ATHLETICS: Sleaford Town Runners compete in Newark half marathon


After not being held for a few years, 2016 saw Newark re-established its half marathon and it was a sell-out event which some of the Sleaford Town Runners attended and the finishing times were as follows:

Alistair Whitaker 2:01:23, Lee Walters 2:04:28, Jayne MacArthur 2:14:41, Louise McCauley 2:14:41, Emma Winter 2:18:40, Stan Thornton 2:25:33, Louise Short 2:49:00, Helen Barker 2:48:40.

The popular Sleaford Striders Summer 10km was also a sell-out, as it is every year.

Sleaford Town Runners had seven club members racing and the finishing times were: Chris Balfe 41:19, Polly Atherton 46:38, Simon Lunn 47:56, Angie Freemantle 50:14, Alistair Whitaker 53:35, Stan Thornton 1:02:47, Jo Calver 1:09:39.

Sarah Whatton and Shaun Louth travelled up to the Humber Bridge for Hell On The Humber.

This is an endurance event series like no other, and each year on the third weekend in August, otherwise known as HOTH weekend (to the initiated), hundreds of runners and walkers from across the country descend on the world famous Humber Bridge, to test themselves in running, walking, shuffling, and crawling over it.

HOTH sees the many competitors taking on the tough and demanding Hell On The Humber route, on the World famous Humber Bridge, for six, 12, or 24 hours, as they try to complete as many four mile laps as possible in that time. All they ask is that participants complete a minimum of one four mile lap every three hours. How hard could it be?

Both runners entered the 12 hour event which started at 7pm on the Saturday evening and finished at 7am on the Sunday morning.

After battling the 40-60mph gales on the bridge through the night, both runners completed the full 12 hours. Sarah completed 11.5 laps, which was 46 miles, and Shaun nine laps (36 miles).