Grantham club quintet make their mark on iconic Scottish marathon
Having eagerly watched other members complete their marathons over the last few weeks, five members of Grantham Running Club made the trip north to the Scottish capital on Sunday to compete in the Edinburgh Marathon in a field of more than 8,000.
Starting on Potterrow in the grounds of one of the oldest universities in the world, the route took runners through the very heart of Edinburgh city.
Competitors then ran past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as an impressive backdrop.
The course took in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.
Third time marathon runner Andy Atter was first home (in 438th place) for the green and black army with an impressive time of 3hr 12min 58sec, using his experience in the latter stages of the race and just missing out on a personal best by less than 45 seconds.
He was closely followed by Joe Clarke, who was running his first marathon for the club, in a time of 3:13:40, which was more than 30 minutes faster than his previous best of four years ago.
First-timer Matthew Atter was not far behind with a time of 3:17:44, which was all the more impressive given a recent knee injury which affected his training, and he paced the race almost perfectly.
The other first-timer in the group, Richard Payne, finished in 3:38:57.
Another equally impressive time and has put him in the mood for another race over the same distance in the future.
Having set a new PB in Manchester only seven weeks earlier, Caroline Davis broke four hours again, coming home in 3:57:47.