Striders are strong in the Wand

PUBLISHED: 11:58 09 August 2011

THE Saffron Striders turned out in force for the Wandlebury five-mile trail race at the weekend, with 15 club members taking on the paths around the country park.

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THE Saffron Striders turned out in force for the Wandlebury five-mile trail race at the weekend, with 15 club members taking on the paths around the country park.

Ian McDougall and James Kew scored top-10 places, finishing 9th and 10th respectively in 31mins 42secs and 32mins 27secs.

Just outside the top 10 was Matthew Billis, who put in another excellent run with a time of 33mins 3secs.

Fiona Halls continued her strong season, finishing the second female and 14th overall in 33mins 33secs, while less than a minute behind in 34mins 26secs was John James for 20th place.

The race was the sixth event in the Striders’ 2011 Championship and although the points have yet to be allocated, it looks likely that Halls and James will leap frog one or both of the current top two Andrew Mynott and Nigel Coates, neither of whom were able to take part.

Four more Striders finished inside the top 30 of the 78-strong field. Toby Lumsden (34mins 55secs for 23rd place), Andrew Flind (34mins 58secs for 24th), Andy Bryant (35mins 27secs for 26th) and Tim McMahon (35mins 54 secs for 29th) all performed strongly.

Also competing for the Striders were Stuart Field who came 42nd in 38mins 25secs, Alistair Cooke whose time of 39mins 9secs earned him 47th, Gemma Thake with a time of 40mins 3secs for 49th position, Gary Howe in 44mins 13secs for 61st, Mark Stockdale in 64th with a time of 45mins 56mins, and Melanie Fulford in 47mins 41secs for 69th.

New runners are always welcome at the Striders. Lord Butler Leisure Centre at 8pm on Tuesdays. Visit saffronstriders.org.uk for more information.

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