Three Club Challenge 2020

Well done those who competed in this years Virtual Three Club Challenge –  especially in those hot and humid conditions!!!

Wreake was the team with the lowest participants ( 22 runners) which meant top 22 finishes for both Barrow and SSRC only counted. Barrow had 53 runners and SSRC 43 – an excellent turnout!!!

This year Wreake have totalled the times instead of awarding points. 

Results based on 22 finishers for each club. 

Gold: Barrow 12:33:32

Silver: SSRC 13:59:07

Bronze: Wreake 16:52:05

Download full results



Kibworth 6

Striders smash it at Kibworth 6. 

Over the weekend 30 senior members of the club ran in what is described as the hardest race in the Leicestershire Road Running League  (LRRL) series – the Kibworth 6. The course was a single heavily undulating route starting and finishing at Kibworth High School and taking in both Saddington and Gumley hills with 110 meters of climbing. The ladies race was won by Sarah Purser (West End Runners) in 41:12 and the Striders Ladies teams did exceptionally well consolidating their positions at the top of Division 1 Vets Ladies and Division 2 Ladies. First home was Natalie Teece (42:16) and 3rd overall lady, followed by Katie Hateley (44:35), Michelle Farlow (45:09), Nicola Taylor (45:09), Julie Bass (46:21) and Vicki Lowe (46:46). All the ladies finished within the top 35 places. The men’s race was won by Alex Percy (Hermitage Harriers ) in 35:58. Ian Drage (37:40) was first Strider home in 35TH place, followed by John Robinson (39:42), Mark Stoneley (39:02), Andy Nicolls (41:13), Paul Jacobs (41:23), Ian Bickle (42:29), Duncan Greene (43:32), and Simon Bottrill (44:43). All the other runners contributed to the team scores by finishing in front of rival clubs scoring runners.

On the same day a further eight Striders raced in the inaugural Burghley 7 with 1200 individuals racing around  Stamford and finishing in the grounds of Burghley House. First Strider home was Anthony Ison (50:49), followed by Martin Taylor-Brown (53;13), Michael Cooke (54:29), Julie Ashby (59:03), Colin Miles (62:13), Anna Butler (62:59), Liz Taylor (64:14), and Veronica Pearson (69:50)

The day before she raced at Kibworth Katie Hateley was selected to run in the Leicestershire and Rutland senior ladies cross country team in the National Championships held at Prestwold Hall. Her team finished a respectable 16th out of 32 teams with Katie running a very strong leg.

A number of junior members also ran over the weekend with Harry Dadd also at Prestwold in the National XC Championships finishing 73rd in a large competitive field of 298. Harry has also been selected to represent the county at the England Schools Championships in Liverpool along with Megan Owen and William Hutchinson. William and Toby Hutchinson, Leo Dudman-Millbank, James Jenson, Henry Apps and Kristy Nicholls also ran at Thrusington with Ayesha Bickle taking home first place (affiliated) in the Year 4 event.

Stilton Striders commitment to mental health and well being

Stilton Striders vision, mission and goals.

Our vision:

We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

Our mission:

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem Stilton Striders campaign to raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health.

Our goals:

Staying well: Support people likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well.

Empowering choice:

Empower runners who experience a mental health problem to make informed choices about how they live and recover

Improving advice and support:

Ensure people get the right services and support at the right time to help their recovery and enable them to live with their mental health problem

Enabling social participation:

Open the doors to people with experience of mental health problems participating fully in society

Removing inequality of opportunity:

Gain equality of treatment for people who experience both mental health and other forms of discrimination

Organisational excellence:

Make the most of our assets by building a culture of excellence.

Our values Stilton Striders values are at the heart of everything we do.


