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

A trio of parkruns
Three parkruns were visited by Striders this weekend and we start with results from the Temple Newsam event just off the M62 near Leeds. Ralph Weldon secured a time of 25:24 and was joined by Annika McDonald who bagged a PB in a time of 33:36.

At Harrogate Rob Earl (18:57) once again led the Striders around the Stray. Ian Mitchell was next (22:06) and just held off Nicola Carter (22:16). The next four Striders were split by only 19 seconds overall – David Halladay (26:56), Mark Taylor (pacing – 26:58), Julian Carr (27:01) and Anthony Everitt (27:15). Tracy Allison was the 8th Strider across the line (27:54), with Lauren Downs (37:22) completing the Striders line up. A special well done to Julian as this was his first parkrun back after his recent knee operation.

Over at Fountains Abbey Tom Calvert took the 3rd place token with a time of 17:51. Derek Calvert, who recently completed his 50th parkrun, completed the course in 22:5, with Samantha Curnow (23:16) and Bill Kirkpatrick (33:54) joining him at the ever popular event.

A hot day for a 10k
A warm Sunday morning greeted Striders taking on the Escrick and Scorton Feast 10k events.

At Escrick, Ian Mitchell ran a strong race to finish in 44:00 precisely. Paul Heywood was next, finishing the multi terrain course in 53:17 and he was chased down by Edna Wood (01:00:48) and regular Escrick 10k participant Dawn Richardson (01:02:35).
dawn at escrick

Up the A1 at Scorton, James Wright (41:22) headed a Striders contingent of four. Claire Killingworth secured a 10k PB with a time of 53:4 and was joined at this great local event by Donna Rogers (54:23) and Clare Rogers (01:05:20).
Striders at Scorton 10k

August so far…..

We are two weekends into August already so lets take a look at some recent Striders results, starting with parkrun on Saturday 5th August.

Six of the best
Six different parkruns were visited on the first Saturday of the month and we start the round-up at Woodhouse Moor where Rob Earl and Jen Carne visited the Leeds based event where they recorded times of 19:22 and 28:59 respectively.

At Harrogate, Sean Brennan (20:35) headed a Striders group of five. He was joined by Mark Shelton (27:10), Rob Charlesworth (27:12), Carol Lane (29:06) and Dawn Richardson (48:07) who was undertaking tail runner duties.
Striders took the 1st male and female places at Catterick. James Wright clocked a parkrun PB of 18:04 and Nicola Carter followed in 21:29. Georgina Townsend also made the trip up North but had to pull out after two laps due to injury.

Derek Calvert headed East to visit Dalby Forest parkrun for the first time, stopping the watch on 22:27.

Bill Kirkpatrick was the sole Striders representative at Fountains Abbey, setting a time of 34:26 in the stunning surroundings of the Abbey grounds.

Finishing the parkrun roundup for the 5th is a result from the ‘Longrun Meadow’ event. So where is that I hear you ask? Well it’s in Taunton and was taken on by Christina Tremayne who finished in a time of 32:42. A great bit of parkrun tourism!

A trip around Jorvik
One of the biggest events on the local running calendar, the York 10k, took place on Sunday 6th August. 12 Striders headed down the A59 to complete the event which forms part of the Run for All series.

Conrad Garcia headed the Striders contingent to complete the course in 44:48. Lisa Harrison was next down the finishing straight at York Racecourse with a time of 52:54. Joining Conrad and Lisa were Paul Heywood (52:59), Georgina Townsend (56:11), Claire Baxter (56:47), Sarah Hill (56:57), Clare McKenzie (57:45), Edna Wood (59:17), Kate James (59:33), Anthony Everitt (01:00:32), Tracy Allison (01:02:34) and a 10k PBing Annika McDonald (01:10:03).

parkrun = guilt free treats
A total of 26 Striders attended a parkrun yesterday morning (12/08) to kick start their weekend (or is to enable the guilt free treats later on in the day?!).

At Fountains Abbey, Tom Calvert finished in 18 minutes exactly to the 2nd place token and he was followed by Gary Wilkinson (22:34) who completed his 12th run at the National Trust property. Regular FAbbey visitor Derek Calvert (AKA Calvert Snr) clocked 23:08 and was joined by Niamh Falconer (27:53), a PBing Gaynor Downs (31:45) and Bill Kirkpatrick (34:35).

