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Tue 19 September 12 x 600m (Humber Road) 7.30pm

Thu 21 September Long & Short 7.00pm

Twisty Trail/Threshold 8.00pm


Nikki leads ladies to victory at Mersea

It was a weekend for the off roaders with the Round Mersea Island race, the Chrishall trail and the Midsummer Madness fell weekend.

Nikki Brockbank ran to her first ever race win and was joined by Catherine Hull and Lynn Tanner in the winning team. Lynn also took the FV55 prize. Stu Putt led the men home in an excellent 6th place.

Jamie Woodyard finished second at Chrishall on a trail hosted by Saffron Striders. Sue Clarke was the first Strider lady.

At the Calder Valley Midsummer Madness weekend, club captain, Anthony Marsh finished an impressive 9th overall and was well pleased with his runs at the Wicken Hill Whizz, the Reservoir Bogs and the Tom Tittiman races. John Williams even managed an orienteering event at Harrogate as well. Janet Hill took two individual FV55 prizes and of course the overall. A superb weekend of running, eating, drinking and lovely weather was enjoyed by ten Striders. Well worth putting in your calendar for next year.


Kinder Trog, 13th June

Conditions were good for this latest in the Hayfield series of fell races, which was probably as well, given that this is the toughest race in the series - 3490ft of climb in 16 miles, taking in Lantern Pike, Burnt Hill, Mill Hill, Kinder Downfall and Cracken Edge after crossing the ridge between Mount Famine & South Head. The race was won in 1h55m; first Strider home was Neil Bradley, 67th of 127 runners, in 2h38m36s, followed by Jon Legge, 78th, 2h43m16s, Mark Williams, 79th, 2h43m22s, Sarah Colbert, 83rd, 2h47m38s, John Williams, 92nd, 2h53m44s and Malcolm Savage, 110th in 3h07m38s   

Next weekend around a dozen or so Striders  will be in Yorkshire for the Midsummer Madness series of fell races, followed by the Orion Fell Race on Friday 25th June. The Orion race is one of the few opportunities to run a fell race in the south; a low key race in Epping Forest, ideal as an introduction to the discipline. 


Success at the races

Crispian Bloomfield (Billericay Striders) and Nikki Wood (Springfield Striders) claimed convincing victories at the Striders’ Friday Night Five from the Green Man, Howe Street.

Bloomfield ran close to his best on the undulating course to beat Ryan Prout (Chelmsford AC) and Malcolm Muir (Ilford AC) by over a minute. Muir however led his club to the team prize ahead of Springfield and Chelmsford in a closely fought contest. Grange Farm Trotters ladies also relegated the Striders’ to second in their team competition.

Leading veteran was the hosts’ Gary Chandler in a fine fourth place overall. Mike Bridgeland (Chelmsford AC) took the over 50 prize with Malcolm Savage taking the over 60 for the Striders. In the ladies event Tina Hull was the top veteran.

Gary Rayner continued his fine spell of form winning the veterans prize at the South Downs marathon. He completed the hilly off road route in 3.27.13. Chris Beazeley was the only other Strider to beat four hours with Gary Joslin, Darren Sutton and Janet Hill the next to finish. Marnie Lamb, Ann Miller , Leah Walland and Helen Walker also completed the course as a relay.

The Striders were to the fore at the Danbury Common trail race on Sunday. Tim Brockington won ahead of Anthony Marsh, Tracey Woodyard and Jamie Woodyard. Apart from being hilly the course was technically difficult with many twists and turns in its 7.5 mile length.


Friday Night Five Results

The results and a link to photos can be found on the chatboard under upcoming races.

Fun in the sun

Springfield Striders celebrated 25 years with a barbecue and trail race on Saturday. Club captain Anthony Marsh won at a canter then joined well over a hundred others for an enjoyable afternoon in the sun. With perfect timing the festivities finished just before the torrential rain arrived.

Lee Martin and Kate Mills were crowned club 5 mile champions at the Tilty Hilly race on Sunday in very muggy conditions. Stuart Putt and James Neugebauer joined Martin in claiming the team prize. Catherine and Darran Hull competed in the Staveley 17km trail race in the Lakes with Catherine beating her husband by seven minutes.

Nicole Callaghan travelled to the Whipsnade Zoo 10km and perhaps spurred on by the adjacent rhinos claimed a personal best.

At the Tiptree trail race on Sunday Jamie and Tracey Woodyard were first Striders back on an excellent course around Layer Marney.

This Friday the Striders host the eleventh running of their Friday Night Five (miles) from the Green Man at Howe Street.


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