ATHLETICS: Grantham club duo run Dutch marathon

Catherine Payne
Catherine Payne
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Grantham Running Club was represented by two members at the Leiden Marathon in Holland last weekend.

The race was an International Association of Marathon Races event and attracted a high quality field from round the world.

Unfortunately, for most of the runners a freak heatwave meant that temperatures were a full 10 degrees higher than average which resulted in more than half the field either not starting or failing to beat the six hour cut-off to have their result recorded. The heat suited some with the course record being broken as the podium was dominated by Kenyan and Ethiopian runners.

On a flat course which offered little shade, Catherine Payne recorded one of her slowest marathon times of 3hr 29min, but she was able to work her way through the field to finish as fourth lady and first veteran. Her result was the highest placing in an overseas marathon by a Grantham runner.

Clubmate Robert McArdle found the heat not to his liking and faded to 3.45.50 in 141st position.

l Six runners from Grantham took part in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon and claimed five personal bests between them.

Running his second full marathon this month, Ben Hatherley was first home in just over three and a quarter hours despite issues with cramp in the last mile. Husband and wife team Nick and Louise Payne both recorded great times in their first outing at Edinburgh.

Grantham AC’s Sophie Stanley just missed out on a personal best, despite a serious injury leading up tothe race.

Results: Ben Hatherley 3.16.53 pb, Abi Schofield 3.25.25 pb, Nick Payne 3.39.51 pb, Sophie Stanley 3.46.14, Louise Payne 4.23.34 pb, Wendy Hobson 4.23.34 pb, Gordon Geach 4.29.28.

l GRC clubmates Chris England and Paul Rushworth teamed up to enter the Deeping St James 10km.

Despite being run on the hottest day of the year so far, Paul managed to finish 27th in a time of 40.53, with Chris struggling in the heat from 6km onwards to finish in 60.45

l On a course ill-suited to fast times with too many twists and turns, GRC’s Iain Brown managed to record a personal best in the Liverpool Marathon, crossing the line in a time of 3.22.29.

l In this week’s Newark Parkrun, GRC’s Mark Hillson set another PB with a time of 22.32, just in front of first timer Mark Wilson who clocked 22.47. Grantham AC’s Keith Measures recorded a personal best 23.11.