Border League Race 7- 26th April 2017
Sunny but, for this time of year, cold blustery conditions provided the backdrop for the final race of the Border League season, the familiar loop of just over four miles which takes in sections of the Helena Tipping 10k, the Wrexham 10 miler and the Village Bakery Half. The 347 finishers included 14 men and 8 women from Deestriders. It's to the credit of members that we have fielded full teams at every race. It's thanks as well to all the officials, host clubs (Wrexham AC at this one), marshals, supporters, coaches and runners. Special mention for regular team member Mark Dunn who turned up to support on the night, having completed the London Marathon three days earlier. Unfortunately Mark's race didn't go to plan as he collided with a barrier eight miles in, but he bravely battled to the finish to be awarded his medal by Kate Middleton. Now that's some consolation prize!! ...More
The men's team, who were outstanding last year in their campaign to win Division 2, found themselves really up against it in Division 1 from the start, however despite facing inevitable relegation, they refused to go down without a fight. Indeed, #1 Gareth Williams was incredible in all the six races he did and his second place on the night in 20.16 was enough to win him the overall title. The in-form Nick Bartley was next in for the team in 22.56 and Neil Robinson continues to follow the comeback trail with 24.04. Christopher Stephens gave a strong performance with 25.48 and Daves Millard (26.00) and Toft (26.16) continue to improve. Martin Witty had a good run with 26.55 and so did Fred Paul Aird with 27.33. Not far behind Fred was Stuart Aird with an excellent 28.06 and Mark Richards completed the men's final score with 28.25. The other men taking part were Vince Edwards in a good 29.27, the improving Paul Lewtey (29.46), captain Kevin Burns (31.07) (and congrats to Kev for two years of seeing teams promoted). It was also great to see Shaun Terry returning from injury with 31.43.
We look forward to seeing the men chase promotion once again from Division 2 next season, but in the meantime the top deck isn't going to be devoid of Striders as the women have made it back there after eight years. I'm so proud of everyone involved as I was there when we got relegated and I'm still there now. When we won the first race of the Division 2 teams there was an early spark of hope that we could go up but by race 2 it was clear we weren't going to be able to do much about the ultimate runaway winners Ellesmere Port, so it was all about claiming second place. We faced a challenge from Tattenhall and although they initially had the upper hand, the tide began to turn in race 4 and we won the final race. It's been an honour to lead the team home on nearly every race (the excellent Charlotte Todd did so at BL6) and this really was a collective performance all the way. I have been struggling for my very best form as of late but it's not like I haven't been training, and my 27.01/15th place was a considerable improvement on the previous two races. Getting 3rd v35 was a nice bonus, but I'm more pleased about the promotion. Linda Martin is in tremendous form as she completed the course in 28.12. Christine Cammillare's consistently good running (29.28 on the night) has seen her take 3rd senior lady overall and the improving Becky Clare Massey (30.35) is likely to feature often in the scoring next year. Leslie Ingram ran well (32.38) and the other gutsy Girlstriders were Liz Burns (36.28), new mum Lindsey McElmeel (36.41) and Beverley Goodson (39.45). ...Less
Border League Race 1- Caernarfon- 9 October 2016
Promoted to Division 1 at the end of an exceptional Border League campaign last year, Deestriders’ men faced a baptism of fire in this first race of the new season, hosted by Eryri Harriers and run on the Caernarfon 10k route. The good weather conditions meant the course did not have to be reversed and following a minute’s silence for running legend Leo Carroll, who passed away recently, 318 runners duly set off along the coast for 4.5 kilometres before turning inland to tackle the hilly section. For a club which once sometimes struggled to put together seven men in a team, the fact the men, despite having far to travel, fielded 14, giving them the requisite 10 scorers plus backup, is much to their credit (equally it should be noted that a good number of women (6) turned up to run as well). Indeed, all the other Division 1 teams fielded full squads and therefore all escaped penalty points. It was therefore entirely down to those there on the day to finish as highly as they could but with the club missing several of its very fastest runners and with some of those who competed coming back from injury, this Green Army had a massive fight on its hands- but bring the fight it did. ...More
The vastly improved Nick Bartley to lead the charge in a strong 37.32, with Craig Davies next in, having recently returned to racing after a long injury with 38.59. Chris Stevens came close to sub 40 with an excellent 40.04 and Mark Williams, again returning after injury, was next in 43.38. Martin Witty clocked 44.22 just ahead of Mark Dunn (44.26) and Mark Richards (44.29), both of whom have had their injury problems this year. Liam Dobbin (45.20) gallantly supported Prestatyn RC’s Coral McShane, who bravely battled a shin injury to clock a PB. Not far behind was the wily veteran Vince Edwards (45.46) and Peter Rooney completed the club’s scorecard with 47.46. They were backed up by ironman Mike Norris (48.27), captain Kev Burns (50.05), the ever determined Shaun Terry (51.30 and the debuting Paul Lewtey (52.07).
