Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Nottingham 5k Summer Series - Race 1

Tommy used rhythmic breathing technique
GRC veteran runner Tommy Napier joined 70 others for round 1 of the The Nottingham 5k Summer Series and was rewarded with a prize! Afterwards Tommy said "Just bagged myself a first ever prize for having a bit of fun in winning my age category in a time 24.30..thereabouts. Not a particularly flat course which is two laps clockwise around the lake. A mixture of tarmac and tracks. Extremely friendly crowd and very chatty and supportive. Looking forward to my next three races here. I set my goal to average a sub 24 mins series.Running basically with a stop watch and controlling the pace by rhythmic breathing technique. My halfway split was 11mins 15 secs...So obviously work in progress. But things can only get better when there is more veno to be won. Thanks to my sponge lady Debs for her continued support.
Round 2 takes place on 26th June and is £12 for entry on the day, this race does not have a UKA road license and will not appear on Power of Ten as a PB

Lincoln Wellington AC 5K Series and Memory Mile

Only race hosts Lincoln Wellington AC could better the impressive turnout of twenty nine Grantham Running Club members who took part in the opening LWAC 5K Series race on Tuesday 29th May 2019. The race, which incorporated the seventh round of the GRC 5K Grand Prix Series proved to be a very special race for the ‘Green Army’ with club records both established and smashed, and a great number of personal bests set.

Ian clocked sub 5:20 per mile
The poor children who set off at 18:30 for the accompanying 1K Race resembled drowned rats as a downpour of near biblical proportions literally destroyed the race results and briefly risked flooding the Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln, where the evening’s races took place. Thankfully once all the young boys and girls finished safe and sound with a medal to warm themselves with, the conditions turned dramatically to prove ideal for 5K racing, with weak evening sunshine slowly drying the course, temperatures in the very low teens and barely a breath of wind to slow the runners.
First home for GRC was the ever-improving Ian Williams, who built on his first ever road race victory over ten miles a week earlier to break the existing club 5K record. In a superbly judged effort, he bettered his PB by over a minute, finishing seventh overall in 16:33. He improved on the former club record, held by Matthew Kingston-Lee, by 12 seconds. Matthew, who clocked that 16:45 at the same race twelve months earlier, could do nothing but watch Ian slowly, but inexorably, disappear into the distance as he himself had to settle for eleventh place overall and second in the V40 age category, clocking a slightly frustrating 17:00.

Chris Limmer was next to finish for GRC, just two days on from finishing second at the Little Bytham 10K Farm Run. Chris was pleased to clock his fastest 5K time
Rob now on the "All Time" list for the mile
since 2014 with 17:36. He finished ahead of a trio of runners who all claimed 5K personal bests: Joe Clarke (18:19) bettered his PB by 26 seconds; Joaquim Jeronimo showed considerable determination to continue after briefly stopping with knee pain to clock 18:28, taking two seconds off his previous best; and Matthew Williamson finished just two seconds behind in 18:30 – sixteen seconds better than his previous best set in 2018.
Ian Williams’ club record notwithstanding, it is arguable that the performance of the evening came from a resurgent Rob Howbrook. He kicked off the proceedings by finishing fifth overall and first in his age category in the inaugural ‘Memory Mile’ which took place twenty minutes before the 5K race. His time of 5:38 effectively sets a club record as it’s the first recorded instance of an officially licensed road mile race taking place in the club’s history. Far from fatiguing the 60 years young runner this short race seemed to inspire Rob who went on finish first in the V60 category, clocking a fantastic 18:47 in the 5K race. This was not only a new PB by ten seconds it merited an age grade of 85.39%. This is comfortably the highest ever grade by a male runner from Grantham Running Club and makes him the first runner to potentially receive a platinum race standard certificate at the next club awards night.

Peter Bonner, sixth with 5:40 in the Memory Mile, was just a couple of seconds outside his 5K PB, clocking 19:00. Andy Atter followed in 20:24, who finished ahead of Stefan Latter, who was delighted with his new 5K PB of 20:50 having suffered recently with a chest infection. 

