Grantham Running Club collects medals at National Championships

GRANTHAM Running Club picked up the men’s silver medal in the team event, and the bronze in the ladies’, at the ARC National Half-marathon Championships in Ely.

Impressive for Grantham men was Zimbabwean-born Gordon Geach who picked up a personal best by five minutes as well as the bronze individual medal in his age category.

In the ladies’ team, Lucy Roberts also recorded a PB and picked up bronze in her category, whilst Catherine Payne collected gold in the same age group. Competing despite being injured, Helen Brown’s time, which was 10 minutes outside her best, was still good enough for her to add another bronze to the club’s haul.

The only downpoint of the day was a technical problem with Arthur Short’s timing chip which meant he had to start some 90 seconds after the race got underway and had to pass more than 700 runners along the narrow lanes.

Results: Arthur Short 1:33:36, Gordon Geach 1:36:53, Catherine Payne 1:37:03, Robert McArdle 1:38:20, Stu Sinclair 1:46:03, Helen Brown 1:48:33, Phil Hall 1:57:03, Lucy Roberts 1:57:28, Yvonne Taylor 2:41:00, Mark Hillson DNF.

l Members of Ropsley Road Runners were in action all over the country on Sunday.

Tony John elected to run the Cransley Hospice Half-marathon at Kettering, finishing in 1:28:31.

Clubmates Allan Cox and John Flaxman competed in the Great North Run. Allan completed the half-marathon distance from Newcastle to South Shields in 2:10:31 and John recorded 2:17:57.

Closer to home, Norman Gosbee entered the 27-mile Ponton Plod multi-terrain event but missed the split, so ran the 17-mile course and finished in 3:25.