Four Stevenage Striders teams put in a strong showing at the Fairlands Valley 3km relays

PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 August 2017

The Stevenage Striders team who took part in the Fairlands Valley 3km relays.

The Stevenage Striders team who took part in the Fairlands Valley 3km relays.

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The main focus of the week for Stevenage Striders kept them in the town – as they took part in the Fairlands Valley Spartans’ 3km relays.

Stevenage Striders' Danik Bates at Southsea Parkrun. Stevenage Striders' Danik Bates at Southsea Parkrun.

And the Striders may have left the event, which incorporates the Hertfordshire AARC Senior and Veteran Championships but also has clubs from Bedfordshire taking part, empty-handed but there was still plenty of impressive runs.

The club entered four teams for both men and women, with each runner running one lap of the park.

James Hunter, Mark Dunn, Jonny Nicholls, Darren Lovelock and Steve Wells brought the men’s first team home in 56 minutes 23 seconds which was good enough for 25th overall and 14th in the county.

Striders’ first and second women’s team came in 23rd and 26th respectively.

Emma Cole, Jenny Ingram-Tedd and Rose Jennings clocked 41.36 while the second string, which included Fran Levy and Lisa Liveridge finished in 43.02.

Elsewhere Liz Small completed the Grim Reaper ultra-marathon event at Grimsthrope Castle in Lincolnshire, finishing the 40-mile event in 10 hours 56 minutes 34 seconds.

At Stevenage Parkrun a total of 275 runners took to the course with Darren Gilbert the first Strider home in 24.09.

Holly Parry and Kian Hewstone both finished in 34.08, with both setting a new course PB.

Steve Wells took on the brand-new course at Westmill Farm near Ware, which started last week and is now the second closest Parkrun course to Stevenage.

Out of the 126 runners who took part, he gained a sixth place finish in 19.30, on terrain that was a tough cross-country course with a few hills.

Danik Bates was on the south coast in Southsea, Hampshire, one of the flattest Parkrun circuits.

However, the out-and-back course along the seafront was still tough with a headwind on the return part of the course.

But Bates still managed a time of 24.16 for 95th out of 345 runners.

Becki Brunetti ran around the lake three times at St Albans parkrun and finished with a time of 29.24.

For more information about the club email stevenagestriders@mail.com or visit www.stevenage-striders.org.uk

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