The event was a huge success with a record number of participants and a new Womens course record.
Congratulations to all who participated and a big thanks to all of the volunteers.
Bring on the 2018 event!
The event was a huge success with a record number of participants and a new Womens course record.
Congratulations to all who participated and a big thanks to all of the volunteers.
Bring on the 2018 event!
Fourteen divided by Three
Three parkruns were visited by fourteen Striders this week but no one ventured to far!
Gary Wilkinson travelled down the A59 to York and completed the flat course in 22:53 to record a course PB.
At Fountains Abbey there was exactly 1 minute between the first two striders to cross the line. Niamh Falconer clocked 22:00 to finish ahead of FAbbey regular Derek Calvert (23:00). Bill Kirkpatrick, another regular visitor to this event, finished just over 10 minutes later with a time of 33:26.
Harrogate parkrun was descended upon by 10 Striders who were led home by Ian Mitchell (20:51). Joining Ian were Stephen Morland (22:30), Nicola Carter (22:48), Paul Heywood (24:53), Julian Carr (26:15), Anthony Everitt (27:36), Edna Wood (28:26), Tracy Allison (28:30), Fiona Burniston (33:28) and Deborah Goldfield (33:42).
Great running up in the Toon
Perfect running conditions greeted the 21 Knaresborough Striders in attendance at the Great North Run on Sunday. Tom Calvert secured a top 300 placing to lead the Striders contingent home in a time of 01:23:02. Joining him at the world’s biggest Half Marathon were James Wright (01:26:49), Dan Wilson (01:34:51), Jason Green (01:38:25), Simon Rider (01:42:32), John Slater (01:46:54), Dave Halliday (01:47:42), Debbie Herridge (01:57:51),Mark Taylor (02:00:18), Amy Naylor (02:08:35), Robert Whellens (02:14:38), Donna Rogers (02:16:00), Dawn Richardson (02:18:17), Sarah Hill (02:20:09), Kirsty Ramsey (02:20:16), Charlotte Hines (02:26:54), Lizzy Rose (02:36:26), Janet Morris (02:42:36), Steve Morris (02:45:34), Laura Bickerdale (02:54:58) and Emma Hodson (03:08:29).
Running down the Vale of York
At the Vale of York Half Marathon, Guy Close secured a Personal Best over the 13.1 mile distance to finish in 01:24:38. Gary Wilkinson (01:47:28) was the next Strider across the line at the Sherburn in Elmet based event and was chased down by Zero to Hero graduate Claire Baxter who completed her first half marathon in 02:07:01 – amazing considering she hardly run at all prior to taking part in the Zero to Hero course in January! Christina Tremayne and Kirsty Jones ran the course together to stop the clock on 02:39:08 to complete the Striders line up. Look forward to seeing all of the t-shirts at training tomorrow night!
In this weeks results round-up we have news from parkrun, the Derwentwater 15k, Blackshaw Head fell race, a Triathlon in the Lake District and two local 10k’s. We start, as usual, with results from parkrun…..
Striding on The Stray
Harrogate parkrun welcomed 11 Striders on Saturday morning, including one whom recorded their 50th parkrun. Rob Earl was the first of the Striders across the line (18:41) and was followed by Ian Mitchell (22:23), Mark Taylor (23:26), Graham Yare (23:50) and David Halladay (27:08). Edna Wood (28:59) was the first lady Strider to finish and next was Paul Heywood (29:01) who ran his 50th parkrun (well done Paul!). Kate James (29:24) dipped under the 30 minute mark and was joined shortly after by Dawn Richardson (30:28), Gaynor Downs (31:28) and Jackie Knight (32:16).
At Fountains Abbey Tom Calvert (17:38) collected the first place finish token. Niamh Falconer (22:06) held off Derek Calvert (22:49) and they were joined by Georgina Townsend (30:07), Bill Kirkpatrick (33:34), Alison Jackson (33:46) and Deborah Goldfield (36:32).
Nicola Carter undertook some parkrun toursime, completing the Gibside event (based just outside Gateshead) in a time of 23:49.
Trail and Fell for Amy and Sue
Two races were taken on by Striders members on Saturday. In the Lake District, Amy Naylor completed the undulating Derwentwater 15k event, which forms part of the Lakeland Trail series, in 01:57:46.
