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Jon-Jo Doherty and Chris Reid wearing their Striders vests with pride in Stuttgart


Thursday’s Warrington 10k kickstarted a weekend full of racing and Sports Day events for St Helens Striders. Ste Pickavance was first Strider home with a strong sub-50 run. Cheryl Orrick was the first female Strider to cross the line with Nicola Howarth, Zoe Fillingham and Lynda Butchard also finishing in style. Lynda was thrilled to slice two minutes off her previous season’s best.

Proving that it’s not all serious running, around 40 members competed in the Striders’ annual Sport’s Day event where skipping, space hopping and surprisingly tough obstacle courses were the order of the day. Proving that the underdog can triumph, ‘Team Misfits’ claimed the trophy after Dave Wilson narrowly beat David Brisco to the finish line after an epic last leg.

Team Misfits seize the Sports Day trophy

Sunday saw a return to business as usual for members as they put their serious race faces on again. In the Penny Lane 10k, completed by over 20 Striders, Kelly Hamilton had an amazing run, scooping the prize for 3rd female. Hannah Whittaker also ran a great race with a position of 5th female. Scott Robinson was first Strider home in an excellent time of 40.05. Additionally Wendy Davies, Sue Heaps and Ann Johnson all came top 5 in their age categories.

Team Striders at Penny Lane 10k

Daniel Tetlow and Susan Kerfoot had a successful morning at the Wilmslow Half Marathon with Daniel even achieving a PB of 1:42:43 despite the energy-sapping heat making conditions tough.

Daniel Tetlow and Susan Kerfoot show off their medals after completing Wilmslow Half-Marathon

Finally, Chris Reid and Jon-Jo Doherty competed internationally in the Stuttgart Half-Marathon and 7km event respectively. Chris knocked an impressive 20 minutes off his previous year’s time with 1:38:54. Jon-Jo finished 10th in the 7k race in an outstanding time of 24:05. Twenty thousand people attended both the Half Marathon and the 7k.

Main photo – Jon-Jo Doherty and Chris Reid wearing their Striders vests with pride in Stuttgart


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