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Kate Mills and Malcolm Savage travelled to Mablethorphe in Lincolnshire (I had to look it up!) for the Mablethorpe Marathon, a small and friendly event by all accounts. Kate won the ladies race in 3.03 and was 11th overall. Malcolm was first v60 in 3.25.
A small contingent of Striders went to Cardiff, no, not to watch the NZ rugby team although Simon Miller met some of them whilst there , but to run the Cardiff half marathon, becoming a favourite in many runner calendars as 23000 people took park. Paul Molyneux was 17th overall in 68.11 and used this race as a warm up for representing team England at the Toronto marathon in 2 weeks’ time. Simon Miller ran another PB in 94.59, Sarah Davies did not hit her target time but completed the course in 2.40 and Len Marten completed in 2.16.
The Saltmarsh 75 took place this weekend; this is a 2 day 75 mile ultramarathon along the Essex coast from South Woodham, overnight at Steeple, then finishing at Salcott-cum-Virley near to Tollesbury. Some great results from Striders at this race; Antony Goodall came third overall; Damian Barrett was 4th and Ian Brazier 6th. Darran Hull completed the Striders contingent.
The Southend 10k classic was attended by six Striders. Lee Martin was first Strider in 36.43 and was 17th; Graeme St Leger was next in 40.36, Hilda O’Kelly 51.56, Gary and Jenny Chandler 54.48 and followed by Andrew Mason.
A couple of races were attended by lone Striders: Gerry Greenwold at the Tonbridge half and Dennis Sherwood at the Sittingbourne 10 mile. Jon Byford travelled to Bucharest (like you do!) for the Bucharest Marathon and completed in 3.19.
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend.
Lots of races
The weekend kicked off with the Essex XC relays at Hockley and as seems to be the norm, were ran in blazing warm sunshine!! A great turn out for the Striders meant that three men’s teams, a mixed team, three ladies teams and a special ladies team all on her own for Sarah Goodwin, were in place.
The Men’s A team did well to come 20th out of a field of 50 teams, including the mixed teams. Our mixed team came 24th, Men’s B 31st and Men’s C 43rd. The ladies A team were 15th out of a field of 34 teams, the C team 18th and the B team 28th; there were some last minute changes to the ladies teams…..Stuart has listed everyone’s times on Facebook.
The inaugural Maldon half marathon took place on Sunday, again in beautiful sunshine, and the 6 Strider men taking part did very well; there were no Strider women listed in the results!
Paul Dobson won the race in 78.33, with Kev Harris 2nd in 85.5. Nick Dobson (U25) was 9th in 1.32.07. Also running were Mark Moughton, Bob Gear and Dennis Sherwood.
Paul Bridges did his 97th and 98th marathons leading up to that magic 100; Enigma on Saturday in 3 hours 50 and Nottingham Robin Hood on Sunday in 4hrs 32.
Gary Chandler and Heather Eastwood travelled to Germany for the Berlin marathon; Gary ran 2.48 and Heather 4.13 and by all accounts a thoroughly enjoyable race and weekend.
Greg Potts and Allison Gillan did the Hever Castle triathlon and have both written very interesting race reports for this event on Facebook; the general flavour of this one coming through would be Mud and Freezing water.
Lastly Gerry Greenwold ran a hot and hilly Windsor half marathon.
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend :-)
Golds at Ingatestone
A small contingent of Striders ran the tough and hilly Ipswich half. There were reports that the organisation was abysmal and the route was also boring due to the many loops. Despite this, Steve Armitage managed a PB in 1.34. Gary Joslin, Mark Moughton and Sharon Bannister also ran.
A number of Striders stayed closer to home at the Ingatestone 5; no official results for this yet…..However, Mark Newton was 2nd male, Lee Martin 1st v40 and with Stuart Raven, made up the winning men’s team.
The ladies fared well too; Nikki Brockbank was 2nd lady; Vic Curren first v35 and with Kerry Marsh, got the gold ladies team.
This is a photo of the prizes won by Springfield Striders….looks good to me!
Superwoman Kirsty Williams ran the Equinox 24 hour race at Belvoir Castle; amounting to 112 miles and was first lady and 4th overall.
John Hoskyn did the Dublin half marathon which was tough going due to knee problems. Unfortunately a 23 year old man had a heart attack and died near the finish at this event.
On a beautiful late summer’s day a small group took on the testing half marathon trail route over the hills of Wickham Bishops; James Smith and Gavin Allen were the fastest men along with Allen Smalls (CHAC) and Sean Ketteridge (Tiptree)
The shorter route 5.8 was won by Richard Taylor and Karen Chapman for a Springfield double.
