|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|
|Gave takes a gel|
|Good to see Tony back|
|Mark is on course|
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.
|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|
|87||2:13:04||Gav Meadows||M Sen||65.56%||39|
|138||2:22:44||Sam Clark||M Sen||60.47%||47|