Thirteen local athletes run 13 miles at highly rated contest

Ronnie Staton
Ronnie Staton

Gainsborough and Morton Striders sent a strong squad to nearby Worksop, for the annual Halloween half marathon.

Thirteen Striders competed in the Worksop Harriers organised event, on a course that started and finished by the town hall.

Athletes took on blustery conditions, and an out and back loop, including a long section through the picturesque National Trust venue, Clumber Park.

The event is highly rated by runners and always ranks highly among the country’s best half marathon races.

Ronnie Staton led the Striders home, recording a personal best by 44 seconds to register a time of 1 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds.

Next home for the team in blue was Wayne Greenfield in 1:27:27, just four seconds off his personal best set in Nottingham only a month ago.

Phil Marsland (V55) was the third Strider representative to finish in 1:31:54.

Two more personal best times were set by Matt Huteson 1:33:51 and Lee Fenlon 1:42:49.

Helen Robinson only just missed out on a new personal best and registered a time of 1:37:10.

Phil Kitchen, who ran with Helen, recorded the same finishing time.

Other times for the Striders were: Andy Trowsdale 1:38:00, Jane Benson 1:53:21, Craig Ward and Glenn Peniston who both ran 1:59:39, Daniel Gleave 1:59:25 and Joanne Clark 2:02:57.

The race, which attracted a field of over 1,800 from across the region, was won by Notts AC and Barrow Runners representative Stuart Spencer – a previous winner of the event.

A fun run, with a very young field including runners in fancy dress, saw Tuxford youngster Samuel Roberts claim victory.

In the Leicester Marathon, husband and wife Striders pairing Tom and Emma Humphries both helped themselves to personal best times.

Tom recorded 3:14 and Emma 3:38 mins.

In the Brigg ‘British Legion Poppy Appeal’ 10K, Simon Hunt ran 44:23.

Sarah Keates completed her maiden 6.21 mile long race in a promising time of 57 minutes.