Grantham Running Club stormed to success at the annual Sleaford 10k open road race on Friday 11 August. The club was well represented with 29 of its members tackling the largely flat course through quiet Lincolnshire country roads, to complete the road race through Scredington and Burton Pedwardine. Participants started in good race day conditions, hampered only by light drizzle with runners turning into a brisk headwind at the 4 mile stretch of the race.
GRC dominated the ladies race, led home by Holly Durham, fresh from her recent win at Notfast 10k, securing her second win in as many months in a time of 42:07. Holly was followed home by her sister Penny Hodges securing 4th lady and first prize in her age group with a time of 44:30.
Andy Atter led the GRC men home, maintaining current form and narrowly missing out on a top ten place, in a time of 40:01, closely followed by team mate Scott Jones who ran a solid race in a time of 41:29. The performance of the evening came from GRC newcomer Stefan Latter smashing his previous 10K time in a personal best of 44:22, with Stuart Baty also achieving a well-earned PB of 48:58. In his first outing for GRC Walter Cruz-Flores secured a time of 53:18 and commented, "I really enjoyed it. I'm very pleased with my time. I now can't wait to go and eat some cake".
Graduates from GRC's 2017 beginners programme also participated, many running their first race in GRC club colours, their achievement all the more impressive as six months ago they were all new to running. Graduate Edina Burns completed her first 10k race after participating in the Couch to 5k programme earlier this year. Showing great potential, Edina finished in a time of 1:04:46, with the hope of achieving a sub 60 minute 10k next season.
Full GRC results: Andy Atter 40:01, Scott Jones 41:29, Holly Durham 42:07, Stefan Latter 22:22, Penny Hodges 44:30, Russell Maksymiw 46:44, Adrian Walker 47:55, Kevin Kettle 48:43, Stuart Baty 48:58, Suzanne Britz 50:34, Martin Carter 50:36, Gavin Skinner51:47, Paul Durham 51:47, Walter Cruz-Flores 53:18, Nicola Cottam 54:34, Nicola Fahy 55:34, Jacqueline Jacobs 55:49, Julia Hallam 59:37, Brendon Buckley 1:02:22, Kathleen Gray 1:02:35, Yvonne Buckley 1:02:43, Belinda Baker, 1:03:54, Yvette Taylor 1:04:44, Edina Burns 1:04:46, Angela Carr 1:06:00, Claire Fritz 1:06:21, Lynn Fisher 1:11:11, Beverley Toon 1:12:09, CJ Walker 1:19:38.
Report: Penny Hodges