Race Results 2011

News 2011

Wilmot Wander Sunday 30th January

Last Sunday saw the 19th WILMOT WANDER

The event is organised by leaders by the 27th Derby (Chaddesden) Scout Group.

The Wilmot Wander is a 32 mile (58km) open event for both competitive walkers and fell runners,including individuals and groups/clubs.

The route circles Derby and includes strenuous hilly sections, field paths, parkland and canal tow paths. Starting at the Chaddesden Scout  hut on Meadow Lane it heads out to Locko Park, Breadsall, Little Eaton, Duffield, Quarndon, Allestree, Vicarwood, Mackworth Village, Mickleover, Radbourne, Burnaston, Findern, Swarkestone, Alvaston Park & finally over Pride Park to finish back at the Scout hut.

Around 145 competitors took part & Shelton Striders entered 3 teams. The A mens team made up of Stephen Hawkins, Shaun Cooper & Marcel Darling (Marcel having never ran more than 20 miles before the day) finished 2nd in a time of 4 hours 47mins!

The mens B team finished in a time of 5 hours 18 minutes beating their time of last year by 2 minutes. The B team included brothers John & Dave Thornton, Harry Sloane & Andy Brooks.

The only ladies team from Shelton Striders smashed their previous records by over an hour & half finishing in 5 hours 32 minutes. Carolyn Hopkinson, Catherine Clifford & Judith Marriott made up the team along with Gill Watson. Gill however, struggling with a couple of ailments on the day finished the event in 7 hours 10 minutes.

The Beast – Sunday 27 February

Two of our club took part in something called The Beast last weekend at Aylesford Equine X Country Course, Aylesford Farm, Shoby, Melton Mowbray. 

The Beast is a Double or Quit trail race of approximately 5 or 10 miles. The course includes steep hills, water, mud, 32 obstacles usually tackled by animals of a 4 legged variety, hills, a couple of surprises, oh and did we mention water. 

Both Darren Bradley & Rob Donald chose to take part in the 10 mile option. Rob came 5th overall in a time of 1hr 8mins 24secs. Darren completed in 1hr 31mins 50secs, knocking nearly 10 mins off last years time!


National Cross Country Championships – Saturday 19 February

Seven striders made the trip to Alton Towers for an unforgettable experience. The main theme park rides had been specially opened for this event but that was not what made this trip memorable…it was the mud!

We were already expecting it to be a bit muddy due to the rain overnight and all morning, but while queuing up for the car park there seemed to be lots of people who were literally covered in mud. So we parked the car and made our way apprehensively to the course. I was the first to set off into the mud, and couldn’t believe how deep it was (my shoes were completely covered) and it was difficult to maintain your balance particularly while trying to weave around other people. Eventually I made it to my destination and then made the slow return to the others. OK, so now we had our numbers and timing chips we could get ready for the race. 

The first race of the day was at 11am and our race (Senior Men) was the 10th and last race so we were anticipating a pretty churned up course. Our spirits were raised slightly (I think) when they announced that the race length was being reduced from 12K to 10K, so now only 6 and a bit miles to negotiate. The start line was the widest I had seen and we were on the far left. This meant the start looked just like a battle charge with 1300 or so people streaming down the course. It turned out that the first 200 metres were the best conditions on the course and we were soon literally ploughing through ankle deep mud. 

Every so often the deep mud relented and we were able to recover slightly ready for the next bog which was never far away. In sections of the course small lakes had formed and we then found ourselves wading through water that must have been a foot deep.

The course consisted of 2 x 2K laps followed by 2 x 3K laps. It was undulating ground but with only 2 real hills, one was a good climb but the ground was fairly good relatively, the other was only half as high but had just turned to a boggy mess and was difficult to get a foot hold. As we progressed there seemed to be lots of runners dropping out with injuries but luckily all seven Striders escaped this fate. 

Eventually the finish line was in sight, just one more small lake to cross and although the pace increased slightly everyone around me was too tired for a sprint finish, there was just a grim determination to reach the line rather than to race your nearest competitor. 

The winner (Steve Vernon from Stockport Harriers) finished in an amazing time of 35 mins 11 secs and overall there were 1302 finishers. It wasn’t the best race any of us will run, but our day mixing with the top national cross country runners was one we certainly won’t forget. 

Striders Results: 

Pos   Time     Name

472   00:47:07 Shaun Cooper         
647   00:49:43 Sam Pearch           
702   00:50:34 Robert Donald        
744   00:51:19 Stephen Hawkins      
878   00:53:42 Alex Buckley         
975   00:56:06 Gary Cooper          
1101  00:59:53 Kevin Milwain


Pilgrim Challenge – Saturday 5th/Sunday 6th February
Two of our intrepid Striders took themselves off to take part in the Pilgrim Challenge multi stage Ultra Marathon along the North Downs Way in Surrey. The 2 day Ultra marathon was over a distance of 66 miles, 33 each day.Andrew Powell finished a brilliant 33rd out of 150 starters in 12 1/2 hours. Only 111 completed both days.Emily Powell, Andy’s wife, decided that the 33 miles on the first day was enough for the weekend finishing in 9 hours, but drove around the course on the second day to give Andrew much needed support.Brilliant effort all round.


Charnwood Hills Fell Race – Sunday 6th February
9 Shelton Striders part in this 14 mile challenging hill race with over 1200ft of climb!  3 of the Striders (Marcel Darling, Carolyn Hopkinson & Judith Marriott) had competed in the 32 mile Wilmot Wander the previous weekend but this did not stop them from giving this race their best shot.

Over 420 runners competed in this event which takes the competitors through the scenic Bradgate Park & having to battle with the extreme head & cross winds.

