Friday, 24 June 2011

RACE REPORT: First 2011 MWRRL Fixture – Stevenage: Thursday 5 May

Defending champions St. Albans Striders have made a promising start to their 2011 Midweek Road Race League campaign.  The League pits the top running clubs from Herts and Essex against one another over five evening fixtures in the summer months.  Although finishing only second in both the ladies’ and men’s sections at the opening race in Stevenage, the Striders were lacking a number of their fastest athletes, so the overall result was encouraging.

Leading from the front, men’s captain Paul Adams was first Strider home in 33:15, finishing second overall.  He was closely followed by Simon Riley, who continued his recent run of good form to post an impressive 33:48.  Jonathan Scott, Blake Vivian and Pablo Plaza Lastras also made the top ten in a high quality race. 

Further back but still running well, the men’s scoring twelve was completed by Gary Warren, Grant West, John Ockenden, Stuart Wright, Richard Harry, Matt Ennion and John Jones, all well under 39 minutes despite recent marathons still in the legs.

On the ladies’ side, the first Strider over the line was club chairman Sally Onn in fifth with 40:21 and there were good runs from Zoe Lowe, Heather Blamire-Brown and Helen Cartlidge, who finished 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.  Fast-improving Claire Kremer posted a solid sub-45 time on a warm May evening, with Liz Walls, Helen Varley and Mandy Attree completing the scoring eight.

If you can run a 10k in under 38 minutes (men) or 44 minutes (ladies), the St. Albans Striders would love to hear from you.  Please email men@stalbansstriders.com or ladies@stalbansstriders.com .


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