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Brentwood Bonanza

22 March 2010 Kevin Wrightbrentwoodhalf

After picking up handfuls of awards at the Dinner on Saturday, Paul Molyneux and Kate Mills continued the excellent work with victories at the Brentwood half marathon on Sunday morning.

For the still improving pharmacist it was one more race victory on his ever growing list, but this time he beat serial Brentwood winner Crispian Bloomfield by a huge margin of over three minutes and claimed yet another club record with his time of 1.08.59.

Kate had led the Essex 20 two weeks ago and had to settle for second after being overtaken at 18 miles. This time she hung on to achieve her first ever victory with a winning time of 1.26.24, which was exactly three minutes ahead of the second lady.

There were plenty more fine runs and personal bests. Nikki Brockbank finished as 4th lady and was joined in the PB stakes by Paula Cardy, Sarah Wenman, Paul Anderson, Ian Cardy, Stuart Putt, Siddy Bowring and Jon Byford. The club took silver in the team behind the local Thrift Green Trotters.

 

HighWood and more..

Springfield Striders cross country teams were in action at two venues on Sunday. The club hosted the Mid Essex League fixture at Highwood, but also fielded a full team at Hadleigh in the 53-12 League.
The forecast heavy rain duly arrived to make an already wet and muddy course on private land at Highwood a tougher proposition than usual. One ditch crossing was too deep for safety so the course was hastily re-routed at the last minute.
76 men and 29 women runners braved the conditions and all finished safely after nearly five miles of hard struggle. Race winner Shay Joyce of Little Baddow was chased all the way by Mark Newton who led the Striders men to victory with another fine run. There was great back up from Gary Chandler in a clear third spot. The Striders piled the necessary seven scorers into the top thirteen for a convincing win in the men’s’ race.
Siddy Bowring, Tim Brockington and Chris Pearce all made the top ten with Mark Waine and Rob Mills just outside. Veterans Gary Rayner and John Beaumont also ran well for top twenty spots.
The ladies race was a triumph for Grange Farm who were led home by race winner Jane Smith. Leigh on Sea maintained the pressure on the leaders with the Striders back in third. Jo Gemmill, Karen Chapman, Mary Dyer, Jackie Mudd and Allison Cook represented the host club
At Hadleigh the Striders maintained their position in Pool A after a difficult season and hope to return to former glories next season. With the club hosting the race at Highwood the team captains had to pull out all the stops to field complete teams. Anthony Marsh and Liz Turk passed the test as the white and yellow vests were fully represented at the hilly Hadleigh course.
The Striders’ scorers on the day were Alan Ashton, Andy Mason, Stuart Raven, Chris Purse, Paul Anderson, Roger Gooding, Jason Praill and Paul Wheeldon for the men and Nikki Pyle, Lynn Tanner, Sue Clarke and Kerry Marsh for the ladies. The club also had much appreciated back up from John Clarke and Dave Milton.
Husband and wife Anthony and Kerry Marsh were also the club’s only representatives at the National Cross Country Championships at Leeds on Saturday. They both returned in time to support the club’s efforts at Hadleigh on Sunday.
 

Paul Molyneux Improves on his Club Record by 50 seconds

Men win Team prize and Gary Chandler first Vet

23 Nov 09 Kevin Wright

Paul Molyneux ran to another impressive victory at the Chelmsford 10km on Sunday and improved his club record time by 50 seconds.

After winning his last two road races in the county by six minute margins the Springfield Strider produced another startling performance to beat a strong field by 90 seconds.

With Gary Chandler in sixth place and Lee Martin (15th) the Striders claimed the team prize ahead of the hosts and Woodford Green AC.

Gary Chandler also won the over 40 prize.

The weather conditions were not particularly conducive for fast times but Paul Anderson, Chris Pearce, Val Govender, Siddy Bowring, Jon Byford and Max Allen were just a few of the Striders who joined the winner with personal bests.

   

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