Grantham Running Club sent a very experienced team down to take part in this year’s London marathon with perhaps the best performance coming from their most experienced runner. Jez Page who has completed more than 120 road marathons and ultra’s broke a Personal Best he set in 2001.
Matthew’s time of over three hours was slow by his standards but miraculous when put in context by reading his blog. In her third London Catherine lowered her PB again and recorded an astounding 79.11% WMA score for the run beating her old club record.
Dean who was injured in the lead up suffered to get below 3:30 and Andrew Spencer had to give his all to beat his last years’ time. Noel was just a few seconds adrift of his 2014 time. As well as getting PB’s down in the capital last weekend our runner’s raised over £5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research, Keech Hospice Care and the Motor Neuron Disease Association. Well done to their families, friends and colleagues for supporting these great causes.
We had three runners travelling to Stratford, all with other days on their minds. New member Chris Limmer finished in fancy-dress in the highly creditable time of 3:04:09, whilst Nick Payne preparing for the Hadrian's Wall ultra finished strongly in 3:55:34. Louise Payne, aiming for triathlons this year finished the half in 1:52:55
Farmaggeddon Obstacle Race
A team of four GRC runners took part in the Farmaggeddon obstacle course on Saturday, raising more than £400 for charity. The brutal 10km event in Melton Mowbray was a tough endurance run which included mud obstacles, testing terrain, woodland and a whole host of other nasty surprises.
Chris England, Paul Durham, Nikki Carr and Ruth Dunstan completed the distance in 2:19. Before taking part, Chris had hoped to raise £100 in sponsorship as part of a year of fundraising, but has now smashed through the £200 mark.
Chris said it had been a tough event: “This is probably the hardest and most draining race I have done, it was even harder than a half-marathon distance. That said, I am thrilled to have gone the distance and will definitely be booking another one in the future,”
Chris is one of 40 people hoping to raise a minimum of £100 each throughout 2015 as part of RuthsFab40, and at the end of the year all money raised will be split between Barnado’s, Mind, Home Start and Combat Stress.
Further afield, GRC's Latvian member Jānis Arseņikovs finished Oslo's April 10k in 33:16 and 27th place. Describing the course "hard, not flat and windy", Jānis was still happy with his performance.
And ever farther, GRC’s Paul Rushworth completed his world tour of running by taking part in the ‘Hard as Nayls’ mountain race in Hong Kong. The event takes place in memory of Welsh runner Andy Naylor who lived in Hong Kong and died during the New York triathlon in 2013. The 17km trail race included fast road sections, technical trails and steep ascents and descents, with a total elevation gain of more than 650 metres in the hills around the Clearwater Bay area of the city.
Paul finished the race in 26th place in a time of 2:12:06 and afterwards said: “I’ve been lucky to be able to race in so many different countries. The races took me away from the tourist trails and into parts of the countries that I otherwise wouldn’t have seen.”