It was an evening of contrasting fortunes for the three members of Grantham Running Club who took part in the Holme Pierrepont 10K, held at an unseasonably cool and drizzly National Water Sports Centre on Thursday 29th June.
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The inclement weather actually made for near ideal conditions for distance running, with only a nagging breeze into the runners' faces along the 2km long finishing straight adjacent to the rowing basin on each of the two laps impacting negatively on the efforts of the 449 finishers.
First home for GRC was Matthew Kingston-Lee, who clocked his first sub 35 minute 10K as a veteran runner with a fine 34:33, claiming seventh overall and first place in the V40 category:
"After going out too hard at and suffering the consequences at the Summer Solstice 10K last week, I was keen to make amends at Holme Pierrepont," commented Matthew after the race. "I went out just a bit more steadily and this made all the difference for the second half of the race, enabling me to run a pleasing negative split and score my best ever age graded result."
Next home for GRC was Andrew Pask, another runner with a point to prove after suffering his first ever DNF at the recent Notts 10 Mile Road Race, also held at Holme Pierrepont. Andrew ran a solid race to come home 68th overall in 41:14, his first 10k for two years.
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Following his podium finish five days earlier at the Grimsthorpe 10K, Scott Jones went into the race with hopes of a strong performance. Alas the fickle nature of running reared its face as Scott suffered a reoccurrence of an ongoing injury that forced him to stop and stretch out with a couple of kilometres to go. He resumed running and came home in 42:52, just making it into the top 100 in 99th place overall. Paul Davidson who was doing the whole series finished in 43:29
The race was won by former track runner Michael Coltherd, who ran a new 10K PB of 30:59 on his return to the sport after a lengthy break. In a similar vein Grantham's talented runner Ian Boneham made his first race appearance in 'at least seven years' at the race. The runner, who has trained with members of Grantham Running Club in recent months, showed that class is permanent when he finished an impressive fourth in 34:15.
The winning woman was Katie Lomas of Charnwood AC, who finished just a second outside her PB in 37:25. The race was round two of a four race Holme Pierrepont Grand PrixSeries.