STRATFORD AC made an impressive start to the new year as the club’s athletes enjoyed success over distances from 60 metres to 44 miles.
Ben Kruze and Matt Burdus-Cook secured a superb one-two finish for the club over 10k in the Windsor Winter Lake Run at Dorney Lake.
There was also success for Alex Adams at the Fladbury Festive 5 as he came home first to continue his impressive form.
And the club’s masters athletes were in action as they achieved top-three finishes and broke club records at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting.
Ultra runner Tara Lambert also took part in a 43.8 mile race from Wendover to London Paddington.
In a busy weekend for the club, Kruze and Burdus-Cook were the club’s only participants in the Windsor Winter Lake Run at Dorney Lake.
Kruze set a new PB, taking eight seconds off his own club record to come home first in 31mins 44secs in the two-lap race.
And Burdus-Cook closely followed as he finished second in a time of 34mins 4secs, just three seconds outside of his PB.
Closer to home, 16-year-old Alex was first across the line at the Fladbury Festive 5, a 5.5 mile multi-terrain course along the banks of the River Avon.
Running through Fladbury Village and Lower Moor in Worcestershire, Adams won in a time of 31mins 7secs, more than two minutes ahead of second place.
Neil Wicks was next home in ninth for Stratford in 37mins 5secs, winning his age category, with Hannah Osborne the club’s first female across the line and third women overall in 41mins 32secs.
Ellie Deaner was next to finish in 45mins 47secs, winning her age category, with Cara Reynolds just behind in 45mins 56secs alongside Karl Harris 45mins 58secs.
Lisa Dallisson came home in 46mins 43secs just ahead of Sarah Odell in 47mins 5secs who was delighted to mark her return to the sport with Stratford.
Odell said: “It was amazing, muddy, fun and great to be back in an SUAAC vest after 3 years, great racing by all!”
The other club finishers were Susan Hunt (49mins 37secs), Emily Adams (51mins 14secs) and Kate Sergent (59mins 51secs) who all finished in under an hour.
And the club’s Masters athletes also competed in the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at Sportcity with international athlete Paula Williams in action.
Williams finished third in her heat in a time of 10.20 seconds in the 60-metre hurdles in the senior women’s category.
And Williams also achieved third in the 60-metres flat race, coming home in 8.83 secs with Elaine Ledden setting a new W60 club record over the distance in 9.87 secs.
Elsewhere, Simon Curran ran a personal best (PB) 8.72 secs in the 60-metres senior men’s race at his first indoor meeting.
Unfortunately, Dave Wilson was disqualified after a false start in the same heat but was given a reprieve in the following heat to record a time of 8.36 secs, beating his previous M50 club record.
And Wilson finished off the day with a time of 27.37 secs in the 200-metres.
Lastly, ultra runner Lambert competed in the Country to Capital Race along with more than 300 other participants taking part in the 43.8 mile race from Wendover to London Paddington.
In deteriorating weather conditions along the Chiltern Link paths, Lambert was pleased to finish in a time of 8hours 36mins, ahead of her nine hour target time.