Sunday, 25 October 2020

Leicestershire 10k

Andrew Pask
Against all the odds this year’s Leicestershire 10k went ahead despite mounting COVID-19 restrictions. Two members of Grantham Running Club made the trip to Prestwold Hall for the event which covered a loop of the former RAF Wymeswold site. In strong winds on the exposed course, runners found it impossible to maintain a constant pace and the varied surface quality only served to upset the rhythm further.

First off in the waved start was Andrew Pask. With ambitions of challenging the 40min barrier Andrew ran a hard race to feel without looking at his watch until late on. With his first glance at the watch at the 8Km marker he was disappointed with what he saw. Picking up the pace immediately he dragged his average pace down to a more respectable level for him only to find a twisty last half a mile, with the finish straight on deep gravel at the front of Prestwold Hall. Andrew finished with a time of 41:07, whilst disappointing for him was still good enough to beat his best time for nearly 2 years.

Peter Bonner

Next was Peter Bonner who almost missed the start having slept through his early morning alarm. Starting further back than originally planned, Peter kicked on through the field just pleased to be racing at all on his return to fitness. Peter was also disappointed with his finish time and the quality of the course which he ran in 43:41 some 4:30 slower than his best.

The race was won by Domenic Jones in 31:11 of Rugby & Northampton and Hannah Lord in 37:05 of the Riverside Club. Incredibly there was 588 finishers.


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