Gold Tops dominate

BOSTON and District AC athletes claimed two individual titles and one team first at this year’s record-breaking Friskney Half marathon.

A record 169 runners from 43 different clubs finished the road race on Easter Sunday.

BADAC’s Geoff Knight - who was using the event as preparation for the London Marathon (April 22) - won the race by more than three minutes, clocking 1 hr 13 mins 15 secs.

John Siddens (Sleaford Town Runners) and Alan Oliver (Sleaford Striders) finished in second and third, ahead of BADAC’s Jose Ferreira (1 hr 17 mins 28 secs).

Fellow Gold Top Dennis Rainbow finished in 19th position (1 hr 23 mins 42 secs).

As third counter, he helped the team to victory in the men’s team competition.

Ian Scott finished 68th (1 hr 37 mins 39 secs) and Owen Msimango was 100th (1 hour 47 mins 14 secs).

Emma Penniston won the senior women’s title, finishing 108th overall in 1 hr 49 mins 06 secs, some 16 places ahead of the second senior female category competitor.

Scott Dutton completed his half marathon in 1 hr 54 mins 49 secs to claim 131st.

Samantha East was ninth in the female veteran category, 141st in 1 hr 57 mins 37 secs.

Lincoln Wellington AC won the women’s team trophy.

With race winner Geoff Knight taking the veteran men’s 40 winners trophy, third placed Alan Oliver (Sleaford

Striders) won the senior men’s winners award.