ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Dobbs debuts at 10-mile distance

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Grantham Running Club’s Rick Dobbs made his 10-mile debut on Sunday, competing in the Tadworth 10.

The tough course, consisting of half road and half off-road and finishin on the famous Epsom racecourse, was made even more difficult with the extreme wind and rain on the day.

Rick, a graduate of GRC’s spring beginners’ class, came home in a respectable 376th out of 591 finishers with a chip time of 1hr 36min 49sec.

Rick now has spring half-marathons in his sights.

l GRC’s Chris Limmer became the club’s first member to compete in 100 5km parkruns when he won the Melton Mowbray event in a time of 18:30.

Chris turns-out almost every Saturday morning to run the free events, even running on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in order to reach this milestone.

Now awarded the prestigious 100 parkrun T-shirt, he has now got his sights set firmly on the next milestone of 250.

Meanwhile, the club’s Catherine Payne and Robert McArdle took part in five 5km parkruns over the festive period, running in some challenging weather and underfoot conditions.

First up was Peterborough on Christmas Day where Catherine finished as third lady in 21:46 in a field of more than 400 runners, with Robert timed at 23:05. On Boxing Day it was the windy Belton House parkrun where Catherine’s 22:41 was good enough to secure her the spot as second lady, with Robert finishing just over a minute adrift.

New Year’s Day started just before dawn with the early run in Eglinton Park through the woods in an unbelievably muddy course where Catherine was fifth lady in a time of 22:10, with Robert clocking 23:20.

The late cancellation of the Ayr parkrun due to flooding meant a last minute dash to Tollcross in Glasgow to take part in the city’s hilliest event, which was only passed fit to go ahead at the last minute as it was covered in ice. Here Catherine struggled to cope with the steep descents on the slippy surface before completing the course well outside her PB in 22:28 as third lady. Adapting better to the ice, Robert matched his PB for this course in 22:55.

The final leg of the journey was the short trip to Melton Mowbray on the second to take part in a run on a partially flooded course in some pretty wet conditions. On a slow day, Catherine was still able to carve out a time of 23:18 which was good enough to make her first lady, while Robert finished just behind in 23:30.

Other GRC parkrun results: Belton House – 4 Christopher Limmer 19:11, 11 Gav Meadows 21:04, 21 Paul Rushworth 22:29, 65 Tommy Napier 26:49, 86 Emma Jane Hall Maclachlainn 29:01, 97 Nik Jones 29:32, 162 Anthony Smith 37:44; Daventry – 74 Martin Carter 28:51; Penallta – 16 Andrew Pask 20:33; Rushcliffe – 27 Dean Riggall 22:36, 155 Julie Riggall 28:43.

l GRC’s John Blair was among the 1,100 runners to race through the spectacular Point Nepean national park in Australia, a perfect way to begin the New Year.

The course was undulating with short, sharp hills and exquisite natural landscape. John completed the 8km course, in windy conditions, but not too hot, in 38:12, finishing as 182th male and 12th in his age group.