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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

 

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. 

Read more: Late Summer Handicap

 

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.

Read more: XC at the weekend

 

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.

Read more: Pleshey Half

 

Summer is over!

School is now back in session and so are the races.

On Sunday it was the Langham 10k and 5k and a handful of Striders took part; 6 in the 10k and 2 in the 5k.Due to fault with timing mats, the times are gun to chip.

Chris Burgoyne was first Strider home in a time of 33.40 and third place. He was followed by teammate Tom Cammack in 4th place in 34.47. The 3rd male Strider was Stuart Darney in 45.04. Mark Moughton was the 4th man in 49.23

The ladies were on the light side with only Nicola Pyle 46.28 and Lynn Tanner 50.07 taking part.

In the 5k race we had some winners between the two taking part. David Smith was 1st M60 in 22.14 and Donna Morris 1st F50 in 23.44.

Seven Striders travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run; a half marathon in the Great Run series and always popular.

Alan Ashton was first male Strider in 1.32, followed by Dan Summers 1.47, Richard Barker 1.51, Chris McCann 2.14 and Matthew Orwell 2.47.

For the ladies, Striders were represented by Liz Irvine in 2.02 and Gail Barker in 2.14.

   

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