A trip to Pontefract and some muddy boots – all in a weekend of running for Striders

The weekend started with the latest monthly parkrun trip. The selected venue for the February trip was Pontefract – a one lap course around the racecourse. James Wright was first Strider across the finish line in 19:39, with Nicola Carter just under 2 minutes behind with a time of 21:35 (securing the ‘1st Female’ place and a course PB). The rain was really starting to come down hard now, but that didn’t put off Julian Carr or Ian Mitchell, who finished in 22:34 and 23:02 respectively. Taking on her first ever parkrun, Gemma Harding recorded a time of 24:34 and following her was Tracy Allison, who crossed the line in 29:30.

At Harrogate, Nick Wallen and Anthony Everitt put on the trail shoes for another ‘slip n slide’ around the Stray course to finish in 26:00 and 29:42. Fountains Abbey also had a visit from two Striders – Dawn Richardson (28:50) and Sue Randell (29:11).

A drier Sunday morning greeted Striders at two 10k events. At the Dewsbury 10k, Guy Close smashed his PB over the distance and set the bar high for the 2016 race season with a time of 39:18. Five Striders visited the Muddy Boots 10k, based at St Wilfrid’s school in Ripon. Liam Kennedy, who will be taking on a 100km run challenge later in the year for charity, was first Strider back in a time of 54:56. Andrea Price was next to complete the multi terrain course, clocking 01:01:24. The prolific Dawn Richardson recorded a course PB with a time of 01:03:51 and following her was Mark Shelton. In his first event representing the club, he stopped the clock in 01:05:01. Jane Day was just under a minute behind, finishing in a time of 01:05:56.

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Four parkruns and a Striders debut….it’s the weekend roundup

Striders were represented at four different parkrun events on Saturday, along with a debut visit to the Northern Cross Country Championships.

At Gateshead parkrun, Nicola Carter was the 2nd Female across the line after completing her 4th visit to the event. She finished in a time of 22:13. At York, Guy Close put in another solid performance to record a time of 19:33. Liam Kennedy made the short trip over to Fountains Abbey and crossed the line in 35:13 (“2 youngsters and a buggy in tow”). At the local Harrogate event, Anthony Everitt was first Strider, finishing in 28:57. He was joined by Rob Charlesworth (30:18), Tracy Allison (32:40) and Emma Greveson (35:46).

The Striders were represented for the first time at the Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Sean Brennan headed over to Witton Park (near Blackburn) to take on the “extremely muddy” course. Competing in a strong field of 719 runners, he clocked a time of 01:11:19.

Milder but still plenty of mud!

What a difference a week makes! Last week we reported on freezing cold temperatures greeting Striders at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon but this week the conditions were much milder for those Striders competing at events over the weekend.

Starting with parkrun on Saturday, the club was represented at three events. At Harrogate, Martin Brock took in some pre Cross Country practice to finish in 19:47. Also negotiating the course, including the corner 3 ‘quagmire’, were Gareth Conkleton (23:44), Nick Wallen (25:11) and Rob Charlesworth (29:50). Over at Fountains Abbey, Guy Close clocked a time of 33:06. In South West London, Derek Calvert took on the 3 laps of the Dulwich parkrun. He clocked a time of 22:12 on his first visit to the event.

On Sunday morning, Striders were split over two events – the Jolly Holly Jog and the Peco Cross Country. Starting with the 10k Jolly Holly Jog, which had been rearranged from its original date of 27th December, 8 Striders competed in an overall field of 525. Guy Close was the first Blue and Gold vest home, finishing in a time of 44:09. Andy Robinson, returning from injury, clocked a time of 47:32 to finish just ahead of Stewart Hymas (48:04). They were followed by Ian Mitchell (54:51), Tom Burrell (01:07:47), Natalie Hale (01:07:53), Jane Day (01:08:57), Katie Gray (01:13:25) and June Graham (01:15:08).

