Hundreds turn out for club’s first Summer Solstice race

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HUNDREDS of runners turned out for the inaugural Summer Solstice 10km road race at Long Bennington last Friday.

Organised by Grantham Running Club, the light drizzle could have dampened spirits but it was welcomed by the athletes, some of whom set personal bests in the conditions.

In the men’s team competition, the Grantham Athletic Club trio of Adam Madge, Stu Sinclair and Arthur Short repeated their success in the Grantham Cup, narrowly edging out Ancaster-based Toonie Express.

Grantham RC’s Berlinda Baquero, Wendy Johnston and Louise Payne were runners-up in the ladies’ team competition, with the B team of Lucy Worthington, Lucy Roberts and Wendy Tremain all setting PBs to finish fifth.

Results: Grantham AC - 6 Adam Madge 37min 3sec, 13 Stuart Sinclair 40.16, 14 Arthur Short 40.34, 45 Ben Mason 44.34, 84 Julie Stewart 49.17, 97 Trudy Hanson; Grantham RC - 49 Stuart Sibcy 45.22, 74 Berlina Baquero 48.27, 81 Karl Hunt 49.02, 94 Wendy Johnston 51.21, 99 Louise Payne 52.35, 100 Lucy Worthington 52.39, 126 Lucy Roberts 1.00.55, 128 Wendy Tremain 1.01.13.

l Nine runners from Grantham took part in the fifth annual Sleaford 10km road race at Scredington on Saturday.

Strong winds ensured no personal bests were achieved and the fastest town runner was Gerry Hyde in a little over 40 minutes. Catherine Payne was outright winner of the ladies’ race.

Results: Grantham AC – Gerry Hyde 40.35, Ben Hatherley 41.55, Robert McArdle 44.37, Catherine Payne 44.45, Ben Mason 46.02, John Ellerby 46.54, Keith Measures 49.55; Grantham RC – Lucy Roberts 70.48, Yvonne Taylor 71.33.

l Veterans Arthur Short and Phil Hall fell victim to the heat in Sunday’s Boddington Marathon.

Only 25 per cent of the field finished the event in the searing heat, and Phil was one of those that did not, electing to retire at 18 miles.

Arthur finished the race but some two hours slower than his predicted time, crossing the finish line in 4.45.14.

l Ropsley Road Runner Tony Johnson took part in the Humber Bridge Half-marathon at Hessle on Sunday.

Despite the very hot conditions, Tony recorded a creditable 1.29.04 for the 13.1-mile course.