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Helen Robinson
Helen Robinson

Members of Gainsborough and Morton Striders AC took advantage of the excellent race conditions last Sunday, in the North Lincs Half Marathon.

The event, held in Scunthorpe, saw 17 of the 20 Striders in action recording personal best times.

Luke Matthews in half marathon action

Luke Matthews in half marathon action

Pride of place went to new recruit Luke Matthews, who in his first half-marathon for the club ran the fastest time by a Strider since 1998, when Andy Steel recorded 1:17 at the Great North Run.

Matthews’ time of 1 hour 19 mins 21 seconds puts him eighth on the Striders’ all-time list.

Another new recruit, Dwane Donnor, was the next Strider home in a promising time of 1:27:35.

Seventeen-year-old Dan Edwards ran a splendid time of 1:29:02 in his debut race at this distance.

Just over a minute separated the next four home with Tom Lane (1:30:09), Phil Marsland (1:30:28), Jonathan Drake (1:31:01) and Martin Edwards (1:31:35) all registering personal bests.

Marsland (V55) also finished first in his age group and won a £25 prize.

Helen Robinson continued her fine form, which included a fine debut at the World Cross Country Championships Trial, with a new personal best time of 1:42:26.

Five more lady Striders also set new best times.

They were Sallie Joseph (1:49:03), Alison Elwess (1:51:01), Gemma Wright (1:54:49), Rebecca Cross (2:01:59) and Kim Metcalfe (2:39:00).

Other Striders times were: Chris Litherland (1:36:45), Simon Hall (1:39:27), Joanne Clark (1;52:13), Glenn Peniston (1:53:36) and Mick Wood (1:53:37).

The Striders’ Couch to 5K programme for 2013 has been a fabulous success in its first two weeks.

Over 110 adults and 40 children have begun participating in the eight week fitness programme.

The scheme sees complete beginners go from scratch to the full 5k distance, building up their stamina.

There is a separate children’s ‘activity session’ running alongside the C25K programme.

Anyone wishing to know more about the Gainsborough and Morton Striders Athletics Club, or upcoming races, can visit their website or Facebook pages.

See www.gainsboroughrunningclub.co.uk for more.