The annual Notfast open 10k took place on Sunday 8th July attracting an impressive 29 runners from the green and black army out of the full 224 participants. With the mercury hitting 25 degrees for the 10am start, and the course offering very little shade it was always going to be a tough event. A welcoming sight for all runners were the three water stations and the additional sponge station along the way to keep the runners hydrated.
Starting from Newark Rugby club, the runners turned right towards Kelham bridge. Having crossed the bridge, the next right turn started a loop towards south Muskham and onto the open A616 up to the now notorious Debdale Hill. With the energy sapped out of them by the incline, the runners then faced a very welcoming downhill section to complete the loop. Crossing back over Kelham Bridge there was now the mile long run in back to Newark Rugby Club and the short finishing straight to cross the line.
1st male home for GRC in 7th position was the ever-consistent Joe Clarke in a time of 39:34, followed by Matthew Atter in 10th position in 40:05, and Ben Hodgkin in 16th position with a time of 41:15.
1st Female was Holly Durham in 22nd position with a time of 43:04, followed by Caroline Davis in 89th position with 53:00, and Nichola Webster in 117th with 57:20.
Special mention goes to Matthew Atter and Holly Durham for picking up 2nd place prizes in the male v35+ and female v35+ categories respectively. Also, a very dominant performance in the team categories with GRC taking 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the men’s event, and 1st and 3rd in the women’s event.
Special thanks go to Notfast Running Club and all the volunteers for staging a great, friendly event, and to all the first aiders whose assistance was paramount in ensuring the health and safety of all the runners throughout the day.
Richard Payne (41:32), Matt Kidd (41:36), Joaquim Jeronimo (42:25), Nick Rossington (43:17), Russell Love (44:00), Stefan Latter (44:43), Ian McBain (44:45), Kevin Kettle (46:38), Stuart Reader (49:24), Stuart Baty (51:59), Thomas Napier (52:53), Julie Gilbert (58:38), Rosalind Sadler (58:39), Tracey Smith (1:02:22), Nicola Fahy (1:05:01), Samantha Clark (1:05:11), Joanne Cropper (1:07:58), Rachel Pattison (1:08:13), Lucinda Gamble (1:09:50), Margaretta Murray (1:12:49), Claire Fritz (1:13:40), Louise Kennedy (1:15:12), Chloe Amos (1:19:36).