Just a week after the opening race, the second Lincolnshire Cross Country League Race of 2019 took place on Sunday 27th October 2019 at Ostler’s Plantation, near Woodhall Spa.
On a fine autumnal morning, a largely flat and surprisingly dry 8649 meter long course led to some fast times being produced over the loose stony trails. Chris Limmer was first in for the three strong Grantham Running Club’s men’s contingency. Having set off within sight of the eventual winner Jordan Carlisle from Cleethorpes he soon settled into a pack of runners about 20 seconds back as the race began the second of three laps. Positions changed a few times over the remaining laps, with eventually Chris finishing fourth (First Senior Male) in 32:22 - his highest ever finishing position in a cross country race.
Not far behind was Grant Davies who battled admirably despite his cross country spikes not being the best footwear for the loose gravel. Finishing just over a minute behind Chris in tenth (Third Senior Male) he was fairly happy with his performance. Finally for GRC was experienced cross country campaigner Chris Toon who also completed his third cross country race in as many weeks, crossing the finish line fiftieth in a time of 42:56. There were 66 finishers in the men’s U20/Senior/Veterans race.
The only female representative from GRC was Joss Smith who, despite limited training over the summer months, ran a really strong consistently paced race to finish fifth (third Senior Woman) in the 5766 meter long women’s U20/Senior/Veterans race. There were 28 finishers, with Katie Ball of Boston Triathlon Club the overall winner.