Striders of Croydon produced some good performances in the Sutton 10-kilometre road race on Sunday, which was the third race in this year’s Surrey Road League. They were led by Andrew Aitken who ran very well to place 14th of the 412 finishers, recording 35 minutes 13 seconds. Graeme Drysdale was fifth in the over-50 category and 56th overall (38:52), while Erik Schrijnemaekers was 63rd (39:07) and Conor O’Hara-Barrett 69th (39:41). Steve Corfield had an excellent run to win the over-60 category, placing 73rd overall in a new club age-group record of 39 minutes 52. This was more than three minutes faster than the previous record, set by John McGilvray in 2007, and makes Steve the oldest Strider ever to run the distance in less than 40 minutes.
Striders’ women were led by Jennifer Gutteridge who was the 24th woman to finish, placing 120th overall in 43 minutes 42. She was followed by Vanessa Wheeler (60:06), Jo Riches (60:07), Jane Hughes (62:06) and Sarah Allport (73:35).
James Rhodes had an excellent run in the Tracksmith Amateur Mile meeting at Stratford on Thursday. He placed sixth in his heat, setting a new Striders club record of 4 minutes 42.06 seconds. Club colleague Stephen Allport placed 13th in an earlier heat in a personal best of 6 minutes 00.81.
On Saturday, Erik Schrijnemaekers was second in the Lloyd parkrun (19:45), while Consuelo Kennefick was the second woman to finish the Riddlesdown parkrun, placing 19th overall (21:52). Striders had a total of 91 finishers in the various weekly parkruns. Meanwhile, Jadwiga Brzask-Makiela completed the Copenhagen Marathon in 5 hours 07 minutes 46 seconds.