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


Busy Times at Club

With 79 at efforts on Tuesday evening and another 60+ at the Good, Bad and Ugly a surprising number still turned out for two Striders’ organised trail races this week.

48 Striders travelled to the Huffer Puffer on Wednesday with Chris Burgoyne and Tracey Woodyard taking the honours. The weather held for the majority of the field and their were some excellent runs notably from Tony Hopwood and Allison Cook.

On Sunday 35 Striders tackled the latest Lakeland trail from Bocking. A long course but on fast tracks enabled a few unfamiliar names to appear at the top of the leader board. Top Strider was club captain Anthony Marsh with Paul Anderson close behind. The Woodyards were next with Tracey claiming first prize yet again.


Harlow Gold Rush

The latest race in the Essex Road Race Grand Prix took place at the Harlow 10(miles) on Sunday. With County medals up for grabs Springfield Striders were well to the fore.
Gary Chandler outsprinted his team mate Mark Newton to take overall gold as well as the V40 top spot. Newton, however was pleased to pick up silver in a new personal best time of 56.14. Lee Martin and Mark Waine ensured another team victory on the roads. Malcolm Savage claimed bronze in the V60 category.
The ladies team of Kate Mills, Nikki Brockbank , Lynn Tanner and Nikki Pyle were second in the team stakes but there was an individual gold for Tanner in the V55 as well as two silvers for Mills in the open and V35 competition.
With just the Wix 5 (miles) to come in October the Striders are well up in the Grand Prix standings with Kate Mills (open and V35), Lynn Tanner (V55), Malcolm Savage (V60) and Paul Molyneux (open) in gold medal position, with Gary Chandler and Paul Dobson in silver and bronze in the V40 category. The men’s team also lie in pole position, but the ladies have already retained their title with a race to go. Well done girls.



Pen-y-Fan, 3.5m / 1930'

Conditions were good for the first race of the weekend; a short, steep, climb to Corn Du, along the ridge to Pen-y-Fan followed by a dive off the summit back to the start at Llynbedw. Descent times make interesting reading as many places are traded. The winner Martin Shaw from host club Mynydd Du finished in 34'05". Andy Mason, 1st Strider home reached the summit in 34'25", coming home 39th in 51'59". Other Striders were John Williams, 41st in 53'02" and Neil Bradley 43rd in 53'38". The 75th and last runner finished in 1h37m, taking some 44' on the descent.

Fan-y-Big, 10m / 2200'

This race starts at Llanyfrynach, with a mile or two of gradually rising cross country running. Climbing up the ridge to Fan-y-Big the weather deteriorated, and we were running into a fairly strong wind and rain, with visibility down to 100m or so. After several miles around the ridge in these conditions emerging from the cloud onto the long, grassy descent was especially welcoming, even if the mile on tarmac at the end was not. The winner was Peter Ryder from Cardiff AC, in a new record time of 1h11m41s, some 6' clear of second place. Neil Bradley was pleased  to be 1st Strider home, 60th in 1h44m55s, followed by Andy Mason, 65th in 1h47m32s and John Williams, 77th in 1h53m08s. There were 96 runners, the final runner home finishing in 2h44m55s.

There will doubtless be another trip to Brecon for these challenging races next year. More immediate trips to the hills planned in the coming weeks include days out to the South Downs for the Jack & Jill 5mile race on Sunday 25th, and back to South Wales for the Sugar Loaf fell race (7m/1725'), near Abergavenny on Saturday 14th August. If interested in these or other races keep an eye on the fell section of the chatboard.


Gary takes O40 prize at Thrift Green 10K

Gary Chandler finished an impressive fourth overall and took the vets prize with a strong run. Ben Heighton and Tim Brockington joined him in the silver winning team with newcomer Craig Puncher anonymously the fourth Strider over the line.

Kate Mills took third overall and second O35 prize with Nikki Brockbank not far behind.

27 Striders finished from a field of 317 runners with newcomers Chris Snowdon, Des Gilmore and Donna Hallfremont all running well. They can only get better when they sport the club colours next time out.


Striders Twist to Victory at Langford

Dave Game came up with two very convoluted courses from Langford Village Hall but his excellent instructions matched the challenge.

Jamie and Tracey Woodyard were the only finishers under the hour and at times their local knowledge was a hindrance as the course took some unexpected turns. Tim Brockington came third for a Strider clean sweep.

In the shorter four mile event Mark Waine romped home though he already had some prior knowledge of the course as he had finished 5th in the longer race. Karen Chapman chalked up her first ever win and Dawn Potter was third in the ladies event.


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