Sleaford 10K

Friday 11th August saw the award-winning Sleaford 10K race take place round the Lincolnshire countryside.

Starting and finishing at Scredington Village Hall, the route is on quiet roads with some gentle hills and a welcome descent down Scredington Road back into the village.  The evening was very warm and a slight headwind at halfway was a mixed blessing, on one hand cooling runners down but also hampering efforts a little.

As the race was one of the fixtures on Grantham Running Club’s own GP series, it attracted a great turnout, with 29 members taking to the start line, the biggest club representation at the race.

First back in the green and black was Joaquim Jeronimo in 36:31 which netted him 7th place overall.

Daniel Pearce, battling the heat and race-fatigued legs managed to exactly match his time from 2022 of 41:49 was second back for GRC.

Russell Maksymiw had set himself a target of one last hurrah at the 10K distance, aiming to go “balls out” after a PB.  He achieved this in fine style, digging in and crossing the line in 44:22, beating his previous best set in 2018.

The club had 2 top 10 placings for the women with Carlene Veasey in the silverware with the trophy for third female and Hannah Whittaker in 7th place.  Carlene ran a hugely impressive debut in 45:12, running closely with Hannah for the first half of the race.  Hannah wasn’t feeling her best and slowed a little but still finished in 47.38 and 4th in her age category.

For Kev Wallace, this was his debut at this distance, and he shook off hamstring niggles to run a solid sub-50 time of 49:02. 

For Zoe Wragg the event was tough, having felt apprehensive beforehand.  However, after diving into a strong start, she did better than she was expecting with an impressive time of 52:50 and 3rd in her age category.  The cake afterwards was an extra bonus.

Jacqueline Anderson found the run tough after a start but with the help of the marshals and GRC cheer squad she hung on and was thrilled to come away with a time of 53:29, nearly a 2-minute PB.

Sinead McDonnell has recently been making a comeback to racing and building her long runs up again.  She was happy with 53:26.

Laura Pigott continues to make great strides as she comes back to training.  Her time of 53:41 smashed her old PB time only set at Langtoft in April this year, knocking over 3 minutes off, a huge leap.

For Julie Gilbert the prospect of Friday night racing resulted in some doom mongering with other GRC-ers on the start line.  However, she turned the negative thoughts into action and things turned out much better than expected with a time of 53:29, giving her a great benchmark 10K for the club GP series.

Emma Duncan also joined the GRC PB train, with a brilliantly consistent run that knocked nearly 2 minutes off her PB, flying over the finish line in 53:51. This beat her previous set at Langtoft and added to her 2023 tally of PBs.

Holly Wragg (53:56) was only a few seconds behind Emma and continues her fantastic PB streak, her training efforts paying off and earning her a PB of over a minute.

Yvette Taylor has been picking up her mileage and training again this year and was justly rewarded with a fantastic PB time of 1:01:47, eclipsing her previous best set way back in 2017 by around 2 and a half minutes.  Right next to her was Kathleen Gray making a solid comeback to racing in her first event since 2021. 

Runners as always were rewarded with a huge spread of cakes and tea, a hallmark of the event which provides a great deal of its appeal.

First male was Paul Lyons in 34:19, first female was Judith Broadbent of Lincoln Wellington in 43:13.

Full Results

Andrew Pask 42:34

Matt Fryer 45:43

Paul Davis 47:47

Stuart Baty 48:20

Paul Jepson 50:43

Tony Boyle 51:05

Michelle Parczuk 52:01

Esther Fraser-Betts 52:28

Sylv Hull 52:26

Caroline Davis 53:57

Sean Keegan 55:22

Richard Urquhart 57:24

Rachel Pattison 1:00:09

Yvonne Buckley 1:12:30

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