Weather slows 9k runners

RUNNERS contesting the annual Norton 9 had to contend with some of the worst weather in the event’s long history.

Heavy rain left pools of water with a strengthening wind also affecting the field in the latter stages of the race, which was first run in 1984.

Despite the weather, 97 runners entered on the day but a number of people who had entered previously decided not to run, so there was only a gain of around 50.

The 50 minutes three seconds posted by winner Gareth Lowe (Clowne) was one of the slowest winning times on record.

“He more or less led throughout and finished around 90 seconds ahead of the 341 strong field,” said Askern official Dave Collingwood.

Doncaster Athletic Club’s Tony Vout (vet 50) was the first local runner to finish in 33rd place in a time of 59.02.

Clubmate Steve Kellett (59.30) was 36th. Chris Newman (Doncaster) was 59th in a time of 61.11.

Mick Ayden (vet 40) was the first Askern runner home in 106th place in a time of 66.25.

Stephanie Burns (Rotherham) won the women’s’ race in a time of 55.41.