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Thur 28 June Beginners 7pm/River Route 8pm

Fri 29 June FRIDAY NIGHT 5

 

Warm weather for marathons

It was a warm and sunny weekend for everyone this weekend and for those running marathons, it was going to be a challenge.

Mark Newton beat the heat in Paris and posted a very good 2hours 30 and came 47th in the race. Apparently he was captured on film finishing as well.

A couple of Striders travelled to Brighton on the South coast to tackle the Brighton Marathon; Andy Quinn posted a respectable 3.53 and Steve Brame struggled in the heat to finish in 5.18. It was a hot day on the coast and some water stations had run out of water  all around the course!!

Slightly nearer to home was the Little Bromley 10k, a shorter distance to run in the sunshine. Liz Davies ran 35.46, a PB and a new v35 club record, and first lady. Liz was 7th overall as well. Jackie Stretton was 2nd Strider lady in 39.28 and 3rd lady overall. Also running for Striders were Gareth Thomas, Emily Smith, Kelly Spencer, and Paul Tumner.

Well done to everyone who ran.

 

Manchester, Essex 5 and new ladies club records

After a quiet weekend last weekend, the Spring marathon season started with Manchester marathon and at the other end of the scale, the Essex 5 mile championships were held at the Chelmsford City racecourse.

First to Manchester, where 11 Striders took part. First Strider was Kate Mills in 3.10.01, and she was 33rd female as well as 3rd in the v45 category. Kate also breaks the female v45 club marathon record. Martin Watson was first male in 3.13.23.

Hopefully the weather in Manchester was as bright and spring-like as it was for the Essex 5 mile. This took place starting from the Chelmsford City Racecourse at Great Leighs – a spacious and clean Race HQ - and made its way down some delightful country roads on a beautiful Spring day. 34 Striders took part. 

Read more: Manchester, Essex 5 and new ladies club records

 

Road relay success

A fantastic performance at the Essex road relays in Harwich on Saturday meant another medal haul for Striders.

The ladies open team were on top form, grabbing the Gold team prize by a team effort from Liz Davies, Kate Mills and Sam Bilbie. This is the first time in history we have won this. The v45 ladies also scored medals by coming 3rd in this category with a team of Rebecca Pittman, Donna Hindle and Hilda O’Kelly. Liz Davies also won the fastest leg for the Open ladies in a fantastic time of 16.56, which beat most of the men Striders too J

The men fared well too; the team of Mark Waine, Peter Robinson, James Smith, and James Wright picked up bronze men’s open and Stuart Raven, Lee Martin, and Antony Goodall were bronze v40

Some of the relay runners were in action again on Sunday at the popular Brentwood half marathon, where 37 Striders took part. The men scooped Mens team Gold with Peter Robinson 8th, Alex Manton 13th, Antony Goodall 17th, James Wright 18th and Chris Burgoyne 21st. First Strider lady was Sam Bilbie in 1.30.39 and she was 12th lady overall. There were several great runs and PBs on the day. Well done to everyone. 

   

Essex 20 medals

39 Striders in total braved the wet and windy conditions for the popular Essex 20 race held near to Colchester. This was also an Intercounty match and representing Essex were our own Paul Molyneux for the men and Sam Bilbie for the ladies. The 3 lap race started off in fairly heavy cold rain, so not the optimum conditions to start with but it did brighten up during later laps.

First Strider and representing Essex was Paul Molyneux in 1.50.53, which gave him Men open bronze. Together with James Smith (1.57.25) and Mark Newton (1.57.28), the strider men took the team Gold and took home the biggest trophy in the world (see Facebook!) Striders also won the men’s team silver - Pete Robinson 1.57.54, Alex Manton 2.01.58 and Tom Cammack 2.02.51.

Paul Molyneux and the Essex men’s team took Gold in the intercounty competition.

Sam Bilbie was the only Strider lady medal winner; she took open and v35 bronze in 2.22.16. Sam also took intercounty silver with her Essex team mates. 

There were also several PBs from the race. 

Well done to everyone who ran and braved the rain!

 

Little Baddow and Tarpley

Striders took part in several races at the weekend.

First off was the penultimate Mid Essex XC fixture at Little Baddow on what turned out to be a mild, reasonably sunny morning. 22 Strider men and 10 Strider women took part on this hilly, challenging course through some lovely woods and around a couple of fields.

First man for Striders and overall was Chris Burgoyne, and the scoring team was made up of Stuart Raven in 11th, Antony Goodall 13th, Paul Jeggo 17th, Jon Byford 20th and Gary Robins 25th, thus making the men 2nd on the day.

First lady was Hilda O’Kelly in 12th, with Karen Chapman 14th, Allison Gillan 16th and Elaine Tribley 19th, making up the scoring team and 3rd on the day.

Striders are currently 2nd in the men’s’ table and 3rd in the ladies, with one fixture to go at Braintree.

Read more: Little Baddow and Tarpley

   

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