Saturday was the National XC Championships at Parliament Hill, London. This course is always challenging, especially due to the huge hill at the start, and the varying types of mud, sometimes ankle deep, throughout the course. Seven ladies ran this challenging course for the Striders and 865 women ran in total from clubs around the country.
Rebecca Pittman was first lady Strider in 400, followed by Kerry Marsh 543, Elaine Tribley 658, Caroline Adlem 727, Sharon Bannister 750, Sarah Goodwin 822 and Charlotte Laurence 836.
Eight men ran for the striders; it would have been nine but Paul Jeggo had to pull out once started due to injury. A total of 2005 men ran which must have been a great sight at the start.
First Strider man was Mark Edwards in 551, followed by Stuart Raven 670, Antony Goodall 1048, Anthony Marsh 1174, Phil Watts 1375, Jon Byford 1464, Andy Stroud 1581 and Pat Knowles1979.
A disappointing turn out for the ladies at the Little Baddow Mid Essex League XC on a beautiful Sunday morning, with only 5 ladies turning up and 4 finishers as Lauren Buck had shoe issues, and of the 4 who ran, 3 had done the Nationals XC the day before. However, Nikki Brockbank won the ladies race, with Kerry Marsh 19th, Elaine Tribley 26thand Sharon Bannister completing the team in 34th.
Luckily there were plenty of Strider men who ran so that the men are now top of the league. The scoring team was Stuart Raven in 2nd, Lee Martin 3rd, Chris Burgoyne 5th, Paul Dobson 7th, Stuart Putt 11th, Tommy Careless 12thand Steve Moore 16th.
It’s all to play for in the final fixture in this league on Sunday at Highwood hosting by Springfield Striders.
Striders were on tour at the Tarpley 10 and 20 near Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
In the 10 miles Paul Anderson was 20thand Ian Cardy 22nd. Ian was 1stMV50 and a PB for him so well done to Ian. Also running was Dave Littleson who gained a 4 minute PB.
In the 20 miles Mark Newton was first male Strider in 4th, followed by Gavin Allen in 5thand his partner Tom Cammack in 6thand James Smith in 8th, which would give them first male team. Gavin was also first MV40 and set a new MV40 course record.. Adam Richatrdson, Chris Pearce, Chris Beazeley, Simon Miller, and Maxine Stevens also ran.
Finally, he’s had a rest so it was about time for another marathon for Paul Bridges; the Hugin Challenge in Kent and the rest must have done him good as he broke his PB and dipped under 3.30 (3hrs 29) for the first time. Well done!
PBs at Great Bentley
A great day for running at the very popular Great Bentley Half marathon on Sunday; this course is flat and fast and this was proved by the many PBs obtained by Team Striders. Of the 24 Striders who ran, 13 obtained PBs and some by considerable minutes, despite many had been ill or had colds.
The Ladies triumphed again with the winning team of Nikki Brockbank, Vic Curren and Nichola Hands. Nikki B was still recovering after being ill but still managed 4th lady and 2nd female open. Nichola H was 3rd FV40.
“Dream Team” Tom Cammack and Gavin Allen could “only” manage 6th and 7th places, but with Stuart Raven, secured Mens Team 3rd. Gavin was also 1st MV40.
The PBs were obtained by Stuart Raven, Adam Hutton, Adam Richardson, Tom Gunning, Dan Summers, Vic Curren, Simon Miller, Nichola Hands, Steven Armitage, Steve Bugden, Kerry Marsh, Steve Brame and Charlotte Laurence.
Well done everyone.
In other events, Andy Thomas took to the indoor track at Lee Valley at the Eastern and Essex Indoor championship over 1500 meters to represent Striders. Unfortunately he is not the first Strider to run indoors!
Andrew Mynott had another victory at the February edition of the Queen Elizabeth 10k at the Olympic Park on Saturday.
There was more success for Striders on the fells at the weekend. Edd Charlton-Weedy was the only Strider at the Shropshire weekend, but ran well; 3rd at Titterstone Clee on Saturday in 19m22s, 9th in the Long Mynd Valleys race in 1h53m58s, 3rd overall for the weekend. In the Peak District Janet Hill continued her winning ways. Running in the first RAB mini mountain marathon of the year, she was in the winning mixed vet 60 team and a satisfying 98th overall of 183. The event is a 4 hour score orienteering event over the fells of the eastern Peak District, over terrain made more challenging by the deep snow, tussocks, bogs and sometimes icy paths and tracks. She warmed down by running the Punch Bowl Marathon the day after.
A very cold, windy and sometimes snowy weekend led to tough conditions and freezing runners at this weekend’s double header of Cross Country.
First off was the Essex league at Colchester; the last of the season.
Six Strider women ran this race; Vic Curren was first Strider in 23rd, followed by Jen Lovelock in 27th. Next was Allison Gillan, then Elaine Tribley, Kirsty Williams and Karen Chapman. The ladies team were 9thoverall and the ladies vets 2nd, which goes to show age is no barrier!
10 men also ran in the yellow and white and first male Strider home was James Smith in a commendable 14th. James was followed by Lee Martin in 28th, Stuart Raven in 35th, Tom Gunning in 62nd, Chris Purse 64th, Andy Thomas 86th, Tim Brockington 101st, Andy Hind 119th, Paul Probert 129thand Pat Knowles 130th. The men’s team finished 7thoverall and the vet men 6th.
Even colder and windier conditions on Sunday at Hadleigh, meant a challenging race for many, and especially the juniors. Several people were “doing the double” this weekend.
A horrible day for the juniors, they really took the brunt of the weather, resulting 2 of our little uns pulling out, along with 6 others from other teams. Five hardy Strider juniors ran; Daniel Chubb was first junior in 20th, followed by Bryce Bannister (31st), Samuel McHale (35th), Thomas McHale (61st) and Katie Brazier (64th).
Despite one race not having enough to make a team at Ipswich, the juniors still climbed back up today to 7th position. Bryce Bannister was our little star, having come second in the U11 category.
For the women, Vic Curren was again first Strider in 8thand the scoring team was made up of Jen Lovelock 17th, Kerry Marsh 35thand Elaine Tribley 44th. Also running were Sharon Bannister, Julie McHale and Nicole Smith.
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.
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