Club news release 6/10/2019

Marathon news, Standalone 10km & Parkrun’s 15th anniversary – it’s all happening with the Striders this weekend

Ollie Garbas first British runner home in Silesia Marathon

In marathon action in Poland, Ollie Garbas managed to beat his personal best time, was the first British runner home and finished seventh from all the runners who came from outside Poland. The Silesia marathon runs through Silesia and Katowice in the south of the country and finishes in an amazing arena. Ollie managed to smash and grab a personal best time towards the end and finished in 03-20-49, beating his time by fifty-one seconds, finishing 132nd out of 1677 runners. Ollie said after the marathon: Silesia a marathon Fred Dibnah would be proud of, a run around the old industrial areas of Poland passing through towns and parks seeing many old chimneys, coal mines, tram lines and train stations ending up at a fantastic running/football pitch the Silesian stadium. I wasn’t expecting much (time-wise) due to being in Prague all week enjoying the local brews and walking all day sightseeing, but somehow despite the lack of much supporters, the first 15 miles there was more police and volunteers out but to be fair it was bitterly cold at 5° after a few warmer ones. The race went well only two toilet breaks and managed to keep a steady pace the whole way and didn’t start to struggle till the 22nd mile mark but dug in and crossed the finish line in a new Pb time !!

Chris Leigh got a seasons best in Chester Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 04-21-39, finishing 1930 out of 3082 runners. Chris said after the marathon: After heavy rain in the week the start of the Chester Marathon was moved from the iconic racecourse to the shadow of the city walls. The course is undulating but brings out good race times. Runners were treated to intermittent downpours every 30-40mins. Chris took an even paced approach to his 55th marathon and finished in a seasons best time of 4:21:44 and the best marathon time for over 3 years.

Bournemouth Running Festival

Jason Scales took on the half-marathon distance along Bournemouth’s seafront in the annual running festival which takes place in the Dorset’s largest town. Jason finished in 03-14-45

Standalone 10km

The annual Standalone 10km hosted by our friends from North Herts Running Club took place on Sunday, which starts and finishes at Standalone Farm. The Striders were out in force in the ‘club event of the month’. 1335 runners took part in the event. First home for the Striders was Glenn Cuzner in 46-18 (243rd). Other results: Karl Hudson 47-58 (304th), Phil Deaves 49-18 (343rd), Tom Sclanders 50-35 (430th), Emma Sclanders 50-37 (431st), Marc Hagland 51-52 (470th), Esperanza Castro 53-09 (500th), Stuart Cuzner 53-55 (552nd), Russell Andrews 55-09 (652nd), David Mendonca 55-40 (672nd) Hayley Stenning 01-05-59 (1046th), and Chrissie Thomas 01-09-17 (1139th).


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. This weekend saw Parkrun celebrate 15 years since being formed and a lot of events were doing a little extra like celebrating with cakes, awards etc. However, Parkrun-nut and travel/fitness blogger Danik Bates was at the place where Parkrun all started down in Bushy Park near Twickenham, South-West London where he also met founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt for a pre-run chat. With media ascending early on, a lot of tourists from around the world (as well as sporting celebrities), descending on the park and lots of deer roaming the course, Bushy Park for at least an hour was the focus on the running world. With 1,836 runners taken part (not beating the record of 2,011 set at Christmas Day 2018), Danik took his time and jogged around the course, finishing in 24-06, coming in at 461st place. Parkrun’s main focus to get people out on a Saturday morning to do a 5km, walk, jog or run to get the nation fitter but also time the events. Parkrun is free for all; you just need a barcode. For those who are interested in Parkrun and how to join or to see where your local course is, visit:

Stevenage: 380 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes.

Full results: Davie Stafford 21-16 (22nd & with a buggy), Dayle Clarke 23-13 (46th), Josh Carter 24-24 (75th), Leizel Bezuidenhout 24-53 (90th), Clare Wing 26-05 (113rd), Tom Sclanders 26-05 (114th), Amy-Victoria Anderson 32-07 (228th), Tony Castro 32-08 (229th), Sadie Welsh 32-30 (234th), Jim Smith 33-26 (256th), Caroline Longfellow 34-12 (269th), Brenda Smith 35-28 (288th), Helen Cal-Ferandez 36-26 (307th), Penny Fanthorpe 36-30 (309th), Dorota Adamczyk 38-30 (334th), Lauren Pegg 41-49 (355th).    

Norwich Parkrun: The March’s like Danik, were away again on Saturday taking in the county town of Norfolk, Norwich. Darren March finished in 23-58 (114th out of 464 runners) whilst Louise finished in 37-58 (436th).

Wimpole Estate: Up in Cambridgeshire, Gary Sherin took on the one lap cross-country course in the grounds of Wimpole Estate (with ‘that’ hill). Gary recorded a time of 25-59 finishing 112th out of 356 runners).

And last of all… a fellow Strider retires!

Yes, it was great sadness that a legendary runner in our club completed his last ever event on Saturday morning. Shylo the dog and his owner Sue Loughran took part in the Nelson Knee-Knobbler 5km at Palling village on Norfolk’s coastline. Sue finished the course in 48-49. Shylo has done Sue and the club proud and we wish him all a happy retirement.