Four runners from Grantham Running Club took part in the Orston Spring Dash on Sunday 29th April. Held in the Vale of Belvoir, the event is a 10k race on mixed terrain through the villages and lanes surrounding Orston in Nottinghamshire. 2018 was the fourth event and it normally takes place in the beautiful spring weather with a great atmosphere amongst competitors and volunteers. The atmosphere was still there, unfortunately 2018 was not quite the beautiful spring weather of previous years. However, the rain had stopped and conditions for running were still good.
After starting in Orston, the route took in Flawborough, Shelton & Thoroton before a long straight to the finish near Muston just off the A52. One kilometre of the race was on a farm track. This caused some slipping and sliding due to the torrential rain over the days leading up to the event. However, everyone managed to negotiate this and avoided face planting in the boggy ground.
As a reward for finishing the race everyone received a medal, tea/coffee and homemade cakes all supplied by the volunteers of the event. Stuart Reader was first home for GRC with an impressive time of 47:19. Other GRC finishers were Gavin Skinner (54:43), Claire Fritz (68:33) and Julia Hallam (69:56).