• Paul Cripps wins over-50 High Jump and Long Jump at Southern Vets

    Paul Cripps, from Striders of Croydon, had another successful evening in the final Southern Veterans League match of the season, at Croydon Arena on Monday. He won the over-50 high jump (1.40) and long jump (4.62), placed second in the 100 metres (13.9), and was third in the shot in a club age-group record of 8 metres 39. Sam O’Dongo set two club over-40 records, placing second in both the 100 metres (12.3) and 400 metres (56.6). Club chairman Robin Jamieson was second in the over-70 1500 metres in a club age-group record of 6 minutes 52.0, while Neil Riches set a club over-55 shot record of 7 metres 15. For Striders’ women, Sandra Francis was second in both the over-50 100 metres (17.0) and the 2000 metre walk, where she set a club over-60 record of 14 minutes 40.2. Linda Daniel set a club over-55 400 metre record of 89.9. Striders’ men placed third of the seven clubs in the match (and fourth in the final league table), while their women were fifth.
    Striders had a total of 17 finishers in the Elmore 7-mile road race, at Chipstead on Saturday. They were led by Steve Massey who placed 69th of the 316 finishers in 46 minutes 47. Steve Harris was 75th (47.09), Luke Burden 77th (47.13), Darren Woods 85th (47.13) and John O’Mahony 96th (48.34). Striders’ women were led by Serena Stracey who was the 23rd woman to finish, placing 122nd overall (50.13). Steph Upton was 124th (50.30), Maggie Statham 145th (52.15), Allie Cairnie 205th (56.03) and Selena Wong 216th (57.05). Earlier in the day, Striders had an impressive total of 56 finishers in the various weekly parkruns (26 at Lloyd Park and 30 at other venues).

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