So this weekend there was a little trot around London i.e. the London Marathon – a huge event which is close to Springfield Striders’ hearts. 45 Striders ran the race this year and, as usual, were cheered on by clubmates at the halfway water station manned by an army of Striders and their families.
Cool conditions; a slight breeze and sunshine and shade made for a chilly start but more pleasant conditions than the sleet or snow originally forecast.
First Strider home was Mark Newton in an impressive 2.30.20 and 76th overall. His sprint to the finish was captured on TV cameras. 2nd male Strider was Tom Cammack in 2.38.53 and then 3rd was James Smith in 2.39.13. Joining the sub 3 hours club (8 Strider members this year at London) were Gavin Allen (2.47.32), Antony Goodall (2.48.40), Stuart Raven (2.49.02), Gary Chandler (2.57.39) and first Strider lady Nikki Brockbank visiting from China (2.58.23). Nikki was 71st lady overall.
Nineteen Striders ran under 4 hours; with Kate Mills (3.08.31) and Sam Monk (3.27.11) being 2nd and 3rd Strider ladies. Ten Striders ran under 5 hours and 9 over 5 hours. Andy Hind went for the record as fastest hot dog in a marathon but was beaten by another hot dog who bettered his time of 4.09.51! John Hoskyn dressed up as the Queen this year and had also been spotted on TV.
Well done to everyone who ran and a huge thank you to those who manned the water station. I’m sure the runners will have been pleased of your and anyone else’s support around the course.
Striders' times are posted below;
|Mark Newton||02:30:20||Nichola Hands||03:56:32|
|Tom Cammack||02:38:53||Richard Barker||03:56:41|
|James Smith||02:39:13||Clare Coleman||03:58:19|
|Gavin Allen||02:47:32||Chris Woods||03:59:06|
|Stuart Raven||02:49:02||Rachael Roughan||04:05:42|
|Antony Goodall||02:48:40||Stuart Stackwood||04:07:41|
|Gary Chandler||02:57:39||Andy Hind||04:09:51|
|Nikki Brockbank||02:58:23||Lydiah Mutimbanyoka||04:15:29|
|Peter Chubb||03:01:03||Richard Sirett||04:16:40|
|Darren Sutton||03:02:43||Hannah Brown||04:18:00|
|Andrew Wright||03:02:56||Holly Thompson||04:31:35|
|Scott Dryden||03:04:24||Donna Hindle||04:31:45|
|Adam Hutton||03:04:59||Georgina Adams||04:32:57|
|Kate Mills||03:08:31||Steve Brame||04:42:23|
|Damian Barrett||03:12:48||Len Marten||05:09:05|
|Sam Monk||03:27:11||Chris Burton||05:13:56|
|Rob Mills||03:36:45||Gail Barker||05:22:29|
|Clive Higdon||03:39:53||Meg Garwood||05:26:21|
|Tracey Ranson||03:44:18||Sarah Newton||05:34:07|
|Dean Lloyd||03:45:14||Donny Vickers||05:57:01|
|Donna Morris||03:46:04||John Hoskyn||05:58:03|
|Laura Cook||03:54:18||Rebecca Chilton||06:27:49|
|Louise Baines||03:56:32||Ursula Clarke||06:28:27|
April is a busy time for races here there and everywhere, especially as it is Spring marathon season.
At least five Striders went to Brighton for the Brighton marathon and started off in bright sunshine with 11071 others. First Strider was young Zac Knill in 2.58.59. Zac was followed by Paul Bridges in 3.37, Clive Higdon in 3.54.04, Steven Armitage 4.01.20 and Mark Moughton 4.12 . If anyone else ran it would they please let us know!
Another sunny start for the Bungay Black Dog marathon and the course is 2 laps of a 13.1 mile loop through the scenic Waveney Valley of Suffolk and Norfolk. A much smaller race with 168 participants; Rob Sirett ran 3.52 and shortly behind him was Chris Sewell in a PB of 3.54.
All roads lead to Rome…or Manchester…or Bromley…or there could be a trail…
Chris Beazeley was not to be found.....
Quiet weekend before marathons
This was a very quiet weekend for races; maybe due to Manchester and Rome marathons being next weekend, in which several Striders are taking part. It was also the annual Dinner Dance where a good time was had by all (we hope!!)
Four Striders travelled to the Reading Half marathon. First Strider was Paul Ellis in 1.41, then Steven Armitage in 1.43, Michael Ferguson in 1.55 and Vickie Sweeney in 1.57.
Paul Jeggo kept quiet the fact that he was travelling to Ancona, Italy for the GB team in the European Masters Cross Country. He and team mates Julian Critchlow from Watford, and Steven Coxey from Swinton, won the v55 men’s team silver medal. Fantastic running Paul!
Trophies at Relays and Brentwood
The Essex Road Relay championships were held again at Harwich and Striders entered a small but well-formed contingent.
The senior men beat Ilford by 25 seconds with a total time of 65 minutes; the team were Scott Cousins, James Smith, Mark Newton and Tom Cammack. Scott was fastest runner on the day with a time of 15.37.
The vet men picked up silver with Gav Allen, Gary Chandler and Paul Dobson. Gav was fastest vet on the day in 16.32.
And the v45 ladies got county bronze medals with their team of Sarah Colbert, Donna Hindle and Hilda O’Kelly.
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