Sunday, 8 October 2017

Perkins Great Eastern Run

The Great Eastern Run Half Marathon, Peterborough drew over 4,000 runners including 31 from Grantham Running Club. The race started on the Embankment before heading trough the city centre and north towards Werrington. This fast, flat course then heads south back to finish on the Embankment. In near perfect conditions and with many members who were not running contributing to the good crowd support throughout the course, fast times were inevitable.

The stand-out performer of the day was new member Julie Breaker. Already the most talented runner at the club, Julie's time of 1:49:09 scored her an astronomical age grade score of 87.9%. Julie's performance is the equivalent of a 25yr old man running 1:06:26 and is actually higher that the race winner's age grade score. Her V65 UK ranking is now easily inside the top 10 in the country over the distance.

First GRC member across the line was the fast improving Matthew Atter with a PB smashing 1:27:35, followed by Andrew Pask (1:28:40 –SB), Scott Jones (1:31:17) and Robert Howbrook who struggled through the last few miles with 1:32:15. Holly Durham was the first GRC lady with an impressive 1:34:23, only two weeks after her incredible 99 mile run at Equinox24.

PB's were posted by Peter Bonner (1:33:03), Christopher Toon (1:53:56), Gavin Skinner (1:58:47), Magaretta Murray (2:13:46), Lucinda Gamble (2:20:27) and Claire Fritz (2:35:08).

Many members made the step-up to this distance for the first time: Kevin Kettle (1:46:06), Nicola Fahy (2:11:54), Julie Riggall (2:15:40) and Justyna Gill (2:26:22).

Other results: Catherine Payne (1:36:30), Mark Hillson(1:43:26), Dean Riggall (1:45:07), Gordon Geach (1:51:49), Sarah High (1:51:59), Robert Braker (1:52:53), Tony Johnson(1:56:56), Martin Carter (1:58:32), Nicola Cottam (2:03:49), Warren Stark (2:04:52), Jacqueline Jacobs (2:08:37), Nicholas Jones (2:13:41), Amy Potter (2:14:35), Brendon Buckley (2:21:24 – SB), Yvonne Buckley (2:22:17).

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