ATHLETICS: Grantham’s Matthew sets century’s fastest time in Dutch marathon

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Matthew Kingston-Lee set the fastest time over the marathon distance this century by a Grantham club athlete in Holland on Sunday.

Matthew’s 2hr 46min 38sec for the Rotterdam Marathon also set a new Grantham Running Club record and improved his three-year-old personal best by nearly four minutes.

On a sunny but windy day, Matthew shrugged off recent injury concerns and set about running an even paced race, clocking the second half just 34 seconds slower than the opening 13.1 miles. His hopes of a sub 2.45 time were tempered by some injury niggles and the troublesome wind, which was in the runners faces for much of the second half of the race.

He finished 180th overall in a race with more than 14,000 entrants and climbed to 11th for his age category in the UK rankings. The race was won by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge in 2.05.00.

l GRC hosted the Grantham Cup 10km Trail Race in conjunction with Belton Horse Trials last Sunday.

The race covered a tough, off-road route through the grounds of Belton Park, and is one of the most challenging 10km routes in the county, involving two stiff climbs to Belmout Tower over terrain that is more usually found in a traditional fell race.

In keeping with the equine theme, runners were led from the start and through the park by a lead horse ridden by Abi Denny. Profits from the event will be donated to the Nottingham Hospital Charity.

Grantham results: Tom Fowler 49min 7sec, Tommy Williamson 51.35, Stuart Sinclair 53.06, Ben Harness.