Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Tues 19 June Monster Fartlek 7.45pm

Thur 21 June Beginners 7pm/Winter Route 2/Orienteering 8pm


Solid Start at One Tree Hill

The cross country season got underway this weekend with the first Essex League fixture at One Tree Hill. The Striders’ ladies finished 7th from 19 teams but were only a few points from fourth spot with some fine team running. Sarah Colbert led the way with Nicola Pyle, Jennifer Macaulay and Lynn Tanner the scoring runners. Lynn was as usual the first O/55. Good runs also came from debutant Kirsty Williams, Kerry Marsh , Becky Tuff and Sarah Knowles.

With the club’s top runners concentrating on the roads this weekend the Striders’ men did well to place 10th with impressive runs from Paul Anderson, Kev Harris, Stuart Raven, Mark Waine, John Byford and Paul Stukas. Anthony Marsh, Andy Lovelock, Richard Taylor, Jason Praill, Des Gilmore, Malcolm Savage, Tim Brockington, Paul Wheeldon, Darran Hull and Dave Milton also featured.

A good turnout from both the ladies and mens teams, thanks.


PBs at Breezy Southend

Almost 1500 competitors ran along the front at Southend in breezy but dry conditions. First home for the Striders were Paul Anderson and Nikki Brockbank who both claimed new personal bests. There were also PBs for Gary Joslin and Paul Bridges.

Too late to get an entry at Southend Paul Moyneux and Chris Burgoyne went to Manuden near Stansted to run the local 10K. Paul won with Chris third. Richard Taylor made the top twenty and rumour has it that they won the team prize.

Another prizewinner was Vic Curren who was second lady to finish at the Hylands Park Charity 10km.


Essex Way Relay

A huge thank you to the 89 Springfield Striders that ran yesterday.
It's a great achievement to have you all competing in the yellow and white, especially the newer members for which this was their first competitive event.
I hope you all felt the team spirit that our club enjoys while participating in these events.

Myself and Julian were with the event right from start to finish, and witnessed some fine performances from everyone from the 1st team down to the last. So please pat yourselves on the back for a job well done.

Unfortunately  we could only manage runners up positions in all three of the competitions. The Open Men’s event was close on the 1st Leg with a fine sprint finish between Paul Dobson and Colchesters Allen Smalls. From then on Colchester tightened their grip on the title with some consistent top 3 finishes. Although our men continued to fight for the overall result, we couldn't quite match them.

The Ladies started off with some excellent results with 1st positions in the early legs for Sarah Colbert, June Allen, Nikki Brockbank and Tracy Alexandrou. All was looking good for the Ladies winning the team event until the later stages when Benfleet's ladies appeared to turn up and post some excellent results. We thought it would be close in the end but the ladies did indeed lose out to Benfleet.

Finally, the Vets team spent all day posting some excellent results, with no apparent weak legs. I was quietly confident that the Vets were in a commanding position, but without knowing the running results we weren’t aware of a sneaky Grange Farm vets team that were quietly doing their thing throughout the day. Ultimately we finished as runners up, which is still a fine acheivement for the over 45's of the club.

All in all, a great day with a great atmosphere and some great performances. Well done and thanks again. Results



Lee and Sarah Triumph at Terling

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Mersea Marvels

June Allen and Mark Newton took the honours at the Mersea 10 on Sunday. It was June's second win since her return from injury. She won the Dartford Half Marathon last month. Anyone who has seen Mark on Tuesday nights recently will know that he is flying at the moment and that this race victory was on the cards. Chris Burgoyne (2nd) and Paul Dobson (4th) joined Mark to take the team prize. Paul took the vet prize. 

June was joined by Vikki Curren and Liz Irvine in winning the ladies team prize. The Striders' men were also second team with Lee Martin, Stu Putt and Paul Anderson in the top twelve.

First Strider home in the 5 miler was young Nicholas Dobson who came in an excellent 15th. First Strider lady was Nicole Callaghan.


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