Sue Morley took on the Blackshaw Head fell race which is ran over an 8.9km route and takes in 274m of accent. Sue completed the challenging course in 01:00:19.
A Hell of a Tri
James Warburton travelled to the Lake District, battling windy conditions with nearly 400 others in the Helvellyn Triathlon. Some strong performances, particularly in the run, saw him finish in a very creditable 26th place in a time of just over 3hrs 26mins.
Keeping it local
Striders were well represented at two local 10km races on Sunday – Wetherby and Tholthorpe.
22 club members headed to Wetherby to take on a course used by many as last minute training for the Great North Run. In a field of over 900 runners, some excellent times were posted with several personal bests beaten. Martin Brock led home the Striders contingent in 22nd place overall (37:48) with James Wright (39:34) also cracking the top 50, finishing in 41st position. Other finishers were James Ireland (40:10), Ian Mitchell (41:33), Stephen Morland (45:23), Simon Rider (46:02), David Halladay (46:26), Gary Wilkinson (46:36), Claire Killingworth (51:45), Julian Carr (53:17), Claire Baxter (55:09), Tony Everitt (57:03), Clare McKenzie (58:19), Deborah Goldfield (59:08), Vanessa El-Etriby (59:09), Tracy Allison (01:00:31), Dawn Richardson (1:01:33), Rebecca Williams (01:02:54), Claire Gott (01:02:55), Laura Wilmshurst (01:03:47), Annika McDonald (01:09:33) and Jo Gray (01:19:07). Pictures from the event can be found here.
At Tholthorpe, four Striders took on the 10k route with James Cornforth finishing 13th overall in a time of 39:11, followed by Phil Cornforth (46:28), Paul Heywood (52:14) and Edna Wood (58:45).
Tri a Tri
We start this week’s round up with some results from some recent Triathlon events taken on by James Warburton. On Saturday 12th August, he participated in the Howgills Triathlon and took 5th place overall in a time of 01:49:50. On Sunday 20th August he completed the ‘Half Cheese’ Triathlon in Wensleydale, taking the 3rd place trophy home with a finish time of 02:16:06.
Up and Down…quickly!
Sue Morley competed in the ‘Burnsall Classic’ fell race on 19th August. This 1.5 mile race may be short but it has a total climb of 900ft!! Sue recorded a time of 27:40 – top work!
parkruns near and far
This week the Striders were represented at six different parkruns. We will start with the furthest away and work our way back….
Claire Baxter visited the Rushmoor event in Aldershot and completed her 7th different parkrun in a time of 27:29 to record an overall parkrun PB.
At the Druridge Bay event, which is based near Morpeth in Northumberland, Jackie Knight completed the course in 32:33.
Guy Close took on Keswick parkrun for the 2nd time, recording a PB time of 18:29.
Six Striders visited Catterick and were led home by James Cornforth (17:59). James Ireland (18:12) was next to complete the 3 lap course, followed by Claire Killingworth and Georgina Townsend who both clocked 24:21. Julian Carr continued his comeback from recent injury to complete the event in 24:56 and he was joined by James Wright who finished in 24:58.
Fountains Abbey was visited by eight Striders. Conrad Garcia (21:42) was the first back across the line, followed by Derek Calvert just over a minute later (22:47). Edna Wood and Paul Heywood finished in the same time of 28:47 and they were joined by Stella Jones (30:06), Dawn Richardson (30:37), Gaynor Downs (32:03) and Deborah Goldfield (32:14).
At Harrogate, Martin Brock secured a PB of 18:19 to fend off the challenge of Robert Earl (18:46). Next back was Ian Mitchell (21:16) and he was followed by Stephen Morland (22:30), Anthony Everitt (27:30), Jen Carne (28:22), Tracy Allison (29:01) and Mark Taylor took on pacing duties to finish in 29:57.
A trio of parkruns
Three parkruns were visited by Striders this weekend and we start with results from the Temple Newsam event just off the M62 near Leeds. Ralph Weldon secured a time of 25:24 and was joined by Annika McDonald who bagged a PB in a time of 33:36.
