Gainsborough Striders’ youngsters shine in cross-country league

STRIDING OUT -- young Gainsborough Strider, Lucy Allen, who collected her fourth consecutive fifth place in the Lincolnshire Cross-Country League to finish fourth overall in the U11 girls' category.
STRIDING OUT -- young Gainsborough Strider, Lucy Allen, who collected her fourth consecutive fifth place in the Lincolnshire Cross-Country League to finish fourth overall in the U11 girls' category.
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The future is bright for Gainsborough and Morton Striders if the performances of their youngsters in the Lincolnshire Cross-Country League are anything to go by.

In the fourth and final fixture of the 2015 league, held at Cranwell, Lucy Allen demonstrated her consistency in the U11 girls’ race, over 1800 metres, finishing fifth in a time of 8.41 minutes.

Lucy had occupied the same position in each of her three previous races too, meaning she finished the league in fourth place overall in her category.

Fourth was also the final spot for Lauren Staves in the U17 girls’ section after she was fifth to cross the line in the last race, clocking 22.51 minutes for the 4900-metre course.

Meanwhile Charlotte Gregory was eighth in the U15 girls’ category after claiming ninth place in the last race, posting a time of 30.57 minutes.

This meant that Striders’ top three positions were all bagged by the girls -- something for the male runners to focus on next year, no doubt!

Mind you, Jasper Humphries didn’t too badly in the last U11 boys’ race of the league season. For he covered the 1800-metre course in exactly eight minutes to give him third place in the 23-strong field. Brothers Joshua and Thomas Cutts weren’t far behind him either, as their times of 8.38 and 8.46 earned them tenth and 11th places respectively.

The Cutts brothers ended up in creditable final positions overall of 11th and 12th in the U11 boys’ section, just in front of Lewis Shillito (13th) and Max Creed (17th).

Meanwhile, in the final senior men’s race over 9800 metres, Craig Ward took a break from his coaching duties to record a fine time of 41.30, while Cliff Middleton finished 32nd in the veteran men’s category after clocking 44.55. Middleton’s overall position in his section was 28th, just behind teammate Simon Hall (21st), with Donna Cook 20th in the veteran women’s category.

The last women’s race of the league campaign marked the seasonal deebut of Angela Boyle, who finished a terrific fourth in 21.51. Clare Hardwick was four places further back with her 26.14.

Striders stage the annual Phil Rose Memorial 10k handicap race at Field Lane, Morton this coming Sunday (11 am). Spectators are welcome.