Thursday, February 22, 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



Baddow and Track champions

For the Baddow 10 mile race on Sunday there was some early rain but this had cleared by the race start to brighten up and people found themselves running in warm and fairly sunny conditions, with a small breeze. This is always a popular local race around the streets and lanes of Great Baddow on an undulating course. 25 Strider men and 16 Strider women took part.

The first Strider man was Sam Cornforth in 1.04.19 (12th), and with Alex Benson in 13th (1.04.23) and Lewis Patching in 16th (1.04.44), the men won first male team prize.

1st Strider lady was Emily Smith in 1.15, followed by Liz Hall in 1.23.16 and Hilda O’Kelly in 1.23.55.

Read more: Baddow and Track champions


Halstead marathon

A cool and cloudy start for this years’ Halstead Marathon for the 7 Strider men and 2 Strider women who took part. The course is undulating through the Essex countryside and treats the runner to some glorious scenery (well, maybe us slower runners were more appreciative), a few hills up, and a few downhills. Well organised by runners for runners with well stocked water stations (including squash, biscuits, chocolate and sausage rolls!) with friendly marshalls as well as friendly other runners. Large scale marathons take note.

Peter Robinson was first male Strider and 4th in 2.43; together with James Smith 5th in 2.45 and James Wright 8th in 2.48, the men nabbed the Gold Essex male team prize.

Read more: Halstead marathon


May bank holiday victories

A busy weekend of racing with various Striders doing various events round the country and abroad!

Alistair Gillan, Julian Catmull and Pete Tremain did the Fellsman;  62 miles of brutal Yorkshire fells which they completed in just over 24 hours. Good going guys!

Paul Jeggo represented Great Britain at the European masters mountain running championships near Barcelona. He came away with a v55 individual bronze medal and a V55 team bronze. Well done Paul!

Nearer to home at Witham on Monday we had the May Day 5; the same route as Boxing Day 5 but in May…..12 men and 10 ladies represented Springfield Striders on this cool and showery morning.

Read more: May bank holiday victories


London Marathon

30 Striders ran London Marathon this year and it was good fun watching out for them at the water station. It was a fairly sunny day but hopefully not too hot for the runners.

Paul Molyneux entered as a Strider but was wearing his Army vest so does he count as first Strider? (Yes - Ed)) Paul completed the course in 2.25 and was 26th overall. Mark Newton was not that far behind in 2.29 and 43rd place. Next male Strider was James Smith with a pb of 2.38.06. Also joining the sub 2.45 club (it’s a thing apparently!) were Sam Cornforth (2.43), Alex Manton (2.44), Peter Robinson (2.38.35). Stuart Raven just missed it with a time of 2.45.06.

First Strider lady was Kate Mills in 3.18, then Jackie Stretton in 3.38 and Soraya Barron in 4.04.

Read more: London Marathon


Warm weather for marathons

It was a warm and sunny weekend for everyone this weekend and for those running marathons, it was going to be a challenge.

Mark Newton beat the heat in Paris and posted a very good 2hours 30 and came 47th in the race. Apparently he was captured on film finishing as well.

A couple of Striders travelled to Brighton on the South coast to tackle the Brighton Marathon; Andy Quinn posted a respectable 3.53 and Steve Brame struggled in the heat to finish in 5.18. It was a hot day on the coast and some water stations had run out of water  all around the course!!

Slightly nearer to home was the Little Bromley 10k, a shorter distance to run in the sunshine. Liz Davies ran 35.46, a PB and a new v35 club record, and first lady. Liz was 7th overall as well. Jackie Stretton was 2nd Strider lady in 39.28 and 3rd lady overall. Also running for Striders were Gareth Thomas, Emily Smith, Kelly Spencer, and Paul Tumner.

Well done to everyone who ran.


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