Club Championship update after 13 events – lucky for some!

Saturday 9th October saw thirty fab Striders took part in the thirteenth event in our 2021 Ben Campbell Club Championship series, at Conyngham Hall parkrun.
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Female Seniors

We are guaranteed at least one new name on our list of champions this year, as Vanessa El-Etriby continued her dominance of the category, finishing as the first female at the event and clocking up her tenth ‘1’ in the championship!

Female Veterans

Once again this has proven to be our biggest category, with an incredible 36 Striders having registered results so far! On the day it was Carla Reddish – having only recently returned to action – who clocked up her second consecutive win in the category, clocking a PB of 23:09 around the riverside course. The championship however is already certain to stay in the capable hands of Nicola Carter, having already secured a perfect seven ‘1’s – with only three events now remaining, that can’t be beaten! A fascinating battle for the podium positions between Sima, Debbie and Carla looks set to run right to the final event though!

Male Seniors

This championship category will be heading to either Tom Calvert or James Ireland, but with both away for the weekend, this was a chance for others stake their claim for a podium position. Tom Wilson did that in fine style, finishing first in the event itself and clocking his second win in what is our swiftest  category. Fresh (?) from his fine London Marathon, James Wright continued his fine season just ahead of Aidan McNab. Quite how the podium will shake out will become clearer as the season progresses!

Male Veterans

The thirteenth event proved lucky for John Hamilton, who registered his seventh result in the championship, immediately propelling himself to the top of the standings! His searing time of 20:06  was another PB and a fine way to celebrate sealing a second consecutive championship. Nik Forman looks set to secure the runner-up position in the category, having already clocked up more events than anyone else at his first attempt, whilst the final podium position looks set for a tussle between Steve Ellmore, Ian Mitchell and Martin Brock.

Overall Championship

For the second year, we have also organised results into ‘Overall standings’. This has produced an incredibly tight set of standings throughout the season and whilst Tom Calvert currently sits atop the table, Nicola and James Ireland remain firmly in contention!

To view all the standings and details of forthcoming rounds, head over to our championship page now! 2021 Championship Page



Championship latest

Ben Campbell CC 2021

Well done and thanks to everyone who has taken part in the Club Championship so far! If you didn’t spot them earlier in the week, we now have results and standings available for the first 5 rounds over on our championship page. We hope to have the results for Race 6 (Hooded Horse) up just as soon as they are published by the organisers.

The list of future events continues to grow, with several that you may be interested in taking part in. Two of these are part of the HDSRL series, which this year is a blend of real and virtual races. Even if you just want to take part in the two ‘real’ races, it’s still great value at just £15 for that series. The St.Robert’s Rush is, of course, FREE!

Upcoming events:

Sunday 4th July – Run Harrogate 10K [LIVE RACE] Details and entry

*NEW* Tues 13th July, evening – ‘St.Robert’s Rush’ 1mile Time Trial [CLUB EVENT] More details soon.

Wed 21 July at 19:00 HDSRL Wetherby [LIVE RACE]  Entry is via the HDSRL series: Racebest More information at HDSRL

Thurs 2 September at 18:45 HDSRL Harrogate [LIVE RACE]  Entry is via the HDSRL series: Racebest More information at HDSRL

Watch out for more events being added soon!

Club Championship Updates

Ben Campbell CC 2021

Club Championship… we have a while bunch of lovely updates over on our Championships page…

  • Graded results for first three events
  • Standings after 3 events
  • Three new ‘real’ events added

Head over right now to see more: 2021 Club Championship

In the meantime, two more days remain in the 4th event, the (not)parkrun ‘dirty double’. Remember to submit your results!

Melmerby 10k – Entry and submitting results

Club Championship Round 3 – Melmerby 10k.

There have been some utterly stonking runs up at Melmerby so far! You have until the end of the month to complete yours.
Melmerby 10k
For those hunting for the ‘submit result’ option on our website… there isn’t one! We will be using the official race results (remember them?) when they are published at the conclusion of the month-long event. The event organisers tell you how to submit your result to them on their website.
To register for the Memberby 10K ‘run when you like but on the course’ event, click here:

Cross-Country Results!



