Sunday, 16 July 2017

St Ives 10k

The "Bling"

Every second counts as Ady sprints to the line
On Sunday six members of the Grantham Running Club traveled  to St Ives in Cambridgeshire for the 25th annual race of the St Ives 10K. 
A record field of nearly 600 runners were met with warm humid conditions and a stiff breeze making conditions far from ideal for running.
The course is an undulating 10K out and back course with a steady long incline leading up onto the top of the windswept airfield which affected the pace of many of the runners.
Catherine won her age group prize
Claire gets into the zone
First Runner  home for Grantham was Catherine Payne in a time of 45.46 giving her first place in the FV50 category. Catherine said "that she was pleasantly surprised to finish first in her age category as she was not feeling 100% before the race". Hot on her heels in a time of 47.21 was Robert McArdle shaving a few seconds off from the previous year's race.
Ady Walker recovered to finish in a time of 50.12 after struggling to cope with the windy conditions on the airfield, just a few seconds outside his PB set on a much easier day.
Julia finishing strongly
The next three  Grantham runners were all graduates of the clubs successful 10 weeks to 10K 2017 course Julia Hallam lead the trio home in a time of 1.04.35 with Julia  saying that she " is determined to break the 60 minute barrier before the end of the year"
Claire  Fritz came home in a time of 1.13.04 despite suffering stomach cramps at 6k race and describing it as her hardest race  so far.
Big Smiles at the end from Claire and CJ
CJ Walker completed the Field of Grantham runners in a time of 1.16.44 after suffering from a reoccurring injury in the very early stages of the race despite this she was determined to finish to pick up a "bit of bling" at the finishing line.

All of the Grantham runners enjoyed  the challenging course and said that they look forward to next year's event.

Position Time Name
Grading Ranking

107 45:46 Catherine Payne
76.02% 73
137 47:21 Robert Mcardle
68.70% 645
198 50:12 Adrian Walker
57.71% N/A
495 1:04:35 Julia Hallam
47.78% N/A
552 1:13:04 Claire Fritz
43.47% N/A
563 1:16:44 Cj Walker
40.85% N/A

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