Catherine's ranked # 4 by UKA
Stefan finished just ahead of Catherine Payne, who was the first GRC woman to finish in 20:58. Her 83.04% age grade would be the best by a GRC woman in 2019 to date had she not run 83.10% en route to winning the preceding Memory Mile in 6:14. Both performances earned her V50 age category victories; her memory mile time establishes a club record over the distance.

Jack Dodwell (21:06) who had finished eighth and ahead of Catherine in the Memory Mile in 5:51, had the disappointment of being just one second outside his PB. He did though earn family bragging rights by beating his brother Sam home (21:24). Adrian Walker (22:03) lamented setting off too quickly and suffering the consequences later in the race. He, like Sam, established though a PB over the distance, as did Paul Kelly who ran well to clock 22:22 and Hannah San Jose, who finished in 22:28 and was fourth in her age category.
Nick Rossington (22:42) struggled a little in the 5K, but he also ran the Memory Mile where he finished tenth and first in the V50 age category with 6:24. Rob McArdle was twelfth in the Memory Mile and second in the same age category. He went on to run 23:24 in the 5K race.  
Caroline Davis (24:34) very impressively bettered her 5K PB by 31 seconds, just a day after finishing a similar amount of time outside her 10K PB at the Vitality London 10,000. Following Caroline, Richard Hall clocked 24:49. Ros Sadler was just two seconds outside her PB in 25:21; Julie Gilbert (26:00) bettered hers by 19 seconds. Rachel Pattison established a 5K best of 26:44. Tracy Webb’s 28:10 is an official 5K PB as her 27:54 set at the Rockingham 5K is classed as ‘NAD’ on the Power of 10 Website. 

Suzanne Hardy (29:07) was another to run her first official 5K race. Claire Fritz bettered her ‘NAD’ Rockingham 5K time by over a minute to establish an indisputable 5K PB of 29:12. She was just ahead of Kate Marshall who ran her first 5K race in 29:14. Louise Kennedy bettered her PB set at the same race 12 months earlier by two seconds with 30:38 and Dona Hall completed the GRC contingent with 31:01.
The 5K race was won by William Strangeway of Lincoln Wellington AC in 15:06 with club mate Abbie Donnelly the winning woman in 16:59. There were 154 finishers. The Memory Mile was won by Harry Baxter of Lincoln Wellington AC in 4:42. There were 27 finishers.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Vitality London 10,000

19,465 runners. including the likes of race winners Sir Mo Farah and Steph Twell, joined four th May to take part and complete the twelfth Vitality 10,000.
members of Grantham Running Club on Bank Holiday Monday 27
The 10K road race starts on The Mall with the course following a clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. Along the way runners pass by many of London’s famous sights including: Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’ss Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey before finishing right outside Buckingham Palace. Runners assembled at Green Park ahead of the race under grey skies, but come the 10am start the cloud broke up and the course was bathed in warm sunshine. Once across the timing mats, runners were greeted by cheering crowds lining the route as well as drumming bands and a choir.

Like the race’s big brother - the London Marathon - the field was split into waves starting at ten minute intervals. It was in the second wave that three of the GRC contingent set out onto what turned out to be some quite congested London streets.
With the course narrowing in places, causing runners to bunch up, it proved extremely difficult to get into any kind of rhythm with what appeared to be a significant proportion of the second wave having a rather optimistic estimate of their finish time. Due to the zigzag route some runners were forced to take, finish times were likely to be somewhat slower than hoped for.

First to finish for GRC was Paul Davis in a time of 46:18. Starting the race with no realistic chance of bettering his 10k PB, Paul was still a little disappointed to be just over six minutes off his best. Next across the line in 47:26 was Stewart Pick, also missing out on a PB but enjoying the occasion and pleased to have spotted Sir Mo at the start.

