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Many personal best times were smashed by Striders at a number of events in recent days.
At the weekend. Striders were out in force at 2 half marathon events. The inaugural Herts half, starting from Knebworth House, saw over 20 Striders running the hilly route, with many achieving personal bests.
Daniel Langton was the first Strider home in 1.28, followed by Jamie Sinclair in a PB time of 1.31, Jay A’Court in 1.35 (another PB), Robin Newby, also achieving a PB, in 1.38, and Ivan Ghouse who finished in 1.42.
Emma Jardine was the first female Strider to cross the finish line in a PB time of 1.40, closely followed by Karen Sheard (1.43) and Donna Irwin (1.44). Joanne Tang and Magdalena Petrus finished in 2.16.
The event offered some Striders a chance to run their first half marathon, in impressive times. Evie Allan and Ruth Hodgkinson finished in 1.53, while Ruth Kent ran her first half as a Strider in a PB of 1.51, and Mark Watkin ran his first half in 6 years, finishing in 1.50. Linda Powell finished the course in 2.05, her first half since undergoing surgery, and Malcolm Coakley ran his first distance event following an illness last year.
A smaller number of Striders participated in the St Neot’s half. Chris Williams was the first Strider to finish in a PB time of 1.30, with further PB’s achieved by Rose McGinness and Laura Astley, crossing the finish line together (1.47), alongside Claire Sharp. Julianne Nightingale came home in 1.51, followed by Katie Bunting, also in a PB time of 1.56.
A further PB was achieved by Mike Dando at the Leighton Buzzard dirt half, finishing in 1.48, while Paul Earnshaw completed the Battersea Run in the Dark 10k in 48.21, his fastest 10k for over 3 years.
Jack Brook ran the Kirkstall Abbey Trail Marathon in Leeds in 4.56. Further afield and enjoying some warmer weather, Judy Willits completed the Valencia marathon in 3.43.
Stephen Hosty was first to cross the finish line at Ellenbrook parkrun in a time of 18.27. At the Herbert’s Hole multi-terrain 10K+, Keira Stern ran the course in 48.08, resulting in her winning the junior prize, with Colin Braybrook first male Strider home in 45.11.
Article by Katie Bunting
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