Saffron runners taste success

PUBLISHED: 16:07 02 November 2010

Keith Savill running

Keith Savill running

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SAFFRON Saffron Striders got off to a great start in the winter cross country league with Andrew Mynott and Fiona Halls claiming the top spots in the men's and women's races.

The first race of the season, held at Ware, saw drizzly conditions compensated for by above average temperatures, making a fast race for the members of the Striders, the Ware Joggers and Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow and Cambridge and Coleridge running clubs.

Andrew’s time was 30mins 2secs over the five mile course, while fellow Strider Nick White was second in the race.

Tim Ellis also put in a strong performance, coming fifth overall, while Nigel Coates, Isaac Clements, Dan Plumb and Steve White all secured top 20 placings, in 12th, 14th, 16 and 19th respectively.

John James’ time of 36mins 6secs gave him 28th place, while four seconds behind in 30th was Stephane Toussenel. Matthew Billis was the next runner home in 36mins 19secs, while Keith Savill was 41st in 38mins 15secs. Tony Davidson was 45th, Henry Rowe 60th and Simon Chambers 73rd in 45mins 6secs.

In the ladies’ race, Fiona Hall’s 35mins 15secs run gave her the top spot, while Rebecca White was fourth in 37mins 57secs. Kate Holden was 15th in 43mins and Gemma Thake came 22nd in 45mins 2secs. Bridget Savill (23rd), Lorraine Melton (25th) and Lisa Plumb (43rd) were the remaining female Striders to take part, and all did well.

The results were good enough for the Striders to be first overall in the cross country league following this initial race of the season, with the men’s team result being the best of the clubs and the women coming third.

New members are always welcome. Meet at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre on Tuesday at 8pm for a group run. Training sessions also take place on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Visit safronstriders.org.uk.

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