Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Tue 21 Nov Long (1100m) & Short (700m) (Industrial Estate) 7.30pm

Thu 23 Nov Long & Short 7.00pm

ASDA Loop/ Threshold 8min2minrec5x400m(5k pace)45sec8min 8.00pm



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!!


Late Summer Handicap

A superb turnout for the club handicap race saw 42 runners hit the paths of Chelmsford last night. Having calculated the majority of handicaps prior to the race via the power of social media (facebook) the additional 15 or so runners turning up on the night did not overwhelm the organisers. With all handicaps calculated from previous 5k races and some other distances where not available we also had to rely on an element of honesty from the competitors. Admittedly, some runners did attempt to increase their handicap using reasons (excuses) ranging from “I had a big pizza prior to running” to “I don’t run as fast at night time”. Needless to say these were not taken in to account.

The conditions were ideal from the start and the race commenced shortly after 8pm. Some great individual efforts and numerous PB’s later we had a winner. In 1st place  was Toni Brown with a time of 29:33, knocking a fantastic 3 mins of her previous best. Well done Toni! In 2nd place was Katherine Lee with a time of 29:35 and again, nearly 3 mins of her PB. Both Toni and Katherine were part of the Springfield Striders beginner running group so it’s great to see them both placing here tonight and entirely in the spirit of the race. In 3rd place was Kevin Wright who ran 30:32, a PB post operation. 

All that is left is a big thanks to all the helpers on the night, especially Allison and Alistair and the marshals. And then to the runners for coming and having a go. I look forward to seeing you all for the Winter 5k Handicap which will likely be a Thurs night in Feb. 

Pos. Name Clock Time Finish Time
1 Toni Brown  37:03 29:33
2 Katherine Lee 37:05 29:35
3 Kevin Wright 37:32 30:32
4 Dannielle Lewis 38:06 30:06
5 Jackie Russell 38:12 27:42
6 Karen Hatcher 38:20 27:50
7 Malcolm Potter  38:21 38:21
8 Dean McLeod 38:28 20:28
9 Leonardo Webb 38:41 18:11
10 Jan King 38:44 29:44
11 Kym Eden 38:50 21:50
12 Donna Hindle 38:52 23:52
13 Ken Hands 39:01 21:01
14 Sam Rule 39:02 23:32
15 Tim Brockington 39:04 22:04
16 Steve Bugden  38:17 19:47
17 Gary Robins 39:20 18:20
18 Gary Joslin 39:24 20:54
19 Harriet Oakley  39:25 25:55
20 Rob Sirrett  39:25 20:25
21 Jon Byford 39:26 18:56
22 Richard Rule 39:26 21:56
23 Chris Sewell 39:31 22:31
24 Ed Freeman  39:33 19:03
25 Neil Wilson 39:34 19:34
26 Nicky Hands 39:38 23:38
27 Melanie Lamb 39:40 24:40
28 Julien Catmull 39:41 22:41
29 Sharon Bannister  39:41 23:41
30 Hilda O'Kelly 39:42 23:42
31 Alan Ashton 39:46 19:16
32 Clive Higdon 39:49 21:49
33 Val govender  39:51 19:51
34 Sharon Prince  39:55 25:25
35 Sarah Stonehouse  39:55 29:25
36 Patrick Dinwiddy 39:58 20:28
37 Martin Mack 40:16 20:46
38 Marisa Christie 40:23 27:23
39 Mark Babbage 40:29 23:59
40 Louise Birke 40:37 23:37
41 Caroline Adlem 40:39 26:39
42 Nicola Norman 42:26 26:56



XC at the weekend

On Saturday the first Essex league fixture took place at Horseheath Point to point near Cambridge. 10 men and 5 women ran. For the men highest placed Strider was Alex Manton in 28th followed by James Smith in 29th; after them were Scott Sterling in 37th and Antony Goodall in 42nd.
For the women, Liz Davies was 1st lady and therefore qualifies to run for Essex in the County Championships. Second lady Strider was Nikki Ranson in 37th, then Allison Gillan and Lynn Tanner taking 73rd and 81st.

