Matthew Stone, from Striders of Croydon, had an outstanding run in the RunThrough 10-kilometre road race at the Olympic Park in Stratford on Wednesday evening. He was the first over-50 to finish, placing 25th overall in a new club age-group record of 35 minutes 53 seconds, and becoming the oldest Strider ever to run 10 kilometres in under 36 minutes. Club colleague Simone Luciani also had an excellent run, placing seventh overall in a personal best of 33 minutes 03 seconds, which lifts him to fourth place in Striders’ all-time club rankings.
On Saturday Ally Whitlock ran very well to be the fourth woman to finish the South Downs Way 50-mile trail race, starting in Worthing and finishing in Eastbourne. She placed 80th overall out of 332 finishers, recording 9 hours 09 minutes 05 seconds. Club colleague Debra Bourne, completing her 100th ultra-marathon, was the 17th woman to finish and was fourth in the over-50 category, recording 10 hours 02 minutes 53.
In the Worthing Open Meeting on Sunday, James Rhodes was seventh in his heat of the one mile, recording 4 minutes 49.70 seconds. Keith Simpson was the first over-70 to finish the PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon at Charing, covering the undulating course in 4 hours 25 minutes 19 and placing 76th overall out of 111 finishers.