Athletics: Strong performances at big annual 10k showdown
DOZENS of runners from the Grimsby area travelled to Woodhall Spa on Sunday for the town's annual 10k road race.
The weather was warm and humid, but the windless conditions, coupled with the flat course, were conducive to good times.
From the gun, Lincoln Wellington's Matt Bowser shot off on his own at the front of the field – which comprised almost 1,000 runners.
Bowser – who has previously gone sub-30 minutes for the distance, was a comfortable winner in 31.04.
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Second-placed athlete Carl Ryde – who has enjoyed much success in ten-mile races around the region – also had a solo run.
The Doncaster man clocked 33.13 ahead of third-placed Dan Hogg, of Lincoln Wellington (34.33).
First runner home from a local club was Paul Jackson, of Louth AC, who finished 11th in 35.45.
Trevor Green was first for Cleethorpes AC in 36.32 (14th), ahead of fellow blue and gold Kevin Green in 36.52 (20th).
Ellis Salter (Clee AC, 37.51) also had an encouraging run.
There was a cracking display from Wolds Veteran Runners Club's Bob Stocks. The in-form Vet-50 athlete clocked a big personal best of 37.51 to take second spot in his age category.
First female was the Louth-based Lincoln Wellington athlete Natalie Farrow, who clocked 37.30.
Beverley Wilson, of Cleethorpes AC, was also in fine form, clocking 38.52 for second spot.
Third was Stubbington Green's Emily Foran in 39.04.
As well as Stocks, there were several other veteran age category prizewinners.
Wolds Vets pair Robin Ruston (40.19) and John Barker (40.24) were first and second in the male V55-59 section. Chris Bromfield was top man in the V60 section, with 40.18.
Cleethorpes AC's Pirjo Kivelainen was second in the female V45-49 category with 42.56. Club-mate Hilary Burkitt was first in the V50-59 section with 44.54.
Clee AC: Trevor Green 36.32, Kevin Green 36.52, Ellis Salter 37.51, Beverley Wilson, 38.52, Chris Woodforth 40.41, Nik Forman 41.23, John Spauls 41.52, Julian Atkin 42.16, Darren Rowe 42.41, Pirjo Kivelainen 42.52, Hillary Burkett 44.35, Jane Benford 47.49, Nigel Burkitt 49.41; Alan Williams 51.31, Helen Atkinson 54.17, Keith Tyler 54.57, Derreck Noble 56.37, Kevin Musgrove 55.14, Malcolm Simons 57.28, Mark Barnsley in 57.23, Jo Barnsley 59.49, Neil Toyne 60.05, Nina Smith 62.10, Linda Bristow Tyler 65.01, Karl Holmes 65.52, Jimmy Dutch 70.22, John Revill 88.16.
Wolds Vets: Bob Stocks 37.51, Chris Bromfield 40.18, Robin Ruston 40.19, John Barker 40.24, Gary Coulam 40.54, Nigel Plaskitt 40.54, Chris Marshall 42.34, Martin Willerton 42.39, James Nurse 44.13, Martin Clarke 46.24, Joanne Farmery 46.09, Paul Brown 45.39, Mark Crellin 46.24, Cheryl Baker 46.31, Anne Mortimer 48.15, Diane Pegg 49.05, Mo Foxon 49.48, Chris Greenhalgh 51.07, Sara Raworth 58.31, Barry Everett 59.09, Stephen Johnson and Bev Johnson 61.45.
A small number of runners took part in the Nettleton Dash, a 3.3-mile off-road charity run.
Paul Read, of Caistor Running Club, took top spot in 23.05 ahead of Cleethorpes AC's Ed Huxford (23.19). Caistor RC's Steve Critten was next in 24.15.
First lady was Wolds Vet Helen McLoughlin in 28.07, ahead of fellow black and gold Barbara Brown 28.37. Third was Sharon Robey, of Caistor, in 30.04.