ATHLETICS: Ropsley pair contest canal ultra-run

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TWO members of Ropsley Road Runners took part in the 9bar UK Ultra Race series on Saturday.

The championship comprises nine ultra-marathon races around the UK, with Saturday’s Series Four event measuring 29.3 miles from Cotgrave to the Marriott Hotel in Grantham.

Martin Neal and Norman Gosbee were among 115 entrants who battled through cold, wet and muddy conditions along Grantham Canal. Martin finished 68th in 5hr 12min 40sec and Norman was 82nd in 5.45.51.

Norman joined the 84 other runners who took on the return leg back to Cotgrave on Sunday. Norman crossed the finishing line in 5.52.34 for 64th place.

Sunday’s race was 59-year-old Norman’s 140th marathon in his 20-year running history.