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Runners cap a memorable year by reaching 1,000 miles

Members of Stamford Striders who ran more than 1,000 miles between them in 2013, across Europe, Africa and North America

Members of Stamford Striders who ran more than 1,000 miles between them in 2013, across Europe, Africa and North America

A team of dedicated runners clocked up a total of more than 1,000 miles across three continents during a challenging 2013.

Twenty Stamford Striders completed 28 marathons, two ironmans and a 56.1-mile ultra marathon last year.

The challenges spanned nine countries and comprised 1,070.9 miles, 842.5 of which were on foot with the remainder on the bike and in the water as part of the ironman challenge.

Alan Hayes got the ball rolling by running the Tralee Marathon in County Kerry, Ireland, in March, before Jim and Alison Regan ticked off Paris a few weeks later.

Nine Striders were in action at the London Marathon in April, with Simon Fell; Jim Morris; Brian Kearsey; Vicky Old; Viv Middlebrook; Maggie Skinner; Richard Rae; and Steve and Julie Parker completing a clean-sweep of personal best times.

Terry Cross also completed his first 26.2-mile run of 2013 at Lochaber in Scotland.

That set the tone for more Highland fun, with Jim Morris completing Windemere in May before Alison Regan, Dave Aust and Robin Ball took on the Edinburgh Marathon.

Terry Cross then went even further when he returned to his native South Africa for the 56.1-mile Comrades Ultra Marathon in June, before James and Maggie Skinner followed in his extreme footsteps by completing the Zurich Ironman in July.

Into the autumn and Striders continued their continental, international, and UK hunt for mileage. Jim Morris and Nick Greenwood were both in action in Nottingham in September. And on the same day Caroline Gasper was pounding the streets of Berlin.

In October, Jim Regan took on Amsterdam, while six Striders conquered the Frankfurt Marathon in October. They were: Jim Morris; Nick Wells; Dave Aust; Vicky Old; Algie Audas; and Terry Cross.

And Caroline Gasper brought the curtain down on a memorable year by running the New York Marathon in November.

 

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