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Grantham Running Club compete in the second round of the Peterborough Grand Prix Series





Grantham Running Club were again well represented in the second round of the Peterborough Grand Prix Series.

Bushfield Joggers hosted the event from the Ferry Meadows visitor centre, attracting almost 430 runners to the main race of the evening, the 5k.

It was raced on a parkrun style course whose main issue was severe overcrowding for the full first kilometre.

Grantham Running Club at the Peterborough Grand Prix Series.
Grantham Running Club at the Peterborough Grand Prix Series.

On a very hot evening, personal bests were always going to be unlikely but, as the series prizes are handed out for positions, everyone was in the same boat.

First home for GRC in 26th position was Grantham College student Alex Curtis with heavy legs after both a 5,000m and a 1,500m on the track in the weeks since round one. He was pleased with a sub 18 clocking by four seconds.

Daniel Pearce, running his second hot 5k in consecutive days, knocked one second off his previous night's time to finish in 21:15, an improvement he claimed was as a result of the partial shade offered from the sun by the overhanging trees on the second part of the course.

Catherine Payne finished in 22:01, picking up good points for position.

From the start to the finish, there was an almighty tussle between Kevin Wallace and Paul Davis overtaking and reovertaking each other several times before a last minute surge by Ken took him over the line in 23:20, one position and two seconds in front of Paul.

Robert McArdle finished in 23:49 with the final GRC runner Caroline Davis crossing the line in 27:28.



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