January off road
Essex XC Championships
Misty Christmas races
A misty and damp morning at the Museum of Power at Langford for the Xmas fantasy at the museum trail; fancy dress was optional but it would seem several people took advantage of the Christmas theme. James Smith was first in the 5.7 mile race, with Tim Brockington in 3rd. Sarah Colbert was 2nd in the ladies race. There was also a shorter race, 3.1 miles, won by Sam Bilbie and her daughter Gabby, and Roger Gooding and his daughter Taylor.
So, on Sunday, a damp and foggy morning for the favourite in lots of peoples cross country calendar – the infamous Stebbing, hosted by Grange Farm and the first in the Mid Essex league fixtures. A strong Strider field turned out with 30 men and 11 women, some of whom had decided Stebbing was a good race to make their XC debut….
This may or may not be the last Stebbing in its current location; negotiations are ongoing with the landowner, even so, it was not one to be missed with plenty of mud and water.
First Strider lady was Rachel Roughan in 2nd, followed by Vic Curren in 4th, Sarah Colbert 8th and Donna Hindle 25th. The ladies were 3rd on the day.
A beautifully crisp Saturday morning over at Writtle greeted runners in the Essex Vets championships, moving from its previous venue. This year, the event was hosted by Springfield Striders, so an interesting course with plenty of features was expected plus the most encouraging and friendly marshalls! There was a bit of mud, a twisty course, a stream and some parts where you needed to be careful around the lake.
V35 ladies ran with the v50 and over men; Striders had 14 ladies and 8 men in these categories. The combined total of runners from all clubs in this race was 234.
Liz Davies did us proud by coming in as first lady, and with Sam Bilbie, Kate Mills and Emily Smith the ladies picked up 2nd ladies team.
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