Club news release 9/6/2019

Stevenage Striders Press Release – 9th June 2019

Scott’s 10K midweek league – Harlow
Conditions were not at their best when 32 Striders made the trip to Harlow for the second round in the inter club 10K midweek league competition. The route was described as flat and fast but with half of it off road and much of that in narrow pathways, the course proved to be a challenge particularly in failing light in the final two miles.
The runners acquitted themselves well with the men’s team finishing a strong third and the ladies, with several key runners missing sixth. This positioned the club fourth overall on the night out of the eight teams and fourth overall after the two fixtures, very close to Edmonton running club.
There were several strong individual results with Steve Wells and Brenda Smith both finishing second in their age category and Esperanza Castro and Phil Deaves both finishing third in their age categories. Tony Castro was the bigger improver on the night, taking 2 mins 46 seconds off of his previous 10K time. Martin Watson finished 26 places ahead of where he finished in race 1 and Stuart Cuzner had a further 27 place improvement.
The fastest male Strider on the night and first Strider home was the ever improving Johnny Nicholls in 38:51. He was closely followed by a Darren Lovelock and Steve Wells with two sub 40 finishes of 39:24 and 39:42 respectively. The fist lady Strider was Liezel Bezuidenhout in 52:21 with the ladies team captain Tracy Bullet on her heels in 53:09.
The third fixture is at Watford on 12/6/2019 where Stevenage Striders aim to ga8n third position in their division and consolidate individual performances for age category awards.
Here is the full list of runners and their finishing times.
38:51:00 Jonny Nicholls
39:24:00 Darren Lovelock
39:42:00 Steve Wells
40:37:00 Ollie Garbas
41:59:00 Brendon Kelly
43:46:00 Kenny Arnold
43:47:00 Daniel Sanders
45:22:00 Stuart Cuzner
46:36:00 James Palmer
47:23:00 Martin Watson
47:40:00 Karl Hudson
50:14:00 Phil Deaves
51:50:00 Greg Bradbury
52:18:00 Peter Monk
52:21:00 Liezel Bezuidenhout
53:09:00 Tracy Bullot
54:10:00 Russ Andrews
54:14:00 Dave Mendonca
55:33:00 Anne Miller
56:25:00 Esperanza Castro
56:31:00 Ken Marshall
57:42:00 Chris Leigh
58:32:00 Lisa Liversidge
59:13:00 Ian McClements
59:59:00 Sue Leigh
01:01:10 Peter Kelly
01:01:28 Sandra Howes
01:03:03 Robin Hester
01:03:20 Linda Howell
01:05:09 Tony Castro
01:15:56 Brenda Smith
01:15:57 Emma Tozer

D Day for Clare and Davie…and then a potter along the Thames…
This week Davie Stafford and Clare Wing pushed on further with their 2019 marathon challenge by taking on 4 marathons in 4 days. The first three were commemorating the 75th anniversary of D Day with land, sea and air themed marathons on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday they completed a Harry Potter themed marathon on the Thames pathway on Sunday.
Here are the times for each of their races:
Land – Davie 3:54:20 Clare 4:30:55 2nd lady
Sea – Davie 4:16:59 Clare 5:08:41
Air – Davie 4:03:41 Clare 4:26:14 2nd lady
Thames path Potter – Davie 4:05:12 and overall winner. Clare 4:40:46 3rd lady
Both saw big improvements in their quad times (the aggregate of the four marathons). Davie took a massive 1 hour 30 mins off his previous quad marathon time and Clare 1 hour 40 mins.

St Albans half
Warm conditions greeted Glenn Cuzner for the St Albans half marathon. This is a tough, hilly course somethings were even tougher for him! Nevertheless the in form Cuzner ran a sub 1:40 race finishing in 1:39:09.

Southend half
Megan Taylor took on the Southend half on Sunday. This is a flat course from Shoeburyness that leads to the kursaal at Southend. Unfortunately the sun was well and truly out which made the race uncomfortably hot, not ideal conditions for this distance. Megan managed to achieve a sub 2 hour race in 1 hour 59 mins 53 secs.

Weald 50K
Jenny Ingram-Tedd pressed on with her training for the Race to the Stones 100Km run next month with a 50km trail ultra marathon, the Weald Ultra. This was on a tough circular course with over 900m of elevation. Jenny finished in a pleasing time of 6 hours 22 mins 58 secs.

Hannington Hike
The sun was out for Chris and Sue Leigh as they travelled to Wellingborough for this 27.5 mile trail marathon. With this type of run, the runners are given a description of the route which they have to follow to stay on track. The whole route was also off road, crossing fields which in many cases was chest high! The pair had a couple small diversions with s9me back tracking which increased the mileage covered to 28.9 miles. They completed the scheduled 27 miles in 6 hours 51 mins 21 secs and the complete route of 28.9 miles in 7 hours 19 mins. This was Chris’s 52nd marathon and Sue’s 28th marathon.

This week’s Parkruns.
The 5km (3.1 mile) free-event for all took place on Saturday morning and a few Striders were out in force.
Stevenage: 286 runners took part. Eleven Striders took on the park run course. First home was Brendon Kelly in 20:34. Martin Watson followed in 22:45 just 2 seconds off of his ParkRun pb. Other results were Dan Sanders 26:16, Gill Philpotts 28:35 (pb), Peter Kelly 29:16, Dan Gunning 29:41 (pb), Steve Moore 30:34, Brenda Smith 34:02, Jenny Graham 34:45, Tracy Norris 43:07.
Away results: Great Notley Danik Bates 21:48.
Cassiobury Park – Steve Wells 19:03 5th overall
Ellenbrook fields – Darren March 22:28 and Louise March 34:49
Bakewell – Garry Wallace 27:40 and Louise Chancellor 28:48.