Sunday, 10 June 2018

Melton Mowbray Road2Recovery Half Marathon

Tony, Emma and Simon

Three members of Grantham Running Club took part in the Melton Mowbray Road 2 Recovery Half Marathon at Eye Kettleby on Sunday 10th June. After an overcast start the sun soon came out making for a warm run over the 13.1 miles.

The course was undulating with a tough hill at the 9 mile point. All three GRC participants opted for the half marathon but there were also 1 mile, 5K and 10K options available. GRC results: Tony Johnson 1:27:32 - 3rd place, Simon Smith 1:47:37, Emma Weighill 2:09:48.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

3 87:32 Tony Johnson
77.82% 245
28 1:47:37 Simon Smith
62.75% N/A
73 2:09:48 Emma Weighill
50.84% N/A

Clumber Park 10K Trail Race

Several members of Grantham Running Club took part in the Clumber Park 10km Trail Race on Sunday. The race promised a friendly run with a 2km race for kids beforehand around the scenic National Trust parkland.

Chris Limmer
Chris Limmer was hoping a for a time of 38 minutes after strong showings in the weekly 5km parkruns recently and he set off within sight of the leading pack. In 3rd place at 3km he faded during the middle of the race as the undulations and high pollen count began to cause his pace to slow slightly. Over the final couple of kilometres though he did manage to push on to the finish nicking 5th place in the process. With a time of 37:10 he was really pleased with the time and position.

Also having fantastic runs were some of the GRC women who took on the undulating course in the Nottinghamshire countryside. First home was Lucy Hardstaff in 53:22 who was really pleased to be within a minute of her PB despite limited training over the past few weeks.

Following behind were two GRC members who supported each other and ran together throughout. Tracy Webb took over 2minutes off her previous best for the distance and Kate Marshall took a massive 3mins and 30 seconds off her previous 10km best. They crossed the line almost simultaneously with times of 61:53 and 61:54. All four members felt the friendly atmosphere and scenic course made it one to go back to in the future.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Van Elnor Trail Races

On Saturday nine members of Grantham Running Club took part in the inaugural Van’Elnor Trail Race held at Millside Wigwams in Barkston. This locally organised, national supported event had two races, a 10k and a 5k, and attracted over 200 runners. For a comparatively small event it was extremely well organised with chip timing, scanned print out of your result at the end and free event photos. 

In overcast but warm and muggy conditions the undulating course was an interesting mix of the edges of fields, farm tracks, dirt roads, a wooded area and even stepping stones over a stream. The organisers aim is to make it an annual event and have already pencilled in a date for next year. All those that took park commented on the organisation and friendliness of all those involved and are looking forward to next years event

In the 10k first home for the club was Stuart Baty in a time of 54:17 which was good enough for 62nd place overall. He was followed by Nicola Fahy (1:03:46), Sue Swann (1:05:16), Simon Hartley (1:07:16), Yvette Taylor (1:12:51) and Angela Carr (1:15:19). In the 5k race the club was represented by Tracey Webb (35:25), CJ Walker (44:06) and Angela Wilson (46:38).

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Peterborough Grand Prix Series

Grantham Running Club had three athletes taking part in the first race of the Peterborough Grand Prix Series round the lakes at Ferry Meadows. As usual the opener attracted a large entry with just over 400 registering on the evening. On a tight course with some 90 degree bends coming early on the gun timed results did not favour GRC’s veteran athletes who respected the pace of the more youthful track athletes and gave way to them at the start. Rob Howbrook was delighted to match his time, to the second, that he set on a faster course in Lincoln last month. His 19:09 gave him an 83% grading which is the best this season for GRC and also  his first position in his age category gave him a flying start to a championship where he finished runner up last year by one point. Next home was Catherine Payne going sub 21 minutes, her fastest time at Peterborough for two years and despite having raced a 10k three days earlier good enough to get her a top 25 ranking nationally. She looks well placed to compete again for a title she has won for the past two years. The final runner for the club was Robert McArdle in 22:07 some four seconds inside his last years’ time.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

53 19:09 Rob Howbrook
83.03% 51
114 20:59 Catherine Payne
81.92% 23
152 22:07 Robert McArdle
71.27% 229