1st back for the club was Marcel Darling in 1.50.32 in 89th place.
Andy Dolman was seconds behind in 1.50.50 & 93rd place.
1st lady back for the club & 1st V45 overall was Judith Marriott in 2.10.20
Carolyn Hopkinson was close behind in 2.13.49
Darren Bradley 2.17.56
Alan Barber 2.22.26
Dave Keegan 2.24.04
Paul Webster 2.32.32
Steve Oliver 2.45.20

Dave Nunn’s 5K, 10K, 15K and 20K – Wednesday 30th March
20k results 2011


Grindleford Gallop – Saturday 12th March
3 Shelton Striders took part in the run event of the Grindleford Gallop.  This 21 mile off road race takes runners over a variety of terrain and through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Peak District. Climbing 3,000 feet in total the race starts & finishes at  the Grindleford Pavillion then goes via Froggatt village, EyamGreat LongstoneHassopChatsworth, Edensor village, Baslow, Curbar Gap and FroggattEdges.

Gary Cooper was the 1st Shelton Strider  back in 37th place & in a time of 3.03.03
Jez Smith was next in finishing 4.16.05
Rachel Smith was Striders only lady competing in this event & completed it in a time of 4.17.08


Ashby 20 – Sunday 13th March

27 Shelton Striders ran the Ashby 20 which meant the club had the most representation out of any other clubs competing that day.

A large number of these club members smashed their personal bests on this 2 x 10 mile road race around the countryside of Leicestershire including the villages of Packington, Swepstone & Heather.

1st back for the club in his first ever 20 mile event was Sam Pearch, finishing 18th overall & in a time of 2.03.03
Steve Hawkins 2.05.56 (pb by 7 mins)
Steve Pezzutti 2.15.15 (pb by 15 mins)
These first three also meant Shelton Striders finished 3rd in the men’s team event

Marcel Darling 2.16.49 (pb by 8 mins)
Dave Thornton 2.16.50 (3rd vet male 50)
Matt West 2.20.18 (pb by 8 mins)
Patrick Munro 2:22:50
Andy Brooks 2.24.16
James Cunningham 2.30.54
Harry Sloan 2.32.10 (1st vet 60)
John Thornton 2:36:09 (3rd vet 60)
Adam Leighton 2:36:12
Shaun Cooper 2:36:19
Alex Buckley 2:36:19
Chris Sexton 2:48:03
Kev Milwain 2:53:37
Dave Keegan 2:58:11
Paul Webster 3:05:46
Lee Meakin 3:37:51 – 1st 20 mile race

The men also finished 10th & 21st in the team event

Judith Marriott was 1st lady back for the club in a time of 2.45.35 (pb by 25 mins)
Catherine Clifford close behind in a time of 2.46.00
Louise Surgay 3.01.37
These ladies finished 11th in the ladies team event.

Chris Purslow 3.15.21
Claire Hirons 3.17.22 (pb by 20 mins)
Chris Donald 3.37.51 – 1st 20 mile race
Alison Nunn 3.37.51 (pb 13 mins)
Tracy Craddock 3:39:55


Belvoir Challenge – Saturday 5th March
Two of our ladies took part in the 15 mile & the 26 mile off road challenge around the beautiful countryside of the vale of Belvoir in North Leicestershire.  The challenge came in the form of mud, the majority of both routes consisted of muddy fields & trails.

Despite this Sandra Butcher completed the 15 mile route in a respectable time of 3 hours 16 mins, whilst Judith Marriott chose the 26 mile route & finished 9th lady overall in a time of 4 hours 44 mins.


Weston 5 – Sunday 6th March
40 Shelton Striders took part in the local 5 mile road race & 2 mile fun run around the villages of Weston & Aston on Trent.  Around 300 runners took part in both these events which saw Shelton Striders win the Team prize (Sam Pearch, Stephen Hawkins, Marcel Darling & Dave Thornton made up the winning team).

1st Strider back for the club & 6th overall was Sam Pearch in a time of 28.43
Stephen Hawkins was next back in 13th place & finished 2nd male vet 40 in 29.28
Marcel Darling was 15th place, 4th male vet 40 in 30.28
Dave Thornton was 2nd male vet 50 in 31.46
Harry Sloane was 1st male vet 60 returning from a long time off with injury in time of 35.09
Graham Barrett was 1st male vet 70 in 41.07

1st lady Strider back was Wendy Wheawell who was also 3rd female vet 35 in a time of 38.04
Kelly Craven 38.40
Carolyn Dyall 39.42
Silke Kreiger-Ford 39.46
Alison Pickering 40.25
Gloria Jervis was 2nd female vet 55 in a time of 46.51, again another Strider returning after a long time off with injury.

The 2 mile fun run saw 10 Junior Striders taking part:
1st back was James Realey finishing 10th overall in a time of 15.44
Thomas Boyd 17.15
Jordan Lewis 17.45
Jay Ho 18.37
Jade Lewis 20.00
Tai-Anne Ho 20.18

London Marathon – Sunday 17 April
Shelton Striders had 12 runners taking part in the London Marathon at the weekend.
Three of the club runners did particularly well out of the 35,000 competitors.

Sam Pearch came 181st overall/141st in his senior age category in a time of 2.41.36 (4 minutes quicker than he had predicted).

Steve Hawkins was next in, finishing 363rd overall/69th in his vet 40 age category – 2.47.02

Patrick Munro – 2.59.50
Roger Booth – 3rd place in his vet 60 age category 3.05.09
James Cunningham – 3.25.07
Alex Buckley – 3.36.55
Catherine Clifford – 1st lady Shelton Strider – 3.53.24
Gavin Fletcher – 4.11.29
Kevin Milwain – 4.19.20
Claire Hirons – 5.00.22
Alison Nunn – 5.14.45
Tracy Craddock – 5.46.52

Ten of these Striders were on the club trip to London and special thanks must be made to Roger Booth for again organizing this trip.


Kinder Downfall – Sunday 10 April
This last weekend saw 7 Shelton Striders venture up into the High Peaks of Derbyshire for the Kinder Downfall.

This was the 30th anniversary of the race and over 300 runners took part with the race full well before race day. Classed as a medium fell race of 9.6 miles with a climb of almost 2,000 feet. The race starts in the village centre with an immediate climb up towards the Shooting Cabin before descending down to Williams Clough, the route then heads up to Kinder Downfall before descending to Edale Cross & back towards Hayfield.

Despite the extreme heat on this sunny April Sunday there was plenty to smile about for the Striders team.

