Fancy footwork from Striders for charities

A team of Gainsborough and Morton Striders cut a dash through the Great North Run field in fancy dress for a very good cause.

Four local athletes, namely Angela Overson, Shaun Boyle, Glenn Penniston and Mick Woods ran the course together in pink tutus to raise cash for the Lincolnshire and Notts Air Ambulance charity.

Their efforts raised over £200.

Finishing times took a back seat for this race, but nevertheless the quartet finished in a time of two hours 26 minutes.

Another trio of Striders ran the 13.1 mile half marathon in ‘Where’s Wally?’ fancy dress costumes.

Sonia Smith, Sarah Curtis and Karen King also raised over £200, this time for asthma and alzheimer’s charities.

They ran a respectable time of two hours 38 minutes.

Simon Hunt finished in one hour 49 minutes.

In the Lincoln 5K parkrun, Phil Kitchen ran a course personal best of 19:32 and finished first in the 45 to 49 years age-group.

He was 11th overall.

Norman Hindley (V60) ran a new personal best of 22:43 in the Scunthorpe 5K parkrun.

Five Striders entered off-road events, including Jerry McCulla and Tom Humphries who finished second and third respectively in the Bawtry 10K Trail race.

Emma Humphries was second in the ladies event.

Phil Marsland ran a fine time of 43 minutes 37 secondss in the Crossdale 10K Trail race, near Kegworth.

It was an out and back course on the South Nottinghamshire Wolds which had a very long undulating hill finish for the runners.

However, the biggest challenge of the weekend saw Stephen Saxelby tackle the Man versus Mountain off-road race.

The 20 mile event ascended and descended from the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Strider Saxelby produced an excellent performance on a course that tackled an array of punishing obstacles in Dinorwic Quarry.

One of the ‘highlights’ was the ‘Vertical Kilometre’, an abseil and a stream of water based challenges.

The local athlete eventually crossed the line in a very impressive time of six hours 29 minutes and 52 seconds.