Striders of Croydon faced strong opposition in the South of England Cross-Country Championships at Beckenham on Saturday afternoon. Their men’s team placed 33rd out of the 46 clubs which finished complete teams. Striders’ first man home was Tatsuya Okamoto who placed 251st, completing the undulating 15-kilometre course in 59 minutes 02. James Rhodes was 290th (60:16), Matthew Stone 315th (61:21), Sebastian Munday 335th (61:56), Luke Burden 502nd (67:38) and Andy Perks 566th (71:18). Striders’ women were led by Niamh Vincent, who ran very well to place 177th, covering the eight-kilometre course in 37 minutes 59. Nikki Javan was 227th (40:09) and Jadwiga Brzask-Makiela 250th (51:08).
Also on Saturday, Rachel Lindley was the fifth woman to finish the Raidlight Arc 50-mile race, along the west coast of Cornwall from Porthcurno to Porthtowan. She recorded 11 hours 44 minutes 13.
On Saturday morning, Niamh Vincent warmed up for the afternoon’s cross-country race by being the first woman to finish the South Norwood parkrun, placing 16th overall (22:03). Kara Boaks was the second woman to finish, placing 18th overall (22:32), while Ellyw Evans was the fourth woman to finish, placing 34th overall (24:45). Striders’ men were led by Andrew Aitken who placed third (18:43) with Liam Redmond fourth (19:10). Maria Consuelo Kennefick was the second woman to finish the Riddlesdown parkrun, placing 21st overall (23:47). Striders’ men were led by Robert Lines who placed third (19:25) with Martin Filer fourth (19:53). Lee Flanagan was fourth in the Lloyd parkrun (19:40), while Selena Wong was the fourth woman to finish, placing 30th overall (24:46). Steve Corfield was fourth in the Roundshaw parkrun (19:51). Striders had a total of 82 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.