ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Limmer runs near-perfect race on tired legs

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Catherine Payne IC_l_gzLG6QLmHVK4Twf

Grantham Running Club’s Chris Limmer ran a near-perfect race at the Ashby 20, finishing in 17th place just a day after winning the Belton House Parkrun.

On tired legs after a heavy week of training, Chris’S time of 2hr 5min 2sec far exceeded even his own expectations.

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Chris is gearing up for a 50-mile ultra-marathon and used the Ashby event as a training race, along with 11 other club members who joined the large field of runners.

The race, usually the last before the London and Manchester Marathons, was run in unusually good conditions which helped club runners to produce some excellent times, despite the undulating course.

Mark Wilson was the next GRC runner home with an outstanding 2.21.56, good enough for 12th in his MV50 age category. He was followed by Ashby debutant Nick Rossington in 2.26.12, Paul Rushworth 2.27.33, Nick Payne 2.45.50, Andrew Spencer 2.50.20 and Brendon Buckley 3.49.08.

Sarah High was the first GRC lady home with a standout time of 2.56.25 which placed her in 35th position in the FV45 age category. Sarah was followed by strong performances from Lorna Fox 3.23.43, Louise Payne 3.26.26, Yvonne Buckley 3.49.20 and Wendy Tremain 4.18.56. Unfortunately, Ruth Dunstan and Helen Brown had to withdraw because of injury.

l After Sunday’s Locke Park 20-miler, GRC’s Catherine Payne is now ranked by UKA at number four in her age category over the distance.

Despite the race taking place only seven days after she ran an off-road marathon, plus a full week of club training sessions, Catherine posted an incredible time of 2.31.21. This gave her a WMA age grading of 78.63 per cent, one of the highest ever recorded by anyone in the club for a race of more than two hours, second only to her score at last year’s London Marathon.

Robert McArdle also completed the race with an impressive 3.34.22 (WMA 71.55 per cent).