• Ally Whitlock sets FKT on the Vanguard Way

    Ally Whitlock, from Striders of Croydon, had an excellent run on Monday to set the fastest known time by a woman for the Vanguard Way. She completed the undulating 68-mile route from Croydon to Newhaven in 16 hours 26 minutes 52 seconds.

    Rachel Lindley ran very well to be the third woman to finish the RunThrough Chase The Sun 10 kilometre road race at Battersea Park on Wednesday. She was first in the W40 age-group and placed 38th overall out of 265 finishers, recording 39 minutes 43. Club colleague Nikki Javan was the eleventh woman to finish, placing second in the W40 age-group (44:57), while Gemma Halliday was the 40th woman to finish (53:56). Striders’ men were led by James Burree who placed 66th (43:00). Keith Murkin was 73rd (44:13), Michael Smaldon 74th (44:13) and Joshua Burree 255th (67:18). Also on Wednesday, Peter Johnson placed 17th out of 91 runners in the John Carr five-mile race at Saltaire in West Yorkshire (20:05).

    On Saturday morning, Liam Redmond ran very well to finish first out of 148 runners in the South Norwood parkrun (18:38). Channing Lynch was the first woman to finish, placing 26th overall (23:33). Rachel Lindley again ran well to be the first woman to finish the Lloyd parkrun, placing tenth overall out of 204 finishers (19:54). Samuel Hansen placed first in the Jesmond Dene parkrun (20:35). Christopher Finch was third in the Hunstanton Promenade parkrun (20:07), while his younger brother Daniel Finch was sixth (20:56). Sixth places were also achieved by Krzysztof Klidzia at Folkestone (18:41) and by John Punt at Ifield Mill (23:05), while Sheena Hammond was the fifth woman to finish at Orangefield in Belfast (27:46). Striders totalled 103 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.

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