Thirty-seven Gainsborough and Morton Striders took part in the club’s annual 10k road race on Sunday, with one in particular making an impression.
Competing in a sold out field of 750 athletes, Jordan Skelly finished second with a personal best time of 33.07, the second fastest in Striders history at the distance.
Runners set off from Walkerith Road, near Morton Village Hall, and headed down Laughton Lane where even by the 1km marker, race winner Ben Livesey from Notts AC had established a commanding lead.
Livesey, an experienced International athlete, broke the previous course record of 31:03 set by Andy Ward last year with an incredible winning time of 30:51.
Faye Fullerton from Havering AC knocked off an amazing two minutes off the ladies course record when she crossed the line in fifth place overall, in a superb 34:05.
The race proceeded down Laughton Road before taking a left turn into Carr Lane where local Strider, Skelly, took full advantage of the relatively benign conditions down the lane towards East Stockwith and established himself at the front of the chasing pack.
As the race pace proceeded through Walkerith and headed down Walkerith Road to the finish in Field Lane, Morton, Skelly demonstarted his true class and moved into second place, a position he was to hold to the end of the race.
Jon Drake was the second Strider home in 37:14 (PB) just two seconds ahead of clubmate Wayne Greenfield in 37:16 (PB).
First female Strider to finish was Alison Elwess in 51:05 followed by Shelly Ibbotson in 52:38 and Sarah Keates who ran a PB of 53:04.
A further 10 Striders set personal best times for the distance, namely Mitchel O’Connor 41:28, Carl Currie 42:26, Lee Fenlon 42:29, Rhiddian Edwards 46:32, Dan Gleave 48:48, Stephen Toward 48:56, Craig Williamson 49:12, Neil Broughton 54:37, Stacey Kerr 55:03, and Joanne Mayall 56:33.
Debutant 10K runners included James Harris 42:07, Gillian Jones 55:07, Ashley Gregory 56:52, Emma Housham 67:39, Rachel Haldenby 68:28 and Hayley Bellamy 68:45.
Chris Inman was only one second behind his best time recording 47:53 and Justine Connole only missed her PB by a mere two seconds with 56:28.
Other Striders’ times were: Matt Huteson 39:43, Phil Kitchen 41:06, Jordan Holmes 41:21, Simon Hall 44:06, Craig Ward 49:12, Shaun Boyle 49:58, Mark Cutts 49:37, Tom Toward 51:59, Shelly Ibbotson 52:38, Ben Guilliatt 54:43, Karen Cox 56:18, Donna Cook 57:38, Vicky Toward 62:09 and Collette Randall 65:56.
Two junior members of the club ran in 5K parkruns the previous day.
Elliott Clark, 16, ran a fantastic new personal best of 17:59 at Lincoln, whilst at the Scunthorpe event, Shannon Conway ran 23:06.