Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Grantham Running Club

Grantham Running Club Celebrates the 2017 Couch to 5K and 10 Weeks to 10K Graduates

 

Runners who took part in a Grantham Running Club supported Couch to 5K (C25K) and 10 Weeks 10K (10W210K) had a smashing time at Grantham Tennis Club on Saturday 24th June with a hog roast party to celebrate their graduation. 

 

Building on the success of the inaugural 2016 campaign, 68 people signed up for the C25K programme with over 75%completing the ten week plan. All 14 who signed up for the 10W210K completed the course along with 14 existing members of Grantham Running Club who joined them. 

 

Among the C25K graduates who received a commemorative technical T-Shirt from Programme Leader Penny Hodges at the end of Saturday's festivities was Grantham Tennis Club Manager Sarah Patton. Speaking at the event, Grantham Running Club's Chairman Matthew Kingston-Lee thanked the Tennis Club for being such accommodating hosts for the two programmes, held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, for ten consecutive weeks.  

 

After the party Penny explained the objective of the C25K and 10W210K:

"Our beginners' programme is designed with the simple objective of encouraging the community to be more active and breaking down barriers to exercise. Couch to 5k and 10 Weeks to 10K is accessible to all abilitiesyou don't have to be fit to take part. The fundamental ethos of both plans isstarting slowly and building up gradually to make seemingly unattainable targets, realistic propositions, achievable in a relatively short period of time. 

 

The group's progress has been absolutely phenomenal. At week one most of our C25K group were unable to run without stopping for more than a minute. Nine weeks later all those who completed the course can now run 5k continually. All of our 10 Week to 10K graduates can now run a full 10k. It's gratifying to see just how much their hard work and perseverance has paid off and I hope this is just the beginning of a lifetime of enjoying the many benefits running and exercise in general can bring.

 

The non-profit making scheme would not have been possible without the support of: fellow coach Gordon Geach; England Athletics qualified Run Leaders Tommy Napier, Rick Dobbs, Helen Brown, Sarah High, Martin Carter, Suzanne AngeloniJaime Garcia, and Adam Jacobsthe many club members who assisted, including: Paul Durham, Bev Toonand Peter Bonner, all of whom volunteered their time each and every week with the sole aim of making running and fitness accessible to the wider community."

 

Grantham Running Club welcomes runners, aged 18 and over, of all abilities to join at any point during the year. Those interested can take part in a number of free sessions, obligation free, before deciding whether to join. For more information visit www.granthamrunningclub.co.uk. The next C25K and 10W210K campaign is likely to begin in spring 2018. 


Photo: GRC graduates and organising team 2017.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Grimsthorpe 10

 One sleepy Sunday morning, while most sane people slept soundly in their beds or were recovering from a Saturday night partying with the Foo's at Glastonbury, an army of green vests made the procession from Grantham to Grimsthorpe. 

The 25th June saw SBR Events host the fourth of their 10/10 series. Runners were spoilt for choice with races ranging from a 5k family friendly fun run to half marathon distance with a canicross option available for all 5km, 10km, 10 mile and 13.1 mile distances. A beautifully detailed, bespoke finishers medal, t shirt and goodie bag was enough to lure runners to the finish. Grantham Running Club members; Scott Jones, Rosalind Sadler, Sue Swann, Tracey Smith, Vicky Willan, Justyna Gill, Belinda Baker, Angela Carr, Yvette Taylor and CJ Walker took on the 10 km route. Nicola Cottam, SJ Willis, Caroline Davis, Jacqueline Jacobs, Paul Davis, Peter Bonner, Martin Carter, Gav Meadows and Nicholas Jones completed the 10 mile race while the fearless Rachael Smith and Hazel Dunthorne battled and won pb's in the half marathon.
 
The start and finish area in front of the castle made an impressive backdrop for finish photos and trails boasted the beauty and charm of our county's countryside. Many runners commented on the hills and challenging and varied terrain including tree lined avenues and a redundant Victorian railway cutlet which is rarely seen by the public. The toughcourse was reflected in the times of even the lead runners and many of the Grantham Running Club who had turned out, treating the event as a chance to experience a more sociable and relaxed race atmosphere, some who had raced less than 48 hours previous in the club's own Summer Solstice 10k in Long Bennington.

Scott had an inspiringly strong run
First green vest home competing in the 10km race was Scott Jones. Scott ran an inspiringly strong 43:52 in his first race since injury and was rewarded with 3rd place overall, his first podium finish! After collecting his trophy Scott commented that he was obviously chuffed to have been placed so high, however, was more thrilled to have run pain free which meant he could return to training "full throttle" again.

Another podium place was for the men's 10 mile team, who claimed first place; Paul Davis, Peter Bonner, Martin Carter and Gav Meadows.
Team prize for Martin

Other successes for the club were the 10km ladies team; Rosalind Sadler, Sue Swann and new member Tracey Smith receiving second place. Tracey, who has clearly been bitten by the running bug, said she would wear her medal with pride all week. The ladies 10 mile team; Nicola Cottam, SJ Willis and Caroline Davis, also returning from injury, also claimed second place despite SJ suffering from breathing difficulties during the final mile.

The event was a testament to the spirit of the running club and the running community with great support from fellow athletes, marshals and family members. Many runners left already talking about race strategies for next year.