We reach out to anyone who needs us


We’re stronger in partnerships


We listen, we act


We speak out fearlessly


We never give up We are Stilton Striders

Stilton 7 Race Report

Striders at Stilton 7

On a wet and windy Sunday morning a total 54 Stilton Striders went out to brave the elements to run and race in a number of events across the country. The main draw was their own Leicestershire Road Running League Race, the Stilton 7 which was run around a two laps course taking in the steep climbs by Welby Church and also Asfordby Hill. Parts of the course was made  more challenging by deep standing water in places. The highly competitive race saw 445 finishes from clubs across the county with Tom Whitmore from Charnwood AC taking first place in the Men’s section completing the 7 miles in 36:51, with Charlie Nurse, Wigston Phoenix first female in 45:11. First home for Striders was Ian Drage (44:47) with the men’s team consisting of John Robinson (46:11), Mark Stoneley (46:53), Richard Coombs  (48:43) Duncan Greene (49:39), Simon Bottrill (51:19), Ben Pickard (51:43), and Mark Ashmore (51:49). Leading the ladies team in was Michelle Farlow (51:58), followed by Nicola Taylor (52:01), Greeba heard (52:31), Vicki Lowe (53:36), Julie Bass (54:03), and Rachel Wade (55:22). Full results for the remaining runners can be found  at here. A special mention should be made to the newest members who took on this challenging race and did themselves proud, Marie Gray, Alison Sandilands, Melisa Harley-Hotchkins and Danielle Holmes. The success of this race would not have occurred without the guidance and organisational skills of Katie Hateley as Race Director supported by a large team of club members who acted as marshals providing support and encouragement along the course.
A further eight Striders took the roads around Stamford to compete in the rescheduled Valentine 30k (18.3 miles) race with Matt Gayton first Strider home in 2:11:01, followed by Natt Teece (2:14:22), Rebecca Forester (2:39:45), Sarah Lawrence (2:55:45), Matt Daniel (2:56:00), Claire Holmewood ( 3:04:01), and Leigh Pick and her Guide Runner Nick Pryke crossing the line together in 3:27:23).
Over at a wet and very windy Prestwold Hall three members competed in the Leicestershire Half marathon with Martin Taylor-Beeby (1:43:33) leading in Mike Williams (1:46:25) and Sas Palmer (3:03:31).
Travelling to Scunthorpe Alan Thompson completed the Run Your Heart 10k race at Quibell Park in 43:48.
Club Chairman Chris Genes said it was a terrific day all round with around 100 members either racing or helping out in some way at the Stilton 7. “In all my time associated with club I have never seen so many members out on a single day and this demonstrates what a growing all-encompassing inclusive club we have become and should anyone want to join us our club nights are Wednesday’s from Melton Sports Village starting at 7.00pm. New members are always welcome, why not Join our Facebook group, like our Facebook page and send us a message“

Beacon Solstice

On Friday a large group of Stilton Striders ran the Beacon Solstice ,an undulating  5 mile trail race around Beacon Hill Country Park , this race includes a canicross category where runners with a dog run the course,  this category  started 10 minutes before the runners .
Group photo
First back for Stilton was Luke Eggleston in 20th place in 32min 40.  27. Ian Drage 34.32,  43, Ben Pickard and Jeff ( canicross) 47.18,   58. Jon Wilson 38.39,  66. Christie Jones 39.22,  85. Daniel Howley 40.33,  98. Ross Jackson 41.40,  100. Dan Giblett 41.44 ,  122. Greeba Heard 42.54,  129. Rebecca Forester 43.09,  156. Nigel Willatt 44.08,  157. Jacqui Riley 44.13,  158 . Ray Walker 44.21,  161. Nick Pryke 44.06,  172  Brian Walkling 45.16,  186. Mel Willatt 45.47,  189. Colin Miles 46.05,  190. Sarah Lawrence 46.15,     228. Kathy Walsh 47.55,  232. Vanessa Walker 48.10,  272. Matt Chalmers 49.24,  276. Deb Wilson 49.30,  348. Kaye Mead 54.03,  391. Helen Benzie 55.52,
Luke Eggleston looking strong.
Ben Pickard and Jeff in Canicross

Prestwold 10k

A group of Stilton Striders travelled to Prestwold Hall near Loughborough for the Prestwold 10K , the latest round of the Leicestershire road running league hosted by Barrow Runners. The race starts and finishes on the Prestwold race track taking in a couple of villages on the outskirts , it’s a fast mainly flat coarse. It was a warm muggy morning for the 700 strong field.
First back for Stilton was Alan Thompson in 60th place in 39min 16, next in 74th a brilliant race debut for new runner John Robinson in 40.05,  110. Ian Drage 42.23,  136. Darren Glover 43.25,  141. Nicola Taylor in her first league race ran a PB 43.45, 204. Michelle Farlow 46.25,  218. Julie Bass 46.55,  242. Vicki Lowe 47.42,  265. Dan Giblett 47.57,  325. Abi Arnott 50.23,  338. Greeba Heard 51.05,   345. David Hall ,  390 . Ray Walker 53.41,  455. Vanessa walker 56.10,  464. Kathy Walsh 57.10 .

Bob Graham Round Attempt 1

Written by Katie Hateley

The Bob Graham Round was first introduced to me via a raffle prize at the Striders Christmas do 2015. The prize I picked was a book that was gifted by Greg Pettingill called ‘Feet in the Clouds’, so this is Greg’s fault really! The more I read about the round the more I wanted to attempt it.

So what is the Bob Graham Round?! It was developed by, surprise surprise, a chap called Bob Graham who was a hotelier in Keswick. In 1932 Bob set himself a challenge at the age of 42 to climb 42 Peaks of the Lake District in 24hrs. He achieved the 66mile, 42 peak, total ascent of 27,000 ft route on his second attempt in sports wear of shorts, vest, pyjama jacket and tennis shoes! From there on in people have challenged themselves to complete the route just as Bob Graham did but with further development on footwear. There are no medals for completing the round and attempts are submitted to The Bob Graham Club all on honesty.

