What a glorious weekend!

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.

Fountains Alternative
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.

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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).

Deerstalking, Relay Running, parkrunning and Ten Miling

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!

Worldwide parkrunning
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.
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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.

Zero to Hero Graduation, a parkrun takeover and a run through a zoo…..its the latest Striders results!

What a week for our Zero to Heroes and the club!

Firstly we had 43 super Z2H course attendees graduate on Thursday evening – amazing effort everyone. We hope you have enjoyed the course and we look forward to welcoming you to Striders and seeing your continued improvement as we enter the Spring and Summer months.
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The celebrations continued at Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning with a number of our graduates taking on the 5km event as part of the Striders ‘takeover’. A big thanks to all those that volunteered on the morning – especially Guy Close who made his debut as a parkrun Run Director. So to the results….Julian Carr and Nicola Carter took on pacing duties, finishing in 23:59 and 24:51 respectively. Nick Wallen returned from his trip to India with a time of 26:29. Mark Taylor volunteered as a pacer to complete the course in 29:56 and was joined by (take a breath and goooooo) Melissa Darvill (30:09), Jane Lindsay (32:16), Carol Lane (32:53), Christina Tremayne (33:57), Kirsty Jones (33:57), Christine Lines (34:32), Zoe Hines (34:32), Amanda Green 34:39, Jackie Knight 34:44, Lee Byers 35:03, Sarah Leachman 35:29, Libby Brennan (35:42), Jemima Payne (35:57), Michelle Pedel (35:57), Catherine Payne (35:58), Fiona Burniston (36:17), Anne Cooley (36:17), Claire Baxter (37:51), Annika McDonald (38:14), Lauren Downs (38:30), Caroline Hodson (38:58), Alison Dales (38:59), Ann-Marie Brizzolara (40:46), Sandra Evison (42:38), June Graham (42:40), Roy Cooley (42:55) and taking on tail runner duties was Danielle Greenwood (48:58). Apologies if we have missed any Z2H graduates off the results who took part in parkrun – we have tried to capture everyone but if we have missed you, drop us a quick note!

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert secured a top 5 finish with a time of 18:18, with Calvert Snr (Derek) stopping the clock on 23:36.

James Cornforth took on the South Manchester parkrun, finishing the event in 18:24.

Away from parkrun, Dawn Richardson participated in a 10k race with slightly different surroundings to the norm – a zoo and theme park! She completed the event at Flamingo Land (near Malton) in 01:01:50.

A report practically bursting at the seams with results!

Our latest round up contains news of some parkrun tourism, some very muddy boots at a local 10k and the cross country, marathons at the Abbey, hill reps at Harewood and trail running at Lightwater.

The luck of the Irish
On the 11th February, three Striders headed over to Ormeau parkrun, based in South Belfast. Tom Calvert clocked 18:21, followed by Niamh Falconer in 23:20 and Derek Calvert completed the trios results with a time of 23:16 (and apparently had to get the drinks in!).

James Wright and Jason Green also took on some parkrun tourism by visiting the Moors Valley event in the New Forest (Hampshire) as part of the Marathon Talk Training Camp weekend (which was based at the wonderfully named ‘Sandy Balls Holiday Village’!). James recorded a time of 19:14, with Jason obtaining an overall parkrun PB in 20:52.

Closer to home, we reached double figures at Harrogate. Nicola Carter (21:21) was the first of the 10 Striders across the line. She was joined by the ever improving Luke Ratcliffe (22:37), Ian Mitchell (23:47), Paul Heywood (26:08), Eric Morley (27:46), Rob Charlesworth (28:28), Mark Taylor (30:11), Dawn Richardson (32:00), a PBing Danielle Greenwood (38:43) and Lauren Downs 44:05.

A trio of Striders headed to the flat and fast course at York. Guy Close (18:21) held off James Ireland (18:51) and Julian Carr (23:12).

Fiona Slight was the sole Strider at Fountains Abbey. She secured an overall parkrun PB with a time of 32:30 – top stuff Fiona!

Some very muddy boots
The annual Muddy Boots 10k was held on Sunday 12th February at Ripon, giving participants a very muddy outing. David Halladay (51:14) was the first of 7 Striders to taking part to cross the line. He was followed by Sue Morley (58:30), Kerensa Welsby (59:29), Dawn Richardson (01:08:40), June Graham (01:14:41), Katie Gray (01:14:42) and Emma Greveson (01:17:21).

You can find photographs of Striders at the event here.

Practice makes perfect
Harrogate parkrun provided good practice for some up and coming cross country events when nine striders attended on the 18th February. James Wright was the first Strider down the finish funnel in 20:14, with Rob Earl making his comeback from injury with a time of 20:57. Gareth Conkleton was next (23:06) and was joined on the Stray by Ian Mitchell (24:23), Rob Charlesworth (27:03), Mark Shelton (28:07), David Halladay (29:09), Mark Taylor (29:59) and Tom Burrell (32:44).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert headed the seven Striders in attendance with a time of 18:37. Chasing him down on the revised course were Luke Ratcliffe (22:12), Paul Heywood (23:44), Derek Calvert (24:58), Emma Greveson (31:44), a PBing Gaynor Downs (35:19) and Lauren Downs (42:11).

