RUNNERS and watchers from Leamington-based Spa Striders turned out in large numbers to compete at the Stroud Half Marathon in memory of former team mate Oli Brown.
Former Strider Brown recently lost his short battle with cancer and the team paid there respects with a string of impressive results.
Despite still feeling the effects of his personal best half-marathon time last weekend, Paul Edwards ran strongly to guide the team home in a time of 1:21.26.
A raft of PBs were recorded throughout the field as runners competed in perfect racing conditions with Adam Notely (1:24.58), Simon Parsons (1:27.29), Rich Sykes (1:28.06), Dan Fleming (1:29.20), Gethyn Friswell (1:35.17), Emily Field-Lucas (1:36.57), Adam Newton (1:39.36 PB), James Civil (1:43.16) and Doug Rattray (1:43.41) recording PB times.
The autumn marathon season continued with Pete Soley (3:12.55) recording an impressive PB at Abingdon to take 175th place.
In his second marathon in as many weeks, Chris Jones (5:10.19) completed the Leicester Marathon and Tom Holbrook (1:37.21) and Kimberley Fryer (2:12.17) competed in the half marathon.
Spa Striders’ racing weekend got off to an excellent start at the Midlands cross-country relays at Aldersley in Wolverhampton, where two ladies teams competed.
The Senior team of Fiona Edwards, Amanda Wiggins and Ruth Tennant placed 16th while the Masters team of Susie Stannard, Kate Gadsby and Jude Baum won bronze medals.
Three Striders travelled to Northamptonshire for Holdenby Duathlon event where Clive Parpworth placed 11th overall and Helene Wright had a strong performance to make the podium as second fastest lady in the Standard distance race. Lucy Tugwell placed fourth lady in her debut at the Sprint distance.
Enjoying the flat route of the Great South Run, Spa Striders were represented by Kevin Pantling and Lucy Marcovitch, both crossing the finish line in 1:32. In contrast, the tough, hilly Ilmington 10km route was tackled by Stephen Quantick (1:00.01).