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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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Chelmsford Marathon

The third Chelmsford marathon was held on Sunday on a bright and breezy morning. This followed the same undulating course as last year from the Shire Hall through the villages of Writtle, Roxwell,  Radley Green and Newney Green before turning back through the parks to Central Park. Several Striders took part and there were several Strider supporters along the route.

The first male Strider home, of the 20 men who ran,  was Sam Cornforth in 3rd place in an excellent 2.43, then Alex Manton in 10th in 2.52, followed by Antony Goodall in 2.56, making up the Strider sub 3 club for the event.

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Wix 5

This weekend saw the Wix 5 mile race hosted by Harwich Runners attended by a handful of Striders. A fast flat course and a couple of medals were the order of the day. Liz Davies and Kate Mills took 1st and 2nd lady respectively, with Kate also winning 1st v45. Kate set a new v45 record for the club with her time of 32.03. Liz clocked 29.21 and was 10th overall. Well done ladies.

Mark Newton was 2nd in the race in a time of 26.52, 2nd male strider was James Wright in 7th with 28.35 and 3rd male strider was David Smith in 34.56. 

 

Busy weekend with lots of medals!

27 Striders took part in the Tiptree 10 mile race, which is the Essex 10 mile championship race and completes the Essex Grand Prix. A sunny morning with a slight breeze made for near perfect running conditions through the lanes around Tiptree, Messing and Easthorpe.

There were lots of medals and trophies for Striders in both the race and the Essex championship.

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The long lean ladies of Springfield take XC Relay prize

altThere were many races far and wide as well as nearby, where Striders took part.

It was a warm Saturday afternoon in Hockley for the Essex cross Country relays and Striders fielded four men’s and four women’s teams. It is a short race, over about 3 miles and has several hilly bits. The course was very dry and dusty in parts.

Liz Davies gave the ladies an early lead with an excellent 16 minutes, returning to form in style.  Liz was backed up by Kate Mills in leg B running 18.31 and Sam Bilbie in Leg C in 17.36 to take the ladies Gold prize over Colchester Harriers and Southend AC.   Striders B ladies (Vic Curren, Polly Bridgman and Nichola Hands) came a decent 11th, C team (Hilda O’Kelly, Donna Morris and Nichola Norman) in 18th and D team (Amelie Mollinghoff, Sarah Goodwin and Anna Luff) in 22nd.

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Prizes at Ingatestone

The 32nd running of the Ingatestone 5 took place on a dry Sunday morning and started from the Anglo-European school. Only 8 Striders took part, with 6 of the 8 winning prizes!

The race was won by Crispian Bloomfield of Billericay in 26.42, but Springfield’s James Smith ran 27.57 to come in third. Together with Stuart Raven and Chris Sewell the men claimed third male team.

First lady was the returning to racing Liz Davies in a great 29.29. Rebecca Pittman was first v45 lady in 36.03 and together with Anna Luff, the ladies scooped first female team.

On Sunday there was also the Generals Round Trail race from the Generals Arms in Little Baddow, organised by Katy Rehal from Mid Essex casuals. There was a choice of 8.5 or 6.4 miles, which included a sting in the tail and fun in the woods. The ladies did well with Nikki Brockbank 2nd, Sharon Bannister 3rd and Janet Hill 4th in the 8 mile race. The men did even better with Antony Goodall 1st, Gavin Allen 2nd and Gary Chandler 3rd. In the ladies 6 mile, Allison Gillan was third and for the men Robert Rodie was also third.

Paul Bridges did another couple of marathons: marathon #146, the Roald Dahl challenge at Samphire Hoe in 4.42, on a very hot Thursday. By contrast, he did the Kent Coyote marathon #147 on Sunday in 3.39 in cooler weather. 

   

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