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.
Our v50 men ran well with Paul Jeggo coming in 6th, followed by Chris Purse in 34th and Gary Joslin 44th.
The v40 men ran separately to everyone else. Again we fielded a strong team and were rewarded with 1st men’s team; Greg Deacon in 5th, Paul Dobson in 8th, Antony Goodall 9th and Mark Waine 13th.
Well done to everyone who ran, thank you to all the marshalls and everyone who helped; it was a great course and the encouragement from the marshalls was much welcomed.
Essex league success
The next round of the Essex League cross country fixtures took place at Horseheath Point to Point, near to Cambridge on a beautiful Saturday morning. For the ladies this was 6k and for the men 8k. Seven ladies ran with our top scorer being Liz Davies in 2nd position (2nd to a lady called Faye Fullerton who runs for England!). The other scoring ladies were Polly Bridgman, Emily Smith and Vic Curren.
Some 17 men ran and the scoring team were made up of Tristan Windley in 6th, Tom Cammack 8th, Alex Manton 23rd, James Wright 30th, Philip Smith 31st, Lee Martin 33rd, Sam Cornforth 42nd and Antony Goodall 43rd
The event of the weekend on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning was the Hobble, organised by Kevin, with options of 13.4 or 6.6 miles. This year the long route took runners to Margaretting and thereabouts. This is very popular with Striders and 43 took part in the 13.4 mile route and 16 on the shorter route; with 12 other clubs also taking part. There was much confusion by some of the runners in one part of the course; not the organisers fault!
The first man on the long route was Allen Smalls of CHAC, quickly followed by clubmate Sean Ketteridge. Chris Burgoyne was first Strider in 3rd..First lady on the long course was June Allen.
First 53-12 fixture
The third Chelmsford marathon was held on Sunday on a bright and breezy morning. This followed the same undulating course as last year from the Shire Hall through the villages of Writtle, Roxwell, Radley Green and Newney Green before turning back through the parks to Central Park. Several Striders took part and there were several Strider supporters along the route.
The first male Strider home, of the 20 men who ran, was Sam Cornforth in 3rd place in an excellent 2.43, then Alex Manton in 10th in 2.52, followed by Antony Goodall in 2.56, making up the Strider sub 3 club for the event.
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