To nominate yourself or a fellow Saltaire Strider, send details of who you want to nominate and reason(s) why to Jeremy Wright.
Nominations should be received by the end of the month. A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up and a survey will be sent via e-mail to allow members to vote for the winner. Voting will be open for a short period and the winner announced at the following appropriate training session.
Members can put themselves or others forward for whatever they deem worthy, e.g. PB, 1st ever distance ran, 3rd veteran finisher, amount raised for charity, most summer/winter challenge races done, attitude and commitment to training, or for any other significant contribution to the club’s activities, etc etc.
The only restriction is that no member may win the award more than twice during a 12 month period.
July 2017 Strider of the Month
Louise Dell’Amico – For her selflessness in the Arthur James ShakERR. Louise stopped to help and look after a lady who had a nasty fall during the race. She stayed with the lady until the ambulance came, so sacrificed her own race time. Running isn’t just about great results, it’s also about supporting and helping your fellow runners.
June 2017 Strider of the Month
BARNEY LERNER – Barney seems to have been racing everywhere and anywhere in June & has certainly made the most of his recent elevation into the MV65 category. His hard training in recent months led to some great results in June: 1st MV65 at the Otley 10m race, 2nd MV60 at Rush around the Rhubarb, 2nd MV65 at the Solstice Saunter and some other good performances earlier in the month at the vets race in Whitby and the ABC.
May 2017 Strider of the Month
MATT RICHARDSON – Matt started the month with an excellent 1/2 marathon time of 1:21 in Sunderland which set him up nicely for the Edinburgh marathon. Having also run a good leg in the Calderdale ay Relay the week before Matt arried in Edinburgh hoping the break the magic 3 hour barrier for the marathon. Despite the hot conditions he managed this with an amazingly consistently paced race bringing him home in a time of 2:59:54.
April 2017 Strider of the Month
SIMON FRAZER – Simon’s recent PB of 1:27:06 at Liverpool half was a fantastic performance, especially after the injury probems he had suffered earlier in the year. Then when he crossed the finish line he ended up saving the life of a collapsed runner, who had suffered a full cardiac arrest. Simon and three other health professionals provided life support to revive & stabilise him before he could be taken to hospital. The runner has now made a full recovery. Simon then found time to go back along the course & run the last section with his wife Elaine. That day Simon really was our very own Superman Strider.
March 2017 Strider of the Month
GRAHAM TERRY – Graham joined the club last summer following an injury and decided initially to concentrate on distance rather than speed. Over the course of the first few months of this year he has covered prodigious mileage in training often running down to and home from club training runs and sometime even clocking up 20 mile runs on tuesday or thursday nights to compliment his Sunday long runs. All this was in preparation for a major challenge in March. On 18th March Graham completed the Hardmoors 55 on the North Yorkshire Moors. Starting in the early hours of the morning and finishing well after darkness Graham managed the 55 mile route (with over 7,000 feet of climb) in just over 14 hours. Not content with this he is already training to go further later this year.
February 2017 Strider of the Month
Rachel Boyd – – Rachel has had an outstanding Peco season and was the leading lady in the overall standings after four races out of five. This clearly requires not just effort over one month, but sustained effort over four months. Rachel also completed the Dewsbury 10k in February in a breathtaking time of 38.31, despite feeling unwell.
January 2017 Strider of the Month
LINDSEY PEARSON – Lindsey has taken on the organisation of the beginners group when she could have been forgiven for sitting at home and nursing her injury. This time she has been faced with a far bigger job than she might have expected and has coped brilliantly. Every week Lindsey plans a different route for each of the seven groups and goes down to training twice a week before and after each run to make sure they are all in the correct groups and that they are all OK.
Lindsey is also the clubs welfare officer and in that role she makes sure that any injured or ill Striders are not forgotten by the club. And she’s there for the highs as well as the lows, even hand knitting amazing toys to welcome strider babies.
December 2016 Strider of the Month
Richard Smith – Richard has improved massively as a runner over the last twelve months or so, through dedication, training and determination. He’s also a very supportive team-mate, and is always willing to go well out of his way to help a fellow Strider or runner. Richard is a new & late convert to running. Despite being inexperienced he has tackled difficult races this year, including Baildon BW & Cross Bay, and has been a willing participator in both the 2016 club trips. He recently ran his 100th park run, which took him just over 3 years (the whole 100 not the last one) and involved the shedding of 2 and a half stone! At the final club run before Xmas he ran the last few km of his 1000km target for 2016. Richard never blows his own trumpet and is prepared to be involved in & support everything the club does. He loves running & loves being a Strider.
