Another successful Fred Hughes 10 for St Albans Striders
Snow and sleet did not stop over 700 runners taking part in the Fred Hughes 10, a 10 mile run organised by St Albans Striders.
Andrew McMulkin, running for Bedford & County AC, was the first male runner to finish in a time of 55.31, while Serpentine RC’s Marta Bagnati was the first female finisher in 1.00. Bagnati, together with Megan Roberts, Jennifer Bradley and Laura Carmichael took the female team prize, and Milan Misak and Nick Todd, also from Serpentine RC, took the men’s team prize.
36 women and 41 men competed for St Albans Striders in the race with Simon Fraser finishing in 13th position in 59.27, followed by Peter Crowdell in 25th in 1.00. Pablo Plaza Lastras, Mike Martin and Gary Warren all finished seconds apart in a time of 1.01, with Justin Phillipps crossing the line in 1.02, closely followed by Mike Lancaster in 1.03.
Heather Hann was the third lady to finish in 41st position in an impressive time of 1.02, closely followed by Anna Ward who was the 4th female finisher in 1.03.
Despite the weather conditions and a hilly course, a number of Striders achieved personal best times. Clair Drage knocked 9 minutes off her previous time, finishing in 1.23, while Katie Bunting was 6 minutes faster than the previous year, Suzi Wegenek finished in a PB time of 1.28, Rachel Aldridge in 1.29, Magdalena Petrus and Joanne Tang in 1.37, and Sue Edwards in 1.41.
Race directors Amy Heap and Ben Scott ran a slick operation in terms of organisation, and a large number of Striders braved the cold to marshal the course or provide tea and cake for the hungry participants. Many of the runners generously donated money for the club’s chosen charity, Cancer Treatment and Research Trust, in memory of Strider John Hope, who sadly passed away last year.