Thursday, November 23, 2017
   
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Mid Essex XC success

This Sunday was the last race in the Mid Essex XC league and was hosted by Little Baddow. Always a good course with plenty of mud and hills smiley

Sarah Colbert won the ladies race supported by fellow teammates Lauren Buck in 7th, Juliet Penry–Warren in 9th, Sharon Bannister in 13th, Hilda O’Kelly 20th, Karen Chapman, Kirsty Williams and Elaine Tribley 22, 23 and 24.

The Strider men were led by Sam Cornforth in 2nd behind GFDR James Bosher, Stuart Raven came 4th, Scott Dryden 6th, Antony Goodall 7th, Steve Moore 8th and Chris Purse 11th and then followed 16 other male Striders so well done all!

So overall the men won and the ladies came 2nd in the Mid Essex XC league. Well done to everyone who ran in this league and contributed towards this.

The last fixture in the 53-12 league is at the Ipswich Food Hall this Sunday 28th February, hosted by Ipswich JAFFA; Juniors at 10am and Seniors at 10.45am.

There were a few Striders participating in other races at the weekend; Lee Martin recommends the Wokingham Half; a top quality field on a good course. Mark Moughton took part in the Hampton Court Half and Dennis Sherwood the Tunbridge Wells Half.

Several Strider ladies went to Dunton for the Test Track 10; a 10 mile run set within Ford Motor Company, Basildon. The course is completely secure and traffic free offering runners the opportunity to run on parts of Ford normally prohibited from the general public. Sam Barnes-Bilbie and Emily Smith came 1st and 2nd in this event.

Paul Bridges did only 2 marathons this weekend: 100 club AGM in 3 hrs 45 which was on a cycle track 13 times round. He then repeated that course for the Good the Bad and the Ugly on Sunday; this time in 4.47 but it was a lot windier! Steven Armitage also did the race on Sunday and completed in 4.17

Let’s not forget Gary Chandler who went to Seville for the Marathon and completed in 2.53. This is the flattest marathon in Europe and attracted approximately 13000 runners.