The latest Mid Essex league fixture was at Rivenhall on Sunday. Despite many marathon training, there was a good turn out from the men for this.
Fantastic running by the men with Scott Cousins 1st, James Smith 2nd, Stuart Raven 4th, Lee Martin 7th, Tommy Careless 10th and Steve Moore 11th the men’s team were first on the day. Only four women ran this event; Jennifer Lovelock was 6th, Elaina Tribley 24th, Karen Chapman 26th and Nicole Smith 39th and the women were still 4th on the day.
The league table now stands with the men 2nd, only two points behind LOSS, so a good turnout has been requested for the final two fixtures. The women are third in their table.
The Dark Star marathon in Sussex, which actually was 28 miles (!), was run by Andy Mason in a time of 4hrs 40 and according to him had a proper goody bag containing beer!
Paul Bridges did the Winter Viking Coastal double for his marathons this weekend. This is a flat course in Kent along the sea wall. He did very similar times for each one 3.36 on Saturday and 3.34 on Sunday.
The Hadleigh Legacy 10k is a tough and muddy course along the Mountain Bike Circuit used in the London 2012 Olympics. Rebecca Pittman was 1st v50 woman 71st 54.48. Other runners were Clive Higdon , Lee Harvey, Caroline Adlem and Mark Williams.
Ian Brazier hosted his first Winter Frolic Marafun – a navigation based trail race with a difference, starting at Little Baddow and incorporating many twists and turns! The object of this is to complete the course visting a series of checkpoints following your own route wghich you will decide, in a 7 hour time limit. The distance is approximately 26.2 miles….Results are available on the chatboard
Weekend of tough events
This weekend was a cold weekend full of tough events for our hardy Striders.
First off was the Braintree Bog-gle marathon through the villages of mid-Essex, with some heavy going in some parts, so congratulations to all who finished.
Seven Striders took part, all male! Gavin Allen was first Strider in 6thin 3.59. Also finishing in this order were Andy Mason, Paul Bridges, Darran Hull, Ian Brazier, Julian Catmull and Jon Legge.
The Box Hill fell race is an annual event in the calendar of several Striders and 9 travelled to Surrey for this. A very testing race with some hills which brought runners to their knees! Paul Jeggo was first Strider in 21stand also 2ndin his age category – well done Paul! Also finishing were Jon Byford, Roger Gooding, Tim Brockington, Sarah Colbert, Richard Rule, Karen Chapman, Mark Williams and Sharon Bannister.
Another mudfest at the popular but challenging Benfleet 15 around the Hadleigh Downs on a very cold Sunday morning. This event is celebrating its 25thyear and had a new course to boot with an “evil” hill at the end!
Congratulations to James Smith for coming 4thin 1.39.
Next strider was Gary Chandler who was 22ndin 1.46. Gary was followed by the following hardy Striders: Rob Mills, Simon Bowring, Tom Gunning, Stuart Raven (Chris Pearce), Paul Stukas, Darren Sutton, Roy Bentley, Gary Rayner, Dan Summers, Chris Beazeley, Sam Monk (1stSS lady), Sarah Hammond, Andrew Quinn, Andy Hind, Thomas Newman, Ken Hands, Nichola Hands, Anna Luff, Chris Sewell, Charlotte Laurence, Steve Brame and Sean Pope.
Well done everyone on a a tough weekend!
There was a doubleheader of cross country this weekend, with an Essex League fixture on Saturday and 53-12 on Sunday.
In the 53-12 league this time the fixture was at Ipswich and included a junior’s race. Only 4 juniors ran and were led by Bryce Bannister in 37th, who also holds 3rd place in his age category. Rory Probert (37th), Ben Kersey (81st) and Thomas McHale (84th) also ran. The juniors are now 10th overall.
For the women Vic Curren came a very commendable 12th as first Strider lady, immediately followed by Jen Lovelock in 13th. Libby Watson was next in 29th. Other ladies ran as follows: Vicki Sharman (54th), Elaine Tribley (55th), Sharon Bannister (74th), Caroline Adlem (81st), Nicole Smith (89th), Julie McHale (90th) and Rebecca Charlton-Weedy (93rd). The ladies were 3rd on the day.
Congratulations to Paul Molyneux, Martini Table Champion for 2014! The final table can be viewed here.
The Martini Table, (“anytime, anyplace, anywhere”), is made up of “Age Graded” percentages of your race times. To qualify all you need to do is race three different distances, (between 5 miles and a marathon), over the course of the year and Len Clark will average these out for the table. Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender and lets you compare your performance to those of runners, as well as to the standard for your age and gender.
As your score is a comparison with World Record times don't be disappointed if it is a long way from 100%. As a general guide, if your percentage comes out as 90% or above then either your watch has stopped or you can count yourself as World Class! Over 80% is typically National Class, over 70% is Regional Class and over 60% is local Class.
Christmas round up
A very Happy New Year to all Striders!
There have been many many events over the Christmas break period so this is a catch up on all events.
Starting with 21st December and the annual Stebbing Mid Essex league XC mud fest, which apparently did not disappoint!
The ladies did well with Vic Curren in 2nd place; Nichola Hands in 11th, Kerry Marsh in 13th and Karen Chapman in 18th. The ladies were 3rd in this race overall. 10 Strider ladies ran overall.
A great turnout of 24 men at this race; first Strider man was Stuart Raven in 4th, followed by Tommy Careless in 9th, Steve Moore16th, Lee Martin 17th, Ian Cardy 21st, Chris Purse 26th and Anthony Marsh 29th. The men were 2nd in the race overall.
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