At Harrogate Rob Earl (18:57) once again led the Striders around the Stray. Ian Mitchell was next (22:06) and just held off Nicola Carter (22:16). The next four Striders were split by only 19 seconds overall – David Halladay (26:56), Mark Taylor (pacing – 26:58), Julian Carr (27:01) and Anthony Everitt (27:15). Tracy Allison was the 8th Strider across the line (27:54), with Lauren Downs (37:22) completing the Striders line up. A special well done to Julian as this was his first parkrun back after his recent knee operation.
Over at Fountains Abbey Tom Calvert took the 3rd place token with a time of 17:51. Derek Calvert, who recently completed his 50th parkrun, completed the course in 22:5, with Samantha Curnow (23:16) and Bill Kirkpatrick (33:54) joining him at the ever popular event.
A hot day for a 10k
A warm Sunday morning greeted Striders taking on the Escrick and Scorton Feast 10k events.
At Escrick, Ian Mitchell ran a strong race to finish in 44:00 precisely. Paul Heywood was next, finishing the multi terrain course in 53:17 and he was chased down by Edna Wood (01:00:48) and regular Escrick 10k participant Dawn Richardson (01:02:35).
Up the A1 at Scorton, James Wright (41:22) headed a Striders contingent of four. Claire Killingworth secured a 10k PB with a time of 53:4 and was joined at this great local event by Donna Rogers (54:23) and Clare Rogers (01:05:20).
We are two weekends into August already so lets take a look at some recent Striders results, starting with parkrun on Saturday 5th August.
Six of the best
Six different parkruns were visited on the first Saturday of the month and we start the round-up at Woodhouse Moor where Rob Earl and Jen Carne visited the Leeds based event where they recorded times of 19:22 and 28:59 respectively.
At Harrogate, Sean Brennan (20:35) headed a Striders group of five. He was joined by Mark Shelton (27:10), Rob Charlesworth (27:12), Carol Lane (29:06) and Dawn Richardson (48:07) who was undertaking tail runner duties.
Striders took the 1st male and female places at Catterick. James Wright clocked a parkrun PB of 18:04 and Nicola Carter followed in 21:29. Georgina Townsend also made the trip up North but had to pull out after two laps due to injury.
Derek Calvert headed East to visit Dalby Forest parkrun for the first time, stopping the watch on 22:27.
Bill Kirkpatrick was the sole Striders representative at Fountains Abbey, setting a time of 34:26 in the stunning surroundings of the Abbey grounds.
Finishing the parkrun roundup for the 5th is a result from the ‘Longrun Meadow’ event. So where is that I hear you ask? Well it’s in Taunton and was taken on by Christina Tremayne who finished in a time of 32:42. A great bit of parkrun tourism!
A trip around Jorvik
One of the biggest events on the local running calendar, the York 10k, took place on Sunday 6th August. 12 Striders headed down the A59 to complete the event which forms part of the Run for All series.
Conrad Garcia headed the Striders contingent to complete the course in 44:48. Lisa Harrison was next down the finishing straight at York Racecourse with a time of 52:54. Joining Conrad and Lisa were Paul Heywood (52:59), Georgina Townsend (56:11), Claire Baxter (56:47), Sarah Hill (56:57), Clare McKenzie (57:45), Edna Wood (59:17), Kate James (59:33), Anthony Everitt (01:00:32), Tracy Allison (01:02:34) and a 10k PBing Annika McDonald (01:10:03).
parkrun = guilt free treats
A total of 26 Striders attended a parkrun yesterday morning (12/08) to kick start their weekend (or is to enable the guilt free treats later on in the day?!).
At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert finished in 18 minutes exactly to the 2nd place token and he was followed by Gary Wilkinson (22:34) who completed his 12th run at the National Trust property. Regular FAbbey visitor Derek Calvert (AKA Calvert Snr) clocked 23:08 and was joined by Niamh Falconer (27:53), a PBing Gaynor Downs (31:45) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:35).
Nicola Carter headed across to the East Coast to take on Sewerby parkrun which is based just outside of Bridlington. She was the 4th lady to have her barcode scanned, finishing with a time of 22:25.
Up the A1 at Catterick, James Cornforth ran a very well paced 5km to take the 1st place token and record an overall parkrun PB of 17:46. James Wright chased him down (18:17) along with Paul Heywood (23:34) and Edna Wood (27:57).
