Navis Nails Racing Hat-Trick!
Liverpool Running Club’s annual 5 mile race in Walton Park kicked off a busy week of racing for the St Helens Striders. Always popular, over 20 members took part. First Strider past the post in his brand-new trainers was Paul Demore with an excellent time of 32:06. The course proved to be a fast one as a further three members all smashed out sub-35 minute times(Eric Ranson, Danny Fegan and David Navis). Consensus in the group was that stand out performances of the night werefrom Lisa Glover in a time of 39:35 and Mark Hamilton and Lynda Butchard with personal best times of 37:11 and 52:52respectively.
Strider David Navis had a very successful week completing a hat-trick of races, all in fantastic times. Walton Park started his week, followed by Haigh Hall Trail Race a day later and finally a near personal best in the Leeds half-marathon on Sunday with an impressive time of 1:35:35.
Clearly motivated by food, this weekend saw over 23 striders competing in events where cheese and pies were the prize! Katie Taggart and Pete Medlicott were overjoyed to receive their cheese at the end of the Blacksticks Blue 10k and Jon-Jo Doherty was the first Strider to receive his finisher’s pie at the Wigan Trail 10k in a time of 36:11. Ian Floyd was delighted to smash minutes off his 10k PB in a fantastic time of 54.37.
Taking the scenic route in very challenging races were Peter Moville who completed the Howgills Trail Half and Kevin Brennan who travelled to Ambleside to complete the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race 10 miler in 1:59:38 – particularly impressive as the race contained 3,000ft of climbing!
Finally, Striders Rebecca McKenna and Claire Blennerhasset decided a normal half-marathon was not challenging enough so they added obstacles to theirs in the Rat Race Half-Marathon Obstacle Course.
Main article photo – Before the pies… Striders await the start of the Wigan Trail 10k