8th & 9th June 2019

Such varied news this week that it’s difficult to know where to start, but we’ll begin in Collingham where Lewis Hopkinson secured his first ever race win, picking up first place in the 5K Crawl and Canter followed by 9 other Newark Striders and family. Official times not available as yet, so watch times where I have them. Lewis Hopkinson 18:31, David Cross, 7th, 20:37, Hannah Jackson, 3rd lady, 23:11, Stephen Tomlinson 24:21, Niceeta Padgett 27:27, Tom Stimson 38:31, Sue Wilkinson, Ann Clay, Sarah Stuart and Sally Lambert.

The most awe inspiring achievements of the weekend were surely in the Cotswolds where 5 Striders covered over 235 miles between them, cross country with thousands of feet of ascent in the Race to the Tower endurance events. On Saturday, Nige & Cate Driscoll and Mark & Jacqui Jackson completed the 52.4 mile non-stop double trail marathon, 13:51 for Mark and Nige and 15:28 for Jacqui and Cate. On to Sunday and it was Becky Clift’s turn to take on the challenge of a trail marathon with almost 4000 feet of elevation, and she crossed the finishing line in 6:13:11. What a feat, fab five!

To half marathon news and we begin in the Channel Islands where, following their Parkrun alphabet chasing of the previous day, 5 Striders ran in the Jersey Half Marathon. Gun times only, 2:04:11 for Andy Scott, 2:31:44 for Kath Scott and Lynne Boby and 2:19:07 for the Newark Nutcrackers, the team of Karen Illsley and Leisa Pickles who did it as a relay.

4 club members completed the Derby Half Marathon, Jean-Louis Balestra 1:38:43, Richard Scott 1:40:22, Steve Martin was delighted to get under 1:45 with 1:44:18 and Steve White ran his quickest half for a year or two, finishing in 1:46:23. Graham Welsh took on the first running of the Doncaster Half Marathon, and crossed the finishing line in the middle of the Doncaster Rovers pitch in 1:50:06, and also recorded a 5K PB of 22:44 earlier in the week at a 5K road relay championship race on Wednesday afternoon.

Well done everyone who ran this week, remembering our 50 Gordon Whelbourn participants, Parkrunners, Jason Cobb and Stacey Atkins in Half Ironman, Mary Swindles and any others in multi-discipline events. Finally, congratulations to Nick & Athena Beveridge on the occasion of their wedding and to Peter Davis who has been selected for the England Masters half marathon team on the strength of his performance in the qualifying event in Hull last Sunday.