Striders Race Results - October to December 2013

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To see where individual Striders have finished click on the appropriate link. Many races log their results can on one of the two excellent websites dedicated to results namely race-results.co.uk and ukresults.net. If you are a member of Steel City Striders and have raced during October to December 2013 then your results should be on this page. If your result doesn't appear send your result through to the webmaster. See also The Long Distance Strider. Many photos used on this page are published courtsey of TAImages.com or xsfotoevents.com (from where the full sized photos can be purchased).

List of races involving Striders - October, November and December 2013
Month Date Event
December
2013
Sunday 29th December 2013
Saturday 28th December 2013
Sunday 22nd December 2013
Sunday 15th December 2014
Sunday 8th December 2013
Sunday 8th December 2013
Sunday 8th December 2013
Saturday 7th December
Sunday 1st December 2013
November
2013
Sunday 24th November 2013
3rd Sth Yorks X-Country Race, Campsall Park
Sunday 24th November 2013
Sunday 17th November 2013
Sunday 17th November 2013
Sunday 17th November 2013
Sunday 17th November 2013
Sunday 10th November 2013
Sunday 10th November 2013
Sunday 10th November 2013
Sunday 3rd November 2013
Saturday 2nd November 2013
October
2013
Sunday 27th October 2013
Sunday 27th October 2013
Sunday 27th October 2013
Sunday 20th October 2013
Sunday 20th October 2013
Sunday 20th October 2013
Sunday 20th October 2013
Sunday 13th October 2013
Sunday 13th October 2013
Sunday 6th October 2013
Sunday 6th October 2013

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Ward Green 6 - Sunday 29th December 2013 (full results)
This race was won by Ben Beattie (Hallamshire Harriers) in a time of 31:54. There were 151 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
24 Paul Stewart Male Vet O/645 37.33
60 David Hewitt Male Vet O/60 43.37
63 Nathaniel Smith Senior Male 44.02
71 Carol Beattie Female Vet O/60 44.57
143 Rachel Smith Female Vet O/40 59.34
144 Maggie Hildsworth Male Vet O/45 60.13

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Sheffield Open X-Country Races - Saturday 28th December 2013 (full results)
The winner of the men's race was Carl Egdell of Hallamshire Harriers in a time of 37:43; there were 40 finishers. The winner of the women's race was Samantha Johnson of Rotherham Harriers in a time of 25:59; there were 15 finishers.
Results of Mens Race (10km)
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
30
Andy Buck
6th Male Vet O/50
45:18
Results of Womens Race (6.5km)
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
8
Carol Beattie
1st Female Vet O/55
33:57

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Loftus Poultry Run - Sunday 22nd December 2013 (full results)
This event, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was held on a bitingly cold morning just before christmas. Many of the runners were in fancy dress. The run is approximately 8 miles and covers country lanes, bridleways, footpaths and muddy farmer's fields. The course is generally ascending for the first three miles of the race, then downhill for a mile of mud, then a steep climb at approximately half-way to the Boulby mast, the high point on the North Yorkshire Coast. It is then an exhilarating downhill run down to the finish where a mince pie and glass of wine awaits the runners! The winner was Russ Best (New Marske Harriers) in a time of 42:32. There were 492 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
189 Dave Beech Male Vet O/50 1:02:36

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Bolsover 10km - Saturday 15th December 2013 (full results)
Bolsover was run over a totally new course this year, which certainly caught many out. Downhill for the first 5k then uphill on the way back. The winner was Ben Livesey of Birchfield Harriers in a time of 31:03. The first women to finish was Jenny Blizzard from Rotherham Harriers in a time of 37:38. There were 812 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
42 Louis Wood Senior Male 38:20
59 Andrew Davies Male Vet O/45 38:51
74 Michael Timm Male Vet O/45 39:28
75 Russell Stevenson Male Vet O/40 39:32
76 Paul Stuart Male Vet O/45 39:33
85 Pete Brown Male Vet O/50 40:03
90 Nick Scott Male Vet O/45 40:24
95 Michael Stinson Senior Male 40:29
125 Philip Palmer Male Vet O/45 42:02
129 Jennifer Rich Senior Female 42:24
198 Alison Barrett Female Vet O/35 44:47
209 Michael Richardson Senior Male 45:17
242 Dawn Goodwin Female Vet O/35 45:46
300 Chris Moran Senior Male 47:16
301 Nicola Ross Senior Female 47:14
356 Mary Craig Female Vet O/60 48:54
414 Roger Watson Male Vet O/40 50:23
483 Amanda Cattell Female Vet O/45 52:34
646 Nancy Stuart Senior Female 58:39
745 Justine Warner-Hibbs Female Vet O/40 1:05:40

