Tuesday, 17 October 2017



Three runners from Grantham running club took part in the Amsterdam Marathon. First home for the club was Gav Meadows in a time of 3:17:39. Gav stated at the finish that the goal was to run the sub 3hr5min good for age standard to qualify for London Marathon; he gave it his all but it just wasn't to be on the day 

Second home for the club was Matthew Williamson in a time 3:27:28. Matthew started incredibly well and was on for a massive pb until mile 18 when both his calf muscles tightened up. Matthew managed to carry on up until mile 22 where the pain was just unbearable and had to walk the last 3 miles. Not the race he had hoped for but he enjoyed the experience of running a marathon abroad for the first time.

Third home for the club was Neil Emerson in a time of 4:22:01. Neil regularly does at least one marathon in Europe a year and has never done the Amsterdam marathon. After the race he stated that he was happy to get round in the time he did as the weather was stating to really warm up as the race went on.

Report: Matthew Williamson

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Spires and Steeples

There must be easier ways of getting from Lincoln to Sleaford but for Sarah High and Caroline Davis there could only ever be one option, RUN!
The 10th Spires and Steeples challenge was held on Sunday 15th October with Grantham running club being represented by Sarah and Caroline in the 26 mile event and Rachael Smith and Paul Davis taking the 13 mile route.
Starting in uphill Lincoln the route follows the Spires and Steeples heritage trail through the Lincolnshire countryside, finishing at the Arts and Craft centre in Sleaford.
Passing through several picturesque villages along the way the trail is mainly off-road and so the warm and dry weather was welcomed by all. 
The favorable conditions under foot enabled both Sarah and Caroline to better their times from last year by around 20 minutes. The un-timed event is more about the pleasure of the run than chasing a personal best though and the relaxed, friendy atmosphere has competitors returning year after year.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Perkins Great Eastern Run

The Great Eastern Run Half Marathon, Peterborough drew over 4,000 runners including 31 from Grantham Running Club. The race started on the Embankment before heading trough the city centre and north towards Werrington. This fast, flat course then heads south back to finish on the Embankment. In near perfect conditions and with many members who were not running contributing to the good crowd support throughout the course, fast times were inevitable.

The stand-out performer of the day was new member Julie Breaker. Already the most talented runner at the club, Julie's time of 1:49:09 scored her an astronomical age grade score of 87.9%. Julie's performance is the equivalent of a 25yr old man running 1:06:26 and is actually higher that the race winner's age grade score. Her V65 UK ranking is now easily inside the top 10 in the country over the distance.

First GRC member across the line was the fast improving Matthew Atter with a PB smashing 1:27:35, followed by Andrew Pask (1:28:40 –SB), Scott Jones (1:31:17) and Robert Howbrook who struggled through the last few miles with 1:32:15. Holly Durham was the first GRC lady with an impressive 1:34:23, only two weeks after her incredible 99 mile run at Equinox24.

PB's were posted by Peter Bonner (1:33:03), Christopher Toon (1:53:56), Gavin Skinner (1:58:47), Magaretta Murray (2:13:46), Lucinda Gamble (2:20:27) and Claire Fritz (2:35:08).

Many members made the step-up to this distance for the first time: Kevin Kettle (1:46:06), Nicola Fahy (2:11:54), Julie Riggall (2:15:40) and Justyna Gill (2:26:22).

Other results: Catherine Payne (1:36:30), Mark Hillson(1:43:26), Dean Riggall (1:45:07), Gordon Geach (1:51:49), Sarah High (1:51:59), Robert Braker (1:52:53), Tony Johnson(1:56:56), Martin Carter (1:58:32), Nicola Cottam (2:03:49), Warren Stark (2:04:52), Jacqueline Jacobs (2:08:37), Nicholas Jones (2:13:41), Amy Potter (2:14:35), Brendon Buckley (2:21:24 – SB), Yvonne Buckley (2:22:17).

Bournemouth Marathon

Spoiled for choice for autumnal marathons, this year Chris Limmer ventured south to Bournemouth for his marathon fix. The marathon was just one part of a whole festival of running and even on the saturday the atmosphere was building nicely for those running further the following day.

