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Horse & Groom, Galleywood Common 9.30am
Tuesday 28 October - Long/Short (Ind Est) 7.30pm
Thursday 30 October - Shuttle Runs 7.00pm Bridge & Threshold 8.00pm




Off road time

The Stort 30 is an out and back 30 miles along the River Stort Navigation Channel in Hertsfordshire and is mainly grass or footpath. Gavin Allen finished in 5thin a time of 3.42. Ian Brazier and Bob Gear also ran; Bob clocking 5.13 and Ian 7 hours as he was pacing a friend.

Gary Rayner and Tommy Newman ran the Weald Park off road half marathonon Sunday. Gary came 3rdoverall and first v60, with a time of 1hr 39 mins 39 secs and Tommy ran well in his first off road race in 1hr 47 mins 50 secs.Janet Hill did the marathon in the same park and finished 30thoverall (6thwoman and only v60!) with 4.51. After the last race in the seies, Janet was also confirmed as 2nd W50, 12th overall, in the RunFurther UK Ultra Running Championship. Team Striders were 10th, with 7 of the teams above them having an extra scoring runner. Full results at

James Wright ran the Frankfurt Marathon with a 20 second PB and clocked 2.47.33.

A massive turn out of the yellow and white at the first 53-12 cross country hosted by Witham RC at Notley Park.

7 Juniors ran, with Bryce Bannister the first junior Strider home and 2ndin his age group. Other juniors running were Ben Kersey, Theo Barrett, Maia Barrett, Harrison Fall, Nathan Marsh and Danielle Sirett. The juniors stand 7thafter this first meet.

For the 16 Strider ladies who ran, Tracey Ranson led the way in 3rd, with Vic Curren in 10th, Polly Bridgman in 16thand Jennifer Lovelock in 17thmaking up the scoring team. This ensured the ladies 3rdplace team in the table.

36 men Striders turned up on the day, with a strong team led by Scott Cousins in 1st, Tom Cammack in 2nd, Lee Martin 8th, James Smith 9th, Paul Dobson 14th, Stuart Raven 20th, Tommy Careless 21stand Antony Goodall 30thmaking up the men’s scoring team. This ensured a strong first team place in the league table, although during the initial announcements we were placed third. This was quickly corrected by the vigilant Stuart!

The combined results leave Striders in 2ndplace after Ipswich JAFFA.

Well done and thank you to everyone who ran.


Very busy weekend

The first Essex League XC took place at One Tree Hill, close to Basildon on Saturday. The clue is in the title….Hill. There were plenty on this tough course on a fine warm day for October.

Several Striders raced including some XC virgins. In the Essex League men and women race separately.

For the women, Liz Davies came a fine 3rd

The lady Striders then followed in this order: Vic Curren, Polly Bridgman, Helen Bateman, Kerry Marsh, Kirsty Williams, Karen Chapman and Sarah Goodwin. 8 lady Striders out  of 89 women in total raced.

With a strong field from other clubs around Essex the men had a challenge on their hands. First male strider was Tristan Windley in 7thfollowed by Scott Cousins in 13thand Gary Chandler in 35th. Following Gary were Stuart Raven and Lewis Patching placing in the top 50; then Antony Goodall, Kev Harris, Chris Purse, Malcolm Savage, Mark Buckley and Pat Knowles. 11 male Striders out of 162 men in total raced.

Read more: Very busy weekend


Fell Relays

23 Striders ran in the Fell Relays on Middleton Fell in The Howgills on Sunday. It was a little breezy, and damp at times for runners later in the day, but the visibility was good, and underfoot the running conditions were ideal. The A Team finished an excellent 21st out of some 200 teams, the Mixed team, 145th, and 3rd in their category, arguably the best result of the day, as opposed to best performance, which was from Edd Charlton-Weedy, 16th overall on the last leg for the A team. The vet 50 team finished 173rd, with our Open B team enjoying their run, but were a runner short, as a result of the 5 call offs in the last week, and therefore unplaced.

Full results are at

With event photos at

Thanks to all who ran - Paul, Roy, Tristan, Harold, Neil, Edd, Zoe, Kirsty, Robin, Jamie, Anthony, Sarah, Tim, David, Julian, Janet, John, Jon, Rob, Jason, Andy, Mark & Sharon, a pleasure to share and run with you on probably my last event in Striders colours.



Essex Champs at Tiptree 10

A fine morning and a break from the torrential rain showers provided ideal running conditions for the Tiptree 10. A total of 30 Striders entered: 8 women and 22 men.

With Scott Cousins in 2nd, Tom Cammack in 4th and Mark Newton (after his suspected appendicitis not coming to light!) in 5th, the men secured a close first over Colchester Harriers.

There were several first from Striders in the race:

-       Nikki Brockbank added to her collection as first lady in 65.14 with a voucher for the butchers!

-       Rebecca Pittman was first FV45 in 73.52

-       Gary Rayner was first v60 in 68.06

This race was also an Essex Championship race and Striders certainly triumphed here as well (report by Gary Chandler)

The men won the team competition again with Scott CousinsTom Cammack and Mark Newton. Now with 4 wins and a 2nd place, they have an unassailable lead in the overall 2014 Grand Prix league and so retain the men’s team of the year trophy.

The ladies had to settle for 3rd team today with Nikki Brockbank, Rebecca Pittman and Kerry Marsh, but now have a 10 point lead over 2nd place Great Bentley. With just the Chelmsford 10km to go and a maximum 10 points for a win all the ladies need to do is to get a team in the top ten to retain their trophy.

Individual medallists today in the county champs were:

Scott Cousins - Open Silver
Gav Allen - V40 Bronze
Nikki Brockbank - Open and V35 Gold
Rebecca Pittman - V45 Gold
Gary Rayner - V60 Gold

Some great photos from Gary Chandler on Facebook as he captured most in the first mile or so J


Striders everywhere!

There are several races to report on this weekend over many different distances and in varying locations. The weather had turned cooler so ideal autumn running weather.

Ian Cardy travelled to Spain to take part in his challenge of Ironman Barcelona, one of his goals for the year. Ian’s final splits were Swim 1.42.22, Bike 5.16.53 and run 3.44.05 with a final time of 10.51.35. Ian was 41stin his age group. Fantastic Ian and well done!.  

The Saltmarsh 75 took place over the weekend; this is a 75 mile, two day race covering the entire Maldon district coastline, starting at South Woodham and ending in Salcott-cum-Virley. Two Striders took part: James Neugebauer achieved a fantastic 2ndoverall in 11.50 and Bob Gear completed in 17.29. Well done guys!

Janet Hill celebrated her 60thbirthday by running Chester Marathon (like you do!) and finished 1stFV60 in 4.13.28.

Gavin Allen travelled to Bournemouth for the Bournemouth Marathon and not only did he run a PB in 2.41.38, he was also 1stV40.

Simon Miller ventured to Wales for the Cardiff Half after a knee operation 5 months ago and ran a good 1.40.10 on this “fantastic flat course”.

The other local event of the weekend was the Southend 10k where several Striders took part and this was run on a fine sunny Sunday morning. Lee Martin was first Strider and first v40 in 35.06. Malcolm Savage was 3rdv60 in 41.47 and Rebecca Pittman 3rdFV45 in 44.18. Also running were Paul Anderson, Adam Hutton, Vic Curren, Ian Watkins and Greg Potts.

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend and don’t forget to update Facebook and chat board when you run!


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