Guy Close was the sole representative at Wetherby, crossing the line in 18:45. Sean Brennan ventured up the A1 to Northallerton and clocked a time of 22:43.

Mudfest at Peco
The 4th race of the 16/17 Peco Cross Country was held at Barnbow Fields in Leeds on Sunday 19th February. In the Ladies event, Nicola Carter continued her domination in the cross country events, finishing the course in 39:49 to take the 1st place position in her age category. Sima Lowery was next in 42:07 and she was joined by Sue Morley (53:06), Edna Wood (57:46), June Graham (57:57) and Alison Jackson (01:06:13).

Six male Striders turned up, with Keith Emery leading the way in a time of 34:26 which was just over a minute ahead of Martin Brock (35:19). They were followed by David Halladay (46:51), Julian Carr (47:41), Eric Morley (53:12) and Anthony Everitt (55:10).

Last parkrun of the February….where are the months going?!
The last Saturday of February saw Striders represented at five different parkrun events.

On the coast at Whitley Bay, Sima Lowery clocked a time of 23:19. Nicola Carter was also up ‘in the North’ where she visited the Gateshead event and a achieved a time of 22:31. Sean Brennan headed East to visit Dalby Forest, stopping the watch on 24:06.

Closer to home, Tom Calvert (18:33) was the first Strider over the line at Fountains Abbey and was joined by Niamh Falconer (23:01 –PB), Derek Calvert (23:28) and Dawn Richardson (30:23).

At Harrogate, Guy Close was the first of six Striders down the finish funnel in 19:22. Rob Earl (20:52) was next followed by Gareth Conkleton (22:47 – his 50th parkrun), Andrew Roberts (25:03), Paul Heywood (27:18) and Fiona Slight (34:27).

Big mileage at the Abbey
The Bolton Abbey Running Festival was held over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, with Striders represented in the Ultra, Marathon and 10k events.

On Saturday, Graham Yare took on the 50km Ultra and finished the undulating, mixed terrain course in 06:10:29.

Moving onto Sunday, the Marathon was taken on by Graham Yare (yes that’s right….the man who completed a 50k ultra the day before….madness) and new member Lisa Harrison. Graham stopped the clock on 04:49:29 with Lisa not far behind in 05:02:04.

The 10k event was taken on by June Graham and Katie Gray, who achieved finish times of 01:17:02 and 01:20:07 respectively.

Keeping the heart beating at Harewood
The British Heart Foundation held its annual Half Marathon at Harewood House on Sunday 26th, which was joined by a new 10k event.

Georgina Townsend completed the Half Marathon in 02:01:27, with Simon Rider (48:17), Paul Heywood (59:04), Edna Wood (59:10) and Dawn Richardson (01:00:33) taking on the 10k.

Fun of the Fell at Ilkley
Also on Sunday, six Striders made the short trip across to Ilkley for the annual fell race hosted by local club Ilkley Harriers. James Warburton, fresh from his travels in Canada, clocked a time of 45:45 and was joined by Sean Brennan (59:29), Nicola Carter (01:01:45), Sue Morley (01:16:55), Sam Keen (01:22:33) and Jason Green (01:40:25).

In Pocklington, not far outside of York, Clare Mckenzie continued her London Marathon build up with participation in the ‘Snake Lane 10′. Clare completed the 10 mile event in 01:37:54.

Into March we go….
The latest ‘first Saturday of the month’ parkrun visit was held this past Saturday with a visit to Temple Newsam. This is an undulating course and due to recent weather there were some interesting puddles to get through! James Wright missed out on the 1st place token by 1 second, finishing in 19:44 for a course PB. Nicola Carter was the next Strider across the line in 24:08, followed by Mark Taylor (24:26), Georgina Townsend (25:57) and Edna Wood (29:14). Jen Carne, an Ilkey Harrier, also attend the trip with the Striders and secured a time of 30:51.

Guy Close secured a PB at York parkrun, falling just short of the illusive sub 18 minute mark with a 18:05. Paul Heywood also came away from York with a PB, finishing the racecourse based event in 23:20.

On the altered Fountains Abbey route, Derek Calvert clocked 23:34 and was joined by Gaynor Downs (33:32 – parkrun PB) , Danielle Greenwood (39:54) and Lauren Downs (40:08 – parkrun PB).

The course at Harrogate parkrun was something of a ‘mudfest’! Taking on the energy sapping route were Rob Earl (20:40), Sean Brennan (22:01), Gareth Conkleton (22:55) and Ian Mitchell (24:31).

Light feet at Lightwater
Moving onto Sunday, eight Striders attend the Lightwater Valley 10k. On an altered (and tougher) course from previous years, James Wright and Dan Wilson had a good tussle for the majority of the race, finishing in 40:45 and 41:15 respectively. Luke Ratcliffe was the next Strider back, finishing in 47:52. He was chased down by David Halladay (49:32), Sam Keen (52:01), Mark Shelton (58:08), Dawn Richardson (01:02:45) and Emma Greveson (01:11:15).

For photographs from the event, please click here.

