ATHLETICS: Sleaford Striders enjoy busy weekend of competition

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Yet another busy weekend saw members of Sleaford Striders venturing into Nottinghamshire as well as taking on more local racing events.

Saturday had club mud runner Dave Burton involving himself in the Clumber Park Duathlon, an event that saw him run 5km before getting on to his bike for a 17km bike. The race finished with a 3km run.

John Siddens took part in the Fenland 10 mile race, advertised as a flat course with a personal best potential on the Sunday. He managed to finish this run in the exceptional time of 58min 45sec in the position as the first veteran runner.

June Jackson went to Thoresby Hall for her race and took part in the Thorsby 10km. During the run she suffered an injury but rather than give up, continued through the pain to finish in 1.05. Husband Simon Jackson took on the 10 mile version of the race and, although the times have not been declared, managed a great race. Both would recommend the race to others.

The eighth running of the Spires and Steeples challenge took place on Sunday with runners and walkers having the choice of starting at Lincoln for the 26 mile route or Metheringham for the 13 mile option.

Sandy Telfer, Andrew Shakes and Jo Jordaan Patrick chose the longer event. Bill Rayner, Darrell Williamson and Josh Williamson opted for the 13 mile race, whilst Dave Burton, Alison Siddons, Emma Marshall-Telfer and Bonnie the dog walked the shorter route.

The challenge took them along roads, trails, fields, grass, over stiles, bridges and through gates to get to the finish in Sleaford, for a really gruelling challenge and harder than a normal marathon or half marathon.

All the Striders completed the challenge with smiles on their faces, ready to collect their medals and a well earned rest.

Last week’s Peterborough Half Marathon report omitted Samantha Tate who took part in that distance for the first time and finished in a very good time of 2.15.47.