Personal bests for Sutton Harriers at Retford

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The Retford Half Marathon saw 12 Sutton Harriers members running on a warm sunny day with five of them achieving personal bests times.

Paul Whittingham (V40-49, 1hr 18min 09s) won his age category while personal bests were also achieved by Gary Berzins (1hr 25min 45s), James Simpson (1hr 29m 03s), Amanda Alletson (1h 45m 50s) personal best, and Gail Moore 1h 42m 26s, who beat her last time by 10 minutes.

Other times were: Claire Watson (1hr 39m 45s), Alison Whittingham V45-54 (1hr 45m 50s), who was second in her age category, Catherine Davis (1h 46m 54s), Steve Saunders (2h 0m 31s), David James (2h 08m 20s), and Stephen Saunders 2h 12m 22s.

Finally Paul Wilbraham, who has had a long lay-off from running and has just started back, finished in 2h 25m 53s.

Six Sutton members ran the Ashby 20 mile, which was used as a training run for the marathons coming up.

This was a two lap race which made the members train to run the second lap faster than the first. Paul Beasley who just ran 21 miles the day before, finished in a time of 2hr 54min 07sec.

Other times: Keith Brown (V50, 2hrs 27min 23secs), Laetitia Moakes (2.31.35), Gary Bird (2.39.15), Nigel Paylor (2.49.57). Gary Goacher (V50, 3.01.27).

Elsewhere, three Sutton Harriers ran/walked the 21 mile multi terrain Grindleford Gallop, which starts and finish in Grindleford, Derbyshire.

The route takes you through Eyam, over the moors, which had a thick mist blowing across, making the navigating hard, down into Longstone, along the Monsal Trail to Bakewell.

The route then goes through Chatsworth Park onto Baslow before jogging/walking the long climb up to and along Froggett Edge, and finally run down through the woods into the finish.

Paul Beasley and Gayle Gamble finished in 4hrs 15mins.

John Dale ended up doing 22 miles as he encouraged his friend Zoe Jones to complete the course in a time of six hours.