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Rushworth looks to Peak at right time for ultra marathon

Matthew Williamson.
Matthew Williamson.

Grantham Running Club’s Paul Rushworth continued his build-up to his autumn ultra with two races in three days.

The first was the Castle Rock 10k in which he was joined by teammates Jaime Garcia and Peter Bonner over an undulating two-lap course in the University of Nottingham Campus.

Paul was able to run a steady race and pace himself to finish in exactly 44 minutes, first home in the trio.

Shortly behind him and setting a substantial PB was Peter, just dipping below the 45 minute mark by one second.

The final man home was Jaime in a brave 45:53, nursing an injured leg.

The second leg of Paul’s weekend was the Dovedale Dipper, a 27-mile circular run through the Peak District National Park, which included of a thousand feet of climb.

Joining him on the run were Catherine Payne and Robert McArdle, with Nev Chamberlin opting for the 15-mile walk version, in which he was first home.

Although it was almost a decade since he last competed here, Paul was able to navigate the route in just more than five hours for a top 10 finish, some 20 minutes in from of Catherine and Robert.

Paul Davis travelled to Dorset to take part in the third Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, which took place last weekend.

Despite constant rain and Thornecombe Beacon being almost inaccessible due to heavy fog, plus some of the most gruesome climbs in the south coast, he clocked 2:03:15 for 12th place.

The Newark Half Marathon returned following a five-year absence.

Starting in Devon and Sconce Park, runners headed out into the usually sleepy, meandering country lanes.

Among the 800 participants to brave the battle were Grantham Running Club members.

Paul Davis narrowly missed out on a personal best, steaming home in an impressive time of 1:34:50, his second half distance in seven days.

Second home was half marathon debutant Matthew Williamson with an incredible 1:36:00, finishing fourth in his under 23 age category.

First GRC lady to cross the line was new recruit S.J. Willis, who ran a surprisingly strong race on the flatter course and achieved a personal best of 1:47:26, her furthest distance since the London Marathon in April this year.

Hot on her heels was Neil Emerson, coming in at 1:49:35, and Sinead McDonnell, who cracked the sub two-hour mark with a commendable 1:58:46.

First timer Michelle Allbones, who returned to running after three weeks on the bench with a calf tear, arrived at the finish to applause from supporters and fellow club members after 2:27:47 of incredibly determined running.


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