Saturday, 25 February 2017

Belvoir Challenge

Steady start for Matt
Eighteen hardy members of Grantham Running Club took on the Belvoir challenge, a 15 or 26 mile cross country race through the vale of Belvoir which promised lots of mud and a few hills too. In the 15 mile event Matthew Williamson continued his fine form coming in first for GRC in 66th in a fantastic 2:19:56. First lady in was Penny Hodges who ran it as part of her continued build up for the London Marathon and came home 129th in 2:37:46. The cake stops on route lightened the mood among the other runners on course as they battled the mud and afterwards there were many remarks about one particular muddy hill at six miles in. 

SJ Willis, Gav Meadows and Penny Hodges out on the course
Chris takes an early lead
Meanwhile in the 26 mile event Chris Limmer was first home for the club. Starting nearer the front and seeing how the race unfolded he was catching up with 2nd only to take a silly wrong turn around the 13 mile point and dropped to 7th. Thankfully he dug in and reeled the other competitors in and had to dig in to keep hold of his 3rd place in 3:34:13. First lady in for Grantham was Sj Willis whom much like Penny enjoyed the mud and scenery who herself was building up to a spring marathon. Sj ran it alongside seasoned marathoner Gav Meadows whom completed the final part of his challenge of 12 marathons in 12 months. Gav is raising money for sport relief and is hoping to raise £500. There were some fantastic perfomances and a real club spirit at the finish and on the course and despite the conditions many even said that they'd be there again next year.

Other results: 26 mile - Paul Davis 30th 4:12:41, Robert Howbrook 33th 4:14:41, Paul Rushworth 80th 4:51:49, Mark Hillson 114th 5:06:27, SJ Willis 121st 5:09:53, Gav Meadows 122nd 5:09:53, Sarah High 129th 5:12:48, Andrew Spencer 150th 5:23:32, Nick Payne 163rd 5:32:27

15 mile - 107th Dan Howson 2:33:29, 159th Caroline Davis 2:46:52, 214th Sinead McDonnell 2:55:54, 314th Suzanne Britz 3:17:48, 360th Jacqueline Jacobs 3:29:50, 442nd Ruth Dunston 3:48:38. 443rd Paul Durham  3:48:38, 456th Brendon Buckley and 459th 3:50:14 and Yvonne Buckley

The link to Gav's fundraising page is:

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