ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Rushworth relieved to reach Indonesian finish line

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Grantham Running Club’s Paul Rushworth continued his world tour of running by taking part in the Standard Chartered Half-marathon in Indonesia.

Starting in the Tangerang District of Jakarta at 5.30am, Paul had to cope with temperatures of 30 degrees and 80 per cent humidity, making the run a test of endurance rather than a test of speed.

More than 3,000 runners took part in the races and proceeds from the event were donated to the charity Seeing is Believing which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Paul finished the race in 1hr 50min 49sec, crossing the line in an excellent 44th position.

Paul said he was relieved to get to the finish line: “It was hot out there but I had an amazing experience running through Jakarta as the sun rose over the city.”

l Following his win in his first outing at Newark Parkrun last week, William Parkin repeated the feat on Saturday in a staggering 19:15.

He finished first but was 35 seconds short of his personal best set last week.

Grantham Running Club fielded a further five runners in the event with new PBs for Rob Howbrook (20:27) who came in fifth and Paul Durham (25:30) who finished 38th.

Iain Brown completed the course in 20:58, Warren Stark 22:05 and Andrew Macallister romped home in 26:04.

l Grantham Athletic Club had eight athletes Parkrunning at the weekend.

At Lincoln, Adam Madge came second with a creditable performance of 18:08 for the 5km distance.

Junior Kate Davis-Bavin tackled her first event at Newark which she completed in 33:04.

Others: 11 Paul Davidson 21:27, 22 Keith Measures 23:16, 32 Janice Anderson 24:37, 62 Richard Hall 26:49.

Dean Houlton notched up second place at Clumber Park in 18:54.

Meanwhile, a little further afield at Cannons Hill, Birmingham, Naomi Collier was second female home in an excellent time of 19:05.