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Bedford half marathon - Sunday 8th December 2013 (full results)
The winner was Alex Milne of Enfield & haringey AC in a time of 1:09:37. There were 1,232 finishers.
Gun Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
651 Richard Pegg Male Vet O/50 1:50:02

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Tatton Yule Yomp 10km - Sunday 8th December 2013 (full results) (photos)
This multi-terrain race was held in Tatton Park, Cheshire. The winner was Julian Goodwin (Boalloy Running Club) in 34:42 and there were 1,104 finishers.
Gun Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
736 Nancy Stuart Senior Female 1:05:24

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4th South Yorkshire X-Country Race - Penistone. Sunday 8th December 2013 (full results)
The final South Yorkshire X-Country fixture took place on a cool day in early December. The course was comparatively tough: 16 short climbs and soft underfoot. There were 139 runners in men’s race, won by Matthew Hobbs (Hallamshiure Harriers) in 35:38, and 95 women in the women’s race, won by Julie Jagger (Hallamshire Harriers) in 24:59. Dave Parry got Bronze in both the Championship race and the League for male vet O/60 and Carol Beattie got Silver female Vert O/55 in both race and League. In the team event, Steel City Striders got relegated to Division 2!
Results of Mens Race
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
48
Dave Ansell
Male Vet O/50
42:06
61
Andrew Davies
Male Vet O/40
43:14
87
Ian Stinson
Male Vet O/40
46:16
92
Russell Stevenson
Male Vet O/40
46:59
96
Andy Buck
Male Vet O/50
47:35
107
Ross Drayon
Senior Male
48:52
109
Pete Brown
Male Vet O/50
49:22
117
Dave Beech
Male Vet O/50
51:35
121
Dave Parry
Male Vet O/50
53:05
135
Roger Watson
Male Vet O/40
59:00
Results of Womens Race
27
Jennifer Rich
Senior Female
30:22
53
Carol Beattie
Female Vet O/55
34:41

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Crag Handicap Fell Race - Saturday 7th December 2013 (full results)
The winner of the Handicap race was Terry Lowdon with a handicap time of 44:37; the fastest runner vin the race was in a time of 25:45. There were 31 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Handicap Time
18 Helen Davies Senior Female 49:12

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Percy Pud 10km - Sunday 1st December 2013 (full results) (race report)
The race was won by Andy Ward (Clowne) in a time of 30:23. Jill Woodthorpe from Barnsley, 17th overall, was the first woman in a time of 34:56. There were 1,777 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
40
Simon Bennett
Male Vet O/40
36:07
45
Luke Desforges
Male Vet O/40
36:52
60
Michael Greer
Senior Male
37:27
61
Ben Jones
Senior Male
37:32
70
Andrew Davies
Male Vet O/45
37:49
74
Ian Dale
Male Vet O/45
37:56
91
David Whittaker
Senior Male
38:25
94
Louis Wood
Senior Male
38:39
107
John Ashforth
Senior Male
38:48
116
Paul Stuart
Male Vet O/45
39:08
139
Ryan Morton
Senior Male
39:41
143
David Palmer
Male Vet O/40
39:46
148
Alistair Lawson
Male Vet O/40
39:50
178
Michael Richardson
Senior Male
40:29
200
Ross Drayton
Senior Male
41:01
222
Phillip Palmer
Male Vet O/45
41:31
227
Ben Heller
Male Vet O/45
41:24
228
Simon Wiles
Male Vet O/45
41:28
244
Michael Chappell
Senior Male
42:01
253
Elizabeth Scott
Senior Female
42:01
272
Mick Wall
Male Vet O/40
41:55
304
Jennifer Rich
Senior Female
42:53
323
Dave Beech
Male Vet O/55
43:09
341
John Maples
Male Vet O/50
43:16
353
Steven Clarke
Senior Male
43:42
386
Joanne Wright
Senior Female
44:21
390
Nick Portus
Senior Male
44:13
394
Adrian Moss
Male Vet O/50
44:05
445
Andy Green
Male Vet O/45
45:14
460
John Rawlinson
Male Vet O/45
45:24
528
Carol Beattie
Female Vet O/55
46:42
603
Mir Jansen
Female Vet O/45
47:17
656
Helen Davis
Senior Female
47:43
669
Richard Clamp
Male Vet O/40
48:06
693
Stuart Jones
Male Vet O/50
48:12
702
Mary Craig
Female Vet O/60
49:04
765
Jeni Pitkin
Senior Female
49:22
782
Dawn Jackson
Female Vet O/50
49:53
844
David Englert
Male Vet O/50
50:31
862
Arthur Arblaster
Senior Male
51:12
869
Hannah Milton
Senior Female
51:09
871
Anthony Horstead
Senior Male
51:30
891
Helen Cain
Female Vet O/35
51:27
901
William Brown
Senior Male
52:17
914
Timothy Ryan
Male Vet O/45
51:39
952
Liz Robinson
Female Vet O/55
52:05
957
Helen Taylor
Senior Female
52:10
1130
Lindsey Crowson
Female Vet O/35
54:24
1283
Jessica Brown
Senior Female
57:21
1286
Nancy Stuart
Senior Female
57:20
1468
Stacey Almond
Female Vet O/45
1:00:08
1510
Maggie Bamford
Female Vet O/55
1:01:24
1575
Helen Mellor
Female Vet O/40
1:02:37
1775
Magdalena Boo
Female Vet O/35
1:31:23

