Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Horse & Groom, Galleywood Common 9.30am
Tuesday 21 October - Fartlek or Long Efforts (depends on group leaders being available) 7.30pm
Thursday 23 October - Pyramids/Pair Relays 7.00pm Prison Escapade & Threshold 8.00pm




Very busy weekend

The first Essex League XC took place at One Tree Hill, close to Basildon on Saturday. The clue is in the title….Hill. There were plenty on this tough course on a fine warm day for October.

Several Striders raced including some XC virgins. In the Essex League men and women race separately.

For the women, Liz Davies came a fine 3rd

The lady Striders then followed in this order: Vic Curren, Polly Bridgman, Helen Bateman, Kerry Marsh, Kirsty Williams, Karen Chapman and Sarah Goodwin. 8 lady Striders out  of 89 women in total raced.

With a strong field from other clubs around Essex the men had a challenge on their hands. First male strider was Tristan Windley in 7thfollowed by Scott Cousins in 13thand Gary Chandler in 35th. Following Gary were Stuart Raven and Lewis Patching placing in the top 50; then Antony Goodall, Kev Harris, Chris Purse, Malcolm Savage, Mark Buckley and Pat Knowles. 11 male Striders out of 162 men in total raced.

Thank you to Paul Anderson for doing the scoring.

A stiff breeze blew the rain away before the start of Wix 5 on Sunday and the sun broke through during the race. It should have been a fast day with the majority of the headwind in the first mile.
It was this years Club 5 Mile Championship so congratulations to the new 5 Mile Club Champions, Tracey Ranson and Mark Newton! Several other Striders also competed and again took away the prizes…..

Mark Newton was  1stin 26.57 and James Smith was 3rdin 28.17

Tracey Ranson 3rdlady in 32.20

Also running were Andrew Parker, Richard Taylor, Ian Brazier, Kerry Marsh, Paul Tunmer, Nicole Smith, Sonia Frew, Malcolm Potter.

The inaugural Chelmsford “Parks” Marathon took place on Sunday morning and what a beautiful day for it; sunshine and warmth, although the marathoners may not have thought so. The start was delayed by 20 minutes approx. due to late course changes (!). This was advertised as a “multi terrain” course and due to overnight rain, some parts were waterlogged.

Many Striders took part in the race and there was much Strider support around the course with a genuine feeling of community. Many comments on the marathon itself have been logged on the Striders page on Facebook.

Well-deserved first lady was Nikki Brockbank in 3.13 Nikki’s many interviews should be available soon….

First male strider was Michael Beaver in 5thin 2.57.25. Paul Molyneux was also running but with his brother but still managed 3.08.24 with a massive negative split and was 14th.

Adam Hutton, Phil Smith, Antony Goodall and Damien Barrett all finished in the top 50.

Peter Chubb, Jon Byford, Simon Bowring, James Merchant, Gary Rayner, Paul Bridges, Ben Heighton, Nichola Hands, Ken Hands, Andy Thomas, Gary Joslin, and Richard Rule all clocked under 4 hours.

Clive Higdon, Kelly Spencer, Brian Poore, Catherine Hull, Elaine Tribley, Steve Brame, Jan Schuster, Martin Mead, Nikki Davies, Chris Davies, Damien Bhanji, Liz Irvine, Hilda O’Kelly, Anna Luff, Chris Sewell, John Hoskyn, Mark Moughton, Lydiah Mutimbanyoka, Paul Probert, all ran with the yellow and white Strider vest so the club was well represented at the event.

Well done to everyone who ran, supported and marshalled. Apologies if I have missed anyone, I have included everyone entered as a Strider.





23 Striders ran in the Fell Relays on Middleton Fell in The Howgills on Sunday. It was a little breezy, and damp at times for runners later in the day, but the visibility was good, and underfoot the running conditions were ideal. The A Team finished an excellent 21st out of some 200 teams, the Mixed team, 145th, and 3rd in their category, arguably the best result of the day, as opposed to best performance, which was from Edd Charlton-Weedy, 16th overall on the last leg for the A team. The vet 50 team finished 173rd, with our Open B team enjoying their run, but were a runner short, as a result of the 5 call offs in the last week, and therefore unplaced.

