Davie Stafford reports: Ely marathon completed, a pretty flat out and back course run on tarmac and good trails along the river Ouse, a lovely route but very exposed with 13 miles of head wind, I (Davie) finished in 4:04:15 and Clare Wing had a very strong performance finishing in 4:20:00, Clare’s 25th marathon of 2019 and my 26th.
Peter Monk completed the half-marathon course in Royal Berkshire on Sunday, finishing in 02-00-50.
Hatfield 5km Series – the final round took place last Wednesday where Phil Deaves and Esperanza Castro were in action. Phil finished in 22-52 and Esperanza Castro in 24-10. Over the series, Esperanza came third in her age category (VF55). Also running at Hatfield were Tom Sclanders in 20:09 and Karl Hudson in 22:34.
Hitchin 5km – Phil Deaves and Esperanza Castro were back in 5km action down the road at the market town of Hitchin. Phil finished the course around the town centre in 23-17, finishing 54th out of 230 runners, also coming first in his age category (VM60-65). Esperanza came in at 25-00, finishing 3rd in her age category (VF55-59).
Grantchester Charity 10km – Chrissie Thomas completed the 6.2 mile course on Sunday in 01-11-36
The 5km (3.1 mile) free-event for all took place on Saturday morning and there were some Striders out in force, some at Stevenage, some away.
Stevenage: 396 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes.
Full results: Oliver Garbas 22-48 (47th), Dayle Clarke 23-28 (63rd), Darren March 23-33 (68th), William Reynolds 23-55 (77th), Kevin Fisher 24-02 (81st), Josh Carter 24-25 (96th), Alan Watt 24-41 (105th), Liezel Bezuidenhout 25-04 (110th), Peter Kelly 27-33 (169th), Tony Castro 28-10 (181st), Darren Isted 28-42 (192nd), Linda Howell 29-30 (208th), Chrissie Thomas 32-49 (279th), Amy-Victoria Anderson 33-06 (282nd), Sadie Welsh 34-23 (312th), Lyn Hammocks 39-49 (371st), Tracy Norris 42-25 (383rd).
Away results: Danik Bates was the only Strider to play ‘away’ this weekend, taking on the one lap beautiful course at Richmond Park in South-West London. With roaming deer, beautiful views of the city and a strong head wind in play, Danik finished in 23-31, finishing 95th out of 477 runners.