Marcel Darling came back for a 2nd time & finished 36th overall in a time of 1.24.03
Shaun Cooper was next in despite falling over & did an amazing time of 1.30.17
Carolyn Hopkinson came 2nd Female v45 & managed to run a fantastic time even though she’d competed in the Four Inns a slightly longer distance of 45 miles 7 days before. Carolyn finished the race in 1.45.27
Darren Bradley was on top form having never competed in fell race quite as tough as this one finished 3 minutes behind Carolyn in 1.48.43.
Judith Marriott finished in 1.50.03
Paul Webster 2.03.43
Amanda Lewis, another novice to this type of fell running finished in a respectable 2.17.29.

Brighton Marathon – Sunday 10th April
Chris Purslow was the only Shelton Strider to take part in the Brighton Marathon.
Chris suffered a lot with the miles but still completed it in 4 hours 41 minutes & is already planning her next marathon!


Derby 10K – Sunday 3rd April
Around 50 Shelton Striders competed in the Derby 10k, with many of them achieving personal best times.

First back for the club was Shaun Cooper finishing in 12th place in 35.29
Second in was Sam Pearch 35.33

Followed by:
James Walker in 36.36
Stephen Pezzutti 37.25

First lady back for the club was Pascale Holden in 44.16
Second lady was Liz Kitchen in a time of 47.35.



The Four Inns – Saturday 2nd April
The Four Inns Walk is a tough competitive run/walk in the Peak District, approximately 65km (40 miles) long, over some of the roughest moorland in Britain. The event takes its name from the four inns along its route – The Isle Of Skye (site of), Snake Pass Inn, Nags Head and Cat & Fiddle.

It starts at Holmbridge then goes onto Black Hill, Bleaklow, Kinder Scout, Edale, Chapel-en-le Frith, Cat & Fiddle before finishing at Buxton Community School.

The Event is organised by the Four Inns Committee on behalf of the Derbyshire County Scout Council.

Two lady Striders – Carolyn Lee & Judith Marriott made up a team of three with Marian Keeling – a hardened veteran to this event to win the ladies team trophy. They completed the event in 9 hours 56 mins, beating the 2nd placed team by around 35 minutes.


Burton 10 – Sunday 29th May

6 Shelton Striders took part in this 2 lap of 5 miles around the centre & outskirts of Burton upon Trent.
First back for the club out of over 250 runners in total was Sam Pearch, finishing 8th overall in a brilliant time of 59.27.
Shaun Cooper – 1.03.47
Pascale Holden – 1st female back for the club in 1.14.51 a personal best on this course.
Chris Purslow – 1.26.37
Alistair Allsop – 1.28.22
Lynne Chapman – 1.37.27

Tour or the Derwent Valley 27th-30th May
5 Striders completed the 4 race challenge over the weekend, the total distance of the 4 races was over 17 miles with over 2000ft of climb, the final day with 664ft of climb in 2 miles, and then the descent back to the finish, and to make it interesting, it was a “tad” wet.
In 25th overall was Darren Bradley in a combined time of 2:11:48, 31st  was Wayne Moore “fresh” from his Leaden Boot in 2:18:55, 38th overall and 3rdLV45 was Judith Marriott in 2:22:17, 46th and getting the 1st LV50 prize was Christine Donald in 2:48:17 and Mandy Lewis 47th in 2:51:30.
Alistair Boyd and James Really completed the Wirksworth event in 31:18 and 38:00.
Edinburgh Marathon – Sunday 22 May
8 Shelton Striders took part in the 2nd most popular UK marathon.
Two Striders were looking to gain good for age places in the 2012 London marathon & they achieved this well within their allotted time.
First back for the club running his heart out was Shaun Cooper shaving a massive 18 minutes off his personal best, finishing 22nd overall & ran for most of the way with the female winner, local club runner Sarah Harris in an amazing time of 2.42.47. Shaun said if it hadn’t been for the wind he thinks he could have achieved 2.40 time or even less.
Next in was Roger Booth, already bagged his place in the 2012 London marathon, finishing 3rd in his vet 60 category in 3.05.42.
Marcel Darling was the second Strider to gain his good for age time for the 2012 London marathon, just a couple of minutes behind Roger in 3.08.01.
Matt West finished in 3.11.46
Andy Dolman 3.36.18
Dave Keegan 4.13.11
Paul Webster 4.22.29
Alison Ross was Striders only lady who took part, on her home turf in a time of 4.54.16


Windermere Marathon – Sunday 22nd May
Just below the border in the Lake District, in form Stephen Pezzutti was also claiming his good for age time for the 2012 London Marathon, getting a personal best in a time of 3.08.27 & finished in 32nd place overall.


Leaden Boot – Sunday 22nd May
3 Shelton Striders took part in the first ever 26.2 mile off road marathon in the Peak District on Sunday. With over 5000 feet of ascent, starting and finishing in the White Peak village of Alstonefield. This was a tough challenge which started from Alstonefield, through Milldale, over Baley Hill, down Nabs Dale, across the Dove at Ilam Rock, over Bunster Hill, past Ilam Hall, Calton, Throwley Hall, Grindon, across the Manifold at Wetton Mill, over Ecton Hill, Hulme End, Sheen, across the Dove at Pilsbury, Hartington, Beresford Dale, Narrow Dale and back to Alstonefield – phew.
Over 200 runners/walkers took part in this event.  It was Wayne Moore’s first ever marathon & having never completed anything more than 18 miles on or off road – he managed a very impressive 27th place in a time of 5.49. Judith Marriott achieved 5th female in 5.49. Whilst Sandra Butcher finished in 6.32.
The weather was very interesting & en-route the runners endured all but sleet and snow!
Having said that it has not put any of us off & the homemade food & cakes certainly made up for the weather.


The Dales TV Program  – Monday 23rd May ITV 
The program this week had an article from the venue of last years Club Trip to Burnsall Fell Race, and quite a few Striders were on the tv, Mandy, Alison N, Steve O, Chris Donald, Paul W, Roger,Marcel, Fiona? Jordan L, Stev O again! Chris and Carolyn, Steve O again! Marcel, Sean, Mandy and Darren, Sandra + a few more I could not identify.

