VC20 – Age-graded results now available!

How did you do?

The age-graded results for the first 5 rounds of the VC20 are now available on our VC20 page. They make really interesting reading, not least because for the first time we have an ‘all in’ Overall Category! We are also taking this opportunity to try out 5-year age bandings so as you’ll see we have lots of ‘1sts’ at every event.
We’ve had around 40 entries for each round so far and there are still 7 rounds for you to have a go at – you only need 6 results to qualify! Our sixth event – the half-marathon – is well underway and you have until Sunday 20th September to complete your effort.
If you spot anything odd in your results just let us know.

VC20 Update – Events 1-5

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We have now processed and released all the timing results from our first 5 events in the Virtual Championship, VC20. These will be followed shortly by the championship positions so far, both overall and in your respective category. On that note, we have taken the decision to try out the ‘narrower’ 5-year gender/age banding for this series, rather than the ones normally used in our Club Championship – this was suggested by several Striders after taking part in the recent inter-club challenge and means more winners!

If you spot that a result is missing or wrong, please email – this will help us greatly when issuing the standings!

We are now into Event 6 which is the longest one in the series – a half-marathon on a route of your choice. You have until 20th September to post your result.

Timings for Events 1 to 5, along with the link to submit your result for Event 6 can be found on our VC20 page:  VC20 Page


Mob Match results!

Mob Match

Firstly, a huge well done to all our Striders (43 of you) who took part in this year’s 10K Mob Match against our friends at Nidd Valley. This was also event 4 of our ‘VC20’.

Rather than holding the Mob Match at a race such as Burton Leonard (in past years) or Staveley (as was the plan this year…) you chose myriad locations to sweat-out your 10K effort, including: Aldborough, Bilton, Brecon Beacons, Bridlington, Castley, Fewston, Goldsborough, Harland Way, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Little Ouseburn, Melmerby, Nidderdale Greenway, Redcar, Ripley, Saltburn, Scotton, Sewerby, Starbeck, The Stray, St.Aidan’s Nature Reserve and Swinsty Reservoir!

We were matched up against 56 members of Nidd Valley, which gave them an advantage so we found ourselves as RUNNERS-UP in the Mob Match.

The breakdown of the points was as follows:

MobMatch totals

The scores comprise of finishing positions, so the lower score wins.

Well done to our ladies (25 Striders vs 28 NV) who put in a great turnout and were closest to gaining a win again this year. The gents (18 Striders vs 28) found themselves with an unassailable disadvantage to overcome, in spite of some great efforts right through the field!

The full results can be found by clicking here: MobMatchResults2020PDF.

Thanks to Kevin Dalton at NV for putting the results together and congratulations to Nidd Valley – perhaps that will soften the blow of losing to us in the 5K challenge… 😉

Here’s looking forward to doing it all ‘for real’ next year!

5k Inter-club challenge results!

The results are in from the Inter-club 5K challenge which has been taking place between ourselves, Nidd Valley and Ripon Runners!

We ended a very creditable 2nd overall – particularly considering that we are the smallest club of the three! We turned out 61 runners – a fantastic number – versus the 64 and 98 of Nidd and Ripon respectively! Congratulations to Sue Morley and Edna Wood who each won their respective categories!

The results in each category, as provided by Ripon Runners, are shown below:

Inter-club overall

Ladies’ individual results:
(‘Position’ shows points earned)
interclub ladies
(note: Sue Morley incorrectly listed as NV!)

Mens’ individual results:
(‘Position’ shows points earned)
interclub men

Club dates and calendar

I’ve just spend a few minutes deleting sessions and events from the club calendar, reflecting the vast change in our forward plans as we all do our part to ensure that social distance measures are as effective as they can be.

Club events

Needless to say, please consider all future events as subject to confirmation. Once we are all clearer about forward plans we’ll advise what events will/won’t take place. If you are choosing to enter events later in the year which are still open, do bear in mind the likelihood of their taking place. We are however putting a few virtual events and challenges in place for you to safely take part in and keep the Striding community connected, even if it’s not through sharing our running together.


With the first three events completed, our club champs are now understandably on ice. The majority of events across the next 3 months are already cancelled or postponed and I have updated the club championship page accordingly based on what we know at this time.

Summer League

HDSRL was due to start in just a few weeks, and whilst there are no official cancellations yet, the organisers are advising that you do not enter the series at this time.


Keep checking back for updates.

Report: Time Trial #1, 31st March 2020

Tuesday 31st March 2020

The first Tuesday since the clocks ‘leapt’ forward saw the first running of our 2020 series of three 5k time trials .

A cool, dry Spring evening provided perfect conditions for our Striders, which combined with the quieter-than-normal local roads, presented a great chance to lay down a marker to beat as the year progresses.

Last year’s time trials had seen a clean sweep by ‘The Toms’ (Calvert & Killmurray) and this year’s first event was no different – Tom C (18:59) sweeping out the larder whilst Tom K (19:21) caught up on the latest edition of Rylan’s Supermarket Sweep on ITV2. James Ireland – always a strong contender – put down a time to beat, clocking a remarkable 19:50 to complete his jigsaw of Knaresborough Viaduct. If anyone’s seen the missing piece just to the left of Marigold cafe, please let him know. First lady home was Nicola Carter who took just 22:19 to iron all of Alan’s pants, chased in by Sima Lowery, who managed to complete two bedtime stories in 23:56 and Catherine Morland who navigated a particularly tricky birthday cake in 24:06.

