24th Jun, 2019

Spa Striders rack up achievements galore

Ben Tyler 10th Apr, 2019

A BUMPER weekend of action for Spa Striders resulted in personal best times and accolades galore.

In Devon at the South West Coast Path Challenge, which spans more than a marathon at 28 miles, Dawn Clark finished in five a half hours, whilst the trio of Pete Schofield, Claire Westrope and Andrew Pope crossed the line in unison in seven hours and 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, Liz Draper took on the Woldsman 50, a 50-mile stretch across the Yorkshire Wolds, in a personal best time off 11 hours and 33 minutes.

John Paul Hunt (1:55:44) finished in 13th place, followed by fellow strider Ash Hogg (2:25:39), in the Maverick Gloucestershire 23k trail race.

In Leamington at the annual Regency run, a number of Striders took to the streets as marshalls for the event, whilst 25 Striders ran the race.

Leading the way for the club was Joe McCullagh (41:52), followed by Richard Lowery (50:45) and Stuart Lee (51:24) the same time that he achieved in his first race as a Strider.

Catherine Barham (51:49), Jacqui Quinney (52:13), Bev Stephens (53:10), Tess Robinson (55:21) and Lisa Edgerton (56:25) all ran home to achieve 10K PBs.

The remaining Spa Striders to race home were:

Richard Sharman (39:36); Michelle Hutton (41:45 and 1st in the FV35 category); Edd Banks (42:38); Alex Laing (43:19); Lloyd Harriman (43:19); Tom Gotts (44:14); Andrew Stone (44:39); Chris Buck (45:02); Patrick James (45:07); Steve Jasiok (47:16); Alex Turner (48:50); Paul Harris (48:57); Shaun Martin (49:11); Zoe England (50:17); Anthony Claydon (50:30); Louise Kilminster (51:09); Julie Heaton (54:06); Chris Liddle (1:02:03); Brian Warren (1:03:26) and Alison Gibbons (1:11:37).

Over at the Greater Manchester Marathon, 11 Striders ran home to achieve a host of incredible achievements.

Leading the way was Ian Allen (2:41:40) with a club record time, followed by Adam Notley shortly after (2:44:03) – achieving a London Championship place in the process.

Dave Mills (2:57:00) and Keith Wilson (2:58:56) finished in under three hours with personal best times, whilst Fiona Ferguson (3:27:20) was the first Strider lady home, also with a new PB.

Spa Striders chairman Matt Leydon achieved a well-earned personal best time of 3:27:48, whilst Susie Stannard’s 3:35:58 time on her return from a serious injury was a welcome sight for the club.

Luke Bennett finished in 3:41:27, whilst Mairi Subhag Walker (3:43:39) achieved a London Marathon Good for Age place.

Mike Cox (3:45:20), Felicity Harer (4:03:24) and Dave Lithgow (4:25:30) rounded off the incredible set of results for the club.

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