Records fall as Stamford runners star in Striders Valentine’s 30k road race

Start of the annual Stamford Striders' St Valentine 30K race.'Photo: MSMP160214-019ow
Start of the annual Stamford Striders' St Valentine 30K race.'Photo: MSMP160214-019ow

tamford runner Aaron Scott set a new course record at the annual Stamford Striders St Valentine’s 30K race on Sunday.

The Notts AC runner knocked almost a minute off the previous record which was set in 2005, completing the 18.6 mile course in 1:37:52.

Fellow Stamfordian Philippa Taylor, of Nene Valley Harriers, made sure the honours stayed in the town, winning the women’s race in a time of 1:58:09.

A total of 630 runners took part in the challenging race around the country lanes taking in Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton including 26 Stamford Striders.

Despite the recent terrible weather, it was all sunshine and smiles as supporters and marshals lined the way cheering on the competitors.

Jim Morris was first home for the club, and 2nd in his category (MV45), in 1:57:12, followed by James Skinner (2:05:31) and Richard Skidmore (2:12:17).

Victoria Old was first lady home for the club in 2:23:47, followed by Heidi Myles (2:28:24) and Viv Middlebrook (2:31:31).

Full Stamford Striders results: Jim Morris (1:57:12); James Skinner (2:05:31); Richard Skidmore (2:12:17); Nick Greenwood (2:21:35); Victoria Old (2:23:47); Jim Regan (2:23:57); Andy Wade (2:24:47); Matthew Kefford (2:25:52); Nathanael Freeman (2:26:04); Ed Fancourt (2:26:16); Heidi Myles (2:28:24); Mark Davies (2:28:36); Viv Middlebrook (2:31:31); Chris Deadman (2:32:44); Adrian Fisher (2:33:22); Jill Walker (2:44:26); Sam Smith (2:46:35); Simon Marvel (2:48:13); Kieran Nally (2:49:50); Helen Schofield (2:51:27); Claire Jaggard (2:53:27); Amy Williamson (2:53:33); David Spooner (2:57:33); Suzanne Moon (3:03:54); Stephen Moore (3:29:15) and Helen Morris (3:36:54).