Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Variety of events!

There were a large variety of events going on this weekend, with varying distances. 

17 Striders competed in the Southend Half marathon; surprisingly few considering that this is the club championship race for half marathon. The day started off a bit sticky and then turned rainy towards the end of the race (unless you were super-fast!).

Our new half marathon champions are Alex Manton for the men, who completed in 1.18, and Sharon Bannister for the women, who completed in 1.47

The first three men were Alex, followed by Stuart Raven in 1.24 and Leon Webster in 1.27.

The first three ladies were Sharon, followed by Sarah Goodwin in 2.00, and Holly Thompson in 2.05.

Meanwhile, many Striders ran the Cricket Trail at High Roding, organised by GFDR. Dream team James Smith, Gavin Allen and Mark Newton  finished within seconds of each other in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Sarah Colbert was 2nd lady.

Sarah Colbert and 3 other striders attended the Haughley Park 5 hosted by Stowmarket Striders. Rebecca Pittman claimed first FV50 and Sarah Colbert 1st FV45.

Mark Moughton did the hilly St Albans half in 1.48; recommended for its organisation and pleasant route.

Ian Brazier completed the Centurion South Downs Way 100 at the weekend in an amazing 23hours 43, well within the 30 hour cut off. His musings on the race can be found on Facebook.

Another Strider, Andy Hind, completed running John O Groats to Lands’ End; he started on 16th May and finished on 9th June, a total of 25 days running and 874 miles. His exploits have been followed on Where Is Andy on Facebook and the journey is still there for you to look at.

And yes, Paul Bridges did a marathon, no 136 “Day off Any run? Any run?” and finished in 3.44

I hope I have not missed anyone off; apologies if I have! It just goes to show the depth of runners in the club and the variety of events they do!