge (15th in 1:50:56) and Gosia Przybyl (16th in 1:54:09). Completing a super set of performances was Helen Richardson with a debut time over the distance of 2:01:36.


Dave taking a break from celebrity-spotting.

Dave taking a break from celebrity-spotting.

Jo enjoying her time in the city.

Jo enjoying her time in the city.

London Landmarks

Jo Gray and David Halladay entered this new Half Marathon, which passes through both the City of London and City of Westminster. As the name suggests, there were famous locations aplenty, with our Striders starting on Pall Mall, finishing by Downing Street and passing Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye. Jo’s hard work and determination paid off, completing the 13.1miles in 03:04:57, whilst David (Enjoying the great atmosphere and a spot of celeb hunting) comfortably broke the 2-hour mark in 1:55:00.


Sunday 31st March

Elvington Flyer

A flat and fast race around Elvington Airfield, the flyer takes place over 5mile and 10mile distances with its a bespoke medal (resplendent with spinning propeller!) awaiting the finishers. Over the longer 10mile distance, David Sinton finished strongly in 1:28:22, from Lisa Harrison (1:28:37) and Donna Tucker (1:44:48). Over the 5mile distance, Andy Easton’s improving pace resulted in an excellent 35:45, leading home a Striders contingent of Vanessa El-Etriby (38:39), Claire Baxter (39:37), Debbie Herridge (39:52), Gosia Przybyl (40:30) and Natalie Whitwham (47:11). A word also for Mustafa El-Etriby who clocked a fine 31:59 and who may be appearing in our colours very soon…

Some of the competitors at Elvington flyer.

Some of the competitors at Elvington flyer.

Donna's debut!

Donna flying!

The Striders PECO relay squad + canine friend.

The Striders PECO relay squad + canine friend.

Issy running for the PECO ladies squad.

Issy running for the PECO ladies squad.

Ted running his leg at the PECO relays

Ted running his leg at the PECO relays

Relay handover for the Superwomen

Relay handover for the Superwomen


PECO Relays

The traditional end to the PECO season saw 54 teams from the PECO and West Yorkshire leagues in a hotly-contested competition at Middleton Park. It’s three competitions in one: Firstly, PECO and West Yorkshire choose six representative teams each from their leagues and contest the annual trophy. Issy Rowe was selected for the PECO Ladies Open Team, logging a great leg of 21:32 and contributing to that team’s 8th place finish overall. That helped seal a 5-1 victory for PECO over West Yorkshire. Secondly, each club is invited to select a representative team (Male, Female and Vet) to race for club honours. Our team of Steve Morland (19:14), Sima Lowery (23:44) and Ted Welton (19:33) clocked a great 1:02:31, finishing 9th overall and claiming 3rd place in the club standings! Finally, runners can enter further teams in any category. Our ‘Knaresborough MC Hammers’ team of Nicola Carter (24:20), Catherine Morland (24:46) and Steve Morland (20:05) claimed first place in the ‘Mixed Open’ category, whilst the ‘Knaresborough Superwomen’ team of Sue Morley (27:44), Edna Wood (29:19) and Julie Elmes (27:28) claimed the Ladies SuperVets crown. Well done Striders and enjoy your prize-winning socks!

Stewart's new shoes not pictured.

New shoes not pictured.

Coniston 14

One of the most beautiful road races in the country, several of our Striders chose to take in the incredible scenery as they lapped the Lake District’s third-largest expanse of water. James Wright was the least distracted by the views, completing the circuit in 1:33:14, with Ian Waller putting in another strong performance in 1:43:53. Having made a stop en route to buy running shoes (oops…) Stewart Hymas clocked 01:48:15 ahead of Julian Carr (02:02:28), Georgina Townsend (02:07:40) and Lizzie Medwell (02:25:04).

Striding through the daffodils

Striding through the daffodils

Temple Newsam Daffodil Dash 2019

Our final event of March 2019 was the Daffodil Dash held at Temple Newsam. Probably not quite what Capability Brown had in mind when he landscaped the grounds, the wonderful spring scenes will have perhaps taken the 75 contenders minds off the ‘undulations’ which typify this favoured running location. Our brace of striders certainly had a spring in their step around the 10k route, with Debbie Herridge recording a very symmetrical 55:55, just ahead of Claire Baxter in 58:52.



With a fantastic 16 events completed in March, Striders continue to go from strength-to-strength and it has been great to see new names appearing. We’ll do our best to keep spotting your running efforts, but don’t forget to post something onto our forum if you want to be certain of appearing in April’s report!

Steve Morland

February 2019 Results Round-up

February 2019 Results Round-up

Featuring…  Dave in War Paint, hills, snakes, lakes, hills, and more hills but sadly no axes.

February. Just long enough to bridge the gap between January and March. With cold, barren landscapes, the continued absence of daylight and resolutions becoming a distant memory, it’s a wonder that any running happens at all! Not so for our Striders though, who cranked up their competitive efforts as the race calendar began to stir from its winter slumber. It was probably some help that the harsh conditions of 2018 stayed away too!

Sunday 3rd February

Dewsbury 10

The birthplace of the Brownlee brothers, Dewsbury played host to six Striders who took part in the 10km race there. With a slightly uphill first half, the course lends itself to negative splits and PBs. This proved to be the case as our Striders clocked some blistering times so early in the year.

Tom Calvert led the Striders home in a fabulous 35:05, whilst James Wright was setting a new PB of 37:21 followed less than a minute later by Martin Brock (38:07). Nicola Carter (47:16), Fyn Lees (53:54) and Jo Gray (1:14:19) completed our representatives in a huge field of 1700 contenders.

Sunday 10th February

Dave digs in at Roundhay Park PECO!

Dave digs in at Roundhay Park PECO!

PECO Round 5

You’ve already seen the final results of this year’s PECO season, but how exactly did things shake out in the final round at Roundhay Park? Once again the runners were welcomed by unseasonably warm weather, but this time enjoyed the opportunity to race together for the first time in the series. A more open course swept the runners around the edges of the park, albeit with a couple of leg-shredding climbs en route. Steve Morland was first to emerge over the hill and past the bandstand into the finishing straight, clocking 30:58 in 66th place, narrowly ahead of series stalwarts Ted Shelton (31:18) and James Wright (31:55). Issy Rowe closed out her successful series, claiming 12th lady in 33:36, only a little ahead of the departing Gary Wilkinson (34:24) and Sima Lowery (35:52). By now the Striders were swamping the finish line: Sean Brennan (36:01), Ian Mitchell (37:20), Mark Shelton (41:12),  Andy Tibbals (41:31), Lisa Harrison (42:01) and Jason Green (42:33). Sue Morley (43:14) once again claimed first place in her age category, ahead of Julie Elmes (44:09), Claire Killingworth (44:26), Fyn Lees (44:55), Claire Baxter (45:43), David Sinton (45:55), Pam Singleton (46:39), our outgoing Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood (47:09), Debs Goldfield (47:56), Sarah Gore (48:34) and Sally Taylor (49:42). So we reached the end of really well-attended and positive  series. ICYMI, here are the series results: PECO Round-up. Don’t forget though that the PECO relays take place on 31st March and are open to all.

Muddy Boots

The Muddy Boots 10k remains a popular test for runners early in the year, heading out of Ripon to take in a challenging mixture of terrains and elevations. The deceptively clean and tidy start out of the city soon gives way to the more rural terrain which gives the event its name. Stewart Hymas (49:10), Craig Mitchell (49:40),  June Graham (1:01:37), Sally Fannen (1:02:47),  Dawn Richardson (1:08:40) all performed strongly around the course.

Saturday 16th Feb

Nostell Priory Night Run

Jo Bower & Edna Wood headed down to Nostell for the extra challenge of the dark. We haven’t been able to find any results yet but rest assured they returned safe and well!

Sunday 17th February

Liversedge half

Some of our Liversedge entrants.

Some of our Liversedge entrants.

Our Ben Campbell Club Championship got underway over at Roberttown, where the very friendly Roberttown Road Runners hosted their very challenging Half-marathon. Stretching between Liversedge and Brighouse and twice passing over the M62, the route heads in and out of the valleys which typify the area, with a steep descent to the River Calder quickly followed by the brutal climbs which persist throughout the remainder of the race. Some blustering wind on the high ground only added to a challenge which demanded some gritty and determined runs. Not the most forgiving circumstances in which to make your half-marathon debut then, yet that’s what Dave Sinton did, clocking a great 2:03:34 and showing the incredible progress in stamina and speed which he continues to develop! Another six Striders took up the challenge: Steve Morland (1:30:41), Anthony Mulley (1:49:49), Claire Baxter (1:56:02), Mark Shelton (1:57:44), Ryan Middleton (2:04:41) and former Roberttown resident herself, Sarah Gore (2:21:09).

Harewood Half and 10k

A trio of our Striders at the Harewood Half/10K

A trio of our Striders at the Harewood Half/10K

The British Heart Foundation’s event at Harewood is a popular charity challenge with a hilly route along trails, forest inclines and tree-lined fields in the stunning grounds of Harewood House. Whilst mud was less in evidence than at previous events, the rolling hills of the estate nonetheless meant that whichever distance was chosen would proved a stern test. Claiming their finishers’ medals and t-shirts in the 10k event were: Vanessa El-Atriby (50:31), Debbie Herridge (51:40) and Gosia Przybyl (56:02). In the longer half-marathon option were: Mhairi Sellar (2:03:44), Amy Naylor (2:07:50),  Beyham Akyollu (2:07:51) and Sally Fannen (2:31:42). Apologies to anyone we’ve missed!

The Bloodaxe challenge

Due to Health and Safety regards, this Viking-inspired event features neither Axes nor Blood. That would be stupid anyway. So, what better way to celebrate the Viking years of rule in Yorvik than to go to the tiny 1km Heslington  cycle track and then persuade enough willing idiots to run around it non-stop for 2hours? With clearly nothing better to do, a quartet of Striders took on this dizzying spectacle. James Wright completed 27laps , whilst Julian Carr clocked 22, Lisa Harrison 21, and Fyn Lees 19 whilst Emma Hall and Jo Gray both saw 14km tick past. They should all be thoroughly commended but instead we’re providing some counselling sessions to help them to recover.

