Juniors underline their potential at cross country

Gainsborough and Morton Strider Mark Cutts
Gainsborough and Morton Strider Mark Cutts

The cross country season began last weekend, with five Gainsborough and Morton Striders heading to Louth for the open event.

Jasper Humphries underlined the potential in the club’s junior ranks, with second place in the Under 11 boys race, and Lucy Allan took fourth for the girls.

Chezney Kelsey’s first attempt at cross country saw him finish in 16th place.

The U13 boys’ race finished with Dylan Housham in 10th place; a fine result considering he had run the Gainsborough parkrun course and played in a football match the day before.

Finally, Lauren Staves started the season as impressively as she had finished the last one by taking third place in the U17 race.

Only three races were entered this week by the senior Striders.

Gary Atkinson made the short trip to Doncaster where he recorded 44:33 for 113th place in the Cusworth 10k.

Rhidian Edwards went to Cardiff for the Lloyds Bank half marathon and his finish time of 1:50;45 was a fine starting point for his training for the 2016 London Marathon.

Mark Cutts clearly found the sea air to his liking as he completed the Mablethorpe half marathon in a season’s best time of 1:53:32, more than five minutes minutes faster than his 2014 time.

Mat Huteson was the first finisher at the Gainsborough parkrun for the second week running with yet another sub 20 minute time.

Two Striders managed PB times for the course – Mick Wood shaved eight seconds off his previous best as he sprinted over the line in 26:27 while Sara Kelsey’s 39:19 was a 45 second, and third successive, PB.

Four Striders, Hanna Bennett, Clare Hardwick, Scott Frisby and Gillian Turnbull, tackled the course for the first time and set a benchmark to try and beat in future weeks.

Georgina Verran and Karen Creed will be keen to try again in the near future after just missing their best times.

Further afield, Gary Benson chipped 38 seconds off his PB at the Lincoln parkrun, Marcus Joy recorded 22:42 at Clumber Park and veterans Norman Hindley and Anthony Myles ran 23:22 and 29:01 respectively at Scunthorpe.

The next Tuesday junior training session at Trent Valley Academy will start 5.30pm.

The next senior Thursday evening training session will start from Queen Elizabeth High School at 6.30 pm while the Tuesday session will start from DW Sport in Marshall’s Yard at 7.15 pm.

New runners will be made very welcome.