Club news release 7/7/2019

Stevenage Striders Press Release – 7th July 2019

Stevenage Striders Handicap 5km Round 4

On Tuesday thirty-five Striders came out and ran the fourth handicap 5K of 2019. The weather conditions were far better than last month when runners faced deluges of rain. Runners took advantage of this and produced good times. All runners beat their target times set. In a handicap race, all runners have target times calculated on their current form and runners start in reverse order with the slowest runners first. The winner of the race is the runner who beats their target time by the largest margin.

The winner of the race was new member Darren Isted in 25:13 followed in by Tracy Norris (40:17) and Phil Cook (26:53). Fastest man on the night was Ollie Garbas in 18:55 and fastest lady, who was in a taper period for her forthcoming 100km race to the stones challenge, was Vicky McIver in 23:56. Here are the full results from the night:

Oliver Garbas 18:55, Brendon Kelly 19:22, Glenn Cuzner 19:26, Kenny Arnold 20:28, Stuart Cuzner 21:13, Danik Bates 21:33, Martin Watson 21:43, Tom Sclanders 21:47, Karl Sparks 22:55, Phil Deaves 23:22, Darren March 23:30, Vicky McIver 23:56, Peter Monk 24:04, Esperanza Castro 24:11, Dave Mendonca 24:40, Darren Isted 25:13, Peter Fitzgerald 25:30, Vicky Walker-Nolan 25-36, Sarah Allen 25-39, Peter Kelly 26:33, Phil Cook 26:53, Dan Gunning 27:10, Kirsten Jarvis 27:37, Sharon Franklin 28:41, Linda Howell 29-53, Gary East 30:24, Deidre Hawes 31:27, Brenda Smith 32:28, Sandra Shirley 32:43, Louise March 34:11, Jennifer Graham 35:39, Paula Sparks 36:25, Charlotte Leigh 36:47, Tracy Norris 40:17.

Ware 10

A few Striders made the short trip to East Hertfordshire to take part in the annual Ware festival of running. There was the 10-mile distance and 10km distances involved.

Alan Watt 1-29-44 (190th), Ben Parry 1-29-56 (191st), Megan Taylor 01-40-56 (256th), Sue Loughran 2-03-12 (335th). There were 356 runners.

Chrissie Parry took on the 10K and finished in a seasons best of 1-12-01.

Forest 5

Martin Watson completed the 5 mile event hosted by Orion Harriers in north-east London on Sunday in a time of 41-00. The event was ran on grass and through woods.

Race for Life

The annual fundraiser Race for Life hosted up Cancer Research UK was back in Stevenage on Sunday and a few striders took on the event, which for the first-time allowed men to take part. This event allows runners to raise lots of money for a well-worthy cause in the fight to beat cancer. The following Striders took part and instead of wearing red, they wore pink for the day. 10KM: Linda Howell 01-03-00, Sue Leigh 01-04-00, Chris Leigh 1-06-00 (part of a 15.4 mile training run), Emma Tozer 01-28-14, Ally Brown 01-28-14, Tracy Norris 01-35-00. 5KM event: Charlotte Leigh 36:32, Rachel Hall 01-05-57.

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: 374 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes. Most noticeable results at Stevenage was Brendon Kelly just missing out on a sub-20 finish but was first Strider home and Danik Bates finishing 1st buggy team home (overtaking the leading buggy right at the finish line) and also got a buggy personal best time beating the previous best by one minute and fifty-two seconds. Here are the full results:

Brendon Kelly 20-09 (9th), Danik Bates 24-14 (77th), Gil Philpotts 28-48 (173rd), Peter Kelly 28-48 (174th), Dan Gunning 29-18 (191st), Linda Howell 30-34 (218th), Kirsty Brooks 32-52 (258th), Russell Andrews 33-10 (264th), Colin Fenwick 33-12 (265th), Brenda Smith 35-22 (307th), Julia Middleton 35-32 (309th), Philip Cook 37-33 (335th), Suzanne Davidson 38-12 (342nd), Helen Cal-Fernandez 39-39 (354th), Rachel Hall 45-09 (364th), Darren Isted 50-04 (374th).

Away results:

Across the border to Scotland, two Striders took on the second northernmost Parkrun on the UK mainland and fourth northernmost in the United Kingdom at Alness (just north of Inverness). With 94 runners taking part in the event, Garry Wallace finished 60th in 29-23 and Louise Chancellor in 30-28 (65th).

Ellenbrook Fields (Hatfield): Steve Wells 18-37 (7th). Darren March 24-43 (77th). There were 290 runners.

Panshanger (Hertford): Stuart Cuzner 21:54 (27th) – Parkrun PB, Greg Bradbury 24-24 (64th), Peter Monk 24-31 (70th). There were 338 runners.

Wycombe Rye (High Wycombe, Bucks): Ken Marshall 27:30 (237th out of 557 runners)

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 . All finishers receive a medal and technical t shirt. Entries for the race can be made at or via

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 or visit the website

Danik Bates

Stevenage Striders Press Officer.