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Tue 17 Jan 1500m x 4 (Avenues) 7.30pm
 
Thu 19 Jan Pairs Relay/Pyramids 7.00pm
 
Orienteering/Thresholds 8.00pm
 

January off road

The Round 4 Essex League cross country took place at Notley Park near Braintree. It was a cold and crisp morning, with some snow still on the ground. The ladies course was a mere 5.2k and the men’s was 7.4k; some felt that this was short!
 
Liz Davies was 1st lady overall in 19.39, followed by Sam Bilbie in 9th, Allison Gillan in 56th and Deborah Hitching in 61st to make up the scoring team; and were joined by Elaine Tribley  66th, and good packing by Holly Thompson 73rd, Anna Luff 74th, Sarah Knowles 76th, and Sarah Goodwin 77th, and finished with Vicki Robins 81st and Julie Pugh 86th. The ladies were fifth on the day but the ladies vets were 3rd which puts them joint first in the league with Chelmsford AC, so all to play for at the last race on 11th February in Basildon.
 
The 24 strong squad of men were led by the scoring team of James Smith in 10th, Greg Deacon 15th, Tom Cammack 16th, Alex Manton 18th, Chris Burgoyne 20th, and Russell Davies 24th. The senior men including Vets are currently 1st in this league as are the vet men, so again all to play for at the last fixture.
 
A squad of runners braved damp and cold for the next Mid Essex league fixture at Rivenhall, hosted by Mid Essex Casuals. Marshalling issues from this club meant that the front runners ran longer than anticipated due to a wrong turn. However, that said, from feedback received from club members, most people enjoyed the twisty new course, especially through the woods. Some runners had run at Notley yesterday as well.
 
So for the men Alex Manton was 3rd, followed by Stuart Raven in 4th, Mark Buckley 13th, Jon Byford 15th, Gary Wright 18th and Julian Catmull 22nd to make up the scoring team. There were also 10 other male runners to make up the squad. The men were 2nd on the day.
8 ladies ran for Striders and were headed by Allison Gillan in 23rd, Elaine Tribley 24th, Holly Thompson 25th and Sarah Knowles 28th and the ladies were 5th on the day.
 
More hardy Striders were at the Benfleet 15, a challenging 15 mile, multi terrain course  incorporating the Canvey Island sea wall and the Hadleigh Downs.
12 men and 3 women ran; our first man was James Wright in 1.43 (20th position) and first Strider lady was Polly Bridgman in 1.58. Polly was also 2nd v35 lady overall.
 
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend. 

 

 

Essex XC Championships

A rather mild but damp morning for the Essex XC Championships at Claybury Park, Woodford. Rain the night before ensured that the course had some lovely muddy bits, which was actually pleasing to see and run in.
11 ladies and 20 men turned up to represent Springfield Striders.
The ladies race was first at 10.30 over a distance of 8km (about 5 miles) and was a 3 lap course, with a field of 144 runners. Liz Davies was first lady and therefore qualifies for InterCounties cross country, well done Liz!. Liz was followed by Sam Bilbie in 16th, Polly Bridgman 29th and Emily Smith 35th to take 4th team place.
The men’s race was a longer race (roughly 7 miles) and consisted of a field of 186 runners. First male Strider was Tristan Windley in 6th; together with James Smith in 22nd, Alex Manton in 26th, Sam Cornforth in 33rd, Russell Davies in 45th and Antony Goodall in 55th the men took team Bronze.
Well done to everyone who ran; it was a hard and hilly course which tested the runner!
There is a double header this weekend with Essex League at Notley and Mid Essex league at Rivenhall; hoping to see a good turnout. 
 

Misty Christmas races

A misty and damp morning at the Museum of Power at Langford for the Xmas fantasy at the museum trail; fancy dress was optional but it would seem several people took advantage of the Christmas theme. James Smith was first in the 5.7 mile race, with Tim Brockington in 3rd. Sarah Colbert was 2nd in the ladies race. There was also a shorter race, 3.1 miles, won by Sam Bilbie and her daughter Gabby, and Roger Gooding and his daughter Taylor.

So, on Sunday, a damp and foggy morning for the favourite in lots of peoples cross country calendar – the infamous Stebbing, hosted by Grange Farm and the first in the Mid Essex league fixtures. A strong Strider field turned out with 30 men and 11 women, some of whom had decided Stebbing was a good race to make their XC debut….

This may or may not be the last Stebbing in its current location; negotiations are ongoing with the landowner, even so, it was not one to be missed with plenty of mud and water.

First Strider lady was Rachel Roughan in 2nd, followed by Vic Curren in 4th, Sarah Colbert 8th and Donna Hindle 25th. The ladies were 3rd on the day.

Read more: Misty Christmas races

   

Gosfield XC

The latest 53-12 league fixture was at Gosfield School, Halstead on Sunday. 6 Strider ladies and 16 Strider men took part, as well as 5 juniors in the junior race.
For the ladies the scoring team was Juliet Warren-Penny in 44th, Sharon Bannister in 51st, Allison Gillan in 60th and Sarah Knowles in 69th, Vicki Robins and Julie Pugh also ran.
For the men, Tristan Windley was 1st, followed by James Smith in 4th. The rest of the scoring team was James Wright in 19th, Stuart Raven 20th, Paul Jeggo 26th, Mark Buckley 44th, Gary Robins 52nd and Martin Watson 63rd.
The men were therefore 3rd on the day and the ladies 6th, putting us in 4th position to date.
The juniors were headed by Dylan Robins who was 2nd in the U11, followed by Katie Brazier, Taylor Gooding and Will and Jess Pugh. The juniors are currently 7th
Well done to everyone who ran. 
The next XC fixture is Mid Essex league at Stebbing on Sunday - yes the infamously muddy one!
 

Essex Vets

A beautifully crisp Saturday morning over at Writtle greeted runners in the Essex Vets championships, moving from its previous venue. This year, the event was hosted by Springfield Striders, so an interesting course with plenty of features was expected plus the most encouraging and friendly marshalls! There was a bit of mud, a twisty course, a stream and some parts where you needed to be careful around the lake.

V35 ladies ran with the v50 and over men; Striders had 14 ladies and 8 men in these categories. The combined total of runners from all clubs in this race was 234.

Liz Davies did us proud by coming in as first lady, and with Sam Bilbie, Kate Mills and Emily Smith the ladies picked up 2nd ladies team.

Read more: Essex Vets

   

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