Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Tues 22 May Pyramids (Arun Close) 7.45pm

Thur 24 May Beginners 7pm/Winter Route 2 8pm


Halstead and Great Baddow

A much cooler weekend for racing this weekend and several Striders took part in a couple of events.

At Halstead Marathon, our championship marathon race, our marathon champion is Chris Burgoyne who was first Strider in 3rd place in 2.45.11. Alex Manton was next in 6th in 2.51.22 and Robin McCoy 14th in 2.59.55.

The ladies fared well too; Jackie Stretton was first lady in 3.00.42 and set a new course record. Together with Donna Morris (3.58.52) and Emily Smith (4.07.46), the ladies scooped the silver team prize. Jackie is now our marathon champion as well.

Dave Smith had a proud moment when he won the MV60 Gold medal.

The Great Baddow 10was run on the same day and is always popular. 21 Strider ran. First Strider was Paul Miles in 1.02.35, then David Lindsay in 1.04.21 and Michael Merrill in 1.04.38. Simon Bowring was 1st male Great Baddow villager in 1.05.38.

Nikki Brockbank was first lady and first fv35 in 1.05.04. Second lady strider was Katerina Miller in 1.19.29 followed by Jo Johnson in 1.21.43.

Well done to everyone who ran.


We have a European Champion

There were plenty of races over this bank holiday weekend which proved to be a hot and sunny one, with races ran in some challenging conditions!
Firstly, special mention should be made to our own Ian Cardy, who competed in the 2018 VEJLE ETU POWERMAN MIDDLE DISTANCE DUATHLON EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 55-59 male age group. Ian had a fantastic10km run, 60km bike and another 10km run and took the gold medal for Great Britain. Very well done Ian.
On Sunday Steve Bugden and Caroline Adlem took on the Alton Water 10k, at the beautiful Alton Water reservoir close to the Essex/Suffolk border and crosses woodland, fields and country lanes and subsequently were first Strider man and lady.
Also on Sunday was the High Easter 10k a pretty, rural, fast and flat course (well when it isn’t so hot….) where 14 Striders took part. Alex Manton was first Strider in 34.47 and 3rd place. Antony Goodall 9th in 37.32, Ed Freeman 11th in 38.35 and Paul Jeggo 16th in 39.21. The men took the Gold team prize.
First lady Strider and 2nd lady was Shannon Mason in 46.25. Donna Morris was next lady in 49.34, followed by Jenny Barrett in 49.42 and this trio made up the winning ladies team.
There was a trail on Sunday too; the Young at Heart with a choice of 5.5 miles or 9miles. First male Strider in the shorter distance was Richard Taylor and female was Fiona Stukas. Alistair Gillan was first male Strider in the longer distance and Sarah Colbert the first female Strider.
The Witham May Day 5 has now become the Witham May Day 10, over a new course taking in the pretty Essex countryside. Another warm and sunny day but 29 Striders turned out to run the inaugural race. Chris Burgoyne was 2nd in 57.40, and Alex Manton 3rd in 59.06. With Alex Benson in 7th in 1.02.11 and Scott Dryden in 9th with 1.02.48, the men took the Gold team prize.
The ladies fared well too: Jackie Stretton was 1st lady in 1.02.34, and with Donna Morris 1.24.37, Nichola Hands 1.26.01, Rebecca Pittman 1.18.30, the ladies took the Gold team prize. Rebecca was also 1st FV55.
Some other Striders tackled some longer distances in the sunshine:
Jon Byford did the 3 Forts challenge; 27.2 miles and 3450 feet of ascent over the South Downs. Sounds a great run but Jon said the heat was “brutal” yet still finished in 4.38.
Tim Brockington did the Marlborough Downs 33 mile race with 3000 feet of ascent and little shade. He stated that it was a “stupid day” to do this.
Well done to everyone who ran

Spirit of London

Well that was the motto for London marathon this year as stated by the organisers.

This year 45 Striders (31 men and 14 ladies) started the 38th London marathon on what was to be the hottest day of the year so far, and the hottest London marathon to date. Most people would say that they ran slower times than they predicted due to this, but everyone who ran did really really well.

First Strider was Mark Newton, soon after running Ibiza marathon, yet still running 2.37 and overall 109th place. Also in the under 3 hours were Tom Cammock (2.50), James Wright (2.53) and Alex Manton (2.53). Stuart Raven and Alex Benson missed the 3 hour mark by 3 and 4 minutes respectively. 15 runners fell into the under 4 hours category, 17 in under 5, 5 in under 6 and 3 in under 7, which surely reflects the hot conditions out on the course.

