On Saturday, Liz Davies headed to Oxford to represent Essex in the Southern Intercounty Cross country champs. Liz came 8th overall and with Lauren Deadman, Nicola Rogers and Emma Prideaux, secured the team silver. Well done Liz and the team!
Sunday was the next fixture in the 53-12 league at Harwich. By all accounts this is a very tough, sticky mud, wet and frozen in places course but very enjoyable.
Five juniors ran in their race and were led by Samuel McHale (U15) on 20th, followed by Bryce Bannister in 25th. Charlie Hands was 41st, Thomas McHale 55th and Oliver Hands 66th. This places our juniors 6th in the table.
14 men ran at Harwich and Tristan Windley came in first place for Striders; the rest of the men’s scoring g team was made up of James Smith 7th (error in the official results), Stuart Raven in 14th, Paul Jeggo 23rd, Steven Moore 28th, Antony Goodall 36th, Adam Richardson 52nd, and Ken Hands 77th. This meant that the men were third on the day.
Ten women ran and the leading Strider lady was Vic Curren in 14th. The rest of the ladies scoring team was made up of Jen Lovelock in 21st, Polly Bridgman in 25th and Sarah Hammond in 27th. This made the ladies fourth on the day.
Combining the two results, Springfield are now 2nd in the table, with Colchester a narrow third. Well done everyone who ran today and made the trip for the club.
Now it wouldn’t be a weekend without a marathon for resident Marathon Man Paul Bridges, this time the Enigma Christmas Marathon where, despite all the recent marathons, he got a 2 minute PB by finishing in 3hr 32. Well done Paul.
Double cross country again
The third Essex League XC fixture took place at Notley Park in Braintree. Unfortunately only three ladies turned up on the day as many were having a “rest week” before marathon training starts.
The ladies who ran were Jen Lovelock in 37th, Elaine Tribley 65th and Kirsty Williams 66th.
Nine men ran, the highest placed being James Smith in 27th, followed by Stuart Raven in 41st, Paul Jeggo in 65th, John Sellick 85th, Andy Thoams 98th, Andy Lovelock 112th, Phil Watts 113th, Malcolm Savage 128th and Pat Knowles 154th.
The Mid Essex league cross country league kicked off on a tough muddy and hilly course at Hadleigh.
The ladies had their work cut out. Highest place Strider was Lucy Neale in 5th, followed by Kerry Marsh in 16th, Allison Gillan in 20th and Elaine Tribley in 27th, making up the women’s scoring team. Also running were Kirsty Williams in 30th, Sharon Bannister in 45th and, making her XC debut, Donna Hall in 46th. This puts the ladies third in the table at the moment but this is only the start of this league.
Fourteen men ran for the men’s team. Stuart Raven, men’s captain, won the race, with Paul Jeggo 5th, Tommy Careless 12th, Steve Moore 18th, Tom Gunning 19th, Andy Thomas 38th and Andy Kettles 46th. The men are currently third in the table.
And it’s another weekend, another 3 marathons for our resident “marathon man” Paul Bridges! This week it was the turn of the Dymchurch marathon to be graced with his presence. A solid three days running from Paul: Friday 3hr39, Saturday 3hr40 and Sunday 3hrs 42; and he was the fastest runner over the three days.
Well done to everyone who ran, especially those who ran Double Cross Country
The Essex Vets championship XC took place at Chigwell on Saturday on a morning ideally suited to running with hardly any breeze. The course was tough and muddy including some long drags of hills and approximated 8k in length.
The Men v50 and the ladies set off first on this two lap course. Liz Davies was chasing a fast Sarah Stradling all the way round but had to be satisfied with 2nd place. Liz was followed by Nikki Brockbank in 6th, Vic Curren in 15th and Nicky Hands in 27th which ensured the ladies Silver team after Colchester Harriers. 94 ladies ran in total, of which 9 were lady Striders.
For the v50 men the first Strider home was Ian Cardy in 10th, followed by Chris Purse in 25th, Andy Mason 39th and Julian Catmull 48th. The men’s v50 were therefore 7th in the table. 105 v50 men ran of which 8 were Striders.
Some great running by the v40 men ensured that they too won the silver team prize behind Orion Harriers. The scoring team consisted of Gavin Allen in 9th, Gary Chandler 13th, Paul Dobson 18th and visitor Mark Waine in 19th. 67 v40 men ran in total of which 7 were Striders.
There are several photos on the Striders Facebook page.
The local Chelmsford 10k took place on a rainy Sunday and is also the county 10k championships.
It was a clean sweep and a medal haul for Striders at this event; Scott Cousins and Liz Davies winning the Open male and female categories in 33.14and 36.25 respectively. With Andrew Mynott winning the Open man bronze and Tom Cammack in 12th, this also secured the men’s team Gold.
Liz Davies came a fine first lady and also won the v35 category for the ladies. June Allen, returning to racing after an injury, won both the open bronze and v35 silver, and Nikki Brockbank winning the v35 lady bronze, also helped secure the ladies team Gold.
Also of note were Gav Allen as V40 male Silver and Ian Cardy as v50 male Silver.
Sunday also saw the conclusion of the 2014 Essex Grand Prix series. The ladies retained their team trophy with 2 firsts, 2 seconds, a third and a fourth and are the official Essex Road Race Ladies team of the year (as cited by Gary Chandler!)
Individually the title was won by Nikki Brockbank who is having a great year of running; Nikki was 2nd in the v35 category as well. Highest placed in the v45 category was Sue Aves in 11th.
In the Essex Grand Prix the men retained their trophy with an almost flawless record – 5 firsts and a second, making them official Essex Road Race Men’s team of the year. The second men’s team was the Striders B team!
Double cross country
A double header of Cross country this weekend.
16 ladies braved the muddy course at Hylands Park on Saturday for the second Essex league fixture hosted by Chelmsford AC. First strider lady over the line was Liz Davies in a great 3rd place, and earned her a call up for the Essex team. Liz was followed by Vic Curren in 30th and Jennifer Lovelock in 43rd. Great running by everyone who took part made sure that the ladies are now currently 6th in the table (out of 22).
20 men took part in their race and first Strider was Tristan Windley in 10th followed by Scott Cousins in 13th and vet Lee Martin in 30th. This leaves the men in third in the table behind Chelmsford AC and Colchester Harriers.
On Sunday it was a 53-12 fixture hosted by Colchester at Abbey Fields.
The juniors had an outing at this fixture and 12 of them ran. Star of the week has to be Bryce Bannister who came first in his age group (U11), and a fine 32nd overall, followed closely by Samuel McHale (U15). The juniors are now 6th in the table.
For the ladies, first strider was Vic Curren doing the double in 15th, followed by Libby Watson in 17th, Jen Lovelock in 22nd and Heather Eastwood in 24th.
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