The weekend before bonfire night was a real sparkler for the St Helens Striders.
Getting the weekend off with a bang was the effervescent Collette Flaherty who competed in Punk Panther’s ‘A Short Circuit’ race. This confusingly titled race is actually 53km long set against a stunning backdrop. Flaherty whizzed around the course to finish as 3rd female in an impressive 7:39:11.
David Wilson shot off like a rocket at the Halewood 5k. The club’s marathon record holder ran an accomplished race setting a new personal best at this distance of 16:44. Sparks also flew at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k as Kerry Riley knocked nearly a minute off her previous best time. Her fellow Striders were delighted for her when she finished in 52:46. Husband Mark Riley led the Strider pack in 39:58 closely followed by another husband and wife duo Kelly Hamilton (40:22) and Mark Hamilton (48:38).
Three Strider Firecrackers raced the half-marathon distance on Sunday. Kevin Cairns and Sue Heaps travelled to Lancaster where they completed the course in excellent times of 1:42:59 and 1:57:35 respectively. Scott Robertson’s explosive pace saw him finish the Tatton Park half in 1:28:21.
Sunday was the St Helens Striders annual Trail 5 mile race around Carr Mill Dam and the surrounding area. It is a particularly leg-burning course but hugely popular with local runners who enjoy the mud, hills and scenic route. Race director, Rachel Tickle, and her band of volunteers all clad in Strider red, ensured the race ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Club members all commit to marshall the race to make it as lively as possible for the runners. However this year, Striders’ luckiest man Mark Fillingham, won a charity raffle to run as the sole Strider, ensuring his hand was as hot as a bonfire after all the high fives he received along the course!
Team Striders out in force marshalling the Trail 5 race, directed by Rachel Tickle
Paul Brown, Jenny Appleton and mini-Strider marshalls Maibon and Morgann ready to cheer on trail runners
Kevin Cairns proudly displays his well deserved Lancaster Half medal