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.
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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).
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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.



Top weather for some running – it’s the weekly round-up

It has been a fantastic weekend for running weather wise, allowing Striders competing at various events over the weekend to achieve some fantastic results. We start, as usual, with the parkrun round up….

A story of firsts
Although parkrun is very much not a race, it’s always great to see a club member handed the 1st place token. Tom Calvert was the recipient this week via a time of 18:03 at Fountains Abbey which was the venue for the latest monthly club visit. Following Tom up the last ‘undulation’ at the event was James Wright who recorded a course PB of 18:41. Ian Mitchell was next in a time of 20:32, with a Sean Brennan chasing him down and securing a course PB of 20:57. Edna Wood recorded 28:29 and Alison Jackson stopped the clock on 30:18.

At Dalby Forest, Sima Lowery joined Tom in taking a first place – this time 1st Female to cross the line. She achieved a time of 22:34 on her first visit to this venue.

Harrogate parkrun welcomed six Striders for its 3 laps. Guy Close and Rob Earl battled it out from start to finish but it was Guy who took the first Strider home slot with a course PB time of 18:14, closey followed by Rob who crossed the line in 18:22. Dan Foley took on his first parkrun since joining the club and stopped the clock just over the 20 minute mark in 20:06. Sue Morley secured a parkrun PB with her time of 24:25 and she was joined by Tony Everitt (26:42) and Emma Hall (40:24).

The hills of Sheffield…
The latest event to join the ‘Run for All’ family was the Sheffield 10k on Sunday. The event took participants on a testing course out and back from the city centre, including two decent sized hill climbs. Jason Green and Mark Shelton represented the Striders and secured times of 43:41 and 56:44 respectively….and were still smiling after the race as can be seen from the photograph below!

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“Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine”
Dawn Richardson headed up North to take on the new Half Marathon between Whitley Bay and Newcastle – an event that formed part of the wider Morpeth to Newcastle event consisting of a marathon, the half marathon, a 10k and a bike race. The HM route followed the river tyne back to the centre of Newcastle along a predominalty flat route. Dawn had a great run and finished in a time of 02:16:38.

Striding out at Wistow
Mr and Mrs Cooley – AKA Roy and Anne took on the Wistow 10k on Sunday. This event is hosted by the Selby Striders and attracts a large field every year. Roy dipped under the 1 hour mark with a finish time of 58:44. Anne, continuing her preparation for next weeks Guy Fawkes 10 Mile event, completed the course in 01:03:46 to secure a 10k Personal Best.



Weekend Round-Up

Striders were out and about at a number of different events over the weekend – from parkruns, to fell runs to marathons in Spain. Make a cuppa and have a nosy…

A chilly parkrun morning
It was a cold start to the weekend at parkrun and we start the round up at a the Stray with results from the Harrogate event.

The first two Striders across the line achieved Personal Bests – good work Sean Brennan (21:06) and Luke Ratcliffe (22:09). Paul Heywood took on a volunteer pacer role (25:10) and was followed by Graeme Kilvington (25:28), Tony Everitt (26:16) and volunteer tail runner James Wright (45:07).

Julian Carr warmed up for the Whixley 10k with a visit to York and recorded a time of 22:34. Roundhay Park parkrun was visited by Rob Earl for the first time, with him stopping the clock on 19:19. At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close took a further two seconds off his PB from last week to achieve a time of 18:08.

Keep on climbing
Three Striders took on the Great Whernside Fell Race – a 4 mile ‘up and down’ race – on Saturday afternoon. James Warburton recorded 35:33, Simon Shaw 43:35 and Sue Morley 56:05. Simon has written a great article on the event which can be found here..

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Night time running
On Saturday evening, David Halladay took on the Bilbao Marathon in Spain. This event sees a mass start for runners taking on one of three events – a 10k, a Half Marathon or, as Dave did, a Marathon. He completed the city centre based road course in 04:43:04.

Keeping it local at Whixley
There was a great turnout of 16 Striders for the latest club championship event at the Whixley 10k on Sunday morning. The event takes participants on a multi terrain course through local country roads, farmers fields and woods, meaning its a real test to the standard 10k road races.

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James Wright was the first Strider back to the finish line at the village hall with a time of 39:30. Ian Mitchell (43:01) was next back, with Nicola Carter (43:41) following 40 seconds later to take the 2nd lady overall placing. She was just ahead of an ever improving Jason Green (43:47). Luke Ratcliffe (or as Simon described him “the tall guy”) finished in 47:13 with Paul Heywood and Julian Carr battling it out for the next two Striders spots, finishing in 48:48 and 48:55 respectivly.

