Striders’ parkrun Report – June 2018

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

Striders’ parkrun report – June 2018

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



Saturday 2nd June


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


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

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

Fountains Abbey

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

Way down in Cornwall….

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


Ryan Middleton (24:26)

Saturday 9th June

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

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

Windy Nook

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

Fountains Abbey

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


Ian Mitchell (20:10)

Saturday 16th June

Striders out in strong numbers at our closest parkrun!

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


Annika McDonald (29:50)

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

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

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

Saturday 23rd June


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


Fountains Abbey

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

Saturday 30th June

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


Julie Elmes (29:59)


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

Belfast Victoria
Over the Irish sea…

Tom Calvert (17:00)


Jenny Cooley (28:11)

Fountains Abbey

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


Mick Dobson (25:51)

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

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

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

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


Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

Time Trial No.2 – 10th July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

May’s Monster Results Roundup

May’s Monster Round-up

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

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


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

Up the Odda

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








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


Buckden Out Moor Race

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

Kentmere trail challenge

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

Sunday 6th May – hot, hot, hot.

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

Peco XC vs WYWL Relays.

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

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



Roche Abbey 10k

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

Tuesday 8th May

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




Thursday 10th May

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

Saturday 12th May – a championship day at parkrun!

Fountains Parkrun (Club Championship)

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

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Other parkruns

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

Sunday 13th May – upping the distance

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

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


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

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

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

Wednesday 16th May – ‘Donfaster’

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

Saturday 19th May – a right royal day

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 20th May – Lakes and Mobots

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

Tuesday 22nd May – Rushing around

More battles...

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

Wednesday 23rd May – Brownlee inspiration

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

Saturday 26th May – purely parkrun

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

Sunday 27th May – Local Races, new and old

Northallerton 10k (Club Championship)

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

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


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


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

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

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

31st May – Culminating Canter

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

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

St.Robert’s Rush – 1mile TT Report

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

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

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

All registered and ready to go!

All registered and ready to go!

Mark well in the lead of Wave 1

Mark well in the lead of Wave 1












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

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

Wave 2 head off, Guy off to a flyer…

Jez leading the way now...

Jez leading the way now…

Some close battles!

Some close battles!

Kez enjoying the challenge

Kez enjoying the challenge

















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

Fastest on the night - Tom

Fastest on the night – Tom

Smiles, grimaces and day-glo.

Smiles, grimaces and day-glo.

More battles...

More battles…

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

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


















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

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

A fantastic range of photographs from the night were taken by our member Emma Greveson and can be viewed via Facebook at or on Emma’s fab site at

Very well done to all involved!

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

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

Results Round-up 7th-12th April

A high-mileage round-up this week, not only our usual array of Parkrun tourism but races much further afield!

Saturday 7th April


Starting at Harrogate, our most local venue, Striders were led home by Nicola Carter in 22:25. Sean Brennan (23:16), Robert Earl (24:26), Graham Yare (24:39), David Halladay (25:00), Michael Dobson (28:28), Anthony Everitt 28:58), Fiona Gartside (35:00) and Ruth Mann (43:30) completed a decent turnout by the club.

Up the road at Fountains Abbey parkrun, Derek Calvert (24:21), Julian Carr (25:52), Tracy Allison (30:27) and Jayne CLOSE (34:38) enjoyed the undulating and picturesque course. Heading east to sample the new Heslington parkrun, Ian Mitchell enjoyed the flat, fast course to clock a competitive 21:10. Further north at Northallerton parkrun, Laura Wilmshurst was our sole representative, clocking a decent 32:49.

Our final parkrun location was much further afield, with Claire Baxter and Annika McDonald taking in the Lanhydrock parkrun, on National Trust site close to Bodmin. They were rewarded with times of 26:35 and 30:23 respectively.

James taking 3rd Overall at the Ben Campbell 10K

James taking 3rd Overall at the Ben Campbell 10K


Ben Campbell 10k
Saturday also saw the latest round of our Club Championship. Weaving in and around the woodlands beneath White Horse Bank, this proved a stern test underfoot with most of the course steep, muddy or both! To add to the challenge, someone had meddled with direction arrows overnight leading to a rich of ‘Wacky Races’ among the head of the field. Battling at the front throughout, leading Strider James Ireland come home in a fantastic 3rd overall, his time of 53:42 showing just how tough a 10k this was. Squelching and squerching in behind James were Steve Morland (13th in 58:52) and Gary Wilkinson (1:03:11) followed closely by the welcome return of Stuart Hymas (1:03:50). Our Striders thoroughly enjoyed the challenge – as do the whole field – with the event raising several hundreds of pounds for UK Sepsis Trust in memory of former member Ben Campbell.






