ATHLETICS: Grantham RC tackle Belvoir Challenge

Pictured from left are GRC's Nick Rossington, Jaime Garcia, Gavin Meadows and Chris Limmer. BM9dtShyQum6pdBXP9Uo

Pictured from left are GRC's Nick Rossington, Jaime Garcia, Gavin Meadows and Chris Limmer. BM9dtShyQum6pdBXP9Uo

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Members of Grantham Running Club took part in the Belvoir Challenge on Saturday.

The off-road event offered a choice of 15.8 mile and marathon 26.2 mile distances.

It took in the tracks, trails and fields of the Vale of Belvoir and, whilst being a tough test for any runner, also offered stunning views and scenery thoughout. In addition, there were cakes and treats on offer at checkpoints along the way.

Taking on the longer marathon course were GRC’s Chris Limmer, Gav Meadows and Paul Davis. Despite treating this a social event and ‘cruising’ around the course, suffering a bad fall and almost getting lost, Chris crossed the line in an impressive 3hr 41min 49sec, finishing 19th in a field of 222.

Gav was next over the line for GRC in 24th position with a time of 3.47.29. This was his final long run before tapering for the Barcelona Marathon. After being chased down by Gav for much of the race, Paul finished in 4.00.25, placing 46th overall.

Paul said: “The hills after 20 miles really took their toll and slowed me down. I’m still very happy with my time overall though.”

Whilst shorter, the 15.8 mile course was still a very tough test indeed.

Taking part were GRC’s Nick Rossington (2.11.09), Jaime Garcia (2.11.34), Nikki Carr

(4.18.38) and Ruth Dunstan (4.18.40).