Lee Flanagan, from Striders of Croydon, ran very well to place first out of 260 finishers in the weekly parkrun at Lloyd Park on Saturday. In warm conditions, he completed the undulating five-kilometre course in 18 minutes 39 seconds. Club colleague Rachel Lindley also ran very well to be the first woman to finish, placing eleventh overall (19:58) while Jenny Rowe was the third woman to finish, placing 34th overall (22:44). On the same day, Alastair Falconer was first out of 164 finishers in the Loch Leven parkrun (18:13). Luke Burden was second in the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun (18:40) with Graeme Drysdale third (19:04). Serena Stracey was the second woman to finish the Gravesend Cyclopark parkrun, placing 31st overall (23:20), while Natalie Clerke was the third woman to finish the Letchworth parkrun, placing 39th overall (26:08). Striders had a total of 75 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.
In the Self-Transcendence 10 kilometre race in Battersea Park, Striders were led by Dave Shaw who placed 32nd out of 112 finishers in 39 minutes 09. In the North Downs Way 100-mile race, from Farnham in Surrey to Ashford in Kent, Tatsuya Okamoto finished 179th, completing the undulating course in 29 hours 34 minutes 08. On Sunday, Ally Whitlock was the seventh woman to finish the Vanguard Way Marathon, placing 24th overall in 4 hours 43 minutes 36.
This Sunday (11th), Striders will be competing in the Wimbledon 5-kilometre road race, which is the final event in this year’s Surrey Road League. Their women are currently ninth of the 36 clubs in the league, while their men are currently 12th.