Sunday, 11 February 2018

St Valentines 30K

Joe turns the screw

A total of 16 runners from Grantham Running Club took part in the Stamford Striders St Valentine’s 30K on Sunday 11th February. The undulating road race, which equates to 18.6 miles, is the second of a trio of races regularly used by local runners preparing for a spring marathon. The course starts at Stamford Welland Academy & makes its way through Little Casterton before the runners embark on a loop taking in Great Casterton, Holywell, Careby, and Aunby & Tolethorpe. The route then goes back through Little Casterton before the finish at the academy. Conditions on the day were very windy with gusts reaching over 40 mph making an already challenging race a whole lot tougher.
Pasky was first GRC Vet
The 30k is seen as fair indicator of where the runners are with their marathon training and most runners begin the race with a fair deal of accumulated fatigue already in their legs. It is generally reckoned that a sub 2 hour run here will see you go sub three at London and a sub 2:30 could easily see you going below three and a half at the full distance is the remained of your training goes well. Three of the senior men had a tussle for bragging rights and pushed each other to some great times. First to finish for GRC was Joe Clarke in a personal best time of 2:08:58 - knocking a huge 21 minutes off his previous attempt at the distance back in 2014. Matt Kidd crossed the line 22 seconds later in his debut race in the green and black of GRC and his first attempt at the distance. He clocked an impressive 2:09:20 narrowly beating Matthew Williamson who was 7 seconds behind also setting a new PB of 2:09:27 - bettering his 2017 result by over 7 minutes. The fourth finisher and first GRC veteran in this close group of runners was Andrew Pask. He was another one who set a new PB of 2:10:21 - over 3 minutes quicker than his previous best.
Gave takes a gel
The next two runners provided a thrilling finish with Gav Meadows chasing down Dean Riggall for the last 2 miles and narrowly failing to beat him to the line. Dean continued the string of impressive GRC PB’s in less than ideal conditions with a time of 2:12:58. Gav was 28 seconds outside his fastest clocking 2:13:04. Holly Durham was next with yet another PB of 2:18:10. She also finished an impressive 3rd in the Female Veteran 35 category. A few minutes later Sam Clark - another GRC debutant. He finished in a solid time of 2:22:44 in his first attempt at the distance.
Good to see Tony back
Catherine Payne and Robert McArdle both recorded impressive age grade performances - they were the only two GRC runners on the day to break the 70% barrier. Catherine finished in 2:23:15 with an age grade score of 77.86% just a fraction outside her club record for this distance. She also placed 2nd in the Female Veteran 50 category. Robert was seconds behind clocking 2:23:37 giving him an age grade score of 72.62%. He placed 5th in the Male Veteran 55 category.
Mark is on course
Next back was Mark Wilson, Mark was suffering from a virus which had interrupted his training all year but decided to give it a go regardless, on a particularly steep hill at 9k he knew that the confident start was unsustainable and was faced with the decision of walking back to the start or continuing and risking a setback. He went for the former and was pleased to get in what was for him a good long training run and finish in 2:29:52. He was closely followed by the other invalid of the day, Tony Johnson delighted to finish over half an hour down on his best in his comeback race from serious illness, Tony started like his old self and powered his way to 24k where his legs ran out of steam and forced him to walk until some energy returned and allowed him to finish in just over the 2½ hour another.
Although Mark Hillson was down on his 2017 time he was relaxed about this as the timing of this year’s marathon means he is three weeks less far into his training and is confident he is on course for a shot at a marathon PB. It was a tough race for Nev in which he was unable to match his 2016 time but again was pleased to get the miles into his legs. Caroline Davis was one of the few runners to include a parkrun that weekend as she comfortably came home inside three hours just in front of Liam Vincent. The final PB of the day was from Yvonne Buckley who despite the wind was able to better her previous mark by a few seconds
Given the windy conditions, it was a good day at the office for GRC with some hard earned PB’s and impressive performances all round. Attentions now turn to the Ashby 20 and various other races that runners have chosen as they look to complete the longest runs of their marathon training block.

Position Time Name
Grading Cat Place

61 2:08:58 Joe Clarke
M Sen PB 66.93% 26
62 2:09:20 Matt Kidd
M Sen
66.74% 27
63 2:09:27 Matthew Williamson
M Sen PB 66.68% 28
68 2:10:21 Andrew Pask
M Sen PB 66.60% 31
86 2:12:58 Dean Riggall
MV40 PB 69.31% 17
87 2:13:04 Gav Meadows
M Sen
65.56% 39
117 2:18:10 Holly Durham
FV35 PB 69.83% 3
138 2:22:44 Sam Clark
M Sen
60.47% 47
149 2:23:15 Catherine Payne
77.86% 2
153 2:23:37 Robert McArdle
72.62% 5
210 2:31:38 Tony Johnson
65.11% 24
227 2:33:05 Mark Hillson
61.74% 39
363 2:50:20 Anthony Chamberlain
60.10% 15
388 2:54:03 Caroline Davis
61.71% 24
393 2:54:23 Liam Vincent
52.85% 51
590 3:46:34 Yvonne Buckley
FV55 PB 53.32% 13

