Commendable time for Hill in first marathon run

Gainsborough & Morton Striders Aaron Hill ran his first marathon in Hull at the weekend.

He didn’t let his inexperience show as he completed the course, which included crossing the Humber Bridge twice, in just under 3hrs 21 mins.

That placed him 65th out of more than 850 finishers.

Despite hitting the infamous ‘wall’ at around the 19-mile mark, he ran the second half of the race in only eight minutes more than the first half.

He was one of 10 club runers who put in commendable times in hot conditions over the weekend.

Wayne Greenfield, one of the club’s more accomplished long-distance runners, took on one of his favourite races, the Robin Hood half-marathon, around the streets of Nottingham.

He secured a fabulous 51st place finish out of over 6,000 runners with his fastest time in the city – 84:17.

Gary Atkinson used the Anna Verrico Isle of Axholme half-marathon, which starts and finishes in Epworth, as his last training run prior to the York Marathon in the couple of weeks. It was meant to be a steady outing, however, his competitive instincts took over as he ran a very respectable 1 hr 47 mins.

Clare Haywood was the other Strider at the race, competing in her second half-marathon. She overcame the heat and illness to finish in 2 hrs 21, within three minutes of her previous time.

The Northern Racing College, just outside Bawtry, was the setting for the Doncaster Trail 10k. Five Striders entered the event, which started and ended with what the organisers described as a gallop around the horse ring.

Newcomer Hayley Fell was the first Strider past the winning post, in 63:05, followed by Liza Willoughby in 65:38. Ruth Marples mastered the tricky course in 76 mins exactly, while veteran couple Maureen and David Allen ran over the line together in 79:56.

The next junior training session will take place on Tuesday evening at the Gainsborough Academy at 5.30pm.

Next Tuesday’s adult session will start from outside DW Sports in Marshall’s Yard at 7.15pm. with the Thursday evening training run starting outside Queen Elizabeth High School at 6.30pm. Hi-visibility clothing will be required for both adult sessions.