Junior Striders shine, Housham improves time at Lincoln race

Mark Rodgers, Kev Housham and Daniel Gleaver
Mark Rodgers, Kev Housham and Daniel Gleaver

It was the turn of the Gainsborough and Morton junior Striders to shine this week, with several fine performances at 1k and 5k events.

Jasper Humphries ran the shorter distance in 3:40 at Lincoln on Tuesday, finishing fifth out of 57 runners.

This run elevated him to 154th place in the UK for boys in his age group.

His brother Joe wasn’t far behind in 4.12, while Dylan Housham (4.04) and Grace Housham (6.26) followed.

In the 5k race Lauren Staves showed little reaction to her personal best for 10k set a few days earlier as she completed the race in 23.07.

This placed her second in the Under 17 race and all but guaranteed at least second in the Lincoln Wellington 5k Under 17 race series.

Not content with that, she went on to record 25.04 as the 10th finisher, and second lady, in the Gainsborough parkrun on Saturday.

Immediately behind her, in the same time, was Alanah Hobday with a fine parkrun debut.

Dylan Housham and Molly Creed also tackled the hilly course for the first time, in 25.17 and 26.50 respectively.

Ben Ambrose crossed the line in 26.42.

The Juniors meet at The Gainsborough Academy on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm. Contact the junior head coach on 07931 960044 for further details.

At the Lincoln Wellington 5k race senior Elliott Clark shaved 10 seconds off his PB when he crossed the line in 17.51 to rise to 66th in the national rankings.

Wayne Greenfield and Stuart Mills also came away with PBs of 18.15 and 18.21 respectively.

Apart from Kevin Housham (20.44), none of the other competitors, Mitchell O’Connor, Craig Ward, Chris Inman, Rebecca Cross or Emma Housham, were able to improve on their times from the first race.

At the Burton Pidsea 10k race just outside Hull Alan Clark took 21st place in 41.12, six positions higher than son Elliott who ran 43.01.

On Sunday, Simon Smith tackled the gruelling Humber Bridge half marathon, which includes running back and forth over the bridge. Despite the temperature and the strong cross winds he finished in a fine 2.06.48.

Saturday’s parkrun saw Jerry McCulla put his trail running experience to great use as he he surged round in 19.18, the second quickest ever run over the course. Mat Huteson was the second to finish in 20.51.

He was soon followed over the finish line by veterans Simon Hall, Martin Edwards and Kevin Housham.

Stephen Saxelby, Marcus Joy, Georgina Verran and Rachel Haldenby were the other Striders to complete the 5k distance.

The next club training session will be at 6.30pm on Thursday at Queen Elizabeth’s High School where new members will be more than welcome.

The next parkrun will be at 9am on Saturday at West Lindsey Leisure Centre.