As it is the middle of holiday season there are not many races or many racers at the moment and not even a trail this weekend!
A couple of Striders travelled to Clacton for the Clacton 10k/half marathon on a sunny and warm Sunday morning.
Paul Anderson did the 10k and came a great 2ndin 37.28. Gary Chandler tackled the half and came 9thin 1hr 25.
Janet Hill did the Full Tour of Bradwell (33 miles/6300 feet) in the Peak District on Saturday in a time of 9hrs 37. This is the fifth time she has done the Long Tour and this time was a very very warm day.
Trails and marathons
There has been a gap in the race reports recently so here is an update
Ian Brazier ran the 70 mile Saffron Way Ultra starting at 6pm on Saturday 18thand running through the night to Saffron Walden. Ian completed this in 21hours 22. Fantastic Ian!
Since the last report, Paul Bridges has run four marathons
No 87 - 19thJuly – North Downs Way, finished in 4hrs 20. Very, very hilly and Paul only just made the start and fell over at about 10 miles!
No 88 - 25thJuly – Madeyarun, finished in 3hrs 48, where he helped two other runners achieve sub 4 hours.
No 89 – 26thJuly – Madeyarun (again), finished in 3hrs 33, so obviously a better day than the previous day!
No 90 – 1stAugust – Phoenix, finished in 3hrs 36; this route was along the Thames path.
Tracey Ranson, who now seems to be the contender for the title of Marathon Woman, has run a couple of marathons during this period. She also ran the North Downs marathon and had an eventful day with 3 falls and some navigational issues but still managed sub 4 on a tough course which included the infamous Box Hill. Tracey also ran her 11thmarathon this year at the Phoenix marathon on 1stAugust and completed in 3hrs 27.
There have also been a couple of trail races recently where a contingent of Striders turned out and are definitely worth a mention.
The Jingle Jangle trail on 9thJuly was won by James Smith, very closely followed by Mark Newton and the first female was Nikki Brockbank, who was not far behind the boys.
The Scouting 13 mile trail on 19thJuly was also won by Nikki overall, showing a clean pair of heels to her 5 male clubmates – Mark newton, Gavin Allen, Tom Cammack, Paul Dobson and James Smith – come on boys, keep up!
The Scouting 6.3 mile trail was won by Richard Rule and Kerry Marsh as first male and female.
The Last of the Summer Whine 6.3 mile trail was held on 29thJuly on a pleasant summer evening. This time the boy’s team of Mark Newton, Tom Cammack and Gavin Allen finished 1,2,and 3. Nikki Brockbank was again first lady but 3 minutes behind the boys this time. Mel Sirrett was first lady in the 3.75 mile trail.
Well done to everyone and please keep your updates coming and I will try my best to incoporate them.
Sunday saw the Felsted 10k, starting and finishing at Felsted Primary School. A fast flat road course with some gentle undulations, through pleasant countryside on quiet lanes, and this was reflected by several PBs by Striders.
Mark Newton was first male in 33.16 and with Paul Anderson in 37.51 and Andrew Lovelock in 39.42, scooped the first male team.
Samantha Bilbie was second lady and first FV35 in 38.51, and with Catherine Hull (47.05) and Sarah Hammond (47.23), the ladies also won the gold team prize.
Well done team!
Tracey Ranson ran the Summer Ranscombe Marathon on Saturday a beautiful route on tracks grass and trails with a few hills added for good measure.
Andrew Mason did the Dundee off road marathon on Sunday very scenic around the outskirts of Dundee and miles 12 to 22 were challenging due to a strong headwind along the seafront
The Bentley Running Club Friday 5 took place on, yes you’ve guessed it, Friday 3rdJuly. A hot and humid evening where a merry gaggle of 10 Striders took part.
Gavin Allen was first Strider home in 27.27; he finished 3rdoverall and 1stv40. Gavin was followed by James Smith in 27.56 and James was 3rdmale 18-39. Malcolm Savage was next in 34.25 and he was 2ndv65.
For the ladies, Nikki Pyle was 2ndv45, Rebecca Pittman 2ndv50, and Lynn Tanner 1stv60. Well done to everyone who ran.
The Brentwood 10k, which took place on Sunday, is the club 10k championship race and I am pleased to announce our 10k champions are Scott Cousins and Nikki Brockbank.
This is the second year of the new route from Blackmore and 24 Striders ran in total. There were several PBs: for Alex Benson, Stuart Raven, Nikki, Dan Summers, Steve Bugden, Liz Turk and Sonia Frew.
Nikki, along with Sam Bilbie and Nicky Hands scooped the ladies team silver; Nikki was first lady and Sam second lady so a great haul ladies, well done!
Ian Brazier ran the Enigma Marathon in Milton Keynes on Sunday; thankfully it wasn’t as hot as the previous day but as the heat built and having run a PB first half, Ian found himself dehydrating, losing energy and getting cramp. Thankfully he dodged the wino and finished in a PB of 3.38
"It never rains on the Friday Night Five"
There is truth in the saying “it never rains on the Friday Night Five” and again it was true this year, the second year of the new course starting in Pleshey. A hot and humid night led to uncomfortable running over the two laps for all those taking part. No prizes apart from a burger for each participant and spot prizes from Kevin's "prize table".
First man was Mark Newton in 26.56, followed by Strider team mate Russell Davies in 27.35. James Smith in 4th in 28.39 and Gary Chandler in 6th in 29.05 meant that the Strider boys had claimed first team prize and rewarded with a bottle of wine each.
First lady was Samantha Bilbie in 31.01, Nikki Brockbank was second lady in 31.37 and Libby Watson 5th lady in 34.17 meant the ladies had also scooped the first team prize, which, again, was a bottle of wine each.
Gary Rayner took first v60 in 34.01 and Strider-to-be Mathew Davies was first under 18 in his first race ever in 39.32. Samantha Bilbie was also first FV40.
Prizes were also awarded from the bottom up, a feature which is much appreciated by the “back of the pack”
Thank you to Kevin for organising and for all the marshalls, and well done to everyone who ran.
Full results are on the chatboard.
Paul Bridges ran marathon no 86 at Coombe Abbey, an off road, low key marathon this time and Paul finished 7th in a time of 3.40.54
Jon Byford sought a new distance so he ran the North Downs 30k (about 18.7 miles). A highly rated race with great organisation and fine scenery. This is mostly on trails and is thoroughly recommended. Jon finished 68th in just over 2.5hours and was asked whether he was one of Kevin’s protégés.
Darran Hull, James Smith, Gavin Allen, Julian Catmull and Jon Legge did the Essex Herts LDWA Hobble on Sunday; a 27 mile run of pleasant Herts countryside. Julian and Darran finished in 5.06 and 5.07 respectively. Gavin and James finished in 4hrs 34.
Andy Mason did the Giants Head Trail Marathon near Dorchester; a really scenic off road marathon with tough hills at regular intervals! This was compensated for by the cheap local beer at the end :-)
There was also trail no 1 in the 3 in 3 trail series, this one was held at Felsted. The aim is to complete all 3 trails in a cumulative time nearest to 3 hours. Nikki Brockbank confidently led the boys to finish 1st overall in a time of 46.20, with Chris Burgoyne first male.
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