Bircher bat­tles way through 100-miler

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FROM 10k to 100 miles, CLC Strid­ers mem­bers have been cov­er­ing all dis­tances.

Rob Bircher knew he was in for a chal­lenge at the Ch­ester Trail 100-mile ul­tra but he made good time, eas­ily ar­riv­ing at the check­points within the cut-off lim­its.

The fi­nal 15 to 20 miles were ex­tremely tough and Bircher was de­lighted to fin­ish in­side the top 50 and earn a gold buckle for his ef­forts.

He was joined by run­ning buddy Laura Kear­ney and An­drew Pater­son, who pro­vided sup­port through­out, in­clud­ing soup and tea in the mid­dle of the night.

Two Strid­ers com­peted in the Ed­in­burgh City Marathon in their first times over the dis­tance with Oliver Watkins clock­ing 3:05:25 and Hed­ley Phillips reg­is­ter­ing 3:33:21.

Eoin Mc­quone con­tin­ued his ev­er­im­prov­ing form to regis­ter a PB at the Liver­pool Half Marathon, narrowly miss­ing his 90-minute tar­get for the year by fin­ish­ing in 1:30:13.

Finlay Wil­li­cott ran his first full marathon at the same event.

Tom Ka­bala ran the Birm­ing­ham 10K to regis­ter a time of 36:51 and 11 Strid­ers lined up in the Lon­don Vi­tal­ity 10k race, won again by Sir Mo Farah.

They were led home by Will Pearce in 37:09 and sec­ond home was Paul Lock­yer, duck­ing un­der the 40-minute mark with a time of 39:53.

Rachel Vines clocked a strong time of 41:18, with Tom Fletcher, He­len Knight and Kar­lien Heyr­man not far be­hind in 41:24, 41:44 and 41:58 re­spec­tively.

Tim Brock clocked 42:34, with Amanda Steer next home in a solid 42:53. Gavin Jer­man fin­ished in 44:11, Mike Speke in 51:13 and Re­becca Reynolds in 53:11.

Rob Bircher and Laura Kear­ney

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