ATHLETICS: Grantham’s Rushworth runs mountain marathon in Chile

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Grantham Running Club’s Paul Rushworth (pictured) continued his running tour through South America with the K42 Adventure Marathon mountain epic in Chile last Saturday.

In a straight climb of more than 7,200ft to the summit, Paul had to cope with his fingers swelling as well as the lower oxygen levels at altitude.

Despite this, he finished in 28th place in the full marathon in a time of 4.49.38

l The East Coast Classic 10km race along the seafront at Mablethorpe attracted GRC runners Catherine Payne and Robert McArdle.

Catherine was rewarded for her trip to the coast with a personal best of 42.40 and first prize in her age category, with Robert McArdle claiming a season’s best of 45.28

l GRC had the first male and female finishers at Newark Parkrun #68 on Saturday.

As part of an 18-mile long training run, GRC’s Matthew Kingston-Lee worked his way to the front of the field approximately five minutes into the 5km timed run. He pulled away to come home in 17.58, six seconds outside his course PB and 40 seconds ahead of the second placed finisher.

Finishing first lady, Penny Hodges bettered her old PB by three seconds, clocking 22.23. Further down the field, Louise and Nick Payne came home in 38.00 and 38.01 respectively.

l Warren Stark of GRC set a new fastest time for 5km in his first visit to the Kings Lynn Parkrun event with a time of 21.12.