Striders’ Double Glory
The Tony Barnes Memorial 5 Mile Race at Sefton Park in Liverpool was the 8th instalment in the ten race Merseyside Grand Prix series. It was a memorable night for St. Helens Striders as both the men’s and ladies’ team emerged victorious in the race’s team competition.
The inspirational Rachael Fairclough led the way for the women with an outstanding 2nd place in a blistering 32:17, pushed on by her great friend and rival Kelly Hamilton in 4th place with an excellent new PB of 32:48. Both Fairclough and Hamilton go into the last two races with fighting chance of winning the individual Merseyside Grand Prix title. Third Strider home was the determined Kylie Barlow in 35:34 to complete the counters in the team victory. Pauline Horsfall was 4th finisher, also claiming a fantastic 1st place in the V60 category. There were a number of personal successes in the race with new PBs from Jackie Dobson (45:30) and Sharon O’Connell, who also broke the club V50 record in 38:45. Strong running from Cherryl Orrick and Brenda Cahill also saw them finish in fine style.
For the men, the rapid Chris Hazeldine produced another fine display to finish in 8th place with a time of 27:41, and remains in 2nd place overall in the Merseyside Grand Prix standings. Hot on his heels was the ever-consistent Peter Fairclough, with a 10th place finish in 28:05. Dan Cheetham and Mark Riley also ran strongly to complete a tremendous double victory for Striders in the team event. Club stalwart Brian Middleton once again tasted success as he was 1st finisher in the V65 category, while fellow veteran John Barr secured a new 5 mile PB in 38:30. Mark Hamilton also completed a memorable day for the Hamilton family, with a new PB of 37:01.
The personal bests continued into the weekend as a small group of Striders travelled the short distance down the East Lancs to take on the Leigh community 10k. Tom Chadwick delighted his friends and family as he sliced more than two minutes off his previous best in a sensational 37:33, while John Barr made it an unforgettable week with another new best mark of 47:33. Jackie Ellis’ superb 57:44 also gave her a new PB. Cherryl Orrick ran strongly despite only entering at the last minute to cross the line in 50:35.
Sole Strider at the Preston 5 Mile Race was the comeback king, Ian Chisnall. In an extremely strong field, Chisnall produced the performance of a lifetime to claim victory in the V45 category in 31:56.
Team GB representative Mark Riley headed to Chester to compete in the Deva Aquathlon. Tying for the lead after a superb performance in the swim section, Riley was narrowly beaten in the 5k run, to claim a hugely impressive 2nd place.
More about St Helens Striders Running Club
The St Helens Striders Train on a Monday and Wednesday Evening from the Windlehurst Sports Club on Windleshaw Road. The warm up starts at 6:50pm and the prearranged training plans start from 7pm. All Abilities Welcome!