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.



VC20 update after Event 6

Event 6 of our VC20 is in the books and so the longest challenge of the series – the half-marathon – is complete! Despite the longer distance, we still saw a strong entry of 28 Striders so that’s a fantastic 366miles clocked on this event alone.
For all the details of results and standings, visit our VC20 page at: VC20

We’ve now seen 60 different Striders take part in the series and this round saw two debutants: our 2018 Senior men’s Champion Martin Brock and one of our newest Striders, Dan Kearsley, who immediately ignited the Senior Men’s category by registering an incredible 1:26:47 around the local villages – the fastest time of this event!

The villages immediately to the east and north of Knaresborough proved most popular for this challenge – quiet, tarmac and somewhat flatter than the gnarly rock which we call home – with Ferrensby, Farnham, Staveley, Arkendale, Coneythorpe, Flaxby and Goldsborough seeing many Striders passing through. Not surprisingly, the St. James Retail Park – scene of many recent attempts – was shunned for this event with Striders wisely deciding that it was just too many laps for their sanity! Some Striders did find themselves a good flat route though, be it the Stray, the Greenway or further afield such as Dawn and Mike’s exploits on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Whilst Donna and Julie sought the beautiful sights of Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, Ruth and Dave travelled north to Roker – channelling the GNR spirit with a return run to South Shields! A couple of Striders submitted some very lumpy fell runs as their entries (clearly intending to drop those scores later) with Craig running up Almscliffe Crag and Catherine M tackling the dales!

So to our standings. We now have several Striders who have completed the necessary six events to qualify and they find themselves aloft the standings. John Hamilton, Carla Reddish and Steve Ellmore continue to hold on to the top 3 places overall. Our current category leaders are: Vanessa, Donna, Carla, Julie, Dawn, Gaynor, Lizzie, Mhairi, Aidan, Dan F, Steve M, John Ham, Ian, Derek and James W. However, a quick glance down the sheets show that the next couple of events should see many more Striders logging six events and some being able to start dropping their bigger scores. At which point, the true order of things will begin to emerge….

We are now into Event 7 which is right on our own doorstep. Tomorrow (Sunday 27th September) would have seen our own ‘Crag Rat run’ taking place. To recognise this, your current challenge is to run that course in your own time, posting your best attempt by 11th October.

Finally, a puzzle. We don’t know where Gareth ran, but he set his PB accompanied by his ‘old friend Howard Jones’. We don’t seem to have Howard on the membership list but if you’re reading this, why not sign up? We’d like to get to know you well.

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