Tackling the mighty Yorkshire Three Peaks

Emma and Julie
Emma and Julie

Striders mother and daughter Julie Bass and Emma Hope travelled to North Yorkshire to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks. They aimed to walk up Ingleborough (723m), Pen-Y-Gent (694m) and Whernside (736m), a total distance of 24 miles in 12 hours. After a 6.15am start, the first two summits were reached in heavy mist, but by the time the summit of Whernside was reached the sun was out. A steep scramble to the finish was rewarded with a finish time of 9hr 22mins.

Read more at: http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/sport/stilton-strider-secures-podium-spot-at-grimsthorpe-castle-half-marathon-1-8028346

Stuart gets podium at the Grimsthorpe Castle Half

Stuart V40
Stuart fastest V45

Stilton Strider Stuart Shaw travelled to Lincolnshire on Sunday for the Grimsthorpe Castle half-marathon, an undulating trail race around the grounds of the castle.

Stuart finished in an excellent third place overall, and first vet 45, in 1hr 31min 03secs.

Read more at: http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/sport/stilton-strider-secures-podium-spot-at-grimsthorpe-castle-half-marathon-1-8028346

Grantham summer solstice run 10k

I travelled  to long Bennington on Friday evening to do this 10k organised by Grantham RC. I was the only strider, but it was a long way and further than I thought and made it to start line about 2 mins to gun . Great field for this race 800+ with some very fast times at the top .  A circular loop up and down but on the whole a quick course I would say.  Well organised and lots of crowd cheers including Tony with my dog. Well earned bottle of cider in my goody bag for him.  Did 47.35 and pretty pleased with that and was great to bump into my friend jo shore (previously a strider)
– Vik

‘Luke shines at Beacon Solstice’

A large group of Stilton Striders raced in the Beacon Solstice, a five-mile trail race around Beacon Hill Country Park. Luke Eggleston finished second overall after an excellent run, clocking 32min 09secs, while clubmate was seven places back in ninth after posting 33.50, to finish first vet 40.
Other Striders times: Jacqui Riley 45.29, Brian Walkling 46.22, Helen Plant 46.57, Ray Walker 47.22, Liz Heaton 47.45, Sarah Lawrence 48.42, Matt Chalmers 49.25, Liz Parkinson 49.30, Vanessa Walker 50.06, Celia Brown 51.14, Greeba Heard 51.41, Kathy Walsh 51.41, Deborah Wilson 52.11, Laura Pickard 52.41, Kaye Mead 53.54, Elaine Bottrill 57.02, Laura Peacock 58.06, Shaun Staff 58.21, Jenny Kent 60.09. The race was also open to canicross, where runners race with a dog which has to be attached to the runner, usually with a lead system fitted around the runner’s waist.

Read more at: http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/sport/stilton-strider-luke-shines-at-beacon-solstice-1-8017523

Road to Recovery Half 2017

Jason Barton retained his title at the second Road2Recovery Half-Marathon at Eye Kettleby Lakes on Sunday. The Melton runner was part of a large group of Stilton Striders who entered the local race, organised by Claire Lomas.

With temperatures nudging 30c, the race was reduced to 10.1 miles on health and safety grounds, but the shortened route remained tough on the hottest day of the year. Barton came home more than three minutes in front, crossing the line in 1hr 4min 26secs ahead of his clubmate Nick Brown in an excellent second place in 1.07.50. Natalie Teece was next back for the club in sixth overall, and second lady in 1.13.43, followed shortly after by Alan Thompson 1.14.58, Richard Coombs 1.15.58, Paul Geeson 1.16.15, Luke Eggleston 1.17.56, and Stuart Shaw 1.18.36. Other times: Ian Howe 1.20.53, Harris Millar 1.23.01, Andy Nicholls 1.23.05, Michael Cooke 1.24.02, Michelle Farlow 1.26.19, Vicki Lowe 1.26.39, David Hall 1.27.57, Liz Goodbourn 1.29.03, Abigail Arnott 1.30.49, Rebecca Forester 1.30.53, Greeba Heard 1.32.15, Daniel Howley 1.34.33, Sharon Eshelby 1.32.27, Mathew Daniel 1.38.17, Christie Jones 1.38.17, Mike Brighty 1.41.13, Lynda Harris 1.42.37, Alison Wilson 1.49.21, Celia Brown 1.54.30.

Where's Wally

Jenny and Clive Kent, Ben and Laura Pickard, and Jon and Deborah Wilson ran together in Where’s Wally fancy dress and clocked 2hr 09mins.

Team Strider
Team Strider

Swithland 6 – LRRL race 3

A small group of Stilton Striders  joined 683 runners to take part in the 3rd summer Leicestershire Road Running League Race (the Swithland 6) – a very scenic one lap course with a particularly challenging hilly last mile.  It was Nick Brown to lead the Strider men grabbing an awesome 5th age category place and 59th  position in 37.31.  Very close  behind him and challenging for a top strider spot was Alan Thompson in 37.58 (66 place), and Darren Glover 38.17 (75 place). Other men David Hall (10th cat vet) in 48.08, and Daniel Howley 01.02.

On the ladies side Natalie Teece was again first strider lady in 39.32 (7th Lady), followed by Julie Bass 44.25 (3rd vet placing) in 44.25 and achieving her much deserved Gold time. Other ladies: Michelle Farlow 45.10, Vicki Lowe 45.49, Abi Arnott 46.35, Lou Houghton 47.48.

A bit more on the Club Standards:
Julie has been running very well and to acheive a Gold Standard time is hugely impressive. There are other levels to aim for, such as Bronze, or Copper and for many, a lower standard time is still a massive acheivement as it’s on the very upper limit, or beyond their race pace.
If you’re interested, Club standard times can be found here:
Mens club standards
Women’s club standards

The club introduced the club standard awards a few years ago as an incentive for some. The rules, together with mens standards and womens standards are attached below. In essence, the challenge is to achieve three race times in the year that are better than the standard level you are running at – those who achieve either their first award, or the next standard up, will then receive their award at the club’s annual awards dinner.
Club standard rules

Go for it and submit your Standard times at the end of the year!

Liverpool Rock and Roll – Half and Full Marathon Sunday 28 May 2017

Two Striders travelled to Liverpool to enjoy their weekends in this magical city.  A great playlist kept the runners going with bands every mile.  This was a challenging course up and down the city taking in all the sights including the Cavern Club, Penny Lane, Stanley Park, Anfield and Goodison Park. Vicki Lowe did the half marathon in 1.42 45.  Matthew Gayton did the full marathon and achieved 3.17 on this challenging course.

Gaddesby 7 – Summer LRRL race 2

A large group of stilton striders travelled up the road to Gaddesby for the 2nd round of the Leicester road running league summer series the ‘Gaddesby 7’.

In a field of nearly 500 runners, First back for the club in 57th place was Darren Glover in 45mins 35 secs, followed in 62nd by Natalie Teece in 46.11 who was 2nd lady on the day, then:
Alan Thompson in 46.46,
Tam Nicol in 51.28,
Julie Bass 53.16,
Michelle Farlow 53.27,
Vicki Lowe 54.28,
Michael Cooke 54.33,
Dan Howley 54.46,
Liz Goodbourn 55.15,
Kirsty Black 56.01,
Sharon Eshelby 56.26,
John Houghton 56.25,
Louise Houghton 58.32,
David Hall 59.48,
Nick Pryke 63.45,
Celia Bown 64.32,
Vanessa walker 65.31
and Ray Walker 76.10.