Cliff on a high with new Striders record

Gainsborough and Morton Striders
Gainsborough and Morton Striders

Gainsborough and Morton Striders sent runners to events at Saxilby, Epworth, Nottingham and Scunthorpe last weekend.

Cliff Middleton, a former Senior Planner with West Lindsey District Council, was rather appropriately the star performer in the first of the three West Lindsey Race Series – the Saxilby 5k.

Middleton set a new all-time club record in the V60 age-group with a fabulous time of 22 mins 52 secs, an improvement of 11 seconds off the previous record.

He adds that record to the V40-44 record he set in 1988.

Abbie Wood (27:11) set a new personal best by over two minutes and Tracy Moseley (29:24) eclipsed over a minute off her previous best time.

Gary Atkinson also ran a personal best of 20:40 by 20 seconds.

Two Striders making their debut 5K races were Neil Broughton (28:54) and Kirsty Pell (30:18).

Other Striders times were: Dan Edwards (18:57), Simon Hall (20:44), Angela Overson (21:55), Chris Inman (22:28), Shaun Boyle (23:58), Emma Robinson (24:54) , Stacy Lyner (27:17), Viki Hearn (28:14) and Michelle Chapman (28:29).

Ten Striders competed in the Isle of Axholme Half-Marathon at Epworth.

Helen Robinson sliced an incredible four minutes off her previous best time to record a new PB of 1 hour 38 mins 22 secs.

Robinson moves into third place on the all-time ladies rankings as well as, now, topping the FV40-44 age-group.

Jon Drake also ran an excellent new personal best time of 1 hour 28 mins 4 secs and becomes the 50th member of the sub-90 mins club.

Other Striders times were: Alan Clark (1:25:59), Andy Trowsdale (1:39:03), Stu Mills (1:42:00), Chris Litherland (1:43:40), Simon Hunt (1:46:17), Glenn Peniston (1:59:38), Mick Wood (2:05:26) and Mark Cutts (2:05:45).

A trio of lady Striders bagged new personal bests at the Nottingham Half-Marathon.

Karen Cox (2:09:53) and Shelly Ibbotson (2:09:54) both knocked over six minutes off their previous times.

Lottie Lindley also ran a new personal best of 1:59:16.

Clare Hardwick registered a fine debut time of 2 hours 8 mins 55 secs.

Other Striders times: Craig Ward (1:42:02) and Gemma Wright (2:03:23).

In the latest Scunthorpe 5K parkrun Elliott Clark set a splendid new personal best of 19:06.

Eight year old Jasper Humphries ran an excellent time of 25 mins 19 secs in his debut parkrun.

Claire Jarvis, another parkrun debutante, ran 31:52.

Rebecca Cross (25:39) and Jerry McCulla (43:51) ran with some of the Saxilby Couch to 5K programme ‘graduates’ and helped them to some promising performances.

Other Striders times were: Tom Humphries (25:19) and Reagan McCulla (34:48).