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Grantham runners impress in Spa 10K

Holly Durham and Matthew Kingston-Lee (2497461)
Holly Durham and Matthew Kingston-Lee (2497461)

A total of 42 members of Grantham Running Club took part in the Woodhall Spa 10K last Sunday.

The annual road race is a favourite with runners looking for a personal best time due to its flat course. The route is all on country lanes and starts close to Jubilee Park, taking in Edlington Moor, Reeds Beck and Stixwould before finishing in Jubilee Park itself.

Weather conditions, whilst not as hot as April’s London Marathon or May’s Sleaford Half Marathon, were still very warm meaning that most runners were a minute or two slower than their personal best time.

First home for GRC in fifth position overall was Matthew Kingston-Lee with a time of 34min 45sec – just 25 seconds slower than his PB. He also picked up a prize for placing first in the Male 40 category. He was followed by Tony Johnson who continued his fine run of form by also picking up an age category prize for placing second in the Male 50 category. His time of 38:45 placed him in 34th position overall.

Five seconds and two positions behind Tony on his 10K debut was Grant Davies with a time of 38:50. As expected, he comfortably broke 40 minutes and will no doubt go faster still in cooler conditions.

Having spent most of the race battling against each other and driving each other on, Andrew Pask (40:11/56th) and Gav Meadows (40:17/59th) got as close to their PB’s as they could have hoped in the heat.

With arguably the most impressive GRC performance of the day, Holly Durham was the first lady home for the club. She picked up a prize for placing first in the Female 35 category. She was also the fifth lady in the whole race and placed 73rd overall. Her time of 41:21 was a new personal best – beating her previous best from 2014 by 10 seconds – quite remarkable in the conditions.

Nick Rossington was not far behind Holly. His time of 41:45 was only 22 seconds slower than his PB and was also good enough to secure fifth position in the Male 50 category.

With another impressive performance, Catherine Payne claimed the second place prize in the Female 50 category. She was seventh lady overall and her time of 42:57 was just 17 seconds slower than her PB.

Robert McArdle also performed well, finishing fifth in the Male 55 category. Whilst some way off his personal best, his time of 45:19 was still very impressive given the conditions.

Another two runners who performed well in their respective age categories were Sarah High and Caroline Davis. Sarah placed sixth in the Female 50 category with a time of 50:38, some way off her PB but still very impressive given the heat and recent injury struggles. Caroline came home in 50:47 which was good enough for 10th place in the Female 45 category.

There were also personal bests for Stefan Latter (44:11), Stuart Reader (45:18), Kevin Kettle (45:24), Nichola Webster (58:01), Julie Riggall (58:28) and Emma Weighill (59:01). All these runners deserve special praise as the conditions were far from ideal for running fast times.

Other results: Richard Payne 41:40, Nick Rossington 41:45, Scott Jones 42:29, Mark Hillson 44:49, Simon Smith 48:07, Liam Vincent 48:31, Nev Chamberlain 48:37, Russell Maksymiw 49:00, Stuart Baty 51:13, Helen Brown 52:25, Martin Carter 53:01, Suzanne Britz 54:27, Sinead McDonnell 54:52, John Nevard 56:56, Marc Tremain 57:52, Julie Gilbert 57:39, Brendon Buckley 1:02:20, Nicola Fahy 1:04:29, Rachel Pattison 1:05:17, Jonathon Lil 1:06:27, Yvonne Buckley 1:07:23, Simon Hartley 1:07:48, Amanda Mumby 1:08:54, Claire Fritz 1:09:00, Magaretta Murray 1:10:57, Melanie Taylor 1:16:38.


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