Striders take team trophy in Scunthorpe 10K

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Runners from Gainsborough and Morton Striders returned from the Scunthorpe 10k race last Wednesday as the proud winners of the team trophy.

This is awarded to the club with the three highest placed finishers and was comfortably claimed by Mat Huteson [38:09], Wayne Greenfield [38:43] and Will Lansdall [38:52] as they finished in 8th, 9th and 10th places respectively.

The course is not one of the easier ones in the region, with a nasty 50 metres of climbing in the last kilometre, so it is not an easy one on which to claim a PB time. However, no-one appeared to have mentioned this to Craig Williamson as he surged around in 47:18, knocking the best part of two minutes off his previous best.

Despite the warm, humid conditions, three other Striders managed to claim Season’s Best times. Simon Hunt ran 44:52, Gary Atkinson 48:31 and Kevin Housham 54:26. In the age categories Norman Hindley’s 55:09 gave him third place in the V65 class and Kayleigh Hall secured fourth place in the U20 category after finishing in 75:31.

The remaining Strider times came from James Croft [39:57] for 15th place overall, Vikki Hearn [53:42], Emma Housham [80:35] and Sara Kelsey [85;48].

The Sweeting family chose the Scunthorpe parkrun as the ideal venue for the start of the summer holidays. Thomas Sweeting continued his scintillating form with a 43 second improvement in his PB time as he completed his 2 laps in 20;35. For good measure this was also the fifth best time at the venue in the U11 Junior Boys category. His father, David, followed him home in 23:54 with his brother, Rhys, and mother, Helen, not much further back in 26:36.

There were more PBs at the Gainsborough parkrun. Ronnie McWilliam managed another - 18:29 - as he claimed yet another first place finish. Stephen Saxelby sliced 47 seconds off his previous best when he crossed the line after 24;38 and Abigail Hackney improved by 45 seconds to 36:21.

The undoubted star of the day though was Alison Howe. The Couch to 5k graduate carved a massive 2 minutes 9 seconds from her old time as she completed the course in 38:16. Meanwhile, first timers Will Lansdall and Karen Ramsdale finished in 19:32 and 34:48 respectively.

Overall, Striders occupied the first seven finishers’ places, and 9 of the top 12, as they all completed the course in under 25 minutes.

Training for the Juniors will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Gainsborough Academy on Tuesday. The Thursday senior session will begin at 6:30 from Queen Elizabeth High School. The next Tuesday evening senior session will be at Gainsborough Academy at 7:30 pm. New runners, beginners or experienced, will be more than welcome to join in at either session.