Nicola Carter headed across to the East Coast to take on Sewerby parkrun which is based just outside of Bridlington. She was the 4th lady to have her barcode scanned, finishing with a time of 22:25.
Up the A1 at Catterick, James Cornforth ran a very well paced 5km to take the 1st place token and record an overall parkrun PB of 17:46. James Wright chased him down (18:17) along with Paul Heywood (23:34) and Edna Wood (27:57).

On the Stray at Harrogate, Rob Earl was the first of the Striders into the finish funnel, clocking 19:01. Joining him were Sean Brennan (20:47), Gareth Conkleton (21:18), Mark Taylor (22:44), David Halladay (23:20), Ian Mitchell (24:28), Ralph Weldon (24:38), Anthony Everitt (27:43), Jen Carne (27:48), Rob Charlesworth (27:51), Tracy Allison (28:38), Dawn Richardon (32:33 – volunteer pacer), Claire Baxter (34:17 – pacing), Emma Hodson and Fiona Burniston (both 37:36).

Firefighting on a hot day
Striders competed in two events today – the Askern 10 Mile and the Firefighters 5 Mile (a club championship event).

Guy Close made his way to Askern, based on the A19 between Selby and Doncaster, to take on the Askern 10. In a field of 319, Guy came across the line in a 10 Mile PB of 01:03:53.

Along the M62 in Bradford, six Striders lined up at the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade HQ for an undulating (there were some up’s and downs!) 5 miler. James Wright was the first Strider back, completing the course in 31:52. Fresh from his holiday in Tenerife, Ian Mitchell recorded 37:14, beating off competition from Gary Wilkinson and David Halladay who were only separated by 10 seconds with finishing times of 38:28 and 38:38 respectively. Claire Baxter strided up the last hill to cross the line in 46:12 and was followed by Dawn Richardson 5 minutes later (51:13) who completed the Striders line up. Unfortunately Jo Gray had an argument with a car door on arrival and had to pull out of the race.







A lorry load of results

Your roving reporter has had a busy few weeks but he’s back with a bang…five weeks’ worth of results typed up for your reading pleasure! Sit back, grab a cuppa/sports drink/juice/other type of beverage and take it all in!

Way back at the start of April….
We start the round-up with parkrun results from Saturday 8th April and kicking us off is Rob Earls 20:06 at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds. Also in West Yorkshire, three Striders headed to Temple Newsam, with Ralph Weldon leading the way with a PB time of 26:43. Claire Baxter also secured a PB (34:08) and she was joined by Annika McDonald (37:11).

Over at Fountains Abbey, which is back to its normal route, four Striders made their debuts at the event with Emma Hodson (35:54) the first of them to cross the line. She was followed by Fiona Burniston (36:00), Laura Bickerdike (36:25) and Emma Milner (36:28).

Harrogate parkrun was a Club Championship scoring event, which attracted a large club turnout of 25, with 11 of those securing Personal Bests. Tom Calvert led home the Blue and Yellow vests, securing a PB of 17:56. The ever improving James Ireland was just under a minute behind in 18:40(PB), followed by Martin Brock (18:47), Dan Foley (20:10), Nicola Carter (20:29), Ian Mitchell (20:38), Sean Brennan (20:57), a PBing Mark Taylor (21:18), Claire Killingworth (24:26), Paul Heywood (25:29), Eric Morley (26:14), David Halladay (26:16), Tony Everitt (27:18), Edna Wood (27:31-PB), Suzy K (27:31-PB), Fiona Slight (27:40-PB), Dawn Richardson (29:32-PB), Tom Burrell (31:15), Anne Cooley (31:20), Gaynor Downs (32:47-PB), Emma Hall (35:16), Danielle Greenwood (35:39-PB), Joanne Sharratt (36:04), Lauren Downs (36:40-PB) and Becky Kershaw (37:09-PB).

Graham Yare took on a Marathon double over the weekend, completing an Ultra event on Saturday and the traditional length of 26.2 miles on Sunday. His Saturday event took him into the Lake District where he climbed over 3000m across Loadpot Hill, High Street, Helvellyn, White Side and Plaice Fell to complete the gruelling 42 mile event in 12:34:25. On Sunday he took on the Hardmoors White Horse trail marathon, based at Sutton Bank, completing the course in 06:12:25.

The Vale of York 10 Mile event was taken on by Guy Close 01:04:48, David Halladay 01:17:09, Luke Ratcliffe 01:29:15 and Emma Greveson 02:01:14.
eandl at york 10

James Wright headed across the North Sea to represent the club at the Rotterdam Marathon. On a fast and flat course, he secured a Personal Best time of 03:14:40.
j at rotterdam

At the Sheffield Half Marathon, Jason Green clocked a Personal Best time of 01:35:59.

