Results Round-up 7th-12th April

A high-mileage round-up this week, not only our usual array of Parkrun tourism but races much further afield!

Saturday 7th April

Parkruns

Starting at Harrogate, our most local venue, Striders were led home by Nicola Carter in 22:25. Sean Brennan (23:16), Robert Earl (24:26), Graham Yare (24:39), David Halladay (25:00), Michael Dobson (28:28), Anthony Everitt 28:58), Fiona Gartside (35:00) and Ruth Mann (43:30) completed a decent turnout by the club.

Up the road at Fountains Abbey parkrun, Derek Calvert (24:21), Julian Carr (25:52), Tracy Allison (30:27) and Jayne CLOSE (34:38) enjoyed the undulating and picturesque course. Heading east to sample the new Heslington parkrun, Ian Mitchell enjoyed the flat, fast course to clock a competitive 21:10. Further north at Northallerton parkrun, Laura Wilmshurst was our sole representative, clocking a decent 32:49.

Our final parkrun location was much further afield, with Claire Baxter and Annika McDonald taking in the Lanhydrock parkrun, on National Trust site close to Bodmin. They were rewarded with times of 26:35 and 30:23 respectively.

James taking 3rd Overall at the Ben Campbell 10K

James taking 3rd Overall at the Ben Campbell 10K

 

Ben Campbell 10k
Saturday also saw the latest round of our Club Championship. Weaving in and around the woodlands beneath White Horse Bank, this proved a stern test underfoot with most of the course steep, muddy or both! To add to the challenge, someone had meddled with direction arrows overnight leading to a rich of ‘Wacky Races’ among the head of the field. Battling at the front throughout, leading Strider James Ireland come home in a fantastic 3rd overall, his time of 53:42 showing just how tough a 10k this was. Squelching and squerching in behind James were Steve Morland (13th in 58:52) and Gary Wilkinson (1:03:11) followed closely by the welcome return of Stuart Hymas (1:03:50). Our Striders thoroughly enjoyed the challenge – as do the whole field – with the event raising several hundreds of pounds for UK Sepsis Trust in memory of former member Ben Campbell.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Rotterdam Runners (and supporters)

Our Rotterdam Runners (and supporters)

Sunday 8th April

Rotterdam Marathon

Our Dutch contingent did battle with the heat on the streets of Rotterdam – a full report of their weekend can be found here: Going Dutch in ‘Hotterdam’

In the Quarter-Marathon, Simon Rider was first home in 1:01:25, followed by
Sarah Hill (1:08:49) and Emma Walsh (1:27:26). In the ‘full’ Marathon, Martin Brock (3:27:58) was followed closely by James Wright (3:29:49), with Georgina Townsend (4:23:03) and Claire Killingworth (5:03:41) completing a quartet of mighty efforts on the hot tarmac.

First Strider home in Thirsk - Tom Calvert

First Strider home in Thirsk – Tom Calvert

Stiriding around Thirsk

Striding around Thirsk

Thirsk10
Back on British shores, the rescheduled Thirsk 10 mile was taking place. Heading through the villages north of ‘The Town of the Vet’, this flat, fast course always attracts a big and a quality field. The top 20 all broke one-hour mark, with a winning time of 50 minutes – fast indeed! Our first Strider across the line was Tom Calvert with a very competitive (1:01:14). Next up was Steve Morland (1:06:58) followed by Ian Waller (1:09:29), the fast-recovering Phil Cornforth (1:13:49) and David Halladay (1:17:07).

Sheffield Half-Marathon
Still in Yorkshire, Lisa Harrison tackled the Sheffield Half-Marathon in a very creditable 2:10:45.

Manchester
Over the Pennines, Ryan Middleton ran the Manchester Marathon, raising funds for local cause ‘Archie’s Army’. His time of 04:50:36 slashed 20 minutes of his previous best!

Our Local runners visiting Cornwall!

Our Local runners visiting Cornwall!

Cornwall – Enys 10K
Even further afield, their Cornish holidays didn’t stop two of our Striders from finding a Sunday race! Fresh from their Parkrun tourism, Claire Baxter and Annika were welcomed by Penryn Rotary to the Enys 10k. Starting and finishing in the grounds of the Enys Manor, Claire and Annika raced along the undulating (hilly! long country lanes to gain a pair of PBs – 48:41 and 65:34 respectively. They were rewarded with colour-coordinated medals and an invite to join Newquay Road Runners on their club night!

 

 

 

Thursday 12th April
York 5K Series
Finally this week, the first of the eight monthly 5K races was staged at the University of York Sport Village, where Lucy Shore came home in 34:55, followed by Rachel Boyd in 42:29.

 

Well done all!



Egg-citing Easter Results Round-up

The long Easter weekend saw the Knaresborough Striders close-out March and spring forward into April with a range of great runs around the area – and beyond. Yes, they’d all see the weather forecast but race entries had been paid and podiums were there for the taking by our hardy bunch!


Good Friday – Oh I do like to run by the seaside…

Trip to the seaside or go for a run? A duo of Striders chose both, entering the Bridlington Easter Dash.  Congratulations to David Halladay and Dawn Richardson who completed the 5-mile course in 37:01 and 50:21 respectively.


Easter Saturday. Splash.

Saturday 31st March saw many of Striders heading out to tackle Parkruns at six different wet locations. Visiting York Parkrun, James Ireland (19:03) splashed around in a personal best whilst Julian Carr (26:22) continued his welcome return.

