Grantham quartet run Belvoir 10
Four members of Grantham Running Club made the short trip across the Vale of Belvoir for the annual Long Clawson 10K cross country race last Sunday.
The route was a testing one, taking in fields pock-marked by cow hoofs, farm tracks rutted by tractors, bluebell-lined woodland trails and a number of slippery stiles.
The morning started slightly overcast, but on cue the sun came out almost as soon as the race started.
A long, slow climb from the start put paid to any thoughts of a fast time, but the climb brought its own rewards with some great views over the Vale.
The finishers were greeted by a supportive crowd at the village hall, for which the race raised a very creditable £3,500.
Results: Stuart Reader 55min 16sec, Simon Smith 56:29, Brendon Buckley 1:16:39, Yvonne Buckley 1:21:36.
Grantham Running Club’s Tony Johnson took part in two 10K races in the space of eight days.
Firstly he ran in the Eye 10K, near Peterborough, last Sunday. The weather was cooler than the previous week and Tony placed 25th overall in a field over 500, clocking 39:30. He was also second in the Male Veteran 50 category.
The following Sunday he took part in the Deepings 10K, along with Tracy Webb who ran a solid 1:04:02. Tony crossed the line in 39:22, once again breaking the 40-minute barrier. He also placed seventh overall in a field of 177 and was fourth in the Male Veteran category.
Grantham Running Club’s Nev Chamberlain ran his first ultra distance event at last weekend's Ridgeway 40.
The linear course covered the western-most 40 miles of the Ridgeway National Trail, starting in Wiltshire at Overton Hill and finishing beside the River Thames at Goring in Oxfordshire.
Having never previously run more than 28 miles, Nev settled into a steady pace and was pleased with his finishing time of 8hr 30min/
He said he struggled for a couple of miles around the 30-mile mark, but got a second wind and had a decent run into the finish.