TRIATHLON: Belvoir club turn out for Valentine’s road race

Belvoir Tri Club at Belton Park.
Belvoir Tri Club at Belton Park.
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On a freezing cold St Valentine’s Day morning, members from Belvoir Triathlon Club were amongst 750 others at the start line ready to compete in the 23rd Stamford Striders 30K road race.

The event is held annually on the Sunday closest to St Valentine’s Day and is recognised nationally as a tough event, providing a good training run for those planning a spring marathon, and is ranked ninth in the Runners World list of 100 Top UK Races.

Mark Wilson, who crossed the line in a fantastic time of 2hr 16min, commented: “This is always a very popular road race and is well known for the enthusiastic marshals and efficient organisation. Although the race is described as undulating, it certainly is hilly in parts.”

The race started and finished at the Queen Eleanor School in Stamford, following a winding course taking runners through Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton on a challenging rural undulating route.

l Belvoir Tri Club mascot Barry the Beaver made an appearance at the Belton Park parkrun on Saturday morning, and started the run with a sterling effort.

Eighteen members from the club offered their time to volunteer and encouraged and cheered 188 runners at every corner and across the finish line.

l To be part of Belvoir Tri Club, who not only enjoy swimming, running and cycling but also like to give something back to their community, visit