All posts by Malcolm Sygrove

Club Handicap – May 2022

Maiden Castle, Wednesday, May 11, 2022

4.8 miles

The Handicap made a welcome return to the Striders’ summer calendar. Sixty runners completed the two-lap course around Houghall Woods, as well as several who completed one lap, and a handful who ran “non-competitively”. Well done to all who took part. Many thanks to all who organised, timed, recorded results, marshalled, supported and took photographs. … Continue reading Club Handicap – May 2022

Carrock Fell Race 2022

Calebreck, Lake District, Sunday, March 13, 2022

AS / 5.6 miles / 1640 ft

David James

After running a number of parkruns and slowly improving my times this year, this led me to attempt a couple of cross country runs, Durham and Alnwick, both of which, although tough, I enjoyed and so I felt that a new challenge was needed. My friend Stan White had suggested a day out to see … Continue reading Carrock Fell Race 2022

Montane Spine Race 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

268 miles

Elaine Bisson

The Montane Spine Race is a 268 mile non-stop race following the Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in midwinter. It is regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. This year is its 10th anniversary and the starting line up is impressive. An epic challenge, a veritable monster that scares me silly … Continue reading Montane Spine Race 2022

Bollihope Carrs 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

BM / 11km / 380m

Nigel Heppell

Photo courtesy of Mark Bevan of DFR I’ve just discovered a magazine/revue called ‘RUNdown’ on the Elvet Striders website.According to the December 2021 issue, at the same time as loads of Striders ran in loops around the XC course at Sedgefield, I could be found competing in the Bollihope Carrs Fell Race! This is a … Continue reading Bollihope Carrs 2021

Blyth Sands Race 2021

Blyth Beach, Sunday, December 5, 2021

5 miles

Ian Butler

Five intrepid Striders made their way to Blyth on Sunday for the 61st Blyth Sands Race. Always run on the first Sunday in December, this historic race uses its own unique handicap system. The older and wiser age groups going off first, followed by the younger whippersnappers released at varying intervals chasing down the early … Continue reading Blyth Sands Race 2021

Hamsterley Forest parkrun Nov 2021

Hamsterley Forest, Saturday, November 13, 2021

5k

Malcolm Sygrove

A lovely run and a cautionary tale Two new parkruns have begun in County Durham in recent weeks. I have yet to visit Chopwell Woods, but thought I’d take a trip over to Hamsterley to try this one out. A dry and still morning promised an enjoyable excursion, and I arrived looking forward to a … Continue reading Hamsterley Forest parkrun Nov 2021