Marathon: Saffron Strider White celebrates victory in Cambridge Boundary Run

11:06 05 March 2013

SAFFRON Strider Rebecca White celebrated victory at the weekend’s Cambridge Boundary Run by winning the female marathon race.

Her time of 3hrs 35mins ensured she was the first female to complete the 26.2 mile distance and made her 30th out of the 185 runners who took part. Husband Nick White also ran an excellent race, coming an incredible fourth overall in a blistering 3hrs 2mins.

The popular race also features a half-marathon in which a further seven members of the Saffron Walden-based running club recorded some strong runs.

Stephane Toussenel was 78th out of 447 runners in 1hr 38mins, while Strider of the Year Bridget Savill recorded a personal best half marathon in 1hr 49mins for 166th, encouraged by husband Keith Savill who finished one place, and one second, behind her.

Alison Eddershaw continued the string of good results for the club, running a PB 1hr 55mins for 234th place, while Lisa Plumb was seven minutes behind her for 306th position.

James and Helen Hewlett ran their first ever half marathons at the event, with James completing the course in 2hr 9mins for 360th and Helen coming 416th in 2hrs 22mins.

Meanwhile, at The Essex 20m near Colchester, club chairman Nigel Coates ran 2hr 14min race for 35th place, while Matt Billis also finished strongly in 2hrs 30mins for 96th out of 366 finishers.

Carol White and Gavin Long completed the quartet of Strider taking part, with White running an excellent 2hrs 46mins for 171st and Long completing the tough three-lap course in 3hrs 1min for 252nd position.

Further afield, both Chris Dodge and Barry Taylor ran the Bath Half Marathon and both Striders finished well up the huge field. Dodge was 308th out of more than 11,000 runners in 1hr 24mins, while Taylor ran 1hr 40min for 1,604th place.

Striders were also in action at the Roding Valley Half Marathon, where Peter Cross finished 435th out of 679 competitors in 1hr 57mins, and at a pair of races organised by Swavesey Village College in south Cambridgeshire. Here, Helen Howard and Simon Chambers tackled the half marathon with Howard finishing 142nd out of 194 runners in a time of 2hrs 5mins, while less than 50 seconds behind was Chambers for 148th place. The five-mile race at the same venue saw Chloe Gibson claim 17th place out of 99 runners, in 39mins 29 secs.

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