Grantham Running Club’s Matthew Kingston-Lee smashed his long standing PB and set a new club record when he finished 21st out of 7246 finishers at the Robin Hood (Nottingham) Half Marathon on Sunday 28th September 2014. Crossing the finish line in a time of 1:15:29 he bettered his old PB, set at Milton Keynes in 2010, by 1 minute 18 seconds, and bettered his old club record, set at Keyworth in December 2013, by 1 minute 32 seconds.
The fast, mostly flat course, is ideal for fast times. It was a still day, but sunny and unseasonably warm, with temperatures soon rising to 20 degrees Celsius and higher. This made the going tough in the closing stages of the half marathon and for much of the race for those electing to run the marathon.
Behind Matthew in the half marathon for Grantham Running Club, Stuart Sinclair had a fine run to break 90 minutes, clocking 1:29:36 to finish 259th. Suffering from injury it was a tough day for Wendy Tremain, who valiantly finished in 2:47:16, with husband Marc running alongside in support, who was credited with a 2:51:33 finishing time.
Opting to take part in the marathon, Scott Jones had a cracking run in less than ideal conditions to finish in 3:26:27 bettering his old PB, set earlier this year, also at Milton Keynes, by over 13 minutes, finishing a highly creditable 169th, with 1495 finishers.
The winner of the half marathon was Matthew Kimutai in 1:04:21; Gladys Kwambai the winning woman in 1:14:22. The marathon was won by Peter Capdevila in 2:28:33, with Kay Walsha the winning lady in 2:54:06.