Saturday 23rd February

52788352_2090056564415013_8095212006551846912_oSaucony National Cross-Country championships

With the National Championships being held so close to home this year, several Knaresborough Striders took the opportunity to test themselves alongside 8,000 of the finest junior and senior athletes in the country. The grounds of Harewood House provided the same hilly and grassy challenge which it had offered just a few days earlier for the BHF event. The huge fields for each race (no pun intended) were typified by incredible quality which, combined with the energy-sapping grass, made for the sternest of tests. In the senior ladies race, Issy Rowe (36:25) was the first to complete the 8km course, joined by Sima Lowery (37:11) and Julie Elmes (47:10) in a field of over 800. The final race of the day was the 2000-strong senior men’s 12km race, featuring the ‘widest’ cavalcade start of the day! Our fearless four were: Steve Morland (47:57), Ted Welton (49:12), Gary Wilkinson (54:14) and Sean Brennan (58:58). A huge well done to our squad who turned out.

Slaithwaite Slog 2019

One of our very newest members, Donna Tucker, took part in the 10K event at the latest ‘Grim up North’ event, clocking a very respectable 1:04:55. Welcome to the club Donna!

Sunday 24th February

Ilkley Fell Race

Beautiful weather greeted this year’s edition of the Ilkley Fell Race, reducing the amount of mandatory kit to be carried, but the tough terrain remained! Not content with having competed 24-hours earlier at the National Cross Country, Sean Brennan clocked a strong 58:59 on the trails above Wharfedale.

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Gosia Przybyl and Fyn Lees travelled to Pocklington to take part in the fantastically-named ‘Snake Lane 10’. As its name suggests, the course has a winding stretch that snakes its way through beautiful East Yorkshire countryside at the foot of the glorious Wolds. Gosia clocked 1:28:17 and Fyn 1:33:27, then collected their bling.

Carsington Water Half-Marathon

James Wright and Tom Calvert found themselves at the Marathon Chat Podcast weekend in Bakewell (no Sandy Balls* this year) and entered the nearby Carsington Water Half Marathon, which takes place around the undulating, traffic-free trails surrounding Carsington Water Reservoir. The route offers stunning views of the Lake and surrounding Peak District countryside and is popular with runners undertaking a spring marathon training schedule. Both our Striders clocked highly-impressive results – Tom placing 4th overall in a very swift 1:23:05, whilst James placed 15th in 1:29:01.  *See February 2018

So with that, February was done. Striders now look forward to lighter nights and more events from which to select, whilst keeping their fingers firmly crossed that winter doesn’t make any determined efforts to disrupt those plans! March sees the continuation of our club championship at the Harrogate and Dentdale rounds, the ever-popular Thirsk 10mile, the fabulous PECO relays and the somewhat-flat Elvington Flyer, just to name a few.

Keep on Striding!

Parkrun report – February 2019

parkrun report

Parkrun report – February 2019

February is already parkrun history! The shortest month saw a drop in the number of parkruns completed by Striders (‘only’ 71!) but this was probably due to the great Fountains’ Café closure and a weekend of windy cancellations! In fact, the club were better travelled than in January with 17 different locations visited across the four weekends! We also saw our first ‘first finishers’ of the new year, at Wetherby and Aberdare, and our first overseas parkrun of the year. So here we go… remember that what is listed here is: Finishing Position, Gender Position, Name and Time.

2nd February

A quiet start to the month due no doubt to the extreme cold, leaving courses frosty and hard across the area. Add to that the Fountains Abbey Café renovation and many took the opportunity of a lie-in. Your editor found the cold had actually turned muddy Wetherby into a decent hard-track though, and bagged the first ‘first finish’ of the year.

Harrogate parkrun
2 2 Tom CALVERT 00:19:00
53 52 Sean BRENNAN 00:23:31
82 79 Robert EARL 00:24:43
104 98 Nick WALLEN 00:25:40
118 9 Fiona KITCHINGMAN 00:26:10
140 11 Julie ELMES 00:26:41
249 201 David SINTON 00:30:44
329 89 Claire BAXTER 00:35:11
330 90 Joanne SHARRATT 00:35:13
331 91 Ruth MANN 00:35:17

Wetherby parkrun
1 1 Stephen MORLAND 00:18:43


9th February

5 runs. Yes – 5 runs! To be fair, Harrogate and Fountains were both cancelled due to the horrid wind and it was pretty grim out there. So just the 5 heroes to report on!

York parkrun
118 103 Julian CARR 00:24:29

Tees Barrage parkrun
21 21 Steven CORE 00:22:20

Wetherby parkrun
25 4 Nicola CARTER 00:25:19
36 8 Fiona KITCHINGMAN 00:26:45
67 2 Charlotte HUTCHINSON 00:35:47

16th February

Denmark: the home of Jan Mølby, Carlsberg, Lego and morose, dimly-lit BBC2 detective series. It’s also the home of the well-established Amager Fælled parkrun in Copenhagen – visited by Jo Baxter! Doubtless frustrated at the previous week’s cancellation, Team Strider were also out in force at Harrogate, whilst Tom returned to his habitual blistering form at ‘Fabbey’.
Amager Fælled parkrun, København
36 6 Joanne BAXTER 00:26:00

Edinburgh parkrun
149 17 Nicola CARTER 00:22:50

Harrogate parkrun
6 5 Ted WELTON 00:19:26
69 64 Derek DOBINSON 00:23:02
72 67 Sean BRENNAN 00:23:09
97 90 Ian MITCHELL 00:24:14
98 91 Steve DODSWORTH 00:24:18
112 103 Robert EARL 00:24:35
142 15 Julie ELMES 00:25:25
233 34 Linda DODSWORTH 00:27:31
304 60 Fiona KITCHINGMAN 00:29:21
310 248 Robert CHARLESWORTH 00:29:30
334 72 Dawn RICHARDSON 00:30:18
383 103 Gaynor DOWNS 00:32:01
396 287 Michael DOBSON 00:32:39
431 135 Joanne SHARRATT 00:34:02
436 138 Lauren DOWNS 00:34:28
444 141 Claire BAXTER 00:34:55
445 142 Ruth MANN 00:34:55
478 158 Joanne GRAY 00:37:30
512 179 Louise BUCK 00:51:19
514 181 Emma HALL 01:03:23

Fountains Abbey parkrun
3 3 Tom CALVERT 00:17:28
98 85 Derek CALVERT 00:23:49

Wetherby parkrun
79 22 Charlotte HUTCHINSON 00:34:33

Heslington parkrun
70 63 Julian CARR 00:22:20

23rd February

A whopping 12 venues visited by our Striders last weekend, as spring-like weather began to appear! Congratulations to Dan Foley on his ‘first finisher’ at Aberdare – something positive to bring home from his trip to the Rugby.
York parkrun
104 97 Julian CARR 00:22:37

Catterick parkrun
164 78 Rachel BOYD 00:40:32

Harrogate parkrun
109 101 Steven CORE 00:23:43
123 114 Nick WALLEN 00:24:02
131 121 Robert EARL 00:24:09
138 12 Fiona KITCHINGMAN 00:24:19
289 225 Mark SHELTON 00:27:53
355 263 Anthony EVERITT 00:29:38
444 145 Joanne SHARRATT 00:33:08
453 152 Michelle GREENE 00:33:30
458 154 Claire BAXTER 00:33:38

Roundhay parkrun
258 69 Annika MCDONALD 00:29:59

Fountains Abbey parkrun
83 76 Derek CALVERT 00:23:24
88 10 Kathryn PICKLES 00:23:40
271 78 Lindsay SUTCLIFFE 00:29:30
334 120 Jane JOHNSON 00:31:35

Keswick parkrun
134 46 Deborah GOLDFIELD 00:31:15

Wetherby parkrun
28 26 David SINTON 00:25:48
69 17 Sarah GORE 00:32:21
83 25 Ruth MANN 00:34:51

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun
98 90 Steve DODSWORTH 00:23:00
196 30 Linda DODSWORTH 00:26:41

Bakewell parkrun
4 4 Tom CALVERT 00:17:10
21 19 James WRIGHT 00:18:58

Middleton Woods parkrun
13 2 Nicola CARTER 00:23:16
14 12 Ian MITCHELL 00:23:23
64 17 Edna WOOD 00:29:48

Keppel parkrun
6 1 Joanne GRAY 00:47:29

Aberdare parkrun
1 1 Dan FOLEY 00:19:38


So that’s it for parkruns In February – 71 Free, Weekly, Timed Runs and another 350km in the bag. Well Done Folks!

“Where’s MY result?!”

If you’re missing, please let me know – it will be due to one of two things: a) the editor’s incompetence, or b) you haven’t selected ‘Knaresborough Striders’ as your club in your parkrun profile – help on that can be found here: update running club.

January 2019 Race Report

January 2019 Race Report

Whilst much of the country lay on the sofa sleeping off the festive season, bemoaning the dark days and cold weather, our Striders were straight out there hitting the roads and trails! A very busy New Year’s Day was quickly followed-up by some competitive showings in the few races which graced January.

Gary enjoying his run at the Yorkshire Championships!

Gary enjoying his run at the Yorkshire Championships!

Saturday 5th January

Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships

Lightwater Valley was the venue for this year’s championships, so it was no surprise to see several Striders taking up the challenge. In the shadow of ‘The Ultimate’, the course took our intrepid Striders on a rollercoaster off-road circuit around the estate of the former strawberry farm. Indeed, it proved a fruitful day with some great results in a tough field which even included a Brownlee brother! In the ladies’ category, Julie Elmes led a trio of Striders in 43:08, followed by Fyn Lees (46:33) and Edwina Wilcox (49:33). The men were represented by James Wright (41:47), Gary Wilkinson (45:00) and Sean Brennan (48:52). The field proved incredibly strong, yet our Striders will move on fearlessly to an even greater challenge at the National championships on February 23.

Sunday 6th January

Edna searches for the finish of the PECO 3rd round!

Edna searches for the finish of the PECO 3rd round!

