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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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Bentley half and Boggling times

The Bentley half marathon is popular in the race goers’ calendar as it is fast and flat and comes at a good time in Spring marathon training. It is also a great race to run as well and was not as windy this year. Several great times were posted, including a few PBs.
26 Striders ran, breaking down into 17 men and 9 women. The fast men were out in force and Peter Robinson (3rd), Alex Manton (5th) and Tom Cammack (7th) scooped the male team prize. Antony Goodall in 12th was 2nd M40. First strider lady was Nicky Hands in 1.45 followed by Heather Eastwood in 1.47.
 
For 6 other Striders it was the Braintree Bog-gle trail race, organised by Mid Essex Casuals. First Strider was Julian Catmull in 4.21and first lady Strider was Kirsty Williams in 4.48.
 
And because the 53-12 report has not yet been done for our race at Writtle, which incidentally was a great course which was enjoyed by all (I think!).
First Strider from a squad of 21 was James Smith in 2nd and the rest of the scoring team were Greg Deacon in 6th, Chris Burgoyne 7th, Alex Manton 12th, James wright 22nd, Stuart Raven 29th, Alex Benson 32nd and Paul Jeggo 34th. The men were 2nd behind Ipswich Jaffa on the day.
 

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Box Hill and XC

It was a cold and frosty Saturday morning for the Box Hill fell race in Surrey and temperatures probably were in the minuses. However, it was a beautifully sunny day and the views were apparently to die for. There were patches of thick frost on the course which made for fairly fast and firm going. There were 257 runners in total who completed the race.
 
First Strider was Stuart Raven in 31st with a time of 64.02. He was followed by Roger Gooding 75.57, Jon Byford 76.01, Gary Wright 76.22, Tim Brockington 83.06, Julian Catmull 84.44, Catherine Hull 90.43, Karen Chapman 91.06, Elaine Tribley 92.26, Alistair Gillan 99.14, and Sarah Knowles 130.48
 
It was another extremely cold and icy day for the next round of the 53-12 league cross country at Ipswich on Sunday. 11 men and 5 women braved the cold and some of these had tackled the notorious Box Hill the day before.
 
James Smith was first male Strider in 3rd and joining James on the scoring team were Alex Manton in 23rd, James Wright 31st, Stuart Raven 34th, Gary Robins 53rd, Jon Byford 82nd, Roger Gooding 87th and Gary Wright 88th. The men were 6th in Pool A on the day.  

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January off road

The Round 4 Essex League cross country took place at Notley Park near Braintree. It was a cold and crisp morning, with some snow still on the ground. The ladies course was a mere 5.2k and the men’s was 7.4k; some felt that this was short!
 
Liz Davies was 1st lady overall in 19.39, followed by Sam Bilbie in 9th, Allison Gillan in 56th and Deborah Hitching in 61st to make up the scoring team; and were joined by Elaine Tribley  66th, and good packing by Holly Thompson 73rd, Anna Luff 74th, Sarah Knowles 76th, and Sarah Goodwin 77th, and finished with Vicki Robins 81st and Julie Pugh 86th. The ladies were fifth on the day but the ladies vets were 3rd which puts them joint first in the league with Chelmsford AC, so all to play for at the last race on 11th February in Basildon.
 
The 24 strong squad of men were led by the scoring team of James Smith in 10th, Greg Deacon 15th, Tom Cammack 16th, Alex Manton 18th, Chris Burgoyne 20th, and Russell Davies 24th. The senior men including Vets are currently 1st in this league as are the vet men, so again all to play for at the last fixture.
 

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Essex XC Championships

A rather mild but damp morning for the Essex XC Championships at Claybury Park, Woodford. Rain the night before ensured that the course had some lovely muddy bits, which was actually pleasing to see and run in.
11 ladies and 20 men turned up to represent Springfield Striders.
The ladies race was first at 10.30 over a distance of 8km (about 5 miles) and was a 3 lap course, with a field of 144 runners. Liz Davies was first lady and therefore qualifies for InterCounties cross country, well done Liz!. Liz was followed by Sam Bilbie in 16th, Polly Bridgman 29th and Emily Smith 35th to take 4th team place.
The men’s race was a longer race (roughly 7 miles) and consisted of a field of 186 runners. First male Strider was Tristan Windley in 6th; together with James Smith in 22nd, Alex Manton in 26th, Sam Cornforth in 33rd, Russell Davies in 45th and Antony Goodall in 55th the men took team Bronze.
Well done to everyone who ran; it was a hard and hilly course which tested the runner!
There is a double header this weekend with Essex League at Notley and Mid Essex league at Rivenhall; hoping to see a good turnout. 
 

Misty Christmas races

A misty and damp morning at the Museum of Power at Langford for the Xmas fantasy at the museum trail; fancy dress was optional but it would seem several people took advantage of the Christmas theme. James Smith was first in the 5.7 mile race, with Tim Brockington in 3rd. Sarah Colbert was 2nd in the ladies race. There was also a shorter race, 3.1 miles, won by Sam Bilbie and her daughter Gabby, and Roger Gooding and his daughter Taylor.

So, on Sunday, a damp and foggy morning for the favourite in lots of peoples cross country calendar – the infamous Stebbing, hosted by Grange Farm and the first in the Mid Essex league fixtures. A strong Strider field turned out with 30 men and 11 women, some of whom had decided Stebbing was a good race to make their XC debut….

This may or may not be the last Stebbing in its current location; negotiations are ongoing with the landowner, even so, it was not one to be missed with plenty of mud and water.

First Strider lady was Rachel Roughan in 2nd, followed by Vic Curren in 4th, Sarah Colbert 8th and Donna Hindle 25th. The ladies were 3rd on the day.

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