November 2016 Strider of the Month
RICHARD STONE – Running one marathon is hard enough but 12 in 12 months is an incredible achievement, especially at the age of 50. A few injuries at the start of the year meant he didn’t start his challenge until early April yet Richard has managed to reach his target with almost two months spare meaning that he actually ran 12 marathons in 7 months, including 4 in 22 days at the start of April. All of the road marathons were run in times of under 3:40 and there were some really tough off road races in the 12, including a 30 mile ultra with around 4,000 miles of climb, ran in 5:05, to finish things off in early November. The Stonemeister had a great November to cap a fantastic year.
October 2016 Strider of the Month
Louise Nash – Following on from weeks of tough (to the point of tears!) training, in her debut marathon at Chester, Louise, with a 3:44:39 time, not only demolished the 4hr barrier but also smashed way past the F45 good for age and put in a time which would have qualified for the England team. On a roll, she has now PB’d 3 times in consecutive weeks, beating her all-time Parkrun PB each time, and dropping her Skipton PB by a over a minute. She is another example of what can be achieved by training properly and like a good wine Louise is improving with age. Louise is a really good supportive club member who regularly leads training sessions and has been a fantastic Ladies Vet captain and a real asset to the club.
September 2016 Strider of the Month
Dairine Nethercott – In September Dairine set a new 1/2 marathon PB of 1:53:54 in the Vale of York 1/2 marathon beating her previous best time set in Liverpool back in 2013. New PBs are hard to achieve for runners who have run as many 1/2 marathons as Dairine has done over the last few years.
August 2016 Strider of the Month
CHRIS JONES – Chris ran the full marathon distance for the first time in August with Ben Smith (the 401 marathons guy). During the day he was so up beat & positive throughout. This was his furthest distance & he kept others going as they tired. A real achievement! Chris also does a lot of hard work with the leaders schedule, which must be a real ballache, and he often puts himself down for short runs too to plug gaps when nobody else is available. Chris contributes massively to the club by making sure we have run leaders for all our training nights.
July 2016 Strider of the Month
Matt Richardson – Matt had a truly storming July which included a PB at Southport half marathon, an impressive 5.20 Hyde Park summer mile, 4th place (and first Strider home) at Baildon Canter fell race and strong performances at Danefield and Golden Acre Park relays. And if that lot’s not enough he then went on to achieve 19th place at the extreme Snowdonia trail marathon in a superb time of 4:37:08.
June 2016 Strider of the Month
Tim Forster – In June Tim continued his run of ultras. Not content with running Ultra races organised by other clubs Tim decided that he wanted to try to complete the whole of the BMWR on his own. Yes the whole way round not just one leg! Those club members who have run single legs of the relay know how tough it is so can only imagine how hard it must be to complete the whole thing, especially on your own. Yet Tim did it. Around 50 miles and around 5,000 feet of climb and in the amazing time of around nine hours. A magnificent achievement.
May 2016 Strider of the Month
Dave Armstrong – In 2013 Dave was told he would never run again, but in May 2016 he did his first race after his horrific injury. His determination, combined with the support of the NHS, his retired Strider wife Dot and others, helped one of the club’s longest-serving members to make a remarkable return to competition at the Ilkley Trail as the ‘bionic man’, after battling niggles such as double vision, a smashed pelvis and several other broken bones. He also didn’t pick an easy race to make his come back, but did the very tough & hilly 7 mile trail race with a smile on his face as always. Welcome back Dave.
April 2016 Strider of the Month
Louise Dell’Amico – When Louise joined the club she couldn’t run very far and we all saw her run-walk, and then run and then start to enter races – first 10ks & then 1/2 marathons. All the time the smile and genuine love of running did not disappear. Louise was lucky enough to get a ballot place for this year’s London marathon. She started her training when coming back from injury and as all her strava followers will know she has put in the miles of training with the usual enthusiasm, sometimes getting up very early to fit them in around family life. She believed she could do it and she did it. No one would have thought that the smiley blonde lady who ran a bit and walked a bit would run 26.2 miles 2 years on from joining the club but in April she completed her first marathon in an impressive time of 5:01. Louise has proved to us all that anything is achievable. She has involved all the less experienced runners in her experience, has been an inspiration & certainly opened up the possibility for future marathons to many less experienced runners.
