ATHLETICS: Grantham runners tackle windy conditions in St Ives 10

Claire Fritz and CJ Walker.
Claire Fritz and CJ Walker.
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Six members of Grantham Running Club travelled to St Ives in Cambridgeshire on Sunday for the 25th annual running of the St Ives 10K.

A record field of nearly 600 runners were met with warm, humid conditions with a stiff breeze making conditions far from ideal for running.

The course was an undulating 10K out and back course with a steady, long incline leading up on to the top of the windswept airfield, which affected the pace of many of the runners.

First home for Grantham was Catherine Payne in a time of 45min 46sec, giving her first place in the FV50 category. Hot on her heels in a time of 47:21 was Robert McArdle, shaving a few seconds off from the previous year’s race.

Ady Walker recovered to finish in a time of 50:12 after struggling to cope with the windy conditions on the airfield, just a few seconds outside his PB set on a much easier day.

The next three Grantham runners were all graduates of the club’s successful 10 weeks to 10K 2017 course. Julia Hallam led the trio home in a time of 1:04:35 with Julia saying that she was determined to break the 60 minute barrier before the end of the year.

Claire Fritz came home in a time of 1:13:04 despite suffering stomach cramps at 6km.

CJ Walker completed the field of Grantham runners in a time of 1:16:44 after suffering from a recurring injury in the very early stages of the race.

All the Grantham runners enjoyed the challenging course and said that they looked forward to next year’s event.

+ Grantham Athletic Club’s Arthur Short continued his recent good form with a time of 40:50 at the Cambridge County Championship race at St Ives.

Despite the tough conditions, Arthur managed to shave 37 seconds off his 2016 time to finish fourth in his age group.