Monday, July 23, 2018
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XC at the weekend

On Saturday the first Essex league fixture took place at Horseheath Point to point near Cambridge. 10 men and 5 women ran. For the men highest placed Strider was Alex Manton in 28th followed by James Smith in 29th; after them were Scott Sterling in 37th and Antony Goodall in 42nd.
For the women, Liz Davies was 1st lady and therefore qualifies to run for Essex in the County Championships. Second lady Strider was Nikki Ranson in 37th, then Allison Gillan and Lynn Tanner taking 73rd and 81st.

The 53-12 XC season kicked off with the course at Writtle College hosted by Springfield Striders on Sunday. A fine morning for running with the usual Springfield excellent organisation.
The morning kicked off with the juniors races with some great running from the 4 Strider juniors in a field of 110 runners. Dylan Robins was 15th overall and 1st in the u11 boys. Taylor Gooding  was 43rd and 2nd in the U11 girls. Ollie (U11 boys) and Jack  (U15 boys) Teddorski came 83rd and 85th respectively. The juniors are currently 7th.
The mens race was won by Andrew Rooke of Hadleigh Hares. In the scoring team for Springfield were:
Sam Cornforth 10th, Chris Burgoyne 12th, James Smith 13th, Alex Manton 15th, Scott Dryden 24th, Antony Goodall 28th, Paul Miles 31st and Greg Deacon 33rd. 30 Strider men ran out of a field of 222.

The womens race was won by Rachel Sweatt of Witham. First Strider lady was Heather Eastwood in 20th, followed by Donna Morris in 31st, Kerry Marsh 42nd and Deborah Hitching in 54th. 13 Strider women ran in a field of 107.
So after the first fixture, Strider men were placed 2nd and the women 6th, which gives an overall league placing of 4th.
Well done to everyone who ran,helped, marshalled, cheered and served teas and coffee. A great event.

Whilst most of the club were at XC,Jackie Stretton ran the Saffron Striders Fast 5 and was 1st lady in this event with a time of 31.25.