Sunday, 16 January 2022

Oundle New Year 10k

The Oundle New Year 10k returned to its usual slot in January 2022 after last year's event being moved to the spring due to Covid. The route follows a scenic and very undulating course along wide, country lanes in the villages surrounding Oundle, including Cotterstock and Glapthorn.  The 10k race consisted of two laps of the course.   

3 members of Grantham Running Club made the trip to Northamptonshire and first through for the club was Gav Meadows in 41:09, a time he was very happy with on the gently undulating course.  Next was Nichola Webster in 57:42, a little way off her PB but she was pleased to be working her way back to her best.  Rounding off the GRC representation was Louise Kennedy with a PB of 1:04:45, beating her race from the previous week by 5 minutes and improving on her previous PB on the course set in 2018 by 2 minutes.

Finishers were rewarded with a bespoke medal, mince pies, Jaffa cakes, bourbon biscuits or haribos. The men’s 10k was won in 34:14 by Richard Gibbs of Skegness DRC.  The first placed woman was Natasha Martin of Kettering Town Harriers in 38:25. There were 270 finishers in this race.

 


 

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Lincolnshire cross Country Championships

Robin and Tom

 

On the 9th January a hardy bunch of Gratham Running Club members headed over to Biscathorpe near Louth for the Lincolnshire cross Country Championships.  In contrast to recent events the weather was much kinder with some actual sunshine.  However this didn't prevent the course being an incredibly challenging one with plenty of mud and water for the runners to contend with.  Jason Walker commented that somehow the terrain managed to be simultaniously boggy and frosty which was a special kind of challenge.

 First off were the men who ran 10k.  The winner was Matthew Bowser of Lincoln Wellington in a time of 33:08.

First back for GRC was Peter Bonnner in 46:10, followed by Rob Howbrook in 46:16, Gav Meadows in 47:11, Robbin Atter in 47:39, Tom Johnson in 47:41 and Jason Walker in 49:30.

 The women's race was 5.7km and the first lady back was Claire Cooney of Lincoln Wellington in 24. For GRC, Caroline Davis came home first in a time of 31:15, followed closely by Michelle Parzcuk in 31:43 and Sarah High in 32:02.

Sherwood Pines New Years 10k

 

On the 9th Januray Nichola Webster and Louise Kennedy of Grantham Running Club travelled to Nottinghamshire to take part in the Sherwood Pines New Years 10k.  The race route followed a scenic course using the undulating tracks and trails within the picturesque forest.

Despite the chilly conditions, both runners really enjoyed kick starting their running year and are looking forward to some warmer races.First back for GRC was Nichola in a time of 1:01:02 then Louise followed in 1:11:37.

 The men's race was won by Matthew Craen in 35:54 and the women's race was won by Ciara Porter in 45:54. Runners were rewarded win an excellent medal.

Adana Half Marathon



Claiming to be genuinely missing the dismal weather of the UK in January, Grantham running Club's Nev Chamberlain continued his globetrotting adventures by running the Adana Half Marathon in Eastern Turkey.  

Enjoying the far more agreeable climate, he clocked a time of 1:58:00 on his watch which he was very pleased with given that it was his first half marathon since 2018.