The 4th race of the 2015/2016 Peco Cross Country Series was held at Golden Acre Park (Leeds). Participants had to take on two laps of a tough course that included 400m of what can only be described as a ‘shoe taking bog’! All of the Striders managed to keep their shoes on however to record some excellent results. Starting with the Ladies, Nicola Carter finished first in her age category with a time of 34:42, just holding off Sima Lowery (34:48). Sue Morley was next down the fast, downhill finish straight, clocking a time of 40:48 to take 1st in her age category also. Pamela Singleton, making her first appearance of the XC season, was the next Strider back in a time of 42:51. Andrea Price, Edna Wood and Dawn Richardson all had strong races to finish in 46:03, 47:44 and 48:01 respectively to complete the ladies line up. A number of trophies are looking likely for members of the ladies team – watch out for further news after the next race on 14/02/16. In the Men’s event, Martin Brock led home the Striders group with a time of 30:15. Dan Wilson and James Wright were neck and neck throughout the first lap but Dan pushed on in the second lap to finish in 32:40, with James following just under a minute later (33:32). Sean Brennan was next, completing the two energy sapping laps in 34:58 and he was followed by Andy Roberts, who competing in his first XC event of the season, clocked a time of 40:29.

Cold, Freezing, Chilly….Its the weekend round up

A cold weekend but some great performances from Striders across three different events.

On Saturday, the club was represented at Harrogate and Fountains Abbey parkruns. On the Stray, Nicola Carter and Rob Charlesworth completed the 3 laps of the Harrogate event, finishing in 21:58 and 29:59 respectively. At the very cold Fountains Abbey, Guy Close achieved a course PB, finishing in 19:26.

A chilly and frosty Sunday morning greeted 6 Striders at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The event, based at York Racecourse, is predominantly flat and attracted a field of just under 1800. James Wright led home the Striders contingent, crossing the line in a PB time of 01:27:02. He was chased down by Philip Cornforth (01:37:38) and a PB smashing Julian Carr (01:38:51). Next up was Sean Brennan, also beating his previous half marathon PB, who completed the course in 01:41:21. Andrea Price joined the PB party, taking 8 minutes off her previous best time to finish in 02:00:31. Natalie Hale took off over 7 minutes from her previous half marathon (Amsterdam) time to finish in 02:11:22. A fantastic effort by all Striders!

James Wright Phil Cornforth
Julian Carr Sean Brennan
Andrea Price Natalie Hale

Also on Sunday, Graham Yare competed in the ‘Winter Wonder Run’ on the Newcastle Town Moor. The event is run over a 3.77 mile course, with participants given six hours to complete as many laps as possible. Graham completed 7 laps (a marathon) in 03:41:24 to finish in 4th place in the marathon standings.

Mud, mud and more mud!

parkrun – Striders represented at Harrogate, Fountains Abbey and York

It was a muddy Stray that greeted 4 Striders on Saturday morning. Gareth Conkleton was first back, clocking a time of 23:27. Tony Everitt was next with a time of 27:53, and he was joined by volunteer pacer Clare McKenzie (30:52) and Rob Charlesworth (30:54).

At Fountains Abbey, Nicola Carter took the 1st Lady spot in a time of 21:51. Joining her were Phil Chatterton (25:00) and Liam Kennedy (32:09).

Over in York, James Wright and Guy Close were split by only 3 seconds, finishing in 19:30 and 19:33 respectively. Julian Carr joined them on the Knavesmire, recording a time 22:28.

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships

Sunday’s damp conditions made the Yorkshire Cross Country Championship course at Lightwater Valley even more challenging than usual for the 5 Striders in attendance. Starting with the Ladies, Sue Morley and Tracy Allison competed in a total field of 138 who took on 3 laps of the course. Sue finished in a time of 49:40, with Tracy stopping the clock on 58:54. In the Men’s race, which was a total of 5 laps of the course, Andy Robinson was first Strider home – finishing in 52:47. Not far behind was Sean Brennan, who recorded a time of 54:15. Club coach Eric Morley also took on the challenging course and finished with a time of 01:09:47. Well done to all who competed.

A busy start to the New Year

It has been a busy start to 2016 for Striders, with 8 different events visited between the 1st and 3rd January.

1st January – Double header parkrun
On New Years Day, Striders were represented at 3 events. Sean Brennan took advantage of the staggered start times at Woodhouse Moor and Temple Newsam parkruns to record a double result. He completed he Woodhouse Moor event first in a time of 23:34. He then headed over to Temple Newsam, finishing the hilly course in 25:11. Down in Dorset, James Wright took on his first race of the year, finishing the Broadstone 1/4 Marathon in 43:45.