Our Rotterdam Runners (and supporters)

Our Rotterdam Runners (and supporters)

Sunday 8th April

Rotterdam Marathon

Our Dutch contingent did battle with the heat on the streets of Rotterdam – a full report of their weekend can be found here: Going Dutch in ‘Hotterdam’

In the Quarter-Marathon, Simon Rider was first home in 1:01:25, followed by
Sarah Hill (1:08:49) and Emma Walsh (1:27:26). In the ‘full’ Marathon, Martin Brock (3:27:58) was followed closely by James Wright (3:29:49), with Georgina Townsend (4:23:03) and Claire Killingworth (5:03:41) completing a quartet of mighty efforts on the hot tarmac.

First Strider home in Thirsk - Tom Calvert

First Strider home in Thirsk – Tom Calvert

Stiriding around Thirsk

Striding around Thirsk

Back on British shores, the rescheduled Thirsk 10 mile was taking place. Heading through the villages north of ‘The Town of the Vet’, this flat, fast course always attracts a big and a quality field. The top 20 all broke one-hour mark, with a winning time of 50 minutes – fast indeed! Our first Strider across the line was Tom Calvert with a very competitive (1:01:14). Next up was Steve Morland (1:06:58) followed by Ian Waller (1:09:29), the fast-recovering Phil Cornforth (1:13:49) and David Halladay (1:17:07).

Sheffield Half-Marathon
Still in Yorkshire, Lisa Harrison tackled the Sheffield Half-Marathon in a very creditable 2:10:45.

Over the Pennines, Ryan Middleton ran the Manchester Marathon, raising funds for local cause ‘Archie’s Army’. His time of 04:50:36 slashed 20 minutes of his previous best!

Our Local runners visiting Cornwall!

Our Local runners visiting Cornwall!

Cornwall – Enys 10K
Even further afield, their Cornish holidays didn’t stop two of our Striders from finding a Sunday race! Fresh from their Parkrun tourism, Claire Baxter and Annika were welcomed by Penryn Rotary to the Enys 10k. Starting and finishing in the grounds of the Enys Manor, Claire and Annika raced along the undulating (hilly! long country lanes to gain a pair of PBs – 48:41 and 65:34 respectively. They were rewarded with colour-coordinated medals and an invite to join Newquay Road Runners on their club night!




Thursday 12th April
York 5K Series
Finally this week, the first of the eight monthly 5K races was staged at the University of York Sport Village, where Lucy Shore came home in 34:55, followed by Rachel Boyd in 42:29.


Well done all!

Egg-citing Easter Results Round-up

The long Easter weekend saw the Knaresborough Striders close-out March and spring forward into April with a range of great runs around the area – and beyond. Yes, they’d all see the weather forecast but race entries had been paid and podiums were there for the taking by our hardy bunch!

Good Friday – Oh I do like to run by the seaside…

Trip to the seaside or go for a run? A duo of Striders chose both, entering the Bridlington Easter Dash.  Congratulations to David Halladay and Dawn Richardson who completed the 5-mile course in 37:01 and 50:21 respectively.

Easter Saturday. Splash.

Saturday 31st March saw many of Striders heading out to tackle Parkruns at six different wet locations. Visiting York Parkrun, James Ireland (19:03) splashed around in a personal best whilst Julian Carr (26:22) continued his welcome return.

Muddy souvenirs from Harrogate

Harrogate quagmire…

The home turf of Harrogate Parkrun upheld it’s recent ‘quagmire’ reputation, with Robert Earl (26:10), Nick Wallen (26:39), Mark Shelton (27:05), Joanne Gray (38:08) and Emma Hall (39:08) all taking home a range of muddy deposits as souvenirs. Rothwell Parkrun is approaching its first half-year of existence but had probably not seen conditions as poor as this week! Scything through the mud and onto the podium was Nicola Carter (23:15) – first lady and third overall! Strider-of-the-year Edna Wood followed her home in a very creditable 31:22.