Last year saw Dave Sinton reduce his times considerably and this continued into 2020, as he reduced to 28:42 the time it takes to tell his ‘If it wasn’t for the cancellation of parkrun I wouldn’t have broken my ankle’ tale of woe. He was followed in by Julian who spent 29:00 watching a re-run of ‘Come fly with me’. In a tightly-fought battle, Sarah Gore (29:42) just got the better of Guy Marshall (29:56). Sarah was flicking between Corrie and Judge Judy, whilst Guy installed an update of Windows.

Other notable performances included:

  • Sue Morley (31:43) to clean all her fell shoes
  • James Wright (19:59) online shopping for running shoes
  • Amy Naylor (26:32) sending motivational GIFs on the EBRC group chat
  • Gary Webster (23:64) still going on about his Castle Yard segment
  • Lizzie Medwell (32:19) trying to untangle from a particularly difficult Pilates position
  • Mhari Sellar (26:79) hanging upside-down
  • Debbie Herridge (31:31) dreaming of Filey
  • Sean Brennan (25:25) sticking a plaster on his knee
  • Ted Welton (21:00) messaging Linda about alternative uses for a trundle wheel
  • Linda Dodsworth (27:19) messaging Ted about alternative uses for plastic cones
  • Steve Dodsworth (24:82) wondering why Linda’s spending so much time messaging people when parkrun’s cancelled.
  • Martin Brock (22:01) sneaking questions about Cornwall into his latest quiz.

A number of our key workers were not able to compete due to saving lives. Conrad was injured.

A huge well done to EVERYONE who didn’t take part!

Full results below:

TT1 2020

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PECO Championship Roundup – we have a winner!

PECO Championship Roundup – we have a winner!

PECOXCLogoThe PECO Cross-country championship is finished for the 2019-20 season – one marked out by some of the wettest conditions ever seen on the series! Sadly truncated to four events after the cancellation of Roundhay, we fielded an excellent 42 Striders across the series, several of whom were tackling the events for the first time.

Our biggest headline has to be our WINNER – with four characteristic gritty performances, Sue Morley, whilst finishing an impressive 100th in the overall standings, retained the F60 championship! Very well done Sue!


In the team standings:

Striders Ladies placed 3rd in 1st division
Striders Ladies Vets placed 8th in the very competitive Premier division

In the individual standings, 22 ladies took part with six completing sufficient events to qualify for the final standings:

Catherine Morland 35th overall and 5th in category
Mhairi Sellar 60th
Sue Morley – 100th and FIRST in Category
Akyollu Beyhan 101st
Julie Elmes 142nd
Paula Wilkinson 224th

Super Sue - Retaining the F60 Title!

Super Sue – Retaining the F60 Title!

Our squad also comprised: Sima Lowery, Carla Reddish, Louise Lodh, Amy Naylor, Claire Killingworth, Fyn Lees, Sarah Gore, Edna Wood, Sally Fannen, June Graham, Emma Killmurray, Anna Howard, Dawn Richardson, Emma Binnian and Ruth Mann. Well done all! For the full results click here: Ladies Final Standings


In the team standings:

Striders Men 3rd in 2nd division
Striders placed Mens Vets placed 6th in 1st division

In the individual standings, 20 men took part with seven qualifying for the final standings:

Steve Morland 45th Overall and 5th in category
Tom Killmuray 77th Overall
Aidan McNabb 161st
Steve Ellmore 249th
Mark Shelton 473rd
David Sinton 599th
Mick Dobson 629th

Our squad also comprised:  Ted Welton, Martin Brock, Derek Dobinson, James Wright, James Cornforth, Guy Marshall, Sean Brennan, Craig Mitchell, Ian Mitchell, Mark Taylor, Paul Walker and Stewart Hymas. The full Mens full results can be found here: Mens Final Standings

Swift Striding at Sessay!

A swift trip to Sessay…

Congratulations to our contingent of nineteen Striders who made the short trip to Sessay Swift last night for round 10 of our Ben Campbell Club Championship.

Our Striders at Sessay

Our Striders at Sessay

The fast fast tarmac route over the unconventional distance of 6K had many competitors scratching their heads as to how to approach the event, but mutterings around the start-line seemed to be mostly ‘like a parkrun, but with an extra bit..’. Our Striders did themselves proud, not only as the third biggest-represented club on the night, but also finishing a close second in the Mens’ team event behind a very strong Leeds AC team. Tom Calvert was our lead man home in an excellent 20:25, building on his recent parkrun form, whilst Nicola Carter clocked a great 26:44 to lead our squad of nine ladies in. The full results can be found here: Sessay Swift Results 2019

What does it mean for our club championship? Well we’ll have to process the results and age adjustments first, but it now looks like the Men’s championship is going to be a really close-run thing (no pun intended) and might well go right to the fifteenth and final round, whilst we may have a new leader in another category! Watch this space for updates very soon!

Our championship moves onto Round 11 at Wetherby 10k on Sunday 1st September – only 40 places are left so if you still wish to enter you’d best get your skates on. Or maybe race shoes. Visit: Wetherby 10K

Predictor Run Results

We had a fantastic evening at our annual Predictor run! We were amazed by the accuracy of some of the runs, especially those in the 5k event!

Congratulations and kudos to Ian Mitchell who was 2mins 5s away from his prediction, and Gaynor Downs who was an incredible 2seconds away from her predicted time. Consolations to Mark and Tracy who were both within 10seconds of their predictions!

Thanks to everyone for a great night and to our helpers and timers who made it possible!

5K results
5mile results