ATHLETICS: GRC members improve at Bootbash

Pictured at the Baslow Bootbash are Grantham RCs Sarah High, Penny Hodges, Robert McArdle, Nev Chamberlin, Catherine Payne, Mark Hillson and Brendon Buckley.
Pictured at the Baslow Bootbash are Grantham RCs Sarah High, Penny Hodges, Robert McArdle, Nev Chamberlin, Catherine Payne, Mark Hillson and Brendon Buckley.
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The Baslow Bootbash offers a choice of a 14 mile or a 27 mile route through the beautiful scenery of the Peak District National Park and is a favourite with runners from Grantham Running Club who return year after year to line up outside Chatsworth House for this sold out event.

The weather is always an issue with this type of challenge; last year it was heavy rain and this year it started with a mist, reducing visibility to 30m as the runners climbed into the cloud base.

The 14 mile runners split into two groups, with Baslow veterans Sarah High and Mark Hillson being pushed by first timer Penny Hodges to a top 20 finish in 2hr 26min, some nine minutes inside their 2015 time. The experienced Brendon Buckley accompanied Nev Chamberlin, who has returned from injury, to joint 54th place in 3:27:01.

On the longer version, Robert McArdle and Catherine Payne were able to slice 38 minutes off their 2015 time and jump from 43rd position to joint 16th.

Choosing the option to walk rather than run, Andrew MacAllister used the day as the final dress rehearsal for next month’s London to Brighton 100k walk in aid of blind veterans. Completing the 27.4 miles just under the 11 hour cut-off, Andrew was able to give his walking gear a severe test of its waterproof ability as the final five hours were in a torrential downpour.

More details of his walk are on www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-MacAllister

l A few days earlier, Catherine Payne took park in the Peterborough 5k at Ferry Meadows, clocking a time of 21:00. Whilst not her best, it was still good enough to see her finish first in her age group and pick up a top 25 ranking from Run Britain