Sunday, June 24, 2018
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The long lean ladies of Springfield take XC Relay prize

altThere 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.