1st Dec, 2020

Striders tough it out; Hogg a Spa centurion

Ben Tyler 21st Oct, 2020

From left to right: Andrew Owen, Nigel Fox, Daniel Fleming, Robert Nash (top row); Fiona Ferguson, Lucy Marcovitch and Helene Wright (bottom row).

SEVEN Spa Striders members conquered Sudeley Castle in a Tough Mudder duathlon event in the Cotswolds recently.

The picturesque setting proved a suitable backdrop to spur on the Striders group through the 5km run, 18km bike ride and second 5km run to the finish line.

New member Andrew Owen impressed with a 1:16:41 finish to rank second in the 45-49 male category and 22nd overall, while Daniel Fleming was 33rd with his 1:18:44 time.

Robert Nash (1:20:34, 41st) was the remaining Strider inside the top 50, with Helene Wright (1:25:56, 84th) the first female from the club to cross the line.

Fiona Ferguson (1:26:12, 87th) was narrowly behind, followed by Nigel Fox (1:30:30, 136th) – making his first race appearance this year – and Lucy Marcovitch (1:39:05, 216th) on her duathlon debut.

Ash Hogg, left, proudly poses with his 100-mile centurion medal along with Melissa Venables.

Elsewhere, Ash Hogg performed heroics to complete the Centurion Running Autumn 100 in Goring, Oxfordshire.

Running in near perfect conditions, Hogg completed the first half of the 100-mile event in ten hours and 36 minutes, setting him in good stead for the remainder of the race.

And with fellow Strider Melissa Venables joining Ash for the remaining quarter of the event, Hogg finished in a remarkable 26 hours, two minutes and 36 seconds in his debut running the 100-mile distance.

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