ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Meadows massacres St Valentine’s race

Grantham Running Club at the Stamford St Valentine's 30k.

Grantham Running Club at the Stamford St Valentine's 30k.

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Members of Grantham Running Club continued their spring marathon preparation at the Stamford St Valentine’s 30k.

This year, the tough undulating course was made even more difficult by the freezing, windy conditions but that did not stop confidence-building times from being posted.

In a race that only attracts serious runners, Gav Meadows was first home in 90th place with a personal best equalling time of 2hr 12min 36sec. Veteran Rob Howbrook finished sixth in his MV55 age category in a time of 2:16:57, despite struggling over the last few miles.

The ever consistent Catherine Payne finished an incredible second in the FV50 category with 2:21:05. Also running strongly was Sarah High who finished sixth in the FV50 category with 2:39:56.

Other notable performances came from Sinead McDonnell and Gordon Geach. Sinead, who stepped up from the half marathon distance for the first time, was pleased with her time of 2:49:39. Birthday boy Gordon, who made his debut in the MV55 age category, has returned to the marathon training scene after a few years’ absence.

Finishers were pleased to receive their commemorative long sleeve training top and a pack of Love Heart sweets.