2nd January – parkruns a plenty
On Saturday, 12 Striders completed a parkrun event. Starting with the local Harrogate event, Graham Yare (21:43) was 1st Strider to complete the 3 lap course, finishing just ahead of Andy Robinson (21:57). Gareth Conkleton stopped the clock dead on 24:00 and he was followed by Anthony Everitt (29:17) and Tracy Allson (31:11). Sean Brennan and Nicola Carter were also in attendance in a volunteering capacity.

At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close (20:11) led home a Striders contingent of 5. Phil Chatterton followed Guy, completing his run in 24:03. John Greveson was next up, finishing in 25:13. Taking on a pre Peco XC run was Dawn Richardson (28:58) and she was joined by a buggy pushing (including child!) Liam Kennedy, who completed the course in 32:11.

A little further away, in London, Derek Calvert visited the Crystal Palace event for the 3rd time and finished with a time of 24:15. The Blandford (Dorset) parkrun was visited by James Wright (also for the 3rd time), who secured a course PB in 19:20.

3rd January – Mud….lots of mud!!
The 3rd race of the PECO Cross Country league took place at Middleton Park (Leeds) on Sunday. The 4.9 mile course was taken on by 17 Striders – all of whom had a little bit of mud on them by the end!

In the men’s race, Martin Brock led home the Striders group of 10, finishing in 34:17. Keith Emery followed, completing the 2 lap course in 34:50. Dan Wilson (37:41) just held off Phil Cornforth (37:59), with Andy Robinson just under a minute behind (38:53). James Cornforth, back from university in Manchester for the holiday period, finished his first Peco race in 39:30, just pipping regular cross country runner Sean Brennan (39:55). Julian Carr was next across the finish line, stopping the clock on 43:43. Eric Morley and Steve Morris completed the male Striders line up, finishing in 50:43 and 01:00:31 respectively. The results gave the team a 3rd place finish in the 2nd Division and 9th in the Vets 1st Division.

Striders ladies were represented by 7 members. Sima Lowery completed the course in 40:57 to be first Strider home. Nicola Carter finished just 13 seconds behind in 41:10 to take 2nd place in her age category. Sue Morley also secured 2nd place in age category with a finishing time of 47:48. An ever improving Edna Wood (55:25) held off Dawn Richardson (55:49) and they were joined by Tracy Allison (56:27) and Andrea Price (57:58) to help the team take 3rd place in the main 2nd Division and 1st in the Vets 1st Division for the race.

After 3 races, both the men’s and ladies teams are performing well in the respective leagues. The men are 3rd in the main 2nd Division and 8th in the Vets 1st Division. The ladies are 4th in the main 2nd Division and sit at the top of the Vets 1st Division.

Please take a look at the Gallery page for more photos from the Peco XC event.

Christmas Results Roundup

With all the food and drink consumed over the Christmas holidays, a number of Striders have been out and about burning the calories off!

On Christmas Day morning, 13 Striders headed to a parkrun for a festive 5km run. At York, Guy Close set a new PB, finishing in 19:21. At Harrogate, James Wright led home the Striders contingent, completing the 3 lap course in 20:34. New member Jonathon Newbould followed, completing his first parkun in a time of 22:06. Next Strider across the finish line, making a comeback from injury, was Andy Robinson (22:46) and he was joined by Sean Brennan (23:35), Julian Carr (23:39), Derek Calvert (23:43), John Greveson (25:34), Andrea Price (29:35), Natalie Hale (29:40), Sue Randell (30:37), Dawn Richardson (31:02) and Nikky Christie (32:47).

Whilst Christmas Day morning was cold but dry, Boxing Day saw a number of parkrun events called off due to the torrential rain, but the York and Harrogate events continued, with Striders representation at each. On the Knavesmire at York, James Wright recorded a time of 19:49 on a VERY wet course. The Harrogate event also experienced extreme conditions, with a number of mini ‘lakes’ forming on the Stray course. Despite the challenging conditions, 4 Striders clocked a time, with Nicola Carter first Strider back in a time of 23:12. Nick Wallen was next, stopping the clock on 27:22. He was followed by Anthony Everitt and Tracy Allison, who finished in times of 29:45 and 33:26 respectively.

The torrential conditions on Sunday meant the popular ‘Jolly Holly Jog 10k’ was cancelled (a new date is yet to be published). Up in the North East, Dan Wilson took on the tough ‘Guisborough Woods Fell Race’. The 5.3 mile course includes 1,312ft of climbing on a mainly trail type course. Dan finished in a time of 51:21.

