Jason Barton retained his title at the second Road2Recovery Half-Marathon at Eye Kettleby Lakes on Sunday. The Melton runner was part of a large group of Stilton Striders who entered the local race, organised by Claire Lomas.
With temperatures nudging 30c, the race was reduced to 10.1 miles on health and safety grounds, but the shortened route remained tough on the hottest day of the year. Barton came home more than three minutes in front, crossing the line in 1hr 4min 26secs ahead of his clubmate Nick Brown in an excellent second place in 1.07.50. Natalie Teece was next back for the club in sixth overall, and second lady in 1.13.43, followed shortly after by Alan Thompson 1.14.58, Richard Coombs 1.15.58, Paul Geeson 1.16.15, Luke Eggleston 1.17.56, and Stuart Shaw 1.18.36. Other times: Ian Howe 1.20.53, Harris Millar 1.23.01, Andy Nicholls 1.23.05, Michael Cooke 1.24.02, Michelle Farlow 1.26.19, Vicki Lowe 1.26.39, David Hall 1.27.57, Liz Goodbourn 1.29.03, Abigail Arnott 1.30.49, Rebecca Forester 1.30.53, Greeba Heard 1.32.15, Daniel Howley 1.34.33, Sharon Eshelby 1.32.27, Mathew Daniel 1.38.17, Christie Jones 1.38.17, Mike Brighty 1.41.13, Lynda Harris 1.42.37, Alison Wilson 1.49.21, Celia Brown 1.54.30.
Jenny and Clive Kent, Ben and Laura Pickard, and Jon and Deborah Wilson ran together in Where’s Wally fancy dress and clocked 2hr 09mins.