ATHLETICS: Sleaford Striders out in force at Lincoln 10k

Sleaford Striders at the Lincoln 10k. aER4_HVKzrb2KnU_2mPG
Sleaford Striders at the Lincoln 10k. aER4_HVKzrb2KnU_2mPG

The Lincoln 10k formed the third round of the Sleaford Striders Specsavers Adult Handicap.

This year saw good weather enable more than 5,500 runners to finish the race. The event itself was around the top of Lincoln where it is flat and has personal best potential. Amongst the finishers were 48 runners from Sleaford Striders and of those, five managed to finish in the top 34, an amazing feat.

Iain Bailey was first strider and eighth overall in a time of 32min 58sec. He was followed by Alan Oliver 33.41, Greg Sothern 34.12, Chris North 35.28, and John Siddens 35.32 for 34th overall.

Others: Patrick James 37.37, Kevin Garrick 38.53, Dave Burton 41.10, Jim Hopkins 41.31, Rob Caven 42.35, Andy Dickinson 44.20, Bryan Brockington 45.14, garry Wilson 45.43, Darrell Williamson 45.51, then first lady strider Jenni Morris 48.25, Steve Robinson 48.56, Anna Thompson 48.50, Hayley Bostock 48.58, Erica Stuart 49.02, Josh Williamson 49.17, Andy Preston 49.16, Hannah North 49.20, Mark Sharpe 50.08, Melanie Papworth 51.46, Graham Riddell 51.06, Jim Millar 51.38, Ian Starbuck 52.55, Mark Page 52.45, Bill Rayner 53.54, Dawn Bailey 54.02, Susan McMinimee 54.58, Tracey Dickinson 56.56, Amy Carey 57.06, Ann Riddell 57.11, Graham Stacey 57.27, Debs Priestley and Clare Wells 59.03, Sally Hollick 1.04.16, Anna Hirst 1.006.26, Linda Melloy 1.07.35, Carol Dudley 1.08.03, Lucy Carpenter 1.13.48, Emma carpenter 1.15.28, Tara Glenn 1.17.49, Kaye Lincoln 1.18.51, Jax Sestein 1.26.22, Lesley Fixter, Trish Wilks 1.33.22.

It was a superb turnout by members of Sleaford Striders with many personal best times being recorded. In addition to that, some of the runners only took up running in 2015 and have now completed the 10k distance.

Further afield, Sleaford Striders members were running in other events. Jordan Williams took part in the Grantham Cup, part of the Belton International Horse Trials, finishing the undulating trail course in 47.24.

Alan Buckberry finished the Boston Half-marathon in 2.00.13 whilst Steve Thacker completed the full marathon in 3.43.04, followed in by Ben Lilley in 4.26.22.

Kath Cheadle travelled the furthest, taking part in the Brighton Marathon and finishing in 5.50.07.

One event missed off from last week was the entry of two teams in the Manchester Marathon relay. Chris North and Patrick James completed the 26.2-mile course in 2.48.39, finishing third overall. The second Strider team was Tracey Dickinson and Jim Millar who finished in 4.16.50.