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



Club Championship

With probably just one more race to go in this years Club Championship, the Witham 5, the Mens Championship is closer than it's been for years with four points separating the top two. An in form Jon Byford, with four pb's in his last four races, is catching up Rob Mills, who's returning to the form he showed earlier in the season with every race. Can he hold out for one more? In the Ladies Championship Sarah Hammond has it sewn up and can enjoy the festivities on Christmas day but I'm sure we'll see her there anyway.

Sarah's successful weekend

Over one hundred runners took on the challenge of the Hylands Hobble on Sunday in typical autumn weather.

Sean Ketteridge and Allen Smalls of Colchester Harriers made light of the tough underfoot conditions to clock 1.31 for the 13 mile distance. Tim Brockington returned to form with a fine third place finish.

Sarah Colbert has also returned to form with a bang and gained a notable victory over Lyn Higgs of Colchester. In third spot was another Strider, Tracey Alexandrou, who has just returned from a trek in the Himalayas.

Sarah also led the Strider ladies home at Hockley on Saturday afternoon in the latest Essex League cross country fixture. She was ably supported by Lucy Neale, Nicola Pyle, Nikki Brockbank, Lynn Tanner, Kerry Marsh and Sarah Knowles.

Tristan Windley made a welcome return to the club to lead the men home with a superb 9th place finish. Kev Harris, Paul Anderson, Siddy Bowring, Stuart Raven, Tommy Careless, Paul Stukas, Tim Brockington, Anthony Marsh, Paul Wheeldon, Martin Wilson and Dave Milton were the other Strider participants.

Sarah started her successful weekend with victory on Friday night in the Hadleigh Fell Race in the Dark. Greg Deacon won the race with on form Sarah in an excellent second spot overall.



Amazing turnout at Notley

Springfield Striders turned up in force at the second 53-12 cross country league fixture at Notley Park on Sunday. 48 men and 22 ladies sported the white and yellow vests in a large field of almost 350 runners.

It wasn’t just quantity though as the Striders’ men and women both finished second to the strong Ipswich squad but ahead of the other 11 teams. Mark Newton (8th) and Kev Harris (9th) led the men home with Sarah Colbert (5th) and Nicky Pyle (7th) doing likewise for the ladies.

There were great runs all down the field from the Striders on a fairly dry and fast course. Big Bird hill had to be negotiated twice but the course was generally firm underfoot despite recent rain.

 It was great to see so many runners. Don't forget there are plenty more XC races to come in the next few weeks.


Good turnout for first 53-12 XC

The cross country season continued with the first fixture in the 53-12 League at Hylands Park on Sunday. Springfield Striders hosted the event and were rewarded with fine weather and a large turnout from 13 different clubs.

The event started with a junior race that saw a strong Springfield turnout. Gabrielle Pearce was third in the under 11 girls and Holly Putt and Megan Paxman were third and fifth respectively in the under 13 girls category. Laura Paxman, Matthew Knowles, Oliver Hay, Molly Mills, Oliver Putt, Toby Mills, Harriett Putt, Rebecca Putt and Alex Knowles all ran well to put the Striders in a brilliant fourth place.

The senior event over a tough five mile course was won by the Striders’ own Malcolm Muir and with good support from Paul Dobson, Paul Anderson, Stuart Putt, James Smith and Steve Moore the white and yellow vests came third behind strong Ipswich and Harwich squads.

The ladies also finished third and were led home by Lucy Westcott, Sue Clarke, Lauren Ashton and Kirsty Williams. Ipswich came out top again with Colchester Harriers in second. The next fixture in this league takes place on 7 November at the Discovery Centre at Great Notley.


Fell Relays - Lomond Hills, Fife

"I've got to say, you're the most disreputable group of guys I've seen outside this pub in 15 years of drinking here". The Striders' Fell team had obviously made an impression on the locals. Roy Scott's run the following day at the event was equally impressive, coming in 24th out of 107 in a time of 45'49" after his run up East Lomond. His was the second leg, taking over from Jon Legge & Julian Catmull, whose run was considerably longer and more gruelling, with 2 ascents of West Lomond and several other steep climbs. The navigation leg, undertaken by Andy Stroud & John Williams, included much of the ground between, including some very interesting terrain & route choices, with just the 1 ascent of West Lomond. Andy Mason brought the team home with another fine run over the same short course as up East Lomond.

Overall the team finished 86th in an excellent event which was well organised in pleasant surrounds, run over good and testing fell terrain in somewhat cool conditions.                                                                                                                                                        

 Next year the event will be hosted by Bingley, and the rumour is that it will be held at Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales. It would be a good opportunity to enter teams in the Vet 50 and Ladies categories as well                                                                                                                         

 Upcoming Fell races that we will be going to include Wrekin Wrecker on 21st November, one of the easiest true fell races for us to get to, and Cardington Cracker on 5th December. Further details will be on the chatboard.


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