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The Baldock Beast was howling but after two weeks of race cancellations caused by Storms Ciara and Dennis it was great that events took place at the weekend.
23 Fairlands Valley Spartans, 12 women and 11 men lined up for what looked like it would be a character building event.
Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon saw Hannah West gain a personal best time where she knocked off three minutes of her previous time. Hannah finished the course in 1-44-37.
For the second week in a row a storm wiped out many events in the UK. Following hard of the hills of Ciara this time Dennis took out the Hertfordshire County Cross Country Championships for Veterans and popular pre-London Marathon events like the Bramley 20.
This week didn’t see much race action for the Striders due to Storm Dennis cancelling events across the country, however one Strider was in race action on Sunday which did beat the weather. Jade Pope took part in the ‘Run your paws off 5km’ event in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. With her dog, Blaze, Jade completed the course in 32-57, to which some was run in a river and was very muddy in places.
The Chiltern Cross Country League came to an end in lovely weather in Campbell Park in Milton Keynes on Saturday.
Half a dozen Stevenage and North Herts Athletes were in action in the Eastern Athletic Association Championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. U17 Jessica Astill won her 300m gold medal and Aimee Taylor cleared 2m80 to win the U17 pole vault.
Storm Ciara pretty much wiped out the running race calendar on Sunday. Large numbers of Fairlands Valley Spartans had been expected at the cross country league race on Therfield Heath; the London Winter 10K and the Love Welwyn 10K but all were cancelled by the high winds; safety concerns, difficulty keeping event equipment in places and concerns about volunteers being left out in difficult conditions for long periods.