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Tour of Little Baddow July 29 - August 1


Colchester trio take honours at Rayne

19 April 2010

Rayne was the venue, but the skies could not have been more clear and blue.

Roger Gooding kept up his prolific trail race organising with another excellent route through the Essex countryside. With the exception of two steep banks and the Notley Park hill the course was flat and very runnable. 1.17.09 for just over 12 miles of cross country is an impressive winning time from the trio of Allen Smalls, Sean Ketteridge and Adrian Mussett of Colchester (especially holding hands) and no one else came close. Top Striders were the Marks Newton and Waine who only parted company for the last stretch.

The ladies race was also a team effort with Angie Coster (Thrift Green) and Tracey Alexandrou just pipping the usual winner Tracey Woodyard by 4 seconds.

Full results are on the chatboard but be warned they are very loud.


Club Record for Sue, Nicole smashes PB

19 April 2010

Springfield Striders got into marathon mood this week with their final preparations for the London on Sunday.

Sue Clarke broke her own club over 45 record with a sparkling 44.20 at the Newham 10km just beating her club mate Lynn Tanner. They were first and second in their category. Rob Mills prepared for next week with a personal best 37.58. John Clarke, Tom and Helen Thompson and Pippa Shellard also featured.

Six Striders who were unable to gain entry for London ran the increasingly popular Brighton Marathon in very warm conditions. There were several PBs though none better than Nicole Callaghan slicing 45 minutes from her previous best with a time of 4.30.12. Greg Potts and Phil Watts also ran lifetime bests with 4.48.02 and 3.36.00 respectively. Richard Fall (3.45.42), Bob Gear (4.29.51) and Nigel Probert (4.31.44) also featured in what was described as a very well organised alternative to the London.

The Striders will again be manning the official drink station at the 13 mile mark on Sunday and cheering on the many club members who will be running.

Among the runners will be Chris Beazeley whose PB of 3.10 was run at Amsterdam. This is his sixth marathon with four being in the capital. His charity is Whizz Kids.

Dave Littleson will be running in his first marathon and raising money for Help the Hospices.

Kate Mills is running her first ever London and is hoping to get near to her PB of 3.12 set at Luton last year. Kate is running for Macmillan Nurses.

Another Strider lady on form is Nikki Brockbank who should easily surpass last year’s London time of 3.41.

Liz Irvine is running her second London and is hopeful of beating 4.58 and raising lots of money for MSRC.

Also running for the multiple sclerosis charity is Amelie Mollinghoff who only started running last year.

This will be Alan Chapman’s first marathon and he will be hoping for a time inside 3.15.

Farleigh Hospice will benefit from Siddy Bowring’s marathon run. He is hoping to knock 15 minutes from last year’s 3.43 clocking where he struggled in the warm conditions.

Fiona Cross is running her second London six years after her first and is hoping to improve on her previous time of 4.21.

Another marathon virgin is Jo Tucker who will be sporting the bright orange vest of her charity SENSE.

At the other end of the scale the London Marathon will be Janet Hill’s 75th marathon. Janet’s PB was many years ago at the Hong Kong Marathon where she ran 3.23 and she is running for the Alzheimers Society.

Darran Hull has a PB of 3.48 (Blackpool 09) and is running for ASPIRE (supporting people with Spinal Injuries). This will be his 6th marathon but first London.

Sarah Wenman is running her second London and should beat last year’s 4.07 clocking.

 Hoping to break the three hour barrier is Rob Mills who is running the London for the fifth time.

Graeme Romain has not attempted a marathon for ten years. This will be his 17th and, most certainly, final one. A PB of 2.53, achieved many years ago, is not under threat. He is running for purely personal reasons, having lost both his parents during the last year. They encouraged and supported him every single step of his previous 16 marathons, so this one's for them.

Noel Patrick’s PB is 4.51 and his training has gone well so he hopes to improve in this his fifth marathon and third London.

Allan Collins is running for the British Heart Foundation and hopes to go close to his PB of 3.48.

Chris Pearce will be running his first marathon and is supporting CLIC Sargent.

Two Striders will be running their sixth London. Sue Clarke is running her 15th marathon and Dave Turk is hoping to beat 4 hours after just missing by seconds last time.

Ian Bilboe is running his second London for Farleigh and hopes to break four hours.


Zut alors he's done it again

12 April 2010

The Paris marathon proved a happy hunting ground for Springfield Striders again this year with three impressive runs.

Husband and wife Paula and Ian Cardy ran 3.46.13 and 3.09.10 respectively, but the star of the show was the unstoppable Paul Molyneux.

 Almost every time the 29 year old dons a white and yellow vest he rewrites the club’s record books. Running with the leading French lady (who finished second), Paul enjoyed some excellent television coverage as he pounded the streets of the capital in a superb personal best time of 2.24.28. He felt he was on for an even better time but suffered from a stomach cramp with two miles to run. Paul was also the first Brit to finish.

Gary Rayner and Darren Sutton ran the Paddock Wood half marathon. It was well organised, a nice rural flat course. Conditions were good. Gary  was pleased with his time, 1hour and 22 minutes 36 seconds and Darren ran 1hour 27 minutes and 56 seconds.


Striders end season with a splash

12 April 2010

The long cross country season came to a close with the Stebbing fixture. Normally this toughest of all league races takes place in the cold of midwinter but due to frozen ground in December was postponed. A pile up of fixtures meant that Sunday was the first available date.

In glorious sunshine the large field set off only to see the leader and eventual winner Gary Chandler stack it at the first boggy section. Undeterred Chandler went on to a convincing victory on the wet and muddy course. He led the Striders to first place on the day and a share of the title with Leigh on Sea who had been in pole position all season.

Mark Newton had his usual strong run for third spot, but it was James Neugebauer who starred with a superb sixth place finish. Mark Waine and Paul Anderson also made the top ten and with great backing from Andy Mason and Andy Lovelock the white and yellow vests were clear winners.

In the ladies race the hosts Grange Farm had a clean sweep to finish in a tie with Leigh with the Striders back in third. However the team of Sarah Colbert, Jennifer Macaulay, Jo Gemmill, Sue Clarke, Karen Chapman, Kerry Marsh and Mary Dyer finished an excellent second on the day. Thanks for the cakes again Mary.


Full results on chatboard


Greg and Nikki win at Purleigh, but Gary and Tracy win series

5 April 2010

Another successful Easter weekend of trails was completed at the Roundbush today with 125 competitors braving a strong headwind in the opening miles.

Last man off Greg Deacon surprised himself by snatching victory from Gary Chandler by just 36 seconds, but Nikki Brockbank won by almost 4 minutes with her stunning run which placed her 8th in the race.

Tracy Woodyard's dogged run was good enough to retain the overall. Despite his second place Gary Chandler still took the overall ahead of Andy Mason and Tim Brockington.

Full results on chatboard (Studs and Mud)


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