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It was a bright warm and sunny day for our own Pleshey and Essex Half Marathon on Sunday which proved to be a trifle warm for lots of runners, although pleasant for spectators and marshalls. A total of 551 runners entered but only 434 took part on the day; 40 of whom were Springfield Striders. However, an army of marshalls and helpers for Paul and Ian behind the scenes ensured that the race was the success it is.

Striders men filled 7 of the top ten places in the race.

Paul Molyneux was first man and first Strider in a time of 68.55, followed by 2nd placed man Frankie Conway from Orion in 71.05 and 3rd was Mark Newton in 74.27. With Chris Burgoyne on 4th, the Strider men took first male team and therefore county team champions.

The men also nabbed the second male team prize with Alex Manton Russell Davies and Pete Robinson who came 5th 8th and 9th respectively.

There were also further medals for the men; Russell Davies took 2nd MV40, Stuart Raven 3rd MV40, Paul Dobson 3rd MV50 and David Smith 2nd MV60.

The ladies race was won by Rachel Sweatt from Witham RC in 1.25.49, followed by 2nd lady Nikki Brockbank in 1.29.25 and 3rd lady Jackie Stretton in 1.29.34. Together with Emily Smith, the ladies took 1st ladies team and thus county female champions.

Nikki took 1st FV35 and Jackie 2nd senior lady.

All in all, a good medal haul for Striders.

On top of this, the Pleshey Village Hall committee kept everyone fed and watered with an amazing array of cakes and the best bacon sandwiches.

Thank you to everyone who helped, marshalled and ran and kept the Striders spirit alive.

 

Pleshey Half

It was a bright warm and sunny day for our own Pleshey and Essex Half Marathon on Sunday which proved to be a trifle warm for lots of runners, although pleasant for spectators and marshalls. A total of 551 runners entered but only 434 took part on the day; 40 of whom were Springfield Striders. However, an army of marshalls and helpers for Paul and Ian behind the scenes ensured that the race was the success it is.

Striders men filled 7 of the top ten places in the race.

Paul Molyneux was first man and first Strider in a time of 68.55, followed by 2nd placed man Frankie Conway from Orion in 71.05 and 3rd was Mark Newton in 74.27. With Chris Burgoyne on 4th, the Strider men took first male team and therefore county team champions.

The men also nabbed the second male team prize with Alex Manton Russell Davies and Pete Robinson who came 5th 8th and 9th respectively.

There were also further medals for the men; Russell Davies took 2nd MV40, Stuart Raven 3rd MV40, Paul Dobson 3rd MV50 and David Smith 2nd MV60.

The ladies race was won by Rachel Sweatt from Witham RC in 1.25.49, followed by 2nd lady Nikki Brockbank in 1.29.25 and 3rd lady Jackie Stretton in 1.29.34. Together with Emily Smith, the ladies took 1st ladies team and thus county female champions.

Nikki took 1st FV35 and Jackie 2nd senior lady.

All in all, a good medal haul for Striders.

On top of this, the Pleshey Village Hall committee kept everyone fed and watered with an amazing array of cakes and the best bacon sandwiches.

Thank you to everyone who helped, marshalled and ran and kept the Striders spirit alive.

 

Summer is over!

School is now back in session and so are the races.

On Sunday it was the Langham 10k and 5k and a handful of Striders took part; 6 in the 10k and 2 in the 5k.Due to fault with timing mats, the times are gun to chip.

Chris Burgoyne was first Strider home in a time of 33.40 and third place. He was followed by teammate Tom Cammack in 4th place in 34.47. The 3rd male Strider was Stuart Darney in 45.04. Mark Moughton was the 4th man in 49.23

The ladies were on the light side with only Nicola Pyle 46.28 and Lynn Tanner 50.07 taking part.

In the 5k race we had some winners between the two taking part. David Smith was 1st M60 in 22.14 and Donna Morris 1st F50 in 23.44.

Seven Striders travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run; a half marathon in the Great Run series and always popular.

Alan Ashton was first male Strider in 1.32, followed by Dan Summers 1.47, Richard Barker 1.51, Chris McCann 2.14 and Matthew Orwell 2.47.

For the ladies, Striders were represented by Liz Irvine in 2.02 and Gail Barker in 2.14.

 

Four champions in one day!

6 women and 13 men ran the hot, very hot, Felsted 10k on Sunday, which is the club championship 10k race.
Our new 10k champions are James Smith and Jackie Stretton.
First male Strider and 2nd overall was James Smith in a time of 35.03. James was followed by teammates Sam Cornforth in 3rd in 35.30 and Alex Manton in 4th in 35.35, and together took the first male team prize.
Russell Davies was 1st male v40 in 36.23, and Gavin Allen 2nd v40 in 36.42
For the ladies,  Jackie Stretton was first Strider and  2nd female in a time of 40.20. 2nd Strider lady was Lucy Wescott and 3rd Anna Luff.
 
17 Striders were at the also very hot Southend half marathon on the same day, also a club championship race.  – 6 women and 11 men
Our new Half marathon champions are Mark Newton and Donna Morris
First three Strider men were Mark Newton in 2nd in 1.14, James Wright 7th in 1.18 and Scott Dryden in 1.25
First lady was Donna Morris in 1.48, followed by Katerina Miller in 1.53 and Wendy Ellis in 1.54.
Well done to everyone who ran in challenging conditions due to the heat. 
   

Friday Night Five

The weekend started off with Striders’ own Friday Night Five – organised by runners for runners! Out of the 127 odd runners, 20 were Striders and there were many marshalls and helpers who help make this event what it is.

First Strider in 2nd place behind Ryan Prout of Thrift Green was Mark Newton in 26.39. With James Smith in 5th in 27.34, James Wright in 8th in 28.54, the male Striders won first team. Antony Goodall was 2nd M40 in 28.58.

The ladies winner was Sally Judd from Chelmsford AC in 31.19. Nikki Brockbank was first lady Strider in 36.00, followed by Anna Luff in 41.10 and Sharon Prince in 42.04. Janet Hill was 1st FV60.

Well done and thank you to everyone who helped and ran.

There were two events on Sunday.

Read more: Friday Night Five

 

Two ends of the country

There didn't seem to be much going on this weekend for Striders......

Twelve Striders took part in the High Easter 10k on Sunday in sunny conditions. First male Strider and 3rd overall was Alex Manton in 34.36. Alex was also 2nd male open. 2nd and 3rd male Striders were David Mason in 47.05 and Paul Tumner in 49.09. First lady Strider was Nikki Brockbank, returning to racing after the birth of her daughter, in 46.50. Nikki was followed by Karen Chapman in 49.51 and Katerina Miller in 49.56.

Meanwhile at the other end of the country, Sarah Goodwin took part in the first ever Stirling Scottish marathon and scored a time of 4.45 in cool and cloudy conditions with a bit of drizzle. Highly recommended as the scenery is beautiful, and surprisingly not too many hills (just inclines). 

   

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