ATHLETICS - Spa Striders take on variety of trail races - The Leamington Observer

ATHLETICS - Spa Striders take on variety of trail races

Aaron Sutcliffe 23rd Jun, 2023 Updated: 23rd Jun, 2023   0

SPA Striders athletes took part in a total of seven different trail races across the United Kingdom over the past week.

Miriam Scullion was running in the Big Bear at Salcey Forest in Northampton and was able to complete six laps in the six-hour time limit.

Elsewhere, Anne and John-Paul took on the Giant’s Head trail marathon in Dorset as the former finished in 4 hours 31 minutes and the latter in 4 hrs 13 mins in a race featuring 3,000m of elevation.

Ash Hogg was racing in the Carlisle to Gateshead Rat Race 70-mile The Wall and came home in 14 hrs, 42 mins 22 secs to finish 40th out of 444 starters.

Three Striders took on the 15-mile Offa’s Dyke race as Chris McKeown, Dan Hobson and Emma Bish travelled to Hay-on-Wye.

And McKeown was the second male overall in 1 hr 49 mins, with Bish home in 2 hrs 47 mins and Hobson across the line 2 hrs 49 mins.




Georgie Acton took on the Race to the King – a 100k race on the South Downs – racing in memory of a colleague who died of leukaemia recently.

Taking part in his first trail run, Glen McIlreavy was racing in the Coed y Brenin forest in Snowdonia National Park and ran most of the Salomon Trail marathon but had to pull up at the 20-mile mark to prevent injury.

Also in Snowdonia, Lorraine and Claire took part in SwimRun Llanberis in Padarn Country Park, in the National Park – a multi-transition course with four lots of swimming and four lots of running in between – as the pair came home in 3 hrs 48 mins.


Elsewhere, James and Lucy Hartwright took part in the Wild Deer Rother Valley Triathlon near Sheffield which comprised of a 750m swim in the lake, a 23-km cycle around and a 5-km run as both athletes were sixth in their age group in times of 24:19 and 22:09 respectively.

Closer to home, more than 30 Striders took part in the Arden 9, while Gill Walker and her nieces were in the Race for Life as Kat Robertson, Elaine Sherwin, Naomi Paterson and Clare Hinton took the ladies team prize.

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