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The St Albans Striders membership year runs from April to March each year, concurrent with the England Athletics membership year.
The Striders were spoiled for choice with half marathon events at the weekend. 21 athletes opted for the Cambridge Half with a route passing a number of historic landmarks and the grounds of two colleges. First male Strider home was Stefano Federici in a PB of 1:10:30 which was 36th overall from a vast field size of over 11,000. He was closely followed by Matthew Holman (1:12:09), Jonathan Pennell (1.12.57), Barnaby Walker (1.15.27) and Adam Yorwerth (1:15:35). Megan Zoe Walker was the first female Strider home in 1:18:04 which was 12th female overall out of almost 5,000.
A staggering 66 athletes competed in the Berkhamsted Half which was a significant proportion of the 830 field size. Steve Buckle led the Striders home in 4th place in a time of 1:13:29 followed by Paul Adams who also achieved the top 10 in 1:14:33. Penny Habbick was the first female home in 1:28:28 which was 5th overall and 2nd in her age category. Jim King was 1st in his age category in 1:19:57. Others achieving sub 1:20 were Jon Hall (1:16:33), Jonathan Scott (1:18:13) and Alex Smith (1:19:39).
In contrast, flying the flag solo for the Striders, Rose McGinness completed the Lincolnshire Half in Scunthorpe in a time of 1:48:44.
Three Striders travelled much further afield to Japan to complete the Tokyo marathon; Andrew Mckillop (2 hours 56min), Judy Willits (3:55) and Richard Hayes (4:13). Judy earned her 6th star meaning that she has completed what is considered all 6 of the major marathons across the world.