Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Tuesday 24 May  Pyramids (Arun Park South) 7.30pm
Wednesday 25 May  Pub Run, Queen's Head, Boreham 7.15pm
Thursday 26 May  Beginners 7.00pm / Taj Mahal or PFC (Threshold) 8.00pm

May Races

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!

Jon Legge, Tim Brockington, Neil Bradley, Julian Catmull, Darran Hull and Catherine Hull all participated in the Three Days in May fell series at Hayfield at the weekend in generally dry conditions. Star performer was Catherine who was first Strider home at Mount Famine, the toughest of the three races. The Hull boys, George and Henry also took part in the Lantern Pike Dash junior race. It was nice to meet up with former Striders John Williams and Andy Kettles.

Paul Bridges also did a marathon....Richmond Park in 3.50; this is number 132


Baddow races

The Great Baddow 10 mile race is usually well attended by Striders it being local, and this year 47 Striders stepped up for the challenge. The route is an undulating one through Great Baddow and Galleywood, and on a warmish sunny Sunday could feel suitably challenging.
First Strider home was Sam Cornforth just under the hour in 59.18, followed by Alex Benson in 1.00.16 and Scott Dryden in 1.00.45. These three men won the first male team.
First lady Strider was Emily Smith in 1.15.12, then Lucy Westcott in 1.20.18 and Sharon Bannister with another PB in 1.20.59.
There was a trail on Sunday too; the Leisure FM trail with a choice of 6.5 or 3.5 miles. Gavin Allen and James Smith were 2nd and 3rd for the men and Sarah Colbert was 2nd for the ladies.
Well done to everyone who ran. Apologies for the late report - this is due to editor being unwell! 



Halstead Medal Haul

A scorching sunny day meant hard going for those running in the hot and hilly Halstead Marathon but Striders did not disappoint with an impressive medal haul. With 18 Striders of varying speeds taking part there was always a good chance of a medal or two. Some of the Strider runners had only done London a couple of weeks before. 

The Strider men were led by James Smith in 4th in a great time of 2.55, and with Gavin Allen in 6th with 3.02 and Pete Robinson in 7th with 3.08, the men clinched the Essex County and the Halstead marathon Gold.

The men also won the County bronze with Stuart Raven 3.14 in 10th, Alex Manton 3.30 in 28th and Jon Byford 3.41 in 40th.

Read more: Halstead Medal Haul


Bank holiday racing

A long weekend means an extra day of races maybe?

On Sunday, a beautiful day of summer sunshine, a tricky route and several clippers, followed by some beer - what better way to spend mayday (SOS!) morning at the 6.4 mile SOS Twister Trail?

21 Striders thought this would be a good thing to do and we had a winner for the ladies with Sarah Colbert. For the men, Gary Chandler and Julian Catmull came 2nd and 3rd.  

There was another trail on Monday at Heybridge, either 6 or 9 miles, called the Cause Way and although I cannot find the actual results for the race, Sarah Colbert also won the Cause Way trail for the Strider ladies and Tim Brockington was first Strider man.

A not so beautiful start on Monday morning for the Witham RC May Day 5; slightly breezy and cool and a slightly different start and finish; the last hill up to the rugby club seemed never-ending. This race was also the county 5 mile championship so prizes up for grabs for those Essex qualified.

The ladies had some resounding victories. Newly returned to running was Liz Davies who clinched the ladies 1st place plus the County Gold. Sam Bilbie was 3rd lady and County bronze and, with Emily Smith, these 3 ladies took the Ladies Gold prize and County Gold. The legend that is Sheila Macaulay beat her own PB to become county v65 Gold lady and retain her club champion title at an amended time. Rebecca Pittman took Silver County v45 lady. 20 aldies and 15 men took part in this race, so another great turn out.

Paul Bridges is still on the marathon trail; marathon 130 completed in 3.46.35 at Milton Keynes. 

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend


London Marathon

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. 

Read more: London Marathon


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