March 2016 Strider of the Month
Hannah Oldroyd – After rejoining the club in January Hannah enjoyed an excellent run of results in March. She started the month by being 1st lady in the Anglesey 1/2 marathon in 1:21:27 and was then 4th lady in the Thirsk 10k the following week in 60:50. She was then 1st lady in the Spen 20 (2:12:30) and the Salford 10k (36:37) and finished the month by finishing 1st lady in the British 50k championship (3:36:33) where she set a Scottish All Comers record for the distance.
February 2016 Strider of the Month
Sheila Pepper – A year ago Sheila signed up to be part of a relay team running the Yorkshire Marathon. At that time she hadn’t run for about 30 years. She was persuaded to join the June Beginners group at Saltaire Striders and she attended pretty much every session, completing her first Parkrun in August. She carried on running at least twice a week and when the marathon came around she ended up doing two relay stages (about 8 miles). She also did a couple of 10k runs and fun runs and has continued to do Parkrun. In February this year, Sheila did the Lancaster 10k in a time of 63:58 minutes. For a lady in her sixties who was nervous about running, that is a tremendous achievement.
January 2016 Strider of the Month
Mel Akeroyd Mel has been going to track sessions for a few months now and this has really paid off for her. She has been literally flying around park run and achieved a new Pb in January. She has also been a regular at this years pecos where she has had some great runs,
December 2015 Strider of the Month
Helen Brant In December Helen set herself a target of running for at least 25 minutes or at least three miles every day of the month (called the Marcothon after the name of the person who set up this challenge on facebook in 2010). She managed to achieve her target even running twice some days and during the month completed a peco, a number of park runs and the Chevin Chase on the way.
November 2015 Strider of the Month
Louise Nash In November Louise had easily her best ever month in a striders vest, with some determined racing. She started the month by having to produce her strongest (last) race of the Yorkshire Veterans series to take 3rd prize overall in her age group. Then she smashed over a minute off her 10k pb at the Abbey Dash (breaking her pb only set in September) and topped off the month with her best PECO result – being 3rd Lady strider home and overall 4th V45. As well as this Louise has run some really well thought out, tough but enjoyable structured training sessions and has been leading at the track.
October 2015 Strider of the Month
Suzanne Hague Suzanne completed the Bradford 1/2 marathon in 2:14. What was memorable about Suzanne’s achievement was that this the final race in her challenge of completing 18 half marathons in just over a year for SANDS in memory of her daughter Rebecca, who died at 6 weeks old & would have been 18 in October 2014.
September 2015 Strider of the Month
Ali Nash Ali has had another superb month. He was 2nd V40 in the Pilling 10k where he broke the 40 minute barrier and later in the month had a brilliant performance in the Dales Trail Series 40k ultra, where he was awared the prize for 1st MV40 over the series of races. He also found time to combine with Louise to plan the club track sessions.
August 2015 Strider of the Month
Gary Pennington Gary has worked really hard to improve his running this year and managed to beat his Parkrun PB twice in August to complete a full set of PBs for the year over all distances from Park Run to 1/2 marathon. He is flying at the moment and his hard training has really paid off. He has also been bravely attempting to introduce culture to our striding men through the launch of the gents’ book club. In addition to this he found time to train and excel in a 100 mile bike ride in August.
July 2015 Strider of the Month
Stuart Dunbar – Stuart continues to go from strength to strength with 2 great Yorkshire Vets performances (3rd V50 in each). He was also the speedy first strider home at Eccup 10 and ran 2 sub-10 minute legs at the Esholt relay. In addition Stuart was a member of the 7th placed team at the Washburn relay and produced an amazing time on the club three peaks trip. At the moment there is no stopping him. Just imagine how good he would be if running was actually his first sport!
June 2015 Strider of the Month
Steph Wilson – At the start of June Steph did the Calderdale Way Ultra, a race of over 50 miles, where she was the first lady to finish in a time of 10 hours 38 minutes. That was only training for her main event at the end of the month, the Lavaredo Ultra Trail in the Italian Dolomites (a 119km race with 5,850 metres of climbing) which she completed in a time of 24 hours 58 minutes.