The 53-12 XC season kicked off with the course at Writtle College hosted by Springfield Striders on Sunday. A fine morning for running with the usual Springfield excellent organisation.
The morning kicked off with the juniors races with some great running from the 4 Strider juniors in a field of 110 runners. Dylan Robins was 15th overall and 1st in the u11 boys. Taylor Gooding  was 43rd and 2nd in the U11 girls. Ollie (U11 boys) and Jack  (U15 boys) Teddorski came 83rd and 85th respectively. The juniors are currently 7th.
The mens race was won by Andrew Rooke of Hadleigh Hares. In the scoring team for Springfield were:
Sam Cornforth 10th, Chris Burgoyne 12th, James Smith 13th, Alex Manton 15th, Scott Dryden 24th, Antony Goodall 28th, Paul Miles 31st and Greg Deacon 33rd. 30 Strider men ran out of a field of 222.
The womens race was won by Rachel Sweatt of Witham. First Strider lady was Heather Eastwood in 20th, followed by Donna Morris in 31st, Kerry Marsh 42nd and Deborah Hitching in 54th. 13 Strider women ran in a field of 107.
So after the first fixture, Strider men were placed 2nd and the women 6th, which gives an overall league placing of 4th.
Well done to everyone who ran,helped, marshalled, cheered and served teas and coffee. A great event.

Whilst most of the club were at XC,Jackie Stretton ran the Saffron Striders Fast 5 and was 1st lady in this event with a time of 31.25.


Marathons catch up

The fourth Chelmsford marathon took place on Sunday 22nd October from the centre of town. It was a great day for running; no rain and not too warm. 9 Striders took part in this route around the country roads around Chelmsford.

First Strider home was David Lindsay in 8th place and in a time of 2.54.38 David was followed by Antony Goodall in 3.00.59 and 19th place, and then Alex Benson in 3.06.28 and a respectable 25th. The only lady Strider taking part was Emily Penkett in a very respectable 4.32.51 after having done Amsterdam marathon the previous weekend.

Further afield two Striders were at the Stevenage half marathon; Jan Schuster ran 1.59.34 and was 2nd lady in the FV55 category. Dennis Sherwood ran 2.00.59

Even further afield, Paul Dobson travelled to Valenica to do the half marathon there. He ran 1.23.48 and was 15th in his category.

Going back a week further in time, a contingent of Striders tackled the Amsterdam marathon. The team was led by Paul Molyneux in a great time of 2.24.21, and 28th position. Other Striders times are as follows: Mark Newton 2.36.32, Chris Burgoyne 2.39.21, Alex Manton 2.41.42, Stuart Raven 2.45.43, Seb Maguire 2.47.04 and Emily Penkett 4.29.27.

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend and last.



Pleshey Half

It was a bright warm and sunny day for our own Pleshey and Essex Half Marathon on Sunday which proved to be a trifle warm for lots of runners, although pleasant for spectators and marshalls. A total of 551 runners entered but only 434 took part on the day; 40 of whom were Springfield Striders. However, an army of marshalls and helpers for Paul and Ian behind the scenes ensured that the race was the success it is.

Striders men filled 7 of the top ten places in the race.

Paul Molyneux was first man and first Strider in a time of 68.55, followed by 2nd placed man Frankie Conway from Orion in 71.05 and 3rd was Mark Newton in 74.27. With Chris Burgoyne on 4th, the Strider men took first male team and therefore county team champions.

The men also nabbed the second male team prize with Alex Manton Russell Davies and Pete Robinson who came 5th 8th and 9th respectively.

There were also further medals for the men; Russell Davies took 2nd MV40, Stuart Raven 3rd MV40, Paul Dobson 3rd MV50 and David Smith 2nd MV60.

The ladies race was won by Rachel Sweatt from Witham RC in 1.25.49, followed by 2nd lady Nikki Brockbank in 1.29.25 and 3rd lady Jackie Stretton in 1.29.34. Together with Emily Smith, the ladies took 1st ladies team and thus county female champions.

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