• Surrey Masters Cross-Country Championships

    Striders of Croydon produced some good performances in the Surrey Masters Cross-Country Championships, at Nonsuch Park on Saturday. Their best placing came from their oldest competitor, Dave Hoben, who was third in the M70 age-group, completing the six-kilometre course in 45 minutes 51.

    Matthew Stone ran well to place fourth in the M60 age-group, completing the nine-kilometre course in 37 minutes 24. Steve Corfield was sixth (38:34) while Mick Turner was 18th (43:51). They placed fourth in the team event. In the M50 age-group, Andy Perks was eighth (37:13) while Tom Gillespie was 16th (40:32)

    In the W45 age-group, racing over six kilometres, Jadwiga Brzask-Makiela placed 10th (40:42). In the M65 age-group, over the same distance, Michael Joseph was 16th (32:32). In the M45 age-group, over nine kilometres, Rotimi Oyegunle was 24th (60:02).

    Earlier in the day, Kara Boaks was the first woman to finish the South Norwood parkrun, placing ninth overall out of 141 finishers (22:19). Rachel Lindley was the first woman to finish the Epworth parkrun in Lincolnshire, placing fourth overall out of 52 finishers (24:35). Consuelo Kennefick was the second woman to finish the Riddlesdown parkrun, placing 14th overall (23:53).

    For Striders’ men, Graeme Drysdale was third in the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun (20:52). Simon Ambrosi was fourth in the Lloyd parkrun (21:52). Striders’ fastest time of the day came from Erik Schrijnemaekers who was seventh in the Peckham Rye parkrun (18:50). Striders had a total of 98 finishers in the various weekly parkruns.

    Rachel Lindley ran well to be the 23rd woman to finish the Cambridge Town and Gown race, placing fourth in the W40 age-group. Unfortunately the course was less than the advertised distance of ten kilometres.

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