Grantham Running Club’s ladies picked up the prize for first team home in a testing Sleaford Half-marathon on Sunday.

Anna O’Hare, Catherine Payne and Lucy Roberts were the first team of three to cross the line, with Anna also crossing the line as the second lady home and Catherine winning the first female veteran prize. The men were second in the team competition.

The club fielded 15 runners in total at the event. Rob Howbrook and Dean Riggall picked up new personal bests for the distance, while it was Anna and Will Parkin's first attempt ever. Sadly Sarah High and Warren Stark had to drop out with injury.

Following the race, UKA half-marathon rankings were upgraded, with Will Parkin now ranked seventh in his age group, Rob Howbrook 29th in his, and Anna O’Hare 122nd for all ladies nationwide.

NameChip TimeGenderFinish PlacePBWMA
Ben Hatherley1:29:18M3867.94%
Will Parkin1:29:27M51First Timer!67.66%
Anna O'Hare1:29:54F49First Timer!73.16%
Iain Brown1:29:56M5267.46%
Rob Howbrook1:30:30M57PB77.89%
Andrew Pask1:30:51M6165.21%
Dean Riggall1:31:03M64PB68.21%
Catherine Payne1:38:18F13074.87%
Robert McArdle1:38:35M13670.87%
Sophie Stanley1:44:09F18363.42%
Lucy Roberts1:58:41F37962.01%
Chris England2:13:52M49844.20%
Gwenda Williams2:17:38F52748.42%

Weekend Parkruns

At the Newark event, five clubmates took part with Andrew Spencer the first home in 22:06. Warren Stark recorded 23:33 to cross the line as the 36th finisher. There were also strong performances from Nick Payne 32:35, Wendy Hobson 39:24 and Louise Payne 39:25.

Meanwhile at Melton, Nicky Jefferson broke the ladies record with a spectacular time of 19:54. Mark Wilson soon joined her, crossing the line in 20:47 to finish 12th, while Julie Wilson smashed her PB with 29:15.

Tarpley 20 mile

Nick Payne completed the chip-timed Tarpley 20 through picturesque rural West Suffolk.

The race consisted of a choice of a 10- or 20-mile single lap course and was an ideal tester for the start of the spring marathon season or further... Nick completed the longer race in 2:50:17, finishing in 170th place.

Geelong 10k

A little further afield, the club’s Australian member John Blair took part in the Geelong River Run 10km race.

John left home at 6am with temperatures in the mid-20s, starting the race at 8am. He completed the course in 48:58 and was seventh in his age category. John said: “It was a lovely course following the Barwon River. As I drove away at 9am, the temperature was 32; a very hot day but great fun.”