ATHLETICS: Off-road runners spoilt for choice

Stuart Sinclair
Stuart Sinclair
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IT WAS a bumper weekend for off-road running in the Grantham area with three separate events taking place.

The Belvoir Challenge was staged on Saturday with the traditional muddy conditions exacerbated by the continuous rain for the duration of the event.

Six Grantham athletes contested the two options, with Jez Page finishing 42nd out of a field of 207 in the 26-mile race, and the other five runners taking on the challenging 16-mile race.

Results: 26 mile - 42 Jez Page 4:23:40; 16-mile - 60 Mark Hillson 2:31:31, 141 Keith Measures 3:07:13, 161 Gary Stewart 3:17:57, 38(f) Julie Stewart 3:02:19, 39(f) Trudy Hanson 3:02:19.

The Ultrarace Grantham was a two-day event in which athletes ran 29.3 miles along the canal from Cotgrave to Grantham on the Saturday. Many of them made the same journey in reverse on the Sunday - clocking up 58.6 miles over the two days.

Results: day 1 - 69 Martin Neal 5:12:40, 82 Norman Gosbee 5:45:51, 104 Peter Dunlop 6:35:37; day 2 - 64 Norman Gosbee 5:52:34.

Stuart Sinclair used the 13-mile Lincolnshire Poacher Challenge at Ancaster as part of his training for the Edinburgh Marathon. The on and off-road, muddy course proved a decent challenge but Stuart cruised round in 1:37:00 for a top 10 finish.

l Entries are now open for the Grantham Cup 10k trail race. For details visit www.granthamac.com/road/grantham_cup.htm