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.
Tristan Windley gave the men an early close 2nd but the A team had to be content with fourth, but out of 38 teams this was an excellent result. Tristan was supported by A team mates Alex Manton, James Smith and Chris Burgoyne. The C team (Ken Hands, Gary Joslin, Mark Buckley and Leon Webster) were 22nd, the B team (Stuart Raven, Rob Jones, Chris Purse and Scott Dryden) were 23rd. The D team (Ian Brazier, Dave Littleson, Chris Sewell and Philip Watts) were 35th.
Meanwhile a contingent of hardy Striders travelled to the Isle of Wight for a weekend of Fell racing and each Strider did 3 races. On Saturday morning was The St Boniface Fell (AS), 3.8km with 235m ascent to get everyone going. Later on in the afternoon was The Ventnor Horseshoe (BM), 12km with 443m ascent. So after a nights rest (we assume!) onto the final race, The Wroxall Round (CL), 21km with 487m ascent. For the ladies Elaine Tribley, Sharon Bannister, Kerry Marsh and Karen Chapman ran and for the men Roger Gooding, Julian Catmull, Richard Rule, Tim Brockington and Andy Stroud ran. Elaine and Sharon were surprised to have won bronze medals for the v50 and v40 categories respectively.
On Sunday in Maldon was the Maldon half marathon starting at Plume School, and is a lovely course taking in country lanes around Nounsley, Ulting and Woodham Walter although it is said to be a tad hilly in places. However, Antony Goodall had a great run and took 2nd in 1.20.48. Adam Turner and Adam Richardson also ran for Striders.
Paul Bridges did marathon no 148 the Robin Hood Marathon in 3.45.44.
A couple of Striders were at the Berlin marathon, a fast and flat course by all accounts. Gary Chandler clocked another sub 3 hours in 2.55.57 and James Wright 2.46.33
Simon Miller ran the NSPCC Milton Keynes half marathon in 94.48.
Well done to everyone who ran at the weekend, there was certainly lots going on. Any amendments required, please let me know.
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….
Winning the Double Treble!!
Springfield Striders have smashed the double treble at the Essex Way for the second year running. Trophies have been retained for the Men, Ladies and Vets, much to the Captains and everyone else’s delight, and makes all Sharon and Stuart’s nagging worthwhile. This is always a TEAM event and everyone’s run counted towards the final score.
The morning was bright and sunny, and a little windy, so pleasant conditions for running, especially in the earlier legs. The clouds came over during the day.
With wins in Legs 1 (Chris Burgoyne), 2 (Alex Manton), 4 (Tristan Windley), 5 (Paul Molyneux), 9 (Gavin Allen) and 10 (Mark Newton), and respectable 2nd by Stuart Raven in Leg 3 and Sam Cornforth in Leg 6, 3rd for James Smith in Leg 8 and 4th for Antony Goodall in Leg 7, the men ran away again with the overall men’s trophy and 17 points in total.
After leg 3 the men were in front with 4 points, followed by Thrift Green on 21 and Benfleet on 29. At this stage the women were way behind the leaders Grange Farm, with 75 points (equal with Southend) as opposed to GFDR 25 points. The vets were leading with 25 points over Southend and GFDR.
A warm and humid night for the Summer Handicap with most people well down on their times. Congratulations to Gary who is running well at the moment and to Alex who clocked the fastest time.
Thanks to Andy Hind who DNF’d but ran back to accompany Pat to the finish. Thanks to all the marshals.
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