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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


Team Title at Broad Oak Retained

It is always an achievement to win a team prize at a well supported race and even better to retain it with almost a different group of runners the following year.

The on form Mark Newton transferred his Tuesday night talent to the roads with a PB and a fine sixth place finish in 33.24. Gary Chandler "fresh" from camping it up retained the over 40 title in 33.59 and these two were joined in the six man winning team by Chris Burgoyne, Mark Waine, James Neugebauer and Paul Anderson. The latter two both claiming PBs.

Kate Mills was the first Strider lady just ahead of Nikki Pyle and the first over 55 lady Lynn Tanner. The ladies team finished fourth on the day. 40 Striders ran this popular race.


Hot, Secret and Windy

The Striders have been on the trails in the last week at three different trail races.

The Felsted trail race, which was run in blazing conditions, saw Mark Waine win the shorter distance without falling flat on his face and captain Anthony Marsh was a fine third. The top Strider lady was as usual Tracey Woodyard. In the longer run the top Striders were Darren Coates and Tracey Alexandrou.

Last Saturday two Striders managed to find out about a Thrift Green Trotters trail race from one of our regular pub run pubs the Viper. Jamie Woodyard and Anthony Marsh thought that the route was excellent and we will use it for a pub run later this summer. Apparently the results are also being kept a secret.

This Sunday it was the countryside around Duton Hill that saw two races and there was also an excellent beer festival at the local pub. The closure of two footbridges meant that there was quite a bit of turning back on oneself and those that did not read their instructions carefully were likely to go off course although they were still on the course if you see what I mean. You had to be there. The strong wind sent you off at a rate of knots but of course you had to struggle back against it. Some very nice paths and deep ditches were negotiated by all with the top Striders being Darren Coates again in the longer run and Roger Gooding (2nd) in the 7 miler. Top ladies were Kerry Marsh and Katherine Hull.

There are plenty more trails in the offing with the three legged trail at Rayne on Wednesday, the Striders birthday trail next Saturday and a Tiptree race on the Sunday.


This week's results


Neil Bradley 106th 1:04:22

Sarah Colbert 111th 1:05:20

John Williams 112th 1:05:22

Malcolm Savage 141st 1:11:42


Roger Gooding 2.05

Mark Williams 2.18


Richard Taylor 42.17


Janet Hill 6.36


John & Sue Clark 2.56

More details on chatboard


Mount Famine Fell Race

A long way to go for a 5 miler? Not in the eyes of the 5 Striders who travelled to Derbyshire for the race on Saturday. It starts with a hands on knees climb of 70m in the the first 150m of the race, before a run along the dragons back ridge south of Hayfield, taking in the peaks of Mount famine and South Head, a swoop down into Dimpus Clough, then another strenuous climb back up Mount Famine. Back on the ridge the route retraces itself back to finish at the recreation ground in Hayfield, even including 200m of road, to please everyone. Conditions were again very good, with Simon Bailey of Mercia finishing some 4 minutes clear of the next finisher in 40'33", a new record. The Striders packed well, Neil Bradley being first home, 106th in 64'26", followed by Sarah Colbert, 111th in 65'20", John Williams, 112th in 65'22" and Malcolm Savage, 141st in 71'42". Wisely, Andy decided to save himself for the more arduous outing to Lletty in the Clwydian Hills next weekend.

Our next trip to this excellent series of fell races from Hayfield will be on Sunday 13th June for the Kinder Trog (16m/3490').

The Midsummer Madness weekend in Hebden Bridge follows (18th - 20th June), which is an ideal introduction to fell running for anyone interested. There is some info on the notice board as well as on the chat board, and it would be good to take some newcomers along (accommodation has been booked).

This is closely followed by the Orion Fell race on Friday 25th June.


Avalanche of medals at Halstead

Springfield Striders have had some impressive displays on the roads of Essex in the last few years but none as dominating as on Sunday at the Halstead Marathon. The total haul of Essex medals on the day was 6 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze.

Paul Molyneux, who is in training for a 50km world trophy qualifying race in June slaughtered the 15 year old course record by 9 minutes with an impressive clocking of 2.29.12. Kate Mills became Essex Ladies Champion with a fine time of 3.08.22 just a few weeks after running the London. She also claimed gold in the over 35 category.

Another London runner, Gary Chandler, finished third in the race with a time of 2.42.31 which also earned him the silver in the over 40 age group. Tim Brockington and Chris Purse claimed silver and bronze in the over 50 category.

The club’s strength in depth really shone through when it came to the team medals with Paul Molyneux, Gary Chandler and Chris Pearce winning gold, Rob Mills, Jon Byford and Tony Hopwood winning silver and the clean sweep of men’s medals was completed by Ian Cardy, Paul Anderson and Julian Catmull winning bronze. Kate Mills, Helen Bateman and Paula Cardy won the silver medal in the ladies competition.

Also in the field of over 500 runners there were fine performances from Andy Stroud, Gary Joslin, Alan Ashton, William Day, Darran Hull, Caitriona Shanahan, Liz Irvine and Bob Gear.

In the Colchester Charity 10km the Striders’ only representative was Lee Martin who finished an excellent fourth in 35.06.


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