Thursday, April 24, 2014
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APR22 5 x 1 mile (7.45pm) APR24 Beginners (7pm)/Threshold or Bridge Route (8pm)







286 competitors over four days of competitive and enjoyable running made the Easter Eggstravaganza its usual success.

Day One at Great Leighs saw a win for Nikki Brockbank just pipping Gary Chandler and Liz Davies, with Adam Richardson of Tiptree claiming top spot in the longer run and the Striders’ own Danielle Sirett winning the 2 miler.

Alan Smalls of Colchester turned up on Day Two at Little Baddow to claim victory ahead of Gary with Nikki an impressive fourth overall. On Sunday at Felsted Smalls was again triumphant ahead of Gary with Nikki again first lady.

The final day in the sunshine of Purleigh saw Smalls take the series with his third win and Nikki equally impressively winning for the fourth time.

78 Striders took part over the weekend and enjoyed some varying terrain and refreshments. The trail season is now in full cry, if you haven’t already why not give it a go.


Marathon part 2 - day trip to London

A beautifully sunny day greeted all runners in this years’ London marathon and 34 Striders made the journey to the start line at Greenwich. Whilst all of the country’s eyes were on Mo Farah’s debut, certainly the eyes of the water station volunteers were peeled for any passing Striders :-)

First Strider, and almost running on his own, was Mark Newton who finished an impressive 50th in 2.32.02. First lady Strider was Nikki Brockbank who broke the 3 hour barrier for the first time in 2.59.03 and an equally impressive 63rd lady.

Nine Striders came in under 3 hours and eight under 4 hours, as per the table below.


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Marathon weekend no 1

There were a few marathons, an ultra and a trail to keep Striders all and sundry occupied this weekend and included a whole host of PBs.

Several Striders travelled to the seaside at Brighton for their marathon challenge.

The field set off under leaden skies at a cool nine degrees, but the rain managed to hold off while the wind was the biggest factor blowing from the south west, especially when running into the wind.


Read more: Marathon weekend no 1


Orion 15

The classic yet tough Orion 15 was held on Saturday, with 7 Striders taking part. This takes part through the wilds of Epping Forest and has a 90 minute cut off point at 9 miles.  

James Smith came in a commendable 13thin a time of 1hr 41. Paul Jeggo was 19thoverall and third MV50 in 1hr 42. Nikki Brockbank was first lady in 1hr 44 – well done Nikki! Also running were Chris Purse (1h55), Danny Prior (2h 07), Jo Gemmill (2h 26) and Janet Hill (2h 31).

Well done to everyone who ran and I apologise for the late report.


Weekend on the road

Road relays

8 of the 12 entered for the Essex road relays turned up at Melbourne on Saturday afternoon and managed to avoid the hail! The course measured 3.68 miles (by my watch!)

For the men’s v40 ‘A’ team Lee Martin, Greg Deacon and Mark Waine finished a commendable v40 2nd in times of 20.07, 22.00 and 21.42 respectively. Unfortunately the rest of the men’s B team did not turn up so Tim Brockington ran the first leg with no-one to hand over to and ran a respectable 24.18.


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