Grantham Running Club came out in force for the Longhorn event at Thoresby Hall on Sunday 22nd April. There was the choice of 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or 60k and all included a canicross option (running with a dog). The routes were within a private area of Sherwood Forest and the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Hall. Weather conditions were very hot, making the races enjoyable if a little challenging for everyone.
Nick Payne was competing in the 60k ultra race which consisted of six 10km laps. He finished with a creditable time of 6:32:18 averaging just over 1 hour 5 minutes per 10km lap. He placed 16th out of 44 competitors and added another ‘marathon plus’ event to his ever growing impressive list.
The majority of GRC participants took part in the 10k which had to start in waves as there were 565 runners altogether. Stuart Baty was first home in 53:37 closely followed by Gavin Skinner in a time of 54:49 with Suzanne Britz first GRC lady back in 55:31.
Two members took part in the 10k canicross race. Hayley Staff (61:39) and Lucinda Gamble (79:22). Both runners and their dogs enjoyed their debut at this type of race and will be entering more canicross races in the future.