Keyworth Turkey Trot (Rescheduled from December)

Seventeen members of Grantham Running Club took part in the rescheduled Keyworth Turkey Trot
on Sunday 11th February 2018. The 35th running of the popular Christmas themed half marathon
was originally postponed on December 10 due to poor weather and although conditions were far
from ideal come the rearranged race day, there was never any real danger of the race being called
off for a second time. To the disappointment of some, Father Christmas was not available to hand
out the post race memento. He did though send one of his elves to perform the duty on his behalf.
Attired arguably more appropriately for Pyeong Chang than South Nottinghamshire, first home for
GRC was a well wrapped-up Matthew Kingston-Lee, who improved on his previous best Turkey Trot
Suzy at 12 miles
position by one place to finish sixth overall, clocking 1:18:06, in so doing retaining his V40 winner’s
“The rescheduled race comes early in my training build-up for the London Marathon, so I went into
the race with the mentality of it being a good, hard training run,” commented Matthew after the
race. “The stiff, cold wind made the going tough, especially from mile ten onwards to the finish, but I
was pleased with my performance considering the time of year and my limited running in recent
months due to injury.”

Big course PB for Brendon
Second home for GRC was Rob Howbrook, another runner in training for a spring marathon by extending his warm-up run by three miles but still finished in a highly praiseworthy 1:33:04. Peter Bonner was next where despite being out of position at the start he was able to battle his way through the field and enjoy an excellent performance to clock 1:33:42, less than a minute outside his half marathon PB. Paul Rushworth was involved in a three way tussle with Peter and Richard in the last three miles as he continued his comeback to full fitness with a fine 1:34:39, ahead of Richard Payne, who ran well to 10 miles before struggling with the conditions, terrain, and lack of fitness due to
injury in the closing stages, clocking 1:35:58.

Craig sprints the last mile
Behind ultra runner Nick Payne, who ran a very solid 1:42:11, there was delight for Craig Drury, whose 1:47:47 was a fairer reflection of his ability than his only previous race which was the overcrowded Great North Run which took him almost fifteen minutes longer, and Chris Toon, who sliced over five minutes off his previous best with 1:48:40. They gave thanks to their pacemaker Chris Limmer (1:48:42) who was using the race as a training run for his upcoming 100 mile ultra race and had run 25 miles the day before. It was perhaps a baptism of fire for Claudette Joint to experience such tough conditions in her first ever half marathon, but her perseverance was rewarded with a sub-2 hour 1:56:18, just ahead of Robert Braker, who clocked 1:56:53. Sinead McDonnell (2:01:28) and Suzanne Britz (2:01:33) were separated by just a few seconds at the finish, ahead of Marc Tremain (2:02:52) and Hazel Dunthorne (2:07:26), who ran excellently to take nearly four minutes off her previous best.
Tough debut for Luke
New club member Luke Turner took part in his first ever race, running well to finish in 2:13:59, ahead of Brendon Buckley, who also ran well to finish six minutes faster than he had ever run this course before. Unfortunately Penny Hodges had to drop out at around three miles suffering the lingering effects of a heavy cold, but hopes to be back out marathon training in the next few days.

The race was won by Matthew Nutt of Holme Pierrepont in 1:15:26, with the women’s race won in
1:26:41 by Nicola Stevenson of Poplar Running Club. There were 695 finishers.

Position Time Name
Grading Cat Place

6 1:18:06 Matthew Kingston-Lee
80.25% 3
85 1:33:04 Robert Howbrook
77.93% 3
94 1:33:42 Peter Bonner
66.36% 24
97 1:34:39 Paul Rushworth
66.22% 25
114 1:35:58 Richard Payne
61.95% 41
206 1:42:11 Nick Payne
60.37% 51
290 1:47:47 Craig Drury
M40 PB 59.09% 64
299 1:48:40 Christopher Toon
M45 PB 60.07% 49
300 1:48:42 Chris Limmer
54.48% 83
437 1:56:18 Claudette Joint
59.27% 52
443 1:56:53 Robert Braker
66.34% 16
497 2:01:28 Sinead Mcdonnell
57.65% 64
499 2:01:33 Suzanne Britz
59.26% 35
509 2:02:52 Marc Tremain
49.81% 116
562 2:07:26 Hazel Dunthorne
F35 PB 52.16% 78
607 2:13:59 Luke Turner
44.20% 120
651 2:21:27 Brendon Buckley
55.92% 29

Saturday, 3 February 2018

The Rauceby Ripper

The Ripper is an 8½ - 9 mile (approximately) multi-terrain course, over trail, edges of fields and some road sections. Starting within the grounds of Rauceby Hall (image below) South Rauceby, Lincolnshire and finishing again back in South Rauceby near to the Village Hall.
 The route takes competitors over public and private land and thanks therefore to Mr Richard Ward, Mr Tim Dean and Mrs Gillian Hoare who has given us kind permission to run through one of the most beautiful estates in the County. Thanks also to Rauceby Parish Council whose continued support of the Rauceby Ripper is much valued.

