ATHLETICS: Grantham club members contest Valentine’s Day events

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Two Grantham AC athletes headed out for 5km Parkruns on Valentine’s Day.

Dean Houlton finished fifth at Lincoln in 18min 27sec and will receive his free Parkrun T-shirt for clocking up 50 events. Meanwhile, Keith Measures finished 21st at Newark in 24:01.

Adam Madge took part in the Valentine’s 30km organised by Stamford Striders on Sunday.

He finished the tough, undulating course in 26th position in a time of 1:58:47, which puts him on for a decent time in the Manchester Marathon in two months’ time.

l Grantham Running Club fielded 15 athletes in the 22nd annual Stamford 30 race.

Fastest club member this year was GB triathlete Abi Schofield who recorded a new personal best time of 2:13:46 for 91st out of 750 runners. She was closely followed by clubmate Iain Brown who was 20th in 2:17:41, the club’s first male finisher.

Others: 127 Scott Jones 2:18:07, 166 Catherine Payne 2:22:42, 177 Robert Mcardle 2:23:53, 194 Gordon Geach 2:25:18, 220 Andrew Spencer 2:28:16, 244 Jez Page 2:31:05, 302 Nick Payne 2:36:56, 343 Marc Tremain 2:41:51, 404 Ruth Dunstan 2:49:19, 445 Nikki Carr 2:56:21, 480 Lucy Roberts 3:01:26, 481 Wendy Hobson 3:01:28, 539 Wendy Tremain 3:11:47.

Grantham RC fielded runners in Parkruns in Lincoln, Newark, Mansfield and Pontypridd at the weekend.

At the Lincoln event, Warren Stark finished in 22:27, crossing the line as the 52nd finisher.

Meanwhile at Newark, in-form William Parkin posted a spectacular time, crossing the line in 18:24 to finish second. In Mansfield, Gwenda Williams managed a respectable 27:58, romping home to a 15th place female finish.

Andrew Pask, who has been dogged by injury, managed a sterling effort, crossing the line in 11th place in a time of 20:08 in Wales. More than 140 ran.