Over at Skipton Parkrun, Jason Green (25:46) was our lone representative, whilst the ever-popular Fountains Abbey event saw another Striders Podium with Tom Calvert   racing to third overall in a mighty 17:30. He was followed home by Derek Calvert (24:48), Georgina Townsend (28:38) and Dawn Richardson (31:53).  Finally, at Temple Newsam Parkrun congratulations to Claire Baxter (24:42) who was first lady home with in new PB, joined by Annika McDonald (31:11).

Gary Wilkinson racking up the miles in the Daffodil Dash

Gary Wilkinson racking up the miles in the Daffodil Dash

An appropriate addition to the chocolate...

An appropriate addition to the chocolate…

Temple Newsam later played host to the ‘Daffodil Dash’ which offered a selection of distances to tackle. Vanessa El-Etriby completed the 6.7mile option in a great 59:56. Gary Wilkinson, one of several Striders in the final weeks of Marathon preparation, chose the 20 Mile option and completing in an excellent 3:00:09 to finish 5th. He continues to enjoy his prize daffodils.






Easter Sunday, 1st April. Splish.

Knaresborough Striders finding it rather flat at Elvington.

Striders finding it rather flat at Elvington.

Another week, another inaugural race on an airfield! After last week’s event at Dishforth, some of our Striders sampled the new ‘Elvington Flyer’ event at the equally-flat and even-straighter Elvington Airfield. The race marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and offered a fast, flat course, smart medal and excellent cake! It was however described as “the most boring race ever” by one of our entrants! In the 5 Mile event, Claire Baxter (37:56) finished 12th overall, followed by Simon Rider (49:55), Sarah Hill (52:07) and Emma Greveson (57:14). James Wright (1:08:00) and Lisa Harrison (1:37:23) both put in great efforts over the longer 10mile distance.

Now in its 23rd year, Guiseley Gallop 10k offers runners a multi-terrain challenge on Tracks and Trails. Dawn Richardson rose to the challenge, coming home in 1:26:48.

Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April. Splosh.

Decidedly Damp in Ackworth.

Damp in Ackworth.

Greeted by the worst of the Bank Holiday weather, Ackworth Half Marathon was described by our entrant Claire Baxter as “very, very wet!!!”. Nonetheless, she completed her trio of Easter races (a feat in itself) setting another new PB of 1.44.08!





And so ended a mostly wet but ultimately successful weekend for Striders. Next weekend may be shorter but will see our members rising to the challenge locally at the Ben Campbell 10k, Thirsk 10mile and the Sheffield half-marathon, whilst others fly out to Holland for their Marathon and 10k challenges! Good Luck to all!


Steve Morland

*apologies for any omissions – get in touch if you have results that I missed!*

2018 Time Trial No.1 – 27th March

Time Trial No.1 – 27th March 2018

With the clocks having moved forwards, daylight finally greeted a club night for the first time in 2018. All around the Aspin estate, the ‘Caution Runners’ signs sprang up, signalling our first Time Trial of the year. An incredible 57 runners lined up to take on the hilly 3mile course, with James Ireland leading the field home in 18:43 chased hard by Martin Brock and Dan Foley in 18:55 and 19:09 respectively. Fastest Lady Nicola Carter rounded out the top 10 with a strong 21:30.

Even more incredible was the performance of our Zero-to-Hero graduates. Just a fortnight after their first competitive outing at Parkrun, 16 of our ‘Heroes’ tackled the course, welcoming a mud-free challenge and ‘relishing’ the cemetery hill climb! To quote one of our proud Z2K run leaders, Mark Shelton, “..they smashed it!”.

A massive ‘thank you’ to all those who marshalled and organised, especially tail runner Gaynor Downs!

The full results can be found here: Striders TT Results March 2018

Where on earth has March gone?

The month of March has certainly gone quick and with some rather unseasonal weather there has been a number of running events cancelled (and hastily re-arranged) but that hasn’t stopped Striders heading out and clocking up some great times at a number of different events. We start our March round up with results from a very snowy Harrogate parkrun on 3rd March.

Snowtastic Strides on the Stray
The first Saturday of the month saw the vast majority of parkrun events getting the chop due to bitterly cold weather but luckily for the eight Striders in attendance the Harrogate event was able to proceed. Donning their trail shoes for 3 laps of the Stray were Tom Calvert (20:15), James Wright (22:45), Dan Foley (23:22), Sean Brennan (23:38), Nicola Carter (25:38), David Halladay (27:51), Mark Taylor (28:48) and Mark Shelton (30:09).

