ATHLETICS: Grantham club runners Canter home at Caythorpe

Grantham Running Club's Mark Hillson
Grantham Running Club's Mark Hillson
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More than 150 competitors took part in the 17th running of the Caythorpe Canter last Saturday.

The running or walking challenge featured a choice of a 13 or 26 mile route through the countryside, starting at Caythorpe and heading out through Stubton, Marston, Gelston, Hougham, Hough-on-the-Hill, Barkston and Ancaster.

Grantham Running Club’s Holly Durham tackled the longer route following her personal best at the marathon distance in Manchester the previous week. Unfortunately, she took a wrong turn and ended up running 29 miles.

Clubmate Ben Hatherley jogged home in seventh place in 3hr 36min 47sec as he prepares for the Milton Keynes Marathon.

Two other GRC runners entered the shorter event, with Mark Hillson (pictured) and Iain Brown finishing in 1.38.19 and 1.58.14 respectively.

l Four members of Grantham Athletic Club were among the 36,000 who competed in the London Marathon last Sunday.

First of the quartet to finish was Sophie Stanley who shaved 17 minutes from her time last year, completing the 26.2 miles in 3.44.32. She now has four weeks to recover before taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon.

Team-mate Julie Stewart finished in 3.59.28, ahead of Trudy Hanson 4.53.16 and Phil Hall 5.03.41.

l GRC members were led home by Chris Armstrong in the latest Newark Parkrun with a blistering personal best 20.37.

Parkrun debutant Stu Sinclair finished 11th in 20.50 and Mark Hillson (20.57) also recorded a PB. Ruth Dunstan’s personal best 25.55 was good enough to secure second place in the ladies’ event.