Monday, 9 May 2016

Club records update

The club records have been updated and revamped for 2016 and you can view the full list here
(and via the 'members' tab when visiting the St Albans Striders homepage).

The page has been managed and updated over the last few years thanks to Jonathan Redshaw, Ed Blake and other members of the committee and we're grateful to them for establishing a record of our club's 32 year history.

From track races to cross countries and marathons, the records celebrate the achievements of our speedy runners in all age categories, who we are proud to have representing the club in races around the world.

In the last year alone, a number of the records have been achieved, particularly on the track thanks to the club getting involved in the Southern Counties Vets League.

Records achieved recently include Paul Adams running a marathon best of 2:27.46 at London in 2015, and junior talent James McMurray proving just as successful at senior level taking the men's 10k record with 30.39 at the Serpentine New Year 10k. James is no stranger to rewriting history having previously taken a 1500m junior record off Steve Cram. No doubt he will be achieving many more club records in years to come…
James McMurray pictured winning the Serpentine New Year 10k and setting a new club record

At this year's London Marathon, Peter Crowdell made Striders history by breaking a V40 record which has been held by Mike Starr for 25 years! Peter clocked 2:41.05 to lower Mike's record from 1991 of 2:42.37, also achieved at London. Mike still holds the V50 record with 2:48.10.

Meanwhile in the women's records, Wendy Webster overtook Deborah Steer to take the V35 10 mile record at Buntingford in December (but Deborah still has plenty more to her name!) and Wendy Walsh and Kate Tettmar set a number of track records. Deirdre Heydecker took five minutes off her own V55 marathon record when she set a PB of 3:25.50 at London in 2015.

I am now taking over updating the page so if you would like to claim a record – either recent or historic - please get in touch at clubrecords at

Peter Crowdell, pictured right with Strider Steve Buckle, broke the V40 Striders marathon record this year
I have tried my best to ensure it is currently accurate but if I have missed a time you have achieved which you think beats the one listed - and it meets the criteria outlined below - then do let me know, as trawlling through results dating back to 1984 is a huge task (and I have had to rely on online records) so I may have missed one or two!

The rules are explained at the top of the records page and have been agreed by the committee for the following reasons…

Club records must be set in an official, permitted and certified race: This is to ensure the time was achieved in a race situation on an accurately measured course. Note, this means a time achieved in a parkrun will not count as a 5k record as the events are not certified or advertised as races.

The results must show St Albans Striders as the affiliated club, a club vest must be worn and you must be a paid-up member of the club when setting the record. Second claim members can achieve a record in these circumstances if they are competing in a race in which they cannot represent their first claim club: Speaks for itself – if you want to be a St Albans Striders record holder, you need to be competing for St Albans Striders! Please note, I haven't yet discussed with the committee if records can be achieved in a St Albans AC vest, so if this is agreed some of the track records will be amended accordingly.

Where both gun and chip times are available, the chip time should be used: This has been amended from the use of gun times in line with the Power Of Ten's ranking system, and based on the fact the technology allows for a more accurate time from start to finish – particularly in big city races where it may take time for competitors to cross the start line after the gun goes off.

The following IAAF competition rules are adopted for club records in road running events: The start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.  The overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1m per km.  This is to prevent an athlete achieving a time that may have been enhanced by a tailwind throughout, or by an excessively downhill course.

If you achieve a club record in the future and I miss it, don't be modest about it – let me know and I will sound the 'club record klaxon' via our Facebook and Twitter pages and ask for your praises to be sung as part of the Tuesday evening training announcements.

Happy training and racing and remember if you are keen to gain a club record, in the slightly amended words of the Record Breaker's theme tune:

'If you wanna be the best,
and you wanna beat the rest,
(in a Strider's vest!),
oo-oohh, dedication's what you need,
If you wanna be a (Striders) record breaker,
record breaker!'

Lucy Waterlow

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