Club news release 27/10/2019

Stevenage Striders 10km handicap

The third club 10km handicap race took part on Sunday which produce great results. The winner of the handicap race was Paula Sparks (01-10-20) followed by Dan Gunning (50-44) and Angela Fastenbauer (01-17056), to which all three gained 10km personal best times. The fastest male goes to Jonny Nicholls (38-05), followed by Ollie Garbas (39-36) and Brendon Kelly (41-44). The fastest female goes to Hannah West (45-33) who also gained a personal best time and holds the female 10km club record time, followed by Emma Sclanders (50-30) and Esperanza Castro (51-29 – PB). There were also personal best times for Kevin Fisher (47-59), Eloise Billington (52-56), Lauren Pegg (01-12-53) and Tracy Norris (01-22-51), whilst Sue Loughran ran a season best in 01-10-21. Full results of the race can be found at:  

Weekend’s marathon action

Three Striders took on the Blackwater off-road marathon near Maldon Essex on Saturday. Nice off-road marathon route that passed along the sea wall from Heybridge towards Tollesbury. During the run the weather became progressively tougher with wind and rain making it more of a challenge for the runners. Head coach Chris Leigh finished the course in 5:12:00, whilst marathon-duo Clare Wing and Davie Stafford came in together at 5:07:00. The next day the marathon-duo were back in marathon action, this time at the Bedford Aerodrome to which the runners had eight laps around an race track to run. Despite the headwind, Davie Stafford ran the event with a buggy and finished in 04-01-24 whilst Clare finished in 04-22-10, coming third in her age category. Down at Southend, Essex, Jenny Ingram-Tedd took part in the Southend Pier Marathon. Whilst running up and down, taking in breath-taking views of the Thames Estuary, the North Kent shoreline and Southend itself whilst battling the sea breeze, Jenny finished in 04-10-48.

Rachel Hall in a pickle!

Yes, Rachel Hall decided not to run a 10km or a marathon on Sunday but instead went for a run up thirty-eight flights of stairs inside one of London’s known landmarks, The Gherkin, where she was raising money for the charity (sponsor her here: to which she completed the event in twenty minutes. Well done Rachel.


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.

International Parkruns

The first Strider to take part in a Parkrun event in Japan is Paras Shah, taking on the Futakotamagawa event in the Japanese capital of Tokoyo. Paras finished in 37-23. Nearer to home near Dijon in France at the grounds of Chateau de Pierre de Bresse, Garry Wallace finished ninth out of forty-one runners in 28-22, whilst Louise Chancellor came 16th in 30-33.

Away days in the UK

Westmill (Ware): Danik Bates 22-44 (8th out of 69 runners).

The Whammy (Newcastle-upon-Lyme, Staffordshire): Darren March 23-14 (29th out of 118 runners), Louise March 36-23 (112nd).

Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire): Gary Sherin 25-09 (47th out of 187 runners).  

Stevenage: 287 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes. Full results: Tom Sclanders 20-50 (13th), Karl Sparks 22-47 (34th), Steve Kinsella 25-25 (73rd), Andrew Glowdansky 25-44 (79th), Peter Kelly 29-29 (136th), Colin Fenwick 33-10 (196th), Chrissie Thomas 33-32 (201st).