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Marathon part 2 - day trip to London

A beautifully sunny day greeted all runners in this years’ London marathon and 34 Striders made the journey to the start line at Greenwich. Whilst all of the country’s eyes were on Mo Farah’s debut, certainly the eyes of the water station volunteers were peeled for any passing Striders :-)

First Strider, and almost running on his own, was Mark Newton who finished an impressive 50th in 2.32.02. First lady Strider was Nikki Brockbank who broke the 3 hour barrier for the first time in 2.59.03 and an equally impressive 63rd lady.

Nine Striders came in under 3 hours and eight under 4 hours, as per the table below.

PBs were obtained by Tom Cammack, Lewis Patching, Nikki Brockbank, Rob Mills, Samantha Monk, Richard Barker, Andy Hind, Kerry Marsh (by 30 minutes), Dave Littleson, Amelie Mollinghoff (7 min pb), Andrew Greenhalgh. The pbs were compared on Power of Ten so please correct me if it is wrong or I have missed you.

Samantha Monk was aiming for under 3.30 but being kind she stopped to help another runner who wasn’t feeling well and waited for a marshall with the runner. She still managed 3.33 so very well done Samantha.

Martin Mead is on a quest to run 28 marathons and completed his second in a week in 4.03.36.

Hardcore (or mad) Ian Brazier cycled to London, did the marathon in 4.00.26, and then cycled back to Chelmsford. And he did it in his infamous “flip flops” and has the blisters to prove it. Very well done Ian, I think you deserve a rest…..

Sarah Hammond came back after having a baby 13 months ago to finish in a fine 3.58.16.

We had three Strider DNFs due to various reasons. I know all of these people had worked really hard in training and were hoping for a good run, so it is sad that they couldn’t complete the course. All said that the support at the water station carried them on that little bit further. However, it emphasises the importance of listening to your body and could happen to anyone.

Shaznie Bannister pulled out at 14 miles due to leg and back problems and now needs to rest and recover. Vic Curren pulled out at 17 miles as she felt unwell. Chris Burton pulled out later in the course suffering from heat exhaustion and sunburn. We have heard that all are Ok and recovering.

Well done to everyone that ran and supported, including all the water station volunteers.

Please see below a summary of results, I apologise if I have missed anyone off:

 

» Newton, Mark (GBR)

02:32:02

 

» Cammack, Tom (GBR)

02:45:25

pb

» Allen, Gavin (GBR)

02:48:18

 

» Waine, Mark Roy (GBR)

02:53:49

 

» Beaver, Michael (GBR)

02:54:45

 

» Dobson, Paul (GBR)

02:55:50

 

» Chandler, Gary (GBR)

02:56:24

 

» Patching, Lewis (GBR)

02:57:08

pb

» Brockbank, Nikki (GBR)

02:59:03

pb

» Mills, Robert (GBR)

03:03:08

pb

» Monk, Samantha (GBR)

03:33:03

pb

» Barker, Richard Charles Sidn (GBR)

03:43:38

pb

   Casey, Tim

03:45:21

 

» Eastwood, Heather (GBR)                  

03:57:52

 

»Sarah Hammond

   Hind, Andy (GBR)

03.58.16

3:58:33

 

Pb

   Bateman, Helen

03:58:37

 

» Brazier, Ian (GBR)

04:00:26

 

» Marsh, Anthony (GBR)

04:00:46

pb

» Marsh, Kerry-Anne (GBR)

04:00:48

pb

» Mead, Martin (GBR)

04:03:36

 

» Hill, Janet Mary (GBR)

04:14:31

 

» Littleson, David Matthew (GBR)

04:15:13

pb

» Mollinghoff, Amelie (GBR)

04:16:33

pb

» Turk, Elizabeth (GBR)

04:24:02

 

   Mark Moughton

04:41:00

 

» Greenhalgh, Andrew (GBR)

04:51:23

pb

    Amanda Christou

05:29:59

 

» Hoskyn, John (GBR)

05:54:46

 

» Jean Driscoll

05:54:46

 

» Tinham, Andrew Lee (GBR)

05:59:17

 

» Frew, Sonia (GBR)

06:21:37

 

 

 

Marathon weekend no 1

There were a few marathons, an ultra and a trail to keep Striders all and sundry occupied this weekend and included a whole host of PBs.

Several Striders travelled to the seaside at Brighton for their marathon challenge.

The field set off under leaden skies at a cool nine degrees, but the rain managed to hold off while the wind was the biggest factor blowing from the south west, especially when running into the wind.

 

Read more: Marathon weekend no 1

 

Orion 15

The classic yet tough Orion 15 was held on Saturday, with 7 Striders taking part. This takes part through the wilds of Epping Forest and has a 90 minute cut off point at 9 miles.  

James Smith came in a commendable 13thin a time of 1hr 41. Paul Jeggo was 19thoverall and third MV50 in 1hr 42. Nikki Brockbank was first lady in 1hr 44 – well done Nikki! Also running were Chris Purse (1h55), Danny Prior (2h 07), Jo Gemmill (2h 26) and Janet Hill (2h 31).

Well done to everyone who ran and I apologise for the late report.

   

Weekend on the road

Road relays

8 of the 12 entered for the Essex road relays turned up at Melbourne on Saturday afternoon and managed to avoid the hail! The course measured 3.68 miles (by my watch!)

For the men’s v40 ‘A’ team Lee Martin, Greg Deacon and Mark Waine finished a commendable v40 2nd in times of 20.07, 22.00 and 21.42 respectively. Unfortunately the rest of the men’s B team did not turn up so Tim Brockington ran the first leg with no-one to hand over to and ran a respectable 24.18.

 

Read more: Weekend on the road

 

Colchester Half

  22 Striders took to the streets around Colchester for this half marathon which is this years Championship Race for Half Marathon. The course has been quoted as “one of the toughest I have ran half marathon wise” but good support by Colchester residents and some great road closures helped make the race a good one to run.  The day was sunny with a slight breeze but not too hot, perfect conditions.

Congratulations to Nikki Brockbank and Mark Newton who are our new half marathon champions.

Nikki secured third lady in a time of 1.23.43 and Mark was fifth man in 1.15.25.

PBs were achieved by Polly Bridgman, Sharon Bannister (under 1 hour 50 for the first time!), Catherine Hull, Dave Littleson, Jac Edwards and Maxine Stevens (all PBs ascertained from Power of Ten – please correct me if wrong!). Well done to everyone who ran :-)

Over at the St Clare Hospice 10k, Liz Davies was the lone Strider but managed to secure first lady (and fifth overall!) in a time of 37.01. Great running Liz!

   

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