Triple success for Striders at six mile Gallop

Gainsborough and Morton Striders had triple success at last weekend’s Rossington Gallop six mile mult-terrain Trail Race.

Jerry McCulla won the race, the team retained their team title and Declan Woodhead crossed the line first in the Fun Run.

Jerry McCulla, stepping down from his ultra-distance training, led from gun to tape over a course that included two circuits of the race track on grass before heading out onto two loops of a woodland area.

The woodland section included two crossings of the infamous water ditch before finishing with a loop of the grass race track.

McCulla finished in a splendid time of 35 minutes.

Fifteen-year-old, Will Burton, one of the crop of outstanding juniors amongst the Gainsborough and Morton Striders ranks, finished sixth in his first attempt at this demanding race in 37 minutes.

Veteran runner Phil Kitchen turned back the years and used his considerable experience to churn out a splendid performance and finish as the third and final counting team member in 40:07.

After the race a delighted Kitchen said: “The water in the ditch was very cold and took my breath away.”

“The water was knee and thigh deep in places and was the ‘highlight’ of each lap.”

Declan Woodhead won the Fun Run for the Striders and to cap a fine day for the family, his brother, Nathan was just behind him in second place.

It was the fifth running of the off road trail race, based at Northern Racing College, Rossington Hall, Doncaster.

Meanwhile, at the latest Scunthorpe 5K parkrun held at Central Park, Gainsborough and Morton Strider Elliott Clark continued his fine start to the season and finished seventh in a time of 18:38.

His father, Alan, ran 19:27 for eighth place.

Norman Hindley (V60) also ran in the Scunthorpe version of the popular nationwide series and ran a creditable time of 23:38.

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Striders members are reminded that evening track training sessions will be starting on the High School field shortly. Further information on the training can be found on their Facebook page.