On the Stray at Harrogate, Rob Earl was the first of the Striders into the finish funnel, clocking 19:01. Joining him were Sean Brennan (20:47), Gareth Conkleton (21:18), Mark Taylor (22:44), David Halladay (23:20), Ian Mitchell (24:28), Ralph Weldon (24:38), Anthony Everitt (27:43), Jen Carne (27:48), Rob Charlesworth (27:51), Tracy Allison (28:38), Dawn Richardon (32:33 – volunteer pacer), Claire Baxter (34:17 – pacing), Emma Hodson and Fiona Burniston (both 37:36).
Firefighting on a hot day
Striders competed in two events today – the Askern 10 Mile and the Firefighters 5 Mile (a club championship event).
Guy Close made his way to Askern, based on the A19 between Selby and Doncaster, to take on the Askern 10. In a field of 319, Guy came across the line in a 10 Mile PB of 01:03:53.
Along the M62 in Bradford, six Striders lined up at the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade HQ for an undulating (there were some up’s and downs!) 5 miler. James Wright was the first Strider back, completing the course in 31:52. Fresh from his holiday in Tenerife, Ian Mitchell recorded 37:14, beating off competition from Gary Wilkinson and David Halladay who were only separated by 10 seconds with finishing times of 38:28 and 38:38 respectively. Claire Baxter strided up the last hill to cross the line in 46:12 and was followed by Dawn Richardson 5 minutes later (51:13) who completed the Striders line up. Unfortunately Jo Gray had an argument with a car door on arrival and had to pull out of the race.
Your roving reporter has had a busy few weeks but he’s back with a bang…five weeks’ worth of results typed up for your reading pleasure! Sit back, grab a cuppa/sports drink/juice/other type of beverage and take it all in!
Way back at the start of April….
We start the round-up with parkrun results from Saturday 8th April and kicking us off is Rob Earls 20:06 at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds. Also in West Yorkshire, three Striders headed to Temple Newsam, with Ralph Weldon leading the way with a PB time of 26:43. Claire Baxter also secured a PB (34:08) and she was joined by Annika McDonald (37:11).
Over at Fountains Abbey, which is back to its normal route, four Striders made their debuts at the event with Emma Hodson (35:54) the first of them to cross the line. She was followed by Fiona Burniston (36:00), Laura Bickerdike (36:25) and Emma Milner (36:28).
Harrogate parkrun was a Club Championship scoring event, which attracted a large club turnout of 25, with 11 of those securing Personal Bests. Tom Calvert led home the Blue and Yellow vests, securing a PB of 17:56. The ever improving James Ireland was just under a minute behind in 18:40(PB), followed by Martin Brock (18:47), Dan Foley (20:10), Nicola Carter (20:29), Ian Mitchell (20:38), Sean Brennan (20:57), a PBing Mark Taylor (21:18), Claire Killingworth (24:26), Paul Heywood (25:29), Eric Morley (26:14), David Halladay (26:16), Tony Everitt (27:18), Edna Wood (27:31-PB), Suzy K (27:31-PB), Fiona Slight (27:40-PB), Dawn Richardson (29:32-PB), Tom Burrell (31:15), Anne Cooley (31:20), Gaynor Downs (32:47-PB), Emma Hall (35:16), Danielle Greenwood (35:39-PB), Joanne Sharratt (36:04), Lauren Downs (36:40-PB) and Becky Kershaw (37:09-PB).
Graham Yare took on a Marathon double over the weekend, completing an Ultra event on Saturday and the traditional length of 26.2 miles on Sunday. His Saturday event took him into the Lake District where he climbed over 3000m across Loadpot Hill, High Street, Helvellyn, White Side and Plaice Fell to complete the gruelling 42 mile event in 12:34:25. On Sunday he took on the Hardmoors White Horse trail marathon, based at Sutton Bank, completing the course in 06:12:25.
At the Sheffield Half Marathon, Jason Green clocked a Personal Best time of 01:35:59.
Burning off the Easter Egg Calories
The Easter weekend started for David Halladay and Dawn Richardson with the annual Good Friday 5 mile event at Bridlington. They finished in 38:22 and 48:32 respectively.
