The Ridley Round is a trail with a difference; a 13 mile trail race with bonus points awarded for drinks at pubs around the course, so some very short times recorded for the 13 miles. Each time you have a drink, your card is marked, appropriate bonus calculated and that time taken off your overall time. 26 Striders ran this race (does that mean we like a beer?).
So, James Smith and Mark Newton shared first place with Alan Smalls and Sean Ketteridge of Colchester, and logged a final time of 19.10.
First lady was Pru Hayhow of GFDR, with Sarah Hammond and Nicky Brockbank coming second in 1.49.41.
The Great Newham London run is a 10k run in and around the former Olympic stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This was attended by a small cohort of Striders; 8 in total. First man was Dennis Sherwood in 52.22 and first lady was Donna Hall-Fremont in 1.16.40.
At the Fambridge middle distance triathlon, Andrew Wright was 3rd in the MV category and 8th overall, Peter Chubb was 22nd in MV
Kevin Hopper is now added to the list of Ironmen where he completed his race in Bolton in a total of 14.07.
Clean Sweep (almost) at Felsted
The Felsted 10k is always a popular date in the July running calendar in Essex as it is also the Essex 10k championship race. A total of 41 Striders; 26 men and 15 women; turned up on a cloudy, reasonably windy, warm Sunday morning. The course is reasonably flat, with a couple of “undulations” throughout the pleasant lanes around Felsted
The ladies scooped the race and Essex championship team prize with Sam Bilbie, Jackie Stretton and Kate Mills.
Sam won third lady and Bronze Essex lady and also v35 silver for Essex. Kate won Gold v45 for the race and Essex. Sheila Macauley won Gold v65 for the race and Essex.
The men did well too; Mark Newton was beaten to 2nd place by an unattached runner, Alex Short. However, although he was second, the first placed runner was not Essex qualified, so Mark scooped the Essex 10k championship trophy. Gavin Allen was Gold v40 male for the race and Essex. Mark, Gavin and teammate James Smith also picked up the Gold men’s team prize for the race and Essex.
Well done to everyone who ran, it turned out to be a warm one!
There was a trail from the Ship and Anchor in Maldon on Wednesday with a choice of 7.5 miles and 5.5 miles. Antony Goodall and Gary Chandler tied for first place in 55 minutes, with Richard Sirrett and Julian Catmull tying for 4th. Sarah Colbert won the 5.5 race for the ladies, with Karen Chapman not far behind in 2nd. The first Strider man was Tim Brockington in 7th.
And yes, Paul Bridges did another marathon, number 141, Ranscombe, in 4.24.
A Very Busy Weekend
With the weather forcing races to be cancelled the Friday Night 5 again emerged from the floods like a wet phoenix and was run in ideal sunny conditions. The rain did cause the finish to be altered slightly as a rather large puddle had appeared on the finishing straight (strait??). The local kids made the most of this impromptu swimming pool as it was a warm evening and was ideal for a barbecue.
Unusually the Striders let the other clubs have a go this year with only Gavin Allen V40, Mathew Davies and Jenny Chandler both U18 winning their categories. Grange Farm took both team prizes.
Matt Granger, the only competitor from Chelmsford AC romped to an easy win ahead of James Caldon of Benfleet and Gavin in third. For the ladies it was Helen Thomsit of Little Baddow who took the honours ahead of Anita Cox and Kerry Ann Harrington both of Grange Farm. Quite a few winners were not present at the prize giving, so plenty of people further down the field took home a prize.
A great turnout of Striders helpers made this another successful venture for the club.
Variety of events!
There were a large variety of events going on this weekend, with varying distances.
17 Striders competed in the Southend Half marathon; surprisingly few considering that this is the club championship race for half marathon. The day started off a bit sticky and then turned rainy towards the end of the race (unless you were super-fast!).
Our new half marathon champions are Alex Manton for the men, who completed in 1.18, and Sharon Bannister for the women, who completed in 1.47
The first three men were Alex, followed by Stuart Raven in 1.24 and Leon Webster in 1.27.
The first three ladies were Sharon, followed by Sarah Goodwin in 2.00, and Holly Thompson in 2.05.
There weren’t many races on what turned out to be a warm weekend but, as always, Striders managed to run in some.
Gavin Allen and James Smith ventured up north to the Calderdale Way Ultra, which covers a total of 53.5 miles (although they got lost and did slightly more….) and included 8000m of ascent. They completed in 12h 27 and were the first male team!
Paul Bridges also did more than a marathon; the Shires and Spires 35 miler in Northamptonshire, which was a lot of off road and very hilly, he completed just after Darran Hull in 7h19.
Sarah Colbert and Rebecca Pittman both ran the Kirton 5 on Friday in Suffolk, organised by Felixstowe road runners. Sarah was 1st FV45 in a time of 34.57.
Sarah C then ran the Stour Valley Marathon on a hot Sunday; no results available yet.
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