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Leeds Morun 10km - Sunday 24th November 2013 (full results) (photos)
One of a series of moruns across the country, the Leeds event took place in Roundhay Park.
Chip Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
? Nancy Stuart Senior Female 1:03:20

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Hope Moors and Tors Fell Race (long race - 20 miles, 3,700') - Sunday 17th November 2013 (full results)
The final long fell race of the year in the Peak saw dry weather, but the clag hanging low over the Mam Tor ridge and Kinder. A terrific performance from Trevor Watson, clearly back to top form. The winners were Kristian Jones in 2:48:57 and Jasmin Paris, a great 5th overall in 3:07:35. There were 112 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
20 Trevor Watson Male Vet O/50 3:34:03
31 Andy Buck Male Vet O/50 3:45:12

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Hope Moors and Tors Fell Race (short race - 8.5 miles / 1,500') - Sunday 17th November 2013 (full results)
The race was won by Daniel Anderson in 1:09:28.There were 73 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
65 Jeni Pitkin Senior Female 1:40:09

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Leeds Abbey Dash - Sunday 17th November 2013 (full results)
The winner was Matty Hynes from N.Yorks Moors in 29:23 and there were 9,445 finishers.
Chip Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
2242 Anthony Horstead Senior Male 45:48
2684 Carol Beattie Female Vet O/55 47:14
3466 Dawn Jackson Female Vet O/50 49:29
4462 Catherine Ragheb Female Vet O/35 52:11

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Barnsley 10km - Sunday 17th November 2013 (full results)
Twelve Striders competed in this race which doubled as a counter for our road race championships and the South Yorkshire 10km Championships. Staring and finishing in Royston, this isn't the quickest course about with an uphill start, over grass. The route then climbs for nearly two miles whilst the last mile is uphill too. The bit in between is ok though. The race was won by Doncaster AC's Carl Ryde in 33:02 whilst first lady was Fiona Davies of Kingstone Runners in 38:28. Our very own Mary Craig picked up a voucher for twenty quid for winning her age category so she's also South Yorkshire Champion over 10km. There were 619 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
38
Ian Dale
Male Vet O/45
39:06
40
Andrew Davies
Male Vet O/45
39:08
55
Peter Brown
Male Vet O/50
40:17
58
Paul Stuart
Male Vet O/45
40:23
88
Michael Richardson
Male Vet O/35
42:22
98
Russell Stevenson
Male Vet O/40
42:57
115
Phillip Palmer
Male Vet O/45
43:54
118
Jennifer Rich
Senior Female
44:01
168
David Parry
Male Vet O/60
46:28
283
Mary Craig
Female Vet O/60
50:35
383
Timothy Ryan
Male Vet O/45
54:16
434
Luigi Cazzatto
Male Vet O/60
56:03