With the inter-club PECO XC series not taking place this year, we decided to build on the success of our 2020 virtual club championship and create a short Striders’ virtual cross-country series to get our members with a mud-lust through the dark winter months.

Our committee members headed out and planned five excellent and diverse courses to challenge our Striders.

1 – Conyngham Cross

We began on familiar territory with a 2½ lap challenge around Conyngham Hall, Macintosh Park, Foolish wood and Horseshoe fields. Whilst some of the course was familiar to parkrunners, the added cross-country sections were as hilly as they were scenic. Fastest around the course was Gary Webster in a blistering 32minutes, however once the age grading adjustments were applied, it was Sima Lowery who claimed her first win in the overall standings, from Nicola Carter and Catherine Morland – all names which would feature prominently throughout the female-dominated championship!

2 – Bilton Blast

We then moved onto a very different course centred around the Bilton Greenway. The two tarmac ‘blasts’ on the old railway between the off-road sections were brief and flat respite from the veritable mud baths which were on offer at either end! With weather deteriorating throughout the duration of the event, the mud thickened, the hills seemingly grew steeper and the times became tougher! Just to finish this one seemed a victory in itself! Familiar with trails and hills, it was again Gary Webster who set the fastest time, chased in again by a very strong run from Martin Brock. This time though it was the turn of Nicola Carter to top the age-graded results, with Sima and Carla Reddish completing the podium.

3 – Jacob Smith Park

An game of two halves, this one! Two weekends and two startlingly different sets of weather left those ‘leaving it late’ wishing they had ventured around the park a little sooner. The park was bequeathed to Knaresborough several years ago and continues to grow in popularity with walkers, runners and sledgers of the town. The lap of roughly a mile climbs to the highest point (affording great views in good weather) which our Striders would need to conquer three times. Martin Brock found his way around in the fastest time of 31:58, with Sima finishing just 1 minute behind to record her second overall win in the series and the ever-improving Steve Ellmore clocking third-fastest.

4 – Crimple Valley

Site of an actual PECO event over the previous two winters, our version featured much of the same route, including ‘that’ muddy climb through the trees which was not quite as wet as it had been previously, yet still sapped the contenders! The novelty this time was that the course would be run in both directions with a fantastic 180 degree turn at the highest point. Aidan McNab showed great agility and speed to clock the fastest time of 35:32. The age-graded podium once again had a familiar look, this time comprising Nicola, Sima and Catherine!

5 – Birkham Woods

Only at this final round would the direction of the overall championship be decided, with a tie for 1st and a tie for third. Three laps around Birkham woods and along the side of the River Nidd would be decisive. The opening blast down through the Lido would be familiar to anyone fondly remembering the Crag Rat Run, however dreams would quickly turn to nightmares! Turning off the beaten track, our Striders made a winding and sticky climb through the woods before descending sharply down to the riverbank – still puddly and slippy – before the steepest climb of the series, the seemingly-vertical scramble behind the Leppers’ Bath back up into the woods. The person responsible for suggesting that part remains anonymous, but their foot features in the picture above… Now really hitting form, Aidan repeated his fastest performance (31:37) chased closely by Sima and Beyhan.

The full results of each event can be found on our VXC21 page.


So to our final standings! With Sima and Nicola sharing the five wins between them, it was Sima who took the crown by just one point, whilst similarly Carla pipped Catherine to take the final step on the podium. A quick look down the top ten in our Overall Standings after all 5 rounds shows the variety of strong performances from our Striders, and dare we say a championship where experience was as important as youth!


2nd place: Nicola Carter

3rd Place: Carla Reddish


Female Senior Cross-Country Champion: Beyhan Akyollu

Beyhan put some incredible times in throughout the series and richly deserved the Female Senior category crown.

Male Senior Cross-Country Champion: Aidan McNab

Aidan was one of nine Striders to complete every event of the series and as he hit form later, he climbed to the top of the category pipping some strong competition.

Female Veteran Cross-Country Champion: Sima Lowery

Once again our most strongly-subscribed category, with six of the ten ladies completing all the events, one wonders what our Veteran Ladies would have done in the PECO championship. We await a 2021/22 series with great excitement. 

Male Veteran Cross-Country Champion: Steve Ellmore

Category wins in the Male Vets were shared between Steve Ellmore, Martin Brock and Nik Forman in another strongly-contested category.

