• Sandra Francis wins W60 long jump bronze at the British Masters Championships

    Sandra Francis, from Striders of Croydon, did very well to win a bronze medal in the W60 long jump in the British Masters Championships at Birmingham on Saturday, recording 2 metres 99 in unpleasantly wet and windy conditions. She also placed fourth in both the W60 100 metres (17.26) and 200 metres (37.06), while club colleague Alan Dolton was sixth in the M60 800 metres.

    In the Wimbledon five-kilometre road race on Sunday, Niamh Vincent had an excellent run to be the 16th woman to finish. Amanda Hewett was the 46th woman to finish, while Alexandra Legge was 55th, Michelle O’Mahony was 59th and Victoria Legge was 77th. Striders’ men were led by Steve Corfield who ran well to place 58th of the 190 finishers, and ninth in the over-50 category. John O’Mahony was 71st with Andrew Pickering 77th, Peter Johnson 85th, Mark Hutchings 125th and Michael Joseph 153rd. Unfortunately the organisers had a problem with the timekeeping system.

    On the previous day, Rachel Lindley was the first woman to finish the Thames Meander Half-Marathon, placing 12th overall in 86 minutes 18 seconds. Lee Flanagan finished first at the Lloyd parkrun for the second successive week, recording 19 minutes 17, while Alastair Falconer was first at the Kettering parkrun (18:07). Striders had a total of 62 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.

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