Graduating in Style
The snow had gone by Saturday 10th March but conditions were wet (an understatement!) for our Zero to Hero course graduation (and Striders takeover) at Harrogate parkrun. With a fantastic team of volunteers in place to help guide them round, we broke the record for the largest number of Striders running at a parkrun event – a massive 36 (and we think a few more that weren’t registered as a Strider on the system)! The results were Dan Foley (22:38), Jez Wilkinson (24:39), Nicola Carter (27:57), David Halladay (28:29), Steve Wakeham (29:28), Vicki Gibson (30:35), Michael Dobson (31:34), Tracy Allison (31:40), Paul Heywood (32:06), Jessica Dobson (32:51), Charlotte Hutchinson (33:24), Jane Johnson (33:36), Mark Taylor (33:51), Dawn Richardson (33:59), Linsey Rowbury (35:30), Joanne Exley (35:32), Rosy Thomas (36:16), Claire Griffiths (36:22), Katherine Taylor (36:39), Joanne Wakeham (36:53), Gail Beaumont (36:57), Rachel Beadle (37:05), Dawn Johnson (37:28), Kirsty Minshall (39:28), Joanne Sharratt (40:46), Edna Wood (40:46), Lucy Shore (40:53), Bill Kirkpatrick (40:54), Lucy Chandler (41:18), Joanne Tremble (42:40), Mark Shelton (42:54), Rachel Boyd (46:10), Ruth Mann (48:12), Lauren Downs (48:13), Louise Buck (48:13) and Gaynor Downs (48:14). Photos of our takeover can be found here.
parkrrun grad
Avoiding the Stray mud at Fountains Abbey were Rebecca Williams (32:27), Deborah Goldfield (32:28), Danielle Harper (36:12) and Jayne Close (36:25).

The sole representative at Wetherby was Anthony Everitt who clocked a time of 33:12.

The latest club championship event was at Dentdale 14 (also on the Saturday) with Tom Calvert leading the way for Striders in a finish time of 01:28:06. He was followed on the undulating course by Dave Christie (01:34:28), Stephen Morland (01:46:16), Ian Waller (01:48:48), Phil Cornforth (01:54:51), Ste Core (01:57:21), Claire Baxter (01:58:00), Gary Wilkinson (01:58:51), Nikky Christie (02:17:20) and Laura Wilmshurt (02:49:32). Julie Elmes took on the 7 mile event, coming across the line in 01:19:12.

Following in the Brownlee Brothers footsteps….or maybe bike wheels!
I (James Wright) visited the Brownlee Brothers triathlon centre in Leeds on Friday 16th March for the first in the 2018 Leeds 5k race series which is ran on the bike track at the centre. The course is a fairly flat, tarmac surface which is ideal for this time trial type event. I bagged a time of 18:39 and can highly recommend the series which sees an event held once a month until November. There is also to be a series in York, based at the University of York Heslington campus – further details here..

No snow or rain but by heck it was windy
Dry but windy conditions were encountered at Harrogate parkrun on Saturday 17th March. The course was able to be run on its ‘normal’ route for the first time in a while and leading the way for Striders was Sean Brennan (21:44). Mark Taylor (22:58) was next back just coming across the line in front of Nick Wallen (26:12). Mark Shelton (26:49), David Halladay (30:40), Jen Carne (33:59) and Emma Hall (39:19) completed the Striders line up.

Roundhay was run on its ‘B’ course which takes runners on a multi lap tour of Soldiers Field. For anyone that has done the Peco Cross Country event there, you will understand how boggy it is! Taking on the mud were Claire Baxter (27:53), Annika Mcdonald (33:48), Louise Buck (54:43) and Ruth Mann (54:44).

Calmer conditions at Fountains Abbey enabled Tom Calvert to clock a speedy 17:49 and he was joined by Michael Dobson (29:24), Edna Wood (29:44), Gaynor Downs (34:48), Lauren Downs (37:08) and Joanne Sharratt (37:49).

Five Striders headed over to the Lake District for the Cartmel stop off in the Lakeland Trail Series. Taking on the 18k event were Phil Cornforth (01:38:44), Ian Waller (01:39:14), Nicola Carter (01:45:43), Janet Morris (02:44:12) and Steve Morris (03:10:09). Massive respect ladies and gents in the face of ‘testing’ conditions (wind, rain, snow, etc.) both in the race and for the travel back to North Yorkshire!

