It was the first Striders trip of the year this weekend, with 13 club members taking on events ranging from 5km to full triathlons, but there was also plenty of representation at parkrun events on Saturday morning and that’s where we start our weekly round-up.
At Harrogate parkrun, Gareth Conkleton was first Strider back, finishing in a time of 22:37. He was joined by Paul Heywood (25:33), Anthony Everitt (27:04) and Tracy Allison (28:14).
Five parkruns had a sole Striders representative, with Julian Carr staying closest to home with a 22:58 run at Fountains Abbey. Andy Roberts headed to Richmond (London) and completed the course in 22:42. Tom Calvert was also in London and took on the Crystal Palace event, finishing in a time of 19:15. Graham Yare recorded 20:25 at Andover (Hampshire) and Guy Close visited the fast course at Pontefract, completing the event in 19:13.
Keswick Mountain Festival Trip
The Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District was the event of choice for the first Striders trip of 2016. The weather forecast had been mixed in the build up to the event and it didn’t ‘disappoint’ with the weather throwing everything at the Striders in attendance over the weekend – especially for the ones camping!
The majority of those attending from the club arrived on Friday and were greeted with a night of rain and wind whilst watching the first music concert of the weekend, including the headliners ‘Bjorn Again’. After a bit of dancing (AKA dodging the rain), it was back to the campsite or for the lucky ones, a B&B!
The sporting events started on Saturday morning with the Short Triathlon kicking off at 8am. Natalie Hale represented the Striders in this event which was made up of a 400m swim in Derwent Water (a chilly 11c at the time), a 10 mile bike ride along an undulating course and a 5km run back to the festival area at Crow Park. Natalie completed the event in 01:42:57.
The morning weather gradually worsened and by the time the 25km trail race was about to start the heavens had opened! Six Striders were undeterred however and headed to the start line with trepidation of what was to come. A challenging, hilly course was expected (it’s the Lake District after all!) and a challenge was certainly encountered with a total climb of 2,537ft in the race overall. First back into the finish arena was Martin Brock, stopping the clock on 02:38:36. He was followed just over 7 minutes later by James Wright in 02:45:46. Stewart Hymas and new club member Jason Green had a good tussle (only 28 seconds between them), with both finishing just under the 3 hour mark in 02:59:25 and 02:59:53 respectively. Sue Morley was the first lady Strider back, finishing 2nd in her age category with a time of 03:37:14. Nicola Carter completed the Striders line up in the 25km event, crossing the line in 03:51:04 (and she was joined by Harrogate Harriers Sue Moul (03:51:10) and Jodie Perry (03:51:11)).
The weather had improved by early afternoon and was warm for the next event – a 5km trail race which took a route through woodland, before bringing the runners alongside the lake for the 2nd half of the race. James Warburton had a strong race to take 3rd place overall (great to see a Strider on the podium at the medal ceremony!) in a time of 21:37. He was followed by Andy Robinson who secured 6th place with a time of 22:49. Charlotte Hines represented the club for the first time at a race, stopping the clock on 31:27. Next back to the finish was Clare Rogers, who completed her first ever trail race in 38:05. James Wright went around the course with Clare to complete his double header for the day in a time of 38:06.
Calmer weather greeted Striders taking on events during Sunday. Starting at 8am, James Warburton took on the Long Triathlon which consisted of an 800m open water swim, 20 mile bike ride and a 10km trail run. James completed the course in 02:27:05 to take 9th place overall.
The final event of the weekend was the 10km trail race. A boat trip across the lake was required to get to the start area, giving participants an added bonus of seeing the fantastic views of the area from a different perspective. Andy Robinson secured 15th place overall out of 550 runners (and 2nd in his start wave) in a speedy 49:56. ‘Fresh’ from the 25km event on Saturday, Jason Green completed the course in 01:05:57 and was closely followed by Eric Morley (01:09:08), Charlotte Hines (01:10:04) and Mark Shelton (01:14:11). Emma Hall completed the Striders line up and her first ever 10km (could you have picked a tougher 10k event Emma?!) with a time of 01:45:44.
A fantastic weekend was had by all on the 2nd ever Striders weekend trip away. We have a further trip planned in September to the Equinox 24 hour race where we will compete as a team to complete as many laps of the 10km course as possible. If we can get at least a further four Striders signed up, we can take two teams. We will be heading down on the Friday afternoon (16/09) and returning on Sunday afternoon (18/09). If you don’t want to be involved in the relay team/s, you are more than welcome to join us and take on the individual 10km event or just come and be part of the support crew. Family and friends get into the event for free which includes camping. See James Wright at a club night for more information.