Muddy souvenirs from Harrogate

Harrogate quagmire…

The home turf of Harrogate Parkrun upheld it’s recent ‘quagmire’ reputation, with Robert Earl (26:10), Nick Wallen (26:39), Mark Shelton (27:05), Joanne Gray (38:08) and Emma Hall (39:08) all taking home a range of muddy deposits as souvenirs. Rothwell Parkrun is approaching its first half-year of existence but had probably not seen conditions as poor as this week! Scything through the mud and onto the podium was Nicola Carter (23:15) – first lady and third overall! Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood followed her home in a very creditable 31:22.

Over at Skipton Parkrun, Jason Green (25:46) was our lone representative, whilst the ever-popular Fountains Abbey event saw another Striders Podium with Tom Calvert   racing to third overall in a mighty 17:30. He was followed home by Derek Calvert (24:48), Georgina Townsend (28:38) and Dawn Richardson (31:53).  Finally, at Temple Newsam Parkrun congratulations to Claire Baxter (24:42) who was first lady home with in new PB, joined by Annika McDonald (31:11).

Gary Wilkinson racking up the miles in the Daffodil Dash

Gary Wilkinson racking up the miles in the Daffodil Dash

An appropriate addition to the chocolate...

An appropriate addition to the chocolate…

Temple Newsam later played host to the ‘Daffodil Dash’ which offered a selection of distances to tackle. Vanessa El-Etriby completed the 6.7mile option in a great 59:56. Gary Wilkinson, one of several Striders in the final weeks of Marathon preparation, chose the 20 Mile option and completing in an excellent 3:00:09 to finish 5th. He continues to enjoy his prize daffodils.

 

 

 

 

 


Easter Sunday, 1st April. Splish.

Knaresborough Striders finding it rather flat at Elvington.

Striders finding it rather flat at Elvington.

Another week, another inaugural race on an airfield! After last week’s event at Dishforth, some of our Striders sampled the new ‘Elvington Flyer’ event at the equally-flat and even-straighter Elvington Airfield. The race marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and offered a fast, flat course, smart medal and excellent cake! It was however described as “the most boring race ever” by one of our entrants! In the 5 Mile event, Claire Baxter (37:56) finished 12th overall, followed by Simon Rider (49:55), Sarah Hill (52:07) and Emma Greveson (57:14). James Wright (1:08:00) and Lisa Harrison (1:37:23) both put in great efforts over the longer 10mile distance.

Now in its 23rd year, Guiseley Gallop 10k offers runners a multi-terrain challenge on Tracks and Trails. Dawn Richardson rose to the challenge, coming home in 1:26:48.


Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April. Splosh.

Decidedly Damp in Ackworth.

Damp in Ackworth.

Greeted by the worst of the Bank Holiday weather, Ackworth Half Marathon was described by our entrant Claire Baxter as “very, very wet!!!”. Nonetheless, she completed her trio of Easter races (a feat in itself) setting another new PB of 1.44.08!

 

 

 

 


And so ended a mostly wet but ultimately successful weekend for Striders. Next weekend may be shorter but will see our members rising to the challenge locally at the Ben Campbell 10k, Thirsk 10mile and the Sheffield half-marathon, whilst others fly out to Holland for their Marathon and 10k challenges! Good Luck to all!

 

Steve Morland

*apologies for any omissions – get in touch if you have results that I missed!*



2018 Time Trial No.1 – 27th March

Time Trial No.1 – 27th March 2018

With the clocks having moved forwards, daylight finally greeted a club night for the first time in 2018. All around the Aspin estate, the ‘Caution Runners’ signs sprang up, signalling our first Time Trial of the year. An incredible 57 runners lined up to take on the hilly 3mile course, with James Ireland leading the field home in 18:43 chased hard by Martin Brock and Dan Foley in 18:55 and 19:09 respectively. Fastest Lady Nicola Carter rounded out the top 10 with a strong 21:30.

Even more incredible was the performance of our Zero-to-Hero graduates. Just a fortnight after their first competitive outing at Parkrun, 16 of our ‘Heroes’ tackled the course, welcoming a mud-free challenge and ‘relishing’ the cemetery hill climb! To quote one of our proud Z2K run leaders, Mark Shelton, “..they smashed it!”.

A massive ‘thank you’ to all those who marshalled and organised, especially tail runner Gaynor Downs!

The full results can be found here: Striders TT Results March 2018



Where on earth has March gone?

The month of March has certainly gone quick and with some rather unseasonal weather there has been a number of running events cancelled (and hastily re-arranged) but that hasn’t stopped Striders heading out and clocking up some great times at a number of different events. We start our March round up with results from a very snowy Harrogate parkrun on 3rd March.

Snowtastic Strides on the Stray
The first Saturday of the month saw the vast majority of parkrun events getting the chop due to bitterly cold weather but luckily for the eight Striders in attendance the Harrogate event was able to proceed. Donning their trail shoes for 3 laps of the Stray were Tom Calvert (20:15), James Wright (22:45), Dan Foley (23:22), Sean Brennan (23:38), Nicola Carter (25:38), David Halladay (27:51), Mark Taylor (28:48) and Mark Shelton (30:09).

