Woodhall Spa 10k
The Woodhall Spa 10k is one of the largest races in the county attracting over a thousand runners to the main event, this fast course appeals to runners in good shape as it offers one of the summer’s top Personal Best Chances.
The seven runners from Grantham Running Club were led home by Rob Howbrook slashing a full two minutes of his previous best and coming with 3 seconds of winning his age group medal. He was followed closely by Chris Armstrong who is showing signs of regaining his best form with his fastest time for 10k in several years. Scott Jones was not far behind recording a season’s best and his second fastest time ever.
For Andrew MacAllister it was a case of another race and yet another PB as he lowered the time he set in May. Janette Dunderdale made an impressive debut for GRC in her first road race with Super Vet Brendon Buckley taking an astounding 5½ minutes off his previous best! Full results below;
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Derby Half Marathon
A strong performance by GRC’s runners at Sunday’s half marathon from saw the ladies team finish in sixth place in a very strong field and despite the heat all three ladies and Super Vet Paul Durham ran excellent times.
Penny Hodges was first home in 1:39:38, breaking 1:40 for the first time. Next home was Catherine Davies and although the only one not to PB, still a highly creditable effort in 1:45:28 considering she has mainly been cross-training due to injury issues. Third of the four was Ruth Dunstan who knocked 8 minutes off her PB in 1:47:47. Last but not least was Paul Durham who must be close to being the season's biggest improver after reducing his PB from 2 hours to 1:48:38. He was also 6th in the Male 60+ category.
Farthest afield, 10,434 miles from Grantham, John Blair completed the first Ballarat Parkrun in 23:19; Wayne Stark completed Lincoln in 22:54; Chris Limmer won Melton parkrun in 18:20; and from the Monday night runners, Tommy Napier, Robert Howard, Martin Carter and Anthony Smith completed Newark.