This weekend saw the Wix 5 mile race hosted by Harwich Runners attended by a handful of Striders. A fast flat course and a couple of medals were the order of the day. Liz Davies and Kate Mills took 1st and 2nd lady respectively, with Kate also winning 1st v45. Kate set a new v45 record for the club with her time of 32.03. Liz clocked 29.21 and was 10th overall. Well done ladies.
Mark Newton was 2nd in the race in a time of 26.52, 2nd male strider was James Wright in 7th with 28.35 and 3rd male strider was David Smith in 34.56.
Busy weekend with lots of medals!
27 Striders took part in the Tiptree 10 mile race, which is the Essex 10 mile championship race and completes the Essex Grand Prix. A sunny morning with a slight breeze made for near perfect running conditions through the lanes around Tiptree, Messing and Easthorpe.
There were lots of medals and trophies for Striders in both the race and the Essex championship.
Mark Newton was first Strider home in 2nd in 55.22, followed by James Smith in 4th in 56.32. Third male Strider was Chris Burgoyne in 58.51. Together they won the Gold Essex 10 mile. Mark also won the Silver Essex 10 mile.
For the ladies there were even more medals. First lady Strider was Sam Bilbie in 1.06.38 as 4th lady. Sam won 1st v35, Silver Essex ladies 10 mile and Essex Gold 10 mile v35. With Emily Smith and Sam Bentley within seconds of each other in 1.12, the ladies won race Gold and Essex 10 mile Gold team. There were also Silver Essex 10 mile medals for Rebecca Pittman, Donna Morris and Laura Cook. Rebecca also took v45 Essex Bronze 10 mile.
As this was the last race in the Essex Grand Prix the final standings are in for the Grand Prix prizes. This consists of races at each distance over the year.
The long lean ladies of Springfield take XC Relay prize
There were many races far and wide as well as nearby, where Striders took part.
It was a warm Saturday afternoon in Hockley for the Essex cross Country relays and Striders fielded four men’s and four women’s teams. It is a short race, over about 3 miles and has several hilly bits. The course was very dry and dusty in parts.
Liz Davies gave the ladies an early lead with an excellent 16 minutes, returning to form in style. Liz was backed up by Kate Mills in leg B running 18.31 and Sam Bilbie in Leg C in 17.36 to take the ladies Gold prize over Colchester Harriers and Southend AC. Striders B ladies (Vic Curren, Polly Bridgman and Nichola Hands) came a decent 11th, C team (Hilda O’Kelly, Donna Morris and Nichola Norman) in 18th and D team (Amelie Mollinghoff, Sarah Goodwin and Anna Luff) in 22nd.
Prizes at Ingatestone
The 32nd running of the Ingatestone 5 took place on a dry Sunday morning and started from the Anglo-European school. Only 8 Striders took part, with 6 of the 8 winning prizes!
The race was won by Crispian Bloomfield of Billericay in 26.42, but Springfield’s James Smith ran 27.57 to come in third. Together with Stuart Raven and Chris Sewell the men claimed third male team.
First lady was the returning to racing Liz Davies in a great 29.29. Rebecca Pittman was first v45 lady in 36.03 and together with Anna Luff, the ladies scooped first female team.
On Sunday there was also the Generals Round Trail race from the Generals Arms in Little Baddow, organised by Katy Rehal from Mid Essex casuals. There was a choice of 8.5 or 6.4 miles, which included a sting in the tail and fun in the woods. The ladies did well with Nikki Brockbank 2nd, Sharon Bannister 3rd and Janet Hill 4th in the 8 mile race. The men did even better with Antony Goodall 1st, Gavin Allen 2nd and Gary Chandler 3rd. In the ladies 6 mile, Allison Gillan was third and for the men Robert Rodie was also third.
Paul Bridges did another couple of marathons: marathon #146, the Roald Dahl challenge at Samphire Hoe in 4.42, on a very hot Thursday. By contrast, he did the Kent Coyote marathon #147 on Sunday in 3.39 in cooler weather.
A handful of Striders travelled to Newcastle to join the 57000 other runners in the Great North Run. This half marathon takes runners through the city centre, across the Tyne Bridge and into Gateshead and finishes at South Shields.
First Strider was Libby Nicholas in 1.37 and she was 128th lady. Other Striders to complete, in this order, were Mark Moughton, Richard Barker, Brian Poore, Jan Schuster, Claire Sharples, Gail Barker and Matthew Orwell.
Meantime, another handful of Striders ran the Langham 10k. Winning for the Striders was Gavin Allen in 34.45, closely followed by Chris Burgoyne in 34.54. Also running were Donna Morris, Nicola Pyle, Sarah Hammond, and Lynn Tanner. There was also a 5km where Lee Martin finished 4th.
Emily Smith finished as 1st v35 female and 4th female in the Essex Cross country series; consisting of 5 races over the course of the summer.
The Newtons, Mark and Sarah, travelled to France to take part in the Marathon du Medoc; unique in that there are 20 odd stops along the route offering wine and other delights….
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