Grantham athletes prepare for London Marathon at Stamford

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Most of this year’s local London Marathon entrants used the Stamford Striders’ St Valentine 30km race as preparation for the main event next month.

Paul Rushworth was first home for Grantham Running Club, knocking two minutes off his best time for the course.

Also running well for GRC were Andrew Pask with another PB and Catherine Payne who picked up the prize for first lady in her age category, some six-and-a-half minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

Results: 46 Paul Rushworth 2hr 5min 3sec, 138 Arthur Short (GAC) 2.18.21, 150 Andrew Pask 2.19.16, 165 Gordon Geach (GRC) 2.21.90, 180 Catherine Payne (2.22.19), 182 Tony Johnson (Ropsley Road Runners) 2.22.15, 224 Scott Jones (GRC) 2.27.08, 418 Keith Measures (GAC) 2.49.47, 444 Lucy Roberts (GRC) 2.53.28, 576 Robert McArdle (GRC) 3.18.44, 599 Philip Hall (GAC) 3.38.12.

l Ropsley Road Runner Norman Gosbee finished 198th out of 284 in the annual Belvoir Challenge multi-terrain race on Saturday, recording 6hr 6min for the 26-mile event.

Clubmates Tony Johnson and Steven Thacker took part in the Sleaford Half-marathon the following day.

Running his 200th race at the distance, Tony clocked 1.38.18 and Steven was not far behind in 1.43.16.