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Grantham Running Club staged its own invasion of Grimsthorpe Castle on Sunday when 21 members descended on it to take part in the Grimsthorpe Gallop.

Set in the beautiful grounds of the castle, the event hosted four distances: 5K, 10K, 10 miles and half marathon. Various Canicross races were also on the agenda.

All four routes took runners through stunning scenery within the private grounds including the castle, lake, tree-lined tarmac avenues, ancient woodland, grassed paths and for the 10-mile and half marathon routes a Victorian railway culvert.

Dale Towning. Photo: Mick Hall (57322339)
Dale Towning. Photo: Mick Hall (57322339)

This terrain, coupled with undulating off-road routes, made a challenging route for the runners, however those who competed in this race the year prior were very thankful for cooler conditions.

First to race was the 5K Canicross which saw Stuart Baty participating with his ever-trusted sidekick Oscar, coming home in second place in 24min 3sec, with Paula Ebbins finishing fourth with Rosie in 24:38.

Next off for GRC were those competing in the 10-mile race. Julie Gilbert, Rachel Pattison and Rosalind Sadler used the race to make a great kick-start to their London Marathon training plan.

Team-mates CJ Walker, Yvonne Buckley and Julia Hallam utilised the race to build up distance in preparation for the Dovedale Dipper 15-mile race. Sylv Hull enjoyed a scenic trail race after several back-to-back races, and Dale Towning enjoyed returning to racing following a recent injury.

First back was Simon Allsopp in a cracking time of 1:31:03, followed by Julie Gilbert 1:38:03 and first in her age category, Sylv Hull 1:38:59, Rachel Deans 1:40:03, Dale Towning 1:41:06, Rachel Pattison 1:42:05, Rosalind Sadler 1:44:49, CJ Walker 2:14:40, Yvonne Buckley 2:14:40 and Julia Hallam 2:14:41.

The 5K race saw Zoe Wragg return to racing after a recent injury which she was thrilled about, and she achieved a very respectful time of 26:50. Rebecca Rice also competed in the 5K race which saw her come home in 41:37.

The 10K participants were the last to depart. Brendon Buckley, who has been increasing his mileage since returning to running, raced 10K a bit sooner than originally planned and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

First to return was Mark Rice in a fantastic time of 50:12, followed by Nicola Cottam 58:59, Wendy Fraser 1:07:07, Tracy Webb 1:10:05, Judi Allsopp 1:10:58, Samantha French 1:11:49, and Brendon Buckley 1:16:34 and second in his age category.

The club's only participant in the half marathon was second claim member Alex Curtis who stormed round in 1:36:39 which netted him fourth place.

All runners were full of praise for SBR events who consistently deliver amazing events in fantastic locations. The free event photograhy and rainbow medal ensured all participants came away with great keepsakes by which to remember the event.

Members are already planning their return distances for next year, along with a repeat of this year’s team building post-race picnic and ice cream stop which was proclaimed a huge hit by all.

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