Moving onto Saturday morning, Striders were represented at 9 different parkruns, with a number of members away for the holidays.
Craig Mitchell visited the Dolgellau event in Wales, clocking a time of 25:05. At Albert Park in Middlesborough, Claire Killingworth recorded 24:18 and at the Bestwood Village (Nottingham), June Graham achieved a time of 31:19. Sima Loweery headed over to West Yorkshire to take on the undulating Huddersfield event, scanning her barcode to record 21:51.
Tom Calvert headed East to take on the fantastic route through Dalby Forest. He secured a super speedy time of 17:48.
Going North was Nicola Carter who headed up the A1 to the Northallerton event and stopped the timer on 21:35.
Wetherby was taken on by James Ireland and Tony Everitt who clocked 18:12 and 27:16 respecitlvy on the grassed based event.
The stunning Fountains Abbey was greeted by three Striders – Guy Close (18:24), Fiona Slight (27:38) and Lauren Downs (36:45).
Taking on the 3 laps of the Stray for the Harrogate event were James Wright (20:21), Sean Brennan (20:49), Gareth Conkleton (21:47), Derek Calvert (23:05), Ian Mitchell (23:35), Paul Heywood (24:31), Ralph Weldon (25:37), Rob Charlesworth (27:26), Claire Baxter (32:42) and Annika McDonald (35:35).
Easter Sunday saw two Striders make the short trip to West Yorkshire for the Guiesley Gallop 10k. Paul Heywood finished in 57:23, with Edna Wood completing the trail course in 01:01:58.
The Easter weekend was completed with Dawn Richardson visiting Helmsley for a multi-terrain 10k. She completed the undulating course in 01:04:17.
Still burning off the Easter Eggs…..!
On Saturday 22nd the club was represented at four parkruns and one 10k event – the Ben Campbell Memorial race.
Starting with parkrun, Guy Close stopped the clock on 18:21 at Harrogate and was joined by
Rob Earl (20:02), Sean Brennan (20:51), Mark Taylor (21:09 – 50th parkrun), Gareth Conkleton (21:11), Nick Wallen (24:10), Edna Wood (26:34) and David Halladay (26:42).
Down the Abbey (Fountains that is!) Tom Calvert dipped under the 18 minute mark to record a time of 17:55. Chasing him down were Niamh Falconer (21:50), Tony Everitt (27:36) and Tracy Allison (30:08).
Claire Baxter continued her parkrun tour by visiting Dalby Forest. She completed her 7th parkrun in 32:59.
A bit further afield, Sima Lowery took on the Bury St Edmunds course and finished in 21:39.
At Sutton Bank near Thirsk, eight Striders took on the very tough Ben Campbell 10k in the latest club championship event. This race is held in memory of former Strider Ben who sadly lost his life in 2015. The course, one of the toughest 10k’s around the area, would have been loved by Ben as he eat up the hills and was up for challenge. Nicola Carter led home the Striders in a time of 47:41. James Wright followed (49:19) and he was followed across the line by Craig Mitchell (55:42), Sue Morley (01:00:56), Claire Killingworth (01:02:09), Kerensa Welsby (01:05:20), Dawn Richardson (01:11:04) and June Graham (01:11:15).
Bringing the month to a close…..surely April hasn’t finished already?!
The last weekend in April had Striders competing at three parkruns, one 10k, one 20k and a marathon….which was over the Yorkshire Three Peaks!
Rob Earl kicked off his weekend with a trip to the Woodhouse Moor parkrun where he completed the undulating course in 20:10.
Up North in Durham, Tom Calvert warmed up for the Kirkbymoorside 10k with a parkrun time of 17:52.
Guy Close was celebrating at Harrogate after finally dipping under the 18 minute mark after been so close on a number of occasions over recent months. His time was 17:53 and exactly 3 minutes later, Ian Mitchell (20:53) joined him in the finishers funnel. They were joined by Paul Heywood (25:40), David Halladay (26:11), Mark Shelton (29:05), Dawn Richardson (29:34) and a PBing Claire Baxter (32:21)
Doing something a bit different on the Saturday was Sean Brennan who decided to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Marathon. I don’t really need to tell you how hard this event is – just walking this route in one go is enough to frighten most people but Sean is made of tough stuff and absolutely smashed it. He made his way round in a total time of 04:53:10 – BIG kudos for that Sean!
