Gainsborough and Morton Strider ‘runs’ the Thames to win 184 mile race

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Travelling the length of the River Thames by boat might be a relaxing way to spend a Bank Holiday Saturday – but a Gainsborough and Morton Strider elected to run the 184 miles instead.

Jade Benson won the Thames 184 ladies race, and took fifth place overall.

It started at the Thames Flood Barrier on Saturday morning, with competitors having to carry all their food and other supplies to the finish at Cirencester in Gloucestershire.

The 2014 event saw over three quarters of the starters, including Benson, fail to finish, but she made up for that disappointment as she finished at 1am on Monday as leading lady.

Hanna Bennett took the award for the Strider travelling to the most distant race of the week as she ran in the Helsinki midnight 10k race.

Her time of 51:56 was some way off her personal best,but that would have been explained by the fact she had to navigate by torchlight.

Emma Humphries and her son Jasper, took part in the Keswick parkrun on Saturday morning and finished in 22:24 and 22:51 respectively.

The following day they ran the Saltburn 10k trail race where Jasper’s time of 69:29 gave him not only sixth place overall but also the prize for the first boy.

Emma was one second, and one place behind as she finished as the third lady.