Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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January off road

The Round 4 Essex League cross country took place at Notley Park near Braintree. It was a cold and crisp morning, with some snow still on the ground. The ladies course was a mere 5.2k and the men’s was 7.4k; some felt that this was short!
Liz Davies was 1st lady overall in 19.39, followed by Sam Bilbie in 9th, Allison Gillan in 56th and Deborah Hitching in 61st to make up the scoring team; and were joined by Elaine Tribley  66th, and good packing by Holly Thompson 73rd, Anna Luff 74th, Sarah Knowles 76th, and Sarah Goodwin 77th, and finished with Vicki Robins 81st and Julie Pugh 86th. The ladies were fifth on the day but the ladies vets were 3rd which puts them joint first in the league with Chelmsford AC, so all to play for at the last race on 11th February in Basildon.
The 24 strong squad of men were led by the scoring team of James Smith in 10th, Greg Deacon 15th, Tom Cammack 16th, Alex Manton 18th, Chris Burgoyne 20th, and Russell Davies 24th. The senior men including Vets are currently 1st in this league as are the vet men, so again all to play for at the last fixture.
A squad of runners braved damp and cold for the next Mid Essex league fixture at Rivenhall, hosted by Mid Essex Casuals. Marshalling issues from this club meant that the front runners ran longer than anticipated due to a wrong turn. However, that said, from feedback received from club members, most people enjoyed the twisty new course, especially through the woods. Some runners had run at Notley yesterday as well.
So for the men Alex Manton was 3rd, followed by Stuart Raven in 4th, Mark Buckley 13th, Jon Byford 15th, Gary Wright 18th and Julian Catmull 22nd to make up the scoring team. There were also 10 other male runners to make up the squad. The men were 2nd on the day.
8 ladies ran for Striders and were headed by Allison Gillan in 23rd, Elaine Tribley 24th, Holly Thompson 25th and Sarah Knowles 28th and the ladies were 5th on the day.
More hardy Striders were at the Benfleet 15, a challenging 15 mile, multi terrain course  incorporating the Canvey Island sea wall and the Hadleigh Downs.
12 men and 3 women ran; our first man was James Wright in 1.43 (20th position) and first Strider lady was Polly Bridgman in 1.58. Polly was also 2nd v35 lady overall.
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend.