Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Tues 24 April Pyramids (Arun Close) 7.45pm

Thur 26 April BEGINNERS 7pm

New Hall Route/Orienteering 8pm No threshold session this week

Weds 25 April Bluebell Run Little Baddow Cricket Club 7pm

Fri 27 April Social at Club 7.30pm


Spirit of London

Well that was the motto for London marathon this year as stated by the organisers.

This year 45 Striders (31 men and 14 ladies) started the 38th London marathon on what was to be the hottest day of the year so far, and the hottest London marathon to date. Most people would say that they ran slower times than they predicted due to this, but everyone who ran did really really well.

First Strider was Mark Newton, soon after running Ibiza marathon, yet still running 2.37 and overall 109th place. Also in the under 3 hours were Tom Cammock (2.50), James Wright (2.53) and Alex Manton (2.53). Stuart Raven and Alex Benson missed the 3 hour mark by 3 and 4 minutes respectively. 15 runners fell into the under 4 hours category, 17 in under 5, 5 in under 6 and 3 in under 7, which surely reflects the hot conditions out on the course.

Our first lady was Jackie Stretton in 3.07, closely followed by Nikki Brockbank also in 3.07. Third lady was Samantha Monk in 4.01.

Sam Cornforth started but did not finish after passing the halfway mark. Sam Bilbie thought she may have to DNF when she was suffering during the race, but thanks to help from another runner she managed to complete the course in 4.04. Damian Barrett ran (at least some of) it in bare feet - ouch on hot pavements and completed it in 3.54! Gabrielle Pearce, on her 18th birthday, completed her very first marathon in 5.37 whilst Nichola Norman completed her first marathon in 4.46. Dave Turk struggled on the day and is quoted as saying “it’s horrendous”, but not as much as Steve Brame who struggled with blisters from about mile 17 and hobbled his way back.

We must not forget the army of water station volunteers; to the advance team, who set up at (almost) the crack of dawn, to the volunteers handing out water to hot and thirsty runners; all of whom gave up their own time to do this. The club thank you all very much. We gave out nigh on 40000 bottles of water.

Footnote 1: Don’t forget the social on Friday 27thfrom 7.30pm at the Cricket club to celebrate your achievements.

Footnote 2: I did a search on Springfield Striders on the results and have included only those who appear in this search – sorry if I have missed anyone or the information is incorrect!


Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Eggstravaganza is a series of most enjoyable, usually muddy, trail races, hosted by four local clubs: Mid Essex Casuals, Little Baddow Ridge Runners, Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners and Springfield Striders., and held over the Easter weekend as the title would suggest…. A total of 319 people took part over the weekend with 74 striders participating in at least one of the EE races. 10 Striders completed all 4 races.

Day 1 was hosted by MEC at Aldham near Colchester and there was a choice of 12, 6.2 or 4 miles, although the 4 miles had “sold out” before some people arrived.

Charlie Harpur from MEC won the 12 mile with James Smith (Halstead), James Bosher (GFDR), Sean Ketteridge (CHAC) and Gavin Allen (Halstead) all posting the same time for 2nd. Highest places male Strider was Jon Byford as 7th man. The ladies 12 mile was won by Nikki Brockbank (SS).

The 4 mile was won by Richard Sirrett (SS) for the men and by 3 Halstead ladies for the women.

The 6.2 mile was won by two Halstead men with Striders’ highest placed being Tim Brockington in 5th. Shannon Mason (SS) was the winning lady at this distance.

However, there were 3 more trails to go and all to play for (well, we hope so!)

At Little Baddow on Saturday there was a choice of 2 distances; 11 or 5 miles and being Little Baddow, I would imagine this would be hilly and muddy….

The 11 mile male winners were James Bosher and James Smith posting an excellent 1.11.54 and Mark Newton was 3 seconds behind in 3rd. First lady was Nikki Brockbank with Melissa Dowell (CHAC) and Lyn Higgs (MEC) 2nd. Elaine Tribley was an excellently placed 4th.

Read more: Easter Eggstravaganza


Weekend running

Harwich runners hosted the Essex road relays on Saturday on Dovercourt seafront and this event attracted 95 teams from all around the county. A lot of the 5k run takes place along the promenade and luckily weather conditions were just cloudy; no rain, snow, sun or even wind; just cloudy.

In the men’s v50 event, Striders took silver with the team of Robin McCoy 18:2.02, Paul Broome 18:59.78 and Paul Dobson 17:31.82

The v45 ladies ran well with Rebecca Pitman 20:52.14, Nicki Ranson 22:6.08 and Donna Morris 23:22.88, securing the bronze medal.

A small selection of 5 Striders ran the muddy hilly Orion 15 through Epping Forest on Saturday

Jon Byford was first placed Strider in 55th 1.57.43

18 Striders completed the Colchester Half marathon on Sunday, a popular event starting and finishing at the Colchester United football stadium. First Strider was Antony Goodall in 22nd (1.20.14) with Alex Benson in 26th (1.20.53) and James Wright in 41st (1.21.29). First lady was Jackie Stretton in 1.23.38, followed by Catherine Hull in 1.41.42 and Donna Morris in 1.45.17. Jackie was 2nd Senior lady.

There was also a trail on Sunday – the Lamarsh Village hall trail with a choice of 6 or 9.75 miles. 3 Striders ran the 6 mile and 2 the 9.75 mile.

Further afield Alex Manton ran the Wymondham AC 20 mile race and came second in 1.57.28. Emily Penkett and Derek Dunne also ran this race; Derek was first in the M50-54 category.

Well done to everyone who ran at the weekend.


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


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