Peco XC Round 3 – West Park

The West Park Round of the PECO cross championship saw the half-day point (well, mid-race, kind of…) of an increasingly competitive championship. With the club having showed well in several of the categories, another strong turnout saw Striders remaining in the hunt for some fine team results at the season’s end. Issy Rowe once again provided the stand-out performance, finishing 16th overall in 36:32. She was chased in by two ladies both riding high in their respective categories: Sima Lowery (39:58) and Sue Morley (46:59). A strong ladies’ turnout was completed by Lisa Harrison (47:20), Julie Elmes (47:32), Pamela Singleton (50:26), Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood (50:34), June Graham (52:25), Fyn Lees (52:33), Kez Welsby (53:27) and Sally Taylor (53:39). This strong set of results left our ladies a super 2nd position in the Second Division.

In the men’s category, the strong Ted Welton (34:34) overcame a stern challenge from James Wright (35:26) to lead the men home, followed-in by Martin Brock (36:24), Phil Cornforth (36:52), Gary Wilkinson (39:17), Mark Shelton (44:46),  Andy Tibbals (45:06), Ian Mitchell (45:20) and Green Jason (46:31). This gave our gents a creditable 5th place in the Second division. The challenge would continue a fortnight later.

Sunday 13th January

Brass Monkey Half-Marathon

Sean completing a fine but frosty run at Brass Monkey Half.

Sean completing a fine but frosty run at Brass Monkey Half.

Based at York Racecourse, places are highly sought-after at one of the earliest half-marathons of the year. A very crisp and breezy wintry morning greeted our Striders, who put in a range of competitive performances on the flat but exposed course south-east of York. James Wright and Steve Morland worked in tandem to produce a fine pair of PBs, coming home in 1:24:40 and 1:25:25 respectively. They were joined in collecting their lilac tops by Philip Cornforth (1:33:39), Sean Brennan (1:44:01), Julian Carr (1:48:27), Jonny Chadwick (1:54:01) and Fyn Lees with a PB of 2:03:01.

TNT: Temple Newsam Ten

TNT should be treated with great caution – dangerous, explosive and capable of inflicting great damage. And it proved to be so at the Temple Newsam Ten-mile race (‘affectionally’ known as TNT) as a quartet of Striders lined up to take-on the challenge. Starting and finishing in the beautiful grounds of Temple Newsam House, the course proved as brutal as it was beautiful! David Halladay was the first of our Striders home in 1:25:42, followed by Lisa Harrison (1:33:12), Sarah Gore (1:45:19) and Dawn Richardson (1:57:28).

High Fells of Hedgehope Half-Marathon

Not one for the faint-hearted, the High Fells of Hedgehope run takes competitors to the summit of the magnificent Hedgehope, the second highest summit in the Cheviots and ascending 2,600ft in the process! A refreshing splash through a river provided a fitting end to a tough challenge! James Warburton finished an incredible 7th overall in 2hr 39min, joined by Beyhan Akyollu who put in an excellent run in 3hrs 59min. Well done both!

Sunday 20th January

Peco XC Round 4 – Crimple Valley

Some of the 29 Striders attending Round 4 of PECO XC!

Some of the 29 Striders attending Round 4 of PECO XC!

The penultimate round of the Cross-Country championship was much closer to home, with Harrogate Harriers hosting an event in Crimple Valley. The strong Striders turnout throughout the season was boosted further – no doubt by the attraction of an extra hour in bed – to a fantastic twenty-nine runners! After a blazing downhill start, the truly diverse course included an undulating mix of tarmac, gravel, mud, rock and woodland trails, with a beastly final mile in the soft, steep fields south-west of the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Once again, Issy Rowe led our ladies home, placing 15th overall in a very competitive 31:15. A further sixteen Striders followed her home: Sima Lowery (34:08), Catherine Morland (36:18), Amy Naylor (37:43), Lisa Harrison (38:42), Sue Morley (40:32 (1st in category), Fyn Lees (41:21), Gosia Przybyl (41:42), Edna Wood (42:13), Pamela Singleton (43:43), June Graham (43:50), Sarah Gore (44:33), Deborah Goldfield (45:10), Kez Welsby (45:37), Lizzie Medwell (47:54), Sally Taylor (49:26) and Ruth Bowen (52:58). Another 2nd place in the Ladies’ 2nd division was a fitting reward for a very fine performance by our runners!

Our men placed 4th in their 2nd division on this occasion, thanks to Steve Morland (29:31), James Wright (30:12), Phil Cornforth (31:08), Gary Wilkinson (32:26), Sean Brennan (34:10), Ian Mitchell (35:59), Stewart Hymas (37:05), Andy Tibbals (38:17), Mark Shelton (38:36), Jason Green (39:02) and David Sinton (42:49).

Things should move up a gear in February with a wider range of events including: Dewsbury 10, PECO Round 5, Muddy Boots, the commencement of our Club Championship at Liversedge half, Harewood half and 10k, The Bloodaxe challenge and the National Cross-Country championships at Harewood to name but a few!

Keep Striding!

January parkrun round-up

parkrun reportStriders’ parkrun Report – January 2019

2018 became 2019 and immediately Striders’ thoughts turned to parkrun! With many members choosing to ‘double-up’ on New Year’s morning, our parkrunning was off to a fine start and so it continued throughout the cold month of January. So the stats this month: 115 Runs At 22 Different locations!

Tuesday 1st January – New Year’s Day

What an incredible start to the year – lots of doubles here and even some PBs to start the year!


James Wright (18:51)
Stephen Morland (19:01)
Andy Easton (22:13)
Catherine Morland (23:35)
Julie Elmes (24:47)
Mark Taylor (24:54)
Fiona Kitchingman (26:11)
Fyn Lees (27:13)


Tom Calvert (17:22) – 6th finisher
James Wright (18:20)
Stephen Morland (18:24)
Andy Easton (22:07)
Ian Mitchell (22:15)
Catherine Morland (22:47))))
Derek Calvert (23:43)
Fiona Kitchingman (24:39)
Julie Elmes (25:31)
Fyn Lees (26:54)

Albert, Middlesbrough

Steven Core (21:54)
Sean Brennan (22:36)
Nicola Carter (23:30)

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough

Steven Core (22:05)
Sean Brennan (22:56)
Nicola Carter (23:31)

Pontefract parkrun

Ted Welton (19:20)
Steve Dodsworth (24:25)
Linda Dodsworth (28:11)
Sarah Gore (28:24)
David Sinton (28:47)
Ruth Mann (37:48)

Nostell parkrun

Ted Welton (21:19)
Steve Dodsworth (24:54)
Linda Dodsworth (29:29)
David Sinton (33:02)
Sarah Gore (38:12)
Ruth Mann (40:04)

Saturday 5th January

Sunderland parkrun

Steve Dodsworth (23:01)
Linda Dodsworth (34:20)

Harrogate parkrun

Dan Foley (20:07)
Ian Mitchell (21:49)
David Halladay (22:52)
Robert Earl (23:08)
Andy Easton (23:15)
Ted Welton(24:49)
Julian Carr (24:54)
Fiona Kitchingman (24:56)
Fiona Slight (28:54)
Mark Shelton (29:18)
Nicola Carter (29:41)
Suzy K (33:53)
Joanne Sharratt (33:58)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Tom Calvert (17:38)- 2nd finisher!
Derek Calvert (23:32)

Penrith parkrun

Stephen Morland (18:43)

Wetherby parkrun

Lisa Harrison (26:36)
Sarah Gore (28:10)
David Sinton (28:13)
Anthony Everitt (30:05)
Ruth Mann (37:00)

Dalby Forest parkrun

Deborah Goldfield (28:46)

Cliffe Castle parkrun

Jason Green (25:51)

Saturday 12th January

Harrogate parkrun (a record 555 turnout!)

Tom Calvert (18:15) – 4th finisher
Ted Welton (19:32)
Ian Mitchell (22:44)
Steve Dodsworth (23:09)
Robert Earl (23:15)
David Halladay (24:02)
Julie Elmes (25:27)
Linda Dodsworth (26:41)
David Sinton (28:43)
Gaynor Downs (33:12)
Lauren Downs (34:19)
Ruth Mann (34:22)
Lucy Chandler (34:25)
Emma Hall (45:55)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Dan Foley (20:04)
Gail Beaumont (34:42)

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale

Jason Green (28:27)

Wetherby parkrun

Nicola Carter (28:45)
Anthony Everitt (30:56)

Saturday 19th January

Harrogate parkrun

Steven Core (22:23)
Robert Earl (22:46)
Nick Wallen (24:47)
Julie Elmes (25:37)
Ian Mitchell (25:50)
Fiona Kitchingman (26:00)
David Sinton (26:24)
Fiona Slight (28:10)
Mark Shelton (29:03)
Derek Dobinson (29:42)
Jane Johnson (31:34)
Gaynor Downs (32:07)
Joanne Sharratt (33:35)
Ruth Mann (34:34)
Emma Hall (52:33)

Durham parkrun

Nicola Carter(24:01)

Kettering parkrun

James Wright(18:22) – 3rd finisher
Fyn Lees(26:29)

Windy Nook parkrun

Steve Dodsworth (25:32)
Linda Dodsworth (29:15)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Martin Brock (19:13)
Georgina Townsend (26:27)

Wetherby parkrun

Lizzie Medwell (52:12)

Melton Mowbray parkrun

Gary Wilkinson (21:00)

Heslington parkrun

Philip Cornforth (19:36)
Julian Carr (22:34)

Keppel parkrun

Joanne Gray (46:10)

Cliffe Castle parkrun

Jason Green (25:59)

Saturday 26th January

Pollok parkrun, Glasgow

Fiona Kitchingman(25:16)

Harrogate parkrun

Steven Core (22:52)
Sean Brennan (22:54)
Ian Mitchell (23:43)
Robert Earl (23:55)
Steve Dodsworth (24:03)
Nicola Carter (24:05)
Nick Wallen (24:27)
Stephen Morland (25:02)
David Sinton (26:33)
Fyn Lees (26:33)
Linda Dodsworth (27:32)
Mark Shelton (28:01)
Edna Wood (28:46)
Anthony Everitt (30:05)
Joanne Sharratt (34:02)
Ruth Mann (34:03)
Sarah Gore (34:09)
Emma Hall (01:06:40)

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Tom Calvert – 3rd finisher
Derek Calvert
Joanne Exley
Linsey Rowbury

Wetherby parkrun

Charlotte Hutchinson (36:25)

Heslington parkrun

Julian Carr (22:22)

Keppel parkrun

Joanne Gray (38:26)

Aberdare parkrun

Dan Foley (20:28)

So that’s it for parkruns in January –  575km in the bag. Well done folks!
If you’re missing from the list, please let me know – it will be due to one of two things: a) The editor’s incompetence, or b) you haven’t selected ‘Knaresborough Striders’ as your club in your parkrun profile!

