• Paul Cripps sets new over-50 high jump record

    Paul Cripps, from Striders of Croydon, had another successful evening in the Southern Veterans League match at Kingsmeadow on Monday. He won the over-50 high jump with a new club record of 1 metre 60, and also won the triple jump (10.21) and was second in the 200 metres (27.9). Alan Dolton was second in the over-60 5000 metres in a club age-group record of 21 minutes 54.4. For Striders’ women, Sandra Francis was third in the over-60 200 metres in a club age-group record of 37.1 seconds, while Steph Upton set a club over-40 record of 9 metres 55 in the hammer. Striders’ men were equal third of the seven clubs in the match, while their women were fifth.
    Striders had 16 finishers in the Richmond 10 kilometre road race on Sunday, which incorporated the Surrey Championships. They were led by Alastair Falconer who ran well in very hot conditions to place 45th of the 557 finishers in 36 minutes 59 seconds. Michael Stewart was 88th in 39 minutes 04, one place ahead of Matt Stone who recorded the same time. Striders’ women were led by Michelle Clarke who placed 362nd overall (50.29). Selena Wong and Allie Cairnie were both timed at exactly 52 minutes, finishing 389th and 390th respectively.
    On the previous day Alastair Falconer had been first home at the Riddlesdown parkrun (17.32), while Simon Ambrosi was first at the Lloyd parkrun (18.28) and Krzysztof Klidzia was first at the Roundshaw parkrun (18.50). Striders had an impressive total of 65 finishers in the various weekly parkruns (35 at Lloyd Park and 30 at other venues).

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