Monday, October 20, 2014
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Tuesday 14 October - 600s (Humber Road) 7.30pm
Thursday 16 October - Long/short 7.00pm ASDA Loop & Threshold 8.00pm




Essex Champs at Tiptree 10

A fine morning and a break from the torrential rain showers provided ideal running conditions for the Tiptree 10. A total of 30 Striders entered: 8 women and 22 men.

With Scott Cousins in 2nd, Tom Cammack in 4th and Mark Newton (after his suspected appendicitis not coming to light!) in 5th, the men secured a close first over Colchester Harriers.

There were several first from Striders in the race:

-       Nikki Brockbank added to her collection as first lady in 65.14 with a voucher for the butchers!

-       Rebecca Pittman was first FV45 in 73.52

-       Gary Rayner was first v60 in 68.06

This race was also an Essex Championship race and Striders certainly triumphed here as well (report by Gary Chandler)

The men won the team competition again with Scott CousinsTom Cammack and Mark Newton. Now with 4 wins and a 2nd place, they have an unassailable lead in the overall 2014 Grand Prix league and so retain the men’s team of the year trophy.

The ladies had to settle for 3rd team today with Nikki Brockbank, Rebecca Pittman and Kerry Marsh, but now have a 10 point lead over 2nd place Great Bentley. With just the Chelmsford 10km to go and a maximum 10 points for a win all the ladies need to do is to get a team in the top ten to retain their trophy.

Individual medallists today in the county champs were:

Scott Cousins - Open Silver
Gav Allen - V40 Bronze
Nikki Brockbank - Open and V35 Gold
Rebecca Pittman - V45 Gold
Gary Rayner - V60 Gold

Some great photos from Gary Chandler on Facebook as he captured most in the first mile or so J


Striders everywhere!

There are several races to report on this weekend over many different distances and in varying locations. The weather had turned cooler so ideal autumn running weather.

Ian Cardy travelled to Spain to take part in his challenge of Ironman Barcelona, one of his goals for the year. Ian’s final splits were Swim 1.42.22, Bike 5.16.53 and run 3.44.05 with a final time of 10.51.35. Ian was 41stin his age group. Fantastic Ian and well done!.  

The Saltmarsh 75 took place over the weekend; this is a 75 mile, two day race covering the entire Maldon district coastline, starting at South Woodham and ending in Salcott-cum-Virley. Two Striders took part: James Neugebauer achieved a fantastic 2ndoverall in 11.50 and Bob Gear completed in 17.29. Well done guys!

Janet Hill celebrated her 60thbirthday by running Chester Marathon (like you do!) and finished 1stFV60 in 4.13.28.

Gavin Allen travelled to Bournemouth for the Bournemouth Marathon and not only did he run a PB in 2.41.38, he was also 1stV40.

Simon Miller ventured to Wales for the Cardiff Half after a knee operation 5 months ago and ran a good 1.40.10 on this “fantastic flat course”.

The other local event of the weekend was the Southend 10k where several Striders took part and this was run on a fine sunny Sunday morning. Lee Martin was first Strider and first v40 in 35.06. Malcolm Savage was 3rdv60 in 41.47 and Rebecca Pittman 3rdFV45 in 44.18. Also running were Paul Anderson, Adam Hutton, Vic Curren, Ian Watkins and Greg Potts.

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend and don’t forget to update Facebook and chat board when you run!


Home and away racing!


The glamourous lady captain with some of the men's xc relay team!

A warm day and a very dry course at Apex corner in Hockley for the XC Relays. Striders fielded 5 full men’s teams and 4 (nearly 5!) women’s teams. This is a short course (less than 3 miles) but includes several quite testing hills.

The men’s A team came a commendable 13th, with the B in 23rd, C in 26th, D in 31stand E in 39th(of 43 teams).

The women’s A team came 17th, with the B and C in 25thand 26threspectively, and the D in 29th(of 38th).

Well done to everyone who took part. Full results and times are available on facebook.


Several Striders travelled to Berlin for the BMW Berlin Marathon on a warm and sunny Sunday. This did not hamper several Striders in coming under the 3 hour mark.

Gary Chandler claimed he did no training but was surprised by his 2.49.54. Next Strider was Rob Mills 2.55.43 followed by Darren Sutton in 2.58.39.

Read more: Home and away racing!


Strider victory at Pleshey


The third annual Pleshey and Essex Half marathon was held on Sunday around the Essex village of Pleshey and there has been much feedback on how good the course was. A fine start to the day, with great running conditions.

The race was won by Ryan Prout of Chelmsford AC in 1.12.47 followed by Mark Newton in 1.13.01 and Tom Cammack in 1.14.32. Gavin Allen’s fourth place secured the boys Men’s Gold

The Ladies race was won by Sarah Stradling of Colchester in 1.20.53 and Colchester ladies were first ladies team. However, Striders ladies secured race silver with Tracey as 6thlady, Polly 7thand Sam 14th. Great runs by Sue Aves, Nicky Hands and Anna Luff secured bronze.

Gary Raynor Gold v60, Gavin Allen Gold v40.

As this was an Essex Championship race, there were many medals up for grabs, 18 of the 46 were won by Striders, as follows.

Gold men – Mark Newton, Tom Cammack,  Gavin Allen.

Silver men – James Smith, James Wright, Stuart Raven

Silver ladies – Tracey Ranson, Polly Bridgman, Sam Monk

Bronze ladies – Sue Aves, Nicky Hands, Anna Luff

Read more: Strider victory at Pleshey


Weekend round up

The 30th annual Ingatestone five mile took place on Sunday in good running coniditons. Fourteen Striders took part in the race. Tom Cammack took second place in a time of 26.57 to Chelmsford AC Ryan Prout. Tom was followed by Gary Rayner in 28th, and Malcolm Savage and 2nd v60 in 35th. This was enough to secure the boys third male team.

A different story for the ladies, led by Nikki Brockbank as first lady in 30.59 and second Strider home. Great running by Vic Curren and Rebecca Pittman secured the ladies first prize. Rebecca also won first v45 in 36 minutes.

Well done to everyone who took part.

John and Sue Clarke took part in the Ipswich duathlon. Sue scooped first in her age group and 6th lady overall. Sue has also qualified for team GB. John knocked 2 ½ minutes off his last year’s time and came 4th in his age group. Well done Team Clarke!

In the UK Ultra Running Championships, Team Striders are now 7th overall out of 30 and Janet Hill is now 9th out of 100 runners. More details on the chatboard.

There were several races around the country in which individual Striders competed. Sarah Hammond travelled all the way to Cornwall for a hilly Truro half and completed in 1.45 and now is having a holiday to recover J

Read more: Weekend round up


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