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.

A windy day but parkrunners came out to play!

For the last club parkrun visit of 2015, a small, but hardy bunch of Striders headed over to Leeds for the Woodhouse Moor parkrun. The course was windswept but offered a varied course for those in attendance – a few hills, a bit of cross country and some slippy, leaf covered paths. James Wright was first Strider back, crossing the line in 20:09. Next up were Ian Mitchell and Julian Carr, who completed the course in 22:39 and 22:52 respectivley. Tom Burrell was next, finishing in 27:26 and he was followed by the ever improving Edna Wood, who clocked 29:40.

Three other parkruns were also visited by Striders on a challenging morning for running. On a boggy Stray, Sean Brennan completed the 3 laps of the Harrogate event in 22:40. Guy Close headed to Fountains Abbey and recorded a time of 20:04. Further afield, Nicola Carter completed the Gateshead course in 22:28.

There will be no club parkrun visit on Saturday 2nd January, so our next “1st Saturday of the month” visit will be on 6th February, with the venue to be announced early in the New Year. In the hat already for 2016 are York, Bradford, Pontefract, Cross Flatts, Bramley, Skipton and Wetherby.

12 Striders, 3 events and 3 PB’s – parkrun Roundup – 28.11.15

Despite the cold conditions, 12 Striders ventured out to a parkrun event on Saturday morning.

At Harrogate, Ian Mitchell led home the 4 Striders in attendance, clocking a time of 22:07. Only 8 seconds behind was Nicola Carter (22:15) and she was followed by Nick Wallen (25:54) and Eric Morley (26:55).

The World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey welcomed 6 Striders, with 3 of them achieving PB’s. James Wright was first back in 19:10 (PB), followed closely by Guy Close who finished in a time of 20:01. Joining them were regular Fountains Abbey attendee Phil Chatterton (21:34), Sean Brennan (21:58 – PB), Dawn Richardson (28:48 – PB) and Bill Kirkpatrick (31:40).

On the Knavesmire in York, Conrad Garcia and Julian Carr battled against strong winds to record times of 20:41 and 21:50 respectively.

Don’t forget that it’s the monthly Striders parkrun visit this coming Saturday (5th December). We will be visiting the Woodhouse Moor event in Leeds. A car share scheme will be in place from KCC – meet at 07:55am for a 08:00am departure.

Weekend Results – 14th and 15th November

With a number of Striders resting up for the Abbey Dash, it was a low turnout at parkrun on Saturday morning – but a club record was beaten at the Harrogate event.

Keith Emery clocked a time of 19:16 to finish in 2nd place, which is the highest placing by a Strider at any parkrun event. He was joined on a windswept Stray by Graeme Kilvington who recorded a time of 24:13. Gareth Conckleton, James Wright and Sean Brennan were also in attendance in a volunteering capacity. At the Fountains Abbey event, Liam Kennedy finished in 24:45 to set a new PB.

The Sunday morning storms didn’t deter a large number of Striders making the short trip to Leeds for the annual Abbey Dash 10k. Weather conditions improved for the start of the event, with the wind and rain departing almost exactly as the race begun. Leading home the Striders contingent of 26 (a record turnout?) was Martin Brock, dipping in just under 39 minutes with a time of 38:55. James Wright and Guy Close were next across the finish line, completing the flat course in 40:38 and 41:02 respectively. Dan Wilson was just over a minute behind Guy with a time of 42:06, with Ian Mitchell following in 42:25. Andy Robinson and Conrad Garcia were separated by only 13 seconds, finishing with times of 43:16 and 43:29. The battle for first Striders lady home was very close, as has been the case all year, between Sima Lowery and Nicola Carter. Sima held off Nicola by 11 seconds, stopping the clock in 44:44, with Nicola recording 44:55. Joining them in the final 2015 Club Championship event were Sean Brennan (45:32), Derek Calvert (46:42), Gareth Conkleton (47:09), Graeme Kilvington (50:25), John Greveson (52:30), Andrew Robert (53:11), Louise Annatt (53:11), Gemma Harding (56:17), Andrea Price (57:26), Dawn Richardson (58:27), Tracy Allison (58:44), Anthony Everitt (58:45), Jenny Cooley (59:27), Natalie Hale (59:48), Bill Kirkpatrick (01:02:00), Liz Bowden (01:05:14) and Emma Walsh (01:29:51).

