The St. Albans Striders showed their class on Tuesday night in a dominant display at the third fixture of the Herts & Essex Midweek Road Race League, division one. The series of 10k runs pits the top clubs in the region against one another in a bid to win the coveted ladies’, men’s and overall trophies.
Back to full strength after a disappointing spell, the Striders romped to victory in both the female and male races at Welwyn Garden City, picking up maximum overall points on the night and thrashing arch rivals Garden City Runners on their home turf.
The men’s team was brought home by Simon Riley in 33:27, with captain Paul Adams hot on his heels in 33:29. Ed Blake (33:58) and Blake Vivian (34:35) also made the top ten in a high quality field. Tom Crouch made a welcome return to racing on home soil with 34:47 showing plenty of promise. Jonathan Scott (34:51) and Steve Buckle (34:55) took the 14th and 15th spots.
Not much further back, the men’s scoring twelve was completed by John Knight (36:26), Gary Warren (36:47), Ross Langley (37:23), Andy Auld (37:50) and John Jones (38:08).
On the ladies’ side, first home was Sally Onn with a new personal best of 38:47 in third, followed by Lucy Waterlow (39:44) in fifth. The impressive consistency of the female squad was demonstrated by the Striders packing a further five athletes in the top 20, with solid runs by Zoe Lowe (41:19), Gill Jubb (41:59), Heather Blamire-Brown (42:39), Helen Cartlidge (42:42) and Claire Kremer (43:48). Anna Styles also ran well to complete the winning team in 44:29 for 27th.
The fact that the Striders finished ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams in both the ladies’ (eight to score) and the men’s (12 to score) 10k shows the great turn-out that the club enjoyed. Ladies’ captain and team manager on the night Liz McKie commented, “this was a fantastic race for the Striders and all our runners deserve congratulations for some great performances”.