12th Nov, 2019

Striders take on tall order in Tallinn

Ben Tyler 10th Sep, 2019

FIFTEEN representatives from Spa Striders headed for the Estonian capital last weekend to compete in the Tallinn Half Marathon.

Chris McKeown (1:15:58) was the front runner for the club once again, followed by teammates Adam Notley (1:29:24) – who was returning from injury – Billy Morton (1:39:46), Tom Gotts (1:46:48), Bethan Gwynn (1:49:08) and Jude Baum (1:49:57).

Also finishing were Abi Morton (1:52:39 PB), Jane Cummings (1:53:09 PB), Sandra Stokes (1:54:52), Emma Bish (1:59:43), James Robbins (1:59:43), James Civil (1:59:47), Doug Rattray (2:07:03), Gary Perkins (2:19:08) and Kathryn Rattray (2:27:16).

Representation at the Stratford Big 10k was also strong, with Chris Liddle (34:46) the first home from the club in 18th, Luke Bennett (39:27) in 72nd, Joe McCullagh (40:03) finishing in 89th and David Chantrey (40:40) coming home in 100th.

Steve French (40:41), Claire Davidson (41:17), Jason Hemming (42:10 PB) Eugene McNally (49:58), Amy Butler (57:45), Ellen Powell (59:42, PB) and Natalie Dellar (1:05:13) then completed the line up for the club.

Neil Smith ran an excellent 20-mile race at Draycote Water, winning the contest with a finish of 1:58:35, five minutes faster than the race runner up.

He was followed home by Helen Pugh (3:23:21), while Mike Pugh (1:08:42) finished tenth in the ten-mile equivalent, while Clare Hinton (1:14:10) raced home as the second-fastest lady.

At the Battle of the Borders Half Marathon, taking place on the English and Welsh border, Anne Hurrell was successful in navigating a 2,500m incline to finish third overall and as the second-fastest female runner in 2:13:48.

The quartet of Claire Westrope (2:04:09), Richard Lowery (2:05:52), Louise Parry (2:10:35) and Tess Robinson (2:17:45) took on the Great North Run on Sunday, while Ben Cohen clocked a new personal best time of 43:29 at the Silverstone 10k.

Club chairman Nigel Fox completed the London Duathlon in a 2:47:01 time, while Fiona Ferguson (1:15:56) and Louise Dwyer (1:22:16) finished third and fourth in their respective age category at the Daventry Triathlon.

Elsewhere, Gethyn Friswell completed the Woburn Abbey Triathlon in 2:30:24, proving his fastest-ever Olympic distance triathlon finish.

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