Dukeries Ultra

For a first long distance event then you probably can’t do better than the Dukeries Ultra, organised by Hobo Pace, with a choice of 30 or 40 miles of predomiantly flat woodland trail largely spent under the cover of Sherwood Forest. Three Stilton Striders entered the 40 mile distance this year; Rich Gray, Simon Bottrill and doing his first ultra distance event Jon Wilson. 
Conditions were near perfect for the day with it being clear and dry with a welcoming cool breeze when under cover. Despite a small navigation error in the first few miles, which was due to not keeping the eyes open to spot the right sign (another race route crossed over with similar signage) rather than any error on behalf of the organisers, this was such an easy route to follow. With such beautiful surroundings the miles were soon eaten up along with the generous supply of food at the checkpoints making the whole run an enjoyable experience. All three Striders completed the course with Rich and Simon finishing jointly in 7:40:42 and Jon Wilson accompanied by daughter Laura (runni​​ng for Abingdon AC) finishing jointly in 10:07:59.
This was well organised and well marshalled event clearly signed throughout in a beautiful part of Nottinghamshire. Special thanks goes to SSRC’s Kaye Mead and Debs Wilson both marshalling at the last checkpoint and a very welcome site at mile 34. 

Wymeswold Waddle

Most of us would probably have preferred to be one of the ducks floating down the stream in the duck race rather than running 5 miles in the fierce heat but that didn’t stop a plucky group of Striders amongst 331 runners including some mad fools from the Wymeswold club running in full body duck outfits.  First home was Luke Egglestone 30:54 (15th) followed by Andy Nicholls 32:04, Tam Nicol 36:18, Jon Wilson 40:14, Lora Holmes 43:11, Vanessa Walker 43:59, Kathy Walsh 45:06, Debs Wilson 47:24, Steph Nicol 47:47 plus Vanessa & Ray’s son Seb Walker in 36:08.
The course was an out-and-back route which was mainly uphill to the half way point then a nice fast 2nd half to the race being mainly downhill.  Great feeling to end the race faster than you started and big crowds to cheer you home.  A lovely little race, good value and with a technical T-shirt thrown in too.

Livingston Relays 2018 and Big Leicester 10k

On Sunday a group of Stilton Striders travelled to Leicester for the Livingston relays , one of the oldest races on the local calendar first held in 1928 and the original silver cup is still awarded to the winning men’s team .
Last few years held at Braunstone Park, a mainly flat 1 lap coarse with a small but sharp climb in the last mile, it’s regarded as a quick coarse with some of the fastest men going under 15 minutes for the 3 mile route .
3 ladies per team ,  4 men per team , each runner does 1 lap then passes on to the team mate and the quickest overall time wins .
In the veteran category, Striders Vet ladies came away with a brilliant silver medal for the 2nd year in a row , this year’s medallists were Lou Houghton 21.35, Vicki Lowe 21.39 and Julie Bass 21.13.
Ladies A team were: Michelle Farlow 21.29 , Sarah Lawrence 23.16 , then Sharon Louise 22.01 .
Ladies B team were: Emma Hope 25.33 , Rachel Heggs 24.51 , then Charlotte Allen 23.34 .
Striders Vet men came 10th in their category with Ian Howe 19.50 p.b , Neil Jaggard 21.54 , Matt Taylor 19.35 and Darren Glover 20.05 .
Striders A team came 12th in their category with Luke Eggleston in 18.03 , Jason Barton an excellent 16.25 p.b , Matt Gayton 18.57, and Niall Rennie 16.55 p.b
Striders B team were:  Ross Jackson 21.26 p.b , Sean Elkington 18.31 , Tam Nicol 21.56 and Christie Jones 20.16 p.b.
Striders at Livingston Relays
Also in Leicester a few ran the ‘ Big Leicester 10k .’ A large field of over 1100 runners held in Abbey park. First back for Striders in an excellent 32nd place was Alan Thompson in 39 min 34, then 181st Greeba Heard in 48.31 , the 203rd Jon Wilson in 49.31 , then 401st Anne Craddock in 54.41 , then 434th Lynda Harris in 55.02  and 560th Deb Wilson in 58.58 .

London Marathon 2018

By Andy Nicholls
London looks much nicer in the sunshine and, with the Docklands Light Railway strike being cancelled at the last minute, I caught the train to London the day before feeling fairly happy.  Registration and getting to the race start went smoothly and then it was the small matter of running 26.2 miles.
We’d had lots of warnings about not going off too fast, hydrating enough (but not too much!) and so it was a bit of a surprise when the race started and I felt pretty good.  There were many sights along the way: a lady on massive stilts, many of the Grenfell firefighters walking in full gear and even a man in a full suit of armour which made the first half pass fairly quickly.
After that, the heat must have caught up with me. I slowed down and then started to walk/run from mile 16 but the great support from family, Striders and many random strangers kept me going to finish in 4:09.  Well done to Chris Southam 2:54, Nat Teece who improved on her time from last year at 3:06 and Helen Metcalfe 5:31 also fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Thanks to the Committee for awarding me the place and I hope whoever goes next year has better (i.e. worse!) weather.
Andy at the bitter end!
Chris continued his great form in the capital.


Natalie looking strong at mile 20.

More March Running

Run Fest Lee Valley Half Marathon
Stilton Striders Natalie Teece and Matt Gayton continue their Spring marathon preparation when they travelled to London to run the Run Fest Lee Valley half marathon on Sunday 25th March .
Natalie had another excellent run completing the half marathon in a new personal best time 1hr 24. 47 , finishing 2nd lady and 27th overall . Matt Gayton was not too far behind with another good run in 45th place in 1 hr 31. 36.
Desford 5
Also on Sunday 25th March, a group of Striders travelled to Desford for the 2nd leg of the Leicestershire road running league: Desford 5.
First back for Striders was Jason Barton in an excellent 8th place in 28 min 30. Next back was Luke Eggleston in 48th in 30.50 , 69th was Alan Thompson in 31.55, 130th was Darren Glover in 34.20, 132th was Ian Drage in 34.25,  216th  was Julie Bass in 37.00, 248th was Vicki Lowe in 38.18, 348th was Rebecca Forester in 42.02, 352th was Jacqui Riley in 42.17, 373rd was Nick Pryke in 42.53,  395th was Ray Walker in 43.40, 416th was Celia Bown in 44.18,  427th was Vanessa Walker in 44.40,  431st was Alison Wilson in 44.58 and in 493rd was Liz Parkinson in 49.13 .
Well done everyone!

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Stilton Strider Natalie Teece was called up to run for Leicestershire and Rutland in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.  The top runners in the country got the opportunity to run for their  county and Leicestershire’s team included Gemma Steel; a former National and  European cross country champion.
The race took place this year on Saturday 10th March at Prestwold Hall.  The conditions were atrocious with the 8km route deep in mud after the recent wet weather. With the conditions proving difficult even to stand,  Natalie struggled with grip running in shoes without spikes and finished in around 42 minutes in 218th place.  She would have been further up the field had she had cross country spike shoes but she really enjoyed the experience.
Well done Natalie!
Full results for this event and details of next year’s event can be viewed here:

Newsletter – February

This month’s newsletter celebrates the success of the annual Stilton 7.  A hugely successful event which has got better and better every year!  Thanks to all those volunteers (and runners!) who helped make this the success that it was.

Also, find out more about being a committee member and the committee positions available along with details of the Annual General Meeting.

February Newsletter