Our first lady was Jackie Stretton in 3.07, closely followed by Nikki Brockbank also in 3.07. Third lady was Samantha Monk in 4.01.

Sam Cornforth started but did not finish after passing the halfway mark. Sam Bilbie thought she may have to DNF when she was suffering during the race, but thanks to help from another runner she managed to complete the course in 4.04. Damian Barrett ran (at least some of) it in bare feet - ouch on hot pavements and completed it in 3.54! Gabrielle Pearce, on her 18th birthday, completed her very first marathon in 5.37 whilst Nichola Norman completed her first marathon in 4.46. Dave Turk struggled on the day and is quoted as saying “it’s horrendous”, but not as much as Steve Brame who struggled with blisters from about mile 17 and hobbled his way back.

We must not forget the army of water station volunteers; to the advance team, who set up at (almost) the crack of dawn, to the volunteers handing out water to hot and thirsty runners; all of whom gave up their own time to do this. The club thank you all very much. We gave out nigh on 40000 bottles of water.

Footnote 1: Don’t forget the social on Friday 27thfrom 7.30pm at the Cricket club to celebrate your achievements.

Footnote 2: I did a search on Springfield Striders on the results and have included only those who appear in this search – sorry if I have missed anyone or the information is incorrect!


Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Eggstravaganza is a series of most enjoyable, usually muddy, trail races, hosted by four local clubs: Mid Essex Casuals, Little Baddow Ridge Runners, Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners and Springfield Striders., and held over the Easter weekend as the title would suggest…. A total of 319 people took part over the weekend with 74 striders participating in at least one of the EE races. 10 Striders completed all 4 races.

Day 1 was hosted by MEC at Aldham near Colchester and there was a choice of 12, 6.2 or 4 miles, although the 4 miles had “sold out” before some people arrived.

Charlie Harpur from MEC won the 12 mile with James Smith (Halstead), James Bosher (GFDR), Sean Ketteridge (CHAC) and Gavin Allen (Halstead) all posting the same time for 2nd. Highest places male Strider was Jon Byford as 7th man. The ladies 12 mile was won by Nikki Brockbank (SS).

The 4 mile was won by Richard Sirrett (SS) for the men and by 3 Halstead ladies for the women.

The 6.2 mile was won by two Halstead men with Striders’ highest placed being Tim Brockington in 5th. Shannon Mason (SS) was the winning lady at this distance.

However, there were 3 more trails to go and all to play for (well, we hope so!)

At Little Baddow on Saturday there was a choice of 2 distances; 11 or 5 miles and being Little Baddow, I would imagine this would be hilly and muddy….

The 11 mile male winners were James Bosher and James Smith posting an excellent 1.11.54 and Mark Newton was 3 seconds behind in 3rd. First lady was Nikki Brockbank with Melissa Dowell (CHAC) and Lyn Higgs (MEC) 2nd. Elaine Tribley was an excellently placed 4th.

Read more: Easter Eggstravaganza


Weekend running

Harwich runners hosted the Essex road relays on Saturday on Dovercourt seafront and this event attracted 95 teams from all around the county. A lot of the 5k run takes place along the promenade and luckily weather conditions were just cloudy; no rain, snow, sun or even wind; just cloudy.

In the men’s v50 event, Striders took silver with the team of Robin McCoy 18:2.02, Paul Broome 18:59.78 and Paul Dobson 17:31.82

The v45 ladies ran well with Rebecca Pitman 20:52.14, Nicki Ranson 22:6.08 and Donna Morris 23:22.88, securing the bronze medal.

A small selection of 5 Striders ran the muddy hilly Orion 15 through Epping Forest on Saturday

Jon Byford was first placed Strider in 55th 1.57.43

18 Striders completed the Colchester Half marathon on Sunday, a popular event starting and finishing at the Colchester United football stadium. First Strider was Antony Goodall in 22nd (1.20.14) with Alex Benson in 26th (1.20.53) and James Wright in 41st (1.21.29). First lady was Jackie Stretton in 1.23.38, followed by Catherine Hull in 1.41.42 and Donna Morris in 1.45.17. Jackie was 2nd Senior lady.

There was also a trail on Sunday – the Lamarsh Village hall trail with a choice of 6 or 9.75 miles. 3 Striders ran the 6 mile and 2 the 9.75 mile.

Further afield Alex Manton ran the Wymondham AC 20 mile race and came second in 1.57.28. Emily Penkett and Derek Dunne also ran this race; Derek was first in the M50-54 category.

Well done to everyone who ran at the weekend.


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