Road relay success
A fantastic performance at the Essex road relays in Harwich on Saturday meant another medal haul for Striders.
The ladies open team were on top form, grabbing the Gold team prize by a team effort from Liz Davies, Kate Mills and Sam Bilbie. This is the first time in history we have won this. The v45 ladies also scored medals by coming 3rd in this category with a team of Rebecca Pittman, Donna Hindle and Hilda O’Kelly. Liz Davies also won the fastest leg for the Open ladies in a fantastic time of 16.56, which beat most of the men Striders too J
The men fared well too; the team of Mark Waine, Peter Robinson, James Smith, and James Wright picked up bronze men’s open and Stuart Raven, Lee Martin, and Antony Goodall were bronze v40
Some of the relay runners were in action again on Sunday at the popular Brentwood half marathon, where 37 Striders took part. The men scooped Mens team Gold with Peter Robinson 8th, Alex Manton 13th, Antony Goodall 17th, James Wright 18th and Chris Burgoyne 21st. First Strider lady was Sam Bilbie in 1.30.39 and she was 12th lady overall. There were several great runs and PBs on the day. Well done to everyone.
Essex 20 medals
39 Striders in total braved the wet and windy conditions for the popular Essex 20 race held near to Colchester. This was also an Intercounty match and representing Essex were our own Paul Molyneux for the men and Sam Bilbie for the ladies. The 3 lap race started off in fairly heavy cold rain, so not the optimum conditions to start with but it did brighten up during later laps.
First Strider and representing Essex was Paul Molyneux in 1.50.53, which gave him Men open bronze. Together with James Smith (1.57.25) and Mark Newton (1.57.28), the strider men took the team Gold and took home the biggest trophy in the world (see Facebook!) Striders also won the men’s team silver - Pete Robinson 1.57.54, Alex Manton 2.01.58 and Tom Cammack 2.02.51.
Paul Molyneux and the Essex men’s team took Gold in the intercounty competition.
Sam Bilbie was the only Strider lady medal winner; she took open and v35 bronze in 2.22.16. Sam also took intercounty silver with her Essex team mates.
There were also several PBs from the race.
Well done to everyone who ran and braved the rain!
Little Baddow and Tarpley
Striders took part in several races at the weekend.
First off was the penultimate Mid Essex XC fixture at Little Baddow on what turned out to be a mild, reasonably sunny morning. 22 Strider men and 10 Strider women took part on this hilly, challenging course through some lovely woods and around a couple of fields.
First man for Striders and overall was Chris Burgoyne, and the scoring team was made up of Stuart Raven in 11th, Antony Goodall 13th, Paul Jeggo 17th, Jon Byford 20th and Gary Robins 25th, thus making the men 2nd on the day.
First lady was Hilda O’Kelly in 12th, with Karen Chapman 14th, Allison Gillan 16th and Elaine Tribley 19th, making up the scoring team and 3rd on the day.
Striders are currently 2nd in the men’s’ table and 3rd in the ladies, with one fixture to go at Braintree.
The Tarpley 20/10 is run over two distances, 10 miles and 20 miles at a location near to Bury St Edmunds by St Edmunds Pacers. Apparently the course passes through beautiful countryside and is run along gently undulating country lanes.
In the 10 mile race, we had 2 Striders take part: James Smith and Mark Newton who took 1st and 2nd respectively and James with a PB of 55.30. In the 20 mile race Pete Robinson was 2nd and Tom Cammack 3rd and with Alex Manton took the male team Gold – well done team!
Paul Bridges did marathon no 164 in 4hrs 11 and Damien Barrett took 6th place in the St Peters Way Ultra (45 miles)
Final 53-12 XC
The last 53-12 league fixture took place on Sunday at Notley Park on a rather mild Sunday morning.
17 male and 10 lady Striders took part in this. First male Strider was James Wright in 4th and making up the rest of the scoring team were Russell Davies 14th, Stuart Raven 23rd, Mark Buckley 54th, Gary Robins 57th, Peter Chubb 58th, Jon Byford 59th and Gary Wright 80th. The men were 6th on the day.
The ladies were led by Polly Bridgman in 6th, with the rest of the scoring team being Libby Watson 19th, Allison Gillan 44th and Donna Hindle 47th. The ladies were 5th on the day.
The final results for the season were that we were joint 4th with Great Bentley. Well done to everyone who ran in this league.
The juniors have done really well this season, especially as on many occasions there have only been 3 of them; Dylan Robins and Taylor Gooding have run every single race in this league. In this race Dylan Robins was leading junior in 26th, Will Pugh was 45th, Gaby Bilbie 46th, Taylor Gooding 65th, Jess Pugh 67th and Oliver Hitching 99th, out of a field of 111.
The juniors finished the season 6th overall which is a great achievement and well done all juniors who ran. Dylan Robins was 2nd in the U11 boys category and 5th in all boys overall. Well done Dylan!
Gaby and Taylor were 5th and 7th respectively in the girls U11 category – well done girls!
Senior Men, Vet Men & Vet Ladies Essex League Champions
A double header of Cross country this weekend with the final Essex League meeting with all to play for by Striders and our own Mid Essex league fixture at Highwood.
A cold and snowy morning at Basildon was the scene for the Essex league fixture where you might be mistaken in thinking that there wouldn’t be hills….of course there were!
12 Strider ladies braved the cold and were led by Liz Davies in 1st place; at least 30 seconds ahead of the second placed lady. Our second lady was Polly Bridgman in 20th, followed by Emily Smith in 25th; as these ladies are all vets they made up the vets scoring team and placed us first in this category. To make up the open teams (all categories) Vic Curren came in 28th, making this team 4th overall.
18 men took part in the later and longer men’s race. Paul Molyneux made a guest appearance for the club and took 5th place. Paul was backed up by James Smith in 9th, Tom Cammack in 13th, Greg Deacon in 19th, Alex Manton in 25th and Antony Goodall in 33rd, making them first on the day. The vets team of Greg Deacon, Antony Goodall, Paul Dobson and Seb McGuire took first place on the day too.
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