Weekly Round Up, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jon Ayres

Hello again,so the nights are now drawing in, leaves are falling from the trees and the air feels distinctly Autumnal. So what to do?

Well one way to get a lung full of clean living was to visit Kielder over the weekend and join the hordes of purple vests, some drum rolls here for
Diane Soulsby, Jane Dowsett(PB), Celeste Veitch, Kim Bennett, Pauline Elliott all who did the 10k on Saturday
Sunday saw the half and the full mara’. Running in the half were Gareth Pritchard, Catherine Smith(1st strider lady home), Lucy & Mark Herkes(now poster boy and girl for the race), Laura Jackson, Karen Hooper, Katie Davison, Rebbecca Devine, Jill Young, Debbie Mcfarland, David Case, Debbie Jones, Rachel Leigh-fairbank, Eric Green, James Garland, Robin Linton, Christine Farnsworth, Karen Metters, Philip Connor, Chris Groves, Stephen Soulsby, Lucy Sors, Neil & Elaine Jennings(1st half marathon)

Taking the longer route and definitely not getting on the bus were

Kelly Collier, Ladies Skipper Fiona, Michael Littlewood (8th position overall), Maggie Thompson, Stuart Scott, Elaine Bisson(Fresh? from the DT40 only a week ago), Anna Seeley and Angela Robson Truly a fantastic turn out
Honourary mention too for Lindsay Rodgers who did the duathlon ,whilst as if the party in the Littlewood house wasn’t already an all night long affair after Michael’s run  then Lewis’ victory in the under 10 race must have guaranteed that smiles all round  were very much stuck on.
You would be forgiven to think that such large numbers would have left other races bereft of Striders but not so this weekends Wineathlon entertained Rachel Toth,Trevor Chaytor and Jordi Sabate-all have claimed they finished the race sober.Also racing on Saturday was Fiona Wood though this was slightly further afield and in the not so easy Lakeland Trails 10k. Becca Gilmore traveled a  fair bit too and taking part in her second half mara helped a friend complete the Lincoln Half.
Parkrun PB’s were gained this week by Jonathan Hamill,his PB getting ever closer to 24 mins while Joanne Paterson took a minute off her time at Riverside.
Meanwhile spending a bit of time in Yorkshire(always a good thing I feel) was Dave Robson who took part in the 35 mile round Ripon ultra and in doing so took 5 mins off his best time there.
A group of Striders and Durham Mums on the run tackled the Muddy Mayhem event with Carla Clarke,Zoe Dewdney Parsons,Lesley Hamill,Jane Dowsett(having raced at Kielder the day prior)and Helen Rodgers all clogging up there washing machines upon getting home.

The endless love affair encouraged by the Mud people between the striders and the harrier league played host to a cracking turnout at the opening league fixture of the season,both teams depleted  as a result of Kielder and other races so it was a pleasant surprise to see solid performances overall from both teams.  Mandy Dawson gaining promotion having run a storming race,with Mud woman chasing her to the end,Lesley Charman’s return from injury continues apace too as she claimed a counters position with Tamsin Imber completing the quartet a tremendous turnout of 28 ladies with a few debuts.The mens team saw Michael Mason, just missing out on a spot in the fast pack , heading the charge home with Stephen Jackson,James Garland,Phil Ray,Jason Harding and Matt Claydon claiming the points to secure a good result.Well done to all who gave their time and energy in representing the club and gave their all running
With the night now very much a dark affair this weeks club run is very much on road with a set of mini sessions and fun(?) guaranteed for all,it is very much at the pace you feel comfortable with so please join in.Allan also returns after a well earned month off and has a 2 mile time trial on the track.
Don’t forget it’s back to back x-c with Druidge bay offering a chance to earn your roast dinner  this Sunday.

It’s also only a couple of weeks to the AGM, and with all positions open if you feel you have energy and time to give the club or know of someone who you think can take it further forward please drop nominations to Pam Kirkup.
Thanks for your time
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