Fame at last


Shakespeare Marathon – Sunday 8 May
10 Striders took part in this popular marathon route around the picturesque countryside of Stratford upon Avon

Stephen Hawkins was 1st back for the club in 8th place overall in an impressive time of 2.51.05
Dave Thornton – 3.05.26
Matt West – 3.08.34
Roger Booth – 3.09.51
Shaun Cooper – 3.12.32
Stephen Pezzutti – 3.13.45
John Thornton – 3.26.17
Ian Crompton – 3.35.16
Chris Sexton – 3.57.56
Lee Meakin – 4.46.53


Uttoxeter Half – Sunday 1st May
A hot and very windy day saw 11 striders taking part in the Uttoxeter Half. The race starts from Uttoxeter race course and takes place mainly on quiet country lanes. It is an undulating course with a couple of good hills, the second of which lasts for most of miles 11 and 12 before the relief of a downhill last mile back to the race course.

James Walker           1:28:41
Ian Crompton          1:40:05
Pascale Holden         1:42:34 (PB)
Kev Milwain             1:44:03
Moira Birch              1:50:02
Dave Keegan           1:50:13
Cathy Clifford           1:52:38
Wendy Wheawall     1:54:16
Silke Krieger-Ford      2:00:43
Carolyn Dyall             2:05:09

Shaun Cooper          2:05:10


Mansfield Half Marathon – Sunday 26th June
The latest round of the club championship saw 21 Shelton Striders compete in this undulating half marathon. A new course didn’t make it any easier for the runners especially with soaring temperatures.

Sam Pearch was first back for the club in 12th position in a time of 1.21.53
James Walker – 1.24.47
Patrick Munro – 1.29.39
Matt West – 1.30.43
Ian Crompton – 1.35.19
Shaun Cooper – 1.36.251st female back for Shelton Striders in amazing form – Pascale Holden 3rd FV35 in 1.46.30
Catherine Clifford 4th FV45 – 1.49.46
Elizabeth Kitchen 6th FV35- 1.52.34
Christine Purslow 5th FV50 – 2.13.26
Silke Kreiger-Ford – 2.10.51
Carolyn Dyall – 2.15.00
Amanda Lewis – 2.29.46
Kinder Trog – Sunday 19th June
Four Shelton Striders took part in this tough 16 mile fell race starting & finishing in Hayfield, High Peak, Derbyshire with over 3,400′ of climbing including Kinder Scout!
First back for the club was Marcel Darling finishing in 25th place in 2.16.16 a pb by around 40 secs.
Next in was Shaun Cooper in 2.20.00
Kevin Milwain completed the course in 3.26.58
Paul Webster close behind in 3.27.02
Sinfin Classic 10K – Sunday 5th June
After a dull start, the morning turned out to be hot and sunny with a strong wind for the Sinfin 10K at Elvaston Castle. There was a new course this year, still starting near the Golden Gates the race headed off for a short lap near the cricket club before going through the castle grounds and onto the bridle track and then picking up the river path near Borrowash. It followed this path down to the Raynesway Business Park before heading back into the castle grounds at the Alvaston end and finishing near the cricket club.

Shaun Cooper was first back for the club, gaining a prize for his excellent 3rd place finish. Pascale Holden was the first lady strider with another very good run and PB, Amanda Lewis also achieved a PB and James Realey ran well in what I believe was his first 10K race

Shaun Cooper  35m 36s
Martin Kerr  37m 40s
Richard Spencer  42m 46s
Pascale Holden  43m 37s
Paul Brunt  44m 31s
Darren Bradley  44m 54s
Roy Hobson  45m 26s
Kev Milwain  45m 36s
Moira Birch  45m 49s
Mark Warner  46m 07s
Julie Warner  46m 56s
Jebul Rahman  48m 43s
Andrew Ager  49m 01s
Stephen Wells  49m 08s
Dave Keegan  49m 34s
Donald Robey  52m 23s
James Realey  52m 33s
Christine Donald  57m 19s
Amanda Lewis  58m 39s
Lynne Chapman  59m 34s
Margaret Cowling  59m 56s
Steve Aynsley  63m 26s
Long Eaton Ultra 50 – Saturday 11th June
Carolyn Hopkinson and Andy Brooks were the only 2 Striders at this inaugural 50 mile event based loosely on the Derby Nomad Way.
Both starting at 6am, they completed the first 20 mile in 3.15, and through marathon distance in about 4.26, the remainder of the event was mainly off road to the finish at Breaston.
Their time of 9 hours and 17 mins was good enough to get 5= in the overall standings, just 9 mins off second. But Carolyn’s time, in her first 50 miler, was good enough for her to be the first lady home, by more than 90 minutes! The first man home was round in 7.15, whilst the last finisher was 12 and a half hours.
Potters Arf marathon – Sunday 12th June
5 Shelton Striders took part in this half marathon around Hanley and the surrounding area in The Potteries, Stoke on Trent. Over 1200 runners competed in this event which is renowned for its support along the route.
Richard Spencer was first back for the club in 1.41.59
Catherine Clifford was the first lady back for Shelton, finishing 4th overall in her vet 45 female category in 1.46.22
Alastair Boyd – 1.49.51
Dave Keegan – 1.49.53
Lynne Chapman – 2.15.47
Long Eaton 5 – Sunday 12th June
22 Shelton Striders competed in this popular road race organised by the local Long Eaton running club. The route took the 300 runners in & around West Park & the surrounding area.
First back for the club was James Walker 10th place in 28.51
Martin Kerr – 30.08
David Nelson – 30.50
Shaun Cooper – 31.19
Matt West – 31.26
Roger Booth retained  his 1st male vet 60 trophyLizzie Hill was first lady back for the club in 31.50
Pascale Holden in flying form, winning  her female vet 35 category in 34.29
Carolyn Dyall – 37.00
Kelly Craven – 38.20
Julie Stevenson – 41.28
Caroline Howells – 41.51Great news for both Margaret Cowling & Steve Aynsley who both came first in their age categories
Steve in his male vet 65 category in 50.27
Margaret in her female vet 60 category in 52.28In the 2 mile fun run 5 junior Striders competed. First back was Luke Stevenson in 8th place in a time of 13.09.
Wincle Trout Fell Race – Saturday 4th June

7 Striders competed for their trout at the 9k/1000ft fell race. In what was generally agreed an “enjoyable” course, Shaun Cooper was our first home in 15th place in 45.30, followed in by Darren Bradley 103rd in 55.08, Judith Marriott in 59.43 in 153rd overall, Chris Hopkinson 59.51, Alan Barber 65.30, Sandra Butcher 67.48 and Mandy Lewis in 75.57. The course was a new route based from the Wincle Fete on top of a hill!, after a steep down hill near the start to the river crossing, the route followed the river before climbing through the woods to open ground, after another fast descent, it was the long steady climb back to the finishing field.

