Striders of Croydon produced a good team performance to finish fourth out of nine clubs in the final Surrey Cross-Country League Division Two match of the season, at Lloyd Park on Saturday. They also finished fourth in the final Division Two table. Striders were again led by Iain Harrison, who ran very well to place tenth of the 148 finishers, covering the muddy five-mile course in 31 minutes 21 seconds. There were also good runs from Matt Smith, who placed 18th in 32 minutes 36, and from Ernie Hann who placed 19th in 32 minutes 38. Justin Macenhill continued his return to form with 26th (33.12), while Lee Flanagan was 34th (33.32) and Damian Macenhill 47th (34.01). Bill Makuwa made a welcome return after injury and moved steadily through the field to place 55th (34.31), with Simon Ambrosi 58th (34.49), Barry White 64th (35.11) and Darren Bird completing the scoring team in 67th (35.14). Striders also had six non-scorers.
Earlier in the day Striders’ women were competing in their Division Two match on the same course. They were led by Steph Upton who ran well to place 21st of the 121 finishers in 38 minutes 56. Alice Ewen was 36th in 42 minutes 17 with Zoe Williams 41st (43.07), Eve Collins 71st (48.57), Isabelle Kita 93rd (53.29) and Victoria Legge 120th (72.30). The team placed eleventh in the match and 13th in the final Division Two table.