ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Rob and Nev record half marathon personals

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Thirteen athletes from Grantham Running Club took part in this year’s Great Eastern Half Marathon in Peterborough city centre on Sunday.

The sheer number of entrants made the course a bit tougher that it looked but despite this there were several personal bests, with Rob Howbrook going sub-90 minutes for the first time and Nev Chamberlain taking a massive slice off his previous best.

Andrew Pask was first home for GRC in 1.29.29 for 303rd overall, pipping Rob by a second with Stuart Sinclair third, followed by Scott Jones. First lady home for the club was Catherine Payne in 1.36.18 followed by Ruth Dunston in1.51.44.

Results. Stuart Pask 1.29.29, Rob Howbrook 1.29.30, Stuart Sinclair 1.32.02, Scott Jones 1.32.44, Catherine Payne 1.36.18, Andrew Spencer 1.37.49, Anthony Chamberlain 1.43.31, Ruth Dunstan 1.51.44, Sarah High 1.52.02, Lucy Roberts 2.07.04, Nikki Carr 2.20.10, Yvonne Buckley 2.30.45, Brendon Buckley 2.33.21.

l GRC’s Gwenda Williams ran her fastest full marathon at the weekend in the PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon, taking 10 minutes of her time for the same race last year to finish in 4.49.31.

l GRC’s Iain Brown had another great run over the stunning Warmley Forest Park multi terrain 10km course, finishing fifth runner home in 43:18.8.

l Three GRC athletes took part in the Stilton Stumble at Cropwell Bishop, near Bingham. The event had two options – 10km or 24km.

Emma Ward and Magaretta Murray chose the 10km option and spent most of the race together, offering each other positive encouragement throughout. Emma has been struggling with a niggling hip injury which began to bother her at the 8km mark. Nevertheless, both athletes made it to the finish line in just over an hour, recording times of 1.02.09 and 1.02.43 respectively.

Gav Meadows chose the 24km option and completed the course in 1.47.26 to finish 14th in a field of 67.

Gav said: “I think that this was the perfect distance to come down to post-marathon. I’m very happy with the result and the consistent pace I managed to maintain. By March I’m hoping to be able to maintain this pace over a full marathon.”

l Simon Ashworth was the only GRC member to take part in this year’s Eaton Stampede 10km cross country. He came home in a time of 1.10.30.

l 5km parkrun results: Newark – 2 William Parkin 18.04, 9 Paul Rushworth 21.10, 53 Lorna Fox 25.44; Ballarat – 12 John Blair 22.54; Melton Mowbray – 2 Chris Limmer 17.50.