Sunday, 3 December 2017

Hoka One One Stockport 10

Two members of Grantham Club took part in the Hoka One One Stockport 10 mile road race in South Manchester on Sunday. The undulating course provided a stiff early winter test, mainly on the road, but with a short 1½ mile muddy off road section. There were two challenging climbs at 5 miles and 8½ miles. The course, although well marshaled was not traffic free and runners took responsibility for the their own safety and awareness of hazards along the way. This year's event was run in dry conditions however it was wet underfoot after significant rainfall the previous week. 994 runners finished the race. Paul came home in 160th position in a time of 1:10:00. Lizzie Potter, racing the distance for the first time, finished in 1:38:38.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

160 70:00 Paul Rushworth
MV 40
67.49% 744
848 98:38 Lizzie Potter
50.37% N/A

Saturday, 2 December 2017

North Midlands Cross Country League - Fixture 3 Heanor

A total of twelve runners from Grantham Running Club made the trip to Shipley Park in Heanor on Sunday to take part in the third fixture of the North Midlands Cross Country League. The course was challenging to say the least with constant undulations and sticky mud which was no doubt made worse by the wintry weather during the week. The weather on the day was mild and overcast with very little wind.
The ladies raced first and
& tackled a two lap course of approximately 6km. They had no choice but to embrace the mud from the start. First home was Sarah High in a time of 37.40. Justyna Gill put in a good run and was second lady back in 45.28. Nicola Cottam and Nicola Fahy, both nursing injuries, brought home the team in 46.00 and 46.06 respectively. The team are now 9th in the veteran ladies league with one more fixture remaining.
Next the men took on a course of approximately 10km (closer to 6 miles) consisting of one short lap & two long laps. By this time the course was even muddier thanks to the men's race being last on the schedule. Veteran Rob Howbrook led the way for GRC with a fine performance. He recorded a time of 43:30 and was closely followed by Dan Towey (43:37) & Gav Meadows (43:50). Next home was Matthew Williamson (44:41) who was disappointed with his run after suffering the effects of a stitch throughout the race.
Peter Bonner finished in 46:15 and commented afterwards that he may have started the race too fast and paid the price. He was followed by Kevin Kettle (51:06) and Daniel Howson (54:45). Last but by no means least was Andrew McAllister who finished in 57:59. Despite having four female and eight male runners taking part, GRC are struggling to be competitive across the different age/gender categories due to more numbers being required.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lincolnshire Runner XC League Match 3 Bourne Woods

Helen's first X/C since 2010
Gav acknowledges the crowd

A sunny but cold Bourne Woods was the venue for round three of the Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country  League last Sunday. This woodland course is pretty much stony trails with a covering of damp leaves more suited to trail shoes than full cross country spikes. For the second time this year GRC has a full men’s team out meaning they are still on course to have it counting in the final standings with the last race in December. 

First home for the club in the men’s race was Matt Williamson in 39:34 despite an 11½ mile tempo run the previous day sandwiched round the Belton parkrun. Next in was Gav Meadows (41:25) taking it easy due to a heavy training session earlier in the week with the third man to count Chris Toon (45:46) just managing to hold off GAC’s Mark Tucker in a sprint finish. He was followed by long distance specialist Andrew MacAllister (48:52) and Marc Tremain in 51:54
GRC has two ladies teams
Justyna first back for B team

For the first time this year we were able to field an A and a B team in the ladies 6,000m race with seven runners taking part. First home was Catherine Payne in 30:22, her first outing in three seasons, second back was team captain Sarah High in 33:54 and completing the A team was Helen Brown (35:14) taking part in her first X/C race since 2010. This gave our team the best result of the season moving them up to fifth in the table.
Justyna Gill (38:46) led the B team followed by Belinda Baker (46:09) with Julia Hallam (49:39) just edging out Claire Fritz (49:40) for the final place.

Skegness 10K

On Sunday a large contingent of twenty runners from Grantham Running Club journeyed across the county to compete in the
Skegness 10K. This race promised to be a fast and flat course. The weather was, as the motto goes, 'so bracing' - cold and dry, perfect for running. After collecting numbers, dropping off bags and taking the obligatory group photo, the runners lined up for a prompt 10am start. Although billed as the Skegness 10K, the race started in Ingoldmells and, it turned out, was wholly to be run in a caravan park. This involved a combination of loops and doubling back, making for a rather uninteresting course. This negative was more than compensated for by plenty of marshals and good support en route.

PB for Peter
First male member of the club past the line was Peter Bonner, continuing his strong and consistent running this season by claiming his fastest time at this distance. He was followed by Paul Davis, currently nursing a knee injury and still posting an impressive time. First lady was Rachael Smith, running her fastest time in the process, with Suzanne Britz hot on her heels.
For many of the runners, the flat course fulfilled it's promise; Melanie Taylor, Emma Weighill, Amanda Mumby, Stuart Baty, Julie Gilbert and Rosalind Sadler joined Rachael and Peter in running a PB - their fastest time ever. Martin Carter and Brendon Buckley, running he
roically, ran their fastest time of the season.

All the runners got a medal and goody bag. Both the medal and the (optional) T-shirt sported the RNLI lifeboat motif. All profits from the race were donated to RNLI Skegness.

Results: Peter Bonner 41:34; Paul Davis 43:03; Simon Smith 46:48; Stuart Baty 47:48; Martin Carter 49:31; Rachael Smith 50:51; Suzanne Britz 51:07; Caroline Davis 54:35; Rosalind Sadler 55:24; Julie Gilbert 55:51; Simon Hartley 56:36; Sue Swann 57:21; Jacqueline Jacobs 58:31; Brendon Buckley 58:49; Nicholas Jones 59:02; Emma Weighill 1:02:29; Amanda Mumby 1:05:17; Edina Burns 1:06:08; Vicky Willan 1:06:20; Melanie Taylor 1:08:23

37th Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Marathon

Ciudad de la Artes y las Ciencias
Grantham Running Club's Gordon Geach travelled to Valencia, Spain for the 37th Valencia Marathon on Sunday 19th November. The marathon route is flat and takes in a lot of the sites of Valencia, both in the new and old parts of the city. The marathon has an early start at 8.30am due to the local climate. The forecast for the day was sunny with blue skies and the temperature creeping to 20 degrees just after midday. Gordon remarked that the organisation of the race was very good from number & bag pickup to the actual event and afterwards.
Gordon after his PB at Berlin in 2012
He admitted his training plan was not quite up to scratch only running 6 miles twice a week. He said his plan was to try and run the marathon like a long, slow Sunday run and that worked till the half marathon point, clocking 1:50:26. But then he said he hit the wall 7 miles too early. 'The second half of the marathon was a world of pain, with my legs hating me all the way to the finish' he said.

Gordon crossed the line in a time of 4:37:40 - a little annoyed he didn't make sub 4:30:00, but glad he had finished. He also commented that the finish at the Arts and Sciences complex was really spectacular. Gordon said "Overall I enjoyed the race and will be doing it again sometime in the future - one for the list if you’ve not done it before. My next marathon is London. I need to do some proper training for it and get my time down significantly. I would hope to attempt break my personal best of 3:20:53."

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

14698 4:37:40 Gordon Geach
52.58% N/A