Sunday saw the 30th anniversary of the well-known local ten-mile race named after former St Albans Striders Chairman Fred Hughes. The race is held annually in January, one of the first in the road-racing calendar after the festive period.

Runners faced temperatures well below freezing; and this years race was run on the two-lap alternative course to avoid the icy conditions on the most rural stretches of the original course.

The race was won by Scott Cousins of Essex-based Springfield Striders in an event-record time of just 49 minutes 38 seconds. First Lady was Kate Rennie of Dacorum Athletics Club in Hemel Hempstead in an equally impressive 59:56 coming in just under the hour!

Jacob James, Stefano Federici and Matt Holman were the first Striders home, all between 55 and 56 minutes and all in the first ten finishers; while Striders Heather Hann was second lady in 60:58

Elsewhere Chris Wrighton ran the Farnborough Half Marathon in 1hr 14mins, finishing 25th and 3rd male 40-49.

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