Weekend Results – Sat 6th / Sun 7th January

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos from the run can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Some recent results……

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



26.2, 13.1 and 10…….

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

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

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

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

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

 

Half Marathon Weekend….with a few parkruns thrown in for good measure!

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!



Into September we go……first results from the new month

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).



Results, Results, Results

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.



The weekend that was….19th/20th August

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).
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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).
Striders at Scorton 10k



August so far…..

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.

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