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Stamford Striders take part in the new Nene Valley Races event



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Stamford Striders produced a strong showing at the inaugural Nene Valley Races event on Saturday.

The town club had competitors in both the 10-mile and 20-mile races that took in the villages of Nassington, Yarwell, Elton, Woodnewton, Apethorpe, King’s Cliffe and Sulehay Wood near Wansford.

Strider Claire Willis was the winner of the ladies’ 10-mile race after posting a time of 1hr 32mins 04secs.

The inaugural Nene Valley Races event on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (48277000)
The inaugural Nene Valley Races event on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (48277000)

Club-mate Nicola Eastwood (1.34.28) was third with Julie Parker (1.37.40) fifth and Yvonne Youngman taking seventh spot in 1.40.25.

Striders took six of the top 10 places in the men’s event over the same distance with Mark Popple leading their charge with second spot behind race winner Dan Lewis.

Popple came home in 1.15.17 to finish ahead of club colleagues Simon Wheatley (1.18.14) in third and Marcus Brown (1.19.33) who was fourth.

The inaugural Nene Valley Races event on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (48276986)
The inaugural Nene Valley Races event on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (48276986)

Martin Candish (1.24.57) claimed sixth spot with Stephen Parker (1.25.07) and Nick Wells (1.27.00) seventh and eighth respectively.

Strider Katie Arnold (3.06.04) produced an excellent effort in the ladies 20-mile race to finish runner-up to race winner Stacey Sangster.

Sam Barrett (2.42.40) was second in the men’s race over the equivalent distance with club-mate Nick Greenwood (2.56.31) sixth.

The inaugural event – which was organised by Janine Buck, Claire Maxted and Anna Rugg – attracted more than 200 runners over the four race distances with entrants starting in different waves.



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