Hindley strides it out in the Cyprus heat while McCulla races home in Retford

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In a busy fortnight following the successful running of the club’s 10k event at the start of March, Gainsborough and Morton Striders’ members have travelled as far as Cyprus to fly the club colours.

GMS have an increasingly strong reputation for supporting their runners on their travels, but even the most ardent member of The Striders’ “Barmy Army” could be forgiven for the missing the occasion as 2011 Male Veteran of the Year Norman Hindley completed the exceptionally hot Paphos half marathon.

He finished in 1:49:52, winning the trophy for third in the 60-64 age group category.

Closer to home, Jerome McCulla (83-39), Steven Gaffney (1-32-09), Andy Trowsdale (1-34-16), Kevin Dunne (1-37-05), Jamie Lee (1-37-11), Chris Overton (1-44-04, Sarah Barlow (1-46-58), Tom Humphries (1-46-58) and Chris Moody (2-16-59) made the short journey to compete in the Retford half marathon under unseasonably warm conditions.

A number of these athletes recorded personal bests over the distance, including McCulla who was making his distance debut, and he finished a creditable 19th from 442 starters.

Humphries tackled a tricky distance for the second successive weekend as he led a group of Striders through the East Hull 20, a 20-mile road race with a fine pedigree organised by East Hull Harriers, finishing in 73rd with 2-22-11.

Debutant Matty Lyner was 330th in 3-11-04, followed by Clare Johnson (3-14-46) in this challenging race won by John Beattie in 1-45-17.

Elsewhere, chairman Simon Smith tackled the Harewood House 10k, an off-road trail challenge, and Michael Adlington calculated his perfect pace in Newton’s Fraction, a half-marathon based in Grantham, finishing in 1-56-26.

Next up for The Striders is the Lincoln 10k on Sunday 25th March.

The club expect over 40 of the club’s runners of varying abilities to make the short journey to Lincoln, including a number of new members from the recently incorporated Scotter Hares running group led by Lottie Lindley.

You don’t need to be a world beater to join The Striders, but you do need to be able to wear a smile and take a compliment.

For more info please visit www.gainsboroughrunningclub.co.uk.