Spring has Sprung
This Saturday provided some Spring like conditions at last and Striders took advantage by visiting 10 different events.

On Saturday, it was perfect conditions for parkruns across the Yorkshire area. Up the A1 in Catterick Paul Heywood clocked 23:57 and was followed by Edna Wood just over 5 minutes later (29:02). Not far away at Northallerton, Sean Brennan completed the multi-terrain parkrun in 22:21.

On the Stray, Stephen Morland finished in 20:20 and was joined by David Halladay (26:15), Julain Carr (28:24), Anthony Everitt (29:15), Michael Dobson (29:16), Tracy Allison (31:20), Joanne Gray (36:56), Joanne Sharratt (38:34), Ruth Mann (48:30) and Louise Buck (48:32).

Fountains Abbey hosted the visit of five Striders with regular visitor Tom Calvert once again taking the 1st place finished token with a time of 17:22. Claire Baxter achieved a PB in 23:07 and was chased down by Rachel Beadle (33:35), Bill Kirkpatrick (35:38) and Maria Broadhurst (36:38).

At the new(ish) parkrun at Heslington (York), Ian Mitchell was the sole Strider representative and finished in 21:18.

Saturday also saw the annual Coniston 14 mile event in the Lake District which was taken on by Georgina Townsend. From experience I know how stunning this race is – the hills are soon forgotten about when you make the turn at half way and look back at some of the best scenery in the UK. Georgina completed the primarly road based course in 02:07:18.

The Lightwater Valley 10k was re-arranged for Saturday after postponement earlier in the month. Lisa Harrison crossed the line in 53:31, with Dawn Richardson following in 01:06:56.
Sunday had Striders represented at three events. Tom Calvert continued his London Marathon preparation with a 20 Mile race at Hull (which had been cancelled on the 18th) in a finish time of 02:10:12.

Down in London, I took part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon. This was on a fantastic course right through the centre of London – starting at Pall Mall and finishing outside Downing Street, taking in many of the well-known landmarks along the way. On a slightly long course (13.4 miles) I bagged a time of 01:27:08. A race that I can highly recommend to get in your diaries for 2019!

Also taking on an inaugural event, Stephen Morland, David Halladay and Joanne Gray completed the Dishforth 10k. This was run on the airfield at the RAF base, giving a nice flat surface to race on. Stephen came across the line in sub 40 (39:32), David clocked 47:06 and Joanne recorded 01:15:27.

Handing over the reigns
These will be my last results write up before I hand over the Communications Officer role to Stephen Morland….so any complaints on missed results can go to him now!

James Wright

That’s February done and dusted

In our latest round up we have news from parkruns around the region (and Australia!), the latest club championship event at Liversedge, undulating miles at Harewood and meet ups with a 5 times Olympic champion (and some bloke from Emmerdale). Intrigued….you should be! So let’s get on with it – we start with parkrun results from Saturday 10th February…….

Pontefract and Harrogate….two very different places
So why are the two places different? Well it’s the surface the parkruns at those locations are run on (you all thought something else didn’t you?!). On the compacted track at Pontefract Racecourse, parkrun regular Annika McDonald bagged a time of 30:42. At Harrogate, the cross country conditions on the grass around the Stray were energy zapping for the eight Striders in attendance. Dan Foley led the way (20:43) and he was joined by Ian Mitchell (22:57), David Halladay (25:40), Nick Wallen (25:54), Rob Earl (27:53), Mark Taylor (30:04), Alison Jackson (37:24) and Louise Buck (49:21).

Jason Green is becoming a Skipton parkrun regular (possibly to do with the fact her has recently moved to the area!) and on this occasion stopped the clock on 23:35.

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:19) once again was the first Strider up the final hill, setting the pace for the other 10 Striders in attendance. Nimah Falconer (22:45) was the first of the chasing pack back and following her were Nicola Carter (23:56), Derek Calvert (25:08), Tony Everitt (28:32), Tracy Allison (29:14), Gaynor Downs (32:20), Lesley Nicholson (32:47), Edna Wood (32:47), Andrew Nicholson (33:19) and Lauren Downs (36:44).

