• Roundshaw Downs parkrun mobmatch

    Striders of Croydon had a good turnout of 43 finishers in the Roundshaw parkrun on Saturday morning, which included a ‘mob match’ against local rivals Sutton Striders and Collingwood. Striders were led by Max Veglio who ran well to place third of the 193 finishers, recording 19 minutes 34. Erik Schrijnemaekers was fifth (19:45), Andy Perks 12th (20:36), Tom Vincent 16th (20:50) and Justin Macenhill 19th (20:59). Niamh Vincent ran well to be the second woman to finish, placing 22nd overall (21:12). Consuelo Kennefick was the fourth woman to finish, placing 34th overall (21:58). Jon Dean was the first over-65 to finish, placing 35th overall (21:59). Cindy Siu was the 13th woman to finish, placing 67th overall (24:34), while Nadine Pryce was the 16th woman to finish, placing 76th overall (25:28). Michael Bassett was the first over-70 to finish, placing 94th overall (27:07). Vanessa Wheeler was first in the W60 age-group, placing 116th overall (29:12). Further down the field, Sandra Francis became the fifth Strider (and the first female Strider) to complete 500 parkruns. In the mob match, Sutton had six of the first ten finishers, and had 21 finishers in under 25 minutes, whereas Striders of Croydon had only 16 finishers in under 25 minutes. Sutton won the match with Striders of Croydon second and Collingwood third.

    In the Hercules Wimbledon Festival 5000m races later on Saturday, Andrew Aitken set a club M45 record of 16 minutes 35.40, placing ninth in his heat. James Rhodes ran 16 minutes 55.16. In the Veterans AC five-kilometre road race at Battersea on Tuesday, Peter Johnson finished in 19 minutes 25.

    In the British Milers Club races at the Linford Christie Stadium on Wednesday, James Rhodes won his heat of the 800 metres (2:08.38).

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