A Jolly Hilly end to the year!

Jolly Holly Jog, Ripon

A great turnout of over 20 Striders attended the Jolly Holly Jog today (20th Dec 2018) to round out the year in style.

Jolly Holly Jog

A revised course of truly mixed conditions and terrain took the runners from Hell Wath out through the stunning seven bridges of Studley Royal. With a ‘bit of everything’ (including a few nasty climbs) there were great performances throughout the field. It was great to see the very vocal support for fellow Striders and friends from other clubs as each athlete made their way home safely!

Well done everyone and enjoy your New Year festivities!

Race Report – June & July

Striders’ Race Report – June and July 2018

Striders… you’ve been so busy! June and July saw a monumental turnout from the club at a multitude of different events. Whilst some things changed considerably – most notably England’s standing in World Football – others didn’t -namely the weather! You all did so well hitting the tracks and trails during some of the hottest and driest conditions we’ve seen in a long time. It was better perhaps than ‘the beast’ and then the rain which had pervaded previous months, but did add an increasingly-familiar sapping challenge to most of the events which follow in this report. Only at the very end of July did Striders find themselves soaked with anything other than sweat! And what a range of events we find here… distances from 2miles to 37miles; tarmac, trails, fells, lakes and canals; individual runs, team efforts and of course a few beds! Grab a cup of tea, put aside ten minutes, then read and reflect on a tremendous summer of running!

Sunday 3rd June

Mulgrave Castle 10k

Those familiar with the Whitby area may know of the Mulgrave estate, a hidden gem open only at limited times to walkers. Close to Sandsend beach, this off-road run on woodland trailed past the old castle with stunning views of the coast and Whitby Abbey. Claire Baxter was our representative there, clocking a hilly 53:30 around the estate.

Derby Half Marathon

Lisa Harrison completed her sought-after hat-trick of Sheffield, Leeds and Derby halves, completing the city course in a very creditable 2:04:48.

Coniston Trail Marathon

Starting and finishing at Coniston Hall Landing Point, on the shores of Coniston Water, the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water. Described by Runners’ World magazine as ‘the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain’ this event is as demanding as it is beautiful!

Janet and Steve Morris continued their involvement in the Lakeland series, spending 7hrs 40mins and 7hrs 48mins respectively to tame this scenic circuit!

Tuesday 5th June

HDSRL 1  – Skipton

The Harrogate and District Summer Evening league got underway at Skipton, with 461 club runners tackling the new hilly tarmac course on a sunny evening. A brutally steep first mile was a rather rude welcome to the series but did at least ensure some rapid descents to the finishing line 5 or so miles later! With all entrants from local clubs, competition was fierce throughout the field with some outstanding performances. Thirty striders stepped up to the challenge, with Tom Calvert our first home – 13th place overall – in 29:48. He was followed by James Wright (32:11), Ted Walton (32:50), Steve Morland (33:40), Rob  Clarke (33:45), Anthony Mulley (34:21), Ian Waller (35:44), Philip Cornforth (35:50),  Sima Lowery (36:31), Gareth Conkleton (37:46), Niamh Falconer (37:54), Craig Mitchell (38:09), Nicola Carter (38:29), Sean Brennan (38:38), Kathryn Pickles (39:06), Gary Wilkinson (39:18), Baz Rodger (41:37), Lisa Harrison (42:46), Georgina Townsend (42:53), Emma Hepworth (43:26), Claire Killingworth (43:33), Derek Calvert (43:51), Julian Carr (44:17), Anna Cornforth (44:22), Kez Welsby (45:38), Nikki Christie (46:00), Natalie Hale (47:06), Tony Everitt (49:05), Tracy Allison (51:08) and Edna Wood (51:51). A very positive start to the series, which would continue across the subsequent six weeks.

Sunday 9th June

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2018

What a great day it was! Sunny skies, massive crowds, performances as hot as the weather and tremendous fun all around! Striders had three teams decked out proudly in our Blue and Yellow vests, but our involvement didn’t end there, with several members competing as part of other teams. Training had been taking place for the best part of two months and expectations were high for some tremendous performances – we weren’t disappointed!

Bed #3, the ‘Knaresborough Striders Men’ consisted James Wright, Dan Foley, Tom Calvert, Martyn Brock, James Ireland, and Rob Clarke. They put in an incredible shift to maintain their position against tough opposition and gain the club our first podium in an incredible 14:14. They were joined in the top 10 by Bed #13 ‘Hymas Blue Bullet Flyers’ (Chris Umpleby, Steve Morland, Ted Welton, Gary Wilkinson, Ste Core and Anthony Mulley) whose constant progress throughout training was followed by their fastest ever run, finishing 9th in 15:34. Bed #71, ‘Knaresborough Striders Ladies’ was in reality a mixed team and overcame their lowly start position to race up to 43rd place overall in a fantastic 19:02! Well done to Claire Killingworth, Kez Welsby, Sally Taylor, Jess Dobson, Andy Tibbals and James Green who also had to endure the excruciating wait at the crossing point to let our bed 13 tear across the bridge! Gareth Conkleton and Sean Brennan finished 27th with ‘6 Pack’ 17:41, whilst Lisa Harrison and Claire McKenzie helped Meadowside Maidens race up from a start position of 81st to finish 69th in 21:05 and Charlotte Hines’ Piccadilly Fillies clocked 21:53. The last word however goes to James Warburton, who achieved a lifetime ambition, taking first place overall running for GH Brooks! Congratulations to all our participants and those of you who were also involved with training and organising teams throughout the field. Roll on 2019!

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Sunday 10th June

Hull Half Marathon

Whilst most were enjoying a well-earned lie-in after the Bed Race, Gary Wilkinson was vrooming across the M62 to take part in the Hull Half. The inaugural race took in the waterfront and marina and then travelled north of the city and on to the University of Hull, before returning into the city centre for the grand finish. Gary showed little ill-effect from his time in the River Nidd, achieving a great 1:41:28 finish. He may however remember to put the Bed Race in his diary next year.

Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon

Another glutton for punishment, James Warburton added pedal power to his running and swimming at the Bed Race to finish a fantastic 18th place in 3hrs 10mins. This in spite of losing a pedal 6miles into the bike leg and having to do some pushing. At least that Bed Race training came in handy…

Wednesday 13th June

Otley 10

The Otley 10mile run is  a hotly-contested race taking in Pool, Farnley and Otley. The hills characterise it though, with some intense climbs adding to the challenge. A sizable and highly-talented field assembled down at the start, joined by a sextet of Striders. James Wright was the first in blue and yellow to cross the line in 01:08, followed by Ian Waller (01:12), Philip Cornforth (01:16), David Halladay (01:21), Stuart Hymas (01:26) and Ryan Middleton (01:34).

Thursday 14th June

York 5K Series – Race 3

Lucy Shore returned to York Sport Village in Heslington, clocking 32:34.

Sunday 17th June

Pudsey Legal 10k

The Pudsey Pacers were pleased to welcome Dave Halladay to their 10k, with Dave clocking a decent 53:19.

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This was a new event in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice.  A tarmac rolling course, with a tearing downhill finish back to the racecourse, led to some great times by our trio of Striders. Our chairman

James Wright clocked a mighty 38:16 to finish 11th in a big field. Steve Morland dipped under the 40-mark (just!) finishing 21st in 39:58 whilst Sarah Hill cracked the hour mark in a great 59:44!

Canter 20k

An out-and-back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal started and finished at Kirkstall. The flat route presented a great opportunity for PBs with a choice of Marathon, 20M, Half, 10K and 5K distances. In the 20-mile category, Claire Baxter used her recent long-distance experience to clock 3:12, whilst Dawn Richardson broke the hour-mark in the 10k event with 59:42. Great cantering ladies!

Tuesday 19th June

HDSRL 2 – Ilkley

Undeterred by the hills of round one, 29 Striders to led up in Ilkley with the promise of… well, more heat and more hills! With just shy of 500 club runners in attendance, intense competition was once again on the menu. A huge climb for the first quarter quickly spread the field and guaranteed stunning views across to the Cow and Calf before a long pounding descent and final flat mile alongside the river tested the stamina of the contenders to the end. Tom Calvert went one better than his previous appearance, gaining 12th place in 28:15. The trio of Martin Brock, James Wright and James Ireland worked together as a team throughout, resulting in times of 30:41, 30:43 and 30:47, whilst Dan Foley (31:08) held off Ted Walton (31:15) and Steve Morland (31:30). Gareth Conkleton was next up in 35:37, followed by  Sima Lowery (35:42), Nicola Carter (35:50), Gary Wilkinson (36:24), Craig Mitchell (36:41), Ste Core (36:51), Stewart Hymas (37:42), Kathryn Pickles (37:46), Baz Rodger (38:31), Niamh Falconer (39:04), Ryan Middleton (40:21), Lisa Harrison (40:59), Derek Calvert (41:21), Emma Hepworth (41:22), Nikki Christie (42:59), Fiona Slight (44:23), Kez Welsby (44:59), Natalie Hale (45:53), Julie Elmes (47:02), Tony Everitt (47:42), Edna Wood (48:48) and Tracy Allison (49:37). With the hilly half of the series complete, the competitors headed away with their sights on the considerably flatter course awaiting at July’s Thirsk round!

Thurs 21st June

Solstice Saunter

Taking advantage of the longest nights of the year, the Solstice Saunter in aid of Sue Ryder sent runners along the idyllic trails of Bolton Abbey. 5th place overall went to James Wright        in 33:34. Next back was Lisa Harrison (45:41), trailed by Vanessa El-Etriby (46:24), Mark Shelton (48:10), Fyn Lees (51:41), Amy Naylor (52:52), Sarah Gore (52:53), Edna Wood (52:45), Jo Bower (54:17), Dawn Richardson (54:57) and Emma Greveson (1:05:05). Whilst several found the going ‘hillier than expected’, it proved a popular choice and Striders will certainly be back!