Last PECO of the Season
Also on Sunday, the last of the 5 main PECO Cross Country events was held at Rounday Park. Thirteen Striders attended and were led home by Keith Emery (30:25). Also taking on the event were James Warburton (30:59), Nicola Carter (35:13), Sima Lowery (35:55), Paul Heywood (43:10), Claire Killingworth (44:50), Sue Morley (45:13), Eric Morley (47:15), Kez Welsby (47:58), Edna Wood (49:26), June Graham (50:28), Charlotte Hines (51:37) and Anne Cooley (59:07). A HUGE well done to Nicola Carter who finished at the top of the pile in her age category and will now represent the PECO league in the relay event versus West Yorkshire League this coming Sunday in Halifax.

PB at East Mids
Finishing off our Sunday results, one of our new members, Kate James, took on the East Midlands 10k. She recorded a PB time over the distance, finishing in 55:32. Good to have you on board as a Strider Kate!

Results, Results, Results…read all about it….it’s been a while!

It has been a few weeks since our last results roundup, so take a breath and here we goooooooooo…….

High Five for parkrun
On Saturday 21st January, nine Striders took on a parkrun and were split between five venues.
At Woodhouse Moor in Leeds (the first parkrun to start outside of London), Paul Heywood and Edna Wood recorded times of 24:14 and 29:55 respectively. James Cornforth took on the South Manchester event, setting a time of 18:45. Sean Brennan added anouther parkrun to his collection by visiting the South Yorkshire venue of Barnsley (as a write it, it make me say “Barnsley” in a ‘proper’ Yorkshire accent!) and stopped the clock on a time of 21:39. More local to home, Guy Close had a ‘slip n slide’ around the playing fields at Wetherby to clock 19:01 and at Harrogate, Nicola Carter took on pacer duties to finish in 22:55. She was followed by James Wright (27:42), David Halladay (29:25) and Mark Taylor (29:56).

Peco XC Season continues
The 3rd race in the 16/17 PECO XC championsips was held on 22nd January. This was an exciting (ok so I was excited!) morning for the club as the new gazebo got its first outing and was put to good use by the 17 Striders in attendance.

Keith Emery led the way for the Striders, setting a time of 33:11. Tom Calvert was just over a minute behind (34:39) and was followed by Ian Waller (37:58). Nicola Carter kept up her good cross country form to clock 39:22 and continue her domination of her age group. Sima Lowery was 2nd Striders lady in a time of 40:36 and was joined by David Halladay (44:45), Cross Country first timer Paul Heywood (47:54), Andy Roberts (48:18), Claire Killingworth (48:21), Eric Morley (51:26), Julie Elmes (52:26), Tony Everitt (53:50), Kez Welsby (54:11), June Graham (56:08), Edna Wood (56:21), Anne Cooley (01:01:57) and Alison Jackson (01:02:06).

Striders over the Border
The last Saturday in January (28th) saw Striders represented at a Scottish parkrun as Alison Jackson completed the Edinburgh course in 30:25. Guy Close headed down the A1 to visit Pontefract, recording a time of 18:18 at the racecourse based event. Anthony Everitt took on the revised course at Fountains Abbey (path maintenance has caused them to change the course for a few weeks) and clocked 28:24. At Harrogate, Martin Brock was the first of 6 Striders to cross the line (19:10). He was followed by Paul Heywood (24:45), Rob Charlesworth (28:00), Samantha-Jane Young (29:26), Mark Taylor (29:59) and Emma Hall (38:30).

Dark, Muddy, A Forest…whats not to like?
Also on the Saturday, three Striders headed to Dalby Forest for a Night Run. This was a fantastic event taken on by just over 500 people – all with headtorches on to help guide them through the dark and muddy conditions on the 5 mile course. James Wright was the first of the Striders to sprint down the last hill, crossing the line in a time of 39:49. Nicola Carter was just over 1 minute behind, taking 3rd lady placing in 40:53. Georgina Townsend was the 3rd Strider in attendance, recording a time of 51:15.

Trying not to get eaten by lions….
Also on the Saturday, Julie Elmes headed over the Pennines to take part in the Northern Cross Country Championships which were this year held at Knowsley Safari Park. Julie completed the 8km course in 53:13.

A bit of parkrun tourism
This past Saturday was the first one of the month and therefore a Striders parkrun trip was in order! The chosen venue on this occasion, taken on by nine Striders, was Roundhay Park in Leeds. This is a hilly course but it comes with a bonus of taking place on an all tarmac course – a bonus in the winter months! Tom Calvert was the first of the Striders to complete the 3 laps course, finishing in a time of 18:34. He was joined in the parkrun tourism by James Wright (19:45), Nicola Carter (21:45), Mark Taylor (23:15), Derek Calvert (24:39), Paul Heywood (25:30), Mark Shelton (28:57), Edna Wood (30:14) and Emma Hall (37:43).

It seemed to be the weekend for parkrun tourism, with Striders visiting a further three events that can be classed as ‘out of the area’. Claire Killingworth attended the Albert Park event in Middlesborough, clocking a time of 23:56 for a new overall parkrun PB. Dan Foley headed to Bryn Bach in Wales where he crossed the line in 20:02. James Cornforth made his way to the South Manchester event and secured a time of 19:08.

