New personal bests for Gainsborough and Morton Striders at Edinburgh Marathon Festival


A contingent of runners from Gainsborough and Morton Striders made the journey north of the border at the weekend to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The shorter distance races took place on Saturday and several impressive times were achieved.

Emma Housham continued her recent run of good form by slicing 65 seconds of her previous PB, coming home in 66:00.

Not far behind was Karrie Rodgers, who finished her debut 10k in 77:57.

In the 2k race Dylan Housham achieved 67th place with an impressive time of 8:47, whilst Kameron Rodgers just beat the 10 minute mark for 160th place.

The 1.5k race saw Ruby Rodgers complete the course in 8:00 (141st) and Grace Housham run 9:25 (282nd).

In the marathon race on Sunday Hanna Bennett and Daniel Gleave were delighted to have completed their debut marathons in 4 hours 19 minutes and 4:16 respectively in very windy conditions.

However, team-mates Mark Rodgers and Kevin Housham were probably even happier as their PB times of 3:12 and 3:13 respectively were fast enough for them to earn automatic qualification for next year’s London Marathon.

For some Striders though, a marathon is too short. The previous weekend Ronnie Staton, Tom Humphries and Jerry McCulla completed the Hardmoors 110, a 110 mile run, and six km of climbs, from Helmsley in the North Yorkshire Moors to Filey.

A third of the starters didn’t complete the course, but the Strider trio came home in 12th, 13th and 15th places respectively out of the 61 finishers.

Closer to home, and covering only five km each, 13 Striders took part in the first ever Gainsborough parkrun.

The next club training session will be at 6.30pm on Thursday evening at Queen Elizabeth High School. New members are welcome.