Striders put on a show on home roads

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 June 2018

St Albans Striders' Paul Adams at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Kate Tettmar

St Albans Striders' Paul Adams at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Kate Tettmar

Kate Tettmar

St Albans Striders were proudly flying the flag on home roads as the club turned out in force at the St Albans Half Marathon.

St Albans Striders' Paul Adams and Heather Hann at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Graham SmithSt Albans Striders' Paul Adams and Heather Hann at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Graham Smith

Over a hundred members took part in Sunday’s race which took runners from Westminster Lodge and out through the lanes around Potters Crouch and down to Belmond before turning back for home.

George Gurney took the race win while Paul Adams had the honour of being first Strider home, crossing the line in third in a time of one hour 13 minutes and 25 seconds.

St Albans Striders gather together at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Kate TettmarSt Albans Striders gather together at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Kate Tettmar

Jonathan Scott also made the top 10, coming ninth in a time of 1:17:46.

One place behind him was fellow Strider Stacey Ward, a position good enough to give her the win in the female race.

St Albans Striders' Linda Green at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders' Linda Green at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Richard Underwood

Heather Hann was third female in 1:24:39.

Others taking part included Ivan Ghouse in 1:38:16, Emma Jardine in 1:37:42, Carolyn Martin 2:15:30, David Martin 2:55:12, Donna Irwin 1:47:53 and Jay A’Court 1:40:31.

St Albans Striders' Donna Irwin at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Kate TettmarSt Albans Striders' Donna Irwin at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Kate Tettmar

Diane Hunt ran a new personal best of 2:02:10.

Earlier in the week the club continued the defence of its Midweek Road Race League title with over 60 Striders going to the Trent Park fixture.

St Albans Striders' Jay A'Court at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders' Jay A'Court at the St Albans Marathon. Picture: Richard Underwood

For the women’s team, Rachel Brown was the first Strider coming third in the race, followed by Jen Conway, Claire Kremer and Helen Cartlidge in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

That meant the Striders came second overall.

For the men, Phillip Evans was seventh, followed by Jonathan Scott, Will Bowran and Steve Buckle in 10th, 14th and 19th respectively.

The men’s team finished fifth on the night.

Overall this means the Striders have slipped to third place in the league with one match to go.

However, with a strong showing the club are hopeful of clawing back lost ground.

Elsewhere Tarynn Heasley completed the Comrades 90km Ultra-marathon in 9:29 and Andrew Mckillop finished the South Downs Way 100 mile event in 21:40:08, placing him 49th overall out of 223 finishers.

Wendy Walsh and Bernadette Newby ran the Jersey Half Marathon in times of 1:33 and 2:45 respectively.

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