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Cold Christmas to Good Easter - Sunday 10th January- Further details & Entry Form
Club Championship Tables Updated
Tuesday 24 November - 12 x 600m (Humber Road) 7.45pm
Thursday 26 November - Mini fartlek 7.00pm Meadows Route or Threshold 8.00pm


Chelmsford 10k

48 Striders took part in the local Chelmsford 10k on Sunday; 30 men and 18 women; and takes the runners through country lanes just outside of Chelmsford before finishing in Melbourne stadium.

First Strider home was Gavin Allen in 12th, quickly followed by Alex Manton in 13th, Chris Burgoyne in 14th and between them got the bronze team prize. Gavin was also 1st v40 and Gary Chandler 2nd v40

First lady Strider was Emily Smith in 43.55, followed by Laura Cook in 44.44 and Nichola Hands in 45.43 and these three ladies won the female team bronze.

Well done to everyone who ran!

Further afield, Nikki Brockbank thought she’d try a race in her new adopted country of China. She entered a 24k mountain race and came first! Well done Nikki, international race winner!


Plenty of off road

Cambridge and Coleridge hosted the third XC in the Essex league fixtures on Saturday and this was held at Horseheath point to point racecourse.
In the women’s race Vic Curren was our highest placed Strider in 38th, followed by Amelie Mollinghof in 55th and Elaine Tribley in 57thIn the men’s race Tristan Windley was 6th, James smith 27th, Stuart Raven 51st, Sam Cornforth 58th, Chris Purse 70th, Robert Jones 99th, Jon Byford 100th and Phil Watts 112th.
The second 53-12 XC fixture was held at Harwich. By all accounts this course was muddy and tough and 15 men, 6 women and 6 juniors ran.
First the juniors; great performances by the boys under 11s with Lawrence Martin,  Bryce Bannister and Dylan Robins taking the top 3 U11s spots. Mathew Davies ran his first XC race and finished a respectable 19th. Grecory Martin was 51st and Taylor Gooding, the only girl, was 86th.  The juniors are now 6th in the league.
The ladies ended up 5th in pool A and our scoring ladies were Polly Bridgman in 11th, Sharon Bannister in 31st, Karen Chapman 35th and Kirsty Williams 38th.
The men were 2nd in pool A behind Ipswich Jaffa. The scoring team were James Smith 3rd, Gavin Allen 6th, Paul Dobson 9th, Gary Chandler 13th, Stuart Raven 15th, Lee Martin 17th, Steve Moore 29th and Tom Gunning 30th.
Striders currently hold the 2nd equal position in the league with Great Bentley and Colchester Harriers.
The next 53-12 fixture is on 6th December at Halstead.
Tim Brockington and Paul Jeggo did the Wrekin Wrecker near Telford in Shropshire on Sunday, an 8 mile course, 2400 feet. Paul was 2nd v50 and Tim further down the field on this rather windy but very enjoyable fell race.
Andrew Mason did the Hell of a Hill marathon  at Rivington near Bolton on Wednesday 11th November in 5.35. This is a series of 5 marathons held over 5 days which includes 8 laps over Rivington Pike with some hard rocky descents as well as the “Hell of a Hill”
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend. 



Wins at the Hobble and Stebbing

There are always two races held on remembrance Sunday; the Hylands Hobble and the Stebbing 10.

Starting with the Hobble as devised by Kevin Wright; always a delight to run due to varying and interesting courses planned out by Kevin, I have heard that this years was no exception. There was a choice of 14 or 6 miles and both were well attended by Striders; the shorter course attracting 13 and the longer course 32, making 45 in total, a great turnout. The race was won by Chris Burgoyne (who was not pushing a buggy this time!)

The Stebbing 10 was well attended too; 39 Striders ran and some great running led to some great awards by both ladies and men.

The club v65 record for 10 miles was smashed by Sheila Macauley in 1.30.26 and she also took 1st FV65. Well done Sheila…those records are tumbling.