May 2015 Strider of the Month
Helen Pennington – In May the club put on a series of three John Carr 5k races. As usual these races proved very popular with the participants thanks to all the hard work done by Helen behind the scenes over the last few months. The races were superbly organised and involved a lot of time & effort from Helen on behalf of the club.
April 2015 Strider of the Month
Lindsey Pearson – Lindsey has been nominated for her “London marathon journey” . When she got her place she was coming back from injury and could only manage a few miles, however on 26/04 she completed her first marathon in 5:40, not fast but she did it. She trained hard, put time and effort in and she did it. Some of you will not realise how impressive Lindsey’s achievement is, but coming from no miles to 26.2 is impressive. You just have to see the smile on her face. She believed she could do it and she did.
March 2015 Strider of the Month
Will Kerr – In March Will produced a series of amazing times at various distances. He began the month with a 34:17 run at the Trafford 10k, then clocked 16:25 at the Podium 5k before ending the month by breaking his 17 year old half marathon PB in Liverpool where his time was 74:55.
February 2015 Strider of the Month
Jen Willingham – Jen has been nominated for her excellent work as ladies’ captain in the pecos. As well as her own impressive performances she has been instrumental in encouraging all the other ladies in person & by email and this has played a major part in the club’s excellent peco results. Definitely nothing “unfortunate” about Jen’s contribution to the ladies’ team’s success in the 2014/2015 pecos!
January 2015 Strider of the Month
Richard Stone In January Richard knocked a fantastic 8 minutes off his marathon PB at the Newcastle Racecourse marathon breaking the 3:15 barrier for the first time and achieving a good for age time that will qualify him for most of the big city marathons. What makes his performance more impressive is that he had to do 16 laps of the same course. He was the first MV45 to finish as well.
Decenber 2014 Strider of the Month
Loris Dell’Amico – In December Loris had yet another park run PB and he also produced an excellent run at the second Peco race. Loris is one of the most improved runners in the club in the second half of 2014 and has proved that hard work will bring results.
Novenber 2014 Strider of the Month
Mike Moss – Although a number of the club leaders helped with the beginners group in October & November Mike seemed to take on leading the majority of the sessions most Monday’s & Thursday’s. Mike sacrificed his own training to lead these runs & encourage the beginners to reach their park run target. He also does a lot of work behind the scenes to help to make Saltaire Striders the club it is.
October 2014 Strider of the Month
Louise Dell’Amico – Louise continues to ooze positivity at the club and during October she proved she’s not just a smiley face as she notched 3 PB’s! A 10k PB at Horsforth was followed by a 5k/parkrun PB at Bradford and then just to cap it off Louise Got another 10k PB at the tough Bradford City run 10k.
September 2014 Strider of the Month
Gareth Ward – Shown great bounce-back ability from long term injuries with gusto competing in park runs and races. Inspiring leadership runs and many more motivational tweets. Gareth also works hard trying to organise social events. A credit to the club.
August 2014 Strider of the Month
Ali Nash – Ali was an impressive 2nd male and 1st ‘pair’ (with Stewart Spink) at the 2 day Berghaus trail race. Ali then continued his relentless marathon training with a leg 1 Saltaire record in the LCWR (with Stuart Dunbar).
July 2014 Strider of the Month
Martin Love – Long term club member and leader. Martin arguably comes up with some of the best routes amongst the leaders and is always on hand to help out. Some long serving members can be forgotten but they play a vital role within the club.
June 2014 Strider of the Month
Jack Verity – Jack once more put in countless hours / days / weeks organising the hugely successful BMWR while also playing host to our Dutch visitors. This was on the back of the work he’d done helping with the John Carr 5k’s. Along with this Jack had a storming BMWR leg with Mick Brearley on leg 2 to finish in the top 10 quickest times of the day.
May 2014 Strider of the Month
Andy Bedford – Shot up the Salts rankings during May. a lifetime 5k PB at the John Carr, 16.11, 1 second off the all time club record and o yeah, represented Great Britain in a Duathlon finishing 11th in his age category!
April 2014 Strider of the Month
JEREMY WRIGHT – All Jeremy’s hard work paid off. Parkrun PB and more importantly, a marathon PB in Manchester in 3hrs 27. Also very supportive leader.
