ATHLETICS: Club captain Paul leads the way

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FOLLOWING the late withdrawal of Arthur Short, due to a shin injury sustained racing on consecutive days last weekend, Grantham Athletic Club captain Paul Davidson stepped in to lead the town runners home in the Nene Valley 10-mile race at Peterborough on Sunday.

Also running well on the twisty, urban course were Tony Madge, who picked up the prize in his Masters category, and John Bainbridge who continued his good form by knocking almost five minutes off his personal best.

Catherine Payne collected another prize as first Masters lady home, also setting a personal best. Veteran runner Phil Hall was happy to complete this course without mishap after a bad fall during last year’s race. Grantham AC’s Monday night jog club runners Wendy Johnston and Louise Payne posted very respectable times.

Results: Paul Davidson 1hr 5min 50sec, Tony Madge 1:07:31, Gerry Hyde 1:09:19, Robert McArdle 1:12:57, Catherine Payne 1:13:37, John Bainbridge 1:17:09, Phil Hall 1:17:15, Wendy Johnston 1:27:59, Louise Payne 1:30:12.

l Grantham AC’s Jez Page opted for the full marathon distance version of the famous Cambridge University Boundary Run race on Sunday. Despite half of it being off-road and having to climb more styles per mile than any other comparable race, a mud-spattered Jez was still able to finish in 3:44:17.