Once again, many races were cancelled at the weekend due the adverse weather conditions. However, eleven Striders braved the freezing cold to run the 16.5-mile Ashridge Boundary Run on Saturday.
Stephen Hosty was the first Strider to finish in an impressive 1.59, followed by Mark Kennedy (2.08), Tom Neill (2.17) and Richard Evans (2.18). Anna Buckingham was the first female Strider home in 2.35, with Wendy Walsh hot on her heels in 2.36. Also finishing and being rewarded with a much-appreciated beanie hat were Anthony Bunker (2.41), Jenni Johnston (3.00), Katie Bunting (3.01), Duncan Melsom (3.21) and Joanne Tang (3.45).
Down in Devon, inclement weather conditions meant the intended 20 mile Grizzly race was shortened, but this did not deter Caroline Bailes who was the 29th lady and 286th finisher out of a field of 1266 runners.
Further afield, but still having to cope with the cold weather, Nigel Aston ran the New York half marathon in 1.28, finishing 18th out of 962 runners in his age category. Crossing the finish line in a time of 18.16, Gary Warren was the first V45 at the Falesia 5k race in Portugal.
Not content with running just one marathon last week, Mark Travers completed the Enigma 7 marathons in 7 days event starting at Willen Lake on Monday and ending at Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes on Sunday.