Dovedale Dipper

Grantham Running Club’s Mark Hillson and Gordon Geach took part in this year’s Dovedale Dipper now in its twelfth year through the Derbyshire Peak District, both successfully completed the tough hilly 16 mile course in 3 hours and twenty two minutes. (Photo enclosed Mark Hillson left and Gordon Geach right)

Lincoln Wellington 5k Series, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Tuesday 29th July 2014.

Grantham Running Club’s Matthew Kingston-Lee and Ben Mason headed to Lincoln on the evening of Tuesday 29th July 2014 to take part in the third race of the Lincoln Wellington 5k Series. The race attracts a small but fairly high quality field who enjoy a flat, multiple lap, traffic free, course. In near ideal conditions for racing save for a strengthening breeze, Matthew made a swift, yet controlled start. Trying his best to ignore the swelling mass of runners sheltering from the wind in his tow, he pushed on in the closing stages of the race aware that a big Personal Best was within his grasp, regardless of whether any of his competitors were willing to do any work to assist him. With a closing sprint, determined to break the 17 minute barrier for the first time, Matthew came home eighth in a new Grantham RC club record of 16:55, bettering his old 5k PB by 49 seconds. Ben, returning to the Lincoln race for the first time in six years, had an excellent run to finish 44th in 20:35, bettering his old best over 5km by over a minute. The race winner was Alan Oliver of Sleaford who finished in 16:22; the first woman to finish was Beverley Wilson of Cleethorpes, who ran 19:04.

Parkrun Newark

Despite losing their fastest entrant Stuart Sinclair in the warm-up the seven runners from GRC who completed this week’s Newark Parkrun managed four PB’s between them with Holly Durham setting a new course record for a woman in her age Group.

Position Time 10 Chris ARMSTRONG 20:20 PB! 15 Holly DURHAM 21:10 PB! 20 Mark WILSON 22:27 23 Warren STARK 22:49 62 Ruth DUNSTAN 25:55 74 Nikki CARR 27:19 PB! 103 Julie WILSON 30:38 PB!

Parkrun Peterborough

Andrew MacAllister was the Sole GRC runner at the Peterborough parkrun where he set a new best time of 24:29

Parkrun Tollcross

Grantham Running Club members Catherine Payne and Robert McArdle were joined by the inspirational Team England athlete Steve Way fresh from breaking the British Masters Record at the Commonwealth games, on a very wet and hilly course Steve was able to transform a Saturday morning in the park to something special spending almost two hours answering question from everyone about running and what it is like to be part of a major games. Catherine Payne’s time of 21:42 was quick enough to move her into the all-time list of UK athlete her age at this discipline.