Stragglers Dominate Wedding Guest List

Posted by Malcolm Davies on 29 July 2017


Wedding Day 2017

The club turned up en masse on Friday evening for a very enjoyable running of the Stragglers Wedding Day Race.  78 Stragglers ‘hitched up’ with some of the best clubs and runners around and acquitted themselves well having first been warmed up by Andrew Ronksley or ‘Mr Mobiliser’ as we now call him!

For the ladies, Heidi Russenberger making her competitive debut for the club led the way over the 7K Bushy Park Course in a time of 27:32. Liz Killip in 28:40 and Sonia Bandeira in 29:40 made up the leading three Straggler ladies.  In the process Liz was the race F55 prize winner and achieved the highest age grading of the race, another notable achievement.

For the men Rob Wilcox in 24:46 was the first Straggler over the line with Roy Reeder charging up the road champs table with a very impressive 25:30 in the M50 category.  At the opposite end of the age spectrum, Kieran Desmond was third Straggler finisher in the JM 15-17 category and second junior in the race, an excellent performance.

As the road championships competition hotted up, many Stragglers were taking the opportunity to top up their points and compare themselves to their peers with some interesting battles in the race.

After the race we had the ceremony for our mob match victory over Ranelagh earlier in the summer and were presented with the Rothwell-Wright Trophy, a moment to toast!

Once again the race has shown the club in a great light, not only with the huge turn-out of runners but also the mini army of club volunteers (or ushers as I now think of them) who make the wedding procession possible!

 Full results from the evening can be found here.

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