Record numbers for Striders

SAFFRON Striders turned out in record numbers for the Stebbing 10 mile road race. The strength in depth of the Saffron Striders ladies team is astounding and yet again, they dominated proceedings. Claire Waters (1:11), Fiona Tideswell (1:12) and

SAFFRON Striders turned out in record numbers for the Stebbing 10 mile road race.

The strength in depth of the Saffron Striders ladies team is astounding and yet again, they dominated proceedings.

Claire Waters (1:11), Fiona Tideswell (1:12) and Rebecca White (1:12) walked off with the team trophy.

There were also tremendous runs from Fiona Halls (1:12), Gemma Thake (1:22) and Janet Bradshaw (1:29).


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Although the men did not win anything, there were some excellent performances, most notably by Nick White in breaking the hour (0:59) and by Henry Rowe (1:16).

Chris Dodge (1:01) and Nigel Coates (1:03) both produced excellent times to finish in the top 40 of this highly competitive race.

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Keith Savill (1:16) just keeps getting quicker and new member Brian Turvey can be very pleased with his time of 1:22.

John Howe had to compete with considerably younger runners in the Super Veteran 60+ category.

His time of 1:45 was incredibly impressive, but would probably have won a prize had there been a Super Veteran 70+ category.

In other races, Paul Burgess and Steve White battled it out on the trails and footpaths around Chelmsford in the Hylands Hobble.

Both did Saffron Striders proud with top 20 finishes, although it was White who took the most plaudits with his sensational 6th place.

Gavin Long headed for the Peak District for the Edale mini mountain marathon.

The Saffron Strider took 44th place out of the 111 competitors racing to reach as many checkpoints as possible within three hours on the misty Derbyshire moors.

Tim Hyatt was 500 miles away on the outskirts of Aberdeen when he started the Methlick Duathlon. He was over the moon when he finished it in 24th position.

Brilliant sunshine and snow-capped mountains greeted the Saffron Strider as he tackled the 5K run - 18K bike - 3K run event.

Saffron Striders have lots on offer over the next couple of months. Come along for a group run (Tuesday 8:00) or interval training (Thursdays 7:30). There is also the Hereward Relay, Cross Country League, Christmas Tinsel run plus much more.

For further information, visit the Saffron Striders website or call Robert Woodward on 01223 836017.

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