Grantham Running Club was well represented at this year’s Folksworth 15 on Sundy, with members using the hilly 15 mile race as the first in a series of essential pre-marathon races.
A long week of training, with many members running in excess of 40 miles, did not stop the fast times coming in. Manchester Marathon-bound Holly Durham was the first GRC lady, returning to excellent form only eight months after the birth of her second child to finish as the 18th lady overall in an speedy time of 1hr 51min 47sec.
A difficult race to pace, the impressive times kept coming in with Catherine Payne finishing in 1.53.33, fourth in her FV45 age category. Meanwhile in the men’s race, Andrew Pask continued his Rotterdam Marathon preparations, finishing in 74th place overall, first GRC runner with a time of 1.46.57.
Brendon Buckley finished sixth in his age category as he builds his race fitness ready for the London Marathon, his first at the age of 66, with a time of 2.51.45.
Next up for GRC’s marathon runners is the longer but equally hilly Stamford St Valentine’s 30km (18.6 miles).