South Downs Way 100

One Stilton Strider took a long journey to the South Coast on June 10th, competing in the South Downs Way 100 – a nonstop 100 mile footrace from Winchester to Eastbourne.

After 100 miles of trails and 12,000 feet of ascent, starting at 6am and having run all day and seen the sun both set and rise again, the race culminates in a couple of miles through the streets of Eastbourne and one final lap of the athletics track. With the setting of England’s newest National Park over a sunny June weekend and the great organisation and support of Centurion Running and 130 fantastic volunteers, Richard Gray completed the race in 123rd position in 25 hours and 33 minutes.

Richard was raising money for Mind, the mental health charity, and donations can be made via

The Holme Pierrepont Heritage Grand Prix – A Fantastic Four Race Series

The Holme Pierrepont Heritage Grand Prix is a series of four races over varying distances, run over the space of ten days.

This year, the race schedule was as follows:

June 27th            Rushcliffe 4 mile

June 29th            Holme Pierrepont 10k

July 4th                Embankment 5k

July 6th                Colwick Racecourse 5 mile


A small contingent of Striders – Ben Pickard, Laura Pickard, Daniel Moult, Nick Pryke and Neil Jaggard entered the full series, with Vanessa Walker just entering the Colwick Racecourse 5 mile as a standalone race.

The weather for each event could not have been more different. On June 27th, a cool, overcast evening greeted 431 runners at Rushcliffe Country Park. Striders positions and times were as follows: Ben Pickard (135th/28:45), Neil Jaggard (170th/29:50), Nick Pryke (203th/30:56), Laura Pickard (314th/36:05) and Daniel Moult (325th/36:37).

An unseasonably wet evening confronted runners at Holme Pierrepont Country Park for the longest race of the series – a 10k which took in almost a full circuit of the lake before heading out into surrounding roads, before returning to the lake to take in another half circuit. The race attracted 449 competitors and Striders positions and times were as follows: Ben Pickard (163rd/45:46), Neil Jaggard (187th/46:52), Nick Pryke (257th/50:24), Laura Pickard (357th/57:46) and Daniel Moult (382nd/59:44).

Warm evening sunshine was the order of the day for the third race of the series – the Embankment 5k – a very flat riverside course that saw a number of PBs broken in a field of 481 with over 100 people finishing in under 20 minutes. Striders positions and times were as follows: Ben Pickard (202nd/22:11), Neil Jaggard (213th/22:36), Nick Pryke (260th/23:38), Daniel Moult (369th/27:08) and Laura Pickard (372nd/27:15).

The final race of the series was run on a remarkably sultry evening at Colwick Racecourse. The course utilised the inner service road of the racecourse as well as the neighbouring country park. 409 runners completed the race, and Striders positions and times were as follows: Ben Pickard (153rd/37:54), Neil Jaggard (169th/38:44), Nick Pryke (239th/42:42), Vanessa Walker (290th/45:46) Laura Pickard (292nd/45:57) and Daniel Moult (322nd/48:18).

The final Grand Prix results were as follows:

1st overall: Michael Coltherd                      1 hour 30 minutes 46 seconds

2nd overall: Ben Livesey                                1 hour 33 minutes 51 seconds

3rd overall: Marlon Dunkley                        1 hour 40 minutes 42 seconds

First lady: Katie Lomas (18th overall)        1 hours 50 minutes exactly

Striders finishing positions:

Ben Pickard (104th/2.14.36), Neil Jaggard (119th/2.18.02), Nick Pryke (154th/2.27.40), Laura Pickard (214th/2.47.03) and Daniel Moult (228th/2.51.47). 286 runners completed the full Grand Prix.

All competitors deemed the Grand Prix a success in terms of organisation and would thoroughly recommend to all Striders looking for a challenging but enjoyable midsummer series.

‘Toughest LRRL Road race’ – Hungarton 7

A large group of Stilton Striders made the trip for the latest round of the Leicester Road Running League summer series; the Hungarton 7.

The popular race is widely regarded as one of the toughest road races in Leicestershire, made more difficult by the warm, muggy conditions. First back for the Melton club among a field of more than 570 was Luke Eggleston in an excellent 47th place in 44min 50secs. Darren Glover (47.14) was next back in 79th, just two places and three seconds ahead of Alan Thompson. Natalie Teece was 84th and seventh in a high quality women’s field in 47.27. Other Striders times: Ian Drage 47.26, Clive Kent 50.18, Ian Howe 53.29, Julie Bass 53.47, Michelle Farlow 55.06, Vicki Lowe 55.27, John Houghton 55.30, Daniel Howley 56.27, Abi Arnott 58.26, Louise Houghton 58.27, Mike Brighty 59.29, Sharon Eshelby 59.35, Helen Plant 1hr 01min 37secs, Kirsty Black 1.02.15, Ray Walker 1.06.03, Helen Metcalfe 1.06.05, Vanessa Walker 1.06.39, Jenny Kent 1.16.23.

Beacon 24 – A 24hr hill fest!

A small group of Striders took advantage of this low key 24 hour event at Beacon Hill for a bit of distance training.   After some dodgy pizza (gin?) the night before, Debs Wilson called it a day after 2 very Hilly laps, Jon W 4 laps and Andy Nicholls 5 laps and all home in time for tea, leaving the diehards to carry on for a further 17 hours.

More Striders needed next year – do one lap, run as a team or run yourself into the ground all for £20 with a friendly atmosphere for a good cause.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!