Records tumble for Striders. . .

Phil Marsland in his 50th Worksop Half Marathon
Phil Marsland in his 50th Worksop Half Marathon

RECORDS tumbled as the Gainsborough and Morton Striders took on the Worksop Half Marathon, a special occasion for one runner in particular.

Phil Marsland was running his 50th half marathon at the popular event, in which over 1,600 athletes competed.

There were 11 striders running, as four personal bests and three all-time age group records were broken.

Five members finished within 27 seconds of one another and Lorna Allison continued her rich vein of form with a prize winning PB in 10th place in the ladies’ race,.

Craig Ward smashed another personal best, alongside the strongly improving Andy Trowsdale.

Jane Catley followed closely behind with a personal best of 1.47 and Stacy Lyner marked her first attempt at the distance with a creditable 2.26.

A delighted Jamie Lee told the Standard: “It was another awesome day from an awesome running club – great times all round yet again.”

On the same day, club captain Simon Hall and cach Mark Hemmings took a small squad to RAF Cranwell to reintroduce the Strider name to the local Cross Country (XC) League, which sees Lincs athletics clubs compete against each other in muddy conditions across the winter.

Sam and Max Metheringham both finished in the top 10 in their respective events with fine performances, and Tommy Wild continued to show his potential coming in just a few seconds behind Max.

In the Senior race, XC debutants Tom Lane and Michael Adlington christened their spikes by bookending Hall over this challenging trail race.

Michael said it was an enjoyable seniordebut: “I have decided it’s much better and lot more fun than on the road.”

“It was my first cross since school, and I hope more Striders have a go and enjoyed like I did.”

The next event in the series will see the club travel to Scunthorpe’s Quibell Park.

On Sunday, over 20 Striders travelled North to Barton for the punishing ‘Deepdale Dash’, a hilly 10k road race which is usually ran in freezing conditions.

This year was no disappointment with the thermometer reading just one degree.

The outstanding Jerry McCulla finished sixth, Lorna Allison as 36th overall and third lady, and there were personal bests for many of the team.

These fine efforts meant that the Striders took both the Ladies’ and Men’s team prizes, with Lorna Allison, Ruth Wilson, Angela Overson, Sallie Joseph, Jerome McCulla, Steven Gaffney, Alan Clark and Dan Edwards all forming part of the winning fours.