Grantham AC runners take on cross-country double

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Athletes from Grantham Athletic Club took on the challenge of the National Relays, and match two of the Lincs Cross-country League last weekend.

Twenty-six runners represented Grantham AC in the relays at Berry Park, Mansfield, last Saturday.

The senior men’s team of Arthur Short, Paul Davidson, Mark Gray and Mark Tucker broke into the top 140 finishing teams, with Arthur posting the fastest leg of 19min 56.25sec. The second group of John Ellerby, Bill Lord, Chris Hunt and Phil came 157th out of 189 teams.

The senior ladies comprised Victoria Hardwick, Dawn Hunt and Sophie Hunt and all ran with true grit and determination.

In the juniors, Naomi Collier was 31st in her leg and Polly Atherton 43rd. Billy Orridge finished 66th in his leg.

The under-17 boys had a full team comprising Josh Lord, Jake Hornby and Ben Thompson, with Jake running the fastest leg to finish 68th.

Other results: Under-13 girls - 75 Letitia Barrowcliff, 95 Saskia Hunt; under-13 boys - 40 (Ethan Richards-Cole, William Tucker Kyle Seetul-Drew), 74 (Aaron Hunt, George Hatton, Angus Sharp).

In the Lincs League under-11s at Skegness last Sunday, Helen Braybrook won race four with Frances Sheard not far behind. Holly Smith and Jordan Seetul-Drew completed the team. Jake Hornby led from start to finish in the under-17 boys.

Other results: Senior men - 8 Arthur Short, 16 Paul Davidson, 29 Mark Gray, 30 Chris Armstrong, 33 Mark Tucker, 45 John Ellerby, Stewart Broughton, 50 Dave Eldridge, 55 Phil Hall; senior ladies - 14 Polly Atherton, 18 Caryn Garner, 28 Grace Plant; under-13 girls - 6 Letitia Barrowcliff, 9 Saskia Hunt; under-13 boys - 3 William Tucker, 4 Kyle Seetul-Drew, 6 Ethan Richards-Cole, 9 Aaron Hunt, 17 Angus Sharp, 18 William Watters; under-15 girls - 8 Kerry Smith.

A trio of runners from Grantham AC took part in a Remembrance multi-terrain 11km event at Fineshade Forest, near Stamford, on Sunday.

Caryn Garner completed the undulating course in a commendable time of 54min 50sec for 100th overall and fourth in the FV50 category.

Grace Plant (63.12) finished 169th overall and Philip Garner (63.37) 174th.

l Ropsley Road Runner Tony Johnson competed in the five-mile Poppy Run at Boston on Sunday.

Tony was the second veteran to finish and came in fourth overall in 31min 0sec.