Samantha Barnes-Bilbie took first lady and she is now the Essex 10 mile champion. Kate Mills took first v35 lady.

The ladies took the Essex and the race team 1st prize; with slightly different teams for each. The race team 1st prize was won by Samantha Barnes-Bilbie, Kate Mills and Libby Watson. The Essex team 1st prize was won by Samantha, Kate and Sam Monk.

The race ladies team 3rd prize was won by Nichola Hands, Sam Monk and Emily Smith.

The men took 3rd Essex team prize with Gavin Allen, James Smith and Gary Chandler. Gavin also was 2nd v40. Gary Rayner added to his medals with 2nd Essex v60.

And it wouldn’t be a weekend without MM Paul Bridges running two marathons; this time the Enigma Fireworks Double. Windy conditions on the Saturday made for hard going but he managed 3.44. On the Sunday, better conditions, but a time of 3.46. 


Autumn racing

 There were many races during this beautiful autumn weekend (depending where you were!)

Paul Jeggo went to the Peak District for the Grin and Bear It fell race; he was 12th overall and 1st v50 male. His prize was very interesting - a loaf of bread and a jar of honey.

The fog had cleared for the second Essex League XC at Hockley at the same location as the XC Relays.

Only three ladies took part; Vic Curren being the highest placed in 35th, followed by Kirsty Williams in  61st & Amelie Mollinghoff in  69th

Several more men took part; highest placed wasTristan Windley in 5th, followed by James Smith 23rd, Chris Burgoyne 29th, Stuart R 37th, Sam Cornforth 50th, Chris Purse 64th and Jon Byford 100th.

Paul Bridges did his 101st marathon, the Black Ranscombe, in 4.28, this was off road and 6 laps with the finish in the dark!

There was a great turnout at Gt Notley for the 1st 53-12 XC fixture. 39 Striders braved the foggy start which then turned out to be a beautiful warm autumn day. The course was just short of 5 miles with only 2 climbs up the Big hill and on the first loop, Allison was at the top to encourage all!

A small team of junior Striders ran the junior race, with the U11 team of Lawrence Martin, Bryce Bannister and Oylan Robins clinching the top 3 in their age group. Lawrence was also the first Junior Strider back. Also running were Grecoy Martin, lone girl Taylor Gooding and Oliver Hitching. It would be good to see a few more girls next time JOur juniors are 7th in the league.

Read more: Autumn racing


Marathon weekend in Chelmsford

 This weekend has mainly been about the Chelmsford marathon judging by the number of posts on Facebook! Many Striders ran and many many Striders helped out with marshalling and special mention to Kevin Wright who helped design the revised course. Feedback from runners was that it was a great course and much improved on last years.

As many of you are no doubt aware (!!) this was Paul Bridges 100th marathon, celebrated at his local marathon smileyCertainly when we saw him at Mile 9 he was grinning like a cheshire cat and stopped to give us a hug  smileyHe finished in 3.37 and celebrated for the rest of the weekend…..He now joins that elite band of the 100 marathon club....

However, Crispian Bloomfield from Billericay won the race, although several Striders ran a really good race. Antony Goodall was first male Strider in 2.56.26 and 8th place but he was almost chicked by first lady Nikki Brockbank in 2.56.47.  Second male Strider was Scott Dryden, followed by Alex Benson. Second lady Strider was Sarah Hammond, just dipping under 3.50, then Jo Johnson just under the 4.00.

There were several PBs on this course. Well done to everyone who ran, marshalled, helped and supported. There are many photos and posts on Facebook.

Results are available at

Meanwhile, over in Wix, the fast and flat Wix 5 took place, although not well attended by Striders due to the marathon. James Smith came 8th in 27.30, followed by Lee Martin in 14th. Chris Purse, Gary Rayner and Thomas Newton also ran.

Read more: Marathon weekend in Chelmsford


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