ATHLETICS: Grantham AC’s Madge runs marathon in under three hours

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Grantham Athletic Club’s Adam Madge enjoyed a fantastic start to the spring marathon season by smashing the three-hour mark at Manchester on Sunday.

Billed as ‘the UK’s Flattest, Fastest and Friendliest Marathon’, Adam completed the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford in 2hr 50min 11sec for 130th place overall out of nearly 8,000 starters.

Aaron Hunt on his way to victory in Bourne Woods.

Aaron Hunt on his way to victory in Bourne Woods.

Also running were clubmates Arthur Short who completed the 26.2 miles in 4:08:03 and Phil Hall (5:39:18).

l Two Grantham AC members competed in the Grantham Cup race at Belton Park Horse Trials.

Tom Fowler finished 16th in 43:17, whilst John Ellery was 190th in 62:17.

l Naomi Collier and Richard Hall got the weekend off to a good start with a ladies’ win and personal best respectfully in local parkruns.

Results: Lincoln – 89 Richard Hall 24:05; Newark – 6 Naomi Collier 19:48, 15 Geoff Collier 22:15, 23 Keith Measures 23:15.

l Grantham AC athlete Aaron Hunt continued his fine form to win the 3km race in Bourne Woods.

The race, organised by Bourne Rotary Club, saw Aaron complete the course in 11min and 14sec, more than a minute ahead of his nearest rival.

Aaron’s father Chris completed the off-road 10km race in 52:18.

Aaron and his sister Saskia competed in the open meeting on the track at Corby the previous Tuesday.

The siblings both set new club records and personal bests in the 1,000m races, Saskia in 3:40.6 and Aaron in 3:00.3.