Nicola Carter completed the Reeth 10k in 01:52:45 and on the Sunday at Kirkbymoorside Tom Calvert put in a stunning performance to secure a time of 36:55 at the annual 10k event. Joining him on the hilly course were Niamh Falconer (47:31), Derek Calvert (48:49) and avid racer Dawn Richardson (01:02:10).
The First of three
Four Striders have entered the John Carr Race series for 2017 which consist of three 5km events on consecutive Wedensdays in May. The course is entirely within the vast Yorkshire Water estate at Esholt on a good road surface.
The first of the three races was held last Wednesday (3rd May) in pleasant spring conditions. Tom Calvert continued his recent impressive performances with a 5k PB time of 17:13. Guy Close was just over 50 seconds behind (17:56) and was followed by James Wright (19:06) and Edna Wood (26:24).
A new month….yes it is May already!
A weekend of parkrun results only (unless we have missed any races – apologies if we have) and we start with the first Strider visit to the Heaton event in Manchester. Annika Mcdonald was the Strider in attendance and finished in 35:30.
A milestone was reached at Harrogate, with Striders members now having completed a whopping 1500 runs at this event. Guy Close had a time of17:53 recorded for the 2nd consecutive week and he was followed into the finish funnel by Rob Earl (19:36), Ian Mitchell (20:14), a PBing Sean Brennan 20:16, Graham Yare (20:34), Nick Wallen (23:49), Paul Heywood (24:23), Anthony Everitt (27:17) and Kirsty Jones with a Personal Best time of 31:55.
The Skipton event welcomed Claire Baxter (33:38) which was her 9th different parkrun since completing our Zero to Hero course in March.
The monthly ‘first Saturday of the month’ club visit took five Striders to Nostell Priory near Wakefield. James Wright was the first Strider to finish in front of the main priory house in a time of 19:53. Joining him were Nicola Carter (21:29), Mark Taylor (24:02), Edna Wood (29:00) and Tracy Allison (30:53).
Gareth Conkleton recorded a course PB time of 21:42 at Wetherby and at Fountains Abbey; Tom Calvert took the first place position token in a time of 17:41. Derek Calvert was next in 22:49, followed by the PBing duo of Suzy Kerr (28:35) and Jackie Knight (33:13)
Here we are again – a results round up bursting at the seams with news of Striders heading out and about to take part in events. We start with results from the club ‘1st Saturday of the month parkrun visit’ which was to Darlington South Park…
No Fooling Striders at parkrun
Three Striders headed up the A1 to Darlington South Park parkrun for the latest club visit. The event is held over 3 laps of the Victorian park, taking in a lake and views of the river. James Wright came across the line in 18:42, followed by Mark Taylor (22:33) and Edna Wood (28:06).
At Harrogate, Guy Close led the Striders contingent of six in a time of 18:50. Ian Mitchell dipped under 21 minutes (20:51) and was chased down by Derek Calvert (23:10), Nick Wallen (25:26), Emma Hall (36:05) and Danielle Greenwood (36:52).
Over in Leeds at Woodhouse Moor, Rob Earl finished his parkrun in 20:39. Another Leeds area parkrun, Temple Newsam, was visited by Ralph Weldon and Claire (Cloie) Baxter. They finished in 27:49 and 35:17 (PB) respectively.
Dawn Richardson was the sole Striders representative at Fountains Abbey and finished the ‘normal’ course in 29:53. David Halladay took on the Druridge Bay parkrun in Northumberland, completing the two lap coastal course in 22:39. On the cliff tops at Sewerby (near Bridlington) Craig Mitchell secured a PB of 24:09.
Finishing off the parkrun roundup is Alison Jacksons result of 32:26 at Mornigton Peninsula in New Zealand……not jealous at all!
Taking on the Trails
Away from the various parkrun visits on Saturday, the ‘Dales Trails 20’ was taken on by Sean Brennan. This event is the first in a series of three ‘DT’ events throughout the year, with the 20km option taking participants up a total accent of 721m through the Swaledale area. Sean completed the testing course in 02:01:36 to give him some excellent preparation for a ‘little’ race he is doing later in the year…but that we will keep under wraps for now!
