Saturday, 9 September 2017

GRC Grand Prix Round 15a Melton parkrun

Despite only having six runners out for this event there was no lack of quality with the three leading men in the standings, the leading woman and the highest scoring member of the club. Four of the runners would be averaging over 80% by the end of the run. A delayed start and muddy underfoot conditions contributed to none of our runners setting a new PB on the day but this did not stop the new leaderboard taking on a familiar shape. Rob Howbrook's 80% score took him to the top where he could easily remain for the rest of the year with MKL moving up to second place. Chris Limmer was not quite on the pace following a hard run at the handicap 36 hours previously but is looking good for third place if he can fit the races in before December. Catherine Payne stretched her lead at the top of the ladies' Championship to just under 100 points but the debut of Julie Braker for GRC marked a new way we have to look at what is a top runner for the club. Julie's 87% was well short of her best on this course but her 2017 times such as 1:49 for the Sleaford Half will challenge some younger member's of the club.

Here is the post from the parkrun website;

"186 runners attended event number 142, the fifth highest number at Melton Mowbray ever. The speedy Matthew Kingston-Lee was first finisher in 17:28, followed by Adam Swallow in 18:21 and Christopher Limmer close behind in 18:25. The first female finisher was junior Lexie McLoughlin in 19:46, followed by Natalie Teece in 21:28 and Catherine Payne in 21:38. The best age grade performance was by Julie Braker, who achieved 87.02% by finishing 54th in 25:10".

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