The mighty Grantham Running Club team dominated the soggy track at The Meres stadium on Sunday, where the Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon started and finished, with a sea of 30 green vests, many beneath waterproof ponchos and bin liners.
The 13.1-mile route took in a good mix of terrain and elevation including the canal towpath from The Drift to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, and Woolsthorpe and Casthorpe Hills.
Matthew Kingston-Lee led the way for GRC and finished in fourth place overall in 1hr 18min 1sec, earning the M40-44 prize and celebrating with daughter Molly who completed the 3km Little Apple Fun Run.
Chris Limmer ran another strong race, particularly after his efforts at last week’s 26-mile Belvoir Challenge, finishing in 1:20:05 for seventh place overall.
Gav Meadows was doubtful that he would reach his sub-1:30 goal, considering the conditions. Despite an ankle injury from a particularly deep puddle which spanned the road to resemble a ford, Gav soldiered on for the final two miles and even managed a sprint finish into the stadium to arrive home in an impressive personal best of 1:28:26.
Other victories for the club included first in age category for Rob Howbrook, Sarah High and Holly Durham, with Holly, Penny Hodges and SJ Willis winning first place for female team.
A special mention goes to the beginners’ group c25k for braving the elements and distance, many of whom were unable to run one mile without stopping this time last year before joining the club.
Everyone finished with a smile and were rewarded with a T-shirt, medal and goody bag, including locally brewed beer!
Results: 4 Matthew Kingston-Lee 1:18:01, 7 Christopher Limmer 1:20:05, 32 Gav Meadows 1:28:26, 51 Matthew Williamson 1:32:40, 55 Robert Howbrook 1:33:12, 65 Holly Durham 1:34:27, 75 Paul Davis 1:36:11, 87 Peter Bonner 1:37:52, 91 Thomas Williamson 1:38:32, 104 Penny Hodges 1:40:24, 106 Mark Hillson 1:40:49, 121 Ben Mason 1:43:14, 126 SJ Willis 1:43:38, 155 Adrian Walker 1:48:09, 178 Sarah High 1:50:36, 200 Liam Vincent 1:52:33, 207 Caroline Davis 1:53:19, 242 Rachel Birch 1:56:47, 243 Martin Carter1:56:47, 268 Tommy Napier 2:00:31, 339 Hazel Dunthorne 2:11:09, 345 Bianca Parnaby 2:12:42, 349 Paul Durham 2:13:39, 353 Nicholas Jones 2:13:44, 369 Jonathan Lill 2:17:32, 372 Rosalind Sadler 2:19:51, 374 Louise Fenton 2:19:52, 390 Yvonne Buckley 2:24:28, 391 Brendon Buckley 2:24:28, 401 Andy Barradell 2:32:59.