Striders under starter’s orders at Market Rasen racecourse

HOLMES AND HOSED -- Strider Hannah Holmes, who was the third lady to finish, thanks to a personal-best time.
HOLMES AND HOSED -- Strider Hannah Holmes, who was the third lady to finish, thanks to a personal-best time.

Runners from Gainsborough and Morton Striuders were under starter’s orders, rather than on their marks, when they tackled the Market Rasen 10K on Sunday.

For the race began and finished with a lap of the Lincolnshire town’s scenic racecourse. And the first Strider past the post, and an excellent eighth overall, was Matt Huteson, whose time of 37.37 minutes slashed 33 seconds off his previous personal-best (PB).

Just one place, and only ten seconds, further back was Wayne Greenfield, while four other runners beat the 45-minute mark as Craig Ward (42.04) and Gary Atkinson (43.25) notched up season’s best times and Nigel Bowler and Hannah Holmes recorded PBs of 42.50 and 43.30 respectively. Holmes’s efforts were good enough to earn her the prize for the third lady finisher.

One of the club’s rising stars, Lauren Staves, continued to impress as she clocked 46.59, a which was 72 seconds better than her previous best. Angela Boyle (45.09) Chris Inman (47.53) and Shaun Boyle (48.34) were all satisfied with their first attempts at this distance after several months away, and Mark Cutts’s superb final kilometre saw him finish in 49.39.

Meanwhile Neil Broughton’s time of 54.55 was his best effort as this distance for several months as he edges towards his target of 20 10k races in the year. And Tracy Moseley was not far behind him as she shaved a second off her previous PB, finishing in 56.35.

Up in York, it was a case of ‘Simon says’ as Simon Hunt and Simon Smith took part in the Yorkshire Marathon. Hunt was the first home in three hours, 22 minutes, which beat his previous PB by 13 minutes, while Smith completed his run a couple of minutes inside five hours. Fellow Strider Vikki Hearn opted for the shorter ten-mile run and was delighted to record a time of 87 minutes, 26 seconds, which was 34 seconds quicker than she had ever run before.

On Saturday, Jerry McCulla added to his trophy cabinet by taking home the winner’s prize from the Waterway 30 event, a 30-mile run by the towpaths of several Nottinghamshire rivers and canals, which he completed in a shade over four hours.