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British Heart Foundation 100k Challenge

11-12th July 2015

Leigh on Sea Striders have organised many charity challenges in the past and whilst this one was 62miles in one hit, it was closer to home and for a great charity, The British Heart Foundation.


The signing up was of course the easy part and when 30 members of the LoSS family met at Fulham Place at 8am on Saturday morning there were certainly some nerves but at that time we were happy and smiling ready for the challenge ahead.


Checkpoint 1 – Borough Market, London – 15km

Blimey it was hot!  Really hot, but the first 15km was scenic and apart from a very busy Southbank very enjoyable. However, the heat was starting to affect people’s feet and many blisters were in need of attention. Thanks to Claire for the impromptu leg and back massages she was offering!


Checkpoint 2 – Cutty Sark – 25km

Concrete after concrete path was tough on the feet. A long 10k hugging the Thames through some very sleepy places in London. More Blisters. More Massages, and still so bloody hot! But the whole team was still in once piece.


Checkpoint 3  - Beckton – 38km

The scenic element has now passed the highlights being a loop around the O2 Arena, and a very chilly 1000m tunnel under the river. Still hot. Feet for many are now an issue with the checkpoint looking like a first aid tent in a warzone!


Checkpoint 4 – Rainham – Halfway 50km

Walking through Barking, always a pleasure! But the whole team make it. Just!  The Loss family was reduced by six here, some had pre planned that, others like myself couldn’t even contemplate doing it all again. Many were in bits at this stage but showed incredible grit and determination to set off for the second half at 9pm. Thank you to Mike Dawson for supporting the team and his snack and drinks.


Checkpoint 5 – North Stifford – 61km

It’s now dark, so head torches worn by all. Glow sticks and great signage by the organisers help guide the way. Two more decide to call it a day, with feet in shreds and feeling unwell. This is really a brutal challenge. Mike kindly plays taxi again. I wonder if anyone felt bright enough to joke about the town Stifford!


Checkpoint 6 – Orsett – 67km

Pitch black, and thanks to a grumpy farmer, an extra 2km added! But so many of the team are still moving.


Checkpoint 7 – Pitsea – 79km

Sadly lose another 3 after an incredible 75km. Go Outdoors Checkpoint under the Pitsea flyover is madness with so many people being treated. Truly Amazing.


Checkpoint 8 – Hadleigh Farm – 88km

The organisers choose to throw in the Hadleigh Mountain bike route into the 100km as if it wasn’t challenging enough! I am now getting abuse as to why I even suggested something so incredibly tough. It’s totally justified! I feel my emails will be going straight to spam in the future!! Mike Dawson is on hand with sausage rolls and Dean Ovel follows with fried egg rolls, the front group have already powered through determined to finish and complete in sub 24hrs!!


Finish – End of Southend Pier – 102km

Cheered along the final stage by many of the extended LoSS family, I’m sure seeing the Southend Pier has never been so well received! Our final team members finishing at 1pm.


The fact that people signed up to this challenge is testament enough to the great people in Leigh on Sea Striders. To make it halfway or further is an incredible achievement. But to do the whole 102km is something special, something superhuman, something that you should be so proud of achieving. How 14 (Sian Ovel, Darren Summers, Jackie Camm, Eric Britton, Mark Keeble, Niki Read, Michelle Melville, Lisa Westwick, Jo Weingarten, Claire Dumontier-Marriage, Paul Maskell, Alice Raffill, Gail Alexander & Rea Evison) of you did it I will never know, but you did and for that you have my total respect and admiration.


Thank you to everyone for being part of this challenge and in raising lots of money for the British Heart Foundation.

Is it too early to say bring on 2016!!

Mid-Essex XC League Dates 2014-2015

Dec 2014 to Mar 2015

Below are the six fixtures for this seasons Mid Essex cross country league for your diaries, lets hope we can continue to get the numbers and the team effort and spirit in every race.


Last season the Ladies once again finished in 1st place and the Men finished in joint 1st place with Springfield, so we are starting this league as reigning champions.


  • 7th December                     Leigh on Sea Striders (Hadleigh Country Park)

  • 21st December                   Grange Farm (Stebbing)

  • 4th January                          Braintree (Notley Park)

  • 25th January                        Mid Essex Casuals (Rivenhall)

  • 22nd February                     Little Baddow (Little Baddow)

  • 1st March                             Springfield (Highwood)

Get Back to Running Programme

22nd July 2014

Well done to all who completed the LoSS Get Back to Running programme with a 5k time trial.  Big thank you to our coaches Colin Barnes, Sian Ovel and Jo Hall who have supported every week and special mention to all the additional help on the night - Andrea Hughes, Eric Britton, Ellie Kimber, Ian Tatman, Matt James, Paul Maskell, Rachel Keenan, Ronan Quinn and Tracy English.


Times for those that did the time trial are below:


26.56   Tania Hagan
27.53   Matt Campbell Carr
28.09   Dave Walker
28.28   Jo Copeland
31.06   Deanna Thomas
31.06   Claire Downham
33.17   Celia Patterson
33.50   Karen Holt
33.51   Judith Webster
35.25   Joanna Hargreaves
36.48   Nicola Broad
36.48   Mark Dobson
37.27   Karen Stark
38.03   Debbie Belton
43.28   Lisa Barker

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