Harris clinches top 10 finish at the Gainsborough 10km event

There was a top 10 finish for a Retford Athletics Club runner in the second annual Gainsborough 10km on Sunday.

Retford’s Ben Harris picked up ninth position thanks to his finishing time of 34.54, as he led a trio of local athletes home.

His clubmates Jennifer Maxwell and Derek Marsh finished in 57.08 and 1.05.30 respectively.

Over 500 athletes took part in the event, hosted by the Gainsborough and Morton Striders, in support of the William Stones Trust and other local worthwhile causes.

A club spokesman said: “We’d like to sincerely thank all those who made this year’s event possible.”

“Particular thanks must go to main sponsors PING and Kerry, who helped to lay solid foundations with strong investment in the race, and to all of the volunteers and supporters who made this such a special race.”

Eighteen of the first 50 athletes across the line achieved new personal best times on the fast and flat route, with race winner Andy Ward of Clowne Road Runners setting a new course record in 31.28.

Ward’s exceptional performance, which saw him lead from the off, meant that the eventual result was never in doubt.

But Derby’s Colin Hawkins and Scunthorpe’s Pumlani Bangani produced strong runs to finish second and third in 32.47 and 33.36 respectively.

Whilst Bangani was the only one of last year’s prize winners in the men’s race to stand on the podium again, the ladies’ category saw all new award winners.

Scunthorpe’s Sarah Kemshall took first place with a fine effort and course record of 37.00.