ATHLETICS: Grantham Running Club ‘super vet’ Buckley makes half-harathon debut

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Seven members of Grantham Running Club took part in the Keyworth Half-marathon, including Brendon Buckley making his debut at the distance.

Despite only starting competing in a 5km Parkrun at Newark earlier this year, Brendon – who is in the super veteran category – has steadily built up his distance through the Lincoln 10km in April to the point where he was able to finish this tough hilly 13.1-mile race.

Brendon Buckley and Yvonne Taylor.

Brendon Buckley and Yvonne Taylor.

He was accompanied all the way round by his wife Yvonne, an experienced runner, who completed the event last year.

They were joined by Ironman Jez Page, using the route to check his running speed for his next triathlon, plus several ladies from the successful GRC ladies’ cross-country team exchanging their spikes for their road shoes.

Results: Catherine Payne 1hr 36min 45sec, Robert McArdle 1:40:10, Jez Page 1:40:14, Sarah 1:46:53, Lucy Roberts 1:59:21, Brendon Buckley 2:30:27, Yvonne Taylor 2:30:28.

l Top spot in this years’ Lincolnshire Cross Country League was taken by GRC’s Anna O’Hare.

She won the senior women’s category and led the women’s team to a second place league finish.

Full results: Senior Women – 1 Anna O’Hare 5pt; Veteran Women – 6 Penny Hodges 20, 9 Sarah High 39; Women’s Teams – 2 Grantham Running Club A 76; Senior Men – 8 Marc Tremain 45, 10 Paul Durham 52; Veteran Men – 12 Dean Riggall 43, 13 Christopher Armstrong 54; Men’s Teams – 10 Grantham Running Club A 279, 12 Grantham Running Club B 441.

Meanwhile at Newark Parkrun, Will Parkin just failed in his attempt for a hat trick of wins, finishing third in a high quality race in 18:52.

Further down the field, Iain Brown was sixth in 20.:4, Rob Howbrook seventh in 20:40 and veteran Paul Durham see a new personal best in 25:12.

l Two members of Ropsley Road Runners took part in the Keyworth Turkey Trot Half-marathon road race on Sunday.

Tony Johnson completed the 13.1 miles in 1:34:46 with clubmate Nigel McDermott stopping the clock in 1:53:40.

Tony ran the previous Sunday’s Nene Valley 10-mile road race at Peterborough where he recorded 1:06:23.