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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.

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Valentines at Writtle 53-12 XC

Sunday was the first Springfield Striders 53-12 at a new course in Writtle. Being Valentine’s day, Greg Deacon and Kevin had incorporated a heart shaped track into the course. The day was bitterly cold, with a cold wind but the event was well attended by both juniors and Seniors.  

First junior strider home was Mathew Davies in the u17 age group in 21st. Lawrence Martin was next in 22nd in u11 and was third in his category. Lawrence was followed by Dylan Robins in 30th, Grecoy Martin in 33rd, Bryce Bannister in 36th, Tyrone Furnell in 50th, Taylor Gooding 57th and Oliver Hitching 88th. The juniors are now 6th in the table with one more race to go.

An error with the scoring discs could have meant chaos (i.e. they were forgotten) but this was handled with a workaround.

Eight ladies ran for Striders: first lady home was Sarah Colbert in 11th, then Hilda O’Kelly in 43rd, Louise Baines in 44th, and Elaine Tribley in 47th completing the scoring team. Some great runs by Deborah Hitching 58th, Vicki Robins 62nd, Kelly Turk 70th and Jodie Matthams 73rd completed the ladies team. The ladies were 6th on the day.

The men fielded a team of 28, with a great spread of runners. James Smith was our first man in 3rd, followed by the rest of the scoring team of Gavin Allen 4th, Chris Burgoyne 7th, Lee Martin 8th, Stuart Raven 9th, Greg Deacon 15th, Scott Dryden 24th and Antony Goodall 29th, ensuring that the men were first on the day.

Overall Striders are now 3rd in the league and we need to pull out all the stops at the final fixture at Ipswich on 28th February.

A great big thank you to all who helped marshalling, setting up, serving refreshments or in any other ways, and to those who ran. It’s you who help make the events the success that they are.  


Winter racing

The Essex league XC fixture at Abbeyfields was moved from Saturday to Sunday this weekend just gone; however, a great proportion of Striders had already signed up for the Great Bentley half marathon.

Despite this, we managed to get 2 scoring teams out which meant that at the end of the Essex League season, both women’s and men’s teams remain in Division 1. It should also be noted that the Vet Women finished 3rd overall, with the Vet Men placing 7th.

The men running were Scott Dryden 45th, Steve Moore 52nd, Gary Robins 74th, Mark Jeffrey 84th, Rob Hogan 86th, Ian Brazier 115th. The ladies were Sarah Colbert 24th, Allison Gillan 45th, Kirsty Williams 47th, Karen Chapman 50th, and Elaine Tribley 54th. The captains would like to extend their thanks to those who turned up at this fixture at relatively short notice.

It was a beautifully sunny yet cold and windy start to the Great Bentley half marathon, a very popular race with Striders whether training for a marathon or not and 43 of us took part. The wind certainly made parts of the course more challenging!!

Polly Bridgman looked surprised to learn that she was 1st FV35 but this was due to the unique way the prizes are handed out!

Read more: Winter racing


53-12 Hadleigh

12 men, 5 women and 5 juniors took the trip to Hadleigh in Suffolk for the next 53-12 league cross country.

In the junior race, first Strider was Lawrence Martin in 14th, who was also 3rd in his U11 age group. Lawrence was followed by Dylan Robins in 21st, Bryce Bannister in 40th, Grecoy Martin in 46th and lone girl Taylor Gooding in 66th. All juniors were in the U11 age group and are now 6th in the league.

The ladies were led by Juliet Warren-Penry, new to XC this season, who came 26th. Juliet was followed by Sharon Bannister in 35th, Kirsty Williams in 42nd, Karen Chapman in 48th and Vicki Robins in 71st.

The men led with James Smith in 3rd and Sam Carnforth in 4th; Stuart Raven was 10th, Stephen Moore 27th, Roger Gooding 51st, Jon Byford 53rd, Gary Robins 68th and Mark Jeffrey 83rd completed the scoring team.

So for the day the men were 3rd and the ladies 6th in Pool A, which now means we are 4th in the league. The next 53-12 fixture is our own at Writtle on 14th February. 


Cold and off road

There were a couple of XC/Off road races this cold weekend.

There was an impressive display at the Mid Essex league XC fixture at Rivenhall on Sunday with all 7 scoring men in the top 13: James Smith was 1st, Chris Burgoyne 2nd, Alex Manton 4th, Stuart Putt 6th, Stuart Raven 7th, Steve Moore 12th, and Mark Buckley 13th . The men are in the lead in this league but only by one point, with only two races left.

The six women runners also gave an impressive performance to finish 3rd; the ladies are now 2nd in the league and only two points behind the leaders. The scoring ladies were Polly Bridgman 4th, Sarah Colbert 5th, Sharon Bannister 10th, and Kirsty Williams 22nd. Also running were Amelie Mollinghof in  25th and Elaine Tribley in 26th.

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