• Striders excel at parkrun!

    Striders of Croydon had five of the first six finishers at the weekly parkrun in Lloyd Park on Saturday. Erik Schrijnemaekers ran well to place first of the 151 finishers (19:33) with Lee Flanagan second (19:39), Simon Ambrosi third (20:11), Graeme Drysdale fifth (20:49) and Kerim Suruliz sixth (21:05). Cindy Siu was the second woman to finish, placing 24th overall (25:16).

    A day later, Erik Schrijnemaekers again ran well to finish 56th out of more than 3000 runners in the Hampton Court Palace Half-Marathon, recording a personal best 83 minutes 58. Liam Redmond also ran well to place 77th out of 1994 finishers in the Hastings Half-Marathon (86:56), while Darren Woods was 264th (99:22).

    At the South Norwood parkrun on Saturday, Niamh Vincent was the first female finisher for the fourth successive week, placing 18th overall (21:22). Striders’ men were led by Andrew Aitken who placed third (17:58). Matthew Stone was third out of 525 finishers in the Bromley parkrun (18:12). Steve Corfield was second in the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun (20:05), while Marc Burrows was third in the Billericay parkrun (19:58) and Damian Macenhill was third in the Swanley parkrun (20:46). Striders had a total of 83 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.

    Also on Saturday, Debra Bourne was the 13th woman to finish the Endurancelife CTS Sussex Ultra, placing second in the W50 age-group. She completed the undulating 33-mile course in 7 hours 44 minutes 33.

    In the Lloyd junior parkrun on Sunday, Thomas Finch ran well to place first out of 73 finishers, completing the two-kilometre course in a personal best of 8 minutes 26 seconds.

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