Wednesday, August 15, 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



Weekend roundup

On Saturday it was the next round of the Essex League cross country at Writtle. 14 men and 10 women turned out for this local event.

Highest placed man was James Smith in 11th, followed by Alex Manton in 14th, Lee Martin 33rd, Sam Cornforth 37th, Antony Goodall 40th and Greg Deacon 45th. The men were 5th overall and the vet men 3rd.

For the ladies Liz Davies was 1st lady overall followed by Nikki Brockbank in 9th, Shannon mason in 20th and Polly Bridgman in 32nd. The ladies were 3rd and the vet ladies 1st.

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Double XC and 2017 winners

This weekend was a double header of cross country, kicking off on Saturday with the Essex Championships at Great Notley. This is a pre-enter event, and the captains worked hard to get a strong team out. 39 Striders ran on the day: 15 women and 24 men, with the first 6 men and 4 women for the scoring team. The men and women race separately over different distances.

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Chelmsford 10k

A bright and chilly Sunday afternoon for the popular Chelmsford 10k which starts at the unusual time of 2pm. 39 Striders took part; 22 men and 17 women.
First Strider home was Chris Burgoyne in 2nd place in a time of 33.06. With Mark Newton in 7th in 34.20 and Lee Martin 16th in 36.20, the men took the Mens gold prize.
The ladies fared well too; Sam Bilbie was 3rd lady in a time of 38.08 and with Jackie Stretton in 39.00 and Polly Bridgman in 45.48, took the Ladies silver prize. Sam was also 2nd v35.
Well done to everyone who ran.


Weekend of hobbling and winners

It was a Remembrance Sunday of two different races in chilly sunshine.
The Stebbing 10 mile race was the final race in the Essex Grand Prix and set off after a short remembrance service on the green at Stebbing. 25 Striders took part.
First male strider was Pete Robinson in 4th place in a time of 56.19; Pete was followed by Chris Burgoyne in 5th and 56.32 and James Smith in 8th with 57.33. Together these three took the County 10 mile team prize.

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Late Summer Handicap

A superb turnout for the club handicap race saw 42 runners hit the paths of Chelmsford last night. Having calculated the majority of handicaps prior to the race via the power of social media (facebook) the additional 15 or so runners turning up on the night did not overwhelm the organisers. With all handicaps calculated from previous 5k races and some other distances where not available we also had to rely on an element of honesty from the competitors. Admittedly, some runners did attempt to increase their handicap using reasons (excuses) ranging from “I had a big pizza prior to running” to “I don’t run as fast at night time”. Needless to say these were not taken in to account.

The conditions were ideal from the start and the race commenced shortly after 8pm. Some great individual efforts and numerous PB’s later we had a winner. In 1st place  was Toni Brown with a time of 29:33, knocking a fantastic 3 mins of her previous best. Well done Toni! In 2nd place was Katherine Lee with a time of 29:35 and again, nearly 3 mins of her PB. Both Toni and Katherine were part of the Springfield Striders beginner running group so it’s great to see them both placing here tonight and entirely in the spirit of the race. In 3rd place was Kevin Wright who ran 30:32, a PB post operation. 

All that is left is a big thanks to all the helpers on the night, especially Allison and Alistair and the marshals. And then to the runners for coming and having a go. I look forward to seeing you all for the Winter 5k Handicap which will likely be a Thurs night in Feb. 

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