ATHLETICS: Rushworth leads Grantham Running Club dozen home

Some of the Grantham Running Club finishers at Ashby.
Some of the Grantham Running Club finishers at Ashby.

A dozen athletes from Grantham Running Club took part in the 25th anniversary Ashby 20-mile road race in the Leicestershire countryside on Sunday

First home, Paul Rushworth eased back a full five-and-a-half minutes from his 2013 pace to record 2hr 20min 51sec. Ben Hatherley was almost back to his old form after an ankle injury as second GRC runner to finish, followed by Andrew Pask who enjoyed one of his easier runs after throttling back for the first 10 miles.

The ladies’ section was led home by Holly Durham, closely followed by Abi Schofield who became the first GRC runner to top the UKA rankings as the fastest under-23 at the distance.

Catherine Payne distance completed the ladies’ team, who were runners-up in the team event behind Bedford Harriers.

Pictured from left are – Catherine Payne, Ben Hatherley, Robert McArdle, Paul Rushworth, Ben Mason, Andrew Pask, Scott Jones and Holly Durham.

Results: Paul Rushworth 2.20.51, Ben Hatherley 2.26.35, Andrew Pask 2.31.08, Holly Durham 2.32.31, Abi Schofield 2.33.14, Ben Mason 2.35.13, Scott Jones 2.37.30, Catherine Payne 2.37.44, Robert McArdle 2.40.07, Nick Payne 2.46.39, Andrew Spencer 2.56.33, Gordon Geach 2.59.10.