Day out in London
A little jog took place on Sunday around the sights of London for the huge event that is the London Marathon. A total of 28 “official” Striders took part (i.e. race results as Striders); 18 men and 10 women. Perfect running conditions (i.e. cool, cloudy and a bit of moisture in the air) for the 38700 participants.
Unsurprisingly, first Strider home, although not running in a Strider vest, was Paul Molyneux in an astounding 2.21 and 4thoverall and a PB to boot. Mark Newton was next strider in 2.32 and 75thoverall, followed by Gavin Allen in 2.45 and Tom Cammack in 2.49. James Wright completed the men under 3 hours in 2.57.
First lady Strider was Nikki Brockbank in 3.00, who shared her start with Paula Radcliffe, but couldn’t catch her! Next lady was Kate Mill in 3.06, then Sam Monk in 3.31 and Nicky Hands in 3.34.
PBs were in the bag for the following
Simon Bowring and his friend completed the course in 3.58 dressed in their cricket whites for a world record attempt. They are still waiting for this to be verified.
Congratulations are due to Dave Turk who ran with his daughter Jennifer on her first marathon and also to Kelly Turk who completed her first marathon too although did not run with Dave.
For Paul Bridges this was his 76thmarathon and 3rd this week; St George on Thursday 3.39, Wonderland on Friday 4.21, he bailed out of Saturday’s due to tight calves and then London in 3.39.
Well done to everyone who ran and a big thank you to everyone on the water station and around the course for the support; as a runner of London myself it was most welcome!
Striders (mainly) up north
A large contingent of striders made their way to Manchester for the Greater Manchester marathon and the weekend looked like it went well with a whole raft of PBs.
First Strider home was James Smith in a really great 2.38, a PB for him and he was 33rdmale runner across the line. Next were Stuart Raven in 2.51.33 (a PB) and 10 seconds later, Paul Anderson (PB). They were running together most of the race Next man under 3 hours was Andrew Wright in 2.54 (PB).
A great run and a PB for the next man Tom Gunning in 3.05 followed within a few seconds by Chris Pearce. Darren Sutton was next in 3.14. Next comes the first Strider lady Vic Curren in a PB for her of 3.22. Another PB for Paul Stukas in 3.21. Marathon no 73 for Paul Bridges was finished in 3.24.52, very close to a PB. A PB for Simon Miller in 3.30, also a PB for Kerry Marsh in 3.39 and rounding off the PBs nicely was Dave Littleson in 3.51. I hope I have included everyone - if I didn't, I apologise!
In other news, a small contingent of Striders made their way to Suffolk for the Bungay Half. Rebecca Pittman won 1st FV45 whilst Caroline Adlem, Steve Bugden and Dan Summers all got PBs.
Marathon season starts....
Springtime means the start of marathons for many, unless you're Paul Bridges.
A beautiful sunny day for the Brighton Marathon and seven Striders made the journey down south for this seaside and popular race.
First Strider was Andrew Quinn in 3.40, followed by Louise Baines in a PB of 3.48, then Dan Quartly in 3.50. Next was Jan Schuster in 4.04, then Simon Oswald in 4.15 and Charlotte Laurence running her first ever marathon in 4.35. It seems all the training paid off as there was some great running from everyone.
The reports will be a tad marathon based in the next few weeks with Manchester, London and Halstead coming up.
Newsflash – Paul Bridges DID NOT run a marathon this weekend!!
In other news there was a trail at Good Easter called A Day at the Races, where a mid-race downpour may have dampened the runners! Andrew Mason won this one, with Sarah Colbert as first lady. 11 Striders took part overall.
Striders take the trails
The Easter Eggstravaganza Trail series is a 4 days series of trails held over the Easter weekend and each day is hosted by four different clubs.
The first day of the trail series was hosted by MEC and started from the Swan pub at Rayne There was a choice of 6.2 miles or 13.3 miles, depending on what you felt like doing. Nikki Brockbank was first in the 6.2 mile race, blowing the men out of the water in 43 minutes. Nikki was followed by first men Anthony Marsh and Jamie Woodyard in 49 minutes. Andy Mason was therefore 3rd man. 21 Striders took part in the 6.2. In the 13.3, our favourite dream team of Tom Cammack, Gav Allen, James Smith and Mark Newton came first. No lady Striders took part in the 13.3 although there were 10 Strider men in this one.
Day2 was hosted by LBRR and the start was early-ish from Little Baddow Sports ground and through the woods and commons of Danbury and Little Baddow, with plenty of cakes at the end. A nice and muddy trail!
Medals at the relays
I apologise for the slightly late report but there were some queries and late results! After a dearth of races recently there seemed to be many to choose from this weekend
Starting with Saturday, several Striders made to the journey to a very windy Harwich for the Essex Road Relays; this is the first time this event has been held here and by feedback heard, it is a better course (a fair way along the sea wall) and well organised. This year we had a baton which had to be passed on between runners in the handover zone but this also enabled chip timing.
It was definitely worth making the trip as the men won silver open team with a team of Russell Davies, Tommy Careless, James Smith and Mark Newton, the v40 men won silver as well with a team of Mark Waine, Lee Martin and Gavin Allen and the ladies v45 won bronze with a team of Heather Eastwood, Elaine Tribley and Allison Gillan. Well done team Striders and thank you to Sharon for the encouragement.
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