It was a bumper Bank holiday weekend for St Albans Striders.

It started on Friday evening with Megan Wilson setting a new women’s club record over 5km with a PB time of 17:06 at Battersea Under the Lights run.

Sunny Saturday brought several different parkruns, including a mass Striders attendance as tourists at Church Mead in Amersham where the hills were described as ‘brutal’. Nigel Aston completed his 250th parkrun at Jersey Farm, and there was a good turn out and several PBs at St Albans parkrun.

Sunday was quieter, though not for Nigel Aston, who completed the Westminster mile with a PB in 5:31.

And Monday was very busy indeed.

Milton Keynes hosted its annual marathon weekend, with a full marathon, half marathon, and a 5km. Steve Cockrell was the first Strider in the marathon in 3:10:47, Hannah Burkhardt the first female Strider in 3:25:55, with Kevin Edge, Stephen Lambert, Peter Clarke, Mark Park-Crowne, Peter Russell and Steve Scorer also finishing. In the half marathon Chris Wrighton came home first Strider in 1:19:02, Samuel Burkesmith as second Strider, and Anna Silkstone was first female Strider with a PB of 1:44:51.

Lots of Striders ran the London Vitality 10,000m, which also saw Mo Farah run. Nigel Aston completed his super running weekend finishing first Strider in 39:07, Wendy Walsh was first female Strider in 40:45. Rachel Dixon got a PB of 45:31, and as well as the runners, there were several Striders down to watch and support.

Kimpton festival had a 10km, through the local countryside, including some wonderful bluebells. Jake Butterworth came home overall 1st in 37:19, Kate Dixon and Helen Cartlidge as 2nd and 3rd females.

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