Club news release 6/5/2019

Sandra Howes debuts at half-marathon distance

That’s right, Sandra Howes completed her first ever half-marathon (13.1 miles – 21km) in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire at the weekend. Sandra completed the course in 02-13-54.

Watford 10km

There was two members of the female team taking on the 10km course at Cassiobury Park, Watford on Monday when Ally Brown and Emma Tozer represented the Striders on this hilly course. Emma finished in 01-16-48 whilst Ally came in at 01-05-38. Well done girls!


On the Isle of Sheppy, Kent on Sunday, the March’s were pounding the streets of the county again but this time at 10km distance. Darren March finished in 48-34 and Louise March in 01-11-48.

This week’s Parkruns.

The 5km (3.1 mile) free-event for all took place on Saturday morning and Striders were out in force.

INTERNATIONAL PARKRUN FIRST-FINISHER: Yes, we have our second international Parkrun first finisher in the club’s history (and both being this year, the other being Danik Bates at Trout Pond, Alberta, Canada back in March), where Brendon Kelly took on the course at Portumna, county Galway. This was the fourth time Brendon took on the two-lap course which is done on forest trails. Also, in the process he broke his course personal best here by seven seconds to finish 21-06. There were 30 runners at the event. (Side note: as well as Danik and Brendon being first finishers at Parkruns whilst on the Striders books, we believe there are three in the club in total, the other being Steve Wells at Luton Wardown course in the UK. If there are any other Striders who have been first-finishers at Parkruns then please let the club know). Well done Brendon.

Stevenage: 337 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes. Davie Stafford (with a buggy) in 21-56 (27th). Alan Watt: 23:35 (53rd). Martin Watson: 23:44 (57th), Liezel Bezuidenhout: 25:52 (108th), Clare Wing: 26:50 (135th), Frances Levy 26:59 (139th), Fiona Davies: 27-05 (145th), Colin Fenwick 33-20 (267th), Esperanza Castro 34-00 (276th), Penny Fanthrope 38-21 (308th).

Other away results:
Ellenbrook Fields (Hatfield): Tom Sclanders 20-40 (16th out of 330 runners).

Maidstone (Kent): Darren March 21-55 (35th out of 457 runners). Louise March 34-32 (343rd).

Seaton (Devon): Garry Wallace 28-52 (125th out of 261 runners). Louise Chancellor 30-03 (150th).

Panshanger (Hertford): Danik Bates 30-15 (329th out of 516 runners).

Canons Park (North London): Jennifer Graham 35-45 (170th out of 234 runners). Paras Shah 36-39 (181st).

Letchworth (Herts): Kay Marriott 38-09 (122nd out of 137 runners). Sarah Chambers 39-17 (124th).