ATHLETICS: Grantham RC veteran Howbrook continues to amaze

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Grantham Running Club members took part in the Sleaford Half Marathon at RAF Cranwell on Sunday as they continued their spring marathon preparations.

The 13.1-mile course was a tough test in windy conditions with a challenging two mile off-road section to keep the athletes on their toes.

First home for GRC was the incredible 57-year-old Rob Howbrook who improved on his last year’s performance by nearly a minute, breaking the 90-minute barrier to finish in 1hr 29min 47sec, placing him 53rd overall and second in his age category.

Rob continues to amaze fellow club members with his performances regularly in the 80 per cent bracket of the WMA grading system (national standard) and, despite his advanced age, he remains one of the quickest athletes in the club over a variety of distances.

Second over the line was Gavin Meadows who finished 62nd overall in a time of 1.31.28, narrowly missing out on a personal best.

Gavin said: “I was also hoping to keep up with Rob in this race but his cross-country experience really showed in the off-road section – he was gone!”

Other GRC athletes competing were Paul Rushworth 1.34.51, Holly Durham 1.35.54 (fifth fastest lady), Paul Davis 1.36.41, and Neil Emerson 1.49.10