Sandbach Striders

Eleven members of Sandbach Striders running club took over the marshalling and organisation of the free 5k parkrun held every week at Astbury Mere.

Sandbach Striders at Congleton parkrun
17 other Striders ran the three lap route with Clare Pheasey and Catherine Greaves managing to run new personal best times.

21:07 Rick Kelso-Davies

21:42 Mat Simister

22:32 Francis Gilchrist

23:34 Andrew Gibson

24:02 Clare Pheasey

24:03 Catherine Greaves

25:00 Martin Coleman

25:38 Perry Wyatt

26:00 Matt Wood

28:07 Lou Hayward

29:54 Isobel Bennett

30:04 Giles Hodges

30:44 Elaine Wood

34:11 Tracey Hale

36:33 Stella Stilwell

38:13 Adam Mayell 

(age 6)
38:32 Amy Mayell 

A special mention must go to Martin Coleman who in preparation for his 35 mile ultra the day after opted to be the 25 minute pacemaker - check out his finishing time!

On Sunday, Delamere Forest hosted a series of events starting with the family fun run where two Striders of the future Tom and Holly Parr ran for the second year alongside his Dad Dave.

Dave with Holly and Tom
The family fun run was followed by the 10k trail race, two Striders Steph Cooper and Lou Hayward ran finishing in 1:25:09
Lou, Heather, Tony, Mat and Steph at Delamere Forest
The half-marathon trail event was next with three Striders running. Tony Taylor finished in 16th place overall in a time of 1.35.04. Club secretary Heather Carter dressed as a Morris dancer was next in 1.44.36 followed by Mat Simister who finished in 2.09.46. Mat stood out somewhat having ran the race dressed as  a rather disturbing Snow White.

Sandbach Striders have a new member
The annual running of the South Cheshire 20 mile road race was also on Sunday. Steve Farnell finished the race in 2:36:19
Steve Farnell at the South Cheshire 20
The Gritstone Grind, a 35 mile run along the length of the Gritstone trail from Kidsgrove to Disley which takes in 1800m of climb was run by 69 people this year including two Striders. Martin Coleman finished in 7 hours 18 minutes followed by Chris Brumby in 8 hours 8 minutes
Chris Brumby and Martin Coleman at the Gritstone Grind 
Entries to the Sandbach 10k on Sunday 21st September are selling quickly. Details are available on the Striders website.