Cold Christmas to Good Easter Marathon Entry Form - 12 January 2014
Double XC again
Essex League XC was held at Hylands Park on Saturday and despite initial misgivings about the numbers that would turn up (only a couple of us there half an hour before the ladies race) , a strong men and ladies team ran in this event.
June Allen led the ladies in a fine 2ndwith the rest of the scoring team of Polly Bridgman, Vic Curren and newcomer Vicki Sharman (never run XC before, bought new shoes that morning!) in 33rd, 34thand 61strespectively. Also running were Elaine Tribley, Kirsty Williams, Karen Chapman and Sarah Goodwin.
The men were led by “top off” Tom Cammack in 12th, followed by his “twin” Gavin Allen in 26th, Mark Edwards in 53rd, Kev Harris in 63rd, Stuart Raven in 70th, and Paul Jeggo in 79th. Also running were Chris Purse, Roy Bentley, Mark Buckley, Jon Byford, Paul Stukas, Tim Brockington, Julian Catmull, John Williams and Andy Stroud.
Sunday brought the next 53-12 fixture in the beautiful setting of Gosfield School, hosted by Halstead Road Runners. A strong team of 44 Striders turned out for this race, many of whom had raced the previous day; and which, in previous years, has been very muddy and wet, but this year the going was definitely dryer!
First off, the juniors, represented by 13 mini striders. Luke Allen followed in his dad’s footsteps by a fine 4th. He was followed by his brother Matthew in 22nd. Ben Kersey and Ralph Edwards followed in 39thand 40th; these two are probably the youngest competitors; then Charlie Hands in 46thand Lawrence Martin in 51st. First young lady was Jenny Chandler making it look easy just like her dad in 52nd. Fine finishing sprints from Nathan Marsh in 62ndand Danielle Sirrett in 68th. Then Jonathon Watts (72), Harrison Fall (73), Oliver Hands (76) and Holly Chandler (77). Holly said she was helping Amy from Gt Bentley round, what a kind thought.
Then it got serious with the adult Striders out in force determined to raise their position in this league! First for the men was Tom Cammack in 3rd, and making up the scoring team were Gavin Allen in 9th, Gary Chandler (11th), Paul Dobson (12th), Chris Burgoyne (13th), Stuart Raven (17th), Paul Anderson (21st) & Paul Jeggo (22nd). This meant that the men were 2ndoverall at this race.
The women were led by newcomer Liz Davies in 2nd, followed by Vic Curren in 16th, Nichola Hands in 24thand Allison Gillan in 35th. Well done ladies and this meant the ladies were third overall and boosted the league position to 2ndafter 3 races. Let’s keep this up and improve at the next 53-12 at Ipswich on 12thJanuary.
Well done to everyone who ran on this weekend, there are too many to mention here!
Sunday brought the next 53-12 fixture at Harwich and several people running a double header this weekend.
First man home was Tom Cammack in 3rdfollowed by Gary Chandler in 7thand Toms’ running mate Gavin Allen in 8th. Mark Newton had to “make do” with 11thand was followed closely by Stuart Raven in 14th. However the men came in as third team in Pool A as Ipswich took the men’s and women’s teams.
First lady Strider was Nichola Hands in 20thfollowed by Allison Gillan in 37thand Sharon Bannister in 53rd. Unfortunately many of the lady Striders were ill or away so the team was depleted somewhat and meant Strider ladies finished 6thin Pool A.
There was a great turnout of juniors as well; 12 in total although several of them struggled with the mud they were all stars! Luke Allen (u13) was following in his dad’s footsteps by a great 6thplace out of 84 runners. He was followed by Samuel McHale (u13) in 23rdand his brother Matthew (u11) in 25th. The rest of the Juniors results as follows:
Bryce Bannister (u11) 37th &one of the youngest competitors so a great result: Ben Kersey (u13) 46th, Charlie Hands (u13) 53rd, Danielle Sirrett (u11) 65th, Millie Raven (u11) 76th, Holly Chandler (u11) 77th, Millie Bannister (u13) 79thand Oliver Hands (u11) 83rd.
Golden Girls at Essex Vets
June Allen triumphed at the Essex Vets on Saturday at a 3 lap course at Claybury with a fine run landing her in first place. Despite her reservations prior to the start, her legs worked well and she was way ahead of the competition.
The ladies team also won Gold; with great runs by June, Jenny Chewter (newly returned) and Polly Bridgman. Well done ladies, great running. Nichola Hands, Lynn Tanner, Karen Chapman, Allison Gillan and Sarah Goodwin also tackled this up and down course.
V40 men: Gary Chandler was very happy with 4thplace and the Men’s team took silver in the v40 men. The v50 team were 5thoverall so a great effort from everyone.
Running for the v50s were Tim Brockington, John Williams, Richard Taylor, Ian Cardy (first as a v50!), Ken Edwards, Rob Rodie, Paul Jeggo and Chris Purse. For the v40s; Gary Chandler, Mark Waine (Can’t leave us alone can you Mr Waine ), Kev Harris, Allistair Gillan and Ken Hands. Allistair would like to stress that he wasn’t last and he was “looking good”.
Well done to everyone who ran.
Seven Striders were in Shropshire on Sunday for this, one of the last fell races of the calendar year. A favourite race of many, the 14.5k course takes in climbs of The Lawley, Caer Caradoc, the Hope Bowdler Ridge and The Wilderness, 793m of climb. In good conditions Paul Jeggo had another good run, 9th overall out of 250 runners and 1st vet 50 in a time of 1h24m10s. Kirsty Williams (pictured on the exhilarating descent off The Lawley) enjoyed her 2nd fell race, Robin Hay his 1st. Anthony Marsh was 2nd Strider home, 104th in 1h44m17s, with Roger Gooding, Tim Brockington and John Williams also running. The Hadleigh Downs race on New Year's Eve is a good, local chance to try hill running. See the chatboard for details of this, and trips to the hills in the new year. Full results are at telfordathleticclub.co.uk/races/cardington-cracker and photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/70907794@N00/sets
There seemed to be fewer races this weekend, especially with no cross country.
26 men and 22 women Striders ran the Chelmsford 10k on Sunday afternoon, hosted by Chelmsford AC and run round the outlying villages to Melbourne and finishing on the race track.
First male Strider home was Mark Newton in 33.42, followed by Tom Cammack in 34.05 and Gavin Allen in 34.11 (do you run together guys?), and these three made up the winning mens team. Gary Chandler was 1stM40 and Malcolm Savage 2ndM60.
For the ladies, a great result as well: June Allen came in first lady in 36.48, followed by Samantha Monk in 42.22 and Polly Bridgman in 43.27 and these three made up the winning ladies team! So a double whammy for Striders at this race.
Well done to everyone who ran and especially those who got a PB; too many people to mention on this news. There is a link to the results on the chatboard. Thank you too to all the supporters, especially Kevin!
In other news about the 10k, Jack Willis played the hero by rescuing an escaped dog about a mile into the race and still managed a time of 45.18 (according to the results!). Great work Jack J
Jon Byford however thought he’d be maverick and not do the Chelmsford 10k and instead travelled to Norwich to fly the Striders flag at the Norwich Half. After a good start, he lost a “stack of time” due to a north wind and finished in 1.25, 36thplace out of approx. 3000 entrants. Well done Jon.
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