Striders compete in 195 mile relay

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STAMFORD Striders took part in the 195-mile non-stop Round Norfolk Relay over the weekend, completing the 17-stage multi-terrain course in 26h 31m.

Setting off from King’s Lynn at 6.40am on Saturday, first Strider Algie Audas took the baton up to Hunstanton, where fellow club coach Alison Marvel began a set of daytime stages along the North Norfolk coast.

Maria Sowerby completed Leg 9 in Great Yarmouth as night fell, before the baton was carried south to Thetford and west to Downham Market overnight, with night runners Alan Hayes, Simon Needham, Nick Wells, Iain Cameron and Nicholas Smith accompanied by the club’s escort cyclists and back-up vehicles.

At dawn on Sunday, Celina Silver handed over to Philip Boddey, before the final leg back to King’s Lynn ran by Maggie Skinner.

The team came 39th overall, with Gordon Orr crossing the finish line for Stamford 18 minutes ahead of the club’s pre-race time estimate.

Team captain Nick Wells said: “We had an excellent race, with every team member and our support crew putting in 100 per cent for their club mates.

“As a result it was a terrific weekend for Stamford Striders, and the team can be proud of its achievement.”

The Round Norfolk Relay is an annual race attracting teams of 17 runners that complete stages ranging from 5 miles to 20 miles.

The full Stamford team was: Algie Audas, Alison Marvel, Paul Hannah, David Denness, Suzanne Moon, Victoria Old, Martin Candish, Brian Kearsey, Maria Sowerby, Alan Hayes, Simon Needham, Nick Wells, Iain Cameron, Nicholas Smith, Celina Silver, Philip Boddey, Maggie Skinner, Gordon Orr (timekeeper), James Skinner (cycle escort) and David Old (cycle escort).

l FIVE Striders took part in the Great North Run on Sunday.

Simon Fell (1:19:22), David Babbs, (1:33:53), Suzannah Brownlow (1:41:08), Ema Spry (2:01:38) and Becca Brown (2:26:16) all completed the half marathon.

l JIM Morris came 8th at the Cransley Hospice Half Marathon on Sunday. Jim’s time was 1:25:23.