Saffron Striders duo record superb results at Great Eastern Run

PUBLISHED: 12:57 19 October 2010

Fiona Tideswell

Fiona Tideswell


TALENTED Saffron Striders duo Fiona Halls and Fiona Tideswell recorded superb results at the Great Eastern Run.

They were the fifth and sixth females aged over 35 respectively in fast times of 1hr 29mins and 1hr 30mins, giving them overall positions of 223rd and 246th in a huge field of 3177 runners.

Gemma Thake continued to build on her recent good form at the race with a 1hr 44mins run for 796th position.

At the Eden Project Half Marathon down in Cornwall, Claire Waters finished in the medal positions as the second female of 35. Her time of 1hr 41mins saw her finish 67th out of 859 competitors, while husband Paul was 147th in 1hr 49mins.

The course, while described by race organisers as “undulating”, featured very few flat stretches and provided a challenge to all runners.

Meanwhile Arthur Oliva was the sole Strider to take on the Felixstowe Half Marathon. He finished well up the field as 144th out of 431 runners and cracked the 1hr 50mins barrier with an excellent time of 1hr 49mins and 3secs.

Over a slightly shorter distance, the Tiptree 10 Miler featured three Saffron Striders among the 362 entrants – with Nick White running a blistering 58mins 42secs for second place. Chris Dodge was not far behind in 21st position with a time of 1hr 4mins, while Nick’s wife Rebecca also put in a superb performance with a 1hr 12mins run for 60th place.

• New runners are always welcome at the Saffron Striders. Meet at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre on Tuesdays at 8pm for a group run. Sessions are also held on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The club runs introduction to running courses as well – keep an eye on the local press or contact the club for more information. Visit

• Great Eastern Run (3177 competitors)

Fiona Halls (223rd - fifth female over 35) 1:29:39

Fiona Tideswell (246th - sixth female over 35) 1:30:34

Gemma Thake (796th) 1:44:36

• Eden Project Half Marathon (859 competitors)

Claire Waters (67th - second female over 35) 1:41:32

Paul Waters (147th) 1:49:39

• Felixstowe Half Marathon (431 competitors)

Arthur Oliva (144th) 1:49:03

• Tiptree 10m (362 competitors)

Nick White (second) 58:42

Chris Dodge (21st) 1:04:47

Rebecca White (60th) 1:12:20

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