Saturday, 18 December 2021

Doddington Hall parkrun


The final round of the GRC Grand Prix series location was at Doddington Hall near to Lincoln for a 5k parkrun, so chosen as it is relatively flat, and some good times could be made for those wanting to either qualify for the series or better their existing times.

A misty morning saw eighteen determined club runners gather at Donnington Hall, wearing their familiar green and black club shirts line up ready for the off!

The run itself is a 2.5km out and back along a tarmacked path, half sheltered and half open with the advantage of a sloping decline at the start and the energy zapping incline at the turnaround point. The weather held as the 163 parkrunners, walkers, buggies and dogs were sent on their way for Doddington Hall’s thirtieth event.

Several GRC runners had previously run the course, with this time four bettering their previous times and gaining personal bests accreditation.

Peter Bonner claimed first GRC spot in a time of 19:50, just four seconds off his personal best time and with an age grading of 71:51 gave Peter a Regional Class Level status and was seventh overall. Alan Carley was close behind in 20:31 with a personal Doddington Hall best time and an age grading of 74:91 Regional Class Level, narrowly beating Nic Parkin by ten seconds who scored an age grading of 66:96%, securing a Local Class Level age grading.

Catherine Payne came in as the GRC first lady home in 21:35, giving Catherine an age grading of 82.78%, which is classified as National Class Level, a tremendous effort by Catherine. Next in was Robert Mcardle at 21:57,  just missing out on a personal best by a few seconds, however his age grading of 74:34 gave his performance an age grading of Regional Class Level. Craig Drury came in at 22:24 gave him an age grading of 64:81 Local Class Level.

An impressive Caroline Davis claimed an overall personal best time of 22:54 and an age grading of 75:04 gave Caroline a Regional Class Level status. In addition, was the first one home of three family members. Stuart Baty and his canine companion Oscar came in on 23:27, for a Doddington Hall personal best and a 62:90% Local Class Level score. Paul Davis clocked in at 24:12 and with an age grading of 62:47% earning him a Local Class Level grade.

Vicki Hardy came home on exactly 25 minutes, with a Local Class Level score of 61:20%. Fiftieth parkrun girl, Julie Gilbert stormed in at 26:55 and a Local Class Level grading of 63:84%, which was a great effort as Julie has just returned from injury. Rosalind Sadler came in just behind on 27: 00, which gave Rosalind an age grading of  61:36%, Local Class Level.

Taking over two minutes off her previous time and finishing on 27:21 gave Kate Marshal a personal best at Doddington Hall. Another runner gaining a personal best at the same parkrun was Stephen Fay coming in on 27:45. Abigail Davis was the last family member home on 28:33.

Simon Hartley pushed home well on 28:48 and was rewarded with a Doddington Hall personal best   time. Christopher Limmer was slightly behind Simon on 28:58. Fraser Marshal went over the line on 29:49, with the ever colourful Samantha French finishing off the GRC contingent on 31:43

A good day for GRC as one runner gained an overall personal best and three Doddington Hall personal bests were broken. One member attained National status; four made regional status and seven other made local class level.

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