Striders were out in force over the weekend, attending six events of various distances and terrains.
Starting on Saturday with parkrun, at the Harrogate event Derek Calvert secured a Personal Best time of 22:32 to lead home a Striders contingent of eight. Sean Brennan was next in 23:45 and Rob Charlesworth secured a PB with a time of 27:37. Coming across the line together in 28:04 were Tracy Allison and Tony Everitt who were both celebrating their 50th parkruns (great achievement!). Rosie Crawford and Joanna Simpson both recorded PB’s, finishing in 29:06 and 29:37 respectively. Joining them was Anne Cooley, who just missed out on a PB with a finish time of 31:32.
At Fountains Abbey, Conrad Garcia made his 3rd visit to the event and finished in 21:30. Clare Mckenzie and Karen McNaughton visited the course for the 1st time, finishing in 27:14 and 29:49.
Graham Yare also attended an event on Saturday morning, but it was slightly longer then parkrun! He completed the Hardmoors 55 mile race, which takes runners along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Guisborough, in a solid time of 11:50:49.
Moving on to Sunday, the first day of Spring greeted runners with a hot and sunny morning. Andrea Price took on the Fleet Half Marathon (Hampshire) and finished in a personal best time of 01:59:56 (first time under two hours – well done Andrea!).
At Bramham Park, Mark Shelton and Emma Hall took on the 10km course at the Major Series event. This is far from a normal 10km event however, with numerous obstacles to go under, jump over or go through (including a river)! Emma clocked a time of 02:59:31, with Mark close behind in 02:59:42.
The Thirsk 10 mile race was the venue for the second Club Championship event of 2016. The sun was really beating down at the 11am start and didn’t relent until the last runners were coming through. The club had eleven members in attendance who were led home by new member Tom Calvert in a time of 01:03:10. Andy Robinson and Guy Close were neck and neck at the 5 mile point but Andy nudged ahead in the last 3 miles to complete the course in 01:07:12, with Guy stopping the clock on 1:09:13. Ian Mitchell had a strong run to make his mark on the championship standings, finishing in 01:11:57. James Cornforth made up some serious ground on other Striders in the 2nd half of the race to cross the line in 01:13:02. Nicola Carter was the first Striders lady back with a chip time of 01:13:42. Sima Lowery wasn’t far behind , finishing with a time of 01:14:11 to hold off Stewart Hymas (01:15:01), Sean Brennan (01:17:55), Natalie Hale (01:34:43) and Dawn Richardson (01:36:21).
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