Club press release 2/7/2017

Midweek League fixture 4 – Stevenage (Hosted by North Herts RR)
Stevenage Striders, coming up to their fourth birthday and making their debut season in the Midweek League, gained promotion from the third division to the second at the first time of asking by finishing runners-up to Harpenden Arrows. Both teams came out in force on the final evening but the Arrows were too strong for the Striders and had to content with finishing second. For a small community club in Britain’s first new town, the Striders who’s aim for the season was to ‘enjoy it and see what happens’ didn’t think of dreaming of promotion until after the third fixture in Preston a few weeks earlier. Now promoted, attention will turn for next season for head coach Chris Leigh and team captains Daniel Sanders and Tracy Bullot where the Striders will face Bishops Stortford, Harlow, Harpenden and two relegated sides from the premier league (to be decided).
Final results (364 runners took part in the event):
Mens: Steve Wells 40-02 (61st), Darren Lovelock 40-21 (67th), Jonny Nicholls 41-24 (80th), Mark Dunn 43-53 (112nd), James Hunter 45-51 (150th), Daniel Sanders 46-12 (158th), Ben Parry 46-14 (160th), James French 46-48 (170th), Karl Hudson 47-12 (178th), Alan Watt 49-27 (219th), Robbie Blackham 50-00 (229th), Darren Gilbert 50-10 (233rd), Liam Kelly 50-51 (243rd), Danik Bates 52-36 (263rd), Dave Sartain 1-00-28 (341st)
Ladies: Victoria McIver 48-12 (191st), Emma Cole 50-47 (241st), Tracy Bullot 50-57 (244th), Frances Levy 51-12 (248th), Rose Jennings 53-49 (281st), Molly Davis 54-22 (286th), Sarah Cousins 55-52 (302nd), Jenny Ingram-Tedd 55-53 (303th), Eilsh Hislop 56-14 (310th), Katy Baker 59-22 (332nd), Sandra Howes 59-23 (333rd), Sue Leigh 59-45 (337th), Sue Loughran 1-04-04 (355th), Nicola McGuigan 1-04-05 (356th).
The final fixture is at Welwyn Garden City (mob match) 13/7/2017 and includes the presentations. This is a chance for as many Striders as possible to go and run in a good course and celebrate our success.
Full results and tables can be found here: http://www.stevenage-striders.org.uk/10k-midweek-league-2017/
Liz  back in marathon action
Liz Small took part in the Enigma – Need for Speed marathon over in Milton Keynes and finished with a time of 5-58-54. This is her first marathon since completing her 100th marathon last month.
Park-run Report
The weekly dose of Parkruns had a few Striders out in force. Parkrun is a free 5km (3.2mile) run for every one of all abilities which are hosted around the country at 9am every Saturday. Check the Parkrun website to find out the nearest course to you.
Stevenage Parkrun:
225 runners took on the two lap course in Fairlands Valley Park on Saturday and first to cross the line was Steve Wells in 19-10 (8th). Others to complete the course were: Ben Parry 22-23 (28th), Alan Watt 23-13 (34th), Anne Miller 27-12 (85th), Steve Moore 27-16 (87th) and Richard Bates 28-10 (101st).
On the south coast at Preston Park, Brighton, Jenny Ingram-Tedd finished the course in 25-35 coming in 161st out of 385 runners.
About Stevenage Striders
The club was formed back in 2013 and has lots of runners from the local area joined since then and is open to all abilities. To find out more information about the club, how to join or what sort of training we can offer, please contact via the club or head coach Chris Leigh on stevenagestriders@mail.com or visit the website www.stevenage-striders.org.uk.