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Sue Heaps and Jon-Jo Doherty enjoy the spring sunshine in Birkenhead

Striders’ Ladies Impress at Northern Relays

The first Sunday of spring saw the Striders’ team spirit in full bloom as they crossed the Mersey to take on the Northern Road Relay Championships at Birkenhead Park. The event saw a team of 12 men and 2 teams of 6 women compete alongside the brightest athletic talent the North has to offer.

Striders’ Ladies once again displayed their blossoming potential with a superb 20th place finish, an outstanding result competing against 54 of the north’s Premier athletic clubs. Rachael Fairclough was the star performer of the longer 8km stages, finishing in 31:39, while Hannah Whittaker was the quickest over the shorter 4km legs, clocking 15:35. Superb running from Wendy Davies, Lisa Cheers, Susan Kerfoot and Kelly Hamilton contributed to an excellent result for the ladies’ team, which goes from strength to strength.

Kelly Hamilton on the first leg of the Northern Relays

The ladies’ strength in depth was highlighted as the second string finished in 10th place in the ‘B’ team race. Cherryl Orrick took the honours for fastest 8km long leg, and Gerry Shaw in the 4km short leg. Si├ón McGuire, Claire Pickavance, Jenny Martin and Sue Heaps also showed their strength and resilience with determined running to seal an excellent result.

The men’s 12 stage race was a highly competitive affair, and Striders finished in 54th place. Jon-Jo Doherty posted the team’s fastest long leg time in 25:34, with Peter Fairclough next in 28:34. Kane Green, on his return from injury, completed the fastest short leg in 13:16, with a sensational 14:42 from Eric ‘Randy’ Ranson next best. Strong running from Daniel Cheetham, John Williams, Mark ‘Prize Guy’ Fillingham, Steve Pickavance, Craig Whittaker, Matthew Parmenter, Kieran Allen and Mark ‘Skywalker’ Hamilton completed a great day for the squad.

Mark Fillingham all smiles as he approaches the finish line.
Daniel Cheetham powering through Birkenhead Park

Mark Carrier and Peter Teeling headed to Speke Hall to take part in the Speke Trust 10k. On a tough course around muddy fields, the intrepid duo crossed the line in just over 56 minutes.

Brian Davies made the short journey north to compete in the Garstang Gallop 7 Mile Race. The indefatigable veteran completed the course in a superb 1:02.

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