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If last week was quiet, this Saturday was a busy parkrun week for the Striders. Two Striders joined the 50 club this week. Nigel Radcliffe collected it at Tees Barrage and Mike Cleasby joined by completing his first visit to Newcastle. Plaudits also go to Tracy Bradburn, Dean Philips, Lisa Pattison and Jason Pattison all of whom set new personal bests at Tees Barrage. Close to home there were 25 Striders at Tees Barrage, 11 at Albert park and two at Stewart park. Paul Johnson travelled to London to do his first run at Highbury Fields however, tourist of the week goes to Viv Murphy for completing Castlehaven in sunny West Cork, Ireland.
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It was a quieter week on the parkrun front for Striders this week with so much happening he following day. Seven Striders took to Albert park. It was a first appearance for Paul Johnson and he took the opportunity to set a quick time, whilst Lisa McGee grabbed herself a new PB. The alternative route at Tees Barrage saw nine Striders running, and nearly as many volunteering, on a nice still day along the riverside. Mark Brown took advantage of the conditions to set himself a new PB.   Elsewhere, we had a runner at Stewart park, Hartlepool and Darlington where Mike Cleasby set a new PB.
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We have been away for a bit, so first things first and big congratulations to David Holmes who joined the 50 club a couple of weeks ago. I am pretty sure there will have been a flood of PBs in that period too, you know who you are, congrats to all. This week saw five Striders at Albert park with Michelle Hart storming around to a new PB. At Tees Barrage 12 Striders toed the line and a few more volunteered. Liz Simpson and Helen McIlvenny took second and third female home whilst both Michelle Station and Joseph Station took advantage of the ideal conditions along the riverside to post new PBs.   Elsewhere, we had four representatives at Stewart park. Neil McGee took a first trip to the Darlington…
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Leading the way home.

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This was the week that Paul Johnson’s sub 19min Tees Barrage quest got a little bit closer with another PB and in the process he was the first runner home. Indeed Striders David Fender and Michael Burke, also in a new PB, grabbed 2nd and 4th home respectively. Not to be outdone on the PB stakes, Lindsey Spires picked up yet another one and Fiona Taylor, on her difficult second run, also PB’ed. There were 15 strider runners at Tees Barrage and I think I counted at least five volunteers. Elsewhere, we had two runners at Stewart park and Katie Abel set a new PB here whilst being third female home. Neil McGee and Darren Mitchell were amongst the six Striders at Albert park and both picked up new PB’s.…
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Tee shirt week

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Yet again, we had Striders spread wide and far this week. The plaudits have to go to Gillian Borthwick as she completed her 50th run whilst completing Hartlepool. Elsewhere, Helen McIlvenny set yet another PB at Albert park. Michael Burke, Katie Abel and Mike Cleasby tried out Stewart park, Darlington and Fountains Abbey respectively for their first time and Jill Abel became the first Strider to complete Edinburgh. There were 12 Striders running at Tees Barrage where Richard Whitehouse completed his difficult second run in a new PB whilst sprinting away from a little pack of Striders who were hot on his heels.
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Bank holiday parkrun

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If last week was about tourism, this was a stay at home week. We had six at Albert park and one at Hartlepool. The big turnout was at Tees barrage with 29 running, seven others volunteering in roles such as timer, tokens, scanners and tail runners plus Helen and Michelle flying the flag for Team Striders as part of the I Am Team GB event. Does the wearing of club colours inspire performance? 11 new PBs might suggest that could be the case. Congratulations go to Julia Ansbro, Gail Robinson, Angela Cox, Graham Jordan, not to be outdone - Liz Jordan, Katie Abel, Helen McIlvenny, Caroline Horton, Darren Mitchell, Michael Burke and Paul Johnson. Further afield, Craig Robinson carried on his tourist trail with a visit to Hull and Mike…
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Striders everywhere

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A big week for tourism this week. The biggest Strider turnout this parkrunday was at Albert park with Caroline Horton leading the seven Striders home. Lindsey Spires and Helen McIlvenny both dropped their PBs down another few notches. Three Striders at Stewart park with a first appearance for Liz Simpson. I would imagine that it was somewhat fresh at Hartlepool as it welcomed both Kirsty Alderthay and David Edwards for their first visit. Andy Johnston and Sam Johnston travelled to be the first Striders at Hove Promenade. Elsewhere we had representation at Redcar and Sunderland whilst Dennis Smith and Mike Cleasby set the Strider standard as first time Striders to attend at Southport and Blackhill respectively. I think that I do pretty well to roll out of bed and just…
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A big week for Strider tourism with first time appearances for athletes at Royal Tunbridge Wells, Gateshead and Lancaster alongside another Strider at Keswick. More locally there was some very close results between Striders at a number of events. Albert park saw Janice Long set another PB whilst the Jordans battled it out to the line. At Sedgefield Jackie McCabe won the Striders sprint finish and in the process grabbed herself a new PB. David Horton also grabbed a PB at Stewart park in what appears, from the results, to have been a very close battle – or was it pacing? A big turnout at Tees barrage saw 18 Striders battle the breeze and Richard Whitehouse joining the 1 club. The closest result here was more down to chattering rather…
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After a complete absence of Striders last week, three completed Albert park this week with Janice Long making it a new PB. There were 19 Striders at Tees barrage with Antony Hamling and Helen Johnston starting their head to head battle to a 250 shirt first. Helen McIlvenny was the first female finisher with Liz Simpson and Katie Abel picking up 3rd and 4th.  Good morning too for both Neil McGee and Michael Burke lowering their times to new PBs. Elsewhere, we had people at Stewart park and Hartlepool as well as first timers at Redcar, Druridge Bay and Wormwood Scrubs.
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100 and counting.

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What were you doing on 6th June 2009? Well on that morning two Striders of the future were at Albert park parkrun, one of those – Helen Johnston – was doing her very first. In the intervening seven years she has been to five different parkruns, volunteered over 40 times and now collects her black tee shirt for completing 100 runs. Well done Helen. Seven years per 100 – a little over 10 years for 150! 250 shirt in 2027? 30 other Striders ran at Tees Barrage in support of Helens achievement and there were a number of non-runner support. Janice Long took the opportunity to have her first look at the course. Whilst Angela Cox did a double celebration of her 100th run at Tees Barrage accompanied by a…
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