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Woodhall Spa 10K

Some of the runners before the start

A total of 42 members of Grantham Running Club took part in the Woodhall Spa 10K on Sunday. The annual road race is a favourite with runners looking for a personal best time due to it’s flat course. The route is all on country lanes & starts close to Jubilee Park taking in Edlington Moor, Reeds Beck & Stixwould before finishing in Jubilee Park itself. Weather conditions, whilst not as hot as April’s London Marathon or May’s Sleaford Half Marathon, were still very warm meaning that some runners were a minute or two slower than their personal best time.
Holly was 5th lady and MKL was 5th man

First home for GRC in 5th position overall was Matthew Kingston-Lee with a time of 34:45 - just 25 seconds slower than his PB. He also picked up a prize for placing 1st in the Male 40 category. He was followed by Tony Johnson who continued his fine run of form by also picking up an age category prize for placing 2nd in the Male 50 category. His time of 38:45 placed him in 34th position overall.

Five seconds and two positions behind Tony on his 10K debut was Grant Davies with a time of 38:50. As expected he comfortably broke 40 minutes and will no doubt go faster still in cooler conditions. Having spent most of the race battling against each other & driving each other on, Andrew Pask (40:11 - 56th) & Gav Meadows (40:17 - 59th) got as close to their PB’s as they could’ve hoped in the heat.

With arguably the most impressive GRC performance of the day, Holly Durham was the first lady home for the club. She picked up a prize for placing 1st in the Female 35 category. She was also the 5th lady in the whole race & placed 73rd overall. Her time of 41:21 is a new personal best - beating her previous best from 2014 by 10 seconds. Quite remarkable in the heat. Nick Rossington wasn’t far behind Holly. His time of 41:45 was only 22 seconds slower than his PB. It was also good enough to secure 5th position in the Male 50 category.

With another impressive performance, Catherine Payne claimed the 2nd place prize in the Female 50 category. She was 7th lady overall and her time of 42:57 was just 17 seconds outside her PB. Robert McArdle also performed well, finishing 5th in the Male 55 category. Whilst some way off his personal best, his time of 45:19 was still very impressive given the conditions.

Another two runners who performed well in their respective age
categories were Sarah High & Caroline Davis. Sarah placed 6th in the Female 50 category with a time of 50:38. Some way off her PB but still very impressive given the heat & recent injury struggles. Caroline came home in 50:47 which was good enough for 10th place in the Female 45 category.

There were also personal bests for Stefan Latter (44:11), Stuart Reader (45:18), Kevin Kettle (45:24), Nichola Webster (58:01), Julie Riggall (58:28) & Emma Weighill (59:01). All these runners deserve special praise as the conditions were far from ideal for running fast times.

Other results: Richard Payne 41:40, Scott Jones 42:29, Mark Hillson 44:49, Simon Smith 48:07, Liam Vincent 48:31, Nev Chamberlain 48:37, Russell Maksymiw 49:00, Stuart Baty 51:13, Helen Brown 52:25, Martin Carter 53:01, Suzanne Britz 54:27, Sinead McDonnell 54:52, John Nevard 56:56, Marc Tremain 57:52, Julie Gilbert 57:39, Brendon Buckley 1:02:20, Nicola Fahy 1:04:29, Rachel Pattison 1:05:17, Jonathon Lil 1:06:27, Yvonne Buckley 1:07:23, Simon Hartley 1:07:48, Amanda Mumby 1:08:54, Claire Fritz 1:09:00, Magaretta Murray 1:10:57, Melanie Taylor 1:16:38

Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon

Sunday 3rd of June saw the running of the Derby Half Marathon that started and finished at Derby’s Pride Park football stadium. With most of the club at the Woodhall Spa 10K, Matthew Williamson was the soul representative from Grantham Running Club.

Matthew finished in a time of 1:29:35 which was good enough to place him 87th out of 2640 that finished the race. After the race Matthew said he was happy with his time considering the hot conditions and the fact that it was his first half marathon race in over a year.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

87 89:35 Matthew Williamson
66.10% 4786