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Tue 21 Nov Long (1100m) & Short (700m) (Industrial Estate) 7.30pm

Thu 23 Nov Long & Short 7.00pm

ASDA Loop/ Threshold 8min2minrec5x400m(5k pace)45sec8min 8.00pm

 

Senior Men, Vet Men & Vet Ladies Essex League Champions

A double header of Cross country this weekend with the final Essex League meeting with all to play for by Striders and our own Mid Essex league fixture at Highwood.

A cold and snowy morning at Basildon was the scene for the Essex league fixture where you might be mistaken in thinking that there wouldn’t be hills….of course there were!

12 Strider ladies braved the cold and were led by Liz Davies in 1st place; at least 30 seconds ahead of the second placed lady. Our second lady was Polly Bridgman in 20th, followed by Emily Smith in 25th; as these ladies are all vets they made up the vets scoring team and placed us first in this category. To make up the open teams (all categories) Vic Curren came in 28th, making this team 4th overall.  

18 men took part in the later and longer men’s race. Paul Molyneux made a guest appearance for the club and took 5th place. Paul was backed up by James Smith in 9th, Tom Cammack in 13th, Greg Deacon in 19th, Alex Manton in 25th and Antony Goodall in 33rd, making them first on the day. The vets team of Greg Deacon, Antony Goodall, Paul Dobson and Seb McGuire took first place on the day too.

Read more: Senior Men, Vet Men & Vet Ladies Essex League Champions

 

Bentley half and Boggling times

The Bentley half marathon is popular in the race goers’ calendar as it is fast and flat and comes at a good time in Spring marathon training. It is also a great race to run as well and was not as windy this year. Several great times were posted, including a few PBs.
26 Striders ran, breaking down into 17 men and 9 women. The fast men were out in force and Peter Robinson (3rd), Alex Manton (5th) and Tom Cammack (7th) scooped the male team prize. Antony Goodall in 12th was 2nd M40. First strider lady was Nicky Hands in 1.45 followed by Heather Eastwood in 1.47.
 
For 6 other Striders it was the Braintree Bog-gle trail race, organised by Mid Essex Casuals. First Strider was Julian Catmull in 4.21and first lady Strider was Kirsty Williams in 4.48.
 
And because the 53-12 report has not yet been done for our race at Writtle, which incidentally was a great course which was enjoyed by all (I think!).
First Strider from a squad of 21 was James Smith in 2nd and the rest of the scoring team were Greg Deacon in 6th, Chris Burgoyne 7th, Alex Manton 12th, James wright 22nd, Stuart Raven 29th, Alex Benson 32nd and Paul Jeggo 34th. The men were 2nd behind Ipswich Jaffa on the day.
 

Read more: Bentley half and Boggling times

 

Box Hill and XC

It was a cold and frosty Saturday morning for the Box Hill fell race in Surrey and temperatures probably were in the minuses. However, it was a beautifully sunny day and the views were apparently to die for. There were patches of thick frost on the course which made for fairly fast and firm going. There were 257 runners in total who completed the race.
 
First Strider was Stuart Raven in 31st with a time of 64.02. He was followed by Roger Gooding 75.57, Jon Byford 76.01, Gary Wright 76.22, Tim Brockington 83.06, Julian Catmull 84.44, Catherine Hull 90.43, Karen Chapman 91.06, Elaine Tribley 92.26, Alistair Gillan 99.14, and Sarah Knowles 130.48
 
It was another extremely cold and icy day for the next round of the 53-12 league cross country at Ipswich on Sunday. 11 men and 5 women braved the cold and some of these had tackled the notorious Box Hill the day before.
 
James Smith was first male Strider in 3rd and joining James on the scoring team were Alex Manton in 23rd, James Wright 31st, Stuart Raven 34th, Gary Robins 53rd, Jon Byford 82nd, Roger Gooding 87th and Gary Wright 88th. The men were 6th in Pool A on the day.  

Read more: Box Hill and XC

   

January off road

The Round 4 Essex League cross country took place at Notley Park near Braintree. It was a cold and crisp morning, with some snow still on the ground. The ladies course was a mere 5.2k and the men’s was 7.4k; some felt that this was short!
 
Liz Davies was 1st lady overall in 19.39, followed by Sam Bilbie in 9th, Allison Gillan in 56th and Deborah Hitching in 61st to make up the scoring team; and were joined by Elaine Tribley  66th, and good packing by Holly Thompson 73rd, Anna Luff 74th, Sarah Knowles 76th, and Sarah Goodwin 77th, and finished with Vicki Robins 81st and Julie Pugh 86th. The ladies were fifth on the day but the ladies vets were 3rd which puts them joint first in the league with Chelmsford AC, so all to play for at the last race on 11th February in Basildon.
 
The 24 strong squad of men were led by the scoring team of James Smith in 10th, Greg Deacon 15th, Tom Cammack 16th, Alex Manton 18th, Chris Burgoyne 20th, and Russell Davies 24th. The senior men including Vets are currently 1st in this league as are the vet men, so again all to play for at the last fixture.
 

Read more: January off road

 

Essex XC Championships

A rather mild but damp morning for the Essex XC Championships at Claybury Park, Woodford. Rain the night before ensured that the course had some lovely muddy bits, which was actually pleasing to see and run in.
11 ladies and 20 men turned up to represent Springfield Striders.
The ladies race was first at 10.30 over a distance of 8km (about 5 miles) and was a 3 lap course, with a field of 144 runners. Liz Davies was first lady and therefore qualifies for InterCounties cross country, well done Liz!. Liz was followed by Sam Bilbie in 16th, Polly Bridgman 29th and Emily Smith 35th to take 4th team place.
The men’s race was a longer race (roughly 7 miles) and consisted of a field of 186 runners. First male Strider was Tristan Windley in 6th; together with James Smith in 22nd, Alex Manton in 26th, Sam Cornforth in 33rd, Russell Davies in 45th and Antony Goodall in 55th the men took team Bronze.
Well done to everyone who ran; it was a hard and hilly course which tested the runner!
There is a double header this weekend with Essex League at Notley and Mid Essex league at Rivenhall; hoping to see a good turnout. 
   

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