Sunday, 26 March 2017

Thorney 10K

Nicola sets PB


Nev's PB earns UKA Ranking
GRC's Nicola Cottam and Nev Chamberlain headed out to the Cambridgeshire fens  for Thorney Running Clubs 10k.
The first day of British Summer Time brought with it blue skies and light winds, this plus the flat closed roads course made for fast times. Times of 47.13 and 51.45 for Nev and Nicola respectively gave both of them massive PB's saw them  finish in the top half of the field.


Position Time Name
Category
Grading
87 47:13 Nev Chamberlin
MV55 PB 67.74%
123 51:45 Nicola Cottam 
FV45 PB 64.84%


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Dronfield 10K























Another PB for Peter

Position Time Name Category Grading
71 0:44:19 Peter Bonner MV40 64.11%
 

Locke Park 20TEN

The host club had some top runners out

Catherine approaches the finish
Two of GRC’s athletes made the trip north to take part in the Locke Park races in Redcar, in this challenge both distances of ten and twenty miles take place on a tight twisty multi-lap course. The weather was the typical “four seasons in one day” variety with a stiff onshore breeze making a challenging headwind on the only two straights. Just before the ten o’clock start the timing mats failed to boot up leaving the runners literally out in the cold as the organisers frantically tried various ways to find a fix. After half an hour they gave up and asked the runners to warm-up for the second time as they positioned the spotter aerials on the line and steeled themselves for a long night of reviewing over two and a half thousand video images to verify the lap count and final times. The race finally started at 10:36 in bright sunshine but with the wind building up worryingly, it was forecast to reach gale-force at noon. Due to the nature of the course GPS watches do not measure the distance or pace with any degree of accuracy so runners have to rely on the lap count to try and gauge their speed. With the excitement of the start and the lack of external timing for the first couple of laps the pace was less controlled than usual with Catherine Payne going backwards through the field despite a 6:40 for mile two. Ignoring those round about him Robert McArdle made a steady start with the first six laps within seconds of his target pace of 7:30 before realising that he was going to be too ill to complete the race, aware that he had an option to record a ten mile time if he did not go past 11 miles and as he started to get slower over laps eight and nine he made up his mind to complete the ten but try and continue. Lap eleven shaped up to be heading close to 9½ minutes so he had to retire before doing even more damage. Meanwhile Catherine settled into laps in the mid 7:20s before the high mileage in the preceding weeks caught up with her as she had to work hard to stop the lap time creeping towards the eight minute mark. She was rewarded for this with a time of 2:30:10 which was a PB and good enough for her to be placed third lady. As the prizes for this race are awarded on age grading her 80.27% was not only good enough for fourth overall but beat her own club record for the distance set last year. Robert’s time for the 10 miler was given as 1:16:56 which was graded at 69.59% which was respectable given the circumstances and managed to win him one of the prizes. The goody bag was a pair of race socks, a medal and a Mars bar which is not bad for a chipped timed 20 miler costing £16.00.


20 mile



Position Time      Name
Category
Grading
20 02:30:10      Catherine Payne
FV50
80.27%


10 mile



Position Time       Name
Category
Grading
13 01:16:56      Robert McArdle
MV55
69.59%



ALDI Ashby 20



Dean, Gav, Caroline, Paul, Penny and Holly
Ten members of Grantham Running Club made the trip to Ashby de la Zouch for this years Ashby 20 mile race. The popular event regularly sells out within hours and windy yet relatively mild conditions greeted the 1300 runners taking part over the undulating course.
Chris was first home for GRC

Many of the club members were using it as a tester ahead of forthcoming marathons with spring marathon season looming in April and came armed with the gels, sweets and fluids needed to get them through a tough race. The Ashby 20's unique appeal though is also about the hoody and cheese cob awarded to all finishers when they arrive back in the town after two laps around the local villages and this meant many runners at the start were discussing the what colour the hoody would be rather than dwelling on the challenge ahead.

First in for Grantham Running Club was Chris Limmer whom came close to a personal best despite the conditions. It was his fifth run around the course and over took former local rivals from his past life living and working in Leicestershire towards the end as legs tired and pushed on to finish in 15th place in 2:04:08 and get his hands on another hoody for the collection.

Dean
Not far behind were a number of runners whom had fantastic runs. Gav Meadows ran steady and was really pleased with 2:22:16 and 128th place. By just after half past 12 a few more club members had joined and collected their hoodies. Dean Riggall was next in 2:27:48 Paul Davis came in with a time of 2:29:06 and Holly Durham was first lady in for GRC in 2:30:18. Holly was worrying she would suffer over the longer distances but thankfully put any potential thigh issues to bed with a really good performance and is now in a really strong position to do well in the London Marathon in April.

Paul Davis
Soon after, the rest of the merry band of GRC runners made it into the finish. Despite not having her finest race Penny Hodges still did really well to get in under 3hours in 2:53:18. Nick Payne was only just ahead in 2:51:45. Next and fresh from her 50th parkrun the day before Caroline Davis was also running well completing the course in 3:00:14 with Andrew Spencer close behind in 3:01:09 before Neil Emerson came in shortly after in 3:16:16.
A great race and the support around the largely traffic free course made up for the challenges of running uphill into a headwind like the runners did half way through the race.

Now many in the club begin the final preparations for hopefully a really successful spring marathon season with some beginning the taper down to marathons on 2nd April with others having slightly longer till 23rd April's London Marathon.


