Press report 21st December 2017

15 Jan 2018


It was a quiet weekend for running as most Striders seemed to be preparing for Christmas, or recovering from Christmas parties.

The notable exception was Thomas Sweeting, who spent the weekend collecting trophies and records, rather than shopping and hangovers. On Saturday the talented youngster, who recently climbed in to the top 10 in the country in his U11 age group, visited the Normanby Hall 10k. He returned, having recorded a 19:55 time for the 5k run, and smashing the course record for his age group by over 4 minutes.

On Sunday he travelled to the Lincoln Christmas cross country, on a hilly, icy course around Lincoln’s South Common where, once again, he was the first U11 to finish the 1 mile distance. His elder brother, Rhys, continued his comeback from injury with a good run in his 2 mile race.

Stephen Toward was concerned by the quality of his training for the Elsecar trail marathon. However, he needn’t have worried as he completed the undulating route in a personal best time of 5 hrs 2 minutes, an impressive performance given that many areas of the course were icy.

The ice had given way to rain by the time the Lincoln Santa run started on Sunday. John Rainsforth moved from his usual position behind the camera to join almost 3,000 other Santa-clad runners on the starting line. The other Striders to join him were Maureen Allen, her husband David, Thomas Deville and Chris Inman.

There will be no more club training sessions until the New Year; the Seniors starting back on January 2nd and the juniors a week later.