All the individual category standings can be found here: Category Standings after all 5 events


Club Championship 2020

Knaresborough Striders’ Ben Campbell Club Championship 2020

Ben Campbell CC20

We headed into 2020 with plans for our best ever club championship – 16 varied events across the year – but of course things came crashing to a halt in March after just three events had been completed. In the meantime we’ve had our hugely successful virtual championship and with that now complete, we have taken the decision to award our 2020 Club Championships based on the results of those successful Virtual events instead. So (drum roll…) here are your 2020 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS!

Female Senior (18-39) Mhairi Sellar
Female Vet (40+) Nicola Carter
Male Senior (18-39) James Ireland
Male Veteran (40+) John Hamilton

Congratulations to this year’s winners, who will receive their awards during our Online Awards Night on 30th January.

You can click here to see the full results of the 2020 Club Championships:  2020 Club Championship Totals 

Quite how our 2021 Club Championship will shape up will hopefully become clearer in the next couple of months. It may be ‘virtual’ again, or perhaps a mixture of virtual and real events depending on when/whether races resume! We hope that the first event will take place in late March following the conclusion of our short Cross-Country series.

Eric is also continuing to look at a separate Fell Race Championship – again detail to follow as the race situation becomes clearer.



VC20 Results Round-up


With just one final event to conclude – here’s what’s been happening in our virtual club championship, VC20! The field has now grown to a fantastic 69 participants, 10 of whom have competed all 11 rounds so far! We also extend a very warm welcome to those who have joined the fray in recent events!

Event 9 – St. Robert’s Rush
We’ve been tackling this 1-mile blast of a time trial course for a couple of years now and members are always amazed by what they can achieve along the banks of the River Nidd. This proved to be the case once more as 44 Striders tested themselves over the classic mile distance. Fastest – not for the first time along Abbey Road – was Tom Calvert in a mind-blowing 4:55, chased in by Dan Kersley, making his first attempt along the course as a Strider. Fastest Lady Sima Lowery clocked a very impressive 6:17, a mere 2 seconds ahead of Nicola Carter. In spite of some grotty weather throughout this event, with wind and rain blasting many Striders, fabulous performances appear throughout the results. Once the age/gender adjustments had been applied, our top three was Tom, John Hamilton and Nicola. Well done to all who sprinted their way through this one!

Event 10 – (not)parkrun.
We began Event 10 back under lockdown, so a change of plan was required. Rather than run a specific route, we returned to the ‘pick your own’ format. To emulate the originally intended event (Conyngham Hall parkrun) we asked that you planned a 5k route which was 50% tarmac. With vital seconds proving important in the results, it was no surprise perhaps that over half of the participants headed to the pancake-flat Stray – home of the Harrogate parkrun. The next most popular route was Conyngham hall – in a variety of configurations. A few intrepid Striders headed onto different routes in Great and Little Ouseburn, Fountains Abbey and Knaresborough Waterside. Biggest kudos however goes to Kelly Squires who clearly who tackled the hilly AND muddy paths of Jacob Smith park! Highlights amongst another big field of 42 striders were a first overall win for Nicola Carter and a return to the top 10 for Sue Morley whilst the fastest time was clocked by Tom Calvert (18:18) just ahead of James Ireland (19:19).

Event 11 – 5mile trail run.
For our penultimate event we returned to trails, previously used for event 3, but now over the longer 5-mile distance. With members still running under lockdown conditions you were free to choose your route, which need to be unpaved, ideally rural and including more gradient than a ‘road run’. Another fairly poor fortnight of weather and the darker days ‘welcomed’ our Striders but nonetheless 27 of you submitted results. Local reservoirs of Swinsty, Fewston, Grimwith and Thruscross were once again popular, providing perfect undulating and mixed routes with great views! Other locations visited included:
Horseshoe fields, Almscliffe Crag, Hay-a-park, Nidd Gorge, Birkham Woods, Plumpton rocks, Ripley Greenway, Coneythorpe, Jacob Smith Park, Spinney Field
and Arkendale. Whilst participation in the series has been 50:50 male/female, it was our ladies who dominated in the trickier conditions! In the overall standings for this event our top 4 was Nicola, Carla, Sima, and Catherine with Dawn (7th) and Sue (8th) also featuring in the top 10! In terms of outright pace, this time it was James Ireland who headed the field by almost 3 minutes!

