Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Essex league success

The next round of the Essex League cross country fixtures took place at Horseheath Point to Point, near to Cambridge on a beautiful Saturday morning. For the ladies this was 6k and for the men 8k. Seven ladies ran with our top scorer being Liz Davies in 2nd position (2nd to a lady called Faye Fullerton who runs for England!). The other scoring ladies were Polly Bridgman, Emily Smith and Vic Curren.

Some 17 men ran and the scoring team were made up of Tristan Windley in 6th, Tom Cammack 8th, Alex Manton 23rd, James Wright 30th, Philip Smith 31st, Lee Martin 33rd, Sam Cornforth 42nd and Antony Goodall 43rd

So as a result the league tables are looking good: Senior Women are currently 4th but the Vet Women are 1st. Both Senior men and Vets men are both 1st.

Great going everyone, let’s keep it up.

As a contrast, the Chelmsford 10k was held on a dismal and damp Sunday afternoon, but, as usual, this did not stop a large Striders contingent; 16 women and 20 men ran.

First Strider lady was Sam Bilbie in 38.56, who was 3rd lady and 2nd FV35. Sam was followed by teammates Kate Mills and Jackie Stretton.

First Strider man was Alex Manton in 8th and with Alex Benson and Stuart Raven, the men picked up the silver team prize.  

Some great times and a few PBs at this undulating race through the back roads of Chelmsford.

Several Striders tackled the Rodings Rally, a team event in the dark, navigating, checkpoints and via clues, over at Epping Forest, sounds like fun? Antony Goodall and Andy Hind finished in 7hours 15 with 10 checkpoints. Alistair Gillan, Tom Gunning and James Neugebauer also did this; not really sure how long they took…..or how many checkpoints….

In other news, Peter Ducie travelled to New Zealand and whilst there did the Kerikeri Half and Paul Bridges did marathon no 155, the Somme Challenge.

Well done to everyone who ran.