Friday, 23 June 2017

Summer Solstice 10k

2017 Summer Solstice 10K Race Report, Long Bennington, Friday 23rd June 2017.
Shane Robinson and Rebecca Gallop were the winners of the 2017 Summer Solstice 10K Road Race, held at Long Bennington on Friday 23rd June. The Grantham Running Club hosted event, first run in 2010, again attracted over 900 entrants and had 835 finishers, making it currently the largest club organised road race in Lincolnshire. 
From the moment the starting horn was blasted at 7:30pm, the men's race established itself as a two-way battle between 2014 Solstice winner Ben Livesey (Notts AC/Royal Air Force) and 2015 winner and course record holder ShaneRobinson (Lincoln Wellington AC), who was hoping to return to the top spot after finishing second in 2016. In a closely fought battle it was Shane who finished victorious in 31:46, eleven seconds clear of Ben and just 16 seconds outside the course record on an evening when a blustery wind made the going tough for much of the opening half of the race. 
The race for third was an even closer affair with veteran runner Stephen Dickens (Rushcliffe AC) clocking 34:02, smashing his old 10K PB by nearly a minute to finish four seconds ahead of fourth placed Chris Nicoll, who was two seconds ahead of fifth placed Philip Nind (Lincoln & District Runners). 
The women's race saw Rebecca Gallop (Newark AC) hoping to finally claim victory having finished third, fourth, fourth, and second on her previous four Solstice appearances. She faced tough competition in the form of twice World DuathlonAge Group Champion Claire Steels (Unattached), who herself was hoping to win her first Solstice having finished second in 2015.Ultimately it was Rebecca who won; her winning time of 37:53 over a minute better than she had run before and thirteen seconds quicker than second placed Claire. Third was 2014 and 2015 Solstice winner Emily Foran (Sleaford Striders), who was the only other woman to break forty minutes, with 39:19.
Race hosts Grantham Running Club were able to field a large contingency of forty runners, nine of whom hataken part in the club's 2017 10 Weeks to 10K (10W210K) campaign as a build up to taking part in the race. First home for GRC was Matthew Kingston-Lee, finishing seventh in 35:00. He was followed by Gav Meadows, who smashed his old PB with his first sub-40 minute performance, clocking a superb 38:59. Tony Johnson (39:09), Richard Payne (39:27, PB), Matthew Williamson (39:43, PB), and Andy Atter (39:50) all broke 40 minutes, making it the strongest ever showing in a 10K race by the club.
First GRC woman home was Holly Durham, who was an excellent fifth, clocking 42:13. She was followed by Suzanne Britz, who was delighted with a new PB of 51:04, and 10W210K runner Rachael Smith, who clocked 54:41. There were six further personal bests set on the night by GRC members: Gavin Skinner (55:40); Hayley Staff (56:48); Nicola Fahy (56:56); Andy Barradell (58:33); Victoria Dexter (58:19); and Carole Walker (67:28). Stuart Batty was the first 10W210K finisher in 48:15. 
The Summer Solstice 10K has gained a reputation for offering a race experience over and above what you'd normally expect at a club-hosted race. Runners in the race village could enjoy, amongst other things: a pre-race group warm up from Biltong Farm co-owner and Fitness Instructor Rebecca Smith; post race massage from Sophie Hunt and David McKee; food from North Field Farm; and post-race bubbles to celebrate with from the Vino Prosecco Bar.
The race also featured pacers for the first time. From Ian Boneham, the sub-40 minute pacer, to Nick Jones, the sub-70 minute pacer, pacers at five minute increments helped numerous runners achieve their time targets. Moreover, to the delight of Club Chairman Matthew Kingston-Lee, a bottle of commemorative cider was also on offer for the first time to finishers in addition to the traditional ale and half pint glass.  
"Once again I was blown away by the quality of the event staged by our club," commented Matthew after the race. "Our new Race Director Ben Mason and his crew of volunteers, comprised entirely of club members, their friends and family, should be congratulated for organising a race that has now become, for many, one of the highlight races of the year. I'm looking forward already to the 2018 race!"

Grantham Running Club Results
Gun Position
Name
Chip Time
Age Grade
7
Matthew Kingston-Lee
35:00
81.78%
37
Gav Meadows
38:59
70.79%
40
Tony Johnson
39:09
79.05%
47
Richard Payne
39:27
69.17%
52
Matthew Williamson
39:43
67.60%
55
Andy Atter
39:50
68.87%
82
Peter Bonner
41:49
68.45%
89
Holly Durham
42:13
72.80%
152
Stuart Reader
45:30
65.36%
211
Kevin Kettle
47:38
66.04%
227
Stuart Baty
48:15
61.16%
268
Tommy Napier
49:25
65.27%
298
Paul Durham
50:14
68.25%
326
Suzanne Britz
51:04
64.34%
418
Chris Gearren
53:16
54.14%
424
David Lewis
53:36
56.36%
457
Rachael Smith
54:41
56.43%
473
Caroline Davis
55:39
59.64%
490
Gavin Skinner
55:40
53.84%
512
Hayley Staff
56:48
54.58%
523
Nicola Fahy
56:56
57.71%
543
Anne Barnabas
57:41
55.06%
579
Victoria Dexter
58:19
53.44%
568
Tracey Smith
58:29
52.43%
576
Andy Barradell
58:33
50.40%
607
Warren Stark
59:03
48.84%
594
Rachel Hamilton
59:14
51.23%
606
Joanne Moore
59:22
56.52%
649
Kathleen Gray
01:00:57
51.13%
661
Simon Hartley
01:01:41
49.37%
682
Belinda Baker
01:03:01
57.36%
687
Julia Hallam
01:03:30
48.60%
738
Emma Weighill
01:06:08
47.69%
748
Amanda Mumby
01:06:45
46.96%
753
Claire Fritz
01:07:27
45.96%
754
CJ Walker
01:07:28
46.46%
770
Nicholas Jones
01:08:04
44.04%
774
Melanie Taylor
01:08:44
45.10%
796
Angela Wilson
01:11:42
45.40%
829
Helen Barradell
01:23:21
38.39%