Weekend Results – 7th and 8th November

It was a wild and wet weekend for running but that didn’t stop Striders visiting a number of different events, starting with parkrun on Saturday morning and finishing with the Harewood House trail race on Sunday.

Roundhay Park was the chosen venue for the latest club parkrun visit, with five Striders making the short trip across to Leeds to take on the 3 lap undulating course. James Wright (20:38) just held off Andy Robinson (20:48) for first Strider back. They were followed up the final hill by James Cornforth (21:26), Nicola Carter (22:35) and Julian Carr (24:32).

At Fountains Abbey, Guy Close recorded a PB with a time of 19:44, finishing exactly 3 minutes ahead of Phil Chatterton (22:44).

The good surfaces found at the Roundhay Park and Fountains Abbey courses were certainly in contrast to the very wet and muddy conditions experienced on the Stray for the Harrogate event. After taking a detour to avoid the bonfire preparations, Sean Brennan was the first Strider over the finish line in 22:13. Chasing him down, and managing to not lose any trainers in the sticky mud between corners 2 and 3, were Nick Wallen (26:49), Anthony Everitt (28:17), Eric Morley (28:18) and Rob Charlesworth (31:22).

The wet weather continued on Sunday, but that didn’t deter Striders representing the club at three events.

Sue Morley, running in club colours for the first time, raced in the Yorkshire Vets Fell League at Spenborough. She completed the multi-terrain 5 mile course in 45:36, taking 3rd place in the female V60 category.

Recently joined member Liam Kennedy headed over to Dalby Forest for the ‘Dalby Dash 10k’. He completed the challenging course, which sees runners go up hill for the first two miles, in a time of 58:38.

Closer to home, 5 Striders made the short journey over to Harewood House for the annual 5 mile trail race. Fresh from his run at Roundhay Park parkrun on Saturday, James Cornforth stopped the clock in 36:29, just beating Phil Cornforth (37:15) for a top 10 finish. They were joined at the event by Clare McKenzie (48:30) and Dawn Richardson (52:53). Karen McNaughton was also in attendance but unfortunately had to pull out of the race after two miles due to injury – hope you recover soon Karen!

strider before ht5 Clare Karen and Dawn prior to Harewood

Next Sunday (15th November) is the Leeds Abbey Dash, which is the last event in the 2015 Club Championship. Although Ian Mitchell and Nicola Carter have already sewn up the 1st place trophies, the 2nd and 3rd spots in both the male and female categories are still up for grabs. It should be a great event, with a high number of Striders registered to chase down a 10k PB. Eric will be ready with his trusty calculator to workout final standings which we will be published as soon as possible after the event.

The PECO Cross Country gets under way at Temple Newsam on the 22nd November. It’s £3 to obtain a race number for the entire series (5 events) plus £3 per event (pay on the day). To register, please speak to Eric Morley at one of our training sessions.

Weekend Results – 31.10 & 01.11

A soggy Stray was the destination for 6 Striders on Saturday as they took on the Harrogate pakrun course in reverse! Julian Carr (23:18) kicked on in the last lap to finish ahead of Graeme Kilvington (23:35) by 17 seconds to be first Strider home. They were joined by an improving (post injury) Nick Wallen (25:18), Anthony Everitt (27:33), Tracy Allison (28:18) and volunteer tail runner James Wright (54:59).

The Halloween spirit made its way into one of the timing devices at Fountains Abbey meaning that a number of times were missing. Guy Close dodged the gremlins however and recorded a time of 20:11. Dawn Richardson was also in attendance, using the event as a warm up for Sundays Guy Fawkes 10 race, stopping the watch in 31:26.
Working our way down the country, Clare Aynsley attended the Newark event, clocking 32:43. Down in London, Derek Calvert achieved a time of 23:12 at Crystal Palace.

The annual Guy Fawkes 10 mile race, organised by our friends at Nidd Valley Road Runners, was held in warm conditions on Sunday morning. The course is one of the toughest events on the local racing calendar, providing a real test for the 11 Striders who attended. First back into the finish area at Ripley Castle was James Wright who set a time of 01:13:26. Next up were Dan Wilson (01:18:16) and Conrad Garcia (01:19:23) who’s time saw him leapfrog James into 3rd place in the Club Championship standings. As has been the case all season, Nicola Carter and Sima Lowery battled it out for first Female Strider home. Nicola came out on top, recording a time of 01:21:38, to wrap up the Club Championship for 2015 with one event to go. Sima followed shortly behind in 01:22:05. Next back to collect his chocolate (great goodie bags!) was Julian Carr (01:28:28) and he was chased down by Pamela Singleton (01:33:13), Andrea Price (01:44:11), Dawn Richardson (01:48:39) and coming across the line together were Katie Gray and June Graham who both clocked 02:00:05.

