Sunday, 7 July 2019

4 Seasons Series - Peterborough Summer 10K



     Category Pos
      Net Time
    Gun Time

Andrew Pask


Dale Towning


Carole Pigott


Howard Rudder


Samantha French


Leamington Spa Half Marathon

Pos                       Name                            Cat        Chip Time          Gun Time


1524                Rebecca Angel  F              20-34     02:34:53               02:34:53

Ashbourne Half Marathon

On Sunday 7th July Grantham Running Club’s Gav Meadows and Paul Rushworth took part in the Ashbourne Half Marathon. Paul currently resides in Stone, Staffordshire so had significantly less distance to travel than Gav. The scenic but challenging race starts in Ashbourne’s market place. The first mile or so is around the town itself before heading into the Peak District National Park taking in Thorpe, Ilam, Blore and Okeover (where a mentally draining ‘switchback’ adds the required distance to the route). The finish is in Ashbourne’s park and sports grounds - close to the town’s rugby club.

Conditions on the day were fine and dry with the temperature perhaps slightly warmer than the ideal for running. On the plus side there was very little wind. The course is challenging to say the least, boasting an elevation gain of 1025 feet. Gav commented ‘I did this race back in 2015 but I don’t remember it being this tough! I can’t be sure but I think the course may have been changed slightly to include more hills.’

Gav confidently positioned himself close to the front on the start line where lots of veteran runners were lining up - the race incorporated the 2019 British Masters Half Marathon Championships. He also started confidently completing the first mile in just under 7 minutes despite the undulating terrain. However, he soon learned that this pace wouldn’t be realistic for the rest of the race.

He said ‘The first 8 miles were the toughest with most of the climbing being crammed into this part of the race. Miles 4 and 7 were particularly taxing with each boasting in excess of 200 feet of elevation gain. There was a big, long descent at mile 9 and things got easier from there - relatively speaking!’ Gav finished in 1 hour 41 minutes 22 seconds - at least 10 minutes slower than the time he would expect to run on a flatter course. He placed 93rd overall in a field of 362 runners and 33rd in Senior Male category.

Paul took a more cautious and perhaps more sensible approach on the start line positioning himself much further back. He also started the race in a similar manner and clocked almost a minute slower than Gav for the first mile. He said ‘I knew going into this race that my fitness wasn’t what I’d like it to be. A conservative approach suited me best and meant I could relax and take in the beautiful scenery that the course has to offer. The views at the highest points were stunning but you had to work really hard to earn them!’

Paul finished in 1 hour 46 minutes 25 seconds placing 122nd overall. This was also at least 10 minutes slower than he what he would hope to run on a flatter course. He also placed 32nd in the Male Veteran 40 category.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Holkham 10k

Pos.            Finish time          Chip time             Participant                        Category                             
155                   49:29                  48:55            Phillip Crowcroft               (M) 40-44           

Friday, 5 July 2019

Whissendine 6ix

Since the Whissendine 6ix (six mile) was first held in 1985, the race has established itself as a quintessential summer evening village road race. With only a few concessions to modern race expectations, such as the quiet country roads being mostly closed to traffic and the race partially chip timed, the event retains the low-key but warm and friendly ambience that many races of yesteryear would have experienced, but is increasingly disappearing from the road racing calendar as the popularity of larger, more professionally organised races, continues to increase, and the logistics of hosting a road race continues to become more difficult.
The six mile course is an anticlockwise one lap circuit bordering Stapleford Park and features a number of rolling climbs and descents typical of the Rutland countryside surrounding Whissendine. The race, held this year on Friday 5th July, is part of Feast Week, a tradition of the village dating back to the Middle Ages which has been resurrected in recent years and incorporates a number of events to raise funds to support the village. Other events on the evening were a WI book stall and Brownies Sausage Sizzle on the village green where the race finished. The local pub was also a popular venue for spectators to watch runners pass by and for runners to quench their thirst post race.
MKL wins first prize
With the sun shining and temperatures still comfortably in excess of 20°C come the 7:30pm start, the race was certainly a hot affair. In recent years it has been possible to enter the event on the evening and has failed to attract more than a handful of Grantham Running Club members, but the 2019 edition proved very popular with entries selling out months ahead of the closing date and many from GRC disappointed that they weren’t able to take part. As it was, twenty two members took to the start line for the race that was reintroduced as a round of the club’s 2019 Grand Prix Series.
GRC’s Chris Limmer took the early lead of the race, taking full advantage of the fast downhill start to stretch the field and cause a five strong breakaway split. At the back of the group was Matthew Kingston-Lee, who was heeding the advice of 2016 winner and club mate Jonny Palmer, who advised a cautious start to save energy for the testing rolling hills in the second half of the race.
The opening downhill run soon turned into a long climb out of the village which predictably slowed the pace of the runners. Once at the top of the hill Matthew began to ease his way up the field, passing Chris and then moving into second place not long after the two mile marker with only the leader around ten seconds further up the road. This gap held steady until the next significant climb in the race shortly after halfway, where Matthew quite quickly closed the gap and passed Brian Corleys of Bushfield Joggers to take the lead of the race.
With plenty of gas still in the tank and relishing the feel of new trainers purchased just that lunchtime (that claim to offer a ‘4%’ advantage over regular race shoes) Matthew barely slowed at all over the hilly second half of the race, enjoying the fast downhill finish back in the village to cross the line as winner in a time of 33:33, which bettered his six mile PB by eighty seconds. The hardest part of his evening was soon to follow with an excruciating interview with Radio Rutland, before later being presented with the customary winners’ prize of a pair of crystal wine glasses and a bottle of wine, complete with presentation case.
Early race leader Chris Limmer, who has run a surprisingly large number of six mile races, held on to finish sixth in 36:09, 27 seconds down on his 2018 Whissendine time and over a minute outside his six mile PB, but matching his 2018 finishing position. 
With six miles now a rarely raced distanced, once popular but almost entirely superseded to the 10K, only Chris and Matthew had previous experience of a six mile race. This meant that all the remaining GRC runners established personal bests for the distance. Of those runners, third home for the club was Matt Kidd, who came home in a fine 40:23. Naomi Jepson-Rivers was the first of ten GRC women to finish, coming home in 51:56. She was followed by Nichola Webster (56:04), with Sylv Hull (56:50) the third GRC female finisher.
The winner of the women’s race was Gina Crane of Yaxley Runners in 40:53. There were 264 finishers who all received a commemorative glass and bottle of ale from The Grainstore Brewery.
GRC Results:
Matthew Kingston-Lee
Chris Limmer
Matt Kidd
Matthew Atter
Samuel Jepson-Rivers
Adrian Walker
Martin Rodell
Tommy Napier
Paul Jepson
Naomi Jepson-Rivers
Stuart Baty
Nichola Webster
John Nevard
Sylv Hull
Kathleen Gray
Sue Swann
Yvette Taylor
Alexandra Platt
Vicky Willan
Simon Hartley
Louise Kennedy
Edina Burns