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Yorkshire Vets AA Grand Prix Race 8, Spenborough - Sunday 10th November 2013 (full results)
The winner of this X-Country race was David Watson of Holmfirth in a time of 29:12. There were 137 finishers.
Chip Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
187 Richard Pegg Male Vet O/50 43:05

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Roaches Fell Race (18 miles / 3,707’) - Sunday 10th November 2013 (full results)
Simon Bailey (Mercia) was back to win again at the Roaches in 2:00:58, over six minutes ahead of his nearest rival. The first woman was Olivia Walwyn (Altrincham) in 2:27:18 and 10th overall. The race included the usual masses of mud, two river crossings and some farmyard slurry. This is one of the best medium distance fell races in the Peak, it would be good to see more Striders take it on. Therre were 142 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
70 Andy Buck Male Vet O/50 2:58:42

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2nd South Yorkshire X-Country Race - Graves Park, Sheffield. Sunday 10th November 2013 (full results)
The 2nd South Yorkshire X-Country fixture was held at Graves Park. There were 175 runners in men’s race, won by Tom Baines (Hallamshire Harriers) in 33:15. There were 86 runners in the women’s race, won by Laura Weightman in 24:13.
Results of Mens Race
Position Name of Strider Category Time
59
Louis Wood
Senior Male
39:32
64
Dave Ansell
Male Vet O/50
40:02
77
Alastair Lawson
Male Vet O/40
41:05
81
Paul Stuart
Male Vet O/40
41:20
84
Andrew Davies
Male Vet O/40
41:44
93
Nick Scott
Male Vet O/50
42:40
106
Mick Timm
Male Vet O/40
43:33
125
Pete Brown
Male Vet O/50
45:23
126
Daniel Palmer
Senior Male
45:29
129
Russell Stevenson
Male Vet O/40
45:44
135
Mick Wall
Male Vet O/40
46:36
162
Dave Parry
Male Vet O/60
50:51
170
Roger Watson
Male Vet O/40
55:16
Results of Womens Race
44
Carol Beattie
Female Vet O/55
34:41

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Lancaster half marathon - Sunday 3rd November 2013 (full results)
The winner was Michael Keedy from Skipton AC in a time of 1:15:26 and there were 552 finishers.
Chip Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
187 Richard Pegg Male Vet O/50 44:53

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National X-Country Relays, Mansfield - Saturday 2nd November 2013 (full results)
Report by Carol Beattie

One of the most popular and enjoyable events in the Cross Country calendar, the National Cross Country Relay Championships, was held at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield in early November. It was the 25th time that the event has been held and there was an almost record entry of 1,123 teams across all the races. As ever, there was a strong field in the senior men's race: 210 teams featuring many of the best cross country runners in the country, though sadly no team this year from Steel City Striders. We did have a women's team though: Alison Barrett, Jenny Rich and me. The weather was blustery with some very heavy downpours, luckily not while we were actually out on the course. The ground was quite firm, given all the rain we'd had, with just a couple of muddy sections where the course twists and turns through the woods. Alison led off and ran a cracking first leg in a time of 13:13; I covered leg 2 a bit more sedately (as befits my more mature years) in a time of 15:36 and Jenny ran a fantastic anchor leg in a time of 13:04.  We finished 74th out of 99 teams. We were happy with that bearing in mind that the field included the likes of Steph Twell and Lily Partridge!
Position Name of Strider Position after leg Time
Leg 1 Alison Barrett 80th 13:13
Leg 2 Carol Beattie 84th 15:36
Leg 3 Jenny Rich 74th 13:04

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Passing Clouds Fell Race (9.8 miules) - Sunday 27th October 2013 (full results)
Two Striders completed this race, which is something of a warm up for the Roaches two weeks later as both races follow the same route for a couple of miles along the Roaches ridge. This was the day of the storm, with strong winds and lashing rain building up from the south west. Another great race, won by Simon Bailey (Mercia) in 1:09:19 and Kerry Marchant (Staffs Moorlands) in 1:29:04.  There were 198 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
74 Andy Buck Male Vet O/40 1:39:09
104 Simon Wiles Male Vet O/40 1:44:59