Full results are at

With event photos at

Thanks to all who ran - Paul, Roy, Tristan, Harold, Neil, Edd, Zoe, Kirsty, Robin, Jamie, Anthony, Sarah, Tim, David, Julian, Janet, John, Jon, Rob, Jason, Andy, Mark & Sharon, a pleasure to share and run with you on probably my last event in Striders colours.



Essex Champs at Tiptree 10

A fine morning and a break from the torrential rain showers provided ideal running conditions for the Tiptree 10. A total of 30 Striders entered: 8 women and 22 men.

With Scott Cousins in 2nd, Tom Cammack in 4th and Mark Newton (after his suspected appendicitis not coming to light!) in 5th, the men secured a close first over Colchester Harriers.

There were several first from Striders in the race:

-       Nikki Brockbank added to her collection as first lady in 65.14 with a voucher for the butchers!

-       Rebecca Pittman was first FV45 in 73.52

-       Gary Rayner was first v60 in 68.06

This race was also an Essex Championship race and Striders certainly triumphed here as well (report by Gary Chandler)

The men won the team competition again with Scott CousinsTom Cammack and Mark Newton. Now with 4 wins and a 2nd place, they have an unassailable lead in the overall 2014 Grand Prix league and so retain the men’s team of the year trophy.

The ladies had to settle for 3rd team today with Nikki Brockbank, Rebecca Pittman and Kerry Marsh, but now have a 10 point lead over 2nd place Great Bentley. With just the Chelmsford 10km to go and a maximum 10 points for a win all the ladies need to do is to get a team in the top ten to retain their trophy.

Individual medallists today in the county champs were:

Scott Cousins - Open Silver
Gav Allen - V40 Bronze
Nikki Brockbank - Open and V35 Gold
Rebecca Pittman - V45 Gold
Gary Rayner - V60 Gold

Some great photos from Gary Chandler on Facebook as he captured most in the first mile or so J


Striders everywhere!

There are several races to report on this weekend over many different distances and in varying locations. The weather had turned cooler so ideal autumn running weather.

Ian Cardy travelled to Spain to take part in his challenge of Ironman Barcelona, one of his goals for the year. Ian’s final splits were Swim 1.42.22, Bike 5.16.53 and run 3.44.05 with a final time of 10.51.35. Ian was 41stin his age group. Fantastic Ian and well done!.  

The Saltmarsh 75 took place over the weekend; this is a 75 mile, two day race covering the entire Maldon district coastline, starting at South Woodham and ending in Salcott-cum-Virley. Two Striders took part: James Neugebauer achieved a fantastic 2ndoverall in 11.50 and Bob Gear completed in 17.29. Well done guys!

Janet Hill celebrated her 60thbirthday by running Chester Marathon (like you do!) and finished 1stFV60 in 4.13.28.

Gavin Allen travelled to Bournemouth for the Bournemouth Marathon and not only did he run a PB in 2.41.38, he was also 1stV40.

Simon Miller ventured to Wales for the Cardiff Half after a knee operation 5 months ago and ran a good 1.40.10 on this “fantastic flat course”.

The other local event of the weekend was the Southend 10k where several Striders took part and this was run on a fine sunny Sunday morning. Lee Martin was first Strider and first v40 in 35.06. Malcolm Savage was 3rdv60 in 41.47 and Rebecca Pittman 3rdFV45 in 44.18. Also running were Paul Anderson, Adam Hutton, Vic Curren, Ian Watkins and Greg Potts.

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend and don’t forget to update Facebook and chat board when you run!


Home and away racing!


The glamourous lady captain with some of the men's xc relay team!

A warm day and a very dry course at Apex corner in Hockley for the XC Relays. Striders fielded 5 full men’s teams and 4 (nearly 5!) women’s teams. This is a short course (less than 3 miles) but includes several quite testing hills.

The men’s A team came a commendable 13th, with the B in 23rd, C in 26th, D in 31stand E in 39th(of 43 teams).

The women’s A team came 17th, with the B and C in 25thand 26threspectively, and the D in 29th(of 38th).

Well done to everyone who took part. Full results and times are available on facebook.


Several Striders travelled to Berlin for the BMW Berlin Marathon on a warm and sunny Sunday. This did not hamper several Striders in coming under the 3 hour mark.

Gary Chandler claimed he did no training but was surprised by his 2.49.54. Next Strider was Rob Mills 2.55.43 followed by Darren Sutton in 2.58.39.

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