Aston leads a milestone week for a number of St Albans Striders

St Albans Striders' Nigel Aston at the Headington five-mile road race. Picture: Barry Cornelius

St Albans Striders' Nigel Aston at the Headington five-mile road race. Picture: Barry Cornelius - Credit: Archant

There was double joy for St Albans Striders’ Nigel Aston as he celebrated two new personal bests over the long weekend.

St Albans Striders' Nigel Aston at the Headington five-mile race. Picture: Barry Cornelius

St Albans Striders' Nigel Aston at the Headington five-mile race. Picture: Barry Cornelius - Credit: Archant

On Saturday he ran 19 minutes five seconds at the 5km St Albans Parkrun, good enough for eighth place, and he followed it up a day later by clocking 31:31 at a five-mile road race at Headington in Oxfordshire.

Howard Bull also achieved a new PB in the Headington 5-mile, finishing in 34:00 exactly.

Back at St Albans Parkrun, Helen Cartlidge was running her 100th parkrun and Sybil Pearson her 50th, while Paul Adams and Heather Hann were the first male and female finishers respectively.

The Striders also had the top male and female finishers at Heartwood Forest in Jordan Lister and Stacey Harris and that was where David Worcester run his 50th parkrun.

St Albans Striders' Howard Bull at the Headington five-mile race. Picture: Barry Cornelius

St Albans Striders' Howard Bull at the Headington five-mile race. Picture: Barry Cornelius - Credit: Archant


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Mark Travers completed another marathon, this time on Guernsey, while Jim Simpson braved tough conditions to finish 117th at the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon in the Lake District.

n St Albans Athletics Club are holding an information evening for anyone interested in volunteering at the club.

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Experience of athletics isn’t required, just an enthusiasm for the sport and a willingness to help out in whatever capacity takes your fancy.

Representatives from England Athletics, members of our committee, coaching team, match officials team and general volunteers will be on hand give any further information required.

St Albans Striders' Helen Cartlidge ran her 100th parkrun. Picture: Kate Tettmar

St Albans Striders' Helen Cartlidge ran her 100th parkrun. Picture: Kate Tettmar - Credit: Archant

A spokeswoman said: “We need you to really make a difference to grass root sports. Please take the first step and come and meet us.”

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