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Charlotte Hines recorded a 10k PB of 55:38 and was followed by Dawn Richardson (57:06), June Graham (57:34), Lucy Cartwright (59:08), Edna Wood (59:09), Joanne Fowler (01:00:21), Helen Appleyard (01:02:05) and Alison Jackson (01:05:57). Molly Draper also took on the race and although not finishing, ran the furthest she has run to date (6k) – big high five to that Molly!.

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After his turnout at the Great Whernside race on Saturday, James Warburton opted for the 5k event and rompt home to a clear victory in a time of 17:24.
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Mud, Obstacles, Water….and some running!
Simon Rider was the sole Striders representative at the Camp Hill 10k. The course is a good old fashioned cross country challenge held at the Camp Hill estate near Ripley. Set in 250 acres of a private country estate in North Yorkshire, the course winds its way through woodland and open countryside, over boggy terrain and muddy tracks. Simon completed the course in a mudtastic time of 55:50.



In at the steep end

I was jostling a bit with the runners around me to try and find an easier path up the grassy incline. Head down, working hard, I suddenly I heard Eric cry out ‘Good start, Simon.’ What he didn’t know was that although barely a minute of the race had elapsed, I was already heading into the red!

I’d decided to do the Great Whernside fell race on a bit of whim. Having read a few fell running books over the years (‘Feet In The Clouds’ and ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears’ being two of the best) I’d long fancied having a crack at a race and doing the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross piqued my interest even further. So, I joined the FRA (Fell Runners Association), received the handbook on Thursday and saw there was a race in Kettlewell at the weekend. It was rated category A, the hardest, but it was only 4-miles so how hard could it really be!?!

The answer to that question came as soon as I saw the start. There was no preamble, no easy run in, instead the start line had just been positioned at the very foot of the climb. And that climb was steep!

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Up the hill and into the red zone! (© Charlotte Hines)  

Thankfully after about a kilometre the gradient eased, I recovered a little bit and began to get into some sort of a rhythm. It wasn’t quick and it surely wasn’t pretty, but it was sustainable…mostly! The hillside then kicked up sharply again through some rocks, after which there was a long boggy false flat and then some steps that lead to the final grassy push to the summit. I’d just begun that last leg up when James Warburton came flying past me on his way back down. Different class.

The descent simply reversed the route up and it was fast, though not as rapid as some of the hardened fell runners around me. While I had to pick my way down the steeper sections, they just bounded down like gazelles. It’s impressive too see how quickly it’s possible to descend with the right technique.

Happy to have finished without mishap, I met up with James and Charlotte and not long afterwards Sue came barrelling past us down the fellside. A seriously impressive run.

For such a short distance this race was tough, but it was also a lot of fun. If you fancy a change running on the road, there are several good reasons to enter a fell race; there’s something old-school and pure about it, the atmosphere is friendly, the terrain is varied and the scenery is stunning. Perhaps more importantly though, the post run endorphin high is definitely a category A!

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James, Sue and I enjoying the post race high  (© Charlotte Hines)

Striders results:

James Warburton, 16th,  35:33

Simon Shaw, 62nd,  43:35

Sue Morley, 150th /17th Lady,  56:05

Full results: http://www.wharfedaleharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/GreatWhernsideResults2016.pdf

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Simon Shaw

 



UPDATED – A bit of a mix…its the weekly results

Quieter then usual at parkrun
It was a fairly quiet weekend on the parkrun front for Striders, with the club represented by 6 members at two events.

At our local event, Harrogate, Paul Heywood was the first Strider to trouble the timers with a 23:33. Nicola Carter followed just over half a minute later in 24:13 and she was chased joined by Rob Charlesworth (27:32) and Tracy Allison (30:56).

At Fountains Abbey, the conditions were perfect for running and a bit of friendly rivalry between the two Striders in attendance. Guy Close clocked 18:15 to pip a chasing James Wright who recorded a course PB of 18:47.

Yes Sergeant Major!
Wet conditions greeted Jason Green at Bramham Park on Sunday morning as he took on the 10k assault course at the ‘Major Series’ event. He completed the course in 01:13:36 to take 28th position out of a total of 1187 participants.

