Sunday, 20 March 2016

Ashby and Locke Park 20's

Ashby 20

Grantham Running Club's Chris Limmer ran a near perfect race at the Ashby 20, finishing in 17th place just a day after winning the Belton House Parkrun. On tired legs after a heavy week of training, Chris' time of 2:05:02 far exceeded even his own expectations.  Chris, who's in training for a 50 mile ultra-marathon used this race as a training race along with 11 other club members who joined the large field of runners. This race, usually the last before the London and Manchester Marathons was run in unusually good conditions which helped club runners to produce some excellent times despite the undulating course. Mark Wilson was the next GRC runner home with and outstanding 2:21:56, good enough for 12 in his MV50 age category. He was followed by Ashby debutant Nick Rossington in 2:26:12, Paul Rushworth 2:27:33, Nick Payne 2:45:50, Andrew Spencer 2:50:20 and Brendon Buckley 3:49:08. Sarah High was the first GRC lady home with a standout time of 2:56:25 which placed her in 35 positions in the FV45 age category. Sarah was followed by strong performances from Lorna Fox 3:23:43, Louise Payne 3:26:26, Yvonne Buckley 3:49:20 and Wendy Tremain 4:18:56.

Locke Park 20

After Sunday's Locke Park 20 miler Catherine Payne is now ranked by UKA at number four in her age category over the that distance. Despite the race taking place only 7 days after she ran an off road marathon and a full week of club training sessions, Catherine posted an incredible time of 2:31:21. This gave her a WMA age grading of 78.63%, one of the highest ever recorded by anyone in the club for a race of over two hours, second only to her score at last year's London Marathon. Robert McArdle also completed the race with an impressive 2:34:22 (WMA 71.55%).

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