Graduating in Style
The snow had gone by Saturday 10th March but conditions were wet (an understatement!) for our Zero to Hero course graduation (and Striders takeover) at Harrogate parkrun. With a fantastic team of volunteers in place to help guide them round, we broke the record for the largest number of Striders running at a parkrun event – a massive 36 (and we think a few more that weren’t registered as a Strider on the system)! The results were Dan Foley (22:38), Jez Wilkinson (24:39), Nicola Carter (27:57), David Halladay (28:29), Steve Wakeham (29:28), Vicki Gibson (30:35), Michael Dobson (31:34), Tracy Allison (31:40), Paul Heywood (32:06), Jessica Dobson (32:51), Charlotte Hutchinson (33:24), Jane Johnson (33:36), Mark Taylor (33:51), Dawn Richardson (33:59), Linsey Rowbury (35:30), Joanne Exley (35:32), Rosy Thomas (36:16), Claire Griffiths (36:22), Katherine Taylor (36:39), Joanne Wakeham (36:53), Gail Beaumont (36:57), Rachel Beadle (37:05), Dawn Johnson (37:28), Kirsty Minshall (39:28), Joanne Sharratt (40:46), Edna Wood (40:46), Lucy Shore (40:53), Bill Kirkpatrick (40:54), Lucy Chandler (41:18), Joanne Tremble (42:40), Mark Shelton (42:54), Rachel Boyd (46:10), Ruth Mann (48:12), Lauren Downs (48:13), Louise Buck (48:13) and Gaynor Downs (48:14). Photos of our takeover can be found here.
parkrrun grad
Avoiding the Stray mud at Fountains Abbey were Rebecca Williams (32:27), Deborah Goldfield (32:28), Danielle Harper (36:12) and Jayne Close (36:25).

The sole representative at Wetherby was Anthony Everitt who clocked a time of 33:12.

The latest club championship event was at Dentdale 14 (also on the Saturday) with Tom Calvert leading the way for Striders in a finish time of 01:28:06. He was followed on the undulating course by Dave Christie (01:34:28), Stephen Morland (01:46:16), Ian Waller (01:48:48), Phil Cornforth (01:54:51), Ste Core (01:57:21), Claire Baxter (01:58:00), Gary Wilkinson (01:58:51), Nikky Christie (02:17:20) and Laura Wilmshurt (02:49:32). Julie Elmes took on the 7 mile event, coming across the line in 01:19:12.

Following in the Brownlee Brothers footsteps….or maybe bike wheels!
I (James Wright) visited the Brownlee Brothers triathlon centre in Leeds on Friday 16th March for the first in the 2018 Leeds 5k race series which is ran on the bike track at the centre. The course is a fairly flat, tarmac surface which is ideal for this time trial type event. I bagged a time of 18:39 and can highly recommend the series which sees an event held once a month until November. There is also to be a series in York, based at the University of York Heslington campus – further details here..

No snow or rain but by heck it was windy
Dry but windy conditions were encountered at Harrogate parkrun on Saturday 17th March. The course was able to be run on its ‘normal’ route for the first time in a while and leading the way for Striders was Sean Brennan (21:44). Mark Taylor (22:58) was next back just coming across the line in front of Nick Wallen (26:12). Mark Shelton (26:49), David Halladay (30:40), Jen Carne (33:59) and Emma Hall (39:19) completed the Striders line up.

Roundhay was run on its ‘B’ course which takes runners on a multi lap tour of Soldiers Field. For anyone that has done the Peco Cross Country event there, you will understand how boggy it is! Taking on the mud were Claire Baxter (27:53), Annika Mcdonald (33:48), Louise Buck (54:43) and Ruth Mann (54:44).

Calmer conditions at Fountains Abbey enabled Tom Calvert to clock a speedy 17:49 and he was joined by Michael Dobson (29:24), Edna Wood (29:44), Gaynor Downs (34:48), Lauren Downs (37:08) and Joanne Sharratt (37:49).

Five Striders headed over to the Lake District for the Cartmel stop off in the Lakeland Trail Series. Taking on the 18k event were Phil Cornforth (01:38:44), Ian Waller (01:39:14), Nicola Carter (01:45:43), Janet Morris (02:44:12) and Steve Morris (03:10:09). Massive respect ladies and gents in the face of ‘testing’ conditions (wind, rain, snow, etc.) both in the race and for the travel back to North Yorkshire!

Spring has Sprung
This Saturday provided some Spring like conditions at last and Striders took advantage by visiting 10 different events.

On Saturday, it was perfect conditions for parkruns across the Yorkshire area. Up the A1 in Catterick Paul Heywood clocked 23:57 and was followed by Edna Wood just over 5 minutes later (29:02). Not far away at Northallerton, Sean Brennan completed the multi-terrain parkrun in 22:21.

On the Stray, Stephen Morland finished in 20:20 and was joined by David Halladay (26:15), Julain Carr (28:24), Anthony Everitt (29:15), Michael Dobson (29:16), Tracy Allison (31:20), Joanne Gray (36:56), Joanne Sharratt (38:34), Ruth Mann (48:30) and Louise Buck (48:32).

Fountains Abbey hosted the visit of five Striders with regular visitor Tom Calvert once again taking the 1st place finished token with a time of 17:22. Claire Baxter achieved a PB in 23:07 and was chased down by Rachel Beadle (33:35), Bill Kirkpatrick (35:38) and Maria Broadhurst (36:38).

At the new(ish) parkrun at Heslington (York), Ian Mitchell was the sole Strider representative and finished in 21:18.

Saturday also saw the annual Coniston 14 mile event in the Lake District which was taken on by Georgina Townsend. From experience I know how stunning this race is – the hills are soon forgotten about when you make the turn at half way and look back at some of the best scenery in the UK. Georgina completed the primarly road based course in 02:07:18.

The Lightwater Valley 10k was re-arranged for Saturday after postponement earlier in the month. Lisa Harrison crossed the line in 53:31, with Dawn Richardson following in 01:06:56.
Sunday had Striders represented at three events. Tom Calvert continued his London Marathon preparation with a 20 Mile race at Hull (which had been cancelled on the 18th) in a finish time of 02:10:12.