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Frankfurt marathon - Sunday 27th October 2013 (full results)
With a reputation for being one of the fastest courses in the world, the runners must have all been looking forward to new PBs. But reports from Striders suggest that the less than ideal weather and slightly chaotic first kilometres (starting pens mismanaged and spectators getting in the way) slightly marred what would otherwise have been a great event all round. Another fantastic run from Dave Palmer, who only just missed another PB. The winner was Vincent Kipruto in 2:06:15. First lady was Caroline Kilel in 2:22:34. There were 14,381 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
101
David Palmer
5th Male Vet O/40
2:34:24
1150
Steven Frazer
Senior Male
3:09:44
2101
Daniel Palmer
Senior Male
3:24:43
6835
Matthew Hersee
Senior Male
4:18:10

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Worksop half marathon - Sunday 27th October 2013 (full results)
The super storm that was forecast never arrived, but the gusting winds made for less than ideal conditions at what is traditionally one of the quicker local half marathons. The winner was James Mee (Heanor Running Club) in 1:09:01. First lady was Natalie Farrow (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1:24:33. There were 1,690 finishers. The race was a counter in the Road Race Championships.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
75
Alastair Lawson
Male Vet O/40
1:24:48
100
Ian Dale
Male Vet O/45
1:26:26
115
Andrew Davies
Male Vet O/45
1:27:51
121
David Whittaker
Senior Male
1:28:03
162
Peter Brown
Male Vet O/50
1:30:19
210
Michael Timm
Male Vet O/45
1:32:47
227
James Fletcher
Senior Male
1:33:23
234
Ross Drayton
Senior Male
1:33:50
246
Trevor Burton
Male Vet O/55
1:34:22
255
Ryan Morton
Senior Male
1:34:13
257
Phil Howson
Male Vet O/45
1:34:57
293
Matthew Chappell
Senior Men
1:36:16
314
John Maples
Male Vet O/50
1:36:34
354
Michael Richardson
Senior Men
1:38:14
414
Chris Moran
Senior Male
1:39:54
422
Richard Binks
Male Vet O/55
1:40:11
439
Adrian Moss
Male Vet O/50
1:40:43
475
Philip Palmer
Male Vet O/45
1:41:55
477
Emily Hunt
Senior Female
1:40:47
552
Stephen Clarke
Senior Male
1:43:33
605
Mir Jansen
Female Vet O/45
1:45:10
740
John Rawllinson
Male Vet O/45
1:48:20
785
Anthony Horstead
Senior Male
1:49:34
814
Mary Craig
Female Vet O/60
1:50:25
931
Roger Watson
Male Vet O/40
1:53:34

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Yorkshire marathon - Sunday 20th October 2013 (full results)
The inaugural Yorkshire Marathon (starting and finishing at York University) took place on a decent day for marathon running – cool and overcast. The wind threatened to blow across the exposed course at several points throughout the race but never really picked up to serious levels. There was a spot of rain at the start but none after. The course is largely rural and aside from one slight hill before halfway, pretty much as flat as you’ll get in these parts. Organised by the people behind the Jane Tomlinson charity, it was always going to be high on non-club runners, but the top end of the field included a few very swift athletes. With a fast winning time and a generous prize fund, expect this race to attract more high calibre runners in the future. The winner was Edwin Korir in 2:13:31. First lady (and 11th overall) was Helen Koskei in 2:40:06. There were 3,885 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
135
Louis Wood
Senior Male
3:13:13
282
Steve Haake
Male Vet O/45
3:25:30
334
Ben Heller
Male Vet O/45
3:27:58
1660
Ian Blackburn
Male Vet O/55
4:10:56

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Amsterdam marathon - Sunday 20th October 2013 (full results)
Report from Official website

Mr Amsterdam made a triumphant return to the Dutch capital’s biggest long-distance event on Sunday, as Wilson Chebet became the first athlete ever to win the Amsterdam Marathon three times in a row. What’s more, the Kenyan managed to break his course record for the second consecutive year, beating his previous time by six seconds, He ran the 42.2 kilometre race in two hours, five minutes and 35 seconds this time around. Chebet has lowered his time by an average of almost six seconds per year since he won his first Amsterdam Marathon in 2011, where his time of two hours, five minutes and 53 seconds was good enough to win back then. Chebet was made to fight hard for his Dutch win, as Bernard Koech led for a decent portion of the race before eventually slipping back into his ultimate finish in third. In the women’s race, 20-year-old Valentine Kipketer came out on top, as the youngster smashed her previous personal best by one minute and 31 seconds, finishing in a time of two hours, 23 minutes and two seconds. In January of this year, Kipketer managed her previous best at the Mumbai Marathon, but conditions played their role on this occasion. The occasion marks another Kenyan double at this marathon, which hasn’t happened since 2008 when Paul Kirui and Lydia Cheromei took home winning honours. There were 11,307 finishers including one Strider..
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
9,579
Nancy Stuart
Senior Female 4:36:51

