ATHLETICS: Grantham RC trio tackle North Yorkshire Moors event

Aaron Hunt set a new personal best.
Aaron Hunt set a new personal best.
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Three athletes from Grantham Running Club took on the arduous North Yorkshire Crosses event on the Moors at the weekend.

The 53-mile circular challenge incorporated more than 4,000ft of climbing and started and finished at Goathland.

Experienced distance expert Paul Rushworth slowly worked through the field, catching his team-mates Robert McCardle and Catherine Payne at 15 miles and running with for five, before upping his speed to make a bid for the lead.

However, Paul tore a calf muscle on a steep descent and was forced to retire just as he was moving into the top 10.

Despite making a wrong turn in the forest at 32 miles and getting lost knee deep in water on the moor just after midnight, both Robert and Catherine were pleased to finish in joint 15th place in a time of 12hr 43min, well inside the 24-hour cut-off point.

l GRC’s Penny Hodges set a new personal best in the Notfast 10km road race.

She finished second in her age group and fifth lady overall in 42:40. Also running well, team-mate Stuart Sinclair put in a sub-40 minute time.

Results: 17 Stuart Sinclair 39:24, 22 Chris Armstrong 40:14, 36 Scott Jones 42:17, 65 Andrew Spencer 44:51, 120 Paul Durham 49:05, 240 Lizzie Potter 58:05, 250 Brendon Buckley 59:05, 263 Lisa Sharp 1:01:29.

l Gav Meadows continued his Robin Hood Marathon preparation by competing in the Rugby Half-marathon on Sunday.

He said: “I recently decided that I need to cover as many miles as possible in a race environment in order to be as ready as possible come September. This was my fifth half-marathon and I have three more to do before the big day.”

The course was moderately challenging with a total climb of 470 feet. Gav finished 66th overall, just missing out on a personal best with a time of 1:36.

l GRC runners were out in force at parkruns over the weekend.

Matt Kingston-Lee finished first at Peterborough, bettering his previous 5km parkrun PB by 44 seconds.

Results: Peterborough – 1 Matt Kingston-Lee 16:36, 15 Robert Howbrook 19:19; Newark – 42 Sarah High 24:53, 92 Lucy Roberts 27:47; Melton – Andrew Macallister 23:09.

l Chris England took on the Potteries Marathon last Sunday, an event absent from the running calendar for more than a decade.

l Grantham Athletic Club’s Tony Madge continued his tour of Australian parkruns this week, finishing 10th in the Cairns event.

A little closer to home, Aaron Hunt recorded a new PB in the Peterborough parkrun, while Keith Measures managed a respectable 48 minutes (104th) in the Notfast 10km, despite taking part in the Newark parkrun the day before.

Results: Newark – 39 Keith Measures 24:43; Cairns AU – 10 Tony Madge 21:02; Peterborough – 11 Aaron Hunt 19:01, 95 Chris Hunt 23:31.