Beamsley Beacon 5.5mile Fell Race

Also taking advantage of the long daylight was James Warburton, who recorded 10th place in 36:10 across the fells of Beamsley.

Sunday 24th June

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Our club championship passed the half-way mark at Staveley, round 7 of the 13 diverse events on offer to our members. By now, everyone had become accustomed to the searing heat which typified our early summer. Once again, James Wright strode his way into the Top 10, finishing 9th in 39:16.

Daniel Foley, setting a PB for the distance in 40:13 chased him home, followed by Steve Morland (40:32), Anthony Mulley (41:47 PB), Ian Waller (41:53),  Ian Mitchell (42:40),  Sima Lowery (45:29),  Stuart Hymas (47:13 ),  Nicola Carter (47:28), David Halladay (48:20),  Catherine Morland (50:21 PB), Clare Baxter (51:18), Vanessa El-Etriby (51:37 PB), Debbie Herridge (51:59 PB), Fiona Slight (58:33), Julie Elmes (58:43), Fyn Lees (61:41), Dawn Richardson (61:43), Laura Wilmshurst (64:58 PB), Tony Everitt (65:52), Tracey Allison (68:42), Gaynor Downs (71:55) and Jo Gray (72:27). Our members particularly appreciated the early mile through the nature reserve, perhaps distracting from the hot miles that lay ahead!

Round Sheffield Run

Now for something slightly different! 11 timed stages made up 20K of the beautiful Sheffield Round route. Competitors set off at staggered intervals every few seconds, with the unique format breaking the route down into stages – each stage being raced, and competitors receiving both results for each stage as well as a combined overall result. Competitors also had the opportunity to relax, regroup with their friends and refocus before the next stage began. Four Striders chose the option to compete as a pair: Kez Welsby and Debbie Handslip completing the course in 2:12, whilst June Graham and Katie Gray shared the effort during 2:35 of running!

Humber Bridge Half

Not half of the Humber Bridge, but a half-marathon including the windy delights of crossing the Humber via the infamous suspension bridge! Lisa Harrison took on the challenge, registering a superb 1 hr 57mins. Well done Lisa!

Thursday 28th June

Saltaire Stampede

Based at the Saltaire Brewery, this handicap trail race alongside the River Aire and Leeds and Liverpool canal used start times determined by each athlete’s current runbritain handicap score. The result was many athletes closely-bunched as they returned into the brewery yard. Indeed, all finishers were covered by just 10 minutes! Stewart Hymas clocked 27:30 to finish a mere 4minutes ahead Edna Wood, who covered the course in 54:04.

Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Endure 24

Endure24 is a unique event in the running calendar, mixing serious ultra-running with a 24-hour team relay race. Virtually anyone of any ability level can take part and enjoy a challenging but rewarding weekend of trail running, and so it was with our own Striders! The five-mile woodland and trail routes which undulate around Bramham Park are incredibly scenic and the start/finish adjacent to the race village guarantees awesome support from fellow runners. The heatwave ensured that it was to be a dry event this year, but did add a sapping challenge, with competitors almost relishing those dark stints in the eerie and misty middle of the night.

Solos: We had three brave souls taking on the ‘Solo’ category, with competitors invited to run as many laps as they can (or wish) in the 24 hours. Some with sense have regular stops and even a night of sleep, whilst others grind on throughout the night. Gemma Harding put in some ‘blistering’ laps during the daylight hours, clocking 6 laps (30miles), whilst the recovering Jonny Chadwick adopted a walk/jog approach to clock up a fine 50miles (10 laps). Jason Green used his recent experience of sleepless nights to great effect, not to mention frequent visits to the club camp for cups of tea, to clock-up 55miles.

Teams: We had also entered three teams in the ‘Mixed 6-8’ category. Spreadsheet-master James Wright had balanced out the entries based on the expected times that each entrant had declared, and it proved to be very balanced indeed, with the three teams swapping positions throughout the 24 hours and all three separated by just one lap at the conclusion.  As the clock ticked over to noon on Sunday, there was still uncertainty as we waited to see which team would cross the line first! The final lap is the only one where the whole team can join the course for the final crossing-of-the-line and the great photo opportunity! It was Team 2 who narrowly triumphed, finishing 21st overall with 32laps completed. Ryan Middleton completed a great performance, flying across the finish chased (literally) across the line by his teammates Jo Gray, Steve Morland, Natalie Hale, Nicola Carter, Sarah Hill and our guests from Nidd Valley, Steff Quin and Sam Fugill. Also completing 32laps and crossing the line 23rd place was ‘Team 3’, with final leg runner Clare Rogers being joined by Mark Shelton, Sian Lowery, Edna Wood, Gareth Conkleton, Craig Mitchell, Chris Umpleby and Nidd’s Andy Harris. Only one lap behind, with 31laps completed in 28th place overall, was Team 3. Nidd’s Martin Lofthouse completed the proceedings hand-in-hand with Clare from Team 2, joined across the line by his teammates Claire Killingworth, Gary Wilkinson, Martin Lofthouse, Annika McDonald, Kathryn Pickles, Emma Hall, Charlotte Hines and James Wright.

That wasn’t the end of things for Striders through, as we had representation in other teams. Ted Welton, part of Team Happy Feet, finished 31st in the team section, with Lisa Harrison and Deborah Goldfield running in the ‘Aspin Avengers’ and clocking up a very creditable 25 laps.

As the dust settled (and there was a lot of dust) on a successful event, our members reflected on an incredible weekend and one which many will certainly repeat in future. Interest across the club seems really high for the 2019 event when we expect we will be back – quite possibly in even greater numbers!

Sunday 1st July

Harrogate 10K

Whilst Endure was reaching its conclusion down the A1, Harrogate’s Crimple Valley was playing host to the Harrogate 10K. Formerly the ‘Town Centre 10K’, the event had a new location for 2018 and with it some mixed terrain to contend with. What remained however were the hills! Based at the Squash Club, the route utilised the infrastructure around the Yorkshire showground, along with taking in some of the trails in the lovely Crimple Valley. As the clock ticked to 11, temperatures were soaring for the eight lady Striders toeing the start line. 6¼ sweaty miles later, they were led in by Georgina Townsend (58:01) joined by Debbie Herridge (59:36), Julie Elmes (01:04:23),Gosia Przybyl (01:04:08), Fyn Lees (01:04:50), Dawn Richardson (01:07:59), Tracy Allison (01:10:07) and Rachel Boyd (01:38:37). Whilst understandably hot at the finish, the consensus that it had been a successful event and our runners had put in a marvellous effort!

Hollybank Eccup 10mi

Our 34th and 35th Striders competing on what was an incredible weekend were Dave Halladay and Laura Wilmshurst, who found themselves at what is billed as  “Leeds’s most popular 10-mile road race”. The course uses rural closed roads to form a scenic route around Eccup reservoir, which doubtless helps the miles to fly past! It certainly worked well for our Striders, with Dave clocking 1:20 and Laura 1:49.

Thursday 5th July

Thirsk HDSRL Round 3

Thursday 5th July saw 21 Striders battling through the Yorkshire Show traffic to reach Hambleton and the Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers who hosted the third round of the HDSRL. The location was Sowerby, the lesser-known and more rural half of the town with the course occupying the fields between the village and the A168. Whilst the temperatures remained high for the 353 contenders, the hills and greenery of the earlier rounds were gone, to be replaced by dusty trails, baked yellow fields and a pancake-flat elevation.

James Wright found himself at the head of a rather grubby and thirsty set of Striders, finishing 26th in a time of 30:46. Dan Foley was next up in an excellent 31:29, followed by Steve Morland (31:50), Ian Mitchell (34:19), Philip Cornforth (35:48), Sima Lowery (35:52), Nicola Carter (35:54), Gary Wilkinson (36:07), Sean Brennan (36:18), Ste Core (38:00), Ryan Middleton (40:33), Nikki Christie (42:09), Claire Killingworth (42:11), Lisa Harrison (42:51), Anna Cornforth (43:07), Kez Welsby (44:16), Fiona Slight (44:26), Natalie Hale (45:28), Julie Elmes (47:02), Suzy Kerr (47:19) and Edna Wood (49:04). With three-quarters of the series now completed, just the Harrogate round would await two weeks later.

Saturday 7th July

The Blackfell Race

Heading out of Kettlewell, this 10mile Fell Race requires the runners to navigate Great Whernside via Blackwell Top. Our sturdy Strider James Warburton put in another great result to finish  5th overall in 1hr 43mins.

Sunday 8th July

Burn Valley Half Marathon

The third part of new ‘Hornblower series’ (along with Jolly Holly Jog and Ripon 10) saw Gary Wilkinson become the only Strider to complete the trio this year. The Burn Valley Half (oft referred to as the Death Valley) is a beautiful but tortuous run up the dales and back from Masham. Gary was able to draw on his extensive distance training this year to finish in a very fine 1:57:24 on yet another searing day of running!

Run for All Leeds 10K

The Leeds 10K is a flat, fast and fun course now in its 12th year and of course Jane Tomlinson’s original legacy run. It was Mark Shelton and Emna Hall who took on the challenge this year, Mark finishing well inside the magical hour mark, clocking 57:43 and Emma in 1hr 19.

Chocolate 10K York – Lisa

A celebration of York’s rich chocolate history, the Chocolate 10k took runners galloping on a 2-lap route on paths and grass around the York Knavesmire. Lisa Harrison (a prominent name in this report!) recorded a super 55:43. We hope that the prizes included something of a chocolatey variety…

Ultimate Trails 55K

Starting and finishing in Ambleside, the Ultimate Trails Challenges take in a complete circuit of the central Lake District. The 55K ultra marathon course, which passes through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District, is billed as the most picturesque ultra-marathon in the UK. It also includes 3 mountain passes and with 7,000 ft ascent/descent. Not for the faint-hearted, this was no problem for Claire Baxter who relished the challenge: all 11hours and 19minutes of it! Well done Claire!

