Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Thursday 27 November - Hills (bridge) 7.00pm Prison Escapade or Threshold Session 8.00pm




Clean Sweep

The local Chelmsford 10k took place on a rainy Sunday and is also the county 10k championships.

It was a clean sweep and a medal haul for Striders at this event; Scott Cousins and Liz Davies winning the Open male and female categories in 33.14and 36.25 respectively.  With Andrew Mynott winning the Open man bronze and Tom Cammack in 12th, this also secured the men’s team Gold.

Liz Davies came a fine first lady and also won the v35 category for the ladies. June Allen, returning to racing after an injury, won both the open bronze and v35 silver, and Nikki Brockbank winning the v35 lady bronze, also helped secure the ladies team Gold.

Also of note were Gav Allen as V40 male Silver and Ian Cardy as v50 male Silver.

Sunday also saw the conclusion of the 2014 Essex Grand Prix series. The ladies retained their team trophy with 2 firsts, 2 seconds, a third and a fourth and are the official Essex Road Race Ladies team of the year (as cited by Gary Chandler!)

Individually the title was won by Nikki Brockbank who is having a great year of running; Nikki was 2nd in the v35 category as well. Highest placed in the v45 category was Sue Aves in 11th.

In the Essex Grand Prix the men retained their trophy with an almost flawless record – 5 firsts and a second, making them official Essex Road Race Men’s team of the year. The second men’s team was the Striders B team!

The Open category male Grand Prix was a close battle between Mark Newton and Tom Cammack. Going into the Chelmsford 10k Mark was ahead by one point but had been waylaid by an impending operation meaning that Tom had to score 9th or higher to win the championship. However, Tom came 10th (10th Essex qualified) in this race, meaning that the prize is shared between Mark and Tom.  In the top ten were also James Wright in 6th, Scott Cousins in 7th and Gav Allen in 8th. Gav was 2nd in the v40 male category and Ian Cardy wins the male v50 category.

A great race and a great year of running from Team Striders in the Essex Grand Prix. Well done to everyone who ran on Sunday and who ran the Grand Prix races. 


Double cross country

A double header of Cross country this weekend.

16 ladies braved the muddy course at Hylands Park on Saturday for the second Essex league fixture hosted by Chelmsford AC. First strider lady over the line was Liz Davies in a great 3rd place, and earned her a call up for the Essex team. Liz was followed by Vic Curren in 30th and Jennifer Lovelock in 43rd. Great running by everyone who took part made sure that the ladies are now currently 6th in the table (out of 22).

20 men took part in their race and first Strider was Tristan Windley in 10th followed by Scott Cousins in 13th and vet Lee Martin in 30th. This leaves the men in third in the table behind Chelmsford AC and Colchester Harriers.

On Sunday it was a 53-12 fixture hosted by Colchester at Abbey Fields.

The juniors had an outing at this fixture and 12 of them ran. Star of the week has to be Bryce Bannister who came first in his age group (U11), and a fine 32nd overall, followed closely by Samuel McHale (U15). The juniors are now 6th in the table.

For the ladies, first strider was Vic Curren doing the double in 15th, followed by Libby Watson in 17th, Jen Lovelock in 22nd and Heather Eastwood in 24th.

Read more: Double cross country


Stebbing, Hobble and more marathons

Marathon man Paul Bridges run another triple marathon this weekend, again the Enigma at Milton Keynes. I don’t know how he does it but he ran consistently with 4hr 15 on Friday, 4hr 19 Saturday and 4hr11 on Sunday!

A great performance from both men and women at the popular Stebbing Remembrance Day 10. Andrew Mynott clinched first place for the yellow and white in 57.15 and with James Smith and Adam Richardson in 4th and 5th, the men won first team.

Liz Davies was first lady in 13th overall and 1.03.04 and with Nikki Brockbank as second lady in 1.06.02 and Vic Curren in 1.11.50, they won the first ladies team.

An “expected bonus” for Ian Cardy as 1st V50.

Well done Team Striders.

As it was Remembrance Sunday then it also meant Kevin’s famous Hobble; an approximately 14 mile trail race starting from Galleywood Common and it just so happens the pub had a beer festival….

Anyway, 8 Striders in the top 10 seemed to be the order of the day with Gary Chandler, Paul Dobson and Chris Burgoyne 1, 2 and 3. 39 Striders took part in total. First lady Strider was Kirsty Williams. 


Autumn running

A quiet weekend just gone, with beautiful autumn weather until rain on Sunday.

A handful of Striders took part in the Billericay 10k on Sunday. Scott Cousins took 3rd place in 34.05, followed by Dan Summers and Clive Higdon. Rebecca Pittman was 2nd FV45 in 44.48.

“The John Ray trail half marathon suffered a sudden deluge but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the runners. They all finished safely, no doubt the bacon rolls and beer at the finish helped, despite a mysterious gun toting stranger lurking in the hedgerow.” This was taken from the MEC website and sounds slightly disturbing about the gun toting stranger!

The unstoppable Nikki Brockbank was first lady behind first Strider Adam Richardson. Adam came 4th overall. 11 Striders took part including Katie Brazier, one of our juniors who completed the course with her dad Ian in 3hrs 03.

A report cannot be written without mentioning Marathon Man Paul Bridges who completed his 42nd, 43rd and 44th Marathons last week. The Enigma 3 Lakes challenge is 3 marathons over 3 consecutive days near to Milton Keynes. Paul’s results are as follows.

Day 1 – 4.36, Day 2 – 3.51, Day 3 – 4.47

Well done everyone!


Off road time

The Stort 30 is an out and back 30 miles along the River Stort Navigation Channel in Hertsfordshire and is mainly grass or footpath. Gavin Allen finished in 5thin a time of 3.42. Ian Brazier and Bob Gear also ran; Bob clocking 5.13 and Ian 7 hours as he was pacing a friend.

Gary Rayner and Tommy Newman ran the Weald Park off road half marathonon Sunday. Gary came 3rdoverall and first v60, with a time of 1hr 39 mins 39 secs and Tommy ran well in his first off road race in 1hr 47 mins 50 secs.Janet Hill did the marathon in the same park and finished 30thoverall (6thwoman and only v60!) with 4.51. After the last race in the seies, Janet was also confirmed as 2nd W50, 12th overall, in the RunFurther UK Ultra Running Championship. Team Striders were 10th, with 7 of the teams above them having an extra scoring runner. Full results at

James Wright ran the Frankfurt Marathon with a 20 second PB and clocked 2.47.33.

A massive turn out of the yellow and white at the first 53-12 cross country hosted by Witham RC at Notley Park.

Read more: Off road time


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