ATHLETICS: Grantham RC run oldest road race in the Midlands

Pictured from left are Rob Howbrook, Tommy Williamson, Matthew Williamson, Catherine Payne, Gav Meadows, Nick Rossington and Robert McArdle.
Pictured from left are Rob Howbrook, Tommy Williamson, Matthew Williamson, Catherine Payne, Gav Meadows, Nick Rossington and Robert McArdle.
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Grantham Running Club were well represented at Saturday’s Heckington Show 10-mile road race – the oldest road race in the Midlands, with the first being held in 1965.

The earlier start worked well allowing most of the runners to finish before the temperature rose too high.

First home for GRC was Rob Howbrook in 67min 12secs, closely followed by Gav Meadows with a well-judged run in 68:55 to set a new personal best. Nick Rossington was not far behind in 71:06, followed by Catherine Payne who recorded 71:46 to pick up first prize in her age category.

Father and son Tommy and Matthew Williamson were next home, with the elder outsprinting his son and clocking 72:22, just ahead of Matthew who was given 72:42. The final GRC runner was Robert McArdle in 80:52.