Yare he goes again
Our very own ‘Marathon Man’ Graham Yare has been at it again…this time a trail marathon at Temple Newsam which he finished in 04:36:49. He’s doing another two marathons this coming weekend…….!!
Rub of the Green at Lincoln
Moving onto Sunday, Jason Green took on the Lincoln 10k. This race is part of the wider ‘Run for All’ series which includes the Leeds Half Marathon and York 10k. Jason completed the course in a PB time of 40:54.
Bogfest at Fountains
There was a big turnout of Striders at the local Fountains 10k. A total of 16 Striders were in attendance and were led home over the boggy moorland by Martin Brock who came across the line in 40:26. James Wright chased him down (42:00) and Nicola Carter claimed 1st in her age category with a time of 44:32 (taking home a sizable box of wine for her efforts!).
Up next was Sima Lowery (46:38 – 3rd in age category) and she was followed over the line by Simon Rider (47:46), Luke Ratcliffe (49:56), Mark Taylor (50:25), Paul Heywood (54:24), Claire Killingworth (54:27), Kez Welsby (57:49), Edna Wood (58:32), June Graham (01:03:35), Katie Gray (01:10:46), Anne Cooley (01:11:29), Emma Greveson (01:12:05) and Jo Gray (01:21:28) – great to see you back running Jo!
More photos from the event can be viewed here.
One from last week….
A result missed from last week was Sue Morleys visit to Trawden in Lancashire to take on a 13.2km event known as the ‘Boulsworth Bog Fell Race’. Sue completed the course, which includes 425m of climb, in 01:28:21.
Spring has certainly sprung, with glorious weather greeting all of the Striders who were out and about at events this weekend.
Record Attendance on the Stray
The Stray was certainly a lot drier then recent weeks and coupled with the sunny weather, a record attendance of 447 was seen at Harrogate parkrun. Guy Close was the first Strider back (18:34) and he was joined by Nicola Carter (21:12), Ian Mitchell (21:26), Andy Roberts (23:50), Paul Heywood (25:03), Rob Charlesworth (27:20), David Halladay (27:42), Eric Morley (28:05), Edna Wood (28:30), Claire Baxter (35:21 – PB), Danielle Greenwood (36:12 – PB), Lauren Downs (37:26 – PB) and completing her first parkrun, Becky Kershaw recorded a time of 40:10.
The revised route at Fountains Abbey was still in place on Saturday with Tom Calvert completing the course in 18:30. Sean Brennan was next Strider back in 22:06 and was followed by a PBing Niamh Falconer (22:31), Derek Calvert 23:57, Fiona Slight (29:33 – PB) and first time Fountains visitors Jackie Knight (35:46) & Libby Brennan (35:47).
A bit of bother at Rutland
Mark Taylor headed down South to the Rutland Water parkrun and was on course for an overall parkrun PB….but unfortunately the course had been measured incorrectly (2.6miles out of the 3.1miles required). He recorded 18:22 for the distance on the day – a great run Mark and that overall parkrun PB is on the cards in the next few weeks!
Stunning Scenes at Coniston
Four Striders had a very early start on Saturday morning to head over to the Lake District for the annual Coniston 14 mile race. This event takes participants anti-clockwise around Coniston Water, which “at the turn point gave some stunning views of the snow topped mountains behind Coniston Village which certainly gave the feel of running in the Swiss Alps!”
James Cornforth looked strong from the start, taking the many undulations of the course in his stride to finish in 01:33:35. James Wright continued his Rotterdam Marathon taper with a time of 01:38:44 and was chased down by the other members of the Cornforth family members in attendance – Philip securing a time of 01:50:03 and Anna finishing in 02:12:55.
Sunday….a day of rest…..not for Striders!
The good weather continued on Sunday for two more events – the Keighley 10k and the Ripon Hornblower Duathlon.
At the ‘Big Keighley 10k’, Simon Rider stopped the clock on 47:41 to secure an overall 10k personal best.
Three Striders took on the new duathlon event in Ripon, with Tom Calvert leading the way in a time of approximately 01:22:00 (awaiting his official time at the time of writing!). The event, which consisted of a 5k run, 24k bike and a 3km run to finish off, was also taken on by Nicola Carter (01:36:57) and new Striders member Craig Mitchell (01:40:59).
