Rachel Lindley, from Striders of Croydon, had an outstanding run at the Cambridge Half-Marathon, setting a new club women’s record of 85 minutes 06 seconds. This was almost a minute better than Rachel’s previous best time, set on the same course last year, and more than half a minute faster than the previous club record, set by Debbie Picott at Wokingham in 1988. Club colleague James Bennett was 19th in a large field in the Bath Half Marathon, recording 71 minutes 56 seconds.
In the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley, Alan Dolton was fourth in the M60 1500 metres (5.55.27) and seventh in the 3000 metres (12.53.01). Phil Coales won the cross-country race organised by Bromley VAC at Sparrows Den, covering the five-mile course in 31 minutes 27 seconds. Club colleague Justin Macenhill was fifth (34.44) with Chris Morton 15th (38.27) and Nigel Finch 17th (38.39).
On the previous day Phil Coales was the first man home at the Bromley parkrun, recording 16 minutes 26. Peter Mills was second in the Nonsuch parkrun (17.25). Zoe Williams was the first woman to finish the Lloyd parkrun, placing 60th overall (24.55), while Katherine Selby was the third woman to finish (25.44). Striders had a total of 58 finishers in the various weekly parkruns (29 at Lloyd Park and 29 at other venues). In the Thames Meander Marathon, Sunjay Bhogal ran 3 hours 49 minutes 14, while Ally Whitlock ran 4 hours 17 minutes 34.