Park life and a Poppy Run bring cheer to Striders

Sleaford Striders members prepare for the Poppy Run. zT6K1dyboIIBlZGrIay1
Sleaford Striders members prepare for the Poppy Run. zT6K1dyboIIBlZGrIay1

The wet and windy weather failed to dampen the spirits of runners from Sleaford Striders whilst taking on events close to home and further afield.

Park Runs have been well established, not just in the United Kingdom but also worldwide.

They are free events where participants take on a 5km run or walk.

Belton House hosted their first-ever Park Run, organised by Grantham Running Club, and had 209 participants on a soggy morning with strong winds.

The course is flat, taking in path and grass.

It is also probably the only Park Run where deer cross the runners path and leap the fence.

Five striders took part with Bill Rayner finishing in 25.47, Ian Starbuck 28.39, Deborah Priestley 35.15, Carol Dudley 36.35 and Mags Lennard 39.02.

Simon Jackson and Dave Burton chose to drive to Sherwood Pines where they took part in a very muddy Robin Hood Duathlon.

In this event the athletes start with a 5km run then mount their cycles to ride 20km before concluding with a 3.4km run.

The last race in the run series saw a massive turnout of Striders at the Boston Poppy Run with a good mix of adults and juniors.

Iain Bailey won the windy but flat five-mile race in 27.15 with Iain, John Siddens 29.40 and Kevin Garrick 32.01 winning the men’s team event.

The other adult runners were Sandy Telfer 34.28, Dave Burton 34.44, Jim Hopkins 35.23, Rob Caven 35.28, Andy Dickinson 36.16, Jordan Williams 36.17, Jane James 38.10, Steve Robinson 38.33, Alan Buckberry 40.41, Derek James 40.47, Mark Sharpe 41.32, Clare Wells 43.40, Graham Riddell 45.32, Charlotte Robinson 46.16, Dawn Bailey 47.33, Ted Preston 48.44, Sally Hollick 48.53, Andy Preston 49.53, Ann Riddell 51.32, Tracey Dickinson 51.32, Alex and Darrell Williamson 70.21.

In the 5k Fun Run race, Ben Bailey was second, followed closely by his sister Charlotte.

Also taking part in that event were two of the Striders walking group, Stan and Lynda Yates.

Outgoing club chairman Matt Lennard took part in the Worksop Halloween Half Marathon, finishing in a great time of 1.39.03.

Sleaford Striders are a very sociable club and open to juniors from the age of six, with no upward age for adults.

Details of where they meet can be found at www.