ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Wilson completes 10-hour moorland run

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Grantham Running Club’s Mark Wilson competed in the tough Four Inns 65km fell run in Derbyshire on Saturday.

Mark was part of a four-man team which also comprised Steve Hall (Sutton on Trent), Richard Andrews (Newark) and Roy Jackman (Wakefield).

The course began in Holmbridge and finished in Buxton, taking in more than 7,000ft of climbs en route on some of the roughest moorland in Great Britain, and passing four pubs – The Isle of Skye (site of), the Snake Pass Inn, the Nags Head, and the Cat and Fiddle.

Mark’s foursome completed the course in 9hr 58min to take 18th place from a field of 90 teams.

l Meanwhile, at Lincoln there was perfect weather for the six Grantham RC runners in a field of 4,500 for the 10km race.

The course was changed slightly from previous years, finishing beside the cathedral instead of inside the castle, but it did not detract from the experience and spectator support was excellent.

William Parkin, who was competing in his first 10km since he began training with the club, knocked four minutes off his personal best in 35:29. Next was Iain Brown who was just outside his PB in 39:30.

Penny Hodges smashed her PB in 43:09, as did Paul Durham in 49:33. He was followed soon after by Nicholas Day in 51:23 and Laura Kettle in 54:09.