Striders of Croydon produced some good performances in the Dorking 10-mile road race on Sunday, which incorporated the Surrey Championships. They were led by Andrew Aitken who placed 27th overall in 59 minutes 12 seconds. Phil Coales was 48th (62:39), Erik Schrijnemaekers 63rd (64:27) and Graeme Drysdale 74th (65:29). Steve Corfield ran very well to win the over-60 category, placing 87th overall in a new club age-group record of 67 minutes 09, and becoming the oldest Strider ever to run 10 miles in less than 70 minutes. Conor O’Hara Barrett was 96th (67:55), Steve Massey 149th (73:52) and John O’Mahony 154th (74:22).
Steve Corfield’s club over-60 record was his third club age-group record in the space of seven days. On the track at Kingsmeadow, he had set new M60 records of 2 minutes 27.90 for the 800 metres and 5 minutes 01.57 for the 1500 metres. At the same venue, Matthew Stone set a new M60 5000 metre record of 17:34.13, which places him second in this year’s British M60 rankings, while Jay Lidbetter set a new M40 5000 metre record of 16:54.85. Sandra Francis set a new women’s record of 22:12.41 for the 3000 metre walk.
Striders had the first female finisher in three different parkruns on Saturday. Rachel Lindley placed seventh overall at Lloyd Park (20:10), while Kara Boaks placed 16th overall at South Norwood (22:23) and Lauren Cotton-Walkington placed 17th overall at Beverley Westwood in Yorkshire (24:17). Striders also had the first two finishers in the Lloyd junior parkrun on Sunday, with Daniel Finch placing first in a personal best of 7 minutes 56, and Thomas Karelis second (7:59).
In the British Masters Championships at Derby on Saturday, Alan Dolton placed seventh in the M65 800 metres (3:28.30).