Striders of Croydon faced strong opposition in the Surrey Cross-Country Championships, at Lloyd Park on Saturday. Their best performance came from Rachel Lindley, who ran very well to place 21st of the 138 finishers in the senior women’s race, covering the eight-kilometre course in 31 minutes 56 seconds. Jenny Rowe also ran well to place 69th (36:55) with Niamh Vincent just behind her in 70th (36:59) and Laura Fell completing the scoring team in 95th (39:02). They placed 12th in the team event. Ally Whitlock was 102nd (39:55), Debra Bourne 104th (40:04), Sophia Sachedina 107th (40:28), Selena Wong 116th (42:32), Karen Speed 127th (45:29), Alexandra Legge 131st (48:25) and Michelle Klein 132nd (49:09).
Striders’ men also placed 12th in their team event. They were led by Tatsuya Okamoto who ran well to place 78th of the 241 finishers, covering the 12-kilometre course in 45 minutes 37. Team manager Krzysztof Klidzia was 86th (46:16) with Lee Flanagan 91st (46:30), Tom Lawson 101st (47:05), Iain Harrison 113rd (47:37), Robert Lines 118th (47:53), Martin Filer 121st (48:19), Andy Perks 136th (49:27), Luke Burden 139th (49:41) and Steve Corfield 147th (50:14). Striders had a total of 21 finishers.
Striders’ youngest competitor, Christopher Finch, was 33rd out of 93 finishers in the under-13 boys’ race, while his sister Lucy Finch was 61st in the under-15 girls’ race.