Berlin, Stockholm, Mansfield & Muskham

Lots of exciting things to report this weekend and we start with international news. On Saturday afternoon Jan Bailey and Dan Arkwell were in Sweden for the 40th anniversary running of the Stockholm Half Marathon. Jan covered the course in 1:25:29 and Dr Dan ran the 13.1 miles in 2:14:44.

On to Sunday and Stephen Tomlinson was in Cleethorpes which is the start and finish location for the Humber Coastal Half Marathon. This was the second Half in two weekends for Tomo, who ran 2:08:22. Staying with the Half Marathon distance, three Striders took part in the Rutland Half Marathon, Jean-Louis Balestra 1:39:40, Emma Gilbert 1:50:36 PB and Colin Boyd 1:53:38. Dave Dews and Peter Davis ran the 17 mile Ponton Plod, finishing together in 2:52*, whilst in the 12 mile version Noel Henderson, who is in super form right now, placed 3rd in a time of 1:42*.

Moving our attention to the 10K distance, Simon Drury ran the Mansfield 10K, crossing the finish line in 49:35. Meanwhile in the North Muskham 10K, Mark Jackson clocked 54:50* pacing daughter Hannah to 54:51* and first female in her first official 10K, next was Graham Welsh in 1:00:18 whilst Bev Hancock was marshalling.

I’ve arguably saved the best for last and we end where we began with news from abroad. Whilst Eluid Kipchoge was setting his stunning new world record, Newark Striders’ Chris Draper was in the same race, the Berlin Marathon, competing at the distance for the very first time. Chris has trained hard, following a disciplined plan through the summer and it all came together on the day, a great time of 4:33:31 PB comprised of very even mile splits.

Well done everyone!