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Tues 20 Feb 12 x 600m (Humber Road) 7.45pm

Thur 22 Feb Long & shorts 7pm

 Orienteering/Bridge Route/3 x 10 Threshold (90 sec rec) 8pm

Tues 27 Feb Big Pyramid (Avenues) 7.45pm

Thur 1 Mar Hills (Bridge) 7pm

  ASDA Loop/8-10-12 Threshold (90 sec rec) 8pm



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.


Kinder Downfall, 25th April

Conditions were near perfect for this classic fell race, 9.6miles and 1970ft of climb up from Hayfield, round the west edge of the Kinder plateau, with a fast descent from Edale Cross. The winning time was 1h08m47s. First Strider home was Andy Kettles, 132nd in 1h36m50s, followed by Jason Praill, 141st in 1h38m18s, Neil Bradley, 144th in 1h38m51s, Gary Wright, 146th in 1h39m06s, John Williams, 158th in 1h40m18s, Sarah Colbert, 171st in 1h42m20s and Malcolm Savage, 199th (or thereabouts) in 1h53m. Second claim Strider Kevin Ellis came home 95th in 1h32m28s. All were pleased with their times and day out on the fells, and the organisers were again pleased to see us, the clubs mentioned at the start being Dark Peak Fell Runners, Pennine Fell Runners and Springfield Striders.

Over the coming weeks we are looking forward to day trips to the fells for the

Mount Famine Fell Race (5m/1850') on Saturday 15th May (one of my personal favourite races), again from Hayfield;

Lletty (9m/2900') on Saturday 22nd May, in the Clwydian Hills in North Wales.

Also there is the weekend trip to the Midsummer Madness weekend at Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire.

Further details of these and other trips are on the Fell page should you wish to join us.



Paris Marathon Report

Ian Cardy sent this report in quite some time ago, and I wasn't quite sure how to add it. It's well worth a read so click on the link below and enjoy his experiences running this year's Paris marathon.

My Paris Marathon by Ian Cardy



Colchester trio take honours at Rayne

19 April 2010

Rayne was the venue, but the skies could not have been more clear and blue.

Roger Gooding kept up his prolific trail race organising with another excellent route through the Essex countryside. With the exception of two steep banks and the Notley Park hill the course was flat and very runnable. 1.17.09 for just over 12 miles of cross country is an impressive winning time from the trio of Allen Smalls, Sean Ketteridge and Adrian Mussett of Colchester (especially holding hands) and no one else came close. Top Striders were the Marks Newton and Waine who only parted company for the last stretch.

The ladies race was also a team effort with Angie Coster (Thrift Green) and Tracey Alexandrou just pipping the usual winner Tracey Woodyard by 4 seconds.

Full results are on the chatboard but be warned they are very loud.


Club Record for Sue, Nicole smashes PB

19 April 2010

Springfield Striders got into marathon mood this week with their final preparations for the London on Sunday.

Sue Clarke broke her own club over 45 record with a sparkling 44.20 at the Newham 10km just beating her club mate Lynn Tanner. They were first and second in their category. Rob Mills prepared for next week with a personal best 37.58. John Clarke, Tom and Helen Thompson and Pippa Shellard also featured.

Six Striders who were unable to gain entry for London ran the increasingly popular Brighton Marathon in very warm conditions. There were several PBs though none better than Nicole Callaghan slicing 45 minutes from her previous best with a time of 4.30.12. Greg Potts and Phil Watts also ran lifetime bests with 4.48.02 and 3.36.00 respectively. Richard Fall (3.45.42), Bob Gear (4.29.51) and Nigel Probert (4.31.44) also featured in what was described as a very well organised alternative to the London.

The Striders will again be manning the official drink station at the 13 mile mark on Sunday and cheering on the many club members who will be running.

Among the runners will be Chris Beazeley whose PB of 3.10 was run at Amsterdam. This is his sixth marathon with four being in the capital. His charity is Whizz Kids.

Dave Littleson will be running in his first marathon and raising money for Help the Hospices.

Kate Mills is running her first ever London and is hoping to get near to her PB of 3.12 set at Luton last year. Kate is running for Macmillan Nurses.

Another Strider lady on form is Nikki Brockbank who should easily surpass last year’s London time of 3.41.

Liz Irvine is running her second London and is hopeful of beating 4.58 and raising lots of money for MSRC.

Also running for the multiple sclerosis charity is Amelie Mollinghoff who only started running last year.

This will be Alan Chapman’s first marathon and he will be hoping for a time inside 3.15.

Farleigh Hospice will benefit from Siddy Bowring’s marathon run. He is hoping to knock 15 minutes from last year’s 3.43 clocking where he struggled in the warm conditions.

Fiona Cross is running her second London six years after her first and is hoping to improve on her previous time of 4.21.

Another marathon virgin is Jo Tucker who will be sporting the bright orange vest of her charity SENSE.

At the other end of the scale the London Marathon will be Janet Hill’s 75th marathon. Janet’s PB was many years ago at the Hong Kong Marathon where she ran 3.23 and she is running for the Alzheimers Society.

Darran Hull has a PB of 3.48 (Blackpool 09) and is running for ASPIRE (supporting people with Spinal Injuries). This will be his 6th marathon but first London.

Sarah Wenman is running her second London and should beat last year’s 4.07 clocking.

 Hoping to break the three hour barrier is Rob Mills who is running the London for the fifth time.

Graeme Romain has not attempted a marathon for ten years. This will be his 17th and, most certainly, final one. A PB of 2.53, achieved many years ago, is not under threat. He is running for purely personal reasons, having lost both his parents during the last year. They encouraged and supported him every single step of his previous 16 marathons, so this one's for them.

Noel Patrick’s PB is 4.51 and his training has gone well so he hopes to improve in this his fifth marathon and third London.

Allan Collins is running for the British Heart Foundation and hopes to go close to his PB of 3.48.

Chris Pearce will be running his first marathon and is supporting CLIC Sargent.

Two Striders will be running their sixth London. Sue Clarke is running her 15th marathon and Dave Turk is hoping to beat 4 hours after just missing by seconds last time.

Ian Bilboe is running his second London for Farleigh and hopes to break four hours.


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