Monday, July 24, 2017
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Thu 27 July Hills 7.00pm, River Route/Threshold 8.00pm
23/24/25/26 Tour of Little Baddow

Trophies at Relays and Brentwood

The Essex Road Relay championships were held again at Harwich and Striders entered a small but well-formed contingent. 

The senior men beat Ilford by 25 seconds with a total time of 65 minutes; the team were Scott Cousins, James Smith, Mark Newton and Tom Cammack. Scott was fastest runner on the day with a time of 15.37.

The vet men picked up silver with Gav Allen, Gary Chandler and Paul Dobson. Gav was fastest vet on the day in 16.32.

And the v45 ladies got county bronze medals with their team of Sarah Colbert, Donna Hindle and Hilda O’Kelly.

Read more: Trophies at Relays and Brentwood


Colchester half

The main event this weekend was the Colchester Half and it certainly was a beautiful day for it! 25 Striders took part.

First Strider home was Tom Cammack despite running for Essex the previous day at the Intercounties XC, in 74.04 minutes. Tom was 3rd overall and 2nd senior male.  He was shortly followed by team mate Gavin Allen in 74.34, who took 2nd v40 male and 4th place. The third Strider man was Zak Knill in 1.20.25.

First Strider lady home was Sharon Bannister with a new PB of 1.45.09. 2nd and 3rd ladies were Deborah Hitching 1.49 and Abbie Atkins 1.57.

Read more: Colchester half


Essex 20

Apparently there was snow forecast for the Essex 20, but this did not appear and it was a chilly but somewhat sunny morning, with some stiff breezes, especially over the fields. This is a very popular race and had sold out way before Christmas

There were 45 Strider finishers out of the total 394 runners with many winning county medals and several PBs.It's a tough race so well done to everyone who ran!

With Paul Molyneux pipped at the post into 2nd, thus winning him open man silver, this did not stop the Strider men claiming Essex Gold with Tom Cammack in 6th (Essex position) and Gavin Allen on 15th. Gavin also claimed the v40 silver after being beaten by Malcom Muir from Ilford.

The Strider ladies did well too; the ladies team of Jackie Stretton (9th Essex lady), Samantha Monk (23rd) and Rachel Roughan (31st) ensured them the silver Essex ladies team. Jackie also won the Essex open lady bronze.  

Read more: Essex 20


Tokyo delight for Mark

Mark Newton completed his complement of World Marathon Majors by running in the Tokyo marathon whilst we were all asleep on Sunday morning. He ran a fantastic 2.28.27 which was a PB and was 94th overall and first Brit! Mark currently holds the second fastest marathon time by a Brit in 2016, and fastest v35. Fabulous Mark!

The last fixture in the 53-12 XC league took place at Ipswich Food Hall on Sunday, hosted by Ipswich JAFFA.

This included the last race for the Strider Juniors, who have been having a consistent season. First Junior Strider was Daniel Chubb 24th, then Lawrence Martin 29th, Dylan Robins 33rd, Grecoy Martin 44th, Bryce Bannister 45th and Taylor Gooding 87th. 129 juniors in total ran so good placings for all. Lawrence Martin was 3rd U11 at the end of the season and the Juniors came 6th out of 11 teams.

In the men’s race Lee Martin was first strider in 11th, followed by Steve Moore 42nd, Roger Gooding 51st, Gary Robins 59th, Jon Byford 60th, Robert Hogan 62nd, Peter Chubb 71st and Tim Brockington 87th. The men were 5th on the day and finished season in 3rd.

Read more: Tokyo delight for Mark


Mid Essex XC success

This Sunday was the last race in the Mid Essex XC league and was hosted by Little Baddow. Always a good course with plenty of mud and hills smiley

Sarah Colbert won the ladies race supported by fellow teammates Lauren Buck in 7th, Juliet Penry–Warren in 9th, Sharon Bannister in 13th, Hilda O’Kelly 20th, Karen Chapman, Kirsty Williams and Elaine Tribley 22, 23 and 24.

The Strider men were led by Sam Cornforth in 2nd behind GFDR James Bosher, Stuart Raven came 4th, Scott Dryden 6th, Antony Goodall 7th, Steve Moore 8th and Chris Purse 11th and then followed 16 other male Striders so well done all!

So overall the men won and the ladies came 2nd in the Mid Essex XC league. Well done to everyone who ran in this league and contributed towards this.

The last fixture in the 53-12 league is at the Ipswich Food Hall this Sunday 28th February, hosted by Ipswich JAFFA; Juniors at 10am and Seniors at 10.45am.

There were a few Striders participating in other races at the weekend; Lee Martin recommends the Wokingham Half; a top quality field on a good course. Mark Moughton took part in the Hampton Court Half and Dennis Sherwood the Tunbridge Wells Half.

Several Strider ladies went to Dunton for the Test Track 10; a 10 mile run set within Ford Motor Company, Basildon. The course is completely secure and traffic free offering runners the opportunity to run on parts of Ford normally prohibited from the general public. Sam Barnes-Bilbie and Emily Smith came 1st and 2nd in this event.

Read more: Mid Essex XC success


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