Stevenage Striders round-up: Manchester, Fulham and St Albans

James Marshall, left, and Ian Levy. Photo: supplied

James Marshall, left, and Ian Levy. Photo: supplied - Credit: Archant

Liz Small resumed her marathon running when she completed the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

Despite having excellent race plans with pre-booked parking, the 45 minute journey from the hotel to the start at the stadium took over two hours.

This meant that Small had to leave everything in her car and make her way directly to the start just after the gun went off.

The rush resulted in the athlete setting off in the run too quick resulting in a loss of time later. Despite this she finished in a time of five hours eight minutes 24 seconds.

With just two weeks to go to his debut London Marathon, Ian Levy completed his last preparation race at the Fulham and Putney half marathon.


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He had a solid run and finished in 1:51:56.

There were runners at five different park run venues including St Albans, where Steve Wells continued his rich vein of form by posting a season’s best time of 19:31 and finishing 14th overall.

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At Panshanger, Kelly Baston ran a personal best (PB) of 31:51, taking a minute and a half off her previous best. Andrew Wilde also ran a PB of 32:20.

Steve Eastbury took a break from his preparation for the Brighton Marathon by running a PB of 21:56 at Luton.

Further afield at Blickling Park, Sue Loughran and her canni-cross team-mate Shylo took on the 5k in a PB time of 26:30.

Ken Marshall took a break from the Panshanger venue and ran the parkrun at Harwich in a time of 25:24, only a few seconds away from his PB.

On Sunday the club held its charity quiz night to raise funds for the National Maternity Support Foundation.

This is the charity that the club have been raising funds for in conjunction with the runners taking part in the London Marathon.

The event was very well attended and resulted in over £600 being raised for the charity. This brings funds raised by the club so far to over £3,000.

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