Monday, February 19, 2018
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Tues 20 Feb 12 x 600m (Humber Road) 7.45pm

Thur 22 Feb Long & shorts 7pm

 Orienteering/Bridge Route/3 x 10 Threshold (90 sec rec) 8pm

Tues 27 Feb Big Pyramid (Avenues) 7.45pm

Thur 1 Mar Hills (Bridge) 7pm

  ASDA Loop/8-10-12 Threshold (90 sec rec) 8pm



Prizes at Ingatestone

The 32nd running of the Ingatestone 5 took place on a dry Sunday morning and started from the Anglo-European school. Only 8 Striders took part, with 6 of the 8 winning prizes!

The race was won by Crispian Bloomfield of Billericay in 26.42, but Springfield’s James Smith ran 27.57 to come in third. Together with Stuart Raven and Chris Sewell the men claimed third male team.

First lady was the returning to racing Liz Davies in a great 29.29. Rebecca Pittman was first v45 lady in 36.03 and together with Anna Luff, the ladies scooped first female team.

On Sunday there was also the Generals Round Trail race from the Generals Arms in Little Baddow, organised by Katy Rehal from Mid Essex casuals. There was a choice of 8.5 or 6.4 miles, which included a sting in the tail and fun in the woods. The ladies did well with Nikki Brockbank 2nd, Sharon Bannister 3rd and Janet Hill 4th in the 8 mile race. The men did even better with Antony Goodall 1st, Gavin Allen 2nd and Gary Chandler 3rd. In the ladies 6 mile, Allison Gillan was third and for the men Robert Rodie was also third.

Paul Bridges did another couple of marathons: marathon #146, the Roald Dahl challenge at Samphire Hoe in 4.42, on a very hot Thursday. By contrast, he did the Kent Coyote marathon #147 on Sunday in 3.39 in cooler weather. 


Weekend delights

A handful of Striders travelled to Newcastle to join the 57000 other runners in the Great North Run. This half marathon takes runners through the city centre, across the Tyne Bridge and into Gateshead and finishes at South Shields.

First Strider was Libby Nicholas in 1.37 and she was 128th lady. Other Striders to complete, in this order, were Mark Moughton, Richard Barker, Brian Poore, Jan Schuster, Claire Sharples, Gail Barker and Matthew Orwell.

Meantime, another handful of Striders ran the Langham 10k. Winning for the Striders was Gavin Allen in 34.45, closely followed by Chris Burgoyne in 34.54. Also running were Donna Morris, Nicola Pyle, Sarah Hammond, and Lynn Tanner. There was also a 5km where Lee Martin finished 4th.

Emily Smith finished as 1st v35 female and 4th female in the Essex Cross country series; consisting of 5 races over the course of the summer.

The Newtons, Mark and Sarah, travelled to France to take part in the Marathon du Medoc; unique in that there are 20 odd stops along the route offering wine and other delights….

Read more: Weekend delights


Winning the Double Treble!!


Springfield Striders have smashed the double treble at the Essex Way for the second year running. Trophies have been retained for the Men, Ladies and Vets, much to the Captains and everyone else’s delight, and makes all Sharon and Stuart’s nagging worthwhile. This is always a TEAM event and everyone’s run counted towards the final score.

The morning was bright and sunny, and a little windy, so pleasant conditions for running, especially in the earlier legs. The clouds came over during the day.  

With wins in Legs 1 (Chris Burgoyne), 2 (Alex Manton), 4 (Tristan Windley), 5 (Paul Molyneux), 9 (Gavin Allen) and 10 (Mark Newton), and respectable 2nd by Stuart Raven in Leg 3 and Sam Cornforth in Leg 6, 3rd for James Smith in Leg 8 and 4th for Antony Goodall in Leg 7, the men ran away again with the overall men’s trophy and 17 points in total.

After leg 3 the men were in front with 4 points, followed by Thrift Green on 21 and Benfleet on 29. At this stage the women were way behind the leaders Grange Farm, with 75 points (equal with Southend) as opposed to GFDR 25 points. The vets were leading with 25 points over Southend and GFDR.

After Leg 5 the men were still in front with only 6 points but this time LOSS were 2nd on 30 and Benfleet 36. The ladies were still languishing in 3rd but the top two had swopped with Southend taking the lead. The Vets were still leading with GFDR and Southend reversing their order.

By leg 7, Springfield were dominating the leader board. The men now had 12 points, with Benfleet and LOSS on 48 and 52 respectively. The ladies had now gained first place with 123 in front of Southend’s 132 and GFDR 158. The Vets widened their lead over GFDR and Southend, with only 48 points.

At the end of the final stage it was all settled; double treble for the Striders!! Well done to everyone who ran, cheered, supported throughout the day and on our Stage, and especially to Sharon and Stuart for sorting the teams out, nagging everyone and making sure it ran like clockwork. 


Summer Handicap

A warm and humid night for the Summer Handicap with most people well down on their times. Congratulations to Gary who is running well at the moment and to Alex who clocked the fastest time.

Gary Joslin                                           30.05                     20.05
Alex Benson                                         30.40                     18.40
Jon Legge                                             30.47                     22.47
Adrian Lock                                          30.49                     22.49
Richard Rule                                         30.57                     21.57
Alan Ashton                                         31.02                     20.02
Robert Hogan                                       31.03                     20.03
Richard Gallagher                                 31.25                     20.25
Nick Looby                                           31.37                     24.37
Richard Rothon                                     31.41                     21.41
Holly Thompson                                   32.00                     28.00
Hilda O’Kelly                                       32.02                     25.02
Tim Brockington                                   32.13                     23.13
Emily Smith                                          32.15                     21.15
Andrew Parker                                     32.18                     22.18
Dave Turk                                            32.21                     24.21
Mark Moughton                                   33.05                     24.05
Chris Purse                                           33.23                     22.23
Pat Knowles                                         38.58                     34.58

Thanks to Andy Hind who DNF’d but ran back to accompany Pat to the finish. Thanks to all the marshals.


Ridley Round

The Ridley Round is a trail with a difference; a 13 mile trail race with bonus points awarded for drinks at pubs around the course, so some very short times recorded for the 13 miles. Each time you have a drink, your card is marked, appropriate bonus calculated and that time taken off your overall time. 26 Striders ran this race (does that mean we like a beer?).

So, James Smith and Mark Newton shared first place with Alan Smalls and Sean Ketteridge of Colchester, and logged a final time of 19.10.

First lady was Pru Hayhow of GFDR, with Sarah Hammond and Nicky Brockbank coming second in 1.49.41.

The Great Newham London run is a 10k run in and around the former Olympic stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This was attended by a small cohort of Striders; 8 in total. First man was Dennis Sherwood in 52.22 and first lady was Donna Hall-Fremont in 1.16.40.

At the Fambridge middle distance triathlon, Andrew Wright was 3rd in the MV category and 8th overall, Peter Chubb was 22nd in MV

Kevin Hopper is now added to the list of Ironmen where he completed his race in Bolton in a total of 14.07. 


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