(Update: I used the provisional results for Herrington Park instead of waiting for the official results, which means that some of the results, and consequently, GP totals, are not correct. We’ll get this sorted)
Northern Navigators Charity Score Event, Houghall Woods, Monday, December 26, 2016
It was a windy, cold, horrible and foul day. We parked at the top car park on the Science Site and could hardly stand in the wind. After a while, we got a special gadget to check into the controls which were hidden in Houghall Woods.
There were lots of tricky places where the controls were hidden, with obstacles, slippery mud, hills and steps. I also taught the grown ups a new technique to climb hills, “Climb like a tiger!”.
I was pretty pleased that I managed to run in my wellies alongside Captain Gareth – I think I’ll catch him at parkrun one day!
After a run along the top of the forest, we had to go into a gorge which was very deep. We saw lots of other people, going in different directions, but luckily we had a compass and my Dad is good at reading maps. We had to be back within an hour, or we would get penalties. So, we decided to run up the steps of doom which were very tricky and tiring.
When we got to the top, we had to run fast across the car park towards the finish. Then we queued up to get our scores and Gareth got me some chocolate!
Patrick Hamill (aged 7) #parkrunpat
Night time safety / December club run, Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Catherine and Gareth Smitchard
Well done to everyone who turned out tonight, particularly those who were super luminous, reflective and lit up! Shining bright like diamonds!
Given the darkened streets we really do recommend people purchase kit that helps them be seen by motorists, cyclists and other pedestrians. To encourage this and in memory of the girls who tragically lost their lives in the recent accident we will be dedicating the next club run to them. We’d like you to invest in (borrow / share) items to keep you safe and wear them ALL on club run night to make our own ‘lumiere’ event on 8th December. A few people had the heel lights on and they were really fab, as were the flashing arm bands. Only a few quid from eBay! Failing that neon clothing / over vests etc are available at reasonable prices – not the most fashionable items but could save a life.
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Our fabulous Coaching Coordinator was a very deserving winner at Durham County Sports Awards tonight – Contribution to physical activity 2016. Well done Kate Macpherson!
Graham Daglish’s Elvet e-board 05, Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Thanks to Nigel Heppell for this piece of Strider history from Graham Daglish. An Easter Newsletter from 2005.
With Striders being the biggest club at the Pier to Pier thanks go again to John Hutchinson for the task of crunching the GP data. The latest positions can now be found on the GP Results page, with still everything to play for.
We have a fixture change for the fourth Polka-Dot/Mountain event. M4 was scheduled to be the ever popular Cronkley Fell Race, but unfortunately this (sort of) clashes with the DKMS Charity Relays. It has been decided to re-schedule this event to the 19th August to the Sedbergh Hills fell race. This means the next polka-dot/mountain event is Saltwell Harriers Fell race on 3rd July. This is a fantastic first-timers event for anyone wishing to give fell racing a try.
The updated GP schedule can be found on the GP fixtures page.
H/T as ever to John Hutchinson for number crunching the GP results with phenomenal numbers of Striders competing in the Durham City 10K and LGBT 5k. If you’d like to share your race stories, let us know.
Solid leads in the Yellow Jerseys for both Men and Ladies, but not unassailable. They are catchable.