ATHLETICS: Grantham AC Newton’s Fraction race attracts record entry

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Grantham’s popular road race, the Newton’s Fraction half marathon will take place at 10.30am next Sunday (March 5) at South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

The Little Apple 3K family fun run starts at 10.40am.

The annual event, organised by Grantham Athletic Club, has grown in numbers from 150 entrants back in 2006 to another a record 500 this year.

In 2015, the Newton’s Fraction was rated one of the top 50 road races by Runner’s World. Every year the race receives excellent reviews from runners.

The half marathon is a regular fixture for local, regional and national runners, including those stepping up to a half marathon distance for the first time and others preparing for a spring marathon, such as London or Manchester.

With the benefits of excellent stadium facilities, there is plenty of parking, changing facilities and refreshments available from Grantham Town FC’s Gingerbread Suite.

The Little Apple family fun run is a three kilometre race from the stadium around the sports complex off Trent Road. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a road race, but without the distance. Each year the proceeds of the fun run go to charities, as part of the club’s community commitments. This year the club is grateful once again for the assistance from the young Sports Ambassadors from Inspire+.

The event is sponsored by Lincolnshire Runner and Adidas, with local sponsorship provided by Brewster’s Brewery.

So whether you are a club runner, keen amateur or fancy a fun run and you want to take part in any of the two events, entry details can be found on the event website at www.granthamac.com/nf