Farmer Craig Williamson was one of over 750 runners who took to the field at Sunday’s (25 March) Gainsborough & Morton 10K. He ran dressed as a tractor to raise funds for the local air ambulance.
Craig of host club Gainsborough & Morton Striders AC is fundraising on behalf of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust. Sunday’s 10K was the latest in a series of events he has completed on the road to his target race - the Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April. He will be running in full tractor rig on the day.
Farmer Craig was accompanied by a bunch of bright orange ‘carrots’ with charity collection buckets running in support of his worthwhile cause. Their efforts especially in the unseasonably warm weather were applauded by those taking part as well as the marshals and spectators.
The Gainsborough & Morton 10K started at 10am from Morton Village Hall followed by the junior race at 10.05am. Sunny skies and a very fast, flat course meant perfect conditions for runners chasing PBs as well as those content to finish.
Only one second separated the winner from the runner up and second from third in the men's race. Ben Livesey of Notts AC won in 31:16 followed by Nick Martin of Caistor Running Club in 31:17 then Lewis Jagger of Sheffield & Dearne AC in 31:18.
In the women’s race, Sarah Garbutt was first in 35:53 with Laura Kaye second in 37:40. Rebekah Ward was third in 38:09.
Craig Williamson crossed the line in 1:13:35
Every finisher was presented with a bespoke medal and a sweet and savoury goody bag.
Photo courtesy of John Rainsforth.