Rutland Half Marathon

On Sunday 7th April, 4 Grantham Running Club athletes made the short hop down the A1 to Rutland Water to take part in the Rutland Spring Half Marathon.

Conditions were gale-force winds, but at least they were dry and sunny (for the first time in around 6 months).

The course itself started at Barnsdale Wood and followed the water’s edge anti-clockwise, looping round the edge of Hambleton before retracing back to the start/finish.

The course was billed as ‘undulating’ which translates in real terms as brutal with hills, mud and more hills. It was going to be a day of triumph, inspiration, and determination.

First home and a huge welcome in his debut race in a GRC vest was Brian Hawkins. He made the podium, grabbing a fantastic 2nd place in a remarkable time of 1:25:50.

Next in was Anna Harding who did amazingly in the conditions to achieve 2nd in her age group with a sub 2hr in a time of 1:58.00.

Veteran Tommy Napier had to dig deep into his reserves and was happy he gave it his all with a time of 2:02:28.

Club newcomer Marina Racheva rounded off the GRC representation with a remarkable time of 2:11:45.

The race was won by Tim Kennedy, 1:23:39 of Sale Harriers with first female Victoria Cooke 1:29:59 from Stamford Striders.

Report by Tommy Napier

Photos c/o Mick Hall

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