Burning off the Easter Egg Calories
The Easter weekend started for David Halladay and Dawn Richardson with the annual Good Friday 5 mile event at Bridlington. They finished in 38:22 and 48:32 respectively.
dandd at brid

Moving onto Saturday morning, Striders were represented at 9 different parkruns, with a number of members away for the holidays.

Craig Mitchell visited the Dolgellau event in Wales, clocking a time of 25:05. At Albert Park in Middlesborough, Claire Killingworth recorded 24:18 and at the Bestwood Village (Nottingham), June Graham achieved a time of 31:19. Sima Loweery headed over to West Yorkshire to take on the undulating Huddersfield event, scanning her barcode to record 21:51.

Tom Calvert headed East to take on the fantastic route through Dalby Forest. He secured a super speedy time of 17:48.

Going North was Nicola Carter who headed up the A1 to the Northallerton event and stopped the timer on 21:35.

Wetherby was taken on by James Ireland and Tony Everitt who clocked 18:12 and 27:16 respecitlvy on the grassed based event.

The stunning Fountains Abbey was greeted by three Striders – Guy Close (18:24), Fiona Slight (27:38) and Lauren Downs (36:45).

Taking on the 3 laps of the Stray for the Harrogate event were James Wright (20:21), Sean Brennan (20:49), Gareth Conkleton (21:47), Derek Calvert (23:05), Ian Mitchell (23:35), Paul Heywood (24:31), Ralph Weldon (25:37), Rob Charlesworth (27:26), Claire Baxter (32:42) and Annika McDonald (35:35).

Easter Sunday saw two Striders make the short trip to West Yorkshire for the Guiesley Gallop 10k. Paul Heywood finished in 57:23, with Edna Wood completing the trail course in 01:01:58.

The Easter weekend was completed with Dawn Richardson visiting Helmsley for a multi-terrain 10k. She completed the undulating course in 01:04:17.

Still burning off the Easter Eggs…..!
On Saturday 22nd the club was represented at four parkruns and one 10k event – the Ben Campbell Memorial race.

Starting with parkrun, Guy Close stopped the clock on 18:21 at Harrogate and was joined by
Rob Earl (20:02), Sean Brennan (20:51), Mark Taylor (21:09 – 50th parkrun), Gareth Conkleton (21:11), Nick Wallen (24:10), Edna Wood (26:34) and David Halladay (26:42).

Down the Abbey (Fountains that is!) Tom Calvert dipped under the 18 minute mark to record a time of 17:55. Chasing him down were Niamh Falconer (21:50), Tony Everitt (27:36) and Tracy Allison (30:08).

Claire Baxter continued her parkrun tour by visiting Dalby Forest. She completed her 7th parkrun in 32:59.

A bit further afield, Sima Lowery took on the Bury St Edmunds course and finished in 21:39.

At Sutton Bank near Thirsk, eight Striders took on the very tough Ben Campbell 10k in the latest club championship event. This race is held in memory of former Strider Ben who sadly lost his life in 2015. The course, one of the toughest 10k’s around the area, would have been loved by Ben as he eat up the hills and was up for challenge. Nicola Carter led home the Striders in a time of 47:41. James Wright followed (49:19) and he was followed across the line by Craig Mitchell (55:42), Sue Morley (01:00:56), Claire Killingworth (01:02:09), Kerensa Welsby (01:05:20), Dawn Richardson (01:11:04) and June Graham (01:11:15).
striders at bc

Bringing the month to a close…..surely April hasn’t finished already?!
The last weekend in April had Striders competing at three parkruns, one 10k, one 20k and a marathon….which was over the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

Rob Earl kicked off his weekend with a trip to the Woodhouse Moor parkrun where he completed the undulating course in 20:10.

Up North in Durham, Tom Calvert warmed up for the Kirkbymoorside 10k with a parkrun time of 17:52.

