Striders take on the Great South Run

With the season's club championships coming to a close, a large contingent of St Albans Striders weathered Storm Brian to maximise their possible points by taking part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth. 

Having been gifted an elite start by the organisers, Blake K Vivian lead the club's runners by completing the 10-mile course in 57 minutes and 51 seconds. Not to be outdone however, coming back from injury Rob Spencer from the club pipped Blake at the post insofar as electronic chip time was concerned with 57:50.

Gareth Beavis and Mike Martin battled it out the whole length of the race to be the third placed Strider, coming in at 1:01:14 and 1:01:18 respectively. 

The first female from the club to finish was Jenny Maddocks in 1:11:45, followed by Donna Irwin with a new Personal Best of 1:18:41.

A number of Striders who took part also achieved new PBs for the 10 mile distance, such as Tim Searle 1:04:04, Ian Hirth 1:07:49, Jonathan White 1:10:19, David Holcroft 1:11:59, Rose McGuiness 1:20:06, Duncan Melsom 1:28:20, Suzi Wegenek 1:30:12, Magdalena Petrus 1:37:33 and Joanne Tang 1:40:11.

Elsewhere Andrew Mckillop finished the Autumn 100 mile race alongside the River Thames over the weekend in 21 hours, 31 minutes and 43 seconds. This means Mckillop has completed all four British 'Grand Slam' 100 mile races this year in under 24 hours. On this occasion he was accompanied by Laura Hicks of Harpenden Arrows for much of the race, who finished 5th female in 22:17:05.

The autumn marathon season continued with Jenni Johnson achieving a new PB by 28 minutes with a time of 4:00:43 at the Abingdon Marathon in Oxfordshire. Jennifer Moore also ran at Abingdon, achieving 3:31:11 in only her second ever marathon. Jack Brooks completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 4:31:50 in hot and sunny weather.

Closer to home Doug Hobson ran a big half marathon PB in Stevenage, with a time of 1:25:43. Stacey Harris and Judy Willits were the top two VW45 runners in 1:32:41 and 1:40:15. 

Entries for the local Fred Hughes 10 mile race 2018 are now open. The event will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018 and sign-up information can be found at 

Article by Howard Bull

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