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Tues 17 July 6 x 1100m (Sandford Mill) 7.45pm

Thur 19 July Flying 150s 7pm/Graces Walk 8pm

Tour of Little Baddow July 29 - August 1


This week's results


Neil Bradley 106th 1:04:22

Sarah Colbert 111th 1:05:20

John Williams 112th 1:05:22

Malcolm Savage 141st 1:11:42


Roger Gooding 2.05

Mark Williams 2.18


Richard Taylor 42.17


Janet Hill 6.36


John & Sue Clark 2.56

More details on chatboard


Mount Famine Fell Race

A long way to go for a 5 miler? Not in the eyes of the 5 Striders who travelled to Derbyshire for the race on Saturday. It starts with a hands on knees climb of 70m in the the first 150m of the race, before a run along the dragons back ridge south of Hayfield, taking in the peaks of Mount famine and South Head, a swoop down into Dimpus Clough, then another strenuous climb back up Mount Famine. Back on the ridge the route retraces itself back to finish at the recreation ground in Hayfield, even including 200m of road, to please everyone. Conditions were again very good, with Simon Bailey of Mercia finishing some 4 minutes clear of the next finisher in 40'33", a new record. The Striders packed well, Neil Bradley being first home, 106th in 64'26", followed by Sarah Colbert, 111th in 65'20", John Williams, 112th in 65'22" and Malcolm Savage, 141st in 71'42". Wisely, Andy decided to save himself for the more arduous outing to Lletty in the Clwydian Hills next weekend.

Our next trip to this excellent series of fell races from Hayfield will be on Sunday 13th June for the Kinder Trog (16m/3490').

The Midsummer Madness weekend in Hebden Bridge follows (18th - 20th June), which is an ideal introduction to fell running for anyone interested. There is some info on the notice board as well as on the chat board, and it would be good to take some newcomers along (accommodation has been booked).

This is closely followed by the Orion Fell race on Friday 25th June.


Avalanche of medals at Halstead

Springfield Striders have had some impressive displays on the roads of Essex in the last few years but none as dominating as on Sunday at the Halstead Marathon. The total haul of Essex medals on the day was 6 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze.

Paul Molyneux, who is in training for a 50km world trophy qualifying race in June slaughtered the 15 year old course record by 9 minutes with an impressive clocking of 2.29.12. Kate Mills became Essex Ladies Champion with a fine time of 3.08.22 just a few weeks after running the London. She also claimed gold in the over 35 category.

Another London runner, Gary Chandler, finished third in the race with a time of 2.42.31 which also earned him the silver in the over 40 age group. Tim Brockington and Chris Purse claimed silver and bronze in the over 50 category.

The club’s strength in depth really shone through when it came to the team medals with Paul Molyneux, Gary Chandler and Chris Pearce winning gold, Rob Mills, Jon Byford and Tony Hopwood winning silver and the clean sweep of men’s medals was completed by Ian Cardy, Paul Anderson and Julian Catmull winning bronze. Kate Mills, Helen Bateman and Paula Cardy won the silver medal in the ladies competition.

Also in the field of over 500 runners there were fine performances from Andy Stroud, Gary Joslin, Alan Ashton, William Day, Darran Hull, Caitriona Shanahan, Liz Irvine and Bob Gear.

In the Colchester Charity 10km the Striders’ only representative was Lee Martin who finished an excellent fourth in 35.06.


Kinder Downfall, 25th April

Conditions were near perfect for this classic fell race, 9.6miles and 1970ft of climb up from Hayfield, round the west edge of the Kinder plateau, with a fast descent from Edale Cross. The winning time was 1h08m47s. First Strider home was Andy Kettles, 132nd in 1h36m50s, followed by Jason Praill, 141st in 1h38m18s, Neil Bradley, 144th in 1h38m51s, Gary Wright, 146th in 1h39m06s, John Williams, 158th in 1h40m18s, Sarah Colbert, 171st in 1h42m20s and Malcolm Savage, 199th (or thereabouts) in 1h53m. Second claim Strider Kevin Ellis came home 95th in 1h32m28s. All were pleased with their times and day out on the fells, and the organisers were again pleased to see us, the clubs mentioned at the start being Dark Peak Fell Runners, Pennine Fell Runners and Springfield Striders.

Over the coming weeks we are looking forward to day trips to the fells for the

Mount Famine Fell Race (5m/1850') on Saturday 15th May (one of my personal favourite races), again from Hayfield;

Lletty (9m/2900') on Saturday 22nd May, in the Clwydian Hills in North Wales.

Also there is the weekend trip to the Midsummer Madness weekend at Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire.

Further details of these and other trips are on the Fell page should you wish to join us.



Paris Marathon Report

Ian Cardy sent this report in quite some time ago, and I wasn't quite sure how to add it. It's well worth a read so click on the link below and enjoy his experiences running this year's Paris marathon.

My Paris Marathon by Ian Cardy



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