Its all Up Hill from here…
After last year’s devastating floods in the Lake District and Cumbria, a number of events have been arranged to raise money for the communities affected. The latest event to take place was the ‘Great Day Out in Langdale’ on Sunday. One of the running races that was arranged as part of the overall event was the ‘Stickle Grind’ race which is an uphill race only! Striders were represented by James Warburton who took the 1st place prize with a time of 26:54. A great run report has been placed on the event website and is copied below –

The most obvious line seemed to be the ultra steep and ultra fast ascent onto the top of Harrison Stickle. It takes the footpath right out of the back of the pub, the Stickle Barn (events centre for the weekend) and taken in Stickle Tarn and then keeps ascending to finish on Harrison Stickle, so of course the Stickle Grind is a fitting name for this 2.6km and 605m of leg burning and lung bursting fun.

We had 19 entries online and a 4 more on the day, and with pretty dank valley conditions we only had 3 no shows, so a total of 20 hardy fell runners toed the line, in minute increments, to set off and chase each other to the summit of Harrison Stickle. This adds for an exciting element of the ‘Uphill Only’ race as competitors have a target of other runners to chase down. We kept most of the fast boys and girls till the end to heat up the race.
Joe Faulkner and Barney Whiteside drew the short straw to sit on the summit and time the runners in and with horizontal rain and wind to keep it that way, these guys struggled away as the runners steamed to the top.
To keep the ‘Euro’ feel to the event we armed the rest of the marshals team, who consisted of Steve Clee, Little Dave, Rachel Plat and Colin Harding with Lakes Sky Ultra cow bells.

The cloud was low and the runners disappeared into the mist just after our National Trust safety guy, Gareth Fields, saw the runners through the small scrambley section on the first part of the course.
James Warburton set off like to steam train to chase Phil Wilkinson to take the 1st place, with Michael Jones taking the second place with a great run and only 8 seconds behind James. Phil Wilkinson took the 3rd place, still fuelled by half a bottle of port from the night before we later learnt.

James set a great record of 26.54 in the conditions at hand and we look forward to aspirant ‘uphill’ runners to come and have a go at re-setting when we next run the course. James also took the overall 1st place prize, very kindly donated by the Brimstone Hotel, of a 2 night stay for 2 in the Langdale valley 5 Star hotel! We hope you enjoy the stay James.

A Mara in Buda
James Cornforth completed his first ever marathon on Sunday by completing the Budapest Marathon. He clocked a time of 03:46:10 – great work James!

Triathlon Achievement
Andy Robinson and Natalie Hale headed over to Mallorca last week to acclimatise and get ready for the ‘Challenge Mallorca Triathlon’ event that was held on Sunday. The event sees participants take on a 1.9km Swim, 90km Bike and 21km Run. This is a really testing event and with temperatures in the late teens/early twenties at this time of year, the heat really zaps away at the engergy banks. Andy and Natalie’s training paid off with both of them achieving excellent finish times. Andy finished the course in 05:32:50, with Natalie crossing the line in 08:51:07. Well done to both of you!

A soggy 10 mile run in Boroughbridge!
There were five Striders at the Sean Lee Johnstone 10 Mile race on Sunday – the latest club championship event. Conditions were rather wet but that didn’t stop Nicola Carter heading the Striders crew in attendance with a time of 01:15:35 to guarantee that she takes home the Women’s Club Championship trophy for the 4th year in a row. Stewart Hymas was next (01:20:12), just finishing in front of Ian Mitchell (01:20:40). Sue Morley was the 2nd Striders lady to finish (01:34:14), with club coach Eric Morley 10 minutes behind with a finish time of 01:44:10.



The Weekly Report – A bit of parkrun tourism and a run at Bramham Park….but without the horse jumping

We start this week’s round-up with news of a missing result from last week’s report. Anna Cornforth took on the Bristol Half Marathon, her first time racing this distance, and completed the event in 01:48:28.

Moving onto this week’s parkrun news, the club ‘first Saturday of the month’ visit was to Bradford Lister Park. James Wright led the Striders contingent in a time of 19:05. Nicola Carter (21:30) just held off Ian Mitchell (21:35) and they were joined by Tom Burrell (28:22), Tracy Allison (29:21) and Edna Wood (29:33).

Three parkruns were visited by a single Strider each. At York, Guy Close set a new PB for parkrun overall with a time of 18:16. Over at Fountains Abbey, David Halladay stopped the clock on 25:50 and down South at the Crystal Palace event, Tom Calvert secured a speedy time of 18:49.

On the Stray, Rob Earl was first Strider back at the Harrogate event, clocking 19:09. He was chased down by Jason Green (21:24), Derek Calvert (22:30), Paul Heywood (23:10), Nick Wallen (23:42), Mark Shelton (27:00), Mark Taylor (27:02), Rob Charlesworth (27:27) and Emma Hall (40:59).

Moving onto Sunday, David Halladay completed the ‘Burnley Fire 10k’ whilst over in Lancashire visiting family and secured a time of 46:15.

