Race Report – June & July

Striders’ Race Report – June and July 2018

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

Sunday 3rd June

Mulgrave Castle 10k

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

Derby Half Marathon

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

Coniston Trail Marathon

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

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

Tuesday 5th June

HDSRL 1  – Skipton

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

Sunday 9th June

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2018

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

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

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Sunday 10th June

Hull Half Marathon

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

Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon

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

Wednesday 13th June

Otley 10

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

Thursday 14th June

York 5K Series – Race 3

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

Sunday 17th June

Pudsey Legal 10k

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

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

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

Canter 20k

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

Tuesday 19th June

HDSRL 2 – Ilkley

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

Thurs 21st June

Solstice Saunter

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

Beamsley Beacon 5.5mile Fell Race

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

Sunday 24th June

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

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

Round Sheffield Run

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

Humber Bridge Half

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

Thursday 28th June

Saltaire Stampede

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

Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Endure 24

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 1st July

Harrogate 10K

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

Hollybank Eccup 10mi

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

Thursday 5th July

Thirsk HDSRL Round 3

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

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

Saturday 7th July

The Blackfell Race

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

Sunday 8th July

Burn Valley Half Marathon

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

Run for All Leeds 10K

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

Chocolate 10K York – Lisa

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

Ultimate Trails 55K

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

Tuesday 10th July

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

Friday 13th July

Washburn RelaysWashburn

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

Saturday 14th July

Scafell Sky Race 3,000m 25mile

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

Sunday 15th July

Burton Leonard 10K

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

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

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Tuesday 17th July

Nidd Valley HDSRL Round 4

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

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

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Sunday 29th July

Run Yorkshire Ryedale Half Marathon

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

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


A note about our results

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

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



Striders’ parkrun Report – June 2018

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

Striders’ parkrun report – June 2018

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

 

 


Saturday 2nd June

Pontefract

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

Harrogate

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

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

Fountains Abbey

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

Penrose
Way down in Cornwall….

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

Roundhay

Ryan Middleton (24:26)


Saturday 9th June

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

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

Windy Nook

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

Fountains Abbey

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

Heslington

Ian Mitchell (20:10)


Saturday 16th June

Harrogate
Striders out in strong numbers at our closest parkrun!

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

Roundhay

Annika McDonald (29:50)

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

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

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


Saturday 23rd June

Harrogate

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

 

Fountains Abbey

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


Saturday 30th June

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

Bracknell

Julie Elmes (29:59)

Harrogate

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

Belfast Victoria
Over the Irish sea…

Tom Calvert (17:00)

Hillsborough

Jenny Cooley (28:11)

Fountains Abbey

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

Wetherby

Mick Dobson (25:51)

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

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


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

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

 



Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

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

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

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

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

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



May’s Monster Results Roundup

May’s Monster Round-up

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


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

parkruns

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

Up the Odda

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

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

 

Buckden Out Moor Race

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

Kentmere trail challenge

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


Sunday 6th May – hot, hot, hot.

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

Peco XC vs WYWL Relays.

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

31944976_1687463304674343_636411220080984064_n32087116_1687463108007696_4340178080262782976_nSpecial mention must go to Lisa, who also accompanied June on the 3rd leg as the field thinned out over the sparsely -marshalled course. Our club representative team finished in 20th position overall, clocking 1:02:35 after legs by Steve Morland (19:05), Nicola Carter (21:22) and Gary Wilkinson (22:08). PecoXC will return along with the wintery conditions at the end of the year.

 

 

Roche Abbey 10k

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


Tuesday 8th May

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

 

 

 


Thursday 10th May

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


Saturday 12th May – a championship day at parkrun!

Fountains Parkrun (Club Championship)

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

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Other parkruns

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


Sunday 13th May – upping the distance

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

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

 

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

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

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


Wednesday 16th May – ‘Donfaster’

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


Saturday 19th May – a right royal day

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday 20th May – Lakes and Mobots

32943698_1701010889986251_328873969501339648_n 32962980_1701300576623949_2523638949662949376_n 32984804_1701300666623940_3930002054885408768_n 33036191_1701300626623944_2364581042083332096_nThe Brathay ASICS Windemere Marathon is based at Brathay Hall, a Georgian country house overlooks the northern shore of Windermere with a backdrop of Lake District fells. From there, a 26.2 mile anti-clockwise rolling circuit of Windermere unfolds, taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside along the way. Four of our striders took on the challenge in 2018, with some intense and diligent preparation paying dividends on a warm day. Rob Clarke broke into the top 100, claiming 74th place in an excellent 3:31:16. Phil Cornforth powered in to the finish in a superb 3:46:26, followed by the highly-prepared Gary Wilkinson, stopping the clock inside 4 hours with a 3:58:59. Only minutes later a quartet of powerful performances was completed by David Halladay in 4:05:30.

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


Tuesday 22nd May – Rushing around

More battles...

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


Wednesday 23rd May – Brownlee inspiration

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


Saturday 26th May – purely parkrun

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


Sunday 27th May – Local Races, new and old

Northallerton 10k (Club Championship)

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

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


31st May – Culminating Canter

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


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



St.Robert’s Rush – 1mile TT Report

The mile. The classic running challenge: human vs the clock… Bannister…  The Oslo Golden Miles… Coe, Ovett, Cram…  A fascination for so many over the years, yet a challenge never taken up by Knaresborough Striders – until now! Whilst mutters of ‘per mile’ can oft be heard throughout our training runs and races, very few of our members had ever actually challenged themselves over a single mile.