Back in Yorkshire, James Ireland and Julian Carr visited Wetherby to represent the Striders on a day when the event was ‘taken over’ by Nidd Valley Road Runners as part of their club championships. They finished in 20:01 and 24:12 respectively. Dawn Richardson was the sole Strider at Fountains Abbey, recording a time of 31:33.

A milestone was reached for the club at Harrogate parkrun, with 100 different Striders now having completed at least one of the 268 runs on the Stray to date. Luke Ratcliffe was the first Strider back in 23:09 and he was joined on a cold morning on the Stray by Anthony Everitt (27:58), parkrunner first timer Fiona Slight (33:03), Gaynor Downs (35:24) and another first timer, Lauren Downs (43:41).

Speedy PB
On Sunday, Guy Close continued his amazing form to finish the Dewsbury 10K in a very speedy 10K PB time of 37:54. Look out for Guy in the rather fetching event t-shirt at training on Tuesday night!

Brass Monkey Weather…actually it was perfect conditions!

A fairly short round-up this week after the mass results published last week (hopefully you have all just about read it!). We start, as usual, with parkrun….

Calvert grabs a PB
At Harrogate, Tom Calvert secured a course PB with a finish time of 18:23…although the course was run in reverse so does that count Tom?! Paul Heywood continues to improve since his recent injury issues, recording a time of 24:05, just ahead of Ian Mitchell (24:08). Julie Elmes stopped the clock on 27:17, Samantha Young joined her across the line just over 2 minutes later in 29:26 and Gaynor Downs made her first visit to the Harrogate event, finishing in a time of 35:15 (great progress recently Gaynor!)

A FAbbey parkrun
Mark Taylor made his first ever visit to the Fountains Abbey parkun and clocked a time of 22:32. He was joined by David Halladay (28:12) and Edna Wood (28:12).

First race of the year…..Brass Monkey Half Marathon
Nine Striders headed over to York on Sunday morning for the first big local event of the year – the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The weather was almost perfect for an event of this length – overcast, no wind and a slight drizzle. Guy Close was the first Strider over the line, securing an impressive time of 01:24:54 in his first attempt at the distance.
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James Wright was neck and neck with Guy upto the 10 Mile point but was then chasing him down for the last 3 miles to cross the line in a course PB of 01:25:12.
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Dan Wilson secured his fastest ever half marathon with a chip time of 01:27:59 and was followed by course PBers Nicola Carter (01:36:31) and Sean Brennan (01:39:04).
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Julian Carr kicked off his Rotterdam Marathon training with a time of 01:43:56 and he was followed 10 minutes later by a half marathon PBing Claire Killingworth (01:53:50).
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Stewart Hymas crossed the line in 01:54:59 and Natalie Hale completed the Striders contingent, stopping the timers clock in 02:16:34.
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A gigantic Striders Christmas and New Year round-up!

How’s everyone feeling then? New trainers had their first trip out? Set yourself some new running goals? Finished off the last mince pie found at the back of the cupboard? Well here’s another thing to indulge in…a gigantic Striders Christmas and New Year round-up! We start way back on the 17th December…..

17th December – that seems like an age ago!
At Harrogate parkrun, Ian Mitchell was the first Strider to take a finish token, completing the course in 21:12. He was joined by Julian Carr (23:17), Mark Taylor (24:27), Nick Wallen (25:49) and Rob Charlesworth (28:36).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Sean Brennan and Dawn Richardson represented the club, finishing in 20:52 and 29:13 respectively.

Taking on a rather wet and slippy Wetherby parkrun was Guy Close. He took the 2nd position token with a time of 18:58.

Peco Cross Country – Race 2 – An Undulating Course
On Sunday 18th December, a team of 18 Striders headed over to the South Leeds Stadium to take on Race 2 of the 16/17 PECO XC series. The event took participants through a tough route through Middleton Woods, including some testing hills, for just under 5 miles.

Starting with the ladies Nicola Carter secured 1st place in her age category with a time of 34:59. Returning from injury, Sima Lowery clocked 38:12 and was followed by Sue Morley who took 2nd place in her age category in 42:33. Julie Elmes was next around the finishing bend , stopping the clock on 46:10 and she was joined by Kerensa Welsby (47:59), Edna Wood (48:44), Dawn Richardson (51:21), Katie Gray (54:29) and Alison Jackson (54:29).

Martin Brock led home the male contingent in a time of 31:08. James Cornforth returned from University for the holidays to take part and came over the line in 32:09. He was chased down by Ian Waller (34:24), James Wright (34:40), Ian Mitchell (36:22), David Halladay (39:15), Andy Roberts (40:25), Eric Morley (45:00) and Tony Everitt (46:36).

After the race, the 15/16 awards were handed out. Nicola Carter and Sue Morley picked up age category awards and Sima Lowery went up to collect the ladies team prize (promotion was achieved!). Well done ladies – hopefully we will have a repeat of this success for the 16/17 season!

Striders on Tour
Whilst taking in some winter sun in Playa Blanca (Lanzarote), Graham Yare took on a 5k race named simply “Be Brave and Run 5k”! He finished in “around 22minutes”. Good to see the Striders represented Europe wide!

