Weekly Wins Roundup – January 2024

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธโ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโ™€๏ธ As we reflect on the initial months of the year, our Striders has been actively engaged in various initiatives. I would like to thank all our captains and coaches for organising the cross country events, managing our upcoming NEMAAs (please sign up Striders) organising our weekly runs and providing support for our club runners.

We are pleased to present a condensed overview of your remarkable running achievements in the Shout-Out section below. As always, if there are any noteworthy accomplishments that may have inadvertently been overlooked, we extend our apologies and encourage you to reach out to us to guarantee their inclusion in next month’s roundup.

Montane Winter Spine Race

๐ŸŒŸ Elaine Bisson conquered the Montane Winter Spine Race in freezing conditions, displaying unparalleled resilience and determination. A truly awe-inspiring achievement!

Just to recap what the spine race is, it is described on their website as follows.

โ€œThe Montane Winter Spine is widely regarded as Britainโ€™s Most Brutal endurance race. Itโ€™s a non-stop, 268 mile race along the most iconic and demanding national trail in Britain; the Pennine Way. Beginning from Edale in Derbyshire, runners have a time limit of 168 hours to reach the elusive village of Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. You will climb over 10,000 meters as the route crosses some of the most beautiful but difficult terrain found in England, including the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park, Hadrianโ€™s Wall and the Cheviots. Itโ€™s a truly epic challenge that will test your physical resilience and mental fortitude. You will experience the full intensity and ferocity of the British Winter including deep snow, storm force winds and driving rain.โ€

The conditions were brutal, but Elaine powered through with epic desire, grit and determination to complete this staggering ultra in 111 hrs 40mins.

Commondale Clart 2024

Striders conquered the challenging 8.75km fell race with nearly 200m of ascent, hosted by Esk Valley Fell Runners. Special mentions:

๐Ÿฅ‡ Penny Browell: Achieved 1st in her age category, an impressive 4th overall among females! Congrats, Penny! ๐ŸŽ‰

๐Ÿ† Geoff Davis: Dominated the mud and hills, securing 1st in his age category. Well done, Geoff!

๐Ÿ‘ Susan Davis & Tom Reeves: Stellar performances in conquering Commondale Clart. Every step, every ascent โ€“ you all contributed to the triumph of Striders. Here’s to more muddy adventures!

Cross Country Enthusiasm

Sherman Cup and Davison Shield

Exceptional participation marked the Sherman Cup/Davison Shield event, where Strider demonstrated formidable strength by fielding robust men’s and women’s teams, securing 10th place for the men and an impressive 7th place for the women. Kudos to all participants for navigating through the challenging conditions; the event was truly a commendable display of resilience in the midst of a challenging mudfest.

Birtley XC Relays

๐ŸŒŸ January 14th, 2024 ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ
A spectacular display of Strider unity at the Birtley XC Relays on January 14th! Three men’s and three women’s teams of Relay Heroes conquered the challenging course.
Athletes competing were, for the men, Georgie Hebdon, Mark Warner, Brian Potts, Lindsay McEwan, Michael Littlewood, Simon Gardner, Michael Dale, Chris Callan and Sateesh Tandel. For the women there were Nina Bojadzic, Emma McCabe, Emma Thompson, Anna Ting, Lexi Butler, Tala Ealing-Vose, Anna Basu, Katy Walton and Stef Barlow.

Results:
Vet Menโ€™s 35-44: 4th Team – Georgie Hebdon, Mark Warner, Brian Potts
Vet Menโ€™s 45-54: 2nd Team – Lindsay McEwan, Michael Littlewood, Simon Gardner
Vet Women: 3rd Team – Nina Bojadzic, Emma McCabe, Emma Thompson

A special shoutout to our relay heroes, whose dedication and teamwork led to impressive standings in their respective categories. These results are a testament to the strength and resilience of the Elvet Striders family. Here’s to more triumphs and teamwork in the upcoming challenges! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ†

Northern Cross Country Championships

The club was once again very well represented, with 28 club members running and several more spectating and providing support.
The Northerns were this year held just down the road at Sedgefield. The going was Good, Good to soft which made for a speedy course,
Congratulations to all our runners.
A full list of the menโ€™s results can be found here.
A full list of the ladiesโ€™ results can be found here.ย 

Captain Cooks Fell Race Success

Congratulations to Penny Browell, Tala Eagling-Vose, and Emma McCabe, our womenโ€™s team champions!

