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Chandler Fords into Massive Lead

3 April 2010

Over 100 competitors braved the showers and slippery conditions on day 2 of the Easter Eggstravaganza trail series.

Gary Chandler stormed to a second win in two days with a superb 54.50. Only Andy Mason in second place was also able to beat the hour with a fine 59.22. A clean sweep for the Striders with John Beaumont third.

Tracy Woodyard also claimed win number two with a strong 1.05.09 for another top ten position.

Full results on the chatboard now.

The Stag at Little Easton is the venue for Sunday's race.



Striders Poach the Prizes at Fuller Street

Day 1 of the Easter Eggstravaganza Trail series saw a superb turnout of 164 competitors with well over 40 Striders.

In the 6 mile race Tim Brockington beat many notable names to win in 40.30. Tracy Woodyard took the ladies prize with a fine 45.00.

Gary Chandler dominated the 9 miler in a winning time of 55.52 with Mark Waine in second spot.

The circus now moves to Little Baddow at 10am on Saturday.

Full results on chatboard.



Spring on the fells

Saturday 15th May - Mount Famine, 5m/1850ft, a long way for a 5 miler, but one of my favourite fell races; another day trip

or join Andy Mason for Cribyn, 5.5m/3100ft. Again a long way, to the Brecon Beacons; probably feel even longer on the way back.

Sunday 16th May - Surrey Hill Races, a choice of 18m/2535ft, 10m/1268ft or 6m/730ft; not many easier fell races than the last 2 of those.

races start south west of Dorking, details at

Saturday 22nd May - Lletty, 9m/2900ft. (Inter counties race); another day trip, this time to the Clwydian Hills

and a couple of planned weekend trips

Friday 18th to Sunday 18th June - Midsummer Madness 3 day event on Midgley Moor near Hebden Bridge; good for anyone wanting to try fell running; accommodation is booked 

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July - Brecon Fans weekend, Pen-y-Fan (3.5m/1930ft) & Fan-y-Big (10m/2200ft); a good weekend, but not really for beginners. Websites -  &

ok, the last 2 aren't spring, but as weekends away a bit more notice is needed.



Brentwood Bonanza

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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.

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