Press release 11/2/2018

Devils Punchbowl Marathon
Head coach Chris Leigh completed the 50km (30 mile) off-road course around the natural landmark known as the Devil’s Punchbowl in Hampshire, completing it in a time of 6-27-00. Runners for this event had to navigate the course using a set of written instructions. Despite the hills and the toughness of the course, conditions were good but in parts the ground was extremely muddy and sloppy. This was Chris 44th marathon of his running career.
Bramley 20
Karl Hudson and Marc Hagland took on the 32km (20 mile) course in Bramley (near Reading). Karl finished in 03-01-37, positioning in 456th out of 684 runners whilst Marc came in at 03-11-08 (531st). This was Marc’s first attempt at a 20-mile race.
Deal Half Marathon
Danik Bates took in a very hilly course between Deal and Dover taking in beautiful Kentish villages. Finished with his fastest half marathon (13.1 miles – 21km) time in nearly two years, coming in 01-48-10, positioning in 109th out of 352 runners.
Parkrun 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.
On the road: Ollie Garbas made his Strider debut at Letchworth and came in 22-28, finishing 10th out of 151 runners. Danik Bates was at the three-lap course in Harrow, north-west London and came in at 24-00 (39th out of 182 runners). Becki Brunetti was at St Albans and finished in 28-12 (299th out of 476 runners).
Stevenage: 244 runners took part on the two-lap course around Fairlands Valley Lakes on Saturday and first home for the striders was Davie Stafford in 19-58 (9th place). Other results: Garry Wallace 28-19 (112nd), Steve Moore 28-20 (113th), Sharon Franklin 32-08 (175th), Russell Andrews 32-11 (176th), Colin Fenwick 32-12 (177th), Therese Jones 34-21 (204th) and Tracy Norris 38-33 (226th).