Guy Close was celebrating at Harrogate after finally dipping under the 18 minute mark after been so close on a number of occasions over recent months. His time was 17:53 and exactly 3 minutes later, Ian Mitchell (20:53) joined him in the finishers funnel. They were joined by Paul Heywood (25:40), David Halladay (26:11), Mark Shelton (29:05), Dawn Richardson (29:34) and a PBing Claire Baxter (32:21)

Doing something a bit different on the Saturday was Sean Brennan who decided to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Marathon. I don’t really need to tell you how hard this event is – just walking this route in one go is enough to frighten most people but Sean is made of tough stuff and absolutely smashed it. He made his way round in a total time of 04:53:10 – BIG kudos for that Sean!
sean at 3

Nicola Carter completed the Reeth 10k in 01:52:45 and on the Sunday at Kirkbymoorside Tom Calvert put in a stunning performance to secure a time of 36:55 at the annual 10k event. Joining him on the hilly course were Niamh Falconer (47:31), Derek Calvert (48:49) and avid racer Dawn Richardson (01:02:10).

The First of three
Four Striders have entered the John Carr Race series for 2017 which consist of three 5km events on consecutive Wedensdays in May. The course is entirely within the vast Yorkshire Water estate at Esholt on a good road surface.

The first of the three races was held last Wednesday (3rd May) in pleasant spring conditions. Tom Calvert continued his recent impressive performances with a 5k PB time of 17:13. Guy Close was just over 50 seconds behind (17:56) and was followed by James Wright (19:06) and Edna Wood (26:24).

A new month….yes it is May already!
A weekend of parkrun results only (unless we have missed any races – apologies if we have) and we start with the first Strider visit to the Heaton event in Manchester. Annika Mcdonald was the Strider in attendance and finished in 35:30.

A milestone was reached at Harrogate, with Striders members now having completed a whopping 1500 runs at this event. Guy Close had a time of17:53 recorded for the 2nd consecutive week and he was followed into the finish funnel by Rob Earl (19:36), Ian Mitchell (20:14), a PBing Sean Brennan 20:16, Graham Yare (20:34), Nick Wallen (23:49), Paul Heywood (24:23), Anthony Everitt (27:17) and Kirsty Jones with a Personal Best time of 31:55.

The Skipton event welcomed Claire Baxter (33:38) which was her 9th different parkrun since completing our Zero to Hero course in March.

The monthly ‘first Saturday of the month’ club visit took five Striders to Nostell Priory near Wakefield. James Wright was the first Strider to finish in front of the main priory house in a time of 19:53. Joining him were Nicola Carter (21:29), Mark Taylor (24:02), Edna Wood (29:00) and Tracy Allison (30:53).

Gareth Conkleton recorded a course PB time of 21:42 at Wetherby and at Fountains Abbey; Tom Calvert took the first place position token in a time of 17:41. Derek Calvert was next in 22:49, followed by the PBing duo of Suzy Kerr (28:35) and Jackie Knight (33:13)

Into April we go…

Here we are again – a results round up bursting at the seams with news of Striders heading out and about to take part in events. We start with results from the club ‘1st Saturday of the month parkrun visit’ which was to Darlington South Park…

No Fooling Striders at parkrun
Three Striders headed up the A1 to Darlington South Park parkrun for the latest club visit. The event is held over 3 laps of the Victorian park, taking in a lake and views of the river. James Wright came across the line in 18:42, followed by Mark Taylor (22:33) and Edna Wood (28:06).

At Harrogate, Guy Close led the Striders contingent of six in a time of 18:50. Ian Mitchell dipped under 21 minutes (20:51) and was chased down by Derek Calvert (23:10), Nick Wallen (25:26), Emma Hall (36:05) and Danielle Greenwood (36:52).

Over in Leeds at Woodhouse Moor, Rob Earl finished his parkrun in 20:39. Another Leeds area parkrun, Temple Newsam, was visited by Ralph Weldon and Claire (Cloie) Baxter. They finished in 27:49 and 35:17 (PB) respectively.

Dawn Richardson was the sole Striders representative at Fountains Abbey and finished the ‘normal’ course in 29:53. David Halladay took on the Druridge Bay parkrun in Northumberland, completing the two lap coastal course in 22:39. On the cliff tops at Sewerby (near Bridlington) Craig Mitchell secured a PB of 24:09.

Finishing off the parkrun roundup is Alison Jacksons result of 32:26 at Mornigton Peninsula in New Zealand……not jealous at all!

Taking on the Trails
Away from the various parkrun visits on Saturday, the ‘Dales Trails 20’ was taken on by Sean Brennan. This event is the first in a series of three ‘DT’ events throughout the year, with the 20km option taking participants up a total accent of 721m through the Swaledale area. Sean completed the testing course in 02:01:36 to give him some excellent preparation for a ‘little’ race he is doing later in the year…but that we will keep under wraps for now!

