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Notfast's Sue and Steve Needham represented Newark in America with impressive finishes in the New York Marathon


By Connor Thompson


Notfast’s Sue and Steve Needham travelled to the US to take part in the New York Marathon.

Alongside 50,000 other runners, Steve finished in 4-35-37, while Sue clocked in at 5-35-50.

Tracey Thompson, Netty Stevens, Breeze Rowlands, Lyn Gascoigne, Rebecca Lax and Vic Knight all came away from the weekend with new personal bests as 42 runners took in five parkruns.

Maria Brambles supporting Sue Needham at the New York Marathon
Maria Brambles supporting Sue Needham at the New York Marathon

There were also personal bests for Damian Davies (37-09) and Janet Davies (49-36) as they joined Adrian Dix (40-33) in the Leeds Abbey 10k.

Angela Brown (53-12) and Annette Taylor (01-01-37) ran the hilly 4.7-mile Dovedale Dash, while four other runners took on the Rockingham Circuit, which hosted multiple distances routes.

In the 5k Madaleine Combie ran a personal best in 33-06 and in the 10k Kimberley Etherington-Bates finished in 52-14.

Netty Stevens ran the ten-mile course in 1-35-17.

Dave Fargher completed the Robin Hood Trail Duathlon at Sherwood Pines, and after a tough and slightly technical off road 5k run, 15k cycle, and 3.4k run he finished in a time of 1-58-27.

Annette Taylor was also in action at the Rushcliffe Night Trail and she finished in 51-52.

Newark Athletics Club made up three of the 9,000 runners in the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Father and son duo Lee and Tom Braithwaite both ran, Lee finished in 40-56, while his son, who was running 10k for the first time, finished in 47-19.

Rebecca Louise Gallop secured a personal best of 37-24 and finished as the 43rd female out of 3,847.

Four Newark Striders travelled to Rushcliffe Golf Club on Friday evening, the start and finish point for the Night Trail five-mile race, which was marked out by glow sticks and fairy lights.

Jess Gordon finished in 39-30, fourth woman and 13th overall from 77 runners. She was followed by Philippa Clarke 41-39, Stacey Atkins 52-02 and Nick Harrison 1-05-07.

Geoff Riley ran in the Robin Hood trail 10K at Sherwood Pines finished in 55-00.

The Sunday saw Stephen Gurd a Half Marathon version of the ‘Let’s go round again’ event at Holme Pierrepont and finished five laps of the lake in 1-58-53.

Jan Bailey was in Yorkshire for the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 10K race and raced amongst the other 8000 runners to finish in 35-19.

Nick Harrison (38-14) and Ben Barnard (58-46) were among the 1342 who completed the Dovedale Dash, a 4.75 mile cross country race with a mass downhill start, which was followed by mud, fields and the choice of stepping stones or wading the cold water of the River Dove.

At Wollaton Hall, Di Holmes ran the British Legion 5K Poppy Run, with a watch time of 33-45 as fourth woman and in 13th overall from 77 runners.

She was followed by Philippa Clarke (41-39), Stacey Atkins (52-02) and Nick Harrison (1-05-07).

Geoff Riley ran in the Robin Hood Trail 10K at Sherwood Pines finished in 55-00.

Sunday saw Stephen Gurd take part in a Half Marathon version of the Let’s Go Round Again event at Holme Pierrepont and finished five laps of the lake in 1-58-53.

Jan Bailey was in Yorkshire for the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 10K race and raced among the other 8,000 runners to finish in 35-19.

Nick Harrison (38-14) and Ben Barnard (58-46) were among the 1342 who completed the Dovedale Dash, a race with a downhill start and uphill finish.

At Wollaton Hall, Di Holmes ran solo in the British Legion 5K Poppy Run, with a watch time of 33-45.



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