Santa is (or should that be was?) coming to town
Father Christmas certainly had the wind in his favour on Christmas Eve, with parkrunners met with the back end of a nasty storm giving the worst conditions encountered at parkruns across the North in many a year! At Harrogate, 13 Striders took on the dreadful conditions on the Stray, with James Cornforth heading the contingent in a time of 20:41. He was joined by Ian Mitchell (21:33), Nicola Carter (21:54 – 1st Lady), Sean Brennan (22:52), Jason Green (23:17), Julie Elmes (27:57), Pamela Singleton (28:22), Tony Everitt (28:01), Anna Cornforth (30:11), Robert Earl (30:36), Dawn Richardson (30:47), Edna Wood 31:31 and Paul Heywood (31:32).

The tarmaced course at York was slightly less damp then Harrogate! Guy Close was the first Strider up the finish straight infront of the grandstands, completing the course in 18:25. James Wright and Dan Wilson were also in attendance, finishing in times of 18:49 and 19:05 respectively.

Bring on the Turkey, Mince Pies, Chocolate….
Christmas Day brought much milder and certainly drier conditions for the parkrun attendees but by completing the 5km early on Xmas Day they made sure they had some calories burnt off for the Xmas treats!

Mark Taylor visited the Corby event to tick off another parkrun for the Striders (how many do you think club members have visited?)! Mark completed the West Glebe Park course in 23:52.

Closer to home, 8 Striders got passouts from their families to attend the Harrogate event. Guy Close clocked 19:29, with James Wright next, completing his 100th parkrun in 20:57. Nicola Carter was 1st Lady for the 2nd day in a row (21:38) and was joined by Andy Robinson (21:49), Rob Earl (23:04), Jason Green (23:27), Pamela Singleton (27:35) and Dawn Richardson (31:11).

Chasing up the Chevin
Remember the weather conditions on Boxing Day 2015? Too say it was wet was an understatement with the Chevin Chase nearly been cancelled. The 2016 event was not in danger however and the tough, undulating course, was taken on by Jason Green and Julie Elmes. They finished in times of 58:47 and 0:13:24 respectively.

A Jolly good time
The Jolly Holly Jog, held on the 27th December, was a victim of the weather in 2015 so it was good to see so many Striders in attendance at the 2016 event on a mild Bank Holiday.

Completing the 29th running of the event were James Cornforth (41:42), James Wright (42:19), Ian Waller (44:11), in his second event in two days Jason Green (48:29), Stewart Hymas (50:38), Anna Cornforth (51:56), Kerensa Welsby (01:01:19), Mark Shelton (01:03:02), Dawn Richardson (01:03:18), Roy Cooley (01:07:14), June Graham (01:10:22), Katie Gray (01:10:22) and Anne Cooley (01:10:50).






Lacing up for the last time in 2016
The last day of 2016 was utilised by 12 Striders to bag another parkrun! Sean Brennan took a break from Run Director duties at Harrogate (thanks Sean from all Striders for directing on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day) to make his first visit to York. The flat course was completed by Sean in 21:17.

The Stray was greeted by 6 Striders for a muddy Harrogate event. Keith Emery was handed the 2nd place finishers token after achieving a lung busting 18:27. Gareth Conkleton (22:01) and Mark Taylor (24:14) were the next Striders to cross the finishing line and they were followed by 1st time parkrunner (welcome to the club!) Claire Killingworth (25:41), Julie Elmes 27:23 and Tony Everitt (27:47).

Fountains Abbey, widely regarded as the best parkrun in the UK, was attended by 5 Striders. Guy Close was the first Strider back (18:36) once again, pushing away from Dan Wilson (19:08) and James Wright (19:10) in the last km. Nicola Carter took the 1st lady placing in 21:13 and Dawn Richardson clocked 30:48.

Starting the year with a double
New Years Day is the only day of the year that parkrunners are allowed to record ‘A Double’ and this option was taken up by 4 Striders (that we are aware of – let us know if you took on a double somewhere else) to get the first runs of 2017 under their belts.
First up at 9am was Pontefract, with James Wright leading the Striders contingent with a time of 20:07. Nicola Carter recorded a course PB (21:20), Jason Green finished in 21:49 and Sean Brennan clocked all the 2’s (22:22).

A journey of 6 miles was required to the next parkrun – a 10:30am start at Nostell Priory. The Striders order was the same as ‘Ponty’ – James Wright leading the contingent (20:34), followed by Nicola Carter (22:24), Jason Green (23:16) and Sean Brennan (23:21).

The first parkrun of the year for most
This past Saturday (7th Jan) at Harrogate parkrun, Tom Calvert completed his 51st parkrun in 18:52. Gareth Conkleton (21:59) was next, followed by Ian Mitchell (22:40), Mark Taylor (24:03), Paul Heywood (26:03), David Halladay (29:44), Edna Wood (30:46), Anne Cooley (31:57), Katie Byrne (34:41), Samantha Young (35:38) and Emma Hall (41:30).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close took the 1st place position token for the first time, leaving something in the bank for the last hill (or is it an undulation?) sprint to complete the course in 18:06. Julian Carr was also in attendance, finishing his first parkrun of 2017 in a time of 23:09.