Tuesday 10th July

Club Time Trial #2 – see separate report at: Time Trial No.2 – July

Friday 13th July

Washburn RelaysWashburn

This unusual event, organised by Otley AC, uses the paths and trails around Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs which are so poplar with many of our members. The relay event comprises three legs, each taking a different route on public footpaths, bridleways and a small amount of road in the scenic Washburn Valley. Every leg starts and finishes at the Yorkshire Water car park. We were fortunate enough to be granted three places in the event this year, which saw a 68 representative 3-person teams gather from local running clubs. The event was very competitive, with several records broken.  Our Mixed team of Niamh Falconer, Thomas Calvert (6th on his leg) James Wright (also 6th on his leg) finished 10th overall in a fine 1:05:06, just ahead of our Men’s Team of Steve Morland (9th on his leg) Martin Brock and Anthony Mulley who were 12th overall in 1:05:48. Our Ladies team saw superb efforts from Amy Naylor, Claire Killingworth and the overtaking Kathryn Pickles result in 9th position in their category, clocking 1:22:06.

Saturday 14th July

Scafell Sky Race 3,000m 25mile

A mention here to James Warburton who took on this insane competition over England’s highest point, but sadly had to drop-out at a mere (!) 17miles whilst descending. Unlucky James!

Sunday 15th July

Burton Leonard 10K

What a morning! Over 300 runners gathered in a sizzling Burton Leonard, including an amazing turnout of 41 Striders! Not only did this count as round 8 of our Ben Campbell Club championship, but once again was the venue for our Mob Match against friendly rivals Nidd Valley. Great efforts from both clubs littered the field, but it was the numerically-superior Nidd Team who retained the trophy once the scores had been totted up. We’ll be back!

There was to be much glory for our Striders outside of the Mob Match though – claiming BOTH the Men’s and Ladies’ team prizes! So, congratulations to Tom Calvert, James Wright and Martin Brock, whose performances counted as the fastest Men and Sima Lowery, Kathryn Pickles and Catherine Morland, whose results counted as the fastest Ladies! In the individual prizes, Tom claimed 2nd overall (37:34), whilst Sima claimed 2nd in the Seniors W35 category (48:26). Well done to all our Striders for putting on a great show: James Wright (10th Overall in 40:58), Martin Brock (41:19), James Ireland (41:44), Steve Morland (42:39), Dan Foley (44:37), Ian Waller (45:13), Ian Mitchell (46:32), David Hill (48:12), Gary Wilkinson (49:30), Derek Dobinson (50:01), Sean Brennan (50:06), Philip Cornforth (50:14), Gareth Conkleton (50:19), Kathryn Pickles (50:22), Dave Halladay (51:14), Catherine Morland (52:11), Murray Scott (53:36), Claire Baxter (54:33), Claire Killingworth (56:09), Georgina Townsend (56:31), Debbie Herridge (56:56), Vanessa El-Etriby (57:00), Anna Cornforth (57:53), Mark Shelton (59:31), Fyn Lees (1:00:11), Fiona Slight (1:00:31), Jess Dobson (1:03:06), Julie Elmes (1:04:26), Kez Welsby (1:04:21), June Graham (09:52), Dawn Richardson (1:10:41), Laura Wilmshurst (1:11:53), Natalie Hale (1:12:43), Kathleen Pickard (1:18:03), Tracy Allison (1:18:54) and Tony Everitt (1:19:18).

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Tuesday 17th July

Nidd Valley HDSRL Round 4

The HDSRL reached its conclusion at Harrogate High School, hosted splendidly by our friends at Nidd Valley.  26 Striders joined a field of 354 – down a little, due mainly to the scores of Nidd runners who marshalled so brilliantly in the gorgeous Nidd Gorge, where much of the action took place.

Tom Calvert was the first Strider home, in 13th place overall (again!) in a great 33:56. Strong Strider performances were once again found throughout the highly-competitive field: James Wright (35:06), Martin Brock (35:43), James Ireland (36:11), Steve Morland (37:19), Ted Walton (37:22), Anthony Mulley (38:27), Sean Brennan (40:32), Ian Mitchell (40:41), Philip Cornforth (41:22),  Sima Lowery (41:26), Nicola Carter (41:38), Gary Wilkinson (42:10), Ste Core (43:18), Niamh Falconer (43:23), David Halladay (43:41), Kathryn Pickles (43:52), Nikki Christie (48:48), Ryan Middleton (48:51), Georgina Townsend (48:52), Lisa Harrison (49:52), Kez Welsby (50:21), Anna Cornforth (50:29), Edna Wood (56:16), Tony Everitt (57:13) and Tracy Allison (60:16). So, with no handicap race this year, that concluded the fantastic HDSRL for 2018 and a strong performance across the races for Knaresborough Striders. We’ll report the overall results from the league separately.

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Sunday 29th July

Run Yorkshire Ryedale Half Marathon

At Round 9 of our Club Championship we saw something unusual. Droplets of liquid fell from the sky. A lot. Yes, the heatwave broke with a vengeance; torrential rain and strong winds adding a now-unfamiliar challenge for the quintet of Striders who made the journey out to Ampleforth College for this new event in our championship. The Half Marathon was a 2-lap affair, using roads and tracks within the estate – a great traffic free route for runners. Including every type of terrain, with undulation throughout and a couple of stiff climbs, this was an honest test of our athletes’ prowess! Our first representative, in 17th place overall, was Steve Morland (1:36:), joined by Gary Wilkinson (01:47), Edward Hollinshead (01:48), Stewart Hymas (1:52) and Catherine Morland (2:00). Steve, Gary and Ed were subsequently announced as the winners of the Men’s team event – well done!

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That concludes June and July – a mammoth effort by our club members in the busiest part of the year, race-wise. The rest of the summer promised a slightly quieter time with fewer races during the traditional holiday weeks…   We’ll see you on the other side of August!

A note about our results

Our Race Reports endeavour to include as many of your results as possible. In the main, this entails scouring as many races as possible from regional race listings and looking for our club reference ‘Knaresborough Striders’. That can mean that with over 170 members, some individual performances can get missed, sorry. We’ll always fix any omissions if you let us know! We also include anything we’ve heard about at club or seen on Social Media. If you think your event might not get picked-up, but would like to see it in our race reports, just let us know by email, or post something on our Facebook forum.

Also note that parkrun results are now published separately from Race reports, normally monthly. To ensure that you included in those, make sure that your parkrun profile includes the club.

Striders’ parkrun Report – June 2018

*Hoorah! We’ve fixed the blockage in our Race Reports pipe. Sorry for that. Turns out that June was so big it had got stuck in there, so henceforth the parkruns and races will be delivered to you separately!* 

Striders’ parkrun report – June 2018

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Knaresborough Striders were once again handsomely represented at parkrun during June. The events go from strength to strength and present a great chance for our members to regularly test their progress or simply enjoy a 5k run in a variety of surroundings to kick-start their weekend! The stats this month: 96 runs at 14 different venues!



Saturday 2nd June


The first weekend of the month saw the return of Striders’ monthly parkrun visit, with the first venue chosen being the former liquorice capital (and now Haribo-producing) Pontefract. On a slightly misty and damp morning the sight of the Striders entourage was clearly a welcome boost to the hardworking event team making their final preparations. Beginning and ending with tours of the lake (complete with duck hazards) the course takes in a perimeter tour of Europe’s longest flat racing course. Our Striders discovered it to be far from ‘flat’ however, with ‘rolling’ perhaps being a more fitting description! Punters waging an on-the-nose Striders bet were in luck, with James Wright galloping up the final furlong to take 1st place in 18:21. Steve Morland proved to be worth an each-way bet, taking 3rd place 19:34! Gary Wilkinson galloped through the field in 22:52 with first filly Claire Baxter coming up strongly on the rails in 23:31. Still improving, Julian Carr clocked a very creditable 24:14 followed by Catherine Morland in 24:40. Mark Shelton’s strong finish guaranteed him an excellent 26:44, closely chased in Jess Dobson in 26:50. In a close field, Natalie Hale raced in with 27:04, with the Striders’ stable completed by Tracy Allison (28:08) and running-mate Anthony Everitt in 29:27.


David Halladay (23:22)
Ian Mitchell (26:51)
Mick Dobson (29:26)
Dawn Richardson (33:43)
Gareth Conkleton (36:59)
Ruth Mann (41:06)

Tees Barrage
This event was visited by Nicola Carter, finishing up first lady home in 22:39!

Fountains Abbey

Jane Johnson (29:24)
Jayne Close (33:06)

Way down in Cornwall….

Tom Calvert (17:03) – 2nd overall
Niamh Falconer (21:28) – 2nd lady
Derek Calvert (24:27) – snazziest trainers


Ryan Middleton (24:26)

Saturday 9th June

A strong showing by the Striders on a busy Bed Race day!

Robert Earl (21:30)
Mark Shelton (25:09)
Mick Dobson (28:32)
Robert Charlesworth (28:38)
Julie Elmes (30:04)
Gaynor Downs (32:01)
Jo Gray (35:18)
Emma Hall (36:01)
Joanne Sharratt (36:24)
Ruth Mann (38:08)

Windy Nook

Another week, another ‘first lady’ for Nicola Carter, visiting this relatively new event near Gateshead and recording 24:18.

Fountains Abbey

Derek Calvert (24:04)
Andrew Roberts (24:43)
Kate James (33:11)


Ian Mitchell (20:10)

Saturday 16th June

Striders out in strong numbers at our closest parkrun!

Steve Morland (18:56) – 5th
Ted Welton (19:10) – 8th
Sean Brennan (20:32)
Ian Mitchell (21:01)
Nicola Carter (22:42)
Nick Wallen (23:17)
Tracy Allison (29:09)
Kate James (29:55)
Fyn Lees (30:04)
David Sinton (31:15)
Jo Gray (34:31)
Ruth Mann (39:03)


Annika McDonald (29:50)

Fountains Abbey
Some very fine performances at one of the most stunning parkruns!

Tom Calvert (17:09) – 1st
James Wright (18:10) – 5th
Martin Brock (18:25) – 7th
Derek Calvert (23:38)
Ryan Middleton (23:45)
Emma Hepworth (24:37)
Natalie Hale (26:52)
Edna Wood (28:55)

Another 1st place for Striders! Congratulations to Dan Foley (18:43) on the grassy tracks at Wetherby.

