Striders taste success at the county races

Striders Simon Hall, Phil Kitchen and Donna Cook
Striders Simon Hall, Phil Kitchen and Donna Cook

Gainsborough and Morton Striders Athletics Club enjoyed a successful Lincolnshire Cross Country Championships.

The local athletes were in action at Riseholme College in Lincoln to start 2015’s competitive programme.

Shannon Conway had an outstanding performance when she finished seventh in the Under 15 Girls race, over 3000m, in a time of 17:07.

Conway qualified for the Lincolnshire team and will represent the County in the Inter-Counties/World Cross Country Championship Trials at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on 8th March, an event which will be televised live on Sky TV.

In the same race Stacey Shemwell was 14th in 23:19 and Charlotte Gregory 16th in 28:35.

Alanah Hobday, who finished 12th in the Under 13 Girls race over 3,000m in 14:04, is in the Provisional Squad for the same event, for which the final team of eight will be selected at the end of January.

In the Under 11 1,500m Boys race, Joshua Cutts narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in 6:06, while Jack Gregory was 12th in 9:00.

The Under 11 Girls race over the same distance saw Lucy Allan finish first in 6:11 and Kate Smith was seventh in 6:46.

Donna Cook was the only Strider in the Vet Women’s race and finished 16th in 38:16 over a 5,300m course.

In the Under 13 3,000m Boys race, Lewis Bell was 15th in 15:59 followed home by Dylan Shemwell who was 16th in 27:12.

Ryan Shemwell was the first of a trio of Striders in the Under 15 3,700m Boys race in 18th place with a time of 18:10.

Ben Ambrose was 19th in 18:19 and Ashley Gregory 21st in 18:46.

Two Striders entered the Senior Mens race over 11 200m and were led home by Jon Drake 14th in 46:10 with Craig Ward 22nd in 51:13.

Phil Kitchen led a quartet of Striders home in the Vets race over the same distance as the Senior Men and finished 16th in 48:37.

Simon Hall was 27th in 51:18, Cliff Middleton 36th in 56:27 and Mark Cutts 42nd in 62:03.

The Ashton Court 5K parkrun last weekend was held amidst fierce and bitterly cold winds, and on a course that included a 2.5k climb from the start to midway point, followed by a 2.5K downhill section to the finish.

Gainsborough and Morton Striders veteran Phil Kitchen ran a time of 21:55 with splits of 12:54 and 9:01.

The Ashton Court course had a Runbritain ranking of 5.0 compared to the flat Lincoln route of 1.0.