Husband and wife team defy illness to complete gruelling 62-mile Hardmoors race

Steven Gaffney, Paul Dagg and Tom Humphries stride it our in the Sleaford Half Marathon
Steven Gaffney, Paul Dagg and Tom Humphries stride it our in the Sleaford Half Marathon

A local husband and wife team defied illness to complete a gruelling 62-mile race from Guisborough to Filey.

Tom and Emma Humphries competed together in the Hardmoors 60 on the Cleveland Way, despite both suffering from ill health during the run.

Emma Humphries, Gainsborough and Morton Striders A.C

Emma Humphries, Gainsborough and Morton Striders A.C

They completed the gruelling course in 13 hours 37 minutes and 14:15 respectively, Tom’s result securing joint first place in the Hardmoors Grand Slam 2015 having completed the 30, 55, 60 and 110 mile races this year.

Mark Rodgers showed few signs of his summer break from running as his time of 90:30 gave him 186th place out of over 2,200 runners in the English Half Marathon at Warrington.

His clubmate Kevin Housham was just over eight minutes behind for a commendable 369th place.

Cliff Middleton took the parkrun plaudits with a fine 22:47 at the Lincoln parkrun.

Once the age grading adjustment, whereby a runner’s time is amended according to his or her age, was made his time was ranked as the second best of the 265 runners.

Fellow veteran Norman Hindley opted for the Scunthorpe parkrun where his time of 23:25 placed him as 85th finisher.

Hanna Bennett once again claimed the prize for the farthest travelled Strider by travelling to the Porthcawl parkrun, where she finished in 25:11.

Finally, seven Striders tackled the Gainsborough course where Mat Huteson broke his run of three second place finishes by crossing the line first in a time of 19:49.

Phil Marsland (21:55), Marcus Joy (24:05) and Jade Brown (29:17) all obtained personal best times, whilst Molly Creed, the youngest runner, was the second lady to finish, in 28:22.

The other times were 23:11 for Gary Atkinson and 29:59 for Jonathan Jarman.

The next Junior training session will be at the Trent Valley Academy at 5.30pm. on Tuesday.

For seniors, the next Thursday evening training session will start from Queen Elizabeth High School at 6.30 pm.

The Tuesday evening session will start from DW Sport in Marshall’s Yard at 7.15 pm.

New runners will be made very welcome.