Mynott continues fine form as 2011 club championship gets underway

PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 April 2011

Left to right - Lorna Gough, Clare Jeffries, Julie Kendall, Simon Chambers and Jon Beard

Left to right - Lorna Gough, Clare Jeffries, Julie Kendall, Simon Chambers and Jon Beard

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THE Saffron Striders were out in force at the St Clare Hospice 10K – with several first-time racers among them.

A total of 22 club members were a among the 482 runners at the start line of the popular race near Harlow, which was the first event in the club’s 2011 championship.

Andrew Mynott continued his impressive form, with a 6th place finish in 34mins 55secs just a week after he secured second place in the Joe Cox Half Marathon in Stowmarket.

Ian MacDougall ran a superb 10K in 36mins 59secs for 12th place, while Fiona Halls and Janet Lipski both secured medal spots, as the first females over 35 and 45 respectively in times of 40mins 53secs and 43mins 8secs.

Robert Woodward, Toby Lumsden, John James, Andy Bryant and Tim McMahon all ran sub-45 minute races, while Henry Rowe, Nigel Rand and Margit Wendelberger-James finished below 50 minutes.

Bridget Savill ran a 50mins 24secs race for 164th position, while a minute and 20 seconds behind was Alison Eddershaw for 194th. Ashley Goldie was 219th in 53mins 6secs and Simon Chambers ran the course in 54mins 54secs for 241st place.

Close behind him was Jon Beard (55mins 42secs), while June Woodward finished in a time of 58mins 54secs.

Several new Striders, some of whom had been through one of the club’s successful beginners courses, used the St Clare 10K as their first ever competitive event. Beginners course graduates Julie Kendall (382nd, 1hr 2mins 55secs), Lorna Gough (394th, 1hr 4mins 26secs) and Clare Jeffries (395th, 1hr 4mins 32secs) were all delighted to complete their first ever race.

Meanwhile at the Cambourne 10K, Matthew Billis finished well up the field with an impressive 38th out of 900 runners. His time was 40mins 12 secs. And super-veteran John Howe walked the course in 1hr 15mins.

At the Sandy 10 Miler, Fiona Tideswell was once again in medal winning form, finishing as the first female over 35 in 1hr 7mins. She was 58th out of 517 competitors.

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