The course at Wetherby was a bit slippy, but James Wright and Nicola Carter chucked on their trail shoes to get round in 19:27 and 21:41. Nicola took the 1st lady placing….it’s becoming a bit of a habit that Nicola (keep it up!).

Nostell Priory was visited by Jason Green for the 2nd time in a row and he stopped the clock on 22:39. Mark Shelton joined him and recorded a time of 29:49 to get his 2017 parkrunning off to a good start.

Cross Country Champs
On Saturday afternoon, Lightwater Valley Theme Park hosted the 2017 Yorkshire Cross Country Championships once again, providing a tough, undulating course for the Striders in attendance. In the Ladies race, Julie Elmes was the sole Strider, finishing the 5 mile course in 48:43. In the gents race, over a distance of 6.4 miles, Ian Waller achieved a time of 46:59, followed shortly after by Sean Brennan in 48:20.

The Temple Newsam Ten was held on Sunday, with David Halladay and Dawn Richardson attending to take on the mixed terrain course. They finished in 01:24:54 and 01:51:25 respectivly to get their 2017 race seasons off to great starts.

Club News – Results, Dates for the Diary and the London Marathon Draw

There’s a decent amount to round-up this week – not all results though! We have news of a marathon challenge, parkrun results, some dates for the diary, London Marathon place draw and a review of the social event of the year (the Striders Christmas party!). So pour yourself an eggnog, grab a mince pie and take a peek…..we start with news of results on the first Saturday of the month.

December rings in with parkrun tourism
On December 3rd, the club “first Saturday of the month” parkrun visit was to Cross Flatts in Leeds. The course threw in a couple of hills (definitely not “undulations”) and two flights of steps – so a little bit different to most of the parkruns in the area! James Wright took 3rd place overall with a time of 19:21 and Nicola Carter finished 1st lady in a time of 21:14.

Dan Foley took on some more adventurous parkrun tourism, heading over the border to Wales to take on the Bryn Bach course. Set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the course consists of “Two laps of a fast, scenic, traffic-free course. The course uses a tarmac path that loops the lake in a clockwise direction”. Dan finished his two laps in 20:06.

Julian Carr was the sole visitor to the York event, finishing in 21:37.

At Harrogate Ian Mitchell led the way for Striders, completing his 3 laps in 20:14. Jason Green was just under a minute behind (21:12) and was chased down by Sean Brennan (21:33). The rest of the Striders contignent was headed by Julie Elmes (26:25) and she was joined by club coach Eric Morley (26:33), Mark Shelton (27:27) and Rob Charlesworth (28:24).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close got almightily close to his goal of a sub 18minute parkrun by clocking 18:03. It will come Guy – keep going!

A Marathon Challenge
Sunday 4th December was a big day for Striders vice-chair Dan Wilson. He completed his triple endurance challenge (after already completing a triathlon and taking part in the Equinox 24 hour race) by completing 13, 2mile laps of the Stray to complete a full marathon. Dan was joined by approximately 30 people at the start line, with a mix of distances completed. Well done to Dan for organising this event and completing his “triple crown” (and raising over £1000 in the process for charity).

Is it really December?
Mild conditions greeted parkrunners on Saturday morning – certainly not what we are used to at this time of year!
Harrogate was attended by five Striders, with Nicola Carter leading the way with a time of 21:11. Sean Brennan quickly followed (21:25) and was joined by Mark Taylor (25:02), Tony Everitt (27:22) and Xmas Party Supremo Edna Wood (29:30).

David Halladay was the first Strider across the line at Fountains Abbey, completing the course in 25:39. Gaynor Downs made her first visit to this parkrun and clocked 38:13, followed shortly afterwards by Danielle Greenwood in 38:34.

Guy Close visited Wetherby for 3 tough laps of the playing fields. He took the 2nd position token by finishing in 18:48.

Down South, Julie Elmes took on the Brackley event and finished with a time of 27:13.

Through the woods at the Leeds Xmas 10K
David Halladay was the only Strider to be racing on Sunday (as far as we are aware!) with his participation at the Leeds Christmas 10k Challenge based at next week’s Peco XC venue – Middleton Park. A new route for 2016 took participants from the springy running track of the John Charles Stadium into the woods through the Middleton Park estate, before a final lap of the stadium to bring runners over the line. David completed this challenging event in a time of 49:43.

The Xmas Party – A Stride-Tastic Night
Just over 40 Striders got all dressed up for the 2016 Christmas party on Saturday evening which was held at the Old Swan hotel in Harrogate. The theme for the night, ‘The Great Gatsby’ brought out some fantastic costumes – from hats, to flapper dresses, to bow ties. After digesting dinner, the award for best Striders dancer was up for grabs! Big shout outs to Emma Greveson, Edna Wood, Clare Rogers, Tom Burrell and Gemma Harding….but the winner has to be Martin Brock after deciding to take on a knee slide during a group rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin on Prayer”. A BIG thanks to Edna Wood for organising everything – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

Is the London Marathon on your to do list?
The club has secured one guaranteed entry for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon and it is now up for grabs via a lucky dip draw. If you wish to enter, you must –
1) A fully paid up member of Knaresborough Striders for the 2016/2017 membership year
2) A fully paid up member of England Athletics (and therefore in a possession of a EA registration number)
3) Have not received a place in the London Marathon via a Knaresborough Striders club draw in any previous years.
If you want to add your name into the hat, please email your name and England Athletics number to info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk by 6pm on Monday 19th December. The draw will be made at the club night on Tuesday 20th December.

