Ben clocks a personal best in impressive Lincoln park run

Matthew Kingston-Lee competes for Grantham Running Club in the annual Nene Valley Harriers 10mile road race EMN-150812-135547002
Matthew Kingston-Lee competes for Grantham Running Club in the annual Nene Valley Harriers 10mile road race EMN-150812-135547002
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Ben Allen came home in a very creditable fourth spot at Lincoln, even managing to lower his personal best by fourseconds despite the gusty conditions.

Ben clocked a time of 18 minutes and 17 seconds to cross the line 55 seconds behind winner Phil Nind, of Lincoln and District Runners.

The field was swelled by runners who were also taking in the city’s popular Christmas market, including people from as far afield as Australia, Edinburgh, Scunthorpe, Norwich, Canterbury and Sheffield.

Other Grantham AC runners taking part in park runs on Saturday were:

Boston - Dean Houlton, fourth in 18:49; Newark - Richard Hall, 39th in 26:23; Rutland Water - Mark Gray 24th in 27:34.

Sunday was slightly kinder weather wise for the Nene Valley 10 mile race at Peterborough, where the club had three athletes competing.

Results: 126 Arthur Short 1:16:25; 134 Sophie Stanley 1:17:53; 284 Phil Hall 1:50:04.

Grantham Running Club also had athletes in the Nene Valley Harriers 10mile road race.

On a windy day, five members travelled to Peterborough to compete in the popular annual event.

On a flat two-lap course, Matthew Kingston-Lee finished his first race after injury in 14th position with a time of 58:11.

He was followed home by Gavin Meadows (01:12:09), Catherine Payne (01:12:53), Robert McArdle (01:17:04) and Sophie Stanley (01:18:00).

l Two under 15 boys from Grantham Athletic Club ran in the North Midlands League Cross Country at Heanor on Saturday.

The weather conditions were not good with strong winds and the ground was very soft under foot.

Both boys ran well, with Aaron Hunt finishing in eighth and, despite a fall at the start, William Tucker recovered to finish in 10th place.