Wellington 5K, HPRC Track Championships, Grimsby 10k & TR24

Tuesday evening and 5 Striders were competing in round 3 of the Lincoln Wellington AC 5K series. Jan Bailey placed 3rd overall and 1st in the V40 category with 16:42, Simon Roberts was next in 18:09 PB, Nick Beveridge 21:38, Peter Davis 21:51 1st V65, Stephen Tomlinson 24:01.

Wednesday evening, and 8 were at Bingham for the HPRC track championships. 100M: Nicola Bradley 15.3 secs, Jess Gordon 15.7 secs 1st and 2nd in heat, 400M: Jan Bailey 1:01.4, Jess Gordon 1:13.8, Tom Spelman 1:14.5, Nicola Bradley 1:14.6. 800M: Jan Bailey 2:19.2, Tom Spelman 2:55.9. 3000M: Jan Bailey 10:21.8, Mark Winter 12:34.6, Peter Davis 12:40.8. Mile: Simon Roberts 5:28.8 PB, Peter Davis 6:34.6. Really interesting to see some track times.

On to Sunday and Kath Scott, Leisa Pickles, Anthea Moisey and Lynne Boby travelled to Grimsby to run in the Great Grimsby 10K. Kath was first to cross the finishing line in 1:04:07 followed by Anthea 1:09:40, Leisa 1:16:51, Lynne Boby 1:17:21.

It was the weekend of the 24hr Conti Thunder Run. An advance party headed over to Catton Park early on Friday to claim a prime spot next to the course and set up Camp Striders, then onwards to the shelter of a local hostelry to stay out of the sun and plan strategy. 26 Striders participated in the race and between them completed 123 laps of the challenging 10K course, which has tough hills, twists and turns, rough surfaces and tree roots with which to contend, in the heat of the day and in darkness, and all the while the mental and physical reserves are heading towards empty. A huge ‘well done’ to Steven Padgett, Tom Spelman, Dan Arkwell, Sarah-Jane Cobb, Stacey Atkins, Andy Scott, Noel Henderson, Nicole Henderson, Di Holmes, Donna Wright, Natalie Sellers, Jean Louis Balestra, Simon Palmer, John Palmer, Rob Wilkinson, Jacqui Jackson, Graham Welsh, Jon Rawson, Jason Cobb, Bev Hancock, Nicki Padgett, Cate Driscoll, Becky Clift and Mark Jackson who took on and conquered the mighty TR24. Not usually the sort of event to single individuals out as all are equally exhausted by Sunday afternoon, but Jason Priest’s 9 solo laps and Jan Bailey’s 7 super fast circuits as part of an all-star team that won the mixed small teams with 32 laps was the stuff of legend. Everyone’s running benefited from the dedication of our supporters in camp, thanks so much Sally, Donna, Rachel, Philippa, a cuppa and some positive words means so much when the going is tough.

So, what a week for the club, road racing, sprint & middle distance track racing, endurance events, training. Well done everyone!