Friday, February 05, 2016
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Tuesday 2 February Hills (Bridge) 7.30pm
Thursday 4 February - Winter Handicap 5km timed 7.45pm

53-12 Hadleigh

12 men, 5 women and 5 juniors took the trip to Hadleigh in Suffolk for the next 53-12 league cross country.

In the junior race, first Strider was Lawrence Martin in 14th, who was also 3rd in his U11 age group. Lawrence was followed by Dylan Robins in 21st, Bryce Bannister in 40th, Grecoy Martin in 46th and lone girl Taylor Gooding in 66th. All juniors were in the U11 age group and are now 6th in the league.

The ladies were led by Juliet Warren-Penry, new to XC this season, who came 26th. Juliet was followed by Sharon Bannister in 35th, Kirsty Williams in 42nd, Karen Chapman in 48th and Vicki Robins in 71st.

The men led with James Smith in 3rd and Sam Carnforth in 4th; Stuart Raven was 10th, Stephen Moore 27th, Roger Gooding 51st, Jon Byford 53rd, Gary Robins 68th and Mark Jeffrey 83rd completed the scoring team.

So for the day the men were 3rd and the ladies 6th in Pool A, which now means we are 4th in the league. The next 53-12 fixture is our own at Writtle on 14th February. 


Cold and off road

There were a couple of XC/Off road races this cold weekend.

There was an impressive display at the Mid Essex league XC fixture at Rivenhall on Sunday with all 7 scoring men in the top 13: James Smith was 1st, Chris Burgoyne 2nd, Alex Manton 4th, Stuart Putt 6th, Stuart Raven 7th, Steve Moore 12th, and Mark Buckley 13th . The men are in the lead in this league but only by one point, with only two races left.

The six women runners also gave an impressive performance to finish 3rd; the ladies are now 2nd in the league and only two points behind the leaders. The scoring ladies were Polly Bridgman 4th, Sarah Colbert 5th, Sharon Bannister 10th, and Kirsty Williams 22nd. Also running were Amelie Mollinghof in  25th and Elaine Tribley in 26th.

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Mud season

The New Year kicked off with an Essex League XC at Chingford, which is always known for being muddy…

8 men and 5 ladies decided it would be a good idea to give it a go. First lady was Sharon Bannister in 42nd, followed by Kirsty Williams in 46th, Karen Chapman 47th and Allison Gillan 54thto make up the scoring team.  Vicki Robins (74th) also took part. First man was James Smith in 28th, followed by Stuart Raven 43rd, Steve Smith 57th, Chris Purse 66th, Jon Byford 102nd, Gary Robins 103rd, and Tim Brockington 128th making up the scoring team. Mark Moughton 136th also took part.

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Club Road Champions 2015

Congratulations to the Club Road Champions for 2015, Kerry Marsh and Steve Brame.

The Mens Championship went down to the wire with Steve having to compete in the last qualifying race at Witham to secure the Championship from Stuart Raven. Kerry on the other hand after racing consistantly all season had the luxury of missing the last two races and still winning by a comfortable margin. The final top three are shown below while the full tables can be found here.

1st    Kerry Marsh            Steve Brame

2nd  Nichola Hands         Stuart Raven

3rd  Nikki Brockbank      Gavin Allen


Mudfest and Boxing Day fun!

A great turnout of Striders at the Boxing Day 5 at Witham on a mild and somewhat windy day; a change from previous years when it had been called off due to ice! 32 Striders ran so obviously many of us needed to run off our Christmas dinner!

First Strider to finish was Chris Burgoyne in 9th in 28.47, followed by Paul Anderson in 11th (29.31) and Stuart Raven in 13th (29.50).

First Strider lady to finish was Vic Curren as 5th lady in 35.29. Vic was followed by Rebecca Pittman in 37.00 and Helen Bateman in 38.18 and this group of ladies took the Gold team prize. Vic also took the v40 prize and Rebecca the v50 prize. Hats off to Sheila Macauley who smashed another FV65 club record in 43.27.

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