Anna O’Hare was the star turn for Grantham Running Club at the Langtoft 10k on Sunday 3rd May finishing third lady in a competitive field. After a very fast start, Anna mid-race suffered some effects from her efforts at the Manchester Marathon two weeks ago. Nonetheless she finished strongly to come home in a very impressive 40:24, which is amazingly Anna’s first attempt at an officially licenced road 10k.
First home for Grantham Running Club was Matthew Kingston-Lee, who, a week after finishing the London Marathon, had opted to try and help pace Anna and fellow club member Stuart Sinclair to a sub 38 minute clocking. After Stuart slowed at around 7km, Matthew set off after fellow club member Will Parkin, who Matthew passed and pulled clear in the final 500 meters to clock 37:23 and claim 13th position. Will was next home in 37:36, and Stuart was 18th, pleased to have taken four seconds off his previous best with 38:54.
Following Anna for GRC was Scott Jones, 44th in 42:49, Andrew MacAllister, 100th in 47:58, and Lucy Roberts, 155th in 53:38. There were personal bests for Brendon Buckley and Yvonne Taylor, who finished in 58:11 and 60:58 respectively.
Conditions were surprisingly good for racing after a morning of heavy rain and strong winds. The race was dry and only moderately breezy, with temperatures in the low teens.
North Lincolnshire Half Marathon
There was much pre-race cursing at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. The galeforce winds at Belvoir half, three weeks previously had scuppered Andrew Pask's PB attempt then. Now Andrew and Iain Brown arrived in Scunthorpe in driving rain.
Based at the home of the mighty Scunthorpe United, Runners World rated the race as one of the best in the country and they soon found out why. There was plenty of support from the saturated stewards and the course was flat, very flat.
Both runners went through halfway in about 44 minutes, after which Iain slowly faded, having PB'd at Manchester marathon two weeks previously.
The dreaded headwind only hit after 11 miles but fuelled by thoughts of rewriting the record books, they powered on.
Andrew finished in 1:27:50, a 3 minute improvement on his previous best, Iain in 1:28:31, over a minute better.
With no Newark this week, a large contigent visited Melton Mowbray. Penny Hodges cracked 70% for a parkrun for the first time in 21:16, followed by Tommy Napier in 24:30, Paul Durham in 25:01, Daniel and Ruth Dunstan in 28:11 and Lisa Sharp with Gordon Geach in 29:54.
At Peterborough, Will Parkin's first attempt resulted in a GRC record of 17:04, Chris Armstrong was soon after in 20:30; at Lincoln Chris Stark finished in 23:11; and at Stamford Park, Stalybridge, Chris Limmer finished in 19:29.