At the Bramham Park 10k – a multi terrain race – Striders were represented by three members. Paul Heywood was the first back with a time of 01:02:53. Edna Wood wasn’t far behind in 01:03:09 and she was joined at the local race by Alison Jackson 01:10:59.

What’s Coming Up on the Striders social scene?
On the Social scene, we have the next of Tom’s Knaresborough Pub Crawls taking place a week on Friday (14/10/16). Meet at The Mitre between 19:30 and 20:00.

The club Christmas Doo will be held at the Old Swan (Harrogate) on Saturday 10th December. We still have places available so if you haven’t yet declared your interest, please speak with Edna Wood ASAP. Further details can be found on the original news article



Crag Rat Runners – Weekly Results

Four parkruns were visited by Striders on Saturday morning and we start the round up with news of two PB’s in the Calvert household at Fountains Abbey. Tom Calvert led the Striders contingent with a course PB time of 17:48. Following him was Conrad Garcia in 21:42 and he was chased down by a PBing Derek Calvert (22:28), Nick Wallen (22:44) and David Halladay (25:05).

James Wright made his first visit to the Wetherby event and finished in an overall parkrun PB time of 18:31.

On the Stray in Harrogate, Guy Close made his way closer to a sub 18 minute parkrun, securing a PB time of 18:19. Closey following Guy was Rob Earl (18:30) and he was joined by Ian Mitchell (20:44), Nicola Carter (21:29) and Eric Morley (25:52).

The great thing about parkrun is that once you have a barcode, you can visit any parkrun in the UK (or the world in fact!). Paul Heywood and Edna Wood took advantage of this whilst attending a wedding down South, visiting the Bogner Regis event. They finished the course in times of 23:13 and 28:40 respectively.

Harewood House was the venue for the Brownlee Triathlon on Saturday, with start times throughout the day. The club was represented by three members and were headed by James Warburton. He took 5th place overall with a time of 01:28:28. Dan Wilson was taking on his first ever Triathlon and finished in 02:06:34. Charlotte Hines took part in the event as part of a relay team, running the 5km last leg in a time of 32:49.

Also competing in an event on Saturday was Jason Green who took on the Yorkshire Warrior obstacle race at Ripley Castle, finishing in a time of 01:03:53.

Simon Shaw took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross challenge on Sunday morning. This super challenging event sees participants ride between the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire and where they can’t cycle due to terrain, etc. they have to carry their bike! Despite only just coming back from injury (suffered in training for the event), Simon completed the course in a great time of 04:33:59.

In Nottingham, Claire Killingworth completed her first ever half marathon in 01:57:55 – great work Claire!

Sunday was also a big day for our club, with the inaugural running of the ‘Knaresborough Crag Rat Run’. After months of planning, the event went off without a hitch and the club was well represented in the finishing field of 127. Jason Green was the first Strider back to the clubhouse, finishing in 35:44. He was joined by Nick Wallen (38:29), Luke Ratcliffe (38:50), Tony Everitt (44:05), Duncan Petty (45:49), Charlotte Hines (45:50), Dawn Richardson (45:53), Catherine Perry (48:03), Clare McKenzie (49:25), Kerensa Welsby (51:21), Emma Greveson (53:01), Katie Byrne (53:11), Anne Cooley (54:03) and Joanne Gray (01:01:27).



Running for 24 hours – madness? No, just another weekend for Striders!

The weekend was full of running for Striders members, with the club represented at nine different events, including the Equinox24 event where 16 club members decided that it would be good to run around a 10km course for 24 hours! More on Equinox later as we start our roundup with the Saturday parkrun results – including a pilgrimage to the location of the first ever parkrun event.

Where it all started
Bushy Park was where the first ever parkrun took place and it has now been visited by its first Knaresborough Strider – Tom Calvert. Tom completed the course in 18:01 to set a benchmark for any future Striders visitors!

Closer to home, Rob Earl recorded a time of 18:16 at the Harrogate event, where he was joined by Nick Wallen who smashed his PB with a time of 22:26. Over in York, Paul Heywood recorded a course PB in 23:21 and setting an overall parkrun PB was Edna Wood with a time of 27:24. Good PBing! On a sunny morning at Fountains Abbey, David Halladay stopped the timers watch on 26:30.

Racing in the Sun….on a Sunday….
On a warm day for running, the club was represented at four local events on Sunday.

Firstly at the inaugural Harrogate Haverah Trail Race, which took participants over a 10 mile multi terrain course, four Striders were in attendance. James Warburton took 4th place with a time of 01:07:04. He was chased down by Charlotte Hines (01:47:03), Katie Gray (02:08:06) and June Graham (02:08:07).

