Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Tues 14 August 6 x 1100m (Sandford Mill) 7.45pm

Thur 16 August Pyramids/Pair Relays 7pm/Winter Route No2 8pm



Hot racing

There were a few races this hot weekend, starting with our own Friday Night 5 from Pleshey village hall on a warm and humid evening around the country lanes.

The winner was Ryan Prout from Thrift Green in a time of 26.41. First Strider man was Ed Freeman in 30.15. The ladies winner was Rachel Sweatt from Witham in 29.27. First Strider lady was Nichola Norman in 38.14.

Ivan Howlett set a new v70 5 mile record in 46.13.

We must not forget the army of marshalls and helpers who made this event the success it was and we give thanks to you all. Kevin had an assortment of prizes to give at the end and I do think that if you were a runner and you stayed on, you got a prize (whatever it may have been!)

A few Striders did the Nayland 10k on another hot Sunday; a tough multi terrain course; Sharon Bannister was there with Karen Beazeley, Vicky Cordell Surtees, Steve White, Juliet Warren-Penny, Mark Babbage and Sue Aves.

Another pocket of Strdiers did the Brentwood 10k over in Blackmore on Sunday through a lovely course through country lanes mostly. Nikki Brockbank was 1st lady (and 1st v35) in 40.04. Donna Morris was 4th lady and 1st FV45 in 50.18. Together with Sarah Goodwin the ladies won the 3rd ladies team proze.

Chris Burgoyne was 2nd man and 1st senior man in 33.22

A few Striders did the Stort 10 in Hatfield Forest (also on Sunday). Jackie Stretton was first Strider followed by Steve Bugden. Nicky Looby and Deborah Hitching also ran. According to Steve, it was mighty hot, the terrain fiorm and uneven so you had to watch your step. There was an option to bail at 5 miles (but no Strider did).

Well done to everyone who ran.


Team prizes at Braintree

Several Striders ran the Braintree 5, starting and finishing at the Chelmsford city racecourse on a sunny and warm Sunday morning.

Chris Burgoyne was first male in 26.57 and with Alex Manton in 3rd with 28.03, Paul Dobson in 7th with 29.57 & Steve Bugden 35th with 34.23, the men won the Gold team prize. Paul Dobson was also 1st MV50.

And a surprise for the ladies who scooped the Gold team prize also. Our four scorers were Donna Morris 39.14, Soraya Barron 40.08, Emily Penkett 41.36 and (a very surprised!) Caroline Adlem 44.32

And a very well done also to Kelly Turk who completed her first half Ironman in 7.49.01.


Halstead and Great Baddow

A much cooler weekend for racing this weekend and several Striders took part in a couple of events.

At Halstead Marathon, our championship marathon race, our marathon champion is Chris Burgoyne who was first Strider in 3rd place in 2.45.11. Alex Manton was next in 6th in 2.51.22 and Robin McCoy 14th in 2.59.55.

The ladies fared well too; Jackie Stretton was first lady in 3.00.42 and set a new course record. Together with Donna Morris (3.58.52) and Emily Smith (4.07.46), the ladies scooped the silver team prize. Jackie is now our marathon champion as well.

Dave Smith had a proud moment when he won the MV60 Gold medal.

Read more: Halstead and Great Baddow


We have a European Champion

There were plenty of races over this bank holiday weekend which proved to be a hot and sunny one, with races ran in some challenging conditions!
Firstly, special mention should be made to our own Ian Cardy, who competed in the 2018 VEJLE ETU POWERMAN MIDDLE DISTANCE DUATHLON EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 55-59 male age group. Ian had a fantastic10km run, 60km bike and another 10km run and took the gold medal for Great Britain. Very well done Ian.
On Sunday Steve Bugden and Caroline Adlem took on the Alton Water 10k, at the beautiful Alton Water reservoir close to the Essex/Suffolk border and crosses woodland, fields and country lanes and subsequently were first Strider man and lady.
Also on Sunday was the High Easter 10k a pretty, rural, fast and flat course (well when it isn’t so hot….) where 14 Striders took part. Alex Manton was first Strider in 34.47 and 3rd place. Antony Goodall 9th in 37.32, Ed Freeman 11th in 38.35 and Paul Jeggo 16th in 39.21. The men took the Gold team prize.
First lady Strider and 2nd lady was Shannon Mason in 46.25. Donna Morris was next lady in 49.34, followed by Jenny Barrett in 49.42 and this trio made up the winning ladies team.
There was a trail on Sunday too; the Young at Heart with a choice of 5.5 miles or 9miles. First male Strider in the shorter distance was Richard Taylor and female was Fiona Stukas. Alistair Gillan was first male Strider in the longer distance and Sarah Colbert the first female Strider.

Read more: We have a European Champion


Spirit of London

Well that was the motto for London marathon this year as stated by the organisers.

This year 45 Striders (31 men and 14 ladies) started the 38th London marathon on what was to be the hottest day of the year so far, and the hottest London marathon to date. Most people would say that they ran slower times than they predicted due to this, but everyone who ran did really really well.

First Strider was Mark Newton, soon after running Ibiza marathon, yet still running 2.37 and overall 109th place. Also in the under 3 hours were Tom Cammock (2.50), James Wright (2.53) and Alex Manton (2.53). Stuart Raven and Alex Benson missed the 3 hour mark by 3 and 4 minutes respectively. 15 runners fell into the under 4 hours category, 17 in under 5, 5 in under 6 and 3 in under 7, which surely reflects the hot conditions out on the course.

Our first lady was Jackie Stretton in 3.07, closely followed by Nikki Brockbank also in 3.07. Third lady was Samantha Monk in 4.01.

Sam Cornforth started but did not finish after passing the halfway mark. Sam Bilbie thought she may have to DNF when she was suffering during the race, but thanks to help from another runner she managed to complete the course in 4.04. Damian Barrett ran (at least some of) it in bare feet - ouch on hot pavements and completed it in 3.54!

Read more: Spirit of London


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