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ATHLETICS: Grantham AC perform well in final Lincs League event

Izzy Hobday leads from the front on the way to a third win and the league title.
Izzy Hobday leads from the front on the way to a third win and the league title.

Grantham Athletic Club took part in the fourth and final round of the Lincolnshire Runner League at RAF Cranwell on Sunday.

First off for Grantham AC in the mixed under-11s race was Megan Tremain, finishing in 36th place. The second race of the day had the Rodell brothers, Rory and Ewan, finishing third and ninth respectively.

Next were the under-13 girls with Flora Hodgkison finishing in 10th position. The under-15 boys raced next with the Grantham trio of William Tucker, Aaron Hunt and George Hatton finishing in second, fourth and 11th positions, meaning they finished the league as champions. Individually, Aaron will take second place and William third.

The next event saw Grantham’s only victory of the day with Izzy Hobday running commandingly to win her third race of the season and the league title in her first year in the under-15 age group.

The under-17 men and women set off next, with Robert Hodgkison taking second place in the race and the league. For the under-17 girls, who went into the race already league champions, Kim Newell finished 14th, Saskia Hunt 15th, Holly Youles 16th and Amy Newell 17th.

The penultimate race was the senior and veteran women, in which Sophia Tucker finished seventh and Dawn Hunt 38th. The final race of the day was the senior and veteran men with all six of the Grantham runners being in the veteran category. First home for GAC was Arthur Short in 26th, followed by Mark Tucker in 50th, Chris Hunt 68th, Dave Eldridge 75th, John Ellerby 80th and Phil Hall 82nd.

l GAC had eight athletes competing at four parkruns on Saturday.

There were good first time parkruns from Ian Worrall, who ran at Sheffield Castle, and Julie Stewart who tackled the local Belton House course. Mark Gray managed to slice three seconds off his personal best at Belton and Ben Allen came fourth at the Forset Rec event, maintaining his top four finishing position for his past three races.

Results: Forest Rec – 4 Ben Allen 18:52; Newark – 22 Keith Measures 24:56; Sheffield Castle – 47 Ian Worrall 29:38; Belton House – 19 Geoff Collier 23:12, 34 Julie Stewart 25:55, 42 Mark Gray 27:31, 56 Phil Garner 29:04, 78 Catherine Muir 32:34.

l On Sunday the Hall family competed in the Mo Farrah 5km which was held in the Olympic Park in London.

James wasn’t quite on his usual form because of a hard rowing event the day before at the British Championships where he took the bronze medal in his age group in the 500m event.

Results: Richard Hall 23:41, James Hall 26:53, Dona Hall 31:15.


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