March 2014 Strider of the Month
ALI NASH – A superb Trollers Trot marathon – ish. This was Ali’s first attempt at such a distance and the fact it was off road over bogs, stiles and many hills made it even more impressive. Ali was rewarded with a top 10 finish. On the back of this Ali went onto do a sub 20 at Fountains Abbey park run as well as being a pacer at the Salts park run. Plus he grows really good Rhubarb!
February 2014 Strider of the Month
MICK CHAMBERS For starting Striders fell running group and adding another string to the clubs bow.
January 2014 Strider of the Month
SIMON KINGSNORTH Simon started the year how he finished the last one with more hard work and determination! Simon continues to show amazing improvements from when he first joined the club as a Non runner! Simon is now a regular at park runs as well as the peco races and has gone from finishing at the back end to finishing in the top third of races. Just PBed at 5k again although strictly that counts as February’s entry!
December 2013 Strider of the Month
DAVE ARMSTRONG Battling back from a serious injury, Dave is clearly not ready to give up! During December Dave was our number ‘1’ supporter at several races with a smile on his face. The first steps to recovery and still proving what an asset he is to his club and colleagues.
November 2013 Strider of the Month
GARETH WARD – Gareth’s really grown since joining Saltaire Striders. As well as being a very enthusiastic LIRF during November Gareth smashed his 10k PB to clock 36 mins! Gareth also followed this up with a tremendous debut at the peco’s to finish in the top 30. A Bradford parkrun PB topped off a great month.
October 2013 Strider of the Month
RICHARD STONE – Richard completed his 4th marathon of the year in October. Just 6 weeks after doing the Yorkshire off road marathon (where he took 40 minutes off last years time). All Richards efforts paid off as he was rewarded with a PB at the York marathon where he also achieved a PB at the 10k and half marathon points. As well as his running efforts, Richard is always on hand to step in and cover other leaders at training nights.
September 2013 Strider of the Month
TRACY FOY – Tracy continues to show fantastic improvement and has made the transition from 10k to Half marathon look extremely easy after her impressive debut where she clocked 1hr45 at Redcar half. As well as this Tracy also achieved her longest ever run of 14miles on leg 2 of the LCWR…..this may not have been out of choice after a detour but was still mighty impressive.
August 2013 Strider of the Month
FRANK BEECROFT – Evergreen Frank has been at the club many years and has had his fair share of ups and downs. Despite this along with his continued injuries Frank battles on amicably and put in a decent time for the Fleetwood half marathon. As well as this Frank was preparing for the Blackpool half marathon just a week later (1st Sep). Frank is always one of the first members to offer words of encouragement and support to new members and members who are struggling themselves or who seek advice.
July 2013 Strider of the Month
CHRIS REYNIER – Chris is going from strength to strength and during July got two consecutive Bradford parkrun PBs. As well as this, Chris recorded a 10k PB and even found the time to take part in his 1st ever relay and track session.
June 2013 Strider of the Month
An amazing month from Hannah who had been put forward once again. Even by Hannah’s standards this could top the lot. A marathon PB in 3.09 at Cork City and 3rd FO has put Hannah in the top 200 quickest marathon ladies in the whole of the UK for the year so far. On the back of that performance Hannah did the Staveley Stampede 10k and was 1st lady (8th overall) and PB’ed. Hannah also did the Otley 10, won that as well, and Pb’ed! and won again at the Penistone 10k.
May 2013 Strider of the Month
Simon Frazer – Simon was nominated once more for argueablly his best month in a Striders vest to date. This was thanks to a great half marathon PB at Leeds, a 5k PB at the John Carrs and a 10k PB at the tricky Apperley Bridge Canter 10k. Not to mention his continued good work as an integral leader at training runs.
April 2013 Strider of the Month
Jen Willingham – Jen has been working very hard after the disappointment of missing out on the last marathon she entered due to unforeseen weather circumstances. Jen has shown great ‘bounce back ability’ by recording a fabulous PB at the London marathon and knocking off 14 minutes in the process in a time of 3hrs 31mins.
March 2013 Strider of the Month
Dairine Nethercott – A fabulously organised trip to Liverpool on board the funbus was just one of Dairines highlights of the month. The fact she got a half marathon PB as well made it an even more successful day. This coupled with a Parkrun PB and her continuous marathon training along with her fantastic committment to the club.
