Sandbach Striders

With June turning to July the members of the club participated in a number of events this week, including a number during the week day evenings.

The races started on Tuesday this week, with the first of the South Cheshire 5k Series in Crewe around the picturesque Queens Park. 7 Striders took part in the event, with personal bests for David Sharp, Julia Dunlop, and Praksha Swinnerton.

Striders at the South Cheshire 5k Series
Runner Time  
David Sharp 00:23:25 Personal Best
Paul Nicholls 00:25:40
Jaynie Turner 00:25:56
Rachel Mason 00:27:52
Julia Dunlop 00:30:57 Personal Best
Karen Wright 00:32:21
Praksha Swinnerton 00:33:19 Personal Best

On Thursday it was the 4th in the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series of events. This event this time was at Rudyard Lake, and was a lot flatter than the previous 3 events, and was a 5 miler around the lake. Darren came in 8th place, and full results are below:

Striders at the Rudyard SMAC
Runner Time
Darren Varley 00:30:58
Stephen Mclean 00:33:17
Martin Coleman 00:33:57
John Pemberton 00:34:00
Craig Edwards 00:36:02
Tom Mayell 00:39:40
Lisa Highfield 00:40:25
June Wray 00:41:12
David Sharp 00:42:23
Louise Banks 00:44:25
Paul Nicholls 00:45:09
Helen Child 00:45:17
Amy Norman 00:49:55
Rachael Denham 00:51:45
Anne Thompson 00:56:01

On Saturday 11 members of the club took part in 4 different parkruns around the country, but at Congleton we took over the organisation of the event. From marshals, to timing, taking photographs, and race directing the club had been asked by the organisers to take over this week. Whilst parkrun is a free event the parks and lakes that are used each week do need maintaining, and Astbury mere (the home of the Congleton event) is no different. We organised a cake stall and raised over £100 to maintain the toilets at the mere. There were personal bests for Andy Bennett, and Gaynor Beckett, and Heather Carter finished the event as first lady.

Congleton Parkrun

Runner Time  
Andy Bennett 00:19:49 Personal Best
Andy Thomas 00:19:50
Heather Carter 00:20:19 1st Lady
Stephen Mclean 00:21:10
Lisa Highfield 00:23:22
Gaynor Beckett 00:25:59 Personal Best
Matthew Jones 00:30:18
Karen Lovatt 00:42:19
Striders at Congleton parkrun

Humber Bridge parkrun

Runner Time
James Boon 00:26:32
James Boon at parkrun

Hanley Parkrun

Runner Time
Craig Edwards 00:29:56

Minehead parkrun

Runner Time
Philip Truman 00:29:40

Meanwhile at a very hot Arrow Valley Country Park near Redditch, Rachel Mason, was at the Isoman, an event that allows you to pick the parts and distances of a triathlon you like and prefer, so if you prefer a longer swim, or shorter bike, this is the event for you. Rason completed a 1.75mile swim, and a 6.55 mile run in times of 58:08 and 1:09:25 respectively.

On Sunday, Tony Taylor and Craig Edwards travelled North to complete in the first Wirral Ultra. Taking part on Wirral coastal trails loop, it is a 35 mile relatively flat event, which gives runners a good opportunity to complete their first ultra marathon. Despite feinting at the end of the event, Tony came in in 7th place, with a time of 5:18:24, and Craig finished in under 6 hours, with a time of 5:58:53.

Craig Edwards and Tony Taylor at the Wirrall Ultra

Also on Sunday it was time for the popular Alderley Edge Bypass 10k. The event is run on smooth tarmac, and heads away from Wilmslow, before turning back and following the same route on the closed bypass. It has minor undulations, and provides entrants with good personal best potential, which David Sharp proved to be true! Full results from the club are below:

Runner Chip Time Gun Time  
Lisa Highfield 00:48:21 00:48:31
David Sharp 00:48:56 00:49:47 Personal Best
James Halling 00:49:31 00:50:01
James Boon 00:51:42 00:53:05
Jimmy Macc, Lisa Highfield, and David Sharpe at Alderley Edge 10k

Finally for this week, over in Yorkshire, Lucy Lee was at the Harroagte Town 10k, which is back after a break and advertises it as the fastest 10k in the County. With the HQ, start and finish line at in the picturesque Crescent Gardens, it proves to be a very popular 10k event. Lucy ran with her dad, and completed the event in 1:05:57.

Lucy Lee and her father at the Harrogate 10k

Full results for our members are published on results page

Entries are open for the Sandbach 10k sponsored by Butcher and Barlow, as well as the Sandbach Under 16s 2k race. This year's event takes place on an exciting new course and is run entirely on traffic-free roads. It promises to be a great event for both new runners or for those looking to beat their personal best. For more information and to enter, please see our races