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Striders Take on 24 Hour Thunder Run

The weekend saw one of the highlights of the year as teams of Striders descended on Catton Park in Derbyshire for the annual Continental Thunder Run event. Hundreds of teams from across the nation travel to camp on site, and compete in a 24 hour relay race consisting of continuous 10km laps. The course and conditions were in complete contrast to last year’s sun baked dust bowl. Heavy rain had turned the route into a quagmire in many sections.

Anthony Ellis, Daniel Cheetham, Dave Wilson, Anthony Cheers, Lisa Cheers and Emma Callery made up the ‘Striders Speed Queens’ team. They performed superbly to finish in 26th place, covering 26 laps of the course in the 24 hours.

Sharon O’Connell and Jo Jackson teamed up with runners from other St. Helens running clubs to form the mighty ‘Twisted Blisters’ and notched up a fantastic 25 laps between them.

Jane Marshall, Colin Wilson, John Williams and Carlos Wilson combined to form the team name of the weekend. ‘Scrambled Legs and Achin’ completed an impressive total of 21 laps.

The ‘Runners of Mass Intoxication’ lived up to their name with some high quality boozing before and after the race. Nevertheless, Mike Brunt, Claire Scott, Aaron Scott, Paul Hargate and Jo Keogh all ran an epic 40km each to make up 20 laps in total. Their total was matched by ‘Too Dumb To Quit’ whose numbers were made up by David Brisco, Ian Astles and Andy Bridge.

Darren Eccles and Libby Phillipson teamed up with friends from around the UK and even Singapore to make up the ‘Trent Hammers’. They battled through the mud to cover an impressive 160km between them.

Peter Teeling continued his excellent recent form at the Aintree 10k at the world famous racecourse. Galloping powerfully around the course, Teeling passed the winning post in 45:44 to record a new 49.7 furlong PB. The evergreen Tony Dagnall was only a few lengths behind in 46:03. Jo Herriot also claimed a new PB in a fantastic 57:40.

Peter Fairclough made the short trip to Elswick in Lancashire for the Elswick Express 10 Mile Race. Performing as effortlessly as ever, Fairclough secured 6th place in an outstanding time of 59:06.

Kevin Cairns competed in his last ever 5 mile trail race at the Pendle Running Festival. Running strongly over the undulating course, Cairns finished in 45:42, and 6th in his age category.

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