February 2013 Strider of the Month
Helen Love – Helen keeps battling on and as well as coaching she still has time to put in some fantastic performances. During February Helen was the 1st V55 at the Dewsbury 10k as well as 1st V55 in the 4th peco race which helped her to a 2nd place finish in the whole series.
January 2013 Strider of the month
Barney Lerner – Barney continues to put in a great amount of work at the club with his organisational skills. An indispensable club member who has played a big part in helping Saltaire to achieve over 100 runners on the books. During January Barney finished an excellent 5th in the Muddy Fools handicap race and also notched an impressive performance at the 3rd peco race which helped send the vets team storming to the top of the table.
December 2012 Strider of the Month
– Martin has been nominated for the 1st time due to the incredible improvement hes shown which cumulated in an impressive December. Martin started the month with a great time at the Bradford 8.5k where he finished as 3rd V40. He followed this with a 17th place finish at the Ambleside 10k out of 409 runners. The following day Martin improved his best peco placing by 14 places. Martin ended the month with 2 consecutive Bradford parkrun 5k PBs with his final effort knocking 40 seconds off his time from the previous week which saw him narrowly miss out on winning the race.
November 2012 Strider of the Month
Hannah’s year has been going from strength to strength and has regularly been nominated for the award. During November Hannah PB’d twice at the Bradford Parkrun which meant she was 1st lady to cross the line on both occasions. Hannah followed these performances with a 10k PB at Abbey dash. Hannah finished the month by becoming the 1st lady Strider to cross the line at Fitzwilliam country park which gave her 13th overall.
October 2012 Strider of the Month
Jens hard work, guts, determination and ruthless marathon training paid off! Along with the constant help she puts in on training nights and the extra buzz she creates she was a worthy winner.
September 2012 Strider of the Month
– Despite the horrible winds and nattering all the way round the Recar half marathon with Helen. Dairine still managed to knock a considerable chunk (10 mins) off her PB to complete it in just over 2hours.
August 2012 Strider of the month
– Pete has been part of the woodwork for a while at Salts and his enthusiasm and effort hasnt gone unnoticed by other club members with several nominations for the month of August. As well as being cheerful and chirpy and helping other members with training, Pete has also been working very hard towards the Yorkshireman Marathon. Pete is an all round good egg!
July 2012 Strider of the month
– Ian’s form was superb during July which showed with some great times in all of the relays he participated in. As well as these Ian had a great run at the ‘Northumberland coastal run’ and managed to get a lifetime PB at the Leeds 10k.
June 2012 Strider of the month
– Simon was nominated for his brilliant race performances which included a 1st place finish on leg 1 of the BMWR with Quentin, 1st V40 at the Ilkley Trial race, 3rd OPEN (2nd V40) at the Apperley Bridge Canter and a brilliant 2nd at the Humber Bridge half marathon which gave him a PB.
May 2012 Strider of the month
for his commitment and enthusiasm for organising relay teams, offering training advice and chatting up potential new recruits and organising Thursday training sessions. In May Will was rewarded with a PB (after 12 years?) in the John Carr series and an excellent 16th place in the Edinburgh half marathon in 76:26.
April 2012 Strider of the month
Jack had three podium finishes in his age catergory in various races throughout April…. 3rd at the Meanwood valley trial, 2nd at the Guiseley Gallop and winner of the Baildon Boundary way! These races along with Jacks continued excellent work as a coach and behind the scenes efforts with the John Carrs, BMWR and club website all meant that Jack was a very worthy winner.
March 2012 Strider of the month
– Stephs been nominated for each of last 3 months for continued outstanding performances since the turn of the year. Steph began the month with a 10k PB at Dewsbury (over 5 minutes quicker than 12 months ago). She then produced yet another 5k PB at the Bradford parkrun. Steph followed this up with another 5k PB in Lanzarote on holiday before ending the month with amother parkrun PB. This takes Stephs PB tally for the year to 9 or 10.
February 2012 Strider of the month
for proving what a valuable coach she is to the club, always on hand to help out members, new and old and ultra reliable since taking up her role.
January 2012 Strider of the month
for her fantastic commitment to her coaching role and as a great ambassador for the club.