6 months ago

It's a lovely day today, evoking memories of spring and summer races and runs. However, please run safely and sensibly in accordance with government instructions.

The sooner the entire country adheres to the advice the sooner we can get back to days like these and all be together again.

6 months ago

For today's retro report, it's North Lincs Half and Askern 10k from 2016, crafted again by Nigel Warner




Two races in four days last week have tested the Striders to the limit, but both events have seen excellent turn outs for the club.

After the heat of Beverley the previous week, it was a case of Sunny in Scunny for the North Lincs Half Marathon, rapidly followed by Decidedly Damp in Donny for the Askern 10k.

The North Lincs, which has a brilliant finish inside Glanford Park stadium, was remarkable for the fact that the first Striders man and the first Striders lady were both making their debuts for the club, with the added bonus of personal best times.

Martin Ineson went under 80 minutes for the first time, while Ali Blaney dipped under 100. It must be the inspiration of the Striders vest.

The only way to follow that act could only be by the runners who got PBs at both venues. The ever improving Nicole Masterman knocked the most time off, agonizingly close to 50 minutes at Askern, while at the sharp end Jonny McFaul, Pat Harness and Steve Cowling all excelled at both races.

Ryan King and Andy Trotter chipped in with PBs at Askern, and Julie ... See more

6 months ago

Today's throwback, the 2005 Rudolph's Romp... can you spot anyone?

7 months ago

No races again this weekend, sadly, but here's Nigel Warner's Goole Times report of the Beverley 10k/Askern 10k double-header from 2015


The first two big Yorkshire 10ks of the year always take place close together in May and both are very well attended.

Beverley attract over 1300 runners, while at Askern last Wednesday night the start had to be delayed by 15 minutes for them to process 300 late entries, boosting the field to nearly 800.

Ryan Hamilton led the Striders in at Beverley, the more difficult course, while Ben Adderley did the same at Askern, coincidentally both in 19th place, great efforts considering the quality and quantity of the opposition.

Jonny McFaul was close behind Ryan with a new PB, while Ryan King was second in at Askern but just missed out on a PB.

A few Striders ran better than they have for years, notably Brian Cook, Sandra Brooks, Jo Mouncey and Tim Harper, but Karen Harper undoubtedly took the Most Improved award, knocking over three minutes off her previous best at Beverley, the tougher course.

Nicole Masterman’s PB at Askern followed up her sister Faye’s impressive debut 10k at Beverley.

Good to see Andy Trotter back from injury, and was that John Kaye running a ... See more

7 months ago

For today's lookback, it's the 1997 Snake Lane 10-miler. Tag anyone you see!

7 months ago

There is no competitive running to speak of at the moment, but we have raided the quite remarkable archives of GVS legend Nigel Warner and are going to periodically share the historical race reports, just for your amusement and to see if you can spot yourself. Hopefully it will remind us of happier times and make us further look forward to when we are all running together again!

This week we have 2008 Great North Run


The Great North Run always takes centre stage at this time of year, but the running season has continued unabated throughout the year, and one or two recent Viking Striders’ performances are well worth highlighting.

Carlie Payling’s first races for the club (48.47 at the Clumber Park 10k and 113.56 at the Major Stone Half Marathon in Hull) have been rich in promise, and how the club needs a challenger for the number one ladies spot currently held by Julie Masterman. Julie cemented that position with an excellent 3.34 at the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham, never an easy course.

At the same meeting Giles Harris (81.39) and Andy Masterman (83.45) were doing the club proud in the Half Marathon. Their positions of 78th and 111th may not sound all that good, but when you consider there ... See more

7 months ago

⚠️ Important Announcement ⚠️

Hi all,

It's with a heavy heart that we announce that this year's Riverbank Challenge 10k on Sunday, June 14 has been postponed due to Covid-19.

As a club we were very excited to launch our new-look race and entries had been promising and vindicated the tough decision we made to switch distance. Thank you to everyone who supported us, including our generous sponsors who we will be contacting to arrange refunding.

Sadly we do not think a rearrangement will work in 2020. These times mean we can't proceed with any financial certainty and a club of our size and resource simply cannot risk laying out money we may never see again.

The current situation will have ramifications for the future of our club. We are working hard to remodel it financially so that we can have a future as a running club - the race underpinned everything we do. However, rest assured, we will continue to run on as GVS.

To those who entered the race, if you wish to claim a refund, please send an email to hello@racebest.com with the subject line RIVERBANK REFUND. Please note that refunds are subject to a processing charge of £2, which will be deducted from your entry fee.

Refunds are being prioritised by race date; so the later the (cancelled) race date, the longer you ... See more

7 months ago

Dear all,

In light of today’s government advice, we are suspending organised club nights on Wednesdays for the time being.

We cannot, and would not, stop anyone exercising, but equally as a responsible club serving the community, we can’t be seen to be encouraging people to come together in one place either.

Running is really important. But our health and the health of those around us more so. Hopefully we can get this show back on the road soon, but the show only goes on if we act responsibly now.

We will post updates on here accordingly, but don’t let the conversation be over. Look after your health, run how you see fit, share your runs on Strava, make use of WhatsApp groups and DMs. For all we love our running, lots of us rely on the friendships we’ve forged. Keep the wheels turning safely and we’ll be back before you know it 💪

Stay safe,
GVS committee

7 months ago

The show went on for Goole Viking Striders runners at the weekend, with races around the county providing some with blessed relief.

Sunday saw the Dalton Dash 10k, with GVS' Dave McKinnon second overall in a fantastic time of 33.55.

James Williamson ran in 42.01, David Maddison 44.14 and Fiona Whitaker landed a PB of 50.03.

The Spring marathon season may have been decimated by current events, but the Spen 20 - a brutal but popular marathon primer - still went ahead on Sunday and four Goole runners returned fantastic results.

Steve Tether was the first back with a course PB of 2.27.12, while the same honour went to Jeremy Gibbins 2.43.06 and Paul Brewer 2.44.32, with Mark Johns tucked in the middle in 2.44.21.

At Goole parkrun on Saturday, Jonny McFaul was the overall winner (18.46) and Gemma Oughtred first woman (23.20), while several first timers completed, having gone through GVS’ ‘Armchair to Athlete’ 5k course for the last 10 weeks.

Andy Masterman was fourth at Sewerby (20.04), James Williamson fourth at Wakefield Thornes (19.56) with Emma and Clare Tune second and third women (23.05 and 23.27).

7 months ago

Hi everyone,

Some cheery news here! In December, long-serving club member Graham Walker had the idea of a couch to 5k arm of the club, which he wanted to call ‘Armchair to Athlete’.

We put out a request to see if anyone would fancy it and, on January 8, upwards of 30 people started out on a 10-week course, masterminded by Graham with the help of several club members. The end goal was to complete a parkrun.

Today, upwards of 20 runners completed Goole parkrun, having initially joined with us on January 8.

It’s been great to see so many make the journey and something to smile about in tough times. Well done to everyone and as a wider message, we hope everyone continues to enjoy their running over the coming weeks, but please make sure you’re as safe as possible.