Category Archives: Achievement

News announcing a achievement of a Strider in an event.

Note that the Strider’s own report of the event does not appear here, but in a Run Report category.

British & Irish Masters International Cross Country, Liverpool, Saturday, November 16, 2019


Jan Young


Our very own Stephen Jackson was selected to run in the MV35 English team at the British & Irish  Cross Country International competition at Liverpool. Running 8k in 26’04”, saw him home as third counter for the team. England finished fourth team, only one point down from N. Ireland.

We know he’s good but he can’t win the Harrier League on his own, so let’s get behind him on Saturday, preferably running, or if not,making lots of noise for our men’s & women’s teams.

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Mark Kearney Wins Hardmoors 110

Mark receives the winner’s sword from race director Jon Steele

Mark Kearney achieves a brilliant win in ultra-marathon on the North York Moors.

The Hardmoors 110 is a gruelling 110 mile race beginning in Filey in Yorkshire, following the cliff tops and moors of the Cleveland Way, and finishing in Helmsley. It includes nearly 15,000 feet of ascent. This years event began on Saturday 29th May, in sunny and warm conditions.

Mark completed his victory in 22 hours, 28 minutes and 30 seconds, more than an hour ahead of his nearest rival, reaching the finish line at nearly half past six on Sunday morning, after a day and a night on the hills. He received great running support on the way by Striders Michael Littlewood, Stephen Jackson, Georgie Hebdon, Stuart Scott and Elaine Bisson.

Jill Young and Simon Graham were, to quote Mark, “the best support crew I could ever ask for” making sure he was fed and watered and in top condition throughout the whole race.

Congratulations to Mark on a wonderful achievement.

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Elaine Bisson Stars in Montane Dragon’s Back Race

Elaine tackles the Crib Goch ridge

Elaine Bisson achieves second place in “The World’s Toughest Mountain Race”

The Montane Dragon’s Back Race is definitely not a race to take lightly. This six-day stage race takes competitors across the rugged spine of Wales from the north coast at Conwy to the capital, Cardiff. The total distance is 236 miles, with 17,400m (57,000 ft) of ascent. In short six brutal ultra-marathons on consecutive days.

The race took place between the 6th and 11th of September, 2021. Conditions varied between warm sunshine and persistent rain with virtually no visibility. Elaine completed the course in a total time of 66:53:28, 2nd of 7 female finishers out of 37 starters.

Elaine had many of us on tenterhooks, “dot-watching” on the tracker site as she completed each day’s challenge, and eagerly awaiting the daily video report. It was truly awe-inspiring.

Elaine sums up the experience: “It has been the most wonderful and challenging adventure. I’ve shared the trails with so many extraordinary characters, their positivity and strength inspirational. Friendships forged out on the fells are among my strongest. I have made memories that I will treasure forever.”

Many congratulations, Elaine, on an outstanding result.

Editor’s note: You don’t have to take my word for this. Elaine is also a great run report writer. Her personal account of the race can be read here.

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A Day of Achievements

Last Sunday, 26th September, saw Striders putting in excellent performances at a number of races, both here and abroad.

Nina Mason claimed a win in The Lancashireman Off-road Marathon, which took place at Burnley. This race actually exceeds the classic marathon distance and includes 1350m (4430 feet) of ascent. Nina finished in just over 6 hours, 38 minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

Photos from Trawden Athletic Club

A Strider favourite, the Trail Outlaws RAFBF Spadeadam Half Marathon, took place on the same day. Graeme Watt continued his excellent form, taking second place on a hilly course in 1:29:11.

Photo from Hippie Nixon Photography and Trail Outlaws #trailoutlaws #yourefollowingatrailoutlaw

Allan Renwick ran a fantastic race at one of Europe’s biggest events, The Berlin Marathon. Recently shaven, Allan beat the magical three hour mark, claiming a finish time of 2:57:35. According to the Power Of 10 website, this is the fastest marathon by a Northeast athlete of his age category this year, and the 29th best from the whole of the UK. Some running.

Many congratulations to all three of you!

I’m sure another similar announcement will appear soon, as this weekend sees another set of marathons with Strider participation: Kielder, Loch Ness, and the biggest of them all, London. Good luck to all involved.

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