parkrun in the rain – is there a better way to start the weekend?

A very wet Saturday morning didn’t put off 9 Striders attending a parkrun event.

On the Stray, Gareth Conkleton led home the Striders contingent with a time of 23:06. Following him were Rob Charlesworth (28:18) and, completing her first Harrogate parkrun, Edna Wood (29:33).

Guy Close took 5 seconds of his PB at Fountains Abbey, completing the fast and flat course in 19:23.

The latest ‘first Saturday of the month’ club parkrun visit was to Wetherby. The weather seemed to put a few off, but the club still had 4 representatives present. Nicola Carter secured a course PB and was first lady home with a time of 21:18. Eric Morley recorded 26:11 and following him were Anthony Everitt (27:25) and Tracy Allison (28:00).

Sean Brennan headed over to Dalby Forest for the 3rd running of this new event. He completed the course in 21:27.

A brighter morning on Sunday gave good running conditions for Dawn Richardson and Mark Shelton’s participation in the Wakefield 10k. Dawn smashed her 10k PB, finishing in a time of 57:05, with Mark stopping the clock 37 seconds later in 57:42.

Time Trial 2016 No.1 – 29.03.16 – Results

A big well done to everyone who entered – a fantastic turn out. My thanks to all the marshals and helpers, who like the athletes, had to deal with a mucky night. Well done to Jez and the team for the prep and serving of those lovely Pie and Peas.

Thanks – Eric

1. James Warburton 18.04
2. Martin Brock 18.44
3. Andy Robinson 19.02
4. James Cornforth 19.24
5. Graham Yare 19.36
6. Alistair Murray 20.09
7. Nicola Carter 20.56
8. Johnny Chadwick 20.59
9. Conrad Garcia 21.20
10 Sima Lowery 21.38
11 John Slater 21.48
12. Ian Mitchell 22.30
13. Chris Umpleby 22.35
14. Judith Cornfield 22.44
15. Liam Kennedy 23.17
16. Gemma Harding 23.39
17. Nick Wallen 24.26
18. Rob King 24.41
19. Guy Marshal 24.43
20. Joss Benson 25.08
21. Graham Kilvington 25.12
22. Tony Everitt 25.16
23. Thomas Burrell 26.26
24. Stephen Kinton 26.32
25. Tracy Allison 26.38
26. Rob Charlesworth 27.41
27. Charlotte Hines 28.07
28. Rosie Crawford 28.15
29. Natalie Hale 28.55
30. Edna Wood 29.19
31. Susan Randall 29.24
32. Louise Kinton 29.39
33. Helen Appleyard 30.26
34. Irene George 30.28
35. Clare Rogers 32.18
36. Graham Taylor 32.19
37. Emma Greveson 32.21
38. Natalie Slack 33.34
39. Lisa Anderson 35.10
40. Emma Hall 35.25
41. Shona Jefferson 36.12

A Mixed Bag of Events – Weekend Results

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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A parkrun takeover and a 10k through a theme park – all in a Saturday morning for Knaresborough Striders!

Harrogate parkrun takeover
The weekend started with the Striders takeover of Harrogate parkrun. Friday’s snow had left a rather soggy Stray for event #219 but that didn’t stop a huge turnout of volunteers from the club turning up to ensure the 212 parkrunners in attendance all started their weekends in the best possible way!

Despite the constant dodging of puddles and crocuses, a super 25 PB’s were recorded, with 23 first timers, including 5 Striders who were completing their first 5km event as a ‘graduation’ from our Zero to Hero group.
The first 3 Striders down the finish funnel were all volunteer pacers – Martin Brock (no time as he forgot his barcode!), Graham Yare (23:51 against a pace of 24:00) and Julian Carr (25:00 against a pace of 25:00 – 10/10 Julian for pacing it spot on!). New member Jonny Chadwick was next, completing his first ever parkrun in a time of 26:16. Pamela Singleton was our next pacer, finishing in 27:12, and she was followed by the first of our Zero to Hero graduates – Joanna Simpson and Helen Appleyard. They both stopped the clock on 30:58 and had big smiles on their faces when they crossed the line! Rosie Crawford finished in 31:03, with Irena George and Fyn Lees (both Z2H) crossing the line together to finish with a time of 32:56. Lara Woodall was the next Strider back, completing her 4th parkrun in 33:19. Shona Jefferson, the 5th of our Z2H graduates at the event, sprinted up the finish line to finish in a super 39:23. Anne Cooley 39:24, who has coached our Z2H groups for the last two years, was a second behind (39:24) and our volunteer tail runner was Ian Mitchell (46:11). A huge WELL DONE to all of our Z2H group who took on the parkrun challenge and a massive THANKS to all the Striders who volunteered for the event – let’s try and pick a warmer and dryer day next time!

Guy Close visited the York parkrun, completing the fast and flat course in 19:35.

