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 and 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!
The Vets team were in control from the start and all but two won their stages meaning a well- deserved first place. The team consisted of Ian Cardy, Kev Harris, Paul Jeggo, Malcolm Savage, Julian Catmull, John Clarke, Gary Chandler, Jamie Woodyard, Richard Taylor and Simon Miller. Well done team!!
The Men’s A team suffered a setback at Stage 5 with Mark Edwards having injury problems and having to pull out but they still managed to clinch third position. In the Men’s A there was Paul Dobson, Chris Burgoyne, Lewis Patching, Greg Deacon, Mark Edwards, Tom Cammack, Gavin Allen. James Smith, Tristan Windley and Mark Newton.
The Men’s B team have to be mentioned too as they achieved a commendable fifth overall. This team consisted of Anthony Marsh, Stuart Raven, Gary Rayner, Jon Byford, Darren Sutton, Andrew Lovelock, Gary Joslin, Damien Barrett, Jack Willis and Paul Anderson.
I haven’t room to mention each and every person who ran the Essex Way but everyone ran the best they could and took part in what is a fun and exciting event. Thank you to everyone and we look forward to next year!
There are many photos on Facebook of the event.
It’s not all about the Essex Way you know!!
Some Striders made the 618 mile round trip journey to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run in the sunshine. Tom Gunning achieved a PB in 1.28.52, Sarah Hammond 1.45.50, Steven Armitage 1.48.49, and Steve Brame 2.06.57. Dan Summers ran with his friend Craig, a diabetic, who suffered several hypos throughout the race and only with Dan’s encouragement was he able to finish. Sarah Knowles ran with her friend Rebecca, who took part in the Beginners course this year, and again, her help enabled Rebecca to get round.
Tom Cammack came second in the Langham 10k on the Sunday morning and then still managed to finish first in his Essex Way leg. Lee Martin and Sophie Pooler also ran the 10k.
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.
Nikki makes history at the Tour
The Tour of Little Baddow has been held 18 times since 1993 and has been won by a distinguished list of runners. This year’s winner however was a first for the Tour. Nikki Brockbank finished a superb second on Day One to Mark Newton, but took the yellow jersey when he didn’t appear for Monday night’s cross country.
Nikki duly won the second race beating Chris Purse by 14 seconds. She then held off the challenge of Tiptree’s Adam Richardson over the next two evenings to win by 1 minute and 20 seconds after four days racing. Nikki becomes the first ever lady winner of the Tour.
Day One saw 25 runners take on the multi terrain five mile race which included 50 metres through the ford. Mark scorched round in 28.16 with Nikki next in 33.19 and Chris third in 34.06.
With Mark not running on Day 2 Nikki was presented with the yellow jersey which rather swamped her, but proved no handicap as she raced Chris around the cross country course and claimed victory.
Adam who had struggled navigationally in the first two days managed to get ahead of Nikki on the hilly road race but not by enough to close the gap on the leader.
He also ran well on the final event, the fell race, to claw back 36 seconds but Nikki came home as champion.
Congratulations to the 14 who completed all four days especially first timers Adam and Paul Tunmer. Many thanks to the marshals and timekeepers.
Ladies triumph at Harlow
It was a relatively quiet weekend for racing but there was another hot and humid run at the Harlow 10 on Sunday where only 7 Striders took part.
This week the ladies triumphed by winning the Ladies team prize with Nikki Brockbank, Polly Bridgman and Nichola Hands. Nikki was also 2nd lady and 1st fv35. Well done ladies.
Despite the heat, several people managed PBs. Dan Summers and Kerry Marsh added to their complements of 2014 PBs with 77.35 and 83.31 respectively. Polly Bridgman also scored a PB with 72.08.
Also running were Bob Gear and Donna Hall.
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