Wollaton Hall & Stamford 30K

We start at Wollaton Hall on Saturday, where David Cross and Andrew Vosper were part of the huge field of runners in the English National Cross Country Championship. The course is 8 miles and it was the full cross country experience for the lads after all the rain. 1:05:55 for David and 1:23:05 for Andrew.

There was lots going on on Sunday and it’s to Stamford first where 17 Newark Striders started the Valentine’s 30K, postponed from last week. Thankfully the rain cleared ahead of the race but the wind was brutal and the 1100 FT of ‘uphill’ seemed relentless at times but it’s a super event and excellent marathon preparation. Mark Jackson was first to finish in 2:09:48, followed by Nige Driscoll and Simon Palmer who ran together and both finished in 2:27:51. Philippa Clarke was next in 2:29:51, which combined with Jan Bailey’s 1:56:10 earned them second prize in the Valentine’s competition. Cate Driscoll was next to cross the line, 2:43:48 followed by Steve White 2:46:11, Graham Welsh 2:49:34, Ruth Mountstevens 2:52:37 and Andy Scott 2:55:21. Jacqui Jackson completed the 18.7 miles in 3:06:53, Donna Wright 3:20:26, Matt Patterson 3:20:27, Stacey Atkins 3:38:28, Sara Whittaker and Heather Green ran together and sprinted to the line in 3:44:37 and 3:44:43 followed by Anthea Moisey in 4:04:08. Noel Henderson retired during the race. On to Half Marathon action, and to the windy south coast where Heidi Boby recorded a new PB, completing the Grand Brighton Half Marathon in 2:21:48. Working our way back north, Chris Cregg took on the Hampton Court Half Marathon, sections of which are on the Thames tow path, finishing in 2:30:22.

Finally to the Leicestershire Half Marathon. Gerard Rae finished in 1:54:38 and Mary Swindles, who got her race entry by winning her age category last year, 2:07:27. Block it out in your diary for next year too Mary, you were first again.

Mark Winter ran the Sublime Winter 10K at Peterborough, it’s been a little while for Mark due to injury and it’s great to see a return, 51:45. Four Striders were at Clumber Park for the Trust 10K, Tracey Partridge, Karen Hichisson, Lesley Butlin and Andy Sirrs. As well as the races and events there was a strong club turnout for the Newark Half all clubs run. Well done to everyone who ran this weekend!