March 24th / March 25th – Events

Graham’s weekend Sports report.

After the snow and race cancellations last weekend, running conditions were ideal today and it was a Sunday of success. So much so that I’m really not sure where to start, but let’s begin in the capital where Striders Bernie Divall and Anthea Moisey were in town for the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Bernie was back in 2:21:07, slicing a cool 4 minutes off her PB and Anthea was on fire too, smashing 6 minutes off her PB, set only a fortnight ago at Retford, crossing the line in 2:33:46.

Lewis Hopkinson has been in really great form of late and today was no exception; he gained a new personal best time at the Gainsborough & Morton 10K event, crossing the line in 37:07.

The rearranged Rushcliffe 10K attracted 3 Newark Striders and the personal best times were tumbling there too. Super Jan Bailey finished 5th in the event and was the winner of his age category, flying round in a new PB time of 36:14, next came Peter Davis in 47:06, followed by Geoff Riley in 54:10 PB. Also at Rushcliffe, it was great to see 3 Step into Striders graduates and new members Kaley Riley, Henrietta McCabe (34: 09 unofficial) and Sarah Stuart competing in the 5K event, nice one and welcome aboard!

Over at Clumber Park, Adam Clarke (42:09), Hannah Thomson, Ruth Tall and Katie Gabbitas (1:08:20) were running the Trust 10K event, no official times, just a few from the apps.

Further afield in Skipton Nick Harrison was branching out, taking part in his first mini-tri event, completing the 400M swim, 8K cycle and 3K run in an unofficial time of 56:27. Finally, an update on long distance training; with the spring marathons fast approaching, today was the last ‘big run’ for most participants and there was a great turnout at Fernwood. In excess of 300 miles were racked up by the group over the subsequent 3 to 4 hours as many Striders ran their longest distance ever, pushing up to 20 miles and beyond with an impromptu first marathon thrown in for luck. It was a tired but elated bunch that eventually sat outside the Tawny Owl with a hard earned drink comparing stories, hope no-one was filming as we got up and (sort of) walked off to the car park. Well done everyone who ran this weekend!