Written by DB/RM
Men survive drop
Although there was a pretty good chance any full-scoring K&P team of 10 would be able to do enough to stay in Division Two,Bob McDonough's perpetual galvinisation saw us safely through the tribulation - and we stay up,as did the Ladies(q.v.)
Three debutants were amongst the eventual 13 who toed the line in a relatively benign Lloyd Park - Ben Green(a former 10.8/21.8 sprinter with Haslemere/Team Solent but now running for fun),Richard Gooch(previously an active sportsman in the Forces and father of Amy,our U11G CC Champion) and David Richards(marathoner and related to Jess Maranzano).Added to a fleeting return from Ron Taylor,we managed to offset the absence of new daddy Mark Reed over in Germany.
Andy Arbour(18th-32.14) & Mike Maranzano(21st-32.36),both celebrating over 24 years continuous active membership of the Club this year,led us home;they were followed closely by evergreen Ant Budarkiewicz(30th-33.46),improving Graham Simpson travelling up from Amesbury(32nd-33.46),then Matt Hyett 55th,Ron Taylor 60th,a gap to the Boss RM 114th,Ben Green 122nd,Richard Gooch 130th,with Dave Gibbons closing the 10 in 141st. David Barrington 144th,Geoff Reed 145th & David Richards 150th completed the happy throng!
Full results are on the Striders of Croydon website - www.stridersofcroydon.co.uk
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