Club news release 30/6/2019

Scott’s 10K midweek league

On Wednesday 39 Striders took part in the 4th (and last) scoring 10K midweek league race of 2019. On a very warm night with poor air quality, the going was tough. 23 men and 16 ladies from the club took on the new undulating course that started just outside Fairlands Valley Park and finished in the Valley. First Strider home was Jonny Nicholls in an impressive 38:48 followed by Steve Wells in 40:30 finishing third in his age category. First Lady home was newcomer Hannah West 51:02, followed by Esperanza Castro 52:47 and Liezel Bezuidenhout 53:37. There were PBs for Brendon Kelly 41:04, Glenn Cuzner 41:56, Phil Deaves 50:15 and Anne Miller 55:32. The men’s team finished third and the ladies’ team fourth. Overall the club were fourth on the night and overall fourth in the division of eight clubs.

The next race on 11/7/2019 is the MOB match which is a non-scoring fixture where all clubs from all three divisions can take part. It’s a bit of fun to round the series off and gives the club an opportunity to see their two-age category prize winning runners, Steve Wells and Esperanza Castro pick up their awards.

Here are the full club results from the race: 38:48 Jonny Nicholls, 40:30 Steve Wells, 41:04 Brendon Kelly, 41:56 Glenn Cuzner, 43:43 Kenny Arnold, 44:10 Daniel Sanders, 44:23 Darren Lovelock, 44:40 Tom Sclanders, 45:15 Stuart Cuzner, 45:33 Danik Bates, 47:29 Martin Watson, 47:52 Karl Sparks, 49:15 Greg Bradbury, 49:55 Karl Hudson, 50:15 Phil Deaves, 51:02 Hannah West, 52:47 Esperanza Castro, 53:01 Peter Monk, 53:02 James Palmer, 53:11 Darren March, 53:37 Liezel Bezuidenhout, 54:23 Gary Sherin, 54:45 Tracy Bullot, 55:22 Frances Levy, 55:29 Eilish Hislop, 55:32 Anne Miller, 56:04 Darren Isted, 56:16 Molly Davis, 56:35 Lisa Liversidge, 58:20 Ian McClements, 58:41 Peter Kelly, 59:16 Fiona Davies, 59:33 Sandra Howes, 01:01:14 Linda Howell, 01:03:28 Tony Castro, 01:05:55 Ally Brown, 01:10:48 Hayley Stenning, 01:16:04 Sue Loughran, 01:18:23 Sarah Goodyear

Clare and Davie’s Marathon achievement

There is no stopping these two Striders this month. They have just completed five marathons in five days and they have both ran ten marathons this month in total. Saturday was the toughest for them with the weather being so hot but they both managed to complete the five marathons in five day challenge with ease on Sunday. The marathons took place over in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

Davie Stafford’s results: Day 1: 04-07-57, Day 2: 04-29-03, Day 3: 04-05-41, Day 4: 04-44-36, Day 5: 04-17-33.

Clare Wing’s results: Day 1: 04-40-10, Day 2: 04-55-22, Day 3: 04-47-41, Day 4: 05-44-50, Day 5: 04-40-44.

With good strong times to complete the challenge, there were good positions from the pair. On day one, Davie won the event overall and Clare was 5th overall but also the first female to cross the line. On the second day Davie took second whilst Clare was first female again. Day three, again, Davie took second and Clare was first female. Day four Davie was seventh whilst Clare finished 23rd and on the final day Davie was 4th whilst Clare finished 10th overall.

The Herts Hobble

On Sunday Chris and Sue Leigh took on the 26.5-mile Herts Hobble off road challenge and the hot conditions that went with it. This was Chris’s 53rd marathon. The route is described in a seven-page set of instructions that runners must follow to stay on route. Starting in Buntingford, Chris and Sue travelled to a range of local villages including Anstey, Nuthampstead, Barkway and Wyddial. They both stayed on track and finished in 6 hours 36 mins, taking 30 minutes off their result from last year.

This week’s dose of Parkruns

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

Stevenage: 323 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes. Liezel Bezuidenhout 25-56 (102nd), Fiona Davies 28-03 (143rd), Darren Isted 28-15 (147th), Sandra Shirley 34-04 (238th), Brenda Smith 34-34 (252nd), Julia Middleton 38-04 (291st), Tracy Norris 45-29 (214th), Rachel Hall 52-57 (323rd).

Away results:

Bedford: Steve Wells 19-03 (12th out of 437 runners).

Ellenbrook Fields (Hatfield): Stuart Cuzner 22-10 (24th out of 281 runners).

Great Cornard (Sudbury, Suffolk): Danik Bates 23-04 (28th out of 131 runners).

Sittingbourne (Kent): Darren March 25-08 (47th out of 198 runners). Louise March 37-51 (155th).

Stevenage 10km

The Stevenage Striders will host the Stevenage 10km race on 15th September 2019. This is the first 10K race run in Stevenage that has been open to all members of the public for over 30 years. Further details of the event can be seen at www.stevenagestridersrc.org.uk/stevenage-10k-15-9-2019/ . All finishers receive a medal and technical t shirt. Entries for the race can be made at https://www.racesonline.uk/race-entry/stevenage10k/index.php?id=1 or via www.stevenagestridersrc.org.uk

About Stevenage Striders

The club was formed back in 2013 and has lots of runners from the local area joined since then and is open to all abilities. To find out more information about the club, how to join or what sort of training we can offer, please contact via the club or head coach Chris Leigh on stevenagestriders@mail.com or visit the website http://stevenagestridersrc.org.uk

Danik Bates

Stevenage Striders Press Officer.