Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Busy weekend with lots of medals!

27 Striders took part in the Tiptree 10 mile race, which is the Essex 10 mile championship race and completes the Essex Grand Prix. A sunny morning with a slight breeze made for near perfect running conditions through the lanes around Tiptree, Messing and Easthorpe.

There were lots of medals and trophies for Striders in both the race and the Essex championship.

Mark Newton was first Strider home in 2nd in 55.22, followed by James Smith in 4th in 56.32. Third male Strider was Chris Burgoyne in 58.51. Together they won the Gold Essex 10 mile. Mark also won the Silver Essex 10 mile.

For the ladies there were even more medals. First lady Strider was Sam Bilbie in 1.06.38 as 4th lady. Sam won 1st v35, Silver Essex ladies 10 mile and Essex Gold 10 mile v35. With Emily Smith and Sam Bentley within seconds of each other in 1.12, the ladies won race Gold and Essex 10 mile Gold team. There were also Silver Essex 10 mile medals for Rebecca Pittman, Donna Morris and Laura Cook. Rebecca also took v45 Essex Bronze 10 mile.

As this was the last race in the Essex Grand Prix the final standings are in for the Grand Prix prizes. This consists of races at each distance over the year.

The Striders medal haul was as follows:
Gold male – James Smith
Bronze v40 male – Stuart Raven
Gold team male – Striders regain the trophy with 55 points.
Bronze Open female and v35 – Sam Bilbie
Silver v45 female – Donna Morris
Gold v65 female – Sheila Macauley
Gold team female – The ladies retain the trophy with 57 points. This trophy has never been won by another club!
Silver team female – The ladies B team won silver with 30 points.
The first Essex League cross country kicked off at One Tree Hill at Langdon Hills; this is one of Striders’ target leagues for this season.
The first 6 (scoring team) for the men were Alex Manton in 21st, Scott Cousins in 23rd, Sam Cornforth in 26th , James Wright in 35th, Stuart Raven 36th and Scott Dryden 39th.
For the ladies Liz Davies was 2nd, Vic Curren 33rd, Rachael Roughan 34th, Juliet Warren-Penny 51st.
At the end of the first fixture, the men’s team are 2nd and the Men’s vets team are 1st. The ladies vets are also in 1st place and the Ladies open are in 6th. A great start to the season.