Time Category Cat Posn Gender Gen Position
11 Peter Bonner 1:02:57 V40 5 Male 11
83 Martin Carter 1:18:57 Senior 25 Male 66
166 Justina Gill 1:39:14 V40 32 Female 57

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Brass Monkey 10K

(L to R) Lucinda, Simon and Stuart
On Sunday three members of Grantham Running Club participated in the 7th annual Brass Monkey 10k race in support of Lakelands Hospice, Corby held at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire. In warmer than expected temperatures and under a blue sky (at times) any hope of personal bests was soon dashed due to the high winds in the exposed location. There was a large turnout of over 550 runners and some wheelchair racers for this event around the banked speedway circuit. Travelling at somewhat less than the lap record of 215mph Stuart Baty came home in 134th place in a time of 50:44 with Simon Hartley finishing in 62:29 and Lucinda Gamble finishing in 68:50. All three were members of last year’s very popular and successful 10 weeks to 10k programme run by Grantham Running Club and have participated in a number of events since their graduation

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

134 50:44 Stuart Baty 
58.62% N/A
376 1:02:29 Simon Hartley 
49.13% N/A
456 1:08:50 Lucinda Gamble 
44.83% N/A

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Folksworth 15

Gav found it tough

A total of ten members of Grantham Running Club took to the starting line at the Folksworth 15 on Sunday. The fifteen mile road race, which is organised by Yaxley Runners and Joggers, is the first of three races regularly used by local athletes to prepare for a spring marathon. The course is an undulating two laps, starting in Folksworth village and passing through the villages of Morborne and Caldecote. 
Andrew first home for GRC

An unexpected deterioration of the weather just before the 11:00 start almost led to its cancellation but after consulting those at the registration desk the Race Director reluctantly decided it was safer to let the race go ahead as many of the runners intended to run it regardless and his reasoning was it was safer to do it with the marshals and medical personnel in place. By the time runners started their second lap the wind had picked up significantly meaning a brutal and very chilly headwind on the long, gradual climb out of Morborne. He also contemplated bringing them in after the first lap but reckoned most of them would just try and finish the race anyway!
The weather conditions meant PB's would be hard to come by and most runners would end up a few minutes slower than in previous years. It was snowing at the start and things only got worse from there.
A PB for Peter but at a cost
First to finish for GRC was Andrew Pask crossing the line in 50th position overall. He recorded a time of 1:45:39 - very impressive indeed given the conditions. Closely following was Gav Meadows who had led the way for GRC until the extremely tough second Morborne hill climb took its toll. He clocked 1:45:56 and placed 52nd overall. Both runners averaged a few seconds over 7 minutes per mile - close to the pace they hope to maintain at the Rotterdam Marathon in April.
Next to finish was Peter Bonner who had an eventful race to say the least. He suffered a nasty fall after overcooking it on a downhill section early in the race but despite this he still managed to knock over five minutes off his PB. It was only after he was accosted by the medics at the finish line he realised the extent of his injures being unable to feel any pain due to the cold.
Catherine - First in her age category again

Exactly two minutes behind Peter was Catherine Payne finishing first in her age category and 13th lady with a time 1:51:59, some 45 seconds behind the time that secured her the prize last year. Robert McArdle returning to long races after a nine month injury lay off with an ankle injury and was relatively pleased with his worst time ever on this course as he did not suffer any ill effects from the distance. Mark Hillson was next to finish, as he continued his preparations for the London Marathon, with a solid 2:03:05, followed by Penny Hodges (2:05:18) who placed 7th in the Female Veteran 35 category.
All three remaining runners produced creditable performances on a day when just getting over the finish line was an achievement. Caroline Davis put her recent injury concerns behind her posting a time of 2:15:32.  GRC's two club entrants to the London Marathon were next home Liam Vincent clocked 2:17:36 despite feeling under the weather before the race. Gordon Geach was the final GRC runner home in 2:34:23 and made no secret of the fact that he hadn’t enjoyed the conditions at all but after the cancellation of the Turkey Trot everyone was glad to be racing again.

Position Time Name

50 1:45:39 Andrew Pask
52 1:45:56 Gav Meadows
80 1:49:59 Peter Bonner
MV40 PB 65.08%
89 1:51:59 Catherine Payne
118 1:57:14 Robert McArdle
169 2:03:05 Mark Hillson
182 2:05:18 Penny Hodges
249 2:15:32 Caroline Davis
262 2:17:36 Liam Vincent
360 2:34:23 Gordon Geach