On Sunday , IWA's Waterways Triathlon came to Essex.Participants undertook a 30km or 50km route that combined canoeing, cycling and running. The course wound through the Essex countryside and local villages. Springfield was represented by Mr Bob Gear in the 30km who came 4th of the 18 doing the 30km solo.
Finally Tim Brockington ran the Lantern Pike fell race in Derbyshire; a 5 mile/1050ft, which he finished in 50.03
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend!
Success at Pleshey
A fine turn out from Strider runners and helpers at the Pleshey Half Marathon; 34 men and 17 lady Striders ran and there were a great number of helpers and setters-up before and on the day. The organisation was brilliant as usual and everything seemed to go like clockwork. The marshalls were, predictably, in fine voice and gave the runners a much needed boost round the course (particularly the mile 6 ladies!!). The course itself is not particularly hilly, more undulating, and great conditions made for some fantastic running and several PBs.
The men's race was won by Blair McWhirter of Ilford in 71.18 but Tristan Windley was a close second in 72.08, and with teammates Scott Cousins in 72.22 and Mark Newton in 72.40, the men secured the Gold team prize. Gary Rayner won another first v60 medal to add to his collection.
The ladies race was won by Striders own Kate Mills in 87.21, and beat second lady Rebecca White of Saffron Striders by a good 2 minutes. Fiona Halls, also of Saffron, was third lady. However, the ladies secured second team overall with Kate, Nicky Hands (1.41.52) and first time medal winner Louise Baines in 1.42.56.
Well done to everyone who ran and thank you to all who helped and made this event the great event that it is. Special thanks of course go to Paul and Ian.
Two Striders travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run. Polly Bridgman completed this half marathon in 94 minutes which she was very pelased with. Dan Summers said he did not fare too well and crossed the line in 1.49 (well, that sounds alright to me!)
Trevor Smith ventured even further, to France in fact to run a marathon in Albert where it was a day of flooded trenches, 3 lightning strikes, crossing rivers and 4 hours od downpours, but he glad to finish and he wasn't last!
Paul Bridges did his 96th marathon, the Bacchus, in Surrey. He wasn't happy because he got lost just before mile 11 and although he did 26.89 miles, he still completed in 3.44. Tracey Ranson did the same marathon and wasn't happy either due to the walkers grabbing wine at the water stations.
Darren Hull did the Farnham Pilgrim marathon; a great event with very undulating sandy climbs and descents. He completed in 4.54.
Finally, Andrew Wright was the lone Strider at the Clacton Triathlon. he was 5th overall and 3rd in his age group in the Standard distance.
Treble Top at the Essex Way
Unless you have been living under a stone for the past few months, you will have heard Sharon and Stuart asking, cadging, cajoling, checking whether you would be able to run the Essex Way on 6th September. The administration of getting teams together is a task in itself and Sharon and Stuart were eventually to enter 10 teams. This is a TEAM event and everybody’s run counted towards the final score.
With wins in Leg 1 (Paul Dobson), 5 (Paul Molyneux), 6 (James Smith), 7 (Gav Allen), 9 (Chris Burgoyne) and 10 (Mark Newton) and 2nd in legs 2 (Lee Martin), 3 (Stuart Raven) and 8 (Stuart Putt) and a 4th in leg 4 (Greg Deacon), the men were able to run away with the overall Men’s trophy against their nearest rivals Benfleet by an astounding 36 points, in an unprecented score of just 16 points. Well done mens A team. The men’s B team were a very respectable 7th.
The ladies were equally strong in their races. With firsts in legs 2 (Tracey Ranson), 4 (Nikki Brockbank), 5 (Sue Aves), 8 (Sarah Colbert), and 10 (Vic Curren), 3rd in leg 3 (Juliet Warren-Penny), leg 6 (Kym Eden) & leg 9 (Kerry Marsh), a 4th in leg 1 (Heather Eastwood) & leg 7 (Nicky Hands), the ladies were successful in lifting the winners trophy; fantastic ladies!
And it didn’t end there; the Vets team were consistently across the board first Vets and thus lifted the trophy. Well done to Scott Dryden, Kev Harris, Paul Jeggo, Malcolm Savage, Julian Catmull, Darren Sutton, Gary Chandler, Mark Waine, Peter Chubb and Simon Miller.
Well done to everyone who ran, cheered, helped throughout the day and on our stage and especially to Sharon and Stuart for sorting the teams out and making sure it ran well.
There were other races this weekend; before his Essex Way leg Simon Miller ran the Harlow 10m in a PB of 70.42 and then went on to run leg 10 of the Essex Way. Gary Rayner was first v60 in a time of 68.46
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