ATHLETICS: GAC’s Hobday takes silver at Grantham triathlon

Stephen Hobday
Stephen Hobday

Grantham Athletic Club’s Stephen Hobday took the silver podium place in the Grantham Sprint Tri on Sunday.

His hard work over the cross country season put him good shape for the 5km run which he completed in 20min 11sec. Being a member of the Witham Wheelers paid dividends for the 16km cycle leg which he finished in 26:43, and his superb 400m swim in 6:15 was the second fastest of the day out of the 167 competitors.

It was GAC clubmate Naomi Collier’s first venture into the world of triathlon and her fine 19:56 run helped her secure a fourth overall ladies’ place and first prize in her age group. A bit of work on her 8:49 swim, 32:32 cycle and some fine tuning on her transitions, and she could soon be on the podium.

l GAC had eight athletes competing at three parkruns on Saturday.

Under-10 Johnathan Page made his parkrun debut at Belton Park with an impressive 21:30 run. Janice Davidson returned to Rutland Water to take five seconds off her previous week’s time with a National Class 84.5 per cent age graded performance.

Results: Rutland Water – 12 Paul Davidson 20:28, 35 Janice Davidson 23:18; Belton House – 15 Johnathan Page 21:30, 57 Richard Hall 25:18, 115 John Ellerby 29:10, 178 Catherine Muir 37:27, 194 Dona Hall 53:44 (tail runner); Leamington – 9 Sophia Tucker 23:02.