ATHLETICS: Grantham club half-dozen tackle 15-miler

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Grantham Running Club were represented by six runners at the Folksworth 15 near Peterborough.

It was the first warm-up race in preparation for this season’s spring marathons.

On a hilly course, three experienced runners were making their debut at this rarely raced distance of 15 miles. First home was male senior and Matthew Kingston-Lee in sixth place in an extremely high quality field of 500 runners.

Also running well was Paul Rushworth with a top 50 finish, but the biggest improvement of the day was made by Andrew Pask who reduced his personal best for the distance by six minutes.

Results: 6 Matthew Kingston-Lee 1hr 28min 40sec, 49 Paul Rushworth 1:42:41, 74 Andrew Pask 1:46:06, 141 Gordon Geach 1:53:59, 159 Robert McArdle 1:56:12, 191 Catherine Payne 1:59:55.

l Despite slippy underfoot conditions, all three of GRC’s athletes recorded personal bests at Saturday’s Parkrun in Newark.

Quickest was Gordon Geach in 23:01, followed by Mark Hillson in 23:28 and Yvonne Taylor (32:59).

l Andrew MacAllister, a member of GRC’s cross-country team, set a time of 54:32 in extremely muddy conditions, in the aptly named Wellingborough Dirt Run last Sunday.