ATHLETICS: Grantham AC sextet contest cross country relays

Grantham Athletic Club youngsters.
Grantham Athletic Club youngsters.
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Six GAC athletes ran in the Northern Athletics Cross Country Relays at Sheffield on Saturday.

First race of the day was the under 17 girls, with Kim Newell leading the Grantham Athletic Club team away, finishing her leg in 22nd place. Saskia Hunt moved the team up to 18th position, with Holly Youles running the final leg to bring the team home in 17th place.

In the under 15 boys’ race, Aaron Hunt ran the first leg for 16th position George Hatton took over for the second leg and in a close competition came home 17th, handing over to William Tucker who stormed through the field for a final position of 13th.

l Grantham AC’s Steve Dickenson headed south at the weekend to take part in the Amptill Trophy open cross country race, a race won by junior athlete Mo Farah in 1997.

Although not quite so fast, Steve completed the course in 53:59 for 129th place.

GAC parkrunners competed at Newark and Lincoln on Saturday.

It was ladies’ first place for Janice Anderson, personal bests for James and Dona Hall, and an impressive second place for Dean Houlton.

Results: Lincoln – 2 Dean Houlton 18min 21sec, 104 James Hall 25:36, 106 Richard Hall 25:49, 211 Dona Hall 31:37; Newark – 21 Janice Anderson 24:14.

l Grantham Running Club’s Paul Rushworth and Ben Mason competed in the Steeples and Spires 26 mile challenge on Sunday.

The course began in Lincoln and took the competitors towards Sleaford, passing the many spires and other points of interest along the route. The weather stayed fair throughout, allowing for good running conditions.

Paul was the first of the pair to finish, recording 3:55, with Ben a few minutes behind in 3:58.

Three athletes from GRC took part in the Clumber Park 10km on Saturday.

This off-road race was the first of the three-race East Midlands 10km Trail Series which also features races at Sherwood Pines and Holme Pierrepont over the coming weeks.

William Parkin finished a very impressive third from a field of 495, recording a time of 36:15. He consistently performs at a very high level over this distance and was close to his personal best.

Gav Meadows finished 41st with a time of 43:17 and thoroughly enjoyed the event. He said: “It was great to bring the distance down and go off-road after all the marathon training. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.”

Clubmate Louise Fenton recorded a time of 1:03:34 and is looking in good shape to break the one hour barrier in the near future.