Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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Tuesday 30 September - Long & Short 7.30pm
Thursday 2 October - Hills 7.00pm Bridge Route & Threshold 8.00pm




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.

Nikki Brockbank keeps up her great form by clocking less than 3 hours herself in 2.59.44 and was 44thlady. Nikki was chuffed by her mention in The Times as well.

Jamie Woodyard just pipped the 4 hours in 3.57.19 and Dan Summers on the latest in his charity challenge managed a good 4.31.24.

Fantastic running everyone.

Two ladies travelled to Nottingham for the Robin Hood Half marathon and their results are as follows;

Nikki Pyle 1.52.56

Maxine Stevens 2.03.19

The Saffron Striders 10k off road was held on Sunday. A great run from Malcolm Savage meant he was first v60 and 18th overall. John Clarke was 3rd v50 and Sue Clarke was 13th lady and 1st lady over 55 but the prize was awarded to first FV50. Sarah Colbert also raced.

Janet Hill and John Williams took part in the RAB Mountain Marathon. Two days navigating, much of the time in the clag, around the fells of the South East Lake District, carrying all their equipment. They were very pleased to finish 73rd overall out of 180 runners/teams, and in the prizes as 2nd Mixed Veterans team.



Strider victory at Pleshey


The third annual Pleshey and Essex Half marathon was held on Sunday around the Essex village of Pleshey and there has been much feedback on how good the course was. A fine start to the day, with great running conditions.

The race was won by Ryan Prout of Chelmsford AC in 1.12.47 followed by Mark Newton in 1.13.01 and Tom Cammack in 1.14.32. Gavin Allen’s fourth place secured the boys Men’s Gold

The Ladies race was won by Sarah Stradling of Colchester in 1.20.53 and Colchester ladies were first ladies team. However, Striders ladies secured race silver with Tracey as 6thlady, Polly 7thand Sam 14th. Great runs by Sue Aves, Nicky Hands and Anna Luff secured bronze.

Gary Raynor Gold v60, Gavin Allen Gold v40.

As this was an Essex Championship race, there were many medals up for grabs, 18 of the 46 were won by Striders, as follows.

Gold men – Mark Newton, Tom Cammack,  Gavin Allen.

Silver men – James Smith, James Wright, Stuart Raven

Silver ladies – Tracey Ranson, Polly Bridgman, Sam Monk

Bronze ladies – Sue Aves, Nicky Hands, Anna Luff

Read more: Strider victory at Pleshey


Weekend round up

The 30th annual Ingatestone five mile took place on Sunday in good running coniditons. Fourteen Striders took part in the race. Tom Cammack took second place in a time of 26.57 to Chelmsford AC Ryan Prout. Tom was followed by Gary Rayner in 28th, and Malcolm Savage and 2nd v60 in 35th. This was enough to secure the boys third male team.

A different story for the ladies, led by Nikki Brockbank as first lady in 30.59 and second Strider home. Great running by Vic Curren and Rebecca Pittman secured the ladies first prize. Rebecca also won first v45 in 36 minutes.

Well done to everyone who took part.

John and Sue Clarke took part in the Ipswich duathlon. Sue scooped first in her age group and 6th lady overall. Sue has also qualified for team GB. John knocked 2 ½ minutes off his last year’s time and came 4th in his age group. Well done Team Clarke!

In the UK Ultra Running Championships, Team Striders are now 7th overall out of 30 and Janet Hill is now 9th out of 100 runners. More details on the chatboard.

There were several races around the country in which individual Striders competed. Sarah Hammond travelled all the way to Cornwall for a hilly Truro half and completed in 1.45 and now is having a holiday to recover J

Paul Bridges enjoyed his 39th marathon, the Bacchus marathon which I believe involves wine at the “water” stops as this event is held at a vineyard. Paul finished in 4.20.

James Smith was the lone Strider at the Dedham 10k and came 6th in 36.39.

Well done to everyone who ran and don’t forget to post on the chatboard and facebook!!


The only way is Essex Way

A damp, low clouded morning heralded the start of the Essex Way 2014; the teams had been selected in anticipation of a great day and possibly winning some trophies.

The men were defending their title this year and have won it 10 times in 12 years, so a lot to play for against rivals Ilford. The women were looking for a win against Benfleet and the Vets wanted to regain their title from Harwich after 2ndplace last year.

The first group safely in their way after an early start at Epping and the day was under way; for the captains Sharon and Stuart and their helpers Sarah and Millie this mainly meant haring around the Essex countryside and worrying where everyone was  winkand don’t forget the cake…..

Each stage had its triumphs and disappointments and surprises but everyone ran as well as they could and this was reflected in the achievements of the day.

The Ladies A team clinched the title this year and consisted of (in Leg order and placing) Sue Clarke (4th), Heather Eastwood (3rd), Catherine Hull, Nikki Brockbank (1st), Sue Aves (2nd), Sarah Colbert (2nd), Nichola Hands (2nd), Tracey Ranson (2nd), Polly Bridgman (2nd) and Vic Curren (1st). Well done ladies on a well-deserved win!

Read more: The only way is Essex Way


End of summer....

Well the summer holidays are (almost) finished and your reporter is back from all her holidays so the race reports can recommence ready for the new season, starting with the weekend just gone, although I only found a few events.

Kirsty Williams travelled to France to take part in the 168km (100 mile) Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. A brilliant effort by Kirsty meant she finished in 428th (out of 1578) and 7thin her category, in a time of 37 hrs 39 mins. It was great to watch her progress throughout the weekend on Facebook. Well done Kirsty!

Paul Bridges did another marathon or two; this time with a difference; the Enigma Double Reverse Marathon near Milton Keynes. He clocked 4.17 on day one and 4.27 on day two, which is great running in my book although his running partner said he talked for most of it!

Helen Bateman took part in her first triathlon for 7 years at Great Baddow – I didn’t know they did one there! This was a sprint distance (160m, 9.5km, 3km) which she completed in 45.27 and placed 56th(out of 106).

If you want to be included in the race reports, I do try and include those races well known about. However, I can’t be aware of every single race where Striders are competing so please let me know by chatboard/facebook/message as soon as you can to the event. You can contact me via the contacts page on the website or via PM on facebook.


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