On the 24th of April, 2 members of Grantham Running Club made the journey up the A1 to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the inaugural Run for Wildlife Spring 10k. Starting in the car park the route took the runners into the wildlife park with runners getting glimpse of the animals enclosed in the park from Sea Lions, Tigers, Zebras and even Polar Bears. The Baboons were particularly amused/bemused by the runners in streaming by, some in rather eye-catching animal outfits. Plus Tarzan.
First home for GRC was Sam Dodwell making use of his current form clocking 41:19 which was a 38 second PB from Lincoln last year. This was in the same week that he set a blistering PB at Boston Half Marathon and only 3 weeks since his PB at Manchester Marathon. Following a while later was Sylv Hull who only the day before participated in the Tough Mudder event, and was happy to clock a time of 1:01:07 on battered legs
The runners were awarded with a Tapir-themed medal and a cupcake plus all participants got a free day pass to the wildlife park so had a great day out seeing all the animals out and about (some must have known it was a Sunday as they were having a lie in). Highlights included seeing a Polar Bear having the time of his life bathing with a canoe.
1st Place Male – Stuart Spencer 33:17
2nd Place Male – Lee Varley 34:59
3rd Place Male – David Robinson 35:10
1st Place Female – Sarah Imbush 42:08
2nd Place Female – Georgia Hird 42:23
3rd Place Female – Louise Gossage 44:20