ATHLETICS: Sleaford Town Runner tackle long distance events

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A trio of Sleaford Road Runners competed with 800 others in the RB Hull Marathon last Sunday.

Weather conditions were not perfect but all three were happy with their performances. Paul Freemantle recorded 3hr 55min 18sec for the 26.2 miles, Sarah Whatton set a new personal best in 4.37.33, whilst Shaun Louth finished in 5.56.25.

Meanwhile, Jo Calver made her Great North Run debut at Newcastle, alongside clubmate Clare Bergner.

The pair were greeted with warm weather, spectator-lined route and the large field of thousands of runners that saw them take 40 minutes to get through the start of the half-marathon race. Jo finished in 2.45 and Clare 3.05.

It was in great contrast to the Grunty Fen Half-marathon which took place on country lanes on the same day.

A fast course and perfect conditions were conducive to PBs, but neither Ingrid Williams (2.01.15) or Mike Folland (2.10.06) were up to it on the day.

Clubmate Alistair Whitaker should just about be recovered from the Halifax Half-marathon, which comprised long hard climbs and equally arduous and painful descents, not to mention the cobbled roads and stone steps to climb towards the end.

Alistair came through the ordeal in a time of 2.29.59.