Stilton Strider wins Leicester City 5k series; Valentine 30k; Markfield 10

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Stilton Strider Jason Barton was crowned male winner in the Leicester City 5k Winter Series after claiming a top three spot in the final race.

Entrants in the fourth race finally enjoyed good running conditions, and three Striders were part of the 71-strong field, having completed every race in the series.

Barton was involved in a three-way sprint for the line and finished third, only two seconds behind the winner in a time of 17min 29secs.

Shane Sharkey was next in 17th (21.12) after a strong sprint finish to see off an unattached runner, while Ben Pickard finished 20th after a race-long scrap with West End runner Conrad Webbe, both runners crossing the line in 21.27.

Barton took the series after three podium finishes across the series where the best three from four results count.

* Race conditions were perfect for the Stamford Valentine 30k, on Sunday.

Vicki Lowe and Natalie Teece used the race as a warm-up for the London Marathon and enjoyed great support around the course.

Natalie finished as seventh lady home in 2hr 10min 18secs, while Vicki was seventh in her age category in 2.35.24.

* A total of 14 Striders competed in the second race of the LRRL winter league, the Markfield 10k.

Most Striders ran at a faster pace than at the Barrow 6 with Jason Barton heading the Melton club’s entry in 23rd overall in a time of 36min 18secs.

Jim Hatherley was next in 30th (36.47), followed by Darren Glover (83rd – 39.07) and Natalie Teece 124th who was seventh female finisher and 124th overall (40.47).

Greg Pettingill was fourth in age category and 128th overall in 40.56, while Matt Gayton (164th) clocked a PB of 42.11. Shane Sharkey was 188th in 42.52 followed by Luke Eggleston (219th – 44.01), Ben Pickard (258th – 45.17), Neil Jaggard (292nd – 46.16), and John Houghton (316th – 47.06).

Vicki Lowe (334th) was seventh in category in 47.57, Louise Houghton was 406th in 50.37 and Stuart Gregory was 571st in 1hr 01min 56secs.