Lightwater Valley 10k
Shortly after the parkrun, 10 Striders made their way to Lightwater Valley theme park (near Ripon) to take on the annual 10k. The event takes runners on a multi terrain and undulating course, with the last 3km ran through the theme park. James Wright was first Strider across the line (42:59) with Liam Kennedy following with a time of 49:53. Gemma Harding was the first Striders Lady back, completing the course in 55:36. Andrea Price finished in 58:22, just over a minute ahead of the ever improving Mark Shelton (59:43). The next three Striders were tightly bunched – with just 31 seconds splitting them all! Natalie Hale had a sprint battle with another runner up the last 50 metres to stop the clock on 01:02:07. Edna Wood, completing her first ever 10k event, was not far behind with a time of 01:02:15 and she was followed by the prolific eventer Dawn Richardson (01:02:38). Bill Kirkpatrick passed four runners with a sprint up the last 100m (it was like a scene from an Olympic final!) to finish in 01:04.54. Emma Greveson, completing her first 10k event, was cheered over the line by all the other Striders to finish with a superb time of 01:14:19.

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Weekend Results – 27th & 28th February

Two parkrun events were visited by Striders on Saturday morning. At Harrogate, 6 Striders completed the “slightly less boggy then recent weeks” course, with Guy Close leading the way in a time of 20:01. Sean Brennan and Ian Mitchell were next back, split by only 8 seconds, to finish in 22:20 and 22:28 respectively. Nick Wallen recorded a time of 27:13 and he was joined by Rob Charlesworth just under a minute later (28:11) and Tracy Allison (28:52). At the Crystal Palace event in London, Tom Calvert had a speedy run to finish in 18:57.

Andy Robinson headed down to Donnington Park for the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. This is the first time the Striders have been represented at this event, which attracted a large field of 1730. Andy completed the 8 mile course in 01:00:50.

On Sunday, Dan Wilson made the short journey across to Harewood House to take on the British Heart Foundation Half Marathon. On an undulating course of mixed terrain, Dan completed the event in 01:36:20 to take 55th place out of 987 competitors.

Graham Yare completed the Brox Breaker Trail Marathon in Scalby, Scarborough on Sunday afternoon. A mix up with routing however meant that the majority of competitors, including Graham, ended up completing 30 miles! He completed the event in 06:36:41.

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Club champs get underway and fell racers are nearly blown away….its the weekend results

Club Championship starts with Harrogate parkrun
A mass turnout of 17 Striders headed to Harrogate parkrun on Saturday morning for the first Club Championship event of 2016. The course is still very much in its ‘winter state’, with corner 3 resembling a bog, but that didn’t stop 6 Striders achieving Personal Bests on the course. Martin Brock was the first to smash his PB, finishing in with a time of 19:26 (PB). The rapidly improving Guy Close recorded a PB to finish in 19:44 (PB) and he was followed by James Wright (20:31). The next two Striders to finish, Julian Carr and Ian Mitchell, had a head to head battle worthy of an Olympic final along the finish straight to both record a time of 22:55 (but Julian just pipped Ian by ‘a head’ on the line!). Closely behind was Derek Calvert, who recorded a PB with his 23:02. Andrew Roberts completed his 3 laps of the Stray in 23:52 and was joined by Harrogate parkrun first timer Gemma Harding (26:37), club coach Eric Morley (27:28), a PB smashing Andrea Price (27:59), Anthony Everitt (28:16), the constantly improving and PB recording Mark Shelton (28:50), Rob Charlesworth (29:00), Tracy Allison (29:24), Dawn Richardson (30:27), Anne Cooley (32:53) and Alison Jackson, who set a new PB time of 32:55. A big shout out to club member Sean Brennan for taking on the Race Director role – his volunteering efforts are greatly appreciated by all who attend the event on a weekly basis.

Down South in Dulwich, Tom Calvert recorded a PB with a time of 17:55.

5, 10 and 26.2 – Many Striders miles clocked on Sunday
In extremely wet and windy conditions on Sunday, three Striders took on the Ilkley Fell Race. The 5 mile course takes participants over mixed terrain and includes 1200ft of climbing. Keith Emery was first Strider back down the fell with a time of 53:13. Sean Brennan continued on his excellent form from the recent Peco XC series to finish his first fell race in club colours in 64:13. Taking 1st place in the V60 Women’s category was Sue Morley, who battled the elements to complete the course in 73:45
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The ‘Snake Lane 10’, based in Pocklington (East of York), also had three Striders in attendance. The second part of the course took runners into a strong headwind on the winding country roads. James Wright led home the club contingent in a course PB of 01:08:54. Clare McKenzie and Karen McNaughton were both taking part in their first ever 10 mile race and they beat the goal times they set themselves for the race, which formed part of their preparations for the Liverpool Half Marathon in May. Clare came across the finish line in 01:36:50 and Karen flew into the Market Place and sprinted over the line in 01:44:58. Thanks to Simon Shaw for coming to support the Striders….but sanity does have to be questioned….as he biked all the way over to Pocklington and back again!!
Pre snake lane Snake Lane goodies

Up in the North East, Graham Yare participated in the ‘Leas Marathon’. The event takes runners on 4 laps of a course along the South Shields coast, in the area around the Great North Run finish line. He finished the event in 03:38:17.

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.