Conditions on the Sunday were warm and probably more ideal for those wanting to make a sandcastle or have an ice cream than for marathon running. Nonetheless Chris fought the temptation to run too fast early on (despite the first section descending gradually). But despite this by half way the warm conditions were begin to take their toll on Chris and the other marathon runners.  The regular refreshments provided some relief as the sun beat down.

With all runners in the same position the kindness of strangers spurred each other in the final section despite the limited shade and the familiar thud of fatigue in the legs after nearly 3hours of running. Crossing the line in 3hrs 6mins and 52 seconds this placed Chris 30th in over 2000 runners.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

31 03:06:49 Chris Limmer
66.87% 1023

Report: Chris Limmer

Royal Parks Half Marathon

A group of GRC members travelled to the capital to take part in the 10th Royal Parks Half Marathon. Rosalind Sadler, Julie Gilbert & Marie Boddington chose to forgo the glory of wearing the green army vest in favour of charity vests thus raising a good amount for their chosen causes. With over 16,000 runners taking part it was a huge well organised event through the gloriously autumnal Kensington, Hyde, Green and St James' Royal Parks. It was a chance to run through the usually busy streets of London whilst temporary closed without taking part in the full London Marathon. The 13.1 mile course started in Hyde Park, went through the royal parks, taking in Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Strand and The Mall en route before heading back to the spectacular finish line at Hyde Park. Excellent conditions and good pacing helped Julie obtain a huge 6 minute PB with 2:11:03, Rosalind came within thirty seconds of her PB with 2:11:09, both stuck together until the last 400m and finishing strongly. Marie was taking part for the 2nd year running obtaining a great finish time of 3:23:03 just outside her 2016 time. All the ladies felt rather privileged to have ran such an iconic route and all received a fitting wooden medal, yellow T shirt and goody bag.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

9687 02:11:03 Julie Gilbert
FV45 PB 54.97% N/A
9717 02:11:09 Rosalind Sadler
53.87% N/A
16263 03:23:03 Marie Boddington
35.12% N/A

MBNA Chester Marathon

 On Sunday 8th October Caroline and Paul Davis made the journey to Cheshire to take part in the MBNA Chester marathon. After dismal weather forecasts for the day the race started at 9.00 am in dry and mild conditions.

PB for Caroline
The race started and finished at the towns racecourse, with the first couple of miles of the route winding its way through its historic streets before heading out into the scenic Cheshire countryside.

Through the many pretty villages the route passed the support from the locals was fantastic with many bands playing along the way. After a short excursion into North Wales the road headed (mainly up-hill it seemed) back towards Chester and the finish where by now it was raining quite heavily. The rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the supporters lining the last mile or so back to the racecourse.

After having run together for around 25.7 miles the last half mile saw Caroline pulling away from a very tired Paul with her eyes fixed firmly on a new personal best time. Crossing the line in a time of 3:50:52 Caroline did indeed gain a new PB by six minutes! Paul was more than pleased just to finish this one not far behind in 3:51:11.

Paul said afterwards "A fantastic race! Great venue, route and support. Got to be one to do again and would highly recommend it". Sadly we later learned of the loss of a competitor in the metric marathon event, Trevor Cording of Fylde Coast RC. Our condolences go to his family.
Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

1019 3:50:51 Caroline Davis
FV45 PB 67.06% 293
1033 3:51:11 Paul Davis
59.78% N/A

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Dave Lewis Challenge

Grantham Running Club's Paul Rushworth was the Club's sole representative in the 27.5 mile version of the Dave Lewis Challenge event in Newark. The off road trail run started and finished at the Kelham Fox Public House. The route passed through Bathley, Norwell, Ossington Norwell Woodhouse, Caunton, Knapthorpe, Upton, Rolleston and Farndon before returning to Kelham via Averham along the banks of the River Trent. The course features were diverse including a mature orchard, a racecourse and a power station. Conditions were ideal for long distance running, a light breeze took the edge off the unseasonably warm temperatures and the threatened rain did not materialise. Paul finished the event in 4 hours 50 minutes in second place, over an hour behind the leader. The event raised over £800 for charity.