Striders take on the Tough 10 mile road race

Gainsborough and Morton Striders
Gainsborough and Morton Striders

A challenging weekend for Gainsborough and Morton Striders AC saw 13 runners compete in the Lincolnshire Wolds Tough 10 miles Road Race at Swallow, near Caistor.

The route included three demanding hills around the one, three and six miles markers and all but two miles had an uphill section.

Even the downhill sections sapped the energy of the runners, as strong side winds added to the difficulty of the course.

Leading the club home was ultra-runner, Ronnie Staton with a time of 65:11 in 23rd place overall, with Jon Drake second Strider in 71:41.

Helen Robinson ran exactly the same time as in 2013 but on a more demanding course to be the third club finisher in 75:06.

A trio of Striders made their 10 mile debuts and recorded some promising times: Richard Wilcock 89:46, Dan Gleave 90:11 and Vikki Hearn 92:58.

Glenn Peniston ran 85:05 and other times were: Phil Kitchen 75:07, Mark Rodgers 75:11, Gary Atkinson 77:20, Craig Ward 78:55, Chris Litherland 80:53 and Joanne Clark 94:49.

Meanwhile, Jerry McCulla was in outstanding form as he finished second in the Hardmoors Princess Challenge along the Cleveland Way.

McCulla finished runner-up in the 31 miles event, an improvement of two places and almost 15 minutes from his previous performance in 2013.

In the fourth and final leg of the Lincoln Wellington AC 5K Summer Series, Striders were well represented.

Phil Kitchen led the Vet Men home in 12th place in a time of 19:33, eighth overall in the series.

Kev Housham had his second 5K PB in a week and dipped under the 20 minute barrier for the first time, whilst being paced by Jon Drake, in a time of 19:47. Chris Inman ran 22:53.

In the Senior Men, Matt Huteson finished in 18:46, sixth overall in the series, Jon Drake 19:48 and Mark Rodgers 20:32.

Clare Hardwick was the leading senior lady in 23;40 followed by Vikki Hearn in 24:10.

Tom Toward ran an excellent PB of 20:46 in the U20 Mens.

Striders had two juniors in the 1K event, brother and sister pairing of Dylan and Grace Housham , who ran 4:14 and 6:47 respectively.

Shannon Conway secured third place overall in the U13 Girls 3K event having ran exceptionally well in the first three races – best three to count – despite not appearing in the final round.

In the Vitruvian Half-Ironman Triathlon, Strider Jordan Skelly ran an excellent time of 1 hr 26 mins 31 secs for the half-marathon component of the event. Skelly swam the 1.9 K in 30 mins 9 secs and rode the 56 miles in 2 hours 21 mins 49 secs, which saw him claim a magnificent 2nd place in the 19-24 age-group.