Striders start marathon season with pair of races

Jon Drake and Jordan Holmes - Brighton Marathon
Jon Drake and Jordan Holmes - Brighton Marathon

Gainsborough and Morton Striders started the marathon season, with members in both the Greater Manchester and Brighton races.

Jon Drake (V35) had a magnificent debut on the south coast, completing the 26.2 mile course in an impressive time of 3.20.34.

Jordan Holmes, with minimal training, still managed to finish in 3.51.42.

In the Greater Manchester Marathon, Helen Robinson (FV40) had the performance of the weekend.

She completed her debut marathon in 3.43.05, a time which gives her a Qualification ‘Good for Age’ Place in the 2015 London Marathon, while Craig Ward finished in 3.58.03.

Emma Humphries and Nigel Bowler tackled the arduous and aptly named Blubberhouses 25 miles Challenge on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Humphries and Bowler crossed the line in a time of 4.32 in 52nd place.

In the Lincoln 5K parkrun, Shannon Conway sliced an incredible 26 seconds off her persoanl best to record a time of 23 .48, ably assisted by club-mate and ‘pacemaker’ Phil Kitchen who was given the same time.

Twenty-five Striders entered the Lincoln 10k road race.

Will Burton, 15, led the Striders home in an excellent 39.03, followed by Dan Edwards, 18, in 39.37.

Third home for the Striders was Matt Huteson 41.51, followed by Phil Marsland (V55) 42.04 and Gary Atkinson (V40) 42.48.

Personal best times were set by Richard Willcox 46.41, Shelly Ibbotson 53.33, Peter Phillips 53.53 and Joanne Mayall 58.16, while Carl Currie 45.16 and Peter Dzygrynuk 56.32 made their 10k debuts.

Other times: Lee Fenlon 45.29, Angela Overson 45.26, Richard Cumbers 46.42, Jason Bennett 46.58, Chris Inman 48.50, Sarah King 48.58, Shaun Boyle 49.35, Alison Elwess 51.44, Shelly Ibbotson 53.33, Stephen Toward 53.40, Peter Phillips 53.53, Simon Smith 55.36, Karen Cox 55.32, Justine Connole 58.20, Julie Dzygrynuk 60.34, Kirsty Pell 60.00 and Paul Jones-Wray 61.38.

Members are reminded to renew their membership before the end of April to qualify for the draw for the Club’s 2015 London Marathon places.