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
As is now tradition, the club will be providing mince pies and mulled wine at one of the local pubs in town after the last Tuesday club run prior to Christmas – Tuesday 20th December. All runs will end at the venue so you may want to park your car at the Chapel Street car park in town rather than having to run back up to the clubhouse.
The last official club run of 2016 will be Thursday 22nd December, with a return on Tuesday 3rd January, however a number of club members will still be meeting on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th December should you wish to have a run out to show off all of your new running gear that Santa has left under the tree!

5th Anniversary Celebrations and Awards Night
The club will celebrate its 5th Anniversary and hand out the annual awards on Tuesday 24th January. There will be a club run as normal before we all gather at the clubhouse for some food (20:30 onwards) and handout awards.
This night will also act as the AGM, which will include committee nominations. News of the committee opportunities open will be published in the new year.

Cross Country – it’s back for Winter!

A chiller of a parkrun
The only term you can use for the weather conditions last Saturday morning was “blumin freezing” but that didn’t put off a hardy bunch of 8 Striders heading out to get their parkun fix.

Guy Close and James Wright headed down the A1, onto the M62 and left at Junction32 to take on the Pontefract event. Similar to York, the Ponty event takes parkrunners within the inner service track of a racecourse but this event is a little hillier then York! Both Striders set new course PB’s – Guy recording 18:14, with James keeping him just in his sites all the way through to finish in 18:51.

Keith Emery had a barnstorming run to finish 2nd – or should that be joint first based on achieving the same time as the 1st runner over the line – in a time of 17:52. Nicola Carter took on a volunteer pacer role to finish with a time 23:57 and Julie Elmes followed three minutes later in 26:55.

Over at Fountains Abbey, Ian Mitchell clocked a speedy 20:14 and was joined by David Halladay who warmed up for Sundays PECO XC with a time of 26:23.

Cross Country is back with a slip, hill, a bit of mud….what’s not to like?!
The season of mud, hills, a bit more mud and maybe anouther hill, along with memories of freezing cold winter school PE lessons….it can only mean one thing….its Cross Country season!! The first race of the Peco XC 16/17 season was held at Temple Newsam and offered participants a real mix of terrain to give a great test for the regulars and a steady introduction to the XC newbies. After a pep talk from club coach Eric “high knees” Morley, the 22 Striders set off with one thing in mind – “don’t slip over at the start”!

Nicola Carter set her stall out for the season with a 1st place age category finish of dead on 34:00 to lead the Striders ladies home. Sue Morley was next, taking 3rd place in her age category in a time of 41:10. Claire Killingworth took on her first XC race for Striders, recording a time of 41:48 and was followed by Julie Elmes (44:22), Dawn Richardson (46:46), Edna Wood (49:06), Kez Welsby (49:33), June Graham (51:48), Katie Gray (52:24) and Anne Cooley (53:36).

Fresh (how?!) from his parkrun exploits on Saturday, Keith Emery clocked 28:30 to lead the male Striders contingent. Tom Calvert had a great spint finish with a Nidd Valley Road Runner (every point counts) to get over the line in 30:18 and was followed just under 2 minutes later by James Cornforth (32:15). Andy Robinson managed not to slip over or lose a show in the first 300metres at the TN event this year and finished in 32:45. He was chased down by Ian Waller (33:35), Sean Brennan (33:47), Philip Cornforth (35:24), Jason “Boom” Green (36:32), David Halliday (38:08), Andy Roberts (39:24), Eric Morley (43:55) and Tony Everitt (44:29).

Up, Up and Away at EMA 10K
Julian Carr has probably managed to bag the 2016 Striders award for “most unusual place to take part in a race” after taking on the East Midlands Airport 10K – a race that is unlikely to be held again any time in the near future as its not every day you get to shut a runway down for the whole weekend! Julian works in the aviation industry so this was right up his flight path and he flew away with a time of 45:24.

Three weeks worth of results….you best grab a cuppa!

It’s been a while since we have had a results round-up so grab yourself a cuppa before you starting reading this….its three weeks’ worth of results! We start with results from way back on first weekend in November….

“Remember, Remember the 5th of November”
It was a cold start at Harrogate parkrun for the five Striders in attendance. David Halladay was first Strider back in 23:17, followed by Andy Roberts (24:04), Paul Heywood (24:47), Nick Wallen (24:51) and Julian Carr, who was taking on pacing duties to finish in 24:58. Over at Skipton, Rob Earl clocked a time of 20:16 on his first visit to the venue.