1km loops for 2 hours……fun they said……!!
The Bloodaxe Challenge was a new event for 2018 (held on Sunday 11th February) held in conjunction with the Yorvik Viking Festival in York. So what was the challenge? Well you had two hours to run as many 1km loops of the York University cycle track as you could……and Claire Baxter was the only Strider mad enough to take the challenge on! She completed 23 laps in a total time 02:03:01 – you must have been dizzy after that Claire!

Records (I think) set at parkrun
I believe a new Striders record was set on Saturday 18th February – the most parkruns visited by Striders members on one day. A total of 8 different venues were ticked off and we start up the A1 at Catterick where Mark Shelton and Emma Hall made their 2nd visit to the racecourse based event, recording times of 26:46 and 35:05 respectively.

Not a million miles away from Catterick, Georgina Townsend took on the multi terrain Northallerton event. She helped to pace her frined around the course, finishing in 34:38.

Craig Mitchell headed over to the East Coast to the cliff top parkrun at Sewerby, completing the course in 23:19.

Nicola Carter headed in the opposite direction to Craig, going West to Lancaster. Dissapointingly the parkrun doesn’t share the sme venue as the local football team who play their games at the ‘Giant Axe’ – what a name for a sporting venue! Despite this disappointment (ok so maybe it’s just this report writer that’s disappointed), Nicola clocked a time of 27:17.

Temple Newsam, probably the most undulating parkrun in Yorkshire, greeted Annika McDonald and she flew into the finish funnel with a time of 31:42.

Skipton once again welcomed Jason Green, where he was led by his dog for a time of 23:02.

Harrogate, currently known as the ‘cross country parkrun’, was taken on by five Striders. The Morlands were the first Male and Female Striders across the line – Stephen clocking 21:07 and Catherine recording 25:36. Nick Wallen wasn’t far behind in 26:04 and he was joined by Rob Charlesworth (30:29) and Joanne Gray (37:15).

A damp Fountains Abbey didn’t put off six Striders visiting the World Heritage site. The 1st place finish token was taken by our own Tom Calvert (17:37) and he was chased down by James Wright (19:31), Dan Foley (20:09), Nimah Falconer (22:07), Derek Calvert (23:50) and Fiona Slight (29:17).

“The hardest Half Marathon I’ve ever done”
The quote for the title above was from Martin Brock, who along with Gary Wilkinson and Claire Baxter, completed the 2nd Club Championship event of 2018 – the Liversedge Half Marathon. The course was brutal to say the least with Martin finishing in 01:28:36, Gary in 01:44:38 and Claire in 01:46:33. Apparatnly the cakes afterwards were worth the pain of the hills – always a bonus. Maybe we should bring cakes for after those Castle Ings hill sessions with Eric?!

cakes at liversedge

Talking of hills, the Ilkley Fell Race was also held on Sunday 18th. This annual race is a gruelling challenge but year after year attracts a bunch of hardy souls to go up and down the fells around Ilkley. Sean Brennan completed the course in 58:09, Amy Naylor came across the line 01:07:23 and fell running regular Sue Morley finished with a time of 01:12:15.

February done and dusted
The last Saturday of February saw Striders visit five parkruns in total – with two of these outside of England.

Two of our Zero to Hero course members – Andrew and Lesley Nicholson – are currently in Australia and visited the Airlie Beach event which is on the East Coast near the Whitsunday Islands. They both came across the line in 37:45.
striders in aus

striders in aus 2

Joanne Gray headed over the Irish sea to visit Portersdown, finishing in a time of 35:08.

A very muddy Harrogate parkrun welcomed eight Striders and they were led home by Stephen Morland (20:53). He was joined on the Stray by Nicola Carter (23:26), David Halladay (23:37), Catherine Morland (25:46), Nick Wallen (25:58), Fiona Slight (28:57), Emma Hall (37:42) and Louise Buck (46:24).

There were just two Striders at the usually popular Fountains Abbey. Claire Baxter recorded 27:14 on her 2nd visit to the event and Georgina Townsend came across the line in 30:12.

Down South in Dorset, Tom Calvert and James Wright visited Moors Valley parkrun as part of the ‘Marathon Talk Run Camp’, recording times of 17:31 and 19:41 to kick off a weekend of running in the stunning New Forest. More on the run camp later….

Hearts are pumping at Harewood
Sunday was a popular day for races, with Striders represented at four events.

