St Albans Striders 15th December 2019

Cold weather rarely interrupts the running calendar. Last weekend saw the “Festive 5” mile race round Welwyn Garden City in aid of the Isabel Hospice. 78 St Albans Striders finished. Jonathan Scott, also first veteran over 40, was in second place, just seven seconds behind the race winner, finishing in 27:45 with Steve Buckle a further 45 seconds behind in 3rd place. 5 other Striders got under 30 minutes including Stephen Hosty dressed as Santa! Stu Middleton got a new PB in 31 minutes dead. In the ladies’ race, Anna Ward was first overall in 31:36, also first in the over 35s category, where Jenny Maginley and Claire Kremer took 2nd and 3rd spots. Wendy Walsh and Zoe Lowe were 2nd and 3rd in the over 45s, whilst Megan Steer and Keira Stern were 2nd and 3rd in the senior ladies’ race. Deborah Steer and Laura Astley were on form taking the top two places in the over 55s while Errol Maginley and Richard Davis battled it out for 2nd and 3rd spots respectively in the over 50s.

Photograph shows Stephen Hosty storming to 29:35. Photo by Tony Barr.