Saffron Striders put in a good weekend performance

PUBLISHED: 10:18 24 November 2010

Pic – Fiona Tideswell in action last weekend

Pic â€" Fiona Tideswell in action last weekend

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SEVEN Saffron Striders recorded excellent results at the popular St Neots Half Marathon last weekend.

Cold but dry conditions greeted the runners tackling the undulating course on Sunday as more than 850 competitors amassed at the starting line.

Fiona Tideswell achieved her sub-90 minutes target – and won the medal for first female over 35 – with a magnificent run of 1hr 29mins for 86th place overall. This performance also meant she was the fourth female overall to cross the finishing line.

Andy Bryant shrugged off a shoulder injury to run a 1hr 33mins half marathon for 139th place in the 862-strong field.

Four Striders finished within two minutes of each other, with Anne Williams crossing the line in 1hr 50mins. The event marked a rare racing appearance from Anne, who seized the opportunity to show her abilities. Richard Auty completed his first ever half marathon in 1hr 51mins for 482nd position, while Alistair Cooke recorded his best half marathon time this year with a 1hr 52mins finish for 498th place. Just two places behind was Bridgett Savill, whose 1hr 52mins run was only a few seconds short of her 13.1-mile personal best.

Simon Ede meanwhile took a whopping three minutes off his previous personal best for the distance, finishing 577th in a time of 1hr 56mins.

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

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