Road Runners dominate Retford Half Marathon

Clowne Road Runners Karen Shipman, Holly Page, Lyn Hazelton, Sarah J. Massingham and Louise Lowe
Clowne Road Runners Karen Shipman, Holly Page, Lyn Hazelton, Sarah J. Massingham and Louise Lowe

Clowne Road Runners dominated the Retford Half Marathon on Sunday, despite less than ideal conditions.

Over 700 runners from across the UK entered the race, but it was won by Road Runner Gareth Lowe, in a new course record.

Lowe, who is training hard for next month’s London Marathon crossed the line three minutes ahead of his nearest rival in a time of 1:10:43.

His nearest rival turned out to be training partner and Clowne clubmate Dan Page, who won the male senior category with his time of 1:13:34.

Page is presently being coached by ex–international, Dave Tune, who promotes a lactate threshold training programme through Blizzard Physiotherapy based in Bircotes.

Not to be out done by her husband, Louise Lowe finished the race as fourth lady in a time of 1:30:10 which was a personal best, and won the first lady prize in the Ladies Vet 35 category.

Her time was also good enough for a gold club standard.

Also following in her husband’s footsteps was Holly Page, running her first half marathon in a time of 1:55:21.

Other Clowne Road Runners involved were Peter Twigg, finishing 36th in a time of 1:26:08 and earning a silver club standard, Paul Levitt in 1:39:39, Karen Shipman recording 1:49:49, Sarah J Massingham in 2:04:46, and Lynn Hazelton running her first half

marathon in a time of 2:06:14.

Competing in her first long distance fell race was Gemma Hind, who along with her husband Richard Hind, an ultra-fell race runner who was acting as her race navigator, completed the well-known Grindleford Gallop

Covering approximately 21 miles and 3,000ft of ascent Gemma came home in 5:01:56 and Richard in 5:02:00.