DIARY DATES (for more details and events see Key Race Fixtures)
15 Oct - Surrey League Cross Country series. Race 1 (men and ladies)
16 Oct - Cabbage Patch 10
21 Oct - Stragglers Club Championship Awards Evening - 2015/16 XC and 2016 Road Races
06 Nov - NEW Stragglers Cross Country Championships - 10.30am Ham Fields
Our Ladies F40 team finished 4th, narrowly missing a podium place, at the South of England Athletic Association road relay championships at Bedford Aerodrome. Sarah Winter's brilliant 2nd fastest vet lady deserves a special mention. Also taking part from Stragglers was a senior ladies team and a men's V40 team.
The races which qualify for the Stragglers Cross Country Championships are now announced.
To qualify, enter at least 4 out of the 8 races. Your best 4 race positions count towards the Championships.
Record Numbers turned out for this year's River Relay. There were 75 teams!
The first 3 teams:
1. Trent Park RC
2. Stragglers Hobnobs
3. 26.2 RRC 2
It was fantastic to see so many clubs taking part. Congratulations and well done to all participants and those who supported them!
Nigel's family have very sadly announced: "It is with unbearable sadness that we have to inform you that Nigel passed away Wednesday morning 17 August. We cannot access Nigel's Facebook account (or phone or computer) and so are unable to see any messages but if you would like to leave a message please do so via 'comments' on his page. Thank you for being Nigel's friends. Peggy (mum) and Sandra (sister)."
Great turnout, great racing, surprisingly great weather, better marking, and a great response from team captains on marshaling.
The winners were:
The Green Belt (1st overall) - Serpentine
The Pewter Plate (1st Ladies) - Serpentine Ladies
The Walking Stick (1st Vets) - Sandhurst
2nd - London Frontunners
Mixed - Thames Hare And Hounds
Corporate - British Airways
The Mark Critchlow award (Broken Record) - Cathy Ansell of Stock Exchange AC
Toilet Seat (last team to complete the course) - Pembroke Athletica
Wissahickon Trophy - Burgess Hill
See all photos here
40 Stragglers battled the mountains and the heat in this year's Welsh Castles Relay. There was a fantastic effort from both the men and the ladies teams, with heroic and top class performances. Congratulations particularly to the two stage winners, Maddie Garner and Claire Bond. A full report will be in the next Straggmag.
On 30 April one brave little lady ran along trail paths all the way around the Isle of Wight. A distance of 107kms or 67 miles.
She finished before midnight in a time of 15 hours and 2 minutes and finished in the top 25 of 400 finishers but more importantly was the first lady home. Her trophy is almost as big as Tiff!
If you have not already done so, please consider sponsoring her ordeal, I mean adventure.
Liz Killip came 2nd in her age category in the London Marathon in 3:10:24 and this makes her 7th fastest UK F55 of all time!
Well done Liz!
See some of the other Stragglers who ran London, Manchester and Brighton....
NPL Hockey club are offering free hockey training & fitness throughout the Summer
Time: Mondays at 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Place: St Mary's Astro Turf, Broom Road, Teddington.
Dates: 11th April until 6th June, but if there's lots of interest it will be extended throughout the Summer.
The training is open to anyone whether they have played hockey previously or not and there is no obligation to join the club at the end of the summer, it's just a way of offering sport to people and to introduce more people to the game.
The Dysart Cup/Ellis Trophy races on 5th March bring this year's Club Cross Country Championships to a close.
We congratulate the winners:
Overall: Sarah Winter
SL: Tiffany Gibson
F35: Sarah Winter
F45: Hilary Davies
F55: Dee Smale
Hero: Lynda Chase
Overall: Simon Ford
SM: Simon Ford
M40: Jonathan Davies
M50: Pedro Das Gupta
M60: No qualifier
Hero: Gareth Pritchard
See full results for all participants HERE