ATHLETICS: Abi leads Grantham Running Club home at Peterborough

Abi Schofield
Abi Schofield

Twenty members of Grantham Running Club were led home by Abi Schofield in the Great Eastern Half-marathon at Peterborough.

Abi (pictured) completed the 13.1 miles in a club ladies’ record time of 1hr 25min 21sec.

The large turnout from GRC to this popular local race produced a number of good performances with 11 other personal bests, including Rob Howbrook, who has taken almost 10 minutes off his previous best time during the course of this year, and Penny Hodges reduced hers by close to five.

Results: 190 Abigail Schofield 1.25.21 pb, 206 Stuart Sinclair 1.25.50, 280 Ben Hatherley 1.28.57 pb, 369 Scott Jones 1.31.16 pb, 384 Robert Howbrook 1.31.40 pb, 475 Mark Wilson 1.33.55 pb, 523 Catherine Payne 1.34.54 pb, 543 Ben Mason 1.35.39, 577 Holly Durham 1.36.14, 619 Mark Toms 1.36.58, 823 Penny Hodges 1.40.26 pb, 1047 Robert McArdle 1.44.19, 1265 Sarah High 1.48.02, 1283 Marc Tremain 1.48.14, 1486 Jez Page 1.50.40, 1760 Louise Hyde 1.54.29 pb, 1853 Ruth Dunstan 1.55.42 pb, 1884 Rebecca Jones 1.56.01, 2226 Paul Durham 2.00.18 pb, 2518 Chris England 2.05.23 pb, 2931 Wendy Tremain 2.14.08 pb.

In her first attempt at 26.2 miles, GRC runner Gwenda Williams successfully completed the Yorkshire Marathon around York in a time of 4.53.02.

Warren Stark led a trio of GRC runners home in this week’s Newark Parkrun in a time of 21.58, with clubmate Kevin Baker just nine seconds behind. First-timer Laura Kettle finished in 26.14

l Grantham Athletic Club’s Dean Houlton showed his class with an 80.48 per cent age-graded performance at the Lincoln Parkrun on Saturday.

Meanwhile at the Newark Parkrun, Alan Carley set the bar high as a ‘first timer’, finishing 23rd.

Results. Lincoln – 5 Dean Houlton 18min 11sec; Newark – 23 Alan Carley 23.15.

Clubmate Catherine Muir headed north on Sunday to compete in the York Marathon and brought home a new personal best. She was the 223rd lady and finished in a time of 3.55.18.

The club had four athletes head south to tackle the Great Eastern Half-marathon at Peterborough.

Sophie Stanley knocked an impressive six minutes off her PB in the almost perfect weather conditions.

Results: 435 Arthur Short 1.33.03, 709 Sophie Stanley 1.38.35, 1334 Julie Stewart 1.48.54, 2318 Trudy Hanson 2.01.48.

l GRC’s Andrew Spencer joined 2,500 runners in Birkenhead Park to run the Wirral Half-marathon.

He set a personal best time for the distance in 1.35.51.

l A quartet of Ropsley Road Runners took part in the Great Eastern Half-marathon at Peterborough, with the fastest being Tony Johnson who completed the distance in 1.24.50 (50s).

Others: Allan Cox 1.58.40 (40s), Norman Gosbee 2.14.50 (V60), John Flaxman 2.18.20 (V60).

l Last week’s Mike Bundy Cross Country League report wrongly stated that Ellis Harby and Kaden Wilson finished first and second respectively in three out of four boys’ races.

There were in fact only three races in total, all of which were won by Ellis with Cliffedale team-mate Kaden second in each one.