Down in London, I took part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon. This was on a fantastic course right through the centre of London – starting at Pall Mall and finishing outside Downing Street, taking in many of the well-known landmarks along the way. On a slightly long course (13.4 miles) I bagged a time of 01:27:08. A race that I can highly recommend to get in your diaries for 2019!

Also taking on an inaugural event, Stephen Morland, David Halladay and Joanne Gray completed the Dishforth 10k. This was run on the airfield at the RAF base, giving a nice flat surface to race on. Stephen came across the line in sub 40 (39:32), David clocked 47:06 and Joanne recorded 01:15:27.

Handing over the reigns
These will be my last results write up before I hand over the Communications Officer role to Stephen Morland….so any complaints on missed results can go to him now!

Cheers,
James Wright



That’s February done and dusted

In our latest round up we have news from parkruns around the region (and Australia!), the latest club championship event at Liversedge, undulating miles at Harewood and meet ups with a 5 times Olympic champion (and some bloke from Emmerdale). Intrigued….you should be! So let’s get on with it – we start with parkrun results from Saturday 10th February…….

Pontefract and Harrogate….two very different places
So why are the two places different? Well it’s the surface the parkruns at those locations are run on (you all thought something else didn’t you?!). On the compacted track at Pontefract Racecourse, parkrun regular Annika McDonald bagged a time of 30:42. At Harrogate, the cross country conditions on the grass around the Stray were energy zapping for the eight Striders in attendance. Dan Foley led the way (20:43) and he was joined by Ian Mitchell (22:57), David Halladay (25:40), Nick Wallen (25:54), Rob Earl (27:53), Mark Taylor (30:04), Alison Jackson (37:24) and Louise Buck (49:21).

Jason Green is becoming a Skipton parkrun regular (possibly to do with the fact her has recently moved to the area!) and on this occasion stopped the clock on 23:35.

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:19) once again was the first Strider up the final hill, setting the pace for the other 10 Striders in attendance. Nimah Falconer (22:45) was the first of the chasing pack back and following her were Nicola Carter (23:56), Derek Calvert (25:08), Tony Everitt (28:32), Tracy Allison (29:14), Gaynor Downs (32:20), Lesley Nicholson (32:47), Edna Wood (32:47), Andrew Nicholson (33:19) and Lauren Downs (36:44).

1km loops for 2 hours……fun they said……!!
The Bloodaxe Challenge was a new event for 2018 (held on Sunday 11th February) held in conjunction with the Yorvik Viking Festival in York. So what was the challenge? Well you had two hours to run as many 1km loops of the York University cycle track as you could……and Claire Baxter was the only Strider mad enough to take the challenge on! She completed 23 laps in a total time 02:03:01 – you must have been dizzy after that Claire!

Records (I think) set at parkrun
I believe a new Striders record was set on Saturday 18th February – the most parkruns visited by Striders members on one day. A total of 8 different venues were ticked off and we start up the A1 at Catterick where Mark Shelton and Emma Hall made their 2nd visit to the racecourse based event, recording times of 26:46 and 35:05 respectively.

Not a million miles away from Catterick, Georgina Townsend took on the multi terrain Northallerton event. She helped to pace her frined around the course, finishing in 34:38.

Craig Mitchell headed over to the East Coast to the cliff top parkrun at Sewerby, completing the course in 23:19.

Nicola Carter headed in the opposite direction to Craig, going West to Lancaster. Dissapointingly the parkrun doesn’t share the sme venue as the local football team who play their games at the ‘Giant Axe’ – what a name for a sporting venue! Despite this disappointment (ok so maybe it’s just this report writer that’s disappointed), Nicola clocked a time of 27:17.

Temple Newsam, probably the most undulating parkrun in Yorkshire, greeted Annika McDonald and she flew into the finish funnel with a time of 31:42.

Skipton once again welcomed Jason Green, where he was led by his dog for a time of 23:02.

Harrogate, currently known as the ‘cross country parkrun’, was taken on by five Striders. The Morlands were the first Male and Female Striders across the line – Stephen clocking 21:07 and Catherine recording 25:36. Nick Wallen wasn’t far behind in 26:04 and he was joined by Rob Charlesworth (30:29) and Joanne Gray (37:15).

A damp Fountains Abbey didn’t put off six Striders visiting the World Heritage site. The 1st place finish token was taken by our own Tom Calvert (17:37) and he was chased down by James Wright (19:31), Dan Foley (20:09), Nimah Falconer (22:07), Derek Calvert (23:50) and Fiona Slight (29:17).

“The hardest Half Marathon I’ve ever done”
The quote for the title above was from Martin Brock, who along with Gary Wilkinson and Claire Baxter, completed the 2nd Club Championship event of 2018 – the Liversedge Half Marathon. The course was brutal to say the least with Martin finishing in 01:28:36, Gary in 01:44:38 and Claire in 01:46:33. Apparatnly the cakes afterwards were worth the pain of the hills – always a bonus. Maybe we should bring cakes for after those Castle Ings hill sessions with Eric?!
striders@liversedge

cakes at liversedge

Talking of hills, the Ilkley Fell Race was also held on Sunday 18th. This annual race is a gruelling challenge but year after year attracts a bunch of hardy souls to go up and down the fells around Ilkley. Sean Brennan completed the course in 58:09, Amy Naylor came across the line 01:07:23 and fell running regular Sue Morley finished with a time of 01:12:15.

February done and dusted
The last Saturday of February saw Striders visit five parkruns in total – with two of these outside of England.

