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Stratford AC trio excel in their England vests at Great Bristol Run

BEN Kruze, Matt Burdus-Cook and Kate Wright pulled on their England vests for this year’s Great Bristol Run where they came away with some fantastic results.

Kate Wright, Ben Kruze and Matt Burdus-Cook. (59756255)
Kate Wright, Ben Kruze and Matt Burdus-Cook. (59756255)

Kruze led the Stratford AC trio home in fourth place in 31:39, missing out on a podium by just four seconds.

This was despite the fact he has recently been struggling with an inflamed tendon at the top of his hamstring, which meant he has not been able to race often.

However, his sensible approach to rehabilitation together with his speed and overall fitness enabled him to overcome this setback.

Matt Burdus-Cook has had an excellent year of racing and he finished in 24th place in 33:30, just eight seconds off a new personal best.

Burdus-Cook is now looking forward to his winter training with the aim of getting his PB down to 33 minutes. Meanwhile, Kate Wright goes from strength to strength and her performance in Bristol emphasised this. She was first in her age category by almost two minutes, clocking 37:37.

2022 European Triathlon Multisports Championships

FERN Hordern came away from the 2022 European Triathlon Multisports Championships in Bilbao with a bronze medal.

Her overall time of 2:30:40 was just 71 seconds off the Spanish lady in second place and two-and-a-half minutes behind her fellow GB athlete Nicola Audhlam-Gardiner, who was the overall winner.

The race was a standard distance duathlon comprising a 10km run, 40km bike ride and a final 5km run, and when the favourite had withdrawn, Hordern fancied her chances of a podium.

And she certainly took full advantage of the situation.

Hordern finished the first run in fifth place in her 50-54yrs age group and after completing the bike ride she had moved up to third. She then managed to keep that position following the final run to claim a bronze medal.

Her result automatically qualified her for next year’s European Championships.

Maddie Linfoot and Maisie-Joy Spriggs. (59756257)
Maddie Linfoot and Maisie-Joy Spriggs. (59756257)

TCS Mini London Marathon

TWO of Stratford AC’s junior endurance runners represented the West Midlands at the TCS Mini London Marathon.

The race was held the day before the full marathon and was run over a 2.6km route.

Maisie-Joy Spriggs finished in 54th place with a time of 9:16, with Maddie Linfoot just 26 seconds behind her in 69th place.

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