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Thursday 28 August - Hill work (bridge) (7pm)

                                      Announcements (8pm) followed by

                                      Threshold session / warm up for New Hall Route / Navigation





Sue Aves new V45 Club Record at Great Yarmouth Half Marathon



Nikki makes history at the Tour


The Tour of Little Baddow has been held 18 times since 1993 and has been won by a distinguished list of runners. This year’s winner however was a first for the Tour. Nikki Brockbank finished a superb second on Day One to Mark Newton, but took the yellow jersey when he didn’t appear for Monday night’s cross country.

Nikki duly won the second race beating Chris Purse by 14 seconds. She then held off the challenge of Tiptree’s Adam Richardson over the next two evenings to win by 1 minute and 20 seconds after four days racing. Nikki becomes the first ever lady winner of the Tour.

Day One saw 25 runners take on the multi terrain five mile race which included 50 metres through the ford. Mark scorched round in 28.16 with Nikki next in 33.19 and Chris third in 34.06.

With Mark not running on Day 2 Nikki was presented with the yellow jersey which rather swamped her, but proved no handicap as she raced Chris around the cross country course and claimed victory.

Adam who had struggled navigationally in the first two days managed to get ahead of Nikki on the hilly road race but not by enough to close the gap on the leader.

He also ran well on the final event, the fell race, to claw back 36 seconds but Nikki came home as champion.

Congratulations to the 14 who completed all four days especially first timers Adam and Paul Tunmer. Many thanks to the marshals and timekeepers.


Read more: Nikki makes history at the Tour


Ladies triumph at Harlow



It was a relatively quiet weekend for racing but there was another hot and humid run at the Harlow 10 on Sunday where only 7 Striders took part.

This week the ladies triumphed by winning the Ladies team prize with Nikki Brockbank, Polly Bridgman and Nichola Hands. Nikki was also 2nd lady and 1st fv35. Well done ladies.

Despite the heat, several people managed PBs. Dan Summers and Kerry Marsh added to their complements of 2014 PBs with 77.35 and 83.31 respectively. Polly Bridgman also scored a PB with 72.08.

Also running were Bob Gear and Donna Hall.


Striders are the Winning Team!

Pleshey Friday Night 5

The Striders Friday Night Five returned with a vengeance on Friday 11th July to its new location at Pleshey village hall with the help and support from the Pleshey villagers. Although the day had been wet on and off, it never rains on the Friday Night Five and this held true for this year smiley

A new, two lap, course around the lanes faced the 130 or so runners; 49 of whom were Springfield Striders. Malcolm Muir finally won the race for Ilford after many years of coming 2nd in a time of 26.10, obviously the course record to beat now.  2nd and 3rd were David Fewell and Glen Hill of Chelmsford AC. Tom Cammack was first Strider home in 26.41, and along with Gavin Allen, Andrew Wright and Paul Anderson made up the winning men’s team.

First lady was Nikki Brockbank in 31.31, followed by Tracey Ranson in 32.28 and with Polly Bridgman in 33.27 these ladies made up the winning ladies team.

Malcolm Savage was first v60, Nichola Hands first FV40, Donna Hindle first FV50.

There were 30 PBs from Striders, 11 seasons bests and 5 no previous time, showing that Kevin has devised a fast course!

Read more: Striders are the Winning Team!


Weekend round up

A relatively quiet weekend for racing.

A hot and sticky evening for the Great Bentley 5 on Friday, with 10 Striders racing. Highest place male was Gavin Allen in fourth followed by Paul Anderson in 21stand Stuart Raven in 29th. June Allen, after several months of not racing, made a solid run in 27th and achieved her sub 30 minute target.  Malcolm Savage scooped the v65 prize – well done Malcolm! Also running were Rebecca Pittman, Ian Brazier, Sarah Hammond, Kerry Marsh and Maxine Stevens.

Paul Bridges did a double marathon to complete his 35thand 36thmarathons at the Enigma Double this weekend. Varying coniditons on each day but he was consistent in his results: 4.23 on Saturday (wet day) and 4.27 Sunday (lovely day).

After a couple of years absence, the new Brentwood 10k was held on Sunday with a new route from Blackmore village hall and wending its way round neighborughing villages. Only three Striders took part; Allison Gillan, Nick Looby and Steve Brame. They all ran PBs and finished pretty close to each other.  Allison was first v45 woman, well done Allison,  and  she recommends the race and the course for next year.

Remember, if you are doing a race, please let me know and I can write about it in this report. Photos are also helpful!


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