Press release 3rd September

Stevenage Striders Press Release – 3rd September 2017
Takeley 10km
Darren Lovelock took on the 10km course in Takeley on Sunday which is 90% off road and finished 5th out of 400 runners in 39-09. However Darren picked up an award for finishing 1st in the Veteran-40 (V40) age group.
Maidenhead Half Marathon
Liz Small completed the Maidenhead Half Marathon in 02-43-27 on Sunday.
Hatfield 5km series
Steve ‘the machine’ Wells took part in the first round of the Hatfield 5km (3.2 miles) races on Wednesday 30th August and came in at 18:36, finishing 5th male vet50 and 30th overall. Also running was Russell Andrews finishing with a time of 23:15, his official personal best 5km time.
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.
Westmill Parkrun:
Down the A602 on the outskirts of Ware, Jonny Nicholls took part in the Westmill Parkrun, one of the newest courses on the circuit. Not only he got a sub-20 minute time on the course which is really hard to do as it’s a technical off-road course with lots of uphill’s and not so much downs, Jonny also came first home out of eighty-three runners, finishing with a time of 19-29.
Stevenage Parkrun:
230 runners took on the two lap course in Fairlands Valley Park on Saturday and first to cross the line was Davie Stafford in 21-13 (16th and with a buggy). Other runners: James French 22-32 (37th), Alan Watt 22-41 (39th), Russell Andrews 23-56 (50th and course PB), Frances Levy 25-23 (63rd), Clare Moore 25-26 (64th), Anne Miller 27-05 (89th), Tracy Norris 40-33 (218th).
Other Parkruns: Paul Marshall took on the Rother Valley course in South Yorkshire and gained a course PB by finishing in 24-12 (65th out of 294 runners). In Buckinghamshire, Becki Brunetti took on the Aylesbury course and came in at 31-19 (115th out of 149 runners). Steve Moore was in Canterbury and finished in 27-09 (55th out of 118 runners).
Zero to 5km training starts this September
On 5th September and every week for ten weeks, Stevenage Striders will be hosting a free beginners course and will be held in Shephalbury Park. The first course will be on the 5th September starting at 19:15. Any enquires please contact Chris Leigh via the website (details below).