Sunday, 23 April 2017

Orston Spring Dash

Six athletes from Grantham Running Club competed in the annual Orston Spring Dash on Sunday. The course starts and finishes at the village school who helped to organise the race with profits going to the school funds. The runners were greeted by ideal running conditions with hardly any wind and bright sunshine coupled with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the start line. There was a good turnout from many different local clubs considering the opposition from bigger races for this low key event. The course was slightly long - 6.45mls by watch and the route was typical country lanes out towards Flawborough with a long, straight return through Thoroton. Mild undulation as expected with 2km of 'multi-terrain' (track) which occasionally tested the balance. In all there were, 201 runners with the only congestion was at the start when everyone politely deferred to each other as we exited the Orston primary school grounds Neil Emerson was first home in a gun time of 50:58 with the first ladies back being Nicola Cottam and Rosalind Sadler both recording a time of 59.27 closely followed by Nicola Fahy 61.27 then Vicky Honey in a time of 64.37 with CJ Walker completing the team with a time of 72.30.
Neil Emerson commented “On reflection the run a friendly, homely, honest feel to it and well worth the £10 on the day entry fee, I only read about it on the GRC Facebook page and decided to incorporate it into my Sunday run as it is only four miles from home”. The team’s enjoyable day was rounded off when they were greeted at the finishing line with tea, cakes and bling.
A special mention has to go to Hayley Staff (63:18), Julia Hallam (68:39)and Claire Fritz (72:30)of the 2017 new runners group class who completed their first ever 10K in very creditable times.

Run Britain Results 

The Mass start

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