Thursday, December 14, 2017
   
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Weekend of hobbling and winners

It was a Remembrance Sunday of two different races in chilly sunshine.
The Stebbing 10 mile race was the final race in the Essex Grand Prix and set off after a short remembrance service on the green at Stebbing. 25 Striders took part.
First male strider was Pete Robinson in 4th place in a time of 56.19; Pete was followed by Chris Burgoyne in 5th and 56.32 and James Smith in 8th with 57.33. Together these three took the County 10 mile team prize. The men also were Silver team with Russell Davies in 58.34, Antony Goodall in 58.59 and Stuart Raven in 60.34. Russell was 1st MV40 and Antony 2nd MV40
For the ladies, Liz Davies was first lady so taking the gold medal in a time of 59.07: this is a course and a new club record, and 1st FV35 so very well done Liz. Jackie Stretton took the bronze as 3rd lady in a time of 65.21 and was 2nd senior woman. The ladies team were the silver medal champions with Liz Davies, Jackie Stretton and Nicky Hands.
The Essex championships is held over races at each distance from 5 miles to marathon; a total of six races, with prizes for teams and each age category and there were several Striders winners.
So in the open category for the men, Pete Robinson was first overall and James Smith 2nd. For the women, Jackie Stretton was third in the open category. In the male v40 category, Antony Goodall was 2nd and Stuart Raven 3rd. Donna Morris was 2nd in the FV45 category. The men also took the Gold team prize.
However it should also be noted that Sheila Macauley was 4th in the FV65 category, Nicky Hands 5th in the FV35 and Liz Davies , Sarah Goodwin 13th in the FV45, and Nikki Brockbank 13th in the open category.

 For the men Gary Chandler was 7th in the MV40 & Russell Davies 9th, Chris Purse was 6th in the MV50, David Smith 14th in the MV60. Striders had a total of 9 runners in the top 20 for Male open with Stuart Raven, Chris Burgoyne, Antony Goodall, James Wright, Paul Molyneux and Mark Newton. 
Whilst this was going on, the famous Hobble was taking place from Galleywood Common, organised by Kevin Wright. There was a choice of 12 miles or 6 miles for this popular trail, and each year is different. 91 runners finished the 12 mile course which was won by Allen Smalls of CHAC with David Lindsay of Striders in 2nd. First lady Strider was Tracey Woodyard. Winner of the 6 miler was Andy Mason.
Janet Hill was first FV60 in the Runfurther ultra championship.
Finally I have been asked to mention that John Hoskyn did a Sahara Desert trek; 40km over 4 days in temperatures of up to 94 degrees, in aid of Motor Neurone Disease.
If you have done a race which may not be on facebook or not a well known race, please let me know by facebook message or via the club website and i will be happy to include it. If I don't know about it, I can't report it!!