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Thu 21 September Long & Short 7.00pm

Twisty Trail/Threshold 8.00pm


Halstead marathon

A cool and cloudy start for this years’ Halstead Marathon for the 7 Strider men and 2 Strider women who took part. The course is undulating through the Essex countryside and treats the runner to some glorious scenery (well, maybe us slower runners were more appreciative), a few hills up, and a few downhills. Well organised by runners for runners with well stocked water stations (including squash, biscuits, chocolate and sausage rolls!) with friendly marshalls as well as friendly other runners. Large scale marathons take note.

Peter Robinson was first male Strider and 4th in 2.43; together with James Smith 5th in 2.45 and James Wright 8th in 2.48, the men nabbed the Gold Essex male team prize.

Read more: Halstead marathon


May bank holiday victories

A busy weekend of racing with various Striders doing various events round the country and abroad!

Alistair Gillan, Julian Catmull and Pete Tremain did the Fellsman;  62 miles of brutal Yorkshire fells which they completed in just over 24 hours. Good going guys!

Paul Jeggo represented Great Britain at the European masters mountain running championships near Barcelona. He came away with a v55 individual bronze medal and a V55 team bronze. Well done Paul!

Nearer to home at Witham on Monday we had the May Day 5; the same route as Boxing Day 5 but in May…..12 men and 10 ladies represented Springfield Striders on this cool and showery morning.

Read more: May bank holiday victories


London Marathon

30 Striders ran London Marathon this year and it was good fun watching out for them at the water station. It was a fairly sunny day but hopefully not too hot for the runners.

Paul Molyneux entered as a Strider but was wearing his Army vest so does he count as first Strider? (Yes - Ed)) Paul completed the course in 2.25 and was 26th overall. Mark Newton was not that far behind in 2.29 and 43rd place. Next male Strider was James Smith with a pb of 2.38.06. Also joining the sub 2.45 club (it’s a thing apparently!) were Sam Cornforth (2.43), Alex Manton (2.44), Peter Robinson (2.38.35). Stuart Raven just missed it with a time of 2.45.06.

First Strider lady was Kate Mills in 3.18, then Jackie Stretton in 3.38 and Soraya Barron in 4.04.

Read more: London Marathon


Warm weather for marathons

It was a warm and sunny weekend for everyone this weekend and for those running marathons, it was going to be a challenge.

Mark Newton beat the heat in Paris and posted a very good 2hours 30 and came 47th in the race. Apparently he was captured on film finishing as well.

A couple of Striders travelled to Brighton on the South coast to tackle the Brighton Marathon; Andy Quinn posted a respectable 3.53 and Steve Brame struggled in the heat to finish in 5.18. It was a hot day on the coast and some water stations had run out of water  all around the course!!

Slightly nearer to home was the Little Bromley 10k, a shorter distance to run in the sunshine. Liz Davies ran 35.46, a PB and a new v35 club record, and first lady. Liz was 7th overall as well. Jackie Stretton was 2nd Strider lady in 39.28 and 3rd lady overall. Also running for Striders were Gareth Thomas, Emily Smith, Kelly Spencer, and Paul Tumner.

Well done to everyone who ran.


Manchester, Essex 5 and new ladies club records

After a quiet weekend last weekend, the Spring marathon season started with Manchester marathon and at the other end of the scale, the Essex 5 mile championships were held at the Chelmsford City racecourse.

First to Manchester, where 11 Striders took part. First Strider was Kate Mills in 3.10.01, and she was 33rd female as well as 3rd in the v45 category. Kate also breaks the female v45 club marathon record. Martin Watson was first male in 3.13.23.

Hopefully the weather in Manchester was as bright and spring-like as it was for the Essex 5 mile. This took place starting from the Chelmsford City Racecourse at Great Leighs – a spacious and clean Race HQ - and made its way down some delightful country roads on a beautiful Spring day. 34 Striders took part. 

Read more: Manchester, Essex 5 and new ladies club records


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