Wednesday 10th May 2017
North Lincolnshire Half Marathon success
Sunday 7th May 2017 was the day of the 6th annual North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. Over 1000 runners tackled the flat and fast course in the hope of beating personal best times, raising money for charity and challenging themselves.
Amongst the racers were several participants from John Leggott College. A number of staff and students took part in the race, achieving some brilliant times.
Second year JLC student Jake Stockdale took part in the race for the second year in a row. He was hoping to repeat the success of last year when he took home the gold in the under 20 age group. Despite a challenging preparation, plagued by a recurring injury, Jake completed the course in 1:39:24. This time was good enough to seal the win, beating his nearest competitor by almost 10 minutes.
“I actually ran a slower time than last year, but I’ll take it considering I was out injured for nearly two months!”
Assistant Principal Howard Darwin was the first member of staff home, completing the course in a rapid time of 1:27:44, thoroughly enjoying the race.
“The final sprint in around the track at Quibell Park was memorable and I was pleased with my time, as I was aiming for anything under ninety minutes.”
Three other members of staff from John Leggott College took part in the race, all racing hard and achieving good times. Religious Studies tutor Dave Wood completed the course in a very credible 1:38:56. Biology teacher Chris Carr was still suffering the effects of illness which had an impact on his race, but he still completed the course in a very respectable 2:09:05.
Academic Advocate Paul Crompton is racing again in the summer at the Caistor Sting in the Tail 10k and used the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon as test of his current fitness levels. Paul finished in a time of 1:48:50.
“I was aiming for anything under an hour and fifty five minutes, so when I came home in 1:48:50 I absolutely smashed my PB! The run really took it out of me and I pretty much collapsed as I crossed the line!”
Howard had a huge amount of praise for everybody involved in a really enjoyable and well organised event.
“The cheering crowds helped and I was humbled by the level of support from local people lining the roads – as well as the marshals and those manning the drinks stations, who were all awesome.”
John Leggott College are aiming to enter a bigger team for the 2018 edition of the race so the training starts now!