Gainsborough Striders’ veteran Norman Hindley worked wonders to even gain an entry for the Deepdale Dash 10k, which has been rated one of the top ten races over that distance in the whole country.
Not one other member of the club managed to get into the event, which was held at Barton-upon-Humber. So he was determined not to waste the privilege, and produced a terrific performance to run the course in a fine time of 50.02 minutes.
Elsewhere the highlight of the weekend was the first Lincolnshire League fixture of the 2015/16 season at Louth, with 18 Striders taking part.
Six of those were in the U11 boys’ race, over 1,700 undulating metres, and pride of place went to Jamie Rairey, who found the course very much to his liking, storming round in only 6.24 minutes to claim second place.
Just over a minute behind him, in 12th, 13th and 14th places respectively, were Thomas Cutts, Bradley Holdan and Lewis Shillito, while Max Creed’s time of 7.57 earned him 17th position and Chezney Kelsey finished 18th, 17 seconds behind him.
Two Striders veterans ran in the 9,700-metre seniors’ race, with Simon Hall achieving 32nd place in 45.48 and Cliff Middleton 38th in 48.09.
In the women’s races over 5,300 metres, Vikki Hearn was an excellent eighth in the senior section after crossing the line in 28.28, while Clare Hardwick’s return to running continued with an incident-free time of 30.54.
The veteran women’s event saw finishing times of 32.45 for Donna Cook, 35.37 for Karen Creed and 44.36 for Sara Kelsey. Both Creed and Kesley were tasting cross-country running for the first time.
The sole Strider in the U17 women’s race, over the same 5,300m distance, was Lauren Staves, whose time of 25.37 placed her in the middle of the field. But there were two Striders in each of the U11 girls’ and U15 girls’ events, with Lucy Allen and Molly Creed both bagging fifth spots. Allen clocked 7.41 over 1,700 metres in the U11s’ race, in which Lily Whittingham (8.57) was also 18th, while Creed clocked 17.51 over 3,700 metres in the U15s’ race, in which Charlotte Gregory (27.52) also competed.
Meanewhile, Archie and Joanne Proctor travelled up to Edinburgh to compete in a parkrun and both finished in 28.43 minutes. Much closer to home, Anthony Myles completed the Scunthorpe course in 32.11. The Gainsborough parkrun saw normal service resumed for Matt Huteson, who won in 21.27.