On Saturday 18th January 15 Striders took part in the Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships which were held locally at Coombes Farm. On a gruelling course – the word ‘hilly’ does not do it justice, conditions were glorious for running being cold but with bright winter sunshine. The Downland views at the top were brilliant. Everyone enjoyed their run and the new Striders Gazebo made its first appearance, which was the envy of every other club! Well done in particular to Myra who ran with a smile and to Richard Butler who made is debut in a Striders vest.
On Sunday 5th January 11 Striders made the relatively short journey up to Epsom to run the Tadworth 10. The race start was at the famous Epsom race course, venue for the Derby. Consequently, the race facilities on the ground floor of the main stand were excellent. A warm environment, tea and coffee for sale and plenty of toilets so no queuing. The start of the race was a 5-minute walk away and there was plenty of car parking. The race itself was a mixture of terrain. It started on the race course and after a long downhill followed country roads, small villages and paths through wooded areas. The course consisted of 2 loops which had a steady climb and a long downhill section that followed. On the second loop the climb was more noticeable with tired legs! Conditions were cold but dry and Mike Osmon was first Strider home closely followed by Tim McGrath who set a PB for the 10-mile distance. This well organised race was a thoroughly enjoyable day out and a great start to the New Year. I’m sure this race will grow in popularity with Striders.
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