Weekly Wins Roundup – February 2024

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We are pleased to present a condensed overview of your remarkable running achievements in the Shout-Out section below. As always, if there are any noteworthy accomplishments that may have inadvertently been overlooked, we extend our apologies and encourage you to reach out to us to guarantee their inclusion in next month’s roundup.

W/E February 4th

NEMAA Open Cross Country Championships (Over 35s)

Elvet Striders bagged a total of 12 medals at the NEMAA Cross Country Championships. Notably, Jan Young and Graeme Watt secured gold medals, showcasing exceptional prowess. Geoffrey Davis and Lindsay McEwan claimed well deserved silver medals, while Susan Davis and Michael Littlewood achieved commendable bronze medals. Additionally, the Ladies over 60’s and Men’s over 45’s teams dominated their categories, winning gold medals.

Cod Beck Canter

Participant: Penny Browell

Penny Browell finished 1st in her age category and 5th overall at the challenging Cod Beck Canter, hosted by Esk Valley Fell Club. The race, encompassing steep climbs and quick descents over 10 miles, tested participants’ strength and endurance.

Stockton Sunday Runners Ropner Park 5k

Participant: Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies showcased his running prowess by securing a silver medal at the weekly 5k in Ropner Park, demonstrating his ongoing improvement and dedication to the sport.

Dewsbury 10

Participant: Mark Kearney

Mark Kearney achieved an impressive 3rd place in his age category and set a new personal best in the Dewsbury 10k. His outstanding performance on the out-and-back course along Bradford Road towards Batley highlighted his dedication and commitment to running.

W/E February 11th

Run Nation Valentines 10k

Participant: Lynne Waugh

Despite challenging weather conditions, Lynne Waugh showcased incredible determination and resilience at the Run Newcastle Valentines 10K 2024. Her performance on the scenic course reflected her dedication to the sport.

W/E February 18th

NECAA Road Relay Championships 2024

Elvet Striders entered multiple teams into the NECAA Road Relay Championships, with the men’s over 40 vets A team securing silver in the overall standings. The event showcased the club’s exceptional talent and dedication to relay racing.

Snake Lane 10 mile

Participant: Emily Scott

Emily Scott delivered an outstanding performance at the Snake Lane 10-mile road race, achieving her second-fastest time over this challenging distance. Her performance underscored her resilience and determination as a runner.

Seville Marathon

Participants: Mark Kearney, Alex Watson, Matthew Robson

Elvet Striders’ athletes showcased their incredible talent and determination at the Seville Marathon, with Mark Kearney, Alex James, and Matthew Robson delivering outstanding performances on the international stage. Mark completed the marathon in an impressive 2 hours and 30 minutes, while Alex and Matthew crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 56 minutes and 2 hours and 58 minutes, respectively.

Eskdale Eureka Fell Race

Participants: Greame Watt, Penny Browell, Tom Reeves and Camilla Lauren-Maatta

At the challenging Eskdale Eureka Fell Race, a small group of Striders conquered the rugged terrain with exceptional skill and determination. Greame Watt led the charge, finishing 13th out of 122 competitors, showcasing his strength on the demanding course. Penny Browell displayed her prowess, securing an impressive 4th place overall among the women and claiming the top spot in her age category. Meanwhile, Tom Reeves and Camilla Lauren-Maatta delivered outstanding performances, navigating the 9-mile course with brilliance with Camilla achieving second place in her age category. Impressive running from all in this challenging race.

Great Northwest Half Marathon

Participants: Bryan Potts, Heather Raistrick and Steph Greenwell

Elvet Striders’ athletes demonstrated remarkable performances at the Great Northwest Half Marathon, Bryan Potts demonstrated his strength and skill, finishing an impressive 5th overall and clinching the first place in the V40 category. Heather Raistrick and Steph Greenwell also excelled in the race, with Heather securing the 3rd place in the V60 category, while Steph achieved a remarkable personal best, slashing over 6 minutes off her previous time.

W/E February 24th

Brighton Half Marathon

Participants: Sophie Dennis, Lisa Ridley, Debra Thompson, David James

Elvet Striders’ athletes conquered the challenging route of the Brighton Half Marathon, showcasing true teamwork and resilience. Their outstanding performances contributed to the event’s enduring legacy in the running community.

Wild Deer Derwent Trail 10 miler

Participants: Faye Clark, Elaine Noakes

Faye Clark and Elaine Noakes embarked on an exhilarating adventure at the Wild Deer Derwent 10-mile trail race, demonstrating resilience and determination amidst the rugged terrain.

Settle 10 Mile Road Race

Participant: Stephen Soulsby

Stephen Soulsby showcased exceptional talent and determination at the Settle 10 Mile Road Race, securing first place in his age category and an impressive 4th overall in a fiercely competitive field.

Long Run Weekends

Despite adverse weather conditions, Elvet Striders’ long run groups displayed exceptional teamwork and perseverance, covering significant distances and supporting one another along the way.

Monthly parkrun round-up

Throughout February, Elvet Striders showcased their strength and determination at various parkruns, achieving remarkable success. From personal bests to top ten finishes, the Striders demonstrated their ongoing improvement and dedication to the sport. Notable achievements include Nik Corton’s impressive run in Germany, Peter Bell’s consistent improvement, and Jamie Purdy and Jane Baillie’s outstanding performances at Sedgefield parkrun. Additionally, Elaine Noakes achieved a sub-30-minute parkrun for the first time in 4 years at Hartlepool parkrun. The month also saw Lewis Littlewood, Lindsay McEwan, Louise Hamblin, and others achieving notable personal bests, while several members secured top positions in their respective categories, highlighting the club’s continued success on various parkrun courses.

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