SOUTH Derbyshire Road Runners’ women shone brightest at the Uttoxeter Half Marathon on Sunday, winning the team competition in the second Burton and District Summer League race.
The victorious women made light of the course, which is recognised as one of the toughest on the circuit, with three of the four runners – Christina Cooper, Tracey Glover and Samantha Skidmore – all recording personal best (PB) times.
Leading the way was Cooper, whose time of 1hr 37mins 36secs gave her a superb seventh overall in the women’s race.
The ever-improving Glover (pictured, right) was next in 1.43.00, which also gave her first place in the WV40 category.
Reeves, in welcome action again after the Manchester Marathon, was next home in 1.50.41, followed closely by the determined Skidmore (1.51.28).
While it was a day for the Road Runers to celebrate the club’s women, the men also put in some superb performances.
Andy Hawtin was first back for SDRR in 1.26.56 for 32nd place.
James Cassidy, Stuart Halsey and Colin Mee all recorded top-100 place finishes in times of 1.29.01, 1.32.30 and 1.34.32 respectively – with Cassidy’s time was new PB.
Andy Orme and Gary Price, both in their first race back after the London Marathon, clocked 1.50.11 and 1.51.09 respectively, with Mark Skidmore completing the club’s finishers with another PB of 2.25.01.
Louise Insley confirmed her place in the upper echelons of national WV40 runners by taking fourth place overall in the Grand East Anglia Run at Kings Lynn in a superb PB of 37.07.
In addition to the £75 prize for finishing fourth, Insley also took the gold medal in her age category in the British Masters Athletic Championship, which was incorporated within the race.
Chris Mason and Chris Gunstone were also in action with 1,500 others in the Grand East Anglia Run, with Mason recording a chip time of 39.29 for seventh place in the MV60 age category in the British Masters Championship.
Gunstone, making a welcome return to action after injury, ran well to record an excellent 41.18.
Wayne Kelleher was also in half marathon action at Lichfield and was well pleased with his post-marathon 1.43.00.