Inspired by some of our runners’ personal exploits, our inaugural ‘St. Robert’s Rush’ took over 50 of our members along the beautiful and tranquil Abbey Road, beginning above our famous saint’s cave, following the River Nidd upstream and finished beneath the crag a few hundred metres short of the Half Moon. Setting off in three waves (roughly aligned with our normal groups) along the winding and undulating route, this time-trial produced some scintillating performances, very close battles and an electric atmosphere as the runners charged towards those already gathered at the finish line.

In our first wave of runners, erstwhile jog group leader and Z2H mentor Mark Shelton was first across the line in a fleet 7mins 31seconds, chased in by June Graham (breaking 8 minutes) in a tremendous 7:57 and Fiona Sleight in 8:09. With several new members and recent Z2H graduates in this wave, an average time of just 9:18 showed the incredible progress being made.

All registered and ready to go!

All registered and ready to go!

Mark well in the lead of Wave 1

Mark well in the lead of Wave 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our second wave of competitors was formed mostly of our intermediate runners and proved highly competitive! Jez Wilkinson showed that a lack of recent time-trial experience was no problem, as he raced home in 6:26, just ahead of an equally racy Guy Marshall in 6:33, whilst Emma Hepworth and Kathryn Pickles battled it out for 3rd in 6:39 and 6:40 respectively. Our Striders were clearly pushing on now, with a wave average time of just 7:23.

Wave 2 head off, Guy off to a flyer...

Wave 2 head off, Guy off to a flyer…

Jez leading the way now...

Jez leading the way now…

Some close battles!

Some close battles!

Kez enjoying the challenge

Kez enjoying the challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, with increasing numbers of runners gathering at the finish, breathlessly recalling their exploits, our third wave headed away from the start line. For many, this flew past a lot sooner than they had expected! Tom Calvert was first back – and fastest of the night – in a mind-blowing 5 minutes 4 seconds, whilst James Warburton kept him firmly in sight throughout, breaking the tape in just 5:10. There followed a mighty battle for third, with a pack of 5 coming into sight of the finishing funnel. Places changing right to the end, James Ireland took a very well-earned third in 5:21, just holding off the efforts of Martin Brock (also 5:21) and Steve Morland (5:22). With the entire third wave covered by a mere 2 minutes, their efforts resulted in an incredible average time of 6 minutes exactly!

Fastest on the night - Tom

Fastest on the night – Tom

Smiles, grimaces and day-glo.

Smiles, grimaces and day-glo.

More battles...

More battles…

Gemma and Dan - just two of our incredible volunteers for this one.

Gemma and Dan – just two of our incredible volunteers for this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all the times in the bag (or rather stuck on the board) many of the runners decamped to the nearby Mother Shipton Inn to swap tales of their battles, ponder where those vital seconds were lost and gained, and consider whose elbows were the sharpest. New targets have been set and it will be interesting to see how performances compare the next time around.

The full results are detailed below, but not before giving MASSIVE THANKS to our marshals, volunteers and organisers, without whom the evening would never have happened.

A fantastic range of photographs from the night were taken by our member Emma Greveson and can be viewed via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/egrevesonphotography/posts/599316163775529 or on Emma’s fab site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/greveson/

Very well done to all involved!

St Robert’s Rush – 1 mile Time Trial – Inaugural Event, 22nd May 2018

Overall Position Runner Time Wave Wave Position
1 Tom Calvert 05:04 3 1
2 James Warburton 05:10 3 2
3 James Ireland 05:21 3 3
4 Martin Brock 05:21 3 4
5 Steve Morland 05:22 3 5
6 James Wright 05:27 3 6
7 Ted Welton 05:29 3 7
8 Sean Brennan 05:52 3 8
9 Ste Core 05:52 3 9
10 Gareth Conkleton 06:08 3 10
11 Derek Dobinson 06:09 3 11
12 Ian Mitchell 06:14 3 12
13 Niamh Falconer 06:22 3 13
14 Jez Wilkinson 06:26 2 1
15 Sima Lowery 06:29 3 14
16 Guy Marshall 06:33 2 2
17 Emma Hepworth 06:39 2 3
18 Kathryn Pickles 06:40 2 4
19 Stewart Hymas 06:43 3 15
20 Dave Rogers 06:50 2 5
21 Derek Calvert 06:54 3 16
22 Andy Tibbals 06:57 2 6
23 Julian Carr 07:03 3 17
24 Murray Scott 07:04 2 7
25 Baz Rodger 07:05 3 18
26 Vanessa  El-Etriby 07:11 2 8
27 Jess Dobson 07:12 2 9
28 Dave Moore 07:18 2 10
29 Debbie Herridge 07:25 2 11
30 Mark Shelton 07:31 1 1
31 Natalie Hale 07:35 2 12
32 June Graham 07:57 1 2
33 Tony Everitt 07:59 2 13
34 Fiona Sleight 08:09 1 3
35 Kez Welsby 08:11 2 14
36 Alison Manning 08:14 1 4
37 Tracy Allison 08:21 2 15
38 Robbie Whellans 08:24 2 16
39 Charlotte Hutchinson 08:29 1 5
40 Jane Johnson 08:35 1 6
41 Sally Taylor 08:40 2 17
42 Fyn Lees 08:47 1 7
43 Katie Byrne 08:55 1 8
44 Dawn Richardson 09:00 1 9
45 Lucy Shore 09:29 1 10
46 Gaynor Downs 09:40 1 11
47 Emma Hall 09:57 1 12
48 Bill Kirkpatrick 10:14 1 13
49 Lauren Downs 10:39 1 14
50 Ruth Mann 11:22 1 15
51 Rachel Boyd 11:44 1 16


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