A Very Busy Weekend
With the weather forcing races to be cancelled the Friday Night 5 again emerged from the floods like a wet phoenix and was run in ideal sunny conditions. The rain did cause the finish to be altered slightly as a rather large puddle had appeared on the finishing straight (strait??). The local kids made the most of this impromptu swimming pool as it was a warm evening and was ideal for a barbecue.
Unusually the Striders let the other clubs have a go this year with only Gavin Allen V40, Mathew Davies and Jenny Chandler both U18 winning their categories. Grange Farm took both team prizes.
Matt Granger, the only competitor from Chelmsford AC romped to an easy win ahead of James Caldon of Benfleet and Gavin in third. For the ladies it was Helen Thomsit of Little Baddow who took the honours ahead of Anita Cox and Kerry Ann Harrington both of Grange Farm. Quite a few winners were not present at the prize giving, so plenty of people further down the field took home a prize.
A great turnout of Striders helpers made this another successful venture for the club.
After all the excitement of Friday the Striders mainly went off road over the weekend with the exception of Russell Davies who finished fourth at the Horndon on the Hill 10k.
Antony Goodall triumphed in the Flitch Way Half Marathon winning by over three minutes.
Another winner was Chris Beazeley who won the nine mile Trace your Royal Routes event at Great Wenham. Libby Watson also ran whilst Tim Brockington, Richard Taylor, Nichola Norman and Hilda O’Kelly ran the shorter route.
The Hertfordshire Hobble attracted a few Striders with Darran Hull, Paul Bridges, Julian Catmull, Alistair Gillan, Clare Chandler, James Smith, Gavin Allen and Kevin Gard all completing the 26 plus mile course.
The perennial favourite, the North Downs Run saw four Striders compete. Ian Brazier (2.56.40) led them home, followed by Kerry Marsh (3.15.58), Sharon Bannister (3.18.46) and Nikki Pyle (3.35.00).
Liz Irvine put her recent training to good use by running the Round Mersea Island Race and Janet Hill went off on her travels again this time to the Brecon Beacons to run the Talybont on Usk to Pen Y Fan summit and back marathon.
Variety of events!
There were a large variety of events going on this weekend, with varying distances.
17 Striders competed in the Southend Half marathon; surprisingly few considering that this is the club championship race for half marathon. The day started off a bit sticky and then turned rainy towards the end of the race (unless you were super-fast!).
Our new half marathon champions are Alex Manton for the men, who completed in 1.18, and Sharon Bannister for the women, who completed in 1.47
The first three men were Alex, followed by Stuart Raven in 1.24 and Leon Webster in 1.27.
The first three ladies were Sharon, followed by Sarah Goodwin in 2.00, and Holly Thompson in 2.05.
There weren’t many races on what turned out to be a warm weekend but, as always, Striders managed to run in some.
Gavin Allen and James Smith ventured up north to the Calderdale Way Ultra, which covers a total of 53.5 miles (although they got lost and did slightly more….) and included 8000m of ascent. They completed in 12h 27 and were the first male team!
Paul Bridges also did more than a marathon; the Shires and Spires 35 miler in Northamptonshire, which was a lot of off road and very hilly, he completed just after Darran Hull in 7h19.
Sarah Colbert and Rebecca Pittman both ran the Kirton 5 on Friday in Suffolk, organised by Felixstowe road runners. Sarah was 1st FV45 in a time of 34.57.
Sarah C then ran the Stour Valley Marathon on a hot Sunday; no results available yet.
Bank holiday weekend races here and there...
There was plenty of racing going on this bank holiday weekend; here, there and everywhere.
In no particular order….
On Sunday was the popular Hatfield Broad Oak 10k and 39 Striders completed the course. First man was Alex Manton in 14th (35.58), then Antony Goodall in 16th (36.07) and Stuart Raven in 34th (38.07). The ladies were led by Sam Bilbie as first lady overall in 38.44; Sam was also first FV35. Sam was followed by newly returned Liz Davies in 38.44 and second lady and Rachel Roughan in 44.10. These ladies won the first ladies team.
Sarah Colbert ran the Framlingham Friday 5 and smashed the ladies v45 5 mile club record as she ran a time of 34.51 – well done Sarah!
A handful of Striders (8 men and 2 ladies) ran the inaugural High Easter 10k race on Sunday. Gav Allen was 1st male in 34.30, followed by team mate James Smith in 2nd in 34.46. Alex Manton was 5th male and this gave them the first male team. Highest scoring Strider lady was Jenny Barrett as 7th lady in 48.40
A warm day saw a big turnout for the 2nd in the Royal routes trail series on Sunday and an excellent route enabled fast times for some. There was a choice of 2 routes; 5.7 miles and 8 miles
In the 5.7 miles our highest placed Strider was Richard Sirrett in 5th and for the Strider ladies Sarah Colbert in 9th (2nd lady)
In the 8 miles Roger Gooding was our first male Strider in 4th and Janet Hill first Strider lady in 24th.
Mark Newton was spotted on the TV running the Great Manchester Run 10k and ran a PB of 32.54. Mark was 34th man - nice one Mark!
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