Two of our Zero to Hero course members – Andrew and Lesley Nicholson – are currently in Australia and visited the Airlie Beach event which is on the East Coast near the Whitsunday Islands. They both came across the line in 37:45.
striders in aus

striders in aus 2

Joanne Gray headed over the Irish sea to visit Portersdown, finishing in a time of 35:08.

A very muddy Harrogate parkrun welcomed eight Striders and they were led home by Stephen Morland (20:53). He was joined on the Stray by Nicola Carter (23:26), David Halladay (23:37), Catherine Morland (25:46), Nick Wallen (25:58), Fiona Slight (28:57), Emma Hall (37:42) and Louise Buck (46:24).

There were just two Striders at the usually popular Fountains Abbey. Claire Baxter recorded 27:14 on her 2nd visit to the event and Georgina Townsend came across the line in 30:12.

Down South in Dorset, Tom Calvert and James Wright visited Moors Valley parkrun as part of the ‘Marathon Talk Run Camp’, recording times of 17:31 and 19:41 to kick off a weekend of running in the stunning New Forest. More on the run camp later….

Hearts are pumping at Harewood
Sunday was a popular day for races, with Striders represented at four events.

Harewood House was the venue for two of the events – both of which were run to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The 10km event was taken on by Lisa Harrison (51:51), Vanessa El-Etriby (52:11) and Dawn Richardson (01:02:45). In the half marathon, David Halladay (01:54:47) led the Striders pack and was joined by Georgina Townsend (02:06:00), Amy Naylor (02:08:26) and Deborah Goldfield (02:35:27).

Regular eventer Claire Baxter completed her longest race to date – the 20 mile Slaithwaite Slog. She completed the mainly trail event in 03:10:28.

In Pocklington, East of York, Clare Mckenzie completed the Snake lane 10 mile event in 01:51:06.

Sandy Balls…it’s the name of a holiday village honest!
As mentioned earlier in this report, Tom Calvert and myself (James Wright) travelled down to Dorset for a weekend of running at the Marathon Talk Run Camp, which was held at the delightfully named Sandy Balls holiday village.

For those that haven’t heard of it, ‘Marathon Talk’ is a weekly podcast that discusses all things running. The yearly run camp is held to bring together some of its most avid listerners for a weekend once a year. This year’s camp started with the Moors Valley parkrun, a Saturday afternoon interval session, a Saturday night Q&A with five times Olympian Jo Pavey, a quiz hosted by Emmerdales Bob and a Sunday predicta 10 mile run.
marathon talk parkrun

The presence of Jo Pavey (look her up on google if you don’t know what she has achieved) was a fantastic bonus throughout the weekend and I was lucky enough to be in her group for both the Saturday intervals session and the Sunday 10 Miler. Lining up on the start line in a group of just three (there were numerous start times based on your predicted finish time) plus Jo on the Sunday morning was a once in a lifetime moment. I was able to stay in front of her for the first 1.5 miles up some decent hills (I’d like to think I paced her!) before she showed her speed and blasted off into the forest once we got to the flat stuff!

A great weekend that is highly recommended – get it on your wish lists of events for 2019!
james with Jo

Snow be gone!
Hopefully this snow will disappear soon and i’ll catch up with you all at Striders sessions next week.

Cheers,
James



Results – we should be up to date now!

This latest round-up has news of Striders visiting a new parkrun, splashing around the fells in Stanbury, trekking up the hills at Temple Newsam, getting absolutely brass monkey at a half marathon, getting muddy at cross country, using torch lights in Dalby, fighting against 20mph winds near Holmfirth and getting some very muddy boots in Ripon.

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th January
Heslington parkrun became the 2nd parkrun in York (soon to be joined by a 3rd) and attracted over 500 participants to its inaugural event, including 7 Striders. Nicola Carter was the first of the Striders clang across the line, completing the flat course in 20:55. Gary Wilkinson was the first of the Striders gents back, recording a time of 23:59, followed by Jen Carne just over two minutes later (26:01), Mark Shelton (28:31), Edna Wood (29:37), Emma Hall (35:41) and Jo Gray (37:18).

Tom Calvert once again took the 1st place finish token at Fountains Abbey with a time of 17:54. Niamh Falconer (22:53), Rebeca Williams 30:47, Deborah Goldfield 31:02, Fiona Slight 32:38, Bill Kirkpatrick 34:40, Suzy Kerr 53:06

At Harrogate, Dan Foley (21:01) led the way for the Striders in attendance. He was joined on the Stray by Rob Earl (21:54), David Halladay (24:17), Ian Mitchell (26:58), Anthony Everitt (30:16), Gaynor Downs (33:25), Tracy Allison (37:29) and Lauren Downs (38:58).

On Sunday the 14th, the temperatures were absolutely in line with the name of the first major event of the local running calendar – the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York. Six Striders ventured out into the cold to take on the popular event, with Guy Close taking his good form from 2017 into the start of 2018 with a PB time of 01:22:44. James Wright was next (01:28:54), followed by a PBing Sean Brennan (01:37:31). Gary Wilkinson looked strong with a finish time of 01:51:57 and he was followed 4 minutes later by Claire Killingworth (01:55:52) and recording a massive PB was Natalie Hale (02:01:15).

In the fells, James Warburton and Sur Morley battled the elements to take on the Stanbury Splash race. James completed the course in 54:30, with Sue recording a time of 01:17:44.

The 3rd running of the undulating and multi terrain Temple Newsam Ten (TNT) was taken on by three Striders. David Halladay clocked a time of 01:23:02 and was joined by prolific racer’s Claire Baxter (01:26:04) and Dawn Richardson (01:57:40).

Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st January
The weather on Saturday 20th saw the cancellation of the majority of parkruns in the local area but Wetherby hung on in there and was visited by three Striders. Tom Calvert completed the 3 lap grass course in 19:09, followed by Dan Foley (20:50) and James Wright (21:26).

The 4th race of the Peco Cross Country 17/18 series was held in South Leeds at Middleton Park on the 21st. Steven Morland completed the 4.5 mile course in a time of 36:00 to lead the Striders group of 12. Sean Brennan was just 22 seconds behind Stephen (36:22) and he was joined at the event by Sima Lowery (38:59), Ian Mitchell (43:02), Amy Naylor (43:11), Sue Morley (44:46), Lisa Harrison (47:59), Paul Heywood (48:51), June Graham (49:35), Debbie Goldfield (51:02), Edna Wood (54:12) and Laura Wilmhurst (59:49).

Saturday 27th / Sunday 28th January
The weather on Saturday 27th was much better than the previous “parkrun day” which encouraged 14 Striders to head to one of the local 5km events. At Harrogate it was very much a cross country course, with Rob Earl (22:42) the first club representative across the line. He was joined by David Halladay (24:16), Mark Shelton (29:33), Fiona Slight (30:13), Tracy Allison (32:52), Andrew Nicholson (34:28), Lesley Nicholson (36:03), Joanne Gray (36:53), Emma Hall (38:10) and Louise Buck (48:22).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:31) lead from start to finish to take the 1st place finish token. Running with him were Derek Calvert (24:19), Ruth Bowen (34:35) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:42).

Ian Mitchell headed over to York for the Heslington event and finished with a time of 20:55.

Also on the Saturday, Striders took on two race events – the Northern Cross Country championships and Dalby Forest Night Run. At the cross country, which was held at Harewood House, Sean Brennan was the sole Striders representative and completed the 7.2 mile course in 01:00:41. At Dalby, 4 Striders donned the head torches to complete this intriguing event which Nicola Carter took in her stride to be the first Strider into the finish area by completing the course in 43:14. She was joined by Gary Wilkinson (48:30), Paul Heywood (01:02:22) and Edna Wood (01:02:28).

On Sunday 28th Claire Baxter visited the Holmforth area to take on the Meltham 10k. This is an undulating course and the high winds made it even tougher for Claire. She battled the elements to finish in a time of 50:32.

Into February we go
For the first Saturday of the month, Striders were represented at five different parkruns.

Up at Catterick, it was a Striders one-two with Tom Calvert hitting the line in 17:19 and Guy Close following in 17:32. Joining them at the racecourse based event were James Wright (19:37), Ian Mitchell (20:34), Jen Carne (27:36) and (Mark Shelton 27:37).

Along the M1 at Temple Newsam, Ralph Weldon and Annika McDonald took on one of the hilliest parkruns in Yorkshire. Ralph completed the 5km in 28:41 and Annika finished in 36:32.

At the muddy Skipton event, Jason Green recorded a time of 23:35.

Fountains Abbey welcomed four Striders – Claire Baxter (24:41), parkrun first timer Vanessa El-Eltriby (27:01), Gaynor Downs (32:58) and Lauren Downs (40:07).

And rounding up the parkrun results, Tony Everitt and Tracy Allison made the short trip to Wetherby and finished with times of 30:37 and 33:19 respectively.

Sunday = a day of rest…..not if you are a Strider!
Ste Core headed across the Pennines to Manchester to take on a Half Marathon through Heaton Park. He achieved a PB over the distance, finishing in a time of 01:37:26.

The Muddy Boots 10k, which acted as the first club championship event of 2018, was taken on by 18 Striders. The ever improving Dan Foley led home the Striders contingent through the mud to finish in a time of 42:54. James Ireland chased him down (43:29) and was followed by Stephen Morland (44:21), Ian Waller (44:45), Nicola Carter (46:46), Gary Wilkinson (47:51), David Halladay (48:27), Craig Mitchell (50:24), Claire Baxter (52:22), Sue Morley (54:11), Derek Calvert (54:12), Paul Heywood (57:37), Lisa Harrison (58:22), Anna Cornforth (59:57), Kez Welsby (01:03:41), Edna Wood (01:03:58), Katie Gray (01:09:18) and Laura Wilmshurst (01:12:31).

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Weekend Results – Sat 6th / Sun 7th January

Harrogate parkrun was run in reverse on Saturday to give the seven Striders in attendance something a little bit different to think about as they made their way around the Stray! Dan Foley kept his bearings and finished in a time of 21:33, followed just over a minute later by Rob Earl (22:49). David Halladay (23:09) was the third Strider across the line and was joined by Jen Carne (28:12), Mark Taylor (29:59), Rob Charlesworth (31:40) and Joanne Gray (37:59).

The hills of the Temple Newsam parkrun course greeted six Striders. With the fantastic café calling out to be visited, James Wright clocked 20:58 and was swiftly followed by Gary Wilkinson (25:29), Mark Shelton (29:27), Edna Wood (30:42), Annika Mcdonald (33:57) and Emma Hall (39:02).

Tom Calvert took the 1st place finish token once again at Fountains Abbey, but was made to work hard with his finish time of 17:43 coming only 10 seconds prior to the next runner. Nimah Falconer and Bill Kirkpatrick also took on the World Heritage site based event, finishing in 23:04 and 35:18 respectively

Saturday afternoon saw the annual running of the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Like some of the rides at the venue, the 10km course is up and down, with some tight turns to contend with also. The clubs sole representative this year was Sean Brennan who completed the course in 50:08.