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1st South Yorkshire X-Country Race - Clifton Park, Rotherham. Sunday 20th October 2013 (full results)
The South Yorkshire X-Country returned to Clifton Park for the first race of the series. Held on a fine, sunny day the race consisted of 4 short laps around the park. The ground was firm. There were 157 runners in men’s race, won by Meles Okbazghi (Sheffield RC) in 25:57. There were no Striders amongst the 89 women in the women’s race, won by Stephanie Burns (Rotherham Harriers) in 16:41. William Stevenson, grandson of Roger and son of Russell (both members of the club) made his South Yorshire debut in the club colours.
Results of Mens Race
Position Name of Strider Category Time
48
Dave Ansell
Male Vet O/50
31:19
61
Alastair Lawson
Male Vet O/40
32:11
76
Daniel Palmer
Senior Male
33:26
82
Nick Scott
Male Vet O/40
34:19
90
Ross Drayon
Senior Male
34:47
93
Pete Brown
Male Vet O/50
34:59
98
Sean Farrow
Senior Male
35:23
113
Russell Stevenson
Male Vet O/40
36:16
119
Mick Wall
Male Vet O/40
36:35
130
Dave Beech
Male Vet O/50
37:51
153
Roger Watson
Male Vet O/40
43:04
154
Alex Arblaster
Senior Male
43:25
Results of Boy U/11 Race
Position Name of Strider Category Time
33
William Stevenson
Male U//11
6:48

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British Fell and Hill Relay Championships - Sunday 20th October 2013 (men - full results)
Report by Andy Buck

18 Striders made the journey to Llanberis in Snowdonia for the culmination of the fell running season – the British Fell and Hill Relay Championship – and joined over 1,000 other athletes, among them the very best fell runners from all the top clubs.

Seven of us gathered the night before, camping at the base of the very hills we would take to the following day.  Huge plates of lasagne, spinach and cheese pie or fish and chips were consumed at the iconic Pete’s Eats, the gathering point for generations of climbers and walkers, followed by topping up the pre-race carbo-load in the nearby Heights bar.  Squally showers peppered the night.  A few Striders opted for B&B, and the remaining nine arrived early on race day.

Race HQ was mercifully on a levelled plot of old slate quarry – no risk of knee deep mud around our tent.  Numbers, sportident dibbers and maps were distributed, and the 10am start approached. 182 runners assembled, were briefed, and taken a little further down the hill to start as the rain and wind gathered force.  Mark Dickinson, Simon Wiles and Helen Davis led off for our open, vets and women teams for the 7.4km, 350m ascent first leg.  33 minutes later Hunters Bog Trotters’ Murray Strain returned, almost a minute ahead of his nearest competitor.  The impressive Katie Walshaw from Holmfirth Harriers led the women’s race by 15 seconds.  Mark ensured that our open team was in the top half of the field, and Simon and Helen both held their own.

Leg two, run in pairs, promised to be an altogether tougher prospect – 14.3km and 990m, reaching an altitude of 726m on Moel Eilio, with a monster climb of 400m in little over a kilometre.  Steve Hargreaves had spent the previous few weeks been endeavouring to strike the fear of god into partner Paul Stuart – but Paul held his own, and the pair posted a time well in the top half of the race, 22 minutes behind the legendary Rob Jebb and Ian Holmes from Bingley.  Phil Howson and David Parry brought the vets team back 30 minutes or so later, with Carol Beattie and Kate Wilkinson not far behind – having had to cling onto each other to prevent being blown away on the high ridges!

