Race Date: Wednesday 13th May 2015
First thing, we have to thank Tony Horstead and team for getting Striders to these 5 milers. It was a mammoth task arranging everything behind the scenes, especially with the level of interest this year.
Also, SYCAA themselves and the running clubs involved for putting on a fantastic set of races. I wouldn’t like to think about the logistics of getting 400 people per race running on open roads etc.
Before we get into the actual Oxspring result, lets look at the overall Striders attendance and the team and overall standings.
- Lodge Moor: 89 Striders from 419 runners (21%)
- Wombwell: 63 Striders from 388 runners (16%)
- Low Bradfield: 86 Striders from 389 runners (22%)
- Oxspring: 73 Striders from 398 runners (18%)
- Total number of different Striders who took part in the 5 mile series: 139
There are 3 classes counted through the series; all age women, senior men (under 40) and veteran men (over 40). Each club’s best finishers in each race (best 3 for ladies and best 4 in the men’s categories) have their times combined. At the end of the 4 race series, the team with the lowest combined times is the winner.
Despite having the majority of our A team out with injury and the likes of London training we still put in a brilliant effort to finish in 3rd place behind Totley AC and Sheffield RC.
Congratulations to Emily Hunt, Hannah Helmore, Nicola Ross, Jennifer Rich and Amy Duck.
Despite being up against a formidable Sheffield RC team, our boys really gave it their all to secure 2nd place.
So well done Ben Jones, Craig Shaw, Sam Needham, James Rose, Colin Hardy, Martyn Goldsack, Jon Taylor and Jon Street
Despite our bright start we were up against it into the final race as Penistone had overtaken us after the third race. Thankfully phone calls were made and faceman pulled together the A Team to help secure victory by just 19 seconds to Penistone.
Your V40+ winning team are Simon Bennett, Andy Davies, Michael Greer, David Palmer, Mick Wall, Alastair Lawson, Paul Stuart, Phil Howson and Mark Gray.
To qualify for the overall standings you had to run in all 4 races, congratulations to the 26 Striders who did, your overall placings are listed below. Great stuff, well done everyone.
4th, Emily Hunt
8th, Ashleigh Barron
11th, Amy Housley
15th, Ruth Kaiser
3rd, Nicola Ross
5th, Catherine McKeown
3rd, Mir Jansen
3rd, Stephanie Street
3rd, Carol Beattie
8th, Craig Shaw
9th, Sam Needham
11th, James Rose
13th, Colin Hardy
15th, Steve Helmore
34th, Matt Gibson
39th, Alex Arblaster
15th, Roger Watson
4th, Simon Bennett
6th, Paul Stuart
7th, Phil Howson
8th, Ben Heller
10th, Andrew Woffinden
6th, Richard Pegg
7th, David Beech
12th Ian Blackburn
5th, Graham Hague
The final 5 mile race of the season saw 398 runners, 73 of which were Striders. As per the other 3 races, we had the largest turnout by some considerable margin with 46 runners the next best turnout on the night.
Daniel Chan of Barnsley AC took first place (26:00) in a tight finish with Will Beauchamp of Sheffield RC just 7 seconds behind. Strider David Palmer took the final podium place in 27:14. First lady home was Fiona Davies of Kingstone in 29:24
Full race result as well as all the detailed individual and team standings available from the SYCAA website
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