Eleven members of the Belvoir Tri Club were amongst the starters of the 12th Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon on Sunday in cold, wet and muddy conditions.
The course offered several surfaces including road and towpath. Often described as a tough course, this year was made harder and more challenging by the rain, muddy puddles and big hills.
It was well-organised by Grantham Athletic Club with the race starting and finishing on the track inside the South Kesteven Sports Stadium. The race has been voted in the past as one of the top 10 half marathons and top 50 races in the UK by Runner’s World, and for the fourth consecutive year sold out prior to the event.
The 500 competitors headed out of Grantham into the countryside via Barrowby village, on to Grantham Canal towpath for nearly three miles to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, taking in a couple of testing hills along the way, before returning back into the stadium for a ‘grandstand’ finish.
Alan Heathershaw commented: “It didn’t seem like the same race as last year. It was tougher, but somehow I managed a PB.”
Catherine Davies added: “It is a good race, and very well organised, attracted great support even in that weather. I enjoyed running it again – afterwards, not so much during. There was lots of positivity amongst the runners.”
Results: Adam Madge 1hr 24min 58sec, Stephen Hobday 1:30:34, Steve Perks 1:35:22, Ove Andresen 1:41:43, Wayne Searle 1:44:57, Alan Heathershaw 1:51:26, Natalie Eastaugh 1:58:49, Chris Pugh 2:03:39, Catherine Davies 2:03:51, Ruth Dunstan 2:14:12, Louise Payne 2:14:13
Louise and Gerry Hyde were amongst almost 9,000 runners competing in a wet and windy sixth Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday.
Louise commented after her race that she had a great run considering she is coming back from injury, and said: “I was grateful for the space blankets handed out by the organisers at the start of the race and there was a great atmosphere in Cambridge. We were supported along the way in a well-organised event. My husband, Gerry, was my pacesetter for the day so, although he finished the run, he didn’t have an official finishing time. I was really pleased with my time of 1:54:24.”