Striders of Croydon faced strong opposition in the South of England Cross-Country Championships, held at Parliament Hill on Saturday. They did well to place 18th of the 31 competing clubs. Their best performance came from Iain Harrison who placed 126th of the 541 finishers, completing the very muddy 15-kilometre course in 59 minutes 36 seconds. Krzysztof Klidzia also ran well to finish 166th (61.42). Taylor Huggins was 263rd (66.11) with Barry White 306th (68.47), Chris Morton 329th (70.05) and Simon Webster 353rd (71.06). Steph Upton ran well to place 118th of 256 finishers in the women’s race, covering the five-mile course in 39 minutes 24 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Steve Winter won the Nonsuch parkrun, covering the five-kilometre course in 16 minutes 59 seconds. Striders had a total of 27 competitors in the various local parkruns.
Striders also had several competitors in the Brighton Half-Marathon on Sunday. Their first man home was Damian Macenhill who placed 81st out of more than 7000 finishers, recording 82 minutes 36 seconds.