First lady home for GRC was Caroline Davis in a time of 49:34 which was within 30 seconds of her PB. She blamed dodging around slower runners to make her GPS race distance register over 10.2k! Marie Boddington ran in the colours of CLIC Sargent. Currently participating in the club’s Couch to 5K programme after a year off through injury, Marie entered the race to try to push her distance running a little. Finishing in a time of 1:30:16 she said: “I'm disappointed with my time but very pleased to finish after suffering very badly from the pollen from the surrounding trees. It's a great event and well organised.” Paul added: “a really enjoyable race, perfect for those missing out on the full marathon but wanting a taste of the big race atmosphere, with the added benefit of being able to enjoy a post race stroll through the capital with correctly functioning legs!”

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Edinburgh Marathon

Pos Name (Number) Chip time

828 Sarah Chynoweth 3h 32m 59s Female

10k: 44m 41s

Half: 1h 34m 57s

30k: 2h 22m 31s

Gun Time:3h 33m 50s

3008 Liam Vincent  4h 10m 4s Over 45 : Male

10k: 51m 35s

Half: 1h 51m 30s

30k: 2h 45m 19s

Gun Time:4h 17m 8s

Little Bytham Farm Run

The second annual Little Bytham Farm Run took place on Sunday 26th May and gave runners the choice of either a 5km or 10km run around the fields and trails near the south Lincolnshire village.
A small group from Grantham Running Club took part in the 10km race which included participants of the club’s 10 weeks to 10k programme, who were taking part in their first ever race. It was a testing course with a stiff head wind for some of the uphill sections and warm muggy conditions adding an extra challenge.
Sixty five runners took part in the 10K race (including a number that had already ran the 5K race just 30 minutes earlier). Chris Limmer was first in for GRC, finishing second overall. Having shared the lead with Stamford’s Mark Popple during the first couple of kilometres, Chris eased off the pace to save his energy for the second lap. Mark was able to gradually stretch out his lead, finishing in 37:40, just under ninety seconds clear of a pleased Chris who clocked a very creditable 39:07 on an undulating course.
Chris Limmer
Following behind Chris were a few experienced GRC competitors. Sam Clark (44:03) and Russell Love (44:12) ran close together throughout and pushed each other along to claim sixth and seventh place respectively. Finishing sixteenth in 51:03, Martin Rodell put in an impressive performance given his limited racing experience. Martin Carter was cheered in by his family (including his recently born son Mason) just over four minutes behind in 55:40.
Dale Towning was the first of the race debutants to finish for GRC. Dale went off quickly and slowed during the tricky hilly section in the first part of the second lap but he was able to speed up over the final couple of kilometres. Finishing in 1:03:15 he was pleased to finish so close to the hour and it gave him a good idea of what time to aim for at the Long Bennington Summer Solstice 10K, which takes place on June 21st.

Howard Rudder (1:07:21) also went off hard and fast during the first couple of miles and similarly slowed during the second lap but loved his first experience of racing and was full of praise for the support from the volunteers and clubmates. 

Samantha French (1:17:15) was the final GRC finisher and despite describing it as ‘the longest 10km ever’ was pleased to get around and enjoyed the low key event.

Buxton Half

Relentless rain, 1508ft of climb and a persistent gusty headwind did nothing to dent the enthusiasm of GRC’s Craig Drury at the Buxton Half Marathon on Sunday (26th May 2019).

Craig, 46, pulled in a solid 1:57:01 performance putting him 206 out of a field of 418 runners. The hilly and beautiful route through the Peak District National Park offered him the perfect opportunity to improve his hill endurance as part of his preparation for the Snowdonia Marathon in October.

The race was no less of a feat due to Craig’s recent stint of knee injury. Any pain he felt during the race was tempered by the patchwork of scenic views, glimpsed through the mist. The field of runners disappeared totally into the clouds at Axe Edge where they had completed 900ft of consistent uphill slog over two miles - 50% more climb than Grantham’s famous Newton Fraction has in the entire race!

Spirits were high for the race amongst runners,  which has a reputation for adding on an extra 20 mins to an average personal best,  and Craig was delighted with his time, despite spending a minute at mile seven tying his laces!