St Albans Striders enjoy the fun and the serious side of running

Leanne McGinness, Rose McGinness and Laura Astley at the Milton Keynes 20 miler and half marathon event.

Leanne McGinness, Rose McGinness and Laura Astley at the Milton Keynes 20 miler and half marathon event. - Credit: ROSE MCGINNESS

There was a wonderful mixture of serious running and fun running over the weekend for St Albans Striders.

On the more fun side, there was good representation from the Striders at the Jersey Farm Parkrun with many in fancy dress to celebrate the 100th event.

That was followed a few hours later by the inaugural St Albans Sixer, an event created to help six of the city's pubs recover slightly after the pandemic.

The route for individuals or teams of six included stops at each hostelry with a group of female Striders managing to maintain their focus and secure the first team home prize.

Feedback from the runners was hugely positive on the amount of enjoyment they had and Cottonmill & Sopwell Hub and Save St Albans Pubs benefited from charitable donations.

The serious side came with Rose McGinness and Laura Astley preparing for the Manchester Marathon with 20 miles at the Milton Keynes Festival of Running.

Leanne McGinness also successfully completed the half marathon option offered at the same event.