Sunday, 19 September 2021

Rutland Half Marathon

7th place and 1:28:28 on debut!

 Grantham College Student Alex Curtis made a stunning race debut in the Multi-Terrain Rutland Half Marathon last Sunday. Following his first ever timed run which was the Belton parkrun the previous weekend Alex was able to put together a race plan that catapulted him into the top 5% of half marathoners in 2021 on a pretty tough Course. 

Since moving to college in Grantham the Werrington runner has been training with Grantham Running Club and is confident that a flat road race later this month will see a further improvement. Without a firm foundation to work out a race strategy Alex started at a conservative 4:18 per kilometre after the initial jostling for position at the stat of the run and was able to accelerate in the final hilly 5k to bring his average splits down to 4:12/k to finish in 7th place in 1:28:28.

Friskney Half Marathon


Grantham Running Club’s Andrew Pask and Caroline Davis made the trip to the Lincolnshire Fens for the Friskney Half Marathon. Both runners were targeting a fast time on this pancake flat course that was blessed with fairly light winds on the day. In a noticeably small field both runners set off in confident fashion.

Andrew kicked off with a good group at the front of the field for the first couple of miles before dropping to 4th place. In a then lonely race for the next 10 miles he slowly chipped away at the lead that 3rd place had over him.  Jumping into 3rd place with a mile to go, he was frustrated to be sent the wrong way by the final marshal in Friskney village. Recovering onto the actual course after a loss of some valuable time he finished still in 3rd place with a time of 1:30:20, his highest ever finish position for a road race.

Caroline used her years of race experience to start conservatively having raced over the longer distance of 20miles the previous weekend. With stamina never an issue, she worked through the field in the later miles only to also be sent the wrong way by the same ‘said marshal’. Recovering from the mishap quickly having lost little, she raced to the finish with a time of 1:51:04 and in 15th position. Also, Caroline’s highest ever race finish.  

Cransley Hospice Half Marathon

Gav's Strava

 Gav said "I think I managed to find a little bit but some is definitely still missing! Hopefully I’ll find the rest in Eyam in a fortnight! Could’ve been a lot worse all considered.

Very decent little road race raising money for a great cause and also including a 10K. Fairly lumpy with a big out and back section on the half marathon so not for the faint hearted! 2 short but slightly annoying off road sections (1 shortly after the start and 1 at the finish line) but beggars can’t be choosers at a cheap and cheerful event. Unfortunately, as it stands, this is the last time it will be held due to financial viability issues (unless a club steps in and rescues it)."

Thurlby 10k

Peter and Paul

 22     PETER BONNER 467         MV45 Grantham Running Club 43:12

56     PAUL JEPSON 480             MV65 Grantham Running Club 52:04



Porto Half Marathon


Meia Maratona do Porto Hyundai 2021

Half Marathon Hyundai 2021


Nationality: United Kingdom


Gender: M

Rank: M60




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Saturday, 18 September 2021

Chiltern Wonderland 50


On Saturday 18th September Chris Limmer took part in the Chiltern Wonderland 50mile race. Starting in the village of Goring on Thames in Oxfordshire the route comprised of a circular route taking in the hills and trails of the Chilterns with sections on the Chiltern way but also the Ridgeway and the many trails that linked the two. Chris and the other 211 starters were greeted with a misty and cool start ahead of the race start but the forecast was for it get warmer as the day progressed.

Chris’ race began just after 8 with a majority of the other competitors all wanting to make the most of the cooler conditions and the first 10mile passed with Chris and the other runners all in a positive mood as the route ran along the Thames Path before climbing into the Chiltons. Which greeted them with the spectacular trails and largely isolated scenery that inspired the organisers to name it the Chilton Wonderland 50

Another hour or so later and with the temperature increasing Chris arrived at the second check point with nearly 18 miles done and with the legs starting to warm to the task of carrying him successfully to the end of the course. The next couple of sections met the pre-race expectations of being the most challenging of the entire course. Longer sections in the warm sunshine, some technical climbs and descents made it hard going. Indeed, there was no light relief around the half way point. Having just descended into the small village of Turville (the village best known for being Dibley from the sitcom) there was the steepest hill of the entire course. A couple of miles later and with his water bottles emptied Chris arrived at the 3rd checkpoint at Ibstone after nearly 4 and half hours and 26  miles of running in real need of refuelling. With a generous handful or two of fruits and nuts and plenty of water Chris was able to resume his onward progress. At this point he had climbed from 71st at CP1 to 46th and was overtaking others but didn’t appear to be losing any positions.