Just prior to Xmas, Sue Morley ran ‘The Stoop Fell Race’ in Howarth, finishing the 5 mile course, which takes in 800ft of climbing, in a time of 57:04.

Please let us know if we have missed any results.

Peco XC 15/16 – Race 2 – 13/12/15 – West Park Fields – Results

15 Striders headed over to West Park Fields in Leeds for the 2nd Peco Cross Country race of the 15/16 season on Sunday 13th December. The wet conditions in the week prior to the event ensured the course resembled a mud bath throughout, with the cold conditions adding an extra issue to contend with.

Starting with the Ladies results, Sima Lowery and Nicola Carter were once again fighting it out for 1st Strider home. Sima was first on this occasion, finishing in 39:04, with Nicola completing the 4.7 mile course in 39:11. Sue Morley was next, just missing out on a top 100 placing, finishing 103rd in 45:12. Sue was followed by Edna Wood (55:05) and Janet Morris (01:00:56). The results consolidated the Ladies lead at the top of the Vets 2nd Division and a placing of 4th in the main 2nd Division.

Keith Emery once again led home Striders in the men’s field, finishing in 59th place with a time of 32:44. Martin Brock, competing in his 1st Cross Country event of the season, agonisingly missed out on a top 100 placing by 1 position, stopping the clock on 34:15. James Wright was just under two minutes behind, finishing in 36:10, before a tight pack of 3 Striders followed. Dan Wilson, Philip Cornforth and Sean Brennan were separated by only 12 seconds overall, finishing in times of 37:15, 37:17 and 37:27 respectively. Joining them were Ian Mitchell (42:50), Julian Carr (43:23) and Eric Morley (48:22). Steve Morris also attended but unfortunately had to pull out of the race early on due to injury. The results allowed the Striders to stay above local rivals Harrogate Harriers in the 2nd Division, consolidating 3rd spot, and achieve a placing of 7th in the Vets 1st Division.

Well done to all who took part – if you have registered for the Peco series, why not give the next event a go? It will be held on 3rd January at Middleton Park, Leeds. Further information can be found on www.pecoxc.co.uk

Weekend Roundup – Is it really Winter?

Unseasonably warm weather provided dry conditions for Saturday morning parkruns and the Santa Stride on Sunday.

6 Striders battled against strong winds to complete Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning. James Wright was back first, finishing in 20:51. Sean Brennan (22:49) just held off Nicola Carter, who by finishing in a time of 23:08, took the 1st Female placing at the event for the first time in her 29 appearances (and the only Strider to take 1st Male or Female ever at a parkrun event!). Gareth Conkleton (24:57) was next back and he was followed by Julian Carr (26:16) and Anthony Everitt (28:49).

Over at Fountains Abbey, Dawn Richardson and Phil Chatterton made their way throught the water gardens and around the Abbey ruins to complete the 93rd running of the event. Dawn stopped the clock on 29:06, with Phil finishing in 35:30.

There were some quizzical looks from visitors to Knaresborough on Sunday as they were greeted by approximately 40 Santa’s running around the town. It was a great event for all involved and it was fantastic to see some Striders of the future taking part to help with the fundraising for Cancer Research UK.


Check out the club facebook page for more photos of the event (click via the Gallery page on this website)– if you have any others, please pass them onto us via facebook or email (info@knaresborough-striders.org.uk).

On a cold and frosty….and wet….morning

The weekend certainly wasn’t for the fainthearted weather wise! Despite the nasty conditions, Striders were out and about at two different parkruns, a 10k and a cross country race.

Starting on Saturday, Nicola Carter was the sole running representative (Sean and James were volunteering) at Harrogate parkrun. She finished in a time of 22:39 to take the placing of 2nd female overall. Over at the York event, Guy Close achieved a new overall parkrun PB, recording a time of 19:40. He was joined at the Knavesmire by Julian Carr, who completed the course in 22:43.

On Sunday, Andrea Price and Dawn Richardson headed to the John Charles Stadium in Leeds to participate in the ‘Leeds Christmas 10k’ with 356 other runners. The ladies finished the multi-terrain course in 01:01:33 and 01:03:31 respectively.

Also in Leeds, 15 Striders headed over to West Park Fields for the 2nd Peco XC race of the 15/16 season. Keith Emery led the male Striders contingent home, with Sima Lowery just holding off Nicola Carter, to lead the female Striders in attendance. Full results are not yet available – as soon as we have them, we will publish via the usual channels.