Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Two ends of the country

There didn't seem to be much going on this weekend for Striders......

Twelve Striders took part in the High Easter 10k on Sunday in sunny conditions. First male Strider and 3rd overall was Alex Manton in 34.36. Alex was also 2nd male open. 2nd and 3rd male Striders were David Mason in 47.05 and Paul Tumner in 49.09. First lady Strider was Nikki Brockbank, returning to racing after the birth of her daughter, in 46.50. Nikki was followed by Karen Chapman in 49.51 and Katerina Miller in 49.56.

Meanwhile at the other end of the country, Sarah Goodwin took part in the first ever Stirling Scottish marathon and scored a time of 4.45 in cool and cloudy conditions with a bit of drizzle. Highly recommended as the scenery is beautiful, and surprisingly not too many hills (just inclines). 


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


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