Peter Mills, from Striders of Croydon, had another very good run in the National Cross-Country Championship at Donington on Saturday. He placed 153rd of the 1700 finishers, covering the muddy 12-kilometre course in 47 minutes 42 seconds. This is the first time that a Strider has placed in the top 200 in this prestigious event.
On Sunday Rachel Lindley was the 12th woman to finish the Cambridge Half-Marathon, setting a new personal best of 86 minutes 04 seconds, which is the fastest time by a female Strider for more than 15 years, and lifts her to fourth place in Striders’ all-time women’s rankings. Striders also had several competitors in the Brighton Half-Marathon, led by Michael Stewart who placed 95th in 81 minutes 37. Graeme Drysdale was 137th in 83 minutes 11.
On Saturday Striders had the first two finishers in the weekly parkrun in Lloyd Park. 50-year-old Krzysztof Klidzia was the first runner home, beating all his younger rivals and covering the undulating five-kilometre course in exactly 19 minutes. Club colleague Lee Flanagan placed second in 19 minutes 11 seconds, while Simon Ambrosi was sixth (19.44). Selena Wong was the sixth woman to finish, placing 57th overall (25.41). Meanwhile Becky Laurence was the fourth woman to finish the Riddlesdown parkrun (23.06) and Steph Upton was the sixth woman to finish the Sheffield Hallam parkrun (21.49). Striders had a total of 50 finishers at the various weekly parkruns (22 at Lloyd Park and 28 at other venues).