Sunday, 13 August 2017

Newark Half Marathon

Ignore the direction arrow, that is for later in the race

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

63 88:56 Joe Clarke
66.59% 5269
89 91:47 Tony Johnson
73.57% 207
99 93:10 Richard Payne
63.82% N/A
103 93:26 Gav Meadows
64:16% 1070
293 1:47:47 Stuart Reader
MV45 PB 60.07% N/A
372 1:51:06 Neil Emerson
64.09% N/A
407 1:53:04 Warren Stark
55.43% N/A

Blackpool Air Show 10K

Second 10k in 36 hours and his second fastest time ever!

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

104 48:28 Ady Walker
59.96% N/A

Friday, 11 August 2017

Sleaford 10k

Grantham Running Club stormed to success at the annual Sleaford 10k open road race on Friday 11 August. The club was well represented with 29 of its members tackling the largely flat course through quiet Lincolnshire country roads, to complete the road race through Scredington and Burton Pedwardine. Participants started in good race day conditions, hampered only by light drizzle with runners turning into a brisk headwind at the 4 mile stretch of the race. 

GRC dominated the ladies race, led home by Holly Durham, fresh from her recent win at Notfast 10k, securing her second win in as many months in a time of 42:07. Holly was followed home by her sister Penny Hodges securing 4th lady and first prize in her age group with a time of 44:30.

Andy Atter led the GRC men home, maintaining current form and narrowly missing out on a top ten place, in a time of 40:01, closely followed by team mate Scott Jones who ran a solid race in a time of 41:29. The performance of the evening came from GRC newcomer Stefan Latter smashing his previous 10K time in a personal best of 44:22, with Stuart Baty also achieving a well-earned PB of 48:58. In his first outing for GRC Walter Cruz-Flores secured a time of 53:18 and commented, "I really enjoyed it. I'm very pleased with my time. I now can't wait to go and eat some cake".

Graduates from GRC's 2017 beginners programme also participated, many running their first race in GRC club colours, their achievement all the more impressive as six months ago they were all new to running. Graduate Edina Burns completed her first 10k race after participating in the Couch to 5k programme earlier this year. Showing great potential, Edina finished in a time of 1:04:46, with the hope of achieving a sub 60 minute 10k next season.

Full GRC results: Andy Atter 40:01, Scott Jones 41:29, Holly Durham 42:07, Stefan Latter 22:22, Penny Hodges 44:30, Russell Maksymiw 46:44, Adrian Walker 47:55, Kevin Kettle 48:43, Stuart Baty 48:58, Suzanne Britz 50:34, Martin Carter 50:36, Gavin Skinner51:47, Paul Durham 51:47, Walter Cruz-Flores 53:18, Nicola Cottam 54:34, Nicola Fahy 55:34, Jacqueline Jacobs 55:49, Julia Hallam 59:37, Brendon Buckley 1:02:22, Kathleen Gray 1:02:35, Yvonne Buckley 1:02:43, Belinda Baker, 1:03:54, Yvette Taylor 1:04:44, Edina Burns 1:04:46, Angela Carr 1:06:00, Claire Fritz 1:06:21, Lynn Fisher 1:11:11, Beverley Toon 1:12:09, CJ Walker 1:19:38.
Report: Penny Hodges 

Photo: Stefan Latter chases Andy Atter and most of team GRC


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dovedale Dipper

Gav, Nev and Paul before the race
Grantham Running Club travelled to the beautiful Peak District to take part in the Dovedale Dipper Event. Participants could choose between two rural routes across remote Peak District trails. Paul Rushworth, Gav Meadows and Nev Chamberlain attempted the 27 mile course which called at Hartington, Longnor, Revidge, Wetton, Castern and Mill Dale before returning to the finish through the magnificent Wolfscote Dale adjacent to the River Dove. The course involved 3,395ft of elevation gain. On the 16 miles route Mark Hillson, Penny Hodges and Gordon Geach ran together in what were ideal conditions for running with intermittent sunshine and a fresh southerly breeze. Melanie Taylor was accompanied throughout the event by her husband Andrew.  
26 mile Paul Rushworth 5 hours 6 minutes. Gav Meadows, 5 hours 22 minutes. Nev Chamberlain, 6 hours 34 minutes.  
16 miles: Mark Hillson, Penny Hodges and Gordon Geach, 3 hours 24 minutes,  Melanie Taylor 5 hours 52 minutes.       

Asda Foundation York 10K

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

3598 64:57 Chloe Amos
46.70% N/A

Sturminster Newton half marathon

Caroline and Paul with their medals

On 6th August Caroline and Paul Davis took part in the renowned Stur Half hosted by Dorset Doddlers running club.
The race was held in the heart of the Dorset countryside along narrow lanes and through several small villages. Though the route was described as 'undulating' it became apparent later in the morning this was not quite the case.
With the race starting at 10:30am the sun was beginning to feel quite strong on the start line and the gentle breeze was welcome. The first decent climb came after only a mile and thereafter the course provided plenty of ups and downs! The middle of the race was relatively easy going but what was not expected was the ascent at 11.5 miles that lasted a whole mile! A welcome downhill to the finish meant at least there was some energy left for a smile as we crossed the line.
A pint of the local brew rounded off a hard but enjoyable morning. Paul finished the race in a time of 1hr 36min 26secs which he is more than happy with and Caroline completed the course in 1hr 57min 57secs. Afterwards she declared "so pleased to have got to the end of that one, and even happier to have got back in under two hours!"

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

50 96:28 Paul Davis
68.82% 903
160 1:57:58 Caroline Davis
61.06% 492

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Peterborough Grand Prix 5k Series: Werrington Race

This year's memento, a green tee shirt

The final Grand Prix of the series is the one where they hand out the mementos to those that have completed at least three of the races, five members of GRC had qualified for this year’s green tee shirt; Peter Bonner, Nev Chamberlain, Rob Howbrook, Robert McArdle and Catherine Payne. On one of the more exposed routes the wind and driving rain had to be factored in but as this was for position rather than time everyone was in the same boat. Running his fourth race in 12 days Peter Bonner was able to clock up another sub 20 time with Catherine Payne just over a minute behind and Robert McArdle the same distance behind her. As this was round 11 of the Club Championship points were also on offer. Peter’s 69.75% pushed him back to second in the table as he dropped a lower score from early season. Catherine’s 80.38% put her in the lead in the ladies table after her fifth event and Robert’s 70.03% saw hill climb up the table as well.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking
73 19:43 Peter Bonner
69.75% 635
104 21:07 Catherine Payne
80.38% 31
133 22:19 Robert McArdle
70.03% 307