Grantham Running Club well represented at Lincoln 5k
Round three of Grantham Running Club’s Grand Prix Series took place at Lincoln where 17 runners lined up for the LWAC 5k race.
On a flat course and with the temperature ideal for a short event, the only downside was a strong headwind which runners had to face three times during the lapped course.
First home for GRC with an outstanding personal best 16min 45sec was Matthew Kingston-Lee, slicing three seconds off his previous mark for ninth overall.
It is considered the mark of an athlete operating at their peak when the PBs are by such small increments. This capped a remarkable month for Matthew in which, despite his training being hampered by a cycling related knee injury, he has been able to peak twice in two successive races.
Next home was the fast improving Matt Williamson (18:46), also setting a PB in only his third ever 5k. He was closely followed by Rob Howbrook in 19:09 which was good enough not only to secure a top 50 ranking but also to register a score of 83 per cent which is the club’s highest in 2018.
Chasing Rob to the line was 5k specialist Peter Bonner (19:18) who clocked up a dozen of these races last year alone but had never previously gone sub-19:30. Triathlete Gerry Hyde (19:26) was next in using the race as a sprint warm-up for his forthcoming multi-event outing.
Holly Durham was the club’s first lady home in 20:37, narrowly pipping Mark Hillson (20:49) on the final lap in what was for both of them their first 5k race. Craig Drury (21:55) was also delighted with his sub-22 minute debut and cannot wait to show off this pace at his next parkrun.
Suzy Britz (24:43) clipped eight seconds of her previous best and was rewarded with a WMA score of more than 65 per cent.
April’s member of the month Julie Gilbert (26:18) scored highly with a 62.25 per cent performance in her best run ever. The other PB of the day was from Louise Kennedy (30:40) in her third 5k in which she reduced her time over the distance by in excess of three minutes.
Sadly, Penny Hodges had to pull out early in the race with a leg strain.
Others: Stuart Reader 21:36, Robert McArdle 21:55, Stuart Baty 23:33, Rosalind Sadler 25:19.