Striders in a rush for relays

PUBLISHED: 13:12 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 06 May 2010

ATHLETES from St Albans Striders took on an international class field in the Southern Road Relay Championships held at Aldershot. The undulating courses, ranging from 2,291m to 3,851m, were run on road around the Rushmoor Arena

ATHLETES from St Albans Striders took on an international class field in the Southern Road Relay Championships held at Aldershot.

The undulating courses, ranging from 2,291m to 3,851m, were run on road around the Rushmoor Arena, Ministry of Defence land just outside Aldershot.

The senior ladies team were in the field along with Olympic 1,500m runner Steph Twell from Aldershot, Farnham and District who ran the fastest leg. Former Olympian Sonia O'Sullivan (Thames Hare and Hounds) ran against Strider Gill Jubb on the first leg and third-leg runner Lydia Bruce-Burgess faced Australian international Benita Johnson.

Gill ran 14.43 on the first leg with Lucy Waterlow running 14.51 on the second leg and Lydia ran 17.05 on the third leg, with Deborah Steer running the fourth leg in 15.08. Striders finished 22nd out of 46.

The Under 15s girls team of Hannah Hull, Izzy Thompson and Megan Steer finished 24th out of 61 teams. The Under 15s boys - James McMurray, Wilkie Hollens, Sam Jamieson-West and Matthew Cloke also finished in 24th place and the Under 13s Girls Sophie Bull, Emily Fox and Naomi Hodson took 34th place out of 52 teams.

In near perfect conditions, several St Albans Striders ventured to Berlin, home of one of the world's fastest marathon courses. On the day that the world marathon record was broken in a time of 2.03.59 by Haile Gebrselassie, Strider Vince Williams was also in record-breaking form as he took three minutes off his own St Albans Striders Vet 40 record to complete the 26.2 miles in 2.43. Oliver Kirkman (3.03), Leigh Ecclestone (3.05) and Anna Ward (3.11) also ran well.

Nine locals will take to the streets of Newcastle on Saturday to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer.

Susan Lewis and Phillipa Andrews have lost parents to bowel cancer in recent years and have been training with a group of friends around St Albans to get up to speed for the BUPA Great North Run.

Phillipa, who played rugby from 1989 to 2000, said: "Taking part in the run is not only about raising money, but raising awareness too. Spotting the symptoms of bowel cancer early can save a life."

See the website www.justgiving.com/rugbygirlsgorunning for more details and to sponsor the runners.

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