ATHLETICS: Grantham’s Jez completes 18th Great North Run

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Grantham area athletes took part in the annual Great North Run on Sunday.

It was for Grantham Running Club’s Jez Page his 18th completion of the Newcastle to South Shields half-marathon. His time of 1hr 37min 1sec was far from a PB but was his best since his comeback from knee surgery in 2012.

Clubmate Andrew Spencer finished in 1.39.37 to record a PB.

Also competing were Ropsley Road Runners Allan Cox (2.21.23) and John Flaxman (2.32.41). Their clubmate Tony Johnson elected to run the Kenilworth Half-marathon road race in which he stopped the clock at 1.27.32.

l Four members of GRC tackled a couple of somewhat lengthier off-road events at the weekend.

Ben Mason and Ben Hatherley completed the mammoth 56-mile Bullock Smith Ultra Run in 13.38, knocking more than an hour of their 2013 time for the course which includes 7,000ft of ascending.

Meanwhile, clubmates Robert McArdle and Catherine Payne took part in the 29-mile Hills and Dales Challenge in the High Peaks, to raise money for the Chernobyl Children’s Project.

Despite the tortuous terrain, the pair completed the course in 7.57, more than two hours inside the cut-off time.

l This year’s GRC 10km Handicap Race attracted a record entry and was once again held on the Summer Solstice course at Long Bennington.

First man over the line was Chris England, narrowly beating off Alistair MacAllister. First lady home was Ruth Dunston, setting a PB, followed by Penny Hodges who recorded a season’s best.

l Seven GRC members ran the Parkrun Newark, while others took over running the 5km event for one week.

Results: 3 Stuart Sinclair 19.48 pb, 4 Gerry Hyde 19.53 pb, 17 Warren Stark 22.43, 29 Marc Tremain 24.04, 58 Louise Hyde 26.56, 75 Lucy Roberts 28.25, 101 Brendon Buckley 31.17.