Saturday 23rd June


Ted Welton (19:39)
Sean Brennan (19:41)
Ian Mitchell (23:04)
Mick Dobson (27:51)
Julie Elmes (27:56)
David Sinton (30:42)
Gaynor Downs (30:44)
Jo Gray (34:18)
Louise Buck (45:44)
Ruth Mann (45:45)


Fountains Abbey

Tom Calvert (17:13) – 2nd
Niamh Falconer (21:34)
Derek Calvert (23:42)
Andrew Roberts (25:55)
Anthony Everitt (28:49)
Tracy Allison (29:22)

Saturday 30th June

Whilst a couple of dozen Striders were busy on Endure24 duties, the club was nonetheless represented at eight different locations around the PLANET!


Julie Elmes (29:59)


Keith Emery (19:45)
Ian Mitchell (20:09)
Sean Brennan (21:17)
Robert Earl (21:33)
David Halladay (23:28)
David Sinton (29:28)
Joanne Sharratt (36:01)
Lauren Downs (36:34)
Ruth Mann (37:42)

Belfast Victoria
Over the Irish sea…

Tom Calvert (17:00)


Jenny Cooley (28:11)

Fountains Abbey

Derek Calvert (24:28)
Georgina Townsend (26:14)
Fiona Slight (27:09)


Mick Dobson (25:51)

Crissy Field (USA)
3rd lady home on USA soil (starting from the San Francisco Yacht club) was Baz Rodger in a very fine 23:18. That certainly ‘trumps’ all the other results for this week…
Middleton Woods (Leeds)

Ted Welton (20:39) – 8th overall and en route to Endure24!

So that’s it for parkruns in June – nearly 100 free, weekly, timed runs and 480km in the bag. Well done folks!

If you’re missing from the list please let me know – it will be due to one of two things: a) the editor’s incompetence, or b) you haven’t selected ‘Knaresborough Striders’ as your club in your parkrun profile – help on that can be found here: Update Running Club


Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

Time flies and so this week saw the second of this year’s 3-mile time-trial around the local Aspin area of Knaresborough. The Great Yorkshire Show and the onset of the holidays meant that numbers were down a little on the earlier attempt, yet 41 willing members took on the challenge. Two laps of Aspin lay ahead, the first extended a little via the Abbey Crags area, taking our runners rocketing down Rievaulx, grumbling along Grimbald (that setting sun was blinding) and galloping (!) up ‘Grave Concern’ before ambling down Aspin back to the cricket club.
Whilst many of our members had hoped to show off their improvement from recent months of training and racing, the continued sapping heat presented quite a hurdle. Maybe we’ve become accustomed to it though, as nearly all the returning members were indeed able to improve on their previous performances! In fact, after our resident statistician had sweated over the results, they declared that the Striders had on average reduced their times by 5%!

‘Who were the biggest movers then?’ you might well ask…    Serious kudos goes firstly to Jess Dobson, who knocked 13% off her previous time, Fyn Lees was 15% improved and the biggest progress, with an incredible reduction of 17%… Ruth Mann! That means Ruth now has 8 whole minutes of her life spare to do… well, whatever she wants.

At the pointy end of the results, Tom Calvert was first back in a sizzling 17:39, chased by James Wright in 17:53. James’s times have improved so much recently that he was entertaining ideas about catching Tom… well not quite this time, but those 14 seconds aren’t impossible to find! Martin Brock completed the (non-existent) podium, slicing half-a-minute from his April time. Fastest lady was Sima Lowery in 9th, clocking 21:16 and 15sec faster than Nicola’s winning time in April… a showdown beckons at the next time-trial!

The field was peppered with new members, returning members and one prospective member – Jamie Bowker – who turned up to try out Striders and found himself signing up for a time trial! Thanks to James Wright who scooped up a somewhat discombobulated Jamie at the half-way point and guided him around the second lap! Once again, our Zero-to-Hero graduates featured throughout the field and we look forward to seeing some of them step up through our groups soon!

Finally, a HUGE thanks to our marshals and organisers on the night, to Dan who provided water outside Wilson Manor, to our photographers and to the cycling Weltons, whose video work captured another perspective of the event!
The full results can be found here, including previous times and improvement for those who’ve been fortunate enough to attend both events: Striders TT Results July 2018

May’s Monster Results Roundup

May’s Monster Round-up

The merry, merry month of May finally brought us light evenings, clear skies, and some better conditions in which to enjoy our runs, jogs and walks! Our Striders recorded over 180 results across a wide range of events, doing so whilst putting in week-after-week of Bed Race training! Heat was an issue at many events, with May 2018 being the sunniest since 1989 and warmest since records began more than 100 years ago, according to the Met Office. So, in many ways, May was a ‘monster’ of a month for our club members!

Saturday 5th May – parkrun participation, fabulous fells, horrible hills and copious cakes…


The first Saturday morning of May saw many of our members enjoying their parkruns. With participation being the mainstay of parkrun (rather than outright performance) it’s great to see Striders out in large numbers, week in, week out around the area. Harrogate parkrun saw over 500 runners took part, 18 of whom were Striders! In the spirit of participation, here are our finishers – in no particular order! Strider of the Year Edna Wood (29:06), Tracy Allison (29:47), Robert Charlesworth (29:55), Paul Heywood(24:10), David Halladay (24:12), Joanne Sharratt (37:52), Ruth Mann (39:17), Fiona Slight (28:29), Ian Mitchell (21:34), Mark Taylor (24:55), Tony Everitt  (29:10), Dawn Richardson (30:37), Jane Johnson (31:00), Gaynor Downs (33:36), Jo Gray (35:31), Fiona Gartside (35:44), Sean Brennan (21:01) and Mick Dobson (27:35). Further afield at the Peterborough parkrun, Annika McDonald clocked 28:34. At Catterick parkrun, Jayne Close clocked 33:30 in her first visit, whilst at Wetherby parkrun, Nicola Carter found herself the first lady home in 21:35. Fountains Abbey parkrun saw the ever-present Derek Calvert clock 24:04, joined by Ryan Middleton (24:15) and Steve Morland (18:56 PB). Finally, Dalby Forest parkrun was the choice of Tom Calvert and Niamh Falconer who were in that neck of the woods (pun entirely intended) prior their race in Kirbymoorside the next day! Niamh was third lady home in 22:25 whilst Tom was 2nd overall in a stunning 17:28.

Up the Odda

This challenging trail race starts from Hawksworth and heads up the very steep and grassy Odda not once, but twice! This made for a very challenging race in the heat of the sun, with the occasional competitor on all fours! James Wright clocked a very decent 49:28 whilst Julie Elms overcame the challenge in a very respectable 1:25:52.








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Nene Valley and Cakes. What more could you want? The Cakeathon challenged competitors to run as many laps as they wanted in 6 hours, with plentiful cakes each lap or at the end! Claire Baxter took up the challenge, passing the Marathon mark and clocking 26.82miles before calling it a day ‘early’ after a mere 4hrs 43minutes! Rarely has there been a better deserved (or needed) cake!


Buckden Out Moor Race

This fell race scales Buckden Pike, topping out at the 702m summit. James Warburton was certainly up to the challenge, finishing 3rd overall in an excellent time of 42:10.

Kentmere trail challenge

The latest round of the Lakeland trail series saw the hardy competitors gathering at Staveley. Janet and Steve Morris continued their challenge in this series, taking on the 17k course in 2:43:57 and 2:58:31 respectively.

Sunday 6th May – hot, hot, hot.

31961797_1687518984668775_1456341956018831360_nKirbymoorside 10k saw hot, sapping conditions to ‘welcome’ our runners. Tom Calvert claimed 6th place overall in a highly-competive 38:01. James Wright was only a short distance behind, making the top 20 in 41:10. Niamh Falconer clocked a strong 51:15 before Dawn Richardson completed the quartet, overcoming the temperature in 1:06:09.

Peco XC vs WYWL Relays.

Several months had passed since the Peco and West Yorkshire Winter cross country leagues had ended, with several delays affecting the inter-league finale. Unfamiliar balmy conditions therefore greeted the competitors at Beckett Park, Leeds. The event saw teams of three runners representing the leagues or their clubs taking turns over a 3mile course. It proved a strong day for the Peco league, triumphing overall and in 5 of the 6 categories. Striders had two teams in the event. Our Ladies Vets LV40+ team came home in 44th place after legs by Lisa Harrison (24:25), Jo Gray (35:03) and June Graham (27:36) – a total time of 1:27:04.

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Roche Abbey 10k

Roche Abbey is definitely a hidden gem – it’s not very well known, but nevertheless it’s very beautiful. Nestled away in South Yorkshire near the picturesque village of Maltby, it was the base for a choice of track and trail events. In the 10k option, Claire Baxter finished up as 3rd Lady in 52:04, followed by Vanessa El-Etriby in 58:26.

Tuesday 8th May

JW Jack BloorAt the Jack Bloor Fell race, James Warburton ran back and forth across the beautiful but rugged Ilkley Moor to claim 8th place overall in 43:03.




Thursday 10th May

The York 5K series continued into race 2 at the University of York Sport Village’s Cycle Circuit.  James Wright clocked an extremely competitive 18:18, followed by Lucy Shore (32:48) and Rachel Boyd (38:46).

Saturday 12th May – a championship day at parkrun!

Fountains Parkrun (Club Championship)

Fountains Abbey parkrun was the venue for the latest round of our club championship, resulting in a fantastic turnout of 30 Striders at the historic venue. Great performances were seen throughout the 384-strong field. Appropriately, the first parkrunner home was our own Tom Calvert (17:43), leading a Strider-dominated top ten as our members worked together to cut their way through the field: 3rd – James Ireland (18:34 Pb), 4th – James Wright (18:35 Pb), 5th – Martin Brock (18:38 Pb), 7th – Stephen Morland (18:44 Pb) and 9th – Dan Foley (19:07 Pb). Strong finishes followed in abundance: Ian Mitchell (20:30), Ian Waller (20:38), Robert Earl (21:16), Ryan Middleton (22:18 PB),Craig Mitchell (22:22 Pb), Claire Baxter (22:26 PB and 2nd Lady), Nick Wallen (23:39), Gary Wilkinson (23:41), Derek Calvert (24:12), Georgina Townsend (24:45), Julian Carr (26:00), Natalie Hale (26:45 PB), Michael Dobson (30:06), Mark Shelton (30:07), Dawn Richardson(30:18), Laura Wilmshurst(31:03 Pb), David Sinton (32:01), Gaynor Downs (32:16), Jackie Knight (33:59), Jo Gray (35:04), Lauren Downs (35:47 Pb), Joanne Sharratt (35:59 Pb), with Louise Buck and Ruth Mann clocking identical times (45:35).

