Striders enjoy sun, sea, sand and PBs in Brighton

Claire Kremer completes the Brighton Marathon

Claire Kremer completes the Brighton Marathon - Credit: Archant

There were plenty of impressive runs and personal bests as St Albans Striders took on the Brighton Marathon.

Ben Scott finished the Brighton Marathon in a new PB

Ben Scott finished the Brighton Marathon in a new PB - Credit: Archant

Claire Kremer led the way with the PBs, her time of 3 hours 11 minutes 32 seconds placing her fourth in her age category and 14th lady overall, out of 4150 finishers.

Ben Scott also set a PB, clocking 3:21:52 with new best times as well for Marcus Hooper 3:18:52, Martin Medforth 4:15:40 and Duncan Melsom who broke the five-hour barrier for the first time, coming home in 4:58:42.

There were also a number completing first time marathons with Amy Heap finishing in a spectacular time of 3:50:15, followed by Andy Normile in 3:56:39 and Ed Chaloner in 5:38:43.

Also running were Gwynfor Tyley, who completed the course in 3:14:55, Richard Olney in 3:46:16, Ian Hirth 3:48:53, Roger Attard 3:54:34, Alice Clilverd 4:15:53, Clare Stephen 4:18:50, Rose McGuiness 4:20:12, Anthony Bunker in 4:29:01, Helen Hawthorne 5:33:05 and Noran McGovern 6:01:06.

Marcus Hooper at mile 26 of the Brighton Marathon

Marcus Hooper at mile 26 of the Brighton Marathon - Credit: Archant

Ed Bailey was the first Strider to finish in a time of 3:10:45.

Closer to home Matt Hann finished eighth in the Flitwick 10K road race in a super quick time of 34:43 followed by 10 fellow Striders including Michele Besio in 36:22 and Wendy Walsh in 41:58.

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On Saturday many Striders were among the 375 finishers at St Albans parkrun in Verulamium Park, ranging from Martin Whitworth in third in 17:29, to Sue Edwards, volunteering as tail runner, in 48:55.

Parkrun is a non-profit community based event made possible every week by willing volunteers.

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St Albans Striders are staging a six week “Run with Striders” course starting May 3.

It is aimed at anyone who can run 5k and who wants to improve by running with others.

Full details are on