Records fall in third annual Gainsborough 10k

The third annual Gainsborough and Morton 10km road race saw both the male and female course records broken, as 671 runners pounded local streets.

Andy Ward of Clowne Road Runners successfully defended his title, setting a new course record of 31:02, earning a £100 bonus and £150 for the win.

Faye Fullerton, a Havering Mayesbrook AC athlete, confirmed her pre-race status as the favourite for the Ladies prize as she shattered the previous course record by 45 seconds to finish in 36:15.

Fullerton also collected £250 in prize money.

With cash prizes for age category wins, a local duo were celebrating too.

Gainsborough and Morton Striders Lorna Allison and Cliff Middleton won the FV35 and V70 categories respectively.

There were 46 Striders in action at their home race, and a dozen of them set new personal best times, with two all-time age group bests and another 11 making 10km debuts.

Fifteen-year-old William Burton produced an outstanding time of 38:22, knocking over three minutes off his previous time and moving to second place in the U18 all-time list.

Club spokesman Phil Kitchen heaped praise on the youngster.

He said: “In young Will, we have a truly remarkable young athlete with the potential to re-write the Striders’ record books.”

“He has incredible natural talent and I expect him to beat my U18 record of 34:59 within the next year or so.”

Two more Junior Striders, Dan Edwards, 17, and Elliott Clark, 15, also set new PBs of 38:29 and 39:31 respectively.

Other personal bests were set by Dale Staton, the first Strider home in 37:45, Wayne Greenfield 39:31, Martin Edwards 40:36, Gary Atkinson 42:14, Simon Hunt 44:27, Lee Fenlon 44:38, Shelly Ibbotson 53:35, Karen Cox 56:07 and Kirsty Pell 57:20.

Two all-time age group records were broken by Jane Benson in the FV45 category in 48:32 and the evergreen Cliff Middleton who recorded 46:31 in the V70 age-group.

Richard Cumbers was the fastest of 11 debutants in Striders’ colours in a time of 45:45.

Stephen Grimsdale, a graduate of the highly successful Couch to 5K programme last year, ran a promising 61:00.

Other debutant times were: Peter Phillips 55:37, Stacey Kerr 56:24, Vikki Hearn 57:46, Zoe Richards 58:11, Neil Broughton 59:05, Joanne Mayall 59:36 and Lee Taylor 64:46.

Striders other runners were: Paul Dagg 38:47, Jon Drake 38:47, Lorna Allison 41:01, Phil Kitchen 41:47, Matt Huteson 42:39, Tim Foreman 42:39, Helen Robinson 42:57, Nigel Bowler 45:41, Richard Willcox 47:47, Paschal Moran 48:00, Shaun Boyle 49:17, Tom Lane 49:17, Jane Catley 49:03, Simon Phillips 49:40, Allison Elwess 52:10, Chris Inman 53;15, Stephen Toward 54:07, Simon Smith 56:46, Stacey Lyner 58:27, Donna Cook 59:18, Emma Robinson 59:36, Justine Connole 59:58 and Tracey Moseley 60:33.

The Club would like to thank sponsors Ping, DDM Residential, Metres to Miles, Road Base Ltd, Redline (Building Supplies), The Florist, Cute Cups and UK Blinds (Gainsborough) for their support as well as the British Red Cross, the Army Cadets, Morton Primary School and Morton Village Hall.