The St Albans Striders membership year runs from April to March each year, concurrent with the England Athletics membership year.
The cost for club membership for the full year or any part of it is £26. If you have volunteered at a Striders event between March 2016 and April 2017 then you are eligible for a discounted membership of £18.
This week was the first race in the St Albans Club Championships calendar and therefore there was a big turnout of 76 runners turning out on a cold and windy morning in Watford ready to run a relatively hilly and certainly demanding half marathon course.
The 76 were more than up to the challenge however with Paul Adams finishing 1st for the club in 8th position with a time of 1:13:17. First lady Strider home was Heather Hann who was 91st overall and 5th lady finisher with a time of 1:24:10.
Heather’s performance also contributed to the ladies team taking first prize with Wendy Walsh and Anna Ward.
The course did suit a number of runners however with personal best times for Hannah Prentice, Jane Harrison, Rachel Elizabeth, Jo Tang, Jay A’Court, Robin Newby, Magadelena Petrus, Richard Vaughan, Nigel Aston, Emma Jardine, Richard Olney and Ruth Kent.
More runners a bit further afield than Watford included Blake Vivian who finished 6th in the London Winter 10k Run. A little further out in Milton Keynes, Mark Travis took part in the Enigma Quadzilla event which is four marathons in 4 days on the 1st, 2nd , 3rd and 4th February. A truly magnificent set of runs : (Day 1 - 04:51:15) (day 2 - 05:00:54) (Day 3 - 05:02:20) (Day 4 - 04:40:09).
Lastly on the otherside of the world in Albert Park in Melbourne (home of the F1 1st race of the year) saw Tom Crouch take part in parkrun and finish 1st in a spectacular time of 15:27.
St Albans Striders are always keen to greet new members and they meet on a Tuesday and Thursday for track and distance runs. Check the St Albans Striders website for details.