St Albans Striders dominate the Hatfield 5 with a set of superb runs

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 November 2018

St Albans Striders pack the leading positions at the start of the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

St Albans Striders pack the leading positions at the start of the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

Richard Underwood

Paul Adams led St Albans Striders domination of the Hatfield 5.

St Albans Striders pack the leading positions at the start of the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders pack the leading positions at the start of the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

He came home in front of everybody else at the University of Hertfordshire in a time of 26 minutes 14 seconds as the club filled three of the top five positions.

Will Bowran’s 26:38 got him third while Steve Buckle was fifth 20 seconds further behind.

St Albans Striders' Paul Adams at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders' Paul Adams at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

Mark Kennedy, Michael Martin, Doug Hobson, Jim King and Stephen Hosty all finished in under 30 minutes.

Only 30 seconds separated the first four Striders women with Jen Conway (32:44), Jenny Maddocks (32:48), Wendy Walsh (33:01) and Helen Cartlidge (33:14) all securing top-10 finishes in the women’s field.

St Albans Striders' Will Bowran at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders' Will Bowran at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

Walsh and Cartlidge were second and third in the W40 category while Deborah Steer (35:11) and Zoe Lowe (35:29) were first and second W50s ahead of Nicky Laitner (35:39) in fourth.

Steer’s time was quick enough to set a new W55 club record for the five-mile distance.

St Albans Striders' Steve Buckle at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders' Steve Buckle at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

Unsurprisingly these performances meant Striders picked up every available team prize and the overall strength of the club was demonstrated by the men packing over 11 runners in the top 50 places in the men’s race and 12 in the women’s.

Around 100 Striders took part overall in what is one of the most popular events in the club’s racing calendar and they were joined by several members of St Albans Athletics Club.

St Albans Striders' Jen Conway at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard UnderwoodSt Albans Striders' Jen Conway at the Hatfield 5. Picture: Richard Underwood

The cross country season resumes with a double header as Striders compete in the third Chiltern League XC fixture in Luton on Saturday followed by round two of the Sunday League at Trent Park.

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