Humber Bridge awash with sea of blue as Striders endure hellish race

Gainsborough Striders set for the Hell on the Humber
Gainsborough Striders set for the Hell on the Humber

The Humber Bridge was awash with a sea of blue last weekend, as Gainsborough and Morton Striders sent six teams to a gruelling relay race.

Teams of three crossed the Humber Bridge as many times as they could in the 12 hour Hell on the Humber race, which began at 7pm on Saturday and went through to 7am on Sunday morning.

Each circuit was around four miles.

After a gruelling night and morning, in which the runners had to endure cold, wet, dark and very strong winds, the trio of Jamie Lee, Phil Marsland and Dan Edwards emerged victorious with a total of 84 miles, having each ran 28 miles.

Matt Huteson and Charlie Robinson both ran 28 miles and team-mate, Chris Inman ran 24 miles for a total of 80 miles.

Huteson quipped: “One thing is for sure, I’ll never look at the Humber Bridge in the same way again.”

Next home for the Striders was the trio of Stu Mills (28 miles), Craig Ward and Christopher Litherland who both ran 24 miles for a team total of 76 miles.

They were followed home by the trio of club captain, Simon Hall, Helen Robinson and Gary Atkinson, who each ran 24 miles for a total of 72 miles.

Hall revealed the conditions made it a tough experience.

“What a testing 12 hours, in very strong winds, rain and hills,” he said.

The team of Glenn Peniston, Mark Cuts and Mick Wood managed a total of 68 miles, having ran, 24, 24 and 20 miles respectively.

Ladies Vikki Hearn, Tracey Mosely and Clare Hardwick were all experiencing ultra running for the first time but nevertheless managed a highly respectable total of 64 miles.

Hearn ran 24 miles and Mosely and Hardwick each ran 20.

The club’s Phil Kitchen paid tribute to the teams, who contributed to the Striders’ growing reputation.

“This magnificent Club continues to surpass all expectations and many an athlete from other clubs noted what an amazing sight it was to see so many Striders competing - a sea of blue,” he said.

At the opposite of the distance spectrum, Kitchen himself was the sole representative at the Lincoln 5K parkrun and ran a solid time of 19:57.