The Thoresby estate provided the was the setting for the SBR Longhorn Running Event which ran over a multi terrain course of tracks, tarmac and woodland. The event offered a range of distances from 5k up to the 60k ultra along with Cainicross.
The backdrop to the start and finish to all races was the majestic Thoresby Hall; formerly a private home built in the 17th century for the 3rd Earl of Manvers but more recently a luxury hotel set in tree-studded grounds.
Grantham Running Club had 4 members participating this year with three in the 10k event which went off at 11.00am. First home for GRC was Rachel Deans with a fantastic time of 59:58 which gave her a PB of more than 4 minutes, made all the more impressive with the undulating course, ground conditions and the blustery wind. Knowing her race was going well and the finish line was in sight, Rachel dug deep running into a head wind to push onto the finish line. Julia Hallam
and Yvonne Buckley largely ran the race together enjoying the scenic course and the fantastic weather, finishing in 1:16:32 and 1:16:33 respectively.
The final GRC runner in the 5k event was Brendon Buckley in his first competitive race for over 3 years due to prolonged injury. He was a little disappointed with his time of 38:36 but was happy to at last be on the long road back to full fitness.
Everyone agreed that SBR once again put on a terrific day’s racing with each entrant receiving medals as well as category winners. The marshals were friendly and encouraged each and every runner and great event photos were provided for free,
making it a favourite event for many GRC members.