"It never rains on the Friday Night Five"
There is truth in the saying “it never rains on the Friday Night Five” and again it was true this year, the second year of the new course starting in Pleshey. A hot and humid night led to uncomfortable running over the two laps for all those taking part. No prizes apart from a burger for each participant and spot prizes from Kevin's "prize table".
First man was Mark Newton in 26.56, followed by Strider team mate Russell Davies in 27.35. James Smith in 4th in 28.39 and Gary Chandler in 6th in 29.05 meant that the Strider boys had claimed first team prize and rewarded with a bottle of wine each.
First lady was Samantha Bilbie in 31.01, Nikki Brockbank was second lady in 31.37 and Libby Watson 5th lady in 34.17 meant the ladies had also scooped the first team prize, which, again, was a bottle of wine each.
Gary Rayner took first v60 in 34.01 and Strider-to-be Mathew Davies was first under 18 in his first race ever in 39.32. Samantha Bilbie was also first FV40.
Prizes were also awarded from the bottom up, a feature which is much appreciated by the “back of the pack”
Thank you to Kevin for organising and for all the marshalls, and well done to everyone who ran.
Full results are on the chatboard.
Paul Bridges ran marathon no 86 at Coombe Abbey, an off road, low key marathon this time and Paul finished 7th in a time of 3.40.54
Jon Byford sought a new distance so he ran the North Downs 30k (about 18.7 miles). A highly rated race with great organisation and fine scenery. This is mostly on trails and is thoroughly recommended. Jon finished 68th in just over 2.5hours and was asked whether he was one of Kevin’s protégés.
Darran Hull, James Smith, Gavin Allen, Julian Catmull and Jon Legge did the Essex Herts LDWA Hobble on Sunday; a 27 mile run of pleasant Herts countryside. Julian and Darran finished in 5.06 and 5.07 respectively. Gavin and James finished in 4hrs 34.
Andy Mason did the Giants Head Trail Marathon near Dorchester; a really scenic off road marathon with tough hills at regular intervals! This was compensated for by the cheap local beer at the end :-)
There was also trail no 1 in the 3 in 3 trail series, this one was held at Felsted. The aim is to complete all 3 trails in a cumulative time nearest to 3 hours. Nikki Brockbank confidently led the boys to finish 1st overall in a time of 46.20, with Chris Burgoyne first male.
Apologies for the late report!
There were several events over the last couple of weekends where Striders took part.
The largest attendance was at the Southend Half Marathon on Sunday 14th. A cool cloudy morning gave way to sunshine on this out and back along the seafront race.
Sunny long races
A busy and warm weekend for the longer runs held this weekend.
Gavin Allen travelled to Devon on Saturday to take part in the Dartmoor Discovery; a notoriously challenging yet scenic approx. 32 mile race over the hills and through the villages of Dartmoor. Gavin completed in 3.55, was 3rdoverall and 1stv40. Very well done Gavin!
Marathons and trail
This was a relatively quiet weekend for racing with only a local trail race in the calendar.
Nikki Brockbank and Steven Armitage travelled to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh marathon. Despite not so ideal conditions and a “brutal” head wind from 18 miles, Nikki still managed a brilliant 3.01, 2ndv35 lady and 126thoverall. Steven ran a 3.38 PB which he claims is due to a 5k race the day before,
HBO Gold for the ladies
The popular Hatfield Broad Oak 10k is held in conjunction with the village’s flower festival on Bank Holiday Monday so there is plenty to see and do on the day as well as cheer on your fellow runners. An ideal spectator’s race and this was no exception this year as Strider support was strong.
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