Electric Skelly smashes Scunthorpe 10K record

JORDAN SKELLY -- new course record.
JORDAN SKELLY -- new course record.

Red-hot Jordan Skelly, star of Gainsborough and Morton Striders, continued his electric run of form by not only winning the annual Scunthorpe 10K, but also setting a new course record time.

Skelly, the reigning British duathlon champion for the 20-to-24 age group, showed no adverse reaction to his recent bronze medal-winning performance in Geneva. For he romped home in 33.35 minutes.

The good news didn’t stop there for Striders because of eight other club members who tackled the Scunthorpe event, Mat Huteson and Simon Hunt both recorded personal-best (PB) times -- 38.10 and 41.58 respectively. Other times were: Stuart Mills 38.48, Phil Marsland 42.19, Vikki Hearn 52.36, Simon Smith 55.11, Stacey Louise 57.36, and Neil Broughton who clocked a commendable 58.04 in his third 10K inside just six days.

On the same day, five Striders entered the prestigious 5K races at Doncaster. Rhidian Edwards was pick of the bunch as he carved 80 seconds off his previous best time, finishing in 22.41. However, Jon Drake registered the fastest time of the night for the club, taking a break from his marathon training to come home in 18.33.

Shaun Boyle (24.33) and Gillian Jones (27.16) completed the quartet in the open race, while Chris Inman (22.08) shaved two seconds off his previous PB in the veterans’ race. But the highlight of the evening came from Grimsby-based former Olympian Anthony Whiteman, who comfortably won the veterans’ race in a time of 15.44. Just 15 minutes later, the 43-year-old lined up for the open race -- and won that too in 14.56, which was the fastest time in the UK this year by anyone over 40!

Saturday morning’s parkrun by the leisure centre attracted a record number of runners and a new record finishing time of 17.09 minutes.

Mat Huteson was again the first Strider home with a PB time of 19.56 for a fourth-placed finish, while Shannon Conway finally achieved her goal of first lady finisher, at the fifth time of asking, with a fine time of 23.35.

Jasper Humphries confirmed his mastery of the U10 age group with his 24.10 result, while other Striders to achieve PBs were Phil Marsland, Dyland Housham, Kevin Housham, Mark Cutts, Dale Swinton, Marcus Joy and Sara Kelsey, who managed it with more than two minutes to spare.

Several Striders ventured on to the course for the first time. They included Tom Humphries, Sian Turner, Ailsa Leggott, Layla Wild, Collette Randall and Fabiola Nosenzo.

Meanwhile, at the Scunthorpe parkrun, Phil Kitchen finished 20th, while Rhidian Edwards knocked another 36 seconds off his PB.