We have now completed the first Round of the Essex Cross-Country League. On a slightly damp Saturday we saw a good turnout of Striders, both familiar faces and some new ones at One Tree Hill. This was the first time I had run at One Tree Hill and I think it goes into my list of favourite cross-country courses. It is two laps and the first part of the lap was mainly downhill on good footing and the pace was fast, the second half of the lap took runners into the wood, there was more uphill as well as more mud. There was a treacherous corner where you turned onto the second lap that I think became more slippy during the men’s race and provided much amusement to the spectators as they cheered everybody on.

There was great running all round. There were some great results for team Striders, Liz Davies won the ladies race, with Sam Bilbie, Polly Bridgman and first-timer Imogen Ovenden making up the team. Hot on their heels were Sara Demetriou, Deborah Hitching, Nicky Hands, Kirsty Williams and Lynn Tanner. The Ladies Team were in 3rd place and the Vets Ladies team of Liz, Sam and Polly were placed first for this race. So a good start to the league.

Nine of the ten ladies who ran for Springfield Striders in their team vests.
Team photo after the race: this one wasn’t too muddy!

For the men’s team Luke Fitz-John was first Strider back followed by Antony Goodall and Paul Broome. Richard Dobson made his first appearance for the club and Richard Rule tells us it is the first time he has run in an Essex League race, whereas Chris Purse and Robin McCoy demonstrated their experience. It was great to see Mark Moughton back from injury and Ken Hands also ran for the Striders.

The next cross-country is Sunday 20th October. More details coming soon or you can find them on the cross-country page of the website.

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