The round is split into 5 legs with each leg beginning and ending on road level. Recceing the route is a key part of completing the round and many trips to The Lake district were planned as well as further training in The Peak district and also our very own Burrough Hill. The other essential and most important part of completing any run, as we know, is mental determination or just being mental! I am also very lucky to have the best support team ever of dear friends from the Stilton Striders Running Club who I could not even contemplate attempting the round with-out them all.

So after months of preparation the weekend of the attempt arrived, May 26th. The start time of the route is a key factor as this will determine which of the legs would be ran in the dark. So a 3am start was decided from Moot Hall with John and Simon joining me for Leg1. We headed off with nervous excitement to the start after 1.5hrs sleep and was closely followed by all of the other support team who also set their alarms at the ridiculous hour to provide cheers and support from the start.

3am arrived and we were off feeling strong and excited. Our first climb was up to Skiddaw and we were progressing at a great speed. The weather report gave details of a clear day and a wind on the tops of the mountains and sure enough they were correct! We were greeted with 50mph winds that you could lean into and not fall over. The leg continued strongly with a great rocky descent at the end down Halls Fell into Threkeld where we had a wonderful support crew awaiting us with cheers and waves! Kaye, Carl and Celia did a fine job of providing me with all of my essentials of tea, food and more tea and of course hugs. I had great further support from others too that came along to greet us.

Leg 2 began, again in a very strong manner with Paul G supporting me. We kept a great pace up the first peak of Clough Head to face the rest of Leg 2, which navigationally is one of the easier legs. We were met by Chris (Mick A) and Matt after Helvellyn which is part way through the leg with further water and snacks. Chris then joined myself and Paul for the remainder of the leg which soon started to feel tough. The long descent down to Dunmail Raise was made much shorter once I saw the many waving hands of my lovely friends and family. Once refuelled, hugged and feeling stronger again I was ready for the start of Leg3.

A sharp climb greeted myself, Chris and Rich up Steel Fell. It was a slow slog with lots of waving to everyone at the road point on Dunmail Raise all the way to the top of Steel Fell. Once on the top the leg continued at a slower pace with me feeling pretty exhausted again and pain to my knees which was not easing after much pain relief. We reached the half way point, Rossett Pike, where Elaine and Jenny welcomed me with much needed hugs, tea and cake. Greg was also waiting patiently at this point to join us for the rest of Leg3 and also to continue onto Leg4 with myself and Clive. Chris retired at this point so I continued with Greg and Rich. My pace slowed even more with my knees completely falling out with me and the winds still remaining strong on many of the peaks. The further on we climbed the more I realised that I would not be able to continue after Leg3. My first thought was that I was going to come back and reattempt my round, my second thought was a feeling of guilt and sadness for everyone who had come along to support me who could not run their legs that they had spent weeks of recceing for. We decided to complete the leg and recce one of the 3 options up to Sca Fell (Scafell Pikes best friend). The descent from Sca Fell to Wasdale is certainly a long downhill and it was taken at a very slow pace. The support crew were watching through binoculars for our arrival as worry was setting in for our safety, which I did not realise! John and Si joined us all on the descent which helped me so much and then the wonderful crowd of my support cheered us into Wasdale Head. Needless to say my emotions took over as soon as I saw John and then continued once I saw the many lovely faces of my support and family. Several months of training, waking at all hours to scan maps and routes, living and breathing Bob Graham and the overwhelming of support of so many great friends and family had come to a stop.

I headed back to the Hostel discussing the round over and over like I have done for nearly a year now, poor John! (Bob is like my second partner) Back at the Hostel the cheers continued by the other supporters and then the celebrations began. The fact of me completing 44 miles and 17,000ft of climb had bypassed me and I was then reminded that I should be proud of this and I am! The celebrations continued for the whole weekend as in true Stilton Strider fashion, I think I was more exhausted from this than the run!

I have been completely overwhelmed with such amazing support from friends and family and also the friends at home who were watching via the means of Facebook. You all have made this challenge into such an amazing experience.

Thank you to John, Si, Elaine B, Kaye, Carl, Celia, Paul G, Sharon, Rich, Chris, Matt, Paul D, Dan, Jenny, Clive, Greg, Sue, Liz, Tom, Dad, Audrey, Elaine, Pepper and everyone else back at home that offered support. I honestly can-not thank you all enough, it still completely overwhelms me at the thought of level of support which I have received.

I will be back Bob and my next attempt will be September with some changes of route, fresh legs, determination, tea, cheese sarnies and once again immense support.

Rothley 10k

A group of Stilton Striders travelled to Rothley for the Rothley 10k on Tuesday 12th June.  A popular midweek race on a hilly course , with a large field of over 1000 finishers.
First back for Stilton was Alan Thompson in an excellent 41st position in 39min 42 secs , followed by 193rd Julie Bass 46.49, 290th Rebecca Forester with another personal best 48.57, 291st Christie Jones 48.57,  462nd Sarah Lawrence 53.07,  474th Ray Walker 54.18,  574th Vanessa Walker 56.16 ,  647th Kathy Walsh 57.29 and  661st Rachel Heggs 57.20