ATHLETICS: No PB this time for Grantham club’s Spencer

Andrew Spencer
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Grantham Running Club’s Andrew Spencer completed the BUPA Great Birmingham Half-marathon on Sunday in a time of 1hr 37min 46sec.

The event is the largest of its type in the Midlands with 20,000 runners competing in the 13.1-mile challenge. Andrew managed to complete the course just two minutes shy of his personal best. The event takes in some of the city’s most famous sites from the Bull Ring to Bournville.

Andrew only first attempted the half-marathon distance in last year’s Great North Run but since then has bettered his personal best each time, currently 1.35.51. But on Sunday he was nearly two adrift of his best.

He said: “I found the race probably the toughest half-marathon I have run so far due to the undulation, especially in the last two miles. I didn’t realise that Birmingham City centre was on a hill.”

l Two Grantham RC members took part in Newark Parkrun last weekend.

Mark Wilson finished 13th in 21.38 and Sarah High recorded an impressive 24.47 as third lady to cross the line, finishing in an overall position of 41st out of a field of 173 runners.

l Grantham Athletic Club had five members contesting Parkrun 5km events at the weekend.

Results: Lincoln – 5 Dean Houlton 18.31, 7 William Tucker 18.59, 52 Mark Tucker 22.53; Newark – 23 Alan Carley 23.05, 26 Keith Measures 23.34.