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Other parkruns

Meanwhile, back at Harrogate parkrun, there was still a strong Strider representation with another rash of PBs! Our recent and very-welcome recruit Ted Welton knows the course very well and clocked a very competitive 19:58 to finish 7th, ahead of David Halladay (26:53), Robert Charlesworth (28:48), Rebecca Williams (28:50 Pb), Deborah Goldfield (28:50 Pb) and Jane Johnson (29:24 Pb). Last but no means least, Coventry parkrun’s huge field included the visiting Tony Everitt (29:22) and Tracy Allison (29:36).

Sunday 13th May – upping the distance

With a load of 5Ks out of the way, Striders moved up in distance around the North.

FB_IMG_1526277737546 FB_IMG_1526277564489Ripon 10 is a long-established favourite and now included as part of the hornblower series. 500 runners headed west out of Ripon for 10 miles of very mixed terrain, taking in Studley’s bridges, Fountains Hall and a brutal 7th mile climb. Steve Morland led the Striders home in 1:12:43, followed by Ian Waller (1:16:29), Sean Brennan (1:21:17), Gary Wilkinson (1:22:27), Gareth Conkleton (1:25:06), Stewart Hymas (1:27:30), Paul Haywood (1:36:05) and Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood (1:48:59).


Leeds half-marathon has become another favourite with thousands pounding the outskirts of Leeds before a very loud and vibrant finish in the city centre. A quartet of Striders tackled the challenge with Lisa Harrison (1:57:04) chased in by Mark Shelton (2:20:06), Dawn Richardson (2:19:47) and Laura Wilmshurst (2:24:22).

Sunderland half-marathon was visited by the ever-improving Claire Baxter, clocking a strong 1:40:20 around the Wearside course.

Back on home turf, Dan Wilson was tackling the Harrogate Triathlon, comprising a 400m Swim, 14mi Bike and 3mile run. Dan splashed for 10:22, pedalled for 1:03:08 and dashed for 23:19, turning in a competitive total time of 1:40:07.

Wednesday 16th May – ‘Donfaster’

The Askern 10k, near Doncaster, is renowned as a fast course and this proved to be the case, with an amazing 72 runners breaking 40 minutes, and winning times of 32 and 35 minutes for the men and ladies! The closely-matched duo of Martin Brock and James Wright both smashed through that 40-minute barrier in times of 37:56 and 38:37. Well done chaps!

Saturday 19th May – a right royal day

With a wedding to watch (or avoid) and some longer runs scheduled for the following day, this was a quieter day race-wise but not before the usual array of parkruns!

At Catterick parkrun, the improving Jayne Close represented the club with a time of exactly 33minutes. With Harrogate parkrun now (finally) dried out, the runners are flocking back with nearly 500 taking part. Robert Earl (20:45), Sean Brennan (20:49) and Ian Mitchell (21:16) were the first trio back, joined by Gareth Conkleton (21:35), David Halladay (23:54), Julian Carr (25:18), Tony Everitt (27:34), Vicki Gibson (27:42), Tracy Allison (29:16), Dawn Richardson (30:10), David Sinton (30:41), Joanne Sharratt (35:04) and Ruth Mann (40:19).

At the Roundhay parkrun, Annika McDonald (29:58) continued her tour of venues. Fountains Abbey parkrun saw the contenders taking part in a range of wedding vows, pledging to improve their PBs, thank the volunteers and only cross the finish line once! Tom Calvert (17:51) battled strong lead group, joined in the results by James Wright (18:14), Steve Morland (18:27), Derek Calvert (23:33), Claire Killingworth (24:17) and Emma Hepworth (24:38)

Pizza Run brought their new 5K event to Yorkshire, with contenders invited to collect a slice of pizza after each lap of Cross Flatts Park, Leeds, or saving them for after the finish! Claire Baxter fancied a slice of the action, clocking a spicy 4th overall in 26:38 and the first hungry lady home.

The Charlesworth Chase saw James Warburton back in action again,  tackling the 5.2 mile run (climbing 1200 ft) in 41:42 with a beer to be drunk before crossing the finish line in 7th place!

Sunday 20th May – Lakes and Mobots

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At the Manchester 10k, Mo Farah may have been taking the headlines with his fine win, but he was chased home by a trio of Striders! In fact, a mere 59 places behind was Tom Calvert; 60th overall in a very fine 36:05. Completing a trio of very competitive runs were Claire Baxter (46:36) and Niamh Falconer (49:45).

Tuesday 22nd May – Rushing around

More battles...

The inaugural ‘St. Robert’s Rush’ Time Trial took 51 of our members along the beautiful and tranquil Abbey Road in search of their fastest possible mile. A fantastic evening was had – the full report can be read at: Race Report

Wednesday 23rd May – Brownlee inspiration

At the fourth round of the Evensplits Leeds 5K series, James Wright and Natalie Hale enjoyed some intense competition at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit. Doubtless inspired by Yorkshire’s finest triathletes, Natalie raced around in 25:39, but not before James had lowered his PB for 5K in a fleet 18:14.

Saturday 26th May – purely parkrun

Our fourth Saturday of the month saw members visiting six different venues around the region. Pontefract parkrun is based at the longest flat racing course in Europe and a great test for parkrunners. Annika McDonald (28:38) joined over 400 runners there at her third different venue of the month. There was more racecourse action at Catterick parkrun, where Sean BRENNAN proved he wasn’t horsing around with a very competitive 20:21. In Victorian times, Harrogate parkrun’s site was also a racecourse for horses, rather than humans. No stray horses there any more though, only the Stray fair, which meant the customary diversion! First back after dodging the dodgems was Ted Welton (20:12) joined by Steven Core (21:55), Ian Mitchell (23:34), Nick Wallen (24:21), David Halladay (25:08), David Sinton (31:07), Jo Gray (35:55), Joanne Sharratt (38:50) and Ruth Mann (40:14). Skipton parkrun’s solitary Strider was of course Jason Green (24:33), putting in his eighth appearance of the year at Aireville park. Dalby Forest parkrun was the choice of another lone Strider – a holidaying Claire Baxter, who headed up and down the trails in the valley in an excellent 23:15. Finally to Fountains parkrun where a sextet of Striders was moving considerably faster than the Monks who might previously have trodden those paths. Back in winning ways was Tom Calvert (17:39), tracked by James Wright (18:15). Completing the Knaresborough contingent were Niamh Falconer (4th lady in 22:01), Derek Calvert (23:46), Fiona Gartside (31:19) and Sarah Jones (33:07)

Sunday 27th May – Local Races, new and old

Northallerton 10k (Club Championship)

There has been a settlement at Northallerton since Roman times, but only in recent years has the town reached the peak of civilisation that is the 10K running race. The 3rd running of this event was included for the first time in our own Ben Campbell Club Championship, guaranteeing that a strong Strider turnout would amass by the town clock pre-race. Those expecting a flat course were in for a surprise however, with the first four miles climbing up through local villages and the notorious Sandy bank before plunging back towards the town. The unusually hot conditions were affecting most of the runners with the phrase ‘…not a PB day…’ commonplace around the finishing line.

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James Wright was the first Strider home in 14th place with his time of 39:40 particularly strong given the conditions. He narrowly pipped Martin Brock, who also snuck inside 40minutes again, recording 39:59. A little further back, the chase for veteran’s championship points was as intense as the heat, with Steve Morland (41:41) leading in Ian Waller (43:20), Phil Cornforth (47:03) and David Halladay (47:34). Once age adjusted, that could be anybody’s! Craig Mitchell put in a great shift to record 48:09 ahead of Julian Carr (52:50) and Jo Gray (1:18:14). With most runners agreeing that it would be worth another attempt, there may be some difficult decisions to be made between Northallerton 2019 and the ever-popular Melmerby 10K….


33892357_10216109441558274_6457879544564023296_nMelmerby 10k – A firm favourite over many years, Memerby’s undulating course starts and finishes in the village before heading north into the tranquil lanes. A little more shade would have been welcomed though, as the weekend’s sun made conditions testing for all the runners. Ian Mitchell is coming into great form ahead of the summer and this showed in his excellent 42:43 performance, leading home the Striders. Lisa Harrison overcame the head with a strong 54:38, before Sarah Hill (1:02:16), Dawn Richardson (1:04:37), Edna Wood (1:06:08) followed in quick succession. Performance of the day, however was arguably Bill Kirkpatrick’s splendid 1:11:47 to complete a fine set of Strider runs.


The ‘Helvellyn and the Dodds’ is an out and back course across open fell land in the stunning Hellvellyn range. James Warburton tackled the tough uphill sections and equally steep descents whilst fighting off cramp, but still completed the 15mile course in a very competitive 2hrs 59.

Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May – Serious stuff

Two dates? This must mean serious running! The Hardmoors 110 Ultramarathon follows the dramatic Cleveland Way National Trail encircling the North York Moors and the Cleveland Heritage coastline. Commencing in Filey, competitors have a time limit of 36 hours to complete the 110-mile single stage trail race, following the stunning Cleveland Heritage Coastline, turning through the beautiful Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors before finishing in the market town of Helmsley. Graham Yare fancied the challenge: “…with no training I just wanted to see if I could get through – chafing, lots of very painful blisters and sunburn. Still managed to finish though!” His finishing time of 35hrs, 34mins and 46seconds was a monumental achievement! Very well done Graham.

31st May – Culminating Canter

Closing out an incredibly busy month was our Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood, who clocked a great 1:06:16 for the club at the Apperley Bridge Canter, near. Bradford.

So that completes May – a massive month for the Striders. June sees the return of the Evening Summer League, the Bed Race and sees members racing right to the end of the month (literally) at the Endure 24. Happy Running!