The 3rd race of the 17/18 PECO Cross Country series was held at Roundhay Park on Sunday morning. Cold conditions didn’t put off fourteen hardy Striders from attending. Sima Lowery was the first yellow and blue vest back in 36:35 followed very closely by Sean Brennan (36:46) and Nicola Carter (36:47). Club Chairman Jez Wilkinson was across the line just under 3 minutes later (39:27) and following him was Ian Mitchell (40:08), Baz Roger (41:46), Georgina Townsend (43:16), Sue Morley (44:10), Paul Heywood (45:17), Kez Welsby (48:08), Debbie Goldfield (49:52), Edna Wood (50:28), Dawn Richardson (53:03) and Laura Wilmshurst (55:29).



Christmas and New Year Results – Burning off the Mince Pies!

In our latest results round up, we have news from local parkruns, the Jolly Holly Jog and the Barcelona 10k! We start with results from parkrun events on Saturday 23rd December……

Guy sets the record straight at Selby
Three Striders headed to the new Selby parkrun to check out the 1 lap course that takes participants around a (primarily) disused airfield. Guy found the course to be super quick and achieved an oveall parkrun PB of 17:44. James Wright followed 2 minutes later (19:43) and Edna Wood completed the course in 28:06.

At Harrogate, Ian Mitchell was the first Strider into the finish funnel (20:33) and he was joined by Sean Brennan (21:28), Mark Taylor (22:17), David Halladay (23:13), Craig Mitchell (24:12), Derek Calvert (24:17), Gary Wilkinson (24:37), Mark Shelton (27:27), Anthony Everitt (28:28), Tracy Allison (30:08), Gaynor Downs (33:32), Joanne Gray (36:37) and Emma Hall (37:04).

Fountains Abbey hosted its last parkrun before Christmas and welcomed five Striders. Nicola Carter clocked 21:49, followed by Dawn Richardson (32:21), Rebecca Williams (33:39), Bill Kirkpatrick (34:39) and Deborah Goldfield (41:59).

In Wales, Dan Foley visited the Bryn Bach event and recorded a time of 20:06.

Across the water, Tom Calvert took the first place token at the Derry City event, finishing with a time of 18:15.

Christmas Day parkrunning – tis tradition!
Thirteen Striders decided to get a 5km under their belts on Xmas Day (maybe to allow that one extra mince pie?!) at Harrogate parkrun.

Battling against strong winds, Guy Close ran across the line in 18:53 and was joined on the Stray by James Wright (21:37), Nicola Carter (22:47), Sean Brennan (23:40), Claire Baxter (24:40 – PB), Derek Calvert (24:59), Gary Wilkinson (26:23) and Paul Heywood (27:35). Anthony Everitt chose a good day to record his 100th parkrun and ran his three laps in a total time of 28:41. The final four Striders were split by only 5 seconds with Dawn Richardson (31:10) and Tracy Allison (31:10) having a dead heat, followed by Edna Wood (31:12) and Andrea Price (31:16).

Photos from the run can be found here.

A Chase on the Chevin
On Boxing Day, Julie Elmes took on the Chevin Chase. This is an 11km route that is certainly ‘undulating’ throughout! Julie completed the event in 01:18:13.

Searching for a parkrun
The weather on Saturday 30th December claimed the majority of parkruns in the local area but three Striders managed to seek out an event that was still on in order to get another parkrun in the bag.

Nicola Carter flew the Striders flag at Woodhouse Moor (Leeds), completing the course in 21:41. We should also mention that Nicola recently secured her 100th parkrun – a great achievement Nicola!
Gary Wilkinson headed up the A1 to Darlington South Park parkrun, recording a time of 25:25.
For the 2nd Saturday on the trot, Guy Close visited the Selby event and clocked a time of 18:47 in “slippy conditons”.

Counting down to 2018
New Years Eve saw 15 Striders get some last minute miles into the yearly tracker across three events on New Years Eve.

Sue Morley raced against Alistair Brownlee (yes that’s right – the Olympic champion) at the Auld Lang Syne fell race. She couldn’t quite keep up with Alistair (who bagged 1st place in a time of 44:54) on the 9.6km course but still recorded a brilliant time of 01:18:07.

At the Jolly Holly Jog in Ripon, Ian Waller (45:13) led home the Striders contingent on the energy sapping “mud bath” course. David Halladay was just under 5 minutes behind Ian (50:05) and was followed through Studley Royal Deer park back into Ripon by Stewart Hymas (50:56), Gary Wilkinson (52:57), Claire Baxter (55:00), Anna Cornforth (01:01:58), June Graham (01:03:48), Alison Dales (01:04:22), Lisa Harrison (01:06:05), Julie Elmes (01:06:19), Katie Gray (01:10:29) and Annika Mcdonald (01:23:15).

Not as local as the above two races, Dawn Richardson and Andrea Price headed over to Spain to complete the San Silvestre 10k race in Barcelona! Starting just as dark started to descend, Andrea completed the course in just over the 1 hour mark (01:00:17), with Dawn following in a time of 01:04:34. Maybe this could be a Striders trip in the future?!

Happy New Year…or should that be “Happy Double parkrun day”?!
We finish off our Christmas/New Year round-up with results from New Year’s Day parkruns (where known) – the only day of the year where you can record two parkrun results.

Guy Close recorded his 100th parkrun at York, recording a PB at the venue with a time of 17:56. Mark Shelton, Jen Carne and Emma Hall all visited the Knavesmire based event for the first time and recorded times of 28:21, 29:22 and 38:05 respectively – a great start to the year!