Straight after the Haverah event, James made his way over to Skipton for the Embsay Crag Fell Race. This event is 2.9miles in length but has a nasty sting of a total accent of 800ft. James set a time of 22:21 and was joined by club coach Eric Morley who completed the event in 39:31.

In Tadcaster, Guy Close and David Halladay took on the revived Tadcaster 10 mile race. The event has been absent for 10 years so it’s great to see it back on the racing calendar. Guy achieved a time of 01:05:31, with David following to record a time of 01:17:30.

Over in Leeds, the yearly Kirkstall Abbey 7 mile race was attended by Rob Earl and Dawn Richardson. Rob was participating in the event for the first time and clocked 41:19, with Dawn recording a course PB of 01:05:38.

Equinox24 – What a weekend!
The second club trip of the year was held over the weekend, with 18 Striders attending the Equinox24 event at Belvior Castle near Grantham. The Striders sent two full teams of eight to take on the main event and they were joined by Emma Hall who completed the 10k race plus Graham Yare who took on the Solo event (madness!). The two teams lined up as follows;

Team 1 – Martin Brock, Andy Robinson, Clare Rogers, Julian Carr, Jason Green, Gemma Harding, Jonny Chadwick and Natalie Hale

Team 2 – James Wright, Sean Brennan, Gareth Conkleton, Nicola Carter, Chris Umpleby, Mark Shelton, Dan Wilson and Stewart Hymas

In simple terms, the event is held over a 10km course, with participants aiming to complete as many laps as possible within a 24 hour time limit. The course was multi-terrain and had two hills to deal with – not a problem for those that take on Eric’s Tuesday training sessions!
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It was a wet start to the trip on Friday afternoon with the tent pitching take place in wet conditions but after a chilled out (dry!) evening (which included Andy Robinson and Martin Brock taking on the Beer Mile race – finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively) the Striders were chomping at the bit to get going at 12 Noon on Saturday. The mass start of Solo runners, Pairs, Small teams (up to 5 people), Large teams (up to 8 People) and 10k runners was a great sight and set the tone for the rest of the 24 hour period. Martin Brock (Team 1) and James Wright (Team 2) took on the anchor legs before handing over to Andy Robinson and Sean Brennan respectively. As already mentioned Emma Hall took on the 10k standalone race and completed the course despite running with an injury (hope it heels up soon Emma) in a time of 01:45:03.
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The afternoon and early evening were perfect for running – cool with no wind. The changeovers were slick and the plan put in place before the event was … going to plan! As the night drew in, head torches were attached, normal sleep patterns went out of the window and extra layers were put on. Running in the early hours of the morning was certainly something different but the course was well marshaled throughout and it was a fantastic sight to see all of the runners head torches bobbing through the woods and hillside that the course went through.

At around 06:30, a magnificent sunrise came up over the venue and brought with it warm temperatures for the last laps of the event. As the clock counted down, tactics were brought into play to ensure the maximum number of laps could be completed by each team with us been mindful that as long as you had handed over the ‘batton’ by 11:59:59am, you could get a final lap in. With the clocking ticking over the 24hour mark, the atmosphere at the finish line was fantastic, with teams coming over the line together, solo runners punching the air after completing the mammoth solo challenge and even the man with a tumble dryer on his back had a sprint finish and a smile (he did 10 laps – amazing!!). For Team 1, Jonny Chadwick ran the final lap taking them to a total of 27 laps (167.4 miles) in an overall time of 24:42:19. Team 2 were brought across the line by Mark Shelton, bringing them to total of 29 laps (179.8 miles) in a running time of 24:45:51.
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The overall results had Team 1 finishing 21st in the Large Team category and 32nd overall (out of 227 teams). Team 2 were 11th in category and 15th out of 227 teams overall. The lap times can be found here for Team 1 and here for Team 2.
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Taking on the Solo event was Graham Yare who loves this kind of challenge! Despite having an injury, Graham completed 7 laps (43.4 miles) in overall on course running time of 10:31:20. He came to the event aiming to complete 5 laps so to complete a further 2 is testimony to Graham’s ability to go through the pain barrier when most of us would give up. Hats off to you Mr Yare!
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Overall, the Equinox24 was a stupendous event and a big pat on the back to all who attended and made it weekend to remember. Such fun was had that the event is now likely to become a long term stamp on the Striders calendar so if you would like to take part in 2017, please see James Wright to register your interest. It would be great to enter at least 3 teams next year so get the 23rd and 24th September 2017 in your diaries!
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