ATHLETICS: Grantham runners perform at Newark

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Members of Grantham Athletic Club took part in the latest Newark Parkrun last Saturday.

Janice Anderson performed well achieving a new personal for the course in 26min 45sec. Sophie Stanley opted to take her four children and partner along to the event, and all completed within 46 minutes.

The following day’s Sleaford Half-marathon started and finished at RAF Cranwell. The wind made an unwelcome return, making an already challenging course even tougher.

The first Grantham AC runner to make it home was veteran Arthur Short in 1.34.02, followed by Sophie Stanley (1.44.48). John Bainbridge recorded 1.47.45, Keith Measures 1.52.14 and Sophie Hunt 1.54.10.

l Grantham Running Club had five members in the Newark Parkrun.

Abi Schofield finished for the third time in a row as first placed woman, and there were PBs for Sarah High, Andrew MacAllister and Gwenda Williams, whilst Wendy Tremain ran the course with her daughter.

l Seven Grantham RC runners tackled the Belvoir Challenge.

First home for Grantham in the 16-mile race was GB triathlete Gerry Hyde with a commendable 23rd place. He was followed in by Marc Tremain, competing in his first Challenge, who narrowly missed out on a top 100 finish.

Also running were Mark Hillson, Penny Hodges and Louise Hyde.

In the 26-mile race, Paul Rushworth was first home in 30th position. Marathon centurion Jez Page finished in 80th.

Results: 16-mile – Gerry Hyde 2.12.39, Marc Tremain 2.39.12, Mark Hillson 2.41.46, Penny Hodges 2.56.28, Louise Hyde 3.04.22; 26-mile – Paul Rushworth 4.08.25, Jez Page 4.35.32.

l Strong winds put paid to GRC’s Scott Jones being able to beat his PB in the Silverstone Half-marathon.

He finished in 1.36.42, with clubmate Andrew Spencer happy with his 1.47.29.

l GRC were represented by three runners in the Cambridge Boundary Run.

Paul Rushworth was in good form completing the over-length marathon course in a time of 3.51.03 to finish 58th in a top quality field. Teammate Catherine Payne was 11th lady home in 4.13.58 and Robert McArdle‘s 4.14.30 was good enough to place him in the top half of the field.

l GRC members were among 8,000 runners who competed in the National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park last Saturday.

Their women’s team finished 63rd overall and comprised Abi Schofield (220th), Emma Johnston, Sarah High, Lucy Roberts, Suzanne Britz and Wendy Tremain. The men’s team were Scott Jones, Gordon Geach, Ben Mason, Jez Page, Mark Tremain and Andrew Pask.