Meanwhile, the women kicked their campaign off in style. Good runs from a recovering-from-injury Jay Jennions (41.55), Linda Martin (47.27) and new girl Christine Cammillare (48.03) were enough to place the team a comfortable second in Division 2. Backup was provided by Lorna Royle (54.31), Sue McIndoe (55.11 PB) and Bev Goodson (68.56). ...Less
Borders League Race 6- 17 April 2016
Eighteen Deestriders took part in the sixth Border League race of the season, the hilly 5 mile route from Mold out to Nercwys and back in mostly sunny (until the latter stages of the event) conditions. As usual as of late, the outstanding Gareth Williams led the charge for home, coming 5th in 27.36. Mike Roberts, returning from injury, was made to fight for second counter (30.08) by Neil Robinson (30.10). Nick Bartley had a stunning run, very close behind them in a PB of 30.18 and he was followed by Karl Gordon in a strong 30.46. The men’s team was completed by good runs from Chris Stephens (32.10) and Dave Millard (34.53). The men have all but sealed promotion to Division 1 and have one hand on the Improvers trophy. ...More
It’s brilliant that so many men take part for the club, because it’ll be ten to count next year! Mark Dunn is a strong supporting player and he was unlucky to be counted out this time with 34.54. Martin Witty wasn’t far behind with 35.43 and Fred Aird continues to improve following last year’s serious illness with 37.36. Our resident journeyman, the ever present Mike O’Brien graced us once again with a visit all the way from near Manchester to bring us 37.50. Great to see Mark Richards back racing after a knee injury with 39.41, and Border League captain Kev Burns brought the boys home for tea with 40.46. In the womens’ race, Jay Jennions’ return from injury is progressing well as she came 13th in 34.13. Two new and very impressive prospects have joined the GirlStriders, Charlotte Todd who ran 35.59 and Becky Massey 41.15, both in their debut race. The very determined and much improved Fiona Gordon and Beverley Goodson were next in for the club (48.57 and 50.07). ...Less
Borders League Mold 22nd March 2015
242 runners took on the beautiful but ferocious challenge of Wrecsam Tri on 22 March- the hilly 5 mile Nercwys Border League course for the fifth outing of the season. Just 9 Deestriders 'enjoyed' the sunny conditions. Jay Jennions had a tough day at the office with 33.52 but, with most of the club's top men unavailable, she had the consolation of leading the charge for home up the former route of the Flintshire 10k. Not far behind were top supporting players Marks Dunn and Richardson, who had a very close battle for 34.52 and 34.58. The ever-present Mike O'Brien powered home in 37.01 and next in, having already covered 15 miles before the race even started, was Stewart McElmeel in 37.55, using this as part of a training run for the Manchester marathon. Kev Burns (38.19) and David Morris (38.41) had great runs. It was then girl power all the way as Lindsey Bellis (44.19) and Beverley Goodson (52.42) ran course pbs to complete the women's team
Borders League Prestatyn 8th March 2015
12 Deestriders braved wet and windy conditions on Prestatyn's new 5.2 mile course from the leisure centre. Craig Davies was first in in an amazing 17th position with 30.06, with Neil Robinson back from injury with an impressive 31.57. Chris Hyndman (34.04) put in a sprint finish to pass Jay Jennions (34.06) in the closing stages and she finished sixth lady. The club was then very much on the Mark with Messrs Dunn (35.34) and Richards (35.46) giving awesome performances. Kev Burns was right on time with 40.00 and his daughter Sarah was second counter for the ladies with a sub 45 (44.54). Mike Norris (45.27) and Lindsey Bellis (45.33) worked together well to complete the men's and women's scorecards. Debutante Kerry Parry (47.56) and Bev Goodson (52.36) gave brave performances in tough conditions. Well done all- see you at Nercwys!!
Borders League Birkenhead Park 11th January 2015
A high turnout of 314 runners, including a great showing of 18 Deestriders, faced windy conditions on four laps (approximately 5.5 miles) of Birkenhead’s upper park in the third fixture of the Border League season, hosted by Birkenhead AC,. Stewart McElmeel led the charge for the Deestriders in an impressive 35.26, despite jarring his back in the process. We wish him a speedy recovery. In an exciting battle at the top of the LV35 division, Jay Jennions (5th in 36.00) managed to get past Tattenhall leader Georgina Ross as they came into the final lap, but could not quite catch Ellesmere Port’s Nicky Bird, who is in overall third standing at present. Jay remains in second place in the group. Not far behind her was Chris Hyndman in a strong 36.46. The up and coming Mark’s “Dunn” this course before with a decent time of 38.02, with the ever-grafting Vince Edwards following him home in 38.53. David Morris (40.17), Mike O’Brien (40.35) and Mark Richards (41.29) dug in to be the other scorers for Deestriders and not far behind was the always strong LV50 Linda Martin (41.53). The resilient Fred Aird battled home in 43.37, pursued by Border League captain Kev Burns and Mike Norris, who enjoyed their own tussle in 44.04 and 44.08 respectively. The final scorer for the ladies was Stewart’s sister Emily, in her Border League debut. With a promising 46.19 she is already showing that talent “runs” in the family. She was followed by her sister-in-law to be, Lindsey Bellis, with the determined hairdresser clocking 48.43. Kev’s daughter Sarah, now a regular on the Border League scene, continues to make progress with a good time of 50.06. Three tough ladies, smiling despite the hard work and cold weather, brought the club home- Bev Goodson (55.51), Heather Reynolds (57.10) and Fiona Gordon (60.21).