Thunder 24 Hour Relay Race – 30th/31st July 

Shaun Cooper & Alex Buckley were the only team from Shelton Striders to take part in this annual off road relay race at Catton Park, Derbyshire.  The idea of the race is run as many 10K laps as possible in 24 hours. Runners have to complete one full 10K lap before changing over with their team mate but they may also run 2, 3 or more laps.
Shaun &Alex aka Little & Large team were 4th overall in a total time of 23.29.32

Parwich Panoramic 5 – Tuesday 2nd August
This off road race of 5.3 miles & climbing to 600ft around the hilly countryside of Parwich & Alsop en le Dale saw 112 runners turn out for this now annual summer event.
10 Shelton Striders took part in this very hot night for a fell race – around 27C!
Our first Strider in 10th place overall was Rob Donald in 37.57, Kenny Malton was 12th place in 38.51, with Darren Bradley 31st in 43.11, closely followed by Neil Jaggard 43.19 and Ludovic Floch 43.42 with Dave Keegan in 49.47, our ladies were led in by Judith Marriott in 52.16, Sandra Butcher 54.48, Mandy Lewis 59.22 and Christine Donald in 60.35.
Derby AC Veteran Relays – Wednesday 13th July
Shelton Striders had two teams compete in the annual veterans relay event organised by Derby AC & held at the Moorways Athletics Track.
The ladies Vet 35 team finished 3rd overall made up of Pascale Holden, Silke Kreiger-Ford & Elizabeth Burgess.
The mens Vet 60 team of John Thornton, Roger Booth & Harry Sloan won their category.
Tara Kinder 10K – Friday 15th July
Shelton Striders had 32 runners compete in this annual charity event held at Elvaston Park.  Over 380 runners took part in this two lap mainly trail route around the castle grounds.
1st male back for the club was Shaun Cooper finishing 4th overall in a time of 35.50
Stephen Hawkins was next, finishing in 7th place & 3rd Male Vet 40 in 36.42
James Walker came home in 10th place in a time of 37.18
1st female Strider back in fine form was Pascale Holden & 1st female vet 35 in a time of 44.14
Kelly Craven was next in a time of 48.35
Elizabeth Burgess was next in a time of 48.57 & 5th female vet 35
2nd junior male under 20 was Shelton Strider Luke Stevenson – 43.14
John Thornton was 1st male vet 60 in 42.19
Harry Sloan was 2nd male vet 60 in 45.06
Margaret Cowling was 4th female vet 55 in 1.01.49
Trentham 10 mile – Sunday 17th July
Around 228 runners competed in the 39th year of this 10 mile road race from the village of Tittensor, Stoke on Trent.  13 Shelton Striders raced this two lap hilly course.
1st Shelton Strider & 5th place overall was the in form Sam Pearch in a time of 59.09
Shean Cooper was just behind in 6th place in a time of 59.19
Patrick Munro came home in a time of 64.55
John Thornton was 3rd in his male vet 60 category in a time of 74.54
1st female Shelton  Strider back was Elizabeth Burgess, 4th overall  in her female vet 35 category in a time of 83.14
Next in was Kelly Craven again in the same time of 83.14
Wendy Wheawall was close behind in a time of 87.31.

Hathersage Gala Fell Race – Monday 4th July
Judith Marriott was the only Strider who took the challenge of running this annual 4.5 mile fell race with over 1,000ft of climb. The route, not for the faint hearted or those who just want a bit of a run out, took runners from the village school out towards Hathersage Moor & even included a bit of rock climbing in the process! Despite the heat & just returning from injury Judith managed a reasonable time of 50.14 & finished 10th LV40

Bradbourne Fell Races – Sunday 28th August
6 runners took part in this tough fell race in Bradbourne, Ashbourne.

Race 1 – 5.5 miles
Shaun Cooper 2nd overall in 35.01
Nicholas Cooper 41.20 – 2nd Male Vet 50 category
Luke Stevenson 45.37 – 2nd Junior Male
Julie Stevenson 51.14
Dave Keegan 52.24

Race 2 – 2.75 miles
Kelly Craven – 28.21

Belper Rugby Rover – Sunday 21st August
13 Shelton Striders took part in this 18 mile off road race around the beautiful countryside of Belper and it’s surrounding area.  Around 400 runners took part in this tough but ever popular summer event.
Shaun Cooper was first back for the club in 15th place in 2.20.15
Marcel Darling in 18th place – 2.21.58
Andrew Powell – 2.32.50
Harry Sloane – 2.52.06
Darren Bradley – 3.04.23
Luke Stevenson – 3.12
Paul Webster 3.23.21
First lady back for the club was Tracy Hepburn – 3.25.19
Amanda Lewis – 3.36.00
Claire Hirons – 3.36.22
Christine Donald – 3.36.45
Alison Nunn – 3.43.47
Rhys Hancock – 4.08.55
Stacie Carnell – 4.08.55

Leek Half Marathon – Sunday 21st August
14 Shelton Striders competed in the undulating or rather hilly 13 mile road race in & around the Leek/Staffordshire countryside.  Around 900 runners took part with two of Shelton’s runners finishing in the top 15!
Sam Pearch was first back in 7th spot in a time of 1.22.13
James Walker 13th in 1.23.58
Patrick Munro 1.29.16
Ian Crompton 1.36.19
Neil Hancock 1.41.30
John Thornton 1.43.34
First lady back for club was Pascale Holden – 1.47.34
Kevin Milwain – 1.53.18
Paul Brunt – 1.55.50
Dave Keegan – 1.58.40
Kelly Craven – 2.02.32
Steve Wells – 2.03.18
Silke Kreiger- Ford – 2.10.12
Andrew Simons – 2.15.46

