Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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It was a bright warm and sunny day for our own Pleshey and Essex Half Marathon on Sunday which proved to be a trifle warm for lots of runners, although pleasant for spectators and marshalls. A total of 551 runners entered but only 434 took part on the day; 40 of whom were Springfield Striders. However, an army of marshalls and helpers for Paul and Ian behind the scenes ensured that the race was the success it is.

Striders men filled 7 of the top ten places in the race.

Paul Molyneux was first man and first Strider in a time of 68.55, followed by 2nd placed man Frankie Conway from Orion in 71.05 and 3rd was Mark Newton in 74.27. With Chris Burgoyne on 4th, the Strider men took first male team and therefore county team champions.

The men also nabbed the second male team prize with Alex Manton Russell Davies and Pete Robinson who came 5th 8th and 9th respectively.

There were also further medals for the men; Russell Davies took 2nd MV40, Stuart Raven 3rd MV40, Paul Dobson 3rd MV50 and David Smith 2nd MV60.

The ladies race was won by Rachel Sweatt from Witham RC in 1.25.49, followed by 2nd lady Nikki Brockbank in 1.29.25 and 3rd lady Jackie Stretton in 1.29.34. Together with Emily Smith, the ladies took 1st ladies team and thus county female champions.

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Weekend delights

A handful of Striders travelled to Newcastle to join the 57000 other runners in the Great North Run. This half marathon takes runners through the city centre, across the Tyne Bridge and into Gateshead and finishes at South Shields.

First Strider was Libby Nicholas in 1.37 and she was 128th lady. Other Striders to complete, in this order, were Mark Moughton, Richard Barker, Brian Poore, Jan Schuster, Claire Sharples, Gail Barker and Matthew Orwell.

Meantime, another handful of Striders ran the Langham 10k. Winning for the Striders was Gavin Allen in 34.45, closely followed by Chris Burgoyne in 34.54. Also running were Donna Morris, Nicola Pyle, Sarah Hammond, and Lynn Tanner. There was also a 5km where Lee Martin finished 4th.

Emily Smith finished as 1st v35 female and 4th female in the Essex Cross country series; consisting of 5 races over the course of the summer.

The Newtons, Mark and Sarah, travelled to France to take part in the Marathon du Medoc; unique in that there are 20 odd stops along the route offering wine and other delights….

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Winning the Double Treble!!


Springfield Striders have smashed the double treble at the Essex Way for the second year running. Trophies have been retained for the Men, Ladies and Vets, much to the Captains and everyone else’s delight, and makes all Sharon and Stuart’s nagging worthwhile. This is always a TEAM event and everyone’s run counted towards the final score.

The morning was bright and sunny, and a little windy, so pleasant conditions for running, especially in the earlier legs. The clouds came over during the day.  

With wins in Legs 1 (Chris Burgoyne), 2 (Alex Manton), 4 (Tristan Windley), 5 (Paul Molyneux), 9 (Gavin Allen) and 10 (Mark Newton), and respectable 2nd by Stuart Raven in Leg 3 and Sam Cornforth in Leg 6, 3rd for James Smith in Leg 8 and 4th for Antony Goodall in Leg 7, the men ran away again with the overall men’s trophy and 17 points in total.

After leg 3 the men were in front with 4 points, followed by Thrift Green on 21 and Benfleet on 29. At this stage the women were way behind the leaders Grange Farm, with 75 points (equal with Southend) as opposed to GFDR 25 points. The vets were leading with 25 points over Southend and GFDR.

After Leg 5 the men were still in front with only 6 points but this time LOSS were 2nd on 30 and Benfleet 36. The ladies were still languishing in 3rd but the top two had swopped with Southend taking the lead. The Vets were still leading with GFDR and Southend reversing their order.

By leg 7, Springfield were dominating the leader board. The men now had 12 points, with Benfleet and LOSS on 48 and 52 respectively. The ladies had now gained first place with 123 in front of Southend’s 132 and GFDR 158. The Vets widened their lead over GFDR and Southend, with only 48 points.

At the end of the final stage it was all settled; double treble for the Striders!! Well done to everyone who ran, cheered, supported throughout the day and on our Stage, and especially to Sharon and Stuart for sorting the teams out, nagging everyone and making sure it ran like clockwork. 


Summer Handicap

A warm and humid night for the Summer Handicap with most people well down on their times. Congratulations to Gary who is running well at the moment and to Alex who clocked the fastest time.

Gary Joslin                                           30.05                     20.05
Alex Benson                                         30.40                     18.40
Jon Legge                                             30.47                     22.47
Adrian Lock                                          30.49                     22.49
Richard Rule                                         30.57                     21.57
Alan Ashton                                         31.02                     20.02
Robert Hogan                                       31.03                     20.03
Richard Gallagher                                 31.25                     20.25
Nick Looby                                           31.37                     24.37
Richard Rothon                                     31.41                     21.41
Holly Thompson                                   32.00                     28.00
Hilda O’Kelly                                       32.02                     25.02
Tim Brockington                                   32.13                     23.13
Emily Smith                                          32.15                     21.15
Andrew Parker                                     32.18                     22.18
Dave Turk                                            32.21                     24.21
Mark Moughton                                   33.05                     24.05
Chris Purse                                           33.23                     22.23
Pat Knowles                                         38.58                     34.58

Thanks to Andy Hind who DNF’d but ran back to accompany Pat to the finish. Thanks to all the marshals.


Ridley Round

The Ridley Round is a trail with a difference; a 13 mile trail race with bonus points awarded for drinks at pubs around the course, so some very short times recorded for the 13 miles. Each time you have a drink, your card is marked, appropriate bonus calculated and that time taken off your overall time. 26 Striders ran this race (does that mean we like a beer?).

So, James Smith and Mark Newton shared first place with Alan Smalls and Sean Ketteridge of Colchester, and logged a final time of 19.10.

First lady was Pru Hayhow of GFDR, with Sarah Hammond and Nicky Brockbank coming second in 1.49.41.

The Great Newham London run is a 10k run in and around the former Olympic stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This was attended by a small cohort of Striders; 8 in total. First man was Dennis Sherwood in 52.22 and first lady was Donna Hall-Fremont in 1.16.40.

At the Fambridge middle distance triathlon, Andrew Wright was 3rd in the MV category and 8th overall, Peter Chubb was 22nd in MV

Kevin Hopper is now added to the list of Ironmen where he completed his race in Bolton in a total of 14.07. 


Clean Sweep (almost) at Felsted

The Felsted 10k is always a popular date in the July running calendar in Essex as it is also the Essex 10k championship race. A total of 41 Striders; 26 men and 15 women; turned up on a cloudy, reasonably windy, warm Sunday morning. The course is reasonably flat, with a couple of “undulations” throughout the pleasant lanes around Felsted

The ladies scooped the race and Essex championship team prize with Sam Bilbie, Jackie Stretton and Kate Mills.

Sam won third lady and Bronze Essex lady and also v35 silver for Essex. Kate won Gold v45 for the race and Essex. Sheila Macauley won Gold v65 for the race and Essex.

The men did well too; Mark Newton was beaten to 2nd place by an unattached runner, Alex Short.  However, although he was second, the first placed runner was not Essex qualified, so Mark scooped the Essex 10k championship trophy. Gavin Allen was Gold v40 male for the race and Essex. Mark, Gavin and teammate James Smith also picked up the Gold men’s team prize for the race and Essex.

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