Also on the Saturday, Sue Morley ventured to Lumbutts in the South West Pennines to take on the Shepherds Skyline Fell race. On the cold windy tops, Sue ran up to the summit of Stoodley Pike, a distance of 10k and 1000ft of climbing, in 01:16:00.

Mass Turnout at Leeds and Ripley
On Sunday 6th November, it was the last big race day of the year in the Striders club championships, with members of the club taking on the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k or the Guy Fawkes 10mile. Starting at the wind and rain swept Abbey Dash in Leeds City Centre, Tom Calvert clocked a 10k PB of 36:01 to lead the 15 Striders in attendance home. Guy Close was next, just dipping under 38mins with a chip time of 37:58. Sean Brennan (42:40) led a pack of 5 Striders who finished within just over 1 minute of each other, with the others been Gareth Conkleton (43:03), Chris Umpleby (43:37), Jason Green (43:42) and Jonny Chadwick (43:59). That group were chased down by Derek Calvert (46:51), new member Simon Rider (47:21), Mark Taylor (47:53), Gemma Harding (52:44), Julie Elmes (52:51), Roy Cooley (58:28), Clare Rogers ran despite an injury but in beautiful new trainers (01:04:08) and returning from injury, Bill Kirkpatrick finished in 01:08:43.

At the Guy Fawkes 10 Mile, based at Ripley Castle, Simon “The Legend” Shaw put his injury worries behind him to finish in an impressive 01:04:59.
Martin Brock chased him all the way to finish 01:05:30 and he was then followed by a further 16 Striders – James Wright (01:08:36), James Ireland (01:08:54), Dan Foley (01:10:47), Dan Wilson (01:12:40), Ian Mitchell (01:13:11), Nicola Carter (01:15:55), Phil Cornforth (01:18:35), Stewart Hymas (01:20:25), Julian Carr (01:24:20), Dean Logan (01:28:07), Pamela Singleton (01:30:34), Anthony Everitt (01:41:33), Dawn Richardson (01:44:38), Tracy Allison (01:56:21) and a BIG shout out to Joanne Gray who completed her first ever 10 mile event in 02:11:11 alongside the super duper Anne Cooley (who also clocked 02:11:11).

A Flying Start
The following weekend was a little bit quieter, but it started well for Guy Close as he achieved a parkrun PB at Pontefract in a time of 18:44.

On the Stray at Harrogate, Sean Brennan was the first Striders member over the line (21:10) and he was followed by Gareth Conkleton (22:04), Nick Wallen (24:16), “Pacer Paul” Heywood (24:56) and Edna Wood (29:50).

Tom Calvert carried on his superb form from the Abbey Dash into the parkrun at Fountains Abbey, stopping the timer on 17:44 to achieve a course PB. Nicola Carter clocked 21:38 and was joined in running up the final “insert swear word here” of a hill by Derek Calvert (22:47) and regular FAbbey runner David Halladay (25:47).

The Cancer Research ‘Tough10’ took place for the first time at Roundhay Park at 11am on the Saturday and was taken on by four Striders. The course was certainly a toughy, with a starting KM of a lap of Soldiers Field before a lap around the lake, then into the energy sapping mud in the woods before a killer finish of three ‘up n downs’ Hill 60 (those who have done the PECO Cross Country events will know about this hill!) to the horror of the those taking part! James Wright secured 2nd place overall with a time of 44:57. It was not so tough for regular Jason Green who loves these types of runs who finished in 51:55. He was followed by new member Simon Rider (56:52) and Anthony Everitt (01:09:27).

Striders were represented at two events on the Sunday. At the Dalby Dash in Dalby Forest(!), David Halladay was the sole Striders representative and stopped the clock in 46:36.

Sue Morley took the LV60 prize at the Wadsworth Half Trog race based at Hebdon Bridge. The event was over a distance of 9.3 miles and involved 1378ft of climbing. She finished in a time of 2hrs 37mins.

Some guest reporting….
This weekend’s round-up has been written by our guest roving reporter Clare Rogers (it’s a bit different…..!)……

Harrogate parkrun was in reverse this week, so the results are also in reverse to “jazz it up” a little. Emma Hall completed the run in a time of 39:45, with the winner of last year’s Tallest Strider award Mr Mark Shelton finishing in 28:30. Anthony “Tooonneeyy” Everitt completed in 26:58, with Nick Wallen finishing in 24:45. Mark Taylor completed in 23:15 and Ian Mitchell finished in 21:36. The Striders camping Daddy Sean Brennan finished in 21:09, just after 24hr race legend Graham Yare (21:05). Finally the top 2 Striders finishers were, James Wright in 19:33, and thanks to all his junior parkrun practice, Keith Emery smashed it in 18:14.

Another junior parkrun regular Guy Close completed York parkrun in 18:14.

It was a family affair at the Fountains Abbey event, as Tom Calvert (running his 50th parkrun) finished in 17:54, whilst his Daddy, Derek Calvert clocked a time of 22:22. Julian Carr also attended finishing just behind Derek in 22:42, whilst new member Nimah Falconer finished in 24:02.

Our 2016 Club Championship leader, Nicola Carter traveled to Keswick parkrun, which she smashed in a time of 22:21.

In the words of Jason Green, “BOOM” that’s your Striders round up.