Sunday, 15 April 2018
Grantham Running Club welcomed a record 309 runners as it hosted the Grantham Cup 10K trail race, part of the Belton Horse Trials weekend. The event is proving increasingly popular with CaniCross runners (running with a dog) of which a bumper 47 dogs and companions completed the course.
The tough 10K cross country course which included the climb up to Belmont Tower not once but twice was made even more challenging after recent rain had turned the park extra muddy. Most runners opted to wear trail shoes or spikes to give extra grip in the slippery conditions, where staying on your feet was a priority.
First GRC runner to complete the tricky course was new member Piers Pye-Watson in 14th position with a time of 43:32. He was followed by Stuart Sinclair who returned to the racing scene with 45:51. First female, only a week after her massive Manchester Marathon PB, was Caroline Davis with 1:00:01.
Runners were rewarded with a commemorative medal and bottle of Real Ale. For the dogs there was some free treats and a well-deserved drink of water. Most participants and organisers, although somewhat muddy, went on to enjoy the remainder of the Belton Horse Trials.
Other results; Andrew Pask 48:31, Stefan Latter 49:51, Christopher Toon 52:16, Russell Maksymiw 52:23, Kevin Kettle 55:02, Stuart Batty 58:20, Gavin Skinner 1:00:35, Andrea Ward 1:02:18, Suzanne Britz 1:06:52, Justyna Gill 1:11:02, Simon Hartley 1:18:59.