Striders take the road to Hull in London Marathon preparation

Athletics news
Athletics news

London Mararthon preparation was in full force last week as nine Striders made the trip to compete in the East Hull Harriers AC 20 mile road race.

Seen by many as the Country’s flatest and fastest 20 mile course, the Hull event, was the final test in their preparation for the London Marathon in April.

Sailing to a superb debut performance at the distance, Jon Drake, ran a fine time of 2 hours 16 minutes 36 seconds and is bang on target for a sub three hour marathon in the capital next month.

Second Strider home was Wayne Greenfield, running his furthest ever competitive race, in a time of 2:21: 22 .

Mark Rodgers was the third Strider home in 2:28:08, closely followed by Kev Housham in 2:28:18.

Other Striders times were as follows: Phil Marsland 2:43:52, Chris Litherland 2:52:00, Norman Hindley 2:58:34, Sophie Hempsall 3:02:26 and Paul Dagg 3:02:26.

Only half a dozen Striders made the short journey to compete in the City of Lincoln 10K.

The City of Lincoln was once one of the club’s best supported races and used to attract 20 to 30 members but the extremely high entry fee of £26 , for a 10km race, may have deterred many runners from entering.

Matt Huteson led the Striders home in a time of 39:55, finishing 190th out of over 5,000 entrants.

Angela Overson showed a fine return to form with a time of 44:53.

Chris Inman and Neil Broughton ran personal bests of 47:12 and 54:28 respectively.

Shaun Boyle ran 49:00, just infront of Gary Atkinson who ran in a sumo fancy dress outfit and finished in 50:00.

However, the individual performance of the week goes to 16-year-old, Elliott Clark, who ran an absolutely superb personal best time of 17:47. when he was fourth in the latest Lincoln 5k parkrun.