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Thursday 24 July - Long/short efforts (7pm) Threshold/warm up for Graces Walk (8pm)
Ladies triumph at Harlow
It was a relatively quiet weekend for racing but there was another hot and humid run at the Harlow 10 on Sunday where only 7 Striders took part.
This week the ladies triumphed by winning the Ladies team prize with Nikki Brockbank, Polly Bridgman and Nichola Hands. Nikki was also 2nd lady and 1st fv35. Well done ladies.
Despite the heat, several people managed PBs. Dan Summers and Kerry Marsh added to their complements of 2014 PBs with 77.35 and 83.31 respectively. Polly Bridgman also scored a PB with 72.08.
Also running were Bob Gear and Donna Hall.
Striders are the Winning Team!
Pleshey Friday Night 5
The Striders Friday Night Five returned with a vengeance on Friday 11th July to its new location at Pleshey village hall with the help and support from the Pleshey villagers. Although the day had been wet on and off, it never rains on the Friday Night Five and this held true for this year
A new, two lap, course around the lanes faced the 130 or so runners; 49 of whom were Springfield Striders. Malcolm Muir finally won the race for Ilford after many years of coming 2nd in a time of 26.10, obviously the course record to beat now. 2nd and 3rd were David Fewell and Glen Hill of Chelmsford AC. Tom Cammack was first Strider home in 26.41, and along with Gavin Allen, Andrew Wright and Paul Anderson made up the winning men’s team.
First lady was Nikki Brockbank in 31.31, followed by Tracey Ranson in 32.28 and with Polly Bridgman in 33.27 these ladies made up the winning ladies team.
Malcolm Savage was first v60, Nichola Hands first FV40, Donna Hindle first FV50.
There were 30 PBs from Striders, 11 seasons bests and 5 no previous time, showing that Kevin has devised a fast course!
Weekend round up
A relatively quiet weekend for racing.
A hot and sticky evening for the Great Bentley 5 on Friday, with 10 Striders racing. Highest place male was Gavin Allen in fourth followed by Paul Anderson in 21stand Stuart Raven in 29th. June Allen, after several months of not racing, made a solid run in 27th and achieved her sub 30 minute target. Malcolm Savage scooped the v65 prize – well done Malcolm! Also running were Rebecca Pittman, Ian Brazier, Sarah Hammond, Kerry Marsh and Maxine Stevens.
Paul Bridges did a double marathon to complete his 35thand 36thmarathons at the Enigma Double this weekend. Varying coniditons on each day but he was consistent in his results: 4.23 on Saturday (wet day) and 4.27 Sunday (lovely day).
After a couple of years absence, the new Brentwood 10k was held on Sunday with a new route from Blackmore village hall and wending its way round neighborughing villages. Only three Striders took part; Allison Gillan, Nick Looby and Steve Brame. They all ran PBs and finished pretty close to each other. Allison was first v45 woman, well done Allison, and she recommends the race and the course for next year.
Remember, if you are doing a race, please let me know and I can write about it in this report. Photos are also helpful!
Another Hot one!
There have been several races run by Striders during this very hot weekend, in various locations around the country. Thank you to everyone for posting on Facebook, please continue to do so. Fell races are covered by John Williams.
Several Striders travelled to Kent on Sunday to run the North Downs 30k, a challenging multi terrain event using tracks and lanes over the beautiful North Downs. Nikki Brockbank came in 3rdlady in 2.21.36, so well done Nikki! Sarah Colbert, Sarah Hammond, Lucy Westcott, Nikki Pyle, Catherine Hull, Jamie Woodyard also took part on this hot run!
Dan Summers ran the Brands Hatch 10k on Friday which actually took place round the Brands Hatch track. He finished 48thout of 488 and still made it to the track session on Saturday.
Five Striders took part in the multi terrain Mersea Round the Island race of approximately 13 miles. The highest placed Strider was Andrew Wright in 9th. Maxine Stevens, Mark Steadman, Clive Higdon and Steve Brame also took part.
Nicole and James Smith ran the Colworth marathon challengein Bedford. The Marathon Challenge is a suite of three races which take place over three consecutive days. The races consist of a 5 mile run, an 8.1 mile trail race, and a half marathon; all of which adds up to a full marathon distance. Races may be entered in any combination, i.e. you may enter one, two or all three; Nicole entered two and James all three, with James coming 4th overall.
A trail race with a difference is the Ridley Round on Saturday. Visit 5 pubs on the way round and get time bonuses for every half pint you consume. 10 mins per half, 20 mins per pint etc...and the overall distance is 13 miles. The overall lady was Sarah Colbert – well done Sarah! Chris Pearce and Darren Sutton came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Sounds like a fun race!
Midsummer Madness / future fells
A group of Striders made the annual trip to Hebden Bridge in the South Pennines for this seies of races organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners. It is an ideal introduction to fell running, with 3 races over the weekend; a tough 4.5k race with 320m of climb up Wicken Hill on Friday, a simple navigation race of around 12k on Saturday, and a relatively easy 6.5k, 210m of climb on Sunday. A weekend worth putting in the diary for next year. Chris Purse was the top performer for Striders this year, 1st M55 on each day, picking up the award over the 3 races, and finishing 10th overall. Julian Catmull ran well on Saturday, 15th overall and 1st M50. Tim Brockington and Richard Rule each ran well over the 3 days, the latter enjoying his first taste of the fells, with Jon Legge also running on Saturday and Sunday. Conditions were excellent for spectators if a little warm for the runners, and Jon sacrificed his run on Sunday to assist a heat stricken runner. Also joining us for the weekend were John and Lorna Pettifer from Mid Essex. John almost swept the board in the M65 category, winning all bar the Saturday race. Full results for the weekend, and links to photos can be found at www.cvfr.co.uk.
There are a number of opportunities to run on the fells in the coming months. This Saturday, 28th June, there should be a time trial at Lingwood Common. Sunday 29th, there may be a day trip to Shropshire for the Callow Fell Race (a tough 5 miler, not reccommended for the novice hill runner), and Saturday and Sunday 12th/13th July there is a weekend trip to the Brecon Beaconns for the Pen-y-Fan and Fan-y-Big fell races. The Fell Relays are on the weekend of 18th/19th October, in the Howgills. This is always a highlight of the year. We will be entering teams, and would welcome volunteers, especially for the ladies team. More details of these events will be on the chatboard.
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