Newark Half – Sunday 14th August
8 Striders made the trip to Newark for the 30th running of this event which attracted over 1000 runners
Richard Spencer 1.41.23
Liz Burgess        1.42.25
Paul Brunt          1.44.32
Roy Hobson        1.46.46
Shaun Cooper      1 53.00
Kelly Craven        1.54.34
Alastair Allsopp    2.06.40
Lynne Chapman   2.12.57
Dovedale Dipper – Sunday 7th August
5 Shelton Striders took part in this annual off road marathon starting & finishing in the picturesque village of Hartington.  The 26 miles is tough enough but for one Shelton Strider he took a step further by running the last 2 miles with no soles on his trainers!  Shaun Cooper still managed to run the event in 5.45!
First back for the club, 5th veteran & 10th overall in the running event was the in form John Thornton. John ran the event in 4hrs 24mins.
Judith Marriott & Wayne Moore finished in 5.22.
Harry Sloan – 5.34.
Piggs 10K Mickleover – Wednesday 3rd August
30 Shelton Striders competed in this annual 10K around the outskirts of Mickleover & Radbourne along both road and trail.
First back for the club in 4th place overall was James Walker 36.58
Stephen Pezzutti was next in 8th place in 38.48
Martin Kerr came 10th in 39.08
Kenny Malton – 41.04
Gareth Brown – 41.40
Neil Hancock – 43.14First lady back for the club & 1st lady overall was Pascale Holden in 45.34
Liz Burgess was 2nd lady overall in 47.57
Silke Kreiger-Ford – 53.31
Kelly Craven – 55.13
Carolyn Dyall – 55.13
Lynne Chapman – 58.58

James Realey was the first junior in 54.16

Derby Runner XC 15th Jan – Grace Dieu school
We need as many runners as possible to turn out for the club for the next race XC race and for final event at Bosworth Country Park – 19th Feb. If you haven’t seen the current standings then the men’s team are currently in a good position to challenge for promotion to the A-league.

The men’s team is currently second in the table of the B-league on 51 points with Leicester Tri just 2 points ahead, where I believe only one team goes up and one comes down.

If we can field a team similar to what we did at Foremark plus Hawkins then we should be in a good position to challenge for promotion to the A-league. But we still need as many runners as possible to turn out for the team.

Queens Head 5K – Tuesday 27 December
This annual event saw nearly 170 runners take part in this 3 mile road race in Belper, an undulating out & back course.

First back for the Shelton Striders club was Neil Hancock, 38th place in 19.58 a personal best.
Luke Stevenson, ran a fantastic race, again another personal best in 20.14.
Wayne Moore was next in 22.50
Judith Marriott  completed the line up in 25.30
Furnace Inn Fun Run – Monday 26 December
Shelton Striders organised the Furnace Inn fun run on Boxing Day & we had nearly 180 runners take part in this 3 mile run around Darley Park. The winner’s time was 15.30.
Keyworth Turkey Trot – Sunday 11 December
Shelton Striders had 12 runners take part in the famous Keyworth Turkey Trot. This winter half marathon is a single circuit, all on road, starting and finishing in the village of Keyworth passing through the undulating (up and down!) rural scenery and villages of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds. The course is considered to be both challenging and rewarding, and being a little hilly, is well suited for that winter training!

Neil Hancock was the 1st Strider back in an excellent time of 1.31.22
Paul Brunt – well in form at the moment was next in – 1.37.16
Pascale Holden – 1st lady Strider back & finishing the year off as top lady Strider- 1.39.14
Elliott Davis 1.41.59
Moira Birch 1.44.39
Catherine Clifford 1.45.38
Dave Keegan 1.48.52
Kelly Craven 1.54.37
Darren Bradley 1.56.46
Steve Wells 2.00.48
Christine Donald 2.03.25
Amanda Lewis 2.21.25

Roaches Christmas Cracker 18th December
The final Headbanger of the year, all get the same 50 points for finishing the race, it will be either 5 or 8 miles dependant on the weather. As in previous years this is fancy dress, no theme so choose your costume.

This event will also decide the final finishing places for the mens short league, its between Darren, Rob and Steve H, the ladies long, between Carolyn H and Judith, and the ladies short 3rd place could be either Chris Donald or Carolyn Dyall, so still points to play for.

Headbangers 2012 will start with the Hollybush Fell Race at Mackney on the 1st Jan, it has been confirmed it’s on again this year, arrive sometime after 11am for an 11.40ish start, its only 2 miles and you can get food and beer afterward.

Foremark Cross Country XC03 – Sunday 20 November 
We had a large entry take part  in the Foremark round of the Derby Runner Cross Country League with James Walker being our lead runner finishing in 5th place – excellent run by him having completed his first ever fell race the week before over at The Roaches.

Luke Stevenson finished an impressive 3rd overall in his junior race.

xc3 results                   xc3 tables
Heanor 10K Xmas Pud Run – Sunday 20 November
5 Shelton Striders took part in this popular annual road run of 6 miles around the outskirts of Heanor and Shipley Park.

