Striders show versatility with parkrun, 10 mile road race and cross country success

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Gainsborough and Morton Striders had a successful weekend in cross country, road races and parkrun events.

Under 23 athlete Jordan Skelly won the Scunthorpe 5k parkrun, taking a second off his personal best as he finished in 17:09 – the fastest parkrun time by a Strider.

Former GB International Phil Kitchen, now in the V50-54 age group, set a new all-time club record, when he smashed 42 seconds off Mark Leggott’s 2012 record, registering 19:10.

Teenager Shannon Conway recorded a fine new personal best of 22:58, confirming her status as one of the county’s leading juniors, finishing third female.

In the Rockingham 10 mile road race Phil Marsland and Chris Inman took full advantage of the immaculate motor racing circuit, and registered 7:38 and 83:25 respectively.

Inman’s new personal best time by over eight minutes took him to number two in the Striders’ all-time records in the V55 category.

Striders juniors continued to profit from the Tuesday evening sessions coached by Simon Hall and Rebecca Cross, producing a string of fine performances at the Castle Dyke Equestrian Centre in Boston.

The Under 11 boys race saw siblings Joshua and Thomas Cutts finish in the top 10 over the 1,420m course, Joshua sixth in 6:35 and his brother eighth, one second behind.

Nine-year-old Jack Gregory had a fine 17th in 11:21.

Lucy Allen showed her class in the Under 11 girls race (1,420m) to finish third in 6:59.

The Under 13 boys race (2,540m) saw a trio of Striders cross the line, one by one; Lewis Bell 13th in 12:25, Ben Smith 14th in 13:07 and Dylan Shemwell 15th in 13:27.

However, pride of place at the cross country ‘meet’ went to the Under 15 girls team who, although finishing second on the day, maintained their lead in the extremely competitive team league.

Shannon Conway led the way win sixth in a time of 16:55, followed by Stacey Shemwell (9th 21:36) and Charlotte Gregory (10th 29:24).

Mitchell O’Connor led the Under 15 boys (4,480m) team and finished fourth in 17:21.

Team-mates Ryan Shemwell (13th) and Ashley Gregory (15th) had times of 22:09 and 30:58 respectively.

The Senior Men were represented by Stu Mills, Simon Hall and Cliff Middleton.

Mills, a new recruit to cross country, was first home over the 1,0160m course in 41:42.

Club captain Hall was 37th in 45:13 with 70-year-old and former UK number one ranked athlete Cliff Middleton a fine 62nd in 51:59.

The XC line up was completed by Donna Cook who was 31st in the Senior and Vet ladies event over 5,820m in a time of 37:08.