ATHLETICS: Mud, sweat and beers at annual Belton Cup Race

The large field of runners heads for Belmount Tower.
The large field of runners heads for Belmount Tower.

Sunday saw the staging of this year’s Belton Cup 10km Trail Race.

Following days of wet weather the sun shone brightly to provide runners with a route that must rank as one of the most picturesque around.

Andrew Pask finishes at Rotterdam.

Andrew Pask finishes at Rotterdam.

Set within the National Trust grounds of Belton House, the run is now a regular attraction at the Belton International Horse Trials. This year, 250 runners competed and pitted themselves against the challenge of the climb to the top of Lincoln Edge and Belmount Tower.

They ascended into the tranquil woodlands at the top of the hill before, mud-spattered, sweaty and tired, they descended back down to a sprint finish within the showground.

Well-earned sustenance was on hand as each runner received a specially commissioned bottle of Trail Ale, produced locally by Brewsters Brewery.

Grantham Athletic Club’s Stephen Hobday finished third overall in the men’s event, whilst Grantham RC’s Holly Durham was third in the women’s race.

Chris Limmer at the finish line in Eastbourne.

Chris Limmer at the finish line in Eastbourne.

The race was organised by Grantham Running Club and race director Andrew MacAllister said: “So many runners seemed to really enjoy not just the run but also the whole event. It was uplifting to see so many smiles as well as the sun”

“This year was a bit of a first for us as we allowed canicross entrants, running with dogs; this added a real extra dimension to the race and was very exciting to watch”

Each year Grantham Running Club donates profits from the run to a local charity, and this year Kesteven Rideability were the beneficiaries.

Visit www.granthamrunningclub.co.uk