ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Matthew finished third in Summer Solstice 10

GRC's Matthew Kingston-Lee on his way to third place and a personal best for 10km. Photo: Graeme Reynolds
GRC's Matthew Kingston-Lee on his way to third place and a personal best for 10km. Photo: Graeme Reynolds

More than 750 took part in the Grantham Running Club’s annual Summer Solstice 10km road race.

Taking part in the race were a good mixture of experienced club runners, together with a lot of first timers including many new to running who had successfully completed a 10 weeks to 10km course from the The Meres leisure centre under the supervision of the running club’s team of coaches.

Fortunately the temperature dropped in the evening and on the fast course many runners, including the most experienced ones, were able to extract personal best times from a route round Long Bennington.

Local runners featured prominently at the front of a quality field with Matthew Kingston-Lee finishing third in a personal best 34min 10sec. In the ladies’ race, GRC’s Nicky Jefferson also claimed the final podium place in a time of 39:30. In total, GRC had 25 runners complete the race despite having most of their members helping marshal the event.

All runners were given a goody bag and a commemorative “Summer Solstice 2015” glass. As they waited for race director Gordon Geach to make the presentation, David McKee from Living Health and Sophie Hunt were on hand for post-race massage.

Other results: 32 Stuart Sinclair 38.00, 44 William Parkin 38.56, 49 Nicky Jefferson 39.30, 69 Gavin Meadows 40.12, 120 Thomas Williamson 42.42, 131 Andrew Spencer 43.17, 139 Andrew Atter 43.35, 230 Warren Stark 47.24, 231 Neil Emerson 47.35, 232 Catherine Davies 47.35, 243 Tommy Napier 47.44, 278 Liam Vincent 48.44, 285 Anthony Chamberlain 49.01, 289 Gerry Hyde 49.23, 345 Janette Dunderdale 50.48, 362 Lorna Fox 51.29, 406 Simon Ashworth 53.38, 472 Suzanne Britz 57.03, 507 Katie Hill 58.21, 529 Yvonne Buckley 59.57, 538 Nicholas Jones 1.00.43, 541 Justyna Gill 1.00.56, 542 Margaretta Murray 1.00.48, 580 Anthony Burton 1.04.00.