The third leg is traditionally the navigation leg – all we know beforehand is the likely distance and ascent – 12.4km and 915m.  Stephen Atkinson and Wayne Forster led off for the open team, embarking on their first ever navigation race.  Maps were collected at the end of the starting straight, and a flagged route led to open country, from where route choice became critical.  Ian Stinson and Andy Buck, and Alison Barrett and Helen Calder took the leg for the vets and women teams.  The wind and rain did not aid concentration, and the optimal route to the second checkpoint was far from obvious.  A long contouring traverse, and steep descent and climb, well away from any paths, followed to check three, and then a descent, climb and descent to check four.  A couple of km respite on a good track followed, but then another three checks with no paths.  And then the sting in the tail – the steep, wet and muddy descent to the finish, past the now notorious Matt’s Lagoon which saw dozens of runners fall and submerge themselves in the mud and water.  Stephen and Wayne lost time having missed checkpoint five – necessitating a sapping descent and ascent.  Ian and Andy just about held their own, with Alison and Helen chasing hard behind and picking up a few places.

Well before our leg three teams returned the leading teams had completed leg four.  By the end of leg three, the overall race had been taking shape.  Dark Peak’s Ollie Johnson and Lloyd Taggart posted the quickest leg three time, over five minutes ahead of the next best time.  More importantly, their time left the team 12 minutes ahead of nearest rivals Mercia.  Dark Peak’s strength in depth was beginning to show, with their B team rising to fourth place.  Mercia’s 2012 English champion Simon Bailey could only haul back 25 seconds on leg four, whilst Dark Peak B did just enough to take third place.

The vets race was tighter, with 12 minutes separating the leading four teams at the end of leg three.  Borrowdale retained their lead from Calder Valley, with Dark Peak again rising from fourth to third.  Carnethy won the vet 50 class, with Dark Peak in third.

The women’s race was more settled at the end of leg three, with six, eight and nine minutes separating the first four places, with no change during leg four.  Hunters Bog Trotters were first, Ambleside second and – guess who? - Dark Peak in yet another third place.

15 minutes after the women’s winners crossed the line, Dean Young set off on the anchor leg, followed by Matt Surgeon and Katie Rockliff.  Dean hauled back a few places, Matt let a few slip (and took an early bath in his eponymous lagoon), and Katie protected the women’s position.

We had a fantastic day – this was fell running at its best.  The courses were excellent, the organisation first class, and the weather mattered not a jot.  The top teams really are very good athletes, but as with all fell races there is support and respect for all the runners.  Paul Stuart is still relishing his couple of hours enticing runners into and out of the lagoon!  And after two years with just one team, it was great to have three complete teams.

Thank you to all our team members, to Eryri Harriers who organised the event, and to Striders for paying our entry fees. Next year’s championship is closer at hand – Kirkby Lonsdale on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales. 

Striders Open team.
83rd position out of 96 teams
Leg 1
Mark Dickinson
45:49
Leg 2
Steven Hargreaves and Paul Stuart
1:40:14
Leg 3
Stephen Atkinson and Wayne Forster
3:04:07
Leg 4
Dean Young
1:05:38
Total time
6:35:48
Striders Vets team.
24th position out of 26 teams
Leg 1
Simon Wiles
50:23
Leg 2
Phil Howson and David Parry
2:14:24
Leg 3
Ian Stinson and Andy Buck
2:28:41
Leg 4
Matt Surgeon
1:35:53
Total time
7:09:21
Striders Ladies' team.
29th position out of 36 teams
Leg 1
Helen Davis
53:07
Leg 2
Carol Beattie and Kate Wilkinson
2:27:01
Leg 3
Alison Barrett and Helen Calder
2:31:12
Leg 4
Katie Rockliff
1:11:20
Total time
7:02:40

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Chester marathon - Sunday 13th October 2013 (full results)
This full marathon attracted nearly 2,951 competitors, amongst them was 9 Striders who trained together as a team for the event. The start and finish was at Chester Racecourse close to Chester city centre, which provided a spectacular backdrop and outstanding facilities for both runners and spectators. The route was largely flat - only 101m of climb- with some short hills or gradual climbs predominantly in the second half of the course so ideal for fast times. The race was won by Marius Ionescu (Altrincham & District Athletic) in a time of 2:21:42.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Chip Time
670 Jennifer Rich 22nd Senior Female 3:36:38
746 Anna Gruszcznska 19th Female Vet O/35 3:40:00
1,388 Nicola Ross 80th Senior Female 4:00:24
1,594 Anthony Horstead 641st Senior Male 4:11:05
1,658 Michael Twigg 232nd Male Vet O/45 4:12:56
1,753 Amy Duck 135th Senior Female 4:18:03
1,885 Anthony Rooms 62nd Male Vet O/55 4:22:16
2,073 Magdalena Boo 96th Female Vet O/35 4:28:39
2,194 Tom Nuttgens 293rd Male Vet O/45 4:34:45

