Striders of Croydon faced strong opposition in the South of the Thames Cross-Country Association’s annual five-mile inter-club race, held at Morden Park on Saturday. They placed 13th in the eight-to-score competition for the Brent Shield, awarded in memory of the late Alan Brent of Blackheath Harriers. Striders were led by veteran Steve Corfield, who ran well to place 88th of the 227 finishers in the men’s race, recording 32 minutes 07 seconds. Graeme Drysdale placed 96th (32:39) with Andy Perks 106th (33:00) and Richard Lee-Smith 135th (34:44). Rob Zietz was third in the over-60 age-group and 147th overall (35:21), while Chris Morton was 158th (36:03), Mick Turner 166th (36:31) and Rotimi Oyegunle 194th (38:40).
Earlier in the day, Robert Lines was first out of 107 finishers in the Riddlesdown parkrun, recording 19 minutes 52. Niamh Vincent was the first woman to finish the South Norwood parkrun, placing 24th overall (22:13). Simon Ambrosi was second in the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun (19:07), while Jodie Gray was the second woman to finish, placing eighth overall (22:08). Krzysztof Klidzia was second in the Lloyd parkrun (19:29), while Jenny Rowe was the second woman to finish, placing 23rd overall (23:47). Striders had a total of 73 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.
This Sunday (1st) Striders have several competitors in the Pirie 10-mile cross-country race, organised by South London Harriers on Farthing Downs.