Position Time               Name
Category
Grading
15 2:04:08 Christopher LIMMER
M
75.09%
128 2:22:16 Gav MEADOWS
MV35
65.84%
183 2:27:48 Dean RIGGALL
MV40
66.67%
201 2:29:06 Paul DAVIS
MV45
68.96%
215 2:30:18 Holly DURHAM
FV35
68.83%
521 2:51:45 Nick PAYNE
MV35
55.55%
538 2:53:18 Penny HODGES
FV35
60.64%
672 3:00:14 Caroline DAVIS
FV45
63.61%
682 3:01:09 Andrew SPENCER
MV50
59.86%
899 3:16:16 Neil EMERSON
MV55
56.80%

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Retford Half Marathon, Notts

Neil continues his marathon preparations
Position       Time                 Name
Category
Grading







428 01:50:45        Neil EMERSON
MV55
63.98%

adidas Silverstone Half Marathon


Position        Time                      Name
Category
Grading







1796 1:50:22       Andrew SPENCER
MV50
62.81%
5386     2:14:59        Kieran ATTER
M 
43.87%

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Newton's Fraction Half Marathon

Gav goes sub 90

Winning Ladies Team
Sunday 5th March saw runners flood into Grantham along with a deluge of rain to top up Doris's puddles from the previous weeks. The 12th Newton's Fraction Half Marathon organised by GAC, was sold out to maximum capacity of 500. The mighty GRC team dominated the soggy track at the Meres Stadium, where the race started and finished, with a sea of 30 green vests, many beneath waterproof ponchos and bin liners.
Fifth PB at the half in 6 months
The 13.1 mile route took in a good mix of terrain and elevation including the canal towpath from The Drift to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Woolsthorpe and Casthorpe Hills. Matthew Kingston-Lee led the way for GRC and finished in fourth place overall in 1:18:01 earning the MV40 prize and celebrated with daughter, Molly, who completed the 3km Little Apple Fun Run. Chris Limmer ran another strong race particularly after his efforts at last week's 26 mile Belvoir Challenge, finishing in 1:20:05 and 7th place overall. Gav Meadows was doubtful that he'd reach his sub 1:30 goal considering the conditions. Despite an ankle injury in a particularly deep puddle which spanned the road to resemble a ford, Gav soldiered on for the final two miles and even managed a sprint finish into the stadium to arrive home in an impressive pb of 1:28:26.
GRC members take shelter before the race
Other victories for the club included first in age category for Rob Howbrook, Sarah High (both also completing the longer version of Belvoir last week) and Holly Durham. Holly, Penny Hodges and SJ Willis winning first place for female team. Despite the tough conditions there were a number of other PB's including Peter Bonner, Caroline Davis and Martin Carter. A special mention to the beginners' group c25k for braving the elements and distance. Many of whom were unable to run one mile without stopping this time last year before joining the club. Everyone finished with a smile and were rewarded with a t-shirt, medal and goody bag including locally brewed beer! 

Full results:

4
Matthew
Kingston-Lee
1:18:01
7
Christopher
Limmer
1:20:05
32
Gav
Meadows   PB
1:28:26
51
Matthew
Williamson    PB
1:32:40
55
Robert
Howbrook
1:33:12
65
Holly
Durham
1:34:27
75
Paul
Davis
1:36:11
87
Peter
Bonner   PB
1:37:52
91
Thomas
Williamson
1:38:32
104
Penny
Hodges
1:40:24
106
Mark
Hillson
1:40:49
121
Ben
Mason
1:43:14
126
SJ
Willis
1:43:38
155
Adrian
Walker
1:48:09
178
Sarah
High
1:50:36
200
Liam
Vincent
1:52:33
207
Caroline
Davis  PB
1:53:19
242
Rachel
Birch
1:56:47
243
Martin
Carter  PB
1:56:47
268
Tommy
Napier
2:00:31
339
Hazel
Dunthorne
2:11:09
345
Bianca
Parnaby
2:12:42
349
Paul
Durham
2:13:39
353
Nicholas
Jones
2:13:44
369
Jonathan
Lill
2:17:32
372
Rosalind
Sadler
2:19:51
374
Louise
Fenton
2:19:52
390
Yvonne
Buckley
2:24:28
391
Brendon
Buckley
2:24:28
401
Andy
Barradell
2:32:59

Rushcliffe 10k Multi-terrain

Goody bag included bag, buff and medal
Neil does Berlin
This turned out the be the perfect antidote for those missing the cross-country season already as 800 runners turned Rushcliffe Country Park into an ever bigger sea of mud as they did two laps in a very wet Ruddington. GRC’s European Marathon man, Neil Emerson, chose this as part of his build up the his Swiss Marathon ahead of the Retford Half next week and the Ashby 20 on the Sunday following that. In a field thinned out by almost two hundred no-shows or perhaps “let’s sneak back to the car” type runners it completely overwhelmed the metre wide paths of a course similar to the Melton Mowbray parkrun. Having the good sense to start near the front Neil got away cleanly unlike teammate Robert McArdle who naively started in the signed starting box and was bogged down, literally. As the race progressed Neil was able to consolidate his position passing halfway dead on 25 minutes and keeping up the pace on the muddier second lap as the remaining grass became more brown than green. Approaching the final corner with exactly 20 seconds to go to beat fifty minutes the commentator caught Neil's green shirt in the distance and got everyone to cheer him in with a countdown, Neil duly obliged with a sprint and possible a dip to cross the line in 49:59 although his chip time would give him a few seconds better at 49:52. Taking part that day as the UKA event Adjudicator Robert finished in 48:01.

This would have been a fun race on a warmer, dryer day but as it was it very cold and wet.