Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Tues 20 Feb 12 x 600m (Humber Road) 7.45pm

Thur 22 Feb Long & shorts 7pm

 Orienteering/Bridge Route/3 x 10 Threshold (90 sec rec) 8pm

Tues 27 Feb Big Pyramid (Avenues) 7.45pm

Thur 1 Mar Hills (Bridge) 7pm

  ASDA Loop/8-10-12 Threshold (90 sec rec) 8pm



Great Bentley half

36 Striders; 17 women and 19 men, braved the cold for the Great Bentley half marathon on Sunday; Sharon has renamed it the Four Seasons half due to the different weather (snow, sun, sleet, bit of wind….) throughout the race. This is a very popular race which sold out in about 2 hours. It is a relatively flat course around the country roads near to Great Bentley.

First male strider was Chris Burgoyne in 4th place in a time of 1.13.53. Chris was followed by Alex Manton in 6th in 1.14.28 and Alex Benson in 1.20.28 and 29th place. Paul Dobson was 1st v50 in the race in 1.21.43. David Smith was 2nd v60 in 1.43.53.

The ladies picked up several prizes. Finishing in 2nd lady position was Jackie Stretton in 1.24.02 with Nikki Brockbank close behind in 3rd lady in 1.24.38. Third lady Strider was Sam Bilbie (5th lady) in 1.26.46 and together these ladies picked up the Gold team prize. Nikki was 2nd v35 and Sam 3rd v35. Rebecca Pittman was 1st v55 in 1.35.50 and Sharon Bannister 3rd v45 in 1.47.30.

Well done to everyone who ran and I hope you all enjoyed it. 


Southerns XC

A handful of Striders made the trip to Stanmer Park in Brighton for this years’ Southern XC championships. The day started off sunny in Chelmsford then turned grey and cloudy and eventually drizzly which later turned to rain.

Due to injury or illness there were only 4 Strider women who ran their 2 lap, rather hilly, 8000m course in a field of 351; Liz Davies in an excellent 11th in 30.44, Elaine Tribley was next lady strider in 46.05, then Sharon Bannister in 47.52 and finally Sarah Goodwin in 57.36. A tough and testing course but enough for a ladies team ending up in 34th place.

The men’s race was longer at 3 laps and 15000m and by the start the rain had set in. We needed six to score and we didn’t have a full team in the end. In a field of 740 Sam Cornforth was our highest place man in 112th and ran 58.34. Steve Bugden ran 1.20.56 and Jon Byford 1.13.51.

Well done to everyone who ran.Â


Benfleet 15 - the big freeze

21 hardy Striders braved the snow, mud, wet, hills and general dampness at Benfleet 15, which is challenging in the best of weather and 11 women and 10 men Striders ran.

Winning the male Gold prize was Paul Molyneux in an excellent 1.28.58. Alex Manton took the bronze male prize in an equally excellent 1.34.09. Third Strider male was Robin McCoy in 1.53.30

Nikki Brockbank won Gold ladies prize in 1.46.52. Second strider lady was Jackie Stretton in 1.59.09 and third Strider lady was Kerry Marsh in 2.20.44.

I don’t think I am alone in saying that this was one of the coldest races I had ever done and for us “slower” runners being out in the cold/wet/snow for 2 ½ hours or more takes its toll. Well done to everyone who took part.


Weekend roundup

On Saturday it was the next round of the Essex League cross country at Writtle. 14 men and 10 women turned out for this local event.

Highest placed man was James Smith in 11th, followed by Alex Manton in 14th, Lee Martin 33rd, Sam Cornforth 37th, Antony Goodall 40th and Greg Deacon 45th. The men were 5th overall and the vet men 3rd.

For the ladies Liz Davies was 1st lady overall followed by Nikki Brockbank in 9th, Shannon mason in 20th and Polly Bridgman in 32nd. The ladies were 3rd and the vet ladies 1st.

Read more: Weekend roundup


Double XC and 2017 winners

This weekend was a double header of cross country, kicking off on Saturday with the Essex Championships at Great Notley. This is a pre-enter event, and the captains worked hard to get a strong team out. 39 Striders ran on the day: 15 women and 24 men, with the first 6 men and 4 women for the scoring team. The men and women race separately over different distances.

Read more: Double XC and 2017 winners


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