Louise Surgay   00:52:15
Heather Turley   00:55:03
Claire Saunders   00:57:23
Margaret Cowling   01:05:35
Steve Aynsley   01:08:23


The Roaches – Sunday 13 November
One of the toughest fell races in the national fell race calendar let alone local calendar!
Only the fittest/bravest/insane from the club took part in this event which takes runners over 15 miles of the intense terrain of The Roaches, near Leek. The weather, as always, at this time of year for this race was misty & strong winds made the event the usual tough challenge it has become known for.  The muddy & boggy fields complete with river crossing and 3700ft of climbing did not deter Shaun Cooper, who being the in form runner of the club this year, managed to get a personal best in this event finishing 12th in his Senior class & 16th overall in a time of 2.24.20
Steve Hawkins was a few minutes behind in 2.31.32 & 7th in his male vet 40 category
Marcel Darling 10th in  his male vet 40 category, finishing in 2.35.00
James Walker, in his first ever fell race finished in 2.48.33
Alex Buckley 3.08.41
Wayne Stevenson 3.43.35
Legit Round Lathkil – Sunday 13 November
A more sedate off road run around Lathkil Dale tempted a few more of the hardy Shelton Striders to run this 7.1 mile event with a mere 950ft of climbing.  No times but first back for the club, again in fine form was Rob Donald.  New member David, Wayne Moore close behind, Paul Webster (well done to him after only just completing the Snowdonia marathon the weekend before), Judith Marriott was next with Sandra Butcher close behind, Chris Donald, finally Steve Oliver bravely running with a mild hangover : -) all raising money for Children in Need.
High Peak Relay – Sunday 13 November
8 Shelton Striders made up a team to take part in this year’s High Peak Relay event, all off-road. It’s an out and back relay along the High Peak Trail in Derbyshire, starting and finishing in the village of Cromford.  All stages are run as a RACE – when the winner of one stage finishes, all runners are set off on the next one. Stages vary in length with the total distance of 28.48 miles. Each team member runs one leg of the total distance ranging from 2.46 miles to 5.47 miles.
Shelton Striders finished 28th overall out of 38 teams.
Additional Cross Country Race
Entries are now open for the Derbyshire Cross Country Championships to be held at Markeaton Park on Saturday 7 January 2012. Entries have to be in before Friday 9 December and an entry form can be downloaded from the Derbyshire County Athletics website click here.


Dovedale Dash – Sunday 6th November
There were a total of 30 Striders at the Dash this year, 20 men and 10 women. As always the weather was dry and mild, and the parking field was not too bad this year.Rob Donald was our first Strider home in 43rd, followed in by Kenny Malton, then Marcel Darling in 61st, Gavin Fletcher was 4th in 184th.Pascal Holden was our first lady home in 331st, with Carolyn Hopkinson in 495th and Kelly Craven in 656th placeOther finishers were Steve Hawkins, Chris Keegan, Paul Brunt, Andy Brooks, Shaun Cooper, Kevin Milwain, Jonathon Bird, Chris Hopkinson, Dave Keegan, Steve Wells, Alison Pickering, James Reilly (15), Nick Purslow (11), Chris Purslow, Chris Donald, Fiona Corden, Jack Surgay (9), Steve Oliver (in fancy dress), Julie Stevenson, Luke Stevenson (14) and Graham Barrett (I still need places for these last 3).Steve Wells is apparently going to do it next year in his fairy costume, hmmm, no comment about why he has one!
Cross Country Marshals 4th December
Thanks to those that have put their names down to marshal at Allestree, but we could do with a few more for the Sunday. We ran the course today to finalise the route, in Sam’s words, it has a mix of everything, fields, paths, woodland, a hill, fast descent and some mud. But we need to ensure we do a “proper job” on the day, it would be good to use the route again, so can a few more either put their names on the sheet at club, or either email me on  chris-hopkinson(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)hotmail.co.uk , or let Paul Webster know.The plan is that on either the Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th November marshals meet at Allestree to see the course, and the key marshals to know their roles (road crossing, parking etc) as we will only set up the full course on the Sunday morning, also if any of our competing runners want to, they can get some knowledge on the route before the day.Thanks Chris H.
Brittany – Sunday 30th October
Furthest away this weekend was a newly signed Strider Ludovic Floch who took part in a 22.4 km trail race in Brittany, France on Sunday 30th October. A fairly challenging course through woods and fields with the reward of the last 3 km on the coastal path.  Ludovic finished 43rd out of 123 in 1:59:14 and was first Strider in!!
Snowdonia Marathon – Sunday 30th October

A wet & windy Snowdonia marathon meant our 4 Shelton Striders who took part found it not as enjoyable as they had hoped. Reknowned for being one of the toughest but scenic marathons to do – Harry Sloan finished 6th in his Male Vet 60 category in 3.56.08.
Tracy Hepburn the only female representative from the club finished in 4.36.38
Richard Bowe  4.42.12
Paul Webster  4.47.51
Well done to them all for running 26 miles in all that wind & rain!
Worksop Half Marathon – Sunday 30th Octobe
35 Striders took part in the 30th Worksop half marathon, taking runners through the beautiful countryside of Clumber Park.
First back for the club in 15th place over all was Sam Pearch in 1.17.36
Chris Millett 1.19.08
James Walker 1.20.26
Stephen Hawkins 1.20.26
Shaun Cooper 1.24.21
Marcel Darling 1.25.05First back for the club for the ladies was Pascale Holden in 1.46
Catherine Clifford 1.48.16
Kelly Craven 1.51.36
Julie Stevenson 1.55.16 – personal best by 7 minutes
Judith Marriott 1.55.16
Wendy Wheawell 2.00.36
Worksop Fun Run – Sunday 30th October
Great result for Luke Stevenson who finished 3rd in the 2.59m fun run in a time of 16.18

The OMM – 29/30th October
Finally a mention must go out to Mr & Mrs Hopkinson. Chris & Carolyn took part in the Original Mountain Marathon over the weekend.  After 23k, 1100m of climb, wet to say the very least underfoot, boggy & 7 hours of orienteering across the Scotland highlands – they decided 1 day was enough & retired. However, their highlight was bagging a munro!  They both said it was the hardest event they have ever done!

Coaching Qualification
Congratulations to Marcel who has recently achieved the UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) Award.
Passing Clouds Fell Race – Sunday 23rd October 

There were 10 Striders in a field of 186 at the 9.6mile Passing Clouds Fell Race held at the Roaches in Staffordshire, the weather was bright, clear and dry on the dayFirst in for the Club was Shaun Cooper in 23rd place in 82:36, with Steve Hawkins, 29th in 85:06 and Marcel Darling, taking it easy” (his words) 33rd in 85:27.

First in for the Ladies was Carolyn Hopkinson 128th in 106:48, then Judith Marriott 170th in 123:47 and followed in by Sandra Butcher picking up her 1st in category bottle of wine in 124:06.

