Summerhill Cross Country

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Summerhill lived up to its name with some long hills in the 6th race of the NYSD Cross Country series on Sunday 5th Feb. There were unusually mild conditions for one of the toughest but fun races of the series. With some tough climbs and streams to cross the super muddy and slippery course was certainly a testing one. Despite this, and some close calls, all Striders managed to stay on their feet to put in some excellent performances. The ladies team finishing in a fab 4th place Andrew Laverick, Michelle Livingstone and Sarah Winter ran their first XC for Striders and safe to say their shiny new spikes didn’t stay that way for long. Sprint finish race of the day goes to David Horton and his close call with…
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100 club

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This was the week that Stevie Cooper became the 24th current Strider to join the parkrun 100 club when completing at Tees Barrage. He was amongst the 21 Striders at the Barrage and both Claire Taylor and Mark Watson grabbed a new PB there. Locally we also had three runners at both Albert Park and Stewart Park but there was plenty of tourism going on also. A PB for Mike Cleasby at Prudhoe and Lisa Pattison at Lancaster. Although we also had representation at Newbury, Princes Park in Liverpool and Fulham palace, the group tourism was a trip to Hartlepool. 11 Striders made that trip and three, Andy Johnston plus Ben and Gail Robinson enjoyed the sea breeze and clocked new best times. Next week sees Albert Park parkrun as…
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The prizes just keep rolling in

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Voted top man on Friday night and collecting a parkrun 50 t shirt on Saturday, can it get any better for Paul Johnson? Paul, keeping a low profile, heading for 50. The morning after Striders 2nd birthday party and you might expect it to be a little quieter on the parkrun front but not a bit of it! There were PB’s a plenty, David Holmes at Albert park, Katie Abel at Tees Barrage,  John Dodd at Stewart Park, Mike Cleasby at Darlington and Adam Potter at Beeston. Travelling Striders went to places as far afield as Penrith, Beeston and Haigh Woodland.
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Go Striders!

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It was the second largest UK attendance day ever at parkrun this week and a record attendance day at Stewart Park. Last week saw PBs for Sam Johnston, Mike Cleasby and Andy Hayes and all repeated that feat again this week. Although, it must be said, this does seem to have been a good week to get one with David Holmes, Michael Hodgkiss, Suzanne Brodie, Michelle Staton, Dean Phillips, Lisa Pattison, Ben Robinson and Keran Hodgson all setting themselves new standards. Our big attendances were at Tees Barrage – with its second largest attendance ever - and Albert Park but we also had athletes at Sedgefield, Stewart Park, Hartlepool and Gateshead. Rachael Hall made a first trip to Sheffield Hallam and in the process became our tourist of the week.
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Not quite Hawaii but the big five o

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It was a morning for hat, gloves and crampons but Helen McIlvenny chose it as the day to pick up a new parkrun 50 T shirt. 35 Striders joined Helen at, a tricky in places, Tees Barrage. Sam Johnston and Mike Cleasby were not put off by the ice – new year, new PB. Of the 11 Striders who braved Albert Park, Andy Hayes set the pace and in the process also grabbed a new PB. We had one athlete at Stewart Park but Suzanne Brodie only had to make a first trip to Darlington to grab the tourism award this week.
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Let’s take a trip

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Stockton Striders were represented at eight different parkrun events this weekend. Locally, 19 Striders set off into the fog at Tees Barrage with Suzanne Brodie emerging from it in a new best time.  There were a further three Striders at Albert park. Neil McGee had a good morning as he too PB’ed.  However, Stewart park seems to have been the place to go for a PB with three, Paula and Chris Newton plus Gail Robinson. There appears to have been a boys on tour event at Hartlepool with seven Striders, four of them being first timers and PBs for Adam Potter and Stephen Boddy. Elsewhere, Emily Chaytor was 2nd female at Sedgefield, Mike Cleasby continued his tourism quest with a trip to Hackworth whilst Caroline and David Horton had a…
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It was slippery out there.

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It’s that time of the year again where parkrun events, unfortunately, sometimes have to be cancelled at short notice due to the weather. A short shower of rain and an accompanying slight rise in the temperature in the hour before the start did just enough to allow the athletes to tip toe around the Tees Barrage course. Not an ideal day for a fast time but of the 22 Striders, Katie Abel clearly loved the conditions and set a new PB. Striders also provided five, very well wrapped up, volunteers. It is hard to tell who – although I suspect it was probably Christian Oxley – but we also had the 100th different registered Strider complete the course.     Locally, we also had six Striders at Albert park and just…
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X/C week?

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A quieter week numbers wise on the parkrun front, maybe in preparation for the cross country that afternoon. Albert park hosted eight Striders. Tracy Bradburn PB’ed for the second consecutive week and Claire Wilson joined the parkrun world with her first parkrun. It’s only a number – but quite a big one – as David Horton completed his 750th parkrun kilometre. Not to be outdone, Caroline Horton was 1st female finisher. Locally we also had 14 Striders at Tees barrage, two at Stewart park and two at Sedgefield where Darren Mitchell set himself a new best time. A little further afield we had an athlete at Riverside and a first timer at Harrogate.   However, tourist of the week was Diane Johnson who became the first Strider to fly the…
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Winter arrives

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Winter arrived at parkrun this weekend and the fresher conditions clearly suited a lot of people with PBs galore. Our biggest turnout, 17, was at Albert park with a couple of first timers and PBs for Tracy Bradburn, Veronica Taylor, Michelle Hart and Helen McIlvenny. Sarah Winter did her difficult second parkrun whilst at the same time starting her tourism quest. Segdefield saw nine Striders, four as first timers including Mike Cleasby as he bagged his 17th different location. Rachel Carr and Antony Hamling PB’ed.    Stewart park hosted seven Striders, amongst them Adam Potter and Chris Newton appeared to have a close battle and both set PBs. Another close battle saw Ian Howse pipped on the finish straight. No doubt about tourist of the week – Angela Cox travelled…
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Striders on tour

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We had Striders running at quite a lot of locations this week. Many of the tourists were attending that location for their first time. We had one athlete at Carlisle, Hartlepool, York and Sedgefield, – where Joanne Ryce set a new PB -plus a jogger at Dalby Forest. Two Striders attended Lancaster and a further three runners at both Stewart park and Durham. A further six completed Albert park where Paul Stephensons summer of marathon training was rewarded with a new best time. Tees Barrage saw 19 Striders and PBs for Lisa McGee, Joseph Staton and Jason Pattison. Welcome to Sarah Winter who joined the parkrun party with her first ever event now completed.  
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