Our 2019 Ben Campbell Club Championship is now complete! Congratulations to all 79 of our members who took part across the year in what has been a wonderful array of events.
Watch out for news of our 2020 Championship very soon!
We will be acknowledging all your efforts at our Dinner and Awards evening and crowning our 2019 champions - Laura Wilmshurst, James Wright, Nicola Carter and Steve Morland. For results from each of the 15 individual races, keep scrolling down. A reminder that the best 7 finishes for each athlete counted towards their 2019 championship standing.
With reigning champion Martin Brock 'graduating' to the Vets category, 2019 was guaranteed to see a change of ownership for the trophy. In what was the most open field, seven different Striders won individual rounds of this year's Senior Men's Championship, with the direction of the title decided only at the final round! In spite of determined efforts from 'Strider of the Year' Mark Shelton and Murray Scott, James Wright returned from his stateside adventure to claim his vital 7th result and in doing so leap to the top of the championship! With strong results over a range of distances, this was a deserved win! Well done too to Mark and Murray, whose efforts across the season are rewarded with podium positions. A word also for James Ireland and both Toms, who each showed championship form in the rounds which they contested - might they build a championship charge in 2020?
In our strongest category, 2019 saw no less than 31 different contenders for the Veteran Ladies' Championship, six of whom scored cherished first places in the age-adjusted results. Linda, Julie and Catherine all put together admirably strong campaigns but in the end had to cede to defending champion Nicola Carter whose stoic performances across 10 difference events netted a near-perfect score of 8! A word for Sima and Sue who both showed championship form in their forays and will surely be in the mix of our 2020 championship. The biggest triumph of this category however must be the sheer number of people who took part - well done and thank you each and every one!
In another big veteran field (28 contenders in this case) the first half of the year featured a head-to-head between defending champion Ian W and Steve M - only broken in August, when Stevie D got in on the act as he built a solid run into second place, pipping the ever-improving David who claimed a fine 3rd step on the podium. Whilst Steve M eventually ran out the winner, there was impressive strength in depth throughout this field with several Striders only a couple of finishes shy of very strong championship positions.
Results from each individual round
The championship positions shown are calculated after the gender/age adjustments have been applied. For further information see the Championship Page.
Round 4 - Ben Campbell 10K trail
Round 6 - Staveley Stampede
Another sunny Stampede saw some of the trends of recent rounds continue, with strong numbers taking part in the two veteran categories. In the smallest category, Senior Ladies, Laura has added another '1', closing the gap on erstwhile leader Claire, whilst in the Men's category, James Wright registered his first win of the season, continuing the pattern of a different winner in every round!
The Veteran Ladies' category saw a new first lady over the line, but it was Sue who took championship honours with Nicola holding onto the lead after 6 rounds! In the Veteran men, Ian narrowly claimed the first place, also taking away first V60 in the race itself.
Round 7 - Burton Leonard
Burton Leonard saw the highest turnout of the Championship so far, with 43 Striders taking part! Nine new names appear on our growing leaderboards as a result, including Beyhan who made an immediate impact on the Senior Ladies category! Tom Calvert became the first Senior Man to record two championship wins this year, whilst in the Veteran Men, Steve Morland narrowly pipped Ian Waller head-to-head for the first time. The Ladies' Veteran now has a new contender, with Sue racking up her third consecutive first place to put herself firmly in the mix!
Round 10 - Sessay Swift 6K
Congratulations to our contingent of nineteen Striders who made the short trip to Sessay Swift last night for round 10 of our Ben Campbell Club Championship.
The fast fast tarmac route over the unconventional distance of 6K had many competitors scratching their heads as to how to approach the event, but mutterings around the start-line seemed to be mostly ‘like a parkrun, but with an extra bit..’. Our Striders did themselves proud, not only as the third biggest-represented club on the night, but also finishing a close second in the Mens’ team event behind a very strong Leeds AC team. Tom Calvert was our lead man home in an excellent 20:25, building on his recent parkrun form, whilst Nicola Carter clocked a great 26:44 to lead our squad of nine ladies in.
Round 11 - Wetherby 10K
An afternoon of blustery mixed weather greeted our Striders at the Wetherby 10k, where close to 1,000 runners took on the challenge starting and finishing at Wetherby Racecourse. With competing events at Tholthorpe and Roseberry this year, our numbers were a little lower than previous years but nonetheless 15 Striders were able to add to their championship tally. Greatest Kudos to Emma who stopped en route to aid a striken competitor but was still able to complete the course and climb to third in the Senior Ladies championship! Once again our Veteran categories were the strongest-attended, with particularly strong showings from Gaynor and David, whilst Mark and Murray continued their climb towards the top of the Senior Mens' category.
Round 12 - Redcar Half-Marathon
With the prospect of a sunny day by the seaside, a strong contingent of Striders signed-up for our away-day round, sharing transport with our friends from Nidd Valley. It's fair to say that the weather didn't stick to the deal, and a very wet and windy challenge ensued for our hardy members! In spite of that, there were some really strong showings and even PBs emerging from the sideways rain which greeted competitors at the finish! Performances of the day went to Tom Killmurray who was first Strider home, showing a huge improvement in endurance to match his speed since he joined us, and Ruth Mann who obliterated her previous PB over this distance. Fair to say that anyone who even completed this one was a hero though!
Round 13 - Richmond 10K
A new event to the championship, this proved a popular and interesting challenge with the competitors. Inevitably for an event based in one of England's hilliest towns, the early and latter parts of the race saw some tough climbs and thrilling descents, not least the final mile weaving up, down and around the streets of the town before a castle-side dash down the finish. The middle part of the route however sees some flatter terrain and a chance to tick-off some mileage at a more predictable pace! Emma continued her solid finishes to strengthen 3rd place in her category whilst Nicola and Catherine finished closely, reflecting what may turn out to be their final championship positions. James Cornforth recorded his first category win of the year, but Mark's second place thrust him right into the championship scrap! In the Veteran's category we saw our newest and very welcome entrant into the championship - Andy Clarke, whilst the returning Ian Waller followed in first Strider Steve.
Round 15 - Conyngham hall parkrun
Our championship concluded 'at home' with a running of the Conyngham Hall parkrun on Saturday 16th November. With our friends from Nidd Valley taking over the event for the day, our Striders were free to enjoy this rewarding, mixed terrain run - providing one of our biggest championship turnouts of the year! It would also determine the direction of our Senior Men's Championship!