See Eric’s earlier post for a roundup of Club Championship standings.


Eleven Striders tackled this tough 10 miler hosted by local rivals Nidd Valley (see separate report for more detail).

In the Ladies Championship, Pam Singleton took the win on our age grading system which elevated her from 13th to 7th in the Championship, Nicola was next and remains overall winner of the Championship and Sima cemented second place. Dawn was next and put a bit more space between herself and Andrea. Katie Gray and June Graham recorded there first points with June 6th and Katie 7th.

In the Mens Championship, Ian has won, however today’s results saw Conrad continue his excellent late season form and move from 7th to 3rd. Martin maintains 2nd place by two points from him. A battle ensues between James and Dan with just 2 points the difference. They are in 4th and 5th place respectively. Julian improved his points tally and remains in 6th.

The championships ends with the Leeds Abbey Dash on 15/11.

I am already preparing the 2016 Championship and comments about this seasons races and the championship format are welcome, critical or otherwise. In formulating next years event suggestions are most welcome about races that we might add /or take out, and on format.



Whixley 10k – 25.10.15

Perfect running conditions greeted 140 runners at the inaugural Whixley 10k. Striders made up 10% of the starting field, with 14 members in attendance.

The course was very much multi-terrain and was a good test for the winter trail shoes that were coming out of hibernation!

The first 3 Striders home were split by only 3 seconds. Andy Robinson (41:28) was in a photo finish with the ever youthful Ian Mitchell (41:29) and they were closely followed by Guy Close (41:31). James Wright (43:13) was next across the finish line, with Phil Cornforth (44:07) 5th Strider back. A close knit pack of female Striders came in just over the 50 minute mark. They were led home by Sue Morley (50:07), with Nicky Christie (50:24) and Anna Cornforth (50:52). They were joined at the event by club coach Eric Morley (53:09), Tony Everitt (55:18), Tom Burell (56:37), Lucy Cartwright (57:42), Tracy Allison (58:16), Andrea Price (59:01) and Alison Jackson (01:04:15).

For photos of the event, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/n0rman0/albums/72157660353385162

Weekend Results – 17th and 18th October

A rather belated round up of results from last weekend – apologies for the delay!

There was a good turnout of 6 Striders at Harrogate parkrun, with Guy Close leading them home in 19:57. In his first parkrun for a while, Ian Mitchell achieved a time of 20:43. Next up was Phil Chatterton, who ran a course PB in 22:56. Also in attendance at the Stray were Anthony Everitt (27:10), Tracy Allison (27:47) and Rob Charlesworth (28:27).

Nicola Carter undertook some parkrun tourism, finishing in a time of 23:27 at Parke parkrun which is situated in Devon. This event is also the ‘local one’ for Brenda Grant who recently moved from North Yorkshire down to the area. Brenda completed the course in 38:14.

On Sunday, Striders were in attendance at two events – the 10 mile Shaun Lee Johnstone Trail run and the Amsterdam Half Marathon. Sima Lowery provided a short report from the SLJ event,

“The 8th Shaun Lee Johnstone multi terrain 10 Mile race was held on Sunday, with 4 Striders taking on the challenge. Spared by the rain which came earlier, everyone showed great endurance to battle through relentless muddy fields and an undulating course. There was great support and atmosphere along the way not to mention the worthy cause everyone was running for. A well thought out refreshments stand with warm drinks, cakes and tasty bacon butties relieved weary finishers! Ian Mitchell was first back, completing the course in 01:16:11. Following Ian were Sima Lowery (01:19:09), Lucy Taylor (01:46:05) and Bill Kirkpatrick (01:47:55).”

The first Striders European Trip was a huge success. Cool conditions greeted the 8 Striders running in the Amsterdam Half Marathon on Sunday afternoon, with a number of PB times recorded. Martin Brock had great run, finishing in 01:25:46, to lead home the Striders contingent. He was joined by Andy Robinson (01:29:25), James Wright (01:29:55), Dan Wilson (01:30:07), Julian Carr (01:46:40), Andrea Price (02:07:36), Dawn Richardson (02:09:52) and Natalie Hale (02:19:00). A full report on the event can be found within the news section of the club website.