Two members of Striders of Croydon ran well to finish in the top half of the field in the English National Cross-Country Championships, at Leeds on Saturday. Andy Perks led them home, placing 890th out of more than 2000 finishers, and completing the undulating 12-kilometre course in 48 minutes 34 seconds. Luke Burden was close behind, placing 902nd in 48 minutes 42.
Earlier in the day, Striders had a total of 68 finishers in the various weekly parkruns. Simon Ambrosi was first in the Lloyd parkrun, recording 18 minutes 53, while Steve Corfield was fourth (19:40). Steve Starvis was second in the South Norwood parkrun (19:43) and David Robinson was third in the Newark parkrun (18:48).
On Sunday, Andrew Aitken placed 51st out of more than 7000 runners in the Brighton Half-Marathon, recording 78 minutes 54 seconds. Meanwhile two of Striders’ over-50s had very good runs in the Wokingham Half-Marathon. Krzysztof Klidzia was fifth in the M50 age-group, placing 113rd overall out of 1991 finishers in 79 minutes 46 seconds. Club colleague Graeme Drysdale was eleventh in the M50 age-group and 175th overall in 83 minutes 09.