Striders struggle in opening races

PUBLISHED: 13:41 13 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:53 29 May 2010

Andy Bryant took 45th place in the Harlow Cross Country. Picture: SUBMITTED

Andy Bryant took 45th place in the Harlow Cross Country. Picture: SUBMITTED

Saffron Striders had to battle hard as stormy weather created tough conditions for the first two races of the cross country season. Last year s wooden spoon winners, Ware Joggers sprung surprise victories in both races while Striders had to fight hard to

Saffron Striders had to battle hard as stormy weather created tough conditions for the first two races of the cross country season.

Last year's wooden spoon winners, Ware Joggers sprung surprise victories in both races while Striders had to fight hard to claim third place in the opening race in Ware, but were forced down into fourth at the Harlow event.

Chris Dodge and Janet Lipski finished as the first Striders in the men's and the women's section of the first race, respectively claiming second and fifth positions overall.

Cross Country debutantes Monica Krylander and Janet Bradshaw produced great runs which, when combined with the 12th and 13th place achieved by Kate Holden and Margit Wendelberger-James, gave the Striders' Ladies third spot.

Gavin Long and Nigel Coates took top 20 positions, with Danny Collins, John James and Toby Lumsden finishing in the top 30.

Paul Burgess, Rob Woodward and John Howe completed the team which took third place in the men's competition.

The second race of the season was on an easier but muddier course in Harlow.

Bradshaw and Krylander again starred for the women's team along with Lucy

Stebbings who crossed the line as the first Strider.

Chris Dodge was the first male Strider to finish, but despite good support from Gavin Long (9th), Stephane Toussenel (13th), Nigel Coates (16th) Danny Collins (24th), Toby Lumsden (30th), Andy Bryant (45th) and John Howe (79th), Striders slumped to last place.

# Claire Waters joined ex Strider and now Hong Kong resident Ros Barker for the Hong Kong Half Marathon.

Ros was second female and Claire put in a great run to finish as the 11th woman in a field of over 1700.

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