ATHLETICS: Matthew smashes Grantham club half-marathon record

Matthew Kingston-Lee
Matthew Kingston-Lee

Grantham Running Club’s Matthew Kingston-Lee smashed his long standing personal best and set a new club record when he finished 21st out of 7,246 finishers at the Robin Hood Half-marathon in Nottingham on Sunday.

Crossing the finish line in a time of 1hr 15 min 29sec, Kingston-Lee bettered his old PB, set at Milton Keynes in 2010, by 1.18 18 seconds, and bettered his old club record, set at Keyworth in December 2013, by 1.32.

The fast, mostly flat course, was ideal for fast times on a still day that was sunny and unseasonably warm.

Behind Matthew was clubmate Stuart Sinclair who enjoyed a fine run to break 90 minutes, clocking 1.29.36 to finish 259th. Suffering from injury, it was a tough day for Wendy Tremain who valiantly finished in 2.47.16, with husband Marc running alongside in support, who was credited with a 2.51.33 finishing time.

Opting to take part in the full marathon, GRC’s Scott Jones had a cracking run to finish in 3.26.27, bettering his old PB, set earlier this year at Milton Keynes, by more than 13 minutes. He finished a highly creditable 169th from 1,495 finishers.