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This Months Training & Events

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Upcoming Events – 2023/4

December 2023

Saturday 2nd December – Essex VETS XC Championships (Writtle College) – entries have been submitted.
Race times for Saturday:

V50+ men race at 10:00am
Women race at 10:50am
V40-49 men race at 11:40am

Saturday 2nd December – Essex VETS XC Championships (Writtle College) – Volunteers are needed please, as the club organises this event. Please register here to volunteer

Sunday 3rd December – Mid- Essex League – Little Baddow: 10:30am start – (No pre-entry – just turn up) Main meeting location AND race start/finish – Recreation Ground, Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow CM3 4AU

Sunday 10th December – NESS XC – Hilly Fields: 10:45am start – (No pre-entry – just turn up)

Saturday 16th December – Essex XC – Hilly Fields – pre-entry is required – read more here

Sunday 17th December – Mid-Essex League – Great Dunmow: 10:30am start – (No pre-entry – just turn up)

Thursday 21st December – Christmas Light Run/Christmas Social (clubhouse)

Tuesday 26th December 2023 – Witham Boxing Day 5 – enter here

January 2024

Tuesday 2nd January – Training resumes for 2024

Saturday 6th January – Essex XC Championships – Gloucester Park, Basildon – ENTER HERE by 15th Dec

Sunday 14th January Mid-Essex League XC – Springfield Striders – Danbury Outdoor Centre. 10.30am start. (No pre-entry – just turn up) Volunteers are also required please; register here to volunteer.

Sunday 21st January – The Benfleet 15 – enter here

Sunday 21st January – NESS League XC, Venue TBC: 10:45am start. (Hosted by Harwich RC) (No pre-entry – just turn up)

Saturday 27th January – Southern XC Championships – Beckenham Place Park, Kent – entry details tbc

Sunday 28th January – Mid-Essex League – Venue TBC (Mid Essex Casuals): 10:30am start – (No pre-entry – just turn up)

February 2024

Sunday 4th February – Great Bentley Half Marathon – sold out

Sunday 18th February – Ness League XC, Hadleigh Football Club: 10:45am start. (No pre-entry – just turn up)

Saturday 24th February – National XC Championships – Weston Park, Shropshire – entry details tbc

March 2024

Sunday 9th March – Dinner & Dance Awards Evening (provisional)

Sunday 17th March – Essex 20 inc. the Debden 5k & 10k – enter here

Sunday 24th March – Brentwood Half Marathon – enter here

April 2024

Sunday 7th April – Road Relays – Colchester Sports Park – entry details tbc

Sunday 7th April – Brighton Marathon

Sunday 14th April – Manchester Marathon

Sunday 14th April – Little Bromley 10k – enter here

Sunday 21st April – The TCS London Marathon


Latest News

Striders’ success in Stebbing…

Organised by Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners and celebrating its 21st year in 2023, the award-winning Remembrance Day Stebbing 10 is a 10-mile race on gently undulating, scenic north Essex country lanes. The race starts outside Stebbing Church and finishes in the village.

Ten Springfield Striders took part in the event, which was won by Paul Whittaker (Unattached) in a new course record of 50:48.

Nicole Frisby (Springfield Striders) finished as the first female, 19th overall and the first strider home, in a new PB time of 1:03:33.

Dave Walton (Springfield Striders) was close behind in 1:05:16, securing second MV50 place. Club members Imogen Ovenden (1:11:17) and David Rayner – Men’s Captain (1:29:21) had fantastic runs, securing 10-mile PB’s.

420 people completed the event.

Great running everyone.

Full results can be found here.


The Hobble proves a popular event with 143 taking part…

Hosted by Essex Trail Events, the popular ‘Hobble’ event took place yesterday (Sun 12th November). 143 people took part, with 37 Springfield Striders completing the event.

There were three distance options, comprising of 16.5 miles, 10 miles and 5 miles. 35 people completed the 16.5, with Paul Dellar of Colchester Harriers finishing first in a time of 2:25:36. The first female to finish was Springfield Striders’ Ladies Captain, Emily Smith, in a time of 2:51:01.

48 people completed the 10-mile option, with Jackie Stretton (Springfield Striders) finishing first, in an impressive time of 1:16:55, closely followed by Mark Waine (Springfield Striders) in a time of 1:23:21.

For the 5-mile option, 60 people took part with Sam Harper (unattached) finishing in first place, in a time of 45:08, closely followed by Ian Gowers (Springfield Striders) in a time of 50:36. The first female to finish was Poppy Gowers, in a time of 50:36.

For the full results and for further information about Essex Trail events, please click here.


40 Striders run at Essex League XC in Writtle

The 3rd fixture in the Essex League took place on Saturday 4th November at Writtle University College. Fantastic running from everyone and an amazing turnout from team Striders with ten ladies and thirty men running. The first strider home was Jackie Stretton in the ladies race, finishing in a time of 28:50 and 5th overall. Chris Burgoyne led the striders out in the men’s race, finishing as the first strider and 15th overall, in a time of 27:55.

  • The first four female striders were Jackie Stretton, Imogen Ovenden, Emily Smith & Anna Poston (4 to score)
  • For the men, the first six striders were Chris Burgoyne, Alex Manton, Luke Fitz-John, Jonathan Hughes, Paul Miles and Scott Dryden. (6 to score)

The next fixture is at Hilly Fields, Colchester. (Ladies race at 12pm and men at 12:45pm) Pre-entry is requried via Roster Athletics here.

Full results can be found here.


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