Eleven members of Grantham Running Club joined a field of over 1400 taking part in the Burghley 7 road race on the 13th of March.
A sensational course linking Burghley and Stamford which started and finished within the grounds of Burghley house. The event allowed incredible access to the private areas of the Burghley estate, a traffic free St Martins High Street and a 7 mile course that explores countless beautiful and unique locations following an undulating route.
The first GRC runner to cross the line was Robin Atter, finishing in 47:23; a new PB beating his time in 2020 by 8 minutes. Second home for the club and first lady back was Rachel Hamilton finishing in an impressive 53:15, closely followed by Clive George finishing third for the club in an equally impressive 54:09. Also coming in under the hour, Martin Rodell finished strong in 56:44.
Next, we saw several club members finishing within minutes of each other. Marj Spendlow who has been focusing on longer training runs ready for her first half marathon later in the year finished within her target time crossing the line in 01:00:36. Following on from an impressive month running a ‘Month of Miles’ for Diabetes UK, Nichola Webster finished in 01:03:48. Only a week after running the Cambridge half marathon Kate Marshall tackled the hills to come back in 01:04:05.
Rachel Deans was next home for the club in a great time of 01:07:34. Joni Goodband ran the race with an injured ankle but still impressed with a time of 01:07:54. Tracey Webb finished in a great time of 01:13:59, closely followed by Yvonne Buckley 01:15:05.
The men’s race was won by Aaron Scott in 37:20. The women’s event was won by Hannah Rounds in 45:39.
All runners received a medal and free event photos, the race also provided a great opportunity for club members to meet together both pre- and post-race on the day.