Desford Striders Running Club round-up, April 2014
A busy and productive month for Desford Striders Running Club culminated in the successful hosting
of the latest Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) fixture at the beginning of April.
The six-mile winter league fixture, that started and finished in the village and took in Kirby Mallory and Peckleton, attracted more than 400 runners from around the county. While many club members
assisted on the day in the organisation of the event, a 22-strong squad were amongst the 405-strong field for the penultimate race of the campaign.
Ian Mansell was the first Strider home in a time of 35:30, securing 23rd place overall, while Emma Marvin was the first of the Striders’ nine ladies over the line. The Club’s cross-country champion completed
a rare LRRL outing in 43:32.
The race was won by Leicester Coritanian’s Gordon Lee who ran home in a time of 31:40, while Clare
McKittrick of Charnwood took the ladies’crown in 38:09 to claim 60th place overall.
A slightly smaller than usual Striders squad had also been in league action three weeks earlier in the LRRL race at Asfordby Hill.
Tony Woodward, one of 16 Striders in action, was the first Desford runner home in the Stilton 7 in a time of 43:09, while Nicola Davies was the first of the Club’s five ladies to cross the line, running home in 50:41.
The Club is next in LRRL action at the West End 8, the final winter league race of the season that takes place in Queniborough on 18 May. Summer league action resumes in June, kicking off with the Swithland
6 in Mountsorrel on 8 June.
Desford Striders continues to be well represented at parkruns - the global, timed 5k runs that take place every Saturday morning - not only at the Braunstone Park event but at other venues around the
country. During the month, prolific parkrunner Ian Mansell chalked up his 18th win, this time at Corby in a time of 18:18, adding to eight wins already recorded at Braunstone. Elsewhere on the same day,
Ryan Pegg registered a second victory at Conkers, running home in 17:37 to seal his latest win. Meanwhile, parkrun veteran Anne Newbery was the second lady in successive weeks on her travels, first at Pomphrey Hill in Bristol in 22:52 followed by Kingsbury Water seven days later (22:12).
It has been a busy month for the lovers of the longer distance at the Club with a number of Striders taking part in various local half and full marathons, as well as in the famous and iconic 26.2 mile race around London in April.
Andrew Hurd was the sole representative in the challenging, multi-terrain Charnwood Marathon in March and completed the 26.2 miles in an impressive 4:08:34. The event also offered a 15-mile alternative
which six Club members tackled. Julie Messenger was the first of the Striders over the line in 2:50:17, while a little over two minutes separated the next four home.
During the same weekend, Desford Striders also had members competing in half marathons at Loughborough, Coventry and Stanford Hall. Ash Payne finished 17th overall in the latter, running home
in 1:28:28, while Pete Marvin was the first of the Desford contingent back at Loughborough, crossing the line in 1:32:19. Nicola Davies led the Desford ladies home in 1:39:52. Elsewhere, Paul Bradshaw completed the Coventry half in a personal best time of 1:47:58.
The following week four Striders were in action at the Belvoir half marathon, starting in Hose.
Tony Woodward was the first of the group to finish, completing an impressive run with a 1:19:43 finish, sealing a very creditable ninth place overall.
A handful of Striders were in the capital in April for the 34th staging of the world famous London Marathon including Andy Richardson who won the Club place in the ballot at its annual Awards night in December. Andy completed the grueling 26.2 miles in 3:35:56.
Many of the Club’s long distance runners will be a little closer to home next month when they take on the 13.1 miles of the Bosworth Half Marathon at Bosworth Water Trust on 11 May.
Desford Striders welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. Further information about the club can be found at www.desfordstriders.co.uk.