Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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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