Other finishers on the day were Wayne Stevenson 100th in 99:58, Kevin Milwain 104th in 100:08, Chris Hopkinson 128th in 106:48 and Wayne Moore 136th in 107:51

Markfield Cross Country – Sunday 2nd October
Results attached for the first cross country race in this seasons Derby Runner Cross Country League
Golden Gates 5 mile race and 2 mile Fun Run – Sunday 25th September
47 Striders competed across both events held at Elvaston Castle this last weekend with both races being won by the club! Both races take runners around the scenic trails around Elvaston Park which makes for a fast, flat course.In the 5 mile event winner & 1st Shelton Strider back was very much in form James Walker in an impressive time of 27.07
Sam Pearch came in 3rd place in 28.10 after running the Great North Run the weekend before.
Martin Kerr was 4th in 29.34
Rob Donald was 6th on 30.32
Shaun Cooper was 10th, despite falling over, in 31.34First lady back for the club & 2nd female overall was the ever improving Pascale Holden in a time of 34.38
Elizabeth Burgess – 36.41
Kelly Craven – 37.11
Catherine Clifford – 37.59
Wendy Wheawell – 39.21In the 2 mile fun run – Adam Boyd won the event in 12.45
James Realey was in 4th place in 15.05
Jordan Lewis was 7th gaining a personal best for this event in 15.28Chelmorton 5 – Sunday 25th September
Dave Keegan was  our only Strider competing in this 5 mile fell race with over a 1,000ft of climb around the picturesque village of Chelmorton near Buxton.  The race is reknowed for Lady Hollinsclough who starts the race in one of her many famous hats!

Full Sun Run -18th September.
23 Striders completed the Full Sun Run from Milford, Shaun Cooper was the first back in a record time of 53.38, followed in closely by Steve Hawkins, Rob Donald and Marcel Darling, all within a minute of Shaun. First lady back was Lizzie Hill in 1.18.12, followed in by Julie Stevenson and Kelly Craven in 1.29.44.

Great North Run – Sunday 18th September
We had 3 Shelton Striders take part in the biggest half marathon in the world

Sam Pearch gave his all in this North East half marathon held on Sunday 11th September running in just over 5 min mile pace he came 59th out of 54000! Finishing in a personal best time of 1.15.02 and knocking around 2 minutes off his previous half marathon time.

Kulwant Singh Johal finished in a time of 1.44.01
Angela Theobald – 2.09.40

Ashbourne Half – Sunday 11th September
Around 180 runners competed in this tough, undulating half marathon around the outskirts of Ashbourne. 18 Shelton Striders took part (10% of the entry) prompting the commentator to announce “There can’t be anything happening in Shelton today”Shaun Cooper improving in every race at the moment finishing a fantastic 3rd place in 1.22.24
Marcel Darling not far behind finishing in 6th position in a time of 1.28.59
Ian Crompton 1.33.55
Neil Hancock 1.35.22
Matt West, after a long lay off 1.41.14
Dean Jones running his first half marathon for the club finished in an impressive 1.42.33
Paul Brunt 1.42.57    PB
Darren Bradley 1.44.06   PB
Harry Sloan 1.44.30
Roy Hobson 1.44.42     PB
Kevin Milwain 1.47.44
Elliott Davies 1.50.43    PB
Catherine Clifford was 1st lady Strider back in a time of 1.52.38
Kelly Craven 1.55.22
Dave Keegan 1.55.24
Steve Wells 2.02.49
Louise Surgay 2.05.24
Amanda Lewis 2.22.06Robin Hood Half Marathon  – Sunday 11th
This ever popular half marathon event around the outskirts of Nottingham saw 9 Shelton Striders take part.Darren Shepherd was first back for the club in 1.45.01
Andrew Lager 1.52.28
Kathy Hardy was 1st lady back for the club in 1.58.20
Claire Hirons 2.07.05
Event reminder. Sunday 18th September 9.30am, The Full Sun Run.
This scenic 8 mile club event will be ran from Milford again this year, parking is tight but available, meet on Chevin Road from 9am, the course will be marked with tapes at the “interesting” parts, I will have some copies of a map and printed description for those that need it, there is a link in the event description to download the route onto GPS. possibly a visit to the Holly Bush at Makeney afterwards!
The Exterminator – Sunday 4th September
Organised by Totley AC this is a category ‘A’ Long fell race of 16 miles with 4050 ft of climbing.  Two Striders made the trip to Totley (near Sheffield) for the race
Marcel Darling 23rd in 2:36:44
Shaun Cooper 25th in 2:37:19
Wilne 10K – Sunday 4th September
This was a new 10K road event which attracted nearly 600 runners, which took runners around the Wilne area.
First back for the club out of the 12 Striders who took part was Rob Donald in 38.31
Kenneth Malton 39.49
Richard Spencer 41.48
Roy Hobson 43.11
Ludovic Floch 44.06
Alastair Boyd 48.25
Andrew Lager 49.23
First lady back for the club was Kathy Hardy in 50.56
Don Robey 52.00
James Realey 55.53
Lynne Chapman 56.27
Margaret Cowling 58.49

John Fraser 10 mile Road Race – Sunday 4th September
18 Shelton Striders competed in this popular undulating road race around the Countesthorpe area of Leicestershire. Approximately 450 runners too part.

First back for Shelton Striders was Sam Pearch, 8th in his senior category in a time of 59.36
James Walker was close behind in 1.02.17
Patrick Munro 1.03.27
Martin Kerr 1.05.49
John Thornton 1.11.44 – 2nd Male Vet 60
James Cunningham 1.12.21
First female back for the club in fine form finishing 4th senior female was Pascale Holden in 1.14.32
Darren Bradley 1.16.10
Liz Burgess 1.19.38
Dave Keegan 1.20.44
Catherine Clifford 1.21.39
Elliott Davis 1.21.57
Stephen Wells 1.22.48
Kelly Craven 1.24.26
Silke Kreiger-Ford 1.29.02
Christine Purslow 1.32.55
Amanda Lewis 1.42.50
Alison Nunn 1.48.53