James Rhodes, from Striders of Croydon, had an excellent run in the Stan Allen Mile, organised by Herne Hill Harriers at Tooting Bec on Saturday. He set a new Striders club record of 4 minutes 43.72 seconds, beating the previous record set which was set by Phil Coales at Bromley in 2016.
Club colleague Krzysztof Klidzia also ran well to finish first in the over-55 category in the Folkestone Half-Marathon, placing 30th overall in 83 minutes 02 seconds. Keith Simpson was the first over-70 to finish the Kent Marathon at Ashford, placing 74th overall (out of 148 finishers) in 4 hours 12 minutes 35 seconds. Meanwhile several Striders completed the Virtual London Marathon. The fastest time was recorded by Tom Lawson who ran 3 hours 11 minutes 22. In strong winds at Kenley Aerodrome, veteran Dave Shaw ran 3 hours 14 minutes 38 while two of Striders’ leading women recorded personal bests, with Niamh Vincent running 3 hours 18 minutes 59 and Nikki Javan running 3 hours 28 minutes 05.