Sunday, 18 April 2021

Mallory Park Races

Andrew Pask, Sam Jepson-Rivers, Sam Clark and Aaron Smith

 On the first big weekend since lockdown restrictions lifted enough, Grantham Running Club sent a team of 6 to compete in the Mallory Park Races in Kirkby Mallory. With 5k races taking place on the Saturday and 10k on Sunday there was something available for all appetites.  Both days benefiting form beautiful spring weather, ideal for racing with very little wind runners were aiming for a fast early season opener.

Opting for the 5k race Alan Carley and Stuart Baty were the first to don the famous green vest of GRC. Trying to capitalise on some good virtual racing form, Alan Carley led the way on the 3 lap course. His finish time of 20:22 was his first attempt at a road 5k but was good enough to beat his 5,000m best on the track by over 1min and give him a UK ranking of 54 for his age category. Next across the line was Stuart Baty with a superb PB time of 23:04, beating his previous best set in 2018 by a huge 30s.

In the Sunday 10k race four members were looking to prove a successful winter spent training hard. Sam Jepson-rivers was the hot favourite having ran so strongly over the lockdown virtual series. His 6 lap race could not have been executed any better. Resisting the urge to start too fast, he expertly paced himself to a 1min PB with an eye-catching 38:54, giving him a UK ranking of 469 over the distance. Next was arguably the performance of the day, Aaron Smith. Pacing this race like a man who’d been competing for years when in fact he’s only taken up running in the past 2 years. His confident approach to this distance earned him a whopping 5min PB with a time of 39:42, earning him his first UK ranking over 10K. Then followed Sam Clark and Andrew Pask who were both hoping for faster finish times. Sam crossed the line in 40:18. Although still an official 40s PB and whilst his time was still impressive, his time did little to reflect the sub 40 time that he clocked on the winter virtual series. Andrew also hoping to run better, had aspirations of pushing much closer to the 40min barrier but his 40:40 time is still his best since 2018.

With races very much back on, runners will be looking to build on their Mallory performances in the coming weeks. 

Report: Andrew Pask

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