AFTER a disappointing outing at the Worksop Half-marathon where he was overtaken by the classy Paul Rushworth with two miles to go, Stuart Sinclair booked a week of physiotherapy and a late entry for the Stevenage Half-marathon.
The strategy worked and he successfully joined Grantham Athletic Club’s elite in completing the 13.1-mile distance in under 90 minutes.
The Worksop race has one of the toughest starts of any endurance race in the calendar with a hard climb for a full mile.
Paul Rushworth completed the course in 1hr 29min 59sec, just dipping below his target time with a sprint finish that left Stuart struggling behind him in 1.30.42. Grantham AC new boy Ged Cowley clocked 2.11.53.
Seven days later at the 25th Stevenage Half-marathon, Stuart bagged a top 50 finish in a field of 1,000 runners and was pleased with his 1.29.52 over a surprisingly difficult course.
Runners were was hampered by a strong northerly wind, with a heavy leaf-fall making the forest sections very slippery. Robert McArdle managed 1.38.36 with Catherine Payne fading to 1.42.44 after a promising first 10 miles.
l Ropsley Road Runner Tony Johnson took part in the Shepshed Seven on Sunday.
Tony completed the seven-mile course in 45min 44sec.