St Albans Striders host another successful Fred Hughes 10

The annual Fred Hughes 10 mile race took place yesterday in a cold but sunny Sunday morning. Organised by St Albans Striders this race quite often forms part of the London Marathon training plan and this year over 800 people attended. It was ideal race conditions being sunny but not too hot!

First home was Rob Spencer of St Albans Striders in an excellent time of 54:51 (bib number 866). First women home was Marta Bagnati from Serpentine Running Club who also ran an excellent time of 1:01:50 (bib number 48). Steve Buckle from Striders came 5th overall being a minute behind Rob Spencer.

Overall there were more than 100 Striders who ran the course around south east St Albans. In a comment by the Race Director Ben Scott "This year's Fred Hughes 10 saw perfect running conditions and plenty of personal bests as a record number of entrants took to the course. Congratulations to all runners- and especially to our prize winners- for their achievements. We were pleased to yet again receive a huge number of comments praising the legendary St Albans Striders marshals for their enthusiastic support. We really feel this race showcases the club in the best possible way- we can't wait for 2020's race. Thanks to all who took part."

The next Striders-hosted run is the Solstice 10k race which is on the 21st June 2019 surprisingly. This is a really nice summer run in the St Albans countryside so please keep an eye out when the entries open on the Striders website.

It wouldn’t be a Striders run report without an update from the fantastic sexagenarian marathon runner Jack Brooks. In his 476th Marathon and his second in the States in a week Jack was 1st in his age group in a time of 4:31:44 in the Jekyll Island Marathon, Georgia. Well done to Jack with another fantastic run.

Report by Tony Barr.

Photos from the Fred Hughes 10 by New Pixels Events Photography.

Photo of Jack Brooks provided by Jack Brooks.

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