Yare he goes again
Our very own ‘Marathon Man’ Graham Yare has been at it again…this time a trail marathon at Temple Newsam which he finished in 04:36:49. He’s doing another two marathons this coming weekend…….!!

Rub of the Green at Lincoln
Moving onto Sunday, Jason Green took on the Lincoln 10k. This race is part of the wider ‘Run for All’ series which includes the Leeds Half Marathon and York 10k. Jason completed the course in a PB time of 40:54.

Bogfest at Fountains
There was a big turnout of Striders at the local Fountains 10k. A total of 16 Striders were in attendance and were led home over the boggy moorland by Martin Brock who came across the line in 40:26. James Wright chased him down (42:00) and Nicola Carter claimed 1st in her age category with a time of 44:32 (taking home a sizable box of wine for her efforts!).

Up next was Sima Lowery (46:38 – 3rd in age category) and she was followed over the line by Simon Rider (47:46), Luke Ratcliffe (49:56), Mark Taylor (50:25), Paul Heywood (54:24), Claire Killingworth (54:27), Kez Welsby (57:49), Edna Wood (58:32), June Graham (01:03:35), Katie Gray (01:10:46), Anne Cooley (01:11:29), Emma Greveson (01:12:05) and Jo Gray (01:21:28) – great to see you back running Jo!

More photos from the event can be viewed here.

One from last week….
A result missed from last week was Sue Morleys visit to Trawden in Lancashire to take on a 13.2km event known as the ‘Boulsworth Bog Fell Race’. Sue completed the course, which includes 425m of climb, in 01:28:21.

What a glorious weekend!

Spring has certainly sprung, with glorious weather greeting all of the Striders who were out and about at events this weekend.

Record Attendance on the Stray
The Stray was certainly a lot drier then recent weeks and coupled with the sunny weather, a record attendance of 447 was seen at Harrogate parkrun. Guy Close was the first Strider back (18:34) and he was joined by Nicola Carter (21:12), Ian Mitchell (21:26), Andy Roberts (23:50), Paul Heywood (25:03), Rob Charlesworth (27:20), David Halladay (27:42), Eric Morley (28:05), Edna Wood (28:30), Claire Baxter (35:21 – PB), Danielle Greenwood (36:12 – PB), Lauren Downs (37:26 – PB) and completing her first parkrun, Becky Kershaw recorded a time of 40:10.

Fountains Alternative
The revised route at Fountains Abbey was still in place on Saturday with Tom Calvert completing the course in 18:30. Sean Brennan was next Strider back in 22:06 and was followed by a PBing Niamh Falconer (22:31), Derek Calvert 23:57, Fiona Slight (29:33 – PB) and first time Fountains visitors Jackie Knight (35:46) & Libby Brennan (35:47).

A bit of bother at Rutland
Mark Taylor headed down South to the Rutland Water parkrun and was on course for an overall parkrun PB….but unfortunately the course had been measured incorrectly (2.6miles out of the 3.1miles required). He recorded 18:22 for the distance on the day – a great run Mark and that overall parkrun PB is on the cards in the next few weeks!

Stunning Scenes at Coniston
Four Striders had a very early start on Saturday morning to head over to the Lake District for the annual Coniston 14 mile race. This event takes participants anti-clockwise around Coniston Water, which “at the turn point gave some stunning views of the snow topped mountains behind Coniston Village which certainly gave the feel of running in the Swiss Alps!”

James Cornforth looked strong from the start, taking the many undulations of the course in his stride to finish in 01:33:35. James Wright continued his Rotterdam Marathon taper with a time of 01:38:44 and was chased down by the other members of the Cornforth family members in attendance – Philip securing a time of 01:50:03 and Anna finishing in 02:12:55.

striders at coniston

Sunday….a day of rest…..not for Striders!
The good weather continued on Sunday for two more events – the Keighley 10k and the Ripon Hornblower Duathlon.

At the ‘Big Keighley 10k’, Simon Rider stopped the clock on 47:41 to secure an overall 10k personal best.

Three Striders took on the new duathlon event in Ripon, with Tom Calvert leading the way in a time of approximately 01:22:00 (awaiting his official time at the time of writing!). The event, which consisted of a 5k run, 24k bike and a 3km run to finish off, was also taken on by Nicola Carter (01:36:57) and new Striders member Craig Mitchell (01:40:59).

Deerstalking, Relay Running, parkrunning and Ten Miling

A few missed but not forgotten results
We start our latest results round-up with some finishing times missing from last week.