Harewood House was the venue for two of the events – both of which were run to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The 10km event was taken on by Lisa Harrison (51:51), Vanessa El-Etriby (52:11) and Dawn Richardson (01:02:45). In the half marathon, David Halladay (01:54:47) led the Striders pack and was joined by Georgina Townsend (02:06:00), Amy Naylor (02:08:26) and Deborah Goldfield (02:35:27).

Regular eventer Claire Baxter completed her longest race to date – the 20 mile Slaithwaite Slog. She completed the mainly trail event in 03:10:28.

In Pocklington, East of York, Clare Mckenzie completed the Snake lane 10 mile event in 01:51:06.

Sandy Balls…it’s the name of a holiday village honest!
As mentioned earlier in this report, Tom Calvert and myself (James Wright) travelled down to Dorset for a weekend of running at the Marathon Talk Run Camp, which was held at the delightfully named Sandy Balls holiday village.

For those that haven’t heard of it, ‘Marathon Talk’ is a weekly podcast that discusses all things running. The yearly run camp is held to bring together some of its most avid listerners for a weekend once a year. This year’s camp started with the Moors Valley parkrun, a Saturday afternoon interval session, a Saturday night Q&A with five times Olympian Jo Pavey, a quiz hosted by Emmerdales Bob and a Sunday predicta 10 mile run.
marathon talk parkrun

The presence of Jo Pavey (look her up on google if you don’t know what she has achieved) was a fantastic bonus throughout the weekend and I was lucky enough to be in her group for both the Saturday intervals session and the Sunday 10 Miler. Lining up on the start line in a group of just three (there were numerous start times based on your predicted finish time) plus Jo on the Sunday morning was a once in a lifetime moment. I was able to stay in front of her for the first 1.5 miles up some decent hills (I’d like to think I paced her!) before she showed her speed and blasted off into the forest once we got to the flat stuff!

A great weekend that is highly recommended – get it on your wish lists of events for 2019!
james with Jo

Snow be gone!
Hopefully this snow will disappear soon and i’ll catch up with you all at Striders sessions next week.


Results – we should be up to date now!

This latest round-up has news of Striders visiting a new parkrun, splashing around the fells in Stanbury, trekking up the hills at Temple Newsam, getting absolutely brass monkey at a half marathon, getting muddy at cross country, using torch lights in Dalby, fighting against 20mph winds near Holmfirth and getting some very muddy boots in Ripon.

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th January
Heslington parkrun became the 2nd parkrun in York (soon to be joined by a 3rd) and attracted over 500 participants to its inaugural event, including 7 Striders. Nicola Carter was the first of the Striders clang across the line, completing the flat course in 20:55. Gary Wilkinson was the first of the Striders gents back, recording a time of 23:59, followed by Jen Carne just over two minutes later (26:01), Mark Shelton (28:31), Edna Wood (29:37), Emma Hall (35:41) and Jo Gray (37:18).

Tom Calvert once again took the 1st place finish token at Fountains Abbey with a time of 17:54. Niamh Falconer (22:53), Rebeca Williams 30:47, Deborah Goldfield 31:02, Fiona Slight 32:38, Bill Kirkpatrick 34:40, Suzy Kerr 53:06

At Harrogate, Dan Foley (21:01) led the way for the Striders in attendance. He was joined on the Stray by Rob Earl (21:54), David Halladay (24:17), Ian Mitchell (26:58), Anthony Everitt (30:16), Gaynor Downs (33:25), Tracy Allison (37:29) and Lauren Downs (38:58).

On Sunday the 14th, the temperatures were absolutely in line with the name of the first major event of the local running calendar – the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York. Six Striders ventured out into the cold to take on the popular event, with Guy Close taking his good form from 2017 into the start of 2018 with a PB time of 01:22:44. James Wright was next (01:28:54), followed by a PBing Sean Brennan (01:37:31). Gary Wilkinson looked strong with a finish time of 01:51:57 and he was followed 4 minutes later by Claire Killingworth (01:55:52) and recording a massive PB was Natalie Hale (02:01:15).

In the fells, James Warburton and Sur Morley battled the elements to take on the Stanbury Splash race. James completed the course in 54:30, with Sue recording a time of 01:17:44.

The 3rd running of the undulating and multi terrain Temple Newsam Ten (TNT) was taken on by three Striders. David Halladay clocked a time of 01:23:02 and was joined by prolific racer’s Claire Baxter (01:26:04) and Dawn Richardson (01:57:40).

Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st January
The weather on Saturday 20th saw the cancellation of the majority of parkruns in the local area but Wetherby hung on in there and was visited by three Striders. Tom Calvert completed the 3 lap grass course in 19:09, followed by Dan Foley (20:50) and James Wright (21:26).

The 4th race of the Peco Cross Country 17/18 series was held in South Leeds at Middleton Park on the 21st. Steven Morland completed the 4.5 mile course in a time of 36:00 to lead the Striders group of 12. Sean Brennan was just 22 seconds behind Stephen (36:22) and he was joined at the event by Sima Lowery (38:59), Ian Mitchell (43:02), Amy Naylor (43:11), Sue Morley (44:46), Lisa Harrison (47:59), Paul Heywood (48:51), June Graham (49:35), Debbie Goldfield (51:02), Edna Wood (54:12) and Laura Wilmhurst (59:49).

Saturday 27th / Sunday 28th January
The weather on Saturday 27th was much better than the previous “parkrun day” which encouraged 14 Striders to head to one of the local 5km events. At Harrogate it was very much a cross country course, with Rob Earl (22:42) the first club representative across the line. He was joined by David Halladay (24:16), Mark Shelton (29:33), Fiona Slight (30:13), Tracy Allison (32:52), Andrew Nicholson (34:28), Lesley Nicholson (36:03), Joanne Gray (36:53), Emma Hall (38:10) and Louise Buck (48:22).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert (17:31) lead from start to finish to take the 1st place finish token. Running with him were Derek Calvert (24:19), Ruth Bowen (34:35) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:42).

Ian Mitchell headed over to York for the Heslington event and finished with a time of 20:55.

Also on the Saturday, Striders took on two race events – the Northern Cross Country championships and Dalby Forest Night Run. At the cross country, which was held at Harewood House, Sean Brennan was the sole Striders representative and completed the 7.2 mile course in 01:00:41. At Dalby, 4 Striders donned the head torches to complete this intriguing event which Nicola Carter took in her stride to be the first Strider into the finish area by completing the course in 43:14. She was joined by Gary Wilkinson (48:30), Paul Heywood (01:02:22) and Edna Wood (01:02:28).

On Sunday 28th Claire Baxter visited the Holmforth area to take on the Meltham 10k. This is an undulating course and the high winds made it even tougher for Claire. She battled the elements to finish in a time of 50:32.

Into February we go
For the first Saturday of the month, Striders were represented at five different parkruns.

Up at Catterick, it was a Striders one-two with Tom Calvert hitting the line in 17:19 and Guy Close following in 17:32. Joining them at the racecourse based event were James Wright (19:37), Ian Mitchell (20:34), Jen Carne (27:36) and (Mark Shelton 27:37).

Along the M1 at Temple Newsam, Ralph Weldon and Annika McDonald took on one of the hilliest parkruns in Yorkshire. Ralph completed the 5km in 28:41 and Annika finished in 36:32.

At the muddy Skipton event, Jason Green recorded a time of 23:35.

Fountains Abbey welcomed four Striders – Claire Baxter (24:41), parkrun first timer Vanessa El-Eltriby (27:01), Gaynor Downs (32:58) and Lauren Downs (40:07).

And rounding up the parkrun results, Tony Everitt and Tracy Allison made the short trip to Wetherby and finished with times of 30:37 and 33:19 respectively.

Sunday = a day of rest…..not if you are a Strider!
Ste Core headed across the Pennines to Manchester to take on a Half Marathon through Heaton Park. He achieved a PB over the distance, finishing in a time of 01:37:26.

The Muddy Boots 10k, which acted as the first club championship event of 2018, was taken on by 18 Striders. The ever improving Dan Foley led home the Striders contingent through the mud to finish in a time of 42:54. James Ireland chased him down (43:29) and was followed by Stephen Morland (44:21), Ian Waller (44:45), Nicola Carter (46:46), Gary Wilkinson (47:51), David Halladay (48:27), Craig Mitchell (50:24), Claire Baxter (52:22), Sue Morley (54:11), Derek Calvert (54:12), Paul Heywood (57:37), Lisa Harrison (58:22), Anna Cornforth (59:57), Kez Welsby (01:03:41), Edna Wood (01:03:58), Katie Gray (01:09:18) and Laura Wilmshurst (01:12:31).

striders at muddy boots