Striders Abroad

Kudos to David March for an incredible run at the San Silvestre Crevillentina 10km. David achieved a remarkable pb of 49:52. Great work getting under 50 mins. ๐Ÿ‘

We also have Jean Bradley storming around Jells parkrun in Australia and Stephen Lumsdon battling the wind in the Falkland Islands

Croft 5K

A one and a half lap course invited runners to take the fastest route possible around the circuit in search of personal bests, and there were certainly some fast times,
Well done to Kallum Moses who set a seasonโ€™s best time of 18:35. Great running Kallum.

Ormesby10

Andrew Davies ran the first Ormsby10 of the year, a 10k route around the grounds and farmland at Ormesby Hall. Sunshine and mud, what not to like!

Druridge Bay Beach Trail 10k

The race, which started at Druridge Bay Country Park and featured a mix of paths, trails, and the beach, provided a challenging yet rewarding experience for runners of all levels. Against the backdrop of fabulous views and a flat course, Jamie Purdy completed the race in just under 45 minutes, showcasing an impressive accomplishment!

Newcastle 10K Triumphs

A brand new 10k was held in Newcastle in collaboration with the Tyne Bridge Harriers
Featuring ROAD CLOSED courses, this race guided participants through the iconic landmarks of the Newcastle Quayside, including the Swing Bridge and passing under the High Level Bridge, Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, King Edward VII Bridge, and Redheugh Bridge, before retracing the route.

This exceptionally fast and flat course offered genuine PB potential, making it perfect for both seasoned runners and beginners who sought to kick-start their year with a rewarding challenge! The race was organized into two waves, with Sub 40-minute runners embarking on an elite race at 9:00 am, followed by the mass B race at 9:25 am

Allan Renwick and Stephen Jackson secured age category victories, with stellar performances from Phil Ray, Jonathan Beaufort-jones, and Kallum Moses. Special congratulations to Kallum, who not only delivered an impressive performance but also secured a personal best in the 10K event. Well done on your great running, Kallum!

Brass Monkey Half Marathon 2024

Brass Monkey Half Monkey took place at York Racecourse, featuring a course that has consistently delivered personal bests for road runners. The event, held on a Sunday, fortunately escaped the high winds brought by storm Jocelyn later in the afternoon. The out-and-back course not only provided a respite from the adverse weather but also offered runners the opportunity to balance any challenges faced in one direction with positive experiences on the return leg. The course and participating club runners lived up to expectations with impressive PBs for Mark Kearney, Sateesh Tandell, Matthew Carr, Jo Robertson, Heather Raistrick, and Stephen Soulsby, who also clinched 3rd place in his age category.

Full results can be found here.

๐Ÿ† Nick Latham’s Victories

Completed a second full week of training after healing from a fall at Simonside Cairns fell race. ๐Ÿ’ช

Returned to the scene of the crime, securing 3rd place on the blue course at the NATO Simonside Classic orienteering event. ๐Ÿฅ‰

Nailed Durham parkrun with the help of an amazing team of volunteers.

Parkrun Triumphs

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ Let’s give a roaring round of applause to our Striders for conquering various parkruns and achieving remarkable milestones! ๐ŸŽ‰

Personal Best Alert! ๐Ÿš€

Jacqui Jenkin soared to new heights with a fantastic Personal Best at York Parkrun!
Great running from Peter Bell who is continuing to improve week on week. A 2 second PB for peter this week at Riverside.

First Finishers ๐Ÿ†

Liam Huntington showcased his speed and determination, claiming the coveted first finisher spot at Albert Parkrun.

David Cowell stormed to victory as the first finisher at Battlestead Croft Parkrun.

Sam Jackson was first finisher at the Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun.

Milestone Celebration ๐ŸŽ‰

A heartfelt congratulations to Lynne Waugh, who celebrated her incredible 350th parkrun at Riverside Chester le Street!

Returning Strong ๐Ÿ’ช

Special mention to Mick Davies for making a triumphant return from injury.

Striders Making Waves ๐ŸŒŠ

Our Striders were also spotted conquering parkruns at Albert, Battlestead Croft, Charlton, Congleton Cotsford Fields, Denton Dene, Dunfermline, Durham, Endcliffe, Hartlepool, Herrington County, Jells, Jesmond Dene, Jubilee, Lee-on-the-Solent, Muncaster Castle, Oaklands, Riverside Chester le Street, Sedgefield, Stewart, Town Moor, and York.

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