October racing: Stroud Half, Eastnor 7, Abingdon & Amsterdam marathons, Gloucester 10k
Stroud Half Marathon
** **Sunday 21 October 2018
On a perfect morning for distance running, a crop of Striders assembled to race the annual Stroud Half Marathon. With the biggest field in its history, the event once again provided some great results for club athletes.
First home for the Striders was Will Ferguson, continuing his fine form in his year of PB-setting by clocking a new club record and PB time of 1:11:00 dead, for sixth place overall. Next home, running his third half marathon in just a month, was Will Pearce, in a solid 1:22:43 and 39thplace. He was followed home by Jon Howes, who surprised himself with a quick time of 1:24:15 and Alex Monro who ran a second PB in just a few weeks of 1:28:13.
Helen Knight was the first lady home for the club, once again only just outside the magic 1:30 mark in a super time of 1:30:43. Helen was followed home by the club’s second lady finisher, Sarah Richards, in a PB time of 1:30:52. The next Striders finisher was Paul Northup, continuing his return from injury with a 2-minute improvement on his Cheltenham Half time in 1:31:28. In only his second half marathon, Eoin McQuone clocked a solid 1:33:39 and super-vet Edward Collier finished in 1:35:55. John Willson completed his third half marathon in just a month in a time of 1:39:48.
Javid Norat finished in 1:41:06, Andrew Gage ran a PB time of 1:44:31, Kyle Sollars clocked 1:52:00, Emma Abbey finished in 1:57:20, Jill Hooper registered 1:59:55, Sue Clark finished in 2:00:14, and Dave Mayo, in his first race for two years after struggling with injury, battled round for his 2:24:27.
Abingdon and Amsterdam Marathons
** **Sunday 21 October
Over the longer full marathon distance, two intrepid Striders faced the 26.2 mile-distance in Abingdon and Amsterdam. Running his fifth marathon, vet Gavin Jerman battled chronic calf cramps to run an incredibly even-paced PB time of 3:31:14. Meanwhile, across the channel in Holland, cross-country specialist Tom Fletcher ran a really solid 3:19:43 around the iconic Amsterdam course.
** **Sunday 21 October
Over in the beautiful parkland of Eastnor Castle, four Striders took on the challenging Eastnor 7, a trail run through some of the most beautiful countryside in the region. On the day, Andrew Paterson came home first for the club in 10th place in a best course time for him of 51:12. Next home for the Striders – and second lady overall in 20th place – was the evergreen Amelia Mullins, in a strong time of 56:30. James Gibbs came home in 29th place in 57:41 and Charlie Haward clocked 1:12:09 in 95th place.
** **Sunday 28 October
On a surprisingly cold and windy Sunday morning, and only one week after setting his Half Marathon PB in Stroud, Will Ferguson finished 17th in a highly competitive 10k field, only just outside his 10k PB, in a superb time of 32:21. Next home for the club was the determined Rachael Cary, finishing just outside 40 minutes in 40:19. Also running for the club were Nigel Bailey, who clocked 45:25, and Emily Pilkington, who registered 56:52.