Though the warm weather still made conditions a challenge for the runners, when there was shade and conditions allowed, Chris was able to run well and make up ground on other runners. Another 3hrs and 15miles had passed when Chris arrived at the final check point. Fully refuelled and with his bottles refilled Chris pushed on, knowing that with a bit of luck and by summoning reserves of both mental and physical strength he could finish under 9hrs. He had around an hour and 40mins to do the last 9 or so miles but the lack of shade again and narrow trails littered with tree foots threatened to jeopardise his attempt at the sub 9 hour time.

With about 2 miles or so to go and back on the Chiltern way that led back to Goring Chris pushed on. Finishing the last of the contents of his water bottles, pumping his arms, lifting the legs and surging on the fast downhill section. With about half a mile to go he knew it would be very close and a finally lung busting run through the village got him back to the village hall just before 9 hours and in 23rd place. Although Chris’ official time was 9:00:33 this was due to him stopping a metre or so short of the official timing scanner, Chris was delighted to have performed so well and to have given everything that he could on the testing course. The race was won in 7hrs 20 by one of the pre race favourites Jordan Skelly who won by just under 2minutes over the second place Julien Cazorla. The womens race was won also by one of the pre race favourites Karen Hacker in 8:26:35 having taken the lead soon after the Ibstone CP from 50mile debutant and vet 50 runner Philomel Bennett, whom still ran a fantastic 9:16. In the end 184 runners completed the course under the 13hour cut off.

Friday, 17 September 2021

Even Splits York 5K

Season's best for Peter


382549Peter BonnerGrantham Running Club
72.3 %MV45   19:40

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Great North Run


Another PB for Stuart

On Sunday 12th September 11 members of Grantham Running Club headed north to take part in the 40th running of the Great North Run.  The first race back in 1981, was the idea of British Olympian Brendan Foster and attracted 12,000 entrants, the latest edition of the worlds largest half marathon now attracts more than 50,000 entrants.  Delayed from 2020 to ensure the 2021 race returned a couple of changes were made, firstly the course was changed, for the first time in the events history, to an our and back course which meant that the iconic Tyne bridge was crossed twice, but the finish was not along the seafront in South Shields.  The changes to the route make an already tough half marathon even harder.  The second change was that the mass start was changed to allocated time slots and a wave approach.


Some of the GRC runners were running for charities and therefore not wearing the familiar Green army attire.

First home from the club was Aaron Smith who produced an excellent result beating his previous PB by 9 minutes in a time of 01:25:25, Next home was Stef Latter who was overwhelmed to improve his PB by 2 minutes to 1:38:44 in the process raising over £500 for Young lives versus cancer, next and running together and raising over £1,400 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, to support each other through and assisted by one of the many pacers provided by GNR organisers Robin Atter and half marathon newbie Rachel Hamilton finished in a time of 1:44:12 and 1:44:33.  They were followed by Stuart Baty at 1:49:26 delighted to improve on his PB set six weeks ago in London by just over a minute, Paul Kelly (1:55:36) running for Guide Dogs and raising in excess of £350, was followed by Jack Dodwell (1:56:45) returning from injury with only 3 short training runs who was supporting a local charity “Freya’s fight for sight” with Freya’s father Gav raising over £3,500 combined the next one home and


first for the ladies was Vicki Ball (1:58:56) with a fantastic 4 minute PB on what she described as a challenging course only made bearable by the amazing atmosphere and support of all.  Jacqueline Jacobs (02:21:04) has made an amazing recovery from a year ago when she had spinal surgery and was unable to walk yet 9 months later is an inspiration for all as she was running a half marathon but is not looking at running up any more hills anytime soon.  Emma and Emma were both running their first ever half marathons and running together Emma Duncan raising over £800 for Cancer Research and Emma Fleet found it very emotional raising over £500 for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her Grandad.

All agreed it was a fantastically supported and organised event especially given the restrictions that we all have to work around.  The sight of the Red Arrows flying over the Tyne bridge always brings a lump to your throat.

The women’s Elite race was won by Hellen Obiri from Kenya (01:07:42); the men’s Elite was won by Marc Scott (01:01:22) Richmond & Zetland Harriers. 


Aaron Smith            01:25:25

Stefan Latter           01:38:44

Robin Atter              01:44:12

Rachel Hamilton        01:44:33

Stuart Baty              01:49:26

Paul Kelly                01:55:36

Jack Dodwell            01:56:45

Vivki Ball                 01:58:46

Jacqueline Jacobs      02:21:04

Emma Duncan          02:49:08

Emma Fleet             02:49:08


Emma and Emma