A few missed but not forgotten results
We start our latest results round-up with some finishing times missing from last week.
Jason Green took on the ‘Mighty Deerstalker’ obstacle challenge in Scotland. The description on the event website states “This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists. We send you across rivers, through forests and over a mountain or 2 in the pitch dark of a chilly March night.” Jason competed well, finishing in a time of 02:00:12 – top work Mr Green!
At the last event of the PECO Cross Country series, Nicola Carter was part of her age group representative team, completing the 2nd leg of 3 in a time of 24:19. Striders had two relay teams entered in the event with first team back been made up of Claire Killingworth (34:40), Jez Wilkinson (27:36) and James Ireland (22:16). The 2nd Striders team consisted of Sue Morley (32:38), Charlotte Hines (34:46) and Sam Keen (29:27). Well done to all those that competed in a PECO XC event during the 16/17 series….only 8 months until it starts again!
Moving onto this past weekend, at Harrogate parkrun Ian Mitchell was the first Strider back (21:53) and he was joined by Gareth Conkleton (23:03), Nick Wallen (25:27), a PBing Kirsty Jones (32:32) and Emma Hall 37:51.
Two of our recent Zero to Hero graduates made the trip over to Roundhay Park in Leeds for their parkrun fix. Claire Baxter and Annika Mcdonald ran the course together to finish in 40:24 and 40:25 respectively.
On the revised course at Fountains Abbey Rob Earl led the way for the club in a time of 20:20. The other Striders taking on the National Trust venue course all achieved Personal Bests so a BIG well done to Fiona Slight (31:08), Danielle Greenwood (37:37) and Lauren Downs (38:16).
Local parkrun ambassador (although he tells me that he doesn’t carry a tray of Ferrero Rocher around with him – how disappointing!) Sean Brennan took on the Catton event whilst visiting the Norfolk area, finishing in a time of 21:17.
A little bit further afield….ok quite a fair bit further afield…Alison Jackson visited the Western Springs parkrun in New Zealand. The Auckland based parkrun was completed by Alison in 34:27.
Yes Sargent Major!
Jason Green competed in his second obstacle course event in as many weeks by visiting Bramham Park for the Major Series on Saturday. Jason finished in 59:03 to take 5th place overall.
Hard up on the Moors
Graham Yare continued his epic running challenges by completing the Hardmoors 55 Ultra event on Saturday. This race takes particpants from Helmsley to Guisborough along the Cleaveland Way. He finished the gruelling event in 13:25:02 (and in doing so complete his 52nd marathon) – massive kudos to you Graham!
Ten Miling in Thirsk
17 Knaresborough Striders made the trip to Thirsk on Sunday for the annual 10 mile, which this year also formed the first event in the club’s championship calendar.
James Cornforth ran a very well-paced race to finish in 82nd overall in a big PB of 01:03:48. Martin Brock was next Strider home in 01:05:38, closely followed by James Ireland (01:05:54). Dan Foley (01:11:21) was next home, just over a minute ahead of first Striders lady Nicola Carter (01:12:34), with next lady Sima Lowery (01:14:17) also dipping under the 75 minute mark. Philip Cornforth (01:15:19) was next back with David Halladay (01:19:03) also breaking the 80 minute barrier. Paul Heywood (01:26:16) and Claire Killingworth (01:26:17) were separated by just one second. Anna Cornforth (01:31:11) led the remaining Striders home, all of whom broke the 1hr40 mark, with other finishers being Fiona Slight (01:35:15), Edna Wood (01:37:14), Dawn Richardson (01:38:16), Laura Baker (01:38:30), Roy Cooley (01:39:38) and Mark Shelton (01:39:38). Well done to all who completed the race on what was a very windy day.
More photos from the event can be found here.
A few more to finish off..
Meanwhile, James Wright travelled to Humberside to continue his training for the Rotterdam marathon by competing in the East Hull 20 mile event, running well to finish in 02:25:32.
And the Striders were also represented at Bradford’s 10k. A strong run from Guy Close saw him finish in 18th place from over 1,700 finishers in 37:54, while Mark Taylor came home in 45:18.