Newton's Fraction Half Marathon
Grantham Running Club fielded 10 runners at the 10th anniversary of the Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon on Sunday.
First home was Abi Schofield in a time of 1:31:38 closely followed by Rob Howbrook in 1:31:54.
Full results are as follows:
|46||1:31:34||Abi Schofield||Female Senior|
|100||1:38:35||Ben Mason||Male Senior|
|172||1:47:32||Marc Tremain||Male Senior|
Silverstone Half Marathon
GRC members Dean Riggall and Andrew Spencer completed this chip timed 13.1 mile course around the Silverstone race track. Dean completed the race in 1:28:27 finishing in 219th place. Andrew crossed the line in 1:36:51 in 664th.
Locke Park 20 mile
Unable to compete at Ashby again this year Robert McArdle opted for this multi-lap 20 miler in Redcar which was essentially run over a twisty parkrun course and with three bridges, eight right angle bends and a dead stop every lap it go no chance to get into any rhythm.
Initial fears that the crowding would be a problem were unfounded as the runners displayed amazing courtesy to each other as people were lapped multiple times. On the plus side every time you crossed to line you were given your split over the PA and it was rewarding to see the first ten miles were all within a second or two of each other.
With such a tight course the GPS was not very accurate so your Garmin was simply there to help you count the 20 laps down. The motivation on the laps was similar to the club handicap race with so many lapped runners you were able to use them as targets to help you accelerate to get in front of them before tight corners.
Although closer in feel to a 2½ hour sprint session than a distance race Robert still managed to put together a PB finishing in 2:33:29 to earn a UKA ranking of 27 in his age group and a WMA of 71.3%
Three clubmates took part with Will Parkin the first home in a staggering 17:44 in second place. Nick Payne finished in 23:18 crossing the line as the 17th finisher and Ruth Dunstan completed the course with the family in 31:30.