ATHLETICS: Grantham AC contend with cross country conditions

George Hatton
George Hatton
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It was a busy weekend for Grantham Athletic Club with two cross country matches in two days.

On Saturday, the second round of the North Midlands League took place at Corby in Northamptonshire. Conditions were bleak with heavy rain persisting all day, making the conditions extremely heavy underfoot, not ideal for cross country.

Two GAC athletes competed, with Aaron Hunt in the under-15 boys race running very strongly to finish in an excellent ninth place. Running in the senior race was Chris Hunt who finished in 208th place.

Sunday saw some drier but windier conditions and again the Grantham AC runners turned out for the second round of the Lincolnshire Runner League.

This course was wet in a different way as there was a water jump to contend with at the Castle Dyke Equestrian Centre near Boston.

Grantham AC notched up three wins with Helen Braybrook winning the under-13 girls, Isabel Hobday the under-15 girls and Adam Madge the junior/senior and veteran men race.

Other results: under-11 boys/girls – Megan Tremain 27th; under-13 girls – Ella-Rose Hobday 20th; under-15 boys – Aaron Hunt 2nd, George Hatton 8th; under-17 women – Holly Youles 4th, Saskia Hunt 5th, Kim Newell, 8th, Amy Newell 9th; junior/senior/veteran men – Arthur Short 14th, Chris Hunt 51st, John Ellerby 56th, Phil Hall 59th, Dave Eldridge 61st place.

Grantham AC will be back in action at the third round of the Lincolnshire Runner League at Gainsborough this weekend.