Christmas runs for St Albans Striders

PUBLISHED: 11:49 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 28 December 2017

David Jackson at the Aylesbury 5K Boxing Day road race. Picture: BARRY CORNELIUS

David Jackson at the Aylesbury 5K Boxing Day road race. Picture: BARRY CORNELIUS

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Three St Albans Striders travelled to Aylesbury to take part in the annual 5K Boxing Day road race.

St Albans Striders' Graham Smith ran his 50th parkrun over Christmas. Picture: TONY BARRSt Albans Striders' Graham Smith ran his 50th parkrun over Christmas. Picture: TONY BARR

Mark Taplin won the MV50 age category in 19 minutes 20 seconds, with David Jackson crossing the line with a new PB of 25:35.

Jack Brooks was sixth in the MV60 category with 28:44.

Calum Latham also ran 5K on Boxing Day, clocking 21:34 at the Pinewood Trails near Slough while Donna Irwin ran the Witham Boxing Day five mile race in 38:36.

A number of Striders took the opportunity over Christmas to take part in parkruns across the country, and in particular, club chairman Graham Smith ran his 50th parkrun at St Albans, coming second in 17:40.

This feat was then equalled by Tim Searle on Christmas Day at Panshanger, recording a course PB of 18:54.

Ian Hirth ventured into London for the Velo Park half-marathon at the Lee Valley Cycle Centre. His time was 1:36:39.

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