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Gainsborough and Morton Striders Athletic Club

At present the club has over 115 members and is growing at an encouraging rate so please join us for social runs and use our club as a motivation to get fit.

The club meet every Tuesday at 17:30 & 19:30 at the Queen Elizabeth’s High School for workouts on the 400m track to suit all abilities, also on a Thursday at 18:30, again at the Queen Elizabeth’s High School for a general running session.

We also have a London Marathon place available to a member every year.

“Out of small acorns, large Oak trees grow”, is a term most applicable to the development of Morton Striders Athletics Club.

On Tuesday 19th July 1983, the Club’s first committee was formed with Dave Garner (proposed by Phil Kitchen) becoming Chairman. The Club’s first official committee meeting was held on Tuesday 19th July 1983 at the Ship Inn, Morton, Gainsborough.

At this stage, the average club night attracted more ‘fun-runners’ and ‘keep-fit’ followers but increasingly, the number of serious athletes (and road runners) joined until we regularly had a dozen members training for the (2nd) Gainsborough Marathon.

The Club’s first athletic championships had very humble beginnings. It was called the ‘Morton Striders Open Invitation Race Meeting’ and was held on Sunday 9th October 1983, again, on Morton Playing field.

In March 1984, Ron Skett (ex-RAF & athletics coach) introduced a series of handicap races which proved to be highly successful and very popular. Each race was named after a street/road in Morton with a £2 book token being awarded to the winner of each race.

At present the club has over 100 members and is growing at an encouraging rate so please join us for social runs and use our club as a motivation to get fit.

For more information about the club, visit: http://www.gainsboroughrunningclub.co.uk/