Jason Green took on the ‘Mighty Deerstalker’ obstacle challenge in Scotland. The description on the event website states “This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists. We send you across rivers, through forests and over a mountain or 2 in the pitch dark of a chilly March night.” Jason competed well, finishing in a time of 02:00:12 – top work Mr Green!

At the last event of the PECO Cross Country series, Nicola Carter was part of her age group representative team, completing the 2nd leg of 3 in a time of 24:19. Striders had two relay teams entered in the event with first team back been made up of Claire Killingworth (34:40), Jez Wilkinson (27:36) and James Ireland (22:16). The 2nd Striders team consisted of Sue Morley (32:38), Charlotte Hines (34:46) and Sam Keen (29:27). Well done to all those that competed in a PECO XC event during the 16/17 series….only 8 months until it starts again!

Worldwide parkrunning
Moving onto this past weekend, at Harrogate parkrun Ian Mitchell was the first Strider back (21:53) and he was joined by Gareth Conkleton (23:03), Nick Wallen (25:27), a PBing Kirsty Jones (32:32) and Emma Hall 37:51.

Two of our recent Zero to Hero graduates made the trip over to Roundhay Park in Leeds for their parkrun fix. Claire Baxter and Annika Mcdonald ran the course together to finish in 40:24 and 40:25 respectively.

On the revised course at Fountains Abbey Rob Earl led the way for the club in a time of 20:20. The other Striders taking on the National Trust venue course all achieved Personal Bests so a BIG well done to Fiona Slight (31:08), Danielle Greenwood (37:37) and Lauren Downs (38:16).

Local parkrun ambassador (although he tells me that he doesn’t carry a tray of Ferrero Rocher around with him – how disappointing!) Sean Brennan took on the Catton event whilst visiting the Norfolk area, finishing in a time of 21:17.

A little bit further afield….ok quite a fair bit further afield…Alison Jackson visited the Western Springs parkrun in New Zealand. The Auckland based parkrun was completed by Alison in 34:27.

Yes Sargent Major!
Jason Green competed in his second obstacle course event in as many weeks by visiting Bramham Park for the Major Series on Saturday. Jason finished in 59:03 to take 5th place overall.

Hard up on the Moors
Graham Yare continued his epic running challenges by completing the Hardmoors 55 Ultra event on Saturday. This race takes particpants from Helmsley to Guisborough along the Cleaveland Way. He finished the gruelling event in 13:25:02 (and in doing so complete his 52nd marathon) – massive kudos to you Graham!

Ten Miling in Thirsk
17 Knaresborough Striders made the trip to Thirsk on Sunday for the annual 10 mile, which this year also formed the first event in the club’s championship calendar.

James Cornforth ran a very well-paced race to finish in 82nd overall in a big PB of 01:03:48. Martin Brock was next Strider home in 01:05:38, closely followed by James Ireland (01:05:54). Dan Foley (01:11:21) was next home, just over a minute ahead of first Striders lady Nicola Carter (01:12:34), with next lady Sima Lowery (01:14:17) also dipping under the 75 minute mark. Philip Cornforth (01:15:19) was next back with David Halladay (01:19:03) also breaking the 80 minute barrier. Paul Heywood (01:26:16) and Claire Killingworth (01:26:17) were separated by just one second. Anna Cornforth (01:31:11) led the remaining Striders home, all of whom broke the 1hr40 mark, with other finishers being Fiona Slight (01:35:15), Edna Wood (01:37:14), Dawn Richardson (01:38:16), Laura Baker (01:38:30), Roy Cooley (01:39:38) and Mark Shelton (01:39:38). Well done to all who completed the race on what was a very windy day.
thirsk striders
More photos from the event can be found here.

A few more to finish off..
Meanwhile, James Wright travelled to Humberside to continue his training for the Rotterdam marathon by competing in the East Hull 20 mile event, running well to finish in 02:25:32.

And the Striders were also represented at Bradford’s 10k. A strong run from Guy Close saw him finish in 18th place from over 1,700 finishers in 37:54, while Mark Taylor came home in 45:18.

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

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

Firstly we had 43 super Z2H course attendees graduate on Thursday evening – amazing effort everyone. We hope you have enjoyed the course and we look forward to welcoming you to Striders and seeing your continued improvement as we enter the Spring and Summer months.
z2h 4

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

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

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

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

A report practically bursting at the seams with results!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can find photographs of Striders at the event here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For photographs from the event, please click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brass Monkey Weather…actually it was perfect conditions!

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

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

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

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