ATHLETICS: Grantham RC members tackle 24-hour off-roader

Grantham Running Club members prepare to do battle in the shadow of Belvoir Castle.
Grantham Running Club members prepare to do battle in the shadow of Belvoir Castle.

Grantham Running Club entered two teams and a solo runner in the Equinox 24-hour race at Belvoir Castle, Woolsthorpe.

The annual relay race takes place across a tough, off-road 10km course and is fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular 24-hour endurance running events. Each team member completes multiple laps of the course during the 24-hour period, beginning at noon on Saturday.

Louise Payne, Grantham’s only solo runner completed eight laps of the course, a total of 50 miles during the 24-hour period.

Conditions during the daytime sections were hot and dry and at night the clear sky made for chilly temperatures as runners continued to run under the glow of their head torches.

Team A for Grantham came home in seventh position overall and third in their mixed category of eight runners.

Team B finished 57th out of 158 large teams, completing a total of 24 laps. Every team member completed three laps of the course. Most of the team had not entered a 24-hour relay event before, so it was a unique, rewarding and tiring experience for them.

Team A. Gordon Geach, Ruth Dunstan, Mark Hilson, Lorna Fox, Sarah High, Marc Tremain, Nikki Carr, Wendy Tremain.

Team B. Gavin Meadows, Andrew Spencer, Penny Hodges, Stuart Sinclair, Andrew MacAllister, Iain Brown, Jex Pag, Paul Rushworth

l Grantham RC’s Chris Limmer celebrated his fourth first place finish in four consecutive weeks by setting a new personal besat of 17min 36sec on Melton Mowbray’s tricky 5km partrun course.

Also running well was team-mate Magaretta Murray who also set a PB of 30.09, less than six days after completing her first half-marathon at the Great North Run.

Meanwhile in his first parkrun outside of Australia, John Blair clocked at 23.36 at the Medina course in the Isle of Wight, whilst young Erin Pask recorded 32.33 on the tough Penallta course near Caerphilly. Lizzie Potter was at parkrun Coventry where she finished in 28.40.

l Andrew Pask travelled to Kettering to become the first GRC runner to compete in the Cransley Hospice Half-marathon, finishing in 18th place over a hilly course with a time of 1.35.31.