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.