Nicola Carter, Sean Brenan and Gary Wilkinson headed North West to complete a ‘New Years Day double’ with trips to the Skipton and Pendle parkrun events. Skipton was the first event of the day, with Nicola finishing 3rd Lady in a time of 22:04, Sean following in 24:32 and Gary finishing in 27:15. At Pendle, Nicola completed her 105th parkrun in 23:28, Sean completed his 161st with a time of 24:10 and Gary stopped the clock on 28:08 to record his 55th parkrun.



Some recent results……

Into November with a BANG!
Remember, remember the 5th of November … as that’s when Striders took on (and concurred) some very large hills at the Guy Fawkes 10 mile race, speeded along Kirkstall Road at the Leeds Abbey Dash and got round the Gunpowder 10k before things went bang!

It was a great Striders turnout of 18 at the Ripley based event, with Martin Brock leading them home into the castle grounds in a time of exactly 01:05:00. Recently returned member Stephen Morland had a strong finish (01:12:40) to hold off Nicola Carter (01:14:44). Ian Mitchell (01:16:01) had a battle with Sima Lowery (01:16:41), with Sean Brennan chasing them down as he completed the event for the first time in 01:17:28.
Anthony Mulley and Gareth Conkleton were split by only 1 second, completing the ‘undulating’ course in times of 01:19:41 and 01:19:42 respectively. Stewart Hymas turned out in some ‘cool shades’ to record 01:21:02 and finish just under 2 minutes ahead of the ever improving Gary Wilkinson who clocked 01:22:58. Craig Mitchell and Georgina Townsend battled it out in the last mile to both come in under the 90 minute mark finishing in 01:29:13 and 01:29:36 respectively. Kez Welsby completed her first ever 10 mile event in 01:41:02, coming across the line with Deborah Goldfield who finished one second later! June Graham clocked 01:44:44 and was followed into the castle grounds by ‘raceaholic’ Dawn Richardson (01:46:49), Katie Gray (01:52:27) and Jo Gray (02:08:24).

Emma Greveson headed over to York for the new Gunpowder 10k event which was based at the racecourse on the Knavesmire. She completed the course in 01:17:36.

At the Abbey dash in Leeds, the club was represented by 8 members and Guy Close was the first one across the line in a 10k PB time of 37:09. Conrad Garcia was the 2nd Strider back, completing the course in 43:53. Claire Baxter secured a PB over the distance (48:53) and she was joined at the popular event by Ryan Middleton (49:12), Vanessa El-Etriby (55:22), Julie Elmes (58:44), Laura Wilmshurst (01:01:18) and Bill Kirkpatrick (01:06:47).

Not a day of rest at the Abbey
On Sunday, a new event at Bolton Abbey took place and attracted 9 Striders across three different events. Each of the events (10km, 10m and Half Marathon) were multi terrain and had some decent hills within them!
In the 10km race, Paul Heywood finished in 01:02:33 to head a Striders entry of 5 within the event. Next back was Nikky Christie (01:07:12), followed by Edna Wood (01:18:44), Julie Elmes (01:25:54) and Dawn Richardson (01:32:11).

Deborah Goldfield was the sole Striders representative in the 10 mile event. She picked up her medal after clocking a time of 02:23:11.

The Half Marathon had 3 Striders taking part and they were led home by Dave Christie (01:41:41). He was joined by Gary Wilkinson (02:24:26) and Lisa Harrison (02:42:34).

West Yorkshire Cross Country… so far
Julie Elmes has been representing the Striders at the West Yorkshire cross country events.

Race 1 was ran over a 6km course in Wakefield on the 14th October. Julie completed the course in Wakefield in 34:54.

Race 2 was held on 29th October and took place within Nunroyd Park in Leeds. The multi lap race was finished by Julie in 34:48.

Up in the Fells
Sue Morley has been busy up in the fells achieving some excellent results.
On the 4th November she took on the Bronte Fell Race which started in Lancashire (boooo!) and finished in Yorkshire (wahoo!) and was ran over a distance of 7.5 miles. Sue finished the event in 01:34:55.
Back on the 15th October, Sue was joined by Edna Woods for the Gormire Gamble. Sue completed the course in 01:05:38, with Edna completing her first ever fell race in a time of 01:16:48.



26.2, 13.1 and 10…….

Whilst we work on rounding up the last 4 weeks of results, we wanted to make sure that we got todays out asap…..

Striding out in York
Striders were well represented at the Yorkshire Marathon festival based in York on Sunday. The event comprised of a Marathon and a 10 mile event based at the University of York.

Jonny Chadwick was the first of eight Striders across the line, recording a time of 03:30:45. Simon Rider was next in 03:37:12 and he was joined on the course by Graham Yare (04:03:21), Sean Brennan (04:08:35), Lisa Harrison (04:28:05), Mark Taylor (04:42:31), Mark Shelton (05:25:02) and Gemma Harding (05:27:11).
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In the 10 mile event, Julian Carr finished in a time of 01:24:49 to just beat his goal of 01:25:00. Following Julian was Georgina Townsend, who secured a personal best time of 01:25:57 over the 10 mile distance. Just over 10 minutes later was Sarah Hill who clocked 01:36:24 and she was joined by Kate James 4 minutes later after she completed the course in 01:40:41.

Running with Royalty
At the London Royal Parks Half Marathon, Tom Calvert just missed out on a top 50 spot with his finish time of 01:22:11 placing him 59th out of a total of 16,455 participants. Niamh Falconer just dipped into the top 2000 and recorded a half marathon personal best with a time of 01:42:58.

Further Results
We have lots of other results to bring you from the last four weeks and these should be on the website in a few days time.