|Gav was first home for GRC|
The ninth round of the GRC Grand Prix Series took place at Newark Rugby Club on Sunday at the 30th NOTFAST 10k race. This race is an old fashioned club affair which has been updated over the last few years with a new route but still retains the club race feel with a modest entrance fee and generous prizes. At three hundred runners it doesn't have chip timing so middle and back of the field runners will lose out compared to their times at other local races. Although it is popular with club runners it is by no means elitist with the largest club represented being the purple vests of the Notts Women's Runners Group
With rounds seven and eight taking place just a few days before this one some of the members missed out on this one the give their bodies a chance to recover but we still managed to muster sixteen runners on the start line. The course is a tough one especially for those who have not done it before with a few surprises along the route.
|Holly with her trophy|
Next in was Holly Durham as second lady and first FV35 in 42:52also running the event for the first time who found herself seriously compromised as the lead ladies were blocked by slower men as the course narrows to single file during the first mile. A temporary road closure would have helped everyone get smoothly away.
|A great run by Gavin|
Competing in her second race in 5 days Catherine Payne was not able maintain her usual pace all the way through the 10k fading in the final mile but still pleased with her position as fourth lady, first lady over forty and the highest grand Prix score on the day. Five places behind her was Penny Hodges competing in her first 10k in a year and knocking six seconds off her 2016 time. New boy Stefan Latter was next in delighted with his time of 47:03 and the support his GRC vest generated especially from the cruelly positioned Ric Dobbs taking photos at the top of "that" hill at 5k.
|Penny,Holly and Catherine with their prizes|
Paul, Durham, Suzanne Britz and Nicola Cottam's guns times probably did not reflect how well they had run taking everything into account but Catherine Davis definitely had the previous day's canal run and the Whissendine 6 in her legs costing her at least a minute and possibly a prize. Three races in 48 is pretty special. Gavin Skinner was certainly the runner of the day almost matching his chip time at the Solstice on this course is a stellar achievement and one that suggests there is more to come.
Jacqueline Jacobs and Nicola Fahy gave good accounts of themselves with another sub 60 run from Jacqueline and Nicola missing the mark by a mere four seconds.
|A huge turnout by Notts Women Runners who stayed and cheered everyone over the line|