Today’s 23rd Billericay Striders 10K Road Race saw perfect running conditions: a mild, bright autumn day with very little wind.
This year the event sold out again in early September, as both elite and fun runners booked their places in a well-organised, enjoyable and but definitely taxing race.
First place in the men’s race went to the current course record holder, Road Runners’ Paul Whittaker, who ran the race in 32:42 and earned himself £50 and a bottle of champagne. In second place was Alec Finch of Thurrock Harriers and in third Jim Pincini.
The women’s race saw a new winner this year - Chelmsford AC’s Megan Evans with 38:19. Rachel Brown moved up from third place last year to second in 2018 and also scooped the women’s V35 award. Coming close in third place was Andrea Hughes of Leigh-on-Sea Striders.
Youth and team awards
The Male Youth Award for young runners under 21 years old was won by Thomas DeGrove (51:06) and the Female award was won by Hannah Watson (45:06).
The Women’s Team Award went to Leigh-On-Sea Striders and the Men’s to Thurrock Harriers.
The club has already been overwhelmed with messages of thanks and compliments on social media for the excellent organisation and the support given throughout by the marshals. There were a few personal bests and a note from a lady who was delighted to complete her first race after a five year period away from running due to injury.
Prizes were presented by our sponsor Ground Control, who this year also funded two fabulous new trophies, for the male and female winner respectively. In addition, Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors continued to support the race again this year. Also present were long-standing sponsors Runners World Chelmsford, who held a stall within Hannakins Hall. The money raised will go to St Luke’s Hospice and will also be used to help the Striders fulfil their dream of building a running track around Hannakins. This will be used by juniors especially, and will provide a safe path for winter evening training sessions.