Hazeldine Hits Top 100 at Great North Run
The world’s premier half marathon, The Great North Run, saw a team of Striders line up alongside the elite field in Newcastle on Sunday morning. The fearsome sight of the travelling red and black army doubtless played a part in inspiring Sir Mo Farah to victory in a new course record.
Pushing the legendary Olympian all the way was Striders’ own golden boy Chris Hazeldine. After setting a blistering early pace, Hazeldine finished strongly to secure a well deserved 13.1 mile PB in 1:16. His extraordinary time placed him 97th in a vast field of over 50,000 athletes. Phil Lawrenson, who always delivers, once again highlighted his consistency as he posted a superb time of 1:37. Running in his 13th GNR, Danny Fegan chased Lawrenson in determined fashion to cross the line in 1:39. For the women, Marie Chesworth and Adele Crawford matched each other stride for stride, finishing in tandem as the clock hit 2:51,while Debs Hill displayed her customary grit with a battling 3:15.
Closer to home, the penultimate race in the Merseyside Grand Prix series was contested at the Halewood 5K. With Striders’ ladies in the running for the team title in the ten race series, it was an opportunity to gain ground on Penny Lane Striders, the current leaders.
Finishing in 6th Place, the statuesque Emma Callery led the women home in an outstanding 20:54, with her great friend Lisa Cheers also excelling to earn vital points in 11th place. A closely fought battle between the dynamic duo Kylie Barlow and Wendy Davies saw them cross the line mere seconds apart to secure 14th and 17th places for the ladies’ team. Brenda Cahill, with one hand already on the V60 category trophy for the series, once again annihilated her peers to claim the win in her age group in a new PB of 24:09. There were PBs galore elsewhere.Jo Herriott (27:14) and Christine Humphrey (27:54) both lowered their all time best 5K marks.
For the men, the devastatingly handsome David Wilson’s scorching 16:48 was enough to secure 8th place in a high quality field. Eric Ranson was next Strider home, with a strong finishing 19:44. The latest battle for family supremacy was as close run as ever, as Andrew Lawrenson (20:12) claimed the narrowest of victories over father Phil Lawrenson(20:17). There was yet another PB for the indefatigable John Barr, finishing in 22:31.
Striders were represented well at the North West Road Relay event at Edge Hill University. The four man team ran legs of 5KM and performed admirably against the region’s finest athletic talent. Dylan Redican, Kevin Outten, Mark Hamilton and Craig Whittaker ran superbly in the face of extremely stiff competiton.
At the Salford 10K, there were more personal successes. Gary Eccleston (48:53) and Jason Mather (51:22) set new personal bests at the distance, with Nicky Donovan improving on last year’s showing in the same race by a mammoth five minutes as she powered to an excellent 54:24.
Away from the tarmac, a team including Striders’ Darren Eckersley, Anthony Ellis, John Williams and Cherryl Orrick took on the 10 miles of obstacles in Cheshire’s ‘Tough Muddder’ event, finishing in 2:47.
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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!