Overall standings after 11 events
With just one event remaining, the final standings are far from clear! Recent events have seen a shake-up of the established order as more Striders ‘qualified’ by completing 6 events. Our podium currently comprises John Hamilton (8pts), Tom Calvert (9pts) and Nicola Carter (12points) but this could change after event 12! Competition for the other positions, especially in the top 10, is also tight with mere points separating several Striders. Whilst most of the category winners are now decided, there remain a few still to be decided, with Sarah and Donna separated by just 1 point, Carla and Sima by 2 points, Dawn and June also by 2 points and Sue and Lizzy tied! Look out for the final standings from Wednesday 23rd December!

To see all the results and current standings in more detail, head over to our VC20 page!

VC20 Round up and standings after Event 8

VC20 Round-up after Event 8


Our virtual championship continues apace, having now reached the two-thirds mark. We’ll take a look below at how the championship standings are shaping up, with dropped scores now tightening-up the competition, but firstly let’s look back at our most recent event.

Round 8 – 6k Night Race

After a record-breaking effort around the Crag Rat course for event 7, event 8 saw forty Striders somewhat in the dark – literally – with a 6k night race on their chosen course.

Places and Spaces

Club-organised runs were popular this time around, with eight members logging times set on club nights and a further seven taking advantage of our evening at Fewston/Swinsty reservoirs. Inevitably, the nearby St. James’s Retail Park again proved popular with six members – and some of the fastest time – set on the flat(ish) route past the garages and McDonalds which has found favour with our members throughout the series. Many members also sought relatively flat runs in their local neighbourhoods, with Chain Lane, the ‘Three’ (Bar/Hazelheads/Breary Flat Lanes), Waterside, Abbey Road and Eastfield all featuring prominently. Clearly not afraid of a challenge, Sue Morley took on arguably the toughest course, making laps of the decidedly not-flat Jacob Smith Park in the dark! Looking further afield, runs were also posted in Starbeck, Harrogate, Bilton, Scotton, Armscliffe Crag, Huby, North Rigton, Little Ouseburn, Thorpe Underwood and Whitby!


Our fastest recorded time in Event 8 went to James Ireland who clocked a mightily impressive 22:11 (at the retail park of course) just ahead of erstwhile series leader John Hamilton (22:39) and one of our newest Striders, Dan Kersley (22:48). Our fastest female this time around was Sima Lowery (26:12) breaking into the top 10 times, whilst our number of contenders swelled to 64 with the very welcome appearance of Chris Lines. Of course it’s not all about outright times, as our championships are age and gender adjusted. After the calculations were complete, a top 5 for the event saw John Hamilton taking his 4th outright win, followed by James Ireland, Nicola Carter, Sima Lowery and Carla Reddish. Several Striders also recorded their best results of the championship so far, including Gareth Conkleton (9th), Steve Dodsworth (12th), Fiona Slight (28th) and Tony Everitt (30th).

Championship Standings

With half of the field having now completed six or more events, dropped scores are having an effect, with championship positions becoming tighter! In the overall standings, John Hamilton continues to lead but is being chased hard by James Ireland who has moved up into 2nd place. Carla Reddish continues to occupy the top 3 but now has competition hot on her heels, with Nicola Carter climbing 22 places into 4th overall and Sima Lowery only two further points behind. Other members jumping into qualifying positions were Fiona Slight and Sean Brennan, whilst James Wright, Dan Kersley, Sue Morley and Tom Calvert each look likely to leap into top 10 contention by the conclusion of the series!

Whilst some of the categories now have a mathematically secure winner, others continue to see tight battles raging! In F45-49, the contest between Sima and Carla looks likely to be a close one, whilst in F55-59 it’s too close to call between Dawn and June. The M55-59 category will be taken by one of Ian Mitchell or Steve Dodsworth (but which?) whilst the Senior Men’s category looks set to develop into a three-way battle.

To see the full results and standings, head over to our VC20 Page, where you can also submit your time for Event 9 – St. Robert’s Rush.