Retford Half & Knighton 20

We start with news from Saturday, Tom Spelman and John Palmer were running a 16 mile event in support of bowel cancer. The pair ran together from East Midlands airport to Nottingham Castle in a time of 2:19.

On Sunday Nicole and Noel Henderson took on the Knighton 20, with the strong winds and a couple of tough hills providing a real challenge. Noel covered the 20 miles in 2:46:51 for first in age category and Nicole came in with 3:48:17.

Meanwhile back in North Notts, 20 Newark Striders were in town for the Retford Half Marathon and the PBs were tumbling despite the wet and chilly conditions. Simon Palmer was our first finisher in a super new PB time of 1:32:32. Next home was Jean-Louis Balestra 1:33:03 followed by Dave Dews 1:41:04 PB, Nige Driscoll 1:42:48 PB, and Richard Scott 1:43:15. It was a special day for first lady finisher Cate Driscoll, who carved 9 minutes off her PB to record a fabulous time of 1:46:17.

Graham Welsh crossed the line in 1:47:04 PB then Mark Jackson 1:50:04, Jason Cobb 1:50:05 PB, Steven Padgett (capt) 1:53:12, Steve Gurd 1:55:46, Bev Hancock 1:57:52 and Jacqui Jackson 2:07:27. Kath Scott’s fine run of form continues, finishing today with a new PB by 8 minutes 2:08:05, next was Karen Illsley 2:08:10, Heather Green and Sara Whittaker crossed the line hand in hand and their time of 2:15:08 was a PB for both. Lesley Butlin followed in 2:17:54, Anthea Moisey 2:18:03 PB and Sarah-Jane Cobb 2:28:08.

Well done everyone who ran this weekend and thanks to the family and club members who came along to give such helpful support!