Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Clean Sweep (almost) at Felsted

The Felsted 10k is always a popular date in the July running calendar in Essex as it is also the Essex 10k championship race. A total of 41 Striders; 26 men and 15 women; turned up on a cloudy, reasonably windy, warm Sunday morning. The course is reasonably flat, with a couple of “undulations” throughout the pleasant lanes around Felsted

The ladies scooped the race and Essex championship team prize with Sam Bilbie, Jackie Stretton and Kate Mills.

Sam won third lady and Bronze Essex lady and also v35 silver for Essex. Kate won Gold v45 for the race and Essex. Sheila Macauley won Gold v65 for the race and Essex.

The men did well too; Mark Newton was beaten to 2nd place by an unattached runner, Alex Short.  However, although he was second, the first placed runner was not Essex qualified, so Mark scooped the Essex 10k championship trophy. Gavin Allen was Gold v40 male for the race and Essex. Mark, Gavin and teammate James Smith also picked up the Gold men’s team prize for the race and Essex.

Well done to everyone who ran, it turned out to be a warm one!

There was a trail from the Ship and Anchor in Maldon on Wednesday with a choice of 7.5 miles and 5.5 miles. Antony Goodall and Gary Chandler tied for first place in 55 minutes, with Richard Sirrett and Julian Catmull tying for 4th. Sarah Colbert won the 5.5 race for the ladies, with Karen Chapman not far behind in 2nd. The first Strider man was Tim Brockington in 7th.

And yes, Paul Bridges did another marathon, number 141, Ranscombe, in 4.24.