Lee Flanagan, from Striders of Croydon, ran very well to place eleventh out of 534 finishers in the third annual Croydon Half-Marathon on Sunday. He covered the undulating course in 80 minutes 56 seconds. Club colleague Lee Wadsworth was 24th (85.05) with Chris Morton 38th (88.50), Damian Macenhill 48th (90.22), Tom Gillespie 53rd (90.55) and Ernie Hann 58th (91.31). Striders’ women were led by Karen Stretch who was the fifth woman to finish, placing 103rd overall in 96 minutes 16 seconds, which lifted her to 13th place in Striders’ all-time women’s rankings. Club colleague Zoe Williams, in her first half-marathon, was 25th (1.46.27).
On the same day Darren Bird ran the Paris Marathon in 2 hours 53 minutes 49 seconds, lifting him to 13th place in Striders’ all-time club rankings. Taylor Huggins ran a personal best 2 hours 57 minutes 26, while Tamsin Carelse ran a personal best 3 hours 44 minutes 14.
On Saturday Iain Harrison placed second in the Dorney Lake 10 kilometre road race (35.06), with Tyler O’Callaghan third (35.28). Krzysztof Klidzia finished second in the weekly parkrun in Lloyd Park (18.18). Striders had a total of 31 finishers in the various local parkruns.