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Striders 2013/14 X-Country Championship Race - Sunday 13th October 2013
Results of Womens Race (4.2 miles)
Position
Name
Age
Time
Club
1
Sian Evans
Senior Female
30:25
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
2
Nicola Birch
Senior Female
30:40
Hallamshire Harriers
3
Alison Barrett
Female Vet O/35
30:51
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
4
Liz Woods
Female Vet O/35
31:22
Totley AC
5
Suzie Bridges
Senior Female
31:55
Steel City Striders
6
Helen Calder
Female Vet O/35
31:59
Steel City Striders
7
Carol Beattie
Female Vet O/55
34:08
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
8
Mandy Moore
Female Vet O/45
35:03
Totley AC
9
Mary Craig
Female Vet O/55
35:33
Steel City Striders
10
Dawn Jackson
Female Vet O/45
36:35
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
11
Amber Gagney
Senior Female
37:46
Guest
Results of Mens Race (5.6 miles)
Position
Name
Age
Time
Club
1
David Palmer
Male Vet O/40
33:33
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
2
John Comrie
Male Vet O/40
34:35
Rotherham
3
Luke Desforges
Male Vet O/40
34:47
Guest
4
D Parker
Senior Male
34:50
Totley AC
5
Michael O'Grady
Male Vet O/40
35:19
Guest
6
Keith Bean
Senior Male
35:24
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
7
Simon Bennett
Male Vet O/40
35:47
Steel City Striders
8
Steve Hargreaves
Senior Male
35:50
Steel City Striders
9
Andrew Davies
Male Vet O/40
36:13
Steel City Striders
10
Alastair Lawson
Male Vet O/40
36:31
Steel City Striders
11
Jed Turner
Male Vet O/50
37:18
Sheffield R.C.
12
Michael Timm
Male Vet O/40
37:58
Steel City Striders
13
Phil Howson
Male Vet O/40
38:43
Steel City Striders
14
Chris Hanson
Male Vet O/40
39:16
Steel City Striders
15
Russell Stevenson
Male Vet O/40
39:26
Steel City Striders
16
Steve Haake
Male Vet O/40
39:37
Steel City Striders
17
Gavin Pumford
Senior Male
39:44
Steel City Striders
18
Mick Wall
Male Vet O/40
40:04
Steel City Striders
19
Ben Heller
Male Vet O/40
40:41
Steel City Striders
20
Mitchell Hanson
Senior Male
41:19
Guest
20
Dave Beech
Male Vet O/50
42:35
Steel City Striders
2013/14 Shield Winners
21
Peter Badger
Male Vet O/50
43:16
Guest
22
Michael Ridge
Male Vet O/40
43:23
Totley AC
23
Alex Arblaster
Senior Male
48:05
Steel City Striders

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Brussels half marathon - Sunday 6th October 2013 (full results)
This is a good city run all on road...only issue was the cobbles. Abdi Sihammane won in 1:09:51. There were 7,970 finishers.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
1,824 Richard Pegg Male Vet O/50 1:44:51

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Cusworth 10km - Sunday 6th October 2013 (full results)
An undulating rural course with no real sharp hills, and a warm dry day with little wind meant this was a day for fast times. Whether any of the Striders were satisfied with their times was a different matter. The race was won by Fikre Indell Wondiye (Unattached) in 31:36 – two and a half minutes clear of second place! First lady was Jayne Baldwin (Doncaster AC) in 39:23. There were 431 finishers – a dozen of whom were disqualified by the race referee, Keith Binney, for wearing headphones. This race was a counter in the Road Race Championships.
Position Name of Strider Age Category Time
21
Louis Wood
Senior Male
37:51
34
Paul Stuart
Male Vet O/45
39:31
46
Peter Brown
Male Vet O/50
40:39
111
Michael Richardson
Senior Male
44:34
127
Philip Palmer
Male Vet O/45
45:18
147
David Parry
Male Vet O/60
46:36
166
David Hewitt
Male Vet O/60
47:42
201
Mary Craig
Female Vet O/60
49:46
246
Dawn Jackson
Female Vet O/50
52:17
301
Nancy Stuart
Senior Female
55:16