Local Striders go west to pick up satisfying race results

Christopher Litherland and Miia Wren
Christopher Litherland and Miia Wren
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Several Gainsborough and Morton Striders headed west at the weekend to take part in a variety of races, with some satisfying results.

Jordan Skelly was probably the happiest as his sub two hour time in the Chester Triathlon earned him 13th place in a field of 1,100.

He was first in his age group which qualifies him for next year’s European Championships in Portugal.

In the Rock and Roll Liverpool Marathon Nigel Bowler was the first Strider to cross the finish line in a shade under three and a half hours, a fine debut at this distance.

Craig Ward was next in a personal best time of 3:31.

The four hour mark was beaten again by Paschal Moran, while Glenn Peniston managed to trim almost 15 minutes from his previous PN with a 4:23 time.

Unfortunately Sophie Hempsall and Paul Dagg both found the going tough, having run two other marathons in recent weeks, recording 4:34.

Up in the Lake District Tom Humphries took part in the Bob Graham Round, a 66-mile fell run challenge which involves climbing 42 fell peaks with a total ascent of 27,000 ft.

His time of 22 hours 50 minutes meant he became one of less than 2,000 people to have ever completed the challenge in under 24 hours.

Hanna Bennett showed her versatility by knocking over two minutes off her 5k PB time, running 24:34 at Nottingham 10 days after completing her first marathon.

Further south, in the 24 hour relay endurance race at Reading, Jane Benson and her race partner Dave Cox, managed a superb second in the mixed pairs event.

They covered the five mile course 28 times, just one less than the winners.

In the Wolds Tough 10 mile race on Saturday Phil Marsland recorded a season’s best 71:32 for the hilly route.

Norman Hindley followed him home in 85:07, while Miia Wren made her debut with a fine 90:02. Chris Litherland recorded the same time.

Lee Fenlon (1:21) and Craig Williamson (1:35) ventured to Woodhall Spa sprint triathlon.

The third week of the Gainsborough parkrun saw Elliott Clark celebrating his 50th parkrun by being the first finisher in 19:48.

Shannon Conway repeated her efforts from last week as she was again the first lady Strider, and second lady, to finish.

She now leads the points table for regular runners.

The next club training session is at 6.30pm on Thursday at Queen Elizabeth High. New members welcome.