On Weds a group of Striders travelled to Leicester for the Nice Work Leicester 5k winter series at Victoria Park, the 4th and final round. Vicki Lowe won her age category on the night which won her a bottle of wine and also secured the overall female title which is a points based scoring on the best 3 of the 4 races , and was awarded a bunch of flowers and chocolates.
First back for the Striders on the night was Darren Glover in 13th in 19min 50 secs and first vet 45, winning a bottle of wine, followed by Sean Elkington 14th in 19.57 with Luke Eggleston in 15th in 20.04. Darren, Sean and Luke mistimed their warm up and ended up missing the start by around 25 – 30 secs so had to catch up and work through the field as best they could.
Next Strider was Wayne Hackett in 22nd in 22.04 followed by first female Strider Michelle Farlow in 27th, 3rd lady in 22.14, Michael Cooke 34th in 23.22 , Vicki Lowe 35th in 23.30, then Liz Goodbourn 37th in 24.22 and first vet 50, won bottle of wine .The ladies also won the team prize on the night and all received a bottle of wine so a successful and eventful race. [Darren]
On Wednesday evening a small group of Striders joined 56 runners in the 3rd round of the Victoria Park 5k winter series. This is a very friendly race around Victoria Park. First back for the men was Jason Barton in a great time of 17.10 (2nd place) and followed Clive Kent – 20.19 (9th male).
Excellent running from Michelle Farlow – 22.37 winning the ladies race followed by Vicki Lowe – 22.58 (3rd place) and Liz Goodbourn – 23.43 (v50 winner). Ladies Striders were triumphant again winning the ladies team for the third time in this series (one more to go ladies). Great support from Jenny Kent cheering us all on. [Vicki]
On Wednesday evening a small group of Stilton Striders travelled to Leicester for the 2nd round of the Victoria Park 5k winter series.
A 2 lap course around Victoria Park some parts darker than others ( pitch black actually ) first back in 4th place overall in a fantastic time of 17min 05 secs was Jason Barton, followed by Darren Glover in 18.56 in 12th ( 3rd veteran), then Clive Kent in 20.13 in 16th, first lady back for the club Vicki Lowe in 23.05 (2nd vet 45 ) in 28th place followed by Liz Goodbourn 24.01 in 32nd ( first vet 50 ) then Theresa Coltman in 24.33 in 35th ( 3rd vet 50 ) and with the ladies winning the team prize the club came away with 6 bottles of wine, oh and a handful each of mince pies.
Special thanks must go to the organisers @niceworkrun team who because of traffic problems, M1 blocked etc, endured a 12 hour round trip to put the event on. [Darren]
A great winter evening event made even better with all the bottles of wine the Striders team came back with (7). 8 of the 9 Striders running arrived in style in the Ateam van – driven by Theresa. This was a great fun team event.
Jay Barton stormed a pb in 2nd place 16.59, then Luke Egglestone 18.43, Mark Stoneley 19.22, Clive Kent 20.06, Wayne Hackett 20.56. The ladies team nailed it winning the ladies team event – Vicki Lowe 23.09 (and 1st v45), Theresa Coltman 23.29, (and 1st v50) and Liz Goodbourne 24.02.
Next race in this series is 7 December. [Vicki]
Four Striders made it to the last race of the 5K winter series of the year in very cold winter conditions. First back for team Stilton was Jason Barton in a time of 17:15 who came 2nd place overall narrowly missing out on 1st place by a few seconds.
Next back was Luke Eggleston in a brilliant time of 19:02 (PB) and 3rd place overall. Abigail Arnott was next back in a very respectable time of 23:39, 25th place overall . Stuart Gregory was the last Strider to cross the finish line in a time of 31:57 69th place. [Luke]
Just 3 Striders headed to Victoria Park for the 3rd race in the winter series of Leicester City 5k events. After quite a few weeks away from racing Jason Barton was the first Strider home, finishing 2nd overall in 18.10. Next back, gaining 5th place was Luke Eggleston in 20.12. Abi Arnott was 2nd FV40 in 24.17. [Abi]
In the 2nd race in the Leicester City 5k events, 4 Striders made their way over to Victoria Park. In 5th place and first home for the Striders was Luke Eggleston in 20.14. Abi Arnott was 2nd Lady overall and 1st V40 in 24.18. Shane Sharkey unfortunately had to pull out due to injury. Stuart Gregory finished in 29.27. [Abi]
In the first race of the night, Stuart Gregory was the only Stilton Striders to take part in the mile and finished 8th Senior Male and 52nd overall in a time of 8.25. In the second and final race of the evening, Stuart produced a steadily paced run after a good result in the mile to complete the 5k course in 30.15. [Stuart]
Stuart Gregory was the only Strider to make is way to the final race in the series on a very cloudy and windy Chesterfield day. As the race got underway Stuart manage to keep with the main group of runners before settling into a steady pace on the second of four laps, as Stuart entered the final few laps it was clear that any time under 30 minutes would be a hard ask, he crossed the finish line to recorded one of his worst 5km times of the year in 30:25.
PRESENTATION as this was the final race in the series the annual presentation followed around 30 minutes after the race. Stuart had completed the required number of races to qualify for the main series and finished the season as 20th senior male. [Stuart]
Stuart Gregory was the only Stilton Strider to take part in the final race of the Midland 10km trail run series at the National Watersports Centre and joined 189 other runners on the start line on what was a very cold day with a biting wind chill making it feel more like -3c. The first half of the race followed a series of foot paths and trails around the outside of the main boating and multi events lake before heading out into the main parkland, at this point Stuart was holding on to what remained of the main field which had been blown to bits in the first few KM’s. As Stuart headed out into the parkland around the centre he began to make ground on a number of runners including some familiar faces from other races and after a number of short sharp inclines Stuart hit the final incline to finish out on his own and rounded off a steady run with a sprint finish to complete the 10km course in 1hr 4m 59s.
Stuart Gregory was also the only Stilton Strider to make his way to Nottingham for the annual 5km Mo Run, having placed highly in last years event and with his form slowly picking up towards the end of the year Stuart was hoping for a similar performance this time around and after making a good start to the race, his pace settled into the 10 minute per mile range where it remained for the rest of the race as Stuart completed a nice steady run in 31m 17s. [Stuart]