48 Striders took part in the local Chelmsford 10k on Sunday; 30 men and 18 women; and takes the runners through country lanes just outside of Chelmsford before finishing in Melbourne stadium.
First Strider home was Gavin Allen in 12th, quickly followed by Alex Manton in 13th, Chris Burgoyne in 14th and between them got the bronze team prize. Gavin was also 1st v40 and Gary Chandler 2nd v40
First lady Strider was Emily Smith in 43.55, followed by Laura Cook in 44.44 and Nichola Hands in 45.43 and these three ladies won the female team bronze.
Well done to everyone who ran!
Further afield, Nikki Brockbank thought she’d try a race in her new adopted country of China. She entered a 24k mountain race and came first! Well done Nikki, international race winner!
Plenty of off road
Wins at the Hobble and Stebbing
There are always two races held on remembrance Sunday; the Hylands Hobble and the Stebbing 10.
Starting with the Hobble as devised by Kevin Wright; always a delight to run due to varying and interesting courses planned out by Kevin, I have heard that this years was no exception. There was a choice of 14 or 6 miles and both were well attended by Striders; the shorter course attracting 13 and the longer course 32, making 45 in total, a great turnout. The race was won by Chris Burgoyne (who was not pushing a buggy this time!)
The Stebbing 10 was well attended too; 39 Striders ran and some great running led to some great awards by both ladies and men.
The club v65 record for 10 miles was smashed by Sheila Macauley in 1.30.26 and she also took 1st FV65. Well done Sheila…those records are tumbling.
Samantha Barnes-Bilbie took first lady and she is now the Essex 10 mile champion. Kate Mills took first v35 lady.
The ladies took the Essex and the race team 1st prize; with slightly different teams for each. The race team 1st prize was won by Samantha Barnes-Bilbie, Kate Mills and Libby Watson. The Essex team 1st prize was won by Samantha, Kate and Sam Monk.
The race ladies team 3rd prize was won by Nichola Hands, Sam Monk and Emily Smith.
The men took 3rd Essex team prize with Gavin Allen, James Smith and Gary Chandler. Gavin also was 2nd v40. Gary Rayner added to his medals with 2nd Essex v60.
And it wouldn’t be a weekend without MM Paul Bridges running two marathons; this time the Enigma Fireworks Double. Windy conditions on the Saturday made for hard going but he managed 3.44. On the Sunday, better conditions, but a time of 3.46.
There were many races during this beautiful autumn weekend (depending where you were!)
Paul Jeggo went to the Peak District for the Grin and Bear It fell race; he was 12th overall and 1st v50 male. His prize was very interesting - a loaf of bread and a jar of honey.
The fog had cleared for the second Essex League XC at Hockley at the same location as the XC Relays.
Only three ladies took part; Vic Curren being the highest placed in 35th, followed by Kirsty Williams in 61st & Amelie Mollinghoff in 69th
Several more men took part; highest placed wasTristan Windley in 5th, followed by James Smith 23rd, Chris Burgoyne 29th, Stuart R 37th, Sam Cornforth 50th, Chris Purse 64th and Jon Byford 100th.
Paul Bridges did his 101st marathon, the Black Ranscombe, in 4.28, this was off road and 6 laps with the finish in the dark!
There was a great turnout at Gt Notley for the 1st 53-12 XC fixture. 39 Striders braved the foggy start which then turned out to be a beautiful warm autumn day. The course was just short of 5 miles with only 2 climbs up the Big hill and on the first loop, Allison was at the top to encourage all!
A small team of junior Striders ran the junior race, with the U11 team of Lawrence Martin, Bryce Bannister and Oylan Robins clinching the top 3 in their age group. Lawrence was also the first Junior Strider back. Also running were Grecoy Martin, lone girl Taylor Gooding and Oliver Hitching. It would be good to see a few more girls next time JOur juniors are 7th in the league.
Marathon weekend in Chelmsford
This weekend has mainly been about the Chelmsford marathon judging by the number of posts on Facebook! Many Striders ran and many many Striders helped out with marshalling and special mention to Kevin Wright who helped design the revised course. Feedback from runners was that it was a great course and much improved on last years.
As many of you are no doubt aware (!!) this was Paul Bridges 100th marathon, celebrated at his local marathon Certainly when we saw him at Mile 9 he was grinning like a cheshire cat and stopped to give us a hug He finished in 3.37 and celebrated for the rest of the weekend…..He now joins that elite band of the 100 marathon club....
However, Crispian Bloomfield from Billericay won the race, although several Striders ran a really good race. Antony Goodall was first male Strider in 2.56.26 and 8th place but he was almost chicked by first lady Nikki Brockbank in 2.56.47. Second male Strider was Scott Dryden, followed by Alex Benson. Second lady Strider was Sarah Hammond, just dipping under 3.50, then Jo Johnson just under the 4.00.
There were several PBs on this course. Well done to everyone who ran, marshalled, helped and supported. There are many photos and posts on Facebook.
Results are available at http://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/ps/results/Chelmsford%20Marathon/38430
Meanwhile, over in Wix, the fast and flat Wix 5 took place, although not well attended by Striders due to the marathon. James Smith came 8th in 27.30, followed by Lee Martin in 14th. Chris Purse, Gary Rayner and Thomas Newton also ran.
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